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University Village Free Summer Concerts Begin Tonight!

July 9th, 2014 by master

Need Something to do that’s Fun, Free and For Everyone? Check out the U-Village Sounds Of Summer Concert Series July 9th – 20th.

Tonight The Nowhere Men will be performing the greatest hits of The Beatles.

All performances are just outside the RAM Restaurant & Brewery with doors opening at 5:45pm. Concerts are 6:30-8:30Pm

  • Free Live Music
  • Gourmet Bites from U-Village Restaurants
  • Beer Garden from RAM*
  • Balloon artists
  • Face Painting
  • and a kid’s play area
*Beer Garden is 21 and over with valid ID

Make sure you mark your calendar for the rest of the Concert Series featuring:

July 16 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
July 23 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet
July 30 – Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
August 6 – The Paperboys
August 13 – Vicci Martinez
August 20 – Hit Explosion

for more info, check out the U-Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series Website

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New children's clothing store opens in University Village

May 21st, 2012 by master

UW News Lab

This past Friday, May 18, Peek opened its doors in University Village to a swarm of eager customers. The children’s clothing store, which originated in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2006, has additional locations in California, Arizona and Texas. But for its first Washington location, University Village in Seattle couldn’t have been a better choice.

“University Village is such a great location for us. It fits in perfectly with our brand,” said Christian Wais, general manager of all Peek locations.

General manager of Peek, Christian Wais, said, “We want to offer something complementary to what's already happening here. We're not trying to compete.”

That brand he’s referring to is defined by Peek’s three key values, which include nostalgia, wit and sophistication. As an upscale children’s brand, Peek delivers high-end clothing to even the youngest generations, thus filling the void in quality children’s-wear, according to Wais.

Annjette Del Valle, manager of Glassybaby in University Village, said she thinks there are a lot of people that want more options for children’s apparel and she’s hopeful that Peek will be able to provide that.

“We felt like a lot of kids didn’t get the same attention to detail and quality that were in adult clothes. We wanted to bring a level of premium sophistication to kids,” said Wais.

Peek delivers high-quality clothing to children through its use of soft fabrics and a sophisticated color palette.

And it seems as though they may be doing just that. With refined prints, soft fabrics and miniature versions of pieces you might see in an adult clothing store, Peek is definitely bringing new styles to the arena of children’s clothing. Peek gets a lot of its fabrics from Liberty London, which is one of the oldest printmakers in the world. Some of Peek’s more sophisticated pieces include paisley and floral prints from Liberty London. As for the miniature items, Peek offers neon-colored Vans in infant sizes and a khaki-colored dress with a coral floral print that you might hope to find at J. Crew in adult sizes.

“The whole idea was kind of peeking into your child’s future and peeking back into your own childhood,” Wais added. “When you see our mix and our product, you can see we’re doing something different.”

Micaela Wanzer, a current employee at Peek in University Village, added, “What I love about Peek is that it appeals to both children and adults. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard adults, both women and men alike, come in and say how they wished that we made clothing in their size.”

Wanzer first became familiar with the brand when she worked at Nordstrom last summer, which is a large distributor of Peek-brand clothing. “Peek is unlike any other kids-apparel company out there and is really unique in style and aesthetic,” said Wanzer. “It is playful, like most kids clothes are, but it has an edge of sophistication and, of course, is very high quality.”

Peek avoids just using the primary colors and instead pairs coral, mustard and lilac with neutral tones in order to achieve a more adult color palette. In addition, Peek avoids childish graphics. Wais joked, “You’ll never see a dinosaur on one of our shirts.” Peek clothing is generally in the $30-$60 range for young boys and girls as well as for baby clothing.

Not only is it Peek’s mission to fill the need for more options in children’s apparel, Wais insists it’s also to encourage children to interact with, and be curious about, the world they live in. Maybe that explains why Peek is stocked with children’s books, has a craft station and often uses pictures of scientists or artists on its T-shirts.

Craft stations are set up to ensure that children interact and have an experience while in Peek stores. “We want to be able to provide what we do, which is a great customer experience,” said Wais.

According to Wais, Peek may be opening three more locations this year, but no official announcement has been made.

To learn more about Peek, please visit its new location in University Village or website at

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U Village adding new parking garage

January 26th, 2012 by master

Parking on the south side of University Village has become a bit tight but the end result will be even more parking. Temporary construction fencing has gone up while trees and shrubs have come down next to the 45th Street Viaduct. The shopping center hopes to have a new 700 space parking garage put up by late 2012.

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Black Keys, Kasey Keller, Edgar Martinez help open Microsoft store at University Village

October 18th, 2011 by master

Voting with your feet in the Apple versus Microsoft war will be as easy as walking across a University Village parking lot starting this Thursday. The University District will be the home to Seattle’s first Microsoft store when the doors open at 9:30 a.m. across the parking lot from the Apple store.

Microsoft is going to great lengths to make sure you notice they’re there too. They started getting some buzz going by setting up a Kinect shack where you can practice your controller free Xbox 360 moves. Xbox is likely to play a big role in the store’s appeal with a panoramic video wall around the entire store. Part of the grand opening on Thursday includes one-on-one Kinect play with a couple of Seattle sports heroes, Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller and retired Mariner legend Edgar Martinez.

This Friday, you’ll also be able to watch and listen to The Black Keys and OneRepublic. The performance is free but you’ll need to pick up advanced tickets at the store on Thursday and Friday.

Microsoft says the U-Village shop is their 12th store in the world and they’re looking foward to being in the U-District. “The local community has been wonderful to work with, said Microsoft Spokesperson Eileen Chang.

After the grand opening weekend it should be interesting to see if Microsoft can emulate, build-on or steal some of the success from their competitors from across the parking lot.

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U Village gearing up for summer concert series

July 14th, 2010 by master

The parking lot in front of Crate & Barrel and University Village is fenced off, tents are popping up, trucks are being unloaded and the stage is getting set for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series.

Tonight is the first free concert of the summer with The Paperboys. There is face painting, a beer and wine garden and food tents.

The rest of the concerts are:

July 21 – Vicci Martinez
July 28 – The Beatniks
August 4 – Dusty 45’s
August 11 – Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band
August 18 – Hit Explosion

All concerts are from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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