Greetings from the Heart of Seattle

Editor’s Note By Peter  Hansen Welcome to the first edition of the Lake Union Beat. As longtime lake lovers we hope to inform and amuse residents and workers, and tip the uninitiated to the joys and eccentricities of the unique communities surrounding (and even on) this hybrid body of water. It’s a place that is […]

Ready for Dog Training, Fremonsters?

Does your best friend need a few pointers on how best to behave?  Well, if your best friend is your pooch, check out dog training courses now being offered at Petapoluza Pet Supply (114 N 36th St) by Drew Webster, of Good Dog Training. As Webster said in his press release, “the difference between most […]

Why South Lake Union?

Welcome to a thinking place . . . What makes South Lake Union such an extraordinary neighborhood is that it’s one of the few places in Seattle where the entire approach to transportation, sustainability, recreation, and what-goes-where has been thought through. It’s a recipe that’s yielded an exceptionally livable, walkable, hospitable place. One reason you […]

Fremont Resident Nicholas Beach Appearing In The Odyssey

by Sean Keeley Fremont resident Nicholas Beach is bringing a little bit of ancient Greece to town with him this February. Nicholas appears as Hermes and a number of other characters in The Odyssey, which launches the 35th Anniversary Season at Taproot Theatre Company in Greenwood-Phinney, just north of Fremont. In The Odyssey, Nicholas and […]

Trophy Cupcakes Featured on National TV

By Ivana Cheong. Since opening four years ago in Wallingford Center, Trophy Cupcakes has risen to be a household name in Wallingford and surrounding Seattle neighborhoods. The gourmet cupcake shop was once featured on the Martha Stewart show, and now it continues to gain recognition with a spot on the Cooking Channel’s new show, “Unique […]

Atonement

There are innumerable reasons couples are together, and while love, of course, is far and away the main one, it’s certainly not the only reason people shack up. There’s lust, greed, dependency, desperation, guilt, and on and on. There’s even atonement, as I discovered one bright early summer day. A friend and I were […]

My New Valentine

Ten Decembers ago I came across an elderly woman sitting alone at a Starbucks. Nothing in particular struck me about her except an overwhelming intuition that she was depressed. I was recovering from an accident that year, and was feeling low myself then, so maybe it was a sensory empathy thing. Whatever the reason, […]

The Love Tree

I’ve been invited to a wedding located in an unusual setting next week.  It’s being held up in a tree, and no, my friends are not raccoons. Here’s the story: The Treelovers were having problems with their marriage. Though still close after twenty years together, life was woodpecking (sorry about the tree metaphors) at […]

Zany the Life Preserver

By Peter  Hansen Zane’s a seven-year-old white lab who’s lived on Bainbridge Island his entire life. Technically his name is Zane but everybody calls him Zany. The name fits him well, as it might many labs. Bouncy, full of life and love, every moment something new to explore and savor, that’s the breed norm. His […]

A Brief Period of Light

There were only a few balmy nights last summer, the kind that get under your skin, the kind that, if you’re young or young at heart, might seduce you into staying up all night on the beach next to a fire holding the one you are falling in love with. The beach is where […]