It’s been called one of the most luxurious things imaginable and many who have tried it would agree. It’s a hot tub inside of a boat, and we can thank two local Seattleites for coining the idea.
Photo courtesy Kelly Norton & Adam Karpenske
Adam Karpenske and Kelly Norton joke that their business was born out of necessity and for an escape from wet Seattle winters. Karpenske fathered the idea for Hot Tub Boats when he wanted to put a hot tub on his boat, but did not have enough room to install it, so he approached Norton and the company blossomed from there.
Norton, co-founder of the company, said that everything happened incredibly quickly from there. They started building their first boat in November, which is already available for rental, and there are many more boats on the way. The company is located on the water just off of Westlake Ave North in Wallingford.
For a company that is operating as a very young start-up, they’re getting a lot of attention. They’ve been featured on CNN and Headline News, with much more coverage to come.
“It’s a little overwhelming and hard to grasp,” said Norton, “We’re so busy that we are just focused on the project and it’s hard to see how much attention we’re actually getting.” Just this past week, they offered a boat up for auction to be used on Lake Union for the 4th of July. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Center for Wooden Boats.
“It was such a new thing, this was really about testing it out,” said Norton. “We had no idea what the interest would be or what people would be willing to pay.” The boat ended up going for just over the hourly rental rate. Rentals start at $139 for two hour trips on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, and go down based on the amount of time that the boat is rented; for example, it’s $119 for 4 hours. Weekends, Friday and Saturday, is the same system but $20 more per session. Overnight rentals are also available for people who have a place to tie the boat up. The boat can accommodate six people while underway and eight when docked.
Their patent is pending, but this company is moving forward at full force. Right now they are aiming to get a strong rental fleet onto Lake Union and then expand rentals to other parts of the country. They also would like to try selling the boats abroad and have even launched an online store that sells Hot Tub Boat memorabilia.
Norton adds that even though everything is happening quickly, they are loving the journey and enthusiasm behind their idea.
Seattle Night Out is one of the best summer nights in Seattle, where neighborhood blocks throw parties all over the city on the first Tuesday in August. This year, it falls on August 7, and EveryBlock Seattle is running a contest for one lucky block to get their party catered by Skillet for up to 100 people.
Photo from last year’s Seattle Night Out in Ballard
To enter your block in the running for the contest, sign up at EveryBlock and say why you love your block and why it should win the grand prize. Three runners-up will be eligible to have the EveryBlock ice cream truck visit their block party. They’ll also give out five copies of the Skillet cookbook in a random drawing.
To take part in Seattle Night Out, register your block at the official Night Out website.
The southbound curb lane of Aurora Avenue North has been converted into a bus and right-turn-only lane, also known as a “BAT” lane (Business Access and Transit). According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the lane will start south of the Dexter Avenue off-ramp and continue south to Mercer Street. Crews worked on striping over the weekend, and the lane is now in service.
SDOT says King County Metro Transit will be starting RapidRide E Line service on Aurora Avenue North in 2013, but asked the City to install the lane earlier to keep buses moving during several ongoing construction projects. The Aurora corridor serves around 30,000 passengers everyday, and SDOT says using the southbound BAT lane will allow Metro to, “establish the travel pattern for both current and future service on Aurora, instead of changing it repeatedly to work around construction projects.”
Tomorrow, restaurants across the city will participate in the third annual Spoke & Food event, “an evening of dining and bikes” where restaurants will donate 20 percet of their revenue to the FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank. In Wallingford, Julia’s is participating, and the Wallingford Center is the neighborhood sponsor.
The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. The event was started three years ago, “by a group of friends as a way to influence the culture of Seattle, to build community and to show how easy and fun bicycling to and from dinner, while also raising money for charity,” according to a press release about the event. For more information, click here.
As we’ve reported before, Wallingford is the first neighborhood to receive a ‘greenway,’ which is an alternative and safer route for bikes and pedestrians. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced today that the Wallingford Greenway is now complete, and this Saturday, bicyclists and pedestrians in Wallingford will celebrate the installation of Seattle’s first Neighborhood Greenway along N 43rd and N 44 th streets between Stone Way N and Latona Avenue NE.
Map of Seattle’s proposed greenways
Traffic calming improvements include adding a green bike box(es) at 43rd/Wallingford, 44th/Latona, and 44th/Thackery; constructing a median at 43rd and Stone Way; adding on-street parking and installing signs to reinforce existing parking restrictions; as well as the addition of new directional signs and pavement markings. The new Greenway provides access to Wallingford Center, Wallingford Playfield, Hamilton International School and the school programs located in the Lincoln High School building. It also offers an alternative route to using busier N 45th Street.
The official opening of the Wallingford Greenway is this Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, SDOT Director Peter Hahn and community members are hosting a ribbon cutting across N 44th Street at Corliss allowing Kidical Mass—a family bike ride for kids of all ages—to pass through.
This weekend is the annual Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.
The Fremont Fair will kick off with music from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday night with music from Kissing Potion, Unite-One, Soul Senate, Lucky Brown and Altered States of Funk, and Yogoman Burning Band featuring SambAmore at the Redhook Main Stage.
On Saturday, the Solstice Parade starts at noon in downtown Fremont, and is put on by the Fremont Arts Council. As usual, there will be painted naked cyclists galore making their way from downtown Fremont to Gas Works Park. But, new this year is the “We the People Power Festival” at Gas Works Park from 1 to 7 p.m. According to the event’s website, the festival is a,”celebration of sustainable living, people-powered action and grassroots democracy, with hands-on fun for the whole community.”
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. will be the “Dads and Dogs Day,” a dog (and owner) parade that winds through the fair. There will also be “Yoga for the Solstice” and more events. For a full line-up of the weekend’s festivities, visit the Fremont Fair website.
In July, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) is offering a new parent-support group in Wallingford. It’s called Little Peppers, a group where parents, “meet, share and learn about the joys and challenges of parenting two young children,” according to the PEPS website.
The Program for Early Parent Support has room for more families in an upcoming session of Little Peppers that takes place at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Little Peppers is a group where parents meet, share, and learn about the joys and challenges of parenting two young children. Little Peppers is for families with two children under age three. Meetings are led by a professional facilitator with the help of an assistant to keep the toddlers busy. Babies and children remain in the room with their parents for the entire meeting – which makes for a busy and exciting morning!
The summer session of Little Peppers will meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting July 10. The program fee for the 8-week session is $120. Scholarships are available.
There’s still time to sign up for the fall soccer program with the Woodland Soccer Club. The program is for kids ages 5 to 18 (kids must be at least 5 by 7/31/12).
According to the club, players are assigned to teams by age. “Players must play on a team in their own age group. Exceptions are sometimes (but not often) allowed for players who wish to play “up” a level.”
Tamari Oki writes that younger players (under 9) play with modified soccer rules:
“Mod Soccer” allows play with fewer players on smaller fields. This gives the kids more touches on the ball and more involvement. Each team is made of players of the same age and sex. The teams play other teams from nearby clubs. Teams usually play 8 games starting the first weekend after Labor Day.
U7 (born Aug 05 – July 07) kids play on teams of 6 kids each. The games are 3 vs 3. Most U7 teams practice once a week. Games are on Saturdays at Wallingford Park.
See http://www.woodlandsoccer.org/ for more information and to register online. Seattle Youth Soccer Association recommends that kids play for their neighborhood clubs. Woodland soccer gives priority registration to new kids living in Woodland boundaries: between Lake Union and N. 85th st, and then between 8th Ave NW and I-5.
Update, 7 p.m.: The suspect in today’s shootings is alive and receiving treatment at Harborview Medical Center, according to the SPD Blotter. From the Blotter:
It appears that about 30 minutes after the shooting at the cafe, the suspect in the cafe shooting fled to First Hill, where he fatally shot a woman in a parking lot, and stole her SUV.
The suspect then drove the SUV to West Seattle, where he ditched the vehicle, leaving a gun in the car.
After officers found the SUV near Delridge Way SW and SW Dakota Street, SPD flooded the area with uniformed and undercover officers.
Just after 4pm, a plainclothes officer spotted the suspect near 36th Avenue and SW Morgan Street, and called for backup. As uniformed officers approached the suspect, he knelt down to the ground, and shot himself. Medics rushed the man to Harborview for treatment.
Based on evidence recovered during today’s investigations, SPD believes a lone suspect is responsible the murders in Roosevelt and First Hill. Still, neighbors should expect to see a heightened police presence as detectives work to confirm links between the two tragic incidents.
Update, 1:20 p.m.: The SPD says there is a, “heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect. As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.” (From the SPD Blotter)
Earlier, 1:00 p.m.: This morning, two deadly and unrelated shootings happened in our city, one downtown and one in the University District. The shooting in the U-District involved a man who shot five people, killing two, at Cafe Racer. Nearby schools (Roosevelt, Eckstein, and Greenlake) were on lockdown as a result. The shooter is still at large.
From our news partners, The Seattle Times:
Seattle police say the shooting happened at Cafe Racer Espresso in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast, near the intersection with Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.
Two men are confirmed dead, and one person has life-threatening injuries, police said. Two others also suffered gunshot wounds. One victim is a woman.
…The suspect in the Cafe Racer shooting was described by police as a white man, 30-40 years old, 6-feet-1, with a medium build. He has light brown curly hair, a goatee or beard and was wearing a white and plaid shirt.
The man was last seen running north from the scene. Police urged residents in the area to remain inside.
The shooting downtown happened in front of Town Hall. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) says it was an apparent carjacking. From the Times:
The woman and a man were seen arguing in the parking lot at Eighth and Seneca earlier in the morning, police said. The man shot the woman around 11:30 a.m. and fled in a black Mercedes SUV. It’s unknown at this point whether the vehicle belonged to him.
The SUV later was found in the 4100 block of Delridge Way, but authorities are still searching for the suspect. TV news footage showed what appeared to be a black handgun in the front seat.
The woman in the carjacking incident has died, and the suspect is still at large, according to the SPD. We’ll continue to update with any new information.
Wallingford’s The Drum Exchange is offering a free event on Saturday, June 2 called the “Day of Percussion,” held next door to the store at the Creative Music Adventures Gallery.
Candace Marshall from The Drum Exchange writes that the event will feature a variety of drum and percussion clinics with some professionals: Jeff Busch (Brazilian Percussion), Ernesto Pediangco (Cuban Percussion), Alan Keown (Drumline), Michael Waldrop (Marimba), and Garey Williams (Drumset). Marshall says the clinics are geared toward, “anyone with an interested in learning more about drumming and percussion (youth age 9 & up and adults). We will also have door prizes and other freebies throughout the day.”
Click here for a full list of the day’s events and clinics.
B.F. Day Elementary has a new school principal, Katie Pearl. Ms. Pearl will start this summer.
From Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield:
Dear B.F. Day community,
I am excited today to announce the appointment of Katie Pearl as your new principal, effective July 1, 2012.
Ms. Pearl comes to B.F. Day Elementary from Mercer Middle School, where she was assistant principal.Ms. Pearl is committed to the vision of B.F. Day as a family school and to rigor and excellence for every student. She will be a great fit for the B.F. Day community.
Katie Pearl previously served as house administrator at Mercer Middle School, and she was a Special Education teacher at Mercer Middle School and at Briggs Elementary in Bronx, New York. She also was a classroom teacher at Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle.
She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Mercy College, with an emphasis on elementary education and K-12 special education, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College.She has Washington State Administrative Certification and has completed the Danforth Educational Leadership Program through the University of Washington.
Ms. Pearl was selected after a hiring process that included input from staff and families. The selection team committee was particularly impressed with her strong experience in instructional leadership. Please join me in welcoming Katie Pearl to B.F. Day Elementary!
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close one lane in each direction on N. 45th St tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) to remove a large tree and install two new permanent poles between Green Lake Way N. and Stone Way N. The closures will happen between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
During the majority of the work the roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction. While the tree is being removed, the roadway may be reduced to a single lane for both directions, alternating traffic with the assistance of flaggers. On-street parking restrictions and loading restrictions in and around active work areas will also be in place.
The work is being done as part of the Priority Bus Corridor Projects, which will benefit Route 44. SDOT expects work to be completed by late summer.
Tonight is Historic Seattle’s Fourth Annual Preservation Awards, and a local historian will be honored at the ceremony. Wallingfordian Paul Dorpat is the recipient of the Living Landmark Award for his, “outstanding contribution to our understanding of Seattle history and his role in shaping a broad public appreciation of our built (and in many unfortunate cases lost) environment.”
Cloud Bank, 45th Street and Meridian Avenue, 2008, by Paul Dorpat.
Through his research, publications, website, public lectures and the generous sharing of his vast knowledge about the history of our city with other researchers, Paul Dorpat has made “then” a very important part of “now” for which we are very grateful.
The awards ceremony is tonight at the Wallingford Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click here for more info.
This Saturday, May 12 is ‘Stamp Out Hunger‘ day, a nationwide US Postal Service and Campbell Soup Company food drive for local food banks. It’s easy to participate: on Saturday, put out non-perishable goods by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. The donations will be combined across the city, then split up and divided evenly at every neighborhood food bank.
This will be the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, and last year the Postal Service collected over 70 million pound of food across the country. The organizers ask that participants put out, “a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.”
This Thursday, May 10, is the Sustainable Seattle May Neighborhood Workshop at Solid Ground (1501 N. 45th Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reed Painting and SustainableWorks will be at the workshop to teach participants how to create green redecorating projects and to improve energy efficiency in your home.
SustainableWorks, a nonprofit contractor and partner in the City of Seattle’s Community Power Works program, “will share tips and techniques to help you save energy in your home, lower your carbon footprint, and save money,” according to the event information. Reed Painting will, “discuss their Green Man Paint Program, which recycles your donated paint, participates in responsible disposal, and donates quality recycled paint to your community projects.” They will also talk about how homeowners are affected by the EPA’s new lead regulations. Reed will provide a painting demonstration and tips for painting projects. They will also be giving away a free quart of their recycled paint at the end of the night.