Enjoy Lake City Future First https://enjoylakecity.org Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 109906402 LCFF Has Strong Start to 2018 https://enjoylakecity.org/lcff-strong-start-2018/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:57:52 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=2601 Good News to Share LCFF is excited to continue to expand our ability to better serve our local businesses and build Community in Lake City. On February 12th Mayor Durkan announced the recipients of the 2018 Only in Seattle grant initiative. Lake City future first was one of several neighborhoods that received funding from this […]

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Good News to Share

LCFF is excited to continue to expand our ability to better serve our local businesses and build Community in Lake City. On February 12th Mayor Durkan announced the recipients of the 2018 Only in Seattle grant initiative. Lake City future first was one of several neighborhoods that received funding from this program through the Office of Economic Development. The grant will help to continue to support local small businesses, convene community and help to establish opportunities throughout the Lake City Community. For additional information on the grant and allocations please visit: Only In Seattle.  Within the grant is $5,000 to help support outreach within our immigrant and refugee populations to build capacity to help ensure that the voices of our diverse Lake City are at the table.

  • LCFF received $15,000 dollars from the City and private foundations to continue and expand the work of our Lake City youth and local artists mural projects.
  • LCFF was able to secure office space on the LCW corridor just north of Elliott Bay Brewery to increase our presence and make information more available – Look for us to open sometime in March of 2018.
  • LCFF also received funding from the “Put Arts in the Park” program to once again provide entertainment in our 125th Street Mini Park as well as Albert Davis Park this spring and summer. This program is funded through the Office of Arts and Culture and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

LCFF is excited to be able to continue and improve our service within the community and are very proud of the investments being made in our work. There is much more on the horizon and we hope to share more good news soon. Thank you to all our partners and supporters and all those that live, work and recreate in Lake City.

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LC Library – Lunar New Year Celebration https://enjoylakecity.org/lc-library-lunar-new-year-celebration/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:17:54 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=2596 LCFF Is Proud to Help Sponsor SPL’s Lake City Branch Celebration Event type Library Program Where Lake City Branch Room Location Meeting Room Audience Kids & Families Language English Summary Join us for a family friendly celebration of Lunar New Year–the year of the Dog! Enjoy stories and crafts and treats. Traditional dress is encouraged! […]

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LCFF Is Proud to Help Sponsor SPL’s Lake City Branch Celebration
Event type Library Program
Where Lake City Branch
Room Location Meeting Room
Audience Kids & Families
Language English
Summary Join us for a family friendly celebration of Lunar New Year–the year of the Dog! Enjoy stories and crafts and treats. Traditional dress is encouraged! Potluck dishes encouraged, too.
Description Lake City Future First is our partner in this. Community members are invited to help plan the event, bring food, and help with decorations. Contact Librarian Nancy P to participate in planning!
Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Contact Info Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian
Room Capacity Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

 

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Mandatory Housing Information https://enjoylakecity.org/mandatory-housing-information/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:27:01 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=2592 Upcoming Events: Learn more about MHA and other City services that promote equity Specific to District 5 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments are coming to your District to share programs, get feedback, and provide opportunities to see updated maps for Mandatory Housing Affordability. We’d love to talk with you. District 5 + 6 […]

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Upcoming Events: Learn more about MHA

and other City services that promote equity

Specific to District 5

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments are coming to your District to share programs, get feedback, and provide opportunities to see updated maps for Mandatory Housing Affordability. We’d love to talk with you.

District 5 + 6 Open House: February 28, 6-8pm  at Whitman Middle School Gym

Public Hearings and Council Meetings

Districts 5 + 6: March 12 at Northgate Community Center

Citywide: June 25 at Seattle City Hall

Dates and times are subject to change. Click here to go to City Council’s home page.

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Q&A with Annette Heide-Jessen, Owner of Kaffeeklatsch https://enjoylakecity.org/2558-2/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:54:03 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=2558 Kaffeeklatsch, the Coffee Shop & Bakery in the Hearts of Lake City Enjoy Lake City (ELC) visited Annette Heide-Jessen at her Lake City Way bakery and coffee shop to talk about social gatherings around coffee, cake stung by a bee, and the power of working together for a better future. Annette was recently named to Seattle […]

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Kaffeeklatsch, the Coffee Shop & Bakery in the Hearts of Lake City
Annette Heide-Jessen, Owner of Kaffeeklatsch

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) visited Annette Heide-Jessen at her Lake City Way bakery and coffee shop to talk about social gatherings around coffee, cake stung by a bee, and the power of working together for a better future. Annette was recently named to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkans’ newly formed Small Business Advisory Council, which will provide policy recommendations and recommend resources to help small businesses thrive amid Seattle’s current growth and affordability crisis.

  

And don’t miss our Mystery Diner’s

“Rapid Restaurant Review”

following the interview!

 

ELC: How did you get into your own business?

I was born and raised in Berlin. I had two degrees as a registered nurse and a pediatric nurse.

When I got to the States, I was 27 and I had to refresh my degrees. I got an associate’s degree, then ran out of money, so I couldn’t do it. Then I volunteered at a local hospital and I did not like the system here at all! The way it’s run, the hierarchy, the 20 people that go through a room with one patient and I thought “I don’t want to do this”.

I tried a number of jobs and ended up at Columbia City Bakery as the retail manager. I was laid off in 2009, could not find a job for the life of me. My boyfriend Brian had also been laid off from his job in construction. We were thinking “what do we do now?” We started planning Kaffeeklatsch and opened the doors in 2011.

Alyssa whips up some fresh apple pastries.

 

ELC: Was it difficult to start?

There was a really cool program at the time for women starting businesses and I had a great mentor. I did a lot of on-line research, went to the library every day. I was writing my business plan and would hand it to my mentor, she would correct it and send me back home just like in school and I would start over. She put in a big word for us everywhere, telling people we were really motivated and “you need to give them money” and that’s how we got our small business loan.

ELC: How did you pick the name Kaffeeklatsch?

Kaffeeklatsch means “social gathering around coffee” in German. I just loved that name. But at no point did I think I would attract German customers. Then as we opened, all of a sudden there were these Germans showing up wanting German products! And I was like I don’t have anything German! We’re not bakers remember? One of us builds houses and I’m a nurse who sold bread. We said ok, we’ll make some German stuff. I had a German baking book and I’d say “Brian, I need you to make that”. I would translate the recipe, show him the picture and he’d make it. Brian baked a lot at with his mom growing up and he knows how to works with his hands in construction so it was easy for him. Without his skills, it would never have happened.

Very quickly we realized we needed other things to make more money. So we started offering sandwiches, and from there just added on. About a third of our products are not Germanesque. Some of the recipes come from our families – the banana bread from Brian’s grandma, the traditional cheesecake is my mom’s recipe.

Kaffeeklatsch is a super welcoming place with 13 friendly staff, including Yazmin and Loren.

ELC: Who are your customers now?

We still have a lot of Germans coming in and lots of regulars. That’s the fun part! You have people coming for a long time, you see the kids growing up. There’s one customer who always brought her daughter in. Now she’s a teenager and she’s still coming in. She’s not playing in the kids’ area anymore but she brings her friends and they do homework together over a hot chocolate.

ELC: What’s your personal favorite from your menu?

Fresh pretzels and Laugenbrotchen beckon from the pastry case.

Definitely the pretzels… I never get sick of the pretzels. I don’t think people know we sell pretzels. We sell pretzels to 9 restaurants but we make only 12 pretzels a day for the house.

 

ELC: What are your most popular items?

We sell a lot of cinnamon rolls and we have killer biscuits.

We have bienenstich – Stich means sting, bienen is the bee. It’s a cake that was stung by a bee. It’s a sweetened yeast dough filled with a nice vanilla pastry cream. Then we have a topping of butter, almonds and honey, and the honey is why it’s called bienenstich. A very German pastry that you can’t get anywhere else.

Bienenstich,, with honey and almonds is “cake stung by a bee”.

We do a bostok, which is kind of like a French toast with almond paste and almonds on top. It’s a twice baked dough with an orange blossom type of syrup on it.

We also do soups. We have certain people who come in for certain soups and no one will let us change the soups. Every Wednesday is chili, Tuesday is split pea. I also have a lentil bacon, a potato soup and a beef stew on Fridays.

ELC: What are a few of your favorite Lake City restaurants?

I really like 2C Thai. I also like Toyoda Sushi for a special treat. Korochka is a little bar that has great appetizers and Russian food. Pho An has great spring rolls.

ELC: You give back to the community with cleanups and fundraisers. What’s your inspiration?

The Seattle Times nicknamed Annette the “Recycle Queen” long before the City required recycling and composting. This unique Trash Chart helps customers sort out items.

I think life is very challenging and we have to get together and make it work. That’s how I grew up. I have never had that “me, me, me”. I always love to share. And then there’s that nursing background with a full-blown helper syndrome!

ELC: What would people be surprised to know about you?

I think a lot of people would be surprised to know I am a nurse. I love care-giving. It’s very fulfilling, very rewarding. I worked in the hospital’s surgery, ER, and pediatric unit and did home care.

ELC: What do you like best about Lake City?

I like the possibilities of Lake City. It’s pretty raw. Compared to other neighborhoods, there’s lots of opportunity here for growth and making it a great place.

I also love the diversity. A customer said to me, “look around – look at the people. There’s not two people

Krissia works on another batch of pastries for the morning rush.

alike here”. The place was packed and he was right. Little kids, old people, every color you can imagine from every different background. It’s very cool and very rare but that’s what I like about Lake City. We’ve got everyone here.

ELC: What are Lake City’s challenges?

We have a state route going through the core. We don’t have the foot traffic that other neighborhoods do. People drive through, they don’t stop. We should have a 20 mile per hour core.

ELC: Anything else you’d like us to know?

I’m very passionate about the work Lake City Future First is doing and happy that I can be part of an organization that is a big change maker in this neighborhood.

People want to move into an area that’s livable, playable, workable, where you can do everything. Walk around, meet people, go to the playground, a full circle of things that are available. We have some of that but many people don’t know about it. In Columbia City, they got together to make a nice core, a huge business association, art walk, jazz festival and all sot of things. I know we can do that here. I think Lake City Future First is the group that can make it happen, we already are.

But nothing can happen without the community. The community is us and only if we all get together can we make changes. My business wouldn’t be here without the community. I have to thank Lake City for my success.

Our Mystery Diner recently raved about the blueberry tea and biscuits with butter and jam. Here is her Rapid Restaurant Review: “Coming in from the rain, there’s a sense of ease as you lift your eyes and take in all the products Kaffeeklatsch has to offer. Chalkboards telling you about their different options, the scent of freshly baked goods in the air, fellow customers enjoying what they’ve bought for themselves – you stand before the display case wondering what you’ll have. The staff asks you warmly if you have any questions, and you just shake your head. You don’t quite know what you want yet, but you’ll be coming back to try everything that you can. “

                                          Kaffeeklatsch is located at 12513 Lake City Way NE, Suite H, Seattle WA 98125

 Open Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sat & Sun 8:00 am – 5:30 pm 

(206) 462-1059 Kaffeeklatschseattle@gmail.com

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North Helpline Needs Your Support https://enjoylakecity.org/north-helpline-needs-support/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:34:47 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=2543 Empty Bowls Event and the Impact of Sam’s Club Closure Join North Helpline for their ninth annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction Fundraiser on Sunday February 25th, from 1:00-4:00pm, at St Matthew’s Parish (1240 NE 127th St, Seattle, WA 98125). Tickets are available: Purchase Tickets Here “North Helpline is proud to host its 9th annual Empty […]

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Empty Bowls Event and the Impact of Sam’s Club Closure

Join North Helpline for their ninth annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction Fundraiser on Sunday February 25th, from 1:00-4:00pm, at St Matthew’s Parish (1240 NE 127th St, Seattle, WA 98125).

Tickets are available: Purchase Tickets Here

“North Helpline is proud to host its 9th annual Empty Bowls silent auction fundraiser. All profits raised from the event support the efforts of our Emergency Services and Food Bank to make sure our neighbors have food on the table and a roof overhead.

Select a hand crafted bowl created by local students and artisans. Enjoy live music while savoring a meal of soup, salad, bread, and dessert from local restaurants. Purchase a unique gift for a friend or loved one in our silent auction. All this while helping keep our neighbors in need housed and fed.

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that the impact of the closing of Sam’s Club will have a significant effect on North Helpline and our neighbors in need.

North Helpline Director, Kelly Brown, indicated that the loss of food source and funding from Sam’s Club is the biggest single setback they could have encountered.

Kelly also sent this message out to the Community regarding the closure:
“About 25% of the 1.5 million pounds of food that fed our neighbors in 2017 was donated by the Aurora Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club was a great source of fresh healthy food.  Last year they donated  126,421 lbs of produce and 69,315 lbs of meat.” 
“We also had a great partnership with the staff their who have volunteered and raised funds for us in the past, We are working hard to fill the very large gap this leaves and we need the community’s support to continue to provide fresh healthy food to our neighbors in need.”
Below is a link to a King 5 story on the impact

 

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