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 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.
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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.
Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”→
“World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” Passport Winners Awarded!
Thank you to all the wonderful businesses and all those that took part in the 4th year of our business promotion program, “The World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City”. This years partnership with the Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Foundation helped to increase the awareness of the program.
This year our fist place winner was Mike Wotring. Mike admitted that his wife had done most of the work and that he benefited by “being along for the ride and all the great food Lake City has to offer”. Our 2nd place winner was Kerri Martinez who will enjoy one month of free yoga at Two Dog Yoga, a $25 gift card to Manila Manila and a $50 gift card to Elliott Bay Brewery. Third place went to Julia Engel who brought the whole family down to pick up their $50 gift card courtesy of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets. The first 20 people that turned in their passport with seven or more stamps also received $10 gift cards to the Farmers Markets.
Thank you to our sponsors, Kaffeeklatsch, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market, Two Dog Yoga, Manila Manila, and Elliott Bay for their generosity.
This program is a way to bring awareness and support to our local eating and drinking establishments at no cost to them. All part of “Enjoying Lake City”.
Look for some changes next year as we continue to try and engage more people in the program.
Record Numbers of Kids and Families Turn Out for 25th Annual Trick-or-Treat Walk
The North Seattle Family Resource Center in partnership with LCFF saw a big uptick in local business participation for the 25th Annual “Lake City Fright Night and Trick-or-Treat Walk”. Over 30 business took part this year but the big surprise was the over 700 kids and parents that came out for the event to fill Lake City way with little princesses, pirates, witches, super heroes and beyond. It was amazing to see so much participation and to watch as the Lake City Mini Park became abuzz with families from all over the neighborhood.The Lake City Lions did another amazing job of transforming the community center into a fun filled party with pizza and treats and lots to look at.
On Sunday, October 29th the fun continues with the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Palooza at the Kaffeeklatsch. LCFF again teamed up with Kaffeeklatsch, the LC Farmers Market, Hunger Intervention, North Helpline and the Watershed to bring back this fun event where we provide healthy snacks and pumpkin decorating for the kids.
Over 700 Little Ghouls, Superheroes, Princesses & Pirates Descend Upon Lake City
Over 30 Lake City Businesses took part in the 25th Annual Trick-or-Treat Walk sponsored by the North Seattle Family Resource Center and LCFF. It was amazing to see LCW crowded with families on a gorgeous October evening. The turn out was more than we could have ever expected and was a sight to behold. Families had the opportunity to end the evening with the Lake City Lions at the LC Community Center for their annual “Fright Night Festivities” and some treats.
LCFF followed up the event on Sunday at the Kaffeeklatsch with partners; Hunger Intervention, EBB, Lake City Farmers Market, North Helpline and the Watershed Pub to hold the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Palooza. Volunteers from the businesses and organizations came together the night before to clean and prep over 100 pumpkins for the event. There was live music, healthy “Halloween themed” snacks, prizes and lots of creative pumpkin decorating going on. Big thanks to Annette and Brian from the Kaffeeklatsch, Chris with LCFF and Chuck Dickey from the Lake City Lions for procuring the pumpkins for this event and for kids at the North Seattle Family Resource Center. Don’t miss the event next year!