Getting in Summer Shape

Summer is here, and that means shorts, swimsuits and other outfits we want to look fit in. There’s still time to sculpt our way into athletic shape, so we came up with a few recommendations in several different types of endeavors, all within walking distance.

LAB5Fitness
606 Broadway E | Yelp Profile

LAB5 Fitness is a 2,400 sq ft. boutique fitness studio offering group and individual classes utilizing Pilates principles and methods, Barre, Yoga, TRX suspension training, and Aerial Conditioning with fun high energy results orientated classes.

“I can’t say enough great things about this place!! I was out of shape for years and always struggled with sticking to any new gym or fitness routine – I’d easily get discouraged because it was so hard or I felt like I couldn’t keep up with the class.“ – Katie B.

“3 years into it and still loving Lab5. Thought I would update my review as I have bumped it up to unlimited which means I can go daily and sometimes 2 times a day.“ – Ella L.

The Grinning Yogi
345 15th Ave E | Yelp Profile

A warm, vinyasa yoga haven, The Grinning Yogi was founded with the belief that showing up not only matter – it’s exponential.

“The instructor we had today, Adrienne Kimberly, is a rock star!!  What a great time and awesome workout! Their beginner’s class is fantastic for those looking to try out yoga for the first time or for those looking to work on the fundamentals.  Highly recommended!” – Bryan Y

“I have been to so many yoga studios around the country–so when I sing praise, you know the place is good! And The Grinning Yogi is THE BOMB!” – Libby J

Foundation Cross Fit
1415 12th Ave |  Yelp Profile

Foundation CrossFit is a personal and group fitness training facility utilizing the CrossFit fitness methodology, and believing in a broad and inclusive fitness made for everyone.

“I am relatively new to crossfit, but I now completely understand why everyone says it’s a cult…it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!  I’ve been going to traditional gyms for years, but this workout method makes me feel stronger than ever and I’ve learned to do things I never thought I could do.  Every workout is full body, intense, and unique.” – Anna M.

“Foundation offers everything that makes a great CrossFit gym: experience, knowledge, non-judgement, patience, personality, and pure awesomeness! You will amplify your involvement in your own health and fitness when you join this gym and feel lucky to be moving and sweating among great trainers and people alike!” – Elle G.

And don’t forget, you can always use the exercise center in The Lyric. It’s a great way to make sure you can fit in your favorite personal daily workout.

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Happy 4th of July From The Lyric

Happy Independence Day! Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.

  • One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration of Independence is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
  • After Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration, the other members of the Declaration committee and the Continental Congress made 86 changes to Jefferson’s draft, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.

Source: http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fascinating-facts/

Now, on to the festivities. The Capitol Hill Blog has a full feature on how to enjoy the fireworks this year. Among their suggestions:

  • The Lake Union fireworks show is slated to begin at 10:10 PM. You can tune in to Warm 106.9 FM for a simulcast or bring your own brass band.
  • The prime Capitol Hill-connected viewing zone stretches along our northwest edge above Eastlake.
  • Lakeview Boulevard E., just north of the Belmont-Eastlake I-5 overpass is a great, crowded, and fun place to watch.
  • Do not try to park anywhere in the area. You will fail.
  • The Lakeview overpass is usually closed to cars and pedestrians during the show. This Eastlake Ave map is old (and getting older!) but it shows an overview of the streets in the area during the show.

If you are looking for something to do early in the day, head over to Cal Anderson Park for the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is proud to bring you the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4th. This event is completely free and our gift to the community.
  • Friday Noon to 5 PM at Cal Anderson Park
  • Featured throughout the day: Live music, Arts & crafts projects for kids of all ages, Pet-Human look-alike contest, the High 5 Pie Eating Contest, Hotdogs, Root beer garden, Drawings for prizes, Activities presented by local community groups, and more!

Remember, fireworks are still illegal in Seattle, so resist the urge to shoot bottle rockets out your window. Your friends and neighbors at The Lyric will thank you.

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Residents and Pets of The Lyric Enjoy the Furry 5K

Last week, we grabbed our leashes and traveled down to Seward Park to represent The Lyric at the 15th Annual Furry 5K.

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This fantastic event is a fundraiser for the Seattle Animal Shelter, which takes in approximately 6,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Because so many of these animals are in need of significant vet and behavioral care, the Seattle Animal Shelter created the Help the Animals Fund in 1977.

Two-legged and four-legged friends walked and ran together around the park, enjoying views of Lake Washington all along the way.

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Hopefully you were able to stop by the Pillar Properties tent, where Regan, Megan and Genevieve were handing out treats.

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Overall the Furry 5K was a huge success and our residents who participated not only got to support a great cause, they spent a gorgeous day outside with other animal lovers.

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If you missed the walk, but want to support the Help the Animals Fund, you still can. Just visit this donation form.

 

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Celebrate the World Cup on Capitol Hill

Maybe you’ve been counting down the days for the last three years and 11 months yourself. Or maybe your friends have been jumping around telling you how excited they are. But the most important tournament in the most popular sport in the world is finally upon us.

The World Cup is our quadrennial opportunity to exasperatingly wonder how countries like Chile, Switzerland and the Ivory Coast can possibly cultivate as much or more soccer talent from their tiny populations than the U.S. can from our 350 million people. So it’s a great time to grab a pint and belly up to the bar with other soccer fans.

For the folks who think CONCACAF is an aid organization, the World Cup is a 32 team, four week affair, which this year is being hosted in 12 cities in Brazil. For the next two weeks, there will be 3-4 games a day around 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm. So when your co-workers are late, take a 2 hour lunch, or leave early, they’re probably watching a match.

If you aren’t a soccer fan, don’t worry. The World Cup is the one time that even the snobbiest soccer fan will embrace a newcomer and try to introduce you to “The Beautiful Game.” But to help you out, here are a few talking points you can use that will help you out keep you from looking like a total newbie. Just memorize these, throw them out in conversation and let the others start debating.

1) You know, I think Neymar (pronounced NAY-MAR) may be better than – or at least as good as – Messi (pronounced Messy).
2) I love the Dutch, but do you think they are too old?
3) Columbia, Chile, Ecuador – I think they all have a chance. Who do you like?

If you haven’t watched a U.S. World Cup game yet, you should realize that more people than you expect will skip work for it. Remember the NFC Championship game when it was hard to find a seat for the Seahawks game? That’s probably a fair comparison. You may need multiple options for your viewing, in case one or more bars are packed to the gills long before kickoff. Here are some places we suggest trying.

AutoBattery

1009 E Union Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
Physically unlike its Capitol Hill neighbors, AutoBattery is a sports bar inside of a former auto shop.  It features a garage vibe and 9 flat-screen televisions for sports watching. It’s hard to deny its claim as “Capitol Hill’s Best Sports Bar.” Call them at 206-322-2886 to check the World Cup crowd before heading over.

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95 Slide
722 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 b/t Harvard Ave & Boylston Ave
It’s more of a bar with a sports theme than a true sports bar. But the team at 95 Slide is prepared for the World Cup by letting you reserve booths ahead of time.  You can call them at 206-328-7666.

Summit Public House
601 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
It’s a great neighborhood bar, and will be open for all the early games. As a bonus, you will have a chance to win soccer jerseys that they will be raffling off during the games.

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Café Presse:
1117 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
It’s a French bar / café, not a traditional sports bar, but if you support France’s soccer team, this is the place to go.  It’s family friendly with Happy Hour pricing during every French Team Match and after Hours Happy Hour pricing during every Team USA Match. In fact, Trip Advisor named it one of the “10 Best Sports Bars in the U.S. to watch the World Cup”.

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Photo: http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/1/107332/seattle-cafe-presse-restaurant-photos

Will you get your World Fever on?

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Join The Lyric As We Celebrate Pillar Loves Pets Month

Pillar Loves Pets Month” is our annual chance to celebrate the canines and cats that make our lives a little more fun. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting and participating in all kinds of special events for both our furry and non-furry residents. We’ll kick the month off right on June 8, participating in the Seattle Animal Shelter “Furry 5K” Fun Run and Walk around Seward Park. Join your fellow neighbors, and thousands of other Seattleites, as we run and walk with our dogs to raise money for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Ask your front desk for a special promo code that gets you $10 off registration fee. Sign up here.

Furry5K On June 9, we’ll launch the 2nd Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest. Send in a pic of your little buddy and have your friends vote on their favorite submissions. Last year, we were on adorable overload, receiving shots with everything from cute kitties to precious puppies. Follow us on Facebook to get all the details.

Pillar Loves Pets Last year, hundreds of our residents and neighbors voted, choosing Bowser and Tigger as the cutest pets in the Pacific Northwest, followed closely by Biscuit and Crackers. Like last year, winners will receive $250 and $50 gift cards, so get those photos in. Enter the contest here on June 9. Bowser and Tigger We’ll also be hosting our own benefit for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Throughout the month, look for the big collection bins in the building. Drop a few cans of dog and cat food in the box and we’ll make sure they get to the Seattle Animal Shelter. We love your pets at The Lyric. Enjoy this month as we celebrate all they bring to the community.

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Enjoying Nature on Capitol Hill

It’s official. Spring is here.

It’s time to get outside, don a short sleeve shirt, shade your eyes and check out the flowers and nature than have been hiding under the dew and raindrops for the last seven months.

Aside from all the parks and trails in the area, we suggest sauntering north about a mile to one of the hidden treasures in the area – The Volunteer Park Conservatory. A Victorian greenhouse modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, it’s a unique structure made from glass panes and wood/iron frames. Walk around the five room collection featuring bromeliad, fern, palm, seasonal, and cactus.

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Image Source: Yelp

“If you like flowers, this place is pretty close to paradise. The exhibits change seasonally, and are artfully arranged to take advantage of color and texture contrasts. Feels almost like it was done by an interior designer.” – Yelp

You get all this for a mere $4 suggested donation, which makes this one of the best deals in town. Then after your visit, walk back down to The Lyric and spend some of that money you saved sitting on an outdoor deck on Broadway. Or just pub crawl. Either way you can get out in the sun, see some fabulous flora and be back home for a sunny happy hour.
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Image Source: Yelp | Address: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112

Option 2 is a little further west, but worth the walk. The St. Mark’s Greenbelt buffers Capitol Hill from I-5 and provides wildlife habitat, dense vegetation and trails. It is adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral on 10th Ave E, and a steep trail through the southern part of the greenbelt is accessible from trailheads in the south and southwest portions of the St. Mark’s parking lot.

St Marks Greenbelt
Image Source: CapitolHillSeattle.com | Address: 1500 Lakeview Blvd E

Have a favorite nature spot? Let us know below.

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It’s the Last Few Days of Beer Week

You still have a few days (Until May 18th to be exact) to enjoy Seattle Beer Week. Here’s what’s hopping within walking distance of The Lyric.

Seattle Beer Week

Beer O’Clock at Quinn’s
For the duration of Seattle Beer Week, they will extending their standard Beer O’Clock deals of half priced drafts to THE ENTIRE BEER LIST. Every bottle- Trappists, sours, magnums and ciders included- will taste twice as good at half the price. Cheers! Everyday from 3pm to 5pm

Special Sour Beers at Capitol Cider
For the entirety of Beer Week, they will have a line up of Sours on tap to compare and contrast to their ciders. 4pm to 2am through Friday | 10am to 2am Sat / Sun

Big Sky, Big Buck BBQ at The Pine Box
The gang from Big Sky is rolling out for a Saturday afternoon BBQ and a Big Buck Hunter tournament. They’ll have Venison on the BBQ and great Beers from Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula, Montana. Saturday 5/17 from 1pm to 6pm

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Meatless in Seattle: Vegetarian Options on Capitol Hill

Not only are there some great options for going vegetarian on Capitol Hill, the three we’re going to talk about today couldn’t be any more different. From small and intimate to rowdy and loud, these localicious meat-free restaurants prove that there’s something for everyone, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Feeling Fancy:  If a classy dining experience is what you’re looking for, head on over to Plum Bistro. Some vegan places will throw a couple of fancy salads at you, and call it good, but at Plum, they go the extra mile.  With options like Panko and Thyme Crusted Seitan, Pan-Seared Creole Tempeh, and housemade Beetroot Ravioli, you’re basically guaranteed a unique and adventurous dining experience.

Plum Bistro

Quick and Casual: Want to eat like a local? You can’t go wrong with longtime neighborhood staple In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Studio. It’s the perfect spot to pop into for a quick, delicious dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for curry, Stir-fry, noodle dishes, or a must-try appetizer called “Full-Filled Your Dreams,” this joint will satisfy your veggie cravings without breaking your wallet.

In the Bowl

Feeling Metal: If you like your vegan cuisine served with a side of stiff drinks and live music, take a stroll down Broadway and pop into The Highline. They only do dinner service Monday & Tuesday from 4pm-8pm, but there’s always stiff drinks, plentiful beer, and live music available.

The Highline

What are some of your favorite vegetarian/vegan options on Capitol Hill? Did we leave any of your favorites out? Let us know in the comments!

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Mother’s Day: Brunch on Broadway Can Be a Drag

Do something different for your mom this year. Flowers and boring brunches are out. It’ll be easy to treat her (and yourself) to a uniquely localicious experience this year, and it’s one that takes place right across the street.

Prepare yourself for Julia’s Queen of the Brunch Drag Show.

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With a killer menu, pitchers, (yes, pitchers) of mimosas, and a live, over the top performance put on by some of Seattle’s best drag queens, this brunch promises to be a unique experience your mom won’t forget. Julia’s promises a “whole new Sunday Brunch Experience,” and they very rarely disappoint. Show off the fun, feisty neighborhood you live in!

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The show starts at 2:00, but we suggest popping over a little earlier to get a good seat and get a bite to eat. Once the show starts, things tend to get a little hectic, and you won’t want to miss a second of this show.

Are you doing something a little less wild this Mother’s Day? Let us know what you’ll be up to!

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Take a (Very Educational) Walk!

Taking a walk is not the most exciting thing in the world. In fact, sometimes walking can often be downright boring. We understand these things. The problem is, walking is good for you! It’s the broccoli of activities: by itself, it’s kind of dull, but when you spice it up a bit, it’s actually palatable!

Every year, Seattle does the Rock and Roll Marathon, which meshes a grueling activity with music in order to make it more fun. We are going to straight up steal this idea right now. So don’t take a walk, take a Capitol Music History Walk!

And where will this very educational and interesting walk begin? On Broadway, of course. Did you know that Sir Mix-a-Lot is from Seattle? It’s true. He’s best known for a song about honestly enjoying posteriors, but he also wrote a song about Broadway, and how his posse likes to go to there.

And thanks to the help of some Internet nerds, you can recreate the heroic journey of Sir Mix-a-Lot.Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 8.35.03 AM.png

When your time as a virtual member of the posse’s over, head up to Volunteer Park, it’s time to get grungy.

The band Soundgarden named themselves after another local Seattle park, and arguably their biggest hit was the song “Black Hole Sun.”  Guess what sculpture is at Volunteer Park?  This one:

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That’s Black Sun, a 1969 sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. If the shared title is a coincidence, it’s a pretty good one. Locals just call it ‘The Donut,” but that would not have made a very good title for a grunge anthem.

There’s so much music history is right outside your front door! Is there anything glaring we left out? Or are you just mad that we left the Jimi Hendrix statue out and want to yell at us? Let us know!

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