by Kirby Lindsay
“Fremont Good” has little of the familiar kick of other Fremont-isms (e.g. “The Freedom to be Peculiar” or “Center of the Universe”.) It has something else to recommend it – quiet truth.
For “Fremont Good” refers to almost universal quality of products and customer service shoppers find here. Our stores, and restaurants, rarely provide the cheapest option, but in matters of value - originality, artistry, sustainability, quality, etc. – our businesses can smack down those in any mall.
Favorite Places in Fremont
A recent visit to Daly’s Home Decorating recalled the “Fremont Good” adage. Daly’s sells the high-quality products, but their incredibly knowledgeable staff can also effortlessly explain and consult on nearly any paint or stain project. So it was no surprise to see owner Robin Daly and an employee applying a new decal to their door that designated them a “Google Favorite Place.”
According to the Google website, “We’ve identified over 100,000 businesses in the U.S…based on Google users’ interaction…” For Fremont, they also identified the Dubliner Pub. Daly acknowledged that the number of businesses selected sounds immense, but nationwide…that becomes a select few.
Best of All
Such designations bring attention, which is one reason Lisa Magetteri of Fremont Jewelry Design campaigned for the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington 2009 award for “Best Designer Jewelry,” and won for the second year in a row. “I have a lot of people who come in here and like my work,” she explained.
“I told everyone in the neighborhood,” she admitted, when she got creative about outreach after a computer crash lost her e-mail contact list. Still, friends and handouts given to customers, especially the happy ones, made a difference – and put her number one among 27 nominees, among 190,861 votes. She values the acknowledgement of her hard work plus “it gets a lot of people to even know I exist.”
Brown Bear Car Wash, headquartered in Fremont, might not need exposure, but Vice-President Lance Odermat appreciates, “it’s validation.” Out of 12 nominees, and among 190,861 votes, they won “Best Car Wash” again, for the second or third time. “Every year we are nervous about whether or not we will make it,” he admitted. Yet, regardless of the award, “we are always trying to do better,” and improve the business, which might be why they win.
Other local 2009 Best of Western Washington awards included:
Best Waxing – The Sweet Spot
Best Outdoor Cinema – Fremont Outdoor Movies
Best Zoo – Woodland Park Zoo
Best Kite Flying Location – Gasworks Park
The Fremont Troll won “Best Roadside Attraction” but failed to make the top five for “Best Biggest Public Eyesore.”
The Seattle Weekly also distributes annual awards – and their winners get not only the prestige of accomplishment, but clever designations as well. For 2009, in Fremont, they noted:
Best Alternative to Stitch’n’Bitch” - Fusion Beads
Best Farmer’s Market Booth To Put Down Stakes - Anita’s Crepes
Best Eco-Friendly Lunch – Homegrown
Best Place to be a Rabid Soccer Fan in an Authentic Atmosphere – Azzurri Vino Bar
Best Piece of Public Art – The Fremont Troll
Best Place to Feast in Lenin’s Shadow – Royal Grinders
The 2009 Best of Citysearch wisely recognized Costas Opa as the “Best Seattle Mediterranean” restaurant but otherwise their voters seemed to have erred magnificently. I am, admittedly, prejudiced but for “2009 Best Seattle Dive Bar,” they gave Pacific Inn Pub second place. No offense to Pacific Inn, but it hardly qualifies as a ‘dive’. More shocking, the Buckaroo Tavern failed to be nominated as a dive – and only got second for “2009 Best Seattle Biker Bar”? Oh, no they didn’t!
Neither Magetteri nor Odermat know how their businesses were nominated, although they both expressed gratitude for the consideration. “Fremont Good” can be taken for granted as a way of business here. It is good to know some do speak up on behalf of our shops, restaurants and iconic wonders – and make sure others know the truth.
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