Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Star Brass Works

Star Brass WorksMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is the Star Brass Works Lounge. The lounge is in the historic Star Brass Works building on Airport Way in Georgetown just south of Gerogetown Playfield. The building was for some 40-plus years the home of a company called Star Brass Works, which forged pressure-release valves there, and the bar kept the name. The lounge features a full bar, large indoor seating area, and a big patio.

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Astro Biz: LUNA bars

Luna barsMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is LUNA bars. LUNA nutrition bars are a brand of Clif Bar and Company. LUNA was created in the late 1990s and was specifically aimed at providing nutrients often missing in women’s diets.

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Astro Biz: Moon Drops grapes

Moon Drops grapesMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Moon Drops grapes from Grapery out of Shafter, California. Grapery gets into the Astro Biz spirit by declaring that “you and your favorite earthlings will agree – Moon Drops are truly stellar.”

We spotted Moon Drops at our local supermarket this week.

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Astro Biz: Orbit gum

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Orbit® gum. Orbit is a brand of sugarless gum made by the Wrigley company. It comes in a wide variety of flavors. According to Wikipedia, Orbit originated back during World War II, when traditional gum-making ingredients were in short supply. After the war it went away, coming back in the late 1970s. It left the U.S. market in the ’80s because of concerns about artificial sweeteners, but returned to the states in 2001.

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Astro Biz: Starball, the dreamy musical astronomy show

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Starball, the dreamy musical astronomy show. Starball opens this week and runs September 7–11 at West of Lenin in Fremont. The show was created and is performed by John Kaufmann and Dan Dennis, and is directed by Rachel Katz Carey. Starball was first performed in 2002 and returns to Seattle for the first time since 2003.

We did an article and podcast about Starball last week. Check it out!

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Astro Biz: Path of Totality IPA

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Path of Totality IPA from Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon. And what else could it be, as I’m writing this less than an hour after arriving home from viewing the total solar eclipse in Monmouth, Oregon. Although the poster says it was “brewed for the city of Independence” to celebrate the eclipse, we enjoyed Path of Totality IPA in three different establishments in Monmouth, which is a mere two miles to the west.

It’s a yummy brew with an excellent name!

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Astro Biz: Corona beer

Corona BeerMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is Corona beer. Corona Extra has been brewed and bottled in Mexico since 1925 and was introduced in the United States in 1981. According to the Corona website, it became the fastest growing imported beer in U.S. history, is the #1 selling imported beer in the U.S. and the #5 selling beer overall. In a way it’s a double Astro Biz: Corona is a product of Crown Imports, a division of Constellation Brands.

You may have guessed that we chose Corona this week because we will have a rare opportunity to view the Sun’s corona next week during the total solar eclipse!

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