Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Nova apartments

Nova apartmentsMany 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 Nova apartments in West Seattle. Nova is a pretty new complex, a built green community that is just across from the West Seattle Family YMCA, in the middle of the triangle formed by 35th Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW, and SW Alaska Street.

We like that they lean into the astronomical in their marketing, too, with “stellar” living and out-of-this-world amenities in West Seattle. We’re not sure if we’d want to live in something that is named after a catastrophic explosion, though!

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Astro Biz: Meet the Moon café

Meet the MoonMany 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 Meet the Moon café in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. Meet the Moon is right on Lakeside Avenue South, which as you might imagine is right on the shore of Lake Washington. Unfortunately, the café has no water views, as its windows all face west out onto the street.

The food is good, though; I had a marvelous breakfast burrito on my recent visit. They’re open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. most days, staying open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Meet the Moon is part of the Heavy Restaurant Group that includes Purple, Barrio, and several others.

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Astro Biz: Red Star Taco Bar

Red Star Taco BarMany 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 Red Star Taco Bar in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Fittingly enough, it’s right across the street from the statue of Lenin on North 36th Street.

As you might expect, Red Star serves tacos, and quite a variety of them. They also have other Mexican-ish menu items. The bar features more than 30 different brands of tequila and a dozen mezcals, plus a wide selection of local and imported beer and wine.

We picked Red Star this week because we went by on the way to a theater event last week.

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Astro Biz: Mercury Comet

MercuryMany 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 Mercury Comet. This may well be our first double Astro Biz! The Comet was produced by Mercury every year from 1960–1977, with the exception of 1970. The 1969 models were the last for the brand as a mid-size. It took a year off before being brought Cometback as a compact in 1971.

We’re featuring the Mercury Comet this week because there’s one parked on the street a few blocks away from Seattle Astronomy world headquarters. We’re not car guys, but it appears our nearby Comet is an early ’60s model.


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Astro Biz: Equinox Ale

Equinox aleMany 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 Equinox pale oat ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Lagunitas is headquartered in Petaluma, California, and has breweries there and in Chicago, and taprooms in several locations around the United States, including one in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, where it seems there are more brew pubs and tasting rooms than people these days!

Equinox is not only the name of the brew but also of a variety of hops used in the ale. Lagunitas gets many of its hops from the Yakima Valley in eastern Washington. The ale is a seasonal concoction that isn’t on the brewery’s website at present.

Naturally, we chose Equinox because the vernal equinox just happened at 3:29 this morning, Pacific time. And we love that the label depicts equal night and day. Happy springtime!

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Astro Biz: Fremont Space Building

Fremont Space BuildingMany 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 Space building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Space is literally a building full of office spaces, three stories worth of them. The plaza in front of the building features an intergalactic public art installation. Space is part of the seattlespace.com group, which includes the Saturn Building, featured as an Astro Biz last June.

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Astro Biz: Salsa del Sol

Salsa del SolMany 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 Salsa del Sol picante sauce. Salsa del Sol is part of the Heinz family of products. There are also a Salsa del Sol sauces based on jalapeños, a taco sauce, a hot sauce, jalapeño relish, a mayo with lime juice, and more.

We chose Salsa del Sol this week because a packet of the salsa happened to be included with our breakfast burrito as we journeyed on Amtrak to visit the Rose City Astronomers in Portland. You never know when you’re going to find an Astro Biz!

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