Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Lake Champlain Five Star Bars

Lake Champlain ChocolatesMany 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 collection of Five Star Bars from Lake Champlain Chocolates based in Burlington, Vermont. We spotted these in our local supermarket the other day—one of those checkout-line tricks!—and, since they were an Astro Biz couldn’t resist picking up a couple.

They’re pretty good! The bars come in six flavors in all, and are just part of a varied line of products from the company.

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Astro Biz: Starburst

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

This week’s Astro Biz is Starburst candy. Starburst, according to the company website, was invented in 1960 in the UK under the name “Opal Fruits.” The candy found its way to the US in 1967—no doubt part of the British Invasion—and was re-named Starburst. The candy’s trademarked tagline is Unexplainably Juicy™, which makes it an especially good Astro Biz, because there’s still much in the science that can’t be explained. Plus, Starburst is a brand of Wrigley which is a subsidiary of Mars, and so you’ve got many levels of Astro-ness in there.

Since Starburst has been around for a long time, you may wonder why it took so long for it to appear as an Astro Biz. Truth be told, while I sometimes go on field trips to shoot photos of Astro Bizes, most of them are just things I stumble across, and I just happened to notice Starburst the other day at our local market.

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Astro Biz: Vega apartments

Vega 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 Vega apartments in West Seattle. Vega is about half a block from the West Seattle Junction transit center, often a transfer spot for us as we head to or from astronomy events around town, so the building’s blue neon sign was hard to miss as we rode by.

We had to smile a bit at the building’s website claiming that Vega is “ten minutes from downtown.” That’s a 3 a.m., maybe, but Vega is in a good spot for access to transit as well as restaurants and other businesses in the Junction neighborhood.

We wonder what it is about naming apartment buildings after astronomical objects. We’ve featured several already and there are a couple more in the queue.

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Astro Biz: Sean Thackrey “Orion” red wine

Thackrey OrionMany 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 “Orion” red wine made by Sean Thackrey of California. Orion is a red blend that we spotted on the shelves on a recent visit to West Seattle Wine Cellars. Thackrey makes a number of Astro Biz wines; he’s named others after Sirius, Andromeda, Lyra, and the Pleiades as well.

It seems that adult beverages and establishments in which they are consumed just go together. There are 26 of them on the Astro Biz list as of this addition.

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Astro Biz: Elliott Bay Brewery Luna Weizen

Luna WeizenMany 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 Weizen from Elliott Bay Brewing Company in West Seattle. Luna Weizen is brewed with 40 percent wheat malt, which imparts a distinct citrus flavor and aroma. The brewery says its version is more accurately a “wheaten ale,” a beer in which wheat is used to lend a distinct flavor, but at a much lower percentage of the total grain.

We had a couple on the way home from a recent astronomy event; there’s often time for a brew while waiting for the next bus!

Elliott Bay also has pubs in Burien and Lake City.

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Astro Biz: Crazy Aaron’s Cosmic Thinking Putty

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 Crazy Aaron’s Cosmic Thinking Putty. We’ve had a tin of Crazy Aaron’s product on our desk for around 20 years! It’s nice to know of products with staying power. We never, however, really thought of it as an Astro Biz until we spotted some of what we take to be a new line of cosmic colors of it in a small shop in San Francisco last weekend. Available versions of the putty include Milky Way, Solar Wind, Star Dust, and North Star.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty really works. You can squeeze it, stretch it, mold it while you ponder those knotty problems. This can also be considered a procrastination technique, and sometimes that’s necessary, too.

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Astro Biz: Moondrops nuts

MoondropsMany 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 Moondrops Bavarian Roasted Nuts. Moondrops is based in Vancouver, Washington and can typically be found at the Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon. We spotted their booth at the Wine Country Eclipse event at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon the weekend before the total solar eclipse in August.

Moondrops offers a variety of almonds, cashews, walnuts, and hazelnuts roasted in cinnamon, sugar, and other goodies.

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