Category Archives: Astro Biz

Astro Biz: Mercury Fitness

Mercury Fitness

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Mercury Fitness, a Kenmore, Wash.-based firm that does repair and maintenance of exercise equipment. I love their slogan, “We keep you running,” even though it reminds me of Michael McDonald, who ruined the Doobie Brothers. I spotted the Mercury Fitness van at the West Seattle Health Club when I arrived for a recent workout. The Mercury guys were working on one of the club’s elliptical machines.

It still raises eyebrows among people who know me when I mention being “at the gym.” My wife and I both started working out last year as part of our routine to be more fit. I don’t use the ellipticals, but I’m glad Mercury is there to fix them!

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Astro Biz: Casa Luna restaurant

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Casa Luna Mexican restaurant, spotted in downtown Poulsbo by our friend Clarence Moriwaki. That Clarence has been there is about all we know about Casa Luna. The restaurant has minimal web presence, with only an unofficial Facebook page. Online reviews of the Mexican restaurant in the heart of “Little Norway” are generally pretty good.

Astro Biz: Blue Star Donuts

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Blue Star Donuts from Portland. Blue Star has eight locations in the Rose City and three more in Southern California. The company has been around since 2012.

We found Blue Star Donuts while walking around Portland during the first annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Expo held at Portland State University last weekend. Watch for our recap of that event coming soon!

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Astro Biz: Salute the Sun pale ale

Salute the Sun pale ale

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Salute the Sun pale ale from Elysian Brewing Company. Salute the Sun is a seasonal brew that is only available from April through July each year.

We’re big fans of Elysian at Seattle Astronomy; their Space Dust IPA is one of the house beers at headquarters.

For some reason beer and booze appear prominently among Astro Biz posts. Salute the Sun is the 114th Astro Biz to date. Those include 12 beers, six wines, six taverns, three breweries or distilleries, and one cocktail. Cheers!

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Astro Biz: Meteor Shower Blonde Ale

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Meteor Shower Blonde Ale from Ghostfish Brewing Company. This brew won a silver medal in the gluten-free beer category at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. It is brewed with malted millet, brown rice, and Noble German Perle hops. All of Ghostfish’s offerings are gluten free.

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Astro Biz: Orion Commercial Partners

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

Today’s Astro Biz is Orion Commercial Partners. ORION is a Seattle-based real estate services and investment firm. We spotted their sign outside the West Seattle Corporate Center (they lease space there) as we were on our way to the West Seattle Health Club.

We like that their logo is a riff on Orion’s belt.

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Astro Biz: Moon Rocks chocolate bar

Moon Rocks chocolateMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one periodically on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is the Moon Rocks chocolate bar from Seattle Chocolate. There are plenty of products out this summer to commemorate and cash in on the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, and this is a fun one. It’s a milk chocolate truffle bar with “bits of popping candy.” I was thinking pop rocks, but the pop comes from a bit of CO2 mixed in with the sugary bits.

This special-issue bar was created in conjunction with the Museum of Flight, which has helped spearhead a lot of Apollo commemoratives in connection with its Destination: Moon exhibit that includes the Apollo 11 command module Columbia. It (the bar, not Columbia) is available in many grocery stores as well.

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