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Traffic Alert: Bumbershoot starts Saturday and runs through Monday

September 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

BumbershootUPDATE: Bumbershoot starts tomorrow, not today (thanks, migraine).

A late heads up, but if you aren’t aware, Bumbershoot is this weekend at the Seattle Center. The festival starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and runs through Monday, and 50,000 people are expected each day. You can find out about all the Bumbershoot events and acts here.

Here’s SDOT’s notice about traffic impacts:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers to be aware that Bumbershoot runs this weekend through Labor Day. The annual art, film and music festival takes place at the Seattle Center beginning Saturday, Sept. 5 until Monday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. tomidnight daily. About 50,000 people are expected to attend each day. Please travel safely and plan ahead for possible delays.

Expect an increase in traffic around Queen Anne this weekend, which is typical for the summer. Those who are frustrated can take solace in Labor Day weekend signalling the end of big summer event traffic (although there will always be traffic…).

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La Luna closed earlier this week

September 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Notice the lack of posts since last Friday? Thank a horrible migraine. I’m just now catching up on tips and email from readers, and there are a lot of queries and tips about La Luna, the Mexican restaurant at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

La Luna signAfter several rumors in late August, the restaurant closed up shop without any official notice or posting on the door. Several readers said the restaurant staff had told them that August 31 would be its last day, and thanks to readers, we were alerted to La Luna closing its doors and “gutting” the interior and removing the outdoor seating. (note: all of these reader emails came in while I was unable to look at screens – thanks to all who sent in info, apologies I was out of commission)

In the recent past, the business has been for sale on Craigslist. But, there are no current listings on the usual sites and no new liquor applications for the location. We’ll post on any new information as soon as we have it – and send any tips via email. Thanks, readers!

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Eden Hill opens its doors this Friday

September 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Eden Hill opening signWhen we last connected with Eden Hill owner and chef Maximillian Petty, he was shooting for an end-of-August/early-September opening date. If you’ve been intrigued by our previous post’s photos or his past tenures in Austin or D.C., opening day for Chef Maximillian’s Eden Hill is tomorrow, Friday, September 4th.

The first menu (it will change seasonally) promises a range of items. The space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N is small, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. You can reach Eden Hill at 206-708-6836 to make reservations for dining during regular hours of 5pm-10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Plus, they are open for brunch on Sundays from 10am-2:30pm.

If you didn’t catch our introductory post on Eden Hill, you can catch it along with an interview with Chef Maximillian Petty here.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Freddy Garcia

August 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays, we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Tina (adorable young Chihuahua) – adopted!
Kohmi (beauty of a Siamese cat) – adopted!
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Squid – (playful tortie kitty) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Penny & Patty (cute-as-can-be guinea pigs) – available for adoption
Red-eared Slider Turtles (Turbo, Einstein & Shelly) – available for adoption

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Freddy 2Meet Major Leaguer Freddy Garcia!

Freddy Garcia is a delightful cat looking for his home team. While no longer a Mariner, he’d like to retire in Seattle. Please read his highlights and call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685 to see for yourself!

Highlights:

  • Freddy 1Skills – Although retired from the major league kitten play, Freddy still enjoys some short term play with tissue paper, his crinkle tunnel and peacock feather. Play time is followed with a nap in his favorite chair or sprawled out among his toys.
  • Leisure – Freddy enjoys chin scratches, full body massages and morning conversations. The way his short, curve ball tail wags is sure to amuse you.
  • Team player – Like a true athlete, Freddy is a team player and would likely enjoy the company of other cats, but no dogs, please.
  • Nutrition – A diet free of grains has helped keep Freddy fit in retirement.
  • Home field – Freddy would thrive in a moderately active home with children over the age of 8. He respects the field and only uses his scratching pad for practice and consistently uses the mound (litter box).

Freddy 3Freddy has been benched in foster care for almost two years. His prior family surrendered him after 11 years when their team was moved. Freddy would be a friendly addition to any family looking to provide for a retired player with plenty more years of minor league play. Are you ready to trade in your loneliness and sign Freddy to your home team?

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Lost wedding ring found on Queen Anne 3 months later

August 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

You may recall our post back in late May about a reader who lost her wedding ring while walking her dog on West Queen Anne.

Sarah lost her ring and did everything to find it, including contacting Queen Anne View. We put out the word, along with a handy route of her walk that she provided, and Queen Anne residents rallyed to find it. Alas, nothing turned up in the scouring of the neighborhood.

Fast forward to this week, and the ring has been found! Sarah found it in a neighbor’s flower bed that had been searched with a metal detector 3 times – here’s the happy reunion photo from Sarah’s blog:

Found Ring

You can read the full account of her story on her blog. Sometimes, that lost item is right under your nose… or next door!

Thanks again to all the readers who helped look for the ring!

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Free car washes at Brown Bear this Thursday

August 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Brown Bear Free Wash DayTo celebrate its 58th year in business, Brown Bear Car Wash is bringing back its annual free car wash day this Thursday, August 27th. The family-owned, Seattle-based company offers free car washes twice a year – one to honor veterans on Veterans Day, one to celebrate its anniversary. The latter is this week, and a free “Beary Clean” wash will be available at any of its 21 tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear has a tunnel wash site at 1800 15th Ave W, and it’ll be open from 8am to 8pm for the special free wash day. Plus, one customer will win free car washes for a year – just take a photo of your clean car and tweet it to @brownbear or post it to Instagram with @brownbearcarwash with the hashtag “FreeCarWashDay.

In the past 9 years, Brown Bear has washed over 225,000 cars in its annual free car wash days, with last year’s event totaling 26,437 free washes… so you might want to pack some patience and remember it’s free!

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SPD investigating homicide under Magnolia Bridge

August 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Magnolia Bridge camp SPDAnother person was killed on the edge of Queen Anne this week – this time, under the Magnolia Bridge. (Early Saturday morning, it was the Shell at the corner of Denny and Queen Anne Ave N). At 9:30pm Monday night, SPD responded to 911 calls about an assualt under the bridge at 15th Ave W and W Garfield St, where there is a homeless camp. One woman was killed, other people were injured.

Here’s the full story from SPD:

Homicide Investigation Under Magnolia Bridge
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The suspect is now in custody after he was shot by a SWAT officer following a lengthy standoff with police.

At about 9:30 pm on August 24th officers responded to 911 calls of an assault near 15th Avenue West and West Garfield.  Officers arrived and located an adult male with serious injuries.  The victim directed officers toward under the Magnolia Bridge, stating that a man had assaulted a woman inside a tent.  When officers went to investigate, they located an adult female who had been beaten to death inside the tent.  A male suspect was in another tent nearby refusing to come out and still armed with a weapon.  The male victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Negotiators responded to the scene and attempted for the next several hours to convince the man to surrender peacefully.  He refused.  SWAT officers responded and one officer used his weapon when the suspect charged from his tent, striking him in the leg.  The suspect was taken into custody and the Seattle Fire Department medics immediately treated his injury.  The suspect was then transported to HMC for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.

Homicide and CSI detectives are now resuming their investigation at the scene safely, while another group of detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting.

More information will be available about this investigation once detectives are able to sort through the evidence and process the scene.

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Tour Queen Anne Park with the Queen Anne Historical Society this Saturday

August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Tudors QAPAs I’ve noted in the blog before, I cover Queen Anne by foot (with dog in tow). It’s a lot of ground to cover, so I divvy it up into sections to make it more manageable. If you don’t live in Queen Anne Park, you may not know about it unless you’ve traversed the hill to check out the northwest corner of our neighborhood…

Queen Anne Park has wide streets that make looping curves instead of a grid, with large lots, and homes that date to the 1920s. While Queen Anne Park homes are from the same decade, there’s variation – Tudors, Spanish-style homes, and Colonial homes sit along winding streets (no grid!).

Spanish QAPQuite a few Queen Anne Park residents take advantage of the larger lots, with lush landscaping and gardens. If you’re a gardener or fan of gardens, take note: this walking tour includes a few gardens as well.

This Saturday, you can discover Queen Anne Park and learn more about its history from the Queen Anne Historical Society. QAHS will tour the neighborhood, as well as the aforementioned select gardens, before concluding with refreshments. Plus, the tour leader is Queen Anne Park resident, Florence Helliesen, so you can get the insider scoop.

According to Helliesen:

“There is a rich history in Queen Anne Park that I’m excited to share with our community. It’s a beautiful and unique part of the hill that often goes unnoticed. Our walking tour will tell an exciting story of real estate development as the roaring ‘20s drew to a close before the Great Depression.”

Turret House QAPThe curving street structure I noted above is not coincidence – the winding roads are designed to fit into the topography of the northwest slope, and many homes have views of the mountains – either the Cascades or the Olympics (some with both), Elliott Bay, and/or the Ship Canal.

The tour will cover three streets in Queen Anne Park - W. Etruria St., 10th Ave W, and Conkling St:

Queen Anne Park map

Tickets for the tour are $15 for QAHS members, $25 for non-QAHS members. You can purchase tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets. The tour begins at 10am on Saturday, August 29th, starting at the dead-end of W Etruria St (where 7th Ave W would be, it’s a SPU parking lot). If you drive to the tour, park at SPU’s Ashton Hall, entering at 5th Ave W and W Dravus St. Look for a gate that leads to W Etruria St and the tour starting point.

Learn more about some of Queen Anne’s hidden – or maybe not so hidden – treasures via the Queen Anne Historical Society, and join Saturday’s walking tour!

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Krua Thai on Lower Queen Anne officially closed

August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

It’s been a month since Krua Thai ceased business on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but the official announcement was just posted today. The restaurant first opened on Queen Anne in October 2012. The Thai spot will continue to operate its original location in Ravenna. No word yet on a new tenant for the 12 Mercer Street location.

Krua Thai closed

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Tina

August 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays [this week, Sunday], we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Kohmi (beauty of a Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Squid – (playful tortie kitty) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Penny & Patty (cute-as-can-be guinea pigs) – available for adoption
Red-eared Slider Turtles (Turbo, Einstein & Shelly) – available for adoption

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Tina 2Meet Tina! 

Allow me to introduce myself – I am Tina, a young, female Chihuahua. Some say I look like a small deer, but no, I am a dog.

I’m a sensitive girl, and don’t like to be startled, but really, who does? When I meet you, and become comfortable with you, don’t be surprised when I jump into your lap and settle in for some love; I adore gentle humans and can’t wait until I have my very own again. I came to the shelter as a stray – imagine, little me out there all alone!

Tina 1I’m quite the catch, if I do say so myself. I’m easy to handle, cooperative, sweet, adorable, calm and eager to please. And of course, I’m spayed and up to date on my vaccinations.

I would like an adult-only, moderately active home with some prior dog experience. Another dog is a possibility, as is a cat with supervision.

I’m happy with leisurely walks – really, anything to be with you. Please consider me, won’t you?

image (1)Tina (SAS #A29268188) is at the Shelter waiting to find her forever home. Dog Adoption Applications are available in the Shelter lobby, or you may download the application and bring it with you to the Shelter or follow the directions to submit it via email or fax.

If you have general questions about Tina you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Early morning shooting at Lower Queen Anne gas station leaves one dead

August 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Gas Station shootingThe Seattle Police Department has posted a blotter post on an early morning shooting at the Shell gas station at the corner of W Denny and Queen Anne Ave N. One person died from gunshot wounds, two more were injured.

If you have any information or tips on this open investigation, please contact SPD at 206-233-5000.

Here are the details from SPD:

Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Lower Queen Anne

Homicide detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at a gas station at Denny and Queen Anne Avenue North.

Officers responded to several 911 calls of shots fired shortly after 3:00 am.  When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man dead and two other men with gun shot wounds. Seattle Fire responded and transported the two injured men to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene, interviewing witnesses and canvassing for evidence. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the shooting took place inside of the parked car and that suspects and victims have been accounted for. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting occurred as a result of a drug robbery.

This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call SPD Homicide tip-line at (206) 233-5000.

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Free Queen Anne Historical Society tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery is tomorrow

August 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Every summer the Queen Anne Historical Society hosts a free tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Today, we got late notice that the tour is tomorrow, Saturday, August 22nd, at 10am. Guided by long-time QAHS member Kim Turner, this year’s tour focuses on gravesites of people affiliated with the former Queen Anne High School – faculty, students, and people involved in the inception and creation of the building, which now houses condos.

You can check out the cemetery map, courtesy of the QAHS, below:

Mt Pleasant Cemetery map

The tour is free and will begin at 10am. It’s estimated to run until noon.

Mt Pleasant cemetery is privately owned and operated – signs posted at the entrance state that dogs are not allowed. The QAHS tour is free and open to all (except dogs, per Mt Pleasant rules).

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