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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Brandon & Tyke

May 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays [this week it’s Saturday] 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.

Kiki (beautiful tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Mama & Sydney (social cockatiels) – adopted!
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – adopted!
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption

Branson Tyke 1
Meet Branson & Tyke!

Sometimes good things come in pairs, and that’s definitely the case with Branson and Tyke – two Chihuahua mixes who are the very definition of adorable. These sweet little guys love each other and also love people and other dogs.

They are extremely bonded, and would like to be adopted together. Branson and Tyke are young, and they’re still learning about the big world outside.

Branson Tyke 3They have been doing great at their foster home and have learned to sit for treats and meals, to wait before going through the door, and to “leave it.” They would benefit from an adult-only home with some dog experience where they can continue their training.

They enjoy wrestling each other, snuggling and chewing on their toys. They ride well in the car and look forward to going places. They are house-trained and do great at home with regular bathroom breaks.

So apply to meet Branson and Tyke today. They’re ready to enter your life and make it a lot more fun!

Branson Tyke 2Branson and Tyke (SAS ID #15-2099-1 & 2) are being adored in a foster home, you won’t find them at the Shelter. If you would like to meet them, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email or fax.

Or, you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about Branson and Tyke, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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LOST: Wedding ring on West Queen Anne

May 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A wedding ring was lost this morning – and the owner believes it may very well be along the dog-walk route she took on the West side of Upper Queen Anne.

You can check out the map of her route below, as well as the flyer that’s being posted around the neighborhood here: (click for a large image)


If the ring is along this route, it could be on or near sidewalks. So, keep your eyes peeled and if you find the ring, contact Sarah via phone (714-345-1325) or via email.


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Old SPU property becomes The Parker and garners press as a model for affordable apartments

May 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The Parker signYou may recall (or may not – it was several years ago) that we posted on the sale of an old SPU property to Bellwether back in October 2012. At the time, the apartment building was in disrepair, and Bellwether Housing, a non-profit affordable housing agency, planned to renovate the property and create affordable housing on Queen Anne.

It’s now completely renovated and sparking positive local press in both The Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal as a creative and effective way to develop affordable housing in Seattle.

From our 2012 post:

Bellwether Housing announced today [October 24, 2012] that it has purchased SPU’s Robbins Apartments, netting the nonprofit affordable housing agency its first building on Queen Anne. Robbins Apartments, located at 2701 3rd Ave W, opened in 1966 and provided SPU students with close-to-campus apartments, but has been in need of repair for several years.

Bellwether, a non-profit agency, will repair and renovate the building, resulting in 50 affordable apartments that’ll be renamed The Parker. The Parker will provide apartments for people who earn up to 60% of the area median income ($36,960 for one person to $47,520 for a family of three).

Bellwether’s Executive Director Sarah Lewontin issued the following statement:
“This is Bellwether’s first apartment building in the Queen Anne neighborhood. I’m particularly excited that we’ll be able to provide affordable rents in this highly desirable area – giving working people a chance to live close to jobs, parks, schools, grocery stores and very convenient bus service. SPU has been a great partner to make this transition possible.”

The Parker gardenBellwether’s Parker House Apartments on Queen Anne has since opened and hit the news yesterday. Both the Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal have highlighted The Parker:

PSBJ: “The creative way this Seattle developer made a $735-a-month Queen Anne apartment possible”

Seattle Times: “Rents are half the Queen Anne norm at revitalized apartments”

Next time you walk or drive by the property on 3rd W, take note of the difference Bellwether is making in our neighborhood. Not only has the property been nicely rehabbed, it’s also providing a great affordable option for Queen Anne families. And, it’s been 100% occupied since it opened, so it’s filling a need in our community. What was once an near-eyesore of a building is now renovated, complete with a beautiful exterior garden along 3rd Ave W, all while offering affordable housing on Queen Anne.

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B&E Meats to open in A&J Building this summer

May 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As we hinted at when we posted about Wild Salmon moving out of the A&J Building, there’s going to be a new butcher on Queen Anne. B&E Meats is planning to open this summer in the building at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N.

B&E SignThis morning, a B&E sign was hung in the window, officially heralding the impending arrival of a new family-owned butcher. A&J owner Rick was on hand, helping get the sign up in the building’s window. Instead of selling the A&J Building, Rick has instead found a new butcher to fill in the big gap left by his retirement.

I spoke with B&E owner Jeff Green a few weeks ago. Things were still being finalized with the space and contracts, so we held off on an official post – but now, we can give the heads up about our newest locally-owned business.

Back when we first announced that A&J was closing, we had a lot of comments from readers suggesting potential new butchers for the space. B&E was mentioned a lot – and, some readers even contacted them to let them know about the space, sending our post to B&E. So, if you were one of those readers, you had a hand in getting them to open a Queen Anne location!

B&E has been family-owned since Bob and Earl Green first opened the original Burien location in 1958. In 1978, they opened a second location in Des Moines. After 40+ years in business, they retired in 1999 – and now Bob’s son, Jeff, and his wife, Trisha, run the family business. They opened a Federal Way location in 2010, and, lucky for us, Queen Anne is next.

B&E statement

With the new Queen Anne location comes another generation to keep B&E running at full steam. Jeff’s daughter will pick up as the 3rd generation of the family to be hands-on at B&E. According to Jeff:

“We’re excited to be on Queen Anne, we’re a family owned business – I’m second generation and my daughter, who’ll be involved with the Queen Anne location, is third generation.”

B&E Meats specializes in high-quality meats, seafood, and specialty items like smoked bacon, pepperoni, sausages, Kalbi beef ribs, smoked candy salmon (which I’ve been told is the best you’ll ever have!), and more. You can check out their offerings and get your shopping list ready here.

We’ll have more official news around B&E’s grand opening as it gets closer. B&E will be doing some light remodeling – you can checkou the interior of their Burien store here – and getting the space ready over the next month or so. But, until then, you can be assured that the A&J Building will remain standing and house a family-owned butcher for all of your meats and seafood needs.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market returns for a new season in just a couple of weeks

May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2015 PosterTwo weeks from today is the 2015 kick-off for the Queen Anne Farmers Market! The QAFM returns on Thursday, June 4th and runs through October 15th, providing our neighborhood with food, fun, and music throughout the summer.

As always, opening day has special events for kids like the 3rd Annual Radish Race at 4pm, as well as a live band – Right as Rain – to entertain all market-goers at 5pm. The market opens at 3pm and closes up shop at 7:30pm, so start making your plans… shop for fresh produce, get dinner, and hang out with neighbors.

The QAFM vendor list is available online, where you’ll see some familiar names and new alike to help plan your visits. The new poster has been unveiled, and for the third year in a row, artist Joe Wirtheim captures the spirit of the market (posters will be available for purchase at the QAFM Information Tent).

Get ready to celebrate community at Seattle’s only independent, non-profit farmers market – our very own Queen Anne Farmers Market – all season-long, starting in just two weeks!

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Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend

May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Folklife Poster 2015Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.

Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.

This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.

Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.

And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.

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Teacher Rally today starting and ending at Seattle Center will impact traffic

May 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A late notice last night from SDOT on a Teacher Rally today that will impact traffic around the Seattle Center and downtown. Here’s what you need to know…

Teachers are picketing select schools today starting at 8am. They’ll then travel via bus to the Seattle Center for an Educator March and Rally for Education Funding. Staging for 70 buses  will take place on roads surrounding the Seattle Center starting at 10am.

At 11am the march kicks off at the Seattle Center Broad Street Green Sculpture Garden. About 2,000 educators, parents, students, and supporters are expected to march from the Seattle Center to Westlake Plaza for a noon rally, then back again to the Seattle Center via 4th Ave N.

The rally/march is expected to end at 2pm, but with 70 buses and 2,000 attendees, expect traffic impacts to last later than 2pm. Here’s the route map to plan your travels:

Teacher Rally Map


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UPDATE: FOUND: White and grey cat lost near 2nd Ave N & Florentia

May 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

MimiUPDATE: Mimi has found her way home, thanks to all who looked for her.

Another lost kitty this week. This time, an indoor-outdoor cat who lives near 2nd Ave N and Florentia St, and has been at this home for a year. If you live in this area of Queen Anne, keep an eye out for her in garages and under decks.

Mimi is 4 years old. She rarely wanders too far and always checks in. Here are the key description items from her owner:

  • White and gray colored and has a bit of a fat sack that hangs from her belly
  • She is the friendliest cat you would ever meet
  • She never wanders too far but she has not come home in over 24 hours, which is EXTREMELY rare.
  • She has a light blue collar around her neck (no name on the tag however) a
  • Shorter haired cat.

If you see Mimi, contact Jennifer at 253-653-9146.

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SPS teacher walk out tomorrow means Queen Anne Community Center and Pool events

May 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

No School May 19If your kids are in the Seattle Public School system, that means there’s no school for them tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th due to a teacher walk out.

The City is offering free activities for students at both the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) and the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). Seattle Parks and Recreation will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers – including the Queen Anne Community Center – for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade.

The free program runs from 7am to 6pm on Tuesday, May 19th. It includes supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are still spots to sign up online for the QACC. A completed registration form is required, and you can fill it out online here. You can also fill out a registration forms the day of the drop-in service.

Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to students unable to bring their own.

The Queen Anne Pool is also hosting a special Public Swim. Kids home from school can attend the swim from 3-4pm. Rates: $3.75 for Youth (1 – 17), $5.25 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors. (Those 5 year of age and under and less than 4 feet tall need to be with an adult in the water for safety.)

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FOUND: Black and white Persian mix near 5th Ave W and Highland

May 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: Gracie has been found, thank you!

Gracie got lost in a move from one part of Queen Anne to another, so keep your eyes out across Upper Queen Anne for her.

Gracie is a 10 year-old petite black and white Persian mix. She was recently treated at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic for a sore by her tail. She’s friendly, but likely scared from the move chaos.

She was last seen on 5th Ave W between W Comstock and Highland. Her family just moved from the area near the P-Patch on Lynn St to the home on 5th Ave W.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Kiki

May 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays [this week it’s Saturday] 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.

Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Mama & Sydney (social cockatiels) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption


Kiki 3Meet Kiki!

Kiki is an older gentleman with few needs other than a warm place to curl up his slightly arthritic limbs and an occasional head rub. Sweet but undemanding, he likes to be near you but not necessarily on you – a perfect low-key companion for a first time cat owner or someone who is a wee bit of a curmudgeon themselves.

Kiki 2Kiki was found abandoned and running loose – who could walk away from that wise and pensive face? He’s about 14 years old, but could easily be a contented, healthy, happy foot warmer at the end of your bed for several more years. To keep his renal system healthy, he is on a special food that’s readily accessible at any vet’s office. Won’t you give this dude a cozy spot to spend his golden years?

Kiki 1This wonderful cat qualifies for the Senior Citizen Discount program: senior citizens or disabled adults with a ‘Gold Card for Healthy Aging’, or a ‘FLASH’ card, issued by the City of Seattle, may adopt an adult cat (at least six years old) at a special price: no fee for the adoption itself and the licensing fee will be half-price!

Kiki (SAS ID #14-13775) is being adored in a foster home; he is not at the Shelter. If you would like to meet him, please call the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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5th Ave N closed between Mercer and Republican this weekend

May 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Plan ahead for weekend travels around the Seattle Center, as 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer and Republican beginning at 11pm tonight (Friday, May 15th) through 5am Monday, May 18th.

The closures is to accommodate maintenance hole removal and replacement at 5th Ave N and Republican St, as well as permanent striping on 5th Ave N and on Broad Street. This work is part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

Take note: Key Arena is hosting several commencements this weekend, with 12,500 people expected to attend. Also, the SIFF International Film Festival is underway and hosting events at SIFF Film Center, SIFF Uptown, and McCaw Hall.


  • 5th Ave N will remain fully closed to traffic between Mercer and Republican streets through 5am Monday, May 18.
  • One northbound lane on 5th Ave N will be maintained at all times between Denny Way and Mercer Street. The northbound lane will be diverted west at Republican Street and connect to Mercer Street via 4th Ave N.
  • Southbound 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer Street and Denny Way. One southbound lane on 5th Ave N will reopen between Harrison Street and Denny Way when striping on is complete, expected at approximately 11am, Saturday, May 17.
  • Traffic on Broad Street will reopen between 5th Ave N and John Street once striping on Broad Street is complete, expected at approximately 5pm, Saturday, May 17.
  • Police officers will be stationed along 5th Ave N to help facilitate traffic flow.
  • Travelers should use Dexter Avenue North, Queen Anne Avenue North, and 1st Ave N as alternate routes throughout the weekend.

5th N Closure May 15

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