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Entries from September 2008

Whole Foods sued for breaking Interbay leas

September 30th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

Whole Foods is being sued by the Interbay Urban Center for breaking their lease, according to a lawsuit that was filed in King County Superior Court.

The lawsuit claims Whole Foods owes the Interbay Urban Center $68 million in damages, raising doubts that the new store may never open. Our sister site Magnolia Voice broke the story this afternoon, and they have more details on the lawsuit and the potential fallout.

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Blue Highway needs your used games

September 29th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

A new kind of store is bringing a new kind of auction to the neighborhood. Want to trade in board and card games that you no longer play for new ones? On October 19th, Blue Highway Games, located near “Caffeine Corner” will sell your old games in a silent auction. You’ll receive store credit for a new ones.

Stop by Blue Highway Games and drop off your old games and experience something new. Games will be accepted until October 12th. This is entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

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Witnesses hold out in Queen Anne slaying

September 26th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

Several people saw a man shoot and kill 17-year-old Allen Joplin outside a party in Lower Queen Anne in January, but nobody has come forward. “Snitches end up in ditches. We kill those guys, we kill those guys,” a gang member told KING 5 in a story yesterday. Detectives say the code of the street, “don’t snitch” has made investigating cases like the Joplin murder very difficult to break.

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Meet QA resident, KCTS host Josephine Cheng

September 26th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Queen Anne resident Josephine Cheng is the new host of the KCTS show, About the Money

KCTS says the weekly show “goes behind the headlines to ask questions about what market trends mean to us in the Northwest, from the national housing market changes to the Washington wine industry. Regular contributors provide investment trend analysis with a focus on the long term; insight into where the smart money is with personal finance; and tips for avoiding scams, from identity theft to foreclosure rescue scams and investment fraud.”

Josephine has been nationally recognized for her outstanding work, including 10 Regional Emmy Awards for reporting, writing and hosting and is well known in the Northwest for her work with KING-TV’s Evening Magazine.

Upcoming shows will focus on how to manage finances and other issues in the face of our economic downturn.

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Teacup overflow finds new space

September 25th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The Teacup, a specialty tea shop on Queen Anne Ave. will soon relocate into the old Tulley’s location on Queen Anne Ave. and Boston.  Currently “Caffeine Corner” is home to several coffee and tea shops including Starbucks, Peets Coffee and Tea, and Café Lladro.

When asked if the Teacup and Tulley’s had engaged in a bitter bidding war over the lease that resulted in the Teacup paying exorbitant rates for the lease, Elizabeth, the owner of the Teacup just chuckled.  “Not true,” said Elizabeth. “We’re just a small business. There’s no way we could go up against an international company like Tulley’s and expect to win.”

According to Elizabeth, they had been looking for a new space for almost two years and were thinking they might have to leave the hill in order to expand their operations.  Fortunately for the Teacup, Tulley’s management offered them their lease and space when they decided to close down that location.

The Teacup plans to offer many more varieties of tea and to create a more spacious and comfortable environment for their customers. A Grand Opening celebration is planned for October. 

Just in time for Queen Anne residents who are feeling the effects of our shortened days and chilly mornings.

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A closer look at Peet’s Coffee

September 23rd, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Not all that new, but a welcome newcomer to the Queen Anne Ave. coffee ghetto, is Peet’s Coffee and Tea.  This store features free WiFi service, coffee beans that have been roasted within the last 10 days, individual pots of tea from black to green to herbal, and a nice assortment of pastries.

Coffee shops like Peet’s cater to individual preferences, but what is assured is that you receive friendly service and a nice environment to read the morning paper.  Or better yet, connect up your computer and start reading through your news blogs like the Queen Anne View or the Magnolia Voice.

Coming soon to the corner of Queen Anne Ave. and Boston – Seattle Teacup. 

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Pagliacci Pizza a top pick for solo dining

September 23rd, 2008 by Cory Bergman

USAToday says Pagliacci Pizza in Lower Queen Anne is one of the top 10 places in the country to eat by yourself. “The tables are close together and conversation is easy,” the paper says in its travel section.

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Future of Fire Station 20 still undecided

September 22nd, 2008 by Miss Kitty

This week the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee held a hearing to review the options for moving and expanding Queen Anne’s Fire Station 20, now located at 13th Ave. W. and Dravus Ave. (The Seattle Channel recorded this hearing right here.)

The debate regarding this station has gone on for several years and was first brought to the attention of the public in 2006 with the passing of the Fire Levy.  This levy created a fund for renovating and updating fire stations around the city.

The challenging geography and the traffic challenges surrounding this site are making this a difficult issue. Enviro Issues, consultants to the city on siting issues, evaluated 42 possible site and ranked the top 3 sites which have been placed on the short list:

*   15th ave W and West Armour
*   17th and Bertona
*   20th Ave. W and W. Bertona

At the city’s request, also evaluated was the possibility of expanding the existing site to the south that ranked much lower than the short-list options.

While the short list created by the consultants seems to indicate that Fire Station 20 should be moved, there are other criteria that are being taken into account.  Among the issues being taken into consideration are the total response times and whether new sites improve these times, dealing with traffic concerns and the impacts, cost issues, impact on other stations, size of station, and more.

Another hearing on the siting of Fire Station 20 will be held on December 2 or 16. Public comment can also be sent to

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Last farmers market this Thursday

September 21st, 2008 by Cory Bergman

If you can believe it, the last Queen Anne Farmers Market of the season is this Thursday afternoon. Like every year, summer’s gone all too soon. Stop on by and catch a cooking demonstration from chef Aaron Wright of Canlis at 4 p.m.

The market runs from 3-7 p.m. at First Ave. at West Howe Street.

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Dateline NBC airs report on Wales murder

September 20th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

Seven years ago, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Wales was gunned down while sitting in front of his computer in the basement of his Queen Anne home. Last night, Dateline NBC aired a story updating the case. Despite some promising leads, the case remains a mystery. “We’re not even close,” said Bob Geeslin, the FBI agent overseeing the investigation. “We’re not even close.”

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