Juniper Flowers robbed over the weekend

Mike Allen at Juniper Flowers, located at 308 W. Republican St., just wrote in informing us that their shop was broken into over the weekend (sometime between the evening of March 26 and the morning of March 27). He wrote,

We were vandalized on Friday night/Saturday morning. Our business is in lower Queen Anne on Republican St. Someone attempted to break the glass on our door. When they were unsuccessful, they broke a much larger window with a rock to gain access. They made off with our cash register. Just thought residents of Queen Anne should know.

If anyone has any information about this break-in, please comment below.

Community members packed Fun Forest replacement meeting at Seattle Center last night

Around 400 people attended the public meeting at Seattle Center last night to discuss what will become of the 5 acres of open space that used to be home to the Fun Forest, according to our news partners the Seattle Times.

(Image by Studio 216 for Owen Richards Architects, courtesy of both).

One proposal outlines plans for a 44,000-square-foot “glass house” that would include an outdoor public garden, plaza, bookstore with cafe and retail space, and a 3,800-square-foot space for permanent a Dale Chihuly exhibit. The project, expected to cost an estimated $15 million, would be financed by the Wright family, the original builders and owners of the Space Needle. Many estimate the paid-admission venue would bring in hefty revenue for the Center, which funds 67 percent of its budget on its own.

The Times reported that there were voices of both support and opposition represented at the meeting last night. From the Times:

“It’s a smart addition to the Center and an amazing opportunity for Seattle,” said Deborah Person, managing director for the Seattle International Film Festival, which uses Seattle Center as a venue.

Ron Sevart, CEO of the Space Needle, talked about how the project would bring scores of family-wage construction jobs.

Many who oppose the project argue that the city should take advantage of 5 acres of open space in the middle of town, while others say alternative options should be considered before a decision is made. From the Times:

Iain Robertson, a landscape architect, called himself a “grass-roots supporter of grass.” He said Seattle Center is not the right location for a glass exhibit and that the city would be foolish to give up nearly 2 acres of open space.

“For us as a city to replace that [open space] in the future would cost an enormous amount of money,” he said. “You just don’t get a chance at this much open space in the center of the city.”

In response to the outcry of opinions around the proposal, the Seattle Center announced last week that it would be accepting public bids to compete with the “glass house” project. Read the Seattle Times’ coverage of last night’s meeting here.

PBS filming at Interbay P-Patch today

PBS will be filming at the Interbay P-Patch at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 31, for its new garden series “Growing A Greener World.” The P-Patch, located at 2451 15th Ave W, is a 132-plot, 43,000-square-foot urban garden managed by the Department of Neighborhoods. From PBS:

They will be interviewing two key volunteers about the history of Interbay, its development, the community it has created and about the gardeners who are devoted to community gardening.

Yesterday the Interbay P-Patch celebrated the opening of its own food bank garden. PBS’s gardening/eco-friendly living show will air nationwide beginning on May 15. The segment highlighting the Interbay P-Patch is set to air in the fall. If you happen to snap a picture of the shoot today, email us at

Egg hunt at Absolutely Fabulous Saturday

Queen Anne’s newest artisan handmade shop, Absolutely Fabulous, which opened at 6 W Howe St Suite #2 (on the second floor) last month, will be hosting an in-store egg and candy hunt for the holiday this weekend.

Absolutely Fabulous combines the work of Pike Place Market vendors and local Queen Anne artists Emma Roscoe, who designs colorful handmade and custom bags through her line, Red Delicious, and Lynn Rosskamp, who thinks up funky whimsical fleece hats through her business PingiHats. This Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roscoe and Rosskamp invite kids to their shop/studio space to hunt for eggs, candy and prizes hidden throughout the store by the “Fleeceter Bunny.”

In a press release sent out this week, Roscoe and Rosskamp detailed what the Fleeceter Bunny would be doing for the hunt:

She will be hiding prize-winning eggs among the amazing fleece hats, beautiful bags and goods from other Seattle artists around our store.

Easter eggs and candy will, of course, be among the prizes. You could also win valuable coupons for the Studio, and the top prize is a PingiHats hat of your choice (maybe a bunny for Easter?) or a Red Delicious clutch purse.

QA Farmers Market is looking for an intern

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is looking for a “dynamic marketing intern” to help out with operations and work with the market manager in preparation for and during the upcoming market season. Market Director Julie Whitehorn posted this job description on the QAFM site this morning:

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is seeking a smart, friendly, detail-oriented intern to learn market operations while assisting the market manager. The time commitment is five hours weekly pre-season and 7-8 hours each Thursday during 22-week season plus flexible offsite hours. The intern will attend committee and board meetings, and learn skills in nonprofit management, market operations, fundraising, marketing and customer service.

For more information on the job or how to apply, see the official job description (.pdf). The Queen Anne Farmers Market is starting up early this year, on Thursday, May 20. Read up on the market’s upcoming season and expansion here.

When a squatter, employee & motorist collide is reporting an interesting incident buried in the police reports from last week. According to police records, on Sunday, March 21 an employee of an apartment complex or motel located in the 2400 block of Aurora Ave N confronted a man that he believed had broken into the building to sleep over the past few nights. While confronting the alleged squatter, the man reportedly threatened the employee with a screwdriver, and in response the employee then grabbed a shovel and reportedly chased the man out onto Aurora Ave N. From SeattleCrime:

The man jumped in front of a car headed north on Aurora, and the driver screeched to a halt.

The report says the driver thought the squatter was “about to be viciously assaulted” by the employee and told the man to get into her car. As the woman drove off, the employee hit the woman’s car with his shovel, leaving a dent.

The report appears to indicate that the driver dropped the squatter off and contacted police about damage to her car.

The woman provided officers with the squatter’s phone number, but police were not immediately able to contact him. The woman told police she wanted to pursue charges against the shovel-wielding employee who damaged her vehicle.

What a strange set of events…