Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

Get ready for some traffic impacts this weekend – the Viaduct will be closed most of Saturday (but open in time for the season-opening Sounders game) and Sunday, and both Mercer and 99/Aurora will be impacted by the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K event on Sunday. Those woes aside, there are a lot of great events this weekend for everyone. Book lovers have 2 events – the new Queen Anne Book Company 3-day opening extravaganza and the Queen Anne Library Sunday celebration are both this weekend. Plus, arts, music, parkour, and films!

Traffic Impacts:

  • Viaduct: closed in both directions between Denny Way and South Spokane St – 6am-5pm, Saturday, March 2 and 6am-noon on Sunday, March 3
  • Hot Chocolate 5K/15K: Sunday, March 3, 10,000 people expected to use Mercer St to get to the Seattle Center (early am hours) and Metro busses will be rerouted including 2 & 13. 5K begins at 6:45am, 15K at 7:40am. The race route includes crossing the Aurora Bridge into Fremont. Expect Aurora/99 closures early in the morning. Course map is here. Update: looks like 99 will be closed 6:15am-11am on Sunday, per an SDOT sign at the 7-way stop.

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, March 1

  • Low Hums, Vera Project, 7:30pm
  • Parkour Visions Spring Competition – Adults, 6-9pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Silver Linings Playbook, Dial M for Murder, Searching for Sugar Man, 11 Flowers

Saturday, March 2

  • Parkour Visions Spring Competition – Kids, 5-8pm
  • Rock & Worship, Key Arena, 6pm
  • Sound Off! Finals, EMP, 7pm doors, 8pm show
  • Seattle Sounders, CenturyLink, 7:30pm
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Double Feature, SIFF Uptown, 7pm (one-day only)

Sunday, March 3

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Shocking Queen Anne business featured on Evening Magazine

Local Queen Anne spa Dermaspace was featured on KING5’s Evening Magazine this week with their electrotherapy facial treatment. They’re the only spa in the Northwest offering this shocking treatment – literally, shocking. Owner Jody Leon refers to it as “physical therapy for the face” and according to the Evening Magazine crew, celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow have been known to get the treatment in NYC and LA.

You can get the celebrity treatment at Dermaspace at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N.

Click on the image below to check out the video that highlights the spa, the treatment, and owner Jody Leon.

Say it isn’t so – Silver Platters leaving Queen Anne for SODO

First we lost Easy Street Records, it closed its doors in January. Now, it looks like the music is truly going to die this June when Silver Platters’ Queen Anne shop moves to SODO.

Photo courtesy of Silver Platters

According to our news partner, The Seattle Times, the store couldn’t negotiate the lease it wanted. In this case, Silver Platters wanted a longer lease (Easy Street wanted a shorter lease), but it couldn’t get a lease longer than 2 years at the 5th Ave N and Roy St location.

The new SODO digs at 2930 First Ave. S (across from Starbucks HQ) are guaranteed for 5 years, and it’s cheaper to boot. Silver Platters will be moving in June – no word yet on what will fill their place.

From our news partner The Seattle Times:

“Commercial real estate is starting to get on the upswing again,” explained Silver Platters owner Mike Batt (pictured here), who has operated the Queen Anne Store (one of three Silver Platters) since 2007. “(Owners) who are sitting on  a property with two floors on it are not looking after their investment.”

And, a familiar refrain:

He emphasized that he was sorry to leave Queen Anne. “If I had the same deal here, I would stay,” he said.

Let’s hope that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. With many new developments coming in the next year, density will increase – let’s hope the new residents shop local and support our business owners!

Celebrate new Queen Anne Library hours at Sundays are Special event this… Sunday

As reported back in December, Sunday hours are a welcome 2013 change for our local Seattle Public Library branch – and now our Queen Anne branch has its turn at celebrating with the community! Mark your calendars for this Sunday, March 3rd for the Sundays are Special celebration, which runs from 2pm-3:30pm.

I spoke with the Library director about the event, and in addition to refreshments and craft activities (which are drop-in during the celebration), he also expects special guest attendees including City Librarian Marcellus Turner and SPL Director of Programs and Service Stephanie Chase. I’ve also confirmed with the Seattle City Council that Councilmember (and Queen Anne resident)  Tim Burgess will be attending Sunday’s event.

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will be at the event with customized Queen Anne branch canvas tote bags. These will be limited-edition bags, and it’s cash only ($15) to get one of your own.

In addition to the celebratory activities, you can also participate in the Check-Out Challenge – visit any Library branch on Sundays until May 5 to get your card stamped. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize-drawing for a chance to win a booklovers basket and lunch with Marcellus Turner, SPL City Librarian. Plus, if your old SPL card is worn-out or you just want to change things up, you can also swap out your card for one of the new ones with photos of the Central Library, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, or Mt Rainier.

Remember, you can stop in at the Queen Anne Library any Sunday between 1pm and 5pm in 2013 – the only non-holiday where you’ll see a “closed” sign on the door is Friday.

New independent Queen Anne Book Company launches this Friday with 3 days of book fun

Queen Anne Book Company
new store, new logo

Attention bibliophiles: it’s almost here, Queen Anne Book Company is just a few days away from its grand opening! If you’ve been watching the shop’s daily countdown on the front door or on Facebook, you know that our new, independent, locally-owned bookstore is set to open this Friday, March 1st (and the countdown has been a lot of fun, with each daily book selection highlighting the number of days left til the doors open).

Queen Anne Book Company staff
ready to personalize your reading experience

In addition to new owners Judy & Krijn de Jonge and owner/manager Janis Segress, you’ll also find some familiar faces, as four of the previous Queen Anne Books’ staff members have joined the new shop’s team of book experts.

I stopped by Queen Anne Book Company for a sneak peek yesterday, and spoke with the owners and staff members that are making it happen. They’ve been very busy prepping for not just opening day, but also opening weekend – that’s right, they have in-store author events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it’s going to be a book-a-rific weekend! They’re open all 3 days, 9am-9pm, with “Authors in the House” events planned every day:

Friday, March 1

  • 1-3 pm: Maria Semple, Seattle resident, screenwriter and author of the 2012 bestselling Where’d You Go Bernadette, set on Queen Anne
  • 3-5pm: Mary Daheim, Queen Anne resident and author of the popular B & B and Alpine mystery series, including recently released Alpine Xanadu
  • 3-5pm: Lance Weller, Gig Harbor resident and author of Wilderness, a debut novel set during the Civil War
  • 4-6 pm: Matt Ruff, Seattle resident and author of 5 novels including The Mirage, released in February 2012
  • 7-9 pm: Erica Bauermeister, Seattle resident and author of three novels including recently released The Lost Art of Mixing
  • 7-9pm: Jennie Shortridge, Seattle resident and author of five novels, including the soon-to-be released Love Water Memory (April 2013)

Saturday, March 2

  • Noon-4 pm: Bernadette Pajer, Seattle resident and author of the popular Professor Bradshaw mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest
  • 7-9 pm: Sherman Alexie, Seattle resident and winner of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Blasphemy, a collection of short stories, is Alexie’s most recent book

Sunday, March 3

  • 11-12:30pm: Carmela D’Amico, Seattle resident and author of the popular children’s series featuring Ella the Elephant
  • 12-2 pm: Jonathan Evison, Bainbridge Island resident and winner of the 2013 and 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, 2009 Washington State Book Award and author of 3 novels, including the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
  • 12-2pm: Jim Lynch, Olympia resident and author of 3 novels set in Western Washington, including recently released Truth Like the Sun
  • 2-4 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Laurie Frankel, Seattle resident and author of two novels; David Lasky, Seattle resident and cartoonist, graphic novel author; Shannon Huffman Polson, Northwest resident and author
  • 4-6 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Sean Beaudoin, Seattle resident and author of four novels; Kevin Emerson, Seattle resident and young adult author; Suzanne Selfors, Bainbridge resident and childrens/young adult author; Kevin O’Brien, Seattle resident and thriller author

Queen Anne Book Company
new shelves donated by the UW Book Store

Co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress are “excited to fill the full-service independent bookstore needs of the Queen Anne community” – it’s a brand-new venture, but you’ll see a few familiar faces at work to fill your reading needs, provide recommendations, and a highly-personalized customer service experience that only an independent bookstore can provide. So much so, they want the new Queen Anne Book Company to “feel like coming to your second home” – and they have plenty to offer in the way of tailored book recommendations and personal service:

  • Author events – focused on local and Northwest authors, small and up & coming authors with new books
  • Personalized list service – they’ll notify customers of new books, place advance orders, and take special orders – most arriving the next day and with free shipping!
  • Recommendations – the staff will provide recommendation cards for books (one of the best ways to find your next read), and to kick off the grand opening, every staff member will be providing their “top 10 of 2012” lists covering fiction to mystery to children’s books
  • e-Books – the shop will stock the American Booksellers Association’s Kobo e-book readers and will set up ordering your e-books via its web site. Kobo e-books will also work on Kindle Fires, iPads, and Nooks
  • New web site – launching in mid-March, the web site will available for orders 24-hours a day
  • Book groups – in addition to a store-hosted book group, the shop will also act as a resource for independent book groups, with a special shelf set aside for your book group reads at 15% off
  • Customer Appreciation – kind of “Baker’s Dozen” of books, when you buy 12 books, you’ll get a deal on your 13th book

Queen Anne Book Company
welcomes even the weird!

Stop in this weekend at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N to help celebrate the opening of our brand-new local, independently-owned bookstore – in addition to the author events listed above, the shop will also have surprise “flash mob” discounts, prize drawings of autographed books, and spontaneous contests.

According to manager Janis Segress: “We anticipate a weekend of high-energy book fun. We’re returning to warm traditions of personal service and neighborliness over books, while introducing an exciting new literary center for the neighborhood.”

Welcome, Queen Anne Book Company, we’ve been waiting for you!

The Queen Anne Food Bank is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a pancake breakfast

Why is a one-year milestone important for the Queen Anne Food Bank? Back in November 2011, the Food Bank was forced to close due to lack of funding – but thanks to the generosity of Sacred Heart’s parish country-wide and the Queen Anne community, the Queen Anne Food Bank reopened in February of last year, kicking off a year of food drives, a sack lunch program, and a well-stocked food bank for neighbors in need.

Fast-forward to today and the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart is celebrating its first anniversary with a Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, February 27. The breakfast kicks off at 8am in the basement of the Waldorf High School on the Sacred Heart Campus. The breakfast celebrates the QAFB clients, donors, volunteers and other community supporters – it’s a way to show appreciation for all of the efforts that contributed to the first year of the new Queen Anne Food Bank.

Queen Anne Food Bank
Fill the Truck Food Drive

The QAFB has invited all of its volunteers, benefactors and clients to the breakfast, and they want to spread the word to the broader community – all are who have helped in the past year or are interested in what the QAFB does, are welcome to attend. Just RSVP via email or at 206.216.4102.

If you’re wondering what exactly the QAFB does, it hosts two hunger programs, the Sack Lunch Program (Monday-Friday mornings), and the Food Bank (every Thursday afternoon). The QAFB serves the Belltown, Downtown and Queen Anne neighborhoods, distributing 500 sack lunches each week – with an anniversary total of 44,000 sandwiches!

Queen Anne Food Bank volunteers

One full-time QAFB staffer works alongside 56 active volunteers who range in age from 4 to 89 years old, and put in just as hours as four full-timers.  Nineteen Seattle schools have partnered with QAFB, and food donations come from community organizations such as the Queen Anne Farmers’ Market, Metropolitan Market, QFC, Safeway, Starbucks, Ten Mercer, Kaspar’s Catering, Pike Brewing Company, Caffe Ladro and Four Seasons.

Happy Anniversary to the Queen Anne Food Bank & many thanks to the volunteers, schools, and organizations that have made the first year such a success!