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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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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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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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Join Mayor Murray for a walking tour of Uptown and the Mercer Street Corridor tomorrow

May 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We just got this notice in from the Mayor’s press office, so a bit late notice, but better late than never.

Murray Uptown WalkAs part of Mayor Murray’s Community Coffee Conversation series, his next stop is Uptown. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th, you can join the Mayor in a walking tour of Uptown. Residents and local business leaders are invited to join the walk, as well as a coffee chat that follows at Caffe Zingaro.

The walk starts at 10am on top of the Mercer Street Garage (300 Mercer St) in the P-Patch Community Garden. The Mayor will visit public spaces and businesses along and around the Mercer Street corridor, concluding at Caffe Zingaro (127 Mercer Street) at 11:30am.

Key discussion topics like neighborhood growth, housing affordability, and ways the City can best partner with the Uptown community to make the best use of open spaces are on the agenda – but don’t be shy if you have comments or questions on the Mercer Street Corridor project and traffic patterns.

No RSVP is necessary, just show up and bring your Uptown and Mercer Corridor Project questions and comments along.

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Wild Salmon Seafood to close (and move) this Sunday as new butcher finalizes plans

May 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A&J Building nightSo, first and foremost, there is a new butcher in the works for the A&J Building. I’ve been in contact with the owner, but I’m waiting for everything to finalize with contracts, lawyers, and such before an “official” post. Stay tuned for that news in the next few days.

In the meantime, Wild Salmon Seafood will be packing up its shop at the A&J Building to make room for the new butcher. The guys at the Queen Anne shop will be moving down to the Fisherman’s Terminal location, so you can still buy high-quality seafood from Noah and crew at 1900 West Nickerson Street #105.

Wild Salmon sandwichIt’s sad to see them leave Queen Anne, but they aren’t going far – plus, the Fisherman’s Terminal location is open 7 days a week, 8:30am to 6pm (for those of us who all-too-often tried to shop on Mondays). The Fishermen’s Terminal location also offers a wider variety of seafood and plenty of free parking. So, the trek will be worth it.

And, with Copper River Salmon season about to kick off this weekend, take note of this deal: $5 coupons with purchase for Queen Anne customers to use at the Fisherman’s terminal location. Pick them up today through Sunday at the Wild Salmon Queen Anne location at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N.

According to Wild Salmon: “We have truly enjoyed out ten year tenure at the Queen Anne location and hope that customers will not find the extra couple of miles to the Fishermen’s Terminal location any inconvenience at all.”

Stop by Wild Salmon this week – their last day is Sunday, May 17th – and wish them well… and stop by Fisherman’s Terminal to see them again, it’s not that far away!

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Big Mario’s Pizza moving into old Panos Kleftiko spot on Lower Queen Anne this Fall

May 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Big Mario's Capitol HillLast week, the Capitol Hill blog mentioned that the owners of Big Mario’s Pizza on Capitol Hill were planning a Queen Anne location later this year. We contacted Big Mario’s and their press person promised to send details soon… but, the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak, as Eater today revealed that Big Mario’s will open on Queen Anne in the fall.

Earlier this year, we had several readers inquiring about the old Panos Kleftiko Greek restaurant at 815 5th Ave N – it had closed and the windows had been papered over. A few construction workers were spotted, but they weren’t around enough to clue us in on the plans.

Panos Greek TavernaIt turns out that’s the space that will house the new Big Mario’s location. It’ll be next door to Caffe Vita, and the owners told Eater “we’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time… and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s an old building, and needs a ton of work but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s.”

On their Facebook page, Big Mario’s says to expect their delivery footprint to “expand a lot” with the new location.

Expect renovation work at the old Greek restaurant as Big Mario’s owners get it prepped and ready for moving in this fall. In the meantime, you can check out the Capitol Hill location’s menu here and whet your appetite for New York style pizza from Big Mario’s.

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Queen Anne Dispatch Spring Friends and Family Day is this Friday

May 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Queen Anne Dispatch Sale May 2015The crew at Queen Anne Dispatch is at it again – a whole day celebrating Friends and Family with discounts and a party too.

This Friday, May 15th, Queen Anne Dispatch is featuring 20% off all purchases, all day. Then, at 6pm, they’re throwing a party, complete with a DJ, drinks, and food.

All are welcome to join in the fun and take advantage of the 20% off sale. The sale lasts all day, the party runs from 6pm to 10pm. Celebrate Spring at Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave N, this Friday!

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Hidden gem Strawberry Moon is open and serving fresh cold-pressed juices on Queen Anne

May 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Strawberry Moon sandwich boardA new business has moved into the space above Eat Local, and it nearly missed our radar. But, a reader clued us in (thanks, Michelle!) and I stopped by Strawberry Moon this weekend to check out our newest Queen Anne shop.

You won’t notice a change to the building from the exterior, but Strawberry Moon has set up shop above Eat Local to serve fresh, natural juices and more. When they’re open, a sandwich board will fill you in on the daily specials, and while a bit tucked away, it’s easy to access via a staircase in Eat Local – a true hidden gem.

Strawberry Moon stairsThe shop has been open a couple of weeks, so they’re still getting set up and have plans for the future. When I stopped by over the weekend, they had just set up a new espresso machine, and they hope to eventually expand and add seating too.

Juices aren’t a new thing for Strawberry Moon, and neither is Queen Anne. Founder Sean is a yoga teacher at Haute Yoga Queen Anne and Strawberry Moon has been making cold press juices for almost 5 years. The juices were first sold at Haute Yoga, then via home delivery, and a few refrigerators around Seattle. Now, the retail “Remedy Room” brings juice, as well as healthy snacks, soups-to-go, salads, bone broths, smoothies, healthy sodas, and more to Queen Anne.

According to Sean, “In our new space we will be developing a dogma free health conscious food options for a life on the go… Eat Local is a good fit because they offer clean natural food.”

Strawberry Moon sodaI tried the Blood Orange Ruby Red soda, an all-natural juice with just a touch of fizz – billed as an alternative to sodas, it’s tasty and refreshing, and you can try it for $5 a glass right now.

The shop is open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 9-5 on Sundays. To find this hidden gem of a juice spot, just enter through Eat Local at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St and follow the signs up the stairs to Strawberry Moon.

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Events around Queen Anne this weekend may impact your travels

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In addition to the Aurora/99 closure between Valley St and the Battery Street Tunnel, there are three events around Lower Queen Anne that will impact weekend travels around the base of the hill (and perhaps over as well).

Aurora is set to open at 5am on Sunday, but it’ll be closed during Saturday’s Lung Force Walk in South Lake Union – so expect traffic to spill over to our side of Aurora.

Saturday, May 9th: Lung Force Walk, 9am-1pm

The walk is limited to sidewalks and leaves Denny Park at 9am following a 3 mile loop through South Lake Union. The route: Northbound on Westlake Avenue N to Lake Union Park on Valley Street, southbound on Westlake Avenue, eastbound on Mercer Street, southbound on Fairview Avenue N, westbound on Denny Way to Denny Park arriving at 1:00pm. About 650 people are expected to participate.

Sunday, May 10th: Color Run, 7:15am-11:30am

The Color Run:  Mercer Street will be closed at 5:30am between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N for set-up. Full route closure begins at 7:15am, with race starting at 8am and ending at 11:30am. Begins and ends at Seattle Center. About 9,000 people are expected to participate. Route map here:

Color Run Route

Sunday, May 10th: Neil Diamond Concert at Key Arena:  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to attend.

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Cupcake Royale is hosting an Ice Cream Social with free scoops on Monday

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Cupcake Royale Ice CreamDoes the sunny, warm weather have your thoughts turning to tasty treats like ice cream? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck. Not only is Cupcake Royale launching new flavors, it’s also celebrating with an Ice Cream Social this Monday, May 11th – and there will be free scoops for everyone between 2pm and 8pm.

The new flavors are a result of a collaboration between the Royale Creamery and local Seattle chefs to come up with the Chef Series Ice Cream. Sample flavors you can try via a free scoop include: Smokey Rocky Road with Salted Marcona Almond Bark, Smoked Maple Old Fashioned with Luxardo Cherries, and Honey Ricotta with Pistachio Brittle.

If you want your free scoop served in waffle cone with toppings like whipped cream, house-made fudge sauce, caramel, sprinkles, and chocolate shavings, it’ll only set you back $1.

You can also get with a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) card for a future ice cream excursion.

Stop by the Queen Anne Cupcake Royale at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N on Monday between 2pm and 8pm and get your free scoop and BOGO card, and enjoy a taste of summer!

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