Happy one-year anniversary to Once Upon a Time!

once-treeA little over a year ago, I published a post on how the owners of Once Upon a Time were retiring from retail. It helped set in motion the next phase of the shop, under the care and feeding of Liz McQuiston. She purchased the shop after seeing the post, and now, she’s celebrating one year on Queen Anne!

To celebrate, Once Upon a Time is having a “HUGE” Anniversary Sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 7pm. Everything in the shop will be 20% off, plus kids can create at an arts and crafts table or play at a game table featuring favorite holiday games. Plus, gifts with purchase and give-aways, free balloons, and hugs, and more!

Stop by Once Upon a Time at 1622 Queen Anne Ave N tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd to wish them a happy one-year anniversary and check out the festive celebration!

Alert: 3rd Ave W closed between W Dravus & W Florentia this weekend

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-19-07-pmThis weekend, SDOT will be excavating and paving on 3rd Ave W between W Dravus St and W Florentia St. The joint SDOT & SPU work will take place between 7am and 7pm on Saturday, December 3rd, and Sunday, December 4th.

King County Metro Route 13 will not service 3rd Ave W this weekend, instead it will be rerouted to Queen Anne Ave N between W McGraw and W Nickerson St. Details on stops and the reroute are here.


Here’s what else to expect with this work:

  • 3rd Ave W closed to traffic in both directions between W Dravus St and W Florentia St
  • There will be no parking in the work zone
  • Detours will be in place
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers will assist with traffic control
  • Travelers may enter and exit driveways on 3rd Ave W but may have to wait for equipment to clear.

Plan ahead for alternate routes to get up and down the north side of the hill this weekend.

Bank of America finally moves in at Galer & Queen Anne Ave N

bank-of-america-1216A little over a year ago, I wrote about how Bank of America was coming to Upper Queen Anne. The prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N sat empty for months, then permits were issued for a Bank of America “Express Store” last November.

This week, a construction crew was installing ATMs in the foyer of the building, and signs were hung with the Bank of America moniker. It’s been over a year, but my research proved true – we are getting a new bank on Upper Queen Anne.

Bank of America joins a slew of banks along Queen Anne Ave N, including Chase directly across the street, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet Bank, Union Bank, Umpqua, and Key Bank. All of these banks are on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.

4 Queen Anne stairways are on the list for SDOT improvements

I divvy up Queen Anne for my daily walks (you can check out views from my Queen Anne walks via Instagram), and yesterday’s walk took me to views of Lake Union then up the Howe St stairs to Bigelow and the Crown of Queen Anne.


The neglected Howe Stairway

The old Howe stairway is one I use regularly for this route, and I always dread running into someone else on it. Why? There is only enough room for one person (or, in my case, me and my dog), one side is completely unprotected by a handrail, and the handrail on the other side is partially made of  rotting wood. Plus, it’s a steep set of stairs with blackberry vines and overgrowth on both sides (and often on the stairs as well).

It’s definitely a neglected stairway, and one that people likely use to get down to Galer to catch the bus or up from Galer on their way home. But, when I got to the foot of the stairway yesterday, there was an info box with flyers from SDOT announcing that this particular stairway has been chosen for improvements in 2017.

In addition to the treacherous Howe stairway, there are 3 other Queen Anne stairways on SDOT’s list for improvements, here’s the full list – click on the hyperlinks to see exactly where these stairways are, and note that Queen Anne is receiving extra attention this go around, per the map:

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-39-24-amHowe Street between 5th Ave N & Bigelow Ave N

Aurora Bridge between Aurora Ave N & Raye St

Wheeler St between Gilman & 13th Ave W

Wheeler St between 12th Ave W & 13th Ave W

As part of the improvements process, SDOT has a survey to poll residents on the improvements that are most valued for each of these stairways.

If you have comments on all four Queen Anne stairways, you’ll need to take the survey four times, once for each stairway. But, it’s a quick survey and important! If you’d like to see better handrails, wider stairs, increased lighting, benches, or more, take the survey today.

The survey closes December 30th, and work begins on the stairways next year. Get your input in so our Queen Anne stairways get the attention they need!

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Opal

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-6-59-51-pmOpal is a sweet and smart 8 year old black Lab mix. She has lots of energy for an older pup. Her favorite thing is going out for a walk or short jog, and will gleefully jump around when she knows it’s time to head outside.

Opal is happiest when she gets to run around off-leash in the yard, but is also quite the nap queen when hanging out indoors.

opal-1She’s a little shy and it can take a few minutes for her to warm up to new people, but once she does, she’s extremely affectionate. She loves to snuggle and get belly rubs.

Opal is fully house trained, and will let you know if she needs to go outside by doing a big stretch in front of you. She knows a handful of commands and loves to learn new ones in exchange for treats. She’s a gentle pup and would be fine in a home with kids, but she would do best in a home without other pets.

opal-2Opal (SAS ID#29023838) is being adored in a foster home – but she can’t wait to find her forever home. If you would like to meet her, you must first submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting via email or fax. Or you may pick up an application at the Shelter.

Updates on previously featured pets:

Max (handsome cat) – available for adoption
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Serenity (gentle and wise Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Wren & Robin (Netherland Dwarf bunnies) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Argon (quiet, noble little mouse) – available for adoption
Petrey & Odie (brilliant green and yellow budgie pair) –
Tatum & Sugar (blue and white budgie pair) –

Disclaimer: 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. Happy adopting!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend from local Seattle Fire Department Station No. 8

fire-station-8-sfdOur local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday at the station on the corner of Warren Ave N & Lee St. Their families joined them in a traditional meal served at Station 8 – and, true to their service, they were called out 4 times during the meal.

If you heard sirens on Thanksgiving, that was our local firefighters busy at work and taking a break from their own turkey feast.

Jenn Kirkpatrick shared this photo of the celebration to share with readers (thanks, Jenn!). Her husband, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick, has been in the Seattle Fire Department for 25 years, and has been at Station 8 for the last 15 years. According to Lynn: “This is his home away from home.”


Thank you to our local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters!

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