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B&E Meats opens this Friday for your July 4th needs and beyond

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

B&E signThe A&J Building on the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N has been the ongoing theme in a trilogy of sorts. First, there was the beloved A&J Meats; then, the uncertainty after owner Rick Friar announced his retirement; and now a new local butcher, B&E Meats and Seafood, which is opening this Friday, July 3rd.

B&E Meats and Seafood is family-owned and owner Jeff Green is excited to be opening the newest B&E in our neighborhood. You can read more about the local butcher in our post from last month, when the crew was just starting a remodel of the space. B&E Meats specializes in high-quality meats, seafood, and specialty items like smoked bacon, pepperoni, sausages, Kalbi beef ribs, smoked candy salmon, and more. You can check out their offerings here, and the Queen Anne location will also include some old A&J favorites too.

B&E GordyYou’ll even see some familiar faces starting this Friday as A&J owner Rick Friar will be behind the counter, along with Gordy from A&J who’s been at B&E since January, where he’s been in charge of specialty sausages (fresh apple, blueberry, and breakfast sausage – favorites at A&J).

The B&E crew is finishing up painting tonight in preparation for Friday’s big day. The shop will be open at 9am sharp to serve your 4th of July needs. They’ll also be open on the 4th, but closing early to celebrate the holiday with family. Here are B&E’s regular hours – note, it’ll be open 7 days a week:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday: 9am-6pm à this Saturday, they’ll be closing at 2pm
  • Sunday: 9am-5pm

B&E will have the same phone number as A&J, so if you’re like me and haven’t deleted A&J from your contacts, you’re all set except for a name change. Since the holiday is fast approaching, B&E can take your orders for the 4th via phone starting tomorrow, Tuesday at 206-284-3885. Here’s a video from B&E to help introduce them a bit more:

Stop by on Friday to stock up on fresh meats, seafood, and specialty items, say hello to Rick and Gordy, and meet the new B&E crew that’ll hopefully become a long-standing fixture on Queen Anne. We’re really lucky to have a butcher on Queen Anne, and thanks to Queen Anne View readers, neighbors, and A&J Building owner Rick Friar, we do – so, remember to shop local and keep B&E Meats (and other Queen Anne shops) open for business for years to come.

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Register for the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk or volunteer to help out on July 11th

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Fun Run Sign 2015The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk is now less than 2 weeks away! The 29th annual community event is Saturday, July 11th, and registration is open now. All proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and our neighbors in need – a fun day and a great cause.

If you’re not planning on a walk or run around the top of Queen Anne, you can still participate as a volunteer. The fun run depends on the help of neighborhood volunteers to keep the racers safe. You can sign up to be a crossing guard to help everyone navigate streets and intersections as they loop around the hill.

FunRunShirt_FinalVolunteers need to be at Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave W) between 7am and 7:30am the morning of the fun run to pick up vests and flags. As a volunteer, you’ll be assigned a specific spot for the event. The run ends around 9am and everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the race end (by Coe Elementary).

If you’d like to volunteer, contact Ann Pearce at

If you’d like to register for the race, you can do so online. All participants get a t-shirt (pictured) and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend’s Queen Anne Days festivities!

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Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne hit 30

June 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve passed two new Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne, bringing our grand total to 30! They seem to be popping up quickly around the neighborhood, faster than I can travel via foot, so let us know if you find one that’s not on the map.

These two new LFLs fill in little gaps on the map. The first one I found is tucked away on a dead end portion of 2nd Ave N, right near a public staircase that connects to Prospect. Nestled between the staircase and Ward St, this LFL will certainly serve readers who climb up and down the hill via staircases:

LFL 2nd Ave N & Ward

Then, just this week, I spotted a new LFL on the corner of W Smith St and 7th Ave W, on the Smith side, across from Coe Elementary:

LFL Smith & 7th Ave W

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 30 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

 LFL Map 062815

If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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Celebrate PrideFest at the Seattle Center this Sunday

June 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Pride Fest 2015Since I have a day job, I often get to the end of the week and haven’t had time to post on key weekend events on and around Queen Anne. This week is no exception, as it’s Friday and I just now have the time to post on PrideFest. But, for the first time, I’m glad I didn’t have time before now, as today is the perfect day to give everyone the heads up about this particular event.

Here are the details on Sunday’s events – the Parade from 4th Ave & Union up to the Seattle Center, and the Pride Fest activities at Seattle Center all day Sunday. Note, there are 30,000 people expected at the Seattle Center festivities this Sunday. It’ll impact traffic and parking, but after today’s Supreme Court ruling, who can complain?

Seattle Pride Parade: The parade begins at 11am, moving from 4th Ave & Union Street to Denny Way, then west on Denny to 2nd Ave N, ending at the Seattle Center. Parade is estimated to run 2.5 hours. Streets will be closed from 7am-4pm.

Seattle PrideFest: The Fest will celebrate Pride at the Seattle Center from 10am to 8pm.  About 30,000 people are expected to attend.

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Happy PrideFest weekend!

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Today’s QAFM features the Seattle Reign and more

June 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2015 PosterIt’s market day! Another beautiful summer day for the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market – stock up on treats before the weekend heat-wave. Plus, the Seattle Reign FC will be at the Event Tent, plus a chance to win a 4-pack of match tickets.

Here’s today’s schedule per the QAFM:

3:00 pm – Market Opens

Information Tent: 2015 posters and t-shirts are available for purchase

Community Tent: Queen Anne Days – register for the annual Fun Run, get a sneak peak at the fun planned for Familyfest, and help build the Queen Anne Days picture collage

4:00 pm – Seattle Reign FC

Share some Women’s World Cup fever with the pros. Find out more about the Reign’s Pro Experience girls’ camp, get the match schedule, and enter the raffle for free tickets, with all raffle proceeds benefitting QAFM

5:00 pm – Live Music: Cygne

Described as an “illuminating lyricist with soul to burn”. Last year her original fingerstyle blues and folk won her the title in the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Solo Competition, as well as Eddie Owen’s renowned Songwriter Shootout in Atlanta.  Please support the QAFM volunteer musicians with a generous tip!

Rotating Vendors:

Plan on shopping at the QAFM tonight, grabbing dinner to enjoy at the market or to take home, and enjoy the summery weather. QAFM opens at 3pm and runs until 7:30pm.

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Five Corners Hardware is celebrating 75 years on Queen Anne this weekend

June 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Five Corners 1940 - 1One of the longest-running businesses on Queen Anne is marking a significant anniversary this Saturday. Five Corners Hardware is turning 75, and it’s throwing a party to celebrate.

Five Corners Hardware opened at 305 W McGraw St in June 1940. It has since operated as a family business, now in its fourth generation. Step back in time and check out the interior photos from the 1940s, dating back to the earliest years of the hardware store’s tenure on Queen Anne.

Five Corners 1940 - 2Five Corners will be open and celebrating with neighbors this weekend, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 27th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 28th. It’ll be serving hot dogs and cake, plus special anniversary sale prices and prizes – including a chance to win a Weber grill.

Stop by this weekend to wish a happy 75th birthday to Five Corners.

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Last call for Lower Queen Anne 7-11 is today

June 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

7-11NOTE: we just got a late-breaking tip that the site will remain a convenience store, just not 7-11.

We’ve received several reader tips about the 7-11 at the corner of 5th Ave N and Valley St. On Friday, the shelves were starting to look bare, and the clerk on duty told a reader that the building was being sold to a developer for apartments (which it turns out, was incorrect information).

7-11 ValleyIn the meantime, we received another reader tip this morning. Today is the last day of business for the Lower Queen Anne 7-11.  According to another tip from someone close to the activity says the building willl become a private party convenience store.

With no sale records and no Department of Planning and Development records, a new/different convenience store makes sense. Stay tuned for more news of the new convenience store.

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Little Howe Park wading pool opens for the season on Monday

June 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

June has been a little strange this year, masquerading as August… and some really hot weather is headed our way this weekend, with Saturday forecasted to hit 90 or above. The dry, hot weather begs the question “when will the Little Howe Wading Pool be filled with water?”

Little Howe Wading PoolThis year, Seattle Wading Pool Season runs from June 29th through September 7th, and Little Howe will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays from noon to 7pm. That means that the Little Howe Wading Pool will be splish-splashing starting Monday, June 29th – assuming the forecast calls for temps of 70* or higher (and lately, that’s not even a remote stretch).

To save water, the city will only fill the pool halfway, except on the busiest days when they’ll be completely full (likely weekend days). The city has also provided a comparison of the Little Howe Wading Pool to home wading pools – there’s a significant water savings:

“If 50 families used the East Queen Anne wading pool at 160 Howe St., rather than filling their home wading pools, the water saved would equal that needed to fill the public wading pool, which would serve a lot more than 50 kids!”

Get ready to enjoy summer and watch the forecast to plan ahead for wading pool days. If the rest of the summer follows June’s example, it’ll be a hot one!

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Learn more about Seattle’s Block Watch program at Monday’s QACC Public Safety Meeting

June 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchHave you ever wondered how to start a Block Watch program for your little neck of the Queen Anne woods? It’s pretty straightforward and easy to do, and at tomorrow’s Queen Anne Community Council Public Safety Meeting, you can learn all about it from Terrie Johnston , our SPD West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

The QACC Public Safety Committee Meeting is tomorrow, Monday, June 22nd from 7pm-8pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

The QACC is also requesting that current Queen Anne Block Watch captains, as well as those interested in becoming a Block Watch captain, attend this meeting. Having Block Watch captains at the meeting will help provide a forum for Block Watch captains and members to meet, learn from each other, and answer prospective Block Watch captains’ and members’ questions.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:00 – Sign-in and introductions to include any Block Watch captains present.
  • 7:05  - Ms. Johnston on the city’s Block Watch program and efforts to increase our crime prevention posture.
  • 7:30  - Q&A with attending members.
  • 8:00  - Adjourn

All are welcome to attend to learn more about crime prevention via the Block Watch program.

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Tis the season for crow attacks

June 20th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Crows Bigelow Newton

A pair of crows that attacked people on Queen Anne last year

We haven’t received any reports of crow attacks on Queen Anne – yet. But, it’s peak season for crows dive-bombing unsuspecting people out on walks, runs, or bike rides around the neighborhood.

Baby crows are just starting to fledge, and the parents are doing what’s natural – they’re protecting them. And, that means attacking unsuspecting people and dogs too (my dog knows “leave it” is serious business with crows).

KUOW interviewed UW wildlife professor John Marzluff about crow attacks. He gave these three tips:

  • Ignore the crows.
  • Avoid areas where you draw their attention.
  • Wear a mask with eyes on the back of your head – crows attack from behind and don’t attack faces.”

Click on the image below for an NPR video that further explains crow attacks and the 3 tips above:

If you’ve been attacked by a crow, let us know where (cross streets are helpful) so we can alert Queen Anne residents. Follow the rules and stay safe… although, if everyone follow the third rule, Queen Anne will be a very odd sight to those not in the know!

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EMP is celebrating 15 years with free admission for Seattleites on Tuesday

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Photo courtesy of EMP Staff

EMP is turning 15 years old and celebrating by throwing a party on Tuesday, June 23rd – and EMP admission is FREE to all Seattle residents.

Plan on spending time at one of our Queen Anne landmarks, just bring valid ID showing your Seattle home address, and enjoy all of the current and permanent EMP exhibitis.

The day will also feature performances, architecture tour of the Frank O. Gehry building, free cupcakes, games, photo ops, and more:

• Architecture tours of the iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Performances from Sound Off! alumni including Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Emma Lee Toyoda, Maiah Manser, Manatee Commune, and Otieno Terry
• Ongoing pop culture games and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, and Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
• Selfie photo ops with the TARDIS (Doctor Who),Command Chair (Star Trek), and Seattle Time Machine
• Special appearances by the Sea Gals, Harry Potter, R2D2, the Dalek, Blue Thunder, and Jet City Saber Guild
• New exhibits What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970

If you’re interested in the live performances, here’s the schedule so you can plan accordingly:

  • EMP 1511:30am  - Bleachbear
  • 1:00pm - Emma Lee Toyoda
  • 2:00pm - Otieno Terry
  • 3:00pm - Maiah Manser
  • 4:00pm - Dave B
  • 5:00pm - Champagne Babylon
  • 6:00pm - Manatee Commune

Stop by EMP on Tuesday, June 23rd with your valid ID for free admission to one of our neighborhood’s top tourist destinations and enjoy the benefits of being a local!

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Help guide the future of the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday

June 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC exteriorOur Queen Anne Community Center hosts so many events and activities for the community, but it’s definitely in need of a few updates.

If you’ve ever used the QACC and thought, “it needs a refresh” or “I’d love this type of class/service”, you can provide your input at a Community Center Strategic Plan Mini-Summit this Saturday, June 20th from 10am to noon.

The event will be held at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison St) and kicks off with a presentation, followed by small group discussions. Key topics for discussion:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks improve its community center programs and services?

If you have any questions about the Community Center Strategic Plan or would like to submit your feedback via email, contact Susan Golub, Seattle Parks and Recreation at

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