Entries Tagged as 'Local News'
December 7th, 2013 by Laura
Are we having fun yet? If you happened to get stuck in this weekend’s traffic around Lower Queen Anne as well as up and over Upper Queen Anne (Taylor was a non-stop stream of cars heading uphill this evening) – brace yourself.
Stuck in Mercer traffic?
Take a deep breath and envision the future…
Not only will the same eastbound Mercer and 99/Aurora closures be in effect next weekend (unless SDOT and WSDOT have pity on us and cancel them until after the holidays…), but we also have weekday Mercer closures all this week and next week too.
That’s right. Mercer messiness right up through December 20th. Not such bad news for those holiday shopping procrastinators, but those going to PNB’s Nutcracker and other events at Seattle Center will be impacted, not to mention all of us who live in the neighborhood.
The nighttime lane restrictions will be in effect from 9pm to 5am weekday evenings from Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 2oth (with a full eastbound Mercer closure next weekend). Two lanes on eastbound Mercer Street will be re-opened to traffic during the day.
Here’s the rundown from SDOT – click the dates to see the detour routes. Uh… Happy Holidays?
Dec. 9-13: Eastbound Mercer Street lane restriction at 5th Avenue North
Beginning the evening of Monday, Dec. 9, eastbound traffic on Mercer Street between 4th and 5th Avenues will be restricted to one lane during the night as crews work to install an underground storm water detention system under the roadway.
- Eastbound traffic on Mercer Street will be required to turn right on 5th Ave N and re-connect to eastbound Mercer via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- Northbound and southbound 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
- Mercer Street east of 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
Dec. 16-20: Eastbound Mercer Street closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
Beginning the evening of Monday, Dec. 16, eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be fully closed to traffic during the night as crews continue to install an underground storm water detention system and lateral storm water connection lines under the roadway.
- Mercer Street east of 5th Ave N to Dexter Ave N will be fully closed to traffic.
- Traffic on eastbound Mercer Street will be required to turn right on 5th Ave N and re-connect to eastbound Mercer via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- Northbound and southbound 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
- Access to Mercer Street from southbound 5th Ave N will be via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
Tags: Mercer Corridor Project, Mercer Street, street closures
December 5th, 2013 by Laura
As part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project, there is a full weekend closure of Aurora/99 and eastbound Mercer Street beginning tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 11:59 pm through 5am Monday, December 9.
Plus, you can plan even further ahead as the same closures will be in place next weekend from Friday, December 13 at 11:59 pm through 5am Monday, December 16.
The closures are necessary for the completion of Mercer Street widening and SR 99 bridge replacement work, all in preparation for the Bored Tunnel North Portal in June 2014.
Per SDOT: please note that work is weather dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather occurs. (so far, it looks like it’ll just be cold)
SDOT details on this weekend’s closure:
- SR 99 will be fully closed to traffic between Valley Street and the southern end of the Battery Street Tunnel. Traffic traveling through Seattle via SR 99 will be directed to I-5 in northern Seattle at 85th Street or in southern Seattle at E Marginal Way and Spokane Street. More information about alternate routes during construction may be found online
- Eastbound Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Traffic heading east toward I-5 from Queen Anne will be detoured to eastbound Broad Street via Harrison Street and will reconnect to Mercer Street at Ninth Avenue N to continue towards the I-5 ramps at Mercer Street.
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
- Broad Street and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street and westbound Mercer Street will remain open during the weekend work.
- Access to Seattle Center from I-5 via westbound Mercer and Broad streets and from southbound SR 99 at Valley Street will be open through the weekend.
Tags: Aurora, Mercer closure, Mercer Corridor Project, Mercer Street
December 4th, 2013 by Laura
SoundTransit Study Area
Click to enlarge map
Update: Open House documents available now, one serves Lower Queen Anne/Uptown and Interbay, the other is a tunnel option with stops on Upper Queen Anne.
The SoundTranist Ballard to Downtown Transit Study includes several options that would serve Queen Anne and Uptown, and the next step in the project is a public open house Thursday evening.
Attend the Open House to provide your input on potential rail corridors and options for Ballard to Downtown and stops in-between:
Open House – Ballard to Downtown Transit Study
Ballard High School Commons, 1418 NW 65th Street
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
If you can’t make the meeting, you can provide input online December 6-13.
Tags: Ballard to Downtown, SoundTransit, transit
December 3rd, 2013 by Laura
The trees are lit along Queen Anne Ave N and the temps have dropped into a frosty range… it’s December, and that means Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne! Merchants up and down Queen Anne Ave will have specials and treats for shoppers who keep it local and shop in the neighborhood this Friday, December 6th, from 4pm to 8pm. Plus, Santa will be at our local Homestreet Bank!
Stay warm and shop local this Friday! And, if you’re a business that would like to be added to the Holiday Magic fun, just let us know and we’ll get you on the list below:
Bella Fiore 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
We will have drinks, holiday specials and raffle to win a gift card to the spa!
Blue Highway Games 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
Kicking off a coloring contest with prizes for 3 different age groups and you can roll a dice to get up to 20% OFF any purchase
charley + may co. 2225 Queen Anne Ave N
holiday magic italian style, italian meatballs, cookies, chianti and tiny martini’s. d.j. nate will mash up Sinatra and macklemore. live tree trimming in the windows with the King Sisters. charley’s christmas cracker celebration: 20% off all sales over $30.00
Cederberg Tea House 1417 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the holiday season with African holiday music and samples of Cederberg’s specialty Rooibos drinks and South African baked goods. Also available – build-your-own gift basket: choose from an assortment of South African cookies, candies, cakes, teas and gift certificates, specially packaged and priced so that you can create your own unique gift basket – a perfect holiday gift for friends and family.
Chocolopolis 1527 Queen Anne Ave N
4-9pm – Enjoy samples of chocolate hand crafted in our own chocolate kitchen. Nibble on cheese and crackers while you shop.
Domani Pizzeria & Restaurant 1515 Queen Anne Ave N
Join us for Live Holiday Music with local musicians. Warm up by the fireplace; discounted hot drinks – hot cocoa, coffee, tea; Happy Hour prices on wine. Cheers!”
Hauteyoga Queen Anne 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $50 (save $20)
Homegrown 2201 Queen Anne Ave N
Homegrown will be offering hot chocolate and a snowflake station set up for all to make decorative snowflakes!
Homestreet Bank Queen Anne Branch 1835 Queen Anne Ave N
3 to 7pm we will be partnering with Smilebox to bring you all the holiday joy. Once again Santa will be here for Christmas Lists and Pictures. Holiday cookies, hot apple cider and other refreshments for the neighbors.
Laurie Swanson Massage 1817 Queen Anne Ave N #210
Online gift certificate special all day Fri. 12/6, 10% off for you + 10% to QA Helpline – purchase online at laurieswansonlmp.com
Le Reve 1805 Queen Anne Ave N
Le Reve will be doing a Happy Hour from 4-8pm with a special Happy Hour Appetizer menu and holiday desserts.
Mimisan Spa 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
Come with your friend for a pedicure and get $5 off of your pedi during this holiday seasons.
Nancy’s Sewing Basket 2221 Queen Anne Ave N
Beginning the evening of Holiday Magic, we’ll be selling tickets for our Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle. Enter for the chance to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl Doll™, handmade by the staff at Nancy’s. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place, on lower Queen Anne. Tickets on sale December 6th–15th.
Queen Anne Baptist Church 2011 1st Ave N
Queen Anne Baptist Church will be open to the community from 5-7 pm for Christmas crafts, Music, signing Christmas Cards, with cookies and hot drinks, and more.
Queen Anne Book Company 1811 Queen Anne Ave N
Enjoy the cookies and a receive one of our new canvas tote bags with you purchase of $100 or more!
Queen Anne Dispatch 2212 Queen Anne Ave N
Please enjoy 30% off sweaters, shoes, boots and outerwear.
Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts 1621 Queen Anne Ave N
Enjoy hot cider & cookies. 10% OFF tonight: chic jewelry, scarves, candles, artful cards, photo frames, ornaments & more…
Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts 1801 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs! Enjoy our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!
Sushi Samurai 1817 Queen Anne Ave N
Sushi samurai will be having $4 for our house white & red wine and tons of sushi during our happy hour from 4-6pm.
Three Birds 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
Three Birds will have Champagne, tidbits, and from 7-8:30pm live music.
Vitality Medispa and Medical Clinic 1503 2nd Ave West
Offering 25% off all services and products!
Sponsored by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and our fantastic local Queen Anne Merchants!
Tags: Holiday Magic
December 3rd, 2013 by Laura
The Queen Anne Community Council meets tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th. As usual, the meeting begins at 7:30pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St), and it’s open to all Queen Anne residents and business-owners.
There’s no QACC meeting in January, so tomorrow’s agenda is quite full. Headlining the event will be Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess. He’s first up on the agenda, and will be answering questions submitted in advance. Email your questions to email@example.com.
Also on the agenda is a presentation on proposed Metro Bus Route changes (the #4 is on the chopping block) and lighting for SPU’s Wallace Field.
7:30 – Adoption of Agenda
7:35 – Open Forum- Comments
7:40 – Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
8:15 – Proposed Metro Bus route changes
8:30 – Seattle Pacific University Wallace Field Lights
8:45 – Committee Reports: LURC/Planning, Parks, Transportation, District Council, NAC, Communication, Social Issues, Police & Crime
9:20 – New Business
9:30 – Adjournment
Tags: Queen Anne Community Council, Tim Burgess
November 29th, 2013 by Laura
The annual Queen Anne Helpline and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 Christmas Tree Lot opens tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 30th.
The signage is up, sales begin Saturday!
The annual community sale provides residents with a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and garlands – conveniently located next to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, and with all proceeds benefitting the Helpline and Troop 72.
The lot was busy today with volunteers setting up the signage and sweeping up Christmas tree needles and trimmings as trees of all different types (Noble, Tannenbaum, Fraser, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce) were moved into place. This year, the lot returns the north side of Safeway, bordered by 1st Ave N to the back and Boston St to the side.
Hours of Operation
- Monday – Thursday 2-8pm
- Friday 2-9pm
- Saturday 9-9pm
- Sunday 9-8pm
The tree lot is staffed by volunteers, and they can always use a few more! If you’re interested in volunteering, please call 206-282-1540.
Meanwhile, plan to spend Saturday shopping small at our local Queen Anne businesses, stop by Queen Anne Book Company for Indies First, and swing by the Tree Lot for your holiday decor!
Tags: Christmas Tree Lot, Queen Anne Helpline
November 28th, 2013 by Laura
A reader tipped us to a change at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N last night – not sure how I missed this one, but the signage must have just gone up or I was totally oblivious when I walked by the other day (possible when you have a hyper puppy in tow)… Local French restaurant Portage is now Cioppino Ristorante Italiano.
Searches are turning up pretty much nothing on the new spot; the sign is up, but the menu in the window is still Portage’s last menu (and, it’s Thanksgiving, so no one is around as you can see in the photo).
According to a November 2nd post on Portage’s Facebook page, the owners “are moving on to a new venture in Fremont on 36th street this winter. Portage has a new owner who will continue to satisfy your foie gras fix.”
Stay tuned for more info on what looks to be a new Italian spot on Upper Queen Anne!
Tags: business opening, Cioppino, Italian restaurant, Portage
November 26th, 2013 by Laura
Remember when author Sherman Alexie took on the role of bookseller-for-day back in April at Queen Anne Book Company? Well, apparently Alexie was really good at his guest spot – he was a “wildly successful bookseller” according to Queen Anne Book Company’s co-owner and manager, Janis Segress – and, his experience led to what is now an international event… that he’s celebrating on Queen Anne!
Sherman Alexie, courtesy of ABA
An author as indie bookseller? Yep, Alexie is at it again and he’s created an international event called “Indie’s First” to rally other authors to do the same. He penned a letter to fellow authors to get them involved, and to date, over 700 authors have signed up to be booksellers on Saturday across the country and as far away as Venice, Italy.
He’ll be at our local Queen Anne bookstore to kick it off and celebrate with fellow authors. Alexie and Garth Stein are the headlining author-booksellers this Saturday, November 30th at Queen Anne Book Company, and they’ll be joined by Laurie Frankel and Lesley Thomas for an afternoon of bibliophilic fun.
Here’s the line-up at Queen Anne Book Company – the event runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, so shop small on Saturday and stop by QABC for recommendations direct from your favorite authors:
And, to get people in the reading mood for Saturday’s event, Queen Anne Book Company is offering a 15% discount on all hardcover books on Friday, November 29th. Stop by 1811 Queen Anne Ave N to celebrate reading this week!
Tags: author event, authors, Books
November 25th, 2013 by Laura
In what’s becoming an annual event, American Express is again hosting Small Business Saturday this Saturday, November 30th. While it may seem odd to some that a big corporation is behind Shop Small, the intention is good – and we have plenty of small businesses to patronize on Saturday.
For those small businesses that accept AmEx, you can even get $10 back for spending at least $10 on your AmEx card at qualifying businesses. All you have to do is register your card online. Eligible merchants are searchable on the AmEx map – looks like many of our Queen Anne restaurants are on the list.
But, the spirit of Shop Small should really be on buying local and supporting our small businesses and independent Queen Anne merchants. So, skip Black Friday and Shop Small on Saturday! Stick around Queen Anne and make it a day!
Tags: holiday shopping, Shop Small
November 24th, 2013 by Laura
Just a little over a year ago, Queen Anne had only two Little Free Libraries. We’ve been posting on new LFLs since then, and wow, they have multiplied! Since that first October 2012 post, we’ve tracked LFLs via spotting them around Queen Anne, reader tips, and owner emails, and Queen Anne now has 16 LFLs!
A year ago, double-digits seemed like a distant goal, and now we’re closing in on 20 LFLs. Perhaps the most in any Seattle neighborhood? If you’re interested in setting up your own LFL, check out the info here on setting one up and becoming a LFL steward. Let’s see if we can hit 20 or even more!
First up for our new LFLs is one at 444 Smith St. We actually captured this one back in September, but were busy searching for one near Bertona St too (if you know where the Bertona one is, please let us know). It’s located near the dead end of Smith St on East Queen Anne. If you’re on your way to or from the 7 way stop on 4th N, it’s practically on the way:
Next up, a couple of LFLs I discovered on walks around the neighborhood. One sits directly across from Big Howe Park at 1811 3rd Ave W, the other at 1525 1st Ave N, just a block away from the businesses along Queen Anne Ave. So, whether you’ve found a sunny spot for reading at the park or want to stop by and pick up a book while shopping, you have options:
And, finally, the newest LFL on Queen Anne – it’s at 1821 9th Ave W, and its owner sent us the photo just this weekend. As you can see from the photo, it’s super-new, and needs some books! Stop by this new LFL if you have a book or two to share with the neighborhood:
The map (with photos) of the Queen Anne LFLs is below – click to navigate around the 16 LFLs. We’ve also updated the photo gallery with pictures of all of them. Thanks to everyone who helps keep our LFL list up-to-date. And, if you know of a LFL that we’ve missed, let us know!
Past posts on other Queen Anne LFLs:
2531 2nd Ave W
510 Galer Street & 10 Raye Street
Garfield & 10th Ave W
Blaine & 8th Ave W and Etruria
4th Ave N & Hayes
10th Ave W & McGraw
Bigelow & Garfield and Aloha St
McGraw & 1st N and Boston & 2nd Ave W
Tags: Books, Little Free Library
November 23rd, 2013 by Laura
According to Zagat.com, Taylor Shellfish is set to open a shop on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown in the spring. Taylor Shellfish currently has a shop at Melrose Market, with the second location planned for the retail level of EXPO apartments at 118 Republican St.
Here’s the scoop from Zagat:
Taylor Shellfish has signed a lease for a new shop in Lower Queen Anne, on the ground floor of EXPO apartments. It’s expected to open next spring.
The first Seattle shop on Melrose debuted in 2011 to rave reviews. Originally intended as a shop to showcase bivavles raised around the Puget Sound, with a small oyster bar, the tables were soon turned as oyster fans poured into the place to feast on Kumamotos, Shigoku and Totten Inlet Virginicas while sipping oyster-friendly wines. Seating expanded, geoduck chowder was added. The shop evolved into more of an eatery, the casual atmosphere warm and inviting. The new spot will have a similar mission.
Tags: business opening, oysters, Taylor Shellfish
November 19th, 2013 by Laura
It’s November and time for McClure Middle School’s Turkey Bingo , an annual fundraiser that helps keep McClure’s afterschool activities up and running.
Turkey Bingo is this Thursday at McClure (1915 1st Ave W), from 5:30-8pm. Bingo cards are $5 apiece, with additional cards priced at the low, low price of 50 cents each. Plus, if you bring a can of food for the Queen Anne Food Bank, you get 2 bingo cards free!
What can you win? All sorts of prizes, from Starbucks cards to Menchies certificates to pies… and, turkeys! It wouldn’t be Turkey Bingo without them!
Tags: bingo, McClure, Thanksgiving