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Queen Anne Helpline tree lot is open for business

November 29th, 2014 by Laura

QA Tree Lot 2014The annual Queen Anne Helpline tree lot opened earlier today with the help of a crew of hard-working volunteers. That’s right, the people working at the tree lot as cashiers, tree selection experts, tree trimmers, and heavy lifters are either local volunteers or members (and parents of) of Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot is open every day through December 21st or until they run out of trees. You can also get garland and wreath decorations at the tree lot, help out the Queen Anne Helpline, and probably catch up with a few neighbors at the same time.

QA Tree Lot sign 2014If you’re in the market for a tree, head to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N (2100 Queen Anne Ave N).

The tree lot is located in the north parking lot and is open until 8pm every day, and later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (note: not sure what the duct tape over closing hours indicates in the photo, but cashiers are on hand until 8:30pm on Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.)

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Reminder: Seattle Marathon is Sunday, bringing road closures to Lower Queen Anne

November 29th, 2014 by Laura

First of all, who made the Seattle Marathon route map? It’s oriented with West at the top, which is weird to begin with as most maps have North at the top. Because of the standard orientation most of us are used to, the Seattle Marathon map is a view of Seattle that’ll make any resident look twice.

Seattle Marathon 2014 map

But, you’ll need to look at least once to see the road closures planned for tomorrow. The race begins near the Seattle Center and ends at Memorial Stadium, so expect closures to begin early in the day and run through 4pm. Here’s a close up of the roads impacted around Lower Queen Anne – although note that the race start is at 5th Ave N and Harrison… which is not shown as closed (instead, it’s 4th Ave N).

Seattle Marathon 2014 closeup


  • 4th Ave N and 5th Ave are in orange: closed 5:30am-9am
  • 5th Ave N, Mercer, Harrison are in green: 1 side closed 8:45am-4pm

Race start temps are expected to be in the 20s, so perhaps plan a late start to your day, unless you’re logging 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, or cheering runners on!

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The answer to yesterday’s question: yes, it snowed

November 29th, 2014 by Laura

Snow 112914Yesterday, we posed the question: will it snow on Queen Anne? The answer: yes. Snow started coming down just after 2am Saturday morning. What first started as graupel stopped, then after a few minutes of calm, the snow started.

This morning the unofficial-official Queen Anne View measurement is almost 1″ of the white stuff. At almost 11am, it’s only 27 degrees outside. No more snow in the forecast, just cold and sunny for the next few days.

Enjoy our taste of snow as you Shop Small today at local Queen Anne merchants. See this post for an updated list of local deals!

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Will it snow tonight? Maybe…

November 28th, 2014 by Laura

Snow ClosureLocal forecasts are calling for a chance of snow after midnight and through tomorrow morning. If you’ve lived in Seattle for multiple winters, then you know that snow predictions can vary from spot-on to wildly wrong, and they can change hour-by-hour.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 9pm tonight through 11am tomorrow (Saturday) morning, but note that snow is most likely north of us:






There are a couple of events at Seattle Center tomorrow, in addition to the Seattle Winterfest activities. Expect traffic regardless of the weather, but if it’s snowy, be prepared for slick driving conditions too.

Tips from Metro:

  • Sign up for Transit Alerts to receive notice of known service disruptions; however rapidly changing road, traffic and weather conditions make it impossible to know about every service interruption. It may not be possible to report on service that is affected on a per-trip or per stop basis.
  • Before traveling during bad weather, check Metro Online for the most current status of Metro service. Metro suggests that transit customers leave from a bus stop or park-and-ride that also has service when buses are on snow routes, in case travel conditions deteriorate later.
  • Know the snow routing for your bus route. Check the timetables at Metro Online for snow route maps for each route. Not every bus route has snow routing, but most do.

If it snows, enjoy, as it won’t last long. Dry, cold weather is next up in the forecast… but it’s still early in the season!

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Seattle Winterfest kicks off today with Ice Rink and more

November 28th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Center Winterfest 2014It’s almost December and the Seattle Center winter spectacular kicked off earlier this morning with events galore through the end of the year. The ever-popular Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion is now open, along with the Winter Train and Village in the Armory. Plus, the Seattle Center is hosting events and performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here’s the Winterfest events and activities list from the Seattle Center – for full details on any of the events, check out the Winterfest page. Almost all events are FREE, except for the Ice Rink and a $2 suggested donation to conduct the Winter Train:

Winter Train & Village, Armory, FREE
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31; 10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pmDec. 24, closed Dec. 25
Bonus: Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations, Seattle Center Grounds, FREE
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm Dec. 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 12 noon – 2pm

Winterfest Student Showcases, Armory, FREE
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
150+ performances by public and private schools and youth groups

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 29; 11am – 12 noon

The Dickens Carolers, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30: 2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Nov. 30; 11am – 12 noon

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 6; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 7; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 13; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Garfield Jazz Band, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 14; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Armory, FREE entry (21+)
Thursday, Dec. 18; 5pm – 8pm

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders Free Skate
Saturday, Dec. 20; 11am – 10pm
FREE for cardholders +2 guests. Must show card upon entry.

The Mood Swings, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 6pm – 7pm

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 27; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Klez Kidz, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 28; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES, Armory, FREE
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8pm – 11:45pm

Happy Winterfest!

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Keep it local and Shop Small on Saturday at local Queen Anne merchants

November 28th, 2014 by Laura

Shop Small logoSaturday is Small Business Saturday, an event organized by American Express. If you have an AmEx, you can register it online for and get money back for what you spend at small businesses on Saturday.

However, in the spirit of Small Business Saturday, you can skip the organizer and go straight to our local Queen Anne businesses. (note: many small businesses don’t accept AmEx)

QA Ave Street w lightsIt’s a great opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season while keeping it local and independent. The small businesses that help make up the character of Queen Anne can’t stay in our neighborhood if you don’t shop there – so shop small this Saturday and throughout the holiday season.

Keep in mind that we have a wide range of small, independent shops, restaurants, and bars on Queen Anne. You can plan your whole Saturday around Queen Anne, shopping small, having brunch/lunch/dinner and coffee/drinks too.

Plus, a few of our merchants have deals for Small Business Saturday – the list below may change as merchants get their info to us, but here’s the list so far, in alphabetical order:

Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, 608 West Crockett
- 10%  off twice loved clothing

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
- 30% off any one item

Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
- Free copies of the book “Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate” with $150+ purchases of single-origin chocolate bars or Around the World in Chocolate gift box
- Lots of chocolate samples too!

Cupcake Royale, 1935 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy-One-Get-One 50% off merchandise (not cupcakes) in cafes through Monday, December 1

Domani Pizzeria and Restaurant, 1515 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free Appetizer on order of $30 or more

Four Winds, 1521 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off of all purchases over $100

Haute Yoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
- 5 class pass for $60
- 3 months unlimited yoga with a free Yogitoes towel $375
- Annual membership $1,099

Mimisan Spa, 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy a gift certificate at Mimisan and get $10 off a pedicure

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off everything except jewelry

Peridot Boutique, 532 Queen Anne Ave N
- 40% off clothing and accessories (except artisan jewelry and candles)

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N
- 2nd Annual Indies First Movement/Small Business Saturday, 9am-9pm
- Author line-up: Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, Bonnie Becker, Suzanne Selfors, Joe Guppy, Carol Cassella, Lynn Brunelle, Kevin O’Brien, Jennifer Landos, Gail Kretcher, with more expected!

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off gift card with any purchase

Vian Hunter House of Fashion, 6 W Howe St
- Champagne from Spain, 11am-6pm
- Free manicure or eyebrow wax w/purchase (wax at Robert Samuel Salon) – limited offer!

Remember to Shop Small tomorrow and every day, plus stay tuned for more info on next Friday’s Holiday Magic event on Upper Queen Anne. Our local businesses depend on us and help the neighborhood remain unique!

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A&J Meats ends an era this Saturday; KING 5 video covers their last Thanksgiving on Queen Anne

November 27th, 2014 by Laura

A&J Closing SignYou may recall when we broke the news on the looming closure of A&J Meats earlier this month. Thanks to a reader tip, we found out that A&J had just posted a placard stating that owner Rick Friar was retiring and A&J would be closing after 63 years.

This week, A&J was busy as it sold over 700 turkeys for today’s Thanksgiving meals. Did an A&J grace your table today? Or is one in the oven? Well, it’s the last one… at least from A&J.

When we spoke to Friar a couple of weeks ago, he said they were working to get a butcher in the same spot. Wild Salmon Seafood rents their counter space from A&J, and have a lease through the end of the year. Neighboring McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants have a 2-year lease.

In a KING 5 story that aired last night, Friar reiterated that he’s working hard to find a new owner for the butcher shop, and the new owner has to be the right fit. Ideally, a new butcher would mean that  hope is that current A&J employees would be able to remain on staff.

You can view the KING 5 coverage by clicking on the image below – and remember, A&J’s last day is Saturday:


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QACC seeks community-minded residents for board member positions

November 26th, 2014 by Laura

QA sign smallAre you looking for a way to have an impact in the community? The Queen Anne Community Council currently has 3 open board positions, one 2-year position and two one-year positions. Current board members will vote on candidates for new board members in a special election at the December 3rd QACC meeting. 

All Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses, are welcome to submit their candidacy for a board member position.

What’s required of a QACC board member? You must attend the monthly 2-hour board meeting held the first Wednesday of the month. Board members must also attend one committee meeting a month – committees include Transportation, Parks, and Land Use Review, and Emergency Preparedness/Public Safety.  Monthly committee  meetings last about 1-2 hours.

If you’d like to run for a position on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email with a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.

The December 3rd meeting takes place at Queen Anne Manor, located at 1st N and Crockett, at 7:30pm. Even if you’re not running for a position on the QACC board, you can still attend the meeting to stay in tune with information that impacts Queen Anne.

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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

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Holiday Social this Sunday features Queen Anne restaurants and shops

November 24th, 2014 by Laura

Holiday SocialGet ready to tantalize your tastebuds and get to know some of our Queen Anne merchants at a Holiday Social this Sunday, November 30th. A group of merchants and restaurants are getting together to celebrate both the season and the shops closest to the Counterbalance.

LloydMartin, Chocolopolis, Queen Anne Olive Oil, Cederberg Tea House, and Robert Ramsay Cellars are joining forces to bring tasty bites to neighbors. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm in the alcove between Queen Anne Olive Oil and Robert Ramsay Cellars.

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Holiday Social staging area

LloydMartin chef Sam Crannell is helping organize the event, where he’ll be serving dishes made with ingredients from the participating shops. On tap are a Maple Sweet Potato Gratin with Chocolate and a Pumpkin Seed Streusel made with Chocolopolis Spicy Mole Mix. Olive oil samples will be on hand from Queen Anne Olive Oil and wine pairings will be featured by Robert Ramsey Winery.

The event is free and open to all. The dishes served will be simple, with recipes available for you to take and replicate the tastes at home. The participating merchants are taking the opportunity to celebrate our neighborhood and community as the holidays approach, enjoy!

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Aggressive raccoon attacked woman and her dog on Queen Anne this week

November 22nd, 2014 by Laura

There are raccoons all over Queen Anne, and usually we coexist peacefully. However, raccoon attacks can happen, and they can be vicious – and one particularly aggressive raccoon attacked a resident and her dog Thursday evening.

A few years ago we had several reports of aggressive raccoons – one attacked a woman walking her dog at 10pm, attacked a dog in a yard.

Raccoon Attack mapIn this week’s incident, a Queen Anne resident and her dog were attacked on an evening walk around 9:45pm. She fought it off, but it bit her leg and she’s now undergoing a series of rabies vaccinations. The attack happened on 5th Ave W between Garfield and Blaine. According to the victim:

“I was walking my dog on 5th Ave West and a very large raccoon came charging out of a yard and starting attacking me and my dog. Despite multiple kicks to the animal, and screaming and running, it continued to attack me. I was bitten in my upper thigh and was finally able to get away after a neighbor came out and helped scare it away. I am now going through the rabies vaccine series.”

She reported the attack to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Animal Control and the City of Seattle with no response. Since this attack was uprovoked and the raccoon may strike again, this is a good heads up for the neighborhood.

Raccoon attacks can happen anywhere in the neigborhood, and most typically happen when it’s dark outside – which is right now roughly 4:30pm to 7:30am. Per this article, cats most often steer clear of raccoons, but raccoon attacks on dogs usually results in a fight.

Here are tips from the Washington Department of Wildlife:

  • If a raccoon ever approaches too closely, make yourself appear larger: stand up if sitting, shout, and wave your arms. If necessary, throw stones or send the raccoon off with a dousing of water from a hose or bucket.
  • If a raccoon continues to act aggressively or strangely (circling, staggering as if drunk or disoriented, or shows unnatural tameness) it may be sick or injured – call Wildlife Rehabilitators and Wildlife Rehabilitation or the WDFW Regional Office. (note, the victim above called, but no response)
  • If aggressive raccoons are routinely seen in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain what they should do if one approaches them. By shouting a set phrase such as “Go away raccoon!” when they encounter one, instead of a general scream, children will inform nearby adults of the raccoon’s presence.
  • If a raccoon finds its way into your house, stay calm, close surrounding interior doors, leave the room, and let the animal find its way back out through the open door, window, or pet door. If necessary, gently use a broom to corral the raccoon outside. (Do not corner a raccoon, thereby forcing it to defend itself.)
Stay safe as our masked residents roam about the neighborhood, and check your yards before letting dogs out at night or in the early morning (I’ve often flipped on the lights to find a group of raccoons practically throwing a party in my backyard – and unlike a bar at closing time, I can’t make them leave until they’re ready).

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Mud Bay Adoption Center opens Saturday with adoption event and grand opening celebration

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

Mud Bay inviteOur local Queen Anne Mud Bay location is taking steps to help adoptable pets find new forever homes with its new Mud Bay Adoption Center. The first of its kind at any Mud Bay, the center will be welcomed not only by the community, but also by the pets that find homes!

Mud Bay adoptable dog 1Mud Bay has partnered with the Seattle Animal Shelter for its new Adoption Center, and it’ll host an Adoption Event with SAS from 11am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) featuring cats, dogs, and critters. All pets pictured in this post are adoptable!

The Adoption Center has been built into the Mud Bay Uptown store and has the following features:
Mud Bay adoptable dog 2

  • It is fully equipped to make it easier for shelters, rescues and/or foster organizations to simply bring the pets to the center.
  • It’s fully supported by Mud Bay and cared for by our staff allowing the center users to completely focus on the animals care.
  • There’s comfortable space for potential adopters to get to know animals and have additional conversations about harder to adopt animals or animals with special needs.

Mud Bay adoptable catTo kick off the happy opening, Mud Bay is throwing an Open House tomorrow, Saturday, November 22 from 4pm to 6pm. Cats, dogs, and critters looking for homes will be there, and Mud Bay will host fun events to celebrate. The shop promises “good food, exciting raffles, a fun photo booth, and a community shelter fundraiser” – and, 10% of all Uptown store sales on Saturday will be donated to local shelters.

Join Mud Bay tomorrow for either the Adoption Event (11am-2pm) or the Grand Opening Celebration (4pm-6pm) at 522 Queen Anne Ave. N.

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