Application posted for first Queen Anne recreational marijuana shop

Peridot All SparkWe’ve had several readers write us about the old Peridot storefront at 532 Queen Anne Ave N, noting a retail marijuana license application posted on the door. Per a license search, a business named “All Spark” has applied for a marijuana retailer license at the location.

All Spark’s owner has also applied for a marijuana license at a location in Belltown at 2312 4th Ave, the former site of a hair salon.

In July, All Spark was denied a marijuana license due to failure to “submit a required, valid and signed letter of intent to lease or purchase” for an address in Marysville. Since Peridot moved out last summer (and up the hill), the spot next to Queens Smoke Shop, the storefront has been vacant. To date, there are no business license applications for All Spark, but a applying for a business license is one of two steps in the process. (the other being the marijuana license)

If the current license application is approved and a business license is issued, All Spark will be the first retail pot shop on Queen Anne.

Seattle featured in “View from Above” drone film series

Emirates and Boeing partnered to create a series of films featuring 18 global destinations, and Seattle made the list. The “View From Above” films were made with footage from drones, and unlike previous drone videos of the Space Needle, this one was made with all the proper flight clearances.

The Space Needle makes several appearances, as expected. While Queen Anne is only a glimpse in the Lake Union shot, it’s one to be sure and check out – the drone flies through Gas Works as it makes its way to Lake Union and beyond.

You can see the Seattle “View From Above” film by clicking on the image below. If you’re interested in the other 17 films, navigate your way around the globe at this link.

Seattle Emirates video

Friendshop pops up at the Queen Anne library on Saturday

Library PlaqueAttention bibliophiles and Seattle Public Library fans: the Queen Anne library branch is hosting a pop up FriendShop tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd.

The popular FriendShop is the cool gift shop at the Central Library downtown, and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is taking it on the road with pop ups at neighborhood branches.

SPL FriendshopWhat can you find at tomorrow’s pop up? Gifts like tote bags, mugs and jewelry, as well as pre-owned paperbacks for $2 and children’s books for $1. All proceeds from the pop up benefit The Seattle Public Library.

Stop by the Queen Anne library tomorrow, January 23, from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and stock up on books and SPL swag.

RIP: Craig Wilson, founder of Video Isle and champion of Queen Anne

While Craig Wilson may have sold Video Isle in early 2014 to move to a warmer Southwest climate, his stamp on Queen Anne is felt by many to this day. Craig passed away from a heart attack last night, Thursday, January 14th, and while he lived his final days in Arizona, many will always associate him with Queen Anne.

Craig was a fixture on Queen Anne, emceeing the annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run (photo below taken by me back at 2013’s Fun Run, now also used in his memorial at the old now-closed Video Isle location – happy to contribute a great memory of Craig). He also was a member of the Queen Anne Chamber, a Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree volunteer, Queen Anne Little League photographer, a champion of small businesses on Queen Anne, and a friend to many residents. A really great guy I’m happy to have know via this blog.

Craig will be missed by many, but his community spirit will live on.

Craig Wilson Helpline Emcee

Uptown Alliance meets Thursday: Updated agenda with Sound Transit, Uptown Urban Framework, and more

Uptown Alliance logoThe Uptown Alliance is kicking off the year with its first meeting of 2016. In addition to officer elections, the agenda includes presentations on the Uptown Urban Design Framework and parking study, the Roy St shelter, and an update on Uptown parks. All are welcome to attend the meeting at 7pm, Thursday, January 14, 2015 in the Community Room at the EXPO Apartments (100 Republican St).

Here’s the full agenda:

7:00 – 7:10   Welcome and introductions

7:05 – 7:50   Sound Transit 3 presentation

7:10 – 7:20   Uptown Urban Design Framework & parking study

7:20 – 7:30   157 Roy shelter update

7:30 – 7:40   Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee (LURC) update

7:40 – 7:50   Uptown Parks Activation update

7:50 – 8:00   Transportation committee update

8:00 – 8:30   Election of Uptown Alliance officers for 2016

8:30 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve November meeting minutes

Dog owners take heed: canine influenza warning in Seattle and King County

If you are a dog owner, take note of the potential risk of a new strain of canine influenza (H3N2) that has been reported in King County. With the high number of dogs in Seattle and on Queen Anne, it is advised that you be vigilant if your dog interacts with other dogs or visits places frequented by other dogs. Public Health Seattle & King County has issued a notice about the canine influenza:

Here’s a comment from Seattle & King County veterinarian Beth Lipton about cases in King County:

“During the month of December 2015, dogs at an area boarding and dog daycare facility began getting sick with respiratory symptoms, primarily cough. The facility owner estimates about 80-90 dogs got sick. The facility self-closed and implemented isolation procedures to help contain the outbreak. Recently laboratory tests from two dogs that had contact with an ill dog who’d been at the facility were found to be positive for H3N2 canine influenza.”

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 11.16.12 AMMore information, including the image with key symptoms to the right, is available on the Seattle Dog Spot blog – a must-read for dog owners. The strain is extremely contagious, with dogs showing symptoms within 24 hours of exposure. Here’s the rundown of exposure risks from Seattle Dog Spot:

“It can be spread by direct contact, contaminated objects like hands and clothes, and through air droplets, which can travel up to 20 feet or more. The virus can live in the environment for about 2 days and on hands and on clothing for up to 24 hours.”

According to Public Health Seattle & King County, dogs are most likely to be exposed “at places where dogs congregate such as dog parks/beaches, dog daycare and boarding facilities, grooming facilities, and veterinary clinics.”

Keep your pups safe and if they show symptoms, take them to the vet.

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