Design revealed for corner of 5th Ave N & Roy St

We’ve had several posts in the past about 701 5th Ave N, the old Tower Records/Silver Platters building at the corner of 5th Ave N & Roy St. Now, Hewitt, the architecture firm behind the Uptown QFC building, has released images of its design for the location. A construction date has not been set yet.

Here’s the view from the corner of 5th Ave N and Roy St:


Here’s the view along 5th Ave N:


And, that central entryway on 5th Ave N above, here’s a closeup where you can see the multiple skybridges:


The building will house 99 apartment units, 3,481 square feet of commercial space, and 74 parking stalls. The Seattle Immersive Theatre currently occupies the existing building.

Three storms, one potentially record-breaking, are headed our way

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-1-48-24-pmIf you happened to have missed the latest news or updates, here’s an important heads up: there are three powerful storms heading our way, with the third one on Saturday possibly making history.

The colorful Autumn leaves you see on the trees around Queen Anne may not last, so get out today to enjoy them…

Here’s Cliff Mass’ assessment of the Saturday storm:

“A true monster storm, potentially as strong as the most powerful storm in NW history (the Columbus Day Storm of 1962) will be approaching our area on Saturday.”

Storm One: arrives late this evening (Wednesday) and continues into Thursday. Expect heavy rain  (1-2 inches) and wind gusts 30-40 mph in Seattle.

Storm Two: Friday will be rainy & breezy.

Storm Three: The “Monster Storm” arrives on Saturday. Expect 30-50 mph gusts in Seattle and per Cliff Mass, it could change course: “If the models are wrong and the storm’s track heads further east, Puget Sound could get a very major hit with massive power outages and damage. This is a very dangerous storm.”

Be prepared for the storms in advance:

Let’s hope the storms end up being typical October weather… but, Cliff Mass is usually right. You can read his full forecast here.

Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month

We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.

bite-box-burgerIn the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.

The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

According to Sharon:

“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”

bite-box-interiorBite Box will be open Wednesdays – Fridays 8am to 3:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!

New boutique Foundation brings classic clothing to Queen Anne

foundation-storefrontOpen just over a month, Foundation is Queen Anne’s newest locally-owned shop, bringing classic, comfortable clothing to Queen Anne Ave N. Shop owner Summer David curates the collection that fills the small space with efficient ease. Located in the old My Dressing Room spot at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, the shop features new merchandise every week.

Summer wanted to open a boutique for a while, and a Kickstarter campaign helped launch the venture. Along the way, she found a storefront on Queen Anne, which seems somewhat serendipitous, as it’s one of her favorite Seattle neighborhoods. Summer cites qualities that we all love about Queen Anne, including the walkability, the small town feel, and many locally owned businesses. For the latter, she specifically calls out the many women-owned businesses on Queen Anne Ave, of which Foundation is now a member.

Check out how Foundation has transformed the small 200 square foot space via a panorama shot from Summer:


According to Summer, customers are at the heart of Foundation:

“I’ve wanted to open my own store for a while, but it was listening to my clients tell me how hard it is to find casual, comfortable, classic pieces for their wardrobes without having to run all over town that really helped form the vision for Foundation. In the past six weeks, I’ve had so many customers walk in and tell me my store looks like a snapshot of their closets, and a few even asked if there is a “one of everything” subscription service – that’s when I knew I was on the right track! I already have “regulars” and I look forward to meeting more folks every day.”

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-3-39-35-pmWhat can you expect to find at Foundation? Summer describes her merchandise as “wear it everyday” clothing with nothing over $300, and most items under $100. Think jeans and casual pants, sweaters and tees, jackets and day dresses. As we inch closer to the holidays, expect her to get a few “fancy” pieces in the shop, along with scarves, bags, and a small collection of jewelry.  You can stay up to date on what’s in the shop via Foundation’s Facebook page.

Stop by Foundation to welcome Summer to the neighborhood. Remember, it’s the small, independent, locally-owned shops that help make up the character of Queen Anne – we’re lucky to have another one join our community!

Sponsored Post: Expressive Journeys Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Circle of Arts Studios


circle-arts-kaylaAre you interested in how art therapy can help you and/or your family? Kayla Helenske, MA, LMHCA is co-owner of Circle of Art Studios where she teaches art classes and operates her art therapy and mental health counseling practice, Expressive Journeys. The studio is located on the west side of 15th Ave right off of Dravus Street at 2821 Thorndyke Ave with easy access to Queen Anne residents.

Helenske’s practice is unique to the area being the only mixed media and pottery studio for kids and adults to also include art therapy and mental health counseling services. Nearly half of the families who frequent the studio are Queen Anne residents because of the easy commute and fantastic services.


Helenske supports individuals in moving forward and growing healthier lives and relationships through holistic and creative processes. For over 15 years she has been weaving her love of art, healing and community through her own art process, teaching art, facilitating art therapy groups and meeting with individual clients and families.

circle-arts-groupHelenske focuses her practice in working primarily with children, teens and women with a multitude of presenting symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loss and grief, emotional regulation, life transitions, self-esteem and social skills.

Art therapy is a means of utilizing art materials to allow thoughts and feelings to move as you dialogue with your inner canvas through lines, shapes and colors giving image to what the experience feels and looks like in your body. The art allows the maker to capture a moment – a tactile representation of thoughts, feelings, as well as further connect and reflect upon what is working, not working or perhaps missing from their life.

circle-arts-metalThe process of creating also allows for a cathartic experience, expelling built up stress, anger and/or grief. The actual feelings of anger, sadness and grief are emotions experienced by everyone. Withholding these feelings and suppressing them can impact our physical and mental health, as well as relationships with others. As a client centered and strength based therapist, Helenske also intertwines mindfulness in her practice guiding clients to note how they feel before, during and after art making which is often accompanied with witness writing their thoughts.

Along with meeting with individual clients, Helenske offers group work including Women’s Identity and Stress Reduction, Intuitive Painting Classes and The Art of Friendship: A Social Skills Group for kids. Friends and families can also schedule private sessions to come together to process loss and grief, transitions or reconnect as a family through art making.


Circle of Art Studios offers a multitude of services including mixed media and pottery classes for kids and adults, art+wine events, raku parties, team-building events and birthday parties. If you are looking to reconnect with your friends and family, let Circle of Art Studios help you host your next gathering. Please visit Circle of Arts Studios website for more information.

You can learn more about Kayla Helenske and her practice, Expressive Journeys, via Circle of Art Studios’ website and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Baby

baby-1Look out Grumpy Cat, you’ve got some competition! Baby is a happy and loving cat, but she’s got a serious case of resting grump face!

Baby loves cuddles and affection, and patiently waits until you get home each day so she can get some ear scratches and curl up next to you on the couch.

Baby makes the funniest, most unique little meows that you’ve ever heard. She cracks up her foster parents every day with her adorable sounds.

baby-3She’s also soft as a bunny, doesn’t mind being picked up, and loves to play with a feather toy!

This sweet kitty is front paw declawed and prefers to be the only pet in the household. She also would prefer a house without young children, as she can get spooked by loud noises or lots of activity.

baby-2If you’re looking for a sweet, unique cat who loves to sit next to you and will make you smile every day, Baby could be the one for you!

Baby (SAS ID #33136655) is waiting patiently in a foster home for your call; you won’t find her at the Shelter. Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Wren & Robin (Netherland Dwarf bunnies) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Argon & Fluorine (two little mice) – available for adoption

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!

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