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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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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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Sponsor a tree and help light up Queen Anne Ave N this holiday season

November 20th, 2014 by Laura

Holiday tree WolfWe posted on the tree lights along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne last Sunday. The lights are all strung, but some trees and blocks aren’t on. If you stroll along Queen Anne Ave N, you’ll notice that the lights in front of Safeway and The Towne are dark. There are other smaller dark spots between Galer and McGraw too.

As we mentioned in our post, the Upper Queen Anne Merchants help pay for the lights. Each tree runs about $200 for the duration of the season, from mid-November through the first of the new year. Not all of our small business owners can afford to light the tree in front of their business, and each year that number (sadly) grows. Plus, it seems not all businesses are on board with the tree lighting [editor’s note: Safeway and Trader Joe’s are not small businesses, but their trees are dark - why aren't they on? You might want to ask next time you shop there, and let us know what you find out.].

Tree your name hereHere’s where you can help. To light the trees this year, the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is asking for donations. What do you get for your money? A lit tree and a laminated sign with your name on said tree. You can also get creative, one family has a note from Santa to their little girl on a tree – just keep the message family-friendly, and voila!

Some businesses have their names on trees, and if you’d like to have your “name in lights” you can sponsor a tree for $200. Or, pool together funds from your neighbors, book groups, or community organizations, and sponsor a tree – just  $10-20 a house/apartment can add up quickly!

The Chamber hopes that sponsoring the trees will help raise awareness of the tree funding and get the community involved.

If you’d like to sponsor a tree, click here or call 206.412.5802.

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New Queen Anne shop Vian Hunter features vintage clothing and more

November 17th, 2014 by Laura

This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion

VianHunter windowFormerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.

The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Queen Anne Ave trees light up as Holiday Magic set for December 5th

November 16th, 2014 by Laura

Have you noticed that the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne are lit for the upcoming holiday season? Every year, these lights go up thanks to our local Queen Anne merchants and the Queen Anne Chamber – and they make the business district between Galer and McGraw sparkle!

QA Holiday Lights 1Business owners along Queen Anne Ave N pay for the tree lights that light up the Ave through the holiday season. These lights also help signal the upcoming annual Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne.

Holiday Magic will be Friday, December 5th this year, 4pm-8pm. In years past, Santa visited HomeStreet Bank for family photos and merchants had small bites, drinks, and special sales for the holiday season.

As we get more merchant-specific info for Holiday Magic, we’ll get it posted.  Until then, enjoy the trees and thank our Queen Anne merchants for their festive spirit!

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A&J Meats looking for new butcher; seafood and wine merchants remain open

November 9th, 2014 by Laura

A week ago, we posted on the retirement of A&J Meats owner Rick Friar. With his retirement comes the closing of A&J after 63 years. When I stopped by this week, I asked about the future of the A&J building, owned by Rick, at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St.

A&J signsAccording to Rick, they’re currently looking for a butcher to take over the business or move into the space. Ideally, they’d like to keep the space an operating butcher shop. No confirmation yet on possible tenants for the butcher portion of the spot, so stay tuned.

As for Wild Salmon Seafood, they have a lease that runs through the end of December, so they’ll be selling fresh seafood at the location until then – or perhaps beyond.

McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants have a 2 year lease on their space in the A&J Building, so they’ll be around for the near future.

The good news is that we may get a butcher, and in the meantime, you can still get seafood and wine without leaving the neighborhood. Plus, a reminder – A&J Meats will be open through November 29th, so get your Thanksgiving orders in asap via phone (206-284-3885) or stop by in-person.

Local businesses thrive due to loyal neighborhood support, let’s keep them on Queen Anne for the long haul!

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Bid farewell to a Queen Anne institution as A&J closes its doors after 63 years

November 3rd, 2014 by Laura

A&J Building nightDuring yesterday’s Seahawks game, we received an email from a reader who let us know that A&J Meats is closing after 63 years in business on Queen Anne. A true Queen Anne fixture, the butcher at 2401 Queen Anne Ave N draws loyal customers from both our neighborhood and beyond.

I was already planning to head to A&J after the game to pick up something for dinner. They close at 6pm and I got there as they were closing up for the night. However, true to their exceptional customer service, they offered to get me anything I needed.

A&J Closing SignIt’s that type of customer service that will be missed by many Queen Anne residents. Rick and Julia, A&J’s owners, have decided to retire and close the business at the end of this month. Rick’s been working in the family business since age 11, so it makes sense for him – but it’s going to be a big loss for our neighborhood.

A&J opened for business on Queen Anne in 1951 at the corner of W McGraw St and 6th Ave W.  Rick’s father, Jerry Friar – the “J” in A&J – started the market with a business partner. He moved A&J to its current location on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St in 1972. Rick took over the business in 1989. Now, 25 years later, he’s ready to retire the family business.

The shop will be open through the Thanksgiving holidays, and I was advised to let readers know to get holiday orders in asap – so if you’ve been putting off ordering a fresh turkey, rib roast, or whatever else graces your Thanksgiving table, do it today.

In an online world, A&J has always remained old-school, so get your orders in via phone (206-284-3885) or stop by in-person (note: they’re closed on Mondays). Either way, be sure to say goodbye to the great staff at A&J and wish them well in their next endeavors.

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Halloween on Queen Anne Ave photo album now posted!

November 1st, 2014 by Laura

Halloween 14 QA Fire mainYesterday morning it sure felt like it was going to be a dreay (spooky?), soaking day for trick-or-treaters.

The forecast I saw at 8am said the rain wouldn’t be letting up in the Seattle area until 6pm or later. But, the rain moved NE and we were spared for Halloween on Queen Anne Ave and had near-perfect Fall weather!

Now, the rain did return during house-to-house trick-or-treating, but the kids who braved it were likely amped up on sugar already and didn’t care…

Photos from yesterday’s trick-or-treating event are now posted in an online album. If you have photos to share, please let us know!

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And, thanks to our great merchants for getting into the Halloween spirit! They all got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, plus free Sparkfly photos at Cupcake Royale, live band Banda la Grande de San Juan at Mezcaleria Oaxaca, and crossing guards to keep everyone safe!

Click on the photo of the Le Reve crew below to go to the photo album:

Halloween 2014 Le Reve

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Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital coming soon to Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

October 30th, 2014 by Laura

We’ve had quite a few readers write in about the new vet clinic that’s under construction next to the Chase Bank at 20 Mercer St (former Easy Street Records spot). Thanks to everyone who’s sent in tips, here’s the scoop on the new business set to move into Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.

Mercer Street VetMercer Street Veterinary Hospital will be opening soon to serve Queen Anne and Uptown pets. It now has a web site with info on the practice and a red “coming soon” at the top of the page, so you can check out the practice’s vets and services online.

Almost a month ago, we contacted Madison Street Animal Hospital, one of the vet clinics in the practice, about the new location. At the time, they were still obtaining permits and in the midst of construction. Fast forward to today, and they have a tentative opening date of January 5th.

Mercer St Vet mapAccording to our contact at Madison Street Animal Hospital, the new practice will be a small animal practice, similar to their current locations on Madison Street and in Kirkland. The vets on staff will see cats, dogs, rabbits, and “pocket pets” – the latter two will be vet-specific, meaning that certain vets in the practice will specialize in these somewhat unique pets.

The new hospital will also offer discounted services to senior citizens and pre-approved local area rescue groups. Plus, the clinic will provide emergency services, with a veterinarian and staff on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle urgent care situations.

The new clinic will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, plan on stopping by in the January timeframe and checking out the services they’ll be offering our local pets!

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Trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave is on for Halloween

October 22nd, 2014 by Laura

QA Halloween 2013Halloween is a little over a week away, but fear not, the Upper Queen Anne merchants along Queen Anne Ave N are planning their annual trick-or-treating event! Just as in years past, the fun is slated for 3pm to 6pm on Halloween.

Participating merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw St and Galer St will be handing out candy next Friday, October 31st.

It’s always a fun event for kids and costume-watchers – last year, there were some really cool costumes:

Halloween Minions 2013

According to Zillow, Seattle ranks #8 for trick-or-treating cities, and Queen Anne is #4 for Seattle neighborhoods. So, get your kiddos ready and help make Queen Anne come alive with ghosts, goblins, and creative costumes!

Keep in mind that this year Halloween falls on a Friday night. The merchants are asking people to avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N, and there’ll be crossing guards for the costumed crowds. However, we may see some guests from out-of-the-neighborhood for Friday night dinners out – so stay safe and Happy Halloween!

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Swissa Jewelers now open in old Calva Café spot

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Swissa storefrontIt’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.

Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.

Swissa signWhen I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.

The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.

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Make your reservations now, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday

October 12th, 2014 by Laura

Restaurant Week logoIt’s that time again, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday, October 19th. The week is actually 10 days, running Sunday through Thursday the weeks of October 19th and October 26th (October 19-23 and 26-30).

Specially priced Restaurant Week menus take Fridays and Saturdays off, but during the week, you can get 3-course dinners for $30 and $15 two-course lunches at those restaurants open for lunch.

As with weeks past, the Seattle Times site has restaurants searchable by neighborhood or by type of meal (e.g. lunch, dinner). Here are the participating Queen Anne restaurants:

Agave Cocina & Tequilas

Betty Restaurant & Bar

Crow Restaurant & Bar

Melting Pot- Seattle

Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge

Ponti Seafood Grill

Roaring Bowl Restaurant

Ten Mercer

Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

You can make reservations online. Please note that drinks, tax, and tip are not included in the price.

Updated to add Crow to the list (doesn’t come up in the neighborhood search).

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