Sponsored Post: MightyKidz Childcare now open with two Queen Anne locations

The following is a sponsored post from MightyKidz Childcare, a childcare center with two Queen Anne locations, now open for Fall enrollment.

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Picture1MightyKidz Childcare began in Magnolia in January of 2014 with husband and wife owners Kyla and Jeff Liboon. Kyla was working at a large corporate childcare for 4 years as a teacher and program coordinator and became pregnant with their first child. After having a rough time dropping her first born off in childcare, mind you, this is the childcare in which she worked, Jeff and Kyla re-evaluated things and decided to sell their town-home in Magnolia, buy a house, and renovate it in order to run an in-home childcare center.

Picture3On day one, MightyKidz was full and had a waitlist! This is when Jeff and Kyla realized the need for quality childcare in the Seattle area. They began their search for commercial properties, and two and a half years later, they are excited to be opening their doors in Upper Queen Anne, occupying the first floor of All Saints Church, and in Lower Queen Anne, on 1st Ave in the Astro building.

The two centers are currently enrolling children 3 months – 60 months of age. Spots are filling up quickly, between the two centers, we will be able provide a warm, nurturing, and stimulating environment for nearly 100 children! Both centers will offer a child-centered, emergent curriculum to maximize engagement and learning. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate to enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in young children. The classroom environment is carefully designed to reflect our student’s interests and to cultivate positive self-image, independence, and interdependence.

We advocate consistent communication with parents. MightyKidz Childcare uses the brightwheel app to communicate with parents throughout the day. Parents receive pictures, updates on naps, feeding, and diapering, and can see all of the curricular activities their child is engaged in. Our current parents scream praise about the brightwheel app, noting that it truly connects them with their child throughout the day.

MightyKidz is dedicated to employ and retain highly qualified teachers who have both the experience and education necessary to offer each child the early childhood education that he/she deserves.

shelby2Shelby Holzknecht is the Director or the Upper Queen Anne Location and has been working for MightyKidz for two years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Development, has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, and has been working in the field for 7 years. Shelby and her husband just welcomed their first child into the world and are thrilled that he will be able to attend MightyKidz when the doors open.

Rachel Peterson is the Executive Director of MightyKidz and Director of the Lower Queen Anne location. Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Studies, has her Master’s in Teaching, and carries a Washington State Teaching Credential. She is a mother of 2 and has been working in the field of education since 1999.

kyla2Kyla Liboon, Owner and Head of Operations, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, with nearly 10 years of experience in the field. Kyla is a mother of 2 and will continue to oversee the Magnolia location. Kyla, Shelby, and Rachel all share a passion for the early learners and aim to create an environment that will give all parents piece-of-mind as they drop their children off for a day of exploration and discovery.

Please contact us today via email at tours@mightykidz.com to schedule a tour at either Queen Anne location!

Looks like an Ikiiki sidewalk cafe is on the way

Ikiki sidewalkAll summer, it’s been conspicuously absent – outdoor seating at Ikiiki Sushi. The pan-Asian spot at 12 Boston St has had indoor-only tables this year, while its neighbors Orrapin and Grappa have outdoor seating ready to go every day. Same across the street at Bounty Kitchen, and all along Queen Anne Ave N.

Now that we’ve hit the dog days of summer, an application for an outdoor sidewalk cafe is posted on Ikiiki’s front window.

Ikiki SDOT Cafe ApplicationIn the past, the restaurant has had outdoor seating, but a “table and chairs” permit differs from a “Sidewalk Café Permit” – and the latter is more often what restaurants have on Queen Anne.

Restaurants that want to have table service and alcohol served along the sidewalk must have a Sidewalk Café Permit.

A railing is required for Sidewalk Cafés, so expect one to go in soon as Ikiiki joins its neighbors on Boston St in providing an outdoor dining experience during our glorious Seattle summers.

Sherman Alexie visits Queen Anne Book Company to read from his new children’s book

QABC SignIt seems like it’s time to make Sherman Alexie an honorary Queen Anne resident, as he sure loves our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company. We’re lucky to have a bookstore that brings in such talent, whether it’s being a bookseller for a day, launching the annual Indies First, or swinging by to read from his latest book.

Alexie will be at Queen Anne Book Company this Sunday, August 14th, from 3pm to 6pm. His latest book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” is Alexie’s first children’s picture book, and he’s ready to share it with Queen Anne youngsters in a special Children’s Reading event.

If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s the description from Queen Anne Book Company:

Alexie Thunder Boy“Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.”

Make plans to take the kids to Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, this Sunday for a special Sherman Alexie event, our honorary Queen Anne resident!

Simple & Just bringing high-end resale with a cause to Queen Anne

Simple & Just coming soonMany readers have been asking about the new Simple & Just storefront at the old Video Isle location. The shop has a website along with the “coming soon” signs in the windows of 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. The .org in the website name has piqued a lot of interest in the mystery shop, indicating a new nonprofit venture on Queen Anne.

Simple & Just is indeed a nonprofit with a good cause: helping women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. And, it’s a cause that Queen Anne resident Carolyn Quatier, Founder and Board President of Simple & Just, invites the Queen Anne community to support via the new Simple & Just high-end resale shop.

The concept is simple and the impact is powerful. Simple & Just will be a retail shop with 100% of profits supporting after-care efforts. It will offer sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care, as well as internships for local university students. According to Quatier, the idea is to invite a broader group of people to engage via a retail store.

Simple and Just websiteHow can Queen Anne residents participate? There are several options. First, donations – Simple & Just will take high-end donations of clothing and accessories, all tax deductible to the donor, and sort them for sale in the shop. Second, volunteers – Simple & Just will have volunteer opportunities for people who would like to get involved in the back office, sorting through donations and tagging them for sale. Third, shopping – the retail storefront will be open to all, so you can browse and shop for upscale items, both new and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Donations are welcome and will help keep the shop running and supporting the cause. If items don’t make the cut for the shop or there are too many of a specific item, the organization will turn them over to other local nonprofits. While the shop will focus on high-end clothing and accessories, it will also feature unique and cool items as they become available. Think art, household décor, brand-new department store lines, etc., all available as the shop hosts impromptu pop-up shops throughout the year.

To get the shop up and running, Simple & Just will hold a Shelf Filling Party in September. All are invited to attend and bring along donations to help fill the shop in advance of its opening in late September/early October. As the date draws closer, we’ll get the info out so you can welcome Simple & Just to Queen Anne and help give it a great start.

In the meantime, you can follow Simple & Just on Instagram to witness the transformation from video store to upscale resale for a cause.

Celebrate Queen Anne Days this Saturday

Queen Anne DaysThis Saturday, July 9th, is going to be a busy one on Queen Anne. The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run kicks off first thing in the morning, with the Queen Anne Days festivities taking over the remainder of the day at Big Howe Park/West Queen Anne Playfield.

Plus, expect a side appearance of both runners and bulls in the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls on Queen Anne Ave.

Here are the highlights of Queen Anne Days:

Fun Run/Walk – 8AM

Brought to you by the Queen Anne Helpline! Run or walk to support neighbors in need in our community. Onsite registration opens at 7AM! Click here for more information or to register ahead.

Dog & Kiddie Parade: 11AM

Get your costumes and decorations ready for the big event. Parade participants gather at West Queen Anne Playfield at 10:30am. Parade begins at 11:00am.

Queen Anne Days Festival: 11AM – 8PM

Brought to you by the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, featuring:

  • Wine beer and cider garden
  • Live music
  • Art walk
  • Pottery demonstrations
  • Car show
  • Doggie and parade
  • Bands that kids and adults will love
  • Raffle prizes
  • Food trucks
  • Carnival games, bouncy houses, crafts, dunk tank, cotton candy, sno cones, sack races, water balloons, face painting, clowns, and more!

Sidewalk Sale

Get a deal, patronize a new business and support your local entrepreneurs! All day Saturday and Sunday, all along Queen Anne Avenue.

Queen Anne favorite Grub to return soon

grub logoWe’ve had readers sending us tips about the old Lucky Palette Vegetarian Meal Service spot at 307 W McGraw – and, we have good news for fans of Sharon Fillingim’s Grub.

Sharon is opening a new restaurant in the location, currently a work in progress – literally. There will be a “stunning” new façade for the spot located next to Five Corners Hardware, plus a dining space with open kitchen inside.

Grub McGrawGrub was a Queen Anne favorite so locals will no doubt welcome Sharon’s new spot on Queen Anne. Plus, in addition to the dining room, she’ll also be providing custom catering services.

The newest Grub iteration will open when the new facade is completed, so keep an eye on the bland spot at 307 W McGraw as it transforms.

Stay tuned for more on Grub, we’ll post an official date as soon as it’s available.

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