Just in time for Mother’s Day, Queen Anne Dispatch’s Friends & Family Event is Friday

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 6.36.18 PMIt’s time for the Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Sale, and this time around, it’s conveniently a couple days before Mother’s Day. If you’ve put off getting a card or gift for mom, head to Queen Anne Dispatch this Friday, May 6th. Everything is 20% off all day long.

Plus, as usual, the event is more than just a sale. It’s a celebration hosted by one of the longest-running locally-owned Queen Anne businesses. You can shop local and from 6pm-8pm there’ll be a live DJ, drinks, and bites.

Goodies for shoppers include gifts with purchases, and if you bring someone along who’s never been to Queen Anne Dispatch, you’ll both get a special gift.

Shop local for Mother’s Day and more this Friday!

Seattle Times covers Queen Anne’s Rafael Carrabba Violins’ restoration of a 1684 Stradivarius

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 5.00.08 PMIf you’ve ever walked by Rafael Carrabba Violins on W Galer St, you may have wondered what goes on at the violin shop on Queen Anne. We’ve even featured the little, unassuming violin sign that hangs from the wooden building on our Instagram account.

Wonder no more – in today’s The Seattle Times, a profile of the shop and Rafael Carrabba’s fantastic work spins a tale worth a read – the restoration of a 1684 Stradivarius cello, worth around $10 million.

Per The Seattle Times: “Years ago, a famous Stradivarius cello was stolen in Los Angeles — while restoring it, Rafael Carrabba’s Queen Anne instrument shop became a laboratory for one of the most exciting repair jobs in recent memory.”

Read the full story about Carrabba and the restoration of the lost-then-found Stradivarius cello in The Seattle Times.

Campfire BBQ moves in next door to Citizen

Campfire ExteriorAbout 10 days ago, a reader let us know that Citizen has a new roommate at 706 Taylor Ave N – then, the flu hit me and derailed my plans on digging for more BBQ info. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, the blog posts are stacked pretty high in the queue. But, let’s first get to the new BBQ joint, Campfire BBQ, that’s set up shop in Citizen’s parking lot.

For now, you can get Campfire BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm-8pm each day. And, once they finish spiffing up the little parking lot – which won’t take much longer – the little smokehouse-inspired wagon will be open 4-5 days a week. And, this is good news for Queen Anne. I’ve had Campfire BBQ at other roving locations, and it’s the real deal. Queen Anne is lucky to have this gem at the bottom of the hill.

In part, Campfire BBQ’s new location is due to the entrepreneurship of Suzana Omos, owner of Citizen (right next door) and Citizen Six (housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom on Elliott Ave W). She secured the rights to use the parking lot adjacent to Citizen and wanted to make it a great outdoor space for the neighborhood. She reached out to Campfire BBQ and the rest is now history in motion.

Campfire Citizen

I reached out to owners Stefan and Julie Giles, they described Campfire BBQ’s history as follows:

“We started Campfire BBQ in 2012 … Campfire began as a hobby for Stefan as he tried to satisfy the cravings of family and friends that found the Texas style BBQ they were craving to be an elusive beast in the Northwest, but soon turned into a thriving small business as word of mouth spread and demand grew. With his father hailing from Texas and his mother from Germany, you could say that Stefan literally has BBQ imprinted on his DNA. 

Campfire BBQ only uses quality ingredients and sources meats that are local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. All of our BBQ is done slow and low over a real wood fire – an hour and a half per pound on average.”

Dog bonePlus, we hear on reader-authority that bones are available for Queen Anne pups, so a dog-friendly business to boot! Check out a Queen Anne View reader’s dog, Latte, to the left, with a free Campfire BBQ bone she carried all the way home…

Stop by Citizen this weekend and watch for expanded service in the near future!

Pistil closes up shop at the top of the Counterbalance

Pistil Flowers ShopPistil Design called the Galer Crest building at the top of the Counterbalance for three years as of this past January. It was still around  4 weeks ago, when I snapped a shot of their sign for Instagram. But, a few weeks later and the shop was vacant, with a new “for lease” sign gracing the window instead of the cheery flowers sign.

Readers have also asked about Pistil, and we now have the news – which isn’t all bad, but rather an interim step.

The shop’s lease expired at the Queen Anne Ave & Galer St location, and the owners didn’t want to renew. Instead, they’re now working out of a small studio space on Queen Anne for delivery only.

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 5.11.25 PMThey’re working on a new location, and when things are finalized, we’ll be able to share more news on our local flower shop. It’ll be a Pistil 2.0 of sorts, as the new inception of Pistil will be set up as a design studio versus a retail shop. All of the regular services will be available, but on a custom basis only.

In the meantime, Pistil is operating from 7am to 3pm. Flower orders placed by 11am can be out for same-day delivery. If you have flower needs or any questions, you can contact Pistil at (206) 612-0973.

Mezcaleria Oaxaca offering lunch special for Queen Anne residents

Mezcaleria Oaxaca QAMezcaleria Oaxaca is showing some neighborhood love, in the form of a lunch special for Queen Anne residents. Stop by the Queen Anne location at 2123 Queen Anne Ave N for lunch on Wednesdays or Thursdays and get 20% off your pre-tax lunch bill. All you have to do is bring something (ID, mail, etc.) with your name and Queen Anne zip code on it, and voila!

The special deal is available every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 3pm. It’s the restaurant’s way of showing its appreciation and saying “thanks” to Queen Anne.

If you’re a Queen Anne resident in zips 98109 or 98119, you’re eligible for the neighbor discount. Thanks to Mezcaleria Oaxaca for showing some love to Queen Anne!

Le Reve staying put as building hits the market

Le Reve For SaleWe’ve had a lot of readers asking about Le Reve this week, as a “for sale” sign went up on the fence outside of the building earlier this week. Readers were concerned that the sign might mean Le Reve is going away, but it’s here to stay.

The building is for sale, but Le Reve is neither moving nor closing. The bakery has a 5-year lease with an option to renew for another 5 years. And, thanks to Queen Anne residents, this independent small business is going strong.

According to Le Reve owner, Andrea Nakata:

“Le Reve is not going anywhere! In fact, we have a lot of new and exciting things happening at the bakery right now such our baking classes, catering events and special group meet ups at the bakery! We love our current location and more importantly we have developed such a strong loyal clientele who have become part of our Le Reve family that I could not imagine being anywhere else but Queen Anne!”

Set your mind at ease and plan on tasty goods and events from Le Reve for the long haul.

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