Join the Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday and play the Stamp Challenge

This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Queen Anne Art Walk. The Art Walk will run from 4pm to 7pm this Saturday, February 6th at participating businesses on Upper Queen Anne.

DreamscapesJoin the Art Walk to see great local art and play the Art Walk Stamp Challenge too. Just pick up a map at any of the Art Walk businesses and get it stamped at every stop along your route. Not only will it help direct you to the art displays, but it’ll also garner you a prize if you fill the map with stamps.

Completed stamp maps can be exchanged for either a $5 gift certificate for Idunn Salon and Spa or BOGO coffee from El Diablo.

Participating businesses that will serve as gallery spaces this Saturday include Idunn Salon and Spa, Castillo’s Custom Upholstery, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, El Diablo Coffee, Queen Anne Olive Oil, and Caffe Ladro.

The Fountainhead Gallery is also participating in the Art Walk. It’s latest show featuring Uyen Tran Gjerde’s ‘Dreamscapes’ paintings is a must-see. (Photo from The Fountainhead’s show)

Get out this Saturday to support local artists and keep the Queen Anne Art Walk a regular first-Saturday event!

Seattle Immersive Theatre moving into old Silver Platters building


Silver PlattersAfter sitting vacant for two and a half years, the Silver Platters/Tower Records spot on the corner of 5th Ave N and Roy St is the new home of Seattle Immersive Theatre. The theatre has signed a one-year lease for the location, with an option to extend their stay on Queen Anne.

As reported in June, the building at 701 5th Ave N and the adjacent parking lot are slotted for a 5-story, 97 unit development, and according to the development company, the project is still “in progress” – but with a tenant secured for the building and no activity since the Land Use application in May 2015, the project may be slow in breaking ground.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet, Seattle Immersive Theatre

Meanwhile, Seattle Immersive Theatre is moving in and opening its 2016 run with Romeo & Juliet, opening February 18th – coincidentally, the same classic story that Pacific Northwest Ballet performs at McCaw Hall starting February 5th through the 14th.

Seattle Immersive Theatre has an interactive approach to theatre, with the audience participating in the performance. Romeo & Juliet is a “new, edgier interpretation that invites our guests to take part in the Capulet’s masquerade ball as both revelers and witnesses to the tragedy.”

Seattle Immersive Theatre describes their approach as follows:

“An immersive theatre experience is a play where an audience member can hang a hat on the fourth wall. You might be assuming the role of a student receiving a lecture on the paranormal, or a tourist being guided through a steam power plant. Throughout the course of a production, you might converse directly with cast members, handle props, or even have to wonder where the play ends and reality begins. There are no spotlights to tell you what you’re supposed to be looking at, no musical cues to tell you what to feel, and no dimming lights to tell you when the play has started; your individual experience will be a wholly unique thing.”

Seattle Immersive Theatre plans to stage 2-3 shows in their new Queen Anne home in 2016. You can read more about the company here and buy your tickets for Romeo & Juliet here. The first few weekend performances are already sold out, and to preserve the intimacy of the performance, only 40 tickets are available for each show.

According to Seattle Immersive Theatre’s Arts & Media Liaison, the company plans “to become a destination spot for the neighborhood.” Get ready to welcome another performing arts organization to the neighborhood!

Newest Queen Anne restaurant, Grappa, opens February 1st

Grappa clamsIt’s been a couple of months since we posted on the new restaurant, Grappa, moving into the old La Luna space on the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. The owners have been hard at work on “an extensive remodel” and are set to open this Monday, February 1st. (thanks to Adrian for the tip!)

According to Grappa’s Facebook page, the restaurant will open February 1st. It’ll be open 7 days a week, and will serve lunch and dinner, with a happy hour featuring Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.

UPDATE: per Grappa, the first week of service will be dinner only, then lunch and happy hour kick off on February 8th. Happy hour will 4pm-6pm and 9pm-close.

Grappa dishGrappa’s hours will be 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-1am Thursday-Saturday. Photos in this post are dishes highlighted on Grappa’s Facebook page.

Stop by to check out their dishes and welcome them to Queen Anne!

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.

Bounty Kitchen hosts first KING5 Evening Magazine of the new year

Last night, the inaugural Evening Magazine of 2016 was aired from Queen Anne’s own Bounty Kitchen. The local restaurant focuses on local, organic, and sustainable food – a healthy way to kick off the New Year, and KING 5 broadcasted the show from the big center table in the dining room.

The hosts had a selection of favorite Bounty Kitchen dishes, and if you missed the episode, the full version is online – click the image below and if you’d like to hear about the Bounty Kitchen dishes, the hosts describe them at about 25 minutes in:

King 5 Bounty Kitchen

Video Isle remains dark for a third week as it closes its doors for good

Video Isle darkUPDATE: Video Isle is closing for good, the owner commented on our post as follows:

“Queen Anne is moving our inventory to our Fremont location. We have had a good run here on Queen Anne for almost 30 years. Competing with streaming, increases in rent, lack of parking and the computer issues we recently had there is no better time than now to make this merge and save Video Isle, Inc.”

Three weeks ago, the lights at Video Isle went dark. A sign appeared on the door, citing a system problem at the Queen Anne location. Customers were directed to visit the Fremont location, meanwhile, DVD returns spilled onto the floor.

We’ve tried to contact the owner of Video Isle, but haven’t received a response. Neither has the Queen Anne Chamber.

Video Isle signRumors are now running rampant, with readers questioning if the old-school video rental shop will open again, or if it’s shuttered for good. We’ve also heard from readers that an increase in rent could be an issue.

Video Isle’s ownership was transferred to Tonya Perfect in February 2014, when longtime owner Craig Wilson retired after 28 years and moved to a warmer climate.

Without confirmation, we can’t say for sure if Video Isle will turn the dressing room mirror lights back on in the storefront at 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. NOTE: now confirmed, Video Isle will remain dark.

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