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Shop local on Queen Anne this holiday season and help out others too

December 14th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne Boston SantaOur recent post about Communique closing in the new year generated a lot of comments on Facebook and on the blog. A theme definitely emerged – shop local so independent shops stay on Queen Anne.

Now, while some of the most recent business closures are due to owners retiring, there are still empty storefronts on Queen Anne. If Queen Anne is known for supporting small, independent businesses, hopefully these locations will have a better chance of filling up with unique shops.

Help keep our local Queen Anne businesses going strong by shopping in the neighborhood. Our merchants not only help create the character of Queen Anne, but they also give back to the community.

And, while you’re out shopping on Queen Anne, here are some businesses can help you give back this holiday season:

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot, 2100 Queen Anne Ave N (Safeway north parking lot)
A holiday giving list wouldn’t be complete without the tree lot that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. Open through December 21st or until they run out of trees!

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
Raffle to win a package of 5-60 min. massages. $5 per entry. Enter as many times as you like throughout December.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Let’s help our neighbors in need! Drawing will take place 1/2/15 and winner will be notified by email.

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

If you know of a business that has a giving tree or something similar, just let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Happy Holidays!

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Communique closing in March after 27 years on Queen Anne

December 12th, 2014 by Laura

Communique closingA reader sent in a tip earlier this week about a “for lease” sign that went up on Queen Anne Ave N.

Turns out local card, gift, and toy shop Communique is closing up shop after 27 years of business on Queen Anne.

Communique windowThe shop has been in the current location at 2215 Queen Anne Ave N since 1993. The owners are planning to close in March, when the lease is up on the spot. They’ll be moving on to new and hopefully exciting adventures.

Until the end of March, you can still get cards, gifts, toys – plus, Nutcrackers for the holiday season – at Communique. Stop by and wish them well!

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Celebrate Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne this Friday

December 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Holiday Magic poster 2014It may be his busiest time of the year, but according to HomeStreet Bank, Santa never misses Queen Anne Holiday Magic! This year is no exception as the jolly guy makes his 13th annual appearance at Holiday Magic. Along with shopping and fun, you can stop by HomeStreet Bank with your Christmas list and get a photo with Santa.

Be like Santa and don’t miss Holiday Magic! Many merchants have special deals, tasty bites, festive drinks, music, carolers, and more. Plus, neighborhood cheer and sparkly lights! Don’t miss it, this Friday, December 5th from 4pm to 8pm (note: Santa has to return to the North Pole at 7pm).

To help you plan your evening, here’s the list you need to have:

All the Best, 2127 Queen Anne Ave
- One free dog or cat toy with the purchase of 4 dog or cat toys

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- Giveaway for a 1 hr Naturopathic Facial

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
- Coloring Contest for Kids
- Roll a die to get 1-20% off

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the holiday season with African holiday music and samples of Cederberg’s specialty Rooibos drinks and South African baked goods. Also available: build-your-own gift basket: choose from an assortment of South African cookies, candies, cakes, teas and gift certificates, specially packaged and priced so that you can create your own unique gift basket – a perfect holiday gift for friends and family.

Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave North
- Enjoy tastes of our hand crafted chocolate bars all night
- Sample our holiday chocolate treats:
4-5pm – Mint Meltaways 5-6pm – Peppermint Bark
6-7pm – Peppermint Drinking Chocolate 7-8pm – Chocolopolis Favorites
- Spend $100 and get $20 in Chocolopolis Bucks to spend in January 2015
- Receive a free copy of Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate, by Pam Williams, with your purchase of our “Around the World in Chocolate” gift box.

Communique Cards, Gifts, & Toys, 2211 Queen Anne Ave North
- Drawing for a Nutcracker. Winner can choose from our stock of 200+ German Nutcrackers
- Free balloons for kids

Cupcake Royale, 1935 Queen Anne Ave N
- $2 off All Ice Cream Pints
- Buy One-Get-One-Free Espresso Drinks
- Free raffle to WIN a Sprinkle Party for 6
- 4-8pm – Frozen Cupcake Decorating Party, $5/child, RSVP online

Domani Pizzeria & Restaurant, 1515 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free Cup of Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate with a purchase of a Gift Certificate
- Warm up by the fireplace with Happy Hour prices ‘til 6pm

Haute Yoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
- 5 classes $60 (save $25)
- 3 months unlimited w/ Free yogitoe towel (value $70) $375
- One year membership $1,099
- 10% off retail

HomeStreet Bank, 1835 Queen Anne Ave N
SANTA! Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch from 4pm-7pm. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider. We will have Ken & Anna Boynton playing Holiday Songs.

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
- 20% off online instant gift certificates all day Friday, 12/5
- Plus enter online raffle to benefit QA Helpline: $5 for chance to win a package of 5-60 min. massages ($475 value!)

Le Reve Bakery, 1805 Queen Anne Ave N
- All purchases are 10% off from 4pm-8pm

Mimisan Spa, 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy a gift certificate at Mimisan and get $10 off your pedicure
- 20% off on all products

My Dressing Room, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N
All in-store sweaters are going to be 10% off and Winter coats will be 15% off

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave N
- Draw your discount from our holiday stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase – 2nd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by PNB Nutcracker, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Place

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts, 1422 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off all holiday plants and planters and holiday wreaths – note: only open til 5:30pm

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N
- 25% discount on all purchases
- free gift with any purchase over $50 during Holiday Magic
- Holiday treats and personalized book recommendations

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W
- Dec 5th-7th, Antique and Collectable Sale
- Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm

Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off outerwear

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot, North side of Safeway Parking Lot
- Purchase your trees, garlands, wreaths and more! Pro­ceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and support our neighbors in need

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave N
- Stop by for hot cider & cookies
- 10% OFF gifts tonight including: chic jewelry, scarves, candles, photo frames, ornaments, cards, wrap & more

Queen Anne Olive Oil, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off all purchases 4-8 pm
- serving holiday treats made with Queen Anne Olive Oil products

Robert Ramsay Cellars, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N
- Sample our namesake Mason’s Red wine
- Live music
- Ginger snaps for the kids!
- Save 10% on bottle purchases of 3 or more and an extra 10% on our annual case sale – total case savings: 20%
- Pre-assembled gift baskets with our wine, glassware, local chocolate from Chocolopolis and olive oil from Queen Anne Olive Oil Company

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave N
- Come and warm up by the fireplace
- Peppermint marshmallow hot chocolate for $1/cup
- Enjoy 20% off all desserts & pretzels

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off everything storewide

Seattle Gym, 1530 Queen Anne Ave N
- Come in and get a free 5-day pass

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
- Celebrate the evening with champagne and tidbits
- Holiday tunes by a local accordion player followed by carolers

Umbrella Tree, 2111 Queen Anne Ave N
- Hot cocoa bar with complimentary toppings
- Complimentary bunting bar and gift wrapper making station
- Note: 4pm-7pm so the kiddos can get home early

Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N
- Refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping, 4-7pm

Union Bank, 1936 Queen Anne Ave N
- Photo booth will be here, with costumes and props, for family pictures

Vitality MediSpa & Medical Clinic, 1503 2nd Ave W
- 30% off of our Ulthera treatments, the only FDA cleared procedure to non-invasively lift the eyebrow, neck and under chin.

Vian Hunter House of Fashion, 6 W Howe St
- Serving champagne!

Yogalife, 8 Boston St
- 10% off any non-discounted regular pass, excluding the Surya Annual pass
- New students (new to the studio) can try a class for FREE on Friday!

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Wild Salmon Seafood and McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants are still open in the A&J Building

December 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Wild Salmon openWe’ve posted on the closing of A&J Meats several times since it was first announced in early November. We also highlighted that our local seafood and wine shops are staying open after A&J’s departure – but, it may have been overshadowed by the shock of A&J closing.

A&J’s last day of business was this past Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the building is shuttered too – in fact, there are still businesses at the location that need the neighborhood to thrive! If you’re looking for seafood or wine, the corner is still a destination location.

Wine openAs mentioned in previous posts, Wild Salmon Seafood has a lease through the end of December (and hopefully beyond) and McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants still has 2 years left on their lease.

Wild Salmon sandwichBoth businesses are trying to get the word out, as A&J closing was such big news, many people equated it with the whole building shutting down. There are signs posted in the windows, and if Wild Salmon is open, you’ll see their sandwich board on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St.

Help keep our local businesses in business – stop by for fresh seafood or tasty wine, and spread the word that the A&J building is still open!

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Keep it local and Shop Small on Saturday at local Queen Anne merchants

November 28th, 2014 by Laura

Shop Small logoSaturday is Small Business Saturday, an event organized by American Express. If you have an AmEx, you can register it online for and get money back for what you spend at small businesses on Saturday.

However, in the spirit of Small Business Saturday, you can skip the organizer and go straight to our local Queen Anne businesses. (note: many small businesses don’t accept AmEx)

QA Ave Street w lightsIt’s a great opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season while keeping it local and independent. The small businesses that help make up the character of Queen Anne can’t stay in our neighborhood if you don’t shop there – so shop small this Saturday and throughout the holiday season.

Keep in mind that we have a wide range of small, independent shops, restaurants, and bars on Queen Anne. You can plan your whole Saturday around Queen Anne, shopping small, having brunch/lunch/dinner and coffee/drinks too.

Plus, a few of our merchants have deals for Small Business Saturday – the list below may change as merchants get their info to us, but here’s the list so far, in alphabetical order:

Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, 608 West Crockett
- 10%  off twice loved clothing

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
- 30% off any one item

Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
- Free copies of the book “Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate” with $150+ purchases of single-origin chocolate bars or Around the World in Chocolate gift box
- Lots of chocolate samples too!

Cupcake Royale, 1935 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy-One-Get-One 50% off merchandise (not cupcakes) in cafes through Monday, December 1

Domani Pizzeria and Restaurant, 1515 Queen Anne Ave N
- Free Appetizer on order of $30 or more

Four Winds, 1521 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off of all purchases over $100

Haute Yoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
- 5 class pass for $60
- 3 months unlimited yoga with a free Yogitoes towel $375
- Annual membership $1,099

Mimisan Spa, 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
- Buy a gift certificate at Mimisan and get $10 off a pedicure

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N
- 10% off everything except jewelry

Peridot Boutique, 532 Queen Anne Ave N
- 40% off clothing and accessories (except artisan jewelry and candles)

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N
- 2nd Annual Indies First Movement/Small Business Saturday, 9am-9pm
- Author line-up: Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, Bonnie Becker, Suzanne Selfors, Joe Guppy, Carol Cassella, Lynn Brunelle, Kevin O’Brien, Jennifer Landos, Gail Kretcher, with more expected!

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
- 20% off gift card with any purchase

Vian Hunter House of Fashion, 6 W Howe St
- Champagne from Spain, 11am-6pm
- Free manicure or eyebrow wax w/purchase (wax at Robert Samuel Salon) – limited offer!

Remember to Shop Small tomorrow and every day, plus stay tuned for more info on next Friday’s Holiday Magic event on Upper Queen Anne. Our local businesses depend on us and help the neighborhood remain unique!

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A&J Meats ends an era this Saturday; KING 5 video covers their last Thanksgiving on Queen Anne

November 27th, 2014 by Laura

A&J Closing SignYou may recall when we broke the news on the looming closure of A&J Meats earlier this month. Thanks to a reader tip, we found out that A&J had just posted a placard stating that owner Rick Friar was retiring and A&J would be closing after 63 years.

This week, A&J was busy as it sold over 700 turkeys for today’s Thanksgiving meals. Did an A&J grace your table today? Or is one in the oven? Well, it’s the last one… at least from A&J.

When we spoke to Friar a couple of weeks ago, he said they were working to get a butcher in the same spot. Wild Salmon Seafood rents their counter space from A&J, and have a lease through the end of the year. Neighboring McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants have a 2-year lease.

In a KING 5 story that aired last night, Friar reiterated that he’s working hard to find a new owner for the butcher shop, and the new owner has to be the right fit. Ideally, a new butcher would mean that  hope is that current A&J employees would be able to remain on staff.

You can view the KING 5 coverage by clicking on the image below – and remember, A&J’s last day is Saturday:


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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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