New Verizon store moving into old Twirl spot

The storefront at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N that used to house Twirl Cafe, then Umbrella Tree, will soon be a Verizon Wireless store.

Readers have reported activity at the location this week, and today the Verizon sign is up. Construction is still underway on the interior space.

No word on when the store will open.

New salon Blonde and Gold coming to the Counterbalance

A reader sent in a photo of a new sign in the window of the old Pistil Flowers spot at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N (thanks, Carrisa!), so I contacted the new shop owner to learn more.

Blonde and Gold is a new salon coming to the Counterbalance, fittingly, right next to a barbershop.

According to the owner, the salon will have a soft opening in January, with a grand opening in mid February. Right now, a remodel is underway to transform the space.
The salon will have both hair stylists and an exclusive room for skincare, eyelashes, and sugaring. You can learn more about the stylists who’ll be at Blonde and Gold here.

Wag N’ Wash opens on Queen Anne this Spring

wag-n-wash-storefrontWhen I noticed the vacant spot in The Towne no longer sported a “For Lease” sign, I did some digging and found some answers. The large space at 1932 Queen Anne Ave N will soon be home to the first Wag N’ Wash in the state.

How did Wag N’ Wash makes its way up to Queen Anne? Queen Anne is home to many dogs, but old homes and apartments are often not kind to those of us who take on the challenge of bathing dogs at home. Enter Wag N’ Wash, which will have self-serve bathing stations in addition to all-natural pet treats.

wag-n-wash-logoLocal residents Bill and Andrew wanted to open a business in our community where they could serve both residents and their four-legged friends. They noted of the lack of a spot to take pups for self-serve or full-service professional groomer baths, and the shop allows them to work close to home.

Wag N’Wash will open in the Spring, with construction beginning next month. The owners are also leasing the adjacent space, so Wag N’ Wash will be even roomier. If all goes as planned with permits, expect the new shop to open in late March/early April.

wag-n-wash-bath-vThe shop will have 6 self-washing stations and 6 drying stations, serving up to 12 dogs at a time. The self-wash stations will be first-come, first-serve, and there will also be professional full service groomers available for reserved appointments.

The shop will also have an in-house bakery for roughly 20 varieties of fresh home made dog treats, in addition to all natural dog and cat food, accessories (e.g. leashes, collars, toys). And, because Wag N’ Wash will have its own bakery, that means they can also make doggie cakes for birthdays or holidays.

According to Bill, “We fell in love with our neighborhood and can often be seen walking our dogs along the streets chatting with neighbors and friends. We are looking forward to giving back to our community and will be partnering with local shelters and rescue groups for regular adoption events to be held at the store.”

Stay tuned for more information on a Grand Opening this Spring!

Happy one-year anniversary to Once Upon a Time!

once-treeA little over a year ago, I published a post on how the owners of Once Upon a Time were retiring from retail. It helped set in motion the next phase of the shop, under the care and feeding of Liz McQuiston. She purchased the shop after seeing the post, and now, she’s celebrating one year on Queen Anne!

To celebrate, Once Upon a Time is having a “HUGE” Anniversary Sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 7pm. Everything in the shop will be 20% off, plus kids can create at an arts and crafts table or play at a game table featuring favorite holiday games. Plus, gifts with purchase and give-aways, free balloons, and hugs, and more!

Stop by Once Upon a Time at 1622 Queen Anne Ave N tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd to wish them a happy one-year anniversary and check out the festive celebration!

Bank of America finally moves in at Galer & Queen Anne Ave N

bank-of-america-1216A little over a year ago, I wrote about how Bank of America was coming to Upper Queen Anne. The prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N sat empty for months, then permits were issued for a Bank of America “Express Store” last November.

This week, a construction crew was installing ATMs in the foyer of the building, and signs were hung with the Bank of America moniker. It’s been over a year, but my research proved true – we are getting a new bank on Upper Queen Anne.

Bank of America joins a slew of banks along Queen Anne Ave N, including Chase directly across the street, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet Bank, Union Bank, Umpqua, and Key Bank. All of these banks are on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.

Holiday Magic marks 15 years on Queen Anne!

It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving is over, the Queen Anne Helpline is opening its annual Christmas Tree Lot, Small Business Saturday is bringing shoppers to our local Queen Anne businesses… what’s next? The annual Holiday Magic festival on Queen Anne!

holiday-magic-2016This Friday, December 2nd is Holiday Magic! Stop by The Towne plaza outside Trader Joe’s for the tree lighting, stroll along Queen Anne Ave N to shop, and take in some holiday cheer on Queen Anne.

The festivities begin at 4:30pm and run through 8:30pm, with a few key highlights to note:

-Santa will be at HomeStreet Bank (1835 Queen Anne Ave N) from 4pm-7pm – he’s bring a professional photographer with him for free Santa photos, plus hot cider and cookies!

– Stuhlberg’s is offering 10% off during Holiday Magic + a treat with each purchase

– Blue Highway Games has “Roll the Dice” for 1-20% off discounts

– Haute Yoga is offering discounts off class packages & 15% off retail items

– Pharmaca is offering $10 off a $40 dollar purchase

Other merchants along Queen Anne Ave N will also be joining in the fun, so be sure to visit all of our local shops. And, at 6:30pm, grab a spot for the Holiday Tree Lighting Countdown, with musical entertainment from the Seattle Pacific University Brass Ensemble, mint tea & cookies from Storyville, and “snow” from Aegis Living on Galer.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2nd and join in on the Queen Anne tradition of Holiday Magic, 15 years strong this year!