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Pistil celebrating its 2nd anniversary on Queen Anne this Friday

January 28th, 2015 by Laura

PistilMy how time flies! It’s already the second anniversary of Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts. The flower shop at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St is celebrating the occasion with an open house this Friday, January 30th.

All day Friday the shop will have specials on blooming plants and fresh cut flowers. Plus, lucky customers can win wrapped bouquets based on a “lucky dip” –draw a folded ticket from a jar, and if the ticket has a flower on it, voila, free bouquet!

Then, starting at 5:30pm, hors d’ oeuvres and bubbly will be served to round out the celebration.

Stop by Pistil at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N to wish them a happy anniversary and many more to come!

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Vian Hunter is celebrating its grand opening with a costume party

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

Vian Hunter Opening PartyOne of our newest Queen Anne businesses, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is throwing a party to celebrate its grand opening. Vian Hunter first opened its doors back in November, and now that the holidays have receded into the past, the shop is ready to celebrate its new location at 6 W Howe.

It’s not your usual grand opening celebration – it’s a costume party, complete with cocktails. Vian Hunter invites guests to dress in either Downton Abbey or Mad Men costume, and head to the shop for an informal modeling of women’s clothing from the 1920s through the 1970s. Pick your television poison and RSVP via email.

The event is free, but a portion of proceeds from evening sales will go to Jubilee Women’s Center.

RSVP, plan your attire, and head to Vian Hunter House of Fashion for an evening of fun from 5pm-9pm this Friday night.

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New French bistro Entre Amis to open in March

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Cioppino paperedA few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.

Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.

Entre Amis signRight now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.

I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.

Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Taproom opens this Friday on Elliott Ave W

January 17th, 2015 by Laura

Holy Mountain bldgHow long does it take from liquor license to taproom? About 8 months of hard work. Last May, local Holy Mountain Brewing Company was granted a liquor license for a brewery and taproom at 1421 Elliott Ave W, and the team behind Holy Mountain has been very busy since then, building out a taproom at the base of Queen Anne.

The 10,000 square foot warehouse has been completely transformed into a brewery and taproom, the latter ready for beer lovers this Friday. The taproom will have booths, a bar, a view into the brewery, and most importantly, 12 taps with a draught system designed to utilize a high pressure, direct draw system.

Holy Mountain taproom interiorAccording to Holy Mountain, “each tap is regulated separately to insure the carbonation level of the beer stays exactly as it was intended.” All 12 taps will be stocked with Holy Mountain beers, including two nitro taps.

Local beer aficionados are likely already familiar with Holy Mountain. The team began brewing in October, distributing their creations in the local area as they worked behind the scenes on the taproom. (The Masonry on Lower Queen Anne serves Holy Mountain on tap.)

Holy Mountain brewery viewThe Grand Opening weekend starts Friday January 23rd at 3pm and Skillet Street Food will be at the site to serve tasty bites to go with Holy Mountain’s beers. The celebration continues on Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon both days.

Post Grand Opening weekend, the taproom will commence regular operating hours: Monday and Thursday 3pm to ­9pm, Friday 3pm to­10pm, Saturday noon to 10pm, and Sunday noon-9pm. The taproom will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Holy Mountain beerHoly Mountain’s Kiln & Cone, the house pale ale, will be available in prefilled 32 oz growlers. Select beers will be available for on­-demand growler fills after the grand opening weekend.

Per Holy Mountiain, beers available on draught will include:

  • Kiln & Cone, an aromatic american pale ale
  • King’s Head, a double brown ale brewed with oats
  • King’s Head with coffee on nitro
  • The Gray Tower, batch 1, the first in a series of blended brettanomyces aged saisons, batch 1 was partially fermented and aged in an oak foudre (only two kegs left in existence)
  • Gose, a tart german­style wheat beer fermented in barrels with coriander
  • Bonne Nuit, a belgian style strong ale brewed with american hops
  • Astral Projection, a massively hoppy Double IPA
  • Watchman’s House, a common lager fermented in rye whiskey barrels
  • The Seer, a hoppy saison
  • The Ox, a farmhouse ale brewed with orange zest
  • Wayward Black Beer, brewed in the spirit of the great english porters and dark milds
  • Lager Beer, a well hopped golden lager 

To make it even easier to find Holy Mountain, their blog has published both a map and directions – making navigating Interbay even easier:

Holy Mountain map

“The taproom has parking on the west side of the building, which can be accessed from the alley off of W Galer St under the Magnolia overpass, or W Lee St, next to the Dog Lounge. There is also access from Elliott Ave, including ADA access.”

Get ready to welcome the new taproom to Interbay, just be sure you’re 21 or over and leave the pups at home, the taproom is 21+ and pet-free. Cheers!

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Streamline Tavern to open on Roy St by end of January

January 5th, 2015 by Laura

Jabus Pub

New home for Streamline Tavern

New Year’s Eve was the last night for the Streamline Tavern at its Mercer St location.

As reported nearly a year ago, the Streamline was one of several businesses that had to vacate the block on Mercer by the end of 2014 to make way for a new South Korean Consulate.

Streamline sign in truck

Mary McIntyre next to the Streamline
sign, loaded up for the move

The Streamline owners purchased the former home of Jabu’s Pub on Roy St in September in anticipation of the December 31st deadline. Jabu’s held a farewell celebration in September as ownership changed hands.

The Streamline is busy moving into the new digs and that means heavy lifting and moving some items by hand. The bar is taking the iconic Streamline sign with it, as well as the bar counter top. The sign nearly fit in a truck bed, the counter top and other big items were moved via foot.

Here’s the bar counter top being transported by 6 people – Streamline move photos by Vic Vogler:

Streamline Sign move

The Streamline will be open at 174 Roy Street by the end of this month. Keep an eye out for the Streamline sign going up soon on the building.

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Ikiiki Sushi coming soon to old Chinoise spot

January 4th, 2015 by Laura

Ikiiki bannerThere was activity this weekend at 12 Boston St, the former home of Chinoise Café. Ikiiki Sushi is moving in and moving tables, chairs, and artwork around. A sign on their door says “opening soon” – and the menu has been updated with the Queen Anne location address.

Ikiiki Sushi menu frontThe Queen Anne location is not Ikiiki Sushi’s first venture. The owners also operate an Ikiiki Sushi in Kenmore (northeast of Lake Washington). The menu is identical for both and it’s not limited to sushi alone.

Like its predecessor, Ikiiki Sushi will also offer Chinese and Japanese entrees, noodles, and soups. You’ll even see some familiar pan-Asian dishes that were served at Chinoise such as Mongolian Beef, Singapore Style Fried Vermicelli, Phad Thai, and General Tao’s Chicken.

You can check out Ikiiki’s full menu here, and stay tuned for an opening in the near future.

Edited to add new photo of Ikiiki awning.

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Chinoise Café closing after 18 years on Queen Anne

December 29th, 2014 by Laura

Chinoise closingA sign on the door of Chinoise Café confirms speculation that the restaurant is closing on December 31st. The pan-Asian café has been on Queen Anne for 18 years, and a little over a year ago it opened a second location in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Issaquah location will remain open as the Queen Anne location at 12 Boston St closes. But, fear not, the space will not remain vacant for long.

Chinoise storefrontA new sushi place, Ikiki Sushi, will be opening soon. Ikiki has already applied to take over Chinoise’s liquor license as of December 31st.

Chinoise’s statement on the sign (and on their web site) welcomes the new owner, Ping Wong, and Ikiiki Sushi.

No opening date yet, so stay tuned. Stop by and wish Thoa best wishes in her new endeavors and get ready to welcome Ikiiki to Queen Anne.

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Local pizzeria Domani hit by burglars over the weekend

December 18th, 2014 by Laura

Domani mainOn November 24th, both Menchie’s and Pizza Hut were hit by burglars the same night. This past Sunday night, we received an email from the owner of Domani Pizzeria, letting us know that the restaurant was burglarized on Saturday night around 3am.

The suspects entered through the front door after prying off the inset part of the deadbolt lock. Domani is at 1515 Queen Anne Ave N, and the front door is very visible from the street. According to the SPD report, the suspects “rummaged through much of the business and apparently spent quite some time doing so.”

Domani doorDomani has surveillance cameras so SPD has the footage that shows two male suspects, each wearing hoodies with the hoods up, hiding any distinctive descriptive details. The footage also showed that one suspect had a flashlight and both suspects wore gloves.

The burglars took cash, blank checks, and both credit and debit cards. According to SPD, they went through two levels of the business, the main restaurant and the basement office – “the suspects went through many drawers and such, so it was unknown what else the suspects stole.”

A reminder that burglars are not just targeting residences, so if you see suspicious activity at local businesses, call 911.

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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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