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Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital coming soon to Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

October 30th, 2014 by Laura

We’ve had quite a few readers write in about the new vet clinic that’s under construction next to the Chase Bank at 20 Mercer St (former Easy Street Records spot). Thanks to everyone who’s sent in tips, here’s the scoop on the new business set to move into Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.

Mercer Street VetMercer Street Veterinary Hospital will be opening soon to serve Queen Anne and Uptown pets. It now has a web site with info on the practice and a red “coming soon” at the top of the page, so you can check out the practice’s vets and services online.

Almost a month ago, we contacted Madison Street Animal Hospital, one of the vet clinics in the practice, about the new location. At the time, they were still obtaining permits and in the midst of construction. Fast forward to today, and they have a tentative opening date of January 5th.

Mercer St Vet mapAccording to our contact at Madison Street Animal Hospital, the new practice will be a small animal practice, similar to their current locations on Madison Street and in Kirkland. The vets on staff will see cats, dogs, rabbits, and “pocket pets” – the latter two will be vet-specific, meaning that certain vets in the practice will specialize in these somewhat unique pets.

The new hospital will also offer discounted services to senior citizens and pre-approved local area rescue groups. Plus, the clinic will provide emergency services, with a veterinarian and staff on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle urgent care situations.

The new clinic will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, plan on stopping by in the January timeframe and checking out the services they’ll be offering our local pets!

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Trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave is on for Halloween

October 22nd, 2014 by Laura

QA Halloween 2013Halloween is a little over a week away, but fear not, the Upper Queen Anne merchants along Queen Anne Ave N are planning their annual trick-or-treating event! Just as in years past, the fun is slated for 3pm to 6pm on Halloween.

Participating merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw St and Galer St will be handing out candy next Friday, October 31st.

It’s always a fun event for kids and costume-watchers – last year, there were some really cool costumes:

Halloween Minions 2013

According to Zillow, Seattle ranks #8 for trick-or-treating cities, and Queen Anne is #4 for Seattle neighborhoods. So, get your kiddos ready and help make Queen Anne come alive with ghosts, goblins, and creative costumes!

Keep in mind that this year Halloween falls on a Friday night. The merchants are asking people to avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N, and there’ll be crossing guards for the costumed crowds. However, we may see some guests from out-of-the-neighborhood for Friday night dinners out – so stay safe and Happy Halloween!

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Swissa Jewelers now open in old Calva Café spot

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Swissa storefrontIt’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.

Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.

Swissa signWhen I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.

The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.

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Make your reservations now, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday

October 12th, 2014 by Laura

Restaurant Week logoIt’s that time again, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday, October 19th. The week is actually 10 days, running Sunday through Thursday the weeks of October 19th and October 26th (October 19-23 and 26-30).

Specially priced Restaurant Week menus take Fridays and Saturdays off, but during the week, you can get 3-course dinners for $30 and $15 two-course lunches at those restaurants open for lunch.

As with weeks past, the Seattle Times site has restaurants searchable by neighborhood or by type of meal (e.g. lunch, dinner). Here are the participating Queen Anne restaurants:

Agave Cocina & Tequilas

Betty Restaurant & Bar

Crow Restaurant & Bar

Melting Pot- Seattle

Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge

Ponti Seafood Grill

Roaring Bowl Restaurant

Ten Mercer

Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

You can make reservations online. Please note that drinks, tax, and tip are not included in the price.

Updated to add Crow to the list (doesn’t come up in the neighborhood search).

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Seattle Cookie Counter starts Wednesday service at Umpqua Bank today

October 8th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Cookie Counter VWYou may have seen the Seattle Cookie Counter blue and white VW van at Ken’s Market in the past few months. Now, the vegan ice cream sandwich truck has found a regular Queen Anne spot at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank parking lot.

You can get ice cream sandwiches, hand pies, and cookies every Wednesday at Umpqua Bank from noon to 6pm (hint: they’re there now).

Everything from Seattle Cookie Counter is dairy free and vegan, and they also have gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. You can check out their wares on their Facebook page, or stop by Umpqua Bank today at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N or any future Wednesday.

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Bustle Caffe adds breakfast to their menu

October 4th, 2014 by Laura

BustleBustle Caffe isn’t a new addition to Queen Anne, but their new breakfast menu is a new option for early morning meals.

The coffee spot that opened in 2009 has long had lunch sandwiches available to go along with your beverage choices, and now you can grab breakfast too.

The new breakfast menu features made to order breakfast sandwiches, and waffles will be on the menu in about two weeks. Here’s the sandwich line-up:

Bustle Breakfast

Bustle is busy recipe testing to get ready for the waffle launch. No definite waffle menu yet, but Bustle’s current waffle thinking is along these lines: caramelized white and brown sugar, nutella, banana and whip cream, and bacon-bit-berry compote. They may also make some breakfast sandwiches with waffles.

Enjoy the new breakfast addition to the top of Queen Anne, stop by Bustle at the corner of 6th Ave W and McGraw to check it out.

Updated to add the breakfast sandwich menu, enjoy!

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Twirl Café says goodbye, Umbrella Tree says hello

October 1st, 2014 by Laura

twirl logoToday Twirl Café announced that it will close on October 31st. The community gathering spot for kids and their families has hosted many movie nights, classes, meals, and happy hours. But, while it’s the end for Twirl, it’s also the beginning for Umbrella Tree.

An education studio that launched in January of this year, Umbrella Tree will take over the Twirl spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N. Umbrella Tree will offer classes and services for kids up to five years old and their parents/guardians. An open house celebration is planned for early December.

Umbrella TreeUmbrella Tree won’t be completely new to many Twirl customers, as it’s been offering classes at Twirl since January of this year. Plus, they were behind the Backpack Drive for Northwest Center in August of this year. Owners Arlene Sargeant, Louise Books, and Kelly Singer know the Queen Anne community and look forward to providing classes and services in 5 categories: play, education, wellness, community, and home.

Umbrella Tree will also offer birthday parties and drop-in play in the “Umbrella Room” playspace.

As for Twirl, the café will honor outstanding gift certificates, punch cards, and other credits until October 31st. According to Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier: “As a Mom and resident of the Queen Anne community, I have treasured every moment serving and supporting moms in this neighborhood, and beyond. I’m excited about what’s next for the Twirl Cafe space.”

October 31st will be the last day to play at Twirl, and the café will participate in the annual Trick-or-Treating on Queen Anne Ave N. will be October 31.

Stop by Twirl to say goodbye, and get ready to welcome Umbrella Tree to the neighborhood.

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Kidd Valley closes Queen Anne location to make way for CVS

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Kidd Valley closedThe Kidd Valley at the corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N has closed up shop. A sign on the door stated that September 1st was its last day in Queen Anne.

The building that houses Kidd Valley will be demolished for the upcoming construction on a CVS Pharmacy location. We first reported on the short future for the Queen Anne Kidd Valley last summer.

More on the upcoming new development is in our August 16th post.

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Jabu’s plans farewell celebration as deal to seal a spot for Streamline inches closer

September 1st, 2014 by Laura

Streamline webEarlier this month, we posted the news on a liquor license application by the Streamline Tavern. On August 19th, the owners of the Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license for Jabu’s Pub, a license issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.

That currently licensed business was Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Nothing is confirmed just yet, but this weekend Jabu’s took to Facebook to alert customers that it’ll be changing ownership soon. They’re throwing a goodbye & thank you celebration next Saturday, September 6th:

Jabu's Facebook post

What’s that mean for the Streamline? It’s closer to a new home, but there’s still a little over a week to go before everything is finalized. Anyone who’s been through a home purchase will understand – you hold your breath until everything is official.

Jabus Pub

Potential new home for Streamline

According to Mike Lewis, owner of the Streamline, “We’re close but the deal won’t be final for another week. Provided everything works out, we’re excited about becoming the new owners of Jabu’s.”

In the meantime, plan on sending off Jabu’s in style with karaoke, drink specials, and a fun send-off next Saturday at Jabu’s. Then, if all goes as planned, expect the Streamline sign to move a few blocks away to a new home in the near future.

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Yes, there is parking at the new Trader Joe’s

August 17th, 2014 by Laura

TJs courtyardWe’ve had a lot of readers ask about parking at the new Trader Joe’s location at 1920 Queen Anne Ave N. The street parking outside the new location fills up fast, and I’ve seen people toting Trader Joe’s bags around the corner near Menchie’s and the Queen Anne Pool to cars parked on the street.

But, fear not, street parking is not the only option. The Towne complex has an underground parking garage.

Trader Joes parking entrance

If you’ve ever been in the Eden Hill garage across the street (the Bartell Drug building), you may have some understandable reservations. That particular garage is small and tricky to navigate.

I walked through the new Trader Joe’s garage today and it’s huge. Plus, it was practically empty on a Sunday afternoon. Trader Joes 2 hour parkingParking is limited to 2 hours and there are special priority parking spots for low-emission vehicles.

The entrance to the parking garage is off Crockett St, right across from Safeway. One could argue that the parking situation in the garage is far better than the old location’s parking lot.

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New CVS design accommodates community, becomes more than just a one-story, one-use box

August 16th, 2014 by Laura

The proposed CVS at the corner of Mercer and Queen Anne Ave N has been through several changes. Originally planned as a one-story pharmacy-only building replicated in other locations, the new design takes into account the unique location in Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, and the urban village concept.

CVS Proposed Design

Single-use CVS design from July 2013 by Norr Architects

It was a close call. Wallingford residents fought against a CVS in their neighborhood. The single-box concept, the CVS had no housing above it and was a clone of generic CVS stores across the country. In the end, not much changed. The Wallingford CVS remained stuck at one-story and single-use.

However, we’ve been lucky on Queen Anne. Thanks to active residents and community groups like the Uptown Alliance and Queen Anne Community Council, the plans for the Queen Anne CVS were sent back to the drawing board. In addition to general design principles, the Uptown Framework provided additional guidance to ultimately create a building that fits into the neighborhood – and is more than just a one-story, one-use building.

CVS Final Plan

New multi-use CVS design by Schemata Workshop

The current design by Schemata Workshop is a big departure from the first, standard cookie-cutter CVS Pharmacy design. Instead, the Queen Anne CVS building is proposed as a three-story structure with 16,200 square feet of commercial use at street-level and 31 residential units above the first floor. A 62 stall below-grade parking will be accessed from an alley on the west side of the building.

The design guidelines incorporate the specific Uptown considerations. Among the many points in a 33-page pdf, key Uptown considerations that helped guide the new design address elements such as:

  • site characteristics
  • streetscape compatibility
  • entrance visibility
  • respect for adjacent sites
  • parking/vehicle access
  • corner lot considerations
  • height, bulk, and scale
  • architectural context
  • exterior finish
  • pedestrian open spaces and entrances

All of the above, plus more, help guide the design of Uptown buildings and ensure they are in keeping with the character of the neighborhood. One overriding principle that carries across all of the considerations is how people interact with and live with the buildings.

In the case of the Queen Anne CVS, the guidelines and feedback from the community have impacted a significant change. Whether you want a CVS in the neighborhood or not, the final building structure goes beyond just a pharmacy. It adds new living space to a key corner, and the street space will be much more pedestrian friendly – not a bad outcome for what was once a plain suburban box. If you’ve ever been pessimistic about the impact Queen Anne and Uptown residents and community groups can have, think again!

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Queen Anne Beer Hall coming in 2015

August 15th, 2014 by Laura

203 W Thomas Exterior

Exterior of building – interior is larger than it looks

In October, we posted about new plans for the Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St. At the time, developer Scott Shapiro envisioned the 6,700 square foot space becoming a Melrose Market-like collection of eateries and shops.

Finding tenants proved difficult. The space would have housed up to 9 businesses, plus an outdoor deck. However, according to Seattle Magazine, the space has found a tenant – the huge warehouse-like space will become Queen Anne Beer Hall, and the adjoining 400 square foot outdoor space an attached biergarten.

The concept belongs to Andrej Ivanov, an East coast name in beer halls – he opened Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn 2007 and Pilsener Haus in New Jersey in 2010. Queen Anne Beer Hall will be his first beer hall on the West coast.

Ivanov spoke to Seattle Magazine, and said:

“As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be the spot… I’m quite confident we can do a great job. We can enhance your beer I.Q., so to speak, in Seattle.”

Beer Hall interior

Interior of the site, photo by Bill Thornton, Seattle DJC

According to Seattle Magazine, Ivanov credits himself with opening the most authentic beer halls on the East coast, saying: “We started the whole beer hall revolution in 2007 and then just watched these places mushroom everywhere.”

The Queen Anne Beer Hall will serve both craft and imported beers – and with nearly 7,000 square feet, there’ll be room for a wide range of beer options.

If all goes as planned, Queen Anne Beer Hall will open in February 2015.

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