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New exhibit features the photography of Art Grice

July 10th, 2014 by Laura

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Art Grice, AG235, The Sense Series 1976

A new art exhibit opens this weekend at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty. Perspective Then and Now: The Fine Art Photography of Art Grice runs from this Sunday, July 13th through September 7th, and the gallery is holding an opening reception this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

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Art Grice, AG966, Paris 2013

Art Grice is an architectural and fine arts photographer based on Bainbridge Island. In his early years, Grice focused on illustration and fine art photography. Photography was the real draw though; he opened a gallery in Vancouver, BC, and taught photography classes and workshops at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Art, and the NW College of Art.

Grice has received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for 3-D photography and his work has been published in both books and magazines worldwide.

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Art Grice, AG234, The Senses Series 1977

In 2003, Grice founded Arts Studio Gallery with the goal of showing Northwest artists, sculptors and photographers. This year, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art hosted a show of his work as well as 26 other artists who had shown their work in his studio.

In his own words, here’s what you can expect in the upcoming show:

“After many years of pleasant distractions I’m rediscovering the photographic world I left behind.  Traditional landscape, the senses series and new street images were themes in my older work that I thought I would get back to but I always seem to get drawn into new ideas with only threads of the old work coming through. So, here are a few older prints and maybe a hint of the new.”

Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty is at 614 W McGraw Street Suite 101. For more information on the show, you can contact Stacy at 206.270.9465 or via email.

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Zeek’s Pizza moving into Seven Hills spot on Queen Anne Ave N

April 29th, 2014 by Laura

Zeeks license applicationWe’d heard rumors and hearsay that Zeek’s Pizza was moving into the large retail space in the Seven Hills at 1919 Queen Anne Ave N – and it looks like they were true. A reader (thanks, Aaron!) sent us a photo of a newly posted liquor license application for the space, and sure enough, it’s Zeek’s Pizza.

No details are available from Zeek’s, we’ve tried contacting them since rumors first surfaced a couple months ago. When more information is available, we’ll keep you updated.

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Go Hawks! 12th Man flag flying on Space Needle

January 10th, 2014 by Laura

Space Needle 12

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Queen Anne Menchie’s featured on Undercover Boss

October 22nd, 2013 by Laura

Menchies Employee BossDo you recognize this Queen Anne Menchie’s employee? Did he ring up your order, clean your table, or answer any questions? Well, if he did, then your service delivered by a C-level employee – the CEO, to be exact. Amit Kleinberger , the CEO of Menchie’s, worked at the Queen Anne location for the TV show Undercover Boss – it airs this Friday on KIRO at 8pm.

According to Menchie’s, Amit is the youngest CEO to ever appear on the CBS series. If you tune in, you’ll get to see him at the Queen Anne location greeting guests (perhaps you were one of them?) and cleaning tables.

What did Amit learn from his stint at the Queen Anne Menchie’s? He plans to implement several changes across the Menchie’s locations including revisions to employee recognition and management training programs.

And, apparently he found his experience at our local Menchie’s to be enlightening – he’s planning to work in Menchie’s stores on a monthly basis going forward in order to “get more connected with the day-to-day store operations.”

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Mercer Alert: Nightime closure of Mercer and 99 Tuesday and Wednesday

September 16th, 2013 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoRemember the Mercer/99 closure that was cancelled due to weather? Well, it’s back on for tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 17) and Wednesday night (September 18).

SDOT is planning a nighttime closure of northbound SR 99/Aurora and Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Ninth Ave N for Tuesday, September 17, and an additional nighttime closure for Mercer on Wednesday, September 18.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Northbound SR 99 and Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic beginning Tuesday, September 17 at 10pm through Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30am.
  • Northbound SR 99 will be fully closed between the southern end of the Battery St Tunnel and Valley St.
  • Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N during the closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross SR 99.
  • Southbound SR 99, Broad Street, and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer will remain open.

Wednesday, September 18

  • Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic beginning Wednesday, September 18, at 10pm through Thursday, September 19 at 5:30am.
  • Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N during the closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross SR 99.
  • Westbound Mercer St, Broad St, and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer St will remain open.

Per SDOT, expect significant traffic and delays; plan ahead and use alternate routes.

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You don’t have to run, run so far away, to go to 80s night at Targy’s

August 2nd, 2013 by Greg

80s House Party At Targy's TavernWhy is it that so many times the music related to the 80s has a Flock of Seagulls reference? It’s gotta be the hair. Regardless, this Saturday August 3rd, at Targy’s Tavern, it’s 80s House Party Night.

There will be 3 local Queen Anne DJs who, starting at 9:00pm, will be spinning the entire spectrum of 80s hits, from Modern English, to Madonna, to even Kenny Loggins. 80s outfits are encouraged, so dye your hair blue, dig out your Frankie Say Relax t-shirt, and head on over to Targy’s at 6th Ave W & W Crockett for a night of 80s fun. It’s all 80s, no cover charge, and it’s a bar – how could you not have a good time?

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Spend Earth Day among the trees of Seattle Center

April 17th, 2013 by Greg

Seattle-Center-Tree-WalkSeattle is known as the Emerald City because it’s so green here. These days it may be partly due to I-502, but it’s mostly because of the trees. Spend this Earth Day, Sunday April 21st, learning a bit about our urban canopy during a tree walk at the Seattle Center. The walk is from 1pm to 3pm and starts at the Fisher Pavilion. Find out which trees have been around since the 1962 World’s Fair, which tree marks the site of a time capsule, and which tree might one day top 200 feet in height.

And if just past the crack of noon is too early to start your Sunday, you can always download a copy of the walk and enjoy it at your leisure.

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Tapas restaurant Diversión to pop-up at LloydMartin

March 20th, 2013 by Greg

Photo courtesy of No Mark at All Photography

Another April Fools pop-up is popping up at an Upper Queen Anne restaurant, and this one too is no joke. LloydMartin will, if just for one day, become a Spanish Tapas restaurant taking the name Diversión, and it sounds like a fun time! According to LloydMartin, everything from the food, to the wine, beer and cocktails will remind one of a Spanish Tapas bar. Aside from the eats, the non-food experience will feature changes as well, with everything from the music to the plates changed up for the night. A recent segment on New Day Northwest with LloydMartin’s Sam Crannell gives you a small peak at what’s to come.

The tapas will be a collection of Spanish food inspired by both the new and old world. Some will even be inspired by the restaurant El Bulli, considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the world. That sounds like a good evening out.

Diversión at LloydMartin (1525 Queen Anne Ave N) will be held on Monday, April 1st only, starting at 4pm. Get there early if you absolutely have to have that tapas experience.

Diversión Menu

  • Fried anchovies with candy floss
  • Pineapple with lime and molasses
  • Cured olives
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Caramelized pearl onions and manchego cheese
  • Choux puffs with foie gras
  • Fried date with blue cheese, bacon, xo sherry vinegar
  • Shrimp with garlic chips & preserved lemons
  • Roasted mushrooms with thyme and sherry
  • Roasted spring onion with romesco
  • Ibérico pork cheek with Gigante beans
  • 64 degree egg, chorizo & crispy potato
  • Spiced quail & wild cress
  • Lamb meatballs with cinnamon and apricot
  • Paella with chicken, sausage and clams, saffron

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Rain, Rain Ain’t Keeping Home Buyers Away (sponsored story)

March 17th, 2013 by Laura

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

It continues to be a seller’s market for the Seattle area including Magnolia and Queen Anne where there is a little less than two months of single-family home inventory. If you are a fortunate home seller expect to see a lot of open house traffic, buyer “love letters” and possibly multiple offers if your home is located in a popular neighborhood and is competitively priced.

And what to do if you are a home buyer? First, get your financial ducks in-a-row by getting preapproved by a local lender who is available in the evenings and on weekends.  Second, try to get out to see homes before the weekend which will give you more time to line-up pre-inspections if offers aren’t being reviewed for a few days.  Third, reduce the number of contingencies within your comfort level. Finally, write that love letter even if it’s just a short paragraph in addition to a summary of your offers terms. Don’t go overboard but in this market it just may help you stand out from the pack.

More info on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at http://www.live206.com/seattle-area-market-update-c21537.html

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com

Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.

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Big turnaround in 2012 for Queen Anne & Magnolia housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by Cory Bergman

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 10th out of the last 12 months the median sale price for single-family homes sold on Queen Anne and Magnolia met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of new listings in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 on Magnolia & Queen Anne was $565,000 compared to $527,500 for 2011, an over 7% increase. The average time on market decreased to 51 days for 2012 from 60 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market while 3-6 months in inventory is considered a “balanced” market. The overall supply of Magnolia & Queen Anne homes averaged around 2.7 months of inventory for 2012 versus a 4.2 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including Magnolia & Queen Anne with their great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

November 29th, 2012 by Laura

A reminder – if you have any holiday events, Queen Anne Food Bank drives, or other charitable drives, just let us know.

Remember to check out the ongoing Seattle Center Winterfest activities – they are numerous, so not listed below. And, you’ll note that there’s more “around” than “on” Queen Anne this weekend… a fairly quiet weekend, but some of our adjacent neighborhoods have holiday events worth checking out.

Weekend Traffic Impacts:
Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction and the Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed, Sunday through Thursday nights (9am-5am) through mid-December

Heads-Up for Mid-Week:
107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball, Key Arena, Tuesday, Dec 4

Multi-Day Events:
The Princess Bride Quote-a-Long, SIFF Uptown, Friday, Nov 30 – Tuesday, Dec 4
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing-a-Long, SIFF Uptown, Friday, Nov 30 – Saturday, Dec 1
Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle Center Expo Hall, Saturday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 2
Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour, North Seattle, Ballard, West Seattle, Friday, Nov 30 – Sunday, Dec 2
7th Annual Soulumination Artists’ Sale, Ballard, Saturday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 2
Phinney Neighborhood Association 32nd Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair, Saturday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 2

Friday, November 30
Smores and Holiday Pottery Sale, Magnolia Community Center 6-8pm
Bad Art? Exhibit Opening, Nordic Heritage Museum
SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Argo, Life of Pi, Café de Flore

Saturday, December 1
Girls on the Run 5K, Seward Park, 10am (local Coe and John Hay students running)
Special Service on World AIDS Day, First United Methodist Church, 7pm

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Is a New Bike on Your Holiday Wish List? Consider a Recycled Bicycle

November 20th, 2012 by Laura

If you’re in the market for a new bike, but want to keep things local and green, consider a recycled bicycle from a local, independently owned bike shop.

Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles opened earlier this year in the Interbay shopping complex next door to Whole Foods. The shop specializes in recycled bikes of all shapes and sizes – Sprocketts bikes are 99% recycled, 1% new (brake cables and inner tubes), so you can pick up a bike that gets a new life and isn’t taking up space in a landfill. Plus, 10% of the profits go to charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Ballard Food Bank, and individual needy families.

In addition to fitting you to the right recycled bike, you can also keep it in great working shape with service repairs, tune-ups, and spare parts from Sprocketts.

Mama, Sprocketts’ Mascot

You can keep up with the rotating inventory online or stop by the shop, and let owner Mike Benson help connect you with the right bike. If you do the latter, be sure to say hello to Mama, the shop mascot.

Sprocketts also has a holiday special – order your recycled bike (or a new one, they can do that too) now and save 15-20%. So, if a bike is on your holiday wish-list, consider a recycled bike – keep it green and local this holiday season!

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