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Hidden gem Strawberry Moon is open and serving fresh cold-pressed juices on Queen Anne

May 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Strawberry Moon sandwich boardA new business has moved into the space above Eat Local, and it nearly missed our radar. But, a reader clued us in (thanks, Michelle!) and I stopped by Strawberry Moon this weekend to check out our newest Queen Anne shop.

You won’t notice a change to the building from the exterior, but Strawberry Moon has set up shop above Eat Local to serve fresh, natural juices and more. When they’re open, a sandwich board will fill you in on the daily specials, and while a bit tucked away, it’s easy to access via a staircase in Eat Local – a true hidden gem.

Strawberry Moon stairsThe shop has been open a couple of weeks, so they’re still getting set up and have plans for the future. When I stopped by over the weekend, they had just set up a new espresso machine, and they hope to eventually expand and add seating too.

Juices aren’t a new thing for Strawberry Moon, and neither is Queen Anne. Founder Sean is a yoga teacher at Haute Yoga Queen Anne and Strawberry Moon has been making cold press juices for almost 5 years. The juices were first sold at Haute Yoga, then via home delivery, and a few refrigerators around Seattle. Now, the retail “Remedy Room” brings juice, as well as healthy snacks, soups-to-go, salads, bone broths, smoothies, healthy sodas, and more to Queen Anne.

According to Sean, “In our new space we will be developing a dogma free health conscious food options for a life on the go… Eat Local is a good fit because they offer clean natural food.”

Strawberry Moon sodaI tried the Blood Orange Ruby Red soda, an all-natural juice with just a touch of fizz – billed as an alternative to sodas, it’s tasty and refreshing, and you can try it for $5 a glass right now.

The shop is open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 9-5 on Sundays. To find this hidden gem of a juice spot, just enter through Eat Local at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St and follow the signs up the stairs to Strawberry Moon.

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Events around Queen Anne this weekend may impact your travels

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In addition to the Aurora/99 closure between Valley St and the Battery Street Tunnel, there are three events around Lower Queen Anne that will impact weekend travels around the base of the hill (and perhaps over as well).

Aurora is set to open at 5am on Sunday, but it’ll be closed during Saturday’s Lung Force Walk in South Lake Union – so expect traffic to spill over to our side of Aurora.

Saturday, May 9th: Lung Force Walk, 9am-1pm

The walk is limited to sidewalks and leaves Denny Park at 9am following a 3 mile loop through South Lake Union. The route: Northbound on Westlake Avenue N to Lake Union Park on Valley Street, southbound on Westlake Avenue, eastbound on Mercer Street, southbound on Fairview Avenue N, westbound on Denny Way to Denny Park arriving at 1:00pm. About 650 people are expected to participate.

Sunday, May 10th: Color Run, 7:15am-11:30am

The Color Run:  Mercer Street will be closed at 5:30am between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N for set-up. Full route closure begins at 7:15am, with race starting at 8am and ending at 11:30am. Begins and ends at Seattle Center. About 9,000 people are expected to participate. Route map here:

Color Run Route

Sunday, May 10th: Neil Diamond Concert at Key Arena:  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to attend.

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Cupcake Royale is hosting an Ice Cream Social with free scoops on Monday

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Cupcake Royale Ice CreamDoes the sunny, warm weather have your thoughts turning to tasty treats like ice cream? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck. Not only is Cupcake Royale launching new flavors, it’s also celebrating with an Ice Cream Social this Monday, May 11th – and there will be free scoops for everyone between 2pm and 8pm.

The new flavors are a result of a collaboration between the Royale Creamery and local Seattle chefs to come up with the Chef Series Ice Cream. Sample flavors you can try via a free scoop include: Smokey Rocky Road with Salted Marcona Almond Bark, Smoked Maple Old Fashioned with Luxardo Cherries, and Honey Ricotta with Pistachio Brittle.

If you want your free scoop served in waffle cone with toppings like whipped cream, house-made fudge sauce, caramel, sprinkles, and chocolate shavings, it’ll only set you back $1.

You can also get with a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) card for a future ice cream excursion.

Stop by the Queen Anne Cupcake Royale at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N on Monday between 2pm and 8pm and get your free scoop and BOGO card, and enjoy a taste of summer!

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Homegrown robbery suspect sought by SPD

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Back in February, we reported on an armed robbery at the Upper Queen Anne Homegrown Sandwich Shop. Luckily, no customers were in the store and the employees were unharmed. No doubt, still a scary incident.

Turns out, the suspect in the Homegrown robbery has been rather prolific in his endeavors. He’s been hitting sandwich and coffee shops in the area, and SPD is looking for him, and is seeking tips from the public.

Below is the info from the SPD Blotter, along with photos, a video of the suspect, and a map of the businesses he’s robbed.

Detectives Seek Leads On Armed Robber Targeting Sandwich Shops and Coffee Stands
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Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months. [Editor's note: including the Homegrown on Queen Anne]

The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5’8 and 6’0.


Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty dark green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

robbery map

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Aurora closed between Battery Street Tunnel and Valley this weekend

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora Closure May 2015This weekend, WSDOT will be closing all lanes of Aurora/SR99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley St. The lane closures are needed so Seattle City Light crews can remove electrical lines and poles for the Mercer West Project, and so that WSDOT crews can connect a new water main for the SR 99 tunnel project.

The stretch of Aurora will be closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th through 5am Sunday, May 10th. Since there are Mariners games on Friday and Saturday, they’re staggering some of the closure times and opening lanes to help with the traffic flow:

Southbound lanes of SR 99:

  • Closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • At least one lane will temporarily reopen 3–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Northbound lanes of SR 99

  • Closed from 11pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • Both lanes will temporarily reopen 8:30–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Plan ahead and expect more traffic around Lower Queen Anne as drivers detour around the closure.


Uptown Alliance hosts General Meeting on Thursday, May 14th

May 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Uptown Alliance new logoUPDATE: The Uptown Alliance meeting is next Thursday – had the date right, but original post said this Thursday.

The Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, May 14th at the EXPO community room at 100 Republican Street. The meeting starts at 7pm and will cover the following agenda items:

7:00 – 7:10  -  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:10 – 7:25  -  Uptown Transportation priorities (John Coney & Michael Davis)

7:25 – 7:50  -  Teatro Zinzanni property future development

7:50 – 8:15  -  Committee updates – Urban Design Framework, Housing, Uptown Arts & Culture District, Counterbalance Park vending

8:15 – 8:45  -   Topics of concern

All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting that focuses on key concerns and topics for the Uptown neighborhood.

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Spend a sunny Saturday outside on a West Queen Anne Tree Walk

May 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Tree AmbassadorThe forecast for this Saturday is looking pretty good (it’s Spring, it could change) with forecasted high of 74 degrees. A great day to spend outside, and Seattle reLeaf’s Tree Ambassador program can help you do just that with a West Queen Anne Tree Walk.

Tour trees on the west side of Queen Anne, starting at Coe Elementary School and looping around for about a mile-long walk. The tree walk starts at 10am and runs (or walks) through noon. The guided tour will help you identify trees and enjoy the views from West Queen Anne. No map is available yet, but this is a sample Tree Walk from last year:

Tree Walk map

If you’re interested in taking part, RSVP online and meet at the corner of 7th Ave W & W Smith St this Saturday, May 9th.

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Help this lost bike find its way home

May 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Lost Bike May 2015A reader wrote to let us know they found a girl’s bicycle next to a dumpster on Lower Queen Anne near 1st Ave W. Perhaps it was the victim of a garage or yard theft, and dumped in an alley. So sad!

Someone already taken the seat as it has been out the in alley for several days. If you recognize this bike, email Lucy with a color description.

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Earthquake drill scheduled at West Queen Anne Playfield this Saturday

May 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

miqabeprepared-logoThis Saturday, May 9th, Seattle Neighborhood Hubs and the ACS/Hubs Communications Service are holding earthquake exercises in locations across Seattle, including one at the West Queen Anne Playfield.

The drill runs from 5pm to 10pm, with staging by neighborhood emergency communications teams, amateur radio emergency communication teams, and volunteers.  They’ll act out a scenario of a major earthquake with ongoing aftershocks. To add even more of a challenge, the drill will include a gathering storm as the evening hours approach.

Saturday’s exercise is designed to be similar to an earthquake on a scale similar to the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake – a 9.2 magnitude earthquake that would destroy buildings, and leave us with no electricity and unusable roads and bridges. In the scenario, the regular communications system would be incapacitated with no cell service, Internet, or power. Here’s a video from the USGS of the Great Alaskan Earthquake:

Per the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS), anyone can participate in the drill. Here are the two ways you can take part:

  • Be a “citizen actor” in preparedness drill for a disaster in the Seattle area. ACS needs people who can drop in for a time (not necessarily all 5 hours) and play the role of a citizen in need. ACS provides the scripts for you to use. Sign up here.
  • Become a Neighborhood Hub volunteer and get on-the-job training at the upcoming drill. Stop by Saturday’s drill to talk with the organizers.

You can learn about the plan for our community at the Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne Emergency Preparedness Committee (MIQA EPC) web site or stop by the West Queen Anne Playfields this Saturday evening between 5pm and 10pm to take part in the preparations.

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El Diablo celebrates 15 years on Queen Anne this Cinco de Mayo

May 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

El Diablo 15th AnniversaryLocal coffee shop El Diablo is turning 15 years old this Tuesday, May 5th (aka Cinco de May0).

The spot at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N goes beyond just a coffee shop with its tasty hot chocolates, teas, beer, wine, pastries, and Cuban fare – and it’s a great meeting spot on Queen Anne, with an outdoor front deck (shared with Queen Anne Book Company), spacious interior, and a back deck too.

This Tuesday, you can help celebrate their anniversary with deals between 5pm and 7pm. The regular Happy Hour is extended with beer, wine, and food. Plus, 50% off Cuban espresso drinks and free cake and mini empanadas. The free cake and empanadas will be limited, so stop by early in the evening to get these tasty wares.

If you visit El Diablo on Tuesday, be sure to wish them a happy 15th anniversary!

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Old Trader Joe’s site to become Anytime Fitness

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

TJ AnytimeA reader sent us a tip a couple of weeks ago about the old Trader Joe’s location (thanks, Charlie!) – it’s slated to become a new Anytime Fitness location.

Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour gym that’s open 365 days a year, so members can work out whenever it’s convenient for them.

We got in touch with the franchise owner, who also owns the Fremont Anytime Fitness. He says they are “very excited to be opening on Queen Anne in the near future.”

Transforming the former grocery store at 112 W Galer St into a gym will take some time, so no set opening date yet. But, “what’s going in the old Trader Joe’s spot?” is one of our most popular reader questions, so there’s your answer.

As construction nears completion and an opening date is set, we’ll post an update. And, thanks as always to readers who submit tips!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Mama & Sydney

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Ace (Jack Russell Terrier) – Adopted!
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Jelly (green eyed kitty) – Adopted!
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – Adopted!
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption

*****Mama Sydney 3

Meet Mama & Sydney!

Mama (female/yellow) and Sydney (male/grey) are a bonded pair of friendly and well-socialized cockatiels.

Cockatiels are intelligent and active birds; they enjoy attention from their human friends, and need a spacious cage with multiple perches and lots of toys to keep them busy.

Mama Sydney 1They should be fed a high quality pellet such as Harrison’s or ZuPreem Natural Avian Maintenance, and have access to fresh water at all times.

Cockatiels also enjoy a variety of healthy treats like fresh fruits, vegetables, cooked pasta, cooked brown rice, and cooked legumes. (But DO NOT FEED them avocado – it’s poisonous to cockatiels.)

Potential adopters should research a full list of safe and toxic foods prior to bringing a new pet bird home. As with all birds, cockatiels require regular checkups at an exotic vet.

Mama Sydney 2With good care and lots of love, cockatiels can live 20 or more years.

Mama and Sydney (SAS ID #15-3391-1 & 2) must be adopted together, and are good candidates for a first-time bird owner. They are currently being lavished with attention in a foster home and are not at the Shelter.

If you’re interested in adopting this charming pair, please call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685, or email

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