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Part of Taylor Ave N fully closed this weekend and next

April 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Taylor Ave closureTaylor Ave N will be fully closed between Ward St and Prospect St both this weekend and next. This weekend’s closure begins tomorrow, Saturday, April 25th at 7am and runs through 7pm, Sunday, April 26th.

SDOT crews will be replacing concrete panels in this section of Taylor Ave N. Crews were already working today to cut the existing concrete sections for replacement. A sign is already posted on Boston St, and detour signs are at the ready along Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

Since this is one of two major arterial routes to Upper Queen Anne from the south, expect more traffic on Queen Anne Ave N this weekend and next.

The work will continue and be completed next weekend during another full closure from Saturday, May 2nd at 7am through 7pm, Sunday, May 3rd. Local access will be maintained during the closure.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Ace

April 24th, 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.

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

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Ace 2Meet the ultra-cool Ace!

Ace is a Jack Russell Terrier, possibly mixed with some Corgi due to his shorter stature and wider frame. At around three or four years old, he’s full of energy but doesn’t mind taking it easy when it’s time to lay down and relax.

This super cute fellow enjoys the park and hiking. He can go up to 16 miles at once with minimal breaks!! He loves to chase the wake and bark at the beach.

Ace 3He adores fetch and soccer, and his favorite thing to do is to play with his tennis balls. If he could, he would play with them all day! He’s quite the goalie indoors and out. He’s food motivated but also independent which is part of what makes him so special.

House-trained and crate-trained, he can go without a potty-break for up to 4-5 hours. He loves people, and tolerates other dogs well, but will need a home with no cats.

His fur is super thick and needs a good de-shedding once a week, which he doesn’t mind. He’s an amazing dog and everyone who meets him always say how wonderful he is, and what a great companion he is. Ace loves kisses and attention – he’s a total crowd pleaser!

Ace 1Ace (SAS ID #14-16003) is living large in a foster home. If you would like to meet him, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email or fax. Or, you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about Ace, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library

April 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Greenways LogoThe monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting is this Tuesday, April 28th, at the Queen Anne Library. The meeting runs from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, with a hard-stop at 7:45pm due to Library hours (so no worries on it running over if you have to make plans).

The focus of this week’s meeting is the ongoing discussion of 2015 priorities to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists safe on Queen Anne streets. All ideas will be gathered, discussed, then prioritized by those at the meeting.

Here’s the current list of priorities from past meetings:

  •  7th Ave W & W McGraw intersection/proposed 4-way stop
  • Repainting and/or painting crosswalks
  • 7th Ave W & Blaine St
  • Connecting to Uptown, Westlake, and other neighborhoods
  • Revisit what is included in “Greenways”
  • 10th Ave W & McGraw 4-way stop
  • Sharrowing the #1 bus route up the hill

All are welcome to attend the meeting and submit additional priorities – as well as vote on the list above. Help keep our streets safe and attend a Queen Anne Greenways meeting, all are welcome!

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We Day Seattle is Thursday at Key Arena; expect increased traffic from chartered buses

April 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We Day Seattle returns to Key Arena tomorrow, Thursday, April 23rd, hosting 11,500 attendees that will arrive by private bus service between 8am and 10am, and depart between 2pm and 4pm. A heads up for traffic around Key Arena during the morning and early evening rush hours.

What’s We Day? According to their web site, We Day is “an annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers… with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it by taking on one local and one global action.”

Kids who attend this year’s We Day Seattle 2015 will hear from a wide variety of celebrities from sports, acting, performing, as well as from inspirational speakers. Local celebrities include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks players Doug Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Bobby Wagner, local band The Head and the Heart, and more.

We Day MapTraffic-wise, here’s what you need to know from SDOT:

Buses will be staged at Smith Cove Cruise Park Terminal 91.

Buses will use curb lanes for drop-offs between 8-10am and pick-ups between 2-4pm at the following locations:

  • east side of 1st Ave N between Thomas and Republican
  • south side of Republican between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Republican and Mercer
  • south side of Mercer between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of 4th Ave N between Mercer and 5th Ave N
  • west side of 2nd Ave N between Thomas and Denny Way
  • both sides of Thomas between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Thomas and John streets

Plan ahead for increased traffic from the busses and 11,500 attendees. It’ll be crowded around Key Arena and the surrounding streets.

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French bistro Entre Amis is now open for business on Queen Anne

April 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Entre Amis signLast week, while I was away for a few days on vacation, the newest restaurant on Queen Anne opened its doors. We first gave the heads up on Entre Amis Bistro back in January, when we discovered it would be taking over the old Portage (then the short-lived Cioppino) spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N.

The French restaurant is now open and serving simple, seasonal food that plays on French classics with products from the Pacific Northwest. According to Entre Amis, Chef Matt Cyr, has created a small menu that will change frequently. Mainstays are a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, as well as a selection of French wines and beers, or sparkling wine cocktails.

Entre Amis extThe interior underwent renovations, resulting in a casual and intimate space that can hold up to 30 people (so, call ahead to make reservations, especially for weekend nights).

Entre Amis is currently open from 5pm to 10:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is planning to expand in the future to happy hours, private events, wine dinners, and brunch.

Owner Benjamin chose Queen Anne for his French bistro “because the location had all of the aspects to make his visions come true. Most importantly the neighborhood reminds him of a village in France with Queen Anne Ave being the center.”

Stop by to welcome our newest business to Queen Anne!

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Attempted dog-napping on Upper Queen Anne

April 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Homegrown cornerOur friends over at Seattle Dog Spot shared this story with us, along with some tips to thwart potential dog-nappers. A woman reported an attempted dog theft via Facebook provides an excellent description of the suspect – who tried to take her dog from outside Homegrown at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s an exceprt from the Seattle Dog Spot blog:

“Beware of a dog thief on top of Queen Anne. I was in Homegrown at the corner of Queen Anne Ave and Boston. I saw a large man unhooking my dog from the stop sign at the corner. I immediately came out and said, “what are you doing with my dog?” He claimed he was just untangling him. Yet, he immediately released my dog and jumped into a waiting U-haul truck. The truck was waiting with the engine idling with a driver waiting to drive away with my dog and his accomplice.

The thief was a large white male in his 30s. He was at least 6’5″ and more than 220 pounds. He was large but athletic. My husband is 6’3″ 205, so I am confident re the man’s size. He had a shaved head and goatee facial hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and basketball shorts. I am not sure but think he had an ear piercing.”

Keep an eye out for this suspect and keep an eye on your pooches. Here are tips from Seattle Dog Spot:

  • It’s never a good idea to leave your dog tied on the sidewalk unless you can see it and get to it within a few seconds.
  • If you want to enjoy the weather with your dog while you have a latte or meal, choose a place that has an outdoor patio that allows dogs so you can keep yours close by.

Another tip to add: try a locking leash, like this one from Safespot.

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Help Picture Perfect Queen Anne keep our streets beautiful

April 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

PPQA BostonPicture Perfect Queen Anne is a community organization that keeps our major business intersections looking great with garden beds at the Galer Stairs landing and the corners of Boston St and McGraw St. Their efforts since 2009 have been key in keeping Queen Anne beautiful for residents and visitors alike.

Originally, the work was a collaboration between the community and the City of Seattle. Now, PPQA relies on support from the community to keep these gardens thriving.

PPQA is raising funds for 3 more years of professional watering and garden maintenance. Already, PPQA is halfway to its $20,000 goal via donations from neighbors and business owners.

They’re now asking for the community’s help – any donation is accepted, for example, if they can find 35 people to give $12 per month, they can raise the $10K. Their “35 to Help the Queen Anne Gardens Thrive” campaign is in full swing. You can pick up a flyer at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N to learn more.

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The Bigelow Block sale returns this June

April 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bigelow Block Sale Save Date 2015The warmer-than-usual Winter and Spring we’ve had must have prompted many to think ahead to garage sale season – we’ve had several readers write in and ask when the Bigelow Block sale will be held, or, as some have described it “that really huge yard sale that spans the East Queen Anne streets.”

Good news, the Bigelow Block Sale will return for its 22nd year this June. As usual, the sale will be the first Saturday in June. In the past, 40-50 homes have participated in the annual multi-block sale – and it’s not just the homes on Bigelow. Adjacent streets/homes join in too, as do young entrepreneurs (aka neighborhood kids) who set up lemonade and cookie stands along the route.

If you live on Bigelow or any neighboring streets and would like to participate, make sure to register in advance. Neighbors chip in $25 per house to participate, with any proceeds from the participation fee beyond the advertising costs going to the Queen Anne Helpline.

Want to register your home for the Bigelow Block Sale? Contact Rene Stern via email or at 206.283.8080 x234.

Just looking for bargains and a fun community event? The 22nd Annual Bigelow Block Sale is Saturday, June 6th from 9am-3pm rain or shine. Mark your calendars and save the date for a block sale extravaganza!

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Key Arena events and PNB’s Swan Lake tonight and Saturday will impact traffic

April 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Apologies for the late notice for tonight, but hopefully Facebook and Twitter will help spread the word.

This event is tonight at Key Arena:

Plus, there’s also Swan Lake at McCaw Hall tonight, Friday, April 10th – and Saturday and Sunday too:

And, Saturday, it’s PNB plus this concert that’s going to draw 10,000 people:

Chris Tomlin concert on Saturday, April 11 from 7pm to 11pm there are about 10,000 people expected to attend.

Heads up if you’re driving around Lower Queen Anne tonight or tomorrow, there will be extra traffic and less on-street parking.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Jelly

April 10th, 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.

Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Vinny (adorable puppy) – adoption pending
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Buttercup (hippity hoppity bunny) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption

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Jelly 2Meet Jelly!

Jelly is a beautiful 5 year old white and black Domestic Short Hair (DSH) cat with tabby markings on the black portions of her coat.

She has gorgeous green eyes, outlined in black.

Jelly 3She is a sweet girl who is playful. She is independent but typically will sit and/or sleep near or beside her people, and enjoys having her chin rubbed. Jelly is a gentle soul: friendly and easygoing. She is quiet with gentle meows, purps and soft purrs.

She is also a very clean kitty who has excellent litter box manners and uses her cardboard scratcher for her scratching.

Jelly 1Jelly is looking for her forever home. She would make an excellent cat for a first time pet owner, as well as one for an experienced pet owner alike.

Jelly (SAS ID #14-22048-1) is waiting patiently in foster care for her forever home. Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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Controlled chaos at the 7-way stop caught on video

April 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As confusing as it may be to some, the 7-way stop is a Queen Anne landmark of sorts. Sure, there have been recent efforts to change it and make it safer for nearby Seattle Country Day School – but, it tends to operate fairly smoothly. Perhaps because everyone tends to be extra cautious or forgiving (depending on time of day – rush hour is never harmonious, regardless of location).

A reader (thanks, Chris!) posted a video of the 7-way stop to our Facebook page, and it’s worth a look. An overhead aerial view of the traffic flow at rush hour shows how the traffic flows, and which routes are most popular – click the image below for the video:

7 Way Stop video

Stay tuned for any news on changes to this intersection, and in the meantime, enjoy the controlled chaos of the 7-way stop!

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Peridot Boutique is moving up the hill

April 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Peridot move signLocal women’s clothing boutique Peridot has been a resident of Queen Anne for a while, located on Lower Queen Anne between Roti and Queens Smoke Shop. Now, the shop is planning a move up the hill to the old Einstein Bagels spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N.

A sign appeared in the old bagel shop window yesterday, and we found out from Peridot that they’re in the early stages of remodeling the space, transforming it from a restaurant to a retail clothing shop. They hope to be in the new location by July or early August.

Peridot logoFor now, the Lower Queen Anne location is still open for business, and will be open for the next few months selling “trendy women’s clothing and accessories” at its current location. 

If you haven’t checked out the shop before, you can see their wares on their blog or Facebook page. Stop by the shop on Lower Queen Anne and get ready to welcome them to the top of the hill this summer.

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