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McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

March 7th, 2014 by Laura

McClure Middle School is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the school is throwing a party. You can join the mixer and celebration on April 5th at the Queen Anne Community Center.

McClure 50The party runs from 6pm to 10pm, and will include appetizers, retro desserts, a dance floor, and an auction. You can buy tickets online, and if you purchase by March 15th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a “fabulous” prize.

All festivities will have a 60s flair, so dressing to the decade is welcome!

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Happy Birthday, Queen Anne Book Company

February 28th, 2014 by Laura

QABC SignQueen Anne Book Company is turning one year old this Saturday, March 1st. And to celebrate its first anniversary, the shop is hosting an Open House from 3-5pm on Saturday.

It’s a well-deserved celebration too – as quick refresher, Queen Anne Books abruptly closed and Queen Anne neighbors were stunned. Last January, QABC owners Krijn de Jonge, Judy de Jonge, and Janis Segress partnered to bring back a local, independent bookstore to Queen Anne, and they opened the doors on March 1, 2013.

The past year has been eventful for the shop, with author readings and Sherman Alexie taking on the role of bookseller-for-a-day. Alexie returned months later with more authors to support QABC and independent booksellers around the world with Indies First – an idea that began right here on Queen Anne, at QABC.

QABC doorwayQABC has also partnered with other local businesses, including Cederberg Tea House, El Diablo Coffee Co, and Lloyd Martin – and hosted children’s book readings at Twirl Café.

To thank its loyal customers, QABC is giving away free advance reader copies and book totes with purchases of $50 or more on Saturday. Plus, what would a birthday party be without cake? No party at all! (so, yes, there will be cake and refreshments)

The party is not just to celebrate QABC, but also the loyal customers who’ve supported the shop over the past year and who will keep it going in the future. According to store manager/co-owner Janis Segress, it all comes down to the customers that have supported QABC in its inaugural year:

“We’re here because of our customers. Not a day goes by without one of our customers remarking how relieved they are that their bookstore is back.”

Co-owner Krijn de Jonge also echoed the customer centric nature of QABC:

“At the end of the day, our strong connections to our customers are what’s vital to our business. Our booksellers know their customers, they help them choose books, they call them when new titles release. It’s the customer service that matters most.”

Stop by on Saturday to congratulate Queen Anne Book Company on their first year! Happy Birthday, QABC!

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Dick’s Drive-In celebrating 60 years with a party at the Queen Anne location

January 30th, 2014 by Laura

Dick's 60thIf you’re a fan of Dick’s Drive-In’s burgers, fries, and shakes, and want to help celebrate with live music, mark your calendars. This Friday, January 31st, the Queen Anne location will be hosting the final 60th Anniversary celebration, with live music by the British Beats from 7pm to 9:30pm.

The restaurant will also announce the Dick’s Deluxe Fan winner at the Queen Anne party, and it’ll be serving 10 cent Cokes all day Friday at all locations.

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Mezcaleria Oaxaca celebrates 2 years on Queen Anne with a week of specials

October 5th, 2013 by Laura

Happy anniversary to Mezcaleria Oaxaca! The restaurant is celebrating two years on Queen Anne with a week-long celebration that starts on Monday, October 7th and runs through next Saturday, October 12th.

mezcaleriaWhat’s on tap for the celebration? Special mezcal pours, top-shelf tequila margaritas for $6 apiece, Mezcal classico flight for $10, Mezcal premium flight for $15, $10-off selected top-shelf mezcal shots, plus complimentary bar snacks with mezcal orders.

Stop by Mezcaleria Oaxaca at 2123 Queen Anne Avenue N to join in the celebration and congratulate them on two years on Queen Anne – and, mark your calendars, Mezcaleria will also be celebrating the Annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a party, treats, costumes, and a live band from 5-6:30pm on Halloween.

Mezcaleria will be open for dinner at 5pm on Halloween, but it’ll close early to move the party to its sister restaurant of La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard, so plan ahead!

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Little Pearls Kids Dentistry celebrates one year with an ice cream social

August 15th, 2013 by Laura

Little Pearls One YearLittle Pearls Kids Dentistry is marking one year on Queen Anne this Tuesday, August 20th. The office at 2223 Queen Anne Ave N specializes in children’s dental health and its celebrating one year of keeping kids’ teeth healthy with an ice cream social from 11am to 3pm.

Everyone is invited to the event which will feature the Umpqua Bank Ice Cream Truck, balloons, and craft projects for kids Plus, there’s a drawing every hour for a free kids’ battery powered toothbrush. According to Little Pearls: “Our One Year Anniversary Ice Cream Social is to celebrate clean teeth and gums, and summer fun!”

Stop by Little Pearls on Tuesday for free ice cream – and remember to brush your teeth afterward!

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Grub celebrates one year on Queen Anne with a celebration this Saturday

August 13th, 2013 by Laura

Local Queen Anne restaurant Grub is turning one-year old – and you can help celebrate the happy occasion.

grub logoGrub is hosting a one-year anniversary celebration this Saturday, August 17th with an all-day happy hour, plus special appetizers and cocktails from 5pm-10pm. Grub will open its doors for brunch at 8am, and you can get brunch items until 3pm. Then, the dinner menu kicks in at 5pm.

And, to get the place hopping, Funk Fire Five, a Latin Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, and New Orleans Funk band that features Queen Anne resident Jose Gude.  All ages welcome in Grub’s dining area and patio during the performance.

Owner Sharon Fillingim is happy to be celebrating the milestone, and credits Queen Anne residents for helping reach it: “Thank you QA residents for supporting Grub, we’re looking forward to another successful year!”

Stop by Grub at 7 Boston St for happy hour specials, food, music, and fun this Saturday, and wish them a happy anniversary!

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Celebrate 2 years with Charley+May’s tiny carnivale on Saturday

March 20th, 2013 by Laura

Local shop Charley+May is marking two years on Queen Anne, and they’re opening their doors and spilling out onto the sidewalk for a “tiny carnivale” – transforming part of Queen Anne Ave N into a boardwalk-for-a-day on Saturday.

The tiny carnivale runs from noon-5pm on Saturday, March 23rd, and all are invited! Festivities on tap include:

  • tiny big top tent on the Queen Anne Ave N boardwalk-for-a-day
  • music, peanuts, prizes, beverages, + games
  • $1 MadDawgs sausages and hot dogs and more

There’ll also be a special guest appearance by Gary Harding, the Green Lake organ grinder. He’ll be playing in front of the shop on the pretend boardwalk from noon-3pm. And, you can also demo the cool VANMOOF bicycle, a commuter bike from Amsterdam.

Join in on the festivities at the tiny carnivale at Charley+May this Saturday. Stop by 2225 Queen Anne Ave N, just look for the celebration!

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How to Cook A Wolf Marks 5 Years on Queen Anne With a Celebratory Evening

November 26th, 2012 by Laura

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Smith

Time has flown! How to Cook a Wolf is celebrating 5 years on Queen Anne on December 2nd. To mark the occasion, Chef Ryan Weed, the restaurant’s original chef, will be back in the kitchen for one night only. Owner/restaurateur Ethan Stowell will also be in the Wolf kitchen that night, but Chef Weed will head up the menu and culinary activities.

I asked Ethan Stowell if he had any thoughts on celebrating 5 years on Queen Anne, and it sounds like How to Cook a Wolf is here to stay for the long-haul:

“Queen Anne has been such a welcoming and supportive neighborhood for How to Cook a Wolf. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the neighbors over the last five years and hope to be around for another 25!”

All proceeds from the anniversary evening will benefit The Fetal Hope Foundation, a national non-profit that serves as a liaison between families affected by fetal syndromes and the medical teams providing care.

Due to How to Cook a Wolf’s small, intimate setting, reservations are recommended.

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Queen Anne Dispatch Celebrates 25 Years with Friends & Family Event on Friday

November 13th, 2012 by Laura

Local family-owned shipper and boutique Queen Anne Dispatch is hosting a Friends & Family event this Friday evening as it celebrates 25 years in business. First opened in 1987 by Jan Paolini, the business is now run by Jan’s daughters Sabrina and Tara. In addition to a range of shipping services offered by the shop, you can also find cards, jewelry, shoes, apparel, and accessories.

The fun begins Friday at 6pm and runs to 10pm with drinks and bites, as well as 25% off all regularly priced merchandise (all day), marking 25 years. Additional event festivities include:

  • nails done free of charge by a nail technician from Butter of London
  • reps from various manufacturers
  • gifts with purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last)
  • supporting local merchants
  • music by DJ Cotton Candy

Stop by Queen Anne Dispatch on Friday, congratulate them on 25 years on Queen Anne and join in the celebration!

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Le Rêve Bakery & Cafe Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary All Week Long

November 11th, 2012 by Laura

Monday is Le Rêve’s second anniversary, and to celebrate two years on Queen Anne, the bakery and café has special offers all week. Le Rêve has been a great addition to the neighborhood, and owner Andrea Nakata feels fortunate to be celebrating two years in business.

Le Rêve has secured a large following of loyal customers – they were super-busy this past Saturday at 11am, with patrons spilling out onto the front porch on a cold but sunny weekend morning. Congratulations is in order for Le Rêve – and you can do so in person while partaking of the celebration festivities the bakery and cafe has planned for the week!

I asked Le Rêve owner Andrea Nakata about her learnings from two years in business on Queen Anne, and she emphasized the importance of a loyal customer base – further cementing that patronizing our local merchants is what keep them in business and thriving.

According to Nakata:

“Much of the thanks goes to our loyal customers who have not only supported us since we opened but have taken ownership and pride in our little bakery and community gathering place.  I think one of the most enjoyable part of our job is getting to know all of our wonderful customers and neighbors.  We have customers that come in not only everyday but sometimes two or three times during the day to get their morning cup of coffee and and a pastry, soup and sandwich for lunch and dessert on their way home from work.”

And, looking forward, Nakata plans to continue its focus on great customer service while leveraging the heritage of Le Rêve’s new pastry chef:

“We strive to provide the best customer service possible and to offer the best pastries and desserts. With our new pastry chef who is originally from France and has worked all over the world, we would like to go back to our French roots and offer more traditional French desserts and expand our cake selection.  We are excited for this holiday season to be able to showcase all of our new and delectable desserts.”

To celebrate its anniversary and thank customers for their support, Le Rêve has celebration activities planned all week, starting tomorrow, Monday, November 12 – the day that marks 2 years – and continuing through Friday, November 16:

  • Monday, Nov 12: free cake 1-3pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 13: Meet and Greet (plus try new desserts) with Chef Rogerio, Le Rêve’s new Pastry Chef, 10-11am and also meet Antoaneta, Le Rêve’s featured artist of the month
  • Wednesday, Nov 14: Coffee Cupping with award winning Micro-Roaster of the Year, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, to try Le Rêve’s latest blends of coffee, 10-11am
  • Thursday, Nov 15: Afternoon Tea with a French-inspired menu from 1-3pm (reservations required)
  • Friday, Nov 16: Happy Hour and Live Music, 4-6pm
  • So, stop by Le Rêve this week and pass along your congratulations to Andrea and her staff, and join them in the celebration. Best of luck to Le Rêve for many more years on Queen Anne!

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5 Spot rolling back prices for 20th birthday

May 17th, 2010 by Doug Alder

Queen Anne’s 5 Spot restaurant is celebrating its 20th birthday by rolling back the clock. On Tuesday, May 18, Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, the eatery will offer all its food at their 1990 menu prices (beverages will remain at the current price level).

Right now, the joint famous for rotating its menu with foods from across the U.S. is  featuring a menu paying tribute to Seattle. You can start with appetizers like the Counterbalance Crab Cakes, move on to the Seattle PI Memorial Salmon Burger, and end with the 520 Floating Bridge Dessert (a chocolate waffle bridge on Almond Roca Pontoons in a lake of chocolate sauce with raspberry ice cream topped with whipped cream & granola). Most of that menu will probably be suspended during the 3-day birthday celebration next week.

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Dick’s Drive-In sells 10-cent Cokes today

January 29th, 2010 by Thea

Dick’s Drive-In is celebrating its 56th anniversary today, and as part of the festivities, they will be selling Cokes for the same price as when they first opening in 1954 – 10 cents a pop!

The five locations throughout the city, including the Dick’s in Queen Anne, at 500 Queen Anne Ave. N., are open from 10:30 a.m. every morning to 2 a.m. the next day – plenty of time to get a 10-cent Coke or two! The other locations are in Wallingford, at 111 NE 45th St, Capitol Hill, at 115 Broadway Ave. E, Holman Road, at 9208 Holman Road NW, and Lake City, at 12325 30th Ave North.

This is not the first time Dick’s has made their already inexpensive menu even more affordable for a day. On Veteran’s Day Dick’s gave away free cheeseburgers to vets. To read the full story on the Dick’s anniversary, check out Casey McNerthney’s story in the PI.

Happy anniversary Dick’s!

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