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EMP is celebrating 15 years with free admission for Seattleites on Tuesday

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Photo courtesy of EMP Staff

EMP is turning 15 years old and celebrating by throwing a party on Tuesday, June 23rd – and EMP admission is FREE to all Seattle residents.

Plan on spending time at one of our Queen Anne landmarks, just bring valid ID showing your Seattle home address, and enjoy all of the current and permanent EMP exhibitis.

The day will also feature performances, architecture tour of the Frank O. Gehry building, free cupcakes, games, photo ops, and more:

• Architecture tours of the iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Performances from Sound Off! alumni including Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Emma Lee Toyoda, Maiah Manser, Manatee Commune, and Otieno Terry
• Ongoing pop culture games and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, and Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
• Selfie photo ops with the TARDIS (Doctor Who),Command Chair (Star Trek), and Seattle Time Machine
• Special appearances by the Sea Gals, Harry Potter, R2D2, the Dalek, Blue Thunder, and Jet City Saber Guild
• New exhibits What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970

If you’re interested in the live performances, here’s the schedule so you can plan accordingly:

  • EMP 1511:30am  - Bleachbear
  • 1:00pm - Emma Lee Toyoda
  • 2:00pm - Otieno Terry
  • 3:00pm - Maiah Manser
  • 4:00pm - Dave B
  • 5:00pm - Champagne Babylon
  • 6:00pm - Manatee Commune

Stop by EMP on Tuesday, June 23rd with your valid ID for free admission to one of our neighborhood’s top tourist destinations and enjoy the benefits of being a local!

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Happy 26th anniversary to Queen Anne Frame

June 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We’ve had quite a few businesses leave Queen Anne in the past few years, but fear not, some mom & pop businesses are still going strong. Queen Anne Frame is one of those shops, and it’s celebrating 26 years in business on Queen Anne this month.

QAFmcgS&PAThe frame shop first opened its doors on McGraw St in 1989. It was then known as the McGraw Frame Shop and owner Philip Amdal, a professional photographer, opened it “on a shoestring” budget.

In 1997, the shop moved to 1621 Queen Anne Ave N, expanding the business and changing the name to reflect the new location. Avenue Arts joined the family-owned business in 2000. Philip’s wife Joan Webster, an artist, runs the Avenue Arts gift shop side of the business.

According to Philip: “The best part of doing this work is meeting the customers and hearing their stories. I take great pride in the art and craft of framing and making the finished piece as perfect as possible.”

QA Frame saleTo celebrate 26 years on Queen Anne, the shop is running a special framing offer for the entire month of June. Twenty-six popular frames are 26% off – and if you choose one of the anniversary frames, your entire framing order is 26% off.

Stop by Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts this month to wish them a happy anniversary, and many more to come!

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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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Queen Anne Book Company celebrates 2 years today

March 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QABC SignStill catching up on a pretty big queue of emails post-travels, so this is breaking news, so to speak. Our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company, is marking its 2-year anniversary today.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N today between 1pm and 5pm to help celebrate. Queen Anne Book Company will be serving bites and beverages, and giving away free books too. For every book purchased, customers will receive two free Advance Reader Copies.

Happy Anniversary, Queen Anne Book Company!

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Pistil celebrating its 2nd anniversary on Queen Anne this Friday

January 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

PistilMy how time flies! It’s already the second anniversary of Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts. The flower shop at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St is celebrating the occasion with an open house this Friday, January 30th.

All day Friday the shop will have specials on blooming plants and fresh cut flowers. Plus, lucky customers can win wrapped bouquets based on a “lucky dip” –draw a folded ticket from a jar, and if the ticket has a flower on it, voila, free bouquet!

Then, starting at 5:30pm, hors d’ oeuvres and bubbly will be served to round out the celebration.

Stop by Pistil at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N to wish them a happy anniversary and many more to come!

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Cederberg Tea House celebrates one year on Queen Anne this Sunday

June 17th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Cederberg logoHappy Birthday to local tea spot Cederberg Tea House! The shop on the corner of Queen Anne Ave and Galer St turns one-year old on Sunday, June 22nd.

To celebrate, Cederberg will be serving its signature South African baked goods and drinks, plus Gumboot dancers will perform at 1pm.

Here’s Cederberg’s description of Gumboot Dancers:

“Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.”

Stop by on Sunday to wish Cederberg a happy anniversary and enjoy the celebration! And, if you forgot to catch the shop on Evening Magazine earlier this evening, click the image below for the feature on Cederberg:

Cederberg Evening Magazine

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McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

March 7th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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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