Pistil closes up shop at the top of the Counterbalance

Pistil Flowers ShopPistil Design called the Galer Crest building at the top of the Counterbalance for three years as of this past January. It was still around  4 weeks ago, when I snapped a shot of their sign for Instagram. But, a few weeks later and the shop was vacant, with a new “for lease” sign gracing the window instead of the cheery flowers sign.

Readers have also asked about Pistil, and we now have the news – which isn’t all bad, but rather an interim step.

The shop’s lease expired at the Queen Anne Ave & Galer St location, and the owners didn’t want to renew. Instead, they’re now working out of a small studio space on Queen Anne for delivery only.

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 5.11.25 PMThey’re working on a new location, and when things are finalized, we’ll be able to share more news on our local flower shop. It’ll be a Pistil 2.0 of sorts, as the new inception of Pistil will be set up as a design studio versus a retail shop. All of the regular services will be available, but on a custom basis only.

In the meantime, Pistil is operating from 7am to 3pm. Flower orders placed by 11am can be out for same-day delivery. If you have flower needs or any questions, you can contact Pistil at (206) 612-0973.

Video Isle remains dark for a third week as it closes its doors for good

Video Isle darkUPDATE: Video Isle is closing for good, the owner commented on our post as follows:

“Queen Anne is moving our inventory to our Fremont location. We have had a good run here on Queen Anne for almost 30 years. Competing with streaming, increases in rent, lack of parking and the computer issues we recently had there is no better time than now to make this merge and save Video Isle, Inc.”

Three weeks ago, the lights at Video Isle went dark. A sign appeared on the door, citing a system problem at the Queen Anne location. Customers were directed to visit the Fremont location, meanwhile, DVD returns spilled onto the floor.

We’ve tried to contact the owner of Video Isle, but haven’t received a response. Neither has the Queen Anne Chamber.

Video Isle signRumors are now running rampant, with readers questioning if the old-school video rental shop will open again, or if it’s shuttered for good. We’ve also heard from readers that an increase in rent could be an issue.

Video Isle’s ownership was transferred to Tonya Perfect in February 2014, when longtime owner Craig Wilson retired after 28 years and moved to a warmer climate.

Without confirmation, we can’t say for sure if Video Isle will turn the dressing room mirror lights back on in the storefront at 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. NOTE: now confirmed, Video Isle will remain dark.

Krua Thai on Lower Queen Anne officially closed

It’s been a month since Krua Thai ceased business on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but the official announcement was just posted today. The restaurant first opened on Queen Anne in October 2012. The Thai spot will continue to operate its original location in Ravenna. No word yet on a new tenant for the 12 Mercer Street location.

Krua Thai closed

Today is the last day for Oskar’s Kitchen

oskarskitchenOskar’s Kitchen, the sports bar that Sonics Shawn Kemp opened in December 2010, is closing after tonight’s service. The closure is blamed on rents being doubled for the space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s the post from Oskar’s Facebook page:

It’s a sad day for us…. Another bar closes in Queen Anne and unfortunately… It’s Oskars ;(

We want to thank everyone who has come to visit us over the years and supported the bar.

Due to the bigger companies moving closer to Queen Anne our rent was doubled and we have no other choice but to say farewell to Queen Anne… But who knows… We may open another bar elsewhere in the future.

Come join us tonight for a massive party and and say your final goodbyes to Oskars

No word on the other businesses located in the building, or what may replace Oskars.

Last call for Lower Queen Anne 7-11 is today

7-11NOTE: we just got a late-breaking tip that the site will remain a convenience store, just not 7-11.

We’ve received several reader tips about the 7-11 at the corner of 5th Ave N and Valley St. On Friday, the shelves were starting to look bare, and the clerk on duty told a reader that the building was being sold to a developer for apartments (which it turns out, was incorrect information).

7-11 ValleyIn the meantime, we received another reader tip this morning. Today is the last day of business for the Lower Queen Anne 7-11.  According to another tip from someone close to the activity says the building willl become a private party convenience store.

With no sale records and no Department of Planning and Development records, a new/different convenience store makes sense. Stay tuned for more news of the new convenience store.

Einstein Bros Bagels last day happened today

Einstein closing FridayJust two days ago we posted on the closing of Einstein Bros Bagels. A sign stating they would be closing the business was posted with the date of Tuesday, February 24th.

Well, change that to today, and Einstein is now closed. A reader sent us a photo (thanks, Aaron!) of an updated sign with today’s date – so don’t plan on getting bagels for breakfast this weekend (at least not on Upper Queen Anne).

Already, the Queen Anne location is absent from the Einstein Bros Bagels web site (it was there two days ago – they are prompt).

When we asked about the closure, the company representative provided an official statement:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

The next closest Einstein location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union if you’re up for Mercer traffic and SLU parking. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location to the north in Wallingford.

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