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Swissa Jewelers now open in old Calva Café spot

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Swissa storefrontIt’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.

Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.

Swissa signWhen I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.

The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.

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Queen Anne Beer Hall coming in 2015

August 15th, 2014 by Laura

203 W Thomas Exterior

Exterior of building – interior is larger than it looks

In October, we posted about new plans for the Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St. At the time, developer Scott Shapiro envisioned the 6,700 square foot space becoming a Melrose Market-like collection of eateries and shops.

Finding tenants proved difficult. The space would have housed up to 9 businesses, plus an outdoor deck. However, according to Seattle Magazine, the space has found a tenant – the huge warehouse-like space will become Queen Anne Beer Hall, and the adjoining 400 square foot outdoor space an attached biergarten.

The concept belongs to Andrej Ivanov, an East coast name in beer halls – he opened Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn 2007 and Pilsener Haus in New Jersey in 2010. Queen Anne Beer Hall will be his first beer hall on the West coast.

Ivanov spoke to Seattle Magazine, and said:

“As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be the spot… I’m quite confident we can do a great job. We can enhance your beer I.Q., so to speak, in Seattle.”

Beer Hall interior

Interior of the site, photo by Bill Thornton, Seattle DJC

According to Seattle Magazine, Ivanov credits himself with opening the most authentic beer halls on the East coast, saying: “We started the whole beer hall revolution in 2007 and then just watched these places mushroom everywhere.”

The Queen Anne Beer Hall will serve both craft and imported beers – and with nearly 7,000 square feet, there’ll be room for a wide range of beer options.

If all goes as planned, Queen Anne Beer Hall will open in February 2015.

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New Mexican restaurant Nana’s set to open in early August

July 19th, 2014 by Laura

Nanas Full

We first posted about the old Emmer & Rye building becoming a new family Mexican restaurant back in May.

There’s been a lot of work done to the building’s exterior – paint, building décor, and a giant rooster in the courtyard. Now, there’s a sign for Nana’s, a family Mexican restaurant.

According to a Craigslist posting for jobs (they’re hiring from front of house to kitchen), the restaurant hit a few delays and is now set to open August 6th.

Nanas signThe previous May listing for open positions described the restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts.”

The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-9pm with breakfast service on the weekends. Assuming no more unexpected delays, we’ll be able to welcome a new restaurant to the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N next month.

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Something’s afoot at the old Emmer & Rye spot – and it looks like a new Mexican restaurant

May 26th, 2014 by Laura

The Emmer & Rye building has been vacant since it closed in October 2012, but something is happening at the house at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N. A colorful new paint job is in the works, bright red flowers were installed today on the building, and the Emmer & Rye menus have finally been taken down.

Emmer Rye New PaintThanks to a tip from a reader (thanks, Aaron!), we know that there’s a Craigslist posting for a new Mexican restaurant on top of Queen Anne.

Since the restaurant space in the Towne isn’t yet leased, we’ve done some sleuthing (aka walking up and down Queen Anne Ave to identify potential restaurant spots). Then, another anonymous tip came in late last week that there was some painting activity at the location.

The painters working on the building today told me “it’s a restaurant” and when I asked if it’s the new Mexican place, the answer was “yes” and they’re painting the outside to get ready for the opening.

No response from the Craigslist listing owner, but it sounds like training and prepping the space will take place this month for a mid-June opening.

Emmer Rye flowersThe Craigslist listing describes the new restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts. We will be serving Lunch & Dinner 5 days a week (Wednesday -Sunday).”

Right now, we’re piecing together activity at Emmer & Rye, the Craigslist post, the friendly painters working on the outside, and fresh patio paint – it all adds up to a rumor, but one that may likely prove true. Stay tuned!

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Robert Ramsay wine tasting room to open on Queen Anne

January 26th, 2014 by Laura

Robert Ramsay storefrontAttention oenophiles – Robert Ramsay Cellars is opening a wine tasting cellar at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N (in the spot previously held by Café de Lion).

Woodinville has been home to the boutique winery, but Queen Anne is home to owner/winemaker Robert Ramsay Harris, better known as Bob Harris, and his wife, Lauren, who’ll be running the day-to-day operations of the Queen Anne location.

Robert Ramsay logoFounded in 2005, Robert Ramsay Cellars produces Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, as well as some Cabernet too, from grapes from Washington vineyard partners. Bob first forayed into winemaking 12 years ago at another winery before founding Robert Ramsay.

Like most smaller winemakers and winery owners, Bob has a day job – wine is a passion for him, and the tasting cellar on Queen Anne will be a great spot to share that passion with the community.

According to Lauren, “We were looking for a second location and are thrilled to bring a tasting room to Queen Anne, which is only 3 blocks from our home. We love it here and want to share our business and hope people enjoy our product!”

You’ll be able to taste their creations when the doors open in March. Robert Ramsay will be open 5 days a week, offering wine flights and bottle purchases – while you wait for March, you can check out the reviews and accolades for their wine online.

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CorePower Yoga opens Queen Anne Studio

January 25th, 2014 by Laura

CPY Queen Anne Exterior

Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga

A new option for yoga on Queen Anne is now open for business. CorePower Yoga opened its 5th Seattle location yesterday, Friday, on Lower Queen Anne in the Ava apartment building at 300 3rd W Ave.

Based out of Denver, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne location is the 93rd studio nationally, joining Seattle studios located in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Green Lake and Bellevue.

The new Queen Anne location offers different yoga styles for all levels, Yoga Teacher Training, and Lifestyle Programs (e.g. boot camps, wellness cleanses).

CPY Queen Anne Lobby

Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga

According to Bryna Fahrner, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne Studio Manager: “CorePower Yoga fits so seamlessly into Queen Anne’s historic, yet urban neighborhood setting. Having helped open Ballard, CPY’s first Seattle studio, it has been amazing to watch as each CPY Seattle studio thereafter has come alive with their own, unique community.”

You can check out classes online and new CorePower Yoga students get one week of free yoga classes at the Queen Anne studio.

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Cupcake Royale set to open October 10 with a grand celebration

September 30th, 2013 by Laura

Have you been anxiously awaiting your sugar fix at the corner of Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N? Or has the Cupcake Royale tent done its job? (I know I’ve picked up my fair share of cupcakes…)

Cupcake Royale QAWell, the wait is almost over. After much work on the interior space, Cupcake Royale is opening on Thursday, October 10th – which is also a Queen Anne Farmers Market day, so two for one!

Cupcake Royale is not only opening, they’re throwing a party – here’s the rundown of opening day events straight from the source, and be sure to note that our newest merchant is already getting in the Queen Anne spirit with proceeds from the Future Froster event going to our own Queen Anne Helpline (thank you, Cupcake Royale!).

  • 7am: The first 100 customers who come in and buy a coffee drink will get a Cupcake Royale QUEEN ANNE diner mug – FREE! while supplies last!
  • 7am-10am: Enjoy samples of the bakery’s new line of pastries – fresh from the ovens! Including homemade muffins with seasonal berries, delicious scones, coffeecakes, banana bread, cookies and more!
  • 10am-noon: Future Froster of America? Try your hand at a frosting a perfect Cupcake Royale swirl! Cupcake Royale expert frosters will be helping with demonstrations and lessons! There will be prizes awarded for the best looking cupcakes! Meet Queen Anne Manager Alyson Stoner and decorate your own cupcake. Learn more about hosting your own Sprinkle Cupcake Party in the café. Price is $5 a cupcake, with proceeds going to the Queen Anne Helpline.
  • 3-7pm: FREE BABY SCOOP of Cupcake Royale’s Homemade Ice Cream! Come in during the Farmer’s Market and along with samples of pastry, cupcakes and coffee, and enjoy a free baby scoop! Meet Cupcake Royale Owner and Founder Jody Hall.

Mark your calendars for October 10and get your sweet-tooth fix!

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Storyville Coffee Company to open in old Teacup location

September 5th, 2013 by Laura

Update: Storyville got in contact with us, but unfortunately our email system either flagged it as spam or just plain ate it. Regardless, here’s the scoop on when to expect things to happen at Boston & Queen Anne Ave N, mark your calendar for the beginning of 2014:

“Storyville Coffee is moving into the space at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. We will be commencing our construction very soon and plan to open around the first of the year. We are very excited to be joining the community of Queen Anne and would like to invite the residents to visit our new location at Pike Place Market for a taste of what’s to come.”


Storyville cornerEarly yesterday morning I was headed down Queen Anne Ave, and finally! A sign of life at the old Teacup location at Boston and Queen Anne Ave N in the way of a new sign for Storyville Coffee Company.

I snapped some shots of the red Storyville logo, and fired off a couple of inquiry emails to Storyville when I returned home. I haven’t heard back yet, but in the meantime we’ve had several readers and other businesses send in tips about the Storyville sign.

Here’s the scoop on Storyville from its web site:

“Storyville Coffee Company was founded in 2006 as an e-commerce specialty coffee roaster and purveyor of coffee accessories. We passionately roast and ship coffee the same day, sending it direct to the doors of our customers from our Roasting Studio in Seattle, Washington. We ship to all 50 states and just about anywhere else in the world. Since the beginning, we have been obsessed with crafting the perfect cup of coffee, leading us to become designers and producers of our own line of coffee-making equipment, Storyville Hardware.”

Storyville logoThe site doesn’t have any information on the Queen Anne location, but it does have highlight its first retail coffeebar set to open in Pike Place Market on October 1st.

Suffice to say, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting something to happen at the location. The Teacup has been closed since December 2011, and in May 2012 I sent a tip to the then-Editor of Queen Anne View about a new tenant (yes, before I wrote for Queen Anne View, I sent in tips).

If we get more information from Storyville or reader tips, we’ll let you know!

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Mud Bay finds a home at former Lower Queen Anne/Uptown Blockbuster

September 3rd, 2013 by Laura

LQA Blockbuster

Former Blockbuster site
Photo courtesy of Ewing & Clark

We’ve had several readers write in and let us know that the former Blockbuster Video location at 522 Queen Anne Ave N is sporting a new “leased” sign in the window. The location has been vacant since February 2011, and it’s a prime spot across from the Uptown Theatre.

I did some digging, and it looks like a new pet store is on its way to serve Queen Anne and Uptown dogs and cats.

MudBay logoThe long-vacant Blockbuster spot will be home to a new Mud Bay location. According to Mud Bay co-CEO Marisa Wulff, the new store will be opening in early December.

Mud Bay is a family-owned pet supply store that was founded in 1988 by Elsa Wulff, expanding from a “tiny farm store on Mud Bay Road in Olympia” to 24 (soon to be 25) stores in the Puget Sound region.

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Chroma Salon and Spa now open on Upper Queen Anne

July 7th, 2013 by Laura

Local Seattle salon Chroma Salon and Spa is adding a Queen Anne location at 1809 Queen Anne Ave N (the former home of Robert Samuel Salon). Chroma is now open and planning a grand opening reception at the end of July.

Chroma logo

The Queen Anne location will be the third Chroma Salon and Spa – owners Daniel Deaver and Bryce Francis opened the original Chroma in Wallingford two years ago, and added a second location downtown in the Alexis Hotel.

Chroma Salon

New home of Chroma Salon and Spa

For those of you who’ve frequented Robert Samuel Salon, the Chroma owners have been working with Robert prior to the change. Chroma Salon and Spa will be keeping many things the same, including product lines and some familiar faces from Robert Samuel.

According to owner Bryce Francis, a key change will be the addition of spa services. However, the salon will mainatain the commitment to the Queen Anne community that Robert Samuel has had over the past two decades. Bryce and Dan are Green Lake residents, but have spent a lot of time on Queen Anne and are looking forward to the new location:

“We are very excited to meet the neighbors and invite you all to come in and say hello. We’ll try to get out and introduce ourselves to the local community in the coming weeks.”

And, for those of you wondering about Robert Samuel, he’s still in business at Salon Voda and can be reached at 206.281.7366.

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Fuji Bakery now open on Elliott Ave West

July 5th, 2013 by Laura

Fuji Bakery signFuji Bakery, a Japanese artisan bakery with a location in the International District, has opened the doors on a new location at 1030 Elliott Ave West. You may have noticed the white building with the red letters on Elliott – it’s been there for a few months, and it’s now finally open.

Fuji Bakery caseThe new bakery has an array of both sweet and savory pastries – I stopped by this morning and picked up a Bacon Epi, Custard Bun, and a Fraise, a flaky pastry topped with custard and strawberries (all tasty!), and spoke with the owner about the new store.

Fuji Bakery interiorThe bakery had a soft open the Monday before last, and is now fully up and running with a case full of tasty baked goods, Vashon Island Coffee Roasters coffee, two large family style tables, and free ample parking in a lot to the south of the building.

Fuji Bakery has been open in Seattle since June 2009, and now you no longer have to travel to the ID for their baked goods. Stop by Fuji Bakery for your sweet and savory cravings, and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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New development means Uptown Kidd Valley will be no more

June 24th, 2013 by Laura

Every week the Land Use bulletin from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) comes out and I scan it for any developments of note on Queen Anne – but somehow, this one didn’t come through in our updates. Luckily, one of our readers clued us in to the future of the lot that now houses Kidd Valley (thanks, Greg!).

Kidd Valley

Queen Anne Kidd Valley,
photo courtesy of Kidd Valley

According to a filing with DPD, a representative from the Velmier Companies applied for the project review at 531 Queen Anne Ave N (where Kidd Valley is located). The application is for a one-story, 16,000 foot retail pharmacy with 33 underground parking spaces. No official word, but the Velmier Companies web site lists CVS as a client.

An early design review is set for July 17th at the Queen Anne Community Center, room #1, 6:30pm. No word on what will happen to Kidd Valley (relocation or otherwise).

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