January 26th, 2014 by Laura
Attention 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.
Founded 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.
Tags: business opening, new business
January 25th, 2014 by Laura
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).
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.
Tags: business opening, new business, yoga
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…)
Well, 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!
Tags: business opening, Cupcake Royale, new business
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.”
Early 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.”
The 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!
Tags: coffee, new business
September 3rd, 2013 by Laura
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.
The 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.
Tags: business opening, new business
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.
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.
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.
Tags: business opening, new business, salon
July 5th, 2013 by Laura
Fuji 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.
The 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.
The 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!
Tags: bakery, business opening, new business
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!).
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).
Tags: Kidd Valley, new business, pharmacy
November 27th, 2012 by Laura
Owner Justin Marx with
first customer Marco
Marx Foods, an online retailer of a large, eclectic collection of specialty foods, has opened its first brick and mortar store in the Lower Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood. Owner Justin Marx, recently profiled in Food & Wine, aims to serve as the “culinary concierge” for both Queen Anne residents and Seattle at large. The store will serve as a shop where you can get unique food and condiments, as well as advice, suggestions, and in-house tested recipes of how to best enjoy and make use of them. Some of the items offered, such as fine charcuterie, cheeses, balsamic vinegars, and olive oils will be familiar to most, but with some of the less common items, a knowledgeable staff and test kitchen are sure to come in handy.
I spoke with Justin Marx about the new retail venture, and asked him why he decided on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown – he said he hopes to bring something to Queen Anne that is unique to Seattle, something that doesn’t exist today… well, almost today, as Marx Foods opened its doors yesterday morning at the corner of Western and John Streets. (note: the signs are going up in the next couple of weeks, but it’s easy to find, as it’s directly across from the PI globe at 144 Western Ave with street parking available and free after 6pm)
Marx has run the online business from his Lower Queen Anne office for just shy of five years, all the while watching the neighborhood evolve with new housing developments, the Thomas St Pedestrian Bridge, and new and varied local vendors and restaurants. As the neighborhood evolved, he decided his business should too, and made the jump to a retail storefront. Marx finds the items he offers for sale by traveling the country, visiting farmer’s markets, and running culinary question marks by his tasting panel of local food bloggers and chefs to see if they pass muster. With only about 20% meeting the tasting panel’s standards, you should expect the items to be as good as they are unique. While the online store has over 1,200 items, the retail shop will have 300-400 products, but for the extraordinarily adventurous, special orders are welcomed and encouraged.
A liquor license is in the works and for summer, Marx is planning to offer ready-to-go picnics with items such as sliced charcuterie and cheese. Future events, some co-hosted with their neighbor Fat Cork, a boutique champagne purveyor, are also planned, so stay tuned for more as the new year ticks over.
So what will you find when you visit? They carry a range of game meats and birds; meats you see on menus but not in stores – boar, elk, pheasant, and even more unusual meats such as antelope and kangaroo. Other items include edible flowers, a wide variety of dried mushrooms and peppers, chili sauces, pastas, snacks both savory and sweet, and probably more than a few things you’ve not had the chance to try before.
I asked Marx to narrow down a list of his personal favorites – a tough task, but here are the essentials: Chicaogi Chipotle Chili Sauce, butternut squash seed oil, aged balsamic vinegars, Pistachio Cream, Denver Vegetable Leathers, Cocomels coconut milk caramels, Ramp Vinaigrette, and local marshmallows that are cup-size – perfect for hot cocoa.
“We’ve curated a selection of products that we feel is very special – the majority of products on the shelf are direct from the producer, with only one or two items from the producer. What I’d love is for people in the neighborhood to visit, get recipes ideas, gift ideas. Building a relationship with customers is key, we want to be their culinary concierge.” – Justin Marx, owner Marx Foods
If you’re looking for specialty food items, gifts, and treats that you can’t find anywhere else, stop by Marx Foods and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: Lower Queen Anne, new business, opening
November 7th, 2012 by Laura
When I walked by the old Skookum Clothing location on Saturday, the windows were papered over and prepped for painting, with no indication of what was to come. But, thanks to a tip from a Queen Anne View reader, I discovered that there had been a sign pre-painting prep – and as of today, it’s back up.
According to the sign, Queen Anne Olive Oil will be setting up shop at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N, in between Zaw Pizza and Belle Fiore:
No word yet from Queen Anne Olive Oil on an opening date. If you have any additional information, let us know!
Tags: new business, Queen Anne Ave N
May 18th, 2011 by Thea
A new business is opening up on Queen Anne Ave N, in the former Oslo’s storefront, which closed its doors back in March–the Jamie O’Neill Salon.
There is no website for the business as of yet, but according to its Facebook page, the salon will specialize in cuts and color for men and women, as well as styles for special occasions such as weddings and print media.
There’s no word yet on when the salon will be opening, but I’ve put in a word to the owner and will update this story as soon as I hear back. In the meantime, follow updates on the salon’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tags: closings, Jamie O'Neill, Jamie O'Neill Salon, new business, openings, Oslo's, Queen Anne Ave N, salon
April 14th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez
Molly Moon’s new ice cream shop will be located at 321 W. Galer St., Molly Moon’s publicist Jennifer Carroll told QueenAnneView Wednesday.
The lease for the address, currently occupied by Mes Amis pet boutique, was signed on Tuesday, according to Carroll. The doors are slated to open later this summer, but the official opening date has yet to be decided, Carroll said.
Molly Moon’s, with shops in Wallingford and Capitol Hill, held a contest between Madrona, Ballard and Queen Anne from December through February to decide where it would open its doors next. The local ice creamery ultimately decided to open a full shop in Queen Anne, and a smaller “micro-shop” in Madrona.
We reached out to the owner of Mes Amis for comment and to find out if the store would be moving to a new location or closing, and if so, when, but have not yet heard back. We’ll keep you posted on this story as we find out more.
Update 4/15 2:30 p.m.: We contacted Mes Amis owner Nicole Ryan for a comment a few days ago. At the time we first published this post, she had not heard back from her landlord on the status of the lease agreement. Nicole wrote back to us this morning confirming that Mes Amis will in fact be closing, though a final date has not yet been determined.
“I have a 5 year lease that is ending on August 31st. As my landlord was unwilling to negotiate the monthly rent, which has increased every year, I was faced with the decision to move the business, sell it, or simply close. Since I opened, 6 other independent pet shops in Seattle have closed, so every neighborhood has had a rough go of it. And because we have lived in QA for 10 years, I really did not want to take the store into a different neighborhood. So, I recently made the extremely difficult decision to close,” Nicole wrote us.
Nicole says she was not aware of Molly Moon’s plans to move into her shop space until well after the fact. She only got confirmation about the deal on Wednesday of this week, after the new lease with Molly Moon’s was signed. Before that she had only heard rumors about the deal, and then came across this report.
Though Nicole is sad to bring Mes Amis to a close, she’s looking forward to focusing her attention on her two-year-old, and the corporate job she’s recently returned to. “However, there will be many, many tears when I finally do close up shop,” she wrote.
Mes Amis has the space through the end of August. Nicole says she’s been given the option to leave early, however she hasn’t yet decided if she wants to take or leave that offer.
“I am thrilled for the neighborhood, but I just wish things had been executed a different way. I was forced to tell my employees much earlier than I had planned on, and of course, once word gets out that a store is closing, business suffers greatly,” she wrote.
In the meantime Mes Amis is very much alive and well. There are no current plans to change anything about the store, its products, or hours.
Tags: closings, ice cream shop, Mes Amis, Molly Moon's, new business, openings