Simple & Just bringing high-end resale with a cause to Queen Anne

Simple & Just coming soonMany readers have been asking about the new Simple & Just storefront at the old Video Isle location. The shop has a website along with the “coming soon” signs in the windows of 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. The .org in the website name has piqued a lot of interest in the mystery shop, indicating a new nonprofit venture on Queen Anne.

Simple & Just is indeed a nonprofit with a good cause: helping women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. And, it’s a cause that Queen Anne resident Carolyn Quatier, Founder and Board President of Simple & Just, invites the Queen Anne community to support via the new Simple & Just high-end resale shop.

The concept is simple and the impact is powerful. Simple & Just will be a retail shop with 100% of profits supporting after-care efforts. It will offer sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care, as well as internships for local university students. According to Quatier, the idea is to invite a broader group of people to engage via a retail store.

Simple and Just websiteHow can Queen Anne residents participate? There are several options. First, donations – Simple & Just will take high-end donations of clothing and accessories, all tax deductible to the donor, and sort them for sale in the shop. Second, volunteers – Simple & Just will have volunteer opportunities for people who would like to get involved in the back office, sorting through donations and tagging them for sale. Third, shopping – the retail storefront will be open to all, so you can browse and shop for upscale items, both new and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Donations are welcome and will help keep the shop running and supporting the cause. If items don’t make the cut for the shop or there are too many of a specific item, the organization will turn them over to other local nonprofits. While the shop will focus on high-end clothing and accessories, it will also feature unique and cool items as they become available. Think art, household décor, brand-new department store lines, etc., all available as the shop hosts impromptu pop-up shops throughout the year.

To get the shop up and running, Simple & Just will hold a Shelf Filling Party in September. All are invited to attend and bring along donations to help fill the shop in advance of its opening in late September/early October. As the date draws closer, we’ll get the info out so you can welcome Simple & Just to Queen Anne and help give it a great start.

In the meantime, you can follow Simple & Just on Instagram to witness the transformation from video store to upscale resale for a cause.

Queen Anne favorite Grub to return soon

grub logoWe’ve had readers sending us tips about the old Lucky Palette Vegetarian Meal Service spot at 307 W McGraw – and, we have good news for fans of Sharon Fillingim’s Grub.

Sharon is opening a new restaurant in the location, currently a work in progress – literally. There will be a “stunning” new façade for the spot located next to Five Corners Hardware, plus a dining space with open kitchen inside.

Grub McGrawGrub was a Queen Anne favorite so locals will no doubt welcome Sharon’s new spot on Queen Anne. Plus, in addition to the dining room, she’ll also be providing custom catering services.

The newest Grub iteration will open when the new facade is completed, so keep an eye on the bland spot at 307 W McGraw as it transforms.

Stay tuned for more on Grub, we’ll post an official date as soon as it’s available.

Newest Queen Anne restaurant, Grappa, opens February 1st

Grappa clamsIt’s been a couple of months since we posted on the new restaurant, Grappa, moving into the old La Luna space on the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. The owners have been hard at work on “an extensive remodel” and are set to open this Monday, February 1st. (thanks to Adrian for the tip!)

According to Grappa’s Facebook page, the restaurant will open February 1st. It’ll be open 7 days a week, and will serve lunch and dinner, with a happy hour featuring Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.

UPDATE: per Grappa, the first week of service will be dinner only, then lunch and happy hour kick off on February 8th. Happy hour will 4pm-6pm and 9pm-close.

Grappa dishGrappa’s hours will be 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-1am Thursday-Saturday. Photos in this post are dishes highlighted on Grappa’s Facebook page.

Stop by to check out their dishes and welcome them to Queen Anne!

New Mediterranean restaurant Grappa to open in old La Luna space

Grappa doorThe corner restaurant space at the intersection of Boston St and Queen Anne Ave N has been vacant since La Luna abruptly closed and moved out at the end of August. There were signs of life in October, as the “for lease” sign came down and the windows were papered over.

Yesterday, those same windows had signs for Grappa, a new restaurant coming soon to 2 Boston St. I contacted the owners and they shared insights on what’s to come before the New Year ticks over on the calendar.

Both owners have 20+ years of combined experience in the restaurant business, and they’re applying their hands-on knowledge to Grappa, a Mediterranean restaurant with a focus on Italian and Greek cuisine. They were both born and raised in the Mediterranean region, and they hope to bring the concept of cuisine “developed around family” to Queen Anne – and that family-oriented concept is a big reason for selecting Queen Anne as the neighborhood home for Grappa.

Grappa websiteThey’ve already seen “huge support from the neighbors, which makes us even more excited about this project” – you may have noticed that the restaurant participated in Halloween trick-or-treating, and I’ve received a lot of reader emails asking what’s happening, and a slew of photos of the signs in the past 24 hours (thanks, readers!).

Grappa, as its name implies, will serve an extensive selection of grappa, as well as a wine list with both Mediterranean and local wine, and a full bar. It’s set to open around mid-December, and will be open every day for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Stay tuned for a final opening date and be sure to stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Bank of America is opening an Upper Queen Anne location

BOA 1501 QA AveFor the past month, we’ve had readers and business owners alike tip us that they heard rumors about the prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N. They all said the same thing: it’s going to be a Bank of America.

Located directly across the street from Chase Bank, on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W Galer St, the storefront used to house a salon/spa. Per the City of Seattle permit records, the use has been changed to “commercial” for a “Bank of America Express Store” – a type of Bank of America launched in 2013, described as follows:

“Express banking centers offer a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, while integrating more benefits of technology with onsite associates who can assist customers with their financial needs. Customers can use new, advanced technology to perform the most common transactions. Associates are also available to answer customers’ questions, open new accounts and guide them on convenient self-service banking options including Online Banking and Mobile Banking.”

The new Bank of America location will have plenty of company/competition, as it will join Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet, Union, Umpqua, and Key, all with locations on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.

The Other Coast Cafe is coming to 12 Mercer this fall

The spot at 12 Mercer St that used to house Krua Thai will soon be a new location for The Other Coast Cafe. The local sandwich shop already has locations in Ballard and on Capitol Hill, and Lower Queen Anne/Uptown is up next. (thanks to Sean for the tip!)

According to Emily at The Other Coast Cafe: “We’re very happy to be moving into the neighborhood and particularly the Krua Thai spot. We love the old building and its history.”

The Other Coast Cafe plans to start serving sandwiches at 12 Mercer St in late October/early November. In addition to the menu items you can see online, the shop plans to add a few new items to the menu for the Queen Anne location. Plus, delivery and catering for all your event needs.

Get ready to welcome them to the neighborhood this fall!

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