New Verizon store moving into old Twirl spot

The storefront at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N that used to house Twirl Cafe, then Umbrella Tree, will soon be a Verizon Wireless store.

Readers have reported activity at the location this week, and today the Verizon sign is up. Construction is still underway on the interior space.

No word on when the store will open.

Einstein Bros Bagels closing next Tuesday

Einstein closingLooks like we’ll have another vacant storefront on Queen Anne Ave N. Einstein Bros Bagels has posted a sign stating that the store will be closing on Tuesday, February 24th. No additional information is provided on the sign, and no response to email inquiries yet.

The spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N is prime real estate. However, no lease listings have shown up for the space yet. And, retail and restaurant space is currently available at The Towne, the old Charley+May building, and the Communique shop (which, as a reminder, is closing next month).

UPDATE: here’s the official statement from Einstein Bros Bagels:

“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.”

If you’re an Einstein Bros Bagels fan, the next closest location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location in Wallingford.

Queen Anne Ave trees light up as Holiday Magic set for December 5th

Have you noticed that the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne are lit for the upcoming holiday season? Every year, these lights go up thanks to our local Queen Anne merchants and the Queen Anne Chamber – and they make the business district between Galer and McGraw sparkle!

Business owners along Queen Anne Ave N pay for the tree lights that light up the Ave through the holiday season. These lights also help signal the upcoming annual Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne.

Holiday Magic will be Friday, December 5th this year, 4pm-8pm. In years past, Santa visited HomeStreet Bank for family photos and merchants had small bites, drinks, and special sales for the holiday season.

As we get more merchant-specific info for Holiday Magic, we’ll get it posted.  Until then, enjoy the trees and thank our Queen Anne merchants for their festive spirit!

UPDATE Intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St closed this weekend

UPDATE: The planned Mercer closure has been cancelled due to (impending) inclement weather. The Queen Anne Ave N & Roy Street intersection work will proceed as planned.

SDOT will be closing the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St from 4am Saturday through 5am Monday.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 4 to 5am Monday, April 7: CANCELLED

Queen Anne Ave N & Roy St Closure: 4am Saturday, April 5 through 5am Monday, April 7

    QA & Roy

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate signal pole installations and sidewalk work.
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy St will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer St to proceed north on 2nd Ave W.
  • To access Queen Anne from Downtown, travelers should use westbound Mercer St to 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to one lane between Valley and Roy streets.

Halloween on Queen Anne photos galore!

Happy Halloween! If you missed the excitement up and down Queen Anne Ave N, you can check out our photo gallery!

Click the photo below to be taken to the gallery, enjoy!

Minons Posed

Pistil Flowers and Gifts Opens Next Week to Serve Your Fresh Flower Needs

Remember when Met Market was at the top of the hill and the flowers from the floral department lined Queen Anne Ave N instead of a huge pit in the ground? If you don’t, one of our banner photos above may jog your memory… Well, if you’ve been missing a shop on the top of the hill for custom floral arrangements, simple bouquets, or even single stem flowers, you’re in luck! A reader sent us a tip on some construction activity at 1422 Queen Anne Ave, and we now have confirmation that Pistil Flowers & Gifts will be opening in the spot next Friday, January 25th.

Laurie Gardner and Colin Stewart own the new flower shop and will be leveraging their experience as custom floral designers with Pistil Design, a studio that has focused on weddings, events and designs for daily delivery on Queen Anne for the past few years. Laurie and Colin are now expanding beyond the design studio with the new retail flower shop that will provide fresh flowers and gifts on the top of Queen Anne.

At Pistil Flowers & Gifts, customers will be able to pick up fresh flowers by the stem, ready-made mixed bouquets, houseplants, and gifts. Plus, the shop will provide custom flower arrangements and design service for weddings, corporate and private events, with daily deliveries in the greater Seattle area. Pistil sources the majority of their flower designs with local and organic flowers, supporting local farmers and floriculture in the region.

Co-owner Laurie Gardner is a Master Gardener with 20+ years of experience in the floral industry. As Pistil grows, she plans to offer seasonal design classes on creating both simple and elegant designs, as well as container gardening.

Pistil Flowers & Gifts is expected to open on January 25th with a small in-shop celebration and open house, so plan to stop by and say welcome and place your Valentine’s orders!