July 8th, 2011 by Thea
Good thing there’s decent weather on the horizon because this weekend is packed with fun outdoor events in and around Queen Anne. There are not just one, but two opportunities to run through the neighborhood – one for charity, the other for kicks. Plus Seattle’s biggest outdoor yoga event, and the annual Queen Anne Sidewalk Sale. Check out Queen Anne’s weekend calendar:
Saturday, July 9
- Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run – Help support the Queen Anne Helpline by participating in the annual QA Fun Run. The 5k (3.3 mile) run/walk of beautiful streets on Queen Anne hill kicks off at 8 a.m. (walkers) and 8:20 a.m. (runners). If you haven’t yet registered, you may do so between 6:45 and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Day of registration is $35. Participants should gather at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church, located at 2400 8th Ave West. The Fun Run/walk will start at 5th and Halladay, and finish at Coe Elementary School. After the run/walk participants should reassemble at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church for awards, coffee, water, snacks and random drawings for prizes. Details here.
- 3rd Annual Yoga for Hope Event – Join hundreds of other yogis at the International Fountain North Lawn at Seattle Center for the city’s annual outdoor yoga event for charity: Yoga for Hope is an outdoor yoga event for yoga beginners and experts alike to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga practice for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Four of Seattle’s top yoga instructors will lead hundreds of participants in a two-hour class at the Seattle Center. The proceeds from the event will benefit research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope, aiding the treatment and research center’s efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection when battling cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS. The Yoga for Hope event was born out of City of Hope’s efforts to expand awareness of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection and the hospital’s unique approach to utilizing complimentary and integrative therapies such as yoga and meditation in the patient treatment programs. Instructors from Queen Anne’s own Haute Yoga will be joining other teachers at the event this year. Registration $35 if done online by midnight tonight (register here), or $45 day of. Registration and vendor booths open at 9 a.m., with classes taking place between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Details here.
- 2nd Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls – In case walking/running it out over 3.3 miles of Queen Anne streets during the Fun Run isn’t enough, Queen Anne’s own self-proclaimed “division of the Queen Anne mafia,” The Comstock Commission, is putting on the second neighborhood Running of the Bulls on the very same day. Swing by Paragon Bar & Grill at 1 p.m. to join in the fun or just watch it unfold. And don’t forget to wear the Comstock uniform–white shirts and pants, a red scarf and “fast shoes”. Details here.
- Queen Anne Sidewalk Sale – If you feel like shopping in the sunshine, don’t miss Queen Anne’s annual summer Sidewalk Sale, which will be happening all day at stores up and down Queen Anne Ave N. We don’t have a full list of participating vendors, but many stores have planned sales and special events in years past. Many vendors also often extend the sales for the whole weekend, so if you can’t make it Saturday, you’ll have another chance on Sunday, July 9. Just look for balloons and big crowds!
Know of more events happening on the hill this weekend? Email us at email@example.com or comment below and we’ll add the event to our weekend calendar.
Tags: Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run, events, fundraiser, outdoor yoga, Queen Anne Helpline, Queen Anne Running of the Bulls, Queen Anne Summer Sidewalk Sale, sales, Seattle Center, sidewalk sale, The Comstock Commission, Weekend Calendar, Yoga for Hope
February 22nd, 2011 by Thea
The Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and Uptown Alliance rummage sale you’ve been hearing so much about lately is happening this weekend, from Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27, at 512 1st Ave N in Lower Queen Anne.
FOLKpark and the Uptown Alliance have been soliciting donations from the community for the sale, which will benefit both organizations and the work they do in the community.
FOLKpark is currently raising money for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park, an effort that has been several years in the making by the FOLKpark community volunteers. (Check out more past coverage of FOLKpark’s work to redesign and clean up Lower Kinnear Park here).
The organizations has collected tons of unique and interesting finds up for grabs at the sale – everything from a portable picnic table that folds up into a suitcase, to a men’s tuxedo, vintage wedding dress, swanky suede roller skates and more. Swing by to dig in and search for some second-hand treasures during the following hours this weekend:
- Friday, February 25 from 4 to 8 p.m.–Preview Event
- Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.–Sale all day
- Sunday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.–Close-out sale
Rummage shoppers should be sure to have cash in hand–the group will not be able to take credit card purchases. Check out the event’s Facebook page here.
Tags: events, FOLKpark, fundraiser, Lower Kinnear Park, rummage sale, sales, Uptown Alliance, weekend
February 9th, 2011 by Thea
After Abraxus Books announced it would be closing just 20 months after moving to Lower Queen Anne from Ballard, its home for seven years, neighboring store Mother Nature’s has said that it too is closing its doors this month.
Mother Nature’s, a natural health store that has been a staple of Lower Queen Anne retailers for 35 years, is closing up shop at the end of the month, according to owner Stephanie Gilbert.
This drawing was created by Mother Nature’s employee Sara Spidell, depicting Sara, Stephanie and Elaine (Stephanie’s mom and prior owner). The date is inaccurate, according to Gilbert, who says the store has been open since 1974.
The store, which has been in Gilbert’s family since the ’70s, has seen declining business for some time now, she says.
“I grew up in the store—since I was 12 I’ve worked here. In the ’80s and ’90s it was a rocking store. We’d get 160 people in the store a day. Now we get 60 people a day,” she said. “Business has been pretty crappy, to be frank, for the past couple years… it’s just hard to be an independent retailer in the city. If we were in Cle Elum, we would probably be fine.”
Though the mixed-use development planned for 100 Republican Street spurred the decision to close, Gilbert says the saturation of the market (with customers coming into the store, finding what they want, and then buying it from larger suppliers who can offer cheaper prices like Costco, Super Supplements, or online) has ultimately led to the store’s choice to close down, rather than relocate.
“It really bums me out that people don’t make a conscious effort to shop local,” Gilbert said. “It’s destroying our communities.”
The property owners of the building that houses Abraxus and Mother Nature’s, the Burkheimer Family LLC, plan to turn the Seattle Center and KeyArena-adjacent site into a residential/retail mixed-use development that will span from the current storefronts to the edge of the empty lot at 100 Republican.
The six-story building will house 275 units–studios, 1-2 bedrooms and 10 town homes–parking, 17,725 square feet of street level retail space, two rooftop courtyards, and a 2,000 square-foot outdoor plaza on Republican that will serve as an entrance to the building. After a series of public hearings on the project, developers have been given the go-ahead to move forward with the project. Developers expect to complete the project in 2012.
While the new development will house ground-level retail, Gilbert says the rent would have been too high for Mother Nature’s to re-open in the new building. But despite the fact that Abraxus and Mother Nature’s will be closing to make way for the development, many in the community support the project. In a negotiation with the city to allow the development to use part of the alleyway bounded by Mercer Street, Republican Street, 1st Avenue N and Warren Avenue N, developers added plans for a public plaza (equipped with a rain garden) to the plan.
On top of that, Uptown Alliance co-chair John Coney shared his support of this proposal with City Council’s Transportation Committee this past fall, noting that he believed the project would revitalize a “dead block” in the neighborhood.
“It’s an important redevelopment on what is now a substantially dead block of Republican,” he said. “It is going to bring housing onto Warren Avenue North. We believe that is important because that is another dead block in an urban center.”
For the time being, Mother Nature’s and Abraxus are making preparations for closing.
Gilbert says her lease is up on the 28th. She plans to keep the store open until just a few days before then (though no final date has been set yet), to clear out its current stock and say goodbye to longtime customers. Everything in the store is currently 30 percent off. Gilbert says discounts could go as high as 75 percent as the end of the month nears.
Abraxus will be closing in just a few days, on Saturday, February 12. “Our building is being torn down and we’re calling it a day on this chapter,” the owners Carol and Tony wrote on the store’s Facebook page. The last month since announcing plans to close has been a “pretty emotional time” for them, Carol wrote to us.
Everything in the store is being sold at 50 percent off, and bookshelves and other fixtures are also up for sale. The store will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on its last day Saturday.
Tags: 100 Republican, Abraxus Books, closings, development, local business, Lower Queen Anne, Mother Nature's, project, sales, Uptown
September 29th, 2010 by Thea
Underdawg Records, located at 532 Queen Anne Ave, is closing up shop soon. There’s a “for lease” sign in the window, next to another sign detailing the neighborhood record shop’s “retirement sale.”
According to the sign, call vinyl is on sale for 20 percent off, CDs and DVDs are also marked down, and anyone who wants to nab some cheap VHS and cassette tapes can nab them for 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. The folks at Underdawg say they expect to be open for about one more month.
Tags: closings, sales, Underdawg Records