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Reminder: Shop at Local Queen Anne Businesses on Small Business Saturday

November 23rd, 2012 by Laura

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, so plan to get out and celebrate our neighborhood businesses and shop local.

Shopping locally supports our Queen Anne businesses and you never know what you might find that isn’t available at your typical big-box store. Despite the November-y weather we’ve been having, it’ll be a great day to get out, walk the neighborhood, and visit Queen Anne shops and restaurants; a nice break from leftovers!

Another reminder, some of our local businesses are going to have special offers tomorrow. Here’s the latest list – and if you know of any more, or if you’re a business that’d like to be added to this list, let us know. Note: offers are good for Saturday, November 24th only, unless otherwise stated; AmEx card not required:

  • Belle Fiore: 10% off all products and gift cards and adding $100 worth of gift card to every $100 purchase in store
  • Charley + May Co: 10% off a wide selection of books and stocking stuffers for all customers, complimentary gift wrapping, and a taste from the candy bar
  • Chocolopolis: offering free chocolate samples throughout the day + free ground shipping for orders placed on Saturday 11/24 (customers can specify a future ship date)
  • el Diablo Coffee Co.: $5 off all merchandise (tshirts, water bottles, etc.)
  • Four Winds Artful Living: 20% off everything in stock
  • hauteyoga Queen Anne: 5 pass for $50 ($20 savings), 3 month unlimited $320 plus a free Yogitoe towel ($95 savings); Annual membership $950, includes unlimited mat/towel rental ($200 savings); late night special- 1 month unlimited for 9:15pm classes only for $35
  • Mimisan Natural Nail Spa: offering classic mani and pedi for $50 (regular $65)
  • Nancy’s Sewing Basket: $5 off when you spend $25.00 or more with a coupon accessible online
  • Pink Ginger: 10% off if you mention you saw this Queen Anne View blog post
  • Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts: 10% off custom framing & gifts
  • Three Birds Home & Gifts: coupons for 10% off any regularly priced item for the month of December
  • Wessco Blinds – 50% off install when you purchase Hunter Douglas blinds — good for the entire week following the Saturday event

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Is a New Bike on Your Holiday Wish List? Consider a Recycled Bicycle

November 20th, 2012 by Laura

If you’re in the market for a new bike, but want to keep things local and green, consider a recycled bicycle from a local, independently owned bike shop.

Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles opened earlier this year in the Interbay shopping complex next door to Whole Foods. The shop specializes in recycled bikes of all shapes and sizes – Sprocketts bikes are 99% recycled, 1% new (brake cables and inner tubes), so you can pick up a bike that gets a new life and isn’t taking up space in a landfill. Plus, 10% of the profits go to charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Ballard Food Bank, and individual needy families.

In addition to fitting you to the right recycled bike, you can also keep it in great working shape with service repairs, tune-ups, and spare parts from Sprocketts.

Mama, Sprocketts’ Mascot

You can keep up with the rotating inventory online or stop by the shop, and let owner Mike Benson help connect you with the right bike. If you do the latter, be sure to say hello to Mama, the shop mascot.

Sprocketts also has a holiday special – order your recycled bike (or a new one, they can do that too) now and save 15-20%. So, if a bike is on your holiday wish-list, consider a recycled bike – keep it green and local this holiday season!

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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday (and Beyond)

November 20th, 2012 by Laura

Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a day that celebrates shopping small. Sponsored by American Express, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for you to show support for our local small businesses – and you don’t need an American Express Card to do so.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday receiving so much attention, small businesses often get left out in the rush of big-box deals, lines, and crowds. So, don’t forget our local Queen Anne small business, they’re what keeps the character of Queen Anne alive. Shop locally this holiday season, and visit our merchants on Saturday, and throughout the year!

And, to mark Small Business Saturday, some of our Queen Anne merchants are providing offers and discounts on Saturday as well – note: offers are good for Saturday, November 24th only, unless otherwise stated; AmEx card not required:

  • Charley + May Co: 10% off a wide selection of books and stocking stuffers for all customers, complimentary gift wrapping, and a taste from the candy bar
  • Chocolopolis: offering free chocolate samples throughout the day + free ground shipping for orders placed on Saturday 11/24 (customers can specify a future ship date)
  • el Diablo Coffee Co.: $5 off all merchandise (tshirts, water bottles, etc.)
  • Four Winds Artful Living: 20% off everything in stock
  • hauteyoga Queen Anne: 5 pass for $50 ($20 savings), 3 month unlimited $320 plus a free Yogitoe towel ($95 savings); Annual membership $950, includes unlimited mat/towel rental ($200 savings); late night special- 1 month unlimited for 9:15pm classes only for $35
  • Mimisan Natural Nail Spa: offering classic mani and pedi for $50 (regular $65)
  • Nancy’s Sewing Basket: $5 off when you spend $25.00 or more with a coupon accessible online
  • Pink Ginger: 10% off if you mention you saw this Queen Anne View blog post
  • Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts: 10% off custom framing & gifts
  • Three Birds Home & Gifts: coupons for 10% off any regularly priced item for the month of December
  • Wessco Blinds – 50% off install when you purchase Hunter Douglas blinds — good for the entire week following the Saturday event.

If you know of a business offering special deals on Small Business Saturday, let us know – and, happy shopping!

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Meet “Where’d You Go Bernadette” Author Maria Semple and Help Local Small Business Haiti Babi

November 8th, 2012 by Laura

The main characters in Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette” live on Queen Anne – no spoilers – and while some literary license is taken, if you live on Queen Anne (or in Seattle), it’s a fun read. If you enjoyed the book and would like to meet the author and help a local small business, check out the fundraising efforts of Haiti Babi – one of the items up for grabs is a signed copy of “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” and an invitation to a book club with the author in early 2013.


Katlin Jackson of
Haiti Babi

Haiti Babi is a small social enterprise business founded by Queen Anne resident Katlin Jackson and UW design student Kari Davidson. Haiti Babi provides safe, stable, fair-wage jobs for Haitian mothers, creating handmade baby blankets to support their families. Haiti Babi is just shy of a year old, and to date it has set up a Haitian office with a nonprofit partner, trained the first four Haitian employees, and won two start-up business awards including “Best Global Impact” at the HUB Seattle SocEnt Weekend.

To raise money for the first production run of blankets, Haiti Babi is using Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding platform. The baby blankets are for sale via the fundraising site, and will be available for sale on the Haiti Babi web site in the new year.

So, if you’re interested in talking in person with Maria Semple about Bernadette, Bee, Elgie and her literary interpretation of Queen Anne, or would like to support Haiti Babi via the purchase of a handmade baby blanket, check out the Indiegogo site for details.

All images courtesy of Haiti Babi.

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Queen Anne resident starts protective kids-wear co.

April 14th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

A Lower Queen Anne resident is wrapping up her first year as owner and CEO of a company that sells protective swimwear for children.

Betsy Wanless has been running SwimZip out of her Uptown apartment since early last year with the help of her brother in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was while vacationing with her brother in Cancun that the inspiration for the company’s line of full-zipper rash guards came after watching her niece struggle with her swim shirt.

Photo from LinkedIn

“We searched around and there wasn’t anything else around like it,” said Wanless. “So we were like, ‘ok, let’s go make them,” and so we made them and have been selling them ever since.”

She said business has been going well and has even picked up since quitting her job as an account manager at Disney three weeks ago to run the business full time.

Wanless, who has a degree in economics and business from the University of Puget Sound, said she never thought she’d own a clothing business.

“I’m not really a clothing person … it’s kind of random but it’s been super fun,” she said.

Her company sells its products online, but Wanless is looking to sell in stores in the Seattle-area, and has been in contact with boutiques in Queen Anne, as well as with larger retail stores like Nordstrom. The 2011 line of SwimZip clothing is scheduled to be ready in May.

She said she’s been working closely with Cause Haun, CEO of Seattle-area children’s shoe company See Kai Run, and receiving guidance from her.

Wanless, who has been living in Queen Anne for the last year and a half, said she hopes to be in the neighborhood for a long time, and that her and her fiancé are looking for homes in Upper Queen Anne.

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Uptown’s Abraxus bookstore to close

January 19th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

Abraxus Books at 524 1st Ave. N. in Lower Queen Anne is due to close. The bookstore opened at the current location in June of 2009, transferring from Ballard where they operated for seven years.

The store is holding a  50 percent off sale for all their used books.

Photo taken from Abraxus’s Facebook page.

Owner declined to comment about the closing and the closing date, but we will update you when we have more information.

Update 1/19 9:30 a.m.: After hearing the news yesterday we reached out to local literary rock star and Library Journal 2011 Librarian of the Year Nancy Pearl (who is a fan of Abraxus Books on Facebook) for comment. “The closure of any independent bookstore – new or used – is a sad event for the reading community,” she wrote to us this morning.

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