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Queen Anne merchants thank vets with discounts on Veterans Day

November 10th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Veterans DayMonday is Veterans Day and quite a few local Queen Anne businesses are thanking veterans via discounts and freebies. If you’re a veteran, all you need to do is show proof of service on Veteran’s Day at these Queen Anne businesses:

Brown Bear Car Wash – Free “Bear Essentials” tunnel car washes to all current or former members of the military

Cupcake Royale - Free cupcake for veterans.

Dicks – Free burger, fries, and soda for veterans.

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free bagel and shmear for Veterans as well as a bagel with shmear and a medium coffee for $3.99.

El Diablo – Free cup of coffee for veterans.

Emerald City Smoothie – Free smoothie for veterans (Queen Anne location only, and since Nov 11th is their 4th anniversary ECS-QA offer discounts on their smoothies for everybody all day)

Haute Yoga – Free yoga for veterans at 9:30am, noon, and 4:30pm.

Menchie’s – Free frozen yogurt for veterans.

Stoneway CrossFit – Free crossfit session for veterans, check their schedule on their website.

Queen Anne Cafe – Free breakfast/lunch until 2:30pm for veterans.

Thanks to David Nelson for the list – you can find other neighborhood discounts on his blog. And, as always, thanks to our Queen Anne businesses!

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Veterans Day Offers and Queen Anne Business Deals

November 10th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Veterans Day is tomorrow – it falls on a Sunday this year, so that means that most businesses are celebrating it on Monday, November 12th this year (Seattle Public Library branches will be closed on Sunday – which doesn’t affect the Queen Anne branch, as it’s usually closed on Sunday – until 2013, when all branches will be open on Sundays).

In addition to regular closures (banks, USPS, government offices), Veterans Day also brings free admission to State and National parks and free Seattle street parking. This year, some of our local Queen Anne businesses also have offers to celebrate the service of our veterans.

Please note: most deals require proof of service, so please be prepared to show your ID or other proof of service. Offers and deals open to ALL are noted below.

City, State, & National Offers:
Washington State Parks are free during the Veterans Day holiday weekend (Nov 10-12) The Discover Pass is not required to visit state parks on free days. ALL
National Park Service (Nov 10-12) is waiving entrance fees to all parks for all visitors. ALL
Free Parking Day: free on-street parking in Seattle on Monday, Nov 12 ALL

Queen Anne Business Deals:
the art & science of relaxation – 25% off to veterans through the end of November
charley+may co. – Discount commensurate with service (20 years 20%, 10 years 10%, 5 years 10%, any service $5.00 off purchase), Nov 12
Brown Bear Car Wash – all locations (including 1800 and 3435 15th Ave W) offer free car washes to veterans on Nov 11
Dicks – Free burger, fries, and soda for veterans, Nov 11
El Diablo Coffee Co. – Free coffee for veterans, Nov 12
Emerald City Smoothie – Free smoothie for veterans, Nov 12
Le Reve – Nov 12 is also Le Reve’s 2nd Anniversary, free cake 1-3pm ALL
Menchie’s – Free 8oz frozen yogurt for veterans Nov 12
Mimisan Spa – classic mani/pedi combo, regularly $63, $50 on Nov 12, ALL
Queen Anne Cafe – Free breakfast/lunch 7am–2:30pm for veterans, Nov 12

For additional deals in other neighborhoods, check out the PI’s list, and if you know of any other deals, let us know. And, thank you to the businesses offering the above deals to our veterans.

If you know a veteran, thank them for their service!

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Veterans Day closures and honors

November 11th, 2010 by Thea

Today is Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor the men and women who have served our country.

Many public organizations will be closed around town for the day in honor of veterans lost. The Metro bus service will be on a reduced service schedule, and there will be no service to the University of Washington.

The following businesses and organizations are closed today:

  • Banks
  • Post offices (and no mail delivery)
  • Seattle Public Library branches
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities
  • Most government offices
  • Schools
  • Parking is free (you don’t have to pay to park on city streets that are metered today)

There are also several businesses around town celebrating Veterans Day by offering special deals and freebies to both retired and active military members and their families. Take a look at the list we’ve compiled of deals going on in Queen Anne and around it:

Know of a Veterans Day deal we missed? Email us at and we’ll add it to the list.

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Veterans receive free car washes on Thursday

November 10th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

This Veterans Day, Brown Bear Car Wash is offering free “Bear Essential” car washes for veterans, active members of the military and spouses who have loved ones currently deployed. “Our organization is proud to honor veterans and service personnel,” said Brown Bear president and founder Vic Odermat, himself a Marine Corps veteran. “While the washes are free, we know that freedom is not. This is a way for us to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to people who sacrifice for our freedom.”

The free car wash offer will operate on an honor system. No verification or documentation is required. Drivers just need to identify themselves to the attendant as a current or former member of the military or a spouse whose loved one is deployed.

There are many Brown Bear outposts, but those closest to Queen Anne include the ones at 1800 15th Ave W, and 3435 15th Ave W.

Related: Veterans receive free burgers at Dick’s on Thursday

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Dick’s giving free burgers to veterans on Nov. 11

November 8th, 2010 by Marina Gordon

If you’re in the military or have served in the military, Dick’s would like to give you a free burger on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

From the Dick’s press release:

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until closing on Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military members who can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform will receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger at all five Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants in Wallingford, Broadway, Holman Road, Lake City, and Queen Anne.Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced today free hamburgers and cheeseburgers in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. Free burgers will be served throughout the day at all five Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants to any veteran or active military member as a way to honor past and present military service.

Dick Spady, co-founder and president of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants, is also a veteran of two wars and Dick’s Drive-Ins supports the local USO at Sea-Tac Airport and Joint Base Lewis McChord. “I served in the Navy in World War II, the Air Force during the Korean War, and my wife was in the Navy when we met. We both share a deep respect and admiration for our fellow veterans and active military members. They deserve our recognition and gratitude,” Spady says.

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EMP & Dick’s give admission & eats to vets today

November 11th, 2009 by Thea

On the way to or from getting a free car wash at Brown Bear in honor of Veterans Day today, veterans can also swing by EMP|SFM and Dick’s Drive-In for a few more honorary treats. EMP|SFM just tweeted that they’re offering free admission to all veterans and their families for the holiday today. And Monica Guzman at the PI reports that Dick’s is giving free cheeseburgers to veterans and active duty military members in honor of their service until closing tonight at all five of their Seattle locations. Co-founder Dick Spady is himself a World War II and Korean War vet. Details here. And if you’re venturing outside Queen Anne today, check out this list of 20 other discounts and freebies for Seattle veterans.

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Free car washes for all service personnel

November 9th, 2009 by Thea

Brown BearBrown Bear Car Wash is offering free car washes to all current and former service personnel this Wednesday, November 11, as a way of saying “thanks” to the military in honor of Veterans Day. Free car washes are available at all of Brown Bear’s tunnel locations, and will be extended to spouses who currently have a spouse deployed.

“Our organization is proud to honor veterans and service personnel,” said Brown Bear President and founder Vic Odermat, himself a Marine Corps veteran, in a press release last week. “While the washes are free, we know that freedom is not. This is a way for us to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to people who sacrifice so incredibly for our freedom.”

According to Odermat, the offer will operate on an honor system – no verification or documentation will be required. All drivers need to do is identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant.

In Seattle, the three locations that will be offering free car washes are 1800 15th Ave. W, 5111 15th Ave. NW and 16032 Aurora Ave. N.

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