Cupcake Royale kicks off Liberty and Justice for ALL campaign on President’s Day

Monday is President’s Day and Cupcake Royale is using the holiday to kick off a new campaign – Liberty and Justice for ALL – to benefit a non-profits that echo the core company’s values.

On President’s Day, 25% of all proceeds from Cupcake Royale purchases will be donated to the Northwest Immigration Rights Project. Then, starting in March, Cupcake Royale will create a Liberty and Justice for ALL cupcake. The proceeds from this cupcake will be donated to a different non-profit organization each month.

According to Cupcake Royale, the campaign is a way to support and create awareness around a variety of vulnerable groups in need of attention and resources. Per Nicki Kerbs, Cupcake Royale Chief of Operations:

“We’re putting our cupcakes where our mouth is… This is one more way that we, as a company, can bring our customers together as a community and help those in need simultaneously.”

Cupcake Royale is also planing on launching more efforts in March, such as inviting groups to its cafes to rally around issues, hosting art installations, and selling merchandise with a portion of proceeds going to non-profits.

Stop by our local Queen Anne Cupcake Royale at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N tomorrow, President’s Day, to satisfy your sweet tooth and help out the Northwest Immigration Rights Project!

Upper Queen Anne Pizza Hut spot up for lease

Wow, how long has Pizza Hut been on the corner of McGraw & Queen Anne Ave? Well, it looks like it’s about to end an era, as the building at 2231 Queen Anne Ave N is now for lease as a restaurant property.

It will be available to a new restaurant tenant as of June 1, 2017.

I noticed the sign last week (but the blog was down); here are the details from the commercial listing:

High-visibility, free-standing corner building in the heart of Upper Queen Anne’s bustling commercial core. Current tenant is Pizza Hut. Restaurant build-out includes 10 foot type 2 hood (easy to convert to type 1 hood), walk-in fridge and freezer, grease trap. 8 on-site parking stalls. Potential for outdoor seating.

The listing notes that the lease will include a redevelopment clause with a 24-month notice to terminate. Eventually, that spot will be replaced with new multi-story development, it’s just a matter of time…

For reference: SDOT 2017 Snow Route Map for Queen Anne & Seattle

In advance of a snowstorm that will likely snarl traffic and impact roads, here’s SDOT’s 2017 Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Map for Queen Anne. Note: there are no good ways to get off the hill during a snowstorm. Stay put and stay safe.

Gold = All travel lanes bare and wet within 12 hours of a lull in the storm

Green = One lane in each direction bare and wet within 12 hours of a lull in the storm

The full map for all of Seattle is here, and this is the view of Queen Anne:


Snow! Looks like it might actually happen…

We haven’t had much snow at all this year or in recent years past. 2008 was the last “big snow” with a few dustings since (some enough to snarl traffic). But, it looks like that could all change starting later today.

Of course, being a realist when it comes to Seattle snow forecasts, it’s easy to say “I’ll believe it when it happens” – but, here’s what local weather guru Cliff Mass has to say in his 8am update:

“Virtually all [forecast models] go for snow, with some showing as much as 10-12 inches.  The ensemble average (or mean) is for about 8 inches, with their single high resolution run, a bit more…. The heaviest snow is from south Seattle to Vancouver, WA and some of the amounts are impressive 6-15 inches.”

Here’s one view from Cliff’s update, you can read the full rundown here:

If you like snow, you may not have to “think snow” too hard this go-around, looks like it might actually happen…

El Diablo a featured coffeehouse in a nationwide Coffee Fundraiser For The ACLU

This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, coffeehouses across the city and country are participating in a nationwide Coffee Fundraiser For The ACLU. Here on Queen Anne, you can support the ACLU by getting your caffeine fix at El Diablo:

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Katniss

Katniss is an awesome, laid back feline! She’s a master lap cat, a great snuggler and even intuitive, knowing when you’ve had a tough day and need her extra comfort. She’s got a hearty, deep purr and will gaze at you intently with her expressive, green eyes. Katniss would love to greet your guests at the door, hang out on the back of your couch or even play with your existing feline friend!

Katniss needs a little extra TLC from her adopter: she has diabetes and is on a very low dose of insulin, which she takes without fuss. In return, you get to enjoy her good natured and enviable cat personality. She will be a very bonded companion and so happy to have a home to call her own!

This warm and patient Katniss is good with kids who understand how to read a cat’s signals. She’d do well in a moderately active home and would enjoy the company of a feline friend.

Katniss (SAS ID #29110638) is waiting patiently in a foster home for your call; you won’t find her at the shelter.

Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Misty (affectionate tabby cat) – available for adoption
Serenity (gentle and wise Siamese cat) – adopted!
Peaches (young male rabbit) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – adopted!
Argon (quiet, noble little mouse) –adopted!
Dolly and Luna (active, fun gerbils) –adopted!

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

It’s tax season & free tax preparation is available at the Queen Anne Library

It’s that time of year, tax documents are starting to arrive and April 15th will be here sooner than you know it!

If you need tax help or full-on tax preparation, the Seattle Public Library has partnered with United Way of King County and AARP to offer free tax preparation services from now through mid-April at SPL branches, including our own Queen Anne Library.

Trained volunteers will be at the Queen Anne Library every Wednesday and Saturday from noon-4pm to answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. Note: he service is not available for business tax returns.

Appointments are not required, assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s what you need to bring to the library:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return (photocopies are not accepted)
  • Government issued photo ID (required)
  • Income tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, SSA-1099s, etc.
  • Health care coverage information for each person on the return
  • Health coverage forms, if applicable (1095-A,B,C)
  • Tuition statements, if applicable (1098s)
  • Check with bank account and routing numbers, for direct deposit of refund, if applicable
  • Copy of your last tax return is recommended

Note: due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. You can find most IRS forms online at

Queen Anne Book Company celebrates Sherman Alexie with a party this Thursday

This event just hit the radar, and reservations are already being required! Queen Anne Book Company is holding a party for author Sherman Alexie on Thursday, February 2nd to celebrate his latest book, Thunder Boy Jr., being named one of the best books of 2017 by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Alexie is a friend of the shop, having stepped into the shoes of a bookseller-for-a-day and kicking off the inaugural Indies First book celebration at Queen Anne Books in 2013 (Indies First is still going strong, it’s now an annual tradition).

Queen Anne Books’ party for Alexie includes drinks. Per the invite, drinks will be served and fancy dress is optional. Call 206-284-2427, email, or RSVP on Queen Anne Books’ Facebook page today, as this event is filling up fast and high demand means you might get shut out if you don’t act today!

Seattle Immersive Theatre to close after one year on Queen Anne

Last January, we shared the news that Seattle Immersive Theatre was moving into the old Silver Platters location at the corner of Roy & 5th Ave N. The theatre signed a one-year lease, and as that lease expires, the troupe is moving on. Its three February performances – Storyville Rising, The Few Clothes Cabaret, and Mardi Gras Masquerade – will be the last on Queen Anne.

According to Seattle Immersive Theatre, the landlord of the building at 701 5th Ave N seeks to “more than double” the current lease amount. This particular site has been in the blog before, as it’s slated for demolition to make way for a new development. Design plans were revealed in October for the near-future 5-story building that will house 99 apartments and 3,481 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor:

Seattle Immersive Theatre may be losing their current home, but they plan to soldier on – here’s what they have to say about the future:

“Don’t despair- three years ago Seattle Immersive Theatre started as a nomadic theatre company and we’re embracing the change back to doing site-specific productions. Although we’ll be leaving our Queen Anne location, we certainly aren’t done doing our own brand of theatre magic.

Join us as we bid a bittersweet adieu to the space we’ve called home for the past year. The Masquerade Ball on February 25th will be our last event at this space and we plan to go out with a bang! After a respite from the transition, we’re on to the next adventure.”

You can buy tickets to Seattle Immersive Theatre’s last shows via their website.

Stuff the Bag sale at Once Upon a Time this Saturday

If you’re looking for a fun sale at a local children’s shop, look no further than Once Upon a Time! This Saturday, the shop is having a “Stuff the Bag” sale that starts at 10am. It’s first come, first serve, so get ready to shop!

How does it work? You buy a bag (see the photo for sizes) and you can fill it as full as you can with anything in the shop – shoes, jackets, blankets, clothing, games, and more. Once Upon a Time describes it as a game show experience, so expect a little chaos and a lot of fun.

Plan on getting to Once Upon a Time (1622 Queen Anne Ave N) at 10am sharp, before the sale ends!