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…

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!

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.

New salon Blonde and Gold coming to the Counterbalance

A reader sent in a photo of a new sign in the window of the old Pistil Flowers spot at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N (thanks, Carrisa!), so I contacted the new shop owner to learn more.

Blonde and Gold is a new salon coming to the Counterbalance, fittingly, right next to a barbershop.

According to the owner, the salon will have a soft opening in January, with a grand opening in mid February. Right now, a remodel is underway to transform the space.
The salon will have both hair stylists and an exclusive room for skincare, eyelashes, and sugaring. You can learn more about the stylists who’ll be at Blonde and Gold here.

Wag N’ Wash opens on Queen Anne this Spring

wag-n-wash-storefrontWhen I noticed the vacant spot in The Towne no longer sported a “For Lease” sign, I did some digging and found some answers. The large space at 1932 Queen Anne Ave N will soon be home to the first Wag N’ Wash in the state.

How did Wag N’ Wash makes its way up to Queen Anne? Queen Anne is home to many dogs, but old homes and apartments are often not kind to those of us who take on the challenge of bathing dogs at home. Enter Wag N’ Wash, which will have self-serve bathing stations in addition to all-natural pet treats.

wag-n-wash-logoLocal residents Bill and Andrew wanted to open a business in our community where they could serve both residents and their four-legged friends. They noted of the lack of a spot to take pups for self-serve or full-service professional groomer baths, and the shop allows them to work close to home.

Wag N’Wash will open in the Spring, with construction beginning next month. The owners are also leasing the adjacent space, so Wag N’ Wash will be even roomier. If all goes as planned with permits, expect the new shop to open in late March/early April.

wag-n-wash-bath-vThe shop will have 6 self-washing stations and 6 drying stations, serving up to 12 dogs at a time. The self-wash stations will be first-come, first-serve, and there will also be professional full service groomers available for reserved appointments.

The shop will also have an in-house bakery for roughly 20 varieties of fresh home made dog treats, in addition to all natural dog and cat food, accessories (e.g. leashes, collars, toys). And, because Wag N’ Wash will have its own bakery, that means they can also make doggie cakes for birthdays or holidays.

According to Bill, “We fell in love with our neighborhood and can often be seen walking our dogs along the streets chatting with neighbors and friends. We are looking forward to giving back to our community and will be partnering with local shelters and rescue groups for regular adoption events to be held at the store.”

Stay tuned for more information on a Grand Opening this Spring!

Happy one-year anniversary to Once Upon a Time!

once-treeA little over a year ago, I published a post on how the owners of Once Upon a Time were retiring from retail. It helped set in motion the next phase of the shop, under the care and feeding of Liz McQuiston. She purchased the shop after seeing the post, and now, she’s celebrating one year on Queen Anne!

To celebrate, Once Upon a Time is having a “HUGE” Anniversary Sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 7pm. Everything in the shop will be 20% off, plus kids can create at an arts and crafts table or play at a game table featuring favorite holiday games. Plus, gifts with purchase and give-aways, free balloons, and hugs, and more!

Stop by Once Upon a Time at 1622 Queen Anne Ave N tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd to wish them a happy one-year anniversary and check out the festive celebration!

Bank of America finally moves in at Galer & Queen Anne Ave N

bank-of-america-1216A little over a year ago, I wrote about how Bank of America was coming to Upper Queen Anne. The prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N sat empty for months, then permits were issued for a Bank of America “Express Store” last November.

This week, a construction crew was installing ATMs in the foyer of the building, and signs were hung with the Bank of America moniker. It’s been over a year, but my research proved true – we are getting a new bank on Upper Queen Anne.

Bank of America joins a slew of banks along Queen Anne Ave N, including Chase directly across the street, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet Bank, Union Bank, Umpqua, and Key Bank. All of these banks are on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.