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Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 1.18.43 PMAs we look to the week ahead, Monday morning Mercer traffic may be next up for some readers. And, for anyone that travels the Mercer corridor, traffic is always an issue. Will it be bad? Will it be horrible? Well, now you can check before you leave, thanks to a new website –

KIRO launched the website that provides a traffic cam, traffic alerts, and construction updates. Plus, you can see any event traffic warnings too (e.g. Key Arena, McCaw Hall, and Seattle Center events). My only quibble – or request – is that the camera is at 9th Ave N. Would be great to have one near 5th Ave N & Mercer that looks both ways…

Check out the new site, today’s traffic looks like it could be easily navigated – but that’s because it’s Sunday. Check back tomorrow and see the mess that Mercer can be…

UPDATED | LOST DOG: Australian Shepherd at 10th Ave W & W Howe – FOUND

UPDATE: looks like the Subaru owner took Pepper to Mud Bay Uptown to locate her owner. Via Instagram, the owner has connected with the store. Pepper should be on her way home Thursday morning:


Pepper, a blue merle Australian Shepherd, got out of her fenced yard at 10th Ave W & W Howe today around 2pm. She was seen being picked up by a person in a white Subaru, possibly an Impreza.

She has a collar with a number to a shelter in Wenatchee on it.

If you have seen Pepper, please call Anna-Lisa at 206-227-3524

All Cycles supplies drive underway now at Damask Tattoo

All Cycles DamaskAll Cycles, a grassroots Outreach Project for Seattle organization, is running a winter campaign across Seattle to help out women in need. The donation effort is currently underway, and you can help out by donating new tampons, pads, and other menstrual products right here on Queen Anne.

Local woman-owned business Damask Tattoo is a drop-off site for the All Cycles drive, making it easy for Queen Anne residents to help get necessary supplies to homeless or low-income women and transgender individuals who have menstrual cycles.

All Cycles is seeking donations of pads, tampons, wet wipes, and underwear of sizes. You can check out its online wishlist to see specific items needed. And, you can learn more about All Cycles and their ongoing charitable efforts via their Facebook page.

The drive runs now through February 20th, with Damask Tattoo (1509 Queen Anne Ave N) joining 4 other Seattle-area businesses hosting drop-off sites to help the cause.

Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball this Friday benefits local Queen Anne schools

Looking for something to do after the kids are done trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave this Friday, October 30th? Don your best costume and head over to Targy’s Tavern for a Halloween Costume Ball.

The fun begins at 9:30pm with live DJs SpaceStation206, drinks, and more. Plus, the event raises money for both John Hay Elementary and Coe Elementary (suggested donation of $10), so the kids benefit in the end as well.

Happy Halloween!

Big Mario’s opens November 6th with 100 free slices to celebrate

We first broke the news that Queen Anne would be getting a Big Mario’s location back in May. Now, the space at 815 5th Ave N that used to house Panos Kleftiko is sporting a Big Mario’s sign and the restaurant will open its doors next Friday, November 6th.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Big Mario’s, the restaurant will give a free slice of pizza to the first 100 customers. (note: they haven’t finalized their hours yet…)

Owners Mike McConnell, Jason Lajeunesse, and David Meinert opened the original Big Mario’s on Capitol Hill in 2010. Lower Queen Anne is the second location for the local New York style pizza joint, which also serves calzones, pasta, salads, and drinks.

Why Queen Anne? According to Lajeunesse:

“Our goal is to bring Big Mario’s to all of our favorite neighborhoods! We’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time, and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s in an old building, and needed tons of work, but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s. It’s also right next to one of our favorite sister businesses, Caffé Vita located on Lower Queen Anne.”

Who’s Big Mario? A friend of the owners, Mario Vellotti, came to the US in 1964 from Naples, Italy. He opened pizzerias with his brother and uncle in New York – spanning all of the five Boroughs.

Now, Big Mario’s comes to Lower Queen Anne. You can check out the slices, pies, and more on their online menu, and plan ahead to try a slice for free next week.

Find a feline friend at the Cat Adopt-a-thon on Saturday

The Seattle Animal Shelter’s Fabulous Feline Team is going to swing into action at the Mud Bay Uptown location tomorrow, Saturday, January 24th.

The team will be holding a Cat Adopt-a-thon at Mud Bay’s Adoption Center from noon to 3pm, and plenty of furry felines will be on hand to find forever homes. 

SAS will have a variety of available cats and kittens that have been living in foster homes. Plus, the foster parents will be there too, so you can find out about the kitties’ individual personalities and habits, and find the right match for your home.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include: initial vaccinations, deworming, feline leukemia testing, spay or neuter, microchip, and a certificate for a free health exam at local veterinarians.

If you’ve been looking to add a feline friend to your household, stop by Mud Bay (522 Queen Anne Ave N) to find your perfect match!

Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Event is today!

QA Dispatch Fall SaleApologies for the late heads up, but this one was in our queue… and overlooked. It’s time for the annual Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family event!

All day today the local boutique is offering 20% off clothing, jewelry, gifts, stationary, and more! Plus, it’s more than just a sale, as at 6pm the celebration kicks off with music by DJ Mullet. Plus, drinks and bites served until 10pm.

Head over to Queen Anne Dispatch today at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N, and celebrate shopping local on Queen Anne!

What’s up with the Lower Queen Anne Post Office?

USPS Queen AnneWe’ve had several readers write in and report that the Lower Queen Anne Post Office location is closed or boarded up.

The USPS site still shows it as open and you can even rent a PO box via the site. However, calls to the location returned only a busy signal (and still do a week later).

Bring in the USPS Postmaster for the scoop. I contacted our Seattle Postmaster and he says that the Lower Queen Anne location is still open.

The USPS leases the space in the building at 415 1st Ave N; currently, the building’s owner is completing renovations to the 1964 structure.

The Post Office entrance is now located on 1st Ave N.  Going forward, it will no longer be accessible from the main entrance to the building.

What’s Going On With Queen Anne View

Just a quick note that Laura hasn’t been feeling well and has been unable to work on Queen Anne View lately. Hopefully she will be back relatively soon and Queen Anne View will return to having daily updates. Please keep checking back for her return, and in the meantime I’ll be adding a few things here and there.

Queen Anne Community Council opens up nominations for member elections

Queen Anne signHave you ever wanted to represent the interests of the Queen Anne community? Help ensure a voice in future developments that impact Queen Anne? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for the Queen Anne Community Council.

The annual election of members to the QACC board is September 17th at the QACC annual meeting. Candidate nominations are open to all Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses.

In the September meeting, the QACC will elect 11 members to 2-year terms and one member for a 1-year term.

If you’d like to run for a slot on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email and send along a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.