Our Local Bookstore is Back! Queen Anne Book Company to Open in Late February

Wonderful news for Queen Anne book lovers – the former Queen Anne Books store-front is re-opening under new owners and a new name, Queen Anne Book Company. Yes, that’s right, after shutting its doors on October 31st, there was much discussion in the comments about rebooting Queen Anne Books, and it’s happening. And, it’ll be a locally-owned, independent book store to boot!

Former Queen Anne Books
Soon to be Queen Anne Book Company

Queen Anne Book Company will open in late February in the old Queen Anne Books location at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N with new owners – Queen Anne residents Judy and Krijn de Jonge, and owner/manager Janis Segress. Segress is returning to the neighborhood after working as head buyer at Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island. Some of the former staff will return, and new staff members will join and help welcome Queen Anne residents back to a community book store.

Queen Anne Book Company will sell traditional books as well as e-readers and e-books, and host monthly book groups, book release parties, and author events. Customers can also look forward to the return of a frequent buyer award program and personalized book buying assistance.

According to the new owners, “Queen Anne is a great neighborhood and Queen Anne Book Company is looking forward to becoming an integral and long-standing part of it.”

We’ll be sure to post on the upcoming Grand Opening for Queen Anne Book Company, so the community can welcome back our independent, local book store!

Queen Anne Olive Oil Grand Opening is Saturday

You may have seen some activity this week in the new Queen Anne Olive Oil shop that we first reported on back in early November. The sign is up at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N and the store is stocked and ready for its Grand Opening on Saturday.

According to co-owner Larry Graham, the shop has already seen a lot of visitors in advance of Saturday’s event. I asked about choosing Queen Anne as the landing spot for the new shop, and according to Graham:

“We’ve always enjoyed the Queen Anne neighborhood and thought our shop would be a good fit and so far this seems to be the case… the response has been very positive, it’s nice to feel welcomed.”

Photo courtesy of Queen Anne Olive Oil

What can you find at Queen Anne Olive Oil? Over 60 premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, specialty salts, pesto and jams. The olive oils hail from Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Chile, Australia and California. The shop will offer EV olive oils, both fused and infused, as well as a wide variety of naturally flavored balsamic vinegars, from Cinnamon-Pear to Espresso, and the traditional natural Modena, Italy balsamics.

Stop by on Saturday between 10am and 8pm to check out the wares, sample various olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and say hello to our newest Queen Anne shop!

Parisian bakery coming to Upper Queen Anne

There have been rumors spreading over what would take that place of The Play Space, which vacated the house at 1805 Queen Anne Ave N back in May (and moved into a home a few block away), after transitioning from a the Urban Kids Play store to drop-in childcare center/playspace for kids back in January.

We’re happy to announce, clues have finally surfaced revealing the new Queen Anne Ave tenant’s business. Welcome Le Reve Bakery!

Although there’s no word yet on when Le Reve—which advertises itself as an “upscale Parisian style bakery”—will be opening, they must be getting close, because they’ve already posted a Craigslist ad looking for staff to “join the Parisian Dream Team.”

The bakery, which will be located next door to El Diablo Coffee and Queen Anne Books, has also applied for a liquor license with the city. Would you like a little wine with that croissant? We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

(Thanks to reader Aaron Averbuch for the tip!)

New child center, Little Gym, opening in Interbay

A new business is set to open in Interbay with a focus on kid’s fun and fitness. The Little Gym teaches kids to bounce, tumble, skip and jump while developing their motor skills.

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The Little Gym is set to open next month at 2213 15th Ave West (next door to Alpine Hut).  This is the second location for the management and ownership team that has operated The Little Gym in the Lake City area cialis pill for over 17 years.

(Photo courtesy of Little Gym)

The Little Gym is now enrolling for summer classes and camps to begin on June 21st.  You can check out the schedule here.  The folks who run The Little Gym say their programs are based on a philosophy of allowing kids to experience success in a fun, caring and non-competitive way.  They offer gymnastics, sports skills, dance and cheerleading.