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!

New boutique Foundation brings classic clothing to Queen Anne

foundation-storefrontOpen just over a month, Foundation is Queen Anne’s newest locally-owned shop, bringing classic, comfortable clothing to Queen Anne Ave N. Shop owner Summer David curates the collection that fills the small space with efficient ease. Located in the old My Dressing Room spot at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, the shop features new merchandise every week.

Summer wanted to open a boutique for a while, and a Kickstarter campaign helped launch the venture. Along the way, she found a storefront on Queen Anne, which seems somewhat serendipitous, as it’s one of her favorite Seattle neighborhoods. Summer cites qualities that we all love about Queen Anne, including the walkability, the small town feel, and many locally owned businesses. For the latter, she specifically calls out the many women-owned businesses on Queen Anne Ave, of which Foundation is now a member.

Check out how Foundation has transformed the small 200 square foot space via a panorama shot from Summer:

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According to Summer, customers are at the heart of Foundation:

“I’ve wanted to open my own store for a while, but it was listening to my clients tell me how hard it is to find casual, comfortable, classic pieces for their wardrobes without having to run all over town that really helped form the vision for Foundation. In the past six weeks, I’ve had so many customers walk in and tell me my store looks like a snapshot of their closets, and a few even asked if there is a “one of everything” subscription service – that’s when I knew I was on the right track! I already have “regulars” and I look forward to meeting more folks every day.”

What can you expect to find at Foundation? Summer describes her merchandise as “wear it everyday” clothing with nothing over $300, and most items under $100. Think jeans and casual pants, sweaters and tees, jackets and day dresses. As we inch closer to the holidays, expect her to get a few “fancy” pieces in the shop, along with scarves, bags, and a small collection of jewelry.  You can stay up to date on what’s in the shop via Foundation’s Facebook page.

Stop by Foundation to welcome Summer to the neighborhood. Remember, it’s the small, independent, locally-owned shops that help make up the character of Queen Anne – we’re lucky to have another one join our community!

Simple & Just bringing high-end resale with a cause to Queen Anne

Simple & Just coming soonMany readers have been asking about the new Simple & Just storefront at the old Video Isle location. The shop has a website along with the “coming soon” signs in the windows of 2213 Queen Anne Ave N. The .org in the website name has piqued a lot of interest in the mystery shop, indicating a new nonprofit venture on Queen Anne.

Simple & Just is indeed a nonprofit with a good cause: helping women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. And, it’s a cause that Queen Anne resident Carolyn Quatier, Founder and Board President of Simple & Just, invites the Queen Anne community to support via the new Simple & Just high-end resale shop.

The concept is simple and the impact is powerful. Simple & Just will be a retail shop with 100% of profits supporting after-care efforts. It will offer sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care, as well as internships for local university students. According to Quatier, the idea is to invite a broader group of people to engage via a retail store.

Simple and Just websiteHow can Queen Anne residents participate? There are several options. First, donations – Simple & Just will take high-end donations of clothing and accessories, all tax deductible to the donor, and sort them for sale in the shop. Second, volunteers – Simple & Just will have volunteer opportunities for people who would like to get involved in the back office, sorting through donations and tagging them for sale. Third, shopping – the retail storefront will be open to all, so you can browse and shop for upscale items, both new and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Donations are welcome and will help keep the shop running and supporting the cause. If items don’t make the cut for the shop or there are too many of a specific item, the organization will turn them over to other local nonprofits. While the shop will focus on high-end clothing and accessories, it will also feature unique and cool items as they become available. Think art, household décor, brand-new department store lines, etc., all available as the shop hosts impromptu pop-up shops throughout the year.

To get the shop up and running, Simple & Just will hold a Shelf Filling Party in September. All are invited to attend and bring along donations to help fill the shop in advance of its opening in late September/early October. As the date draws closer, we’ll get the info out so you can welcome Simple & Just to Queen Anne and help give it a great start.

In the meantime, you can follow Simple & Just on Instagram to witness the transformation from video store to upscale resale for a cause.

Queen Anne favorite Grub to return soon

grub logoWe’ve had readers sending us tips about the old Lucky Palette Vegetarian Meal Service spot at 307 W McGraw – and, we have good news for fans of Sharon Fillingim’s Grub.

Sharon is opening a new restaurant in the location, currently a work in progress – literally. There will be a “stunning” new façade for the spot located next to Five Corners Hardware, plus a dining space with open kitchen inside.

Grub McGrawGrub was a Queen Anne favorite so locals will no doubt welcome Sharon’s new spot on Queen Anne. Plus, in addition to the dining room, she’ll also be providing custom catering services.

The newest Grub iteration will open when the new facade is completed, so keep an eye on the bland spot at 307 W McGraw as it transforms.

Stay tuned for more on Grub, we’ll post an official date as soon as it’s available.

Newest Queen Anne restaurant, Grappa, opens February 1st

Grappa clamsIt’s been a couple of months since we posted on the new restaurant, Grappa, moving into the old La Luna space on the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N. The owners have been hard at work on “an extensive remodel” and are set to open this Monday, February 1st. (thanks to Adrian for the tip!)

According to Grappa’s Facebook page, the restaurant will open February 1st. It’ll be open 7 days a week, and will serve lunch and dinner, with a happy hour featuring Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.

UPDATE: per Grappa, the first week of service will be dinner only, then lunch and happy hour kick off on February 8th. Happy hour will 4pm-6pm and 9pm-close.

Grappa dishGrappa’s hours will be 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-1am Thursday-Saturday. Photos in this post are dishes highlighted on Grappa’s Facebook page.

Stop by to check out their dishes and welcome them to Queen Anne!

New Mediterranean restaurant Grappa to open in old La Luna space

Grappa doorThe corner restaurant space at the intersection of Boston St and Queen Anne Ave N has been vacant since La Luna abruptly closed and moved out at the end of August. There were signs of life in October, as the “for lease” sign came down and the windows were papered over.

Yesterday, those same windows had signs for Grappa, a new restaurant coming soon to 2 Boston St. I contacted the owners and they shared insights on what’s to come before the New Year ticks over on the calendar.

Both owners have 20+ years of combined experience in the restaurant business, and they’re applying their hands-on knowledge to Grappa, a Mediterranean restaurant with a focus on Italian and Greek cuisine. They were both born and raised in the Mediterranean region, and they hope to bring the concept of cuisine “developed around family” to Queen Anne – and that family-oriented concept is a big reason for selecting Queen Anne as the neighborhood home for Grappa.

Grappa websiteThey’ve already seen “huge support from the neighbors, which makes us even more excited about this project” – you may have noticed that the restaurant participated in Halloween trick-or-treating, and I’ve received a lot of reader emails asking what’s happening, and a slew of photos of the signs in the past 24 hours (thanks, readers!).

Grappa, as its name implies, will serve an extensive selection of grappa, as well as a wine list with both Mediterranean and local wine, and a full bar. It’s set to open around mid-December, and will be open every day for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Stay tuned for a final opening date and be sure to stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Bank of America is opening an Upper Queen Anne location

BOA 1501 QA AveFor the past month, we’ve had readers and business owners alike tip us that they heard rumors about the prime street-level corner spot at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N. They all said the same thing: it’s going to be a Bank of America.

Located directly across the street from Chase Bank, on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W Galer St, the storefront used to house a salon/spa. Per the City of Seattle permit records, the use has been changed to “commercial” for a “Bank of America Express Store” – a type of Bank of America launched in 2013, described as follows:

“Express banking centers offer a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, while integrating more benefits of technology with onsite associates who can assist customers with their financial needs. Customers can use new, advanced technology to perform the most common transactions. Associates are also available to answer customers’ questions, open new accounts and guide them on convenient self-service banking options including Online Banking and Mobile Banking.”

The new Bank of America location will have plenty of company/competition, as it will join Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet, Union, Umpqua, and Key, all with locations on a less than half-a-mile stretch on Queen Anne Ave N.

The Other Coast Cafe is coming to 12 Mercer this fall

The spot at 12 Mercer St that used to house Krua Thai will soon be a new location for The Other Coast Cafe. The local sandwich shop already has locations in Ballard and on Capitol Hill, and Lower Queen Anne/Uptown is up next. (thanks to Sean for the tip!)

According to Emily at The Other Coast Cafe: “We’re very happy to be moving into the neighborhood and particularly the Krua Thai spot. We love the old building and its history.”

The Other Coast Cafe plans to start serving sandwiches at 12 Mercer St in late October/early November. In addition to the menu items you can see online, the shop plans to add a few new items to the menu for the Queen Anne location. Plus, delivery and catering for all your event needs.

Get ready to welcome them to the neighborhood this fall!

Get ready to welcome Chef Maximillian Petty’s Eden Hill to Queen Anne

Eden Hill bldgThe space formerly occupied by Entre Amis is not going to be vacant for long, as Chef Maximillian Petty is getting ready to launch Eden Hill. Eater Seattle first broke the story late last week when a liquor license was posted at the former French bistro. (thanks to readers who also sent us liquor license photos – we’ve been busy doing our research)

Petty is not new to the restaurant world or press – Zagat named him one of Austin’s top chefs in 2014 with their 30 Under 30 feature, Austin Man Magazine named him the Culinary Arts and Hospitality winner for 40 under 40, PRIME Living profiled him, and CultureTime featured an interview with him the same year. Things are moving very quickly – soon, we’ll have a new restaurant in the space at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N as he plans to open Eden Hill by the end of this month, or at the latest, September.

We got in touch with owner and chef Maximillian to find out more about the small plate menu he has in the works, what brings him to Queen Anne, and more on how Eden Hill fits into our neighborhood. He’s been busy moving cross-country to return to Seattle, but was kind enough to take a break and answer some questions.

All photos below are from his Instagram account, to visually whet your appetite as you learn more about our newest restaurateur:

Maximillian Petty

How would you describe the concept of Eden Hill? Is there any specific inspiration for the flavors?

Aged Kobe BeefWe are presenting Queen Anne with an avant garde small/share plates menu of about 13 items. Mostly new American cuisine but also branching out to what inspires me and my staff. Where I’ve lived, what I’ve eaten, the produce around me in the Pacific Northwest. Moving away from labeling such food as “foreign”, “domestic” or “regional” and transforming the experience to everyone involved to be about who we are “staff”. More personal and emotional.

We will be opening the doors each day like it was our backyard and everyone in Queen Anne were our neighbors, because they are, and inviting them over to eat, drink, share, and enjoy. Share plates focusing on the bounty around us, the art that inspires us and the science that intrigues us.

Will the menu rotate, and if so, how frequently?

The menu will be based around the produce available to me as fresh and local as possible. i.e the Queen Anne farmers market. (A favorite of mine). I will do a large overhaul of the menu every season to really represent what it’s providing. Weekly chalk board specials will be showcased for those that frequent and want more.

What brings you back to Seattle? Any particular reason you chose Queen Anne for your new restaurant? Thoughts on the neighborhood?

Lamb and EggI am going to answer two in one. Because they tie in.

So I decided to return to Seattle because of family. I’ve been talking about moving back since I was 18 and I was recently at a place in my life where I could return. My family is spread out all over the Pacific Northwest.

Every time I have dreamed and looked at where I might want to reside some day, Queen Anne was consistently at the top of the list. The beauty, the people and the culture. So while deciding to move there, at the same time I realized that that exact list of attributes is what I am looking for when I open a restaurant some day. It was too perfect when I discovered the Eden Hill space. I had looked at that corner of Boston and Queen Anne a year ago and many times since then because I daily dream of a restaurant there.

SalmonNothing ever came to fruition until this last June. I was walking around that exact neighborhood during a family visit, when I stumbled into the space. Drawn in by its beauty and location I went in to ask some questions (mostly about another space near by) when Benjamin [owner of Entre Amis] informed me that he was contemplating selling and after that it took a few months of planning and today I stand keys in hand. Still in disbelief. The space has been opened and closed by a large handful of owners and that was a big red flag to me. I hope to break that pattern and create a delectable institution for Queen Anne to be proud of.

Any specifics on when you expect to open? End of August is soon, did it help that Entre Amis had been there previously – meaning it was “move-in ready” – and are you making any changes?

TortelloniWe will be doing minor decor changes, but no major construction. Benjamin did such a beautiful job updating the space so it was very helpful. So now we are just waiting on a few inspections. End of August is aggressive and there is a good chance the opening will spill over into the first couple weeks in September.

With so many vacant storefronts on Queen Anne, it’s great to have a new restaurant opening so quickly in the old Portage spot. Entre Amis was here all too briefly, but it sounds like Eden Hill and Maximillian Petty are here to stay. Be sure to stop by and welcome Chef Maximillian to Queen Anne!