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.

Einstein Bros Bagels closing next Tuesday

Einstein closingLooks like we’ll have another vacant storefront on Queen Anne Ave N. Einstein Bros Bagels has posted a sign stating that the store will be closing on Tuesday, February 24th. No additional information is provided on the sign, and no response to email inquiries yet.

The spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N is prime real estate. However, no lease listings have shown up for the space yet. And, retail and restaurant space is currently available at The Towne, the old Charley+May building, and the Communique shop (which, as a reminder, is closing next month).

UPDATE: here’s the official statement from Einstein Bros Bagels:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

If you’re an Einstein Bros Bagels fan, the next closest location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location in Wallingford.

Queen Anne Ave trees light up as Holiday Magic set for December 5th

Have you noticed that the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne are lit for the upcoming holiday season? Every year, these lights go up thanks to our local Queen Anne merchants and the Queen Anne Chamber – and they make the business district between Galer and McGraw sparkle!

Business owners along Queen Anne Ave N pay for the tree lights that light up the Ave through the holiday season. These lights also help signal the upcoming annual Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne.

Holiday Magic will be Friday, December 5th this year, 4pm-8pm. In years past, Santa visited HomeStreet Bank for family photos and merchants had small bites, drinks, and special sales for the holiday season.

As we get more merchant-specific info for Holiday Magic, we’ll get it posted.  Until then, enjoy the trees and thank our Queen Anne merchants for their festive spirit!

UPDATE Intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St closed this weekend

UPDATE: The planned Mercer closure has been cancelled due to (impending) inclement weather. The Queen Anne Ave N & Roy Street intersection work will proceed as planned.

SDOT will be closing the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St from 4am Saturday through 5am Monday.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 4 to 5am Monday, April 7: CANCELLED

Queen Anne Ave N & Roy St Closure: 4am Saturday, April 5 through 5am Monday, April 7

    QA & Roy

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate signal pole installations and sidewalk work.
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy St will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer St to proceed north on 2nd Ave W.
  • To access Queen Anne from Downtown, travelers should use westbound Mercer St to 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to one lane between Valley and Roy streets.

Halloween on Queen Anne photos galore!

Happy Halloween! If you missed the excitement up and down Queen Anne Ave N, you can check out our photo gallery!

Click the photo below to be taken to the gallery, enjoy!

Minons Posed

Pistil Flowers and Gifts Opens Next Week to Serve Your Fresh Flower Needs

Remember when Met Market was at the top of the hill and the flowers from the floral department lined Queen Anne Ave N instead of a huge pit in the ground? If you don’t, one of our banner photos above may jog your memory… Well, if you’ve been missing a shop on the top of the hill for custom floral arrangements, simple bouquets, or even single stem flowers, you’re in luck! A reader sent us a tip on some construction activity at 1422 Queen Anne Ave, and we now have confirmation that Pistil Flowers & Gifts will be opening in the spot next Friday, January 25th.

Laurie Gardner and Colin Stewart own the new flower shop and will be leveraging their experience as custom floral designers with Pistil Design, a studio that has focused on weddings, events and designs for daily delivery on Queen Anne for the past few years. Laurie and Colin are now expanding beyond the design studio with the new retail flower shop that will provide fresh flowers and gifts on the top of Queen Anne.

At Pistil Flowers & Gifts, customers will be able to pick up fresh flowers by the stem, ready-made mixed bouquets, houseplants, and gifts. Plus, the shop will provide custom flower arrangements and design service for weddings, corporate and private events, with daily deliveries in the greater Seattle area. Pistil sources the majority of their flower designs with local and organic flowers, supporting local farmers and floriculture in the region.

Co-owner Laurie Gardner is a Master Gardener with 20+ years of experience in the floral industry. As Pistil grows, she plans to offer seasonal design classes on creating both simple and elegant designs, as well as container gardening.

Pistil Flowers & Gifts is expected to open on January 25th with a small in-shop celebration and open house, so plan to stop by and say welcome and place your Valentine’s orders!

Saturday Morning SPD & SFD Response on Queen Anne Ave N

Did you see the police cars, fire truck, and ambulance this morning on Queen Anne Ave N? We received several tips about a large police response this morning at 915 Queen Anne Ave N, but the SPD Blotter and incident response sites were down. Now the Blotter is back up (incident response site is not) and we have more info on what happened.

According to the SPD Blotter, a 47 year-old man was breaking his apartment windows and throwing items out of said windows. When officers arrived on scene, he threw a liquor bottle at them and verbally threatened them. His aim was off; no officers were injured. He was tased and arrested, then transported to Harborview for the injuries he suffered as a result of breaking the window. Once treated, he’ll be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Caffe Appassionato Closing Friday After Nearly 15 Years on Queen Anne

My least favorite blog posts to write are the ones on business closures. It’s never a happy occasion, and we’ve had too many businesses close in the past year. And, speaking with the owners makes it all too real – the businesses that close impact not only Queen Anne, but also the families that have invested their lives in these shops and restaurants.

So, I had a sad conversation today with Farzaneh Forouzan, co-owner of Caffe Appassionato. The coffee shop located at the corner of Galer and Queen Anne Ave N, will be closing on Friday, just a few days away. One of 5 Seattle-area locations for the company, the Queen Anne shop has been serving the neighborhood since it opened in 1997.

Farzaneh and her husband, Ali Lotsi, had hoped to keep the coffee shop open, but the rent for the space became too high for them to afford – a reason that has become all too familiar over the past year as we lose more and more businesses on the top of Queen Anne. They tried to negotiate with the current landlord, as if the rent had been lowered, they could have kept the business open – but unfortunately their requests were in vain.

Despite losing their livelihood, Farzaneh and Ali remain positive about Queen Anne – they love the neighborhood and their customers, and are throwing a “goodbye party” on Friday night to say goodbye to their loyal customers and the Queen Anne neighborhood. The shop will close its business at 3pm, and will then reopen from 5pm-8pm for the Farewell Celebration, which is open to all.

Stop by and say goodbye to a long-running Queen Anne business between now and the Farewell Celebration, and let’s hope for a better 2013 for Ali and Farzaneh, and for all of our local Queen Anne businesses.

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!

Annual Holiday Magic Evening is this Friday, December 7th

The trees are lit along Queen Anne Ave N, and the festive holiday look is just the first step, next up is the annual Holiday Magic evening – all thanks to our Upper Queen Anne merchants, who fund the tree lighting and host the event. The annual Holiday Magic evening has a slew of activities for both young and old on Friday, December 7th, 4-8pm. So, plan an evening stroll along Queen Anne Ave N and stop in at all of our local merchants to say hello and happy holidays!

“Believe in the magic of Queen Anne, shop local this holiday season.”

A&J Meats & Seafood
Open til 7pm. Enjoy refreshments and enter to win a $25 gift certificate. Hosting a Queen Anne Helpline Giving Tree.

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
Holiday Cheer Open House, enter to win a $500 gift certificate, enjoy wine, eggnog, and hors d’oeuvres. Organic skin care gift sets and gift cards available. Each guest receives $10 in Spa Bucks.

Bethany Presbyterian Church
6pm Tree-Lighting on the front lawn; 6:15-8pm Activities for all ages – making advent wreaths with fresh greens, decorating cookies (one for you and one for New Horizons Ministries’ street youth program), making cards for the elderly and homeless, stocking stuffers for Wednesday Night Dinner guests, story-telling for kids, emergency preparedness, crafts, and warm drinks and snacks for all.

Blue Highway Games
Donating 10% of sales during Holiday Magic to the Queen Anne Helpline.

Charley+May Co.
Charley’s Tiny Christmas cracker celebration, featuring a ukulele  musician, tiny tacos, toffee tasting and winter warmer beverages for all. Christmas crackers and ornaments 10% off.

5-7pm Santa’s Chocolate Workshop open to dip a treat in chocolate; 4-9pm cheese, crackers, and samples of drinking chocolate while you shop. Plus, receive a $15 gift card for use on another day with a purchase of $100 or more.

Communique Cards, Gifts & Toys
Drawing for a Nutcracker – winner can choose from selection of German Nutcrackers. Free balloons for kids.

Domani Pizzeria
Live Holiday Music and a Little Jazz with local musicians Parker and Harrison Duet. Happy Hour prices – wine, apps, and mini pizzas next to the fireplace.

Eat Local Queen Anne
Free half-pint of Eggnog Ice Cream with any purchase over $10.

Einstein Bros. Bagels
25% off all single bagels.

El Diablo Café
Ukulele band “Coconut Humu” will perform on the patio.

Emerald City Smoothie
50% off 24 and 32oz holiday smoothies (pumpkin pie slimkin, eggnog, peppermint mocha, and very cherry). Also 25% off all retail 4pm-8pm.

Four Winds Artful Living
3-8pm Seasons Greetings – 20% off everything.

Haute Yoga Queen Anne
20% off any retail item, free samples, and small treats. Enter to win 1 month of unlimited yoga ($130 value).

Homestreet Bank
4-7pm free photos with Santa. Holiday cookies, hot apple cider, and coffee.

Laurie Swanson Massage
Gluten-free treats, drawing for free massage and 20% off gift certificates.

Le Rêve Bakery
Happy Hour from 6-8pm and Le Rêve’s own Fire Dancing Barista Brenton Buchanan at 6pm.

Marqueen Garage
6-7:30pm food and refreshments to energize your shopping!

Mimisan Spa
Purchase 9 mani or pedi and get the 10th free.

My Dressing Room
Learn how to tie scarves for fall/winter and the holidays. Celebrity style, bunny ears, and much more – bring your favorite scarves.

Queen Anne Baptist Church
4-6pm Enjoy making Christmas crafts while sipping hot drinks and nibbling goodies. Sign a card for a neighbor at Queen Anne Manor. Donate $15 to Church of Mary Magdalene for a new pair of shoes for a homeless woman or child.

Queen Anne Dispatch
30% off sweaters, shoes, boots, and outerwear.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts
Holiday treats, chic jewelry, scarves, artful cards, unique ornaments, and gifts. Plus, 20% off all photo frames.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts
Festive selection to decorate your home, hearth, and tree.

Three Birds
Raffle, live music, champagne, and light bites.

Happy Hour Free Play admission to the play space 5-8pm plus Hot Dinner Special, Espresso, Beer and Wine.

Cup o’ cheer and Happy Hour specials.

Umpqua Bank
Fire Truck will be in the parking lot, enter to win the Wreath Raffle, and enjoy complimentary cookies and warm beverages.

Video Isle
Enter to win a free Blu-Ray player, also serving free Swedish Butter cookies and hot apple cider.