Queen Anne’s New Bank of America Branch is Finally Here

More than a year ago, the Queen Anne View found out that the space on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Galer Street (formerly occupied by Vitality Med Spa) would become a Bank of America Express Store. And yet for month after month, the space has stood vacant with occasional adjustments to the interior as if a build-out was in the works, but nothing has materialized.

Until now, that is!

Last week, a construction crew installed ATMs in the foyer and hung Bank of America signs. The Express Store differs from normal Bank of America branches, such as the one at the bottom of the hill on Mercer Street, in the following ways: “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 branch is located at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N.

After it opens, this Bank of America branch will be one of seven banks in less than a half-mile stretch along Queen Anne Avenue N, including (from south to north) Chase, Wells Fargo, Umpqua, Homestreet Bank, Union Bank and Key Bank.

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The Shanty Cafe Closes After More Than 100 Years

A local icon closed its doors after more than 100 years in business! The Shanty Cafe in west Queen Anne held its last day of business on Monday, November 28th. The owners sold the building, which they also owned, and plan to take a break from the restaurant scene.

The Shanty Cafe building used to be a pay station for dock workers, before it became the restaurant in 1914, known as Violet Shanty. The current owners, Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, purchased the restaurant about 19 years ago.

“It’s hard,” Crowley said. “I think it was just kind of a place for people to come and just be themselves– rich or poor it didn’t matter. Everyone found someone here to eat lunch with.”

Crowley attributes the restaurant’s success to their loyal customers. “Without them we wouldn’t have made it all these years … We’ve gone through highs and lows and we just wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them being here.”

According to Crowley, the new building owners are El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, and they plan to open a new restaurant in the location.

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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

Happy Holidays! Queen Anne offers several fun holiday activities and gift shopping fairs through the month of December. Mark your calendars!

All December: Winterfest Train & Village
10am – 6pm daily | Seattle Center Armory
The annual Winterfest Train & Village is open daily all month long in the Armory’s South Court, as a free holiday attraction for all ages. There’s an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and a train that you can take turns ‘conducting’ between 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. daily with a $2 suggested donation. The village is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through December 31st.

December 3-4: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Check off a lot of your holiday gift shopping list when you shop at the Urban Craft Uprising! For a two-day winter show at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, you can browse hand-crafted goods such as jewelry, clothing, handbags, paper goods, housewares, food, toys and more for unique holiday gifts.

December 4: Scandinavian Sweater Snag & Pancake Breakfast
8:30am – 2pm | Swedish Club NW
Bring your lightly used Scandinavian sweaters to the Swedish Club NW by December 3rd, and then come back on December 4th for the Sweater Snag and sale. It’s running in tandem with the club’s monthly pancake breakfast. It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing and live music. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 6: Deck the Hall Ball
3pm – 11pm | Key Arena
The 2016 Deck the Hall Ball, presented by 107.7 The End is coming up at Key Arena on December 6th, featuring a great line-up of artists: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, COIN, and My Goodness. Tickets are $45-95 per person.

December 10: Steak House Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | LloydMartin
Join in a celebration of beef and wine at the special annual Steak House Dinner at LloydMartin restaurant. Look forward to a prix-fixe menu of steak dishes and wonderful wine pairings.

December 11: Lucia Festival
3pm – 7pm | Swedish Club NW
St. Lucia is the focal point of  holiday celebrations in Scandinavian countries, and the Swedish Club NW is celebrating with a Lucia Festival on December 11th. Enjoy live performances from the Swedish Women’s Chorus and the Svea Male Chorus, with bites from the club and dancing around the tree. This is a family friendly event, and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and below.

December 31: Nyårsfest
8pm – 1am | Swedish Club NW
Bring in the New Year Nordic-style with Nyårsfest at the Swedish Club NW! There will be music and dancing on all three floors starting at 8 p.m., with live performances from Maria Mannisto, Skandia Kapell, the Purple Passion Swing Band, Lushy and Gigantor, and Lynval Golding of The Specials. An elegant Swedish dinner will be served from 8 – 10 p.m. for $45/person. Tickets are $50/person, and include party favors, a glass of champagne and a great view of the fireworks! To RSVP: Call 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Head To Green Lake And Get Your ‘Gobble’ On!

When you think of Thanksgiving, it’s pretty common to envision a beautiful table overflowing with piles of delicious, home cooked foods, a living room filled with family and friends, and of course, stretch pants, because one plate on Turkey day is NEVER enough.

If you’re interested in preemptively negating some of those holiday calories (or, maybe adding to them), the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is the event for you!

Heralded as Seattle’s premier Thanksgiving themed run/walk event, the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off includes a 10K run/walk, and 5K run/walk, kids dash and a super eventful after run party featuring a beer garden and the much-loved Mashed Potato Munch Off. For those of you wondering, yes, the munch off is indeed a competitive mashed potato eating contest!

The fun starts bright and early at 8 AM in Green Lake Park on Sunday, November 20th with registration and packet pick-ups. Once you’re all check in, head over to the beer garden (opening at 9 AM…. because it IS Sunday-Funday, after all!)  and settle in to watch the (free!) kids dash at 9:10 AM. If you plan to run or walk the 10 or 5 K course, you’ll get started at 9:30 AM and are encouraged to join the post-race celebration, which starts at 10 AM.

If mountains of mashed potatoes are on the menu for you, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket (for only $1!) as soon as you get to the park, and bring a lucky charm along to help your ticket be chosen, making you one of 8 randomly selected contestants. The drawing for contestants will be at 10:30 AM and the Munch Off itself begins at 10:45 AM.

Contestants will have 4 minutes to gobble up as much of the creamy, carby goodness as they can before a winner is crowned. If you win this prestigious (and delicious) event, you will not only have bragging rights, but will take home all the money raised from raffle ticket sales and have earned life-time free entry to the 5K portion of the event. You must be 18 or older to engage in the eating contest, and we advise that you come dressed to gorge yourself, as these potatoes will be provided by The Green Lake Bar & Grill (who are also helping to sponsor the event), so you know they’re going to be good!

If you’re not one of the lucky 8, you’ll still have plenty to do at the post-race celebration. The party will be near the finish line of the race so you can cheer on your fellow racers (or the people you’ve come to support!) to a strong finish and see all the action. Have a beer in the beer garden, featuring brews from local favorite Fremont Brewing, and a few wines too, if that’s more your style.

The Beer garden will have a great view of the Mashed Potato Munch Off and it will be covered in case of rain and heated in case of cold. Be sure you bring your photo ID and cash money if you plan to imbibe, as the bar will be cash only. The celebration will also feature a number of health and fitness related vendors and exhibitors to explore and learn more about.

Since Thanksgiving is a holiday that encourages being grateful and also giving, feel free to bring canned foods (or a cash donation) to donate to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The Union Gospel Mission has been helping needy, homeless gospeland hurting people in the community for over 80 years. They serve to help our neighbors in need with hunger, emergency services, shelter, addiction recovery and more. If you are in the mood to give, your gift of food or money will go directly to help people in need right here in our community.

The Green Lake Gobble is sure to be a great time for everyone who gets involved. Spectator, participator or mashed potato eater, everyone is guaranteed to have a fun and festive time, all while enjoying the beauty of Green Lake in the fall and our wonderful community. Bring the family, get some exercise and some beer, and dash into the holiday season!

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off

Green Lake Park (5900 W Greenlake Way N, Seattle)

8:00 AM –  Race Registration & Packet Pickup
9:00 AM – Beer Garden opens
9:10 AM –  Kid’s Dash begins
9:30 AM –  5K & 10K run/walks begin (register here!)
10:00 AM –  Post-race party begins
10:30 AM – Drawing for Mashed Potato Munch Off Contestants
10:45 AM – Mashed Potato Munch Off begins

To learn more about The Green Lake Gobble and Mashed Potato Munch Off Click here.
To learn more about Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission click here.