Monthly Archives: February 2014

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in March

What are you up to next month? These Queen Anne events will fill up your calendar with fun activities, community get-togethers, and family-friendly happenings…

  1. March 2 – Hot Chocolate 15K/5K at Seattle Center: It’s the sweetest race in the country! Head to the Seattle Center on Sunday, March 2nd for the Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K. Register for the 5K for $47, or the 15K for $69. The races get going early – the 5K starts at 5:45 a.m. – so get there on time to race and enjoy some hot chocolate!
  2. March 2 – March Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: It’s a monthly event at the Swedish Club Northwest… the Sunday morning Swedish Pancake Breakfast! Authentic pancakes, plus all of the fixings, music, dancers and more. The cost is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5 – 12. Doors open at 8 a.m.
  3. Wednesdays in March – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  4. Fridays in March – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  5. March 7 – First Friday Jazz at the Swedish Club NW: Head over to the Swedish Club Northwest on March 7th for the monthly Friday Jazz night! Lushy will lead the night, starting at 6 p.m. with space-age jazz for the 21st century.
  6. March 12 – March Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on March 12th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  7. March 15 & 16 – Irish Festival at the Seattle Center: Participate in Gaelic Games, Irish tunes, step dancing, language lessons, genealogy tracing, cultural exhibits and more at the Irish Festival! Put on by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, the event takes place at the Seattle Center March 15th and 16th. Admission is free!
  8. March 20 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce March Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on March 20th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

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Queen Anne Real Estate Recap: January 2014

The hot Queen Anne market shows no signs of slowing down, especially given how few homes are being brought to market in the neighborhood. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, January, 2014 saw 15 single family home transactions close as opposed to 17 a year earlier.  The median sales price in 2014 was $704,000, which represents a slight improvement from 2013 ($685,000).  Low inventory was a recurring problem for Queen Anne homebuyers in 2013.  Hopefully, the early signs are not indicative of a year long trend as only 18 new single family home listings hit the market in the first month of 2014, as opposed to 26 units in 2013.

Queen Anne condo inventory showed signs of improvement with 38 new listings in January, 2014 compared to 33 new listings a year earlier.  19 condo units sold last month as opposed to 21 units the year prior.

The Queen Anne real estate market is strong with properties selling faster, and for more money.  If you are curious about the Queen Anne real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.

January – February Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

In the last month, our neighborhood has seen more robberies than usual, but each has resulted in the arrest of the suspect involved. Read more here for the Queen Anne crime recap of the last few weeks…

  • Hotel Robber Leaves Dirty Tissue Behind: Just after midnight on Thursday, January 9th, a man walked into a hotel on the 500 block of 1st Avenue North in Lower Queen Anne, and asked the clerk for a tissue. The hotel employee held out the box and the man took a tissue, blew his nose, and threw it in the garbage can before leaving. He came back five minutes later and demanded the money in the till. Because the man had his hand in his pocket like he was holding a gun, the clerk complied and handed the man the cash drawer. He fled. Officers arriving on the scene did not find the suspect, although the empty cash drawer was found in a parking strip nearby, and they collected the discarded tissue for DNA evidence.
  • Upper Queen Anne Wells Fargo Robbed Again: Back on January 29th, we reported the second robbery in three months at the Wells Fargo Bank on Upper Queen Anne. At that time, the suspect was still at large. He was caught a day later, after a Verizon Wireless store employee recognized the suspect as he walked into the cell phone store on January 30th. Police arrived at the Verizon store on 4th Avenue and arrested the suspect, who is George Zirkle, aged 21-years-old. He is accused of stealing $8,700 cash from the Wells Fargo bank (police found $7,159 cash in the suspect’s backpack when they arrested him).
  • Pedestrian Injured in Collision with Car: A car hit a pedestrian as she was crossing the crosswalk at Denny Way and Dexter on February 11th at about 7:30 p.m. The incident occurred when the car, a burgundy Nissan Pathfinder was going south on Dexter Avenue toward Denny Way. The driver turned the car left to go eastbound on Denny Way, and in the process struck the 26-year-old female pedestrian in the crosswalk. The victim was thrown to the pavement. Seattle Fire arrived on the scene and treated her before transporting her to Harborview with a potentially life-threatening injury to the head. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluated the driver of the car, a 51-year-old man, but he exhibited no signs of impairment.
  • 7-11 Robber Caught Red-Handed: At about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 16th, a 26-year-old man walked into the 7-11 store in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Avenue. He threatened the store clerk, who retreated for safety. The suspect then went behind the counter and was attempting to get into the cash register drawer when police arrived. He struggled briefly, but officers were able to take him into custody without injury to anyone. The suspect was heavily drugged on narcotics, and was not coherent when SPD took him into custody. He was booked for investigation of robbery.

Featured photo from KiroTV.com

Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: The Melting Pot

Sometimes the typical is just no fun, and needs a bit of an upset. That’s just what The Melting Pot offers to its guests – an enjoyable experience with dining! Meals at The Melting Pot’s Queen Anne restaurant are an equation for conversation and fun as you dip and dine with family, friends, and new acquaintances.

The Queen Anne location is not the only Melting Pot in existence (in fact, there are about 150 restaurants worldwide, including one in Saudi Arabia), but it was one of the first. Our neighborhood location opened its doors about 12 or 13 years ago in the spot next to where Easy Street Records used to be in Lower Queen Anne.

“It’s private and romantic,” says general manager Charles Montgomery. “It’s not the fishbowl experience you get in lots of other restaurants.” He’s spot on – with high-backed booths and intimate sections, the massive Queen Anne restaurant feels anything but big.

And the romantic, personalized atmosphere continues in the dining experience. Guests can enjoy as many as four courses in The Melting Pot’s signature offering, or they can put together their own fondue courses. The new version of customer-selected course combinations was introduced only a year ago – called ‘Fondue by You’. It offers less expensive alternatives in mixing and matching as compared with the full four-course classic menu.

“With fondue here at The Melting Pot, the romance is there whether you’re eating with your date, your family, or even your co-workers,” says Karen Lawler, the director of marketing on behalf of the restaurant. “It’s a really unique dining experience. People don’t remember how much fun fondue is – here, it’s just as much about the experience as it is about the food … There’s no place like it in the world.”

If you’re doing a full meal at The Melting Pot, you’ll probably start with the cheese course. The cheddar option – made with aged medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, garlic and seasonings – has been a longtime favorite. That signature option is closely followed by the restaurant’s Spinach Artichoke and Fiesta cheese fondues. The bread for dipping in the cheese fondue is baked in-house daily.

After the salad course (where each is dressed with one of The Melting Pot’s signature dressings, of course), it’s time for the entrée. Guests love The Classic: seasoned Angus beef sirloin, BBQ pork, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast, and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. Another favorite is the Land and Sea combination, with filet mignon, herb-crusted chicken, and Pacific white shrimp.

Gluten free and vegetarian options are readily available on the menu. “We’re trying to accommodate as many people as possible,” Lawler said.

Finally, guests can choose from eight different chocolate fondues for dessert. To compliment the experiential dining, the restaurant offers 17 specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers, and an extensive wine list in addition to the full bar. Guests can also enjoy a four course wine flight (4 ounces per pour) to enjoy alongside their meal. And in the bar, it’s half-off your second shot for cocktails, so you can make it a double for less!

If you’re dining at The Melting Pot for a special occasion, like so many do, you will want to call ahead to have their team set up a very special table. They have bouquets, balloon bouquets, flower petals and more to dress up your table for a surprise – from graduation celebrations to proposals! “It’s part of what we do – everything we can to make the guests’ experience more pleasurable,” Lawler said. “All of the pieces are supposed to come together to make it the perfect night out.”

The Melting Pot offers dinner only, seven days per week. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area, and late night happy hour is daily from 9 p.m. until close. The Happy Hour menu features select wines by the glass for $7, $5 well drinks, and $1 off draft beers as well as $2 off salads, $3 off Brie plates, and $4 off a cheese and chocolate fondue for two.

Girls’ Night Out is weekly on Thursday nights, with happy hour drink prices for the ladies all night. Additionally, the gals can get cheese fondue, a salad, and chocolate fondue in the bar all evening for just $20.

The restaurant offers some amazing salad dressings, seasonings, and even chocolate-covered strawberries so that you can take home or give the gift of The Melting Pot! “Our garlic and wine seasoning should be in every pantry,” Lawler noted.

The Queen Anne restaurant’s Valentine’s Day celebrations will begin on February 12th, with a special Valentine’s menu available until February 16th. The specialty menu will be the exclusive offering between Valentine’s Day and Sunday, February 16th. Call 206-378-1208 to make your reservations!