Monthly Archives: May 2014

Queen Anne Events: 11 Things to Do in June

In addition to the opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market on June 5th, we have several other family-friendly Queen Anne events to look forward to next month…

  1. Wednesdays in June – 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.
  2. Fridays in June – 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.
  3. June 5 – Opening Day of the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: The Queen Anne Farmers Market is back, starting June 5th! At this opening day event, there will be a radish race, live music, complimentary food samples, food trucks, and more – plus the regular produce, food and gift booths. The opening day event begins at 3 p.m., and continues until 7:30 p.m. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from June through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  4. June 6 – National Day Dinner at the Swedish Club NW: Celebrate Sweden’s Nationaldagen at the Swedish Club NW on June 6th. There will be a full dinner (RSVP only) by Archipelago Catering, Nordiska Folkdancers, Swede of the Year announcement, and more!
  5. June 7 – Annual Swedish and American Car Show: The exciting annual show of American and Swedish cars is from noon until 4 p.m. on June 7th at the Swedish Club NW. There will be cold food and drinks available at the bar.
  6. June 7 – Rat City Rollergirls at Key Arena: The Rat City All-Stars are racing in season 10’s bout 6 on June 7th at the Key Arena. The Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the race begins at 5:30 p.m.
  7. June 7 & 8 – Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival at Seattle Center: The annual Pagdiriwang festival will take place at the Seattle Center from June 7th through 8th. The festival is held in the Armory and Mural Amphitheater by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington, and has been an annual event at the Seattle Center since 1987.
  8. June 11 – June 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 June 11th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  9. June 19 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce June 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 June 19th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. June 20 – Midsommar Smörgåsbord at Swedish Club NW: Enjoy food and music in the evening at the Swedish Club Northwest on June 20th.
  11. June 28 – June Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! A huevos rancheros breakfast burrito is the food special for the June 28th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from FestalPagdiriwang.com.

“The Towne” Multi-Use Complex on Queen Anne Sells for $51.1 Million

If you live on Queen Anne, it’s almost impossible that the construction project on Queen Anne Avenue between Howe and Wheeler Streets has escaped your notice. In case you have been out of town for the past year or more as the project has gone from demo of the old Metropolitan Market and apartment building on the lot to the multi-story, multi-use complex it is now, get ready for some more news…

On Friday, May 16th, the luxury apartment and retail complex The Towne sold to RREEF (a Deutsche Bank subsidiary) for $51.1 million.

This is the fourth acquisition in the Queen Anne area by the real estate investment management company – the others are the Sweetbrier, Eden Hill, and Seven Hills, or as the developer Emerald Bay Equity calls it, the Collection on Queen Anne.

The Queen Anne Towne is a 5-level mixed-use building with 38,000 square feet of retail space, 108 luxury apartments, and 200 underground parking spaces. A Trader Joe’s grocery store will take up a large portion of the retail space, as it is moving from its smaller current location at 112 West Galer Street.

Other buildings in the Collection on Queen Anne have been purchased for smaller amounts, but were also smaller structures. Sweetbrier has 45 units, which RREEF purchased for $44 million in June 2011 along with Eden Hill, which has 36 units. In 2012, the real estate investment management company paid $19.3 million for Seven Hills, which has 57 units.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that, “RREEF paid a total of $114.4 million for the collection that totals around 300,000 square feet of residential and commercial space.” According to Business Week, RREEF has about $63.1 billion in assets under their management.

Construction on The Towne began in 2012, and is nearly complete. Word on the street is that Trader Joe’s will be officially moved into its new space in The Towne in August 2014.

Featured photo credit Norelle Done.

This Season of the Queen Anne Farmers Market is Just 3 Weeks Away

The countdown continues, but not for long! The 2014 summer season of the Queen Anne Farmers Market begins in just three weeks, on June 5th!

Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 5th, there will be live music, kids activities, food trucks, and of course, dozens of produce and handmade product booths. The Market actually opens at 3 p.m., and continues with the fun until 7:30 p.m.

For the opening day celebration, kids ages 5-13 can participate in the annual Radish Race – run down Produce Row balancing a radish on a small spoon. Additionally, there will be live music on the Picnic Lawn from 4 – 7:30 p.m. with performances sponsored by Axiom Build Design. Get a taste of summer at the Event Tent, with free samples from 5 – 7 p.m., sponsored by Liz Petrillo Windermere Real Estate.

The featured winery at the opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market on June 5th is Stomani Cellars, and the featured food trucks include the Grilled Cheese Experience and Off The Rez.

Every Thursday from June 5th through October 16th, the Queen Anne Farmers Market is open from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. It’s a fantastic spot to pick up fresh, locally grown and made food and produce, fun gifts and accents, and enjoy your local neighborhood and community!

And, since our esteemed neighborhood farmers market was named the “Best Farmers Market” in the city by Seattle Weekly last summer, you just know it’s going to be even awesome-er this year! According to the Weekly, “It excels in its inclusion of a wide range of food trucks and stands, great chef demos, plenty of live music, and a tremendous cross-section of the neighborhood … It’s a true reflection of the neighborhood it caters to, and seems to get bigger and better every year.”

Yep!

Featured photo from QAFMA.net.

Mercer Closures This Weekend

In the next round of Mercer closures, Mercer Street and 5th Avenue North have scheduled closures and lane restrictions this coming weekend.

From Friday, May 16th at 11:30 p.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, May 19th, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is fully closing the intersection at 5th Avenue North and Mercer Street. Additionally, 5th Avenue North will be closed between Roy and Republican Streets, and Mercer will be closed between 4th and Taylor Avenues North.

The Mercer detour will send southbound travelers via Queen Anne Avenue and Denny Way, and the detour for northbound travelers will go by way of westbound Republican Street and 4th Avenue North to reconnect with Mercer or Roy. Pedestrians traveling along the closed routes will also be detoured according to the signage posted for the weekend.

SDOT recommends using Broad Street, Denny Way, and 1st Avenue North as alternate routes for travelers going to the Seattle Center or Queen Anne. Between Taylor Avenue North and I-5, eastbound Mercer Street will remain open through the other closures, as will Broad Street, Dexter Avenue North, and SR99.

Local access and businesses will remain open throughout the closures.

According to SDOT, “The previously announced two-way traffic conversion on Mercer St. between 1st Ave. N and 5th Ave. N has been rescheduled for the week of May 12. Beginning next week, signal crews will begin converting intersections along Mercer St. to two-way traffic beginning at 1st Ave. N and working east towards 4th Ave. N.”

This set of closures is ending the first phase of the Mercer and Roy Street transitions to two-way traffic. In the next part of this phase, two way traffic will be activated between 1st Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Then the second phase begins, which involves converting Roy Street into two-way traffic between Queen Anne Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Click here for more details about the West Phase of the Mercer Corridor project.

Featured photo from Seattle.gov.