Monthly Archives: October 2014

Trick Or Treat On Queen Anne Ave. On Halloween!

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the merchants on Queen Anne Avenue North will once again be handing out candy and prizes to the little ghosts and goblins of the neighborhood on the 31st! Kids can visit businesses between McGraw and Galer from 3:00-6:00 p.m. This event usually draws hundreds of kids, so organizers suggest avoiding driving on Queen Anne Avenue during those hours. Crossing guards will also be on hand to keep all the trick-or-treaters safe while crossing the street.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in November

In addition to earning an extra hour of sleep in the fall Daylight Savings and the oncoming holiday festivities, there are several Queen Anne events to look forward to this month…

  1. November 1 & 2 – Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar at Swedish Club NW: From November 1st through the 2nd, the Swedish Club Northwest is hosting their annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar. There will be crafts, gifts, baked goods, music, entertainment, and more. Admission is only $1, and the event is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  2. November 3 – Umbrella Tree Opens at Twirl Café: The much-loved café and indoor toddler play area, Twirl Café, will be closing on October 31st. On Monday, November 3rd, the place will reopen as Umbrella Tree! Play and eat at the new Umbrella Tree from November 3rd through 20th, when they will close until December 4th for renovations.
  3. November 3 – Jellyfish Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum: Explore and learn more about a mysterious sea creature, the jellyfish! On November 3rd, from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., the Seattle Children’s Museum will be hosting events and activities focused on the jellyfish for Jellyfish Day!
  4. November 7 & 8 – Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend at Key Arena: Find your calling and summon the courage to live it out, and fulfill your greatest potential. Oprah comes to town November 7th and 8th in “The Life You Want” tour.  Click here to buy tickets.
  5. November 12 – Dine Out for Coe Elementary at 5 Spot: On Wednesday, November 12th, dine at the 5 Spot from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 25% of all food sales will support the Coe Elementary art program!
  6. November 12 – Members & Friends Dinner at Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club NW for their dinner for members and friends on Wednesday, November 12th! Kurt Armbruster will be talking about the history of Swedish singing groups and his book, Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music.
  7. November 15 – Bastille at Key Arena: The popular U.K. band Bastille is playing at the Key Arena on November 15th in their “Bad Blood” The Last Stand Tour. Tickets start at $31.50.
  8. November 20 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce November 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 November 20th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  9. November 21, 22 & 23 – The International Gem & Jewelry Show: From November 21st through 23rd, attendees of the International Gem & Jewelry Show can buy gems and jewelry direct from designers at a discount price. The show is held daily at the Seattle Center exhibition hall, and is open to the public.

10. November 22 – TEDxRainier at the Seattle Center: The Seattle-area TED event, TEDxRainier is coming up on November 22nd. The event starts at 9 a.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, and offers a full day of educational, inspirational, and exceptional TED talks. Ticket prices start at $75 each.

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Newly Opened Queen Anne Restaurants and Businesses

We’ve got some newbies in the neighborhood! Over the past couple of weeks, some brand new or overhauled Queen Anne restaurants and businesses have opened their doors.

When renowned chef Shaun McCrain left his post at The Book Bindery on June 28th of this year, there was a question about whom would fill his shoes at the top-notch Queen Anne restaurant. On October 1st, The Book Bindery re-opened with a new look, new name, and new chef! Chef Nico Borzee comes to the newly updated restaurant, Hommage, from Artusi on Capitol Hill. He was born in France, and started his career at age 15, working his way through several Michelin-starred eateries in France before becoming sous chef at Coi in San Francisco (Coi has two Michelin stars). Visit Hommage and sample Nico Borzee’s craft for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Look for some sparkle on the Avenue! Swissa Jewelers has moved to Queen Anne from 7th Avenue – they are now open in the little shop next to Queen Anne Chiropractic, where Calva Café used to be. Swissa Jewelers has been in business since 1973, offering beautiful fine jewelry, watches, custom jewelry and jewelry services including repair and engraving.

The blue-and-white retro Cookie Counter van has found a regular stopping spot on Queen Anne every Wednesday! Visit the Umpqua Bank parking lot each week on Wednesdays to enjoy their tasty vegan ice cream sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.

Twirl Café will be transferring ownership to Umbrella Tree on November 1st. Umbrella Tree has been running kids classes and events out of the Twirl Café space for the last year, and when Twirl’s owner, Rebecca Pelletier, decided to close to focus on her family, the Umbrella Tree’s owners decided to step in and make it theirs! Twirl Café celebrates its last day on October 31st, and becomes Umbrella Tree on November 1st. The creative kids classes will continue to be offered, although changes and renovations will be occurring over the next couple of months. Click here for more information about the transition.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Featured photo credit: Suzi Pratt for Seattle.Curbed.com.

Uptown Art Walk Is Tomorrow, 10/15!

It is time once again for the Uptown Art Walk, and there is going to be some great work on display this month! Head to the Vera Project to see 10 years’ worth of screen-printed posters created by Weapons of Mass Design, who will also be doing a screen-printing demonstration and have posters available for sale.

Solo Bar will host Lower Queen Anne resident Stasia Burrington’s “Stargazing” exhibit curated by Ghost Gallery, and Eyeballs will be showing paintings and pastel drawings from Irena Lusnyakyan, also a Queen Anne resident.

The art walk takes place every third Wednesday of the month at several businesses throughout Uptown. Click here for the full list!