Monthly Archives: April 2015

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in May

Warmer days are straight ahead! If you’re looking for some fun activities and Queen Anne events to add to your calendar, here’s the place to find them!

  1. May 2 – iFEST: The festival for independent game developers, iFEST, comes to the Seattle area on May 2nd, at the Seattle Center Armory. This festival is free, and is from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  2. May 3 – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration: Live performances, visual arts, activities, games, and marketplace booths will be highlighting the rich culture of Asian Pacific-Islanders on May 3rd, from 11:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. for their Heritage Month Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory.
  3. May 4 – Lemonade Stand Day: Bring your child to the Seattle Children’s Museum on May 4th to learn all of the inner workings of a lemonade stand on Lemonade Stand Day! Kids will learn the math and also the creativity that goes into planning and running their own little lemonade stand business.
  4. May 5 – GiveBIG Day of Champions: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, Day of Champions is coming up on Tuesday, May 5th! Donate to the charity (or charities) of your choice on this day to make your donation go further. Neighborhood charities featured for donation include the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Queen Anne Helpline, Queen Anne Historical Society, and the neighborhood Food Bank at Sacred Heart.
  5. May 9 – Gold Rush Auction at Swedish Club NW: In the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, enjoy an auction, delicious food and beverages and plenty of fun. The Swedish Club NW is hosting “The Gold Rush is On” auction and fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th. Tickets are $75/person.
  6. May 10 – Mother’s Day Brunch at Queen Anne Restaurants: Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10th! Don’t forget to make a brunch reservation with plenty of time before things fill up. Top Queen Anne restaurants for brunch include Toulouse Petit, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, and The 5 Spot.
  7. May 10 – Neil Diamond at Key Arena: The Neil Diamond Tour 2015 is coming to Seattle on May 10th, when the Grammy-winning rock and pop singer will perform at the Key Arena. The show starts at 8p.m.
  8. May 21 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce May 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. This year’s January luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on May 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

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March – April Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

It’s been a bit of a crazy month in the neighborhood, with several more intense crimes committed in recent weeks. Over the past month, Queen Anne crime instances have included armed robbery, vehicle theft, and attempted pet-napping. Read on for more details…

  • Armed Robbery in Kerry Park: Seattle’s premier view spot and tourist destination, Kerry Park, was the scene of an armed robbery in the early hours of Monday, March 30th. At about 2 a.m., two women and a man were near the park when two men wearing handkerchiefs over their faces approached them, armed with handguns. The suspects demanded their wallets and also took one of the victim’s cell phones before ordering them to run. The suspects allegedly fired a shot into the air and ran to a silver Honda. After the incident, SPD stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the robbery victims were unable to identify the driver and passengers as their assailants. SPD released the possible suspects after detaining and identifying them, but confiscated the car for investigation of evidence.
  • Motorcycle Theft Ends in Crash & Arrest: At around midnight on Monday morning, April 6th, a male suspect allegedly stole a motorcycle and rode it southbound on Aurora Avenue North. He was pursued by Seattle Police, and crashed the bike near Raye Street along Aurora Ave N. The suspect ran from the scene, but was soon caught and arrested by SPD on Dexter Avenue, nearby.
  • Attempted Dog-Napping Stopped: A woman reported an attempted dog-napping on Queen Anne on April 16th, when she saw a man unhooking her dog from the stop sign outside of Homegrown. The woman immediately went out and confronted the man, who claimed to be merely untangling the dog. He then dropped the leash and jumped into a U-Haul truck, which was idling nearby with a driver waiting. The suspect is described as a large white male in his 30s, approximately 6’5” and around 220 lbs. His head was shaved, and he had a goatee. The man was wearing a black T-shirt and basketball shorts, and may have an ear piercing.

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Peridot Boutique to Move Into Einstein’s Location

The Queen Anne location of Einstein Bros. Bagels closed in late February, and since then, the neighborhood has been wondering who would take over the space. Restaurant or retail? Well, now we know!

Papered windows and a ‘Coming Soon’ sign appeared late last week, announcing that the now-Uptown women’s shop, Peridot Boutique, is moving up the hill and into the space.

The boutique has been an Uptown/Lower Queen Anne shopping staple for about eight or nine years now, at 532 Queen Anne Ave. N.

We gave them a call for some of their moving details. Their plan is to move to the new location at 2133 Queen Anne Avenue N in early July depending on remodeling and permit process. “Hopefully July 1st,” a shop employee told me. Peridot will continue to operate out of their old location through August, as they told their landlord at that location that they’d be out by September 1st, but may close earlier in the Uptown location.

Peridot Boutique offers contemporary women’s clothing and accessories. Everything from dresses and tops, to complimenting accessories, jewelry, shoes and gifts can be found at this fun shop.

We’re glad Peridot is staying in the neighborhood, and excited to see the fun, unique style they will be bringing to the top o’ the hill this summer!

Don’t Miss Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants!

Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) comes to us again from April 12 – 16th and 19 – 23rd! And with a couple of newcomers to the Uptown/Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, there are even more delicious spots to stop for lunch and dinner at a discount. All participating restaurants will offer three dinner courses for $30, and some restaurants will also offer lunch: Two courses for $15.

Seven Queen Anne restaurants are participating in this spring’s SRW: Agave Cocina & Tequilas, Betty Restaurant & Bar, Crow Restaurant & Bar, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ten Sushi, The Melting Pot, and Toulouse Petit.

Agave Cocina & Tequilas an Ten Sushi are the two new Queen Anne restaurants that are participating in the Spring SRW. Both are offering lunch and dinner for Seattle Restaurant Week.

At Agave, choose from Garlic Roasted Cauliflower Salad or Grilled Asparagus & Spinach Salad for your lunch appetizer, and either the Grilled Halibut Soft Tacos or Pork Carnitas Sandwich Torta for your lunch entrée. The SRW dinner options at Agave Cocina & Tequilas are all paired with Tequila and include your choice of an appetizer: Roasted Poblano & Corn Guacamole, Blue Corn Tortilla Soup, or Chipotle & Orange Caesar Salad; entrée: Ancho Chile Prawns & Scallops Soft Tacos with Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Butternut Squash Enchiladas with Crispy Red Potatoes (vegan version available), or Poblano Chicken Empanadas with Garlic Spinach; and a dessert: Tres Leches Cake or Coconut Almond Fried Ice Cream.

Ten Sushi’s SRW lunch menu includes your choice of one entrée: Sushi Set of Sashimi, Nigiri, California Roll, House Salad and Miso Soup; Organic Vet Set of a Vegetable Roll, Avocado Roll, Edamame, House Salad and Miso Soup; or a Tempura Set of Chicken Karaage, Gyoza, Shrimp Tempura Roll, House Salad and Miso Soup. The lunch menu also includes your choice of dessert: Dorayaki, Ice Cream (Green Tea, Mango, or Ginger), or Coffee Jelly. For dinner, choose your appetizer from Ten Sushi’s options of Chef’s Choice Sashimi, Tofu and Sunomono Veg Salad, or a Fried Sampler. Choose your entrée from the Chef’s Choice Plate, Organic Veg Plate, or a Cooked Plate. And the same dessert selection from lunch is offered for your third course.

Click each of the names above to view that restaurant’s offering for SRW. Enjoy!

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