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Get Your Girl Power On At The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show!

Century Link Field is about to get a heavy dose of Girl Power on March 18th and 19th!

The Northwest Women’s Show is coming back and celebrating its 29th year of showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion, health, food and fun!  Enjoy seminars, entertainment, fashion shows, and hundreds of exhibits ranging from food to jewelry to healthcare and beyond.  And don’t forget to grab some tasty snacks and a sip from the Wine & Spirits Lounge, provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, they’ve lined up two full days of fabulous main stage entertainment, plus another stage just for what are sure to be fascinating seminars.

Enjoy live performances including fabulously fun celebrity impersonations from The Wild and Colorful Le Faux Troop, Sexy Northwest Firemen & The Boogie Boot Babes Onstage with KMPS, see what will be hot in 2017 with a Fashion Forecast from Macy’s and more.

The complete list of scheduled seminars is still being updated, so be sure to check the website for more info and to see who you want to hear speak.

Expo Floor Map. Please click here for more details

When you’re not enjoying a great show or seminar, stroll around the exhibition floor and explore booths from lovely companies such as Stella & Dot, Damsel In Defense, Jamberry Nails, LuLaRoe, The Healthy Bra Company, Younique Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Pure Romance and many, many more.

Be sure to stop by “Celebration Central” for exhibitions from Urban Float, Ideal Image, SubZero Ice Cream, Choukette eclair’art, Mermaid Hair Extensions and more!

This year’s event will run on Saturday March 18th from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday March 19th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Sponsors for this fun and fabulous event include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Virginia Mason Medical, Western Washington Toyota Dealers and BECU Credit Union.

The Northwest Women’s Show is an annual tradition, bringing women from all walks of life together to celebrate the beauty of the feminine, to learn about what’s new and next in fashion, food and health and to just have a good time! With two stages of entertainment and seminars, too many amazing vendors in the exhibition hall to list here, fashion shows and yummy bites and sips abound, The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show is sure to be a splendid good time and a great excuse to celebrate sisterhood!

Tickets are only $17 and are available here.

Buy your tickets before February 28th and save $3!

Teatro Zinzanni to Move from Lower Queen Anne

Teatro Zinzanni has been told to vacate the property across from McCaw Hall, where the vibrant cabaret and dinner theater has been operating since 2007. The land had originally been gifted to the Seattle Opera for a new home, but that project had been suspended due to the Great Recession. Now, the project has been revived with a decision to sell and the Opera signed a purchase agreement late in 2016 with Washington Holdings.

Teatro Zinzanni has been put on notice to leave by March 15th. Not surprisingly, founder and artistic director Norm Langhill wants the project’s developers to let Teatro Zinzanni and their vintage tent stay on the site while the project is in permitting. However, that’s not a possibility, according to project manager Maria Barrientos.

“We wish them the best in finding another site,” Barrientos says, “but I think I can say it’s been very clear their lease expired on March 15.”

Langhill confirms that fact, but the circumstances still present a serious problem for Teatro ZInzanni and its employees, since a relocation would require several months to rebuild and resume operations. That would mean layoffs of up to 100 people.

The dinner theater is pursuing public support for a temporary lease extension, which has garnered support from a variety of prominent members of the community, including Tom Douglas and Heart’s Ann Wilson.

“I think it’s important, as the city adapts to change, that it also makes sure its beloved cultural treasures should be part of the future of the city,” Langhill said.

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Tini Bigs, Hula Hula Face Closure Due to Redevelopment

The rampant redevelopment of the city has hit a deep nerve with the impending closure of Tini Bigs, a restaurant and bar that’s been open every single day since it opened on December 2nd, 1996. For just over 20 years, the establishment has prided itself on being open daily, including holidays, to fill a unique niche.

“Originally, I was in the restaurant business as a server in my early years, and I used to work a lot of holidays,” owner Keith Robbins told the Queen Anne News. “Once I got off of work, there was nowhere to go.”

Tini Bigs became that go-to spot for industry people, as well as everyone else. It’s sister, Hula Hula, opened soon after and has been a great local spot for karaoke and tiki cocktails.

However, after 7,000-plus days open in a row, the streak is coming to an end on or before January 2017. The reason for the closure is that the building and lot have been sold, and it’s planned for demolition and redevelopment for a six-story mixed-use building.

Luckily, the closure doesn’t necessarily mean the end. Progress has been made to find a new home for Hula Hula, and although Robbins hasn’t had luck finding the right spot for Tini Bigs, he’s looking! “We’re trying to find a standalone building that’s got some character,” he said. “I don’t want Tini Bigs to be in a brand new building.”

Tini Bigs celebrated its 7,311th consecutive day of business and its 20th anniversary on December 7th. The restaurant will close shortly after the new year, since the building must be vacated by January 31st.

“It’s going to be a tough day when I lock the door for the last time, or watch the wrecking ball,” Robbins said. “It’s not the city I grew up in.”

Featured photo source:, credit Joe Veyera.

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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