A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Turntables & Trails opens at 8th & 83rd, selling new and second-hand audio and outdoor gear

September 26th, 2016 by Doree

Turntables & Trails has opened at 8314 8th Ave. NW (just south of Seattle Electric Bike), selling new and used audio equipment and outdoor gear.

“I love giving people bargains and/or trading to get someone out the door with a new (to them) turntable for the first time, or a backpack for their first camping trip,” Owner Spencer Carson said by email. “I also carry some toys, Legos, and games for the kids! The location is one block from Chuck’s Hop Shop which means I’ve already had several parents and kids stop in to grab Legos or toys before heading to Chucks.”

Turntables & Trails is open from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 1-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Valhalla Sandwiches now open in Greenwood

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

Valhalla Sandwiches, the first brick-and-mortar location of the food truck Now Make Me a Sandwich, has opened at Greenwood Avenue North and North 82nd Street, where Kalbi Grill used to be.

Valhalla Sandwiches owner Ryan O'Toole in front of his new restaurant, along with his food truck. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Valhalla Sandwiches owner Ryan O’Toole in front of his new restaurant, along with his food truck. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Valhalla Sandwiches is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Friday Afternoon Tea hoping to open at 65th and Phinney

August 30th, 2016 by Doree

Friday Afternoon Tea, an online tea store for the past six years, is hoping to open its first brick-and-mortar location at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., where Violet Sweet Shoppe used to be (and Mae’s Café before that).

Owner Friday Elliott is also a self-professed “geek” who wants her tea shop to be a hangout for gamers with organized game nights, as well as craft nights and book clubs. She also plans special workshops on pairing and blending teas, and educational tea tastings for groups.

Friday Afternoon Tea has a Kickstarter campaign through Sept. 14 to raise enough money to secure the location and renovate and furnish it.

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Gorditos reopens after fixing heavy damage from March 9 gas explosion

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

Gorditos Mexican restaurant has reopened after being heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses around the corner, and damaged another 50.

The restaurant, at 213 N. 85th St., announced on its Facebook page Saturday morning that it was reopening that day, and crowds appeared brisk. KING 5 had a nice story that night.

Mr. Gyros, which was one of the businesses that was destroyed in the blast, is parking its food truck most afternoons and evenings in the now-empty lot on Greenwood Avenue North between North 84th and 85th streets.

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Works Progress hosts free Business Resource Panel on July 12

July 6th, 2016 by Doree

Works Progress, a coworking space at 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, is hosting a free Business Resource Panel at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. The event is in collaboration with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Business Impact NW, the Seattle Public Library, and Ventures.

The panel will be a great opportunity to hear from and ask questions of free community providers of business resources and consulting. Get more information about how to book time with a business coach, where to obtain business training and financing, how to get help with your business plan, and more!

Featuring panelists from:

  • Business Impact NW
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Ventures
  • City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

RSVP online or call 206-466-1624.

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Bill’s on Greenwood sold to Bleachers Pub

June 20th, 2016 by Doree

Bill’s on Greenwood, a sports bar at 8560 Greenwood Ave. N. for the last 2-1/2 years, has been sold to Bleachers Pub, a sports bar that is losing its current space at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. because the land was sold to the city to be developed into a park.

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Bill’s on Greenwood will become Bleachers Pub by the end of June.

According to a press release by Bill’s on Greenwood owners Don and Colleen Stevens and Bleachers owners Shane Toupal and Loc Tien Nguyen, the city notified Bleachers nearly three months ago that it must be out of its current location by June 30.

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Bleachers Pub’s current location, and the adjacent building, are being turned into a park.

The Stevens also own Bill’s on Capitol Hill and say they found themselves spread too thin between the two locations, so they were happy to sell Bill’s on Greenwood to an established neighborhood business.

Bill’s on Greenwood will close sometime next week, between June 26-30. Bleachers will reopen in that spot sometime in early July.

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City survey asks about “legacy” businesses lost or in danger of closing

June 14th, 2016 by Doree

The City of Seattle is conducting an online survey to learn about neighborhood businesses that serve as community gathering spots that have closed or are in danger of closing.

Seattle is a dynamic, growing city, replete with opportunity. But as the city develops, occasionally it loses longtime businesses (restaurants, bars, theaters, etc.) that are beloved to its residents—or an atmosphere is created that threatens to displace them. To that end, we’d love it if you would fill out a very short survey which tells us a bit about the businesses that serve as community gathering spots in your neighborhood that you’ve loved and lost—or fear may be in peril—so as to create an atmosphere in which they might better thrive going forward.

The survey results will help the Mayor’s Commercial Affordability Taskforce to determine what policies or funding support could help preserve the city’s iconic small businesses.

The survey asks the following questions:

  • Which closed business(es) do you miss?
  • Where was it located?
  • Do you know why it went out of business?
  • Why was this business important to you?
  • Is there a business you fear may go away? Why?

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Hazel Salon moving from Phinney Ridge to Greenwood and 83rd

June 1st, 2016 by Doree

Hazel Salon & Organics is moving from 5817 Phinney Ave. N. to 8301 Greenwood Ave. N. (formerly Herb(n) Care marijuana shop) and is hoping for a July 1 opening.

They’ve been renovating the building and added some nice planter boxes between the sidewalk and the parking lot.

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Owner Tara Berg tells me their last day at the current location is scheduled for June 25, so they’ll be closed for one week while they move everything to the new location.

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Works Progress hosting women’s business networking event May 18

May 11th, 2016 by Doree

Works Progress, a co-working space at 115 N. 85th St., is hosting a women’s business networking event in support of the new nonprofit Women’s Business Incubator, which supports mothers in business.

On May 18, from 7-8:30 p.m., business coach Janis Machala from Paladin Partners will give a brief presentation called “Getting started in Seattle’s Business Community,” followed by a Q&A, then networking time and cocktails. On-site childcare is available.

Hosted by the Women’s Business Incubator (WBI). WBI is a nonprofit business center for women with a focus on local business and leadership. We are dedicated to help women succeed as entrepreneurs, business owners and in their freelance careers by providing training and assistance in these five critical areas: 1. Leadership; 2. Funding; 3. Mentorship, training and business services; 4. Professional office space, business services and start-up assistance; and 5. Quality drop-in childcare services for infants thru pre-K.

Cost is $25; childcare is an additional $5. Sign up for the event online.

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