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

 

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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U.S. Small Business Administration offering low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by March 9 natural gas explosion

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration has officially agreed to offer low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50.

Here’s the email the PNA sent to affected businesses:

Yesterday we heard from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) that they are offering disaster assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the Greenwood Gas Explosion.

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on April 29, from Gov. Jay Inslee.

“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA’s Seattle District Director Nancy Porzio.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Porzio added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years, and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Get help: The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering free, personalized consulting to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses owners may contact the SBDC from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by telephone at (509) 358-7765.

DOWNLOAD SBA ASSISTANCE FACT SHEET

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G&O Family Cyclery reopens in temporary spot after shop heavily damaged by Greenwood explosion

April 20th, 2016 by Doree

G&O Family Cyclery has reopened in a temporary storefront just one block north of its shop that was heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion.

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The new address is 8554-1/2 Greenwood. Since the new space is smaller, they’re having a moving sale to get rid of some inventory. The shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Welcome back G&O!

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Insurrection’s store is closed, but they’re open for online business and in person by appointment

March 25th, 2016 by Doree

Insurrection Performance, at 8403-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., is moving everything out of its shop, which was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, and into storage. However, they’re still open for online business and by appointment at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., where they’ve rented a room for customer appointments.

Insurrection was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, which leveled three businesses directly north.

Insurrection was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, which leveled three businesses directly north.

Over the last 10 years the store has morphed from western apparel and boots to vintage clothing and now to leather motorcycle gear.

This morning a crew from Servpro, which specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration, was at the store, cleaning and boxing up everything to put in storage. Insurrection’s Sally (who didn’t want her last name used) told me the blast separated the north wall from the ceiling and then water poured into the back room, making the structure unstable.

“The water damage in the back was a big surprise to me,” she said. “We’ll come back when we can.”

In the meantime, customers can call the store at 206-550-3545 to make an appointment to view off-the-rack items as well as for measuring and fitting for custom orders.

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