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Whether or not you are a hockey fan, know what the Seattle Kraken are, or someone who disavows the very concept of Poutine, there is something underway of concern to all of PhinneyWood. The Angry Beaver, Seattle’s only hockey-themed restaurant and bar, is struggling to get to the other side of this pandemic and needs your help.

What makes the Phinney-Greenwood business corridor the BEST district in the City is the unique businesses that inhabit the main strip and the back streets. From an aerial arts school, to a world-class Gelateria, to not one but TWO actual bookstores thriving in the Age of Amazon, having a bar dedicated to impassioned hockey fans is truly a blessing for a bustling and popular business district.

If you’ve ever wandered by the Angry Beaver during hockey playoffs, you will have seen dozens of gleeful and boisterous people cheering, being in (somewhat contentious) community, and supporting our local businesses. Owner Tim Pipes has created something that is beloved in normal times, but unable to reasonably pivot to pandemic times.

Tim has been through this before, as the Angry Beaver was one of the most impacted businesses from the 2016 Greenwood gas explosion. As he stated then, “I’ve fought way too hard for this bar and I’m not going down now.”

Please consider a gift of any size to their GoFundMe, sharing it on your social media, and reaching out personally to any hockey fans you have in your network to let them know about this effort. Good progress has been made toward their $50,000 goal to pay employees, rent and utilities while they are closed, and we want to keep the momentum going!

#PhinneyWoodStrong

The Review community newspaper is out

Review Cover: "PhinneyWood: We're In This Together"

The new issue of the PNA’s quarterly Review newspaper is out (digitally), so grab your favorite beverage and see what’s going in PhinneyWood, read some fun local stories, and more.

Read it here.

Have trouble reading on-screen? There are printed copies at the Phinney Center.

Love our local businesses: A shout-out to all the advertisers who help to keep The Review up and running with their support. Take note that their ads are clickable through to their websites, so check them out and give them some love.

Thanks to Sandy Nelson for the cover art. sandynelsondesign.com . sandynelsonartist.com

The 35th annual Green Lake Elementary Holiday Tree Sale has relocated to the Phinney Center lower lot this year due to Seattle school closures. The Tree Sale holds many special memories for our neighborhood families, and is a beloved community-building event. The sale runs 3 weeks and is entirely staffed by the school families, students and friends.

You are invited to this festive tree lot staffed with friendly volunteers. They will help you find your perfect tree, give it a fresh cut, and even load it onto your car. Offering touchless pay options and online ordering capability as well!

Phinney Center parking lot – 6532 Phinney Ave N

Hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 4-8pm
  • Saturdays 9am-8pm
  • Sundays 10am-7pm

Volunteers wrapped up installation of the PNA’s new GloCone this past Saturday. GloCone 2.0, with 3200 computer-controlled LEDs, replaces the original GloCone, hung from the air raid tower every holiday season since 2014.

The new GloCone is already lit, but barely—it’s resting up for its formal lighting at 5pm on Friday, December 4. This year, due to the pandemic, the lighting will not be live at the tower. Instead, it will be streamed on the PNA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel

Watch and be amazed at 5 on the 4th! (Oh, and don’t bother to gather at the air raid tower for the lighting—it’s a pre-recorded video. GloCone 2.0 will not start doing its thing until sometime after the video airs.)

If you like food as much as I do, it’s time for your favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! So many delicious options to be devoured. Most of you will be going with the traditional items. Some of you will be working on vegetarian or vegan alternatives. Others have completely different dishes that few would even consider. No judging here. So, tell us…

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Still figuring out what you want and where to get it, don’t forget to visit some of the neighborhood shops and restaurants offering holiday items to go:

Send your responses to tips@phinneywood.com and we will share our favorites soon along with your first name and last initial.

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood.com!

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Illumination Learning Studio and Verity Credit Union have created a new clothing drive for the holidays: “Cold Days, Warm Hearts”. Now through December 5th, please consider going through your old winter items and donating warm hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and socks (these items only). All donated items will go to the legendary FamilyWorks for distribution to those in need in our community.

There are three separate drop sites that are active right now, and the drive will culminate in a pandemic-friendly, drive-by drop-off at Verity on December 5th from 10am – 3pm.

Drop Sites:
Illumination Learning Studio
7720 Greenwood Ave N

Nutty Squirrel Gelato
7212 Greenwood Ave N

Verity Credit Union
8533 Greenwood Ave N

Please join us in the Phinney-Greenwood Neighborhood for the first Seattle Covid Memorial Project event and help us to strike a gong one time for each life lost to Covid-19 in Seattle.

This an outdoor event. All participants are asked to wear masks and remain socially distanced. The mallet will be sanitized between participants. Each participant will be able to strike up to 10 times if there are others waiting.

This will be from 10am – noon this Saturday (11/21) at Alice Ball Park, just North of the Greenwood Library. You can learn more here.

With new restrictions on gathering and shopping, one more holiday is set to be altered by the pandemic. Our neighborhood eateries are coming to the rescue, however! In this time of dire need to support our restaurants, cafes and bars, here are the options that we know of for Thanksgiving and the days surrounding it.

This is likely not a comprehensive list, as we have done our best to reach out. If you know if any others, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com so we can update this story. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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The venerable Yanni’s Greek Restaurant (7419 Greenwood Ave N) has some special seasonal offerings for your table:

Opus Co. (7410 Greenwood Ave N). Opus will be closed on Thanksgiving but they are offering a Thanksgiving Eve Pescatarian Feast for Two to help alleviate the workload that comes from dedicating the whole next day to cooking a turkey dinner. You can learn more and place a pre-order here.

Family-owned Taco Del Mar (8004 Greenwood Ave N) will be open on Thanksgiving with limited hours. You can call (206) 706-4063 for more details.

Mainstay Provisions (612 NW 65th St). Pre-order is now available via online ordering page for their Thanksgiving menu items. For ultimate flexibility this year, Mainstay will be doing everything a la carte. Create your own perfect Thanksgiving feast, pick it up on Wednesday 11/25, and relax and enjoy the holiday weekend. 

The menu includes rotisserie turkey breast, boneless leg of lamb, free-range chicken, plenty of sides, and pies. Follow this link to see the menu (choose Thanksgiving Pre-order) and order today!

The Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th St). A full, traditional Thanksgiving Feast for 4-6 people! All details on poster below.

Ken’s Market (7231 Greenwood Ave N) is now accepting Thanksgiving turkey orders through Monday November 23rd. Call or visit their meat departments daily until 5pm to reserve a turkey. Quantities are limited – order right away for best size availability! Ken’s will also have an abundance of homemade sides and cooked turkeys ready to re-heat and enjoy. The Thanksgiving line-up will be available in the deli from Monday Nov. 23rd through Wednesday Nov. 25th. No need to special order unless you are planning to serve 12+ people.

Red Mill Burgers (312 N 67th St). While typically closed on Thanksgiving, they will be open for 2 hours to provide free burgers and fries to the community. Wow. They are still working out the details, so please monitor their Facebook page for updates.

Coyle’s Bakeshop (8300 Greenwood Ave N) has traditional Thanksgiving Pies and other goodies available for pre-order until Sunday November 22nd at 5pm. You can peruse their temptations and order here. Hurry, they’re going quick!

Is Coyle’s sold out of your favorite? Not to worry, the legendary A La Mode Pies (5821 Phinney Ave N) has got you! Make Marionberry and Hazelnut Pie your new family tradition this year. Check out their wares and pre-order here.

Bluebird Ice Cream (7400 Greenwood Ave N) is offering Pumpkin Ice Cream Pies for Thanksgiving: pumpkin ice cream inside a house-made waffle cone crust, topped with brown sugar whipped cream and candied pecans.

They are taking orders through Sunday 11/22. Pickup or home delivery on Weds 11/24, day before Thanksgiving. Info and ordering here.

Celine Patisserie is offering a Thanksgiving menu that includes a Pumpkin Chantilly Whip Tart and a tempting-looking Pecan Tart (below). Their menu is available online for pre-order before November 24th for Thanksgiving day pick up from 8am – 2pm.

Looking for some original and compelling homemade goods and sundries? Look no farther than our local collective of Bakers & Makers Against Racism, appearing 6732 12th Ave NW this Saturday November 21st from 12pm-4pm.

They have donated over $3500 to organizations committed to change since June, so come out and treat yourself while helping make the world a better place!

“Rain or shine! Come check out 10+ bakers & makers for change raising $$ for a variety of charities in our community. We will be collecting food for the Ballard Food Bank again. We have something for everyone including teas, plants, cards, jewelry, baked goods, chocolates, gourmet dog treats, wood crafted kitchen tools, masks, pickles & jams, planters and even a tarot card reader. Come out and shop for change in our community!