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Debuting today and for the first time ever, our PNA Business Group is offering an easy way to support all of your favorite local businesses: the PhinneyWood Gift Card. Great to give as a gift, the PhinneyWood Gift Card allows you to make purchases at any of the 25+ participating businesses. New businesses are joining the program every day, so there’s a lot of eateries, shops, and experiences waiting for recipients.

It’s easy to use and works just like any gift card. Purchase the PhinneyWood Gift Card online, then write a personal message and gift it via email, text, or by printing a copy. By creating a new program that keeps local dollars local, we are supporting local businesses while reducing the carbon footprint of local spending.

Local author Parmenter Welty has published the novel “The Tell of Targus BenAbe”, involving a Sephardic family living in Seattle. The novel is currently available at Phinney Books and Third Place Books.

Targus is the youngest in a Seattle family descended from Spanish Jews coerced by the Inquisition to convert to Christianity, flee or be killed. The story begins in 1989 when we learn of Targus’s mother’s obsession with the ancestors’ suffering and their tragic 500 year history which impacts the family. Targus’ father is not haunted by his equally compelling family history.

The family owns a bakery in Pike Place Market where a vibrant Sephardi community thrives. We get attached to Targus’s rebellious but endearing, guitar playing, weed smoking brother with his jewfro whose bar mitzvah becomes a way to protect his younger brother from bullies. We are introduced to Targus’s maternal grandparents with their fascinating Sephardi background in New Mexico and paternal grandparents who moved to Paris. Targus leaves Seattle in a coming-of-age journey, reconnects with his father who works in a bakery and teaches Hebrew in a synagogue in Paris. He lives his dream to canoe the Seine to the English Channel and eventually obtains a degree from a Parisian architecture school.

With his new degree, he moves to Deadwood, South Dakota, falls in love, and sets out to solve riddles about himself.  Pursuing his passion for adobe construction, he leaves Deadwood and sets up architecture practice outside Santa Fe. Years later when his mother falls ill, he returns to Seattle where begin a series of haunting dreams after his mother’s death.

Unable to shake their beckoning, Targus goes to Jerez-de-la-Frontera in Andalusia, Spain, on a search for his Sephardi roots, leading to an epiphany where his cherished notions of “the invisible in the visible” prove more real than imagined.

The 2022 Winter Festival is this weekend and the PNA needs your help to make it another fabulous success! Volunteers are still needed to take admissions at the door, deliver lunches to the vendors, pick up coffee, clean up (they really love you when you sign up for this), and more.  Make it even more fun and get a friend to join you.

Once again, we’re thrilled to extend a deal beyond Black Friday — free admission to the PNA Winter Festival for all 2022 Winter Festival volunteers!

Check out the available jobs & shifts and sign up here: https://www.phinneycenter.org/volunteer/winter-festival/

PNA Winter Festival
Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4, 2022
shifts from 6:45PM on Friday, 12/2 to 9PM Sunday, 12/4
Phinney Center: 6532 Phinney Ave N, 98103

Rendering of Shared Rood building under construction at 70th and Greenwood

Doe Bay Wine Company, an Orcas Island bottle shop and tasting room, has announced the opening of their second location in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle in early 2023. The tasting room will be situated in the new “Shared Roof” building on the corner of 70th and Greenwood. Two other businesses, Ben’s Bread Co., from former Sea Creatures baker Ben Campbell, and a new tap room location from Holy Mountain Brewing will share the courtyard with the bottle shop. 

Doe Bay Wine Company recently celebrated their fifth anniversary on Orcas Island where they are known for their carefully curated selection of wine, beer, cider and sake. There’s an emphasis on fun, esoteric and small producers discovered through decades of travel around the world by the team. Additionally, their in-house winery “The Orcas Project,” features custom collaborations with ten critically acclaimed winemakers highlighting labels designed by island artists. These winemakers include Doug Tunnell of Brick House, Chad and Bree Stock of LTD+, Tom Monroe and Kate Norris of Division Wine Co. and Chris Peterson of Avennia.  

Chris Maykut of the Phinney Neighborhood Association says, “The Phinneywood Business District is incredibly excited for Doe Bay Wine Company and The Orcas Project to debut in the neighborhood. We feel like it’s the perfect concept of high-integrity, local, and sustainable wines that our community thirsts for, and the tasting room will be a welcome addition to the dynamic mix of small businesses on Greenwood Ave.” 

Owner Cole Sisson grew up on Orcas Island and has since spent his career working with wine in restaurants, distribution and importing. He is known for his love of travel, food and mezcal. “I’m thrilled to open a second location on Phinney Ridge,” said Cole. “In college I lived next to Sully’s Snow Goose, honed my spirits knowledge at Oliver’s Twist and have always maintained my connection to this neighborhood. I think it’s one of the most exciting and welcoming communities in Seattle.” 

Doe Bay Wine Company owner Cole Sisson

More information can be found on their website at doebaywinecompany.com (@doebaywinecompany) and theorcasproject.com (@theorcasproject). 

About Doe Bay Wine Company: 

Doe Bay Wine Company opened on Orcas Island in 2017. In addition to their bottle shops, Doe Bay Wine Company has a consulting arm that specializes in private cellar design and acquisitions, in-home tasting events and corporate classes. Owner Cole Sisson also owns Roots Orcas Island and Mezcal Bacaanda. 

Photo: Rachael Green

Congratulations to Thaiku Restaurant on winning Best Bite of September’s inagural Bite of Phinneywood event. Over 600 Bite attendees were invited to vote on the best bite of this new local tasting event on September 17th, and the contest ended up tied between North Star Diner‘s Left Coast Reuben and Thaiku‘s Gaeng Krua Sapparod.

Attendees were then invited to vote again between the two, and community members were invited to try each dish at their respective restaurants and vote as well. After tabulating the second round, it was a nail-biter again but Thaiku emerged as the final winner. 

The Phinney Neighborhood Association and presenting sponsor Salmon Bay Community Lending relayed that “the Bite of PhinneyWood was an incredible day for everyone involved, and we already can’t wait to create something even better in 2023 and beyond.” As a reminder, this event sold out several weeks before the debut, and if you would like to be notified when 2023 tickets go on sale, you can sign up for an alert here.

Check out photos from the Bite at https://bit.ly/pna-bite

Thaiku staff celebrating with their Best Bite trophy

GloCone lighting is tonight at 5pm

Ever noticed the magnificent Phinneywood GloCone, with 3200 lighter, brighter, and completely programmable LEDs, will light up tonight between 5-5:30pm.

Bring the family for an evening of cheer, free hot cocoa and cookies, and caroling with the OK Chorale. One lucky kiddo will be chosen at random to officially light the GloCone as well. This event officially kicks off the holidays in our neighborhood, and you can see more of what is happening this December on the Phestivus in Phinneywood page.

Location: Heart of Phinney Park Air Raid Tower, Phinney Center – 6532 Phinney Ave N
Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: 5pm – 5:30pm

The Teachers Lounge, an owner-driven themed cocktail bar on 85th and Greenwood that has been widely recognized for innovative mixology, has closed. A message posted on their website relayed the closure, “Thank you, Greenwood, for nearly ten years! We have sold the bar, so watch out for a new lounge in this space opening in early 2023. Meantime, come buy books, clothes, and weird stuff for your house before the end of the month. Much love, y’all!”

Seattle Eater has an excellent article on this, as well as details on the new venture that will take over the space, a bar named Dark Room.

If you are interested in some of the quirky items at the lounge, owner Perryn will be there selling items and cleaning house “Friday and Saturday, the late morning until evening.” Drop on by 8505 Greenwood Ave N. if interested!

Photo by Jude Dai

Ever noticed the magnificent lighted display on the air raid tower outside of the RidgeWood Bottle & Tap? Why, that’s the neighborhood GloCone, created by a group of our community members in 2014 to brighten up our evenings and kick off the holidays. Since then, these folks have upgraded the technology with 3200 lighter, brighter, and completely programmable LEDs. On Saturday November 27th, the Phinneywood GloCone will officially light up for the winter!

Bring the family for an evening of cheer, free hot cocoa and cookies, and caroling with the OK Chorale. One lucky kiddo will be chosen at random to officially light the GloCone as well. We have a permit to block off the busy intersection near the event for more space and safety this year.

This event officially kicks off the holidays in our neighborhood, and you can see more of what is happening this December on the Phestivus in Phinneywood page.

Location: Heart of Phinney Park Air Raid Tower, Phinney Center – 6532 Phinney Ave N
Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: 5pm – 5:30pm

Join Illumination Learning Studio, Verity Credit Union, and the PNA in this annual “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” community drive for warm outerwear items. All donated items going to FamilyWorks for distribution to those in need in our community. Items being collected are gloves, socks, sleeping bags, hand warmers, and more.

This year, you can donate new or LIGHTLY used items to participating local businesses, schools and churches. Please check the location on this interactive map to see what items are being collected there. Collection sites include the three sponsoring organizations, as well as Kym’s Kiddy Corner, Woodland Park United Methodist Church, and Madison Lombardo Music.