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


Entries from August 2008

Graffiti mars empty McDonald’s again

August 31st, 2008 by Dale

The still empty former McDonald’s in Greenwood has again been hit with graffiti. The empty tag magnet is an unfortunate counterpoint to efforts to improve Greenwood’s “downtown” core.

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Cobblestone Used Furniture storefront for rent

August 31st, 2008 by Dale

Now that Cobblestone Used Furniture in Greenwood has closed, there’s a sign in the window advertising it for rent.

A hand-written sign over the retail space available sign says it’s 3,386 square feet and is being offered at $19 per square foot. That works out to $64,334, annually, we assume. It also says there’s a 3.5 percent annual increase on the rent. I’ve not priced a lot of retail space, so does anyone have any insights on whether that’s a reasonable rate?

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Allusia closing, moving sale

August 30th, 2008 by Dale

As Ken’s Market prepares to expand on Phinney Ridge, the home decor and gift shop, Allusia, is reluctantly making way with a moving sale.

A sign on their window catching many eyes reads: “Some of you may know that we are losing our space to the proposed expansion of Ken’s Market. We have attempted to negotiate an extension of our lease through the holiday season, but have been refused by our landlord, Ken.”

The sign goes on to say the store will open in a new Phinney/Greenwood location to-be-named. A store employee said they’re down to two locations, but wouldn’t give more details.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for 20-60 percent off on everything from jewelry to furniture, stop by before Sept. 8 when they plan to close at 7225 Greenwood Ave. N.

And The Couth Buzzard, also closing to make way for Ken’s, was still selling off books today, even as workers are dismantling shelves and boxing up remaining books.

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Wicker Basket to become new market and cafe’

August 30th, 2008 by Dale

If you read our sister site, MyBallard, you may have already seen this. If not, it’s worth a read for anyone who travels down 8th Avenue. According to MyBallard:

Last week we wrote about the Wicker Basket closing and the post received a lot of comments. We got an email from Michael who says he will be working at the newly remodeled store which will be called the “Take Five Market & Cafe’”. Here is what Michael says:

“We plan to change the concept from convenience store (lotto, tobacco, malt liquor etc. which we will not offer) to a neighborhood market offering fresh produce and espresso with a casual family environment. We will offer a limited dine-in menu emphasizing comfort foods and high quality fresh goods. We are currently facing a huge remodel but we are energetic and hopeful to be opening in late October. We would love to hear your thoughts as our new Ballard neighbors – what do you want to see on our shelves?”

There are more than 70 comments on MyBallard. Feel free to add more here, or there. We’ll make sure the new owners see them.

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What does $259,950 buy these days?

August 29th, 2008 by Dale

A 487-square-foot house in Greenwood, apparently.

The listing on Redfin touts the tiny house near 6th Avenue NW and NW 84th Street as “Greenwood’s 1918 version of simple & efficient living.”

In Ballard, there’s a 325-square-foot “condo alternative” listed for $199,999.

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What’s your favorite PhinneyWood lunch spot?

August 28th, 2008 by Dale

Given the popularity of the recent post asking for people’s favorite breakfast/brunch spot, we thought we’d follow up with the question of what’s your favorite lunch spot in our neighborhoods? Bonus points if you can explain why you like your faves. It’s a three-day weekend, so there’ll be an extra opportunity to get out – assuming your favorite will be open on Labor Day.

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Block party Saturday at Sandel Park

August 28th, 2008 by Dale

The Salvation Army is putting on a free neighborhood block party at Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave. N., in Greenwood. There will be games, crafts, music, performances, free hot dogs and an inflatable bounce house. For more information, contact Erin Wikle, (206) 783-1225, erin.wikle@usw.salvationarmy.org. The event is a celebration wrapping up a weeklong “Summer Soul Creative Arts Daycamp” for kids 8-13 that runs Aug. 25-30.

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Another guerrilla knit item spotted

August 27th, 2008 by Dale

Lance sends us this one of what we have to assume is some sort of pole cozy, or pole warmer outside of Metropolis on Greenwood Avenue near 74th Street:

In an earlier post, we wrote about a guerrilla knitting group from the Fiber Gallery putting up random knit items along Greenwood Avenue to see if anyone would notice. Leah, Sophie and Owen are in the background, apparently waiting for Lance to finish admiring the knitting job.

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Lost dog ran away after thunderstorm

August 26th, 2008 by Doree

UPDATE: As of Sept. 1, Athena’s owner, Dianna, reports that Athena is back home. Here’s what she posted in the comments section:

Thank you all – Athena is back home!! I didn’t even know this was posted until today (a neighbor told me) so my thanks to you and the respondents. Athena escaped somehow (over our 6 foot fences in the back yard) and ended up “breaking in” to a yard (also with 6 foot fences) to the company of two other dogs. The owners took her to a local vet where they saw our flyer and got her back to us. Thanks to everyone who was keeping an eye out for her!!!!

Athena is a Golden Retriever mix that ran away from her Phinney home after getting spooked during Monday’s thunderstorm.

Flyers on telephone poles describe her as having white on her chest, paws and tip of her tail. She weighs about 60 pounds. She is friendly but probably scared. She was wearing a turquoise bandana and is microchipped, but wasn’t wearing her collar with tags.

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