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Business news roundup

Here are a few newsy tidbits from around the neighborhood.

The old Van’s 105th Tavern at 602 N. 105th St. recently became Tim’s Tavern. Owner Tim Arnot says a new neon sign is coming soon.

Umpqua Bank’s quarterly local business promotion is now featuring Metropolis. Last quarter Umpqua featured products by Zak & Zoe. You can purchase Metropolis products right inside the bank and 100 percent of the purchase price goes back to the merchant. Metropolis products will be available at the Phinney Ridge Umpqua store through March.

Umpqua’s Phinney Ridge Store Manager Jo Figurelli and Metropolis Owner Terry Heiman. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announced funding for 39 neighborhood arts partners. Each organization will receive $1,200 this year. In our neck of the woods, grantees are the Art Up Phinneywood Artwalk and “Heaven and Earth,” an outdoor art exhibit at Carkeek Park.

“Seattle’s neighborhoods are home to a range of cultural events that help forge connections among diverse communities,” Vincent Kitch, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, said in a press release. “By investing in these events we hope to support creativity at a grassroots level and help build community through arts and cultural participation.”

Don’t forget that Naked City Brewery & Taphouse at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting another “Think & Drink” series event at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies, the Cold War and Today” is a conversation with author and film critic Robert Horton, and will feature film clips from classic sci-fi films such as “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Admission is free, and it’s sponsored by Humanities Washington.

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