Neighborhood news roundup: hardware store renovation, library lovers, Chuck’s expanding, summer camps

by | Mar 8, 2013

Lots of little neighborhood tidbits to tell you about:

Greenwood Hardware is hard at work on phase two of its renovation. The shed on the north side of the building came down earlier this week, which means the parking lot is closed. The store has also suspended its glass cutting and fluorescent bulb recycling until the remodel is finished.


Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

You can check out a time lapse video of the demolition here.

Phinney Ridge resident Ben Conway and a group of other library lovers spent last weekend walking to each of the 27 branches of the Seattle Public Library, to celebrate national Read Across America day (in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday). They walked about 30 miles on Saturday, and another 30 on Sunday.

At each location, they read from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and they wore the familiar red-and-white striped hats as they walked.

Here’s Ben in front of the Greenwood Library.

Library walkers March 2013-resized

Photo courtesy of Ben Conway.

Our friends at Capitol Hill Seattle report Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood is opening a second location called Chuck’s Hop Shop CD at 20th and Union.

The Olive and Grape at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N. is now open for breakfast and lunch every day.

Phinney/Ballard resident Josh Knisely, a writer and animator, is doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new animation project, “A Penny Dreadful.”

James sent us info about a new bar called the Teacher’s Lounge that’s moving into 8505 Greenwood Ave. N., part of the former Greenwood Academy of Hair Skin Division.


Phinney Market Pub & Eatery is hosting a Farm to Table Dinner Series, kicking off on Monday, March 25 with a special five-course dinner and discussion with special guests from Skagit River Ranch of Sedro Woolley. They’ll talk about the journey from farm to table, the impact of sustainable food systems on our community. Cost is $50 per person. Call 206-219-9105 for reservations.

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and 36th District State Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton are hosting a Town Hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at City University of Seattle, 521 Wall St., in the Vancouver/Calgary Room. They’ll discuss issues with constituents and answer questions about the current legislative session.

It’s not happening in our neighborhood, but many parents are starting to think about summer camps for their children, so Parent Map is hosting a free Summer Camp Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at The Evergreen School, 15201 Meridian Ave. N., in Shoreline.

Phinney resident Albert Martin, a Realtor and design professional, maintains a website called The Arch Observer, that features cool construction and design details around the city, including many in our neighborhood. He’s always looking for people to send him tips of interesting houses, buildings and gardens.

All Bartell Drugs locations, including Greenwood on 85th, are collecting teddy bears for its annual Teddy Bear Patrol campaign. The bears will be given to local police departments to give to children in crisis situations. You can donate a new or gently used bear that is under 12 inches. Or purchase a bear at Bartell for $7, and they’ll donate a second bear. Just drop them in the bins inside each store until March 30.

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