≡ Menu

Neighborhood news roundup: businesses opening, closing, awards

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.
Zeliga Management is remodeling the space that formerly housed Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café at North 65th Street and Phinney Avenue North. Eli Secor tells us tenant work could start around the beginning of the year, with estimated occupancy date of February 2014. They’ve set up a website with more information on the 2,500 square foot space, including floor plans.
Phinney Neighborhood Association and 826 Seattle were honored last week with “Light A Fire Awards,” presented by Seattle Met Magazine at a special dinner at Canlis. PNA Development Director Ann Bowden tells us both organizations were honored for making Seattle “a better place to live, give and grow. The PNA was recognized for ‘Honoring Our Elders;’ 826 Seattle was recognized for ‘Inspiring the Next Generation.’” Award winners are featured in the November issue of Seattle Met.
Green Bean Coffeehouse reopened last Friday at 8515 Greenwood Ave. N. This is the Bean’s fifth location in four years. Its first coffee shop was destroyed in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson that also destroyed three neighboring businesses and damaged several others. The Bean then shared space with Greenwood Sip & Ship on Greenwood Avenue for several months, then moved across the street to its own building, then moved half a block south as part of Sanctuary Church’s offices when the other building was torn down for redevelopment. Green Bean’s current space is on the ground floor of a brand new building that’s part of the Piper Village development.
G & O Family Cyclery, 8417 Greenwood Ave. N., opened about two weeks ago. The shop specializes in family and cargo bikes.
The Dibble House Bed & Breakfast on the corner of Dibble Avenue and NW 73rd Street, just over the Phinney Ridge line into Ballard, has closed. The owners told us this morning that it was a hard decision to make but it was time to move on after 26 years.
Wedgwood author David Volk has just published his second edition of “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” which features a number of locations in Greenwood, including Taproot Theater, Gordito’s and Couth Buzzard Books. Volk says it’s “a funny, street-savvy book that’s intended for frugal locals, economizing college students and even formerly furloughed federal workers who still want to enjoy an occasional day or night out, but want to pay less for it.” The official release date is Nov. 5, although he says books are starting to arrive in local bookstores already.
Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for new members from 6-9 years old on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the U-District. “Members of the Performing Choir get to sing with the Seattle Symphony, travel on tours, sing in major concert halls, sing in professional recording studios and make new friends. Auditions for the Prep Choirs are straightforward and fun. No prior musical training is required – just musical aptitude and obvious enjoyment of music.” Call 206-524-3234 to schedule an audition appointment.