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


Entries from April 2014

Neighborhood news roundup – bookstore closing, beer tasting room opening, fundraisers

April 30th, 2014 by Doree

Lantern Brewing’s tasting room finally opens on May 1 at 938 N. 95th St. Hours will be from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., says farewell with a big party this Saturday night from 5-7 p.m. There will be food, beverages, a free Santoro’s T-shirt with every purchase over $100 (while supplies last), and a $5 refund on every purchase over $25. The store will reopen sometime in June as Phinney Books with new owners Tom Nissley and Laura Silverstein.

The Box and Bottle restaurant will have its soft opening at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N. starting on Monday, May 5, with hours from 4-8 p.m. daily through next Thursday. They’ll have their grand opening during next weekend’s huge neighborhood PhinneyWood ArtWalk – The Big One, with hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, May 9-10. Beginning Monday, May 12, The Box and Bottle will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Owners Singyn Hunter and Patricia Bellafato also co-own The Blue Glass on 65th and own Evolution Revolution Food Truck.

The soon-to-open tavern at 123 N. 85th St. has already changed its name from Katzenklavier to The Cozy Nut Tavern, according to the bar’s Facebook page. It’s looking at a May 15 opening.

Registration for 826 Seattle’s annual Dance Your Cash Off begins May 1. The main event is from 6-11 p.m. on June 19 at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave. The fundraiser benefits 826 Seattle’s literacy and tutoring programs.

May is Bike to School/Work month. Please be extra careful with all the extra bikes out there.

Two neighborhood organizations have received federal homeless assistance funds. New Beginnings, a non-profit that provides shelter and advocacy for battered women and children, will receive $326,054 to provide 17 units of shelter. Solid Ground-Broadview will receive $158,620 for 20 units.

A yoga benefit in Lake City will provide funds for the Healthy HIP Packs program, which sends food home each weekend for more than 100 children who don’t have enough food at home. The program is at four Seattle schools, including Viewlands Elementary in Greenwood/Broadview. The all-levels fundraiser is from 10:15-11:45 a.m. Saturday at Two Dog Yoga, 12549 28th Ave NE. Suggested donation is $25. Advanced registration and payment required.

Soulumination, a non-profit organization that provides free portraits for families facing terminal and life-threatening illness, is hosting a fundraising clothing sale called “Fashion for the Soul, A Woman’s boutique” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at 5201 11th Ave. NW. Appetizers and adult beverages will be served. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Seattle Mindfulness Center opened at 6306 Phinney Ave. N. in January. The center offers individual and couples therapy, mindfulness-based classes, a community meditation group and professional training. Samara Serotkin is a licensed psychologist who has opened up a private practice called Focus and Thrive inside the center.

I specialize in teaching people mindfulness skills to help them make changes in their lives – whether it is getting past difficult emotional issues, transitioning through difficult times in their lives, or people wanting help making changes to their health habits like quitting smoking or losing weight. I provide therapy, coaching, and I also teach classes that are designed to teach people ways to practice mindfulness in their everyday life. My Summer 2014 class series includes Mindful Chocolate Tasting, Mindful Cooking, Mindful Creativity, and Changing Your Relationship With Food. I provide free 15 minute consultations. Contact me through my website or email at info@focusandthrive.com.

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Traffic delays, bus reroutes expected downtown on Thursday for May Day events

April 30th, 2014 by Doree

If you’re heading downtown on Thursday, be aware that buses may be rerouted and traffic will likely be delayed due to May Day events. Some city streets are scheduled to be closed as hundreds of people are expected to march from Judkins Park to Westlake Park. Seattle Police will escort the marchers. Fourth Avenue will be closed between 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Pine Street will be closed between 3-7 p.m.

Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute details.

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The (temporary) view from Phinney Ridge

April 28th, 2014 by Dale

The demolition of the former Woodland Park Community of Christ Church at 5555 Phinney Ave. N has opened up a panoramic – albeit, passing – view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.


The pit west of Woodland Park Zoo at the northwest corner of Phinney Avenue North and North Argyle Place will soon be filled in with eight townhomes. See additional details and drawings here.

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UPDATE: BOTH CATS FOUND — 2 cats missing from Phinney-Greenwood homes since Saturday

April 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Both cats have been found safe and sound!

Earlier: Alison tells us that her female grey cat, Rauch, is missing from Greenwood Avenue and North 80th street. She was last seen Saturday afternoon.


We don’t expect she has gone far but may be trapped in a basement or shed nearby. She likes to crawl in small dark places and may have done so during the storm on Saturday night. Please check your basement if you live near. No collar but she is microchipped. Very friendly and vocal. Please contact Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital or call 206-478-6393 if you have any information.

Megan says her sister’s cat, Mordor, also disappeared from home on Saturday, at Phinney Avenue and North 61st Street. She’s an indoor cat and not used to being outside, and has no tag or collar. Mordor is black with yellow eyes. If you’ve seen her, please call 206-714-1354.


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Art improv, Earth Day, music, Green Home Tour this weekend in Phinney-Greenwood

April 25th, 2014 by Doree

Here a few highlights of what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

It’s closing weekend for Taproot Theatre’s “In the Book Of.”

Art Improv Workshop from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Friday at the PNA.

Carkeek Park’s 34th annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

NW Green Home Tour throughout the region on Saturday, including several homes and businesses in Phinneywood. Walking tour led by Feet First Board President Dave Ramsay begins at 11 a.m. at Hale’s Ales on Leary Way.

Seattle Folklore Society presents the American-Celtic folk music of Kat Eggleston, Kate MacLeod and Julie Mainstone at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.


Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club Open House at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Green Lake Small Craft Center at the southwest end of the lake.

Entertainer/magician Evan Reynolds performs a family variety show from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, with a special appearance by R2-D2.

The tasty Top Pot Doughnut Dash is Sunday morning at Green Lake. Be aware that traffic will be terrible and Metro buses will be rerouted off of East Green Lake Dr. N. for several hours. Check Metro’s Alerts page to see which routes are affected.

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Tortoiseshell cat missing from Greenwood

April 25th, 2014 by Doree

A tortoiseshell cat named Franny has been missing from her Greenwood home since April 12. She was last seen near NW 86th Street and 3rd Avenue NW. She was wearing a pink collar with a bell and is very shy. (No picture is available). If you’ve seen her, call Home Again at 1-888-466-3242.

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Registration open for PNA Garage Sale Day on May 17

April 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association‘s Garage Sale Day is on Saturday, May 17. The deadline to register yard sales to be included on the special map is May 10.

Clean out your closets for PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day on May 17th. Visit phinneycenter.org/garagesale or call (206) 783-2244 by May 10th to register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center flea market. Registered sales will be listed on the official Garage Sale Day map, available May 16th. New this year, SpatialDev has designed an interactive online map of all sale location which will allow you to sort for categories, get directions and enhance your selling experience. PNA will provide a print map as well.

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Neighborhood crime roundup

April 24th, 2014 by Doree

Unfortunately, we have a fair number of recent property crimes to tell you about.

Esther tells us someone broke into her neighbor’s house at North 60th Street and Greenwood Avenue last week by kicking in the side door. The thief rifled through drawers and cupboards and stole some jewelry.

Gabi tells us someone stole her husband’s commute bike from their shed sometime between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. She says the thief would have had to open the gate and walk all the way across the property to reach the shed.

Here’s a picture of a similar Black Raleigh bike. If you’ve seen it, please leave a note below in comments.


Nancy tells us her neighbor stopped two thieves who were trying to steal a barbecue. They were driving a motorhome through an alley in Phinney Ridge and had just loaded the barbecue into their rig when he confronted them. He was able to get the barbecue back before they drove away. He got the full license plate, but for legal reasons we can only post a partial plate here: APT80**


Please put a note below in comments if saw them too.

Heather tells us her truck was broken into last week in the alley between North 73rd and 74th streets between Fremont and Linden avenues. She says the thief broke through the back window, cleared out the center console and the glove compartment, stole a backpack and tools, and tried to steal the truck (she could tell because the ignition was messed up). She says several other vehicles in that area were broken into at the same time. She says a man was arrested the following night in Lynnwood after trying to use her husband’s debit card, and their stolen items are still in evidence at the Lynnwood precinct.

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NW Green Home Walking Tour this Saturday includes Phinney-Greenwood homes, businesses

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The NW Green Home Tour is coming up this Saturday with dozens of sustainably built homes and businesses from Woodinville to Shaw Island, including several in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Click here for a map of all sites throughout the region. Click here for a map of the North End sites.

The self-guided tour is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

If you’d like a guided walking tour through Fremont, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, you can join Feet First Board President Dave Ramsay, who will lead a moderately-paced 5.1 mile walk connecting six of the tour sites. Participants will spend 15-20 minutes at each site. The walking tour will begin at 4301 Leary Way NW.

Neighborhood businesses on the tour include Taproot Theatre’s new expansion at 204 N. 85th St., and Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N.,which recently completed an eco-friendly remodel, including solar panels.


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