Neighborhood news: new businesses, solar units on sale, mural design chosen, and we have the best toy store in the West

by | Jun 26, 2014

We have lots of miscellaneous neighborhood news to report.

Mo’s Sandwiches recently opened at 6108 Phinney Ave. N. The deli has already received a lot of love on Yelp. (Thanks to James for the photo.)


Greenwood startup GRAYL, which recently moved into 6557 Greenwood Ave. N, #101, produces the Water Filtration Cup, a personal water filter made of stainless steel that works like a French press.

Top Ten Toys, 120 N. 85th St., recently received the award for best toy store in the Western half of the U.S at the conference and trade show of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. That’s the association for independent and small chain toy stores. (In 2012, Top Ten Toys was the first toy store in the Northwest voted the Best Toy Store by the Western Toy and Hobby Association.)

Beginning in July, North Seattle Rotary is changing its meeting site to Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Meetings are at noon every Wednesday. Anyone is invited to check out Rotary and receive a free lunch.

The public can now purchase solar units from planned solar arrays at Phinney Neighborhood Association and the Woodland Park Zoo, in a partnership with Seattle City Light. City Light customers purchase units, then receive credits on their monthly electric bills based on the power produced. Solar units will cost $150; each unit represents a 28-watt piece of the system. The enrollment page is here. The PNA will purchase units for its own building, and is looking for sponsors for the units. If interested, contact Amy Besunder, development director, at [email protected].

A neighborhood man has been cleaning Greenwood-Phinney avenues for the last several months as he walks to and from work between 83rd and 60th streets. He’s started a fundraising campaign to raise money to buy more garbage bags, a grabber tool, and a collection cart.

Ten businesses have signed on to help raise funds for the proposed North 63rd Street Mural Project. Each business will have a collection box and will match customer donations up to $250. The participating businesses are: Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, Redmill, A-1 Piano, Umpqua Bank, Greenwood Hardware, Ken’s Market, Sip & Ship, Naked City Brewing and Top Ten Toys. The Phinney Neighborhood Association also will collect donations online (those will not be matched).

1,323 votes were cast in the mural design contest; 565 voted for Michiko Tanaka’s design “Animal Silhouettes.” The neighborhood now has to raise $5,000 to match a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant. That will help pay for the paint, special anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.


This is a small portion of “Animal Silhouettes.”

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