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Come out for art and eats in the neighborhood at the 26th BIG One Art Walk! Enjoy local art of all types: photography, sculpture, collage, oils, watercolors, prints, glass, metal and fiber art, ceramics, and mixed media. Mark your calendars for September 23 (6-9pm) and September 24 (12-5pm) at PhinneyWood businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Over the years, this popular event has turned into a neighborhood party with music and performances at participating businesses, in addition to artist showcases. In the spirit of the art walk theme “Art Up, Chow Down,” many restaurants and pubs offer music or menu specials.

Art walk maps and information on participating venues will be available here and at participating businesses the week before the event.

The PNA will host an art show with our friends at the Emerald City Art Collective in our Blue Building upstairs gallery during the PhinneyWood Art Walk. More details to come!

About the PhinneyWood Art Walk

The Art Up, Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk started in 1995 and was coordinated by the PhinneyWood Arts Council, an all-volunteer organization. In 2022, the PNA adopted the Art Walk to keep the tradition alive.

Pre-COVID, monthly art walks were held on the second Friday, with The BIG One happening yearly on a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Currently, the PNA is organizing The BIG One for fall 2022, with monthly walks to be determined.

Each original art poster for The BIG One has been created by award-winning graphic artist, Roybnne Raye of Modern Dog Design. Her posters have been exhibited internationally, are in the archives of major libraries, and are collected by museums worldwide.

A building listed as 7706 and 7708 Greenwood Ave N, has been deemed a “fall hazard” by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. The sidewalk and street parking directly in front of the sagging building have been closed to all foot and vehicle traffic. Adjoining businesses Draft Punk and Advance Nails & Spa have not been affected by this emergency order.

The building owner has been instructed to “have a licensed State of Washington engineer evaluate and stabilize structure.” Anyone noting further shifting of the building or other potential dangers is encouraged to call (206)684-8429.

The new Bite of PhinneyWood tasting event will showcase our local Greenwood and Phinney restaurants and serve delicious food on September 17th. You can try more than 20 delectable dishes with one ticket, all at the Phinney Center.

As of today, all early-admission VIP tickets have sold out for the event, but there are still general admission and kid tickets available. Everyone who purchases a ticket before September 2nd is entered in a drawing to win gift cards from participating local restaurants.

So many great eateries can’t wait to meet you. “We are excited to introduce our restaurant to our PhinneyWood neighbors and Seattleites who have yet to experience the Thaiku love,” shared Thaiku owner Jon. Come savor their mouthwatering red curry with white jasmine rice. 

Thaiku curry
Mainstay Provisions Sandwich

La Conasupo Taqueria & Snack Shop owner Ricardo Sanchez is excited to see new faces at Bite of PhinneyWood, too. “We would like more of our PhinneyWood neighbors to experience our very authentic, fresh, house-made Mexican specialties.” Try their tasty chicken tinga tacos, as well as dishes from Mainstay Provisions, Pizzeria La Rocca, and many other awesome restaurants.

Event sponsor Halcyon Brewing Company will host a beer garden to help you hydrate and awesome DJ’s from KBFG 107.3 will keep you grooving.

Pizzeria La Rocca Pasta

Bite of PhinneyWood is brought to you by Salmon Bay Community Lending. All proceeds benefit the Phinney Center’s community programs, including the Hot Meal Program and programs serving older adults at the Greenwood Senior Center

Bring a big appetite to Bite of PhinneyWood and relish an extra appetizing experience. Eat local. Build community. What could be better?

Taproot Theatre Company is seeking volunteer ushers for their next production, A Night With the Russells: The Legacy of Us. The show starts previews on Wednesday, September 21 and runs until Saturday, October 22. Volunteer ushers will be called 75 minutes before showtime, asked to perform light tasks such as scanning tickets and helping guests to their seats, then are invited to stay and watch the performance for free. For more details, and to schedule your usher date, please email Scott Zenreich, Patron Services Manager, at scottz@taproottheatre.org.

About the Show
An evening of laughter, love, and unrelenting joy! Seattle’s own Sarah, Be, and Faith Bennett Russell carry on their family’s legacy as storytellers, while celebrating their individual journeys as Black female artists. From their roots in Jamaica to their home in Seattle, this cabaret is filled with songs both new and old. Bring your tissues and party-poppers and prepare to leave with a song in your heart.

About Taproot Theatre Company
Taproot Theatre Company (Karen Lund, Producing Artistic Director) was founded in 1976 by six friends, five of them graduates from Seattle Pacific University. From its humble beginnings as a touring group, the company is now Seattle’s largest mid-size theatre company. Today Taproot Theatre serves over 150,000 people annually throughout the Pacific Northwest with its Jewell Mainstage season, Isaac Studio Theatre season, Touring programs and Acting Studio. Taproot Theatre Company tells stories of hope, serving the Pacific Northwest through live theatre and educational programs.

Kim and Tom Stege found themselves in a place most couples don’t have the chance to experience. After years of working in IT and staying home with small children, they suddenly had the opportunity to pursue a career change that would give them the sense of fulfillment they longed for and give them more time together. The Steges had experience helping care for aging parents, knowing their desire to remain at home, when they learned about the Seniors Helping Seniors franchise. The brand stands apart in the in-home care industry by prioritizing the hiring of caregivers age 65+ to help their less active counterparts.

In addition to providing in-home care for local seniors, the Steges decided to open Seniors Helping Seniors in order to provide job opportunities to a sector of the labor market that is typically overlooked: seniors themselves.

“Kim and I have both cared for older family members as they aged and faced medical challenges,” said Tom. “We both wanted to give our ailing parents the ability to age in their homes, but we were not able to help our parents as much as we would have liked. Seniors Helping Seniors would have been a great resource in providing the support they needed. I’m excited to be able to provide an affordable service that allows people to age in place as an alternative to being cared for in an institution.”

Seniors Helping Seniors was founded by husband-and-wife duo Kiran and Philip Yocom. Kiran, who grew up in India, later worked to advance humanitarian efforts alongside Mother Teresa. After moving to the U.S. in 1995 and marrying her husband Philip, the Yocoms felt called to provide loving care to seniors and to cultivate an exchange of gifts at every generational level.

The in-home senior care industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, as the baby-boom generation has reached the phase in life where these services become necessary. An estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old every day, and by 2050, nearly 20% of the U.S. population will be age 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging, 90% of those seniors say they plan to remain in their homes for the next 5 to10 years. With more than 400 nursing homes projected to close in 2022 based on money and staffing issues, and the U.S. home care market expected to grow to $225 billion by 2024, in-home senior care companies across the country are pushing to meet the demand.

The Great Retirement has also resulted in many people looking to more meaningful and fulfilling industries to devote their time, such as senior care. This is welcome news for an industry that has been struggling through a historic workforce crisis since the onset of COVID-19, and Seniors Helping Seniors® locations have established themselves as a top choice for caregiving professionals because of its focus on fostering long-lasting and compatible relationships between the client and caregiver.

Further differentiating the Seniors Helping Seniors from other brands in the eldercare space is its commitment to hiring senior caregivers, which provides employment opportunities for retirees and better cultivates meaningful relationships between caregivers and care receivers. Retired seniors have the opportunity to enjoy a flexible schedule, earn extra income, and lend a hand with a fellow senior’s daily living needs.

Friday Farmer’s Market going strong

By Josie Hinke, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Secluded from the busy streets, in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center Blue Building, the Phinney Farmers Market arrives every Friday, June through September, to bring farmers and fresh local produce to the Phinney Ridge-Greenwood neighborhoods. Farmers travel from all over the state, from Sequim to Mount Pilchuck, to bring their produce to the market.

The farmers market offers a unique outlet for farmers and shoppers to directly engage one another in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else. Let’s meet some of the farmers who frequent the Phinney Farmers Market!

Teresa and Matt of Tampopo Farm with their booth and produce at the Phinney Farmers Market

Teresa and Matt of Tampopo Farm enjoy their time at the market as an opportunity to engage with shoppers who are passionate about plants and produce. The pandemic was a motivator for many people to try their hand at gardening, and Teresa says that it has led to many engaging conversations at the markets, with people asking for advice or wondering about growing methods.

Farmers Michael and Melina of Chubby Bunny Farm with their table of produce at the Phinney Farmers Market.

Chubby Bunny Farm is nestled on about two acres in the Cascade Mountains near Mount Pilchuck, WA. Farmers Michael and Melina work the land entirely on their own, with no employees to share the load. Chubby Bunny Farm focuses on vegetables, pigs, ducks, and, of course, rabbits.

Following a minimal waste ethos, their rabbits’ diet is balanced with leftover vegetables from the farm. The two are beloved at the Phinney Farmers Market, where they greet newcomers and regulars with warm smiles.

Flats of rasberries, blackberries, and more by Hayton Farms at Phinney Farmers Market.

Hayton Farms has been a reliable source of all kinds of produce for five generations. These days you’ll see Angelica with a market tent full of berries, but when Thomas and Sarah Hayton established the farm in 1876 on Fir Island in the Skagit Valley, they grew grain and made hay to feed Seattle’s workhorses.

In the 1900’s Hayton Farm transitioned to a dairy farm, and in the 1950’s Leroy and Irene Hayton turned the whole operation into a row crop farm. These days Leroy and Irene’s son Robert Hayton and his wife Susan Hughes-Hayton continue to make hay and focus on a small number of specialty crops, while Angelica, the youngest Hayton Farmer, has grown a booming berry business.

Alvarez Organic Farms booth with produce at the Phinney Farmers Market.

Alvarez Organic Farms has been family owned and operated in the lower Yakama Valley since Hilario Alvarez started the business in 1981. They are conscious of the impact their 80 acres can have on the environment, and they installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system in 2014 to aid their water conservation efforts.

The Alvarez family is as community conscious as they are environmentally conscious, donating the majority of their leftover market produce to food banks throughout the Puget Sound area. Alvarez Organic Farm is a true farmers market and community staple.

You can meet these hardworking farmers and many more at the Phinney Farmers Market every Friday from 3 to 7 pm through September 30.

Tickets are now available for a local concert happening on Saturday, August 20th the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 7500 Greenwood Ave N. Wellspring Ensemble is a group of singers and educators who rehearse weekly at PRLC throughout the summer and fall, and are performing with the poetry of Langston Hughes.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and masking will be required at both concerts. Reception to follow.

This is a monthly contribution to the Blog by local realtor Doron Weisbarth

July’s data for our PhinneyWood neighborhood can be quite confusing. Inventory level is up, but time on market is steady, and average prices, while lower than last month, are still higher than last year. Condos, in particular, are doing very nicely! To see the full report, go to PhinneyWoodHomes.com.

So no, the market is not cooling, and the end is not nigh. What we are seeing are natural fluctuations in our market. The appreciation rate in Q1 was too aggressive, so now the market is simply coming back to normal, although we’re still very much in seller market territory. And while prices may fluctuate, overall, we’re going to see a healthy year-over-year gain. And don’t forget that we’re in the middle of summer (finally!), so both buyer and seller are preoccupied with having fun in the sun.

Overall, we’re seeing that both buyers and sellers are adjusting to the new normal of interest rates (still historically low), inflation (may have peaked), gas prices (continuously dropping over the past 2 months), and stock market (seems to be in an upswing again). Because as long as we have more buyers (demand) than sellers (supply), the market activity will remain robust, and prices will continue to appreciate.

Considering selling your PhinneyWood home, or buying one in our neighborhood? Find out what insider tricks and strategies will help you maximize your results. For a no-obligation consultation, call Doron at 206-779-9808.  

Though it may have escaped notice for pastry fans so focused on their morning croissants, Petite Pierre Bakery has expanded to a second location in the former home of Celine Patisserie. Celine’s original owners, Alexei and Daniella Bucos, made the hard decision early this year to move their family back to Italy. There was interim ownership over the past 6 months before Chefs Pierre Poulin and Joanna Chau took over in late September. You can read more about them and their journeys here.

Poulin and Chau took over Petit Pierre in Magnolia in December of 2020. It was already a neighborhood bakery but they were able to revamp, remodel and improve and expand on the pastries being offered and started a full lunch program as well. 

Petite Pierre endeavors to “stick to the classics done properly with quality ingredients,” says Poulin. Then they are able to open it up to be able to work with new flavors and what’s in season. “Food is ever changing and we like to keep things new, vibrant and interesting.” They are a small family owned business that appreciates all the support and relationship that being a part of a community offers.

Community is what attracted them to Phinney Ridge. “It’s a growing neighborhood that is close to so many family friendly attractions that we see a great sense of community here that we love,” relays Poulin. “Covid actually allowed us to get to know our neighbors (in Magnolia) better since everyone started working from home and would come out in the morning before work and then also for breaks throughout the day. Covid showed everyone how important it was to support their local businesses in order to still have them around. We were blessed to be in such a great supporting community.”

Petit Pierre, which is one of the 25 participants in the upcoming Bite of PhinneyWood in September, has already begun improving on the pastries and offering more options. “We’ve already began to make some internal changes that will help in operations and products as soon as we take over. Soon after that we will begin to offer more lunch options, wine and handcrafted artisan chocolates in the future. Lots of exciting things to come!”