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While our recent snow makes summer seem far away, it’s never too early to start planning. Seattle ReCreative is offering a variety of opportunities to create cool stuff and harness kiddo creativity when school get out. See the variety of summer camp offerings here.

All camps are led by two teachers and each day includes art using the vast array of recycled materials at the store. Seattle ReCreative was able to hold all of their camps in person last summer and have continued to make adjustments because of COVID. This year, they are partnering with Windermere Greenwood to use part of their parking lot in order to ensure outdoor art making space. You can read more about their COVID precautions the website.

This Thursday treat yourself to Makeda & Mingus owner Prashanthi Reddy’s homemade and homestyle South Indian Dinner paired with special ciders from local merchant Press Then Press.

The dinner comes with all below:

If you want to add a few more ciders, make a new order and reference your food order to have them all together.

Order here. Pickup on Thursday, Feb 18 between 5-7p at Makeda & Mingus.

At checkout please select: SEATTLE AREA ONLY Local Pickup at Makeda & Mingus 153 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Snow brings welcome community frivolity

A gorgeous 8.9 inches of snow blanketed our town on the first day of this long holiday weekend, making for Seattle’s snowiest day in 52 years (14.9 inches buried the town on January 27, 1969). In other words, the last time it snowed this much in a single day in Seattle, man had yet to walk on the moon!

Our neighborhood – fortuitously for some and unfortunately for others situated on the crest of many hills – was filled with joyous skiers, sledders, and people with dogs and smiles. A few of our community members sent in some lovely pictures to share with you all.

First, some shots from Greg Maass, who also sent the black and white above:

And now some from our frequent and excellent columnist Bill Thorness:

Hello Phinneywood, we have some exciting news to share from Nutty Squirrel Gelato.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato, known for their “Gelato Taco Tuesdays” and other fundraisers for community schools, is finding new ways to continue being a neighborhood activator during Covid. Owners Alev and Tolga Seymen just launched a new fundraiser “Gelato Box,” which is already very popular with the community. Here are some thoughts from Nutty Squirrel’s husband and wife team, Tolga and Alev Seyman.

Alev: We are so excited to introduce this new Gelato Box, which is available at Nutty Squirrel Stores, as well as our online shop for delivery. We are calling it “Community Cookie Kit”. The Box includes 2 Pints of Gelato, and 8 Frozen Cookies from the local La Liath Bakery, who has been our family’s go-to Farmers Market baker, for delicious cookies and other yummies! The Box also includes a pack of premium melting chocolate and Nutty Stash Sprinkles. As a final touch, we worked with local artist Sean Hoyt to design a Seattle sticker to include in the box. 

Tolga: We are always looking for fun activities to do with the kids around the house. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen as a family. We thought other families would enjoy making gelato sandwiches with their kiddos as well. And the idea was born.

Alev: We already have a strong relationship with all the schools in our neighborhoods. We reached out to them and asked if they would like to participate; they loved the idea! You see the Community Cookie Kit is $30, and $5 of the purchase goes to the PTA of your choice. This is a perfect 1 stone many birds moment! We get to share our love for baking with family, we get to introduce other local businesses to our neighbors, our community comes together to support their schools… and everyone gets a delicious treat! 

Tolga: The Fundraiser will run through the end of March. Make sure to order your Kit today. And thank you for your support!

Find out more about the Community Cookie Kit and order online: https://nuttysquirrel.square.site

If you would like your school to be considered, please email: info@kremaco.com

Baking with the Seymens video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CK4SP2dggsE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

left-right: Polly Chapman, Becky Ducsik, and Maghara DePaoli

The Phinery Home Store has relocated to 7601 Greenwood Ave N, the historic Pelayo building that has been sitting vacant for several months since Bohemian Studios abruptly left. The Phinery has been a part of the Phinney neighborhood for 4 years at the corner of 65th and Phinney Ave N, and is an interior design studio and curated home decor shop.

Becky Ducsik, The Phinery’s Principal Interior Designer, had her eye on the 7601 Greenwood location for years, so it was a dream come true to turn that vision into reality. Over the past 2 months, Becky and her team have transformed the space – highlighting the building’s unique character while infusing The Phinery’s signature style. The new location features large windows, a drive-through courtyard, and ample parking.

The Phinery – pronounced “Fine-ery” – will feature extended hours, a wide range of home decor products, and a large studio space for residential interior design presentations and client meetings. New hours will be Tuesday-Saturday from 11-6pm.

The grand opening is scheduled for this Saturday, 2/13 – head on over to see the build out and shop for accessories, furniture, pillows, table-top linens and more.

Photo courtesy of WA-BLOC Facebook page.

The crew at Calico Salon – Cassie, Greta, Quincy and Luanne – are at it again, and are asking the Phinneywood community to join them in supporting Southeast Seattle’s Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC).

WA-BLOC is a Southeast Seattle non-profit that works with black and brown scholars to promote racial equality and justice. They offer Freedom Schools which is a 6 week high-impact, literacy program delivered to K-12 scholars during the summer. Their leaders use culturally responsive teaching practices and culturally relevant reading material and curriculum.
WA-BLOC collaborates regularly with local communities to facilitate social justice events and partner up with restaurants and chefs to provide free to-go meals for students and families in Rainer Beach.

To donate to WA-BLOC, Venmo any amount to @calicosalonfundraisers. All donations $5 and over will be entered into a raffle for a generous gift basket that includes a book, wine and candles from Black owned businesses, gift card to City Sweats and R+Co hair products.

Calico is very passionate about community involvement, connecting with neighbors, and making sure they are a positive force in their neighborhood. In their previous salon together as employees, they organized warm coat drives and other efforts that have helped beneficiaries from homeless youth to goats. “Everyone at the Salon is a social activist,” says owner Cassie Tarver.

Photo: Valentine’s pink cider pack from Press Then Press

Last week we asked you…

How are you getting creative this Valentine’s Day?

As we posted yesterday, several spots around the neighborhood are offering specials for dinner, drinks, and dessert, as well as some wonderful gift options. And who could ever go wrong with some of the lovely flowers at Terra Bella?

We also got this fun suggestion:

“I’d love to bring back the window challenges we had at the beginning of quarantine if anyone else is game. Fill up our windows with hearts!!!” – Becky Y.

My family doesn’t normally celebrate Valentine’s Day to be honest. It does seem we need to find more excuses to do more right now though. So, this year we’re going to be taking part in a Valentine’s Day themed virtual magic show. It could be great. It could be terrible. At the very least it should be fun.

Love the responses! Keep them coming and be on the lookout for a new question next week!

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood!

Join the Greenwood Community Council to hear from Jennifer Danner, one of Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention Coordinators. The presentation will include information about safety in the North End and current neighborhood watch programs. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions about our neighborhood crime and safety, and learn tips for securing your home or business.

Please note this meeting is on a different night than their typical meetings.

GCC February Meeting
Thursday February 11, 7:00pm

As covered by the My Ballard blog, the unique and woman-owned Greenwood neighborhood business Yonder Bar is being forced to close by the City due to complaints from surrounding households. Yonder Bar opened last August out of a garage on 1st Ave NW’s new Stay Healthy Street, quickly gaining an appreciative neighborhood following.

“While we’ve been working hard to launch a brand, survive a pandemic, build a community and have some fun, one person has made it their mission to close Yonder Bar down,” the owners shared on their website.

We know Yonder Bar is different, but so are the times we live in. We’ve tried working and pleading with the City to no avail, so are forced to shift gears. We don’t quite know what that shift looks like yet, but what we do know is that soon, we’ll come back bigger, better and stronger than ever. If you know the team, you know we NEVER give up and always have something up our sleeve. 

While we figure out what our next step is, we encourage you to come visit Yonder Bar in all its garage bar glory. We’ll be here Wed-Sun this week and next, with some big releases, special announcements and plenty of air high fives to go around.

So stay tuned, and in the meantime, sign up for our newsletter, and we encourage you to sign the letter of support we’ve put together, and help #saveyonderbar

Photo of owner Caitlin Braam by Karla Rava