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


The Flourish Collection opening in former Assemble Gallery space in late January

January 10th, 2013 by Doree

The Flourish Collection will open later this month at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., where Assemble Gallery & Studio was until last month (Assemble has moved its business online.) Flourish sells letterpress cards, fine stationery and gifts.


Kristine Lynch tells us by email that she and her husband, Bob, previously owned a Flourish shop in Wallingford, from 2001-2006, then moved online, but really wanted to get back into a brick-and-mortar space.

They chose Phinney Ridge because they live near the neighborhood (on the line between Phinney and Ballard) and love walking up to the ridge for shopping and dining.

“We’ve always, always wanted to have our business in this bustling, thriving and friendly neighborhood. And boy, did we luck out. We already know we have the best new neighbors ever!” Lynch wrote.

In addition to their own line of paper goods, the store also will sell stationery and gifts from small businesses around the U.S.

“As graphic designers who own and operate a 1920’s Chandler and Price letterpress (named Cornelius), we are working on building our own line of paper goods. We definitely have a soft spot for refined, stylish, uncomplicated objects that are not only useful, but make the world just a little more visually satisfying,” she said.

The Flourish Collection is hoping to open on Saturday, Jan. 26. The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For updates on the store’s opening, see their Facebook page.

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Assemble Gallery & Studio closing storefront, moving online only

September 5th, 2012 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio, which opened in late 2009 at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., will close its storefront in January, but will continue craft and sewing tutorials online.

(We) have decided to transfer Assemble Gallery & Studio into an exclusively online shop starting in January, 2013. We LOVE our space, community and events, but we are ready to try something new and exciting! Our physical brick & mortar shop will be open until after Christmas, (and keep December 14th on your calendar for a huge, celebratory BASH!) We hope everyone in the area comes out to support us! As for our workshops, Assemble will continue tutorials in online video form and workshop kits which you can order from our website and do at home! Plus, we have new aspects of our business that we are looking forward to, including custom design for events, weddings, and parties! Plus, you just might be able to persuade us to do a private workshop or two! 🙂

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‘Milk + Bookies’ birthday celebration at Assemble Gallery on Friday

December 5th, 2011 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its second birthday with a special event to collect children’s books for kids in need.

“Milk + Bookies” is from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Drop by for some milk and cookies, and bring a children’s book to donate to the Denise Louie Education Center, which provides multi-cultural early learning services to vulnerable children and families in Seattle.

Santoro’s Books, just across the street from Assemble, is offering a 20 percent discount on any children’s books you purchase to donate at Milk + Bookies.

Denise Louie Education Center needs multicultural books for ages 0-5 in all languages, and discourages books with Disney or other corporate characters.

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Assemble Gallery hosting ‘Unexpected Embroidery’ author and workshop on Tuesday

October 10th, 2011 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting author Leanne Prain at 6 p.m. on Tuesday to celebrate the release of her new book, “Hoopla! The Art of Unexpected Embroidery.”

The free event includes a visual talk on “yarn bombing” and “subversive craft,” and an embroidery workshop based on one of the projects in the book called “Photo Feelism,” which encourages people to add a playful element to photographs by stitching in new elements, like adding a moustache to a baby, or a sea monster to a lake scene. There’s also a chance to win an embroidery door prize.

Prain is also the author of “Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.”

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Assemble Gallery & Studio featured on Q13 this morning

August 29th, 2011 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio in Phinney Ridge was featured on Q13’s morning news today. Co-owners Emily Grosse and Andie Wurster taught reporter Kaci Aitchison how to stamp and sew, and talked about their many crafting classes.

Wurster tells us that Assemble will be featured again on the 5 p.m. news tonight.

Assemble Gallery & Studio at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N.

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