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


Greenwood-Phinney Ridge businesses win Golden Teddy Awards from ParentMap magazine

July 11th, 2017 by Doree

Several Phinney Ridge and Greenwood businesses won Golden Teddy Awards from ParentMap magazine.

  • Kiley Riffell Photography won for Favorite Family Photographer.
  • Seattle ReCreative won Rainy Day Refuge and Note-perfect music or art camp.
  • Woodland Park Zoo won Tourist-in-your-own-town Attraction, Awesome Animal Attraction, and Can’t-miss holiday or seasonal event for its Wildlights.
  • Top Ten Toys won Awesome book or toy shop.
  • Music Together at Music Center of the Northwest won for Engaging infant and tot classes.
  • Childish Things was a finalist for Cool kids clothing shop and Essential baby or maternity shop.
  • Illumination Learning Studio was a finalist for Passport-ready language or art class.
  • Phinney Market Pub and Eatery was a finalist for Family-friendly restaurant.
  • Razzi’s Pizzeria was a finalist for Family pizzeria.
  • Green Bean Coffeehouse was a finalist for Corner coffee shop.

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Greenwood photographer wins international award

April 26th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood photographer Sandra Coan has won an international award from the National Association of Professional Child Photographers International Image Competition. Her image titled “Hello Bunny” took first place in the Babies category.

Coan, who specializes in maternity, infant, and family photography, has a studio at 310 NW 85th St.

Congratulations, Sandra!

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Vision Greenwood Park is one of 6 Denny Award winners

November 4th, 2011 by Doree

The volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park has just won a Seattle Parks and Recreation Denny Award for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship.

The group has spent several years working to improve Greenwood Park. Their latest project is the new Community Garden, which is almost completed. VGP won the Community Stewardship Award.

“It is always difficult for us to choose winners,” Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams said in a press release. “All of our volunteers make valuable contributions for which we are deeply grateful. Our intention is to single out those who whose work builds community, inspires others, and improves lives.”

From the press release:

Vision Greenwood came together in 2008 with the idea to develop and expand Greenwood Park. Since that time, they have energetically pursued a vision of Greenwood Park that serves more of the community. In addition to putting in more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service, they have applied for and received more than $180,000 in grants; and have raised $18,000 through community fundraising and events. With the monies raised so far, they have designed and constructed a 40-plot P-Patch, and installed an art wall featuring sculptures along the street in a creative move that links the historical Interurban trolley line with the current bike route.

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 29. Congratulations to Vision Greenwood Park!

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Parks Department seeks nominations for volunteer awards

October 11th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1. The award is named for the Denny family, Seattle pioneers who donated the land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1864.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city. Volunteers help Parks and Recreation staff and management in the work of the department and give valuable advice on important decisions about our Parks and Recreation facilities and operations. Volunteers pull ivy and plant native trees in our parks, coach kids’ sports, work as docents at selected parks, and serve on various advisory councils and boards.

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The nominee must have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist the Seattle Parks and Recreation department, and
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

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Neighborhood businesses nominated for Seattle Weekly ‘Best of the Web’ awards

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

SeattleWeekly.com just announced its nominees for its “Best of the Web” Awards 2010.

In the category of Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Urban Arts, Bherd Clothing in Greenwood was one of five nominees.

PAWS Cat City and Mud Bay were nominated for Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Pets/Pet Shop. And PAWS was also nominated in the categories of Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Nonprofit and Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Activism.

PhinneyWood was nominated for Seattle’s Best Neighborhood Blog, and so was our sister site, MyBallard.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of luminaries from Seattle’s online community including Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network, Chris Pirillo of LockerGnome and Social Media Club Seattle, John Cook of TechFlash, Rachel Ratner of KEXP, Matt Harding of Wherethehellismatt.com, Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon, Florangela Davila of the University of Washington and KUOW, Seattle’s favorite urban muralist, Ryan Henry Ward, and Seattle Weekly web editor Zibby Wilder.

This team of expert judges is currently reviewing the nominees and will be picking one winner from each category. Winners will be announced at SeattleWeekly.com on Wednesday, June 2.

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Congratulations, MyBallard!

October 3rd, 2009 by Dale

Our sister site, myballard.com, just won the first Online Journalism Awards’ Community Collaboration award. 

My Ballard is exactly what newspapers are trying to do with hyperlocal content. And these guys do it. There was no site that fulfills the sense of community collaboration better. It’s the literal definition of the category. It’s extremely useful for the neighborhood and because it lists cool places to go, it works for others.

To put this into perspective, in the realm of digital journalism, this award is like the Emmy’s for TV or the Academy Awards for movies. Congratulations, Cory and Kate, aka the Geeky Swedes!

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MyBallard nominated for national journalism award

September 1st, 2009 by Doree

Our sister site, MyBallard, has been nominated for a national Online Journalism Award for community collaboration. The other two finalists are the Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald.

MyB’s Geeky Swedes say it’s just one more indication that neighborhood news websites are truly powered by the communities they serve. Way to go, Swedes!

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Last chance to nominate your favorite business

August 27th, 2009 by Doree

Greenwood and Phinney are full of fantastic, independent businesses, and next Wednesday is the deadline for nominating one of them for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Town Hall on Oct. 13.

The Mayor’s Small Business Awards honor the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle, and their contribution to the city’s economic vitality and quality of life.

Read more about the award nomination process or download the nomination form here.

And as long as we’re talking about local, independent businesses, there’s a renewed push to shop local through the 3/50 Project.

3: Think about which three independently owned stores you’d miss if they were gone. Pick up a little something to show your support and to thank them for their business and how important they are to the neighborhood.

50: If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,700,000 in revenue. Imagine the positive impact that would have.

68: For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 of it returns to the community in which you live, through taxes, payroll and dollars also going into the other businesses in the neighborhood. Spend it local and keep it local. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1: The number of people it takes to start the trend….you.

Pick 3. Spend $50. Save your local economy.

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