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


Greenwood Bartell CareClinic opens

August 24th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Bartell Drugs, at 100 N. 85th St., has opened a CareClinic run by Group Health. The clinic provides walk-in medical care, staffed by Group Health clinicians, for anyone over the age of 2, including those who aren’t Group Health members.

The average visit time including waiting – in the door and out – is less than 15 minutes.

Visits cost $75 and most insurance plans can be billed. Clinicians enter diagnosis and treatment into Group Health members’ electronic medical records, allowing a patient’s entire medical team to easily share medical information no matter where the patient is seen.

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Top Ten Toys moving to new space next week

March 7th, 2014 by Doree

Top Ten Toys will move into its new permanent home on 85th Street next to the new Bartell Drugs next week. The toy store will be closed from Monday through Thursday and plans to open in its new space on Friday, March 14. (Check their Facebook page for updates as this could change.)

Top Ten Toys moved from its old space last year as Bartell moved next door into the former Blockbuster Video and Top Ten Toys space. Top Ten is now moving into Bartell’s former space.

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Bartell Drugs to open new Greenwood store Oct. 13

October 1st, 2013 by Doree

The new Greenwood Bartell Drugs will open on Sunday, Oct. 13, and host a grand opening celebration on Oct. 26.

The new Bartell Drugs is next door to the current store at 100 N. 85th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. At 16,085-square-feet, it will be one of the largest in the 61-store chain, and will include a larger pharmacy, an “Urban Market,” and a Growler Station with six rotating regional beers and ales on tap.

The Oct. 26 celebration will include family activities, product samples, free hot dogs and a live radio broadcast, and will also mark the store’s 80 years in Greenwood.

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Top Ten Toys, Bartell Drugs moving into Blockbuster Video space

January 3rd, 2013 by Doree

After Blockbuster Video closes later this month, both Top Ten Toys and  Bartell Drugs will be moving and expanding inside the current building.


Top Ten Toys is the yellow awning on the left.

Top Ten Toys will first move into the lower level of the building around the end of this month, while construction happens on the current Blockbuster space.

Greenwood Town Center-downstairs-resized

Then, sometime in the fall, the toy store will move back upstairs, into the space where Bartell Drugs is now on the east side of the building, plus another 2,000-square feet into the Blockbuster space. Bartell Drugs will move into the west end of the upstairs.

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Back-to-school donation drives

August 13th, 2012 by Doree

Hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about sending the kids back to school. And that means that several organizations are holding school supplies drives for needy kids.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is holding a school supplies drive for students at Whitman Middle School and foster children served by Treehouse. Donations can be dropped off at the PNA’s Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through mid-September.

Whitman’s wish list:

  • flash drives
  • two-inch white binders
  • graph paper
  • college-ruled notebook paper and dividers
  • composition books
  • ballpoint pens
  • highlighters, pencils and erasers
  • colored pencil and felt-tip pen sets
  • post-it notes and index cards.

Treehouse’s wish list:

  • New jeans or pants, sweatshirts, jackets, socks and underwear
  • Other back-to-school basics for boys or girls age 5-18.

Bartell Drugs‘ “School Tools for Kids in Need” runs through Aug. 26 at all 58 locations, including Greenwood at 120 N. 85th St.

Donated school supplies will help re-stock World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife, where teachers of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs can shop for free supplies for their students.


  • #2 Pencils – 20 Count
  • Bic Cristal or Round Stic Ink Pens – 10 pack; blue or black
  • Elmer’s Glue – Glue-All or School Glue/4 oz. bottles
  • Scotch Kids’ Scissors – pointed or blunt
  • Avery Glue Stic/2 pack – Acid-free, photo-safe, permanent and washable
  • Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers – 3 pack
  • Avery Poly Binders – 1/2″ or 1″ sizes
  • Playskool Crayons – 24 colors
  • Avery Hi-Liter Markers; yellow or pink
  • CLi Erasers – 20 pack cap erasers or 3 pack; pink
  • A&W Zipper Pencil Pouch
  • Mead Index Cards
  • Crayola Colored Pencils – 12 count

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Bartell Drugs hosts food drive for Food Lifeline

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Bartell Drugs is hosting a food drive for Food Lifeline to help families with children who receive free and reduced-price lunches at school. Summertime means these children may not get enough healthy food at home.

The food drive runs through June 10 at all Bartell Drugs stores, including the Greenwood store at 120 N. 85th St.

Suggested food includes tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other needed items include baby formula, diapers, baby food (boxes or plastic tubs only) and personal care items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, tissues, shampoo and conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

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Businesses coming and going, new liquor license applications

April 10th, 2012 by Doree

We have a few business comings and goings to tell you about, plus some new liquor license applications.

Greenwood Alternative Medicine has opened in the spot that briefly was home to The High Class, at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 100 (and was Pelayo Antiques for years before that; the old antique store sign remains).

It opened on April 1, but will have its grand opening on April 20. Phone is 206-457-8917.

Balderdash Books & Art at 8536 Greenwood Ave. N. is closing on May 15. In October, owner Vanessa Ormiston told us the store would close at the end of May.

Allusia, which sells home decor and accessories, is expanding into the space recently vacated by Strut shoe store at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. (the two had been sharing the space for the last several months.) According to the sign in the window, Allusia is doing some remodeling and plans to reopen soon.

Ken’s Market at 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. and Bartell Drugs at 120 N. 85th St. have applied for liquor licenses to sell spirits starting on June 1, when the state gets out of the business. Emerald City Orchids, 716 NW 65th St., has applied for a liquor license to sell beer and wine in its new café.

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Neighborhood news roundup

November 29th, 2011 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of news tidbits from the neighborhood.

The new Made Sewing Studio, at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., is having a “Friday Night Holiday Shopping” on Dec. 16, where parents can drop off their kids (cost is $30/child) for a few hours so they can craft and play while parents go shopping or out for dinner.

Made is also hosting a “Winter Sew-Cation” during the last two weeks of December, with classes for kids and teens. Classes include: Fashion Design, DIY Animal Factory, Wallet Creation, Messenger Bag, and Leggings/Yoga pants.

All 58 Bartell Drugs locations, including Greenwood at 120 N. 85th St., are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army’s “Toy ‘n’ Joy” drive through Dec. 11.

“The need this year is especially great. While you’re out doing your holiday shopping, pick up a toy for the “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive to make the holiday season brighter for deserving children,” George D. Bartell, Chairman and CEO of Seattle-based Bartell Drugs, said in a press release. “The generosity and support of our customers over the past seven years has been gratifying.”

Two Greenwood youth are performing in the Northwest Boychoir’s “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” at nine concerts from Dec. 9-21.

Juan Hillon, 10, and Madeleine Zeiler, 13, are part of the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

Photo courtesy of Northwest Boychoir.

The closest performance to our neighborhood is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at St. Alphonsus Church, 5816 15th Ave. NW. in Ballard. Tickets for reserved seating at $24 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $14 for students. Check out the website for the full performance schedule. Advance tickets are available through the Northwest Choirs at 206-524-3234 or online at www.nwchoirs.org.

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Bartell Drugs collecting school supplies for children in need

August 3rd, 2011 by Doree

All 58 locations of Bartell Drugs, including the Greenwood store at 120 N. 85th St., are collecting school supplies for the “School Tools for Kids in Need” from Aug. 8-28.

Donated school supplies will help re-stock the Kids in Need Resource Center, where teachers — whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs– “shop” free of charge for school supplies to help meet students’ needs. Over the past year 120 schools throughout the Puget Sound region were served by the center, with an average pick up of $700 in donated items for each of the nearly 2,500 teacher visits.

A “Basic Needs” list of suggested donation items found in Bartell’s “School Aisles” include:

  • Paper Mate #2 Pencils – 20 Count
  • Bic Cristal or Round Stic Ink Pens – 10 pack. Blue or Black
  • Elmer’s Glue – Glue-All or School Glue/4 oz. bottles
  • Kids’ Scissors – pointed or blunt
  • Avery Glue Stic/2 pack – Acid-free, photo-safe, permanent and washable
  • Pentel Hi-Polymer Erasers – 3 pack
  • Avery Poly Binders – 1/2″ or 1″ sizes
  • Crayons – 24 colors
  • Avery Hi-Liter Markers – Yellow or Pink
  • Erasers – 25 pack cap erasers or 4 pack pink

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