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


Terra Bella Flowers’ grand reopening is next Friday, April 12

April 4th, 2013 by Doree

Terra Bella Flowers & Mercantile is hosting its grand reopening celebration next Friday, April 12, during the monthly Art Up Art Walk, from 6-9 p.m. Terra Bella recently moved from 85th and Greenwood to 7321 Greenwood Ave. N., next to Metropolis.

The celebration includes live floral design demonstrations, the opportunity to meet some local flower growers, and local beer tasting by Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery, right across the street.

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Holiday sales, toy donations and birthday wishes

December 11th, 2012 by Doree

Ballard, Greenwood and Phinney artisans and home-based businesses are gathering at a Greenwood home on Saturday to raise money for Whittier Elementary School in Ballard.

The Holiday Bazaar is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at 313 NW 81st St., a half-block west of Greenwood Elementary School. The sale is open to the public.

Customers pay a $2 entry fee, and vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to the PTA. They’ll also have a bake sale.

Businesses include Plover Organic (linens, pillows, tablecloths and other textiles), Driscoll Design (hand-glittered journals), Glittersweet (purses and bags), Turquoise Creative (greeting cards and fine art), Lara Cowles (totes), Crescent Moon Designs (jewelry), KHS Pottery, and kindie rock band The Not-Its! (CD’s, T-shirts).

Most vendors accept credit cards, but not all, so please bring cash, especially for the entry fee, baked goods and items from smaller vendors.

Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots until Dec 18. For every toy donation, you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream.

Woodland Park Zoo is selling its “seasonal blend” of Holidoo compost, made from animal waste of nearly two dozen herbivore species at the zoo. Holidoo is available at the ZooStore in 4-gallon containers ($20), 2-gallon buckets ($12.95) or pints ($4.95).

Phinneywood resident Gabe Airth is celebrating his 12th birthday tomorrow on 12/12/12 and is hoping his friends will help him raise $1,212.12 for Seattle Public Theater, where he participates in the youth program. You can donate online (be sure and mention Gabe’s name in the comments area).

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Bluebird Brewing opening at Bluebird Microcreamery on Thursday

November 11th, 2012 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery is expanding into the beer business. It will officially open Bluebird Brewing with a special happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Phinney Ridge shop, 7400 Greenwood Ave. The happy hour will feature raffles with prizes for T-shirts, growlers, and coupons for free scoops and pints of ice cream.

The brewery will not only brew dessert beers, but craft sodas as well, from eight taps (they’re striving for an old-fashioned soda fountain feel). It’ll offer both beer and soda for pints, floats and growlers. Beers and sodas brewed at the Phinney Ridge shop will be available at all three of Bluebird’s locations.

Flavors of beers and sodas will rotate. Beers on tap on Thursday will be Caffé Vita Coffee Porter, Theo Chocolate Milk Stout (which placed third at the PNA Beer Taste last night), Strong Blonde Ale, and a guest tap that will be announced later. Sodas on tap will be Root Beer, Snickerdoodle Soda, Cream Soda and a guest tap of Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

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Greenwood Park celebrates new sport court at Sunday afternoon party

July 18th, 2012 by Doree

Volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park is celebrating the completion of the new sport court at Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., by throwing a party from 3-6 p.m. Sunday. There’ll be live music, Santi’s Kitchen food truck, and Bluebird Microcreamery ice cream.

Mayor Michael McGinn and King County Councilman Larry Phillips will cut the ceremonial ribbon. Games will be ongoing – basketball, soccer, and a yoga class led by Whole Life Yoga instructors.

The new play space at Greenwood Park is nearly complete. The asphalt court has been poured and the goals were installed this week. The innovative ‘freegame goals’ incorporate a basketball hoop above a soccer goal, so the court can be used both sports as well as street hockey. Side walls on the goals prevent missed shots from sailing out of the courtyard. The intent of the design is to create a flexible play space that can be used for different games to make it appealing to many different kids.

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Neighborhood news

December 7th, 2011 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery’s Phinney Ridge ice cream shop, at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. And they’ll give you one free scoop of ice cream for every toy donation.

Waste Management has a new series of public service announcements that is focused on recycling. Greenwood resident Lowell Deo plays the dad. (Deo is also the host of “Neighborhood News” on the Seattle Channel.) He’ll be in the four videos that will be released each Monday in December.

Waste Management presents ‘Waste Management Joe’ – he’s a driver and a psychiatrist. Follow along with the Smith family as they work with Joe to improve their recycling habits. In this episode Jimmy helps his parents figure out what to do with their food scraps and food-soiled paper.

The videos can be found here. For recycling tips, click here.

Greenwood resident JaNayah Ivy, a 9th grader at the Center School, is playing the role of Scrim Mouse in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “Nutcracker.”

PNB School students as Scrim Mice in Stowell/Sendak “Nutcracker.” Photo by Angela Sterling.

Polly-Glots children’s foreign language classes, created by a Phinney Ridge mom, will be offering Hindi language classes beginning next year. Classes will be at 4 p.m. Mondays at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Start date has yet to be determined; email them at  info@polly-glots.com if you’re interested.

Polly-Glots is also looking for a Seattle or Eastside organization for needy kids that would benefit from a free language program. Email them suggestions.

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Bluebird Microcreamery’s new old-fashioned ice cream truck arrives today

October 31st, 2011 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery, which just moved into the corner of 74th and Greenwood a couple of weeks ago, is getting a fully-restored 1957 DIVCO milk truck shipped from Muscatine, Iowa. Bluebird will use the truck to deliver ice cream around Seattle, and for private events.

The truck arrives today at about 3 p.m. To celebrate, Bluebird is giving customers a free second scoop with the purchase of the first when the truck arrives.

Oh, and by the way, a TV crew will be on hand filming the event for an upcoming television show, which we’re not allowed to divulge, so stay tuned!

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Bluebird Microcreamery opens today in Phinney Ridge

October 14th, 2011 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery opened its second location in Phinney Ridge today, on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 74th Street.

Owner Josh Reynolds and Manager Ashleigh Byrne said business was good today, despite the fall weather.

Manager Ashleigh Byrne gets ready to scoop ice cream into a to-go cup, while Owner Joshh Reynolds finishes listing  flavors on the giant blackboard on opening day.

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Bluebird Microcreamery opening Phinney ice cream shop on Friday

October 10th, 2011 by Doree

Bluebird Microcreamery will officially open in Phinney Ridge this Friday. The ice cream shop on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 74th Street had its ice cream cart out in front of the store for much of the summer, whetting people’s appetites for its locally produced ice cream.

Josh Reynolds started Bluebird on Capitol Hill about 2-1/2 years ago. Bluebird is also opening up a small ice cream shop in Fremont soon.

Bluebird works with local farmers and businesses for all its ingredients, including CB’s Nuts in Kingston for its peanut butter ice cream, Elysian Brewery, Caffe Vita, and Theo Chocolates.

“It’s a cool cultural thing to play on each other’s strengths,” Reynolds said.

Bluebird will eventually replace the front windows with a garage door, just like neighboring Caffe Vita and Cornuto, and will extend the back porch to connect with those two businesses. Bluebird also will eventually have a door straight into Caffe Vita (you can see the old doorway is already framed in on Caffe Vita’s side, where the condiment station is, and Reynolds said the door is already framed inside the drywall on Bluebird’s side). Reynolds said he has a good working relationship with both businesses, and all three businesses want to work together to make everyone successful.

When I stopped in for a sneak peek last Wednesday, Reynolds and Store Manager Ashleigh Byrne were busy cleaning as the last bit of construction finishes up. Reynolds was happy to find the building’s original hardwood floors under layers of laminate during construction.

Store Manager Ashleigh Byrne (left) and Owner Josh Reynolds (right) discuss remaining construction details last Wednesday.

Bluebird passed its King County Department of Health inspection last Thursday, and its Department and Planning & Development inspection on Monday.

A few tables will be placed up front by the windows, and there will be counter seating on the north wall. A floor-to-ceiling blackboard will announce daily flavors, which usually numbers about 12. Reynolds said there are usually six or seven flavors that remain day-to-day, and others come and go with the season or their own whims.

He said one of their past flavors, Peanut Butter and Jelly, was created when the 10-year-old son of a neighboring toy store on Capitol Hill suggested it. When Reynolds said the kid could just get a scoop of peanut butter and a scoop of marionberry ice creams, the boy patiently explained that if they swirled it together, it would sell better.

“We do take flavor suggestions,” Reynolds said with a smile.

Bluebird currently makes all of its ice cream at its Capitol Hill shop, but it’s outgrowing the space, so Reynolds plans to eventually move production to the back room of the Phinney Ridge store.

“Eventually we’re going to use that space and put in a big window so you can see ice cream being made,” he said.

Bluebird also will produce its own craft sodas and beer there. They’ll have traditional ales plus their own fun brews, like a Chocolate Stout or Coconut Porter, and they’ll fill growlers as well as use the beers and sodas (such as sarsaparilla, root beer and cream soda) for ice cream floats.

Bluebird will make shakes with its 1950s Hamilton Beach milkshake machine in vintage sea foam green.

“The look of (the shop) isn’t trying to be retro, but I definitely like old classic things,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds demonstrates the vintage milkshake machine. The floor-to-ceiling chalkboard is on the left, and the wall above the sinks in the back will eventually be replaced with windows so patrons can see ice cream being made in the back room.

Reynolds got into the ice cream business because so many people told him his homemade ice cream was so good that he could sell it. Reynolds was previously a teacher and the director of an outdoor environmental center in upstate New York. When the economy collapsed in 2008 and real estate prices fell, Reynolds saw an opportunity to start his business and found his space on Capitol Hill.

He said ice cream is an indulgence, but a small one that people can easily justify. And he’s happy to put in the hours to make his business successful.

“It’s not been an overnight success…but it’s been heading in the right direction for two years. I’ve lost a bunch of weight working in an ice cream shop,” he said with a laugh. “I’m working every day.”

Bluebird’s hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. to start, but will change depending on the neighborhood’s tastes.

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Bluebird Microcreamery scooping ice cream in front of new store at 74th & Greenwood

July 21st, 2011 by Doree

Update Friday, July 22: We stopped by Bluebird’s ice cream cart on Thursday night to see Bluebird Owner Josh Reynolds serving ice cream to customers.

Reynolds said Bluebird will have its ice cream cart out every evening that’s nice, from around 5-9 p.m. Check out Bluebird’s Twitter or Facebook for daily updates on whether they’ll be there. Reynolds said he hopes to have the store open in about three weeks.

Earlier: Bluebird Microcreamery is opening an ice cream shop on the corner of North 74th Street and Greenwood Avenue North later this summer. In the meantime, they’ve been scooping up ice cream from their mobile cart the last several evenings.

And according to their Facebook and Twitter messages, they’re at their post again tonight.

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