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


Greenwood Lit Crawl back for a third round

January 7th, 2013 by Doree

The third Greenwood Lit Crawl is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, and will hit Chocolati Cafe, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, Bherd Studios, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Besides writers and poets, organizers (calling themselves Five Alarms) have added music and film for a multimedia experience. The whole event is free; you just purchase your beverages and food.

Greenwood Lit Crawl III-flyer

It all starts at 5 p.m. at Chocolati Café, at 8319 Greenwood Ave. N., with performances by Aaron Kokorowski, Amy Billharz and Morris Stegosaurus from 5:20-6:10 p.m.

From 6:20-7:10 p.m., Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Aaron Kemply, Arlene Kim and Theo Dzielak.

On your way to the next venue, check out an outdoor performance by Molly Mac from 7:20-7:30.

At Bherd Studios, 312 N. 85th St. Suite 101 (upstairs), hear Emily Wittenhagen, Queequeg, and Doug Nufer from 7:35-8:30 p.m.

Then from 8:40-9:30 it’s off to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., for performances by Tessa Hulls, John Burgess, David Lasky, and Karen Finneyfrock.

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Artists group holding mini craft show at Chocolati on Thursday

July 17th, 2012 by Doree

A group of crafty ladies have banded together to host mini traveling craft shows at local cafes. Their next show is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday at Chocolati Café, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.

There you’ll find collage art, screen-printed clothing and bags, jewelry, vintage jewelry, paper goods, and watercolor vegetable portraits.

We are hoping that our local mini-shows will be community gathering events at local cafés, really focusing on the small and local all around. We’re also focusing on mornings: times especially when some parents can grab a wee bit of time out without having to worry about babysitters etc, and meet a friend for coffee for a bit of adult time. We plan to have a circuit through several neighborhoods, doing a show in each place for one to two months on the third Thursdays and circling back through.

You can check out some of the items of the artists Etsy sites:organic cotton T-shirts and hemp bags by Uzura; vintage jewelry, buttons and more from Vintage Necessities; paper collages art from My Chloe Flower; watercolor vegetable portraits by Chavah’s Garden; paintings and more by Amy’s Artworks.

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Chocolati Café just got a little bit sweeter

October 29th, 2010 by Tyler Steele

After three years of preparation and a lot of elbow grease, the remodel of the Chocolati Café in Greenwood is complete with additional floor space, later business hours and “Movie Nights” every Monday at 7 p.m.

“We really just wanted to make it the neighborhood place,” said owner and entrepreneur Christian Wong, 34, as he ran around taking care of the day’s business in the new addition at 8319 Greenwood Ave. N. “The Greenwood area is lacking a larger café like this one.”

On top of those recent additions, Wong said that in the next few months he will be tripling his chocolate line, serving beer, pairing wine with his handmade chocolates, and organizing live music events for the Greenwood café.

Wong, who owns and operates all five Chocolati locations, said, “The Greenwood community is awesome – it’s like the cheers of coffee houses.”

Thomas Vanroosendaal, barista and Movie Nights coordinator, noted that “we have a lot of regulars – 50 percent of them I know by their first name. It’s just a great neighborhood with a small-town feel about it.”

Wong, whose plans for future Chocolati locations include “smaller stores with 12 seats or less,” said he will keep the Greenwood and Wallingford cafes large and “focused on community.”

In the middle of a caffeinated, late-night chat with Vanroosendaal, frequent customer Gale Kennedy said, “I like the employees – they really get to know you.”

Regular customer Gale Kennedy chats with Thomas Vanroosendaal, barista and “Movie Nights” coordinator.

Wong said he decided to expand the café because of the unique Greenwood culture, “different than all the others – so artsy and eclectic.”

He said he was creative during the expansion, which increased floor space to a total of 2,100 square feet, by enlisting the help of his baristas during “a lot of cleaning, painting and dumping.

“Yeah, we did most of this work ourselves,” he said, looking around the new meeting room once used for storage. The expanded rooms can be reserved for meetings, private parties or catered events.

“It’s an old building, and we’ve been patching it up a lot,” Wong explained. “But we tried to leave a lot of the integrity of the building – keep it fun.”

Wong even cleaned up and put an old, broken heater on display because of its “antique quality,” enhancing the vintage look of the place.

“They expanded but kept the intimacy and flavor of it,” Kennedy said as she eyed the light fixtures.

Vanroosendaal said customers can now get the “best of both worlds” – private rooms in the newly remodeled back wings and fast-paced service in the original coffee house up front.

But, in particular, he is “really proud of the colors, different rooms and the furniture.”

To cater more to students and the night crowd, Wong said he decided to increase the café’s hours to 11 p.m. every night of the week and introduce more entertainment options like “Movie Nights.”

“I’m happy about it,” said Vanroosendaal, who picks the movie based on seasonal themes. “First and foremost, we wanted to get people in here that wouldn’t normally enjoy the space.”

Next week’s “Movie Nights” will be on Monday, Nov. 1, and will feature “Night of the Living Dead” in honor of the passing holiday.

“We should have cracked this open a long time ago,” Wong said. “Business has already picked up with the added space.”

Tyler Steele is a journalism student at the University of Washington, and PhinneyWood’s new intern. All photos by Tyler Steele, except the panorama photo of the cafe is by Mike Veitenhans.

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