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


The Stage Door coffee shop replaces The Stage Door Café at Taproot Theatre

September 22nd, 2017 by Doree

The Stage Door, a new coffee shop by One Cup Coffee Co., has opened in the space formerly occupied by the Stage Door Café, inside Taproot Theatre, 208 NW 85th St. (The former cafe was operated by Taproot.)

The Stage Door offers coffee, house-baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and other café fare, plus local beer and wine. A portion of all purchases support local and global charities.

The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

One Cup also has coffee shops in Shoreline, Everett and Monroe.

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

Tony’s Coffee celebrates first anniversary in Phinney on Friday

September 30th, 2013 by Doree

Tony’s Coffee Bar is celebrating its first anniversary at 7001 3rd Ave. NW with a party on Friday night. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free food and drinks, and live music by Nu Klezmer Army.

Comments Off on Tony’s Coffee celebrates first anniversary in Phinney on FridayTags: ,

Herkimer celebrates its 10th anniversary with free coffee on Thursday

May 8th, 2013 by Doree

Herkimer Coffee on the corner of North 74th Street and Greenwood Avenue North is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Thursday by serving a complimentary coffee beverage to everyone all day long.


Photo courtesy of Herkimer Coffee.

Comments Off on Herkimer celebrates its 10th anniversary with free coffee on ThursdayTags: ,

Phinney-Greenwood coffee shops featured in new book, ‘Eclectic Coffee Spots’

December 7th, 2012 by Doree

Several neighborhood coffee shops are featured in Tacoma artist Marsha Glazière’s new book of paintings, photos and words describing 120 coffee spots with character in and around Puget Sound.

“Eclectic Coffee Spots” features Greenwood’s Green Bean Coffeehouse and Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, Phinney-Ballard’s Café Bambino,  Lighthouse Roasters in South Phinney/Upper Fremont, and the former Cowgirls Espresso in Greenwood.

Comments Off on Phinney-Greenwood coffee shops featured in new book, ‘Eclectic Coffee Spots’Tags: , ,

Tony’s Coffee Bar celebrates grand opening Friday

November 27th, 2012 by Doree

Tony’s Coffee Bar has been open at 7001 3rd Avenue NW for several months, but it will finally celebrate with a grand opening party from 7-10 p.m. Friday.

Tony’s Coffees & Teas is a Bellingham-based company. It opened its coffee “lab” here last spring, then expanded into a full coffee bar late this summer. It just added pastries to the menu: cookies, coconut bread and muffins.

Friday’s party will feature refreshments, and readings from local writers Len Kuntz, Patrick McKay, Ross McMeekin and Robert Kaye. Customers can also get a free shot of espresso all day long.

→ No CommentsTags: ,

Tony’s Coffee Lab expands to a coffee bar

August 28th, 2012 by Doree

Tony’s Coffees & Teas, which installed a lab and training space at the corner of NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW back in the spring,has now expanded to a full coffee bar. This is the Bellingham-based coffee company’s first coffee shop in Seattle.

Scene from a recent “cupping” at Tony’s Coffee Bar. Photo courtesy of Tony’s.

For now, Tony’s Coffee Bar, at 7001 NW 3rd Ave., is open from 7-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. After Labor Day they plan to expand their hours and be open on Saturdays.

Our menu will feature 4-5 rotating, single-origin, seasonal selections. We also have a rotating house coffee for those that are looking for a comfortable cup of drip. All of our coffees are brewed fresh to order using three manual brew methods – Aeropress, Clever Dripper and Chemex – as well as the fully-automated Trifecta brewer. We are happy to suggest our favorite brew method to first time customers. For those looking for a quick cup to-go, we are serving straight shots and Americanos made from our award-winning espresso blend. For tea drinkers in the neighborhood, we have a variety of organic, whole leaf offerings from local tea-maker, Choice Organics.

In addition to brewing delicious coffee, we are also selling whole bean by the bag and an assortment of brewing gear, including cones, filters, kettles and grinders. Customers get a free cup with a whole bean or brewing gear purchase. We will continue to host cuppings Fridays at noon that are still free & open to the public. We’re also excited to offer home brewing classes as well as other educational events in the near future. Our hope is to show customers how to brew great coffee at home while providing a space to explore all the possibilities coffee has to offer.

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Tony’s Coffee Lab having neighborhood party with food, beer and coffee-themed cocktails on Friday

June 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Tony’s Coffees & Teas, the Bellingham-based company that recently opened a staff training center at NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW (called Tony’s Coffee Lab), is hosting a party for neighbors on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. (This is in addition to Friday’s weekly coffee cupping at 12 p.m.)

Friday’s party will feature appetizers, beer from Fremont Brewing Co., and coffee-themed cocktails. Tony’s staff will brew coffee on a variety of its brewing devices throughout the night for people to sample.

This is an informal affair and everyone is welcome. Anyone who is curious about what we do in the space is free to drop in for a drink and say hello. A number of our employees from Bellingham will be coming down to celebrate our first three months in the neighborhood.

→ No CommentsTags: ,

Sam’s Espresso inside Fred Meyer looking for new location in Greenwood

January 9th, 2012 by Doree

Sam’s Espresso, which has been located just inside the front door of the Greenwood Fred Meyer since 1988, is looking for a new spot when Fred Meyer closes next month for extensive remodeling.

Salam Ballout, who started Sam’s Espresso in 1988 and gave it to his brother Sam to run, told me today that when Fred Meyer reopens in the late fall, it will be with a Starbucks, not Sam’s. So Sam and Salam are looking for a new spot in Greenwood where they can serve up their low-priced espresso and famous hot dogs.

Salam also owned a Sam’s Espresso inside the Fred Meyer at Aurora Avenue North and North 185th Street from 1993-2000, before it was replaced by a Starbucks. Another Sam’s Espresso is currently located inside the Lake City Way Fred Meyer.

Salam said the brothers will miss their regular clientele, so they hope to find a new location quickly. They’re working with real estate agents to find something, but so far they haven’t found a spot with parking or reasonable rent.

Sam’s is well-known for its $2 mocha and the scent of hot dogs as you walk through Fred Meyer’s front door. Salam said the business has some customers who’ve been with them since the beginning, including a woman whose mother was a customer when she was pregnant with her, and who now brings her own 3-year-old to the cart for hot dogs and treats.

Salam Ballout and his brother Sam serve up low-priced coffee, hot dogs, cookies, bagels, granitas and other treats just inside Fred Meyer’s front door.

“We have people come from Redmond, Kirkland, Snoqualmie,” Salam said. “They used to live here and they come back once a month just to have our hot dogs.”

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

Caffe Vita to donate proceeds from Friday grand opening to PNA

February 17th, 2011 by Doree

Caffe Vita opened its doors at 7402 Greenwood Ave. N. last Friday for its “soft” opening. Now, its grand opening is set for tomorrow, and the coffee shop plans to donate all proceeds from the day to the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

From the press release:

One-hundred percent of proceeds from all purchases made Friday will be donated to the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Center. Come have a Vita coffee, meet new neighbors, and help us support your local community.

Caffe Vita is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

→ No CommentsTags: , ,