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


Vandals damage Greenwood Hardware installation truck, steal items

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

Vandals did some serious damage to one of Greenwood Hardware’s installation trucks early on Sunday, July 12, cutting all the fuel lines, removing the battery and siphoning the gas tank. They also stole several items from the yard.

Security cameras caught at least two individuals at two times: around 12:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 a.m. They also tried to damage the security camera.

Here are two snippets of security video.

If you recognize the men or have any information, please call Seattle Police. Greenwood Hardware’s case number is 15-227147. The case number for Zot Lasers, the glass-cutting business inside the hardware store, is 15-242219.

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Greenwood Hardware sponsors monthly Fix It Meetups, first Ladies Night is Friday

March 4th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts monthly Fix It Meetups on the first Wednesday of every month. Meetups are run by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Tool Library and are designed to help you fix broken gadgets, instead of throwing them out.

The PNA Fixers Collective is a pretty informal group of folks who meet up simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process. The general idea is just to take a moment before throwing something away to figure out if you can save it somehow and prevent yourself from having to buy a replacement. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and just enjoy some good company!

This Friday is the store’s first Ladies Night, featuring wine, chocolate, free T-shirts for the first 30 women, raffles, presentations and classes by local professionals, and a 20 percent off sale.

And the hardware store will soon have chicks on sale. They’re taking special orders now, but the store will have regular stock of Barred Rocks and Red Star beginning next week. They already carry feed and other supplies.

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Greenwood Hardware celebrating grand reopening of remodeled store this weekend

November 7th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Hardware/True Value at 72nd and Greenwood is celebrating the grand reopening of its remodeled store this weekend with sales and giveaways.

The store removed the old blue vinyl siding and refaced the underlying brick, to restore the building to its 1950’s look. They also uncovered and replaced dormer windows, allowing in more natural light, and made a reproduction of the original glass sales sign in the southwestern window.


The shed addition on the north side was demolished and rebuilt with a matching brick façade, awning and higher ceilings. Part of the back storage area was changed into retail space. The store now has an additional 1,000 square feet of retail space.

The store has expanded its housewares and paint sections, and added sections for home maintenance, camping, pet, and solar lighting.

This weekend’s celebrating includes 20 percent off store-wide from Friday through Sunday, and 25 percent on lawn and garden items. Saturday is the big party day, with balloons for the kids, and free pizza and soda. Earn one ticket for every $10 spent, and enter to win the grand prize of a wheelbarrow full of products. Prizes will be given away every hour on the hour but you must be present to win.

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Businesses coming in, moving, remodeling

February 7th, 2013 by Doree

Some Greenwood-Phinney business updates to tell you about:

Stretch and Staple is moving into the former Art on the Ridge space at 8005 Greenwood Ave. N. Stretch and Staple features the fine art photography of local photographer  Taylor McAtee, and custom canvas printing.

Stretch and Staple-resized

Terra Bella Flowers is moving from 8417 Greenwood Ave. N., to the corner of 74th and Greenwood, next to Metropolis. Owner Melissa Feveyear tells us she’ll be moving the weekend after Valentine’s Day, with a soft opening in early March, and a Grand Opening and 10-year anniversary party in April.

Feveyear says she’s moving 10 blocks south in part because most of her customer base is in that area, and the corner lot will give her more visibility.


Greenwood Hardware has finished the exterior remodeling of its store at 7201 Greenwood Ave. N., removing the old blue siding and exposing the original brick.

The contractor is still working on the inside, and they’ll soon demolish the sheds on the north side. During that demolition, the parking lot will be closed and most of the lawn and garden stock will be in a trailer out front. The store will remain open during construction.


Greenwood resident Karim Lessard is one of the co-founders of a startup called Knoq, a website that helps neighbors connect for product and service referrals. Knoq started on Queen Anne but has recently expanded service to Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Lessard tells me the site has a little more than 1,000 users so far.

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Greenwood Hardware facade goes back in time

October 9th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood Hardware‘s facade has been undergoing a major transformation over the last couple of months. Down came the blue siding and awning to expose beautiful old brick, red tiles and a row of windows.

Thanks to PF for the photo!

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Ken’s Market defeats Greenwood Hardware in North Central Little League championships

June 12th, 2012 by Doree

The North Central Little League team sponsored by Ken’s Market defeated the Greenwood Hardware-sponsored team 9-3 in the championship game last night at Lower Woodland Fields. Congratulations to both teams!

Thanks to Scot French for the photos.

Ken’s Market players celebrate after the final out.

Three Greenwood Hardware players hold their second-place trophies.

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2 Phinney business-sponsored teams in tonight’s Little League Championship Game

June 11th, 2012 by Doree

Two teams sponsored by Phinney Ridge businesses will face off in tonight’s North Central Little League Championship Game.

Greenwood Hardware (wearing green jerseys) and Ken’s Market (wearing maroon) begin their championship battle at 5:30 p.m. at Lower Woodland Fields.

Good luck to both teams!

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Schools closed, no garbage collection, buses on snow routes on Thursday

January 19th, 2012 by Doree

We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day.

Update 11:14 a.m.: According to KING 5, Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency, 100,000 people are without power across the state, and one man died near Issaquah when he was hit by a falling tree.

Update 11 a.m.: If anyone has driven on neighborhood roads or taken the bus, please put a note in comments and tell us about it. We’re curious to know how well the buses are running.

One man took to his skis to get around the neighborhood (thanks to Lynn for the picture!)

Update Thursday 8:30 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Seattle area until 12 p.m. today.

According to the NWS, an ice storm warning means “severe weather conditions are imminent or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged…Ice accumulations will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.”

On traffic cameras, television or from your window, streets may appear bare and wet but they may still be covered with ice. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to treat major arterial roads with salt brine and granular salt. Some secondary or neighborhood streets are very slick and changes in conditions between treated and untreated roadways can be very sudden. Four wheel drive is not a solution – vehicles need chains to have traction. Keeping the roads clear of traffic is extremely helpful for emergency vehicles.

Many sidewalks are icy. Pedestrians should use caution while walking and crossing streets. It is the responsibility of property owners to keep their sidewalks clear of ice to protect pedestrian safety. SDOT is dispatching 22 crews to activate the Pedestrian Safety Element of the Winter Response plan to clear and salt pedestrian landings, crossings, and intersections.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste today as planned, because the roads are too icy.

Weather permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Friday, on a revised schedule — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Friday, and Friday customers collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up this week, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

All Seattle Public Library branches are closed on Thursday.

Woodland Park Zoo is closed again on Thursday.

Many King County offices are closed today, including District and Superior Court, Council offices, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Assessments. For a full list of county closures, click here.

Someone created some great snow creatures in front of Santoro’s Books on Wednesday. (Thanks to LS for the pictures!)

Earlier: Wednesday was a very fun snow day of sledding and drinking hot chocolate. Unless, of course, you had to drive somewhere. The roads will likely be very icy on Thursday, so please drive carefully if you must go somewhere.

Here’s what’s on tap for Thursday:

Seattle Publish Schools are closed again.

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up Wednesday’s garbage, recycling and yard waste on Thursday, weather permitting. That means regular Thursday pickups will now happen on Friday, and Friday customers should set their refuse out on Saturday by 7 a.m.

If your materials are not picked up on the revised schedule, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

Metro Transit will continue to operate on snow routes, with 27 routes canceled. Other routes may experience significant delays, so check Metro’s Snow & Ice page for updates before you head for the bus.

Greenwood Hardware was all out of sleds on Wednesday, but they’re getting more on Thursday.

We may be out of sleds for today, but we’ve seen a lot of creative solutions: garbage can lids, cardboard+rope+tarp… Send us pictures of your ad-hoc sled-like device and whichever we think is the most creative we’ll hold a sled for you from tomorrow’s truck!

Lexy sent us a photo of the hordes of sledders at Woodland Park on Wednesday.

Next door, at the Woodland Park Zoo, the animals frolicked in the snow.

Photo by Kirsten Pisto, Woodland Park Zoo.

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The Ridge opens to a packed house

January 13th, 2012 by Doree

The Ridge, the new family-friendly pizza place at 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., next to Ken’s Market, that opened on Thursday afternoon, was absolutely packed with people on Thursday night. More than a dozen people waited for a table inside, while more waited outside.

While we waited for our table, many more groups, including a lot of families, walked up and decided not to wait. Co-owner Chris Navarra, who also owns Prost! just a block away, seemed happy but a bit surprised at the opening day crowds.

The Ridge named all of its pizzas after neighborhood businesses, including Ken’s Market, The Avanti (Avanti Art & Design at 7317 Greenwood Ave. N.), Two Birds (Two Birds Tattoo at 7408 Greenwood Ave. N.), The Zoo, and True Value, which welcomed its next door neighbor on its sign.

The Ridge opens at 3 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It includes a full bar of beer, wine and liquor. The Ridge’s website isn’t populated yet, but its Facebook page has plenty of information.

In a few weeks we’ll add The Ridge to our Food & Drink section, where you can rate the restaurant and add your comments about food and service.

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