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


Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight to discuss the future of Greenwood Town Center

March 19th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council’s bi-monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. On the agenda is a report from the Legislature by 36th District State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and a panel discussion about Greenwood Town Center (the area encompassing Fred Meyer, Piper Village and a few other properties.

Panelists include Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin; Gary Brunt of Greenwood Shopping Center; Scott Nolte, Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre; and Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC.

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown 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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Water main break by Sedges at Piper Village on Sunday

September 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Lizzy sent us photos of a water main break next to The Sedges apartment building at Piper Village in Greenwood on Sunday.

She says workers got the water shut off a little before 6 p.m.

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Wildlife at Piper Village bog

April 24th, 2012 by Doree

Kate sent us this photo of a heron catching a fish in the small bog on the north end of Piper Village, at 87th and 1st Avenue NW.

I saw this cool heron and a couple of ducks there. Then I saw the heron go fishing in the little pond that’s part of the restoration there and he came up with a nice one and swallowed it whole. The fish is a yellow perch as identified by Seattle Public Utilities’ Julie Crittenden.

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Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna moving into Greenwood

February 13th, 2012 by Doree

Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna is moving into the space next door to Mud Bay in Greenwood’s Piper Village development, at 8538 1st Ave. NW. Ladywell’s hopes to open in June.

Owner Crystal Carlson and her husband, Bob, formerly owned Great Harvest Bread Co. in Ballard for 12 years, until about two years ago.

Clients will pay a fixed-price admission for use of the hot and cold pools, a cedar sauna, pink salt sauna and steam room. Ladywell’s also will offer body scrubs and massages. The spa will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. six days a week; no reservations required. Ladywell’s is for women only.

Carlson emailed us information about why she believes a spa is important to health:

Most cultures have ancient history of gathering in public steam houses as part of their routine health regimen and Hydrotherapy has a rich and picturesque history. Although U.S. day spas began to develop in the 1980s, spas are much older than that.

The term SPA comes from the Latin “Salus Per Aquam” meaning “health from water”. It is also the name of a small village in Belgium where the ancient Romans discovered hot mineral springs that relieved soldiers’ aches and pains after long marches and battles. The Finns prefer the dry hot saunas, while Turks use steam baths and the Japanese take advantage of their natural geothermal hot springs and all enjoy the quick body cooling of a cold plunge.

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Piper Village sign now finished

October 23rd, 2009 by Doree

They’ve been working on it since last week, now the new Piper Village sign in front of Blockbuster and Bartell Drugs is finished. Here’s what it looked like Thursday afternoon just as work crews were finishing up.

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