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Phinney Center looking for members for new steering committee on business district grant

April 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has received a $35,000 “Only in Seattle” grant to help strengthen the business district, and it’s looking for steering committee members.

In response to business owners’ interest in strengthening the business district of the Greenwood and Phinney areas, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) applied for a grant through the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle Initiative (OIS). OIS empowers neighborhood business districts to organize around a common vision and attract investment.

Grant and Goal
PNA received a $35,000 grant from OIS to gather information about the current state and needs of our business district. The ultimate goal is to create a strategy for a more cohesive, balanced and thriving Phinney/Greenwood business district that is based on the needs of the entire community. This information-gathering project will help determine what steps we can take to help our business district thrive.

We plan to study the current state of our business district in terms of business inventory and balance, neighbors’ perception of the district, what stakeholders would like to see change or improve and how they’d like to see that change happen. We will then begin to use the information we collect to create a strategy for the district that the community can rally behind. Our proposed time frame for these activities is April-December 2017.

Next Steps
Our next step is to bring together a Steering Committee of about 9 stakeholders who represent the various demographics, geographic areas and interests of our community, including both businesses and residents. The Steering Committee will work with PNA staff to decide what we need to learn, what questions to ask and how best to gather information from the neighborhood. We expect the committee to meet about 10-12 times between May and December, for about 2 hours per meeting, at times to be selected by the group. If you are interested in participating in the Steering Committee please email alexg@phinneycenter.org by Monday, April 17th. Please note that there may be more interest than space on the committee, and as we work to make sure all interests are represented we may not be able to give a seat to everyone who indicates interest.

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Puget Sound Energy representatives will discuss safety with residents and businesses tomorrow on the anniversary of the devastating natural gas explosion

March 8th, 2017 by Doree

Puget Sound Energy representatives will be in our neighborhood tomorrow providing safety information to residents and business — on the anniversary of the natural gas explosion that demolished three businesses and damaged another 50 in the heart of Greenwood.

Dom Amor, PSE local government affairs and public policy manager, and Wendy Weiker, PSE outreach manager for King County, attended the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group’s quarterly lunch today. Amor said PSE will be stepping up its partnership with the PNA, and plans to join the PNA Business Group to become more involved in the community.

PSE representatives will set up an information table in the Fred Meyer parking lot beginning around 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday), and will visit neighborhood businesses to discuss safety issues. Later in the afternoon, somewhere around 2-6 p.m., representatives will be walking neighborhood streets, checking in with homeowners about natural gas safety.

“We take this anniversary very seriously,” Weiker said. “This is kind of an all-hands-on-deck event. Safety is the bottom line.”

Amor said after the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission’s department of Pipeline Safety released its September report saying the explosion was the result of an improperly decommissioned gas line that was later damaged, PSE checked all other decommissioned lines in the neighborhood to make sure they had been properly decommissioned.

The UTC investigation is ongoing, with a settlement meeting scheduled for July 6.

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Turn in neighborhood receipts for ‘Monkey See, Monkey Buy’ contest and win a $100 gift card

December 16th, 2015 by Doree

As part of the PNA Business Group’s holiday marketing campaign with those 200 colorful, LED monkeys throughout the neighborhood, many businesses are participating in the “Monkey See, Monkey Buy” drawing. Just staple $25 in receipts (dated from after Thanksgiving to Dec. 18) from neighborhood businesses to an entry form printed out from MonkeyWood.org, and drop it in the collection bin at Ken’s Market. You can enter as many times as you can accumulate $25 in receipts.

Each entry is eligible to win a $100 gift card to Zeeks Pizza, Stumbling Goat, Chaco Canyon or Naked City Brewery.

The contest ends this Friday. Winners will be announced between 5-6 p.m. Saturday during the annual Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N.

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LED monkey stolen from American Dance Institute

December 1st, 2015 by Doree

One of the five metal-framed LED monkeys at American Dance Institute at the corner of North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North was stolen last night. (It’s the monkey circled in the photo below).


If anybody has any information about the theft, please email biz@phinneycenter.org.

The monkeys are a way to promote neighborhood businesses during the holidays. Each monkey costs $100 in materials and an equal amount in volunteer labor. More than 200 of the monkeys are hanging in windows and from roofs, awnings and high balconies. Businesses and residents pay $25 to sponsor a monkey each December.

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GloCone and monkeys lit for the holidays

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

Neighbors gathered around the Phinney Center’s old air raid tower Saturday night for the second annual GloCone and Monkey Lighting.

PNA Executive Director Lee Harper talked to the crowd before the lighting.


The GloCone and several metal-framed LED monkeys hang from the air raid tower. Another 200 monkeys are hung throughout the neighborhood as a way to promote neighborhood businesses during the holidays, and as a tie in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights.


Check out the PNA Business Group’s new MonkeyWood.com website, which highlights specials and promotional events throughout the holiday season, including Red Monkey Wednesdays, where a solid red monkey in the window means that business is offering something special that day. There’s also a Monkey Scavenger Hunt for kids 12 and under with prize drawings for $20 gift cards to Bluebird Microcreamery, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Phinney Books and Top Ten Toys.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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PNA Business Group invites neighborhood business owners to business social on Wednesday

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The PNA Business Group is inviting neighborhood business owners to a business social from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Jim Bennett, will share tips and tools to help business owners prepare their marketing budget for 2015.

There will be a brief presentation followed by Q&A where Jim will cover:

  • How to determine your budget.
  • How to make the most of your community involvement.
  • Common, yet often overlooked costs.
  • Best ways to advertise and take advantage of promotions.
  • Ways to make the most of discounts.

You are to pay for your own food/drink. Entry is free for PNA Business Members. If you are not already a Business Member but would like to become one to attend our events for free, please join here. Please RSVP by Monday, January 19 to amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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