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Key exchange service, Keycafe, launches in neighborhood

December 31st, 2014 by Doree

A key exchange service called Keycafe just launched in Seattle, letting homeowners store their keys at a nearby café to give access to their homes to cleaners, contractors and visitors through vacation rental websites.

Keycafe is at 27 cafes in the city. Participating cafes in our neighborhood include Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.; Beth’s Café, 7311 Aurora Ave. N.; and Take 5 Urban Market, 6757 8th Ave. NW.

Homeowners pay a monthly fee for the service. For security purposes, an RFID fob is attached to your keys, without your name or address attached or even stored anywhere at the café. The fob tracks your keys and sends you a text or email when they are checked in or out.

Through our key exchange service, homeowners can store their keys at a nearby participating café and then remotely assign access to whomever they need to let in. Homeowners digitally track their keys and know who has their keys or where they are stored. It is like having a digital lock without the need to install any hardware or download any software. The service has proved to be popular among users of vacation rental websites like Airbnb, especially with all of the traveling that goes on during the holiday season. Other users have let in cleaners, contractors and real estate agents.

The company is based out of Vancouver, Canada, and is also at cafes in New York and San Francisco.

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Neighborhood news roundup: art show, new business, holiday show

December 5th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news and holiday happenings.

Olive Beauty Lounge is now open at 701 NW 70th St., where NW Community Yoga used to be, next to The Barking Dog restaurant.

S Spa Seattle recently reopened at 8013 Greenwood Ave. N. S Spa was briefly located inside Sugarcomb Salon at 73rd and Linden before moving into its own space.

Take 5 Urban Market at 6757 8th Ave. NW was recognized by Food & Wine’s website as having one of America’s 25 best cupcakes – its carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

Greenwood graphic designer and illustrator Frida Clements and musician Tomo Nakayama are hosting a “Deck The Walls! Screen-printed rock poster show” from 7-11 p.m. Friday at 112 Printworks, 112 N. 36th St., in Fremont. The all-ages show is free and open to the public.

Arc School of Ballet presents a family-friendly “Nutcracker Sweets” from Dec. 7-9 at the ARC Dance Space, 9250 14th Ave. NW (in the former Crown Hill School). The one-hour show is specifically designed for younger audiences.
Tickets are $10 for children 10 years and younger, and $15 for adults, and are available in person at ARC Dance, or by calling 206-352-0798.

North Seattle French School is hosting a K-1 open house from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Teacher Erin will conduct an hour’s activity entirely in French (but will speak English if your child does not speak French). There will be time for questions and information about applying to the school. RSVP to: Northseattlefrenchschool@gmail.com

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