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


Entries from August 2008

Frock Shop makes national news

August 25th, 2008 by Doree

The tiny Frock Shop at 65th & Phinney got a shout out from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as its online shopping site of the week in Saturday’s edition.

The author of the article on STLtoday.com noted the two-year-old shop’s great colors and designs, and also commented on its handbags, shoes and jewelry.


Pair of black dogs running loose

August 24th, 2008 by Dale

If your dogs are missing, you might be interested in this mention from Chris a short time ago:

“There are a couple of black dogs running loose in our neighborhood (84th between 6th and 8th NW).  They seem to be very freaked out so we are afraid they are lost and too scared to let us approach them.  The one that let us get a little close to it had a red collar on but we were not able to get close enough to him to see a name.  We chose to call animal control to see if they can capture them and read the tag on the collar.”


What’s your favorite breakfast/brunch spot?

August 24th, 2008 by Dale

Aaron, a Phinneywood reader who lives on Greenwood’s north end, is looking for a good breakfast or brunch spot. What do you suggest?


Paint the tool of choice for car vandal

August 24th, 2008 by Dale

A Phinneywood tipster writes about a Saturday morning incident near the corner of North 61st and Evanston, saying a neighbor, “woke this morning to find that his nice new cream-colored car parked in his driveway was ruined. Someone had dumped 2 gallons of dark colored paint (oil based, from the looks of it) all over the back half of the car and then spraypainted “F**k You” on the side of the car in big letters.

“The police were called and took a report, and that’s all I know. Don’t know if it was random or personal, but it sucks nonetheless.”


‘Closed’ Couth Buzzard still open, for now

August 23rd, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

We noticed that the Couth Buzzard used bookstore next to Ken’s Market was open today. You may remember that the Buzzard said that last weekend was its last, but it looks like they’re trying to sell the remaining inventory at reduced prices. So if you haven’t already, stop on by. The Buzzard must be cleared out of its space for the Ken’s Market expansion by September 1st.

Update: The Seattle Times has a story on the Buzzard today.

By the way, the Phinney Market closed for good last night as promised. One of the signs on the door confirms that financial troubles were to blame.


By Henry, it’s a mural on 8th!

August 23rd, 2008 by Dale

Artist Ryan Henry Ward is trying to paint 50 murals in different neighborhoods in Seattle. He recently told MyBallard he’s doing it to get his name out there, as well as discourage graffiti. Here’s one he did earlier this week at the corner of 8th Avenue NW and NW 67th Street.

And you can see a shot here of Ward painting it.

If you like his work, you can see his paintings at the Orange Splot Gallery in Fremont. And if you’d like to contact him about a mural, e-mail him at ryan@lucibelle.com.

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Incredible Feast at Phinney Center Sunday

August 22nd, 2008 by Doree

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s “Incredible Feast” is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. A fundraiser for the Alliance and the Good Farmer Fund, it features gourmet eats from 25 of Seattle’s top restaurants, all produced with food from 40 local farms.

The 4th annual Feast also features live music, country-fair style games, prizes and a Salmon Safe Certified Wine and Beer Garden.

Tickets are $65 for adults and $10 for kids 6-13 through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Healthy Parks initiative at Green Lake Saturday

August 22nd, 2008 by Doree

Seattle Parks & Rec is kicking off its new initiative, “Healthy Parks, Healthy You,” Saturday at Green Lake with a fun run/walk, guest speaker Mayor Greg Nickels, kids activity booths, and fitness stations around the lake.

The fun run/walk costs $15 (free for kids 9 and under). Fill out a form now to save time on race day. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. at Green Lake Community Center; the run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Mayor Nickels will speak at 11 a.m.

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Creative ideas needed for Park(ing) Day

August 21st, 2008 by Dale

On Friday Sept. 19, Greenwood will give over two parking spaces to be turned into micro parks for a day in honor of Park(ing) Day. Those two spots are wide open to imaginative interpretation in terms of design and construction.

The two locations that have been reserved for the festivities are both on Greenwood Avenue N. One is in front of The Pig ‘N Whistle and the other is in front of the Greenwood Branch Library.

If this still doesn’t make sense, check out this video of micro parks in NYC.

A couple teams are needed to pull together design themes and to help organize the “construction” the morning of the event and the “deconstruction” at the end of that day.

A workshop will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 at the Pig ‘N Whistle.

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Phinney Market closes Friday

August 20th, 2008 by Doree

After struggling with financial troubles for some time, the four-year-old Phinney Market at 5918 Phinney Ave. N. will close its doors this Friday.

Owners Wallace and Lauretta Wright invite everyone to a farewell barbecue from 4-7 p.m. on Friday. Their farewell letter states they’ll serve meals to anyone, with only a donation requested.

After Friday, Phinney Market gift cards will be honored at the Wrights’ other store, Meridian Market, at 2201 N. 56th, on the east side of Green Lake.

The Wrights had recently presented a plan to save the market by offering “shares” to investors.

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It’s primary election day

August 19th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

It’s the “top two” primary, which means the top two in each race will proceed to the general election, regardless of party. So get out and vote (or mail in those absentees.) Here in the 36th district, the big showdown is the state legislative battle between Reuven Carlyle (D), John Burbank (D) and Leslie Bloss (R) — which may become our state’s most expensive legislative race ever.

As of 2:30 a.m.the results of the “top two” primary are: John Burbank, 42.21%, Reuven Carlyle, 41.53% and Leslie Bloss, 16.26%. As expected, Burbank and Carlyle are neck-and-neck, and the two Democrats will proceed to the general election where they’ll face off for the 36th district legislative seat. Get ready for a lot more signs around the neighborhood.


Extras needed for film being shot at Sandel

August 18th, 2008 by Dale

The filming at Sandel Playground Tuesday is for a feature-length comedy and they will need extras from 9 a.m. to noon, according to writer/director John Silva.

Silva was nice enough to take time out from filming to give us a description of the movie: “‘A/V’ is the story of Duane, a successful salesman who longs to be a writer but never quite finds the time. After an eye-opening experience, Duane abandons his current career path and takes a less demanding position as a hotel A/V technician. His new job gives him time for creative dawdling, but his colorful co-workers cause him to question: Is this the type of place to nurture one’s dreams or one’s hangover?”

Silva says they started shooting “A/V” in May and their first location was the Baranof on Greenwood Avenue. He’s hoping to have the movie edited by late fall before submitting it to film festivals.

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