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


Reminder: Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat is this afternoon

October 31st, 2015 by Doree

HungerGoblin14-resizedJust a reminder that our neighborhood’s annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at participating businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. today (Saturday). Look for the Hunger Goblin posters in the windows, or just follow the crowds.

While a fun event for children, it’s also a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank. Anyone in costume can trick or treat, but children are encouraged to donate either a can of food or $2 at various donation stations along Phinney and Greenwood avenues during the event, or at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., the week before. Those who donate will receive a special Hunger Goblin sticker to wear.

And remember that lots of children will be out trick or treating tonight in the dark. Please drive slowly and watch for people wearing dark clothing. If you’re trick or treating, please bring a flashlight or other lit up object so cars so can see you.

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Lucky Dog Clothing, selling vintage clothes and retro video games, opens in Greenwood

October 28th, 2015 by Doree

Cousins Gus Hohlbein and Jordan Stevens have opened Lucky Dog Clothing in the front two rooms of a home at 8201 Greenwood Ave. N.


The two started selling used clothing on eBay while students at Western Washington University in Bellingham. After graduating last spring, they decided to rent part of their aunt and uncle’s house for the retail shop. Jordan’s dog, Frank, is the store’s mascot.

Lucky Dog buys, sells and trades premium men’s clothing, shoes and hats, as well as retro video games.


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Networking Dropout Hour at Works Progress today as part of Seattle Startup Week

October 27th, 2015 by Doree

Works Progress, a co-working space at 115 N. 85th St., Suite 208, is hosting a Networking Dropout Hour from 4:30-6 p.m. today (Tuesday), as part of Seattle Startup Week.

Startup Week is a five day celebration of the thriving Seattle Startup community. There are many free events around the topic of entrepreneurship and growing your business. For a schedule of events in downtown Seattle, you can go here: http://seattle.startupweek.co/

In Greenwood, Works Progress, our neighborhood coworking space, is hosting the Networking Dropout Hour for all those folks that live up north and want a chance to network, but also want a head start on getting home! Get connected at this event with some light cocktails and wine – meet coworking members and ask questions about the benefits of a shared work space for your start-up.

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Vineyard Wine Shop moving from Greenwood to Edmonds

October 20th, 2015 by Doree

Update Nov. 9: Vineyard Wine Shop’s new location is now open at 9657 Firdale Ave., Edmonds, WA 98020. Phone is 206-542-4490. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The shop continues to offer biweekly tasting events every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5-7:30 p.m.

Earlier: Vineyard Wine Shop, at 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., is moving to Edmonds after this weekend. Vineyard specializes in “old world” wines from the classic wine regions of France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Through this Saturday, the shop is selling all domestic and “new world” wines (Americas, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada) at 20 percent off.

Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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Vegan ice cream shop and bakery, The Cookie Counter, coming to Phinney Ridge

October 14th, 2015 by Doree

The Cookie Counter, a vegan ice cream truck, is adding a brick and mortar location at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., next door to Yanni’s Greek Restaurant (where Wahe Guru Yoga used to be).


Everything we make is plant based and we have a lot of gluten free options. Once we open we will have “milk ‘n cookies happy hour” for the after school crowd, we’d like to be a fun, happy, family friendly place – we are excited to be a part of the neighborhood! Everything we make is made in small batches & with lots of love & organic ingredients! We’ll have an espresso bar, plant based ice creams, cookies, full size pies & pies by the slice, and for the morning menu – hand pies, gluten free pop tarts, breakfast cookies, and biscotti.

Owners Chris and Chelsea hope to open by January, but since the space has a walk-up window, they’ll be running themed “pop ups” on the weekends until they officially open.

  • Fridays, Oct. 16, 23, 30, 3-9 p.m. — Coffee, hot cocoa and cookies
  • Saturday Oct. 17, 12-4 p.m. — Apple pies, apple hand pies, apple oatmeal cookies, apple ice cream, caramel apple ice cream, ice cream sandwiches
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 12-4 p.m. – Pumpkin pies, pumpkin hand pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-4 p.m. – For Halloween they’ll be passing out free mini cookies to trick or treaters and selling 30 packs of mini cookies
  • Sundays, Oct. 18, 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Coffee, hot cider, hand pies, pop tarts

They’re running a Kickstarter campaign to help with the renovations. You can see store updates on their Facebook page.

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Avanti Art and Design moving out, Revel Athletics moving in

October 10th, 2015 by Doree

The owner of CrossFit Phinney Ridge, at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 100, is taking over the space currently occupied by Avanti Art and Design right next door and will open a separate fitness studio called Revel Athletics, offering yoga and barre classes.


Avanti Art & Design at the corner of 76th & Greenwood. The sign for CrossFit Phinney Ridge is just behind and to the right.

Emily Shubin and Revel Athletics will take over the space on Oct. 20, with plans to open in late November. CrossFit Phinney Ridge opened in March 2013.

Avanti, a custom frame shop and art gallery which opened in 2007 a few blocks south before moving to its current location about three years ago, is looking for a new space in the neighborhood. The gallery is having a sale from 12-4 p.m. today (Saturday) on most everything, including furniture, frames, art and fixtures.

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Varnish Salon on Phinney closed, eviction notice posted on window

October 6th, 2015 by Doree

Varnish Salon at 7407 Greenwood Ave. N. appeared to be closed several weeks ago, and now an eviction notice has been posted on the window. The notice from the King County Sheriff’s Office says the premises must be vacated by Oct. 7 (Wednesday) and all possessions inside will be removed.

The salon’s website is still up but the phone number is no longer in service. The owners did not respond to an email sent on Sept. 23 for more information.

Varnish Salon opened in March 2012.

(Thanks to Jeff for the tip about the eviction notice.)

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Neighborhood business districts can apply for matching grant to support ‘Shop Small’ and Small Business Saturday

September 24th, 2015 by Doree

The city’s Neighborhood Match Fund’s Small Sparks Fund is proving up to $1,000 for business groups to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and “Shop Small” holiday activities.

Small Business Saturday and Shop Small are efforts to promote shopping and dining at small independent businesses in neighborhood business districts during the holiday season. This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 28, and the Shop Small campaign lasts through the holiday season.

The Small Sparks Fund has resources to support efforts to promote your business district. Activities could include events, entertainment, or marketing to neighborhoods during the winter season, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/webapplication.htm. The deadline to apply for Small Business Saturday is October 16; and for other events, the deadline is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm.

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Hooyman Family Chiropractic opens on 85th Street

March 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Dr. Jason Hooyman and Dr. Cherity Hooyman recently opened Hooyman Family Chiropractic at 143 NW 85th St., across the street from Fred Meyer.

The office specializes in prenatal, pediatric, and family wellness care, as well as nutritional counseling and healthy living classes. The Hooymans are offering free new patient exams through April 15. Phone is 206-486-6451.

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