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


3 new businesses in the neighborhood

May 20th, 2014 by Doree

K&L Interiors recently opened at 7226 Linden Ave. N. The full-service interior design firm is co-owned by Kelly Lyons and Lauren Hockema, who handle projects ranging from furniture and accessory selection to remodels and new home construction.

Kristjan Olsen and his wife Rachelle recently opened Gold Comb Salon at 8628 3rd Ave. NW., just west of Fred Meyer. The salon provides women’s and men’s haircuts, color, foil, blowouts and formal styling.

Phinney Ridge resident Megan Janes recently launched her new company Seattle Pops, which sells all-natural, gourmet popsicles. The popsicles will be sold at local farmers markets and events (but not, unfortunately, at the Phinney Farmers Market).

Seattle Pops serves delicious creamy and fruity pops that are locally sourced and all-natural! We offer the classic frozen treat in a healthier, fresher, and tastier way. We achieve this by using only fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We never use artificial colors or flavors, and never use high fructose corn syrup. Our flavors are innovative and also classic, we offer Strawberry Basil, Lime, Creamy Coffee, Chocolate Raspberry, Peaches and Cream, Watermelon, and more.

We are in the Fremont Sunday Market, Columbia City, Wallingford, Shoreline, Bellevue, Madrona, and U- District. Seattle Pops are also available for catering and bulk orders.

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Potential legal pot store locations in Phinney-Greenwood

May 3rd, 2014 by Dale

Two winning locations in the Liquor Control Board’s lottery to open 21 legal pot stores in Seattle are on the edges of the PhinneyWood neighborhood.

And if some of the top 21 applicants fail to qualify, three neighborhood locations in the high 20s in the lottery could get an opportunity to open up shop.

In order for that to happen, some of the top 21 applicants must fail the more rigorous process to actually open. To get a license, the applicants must get approval of their financial and operations plans, pass criminal background checks, build their stores and pass a final inspection. If that doesn’t happen, the Liquor Control Board will start working its way down the lottery list to reach the 21 store limit set for Seattle.

The two closest locations in the top 21 are:

#3 in the lottery: GG Gourmet Enterprises, 9550 Aurora Ave. N

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#13: Bud Bouquets, 817 NW 85th St., which currently houses Blend Herbal Spa

817 NW 85th St Seattle

If at least five of the top 21 fail to qualify, Phinney-Greenwood could have pot stores in its future. The three locations outside the top 21 are:

#26 in the lottery: Paradoxical, 323 N 105th St.

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#27: Herb’s House, which now runs a medical marijuana clinic and cafe at 716 NW 65th St.

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#29: Green Connection Northwest, 417 NW 65th St.

417 NW 65th St Seattle

According to The Seattle Times, state officials are set to start issuing licenses starting in early July.

Our sister site, My Ballard, has a story about five pot store locations in Ballard making the top 21. And a story by our news partners The Seattle Times, goes into more detail about the lottery across the rest of the city and state.

Visit the Liquor Control Board site for a full list of lottery results. (Click the Marijuana Lottery Results link).

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Santoro’s Books for sale

January 14th, 2014 by Doree

Santoro’s Books at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. is for sale. Owner Carol Santoro tells us the sale is only for the inventory inside the store, plus fixtures and software, but does not include the name. The store’s lease ends on May 31, and she chose not to renew it.

Santoro will continue running her wholesale business providing books to school classrooms and libraries. That business will retain the Santoro’s Books name.

Here’s the official sale advertisement:

For Sale: Santoro’s Books in north Seattle. This nine-year old, 1200 square foot store is located in a supportive neighborhood next to one of our most popular restaurants. We currently sell new books only with very few sidelines. Annual retail sales are about $300,000 to $315,000. The selling price is the wholesale value of the inventory, approximately $35,000 to $40,000. The owner is keeping the store name and the outside, wholesale business. Only the retail side of the business is for sale. For more information contact Carol at 206-784-2113 or carol@santorosbooks.com

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‘Friends of NW 65th’ promotes life and business in East Ballard/West Phinney Ridge

October 14th, 2013 by Doree

NW 65th Street from 8th to 3rd avenues NW can be claimed by both Phinney Ridge and Ballard. Now, there’s a group called Friends of NW 65th that is hoping to bring renewed interest to businesses and livability in the area.

Check out the group’s Facebook page for daily updates on interesting businesses and events. You also can email them at friendsofnw65th@gmail.com to be added to their email list.

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1 new business, 1 closed, 2 moved, and another expanded

July 16th, 2013 by Doree

A brightly-painted Cuban restaurant called Bongos has taken over the former truck rental/farmers market/Christmas tree lot at North 66th Street and Linden Avenue North.


Mi Tiendita Latina, at 8558 Greenwood Ave. N., has closed.

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The Hair Company has moved seven blocks north, to 9220 Greenwood Ave. N.

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And The Yard Cafe at 8313 Greenwood Ave. N. has expanded into the adjacent space, formerly occupied by Rockwell Realty.

Oh, and Sip & Ship Greenwood has officially opened at its new location at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood-Phinney business updates

June 20th, 2013 by Doree

More news about businesses coming and going in Greenwood and PhinneyWood.

Greenwood Sip & Ship is remodeling the space at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. (formerly home to Allusia and Strut) next door to Tasty. Co-owner Steve Naramore tells us they hope to move in sometime around mid- to late-July. As previously reported, Sip & Ship’s current space at 8560 will be taken over by Bill’s on Greenwood., which hopes to open Sept. 1.

Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., is changing its hours at the end of the month. The gallery will be closed on Sundays, except by appointment or for the Artist’s Reception at the beginning of a new show. As of June 30, the new hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday, except by appointment.

Peak Physical Therapy has opened at 8310 8th Ave. NW, specializing in treating soft tissue injuries and imbalances that interfere with daily life. According to owner Jason Schniepp, treatments are generally between one hour and 1-1/2 hours, with a focus on deep soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization, strain counterstrain, active tissue release, and muscle energy techniques. Schniepp says the clinic is a preferred provider with most major insurance carriers in the area.

Peak Physical Therapy is open Monday through Friday by appointment. Phone 206-524-0143 or email pt@peakphysicaltherapyseattle.com.

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Business social and networking event at PNA

September 17th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting a networking event for all Greenwood and Phinney Ridge area businesses to share ideas for the holiday season. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Let’s share our holiday strategies for increasing revenue. Do you change your hours? Do you change your product or service offerings? Are there ways we can join forces and capitalize on our shared resources to generate more traffic into our wonderful neighborhood?

Join us for this informal discussion while enjoying munchies and beverages, compliments of the PNA. Open to all neighborhood businesses.

RSVP by calling 206-783-2244 or email biz@phinneycenter.org.

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Greenwood Community Council’s meeting tomorrow to discuss businesses, graffiti, art

July 30th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

On the agenda is how to improve Greenwood’s downtown business core, temporary art installations through the Art Interruptions project, and an anti-graffiti initiative that needs volunteers to help clean up our neighborhood.

This month’s GCC meeting focuses on how to fill empty storefronts in downtown Greenwood and end graffiti and neglect. While some businesses are thriving, others have been struggling to survive a dismal economy, and many public and private improvements have passed the business core by. It’s great to see other parts of the neighborhood being improved and rebuilt, but now downtown Greenwood businesses will also need a leg up, and some help from its community and the city. The meeting will focus on the future of the Greenwood business core, and actions to reduce graffiti and improve the environment for business. What’s working, and what needs to be fixed? As always we welcome thoughts from all community members, and for this meeting we’ve also invited Greenwood business owners and property owners to share their ideas and concerns. Please join us for a lively discussion, leading to an action plan for the community council over the coming year.

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Seattle’s Nicest Coin Laundry on 85th Street has closed

June 20th, 2012 by Doree

Lynn sent us pictures of Seattle’s Nicest Coin Laundry on NW 85th Street, with a sign saying the laundromat has closed.

The sign in the window says it closed due to the economy and road construction on 85th Street.

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3 dozen neighborhood business owners attend PNA Business Membership launch meeting

June 19th, 2012 by Doree

We couldn’t attend last night’s inaugural meeting of the PNA Business Member group, so this narrative is provided by Ann Bowden, Development Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Lee Harper, Executive Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, welcomes Greenwood and Phinney Ridge business owners to the new PNA Business Member group’s first meeting on Monday night.

More than three dozen neighborhood businesses – some long established and some brand new – attended the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Member Launch Meeting last night at the Phinney Neighborhood Center to learn the details of the PNA’s new enhanced business membership benefits and plans for strengthening the business community.

For the past several months PNA staff and neighborhood business leaders have been meeting to discuss ways to support, connect and promote the Phinney-Greenwood (PhinneyWood) business community. For much of the last two years, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce has been struggling, in part because of limited time and resources of its members. A Chamber task force formed earlier this year and recommended that the Chamber suspend operations and that the PNA strengthen its business membership, providing the support and infrastructure needed to maintain a healthy business community.

Community events formerly supported by the Chamber, including the Greenwood Seafair Parade, the art walks and the Halloween Trick or Treat event, will now be housed at the PNA, provided they have the support, involvement and backing of the business community. At the meeting, business owners were urged to get involved and help make projects and activities – new and old – happen. “This is not a top-down organization,” noted Lee Harper, PNA Executive Director.

“This (the business membership group) will be what you –what all of us – make of it,” added Mike Veitenhans, who has served as Chamber president since January.

With the dissolution of the Chamber, the task force has now become an advisory group of the PNA Business Membership. At the meeting, businesses were urged to consider joining. The group will meet monthly and is open to all neighborhood businesses. The next meeting of the advisory group is Monday, July 9, at 5 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Regular meetings times will be determined at that meeting.

New PNA business member benefits are designed to help businesses connect with each other and promote themselves and the neighborhood. New benefits include a profile on www.dophinneywood.com, a new community consumer website that highlights neighborhood businesses and activities: access to new online networking “micro-communities” that group businesses by location and/or business category; discounted advertising rates; and other promotional opportunities.

For more information about the PNA’s Business Membership, go to www.phinneycenter.org/business or emailbiz@phinneycenter.org.

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PNA Business Membership Group hosting networking event to explain new business group replacing Chamber of Commerce

June 13th, 2012 by Doree

Neighborhood business owners are invited to a networking meeting on Monday to learn more about the new enhanced Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership (which is replacing the dissolved Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce).

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

A task force has spent months figuring out the best way to promote neighborhood businesses, and it was decided that the best way to do that was to dissolve the chamber and add certain benefits to the existing PNA Business Membership.

That new membership will include:

  • A business profile on DoPhinneywood.com, a new community website that lists neighborhood businesses and business activities, with direct links to each business’s website.
  • Access to new targeted online neighborhood business networking groups.
  • Discounted advertising rates in the Review, the PNA’s quarterly community newspaper.
  • Business member socials and informational meetings.
  • The option to offer discounts to all PNA members.

Please RSVP for the Monday social to biz@phinneycenter.org. Refreshments will be provided. Businesses joining or renewing at the event will receive a 20 percent discount on membership fees.

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Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce will officially dissolve, be replaced by enhanced PNA business membership

May 8th, 2012 by Doree

After months of discussion, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce will soon dissolve and be replaced by an enhanced business membership option through the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

The Chamber coordinates a number of neighborhood events each year, including the Greenwood Seafair Parade, the annual Seattle Summer Streets, the Art Up PhinneyWood Monthly Art Walk, and Safe Halloween Trick or Treat. (It also helped run the Greenwood Car Show for many years, but that event is now run by the Greenwood Knights.) The Chamber is still sponsoring the Greenwood Seafair Parade on July 25.

A Chamber task force called the “PhinneyWood Business Group” has spent the last two months figuring out a new direction for the organization, and last week recommended that the Chamber dissolve, and the business community join forces with the PNA.

“There is a real deep-seated support for the PNA in the business community, and we wanted to really take advantage of that,” task force member Jim Bennett explained. “They already had a membership committee set up to work with the business community.”

Bennett said the Chamber and the PNA have long cooperated on many programs and community events, so it made sense to simply join forces.

“They’re excited about it and we’re really excited about it,” he said.

The business group’s new mission statement is: “PhinneyWood Business Group connects, supports, and promotes our community businesses, helping to make Greenwood and Phinney a great neighborhood to live, work, and play.”

The details of an enhanced PNA business membership are still being worked out, so stay tuned.

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