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


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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Metropolis celebrates 34th anniversary and new owner this weekend

February 18th, 2015 by Doree

Metropolis cards and gifts store at 7319 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its 34th anniversary on Saturday. Also, owner Terry Heiman is retiring and has sold the store to Sue Pasha, who will be at the celebration to meet customers.

The celebration lasts all day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with cake and close-outs on some merchandise that won’t be carried any more.

Congratulations to Metropolis for 34 years in the neighborhood, and to Terry for a well-deserved retirement!

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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

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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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