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

 

Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe for sale

February 13th, 2013 by Doree

Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe, famous for its breakfasts, cinnamon rolls, and Wisconsin cow-themed interiors for the last 25 years, is for sale. Owner Jeanne Mae Barwick tells us she has put the restaurant at 6412 Phinney Ave. N. up for sale.

Barwick says she listed the business for sale just this week. She hopes to have a sale done by April, when she will celebrate her 66th birthday. From her email:

Retirement? Never even considered it until recently. Actually, I’ll look for a job, but one that does not include managing employees and dealing with rising food costs and equipment failures and…dumpsters and grease traps and, well, you get the idea. I’m hoping to have a “Open House and Garage Sale” at Mae’s sometime during March. This would be my official farewell to the neighborhood. If I find a buyer that wants a fast turn around, I might not be able to do the special party and what if they want to keep my salt and pepper shakers and other miscellaneous moo-morabilia? It could happen!

Barwick is also famous around the neighborhood for calling the monthly Bingo Karaoke at the Greenwood Senior Center. (Seriously, if you haven’t gone, you MUST – it’s an absolute hoot!)

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Alzheimer’s Cafe Tuesday afternoon at Mae’s

April 6th, 2012 by Doree

The April Alzheimer’s Café will be from 3:30-5 p.m. next Tuesday at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, 6412 Phinney Ave. N. This special café is designed for those living the Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to come together in a supportive environment. The only cost is for food and beverages.

The Alzheimer’s Café is a program of the Greenwood Senior Center. For more information, contact Carin Mack at 206-297-0875.

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30 people attend First Alzheimer’s Café in Phinney Ridge

August 10th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center’s new Alzheimer’s Café debuted on Tuesday, with 30 guests, including caregivers, at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café.

Photo courtesy of the Greenwood Senior Center.

The group met in the afternoon after Mae’s closed for regular business for the day.

From Cecily Kaplan, Greenwood Senior Center Director:

Modeled after a large movement in Europe and only one other established café in the US, the Alzheimer’s Café is a café for people with memory loss and their care partners providing an outlet for interaction, an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgment, no expectation…just support, good food and fun!

Thank you to Jeanne Barwick at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, Faerland Terrace, Rosewood Courte for their support of the Alzheimer Café.

The Alzheimer’s Café will take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, 6412 Phinney Ave. N. No reservations necessary; the only cost is your dessert and drink. For more information, call GSC Social Worker Carin Mack at 206-297-0875.

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Alzheimer Cafe debuts Tuesday

August 4th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has created an “Alzheimer’s Café,” the second of its kind in the country. It debuts next Tuesday at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, 6412 Phinney Ave. N.

Modeled after a movement in Europe of social gatherings for people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners, the Alzheimer Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. “Safe in the way that people can be themselves with no judgment and no expectations,” said Jytte Lokvig, who has created the first café in the US in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our neighborhood café will have its first gathering on Tuesday, August 9 from 3:30 – 5 pm and Mae’s fabulous ice cream will make this first gathering an ice cream social. Free program cost is your café order only.

To learn more about the Alzheimer Café call Greenwood Senior Center social worker Carin Mack, MSW, at 206.297.0875 or 206.230.0166.

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Greenwood Senior Center has two new programs for people living with memory loss

June 7th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is now offering two new programs for those affected by memory loss, including caregivers.

The Gathering Place is an expansion of the senior center’s monthly support groups for those living with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML).

The Gathering Place, held from 1 – 4 p.m. every Thursday afternoon, provides stimulating activities and discussion in a small group format. Participants build on their strengths, by engaging in mental and physical activities, learning coping strategies while developing meaningful relationships.

Following well-established guidelines used in ESML programs across the nation, and facilitated by an MSW graduate, The Gathering Place incorporates problem solving and discussion, creative arts, exercise, intellectual stimulation, and refreshments. Throughout the day, participants may be found reading a play from the local Taproot Theatre, baking muffins, writing poetry, doing yoga, offering each other stress management tips, or playing games that encourage brain health.

Benefits from these kinds of programs include increased knowledge of how to cope with ESML, improved mood, enhanced social connections, and increased sense of structure and purpose.

The Gathering Place costs $35 per day. Scholarships are available.

The Alzheimer Café is a special opportunity for those living with Alzheimer’s to have a meal together once a month. It will be held once a month at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, 6412 Phinney Ave. N. This will be the second Alzheimer’s Café in the U.S.

Modeled after a movement in Europe of social gatherings for people with Alzheimer and their care partners, the Alzheimer Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. “Safe in the way that people can be themselves with no judgment and no expectations,” said Jytte Lokvig, who has created the first café in the US in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our neighborhood café will have its first gathering on Tuesday, August 9 from 3:30 – 5 PM and Mae’s fabulous ice cream will make this first gathering an ice cream social.

To learn more about The Gathering Place or the Alzheimer Café, or to make a pre-registration appointment, call Greenwood Senior Center social worker Carin Mack, MSW, at (206) 297-0875 or (206) 230-0166.

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