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Walgreens seeks liquor license

January 19th, 2010 by Dale

Walgreen Co. is applying for liquor licenses to sell beer and wine in at least 14 locations in Seattle, including the Greenwood store at 8701 Greenwood Ave. N and the Ballard store on the southwest corner of 15th Avenue NW and Market Street.

According to other media reports, including these here and here, Walgreens is applying for liquor licenses in many markets, aiming to create more of a one-stop shopping experience.  

We’ve left messages with a corporate spokesman and will provide more details when we get them.

The liquor license requests are part of a national rollout to provide additional convenience to Walgreens customers, Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger said.

“We’re basically responding to customer demand. Our customers want more of a one-stop shopping experience, where they can buy a range of products at one location,” Elfinger said.

A limited selection of alcohol will take up less than 2 percent of total shelf space in the stores.

“We’re going to be a drug store first and foremost,” Elfinger said. “There’s going to be no single servings, no 40 ounces, no minis, anything that’s conducive to alcohol abuse.”

It will be the store’s policy to card everyone who looks younger than 40 and employees will receive training on how to handle sales, Elfinger said. “We’re going to do this very safely and very responsibly.”

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Corner Mart being replaced

January 18th, 2010 by Dale

The simply named Corner Mart at the corner of 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street is closed and it appears it is being renovated, judging by what can be seen through the window. Bluestone LLC has applied for a liquor license to sell beer, wine and kegs.

Tonya added some more detail, writing to us, “just wanted to report that last week the Corner Mart was closed for business. At some point throughout this weekend, it looks like the store was emptied and security bars on the windows removed.”

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Take 5 Urban Market grand opening

June 5th, 2009 by Dale

From our sister site, MyBallard, here’s some info on the grand opening of Take 5 Urban Market, including giveaways and a drawing for prizes from the market at the corner of 8th Avenue NW and NW 70th Street.

We stopped in last night for dinner. Perched on the stools along the window, we enjoyed their daily dinner special (roast beef, veggies and mashed potatoes), toothsome mac-and-cheese and a zesty pulled chicken sandwich. For more store info, including their menu, here’s a link to the market’s site.

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Phinney Market close to opening

April 2nd, 2009 by Dale

The Phinney Market, 5918 Phinney Ave. N, is very close to opening. Here’s a couple pics from one of the vendors:

 

Beth, from Honey! I’m Home! catering, added this along with her photos:

I was at the Phinney Market today, taking some of our products to stock.   John, Angela and scores of friends and family were there to help put the final touches on the store.  It’s lovely.  Lots of fun, unusual items – along with lots of local producers (including us!  Honey! I’m Home! Catering).
They’ve got a great deli counter and their own chef, making take away food and sandwiches to order.   They even have an ice cream counter for the kids (and grown up kids). 
They’ll be a great addition to the neighborhood.
Keep your eyes open for the paper on the windows to come down.

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Take 5 Urban Market close to opening

February 15th, 2009 by Dale

The sign is up out front and they’re stocking the shelves and the deli case inside Take 5 Urban Market, located at the corner of 8th Avenue NW and NW 70th Street.

The store will have prepared take out food, sandwiches, some groceries, fresh produce, pop, juice, beer and wine. It’ll also have espresso made from Phinney Ridge’s Herkimer Coffee beans, which will arguably make it the best place to get a hot caffeinated beverage on 8th Avenue.

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Childish Things celebrates Spring Grand Opening

February 7th, 2009 by Dale

Childish Things, a store of new and used children’s items at 10002 Holman Rd., opened last fall, but it’s celebrating its Spring Grand Opening Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

From 12-1 p.m. you can get a chair massage while your kids play in the store’s play area. From 2:30-3 p.m. it’s French story time by Polly-Glot Tots. From 3-4 p.m., award-winning performer and childhood music educator Brian Vogan will play music from his Little Songs CD. Also from 3-4 p.m., there’s a special guest appearance by the Binky Fairy, sponsored by Little People Parties. The Binky Fairy will collect pacifiers from big kids who no longer need them, and will give them a small gift in return.

Refreshments will be served all afternoon, and social networking site Momslikeme.com is providing gift bags to the first 50 customers.

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Lead testing delay gives kid stuff crafters a break

January 31st, 2009 by Dale

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has delayed implementation of a law that could have forced some local crafters of kid stuff to implement costly lead testing or be considered illegal. There’s more in the P-I. One person quoted in the article said the law hurt many of the people who are trying to make kid-safe products.

“The irony is that many people who make handmade items do it specifically because they know those will be safe,” said Adam Brown, a spokesman for Etsy, a popular Web site offering handmade goods by 200,000 sellers.

The CPSC has granted a one year delay on testing and certification for crafters and childrens’ garment makers.

A couple months back, Wendy Powell at Childish Things raised alarm about the law, saying it could put consignment stores out of business as well. The CPSC later offered clarification on that point, saying consignment stores didn’t have to test their inventory, but that they should not sell items that were above the legal limit. But researching whether every used item is legal or not could pose its own challenges, one would think.

Thanks, Travis, for flagging the story for us.

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Childish Things kids store opens on Holman

October 18th, 2008 by Dale

A new children’s boutique, Childish Things, has opened at 10002 Holman Road.

The store features “gently used” and new items for children from birth to 10 years. They pay cash or give store credit for stuff your kids have outgrown. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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Tangerine Thai opening next to Santa Fe Cafe

October 15th, 2008 by Dale

One of our readers sent us a photo today showing that Tangerine Thai Restaurant is moving into the space formerly occupied by Schultz Pottery, 5914 Phinney Ave. N.

Schultz Pottery closed up shop and moved out of the space last month.

Nick, the owner of the building, said he understands the people leasing the space hope to open around the end of this year, or early in 2009. He also said he’s had some interest in the neighboring space formerly occupied by the Phinney Market, but no takers yet. The fact the grocery store’s shelving and other equipment is still filling the space probably hasn’t helped.

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Final Allusia moving sale, new location named

October 11th, 2008 by Dale

Allusia is holding a final, all prices slashed sale this weekend in preparation for moving to their new digs three blocks to the north.

The “unique home decor & giveables” store will share space with … SPACE, A Design-Build Collective, in the old Pelayo Antiques building at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N.

Allusia’s owner, Jimi Lou Steambarge, says she’s tentatively hoping to reopen Nov. 1. The news reminds us we’ve been meaning to mention SPACE, because they recently branched out into the retail business, adding some home décor items for sale, primarily furniture and art – most on consignment.

Seems like a nice pairing of remodel design consultants with a store that can put the finishing touches on the decor.

And speaking of decor, Allusia will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday in their current location, 7225 Greenwood Ave. N., with sales up to 60 percent off.

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Schultz Pottery closing sale

September 15th, 2008 by Dale

After 22 years in business at the same location, Tom Schultz is closing up shop at the end of this month.

While the signs at 5914 Phinney Avenue say it’s a moving sale, he says he’s actually retiring from pottery, closing up shop and the Web site. Prices at the store are marked down 30-70 percent. If you’re interested in stopping by, the store is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The store is just south of the late Phinney Market, making for two empty businesses on the block. A sign in the former market’s window says they’re looking for a community-oriented business to move in. Should you be that business, call Nick at (206) 783-9191.

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NWsource Picks all over the neighborhood

September 11th, 2008 by Doree

This is a very belated shout-out to all the businesses in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge that were named “People’s Picks” by NWsource. You’ve no doubt seen those red sandwich boards in front of several businesses in the neighborhood. Winners were selected by a vote of NWsource’s readers. There were quite a few in neighborhing ‘hoods such as Ballard, so check out the whole list.

Here’s a list of our neighborhood’s winners (let us know if we missed anybody): A Muse – knitting, sewing or crafts shop; Beachcomber Kids’ Cuts – kids’ haircuts (tie); Emma Jean’s Consignments & Antiques – antique store; Labels – cheap clothing (tie); The Shop Agora – grocery/wine shop; Taproot Theatre Company – local theater company; Valentine’s – barbershop; Woodland Park Zoo – family-fun spot.

Honorable mentions:  All Aboard Second Hand – antique store; Antika – antique store; Baranof Lounge – dive bar; Carmelita – vegetarian; Chocolati Cafe – chocolatier/chocolate shop; Frock Shop – women’s boutique; Gordito’s – Mexican food; Greenwood Hardware – independent hardware store; Ken’s Market – grocery/wine shop; Labels – maternity store; Lil’ Paisley – jeweler/jewelry shop; Metropolis – gift/novelty shop; Red Mill Burgers – burger, cheap eats, french fries; Rickshaw Restaurant & Lounge – karaoke spot; Rub-a-Dub Dog – pet supply and services; Rudy’s – barbershop (all 7 locations nominated as a group); Santa Fe Cafe – Mexican food; Santoro’s – independent bookstore; Tweed – jeweler/jewelry shop, men’s clothing, women’s boutique; Twig – children’s store; Wayward Coffeehouse – independent coffee- or tea-house; Woodland Park Zoo – museum/attraction.

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