Uh-oh, Madrona Restaurants Fighting for Most Family-Friendly Title

There are other Seattle restaurants in the field, but two Madrona restaurants are vying for the title of Seattle’s Most Family Friendly Restaurant.  We are not taking sides on this battle royale, but are crossing our fingers that either Madrona Eatery & Ale House or Pritty Boys Pizzeria win it.  We would welcome the Best of Citysearch title to the Madrona neighborhood.  Good luck to both Madrona Ale House and Pritty Boys Pizza.

Madrona K-8 Meeting: All Madrona Residents Invited

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8 has invited the community to participate in a meeting next Tuesday night at 6:30 PM in the school library.  The school has been struggling the past several years with attendance and the meeting is to address what can be done to help the school thrive.  Because a strong school is an essential part of any Seattle neighborhood this is an important meeting for all Madrona residents.  Please join the meeting if you can.


Please join the Madrona K-8 PTSA for an important meeting with Seattle Public School District representatives about the future of Madrona K-8

All community members are encouraged and welcome to attend Madrona K-8’s upcoming meeting with SPS representatives on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Kay Smith Blum, Seattle School Board President, Phil Brockman, Executive Director of K-12 Operations, and Nancy Coogan, Executive Director of School’s in the Central Region, will be joining school staff, teachers, parents, and community members to discuss enrollment and capacity at Madrona K-8, special services to support neighborhood schools in the central region, and the recent option floated to the Seattle School Board to consider changing Madrona K-8 to a K-5 in 2017. Go to http://madronapantherpartners.org/ for additional information.

Good schools go hand in hand with healthy neighborhoods – come take part in the discussion.

Metro Bus Stop Across From Madrona School to Stay

Metro BusIf you have been following our Madrona blog the last couple weeks you read about Metro planning to remove the bus stop across from Madrona K-8 School.  Well, thanks to Madrona residents’ comments the Metro bus stop has been saved.  Here is an open letter from Metro:

Thank you for your comments concerning the bus stop and shelter located westbound at East Union Street & 33rd Avenue.  The bus stop will remain open based on information from transit users: parents wait for the Rt 2 at this stop after escorting their children to school; students can be easily monitored after school while they wait for the bus; and it is conveniently located to the library and low income housing.

Metro does not have plans or proposals for major changes on the Route 2 corridor at this time; if proposals are developed then you will have an opportunity to participate in a public process that will include community meetings and other venues for commenting.

Thank you again for your interest and comments.  Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions about bus stops in your neighborhood.


Mary Bemowski

King County Metro Department of Transportation

Service Development/Transit Route Facilities

Central East District Planner

Hitchcock Madrona Hosting Trunk Show March 7th

Our favored local accessory connoisseurs  Hitchcock Madrona are hosting a trunk show Tuesday March 7th for one of their favorite “avant garde” artists, Ms. Harriet McNamara, and her extensive jewelery line Surplus.

Photo Courtesy of Hitchcock Madrona

Photo Courtesy of Hitchcock Madrona

Harriet has traveled the world over, and  has evolved a line where fashion meets fine jewelry, and created a fun and youthful way of wearing jewelry. All of Harriet’s jewelry is a one of a kind, handmade pieces from found objects and materials. Join other jewelry fanatics and meet the artist next Tuesday from 5-7pm. Champagne will be served, and fun will be had!

Nena’s Gift Shop Literally Broken Into

Seattle PoliceSome startling news; another Madrona Business was literally broken into this weekend. Nena’s Gift Shop next to Verité on 34th Avenue near Spring Street was burglarized on Saturday night. From what information I was able to gather, it seems that only $40 was stolen from the cash register, however the damage sustained to the glass front door is estimated to be about $800. This incident however, reminds me of the slew of break-ins and burglaries that hit the Madrona neighborhood in September of 2011, where Kismet Salon and Juniper located near the tennis courts at the Madrona Playground were burglarized of nearly $45,000 worth of high end clothing, jewelry and cosmetics. Just a few days afterward, Glassyaby’s offices on 34th Avenue were broken into along with several other offices where electronics such as computers and other items of value were stolen.  Hopefully, this is not the beginning of another rash of break-ins.

Madrona Park Video – Enjoy the Scenery

While perusing youtube for interesting videos, we stumbled upon this one featuring different scenes around Madrona Park. The person capturing the video seems to stick around the southern tip of the park, but there really is so much more to see and experience if you’ve ever explored the park firsthand. Maybe this spring we will capture other sunny scenes in the park for you, but please enjoy a glimpse of the one below!


St. Therese New Mass Schedule

St Therese SeattleSaint Therese is the Madrona neighborhood’s Catholic church on 35th between Spring and Marion.  There are several other Catholic churches in the area including St. Joe’s on Capitol Hill, Immaculate Conception up between 18th and 19th and St. Mary’s over by Washington Middle School.  Because of the close proximity (among other reasons), St. Therese is now sharing their priest with Immaculate Conception; therefore, the Mass schedule is changing on Sundays so the priest can be present at both churches.  Starting on Sunday, February 17th, mass at St. Therese will be at 8:30 AM, noon and 5 PM.

Madrona Blossoms Needs Your Help

Madrona BlossomsIn the upcoming Madrona News there will be an envelope inside asking for donation for Madrona Blossoms.  Madrona Blossoms are the hanging flower baskets that beautify the Madrona Business District from May to October each year.  Each flower basket costs $275 per year to grow and to keep watered throughout the season.

If you want to support the Madrona Blossoms this year a check in any amount helps.  Please make a check payable to ‘Madrona Blossoms’ and drop the check off to Mike Walker at Hi Spot, John Platt at St. Clouds, or mail it to:

Madrona Blossoms Treasurer
1121 37th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Madrona Blossoms Project is a subcommittee of the Madrona Community Council, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Your donations are tax deductible

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!


Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Catholic School Employee Accused of Hitting Children with Belt

DSC_00075[1]An employee of St. Therese Catholic Academy has been put on administrative leave after allegedly hitting two children with his belt last week. The man has been employed with the school since 2006 filling several different positions from custodian to driver. Last week, when he was filling in for a teacher who called in sick, the man allegedly hit two children with his belt when they refused to listen to him and continued to throw pencils at each other.

The employee was asked to leave after the principal was made aware of the situation. The principal then called the children’s’ parents as well as the police to report the incident. When the investigation is complete, the school and Seattle Archdiocese will determine the appropriate actions to take regarding the employee. According to the Seattle Times, one of the children’s’ parent would like to handle the situation with the school.