“Put A Paw On It” For Madrona’s New Henry Mural!

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Madrona K-8’s new mural. Photo by Kim Bevington

Next time you order a delicious cupcake at Cupcake Royale in Madrona, tell them to “put a paw on it!”. For an extra $1, staff will add a panther-paw cupcake topper and donate that dollar to Madrona K-8 to help pay for the new playground mural painted by local artist Ryan Henry Ward, who you may know better from his signature, which is simply ‘Henry.’ He has painted more than 140 of his recognizable murals on walls, garages, and even cars all over Seattle.

Glassybaby has already generously donated 50 percent of the cost of the mural, but the school is looking for your help in raising the remaining amount, and what better catalyst than cupcakes. This mural certainly brightens up the playground on dreary, rainy days, so consider helping fund its creation! This promotion is only valid at the Madrona location of Cupcake Royale (1101 34th Ave.).

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Photo by Kim Bevington

Kismet Salon Saying Goodbye To Madrona, Hello To Capitol Hill

kismetAfter 10 years in its space on Spring Street, Kismet Salon is packing up and heading west to Capitol Hill. In a letter to the Madrona Community Council, salon owner Heather Caldwell expressed her gratitude to the Madrona neighborhood and its residents for their support, and says the salon’s new location on Broadway will allow them to expand in order to offer more services and Aveda products.

You have a few more weeks to visit Kismet at its current location – they’ll be there until September 27 and will open at 512 Broadway Ave. E at the beginning of October. As a thank you to current clients who decide to make the short 2.3-mile trek to the new salon, they’ll be offering 5 percent off services for life and validated parking at one of the neighboring parking lots.

While it’s always disappointing to see long-time businesses leave the neighborhood, we wish Heather and her team the best of luck with their new adventure!

You can run Pritty Boys Pizza in Madrona!

pizzaDo you want to run a pizza restaurant in Madrona?  As many of you know, Pritty Boys Pizza closed, but the business is available for purchase.  We should have known this was coming: the owner’s Madrona home recently went on the market and the rumor is they moved across the lake.

We hope someone buys the restaurant….we already miss the fun family atmosphere, the pizza, and our personal favorite: the broccoli.  First the Madrona Ale House gets rid of their toys, now this!  Madrona families with young children are panicking.

We wish the Pritty Boy’s owners well.  They quietly supported Madrona activities such as Mayfair, Madrona Dine Out for Madrona K-8, and recently paid for a large portion of the holiday decorations for the Madrona business district.

Save The Date For The Madrona Fall Wine Event

wine-glassesIf you’ve ever been to the Leschi Market, you are well aware of their excellent wine selection and knowledgeable staff, so we are excited to learn that once again the market will be providing wine for the fourth annual Fall Wine Event, scheduled for November 15 at the glassybaby studio in Madrona.

This will be a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors, drink some delicious wine, and maybe stock up on some glassybabys for holiday gifts. More details are to come regarding where to purchase tickets, prices, and event times, so check back here or visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for additional info.

A Bottlehouse Birthday and Farewell To Wilridge’s Barrel

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Madrona’s Bottlehouse, which recently earned the distinction of being voted one of Seattle’s best patios, is holding a series of pop-up events this summer, starting with a celebration of its fourth birthday this Saturday, June 7. Whether you’re a beer or wine fan, Bottlehouse has something for every drinker’s palate, with a good selection of both northwest and European wines and a rotating cast of beers on tap and by the bottle. And what would wine be without its accompanying cheese? Dedicated cheesemongers are on hand to help you pick the perfect fromage, along with greens, toasts and sandwiches, to pair with your drink. For its birthday bash from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be offering food and drink specials and DJ Deegan will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.

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When you visit the Bottlehouse, take a last look at the signature wine barrel that has long sat in the front yard of neighboring Wilridge Winery, as the barrel will be officially retired after the winery’s “Bye to the Barrel” party on Sunday, June 22.

The European-made 1,000-gallon barrel, rescued from winery owner Paul Beveridge’s friends’ property near Palo Alto, Calif., has been empty throughout its residence in Madrona, which has played a part in its deterioration over the years. Hot summers caused the staves (the wooden strips that make up the body of the barrel) to dry out and shrink, in turn loosening the metal hoops that keep them in place. Moss and fungus growing inside are contributing to its collapse, and the time has finally come for it to be removed for good. Beveridge said in an e-mail to members of the community council that he is hoping to preserve the portion of the barrel that includes the hand-painted Wilridge logo and display it somewhere in the winery.

Come say your fond farewells and get one last photo with the barrel while enjoying special barrel wine tastings beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd. 34th Avenue just won’t be the same!

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

New Pop Up Shop in Madrona

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Photo by Pop Up Madrona

If you’ve already been browsing for Christmas presents in Madrona, you may have noticed the new storefront on 34th Ave, POP UP MADRONA. They recently had a casual opening last Wednesday, and offer artcycled jewelry, accent pillows by South End Design, and fun women’s fashion items. The shop also has unique and fun notepads, handmade cards and prints by Mary Margaret Briggs, and women’s clothing and accessories by Lysle  Style (I love the scooped neck dress!).

Their hours will be Wed-Sat 11-6, and Sun 10-5, and their grand opening celebration will be during the Madrona Artwalk this Saturday Dec 14th. They will also be open Dec 23rd from 11-6 and Dec 24th from 11-3 for all you last minute shoppers searching for the perfect gift! For more information on the shop, visit Pop Up Madrona on Facebook.

Dulce’s Opens in Lawrence Lofts

Dulces had a long thriving life in Madrona for a number of years before Pritty Boys Pizzeria moved in on 34th Ave. They relocated to a downtown location under Pike Place Market, which boarded up in the summer of 2012, fairly quickly after it opened. Now the husband and wife team behind the Latin cuisine have moved closer to their old stomping ground in the Lawrence Lofts project on 19th & Madison. Dulces Bistro

Dulces has a newish name – Dulces Bistro & Wine, and a new look and feel. They have spiced up their menu, creating new spins on old favorites, and have expanded their wine collection extensively. They have a full bar, and happy hour daily from 5-7pm. We’re excited to check out the new menu items, and new location. If you’ve stopped in recently, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new space!

Madrona Wine Merchants Celebrate Two Years in Madrona!

A big (and overdue) congrats to Madrona Wine Merchants, celebrating two years in business in Madrona! Beginning Tuesday Nov 19th, they will be open on Tuesdays! Hours will be Tues-Fri 12-7, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-5. Madrona Wine Merchants has the best selection of wines in town, and a fruitful wine club for neighbors and friends, and hosts tastings regularly at their storefront. The next tasting is scheduled this upcoming Saturday November 16th, featuring Rieninger Winery of Walla Walla. If you need wine for the holidays, buy 6 bottles receive 5% off your total, or if you need 12 bottles, receive a 10% discount. Congrats and thank you to our local wine experts, and here is to another prosperous year!

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