Shop Madrona for Small Business Saturday

Shop Local SeattleSupport our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th).  There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc.  There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive.  So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons.  Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner.  There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.

Reminder: Merry in Madrona Tomorrow

Merry in MadronaHappy Holidays!  Support your local Madrona businesses this holiday season, and to kick it off this Saturday is Merry in Madrona.  This Saturday, Madrona shops will be open until 6 PM and many will be offering special gifts and treats.  For example, Kismet Salon and Spa (map) will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM this Saturday and will have holiday bazaar with local crafts and artisists, Aveda Pure Priviledge double points, great gifts, service specials, and a raffle.

Also, on Saturday do not forget about:

Merry in Madrona this Weekend

Merry in MadronaMerry in Madrona is this weekend, Saturday, December 1st.  Holiday decorations are up along 34th Avenue and Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM) will have their stores open for extended hours to celebrate the season.  Madrona K-8 will have a book fair starting on Saturday as well.  Finally, the Christmas Wreaths which are on sale until tonight at 5 PM will be available for pickup this Saturday in the Amara parking lot from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Come celebrate the holidays and be so very merry in Madrona this weekend.

Christmas Ships at Madrona Beach

Seattle Christmas ShipsThe grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships.  The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd).  Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.

To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM.  The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach.  (See previous link for the route).  Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.

Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended.  The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.

If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family.  You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM.  Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM.  You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.

Very Merry in Madrona

MadronaAs I wrote a couple weeks ago, the Very Merry in Madrona is coming this weekend.  I will be blogging more about it as the week goes on, but mark you calendars because it should be a fun weekend in Madrona.  The weekend includes extended hours of the Madrona retail stores on both Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday things kick off at 11 AM with the Madrona Bronze Ring Project Celebration and then throughout the day there will be hot cider and cocoa, free wine tastings, live music, special holiday sales, children activities, and recycle truck photos.  The day will be capped off with a candlelight walk down to Madrona Beach where there will be a bonfire and the Seattle holiday (aka Christmas) ships.  The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Beach / Park from 9:25 to 9:45 PM.

You can check out the official Very Merry in Madrona Facebook page as well.

Be Merry in Madrona!

Madrona Tree SculptureThe second annual “Be Merry in Madrona” is December 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) this year.  Events are still being planned but in general the shops and restaurants in the Madrona Business District will have sales and extended hours for the holiday shopping season.  In addition, there will be a ribbon cutting that Saturday morning for the Madrona Rings and the Christmas Ships will be coming to Madrona Park / Madrona Beach that night.  There is talk of several other events such as a hot chocolate stand by the Madrona Community Council and cooperative open houses by local Seattle real agents holding many of the Madrona home for sales open for viewing for the public.  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: Comments Requested on Madrona Sidewalk Project

SDOTI previously blogged about the proposed sidewalk project in Madrona.  The City of Seattle is giving Madrona residents an opportunity to give them feedback before starting on the sidewalk.  Following is the information they asked me to pass along:

SDOT [Seattle Department of Transportation] seeks input on our planned sidewalk repair project on the 900 block of 34th Ave. (Thanks for your earlier post on this.)

There are 2 public events to learn more:
1. Public presentation and Q&A Tues., Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m.
Madrona Community Council Meeting, Madrona Playground Shelter House (just south of E Spring St)

2. Drop-in hours with project manager Thurs. Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Cupcake Royale (E Spring St and 34th )

Today nearby residents and businesses are receiving flyers on the project and we are placing posters in neighborhood shops.

The poster which will be place in Madrona businesses’ windows and the flyers which will be handed out to Madrona residents and businesses have more information about the project, but the things that stuck out to me are:

  1. The plan includes the removal of nine trees from the sidewalk since the sidewalk has been deemed to narrow for trees to grow, but SDOT plans to plant two trees in the Madrona neighborhood for each tree they remove.
  2. SDOT is considering similar future sidewalk repairs within two blocks north and south of this project in the future.
  3. If work moves forward as planned  it will begin mid-October 2011, so within a couple weeks.

Film Crew in Madrona Tonight

Madrona MovieThere was a film crew taking shots of the Madrona Business District on 34th Avenue near Union tonight.  The crew was filming in front of Molly Moon’s and Hi Spot when I was passing by.  I asked a man what the movie was, he said he was hired to do still shots, but did not have a lot of details.  I will let you know if I learn more.

Sidewalk to be Replaced in Madrona

Seattle ConstructionThe City of Seattle is planning to replace the sidewalk in Madrona on the east side of 34th Avenue southeast of Cupcake Royale.  The trees are lifting the sidewalk and I believe the plan is to remove the trees when replacing the sidewalk.  The Department of Transportation will be notifying the public.

I cannot picture the sidewalk in my head, but I do know the sidewalk well on the west side of 34th Avenue between Union and Spring.  I cannot image the sidewalk on the east side being any worst.  Maybe they can address that situation at the same time.  In either case, if they remove the trees, hopefully they can replace them with a trees that are less intrusive.

Rumor: Mayor in Madrona for National Night Out Tonight

Mayor McGinnRumor is that the mayor and some of the city council members will be in Madrona tonight for National Night Out tonight.  (I blogged about National Night Out yesterday).  I do not know if it is official business or for pleasure so I am not going to say which block party, but it will be east of 34th Avenue.  Just as exciting, I will be at a block party tonight in Madrona too.  :)   I will be west of 34th Avenue.