Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

Madrona School

Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.

Cupcake Royale Celebrates 10 Years

Cupcake RoyaleWhere has the time gone?  Ten years ago Cupcake Royale open it first store here in our Madrona neighborhood.  In honor of this huge milestone, Cupcake Royale would like to celebrate with its customers on December 9th by giving a free Dance Party Babycake and fabulous deals on merchandise at all seven Cupcake Royale locations.  The real celebration (in our opinion) will be that night at the Madrona location from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where you can join the owner and founder, Jody Hall, for a dance party that will include dancing, light appetizers, bubbly and fun!  Come join the party, share your stories of Cupcake Royale in your life, hang out with friends and neighbors as well as Jody and the team, enjoy a glass of bubbly and dance to your heart’s content.  We hope to see you there!

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.

Glassybaby Seconds Sale and Madrona Garage Sale June 29

Visit Madrona this weekend,                                 glassybaby                              Saturday, June 29 and stop by Glassybaby for their Seconds Sale! Glassybaby is the perfect place to buy a gift for someone or for yourself! Doors open at 8:00am. You’ll want to get there early since some people end up waiting in an hour long line that stretches down the block. Everyone wants to get there hand on the popular discounted votives. Each one is hand blown and usually costs $44 but you can get one for only $28 at the Seconds Sale. They are discounted due to the fact that they each are flawed in some way such as being too big or too small or the shape is a bit off. 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Kathi Goertzen Foundation which supports brain tumor research.

Be sure not to spend all your money at the Seconds Sale because the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale is the same day and a great event to go to. See the map below for a list of houses participating or you can pick up a copy of the map at Cupcake Royale.

Madrona Garage

Agenda for Mayfair on May 17 and 18

mayfairOn May 17 you can stop by the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse from 4:00-5:00pm for Trike/Bike/Scooter Decorating.

On May 18, the festivities began at 8:00am with a Pancake Breakfast at Madrona K-8 School. The Parade line up begins at 9:15am at Larkins Park. Many activities and events are available at 9:30am such as pony rides, face painting, bouncy house, break dancing instruction and build your own bird house. Charles the Clown will perform at 10:00am in the Shelterhouse Lawn and the Reptile Man will perform directly after Charles at 10:30am. Recess Monkeys will perform live in the Playfield at 12:00pm. Admission to the show is free!

Many Madrona restaurants and organizations will be their time and labor to sell delicious food and treats . All profits are donated to the MCC to help support Mayfair activities. Some of the participating restaurants include Restaurant Bea, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria and St. Clouds. Hi Spot Cafe, Trophy Cupcakes as well as Cupcake Royale are just a few of those who are donating their treats to be sold at the bake sale.

A few of the sponsors that donated $500 or more towards making the activities possible are Art Aloft, Ewing & Clark, Inc., Law Contractor and Madrona Dining and Sipping Society.

Madrona Maps Available at Participating Restaurants & Shops

Several of the Madrona businesses came together and produced a map of the Madrona Business District.  The map features most of the Madrona restaurant and shops located between Al Larkins Park and Madrona Playground.  The map includes Pritty Boys Pizza, Bottlehouse, Hi Spot, Molly Moons, Hitchcock Madrona, Naam, Glassybaby, Turkuaz, Kismet Salon, Juniper, Cupcake Royale, Nena Gifts, St. Clouds, Davenport, and Restaurant Bea.  Unfortunately there are some noticeable exclusions including Cafe Soleil and Madrona Ale House; nevertheless, it reminds us of the many options that our Madrona neighborhood has to offer.  If you want a map, stop by one of the participating businesses and pick one up.

Madrona MapMadrona Map


Save the Madrona Neighborhood Trees

Madrona TreeThere has been a lot of debate in Madrona regarding the trees that line the main Madrona neighborhood streets.  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has already cut down 6 trees along 34th (near Spring) and have plans to cut down 29 more trees along 34th Avenue and Union. Obviously cutting down 35 trees will greatly change the look Madrona Business District and surrounding area of the 34th and Union corridor.  Personally, I want as many trees saved as possible but there are two distinct sides to the debate.  There is the side that wants new sidewalks and are fine if that means the trees are removed and there is the other side that wants to keep the Madrona neighborhood trees while fixing the sidewalks.  There is common ground on fixing the sidewalks, but that seems to be overlooked since there is a deep divide on the value of the trees.

The good news is no matter what side you stand on, there are places to be heard.  For example, there is a 1 question, 10 second survey created by Aly Frei:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQY7Q92  In addition, for those who have time on late notice there is a meeting tonight, Monday April 16th, with SDOT at Verite Coffee / Cupcake Royale at 6:30 PM.  The meeting was put together by a committee dedicated to save the Madrona neighborhood trees, but everyone is welcome.

2012 Dine Out for Madrona K-8

Madrona Dine OutTuesday, April 10th, is the 4th Annual Dine Out for Madrona K-8.  The participating Madrona restaurants on 34th Avenue,  Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royals, Hi Spot, Madrona Ale House, Naam, Pritty Boys, St. Clouds, are joining with the PTSA to support the local Madrona Public School.  A portion of all sales will be donated to the Panther Partners PTSA to support Arts and Music programs at Madrona Elementary.  The Madrona neighborhood’s part is easy: all you need to do is go out – eat, drink and be merry!

Bring friends, family to dine out on April 10th.  The Madrona School fundraising goal is $5000 for this event and the school needs your support.

Seattle Cupcakes

Cupcake RoyaleThe Seattle Times did a feature on cupcake shops around Seattle and of course no article would be complete without discussing Cupcake Royale which began across from the Madrona Playground in 2003.  The article discusses cupcakes around Seattle including Cake Envy, Confetti Cupcakes, Frosted sold at Nama’s Candy Store, New York Cupcakes, Pinkabella, Sugar Rush Baking Co., Trophy Cupcakes, and Yellow Leaf.  If you love cupcakes, you have to go no further than 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District, but Seattle has plenty of options throughout our Seattle neighborhoods.

Cupcake Royale in Madrona gets a Facelift

Cupcake Royale in Madrona is being remodeled!  To facilitate the work Cupcake Royale has limited their hours recently.  Instead of their regular 6 AM to 7 PM hours (7 AM to 7 PM on Sundays) they have been either closed early or closed all together.  This will continue for the next two days when the Madrona Cupcake Royale will be opened from 6 AM to 5 PM both on December 29th and 30th.  It looks like there will be normal hours on New Year’s Eve with the store opening at 8 AM on New Year’s Day.

Come check out the new updates at Cupcake Royale!