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.

Madrona Blossoms Donations Still Being Collected

Madrona BlossomsWe blogged about this a couple weeks ago, but one more reminder for those that might be interested.  Donations are still being collected for Madrona Blossoms.  The Madrona Blossoms, the hanging flower baskets that beautify the Madrona Business District, are expected in about two weeks.  Madrona Blossoms are made possible by donations by Madrona neighborhood residence and local businesses.  Each basket costs approximately $275 a year to grow and water throughout the summer.

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

Madrona Blossoms Coming Soon

Madrona BlossomsThe Madrona Blossoms, the hanging flower baskets, are expected to be hung in the Madrona Business District right around the time of Mayfair (May 18th).  Madrona Blossoms are made possible by donations by Madrona neighborhood residence and local businesses.  Each basket costs approximately $275 a year to grow and water throughout the summer.  Donations are still being collected.

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

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

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.

Fundraiser at Madrona’s Hi Spot

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Yesterday, I mentioned that Madrona’s Hi Spot is available after business hours to rent for parties and fundraisers etc.  No sooner do I mention it, do I come across a fundraising event planned for September.  I do not know much about the organization or the event, but if you are interested, here is some information, plus some links to find out more.

September 22
Doors opening at 6:15 PM
$60/$55 with donated food or pet item(s) to Rainier Valley Food Bank or PAWS.
Proceeds in support of ‘The One Gathering V‘ coming in January.
Enjoy a four course meal as you delight in live music, raffle items, seated Reiki and Massage, and Tarot Readings.
Fund raising never tasted or felt so good!
Note: To be clear, my understanding is the proceeds (ticket sales) go to support “The One Gathering V” and any food donated goes to Rainier Vally Food Bank and any pet items(s) supports PAWS.

Bloody Marys at the Hi Spot

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Hi Spot in Madrona

This past year, the Hi Spot got their liquor license so they could serve cocktails with their delicious breakfasts, brunches, and lunches.  Recently, with a gentle twist of my arm, I was at the Hi Spot and tried the Bloody Mary.  They told me it was good…and they were not lying.  It was spicy with a nice thick mixture.  I did not pry too much for the ingredients, but you definitely need to try it if you are a Bloody Mary fan…..especially if you find yourself in Madrona on sunny Seattle weekend morning.

UPDATE:  Last month, I blogged about the umbrellas coming soon to the Hi Spot outdoor patio.  The plan is to get two large umbrellas that cover the entire patio and allow the Hi Spot to keep it open up to 7 months a year (not 9 as I previously wrote).  Mike, the Hi Spot owner, told me that it now looks like the umbrellas won’t be here until June at the earliest.  But since then I did come across an interview of Mike from last year discussing the umbrellas, so it may be delayed again.  Either way, the Hi Spot deck will open when the weather warms.  So personally, I am looking forward to summer in Seattle and enjoying the Hi Spot deck with or without the large umbrellas….the Bloody Mary will have to be a game day decision.