Welcome the newest addition to Madrona’s business district, Salua Atelier Lingerie, at their grand opening celebration this Saturday, February 14 – just in time for your last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts! While Salua’s products are carried in boutiques all over the world, this will be their first exclusive store, and we’re happy to have them in the neighborhood. Join them for champagne and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or shop extended hours tonight until 9:30 p.m. The shop is located at 1406 34th Ave., next door to the Madrona Laundromat. Welcome, Salua!
Halloween is only a little over a week away, and once again the Madrona Community Council and the Business Owners of Madrona are hosting Halloween festivities in the neighborhood. Meet at the Shelterhouse at 5:00 p.m. on the 31st for some sweet treats before the traditional scavenger hunt at local businesses begins. If you would like to help out by contributing 2-3 dozen baked goods for the kickoff at the Shelterhouse, contact Stacey Kryman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get your kids’ costumes all set, and we hope to see you all there!
After 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!
Many of you have probably driven north on 34th Avenue and curved down the hill to Madrona Drive without ever realizing there is a hidden gem of an art gallery just to the west of Epiphany School. Prographica Gallery occupies a small, ivy-covered brick building on E Denny Way and 36th, quietly promoting contemporary art. This Saturday, September 6, the gallery is holding an event for its opening exhibit of the fall season, featuring the prints of Washington resident Dianne Kornberg.
Past exhibitions at the gallery this year have included Elizabeth Ockwell’s drawings, watercolors and multi-process works depicting the architecture of Paris, landscapes of the Skagit Valley, and animal subjects; and “Colors of Gray” featuring the works of Hilary Brace, Kimberly Clark, Ann Gale, Michael Howard, Amy Huddleston, and Jordan Wolfson. In addition to a rotating cast of contemporary art shows, Prographica hosts lectures, panel discussions, and literary readings.
So, if you’ve always been curious about what’s behind the door of that brick building, or if you’ve never noticed it at all, stop by the opening this Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to get a glimpse inside your neighborhood art gallery. Prographica is located at 3419 E Denny Way.
Do 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.
If 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.
Switchback Travel occupies a quiet corner on 34th Avenue and Pike Street in Madrona, but visit the travel company’s website and find yourself among fjords in Norway, glacier-blue lakes in Patagonia, and looking out over jaw-dropping vistas from the peaks of the North Cascades in our own backyard. An underlying theme of adventure threads throughout Switchback’s catalogue of detailed travel guides, focusing on where to hike, ski, climb and more in locations as varied as the well-tracked American West to Tierra del Fuego in the southernmost reaches of Argentina. Not only that, but the site’s extensive selection of product and gear reviews ensure you’ll know which tents will keep you dry, which shoes will hold up on your trek, and which camera to capture it all with.
Switchback founder David Wilkinson set out to create an online destination for travel guides that don’t follow the traditional guidebook formula, and prioritizes quality and length of content over quantity. “We aim for articles that are longer than the norm, have writing that is more polished, and are written by people that truly are experts in the field. Instead of publishing articles as fast as we can, we try to make sure they are written and designed the right way,” Wilkinson wrote in an e-mail. For example, readers can follow contributor and accomplished climber Chris Kalman up and down the peaks of the Andes in the Cochamó Valley in Chile through his three-part journal, or read about photographer Cody Duncan’s personal journey to the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
The site is easy to navigate and every page brings one stunning photograph after another, which was part of Switchback’s design strategy. Wilkinson says, “I was always someone who grabbed a travel guidebook and went straight for the photographs in the middle, so photography and good user experience both were big priorities.” There is also only one ad per page, which is a refreshing departure from travel sites running endless ads for car rentals and hotels.
Although the site, which was founded in 2011, now has a global reach (a third of its readers are in Europe), Wilkinson says he is enjoying the office’s tucked away location in Madrona. The neighborhood was the first place he visited in Seattle, and he says “There is a lot more in terms of business here than most people realize, with start-ups, design studios, small businesses, etc. Madrona is a vibrant community and I’m happy to be a part of it.” So, give the Switchback crew a wave when you’re in the neighborhood, and visit the site for endless travel inspiration!
While 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.
If $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.
According to Madrona residents, Chuck’s Hop Shop is already seeing success after their soft opening last weekend at their new location on 20th & Union. Residents have boasted that the bar currently has 20 beers on tap and many in a huge cold case that lines the back wall. They plan on having 49 beers on tap when they’re open to full capacity, and if you’re gluten intolerant (or just don’t care for beer) they also have a smaller cooler filled with hard cider, many of them local. Chuck’s has a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming children and dogs at their tables.
They are also planning to serve a selection of food items such as bratwursts. Chuck’s other location in Greewood has been successfully running since 2010. It is reassuring that the Hop Shop has patrons filling the tables even before their official opening, so hopefully beer lovers in the neighborhood will make this a successful new spot for a cold brew. If you have stopped in for a cold one, we would love to hear your feedback!
Support 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.