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.

Wreaths for Sale in Madrona

Madrona WreathIt’s that time a year again.  Yes, it is the time for giving thanks, being with family, and making resolutions for the new year, but that is not what I am talking about here.  It is the time to buy stuff!  🙂  For example, you can buy holiday swag to support Montlake Elementary, holiday trees from Stevens Elementary (and eat pancakes while you are at it!),  or you can support the Madrona neighborhood by buying wreaths online.  I am biased since I am on the Madrona Community Council and do not have kids at Montlake or Stevens, but I cannot fault you for supporting any or none of them because there are so many options this time of year.  All I can do is tell you that wreaths bought through Madrona Community Council go to help support: Madrona News newsletter that is mailed free to all homes in Madrona; Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards celebration; Neighborhood Garage Sale; 34th Avenue Flower Baskets; 34th Avenue Winter Green Swags and Lights; Madrona Mayfair; Children’s Halloween Party at Madrona Shelterhouse; and Neighborhood Summer/Fall Clean-up Day.  Here are more details on the Madrona Wreaths as written by Kevin O’Doherty, Madrona resident and MCC member:

This season, Madrona Community Council is teaming up with Growing Washington—a consortium of local farmers who practice sustainable and organic growing–to produce and sell hand-crafted holiday wreaths. The stunning wreaths are created from organically grown, hand-harvested crops and wild foliage collected from the North Cascade foothills. The Douglas fir base is accented with materials that vary in color, texture, and fragrance such as pine cones, variegated holly, pussy willow, red dogwood, yellow cedar, blue cypress, Oregon grape, and juniper with berries. The 22-inch door size wreaths are $30; all proceeds support MCC activities throughout the year including the Halloween party, Mayfair, and this [the Madrona] newsletter.

These wreaths will look and smell incredible at your home. And they will thrill anyone on your gift list, be it out-of-town family and friends or holiday party hosts. You can set yourself apart this year with a gift wreath, and keep the bottle of wine for yourself.

If you buy a wreath sponsored by Madrona, the wreaths will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Amara parking lot on the corner of 34th and Union.  Happy Holidays!

Nominate Your Madrona Neighbor for Neighborhood Appreciation Day

Madrona AwardsNeighborhood Appreciation Day has a long tradition in Madrona.  Every year neighbors nominate a Madrona resident for one of four awards:

  • The Nora Award – Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways large or small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  • The Local Hero Award – Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.
  • The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award – Named in honor of Tyrone Love, this award is given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.
  • The Madrona Resident for Life Award – Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but is much missed.

This year, Neighborhood Appreciation Day will be Saturday, March 23rd, at the Madrona School.  The Madrona Community Council encourages you to nominate a Madrona resident for one of the four awards by February 26th.   To nominate someone, please feel free to comment to this blog, and we will pass it along to the Madrona Community Council.  Your nomination should include 1) who you would like to nominate, 2) for what award, and 3) a brief explanation on why they deserve award.

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.

Last Reminder: Madrona Wreath Sale

Madrona WreathReminder of the Madrona Wreath Sale.  You can read more about it on our previous blog, but its the last fundraiser of the year for Madrona Community Council to help raise money to support the community.  Buy your wreath online and pick it up on December 1st  in the middle of the Madrona Business District at the Amara Parking lot on 34th and Union.

Madrona Wreaths Available for Purchase

Madrona WreathNeed a Christmas wreath for the holidays?  The Madrona Community Council (MCC) has wreaths available for purchase online (item 284068) to support everything the MCC does for our Seattle neighborhood including: Madrona News newsletter that is mailed free to all homes in Madrona; Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards celebration; Neighborhood Garage Sale; 34th Avenue Flower Baskets; 34th Avenue Winter Green Swags and Lights; Madrona Mayfair; Children’s Halloween Party at Madrona Shelterhouse; Christmas Ships Bonfire and Sing-Along at Madrona Beach; and Neighborhood Summer/Fall Clean-up Day.  Here are more details on the Madrona Wreaths as written by Kevin O’Doherty, Madrona resident and MCC member:

This season, Madrona Community Council is teaming up with Growing Washington—a consortium of local farmers who practice sustainable and organic growing–to produce and sell hand-crafted holiday wreaths. The stunning wreaths are created from organically grown, hand-harvested crops and wild foliage collected from the North Cascade foothills. The Douglas fir base is accented with materials that vary in color, texture, and fragrance such as pine cones, variegated holly, pussy willow, red dogwood, yellow cedar, blue cypress, Oregon grape, and juniper with berries. The 22-inch door size wreaths are $30; all proceeds support MCC activities throughout the year including the Halloween party, Mayfair, and this [the Madrona] newsletter.

These wreaths will look and smell incredible at your home. And they will thrill anyone on your gift list, be it out-of-town family and friends or holiday party hosts. You can set yourself apart this year with a gift wreath, and keep the bottle of wine for yourself.

Examples of the wreaths are currently on display throughout the Madrona business district. Wreaths are available to you on a pre-order basis only while quantities left in November. Your wreaths can be ordered online from brown Paper Tickets (event 284068) at: madronaholidayfundraiser.brownpapertickets.com/. Brown Paper Tickets also donates a portion of their profits to charitable organizations.

Your wreaths can be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 1 between 10:00am-5:00pm at the Amara Parenting parking lot on the corner of 34th Ave. and Union. Make an outing of it and visit neighborhood shops and restaurants in Madrona during the Make Merry in Madrona events that BOOM (Business Owners of Madrona) will sponsor on Dec. 1.

Madrona’s Molly Moons to Stay Open Through the Winter

Molly MoonsLast year, Molly Moons in Madrona closed at the end of October and reopened this past May.  When they reopened, Molly Moons added scoops to the Madrona Micro-store and business seems to be good because with October coming to an end this year, construction has begun in the opposite window of the Madrona Landromat who they share space with.  Molly Moons is adding seating so they can stay open all year round.  No word yet in how many seats will be added, but it must be enough room to keep Madrona patrons warm inside and protected from the cold weather.  In addition, to the seating it sounds like there are plans for customers to be able to buy pints without waiting in line for others who are ordering scoops.  And if all of that was not enough good news, it also sounds like Molly Moons customers will also now have access to a restroom.  So Madrona residents, have no fear, your ice cream cravings can be relieved all year round at your local Molly Moons.

Madrona’s Trash Collection Company to Be Acquired

CleanScapeMadrona’s trash collection company, CleanScapes, is set to be acquired by Recology, the 8th largest solid-waste collector in the country.  Please click on the link for more details on the CleanScapes merger, but CleanScape has more than just one connection to Madrona.  Not only do they collect the neighborhood’s trash, the CEO, Chris Martin, has been a home owner for many years in Madrona, and the company has awarded the Madrona business district with street art that is currently going through permitting with the City of Seattle.

Madrona Resident Recognized for Seattle Projects Like Art Stable

Art Stable SeattleChris Rogers, a resident of Madrona, was recognized on the front page of the business section in the Seattle Times today.  The article centered on Chris’s work including his major role in creating the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown, developing the boutique work-live condo building: the Art Stable (pictured) in South Lake Union, and his current project which is thought to be the greenest office building in the world: the Bullitt Center office building on Capitol Hill.

Read the entire article to learn more about your fellow Madrona resident: Chris Rogers.