Happy May Day, everyone! The first of the month means that Madrona Mayfair is just around the corner, taking place next Saturday, May 10. Along with the bike parade and Recess Monkey performance, the Madrona K-8 silent auction and raffle are going to be big draws this year, so make sure to buy a few raffle tickets and bid on some of the amazing auction items. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll have a chance to bid on!
Don’t forget to enter the raffle, as well, for a chance to win the grand prize – a trip to warm and sunny PALM SPRINGS! Also up for grabs in the raffle are a Microsoft Surface tablet and Recess Monkey Dance Kits. Raffle tickets are $5.00.
There are MANY more auction items available, so make sure to stop by the auction site at the Madrona playground between 10:00 and 11:30 on the day of Mayfair to check everything out. All funds raised will go toward supporting arts and music enrichment programming, providing classroom technology and supplies and covering field trip expenses at Madrona K-8.
A big (and overdue) congrats to Madrona Wine Merchants, celebrating two years in business in Madrona! Beginning Tuesday Nov 19th, they will be open on Tuesdays! Hours will be Tues-Fri 12-7, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-5. Madrona Wine Merchants has the best selection of wines in town, and a fruitful wine club for neighbors and friends, and hosts tastings regularly at their storefront. The next tasting is scheduled this upcoming Saturday November 16th, featuring Rieninger Winery of Walla Walla. If you need wine for the holidays, buy 6 bottles receive 5% off your total, or if you need 12 bottles, receive a 10% discount. Congrats and thank you to our local wine experts, and here is to another prosperous year!
Madrona Artwalk is this Saturday November 9th. The artwalk is new to the Madrona neighborhood, this being only the second event, but look for the artwalk every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm. This month there is a lot of cool happenings coinciding with the artwalk. For example, Conrow Porcelain Studio, across 34th Avenue from Pritty Boys Pizza, is hosting their annual show this Saturday. Be sure to stop by and admire their stunning pottery. In addition, Hammer + Awl, the independent men’s accessory boutique located in the new Pike Station, will be participating in the artwalk as well as hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 PM. Besides these special events, many other Madrona shops and restaurants will be participating in the art walk including Kismet Salon, Madrona Wine Merchants, Juniper, etc. Take a gander down 34th Avenue on Saturday and visit all the local participants.
Madrona does love wine (Bottlehouse, Madrona Wine Merchants, etc.) but Madrona beer lovers need a place to go too….well, beyond Madrona Ale House….it is only fair! Pritty Boy Pizza has just added beer to go starting June 1st. So stop by 1430 34th Avenue and get your Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria Growler. Fill it up with one of their 7 draft beers: Manny’s Pale, Chuckanut Kolsch, Chuckanut Dunkle, Pike Double IPA, Three Skulls BlackBeard Dark Lager, Fish Brewery Mudshark Porter, and New Belgium/Elysian Pink Peppercorn IPA.
Often I search for “Madrona” related terms on Google and I come across the usual suspects, one of which is the Madrona Manor. Madrona Manor is a boutique hotel in the California wine country about 65 miles north of San Francisco. Looks like a really nice inn and a good place for Madrona residents to visit since they share our name and our neighborhood’s apparent love for wine (Wilridge Winery, Bottlehouse, Madrona Wine Merchants, etc).
Another good reason to visit Madrona Manor is the inn was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the Best U.S. Hotels for the Holidays. Ironically, if you do not want to travel that far to visit a top hotel for the holidays, then you have to go no further than Downtown Seattle and visit Hotel Vintage Park (map) which was also featured by Travel + Leisure. If you do not have plans for Christmas Eve, there may be time to book a reservation at the hotel restaurant: Tulio. Enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast centered around seven courses of seafood; a special edition to their regular menu.
Madrona Wine Merchants had their grand opening today. Madrona has been waiting for the wine shop’s pending arrival for some time now, but today they had their first ever sale at 12:15 PM. The Madrona Wine Merchants are a specialty wine shop that sell exceptional wines at a reasonable prices. As stated on their website:
We like to drink wine everyday and think you do too, so we mostly focus on wines that are affordable (although we’ll also stock a good selection of wines for special occasions). We look for selections that are good deals but possess the quality that separates Bargain Wines from true bargains.
The store not only sells wine but also has wine tastings. Their first wine tasting coordinates almost perfectly with the Madrona Community Council’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser which will be at the Glassybaby studios. The Madrona Wine Merchants’ first tasting will be November 5th from 2 to 4 PM, while the fundraiser starts later that day at 6:30 PM. (You could always stop by Bottlehouse from 4 to 6:30).
The Madrona Wine Merchants are located between St. Clouds and the barber shop along 34th Avenue. The shop is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 PM, Saturdays 11 AM to 7 PM, and Sundays 11 AM to 5 PM. For pictures of the store and for more information, check out the Madrona Wine Merchant Website (very informative) or if you are looking for a good bottle of wine for yourself or as a gift just stop by and see the store.
If you recently walked past St. Clouds heading towards Madrona Playground you may have noticed the liquor application in the window at 1127 34th Avenue. The notice is for Madrona Wine Merchants which will be a specialty wine and beer shop that will most likely have standard favorites as well as hard to find wine and beer. While the license is for a shop to buy wine and beer to be served off the premise, their license will allow for tastings. The liquor application, which is dated July 1st, is for a “new application” which means this is a new business that has not been previously licensed or they are a current business but have a different type of liquor license.
While there is other establishments in the area that have ample wine selections, the Madrona Market, Bottlehouse, the Leschi Market, etc., it is terrific to see a new business taking over a space in the Madrona Business District that has been underutilized as far as I can tell. So welcome to the neighborhood Madrona Wine Merchants the more the merrier, and to Madrona residents: drink wine and be merry.