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.
I recently wrote how the Madrona neighborhood may be the king (or queen) of Seattle when it comes to ice cream – with everything from pints sold at Cupcake Royale, to ice cream sundaes at St. Clouds, to soft serve at the Madrona Market, and of course Molly Moon’s – but one of the factors leading me to this claim was Full Tilt ice cream at Pritty Boys Pizza. Well, with the logjam of ice cream options, it looks like Pritty Boys has changed course. So out with Full Tilt, and in with Bindi. So if you are in Madrona and looking for a different dessert option, go by Pritty Boys and check it out.
Last 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 loves their ice cream – Molly Moon’s continues to have long lines all summer, Full Tilt ice cream is served at Pritty Boys Pizza and most of Madrona’s other restaurants (my family is fans of St. Cloud’s ice cream sundaes) serve ice cream. Just a month ago, Cupcake Royale added ice cream pints-to-go at their Madrona location and of course you can always buy pints at Molly Moon’s or the Madrona Market and Deli (Madrona Mini-Mart) near the corner of 34th and Union…..BUT Madrona Mini-Mart has stepped up their ice cream game. I went in Madrona Mini-Mart this past week and now they are serving chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream. Thus Madrona’s ice cream options have expanded yet again. I think Madrona is pretty safe from Baskin Robbins opening in the neighborhood any time soon, but ice cream lovers should feel right at home in Madrona nonetheless.
If it is a warm day in Seattle this summer there is no better place to look for your Madrona neighbor besides their home than Molly Moon’s. Unlike last summer, Molly Moon’s serves scoops in their Madrona location and the neighborhood cannot get enough. It is not uncommon to see long lines for their delicious ice cream. If it is a nice day then take a walk up to the Madrona business district, get a cone and say hi to your neighbor. Molly Moon’s is open daily from noon to 10 PM.
Molly Moon’s has reopened their Madrona location after closing this past October for the winter. When Molly Moon’s opened their micro-store in Madrona last May it was an experiment. Molly Moon’s learned from their experience and have reopened the store after a mini-renovation. When Molly Moon’s originally opened they did not serve scoops due to the size of the location and limits by city regulations, but they have reconfigured the store to allow for scoops of five different flavors. Gone are the Mollipops, but now in addition to scoops you can order sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more. Go visit the new improved Madrona Molly Moon’s. They are now opened daily from noon to 10 PM.
Madrona’s new commercial resident, Molly Moon, is recognized. Not the shop, but Molly Moon Neitzel, the owner of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream was recognized Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. The Business Journal identified 40 Seattleites under the age of 40 who are dynamic leaders in their business, their industry and their community.
Went by Molly Moon’s yesterday and they had a sign in the window (see picture) that they would be closed until Wednesday or Thursday. The window was closed, but the door was open and I saw a young woman sitting on the nearby bench. I asked her what had happened. She said that they new freezer had overheated, due to the new micro-store being a small space and the cooling element had failed. Thus, they need to order a new part to replace it and it was going to take a few days. Inquiring more I found out to prevent overheating in the future that they will be venting heat into a space behind the store. So hopefully they will be no more closings of the Madrona storefront.
Molly Moon’s has only been open about two weeks, but it has already taken the neighborhood and the surrounding area by storm. I have talked to people who live in Denny Blaine, Madison Park, and Broadmoor who are all very excited about Molly Moon’s in Madrona. Now, the question is can we all survive 2-3 days without ice cream after it (Molly Moon’s) existing in our area for almost a whole two weeks? Only time will tell.
Molly Moon’s is set to open in Madrona very soon. I have previously written about Molly Moon’s opening their new micro-store in Madrona, but I saw them working on the storefront today and they said they were set to open in a week: Tuesday, May 24th at 3 PM. In fact, Molly Moon, the owner, was there today checking on the progress (see picture) and will again be there for the grand opening from 3 PM to 5 PM. The initial plan is to have the store open 7 days a week, noon to 11 PM.
Madrona’s Molly Moon’s is a totally new concept for them. They will NOT be selling ice cream cones. They will have their famous ice cream prepackage ready to eat, but they will also have specialty treats which they do not offer at any of their other locations. It will great to see the concept unveiled early next week.
Note: Madrona Laundromat will stay open. The new Molly Moon’s will be located in the southwest corner of a previously little used corner of the laundromat.
Molly Moon’s ice cream truck, Leo, will be visiting Buggy in the Madrona Business District (1400 block of 34th Ave) on Saturdays for the month of March. This past Saturday the truck was in Madrona from noon to 3:30. Confirm when Leo will be in Madrona this coming Saturday by checking out Molly Moon Tweets.
In addition, for the month of March Buggy will having sales on Saturdays to coincide with the Leo visit.