Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

Madrona School

Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.

Cupcake Royale Celebrates 10 Years

Cupcake RoyaleWhere has the time gone?  Ten years ago Cupcake Royale open it first store here in our Madrona neighborhood.  In honor of this huge milestone, Cupcake Royale would like to celebrate with its customers on December 9th by giving a free Dance Party Babycake and fabulous deals on merchandise at all seven Cupcake Royale locations.  The real celebration (in our opinion) will be that night at the Madrona location from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where you can join the owner and founder, Jody Hall, for a dance party that will include dancing, light appetizers, bubbly and fun!  Come join the party, share your stories of Cupcake Royale in your life, hang out with friends and neighbors as well as Jody and the team, enjoy a glass of bubbly and dance to your heart’s content.  We hope to see you there!

Save the Madrona Neighborhood Trees

Madrona TreeThere has been a lot of debate in Madrona regarding the trees that line the main Madrona neighborhood streets.  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has already cut down 6 trees along 34th (near Spring) and have plans to cut down 29 more trees along 34th Avenue and Union. Obviously cutting down 35 trees will greatly change the look Madrona Business District and surrounding area of the 34th and Union corridor.  Personally, I want as many trees saved as possible but there are two distinct sides to the debate.  There is the side that wants new sidewalks and are fine if that means the trees are removed and there is the other side that wants to keep the Madrona neighborhood trees while fixing the sidewalks.  There is common ground on fixing the sidewalks, but that seems to be overlooked since there is a deep divide on the value of the trees.

The good news is no matter what side you stand on, there are places to be heard.  For example, there is a 1 question, 10 second survey created by Aly Frei:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQY7Q92  In addition, for those who have time on late notice there is a meeting tonight, Monday April 16th, with SDOT at Verite Coffee / Cupcake Royale at 6:30 PM.  The meeting was put together by a committee dedicated to save the Madrona neighborhood trees, but everyone is welcome.

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.

Seattle Cupcakes

Cupcake RoyaleThe Seattle Times did a feature on cupcake shops around Seattle and of course no article would be complete without discussing Cupcake Royale which began across from the Madrona Playground in 2003.  The article discusses cupcakes around Seattle including Cake Envy, Confetti Cupcakes, Frosted sold at Nama’s Candy Store, New York Cupcakes, Pinkabella, Sugar Rush Baking Co., Trophy Cupcakes, and Yellow Leaf.  If you love cupcakes, you have to go no further than 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District, but Seattle has plenty of options throughout our Seattle neighborhoods.

Cupcake Royale in Madrona gets a Facelift

Cupcake Royale in Madrona is being remodeled!  To facilitate the work Cupcake Royale has limited their hours recently.  Instead of their regular 6 AM to 7 PM hours (7 AM to 7 PM on Sundays) they have been either closed early or closed all together.  This will continue for the next two days when the Madrona Cupcake Royale will be opened from 6 AM to 5 PM both on December 29th and 30th.  It looks like there will be normal hours on New Year’s Eve with the store opening at 8 AM on New Year’s Day.

Come check out the new updates at Cupcake Royale!

Reminder: Dine Out at Madrona Restaurants This Tuesday

Madrona RestaurantsI previously posted about Dine Out to Benefit Madrona K-8 but I wanted to remind people because it should be a fun night.  I have heard several people say they are going out that night – thus you may want to make a reservation if you are thinking of going out for dinner this Tuesday night.

According to the signs I have been seeing in the windows the following Madrona restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds for the entire day of Tuesday, April 12th to support the arts program at Madrona K-8: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite Coffee, Hi Spot, June, Madrona Ale House, Naam, and St. Clouds.

The Original Cupcake Royale: Madrona

Cupcake RoyaleNow a days, a cupcake shop is not hard to find.  Google “Cupcake Seattle” and you will see a map covered with little balloons pointing to various cupcake stores: Trophy Cupcakes, The Yellow Leaf Cupcake, Wink Cupcakes, and of course Cupcake Royale.  To think eight years ago, none would have been there.  It was 2003, when Jody Hall wrote her business plan for Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee and it changed the cupcake landscape in Seattle forever.  Cupcake Royale was the first and it all started in Madrona in the new (at the time) mixed used building on 34th and Spring.  The store is perfectly located on the corner across from the wide stairs leading down from the Madrona Playground.  The first things the kids see when leaving the swings, slides, and climbing area are CUPCAKES!  But is it a cupcake shop?  Verite Coffee is prominently displayed and the cupcakes are almost an afterthought.  I once asked an employee when ordering a double chocolate cupcake, “Why is Verite so prominent and so little signage for the cupcakes.”  She told me that this was the first location (which I did not know at the time) and originally coffee was more of a focus than the cupcakes.  I do not know if that story is 100% right, but if I was Trophy, Yellow Leaf, Wink, Cupcake Royale, or just a cupcake lover in Seattle, I would thank those Madrona kids who yearned for cupcakes – they, with Judy Hall’s vision, really started something.