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Friday, October 20, 2017 1:27 PM
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  • Three Birds Home and Gifts will officially close when “inventory has sold down,” at the end June, after eight years of business on Queen Anne Avenue, according to an email from owner Robin Johnson.
  • Pink Salt’s sign went up on West McGraw Street on Friday, the Peruvian-inspired restaurant expecting to open softly in Magnolia next week.
  • There’s something sour brewing in the northeast corner of Magnolia, and the timing of its release is a critical step in Dirty Couch’s slow and thoughtful beer-making process.
  • Crow in Lower Queen Anne is ending its 15-year run on its own terms, say co-owners Jesse Thomas and Philip Van Seters. The lease was up, and both were ready for a change. Patrons wanting to say farewell to the bistro have until June 22.
  • Eden Hill owner and chef Maximillian Petty had been looking to get back to basics with his second Queen Anne restaurant and offer something more casual.
    “We want to do a pretty approachable neighborhood spot, because our other spot got kind of fancy,” Petty said.

  • Bruce Schoonmaker first became interested in seismic retrofits as a concerned homeowner wanting to reinforce his own house. He found he had a knack for it, and started reinforcing buildings professionally. Twenty years later, A-FFIX is still standing in Magnolia.
  • Security Properties chief development officer John Marasco is confident a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the Magnolia Albertsons will get the green light, but it will still be up to three months before the company concludes its feasibility study.
  • Cupcake Royale founder and owner Jody Hall said closing her Queen Anne location was a tough decision, but it came down to logistics and keeping her company strong.
  • The Paragon started as hip spot on Queen Anne to catch live music with no cover back in 1995. Now, it's a place that also caters to families while keeping the jams pumping at night. After 25 years at the helm, Todd Ivester has handed off the keys to new owners, who will temporarily close the bar and grill for a deep clean. 
  • The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce wants to be known for more than just helping businesses make profits and attract customers. It wants to be a holistic part of its community.
  • Queen Anne resident Candi Nicholson began looking into franchises after losing her position at Nordstrom. Following a trip to Los Angeles in 2016 to learn what Club Pilates had to offer, she bought a package of three.
  • The proposed project is a seven-story, 114-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail and commercial space. The project was presented to the board during an early design guidance meeting, and will return for at least one more review.
  • As Albertsons Companies moves ahead with plans to scrap the old Safeway in Queen Anne and build a larger urban-concept store with multifamily housing units on top, it appears the Magnolia Albertsons is slated to receive its own similar redevelopment.
  • Developers behind plans to level the old Queen Anne Safeway and replace it with a store double its size, with roughly 280 apartments on top, took community feedback one last time on Tuesday before proceeding with designs for the project.
  • “We were right next door to Starbucks,” said Caffe Ladro founder Jack Kelly. “And people thought we were crazy and asked if we were going to steal all of their customers. And one of my employees said, ‘Yeah, we are the coffee thieves.’ So that’s how that got started. We were just a rag-tag bunch of kids.”
  • Developer Vibrant Cities is on track to build the largest mixed-use development in the Uptown Urban Center. The question is, which of the company’s projects will get there first.
  • The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, working with the University of Washington, has produced a short online survey that addresses neighborhood business needs
  • Queen Anne Coffee Company owner Bri Ryan gets into her shop around 3:30 a.m. each morning in order to meet demand for the baked goods she’s adapted from her Jewish family’s recipes.
  • While many people are looking around their homes for things to get rid of that just don’t spark joy, Ridwell founder Ryan Metzger hopes people will use his service to make sure those items don’t simply wind up in a landfill.
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