News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood

 

Fuji Bakery eyeing Wallingford for new location

July 28th, 2011 by master

Fuji Bakery, the Japanese pastry shop in Bellevue and the International District, is looking to open their third store, possibly in Wallingford.

Last week @fujibakery Tweeted that they’re looking at us and Ballard for store number three, which would include a retail section and cafe.

SeattleMet picked up on the story and talked to the owner Akihiro Nakamura. They write that Nakamura “says he has been scouting spots for the past three months to no avail—Ballard is “so expensive,” he laments—so his hope is fans can help reverse that trend.”

Nakamura tells SeattleMet that the third store “won’t happen ‘for a while.'”

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Not A Number being forced to move

July 15th, 2011 by master

After a big downsize earlier this year, Not A Number Cards & Gifts must move.

In an email sent to us by owner Kara Ceriello, the landlord in their building recently told them that they could not store anything, “which for a retail business is pretty much impossible,” she writes, which means they’re being forced to move.

They would like to stay in Wallingford and are trying to figure out how to rent the Terra Hemp space at 4419 Wallingford Ave N, which is closing the end of the month. If Wallingford doesn’t work out, she has been looking in other neighborhoods. “Ballard wants us since they have no card store now, or Archie McPhee,” she says.

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Hawaiian Breeze opens new sushi restaurant

June 30th, 2011 by master

Hawaiian Breeze, the island cuisine joint at 1719 N 45th, is opening a new sushi restaurant.

Shima officially opens today at 5 p.m. at 4429 Wallingford Ave, a space formerly occupied by hair salon. We’re told that the sushi chef is moving up here from California after practicing the art of sushi in Japan for more than 15 years. The full sushi menu will be offered at both Shima and Hawaiian Breeze.

Shima will be open weeknights 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight – to take care of those late-night sushi lovers.

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Hawaiian Breeze opens new sushi restaurant

June 30th, 2011 by master

Hawaiian Breeze, the island cuisine joint at 1719 N 45th, is opening a new sushi restaurant.

Shima officially opens today at 5 p.m. at 4429 Wallingford Ave, a space formerly occupied by hair salon. We’re told that the sushi chef is moving up here from California after practicing the art of sushi in Japan for more than 15 years. The full sushi menu will be offered at both Shima and Hawaiian Breeze.

Shima will be open weeknights 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight – to take care of those late-night sushi lovers.

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56th St. Market hosting free BBQ on Sunday

June 8th, 2011 by master

Thanks to our partner site My Green Lake for this post.

The 56th Street Market is hosting an official grand opening celebration on Sunday (June 12, 2011), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The celebration will feature a barbecue with free hot dogs, hamburgers and Boca meatless burgers. There will be sales on several products and a bicycle will be raffled off.

The 56th Street Market opened in January at 2201 N 56th St. The storefront was formerly occupied by Meridian Market.

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Video: Trophy Cupcakes on Cooking Channel

May 31st, 2011 by master

You’ll recall that back in February the Cooking Channel shot an episode entitled “Childhood Favorites” of its new show “Unique Sweets” at Trophy Cupcakes’ flagship location in Wallingford Center.

The episode debuted on Sunday, and Trophy has uploaded their segment to YouTube. Calling the shop “a little kid’s dream come true,” pastry experts breathily rhapsodize about Trophy’s elevated take on the humble cupcake. Owner Jennifer Shea says, “Each cupcake is a little canvas for whatever your wildest dreams are.”

You’ll see all your favorite flavors, and Shea shows how she developed a new cupcake: The Thin Mint, based on memories of the beloved Girl Scout cookie.

Were you at the shoot in February? Tell us if you see yourself in the edited segment.

If you want to see the episode in its entirety, it’s scheduled to air numerous times in June:

June 4: 5:30 PM
June 6: 10:30 PM
June 6: 2:30 AM
June 24: 9:30 PM
June 24: 1:30 AM

Note that all times are Eastern.

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Bartell Drugs will ‘Stock the Pantry’ to feed kids

May 29th, 2011 by master

Summertime means that kids who depend on free school meals might not have access to food. Bartell Drugs is turning to the community to help “Stock the Pantry” to feed kids. The third annual food drive starts Monday at all Bartell Drugs locations, including the one at 1820 N. 45th St. in Wallingford.

The two-week drive “focuses on replenishing food bank, meal program and school food stocks in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties during summer months–when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home,” the press release states.

Food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. “In 2010, over 450,000 children (almost half of all students) across the state were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “Of those children, only nine-percent participated in a summer meal program last year due in part to transportation issues, the availability of feeding sites, and other factors. This really highlights the need for a summer food drive that benefits children.”

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Izilla Toys' free monthly picnic parties begin tonight

May 26th, 2011 by master

It may not feel like picnic weather yet, but rain or shine, Izilla Toys is launching its monthly Family Picnic Party tonight. Pack your parka with that picnic dinner, and head over to Wallingford Center’s west patio (right by Pharmaca) at 5:30 for a bubble show by Richard Twist.

After the bubble show, Izilla will host face painting and balloon twisting, plus you can enter to win a Wallingford Center Merchant raffle basket. The fun will last till 8 p.m.

More details from Izilla:

We’re celebrating summer by hosting monthly parties in and around our Wallingford Center shop. Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner (or bring some delicious Chutney’s takeout) and soak up some evening sun on Wallingford Center’s beautiful west-facing patios. One Thursday evening a month from 5:30 to 8 pm we will bring in an awesome children’s entertainer or put on some super fun activity. Then, when the dinner entertainment is over, come inside for face painting, balloon tying or lots of other awesome activities. There will also Wallingford Center Merchant deals, discounts, and raffles! \

In May we are proud to present the Bubble Stylings of Richard Twist. You’ll be amazed by the gigantic bubbles that Richard can make with his secret “Mega Bubble Mix”!

After his show, Richard will be inside twisting amazing balloon creations. You may have gotten a sneak peek of his balloon artistry during our Easter event. If you’ve got a balloon creation vision Richard can bring it to life!

Professional Face Painter Ryan Alley will also be in attendance to paint your face or fancify you with glitter tattoos. You want to look like a butterfly, superhero, flower fairy, striking snake? You got it, Ryan can make it happen in a jiffy!

And don’t forget to enter to win a basket full of goodies and gift certificates from Wallingford Center Merchants. We’ll have a different basket of prizes at each of our Picnic Party events!

Sneak peek of coming months: Solstice Party, Le Tour de Zilla trike/bike race, Back to School Celebration. Don’t miss the fun and FREE events! A big thanks to HANSEN’S Beverage Company for providing delicious beverages.

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Fabric Crush closing, going online only

May 24th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Center shop Fabric Crush will soon pull down the metal gate for the last time. The retail shop, which features a well-curated collection of modern fabrics, will close June 10, and owner Sarah Stine will take the store online. The store’s email list received the surprising news this morning:

We will be closing the retail shop at Fabric Crush.  I plan on continuing the business as an online shop.  I’d like to thank the many, wonderful customers who have shopped at or taken a class at Fabric Crush.  We tried to create a light, bright and beautiful place to find fabric here in Seattle.

Fabric Crush opened in the Wallingford Center in March 2010, after a year in Magnolia.

Stine shared her thoughts this morning on the Wallingford Center shop closing:

I have loved being a shopkeeper and building a new type of fabric shop, light bright and beautiful. Truth be told It has been hard to compete with online sellers while paying the overhead of a physical store. Younger sewists (my majority customers) are conditioned to shop online and are motivated by price. I think that’s true for many businesses these days.

So, while my shop is going away, I want to encourage your readers to remember the shops that still remain. Stop and buy a book, a toy, a pair of earrings. Your single purchase may make a difference in that day’s receipts. Small businesses survive on each and every sale. Many have better pricing than Amazon! While I’ll miss the day to day interraction with customers I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life with Fabric Crush.

Stop by the stores to say farewell and pick up fabrics at sale prices. The discounts will be as follows:

May 23rd-29th: 25% off
May 30-June 5th: 30% off, we will close at 7pm
June 6th-10th: 35% off, we will close at 7pm

Markdowns do not apply to already reduced merchandise.

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Trophy opens sweet spot to party in Wallingford

May 18th, 2011 by master

Get out your party hats — the long-awaited party room at Trophy Cupcakes has opened in Wallingford Center.

Trophy Cupcakes has opened their new Trophy Party Room for all kinds of parties, showers or other gatherings. You can just rent the room as it is or have it decorated for the ballerina or pirate in your life. Another option, that is sure to be a popular one, is the “decorate your own cupcake” party where kids get two cupcakes to personalize. And here’s music to any parent’s ears – they handle the cleanup.

Photo courtesy Trophy Cupcakes and Party.

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