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Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

January 24th, 2014 by master

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.

The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store, The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona Pub, Café Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.

Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.

So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.


6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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Uptown Espresso coming to Wallingford

December 7th, 2010 by master

Soon Wallingford will have another spot to get a caffeine fix. In a few months the old Payday Loan space, set in from N. 45th between Corliss and Sunnyside, will transform into Uptown Espresso, the eighth location for the local company.

Uptown CEO and president Dow Lucurell told us via email that he’s been looking for a Wallingford location for about three years. “Uptown has always sought out neighborhoods where people live and work,” he said, referring to “Home of the Velvet Foam” locations in Queen Anne, Belltown, West Seattle and other neighborhoods.

“As a fourth-generation Seattle resident I have always loved the independence and spirit of the Wallingford community,” Lucurell said. “We were so excited to have the space open up with great access and lots of parking.”

Lucurell plans to open Uptown Espresso in early spring 2011 at 2300 N. 45th St.

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