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Mighty-O Donuts Takes on the World with Donut Showdown

February 10th, 2015 by master

In the wake of the Seahawks loss earlier this month, it’s now up to Tangletown’s own Mighty-O Donuts to bring us a much needed 2015 win!

In 2011, Mighty-O Donut’s Sara Beth Russert was sent to compete in a national  “Food Network Challenge: Donut Champions” and took the win beating Top Pot. Now, Mighty-O is sending Julie Twiggs to compete in another Food Network Challenge, but this one is International!

Mighty-O Donut ‘Queen’, Julie Twiggs.  Has been invited by the Food Network to compete in the Donut Showdown, and will go against other international top donut creators.  Mighty-O is proud to say that this is the third time the Food Network has invited their donuts to appear on one of their networked shows.

To celebrate, the Mighty-O Donuts Tangletown location will be hosting an episode viewing of the Food Network episode ‘Great Outdoors’ on Wednesday, February 11th 6:30pm-8:30pm.

In addition to the show, free donuts and coffee will be given to audience members, with emphasis on a selection of seasonal donuts and Julie’s Food Network donut creation.

Ryan Kellner, owner and founder of Mighty-O Donuts, commented that “it was an honor for us to be invited to another Food Network program”.  He applauds Twiggs saying that she ” is an invaluable part of our team; it was an easy choice to send her to represent our company”.

For those of you who don’t know, Mighty-O Donuts produce all of their own donut mixes and glazes from scratch using organic ingredients.  They identify as a sustainably minded bakery, and donate their extra donuts to non-profit organizations serving the hungry.

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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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Tangletown’s Bandolero Restaurant burglarized

April 18th, 2011 by master

Thanks to our sister site My Green Lake for this story.

Bandolero, a restaurant and tequila bar located at 2253 North 56th St in Tangletown, was burglarized early Saturday morning (April 16, 2011). A police report lists the estimated incident time as 3 a.m.

“There was minimal damage, but our safe was stolen,” says owner Jay Farias.

If you have information about this crime, please contact the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011 and select 8 from the menu. You can also contact Bandolero directly at (206) 633-5828 or info [at]

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Making "The Oatmeal" in Tangletown

April 7th, 2011 by master

The popular comic “The Oatmeal” sometimes has an “I was just thinking that!” quality that might make you suspect its creator is overhearing your conversations. Well, maybe he is. You can often find “The Oatmeal” author Matthew Inman and his laptop among the sea of humans and electronic devices at Zoka Coffee in Tangletown, Amy Duncan at our sister site My Green Lake discovered. A couple of tidbits:

[Inman’s] book “5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)”, published on March 1, 2011, reached #5 on the New York Times Best Sellers List and #2 on the Amazon Best Sellers List. 100% of book sale profits this week (ending Friday, April 8, 2011) are being donated by Matthew to the Japan Relief Fund.

Matthew is often spotted at Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea House (2200 N 56th St), where he can be seen working on his comics. Last February, he tweeted a twitpic from the Tangletown coffeeshop which captured “The 10 types of high fives and when to use them” in progress on his laptop. The comic can now be found in 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth.

See what Inman wrote to Duncan about Green Lake in her full story on My Green Lake.

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A peek inside Tangletown’s new 56th Street Market

January 27th, 2011 by master

Amy Duncan at our sister site My Green Lake visited 56th Street Market yesterday afternoon and posted this report.

The market opened its doors at 11:30 a.m. and, by the time I visited at 2:30 p.m., had already been visited by many curious neighbors.

Here’s a look at what is already available in the market.  Coming soon are magazines and newspapers (The New York Times, The Seattle Times, USA TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal), Bob’s Red Mill products, local produce, and Sunrise greeting cards.

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What should Tangletown's 56th St. Market carry?

January 21st, 2011 by master

We stopped into the 56th Street Market earlier this week to see how Tangletown’s new grocery store was progressing.

Owner PJ Josan told us that he plans to open by the end of the month, and he said, “We would love to hear from neighbors and what they want in their local market.” We’d asked what you’d like to see in the store before (and have passed on the responses to Josan), but here’s another chance to state your preferences now that the market’s opening approaches. (We really miss the Macrina bread that Meridian Market used to carry and let Josan know that.)

Josan told us that he already plans to carry Amy’s brand prepared foods, Smith Bros. dairy, and a limited selection of produce. The market will also sell beer and wine. Store hours are tentatively set for 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Christmas display to light up Tangletown

November 27th, 2010 by master

Our sister site My Green Lake brings us this story.

Tangletown resident Jeff Rodenburg asked us to share the news that he will once again be decking out his home with a Christmas light display.

You will be able to find the display on NE 57th St., just east of Latona Ave NE.

Weather pending, the lights will be turned on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 and will be on every night through New Year’s Day, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A musical light show will play every 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 p.m.  It will be broadcast over 102.1 FM.

“It’s a pretty good size light display,” Jeff initially told us.

I’d say so.  This year, Jeff plans to plug in over 30,000 lights.

Jeff’s 2009 display (photo courtesy Jeff Rodenburg)

Jeff, a software developer, is a self-described “holiday lighting enthusiast.”  This will be the 9th year he has lit up his home.  Each year, he says, the display has improved.  “Yes, it has grown in size,” he says, “but it’s not about quantity. My goal around our display has been to maintain a simple design that fits well with our house, yard and neighborhood.”

Why does Jeff do it?  “I like the technical side of it,” he explains.  “I enjoy figuring out lighting plans and being creative with decorations and music synchronization, because I’m a geek at heart.  But, mostly I do it to see the expressions on the faces of neighbors and friends who stop by, especially the little kids.”

You can read more about Jeff’s light display on his brand-new website,, and you can find him on twitter at @greenlakexmas.

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Meridian Market equipment auction on Thursday

October 20th, 2010 by master

After closing up shop in early September, it looks like Tangletown’s Meridian Market (2201 N. 56th St.) will be no more. Tomorrow morning all the equipment in the store will be auctioned off.

Anyone in the market for deli cases, an espresso machine, a panini grill, cash registers, or any of the other items you’d need to run a restaurant, coffeehouse or deli should stop by tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the auction (preview is 8 to 10 a.m.)

More details and all the items for auction are listed on the auctioneer’s website.

Thanks to Anita for the tip.

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Tangletown’s Meridian Market goes dark

September 2nd, 2010 by master

Thanks to My Green Lake for this story, by Amy Duncan.

The lights are off and the doors are locked at Meridian Market (2201 N 56th St).

The market has been a fixture in Tangletown for three years.  It has been struggling since last winter, and was officially put up for sale two weeks ago.  A craigslist ad lists the sale price at $250,000.

When I spoke with owner Wally Wright on August 11, he had no plans of shutting down the market before it was sold.  However, My Green Lake tipster Ann tells us that the market was closed on Thursday night, and horseknuckle reports that it was still shut on Saturday evening.

Phone calls to the market go unanswered, and a peek inside reveals groceries on the shelves and food in the deli case, but no employees in sight.

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Tangletown's Meridian Market for sale

August 11th, 2010 by master

Amy Duncan at our sister site My Green Lake wrote this story.

Tangletown’s Meridian Market (2201 N. 56th St.) is being put up for sale. Owner Wally Wright says that he will be meeting with a broker today (Wednesday, August 11, 2010) and a listing will be available shortly.

While the entire business will be for sale, Wally says that there is another scenario that may work: if someone is interested in purchasing just the food service aspect of the business (i.e. the deli), he could maintain the grocery aspect. “It really is an ideal situation for someone,” he said. “It’s turnkey. Everything is ready to go.”

Meridian Market has been struggling since last winter, when Wally first had to cut back on staff hours and product purchases. Since then, revenues have not gone up, and he has had less and less operating cash on hand to purchase new products to put on the shelves. As shelves grow more bare, customer numbers go down and the cycle continues.

The market has been a fixture in Tangletown for three years. As of now, Wally has no plans to shut the doors before the business is sold. However, starting today, he is cutting down on operating hours and limiting staff. The market will now be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wally will focus on maintaining stocks of bread, produce, dairy, beer, and wine.

I asked Wally if there was any other information he wanted to share with the neighborhood. “Just tell everyone thanks,” he said. “Thanks for the support.”

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