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Check Out Easy Street Tonight at Wallingford Center

September 10th, 2014 by master

Easy Street Band

The Easy Street Band Returns to Wallingford for an open air concert on the plaza at Wallingford Center, tonight Sep. 10 at 6 pm!!!

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce invites neighbors and friends to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an open air concert with The Easy Street Band.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 10th. 6pm
What: a 90 minute free concert
Where: Wallingford Center Plaza
For more information check out the WCC website .

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Spring Clean! JoinThe Beautification of Wallingford April 19th

March 13th, 2014 by master

Wallingford has gotten some much needed beauty sleep over the winter, but now it’s time to freshen up! Come Join your neighbors for Wallingford Chamber’s annual Spring Clean!

Aptly named Operation Beautification Wallingford, neighbors can join members of the Wallingford Chamber, the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Sustainable Wallingford, the Wallingford Center and others to get out to clean the streets of our neighborhood!

Details:

  • Saturday, April 19th,
  • Meet at Wallingford Center at 10 AM
  • Get your gear on
  • Beautify the hood!


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New Vintage Shop Brings Independent Style to Wallingford

January 29th, 2014 by master

Right before you head up the main stairs at the north entrance of Wallingford Center, you might notice a new little shop beckoning you to come in.

Indie Frock opened about three months ago in Wallingford, but has been alive and well in the imagination of owner Debbie Wirfs for much longer.

Wirfs started out with a knack for discovering great vintage finds and selling them on eBay. It was initially just a hobby, but that hobby turned into a major passion and now scouring finds at estate sales, auctions, and small town thrift stores is her full time job! Before opening her own shop, she got her sea legs while working her own booth at the Fremont Sunday Market, pop-up stores, Atlas Clothing and even the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, of which Wirfs said “everyone should go check out.”

Indie Frock has a beautifully eclectic vibe. You’ll find vintage and contemporary americana inspired styles that include brands ranging from classic Pendleton to Free People and Anthropology. You might just even find that once-in-a-lifetime mystery dress that will magically fit like it was made especially for you!

There are some really unique items at Indie Frock. Local artisan designer Feather and Skull makes hand-made one-of-a-kind boots and other handcrafted accessories. For jewelry, local artist Peaces by Lauren creates earrings and necklaces that have a timeless quality to them.

Whatever your pleasure, you can be sure that Wirfs has a refined eye for quality. When you stop in for a peek, you might just end up leaving with a very reasonably priced Brooks Brothers Makers silk tie for your husband  like this reporter did!

Brooks Brothers Makers Tie $20

Wirfs says she is thinking about having a Grand Opening Promotion, so follow on Instagram @indiefrock and through their Facebook Page to be the first to know!

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Celebration sale at Wallingford Center starts Friday

July 14th, 2011 by master

Friday marks the first day of the 25th birthday sale at the Wallingford Center (1815 N 45th St.) The
sixteen shops will cut prices for things such as haircuts, toys, crafts, gifts, eyewear and food from today until the end of the month.

For information on sale specifics, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Wallingford Center celebrates 25 years with a sale

July 7th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Center (1815 N 45th St) merchants are celebrating its 25th birthday with a big sale!

From Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 31st, the sixteen shops will cut prices for things such as haircuts, toys, crafts, gifts, eyewear and food.

For information on sale specifics, click here. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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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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Weekend: Holiday events galore

December 2nd, 2010 by master

This weekend is packed with holiday events around Wallingford. Let’s get right to it:

Friday – Sunday

Studio Art Sale featuring 8 local artists at 4331 Burke. Paintings, prints, photography, cards, calendars, jewelry, dog accessories will be for sale. Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday

  • Santa or Winter Scene Photos: The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club (1310 N. 45th St.) will have a photographer onsite from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take portraits of your loved ones with St. Nick. General winter scene backgrounds will also be available for those who prefer to keep your photos all in the family. Several photo packages will be available, beginning with the “Comet” package: $20 for a single 5×7 and 4 wallet size. The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club will receive 20 percent of all proceeds from the event.
  • The iconic WALLINGFORD sign on top of the QFC at 45th and Wallingford Ave. will be lit up and Green Carolers will perform. Tentative start time is 4 p.m.
  • Not A Number does Festivus (we’ll add more details when we get them).

  • Bizarre Bazaar, an alternative craft fair, will happen at Om Culture (2210 N. Pacific Street) from 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday

Shop for a Cause at Wallingford Center: Many businesses at the Center and throughout the neighborhood will donate part of their proceeds for the day to the Wallingford Community Senior Center. From 3 to 5 p.m. will be a silent auction that also will benefit the Senior Center; dozens of businesses have donated goods and services. The Dickens Carolers will perform 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Sunday: Shop for a Cause around Wallingford

November 29th, 2010 by master

This Sunday, December 5, when you shop at many Wallingford Center and area businesses, you’re also giving a donation to the Wallingford Community Senior Center.

Judy Ayers, president of the Wallingford Center Merchants Association, told us that though “Shop for a Cause” was conceived as a Wallingford Center event, “I thought to include the neighboring businesses; after all it is a Wallingford community organization we are trying to support.”

Ayers said that a majority of Wallingford Center businesses are participating; others in the neighborhood that will give a portion of their Sunday sales are Wide World Books & Maps, Blue Star Cafe & Pub, City Cellars Fine Wines, Cutz Meridian, Sock Monster, and Not a Number Card & Gifts.

Many businesses that could not not donate a portion of their sales have instead contributed to a silent auction that will benefit the Senior Center; it’ll be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wallingford Center on Sunday. To see the dozens of businesses that have donated to the auction, scroll down on this page. Ayers said that there are even more businesses yet to join in.

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Santa returns to Wallingford Center

November 16th, 2010 by master

Beginning this Saturday, November 20, Mud Puddle Club Photography will host Santa in the Wallingford Center (1815 N. 45th St.). This is the same Santa who ho-ho-ho’ed it up at the Center last year, when Mud Puddle Club proprietor Donna Murphy also took the photos.

Bring the kids, two and four legged, for a magical Christmas memory with an Old World St. Nicholas.  Come visit Santa in a nostalgic settting at Mud Puddle Club Photography in the Wallingford Center, located on the first floor across from Richard’s Artistic Framing.

Santa will be making his appearance starting November 20 and going through December 24th.  Tell Santa what you want under your tree while capturing a lasting childhood memory in a quality portrait.

Early Bird Special:
Mention this ad and receive a free 5×7 when you purchase a portrait package before December 5th.

Fridays 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sundays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The day after Thanksgiving 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Drop-ins welcome, private portrait parties for 10 or more by appointment. For more information visit www.MudPuddleClub.com or call 206 930-6507.

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Controversy over farmers market draws big crowd

September 1st, 2010 by master

A packed house turned out Tuesday night at the Good Shepherd Center to talk about the past, present and future of the Wallingford Farmers Market.  Organizers had to bring out extra chairs as about 75 people filled the meeting room for a spirited but respectful discussion.

Spirited discussion on the Wallingford Farmers Market

While the meeting was supposed to mainly focus on finding a future site for the market, the discussion was dominated by talk about the failed attempt to expand the market onto Wallingford Avenue. 

“This whole process went forward without any input from the businesses,” said Dr. Viola Gay, an optometrist on Wallingford Ave.  “We had no seat at the table.”

The Chamber of Commerce hoped to end this year’s season by expanding the market from the parking lot behind Wallingford Center to the east side of the street along Wallingford Avenue between 44th and 45th (as seen in the map below).  But several businesses along Wallingford Ave. complained loudly once they got word of the plan– a plan some of them claim was never communicated to them.    

“I didn’t know anything until the last minute.  If not for the rumor mill I wouldn’t know anything at all,” said one business employee.
 

The Wallingford Farmers Market: Red = where the market has been located in the past; Green=where the market has been thus far this year; Yellow=the plaza area, available for performances and community gathering; Blue=proposed expansion site on Wallingford Ave. that was scrapped. 

Chamber officials say a lot of information on the proposed move had been available since this past spring and that they made every effort to contact business that would be impacted.

While the majority of people who spoke last night opposed the expansion onto Wallingford Avenue, one business owner received some applause after talking about her positive experiences with the market.  Colleen Kurke, who owns Cutz Meridian Salon and who sits on the Chamber board, said she’s seen more customers after taking flyers to the market site.  In fact, several business owners who opposed the expansion onto Wallingford Avenue say they fully support the market in a location that won’t negatively impact things like parking, deliveries, and safety.

In a surprise announcement, a representative from Wallingford Center said she’s still open to bringing the market back to the current site next year if parking issues can be addressed.  She wants customers to have convenient access to the building.

“We’d like to mutually co-exist,” said Amy Singer, building manager for Wallingford Center.

But many people believe the market has to move to stay alive.  On top of Wallingford Center asking for its parking spaces back, the site may simply be too small to stay financially viable.  At the end of the meeting, audience members threw out several ideas for new sites for the market including:

  • behind Lincoln High School
  • McDonald School
  • north side of Wallingford Playfield
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • parking lot behind Dick’s Drive-In
  • Gas Works Park parking lot
  • 46th between Stone Way and Interlake
  • St Benedict School

A representative from the city’s Office of Economic Development said he’d look over the pros and cons of each suggested site and return for another community meeting in the next month or two.  Any location would have to meet several requirements (room for emergency vehicles, non-arterial, etc) as well as gain the support of at least 80% of surrounding residents or businesses, something that didn’t happen with merchants on Wallingford Avenue.

Chamber president Kara Ceriello fears the Farmers Market Association will give up on Wallingford, but she’s still hoping to find a solution.

 “I still believe very much in this.  I’d like to think we can find some kind of happy compromise,” said Ceriello.

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