Apparently Everyone Stopped Drinking Alcohol

Emerald City Spirits, which occupied the old state liquor store, has gone dark. They bought the rights to the space back in 2011 for $355,000.

Doug had a fun take:

Apparently their liquor license has been purchased by the Shell station next door, and Shell will begin to sell liquor soon. We have finally become California!

There’s a rumor that the building housing Emerald City Spirits will be torn down and condos will be built there. Frankly I was hoping for a pharmacy.

It looks like Puffin Glass went dark as well.

And Wine World is looking to reduce their space. They have a listing out seeking to sublet or sell the space. It reads in part: “Current Tenant is Wine World & Spirits. They have a surplus Event Space, divisible to between 3,500 and 16,000 RSF, or will relocate to make the entire floor available. No cannibis retailers. Sublease to 2020, or renegotiate a full lease with the landlord.”


Now is a good time to stock up on Ouzo 12

Thanks to Braden Gustafson for this info!


On Saturday I received this letter from my dentist Dr. Garth Burleigh whose office is at 1212 North 45th Street.

Dear Valued Patients,

Sadly, the time has come…our landlord could no longer repair the building that housed our dental practice for over thirty years. Like many other buildings in the neighborhood, it was sold to developers and will be demolished…

The letter goes on to say that Dr. Burleigh will be working for Drs. Jeff and Annie Knudsen in the U-District at their practice Brush Dental.

I can’t tell you how sad this makes me. I’m already starting to feel nostalgic. You see Dr. Burleigh isn’t like most other dentists. His office is humble not flashy. There were never more than three people working there when I went for an appointment, and many times only two. A person scheduling appointments sometimes doubled as a hygienist. And then sometimes there was another hygienist. But Dr. Burleigh himself cleaned my teeth. There was a little porcelain bowl with a crack in it that I spit into after rinsing.

Before finding Dr. Burleigh, I went to practices where the majority of my time was spent waiting in a dental chair. There would be several rooms full of people just like me. Our teeth would be scraped and cleaned by hygienists and then we would wait until the doctor came to do a once-over of our teeth before moving onto the next room. I never knew when my appointment would end because many a time the office had over-scheduled patients. At other dental offices, the hygienists seemed to change every time. Were they students who had to do so many hours to get a credential? Is that why they left? Or were they paid a pittance? And of course there was that sucking tube that they put in your mouth. Maybe those things are good when you’re having surgery, but I’d much rather drink from a  cup and spit into a little porcelain bowl during a standard cleaning.

I liked hearing Dr. Burleigh’s stories about old Ballard when he used to practice there. A lot of Norwegian humor. I liked to look at the humming birds hovering around the humming bird feeder outside his window. I liked that his staff never changed. I’m sorry to say I never learned their names.

I’ll follow him to Brush Dental, but something tells me that it won’t be the same.

Dentist's water basin

The image shown is not from Dr. Burleigh’s office.

Wallingford Public Library

Wallingford Public Library, photo by author

Local artist Savvy Dani will be hosting a live portrait sitting at our local Wallingford Library on Sunday, March 22nd, from 1pm to 4pm.

The free event will be geared toward beginning artists, with Dani provided a talk on tips and tricks for those looking to hone in their skills. Both Dani and the model will be available to chat once the painting process begins, according a release.

Artists of all stripes and skill levels are invited to join in the fun and bring their sketchbooks to create artwork of their own.

Dani’s finished painting will go on display at the Wallingford Community Senior Center in July.

Three days later, on Wednesday the 25th, the library will hold a family game day from 1:30 to 3:30, an early school release day. Classics like Candy Land, Connect4, and UNO will be on hand alongside newer games such as Bananagrams and Pictureka. All are welcome!

AOC-1A new shop named Art of Confections opened for business last week on N. 45th Street, ready to serve up specialty cakes and sweets.

Run by Shila Jansen, the store features several seating areas, an espresso bar, and of course the main show: row upon row of desserts. Several cakes, ranging from chocolate raspberry to lemon to carrot make their rounds in a revolving display case by the door. Cupcakes, fruit tarts, and a variety of chocolate-covered items sit ready to be devoured in a nearby vitrine.

Though folks are welcome to pop in for a quick bite, Jansen envisions creating a space where people can come and hang out. Specialty coffee, custom espressos, and exotic teas invite customers to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Live cake decorating by local artists as well as live music are all in the plan, underscoring a commitment Jansen has to keeping the arts alive in the neighborhood.

The store replaces the former aptly named Erotic Bakery, which closed last fall after nearly 30 years in business. Jansen says the shadow of the long-time erotica-peddling pastry shop still looms large. “People walk in and ask ‘Do you still do XXX?’ ”, said Jansen, who admits she will make an adult-themed confection if ordered.

“I just laugh about it, what are you going to do?”, she said.

CW from top: Shila Jansen puts the finishing touches on a pan of chocolate-covered strawberries at her shop, Art of Confections, on March 18, 2015. / A finished tuxedo-themed strawberry is ready for consumption. / A slice of rainbow cake looks--and tastes--delicious.

CW from top: Shila Jansen puts the finishing touches on a pan of chocolate-covered strawberries at her shop, Art of Confections, on March 18, 2015. / A finished tuxedo-themed strawberry is ready for consumption. / A slice of rainbow cake looks–and tastes–delicious. Photos by author.

While the previous tenant focused on unmentionables, Jansen offers a decidedly wider variety of themes. A picture book on the countertop showcases cakes ranging from sugary reproductions of the family dog to the infamous leg lamp from A Christmas Story, classic wedding cakes to Maurice Sendak themed wonder worlds.

Jansen got her start in the confectionery business at age seven, she says, when her mother gave her a how-to book. She has since worked for a variety of bakeries before settling on striking out on her own.

“I’ve always dreamed of having my own store,” she said, adding that she isn’t sure she’d want to do it anywhere else. “I absolutely love this neighborhood and its vibe,” she said.

Hours for the shop are currently 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Jansen anticipates celebrating a hard open for the store in a few months’ time, along with an expansion of hours.

The shop becomes the latest specialty baker in an already crowded scene, joining Hiroki, Setsuko Pastry, and the Sweet Side in addition to the QFC in-house bakery.

The comments on the projects were very helpful. The Tangletown cut through prevention project is being withdrawn since a majority of the commenters were negative about it. Hopefully the active discussion that resulted will end up producing a better proposal next year. Here are the locations of the remaining projects:

Project Map

If you’re not familiar with a project just scroll down through the last 4 posts for more detail. The Wallyhood winner will be determined by the total number of check boxes a proposal receives, so if you want to kill a proposal then just vote for the other 3.

Which 2015 NPSF projects do you think should be our top priorities?

  • (4) Crossing Improvements at N 43rd St and Stone Way N (47%, 126 Votes)
  • (2) Clean Up and Lighting of Burke Gilman Trail (46%, 123 Votes)
  • (1) Environmental Restoration of Waterway 22 (33%, 89 Votes)
  • (3) Crosswalk at N Northlake Way and Eastern Ave N (17%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 268

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The poll is open until noon on Saturday. After the vote:

  1. The Wallingford Community Council and other groups will factor in the vote here and blog comments, plus perceived feasibility of the projects to determine their preferences.
  2. There will then be a vote at the Lake Union District Council on the first Monday of next month where all the groups get together and projects will be sorted from favorite to least favorite. Wallingford’s projects will get mixed in with projects from Fremont and Eastlake and the top six projects overall will get studied, meaning probably two or three projects from Wallingford. The studies are done by whomever owns the land and/or regulates it (SDOT, Parks, Seattle Schools, Seattle Public Utilities, Department of Ecology, etc).
  3. Reports come back in about two months with the finalized plans and budgets from government agencies. They may have changed the plans or vetoed them. For instance, last year’s NPSF proposal that was put forward for Wallingford was for two crosswalks across 40th, at Sunnyside and Bagley. Despite having reviewed and endorsed a very similar project before, SDOT came back and said that not enough pedestrians were crossing 40th, so they wouldn’t put in crosswalks, and they vetoed the project. As that was the only project Wallingford put forward that year, funding went to other neighborhoods.
  4. There will then be a final vote to determine which projects to proceed with given an overall budget. Sometimes project sorting is changed based on design and budget. That’s what killed crosswalks across 40th in a prior year- SDOT approved one crosswalk at Sunnyside and 40th that year, but came up with a crazy high budget for it and a very complicated plan, so the district council killed it in favor of a better designed and budgeted plan for pedestrian and street reconfiguration of N Northlake Way down at the water.
  5. If the budgets are small, Wallingford may get two projects done, but in prior years only the top ranked project has moved forward to implementation. The NPSF budget for the city is 2 million dollars, and the idea is to keep projects to $90,000 or less so that each neighborhood gets at least one.

I’ll post updates as things progress. I hope you enjoyed this non-Tim-Eyman-sponsored attempt at direct democracy!


Here is the last of 5 projects submitted for the Neighborhood Project and Street Fund. Your feedback is welcome and helpful as the Wallingford Community Council and other groups decide which projects to endorse. Tomorrow I plan to set up a vote to further help determine preferences.

This proposal is from Desiree. Desiree is writing as a parent and lifelong caretaker of a child who was seriously injured crossing Stone Way North:

Stone Way North is one of Seattle’s most difficult streets to cross if you are child walking to school or an elderly person walking to the bus. Despite repeated efforts by SDOT to make Stone Way North a more usable street, it is still a place with frequent car collisions and serious injury incidents with people who walk and bike. More people than ever are walking, driving, and biking on Stone Way North as new office and residential buildings are added. Now is the time to increase more safe crossing options.

Drivers of cars, buses, and delivery vehicles have a difficult time seeing people waiting to cross Stone Way North, particularly when it is dark. School children often walk to and from school in the dark in the winter, and it is to increase our children’s safety that this application is most dedicated. Stone Way North and North 43rd Street are used by children going to B.F. Day Elementary in Fremont, Hamilton Middle School in Wallingford, and Lincoln High School used as an interim school. There are also a number of residential and service facilities for people with disabilities and senior housing along Stone Way North. This project increases their mobility options.

People who drive need to be able to know when there is a person waiting to cross busy Stone Way North. The intersection at North 43rd Street is a greenway connection that already has traffic islands, pedestrian signs, and other control devices intended to protect people when they walk and bike across this street. What this crossing could use to help let drivers know there are people waiting to walk and bike across the street is a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB).

N 43rd Street and Stone Way North is about midway between signalized crossings at N 40th Street and N 45th Street. An RRFB would let people walking and biking push a button that would trigger flashing lights to alert people driving cars know there are people waiting to cross. I also would like to add an additional safety island at the N 43rd Street and Stone Way North crossing if there are sufficient funds.


A woman was stabbed on the sidewalk in Wallingford on Tuesday afternoon in what officers on the scene called an apparent robbery attempt.

The incident took place around 2:15pm at 44th and Woodland Park Ave N as a woman attacked another woman with a knife, according to police.

Officers quickly responded to calls from multiple witnesses, and were able to locate and arrest the suspect.


Police investigate a stabbing at Woodland Park and 44th.

The victim was transported to Harborview with multiple stab wounds. Officers on scene reported to Wallyhood that the injuries sustained by the woman were non-life-threatening, though the SPD’s Blog reports the opposite.

The incident is the second violent crime to take place in the neighborhood in the past two weeks, following the murder of Biftu Dadi on Sunday, March 8th.

Photo by author

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