As the Wallyhood blog emerges from hibernation, we are overdue for another roundup of business changes. This is a listing of all permanent openings and closings that I’ve noticed since March of 2020 (give or take a few months). The list of neighborhood businesses that closed their doors for good in 2020 is tragically long and they will certainly be missed.
Please leave a comment if you think any online business are missing from these lists or if you’d like to share your own experiences, thoughts, or memories.
- Acadia (now Lassi & Spice)
- Bishops Cuts/Color (?) never re-opened after a COVID closure and the Stone Way location has been removed from their website.
- Essential Baking Café closed their neighborhood café to focus on wholesale baked goods that you can still find at many local grocery stores and markets.
- Kids on 45th
- Little Big Burger
- Niles Peacock (now Authentic Beauty Concept)
- Ramona Cleaners
- Starbucks (2110 N. 45th between CVS and TNT). This location opened in the nineties and felt a little less generic and more like a true neighborhood coffee shop than most others.
- Studio Azul (now Fenix Capoeira)
- Sun Cleaners
- Super Bueno (now Tavolàta)
- Venetian Nail Spa
Moving Out for Demolition
- Stoneway Electric Supply (3665 Stone Way N.) is moving to Ballard. The historic building, which has enough colorful and interesting history to justify its own post, is slated for demolition and re-development.
- Sugar Plum Spa (4013 Stone Way N.) relocated to 4347 Roosavelt Way NE. The two houses between Pagliacci Pizza and Dance Fremont will be demolished.
On a much brighter note, let’s take a closer look at all the new businesses that have opened over the past year. We ought to give each one of these new businesses a warm welcome to the neighborhood and support them as much as possible (along with supporting all our wonderful existing local businesses)! Many of the descriptions below are in their own words.
Hours, availability, policies, etc. are all subject to change as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. You should check websites and/or call ahead for the most reliable and up to date information.
Authentic Beauty Concept (4025 Stone Way N.)
This is a new line of sustainable, holistic, vegan haircare products and salons that launched in the US last year by the German-owned company Henkel.
Fenix Capoeira (4411 Wallingford Ave. N.) (206) 422-6852
Fenix Capoeira is relocating their Capitol Hill studio to Wallingford. This 501(c)(3) non-profit strives to build community, share culture, and promote individual vitality through teaching of Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai. Classes are available for both adults and kids.
Heavy Goods (3400 Stone Way N.) (206) 973-0400
There’s a new way to the experience food, wine, cocktails, and houseware goods inspired by Heavy Restaurant Group in the comfort of your home. The market located inside Fiasco sells prepared and packaged restaurant-inspired food kits.
IRG Physical & Hand Therapy (1815 N. 45th St.)
IRG Physical Therapy has numerous locations throughout the Puget Sound region. A new clinic is opening in the Wallingford Center in April.
Korochka Tavern (2317 N. 45th St.) (206) 930-1932
Small cocktail bar, serving house cocktails, craft and import beers, wine, dumplings, and other Eastern European specialties. In October 2019 Korochka abruptly closed their Lake City location after they ran into issues with a lease negotiation. In July 2020, they opened a new Wallingford location! Thurs. – Sun. 3 pm – 9 pm.
Lassi and Spice Café (1651 N. 34th St.) (206) 486-1037
Lassi & Spice celebrates Indian culture through a menu of delicious handcrafted beverages, vegetarian small plates and tempting sweets. This new café is on the first level of Tableau and took over what used to be Acadia. Mon. – Fri. 8 am – 7:30 pm; Sat. & Sun. 9 am – 6 pm.
O.W.N. Health & Strength (2205 B N. 45th St.) (206) 854-6023
O.W.N. provides personalized training programs, meal plans, and conditioning programs for all levels of fitness. Classes include individual, partner, small group, and online options. By appointment only.
The Salty Shack (Octopus Bar) (2121 N. 45th St.) (206) 397-3496
Drinks, sandwiches, and good eats to go are available from the walk-up window at Octopus Bar’s new location. They have tots!! Sun. – Thurs. 11 am – 8 pm; Fri. & Sat. 11 am – 10 pm.
Seattle Bouldering Project (3535 Interlake Ave. N.) (206) 430-7757
High ceilings. Open layout. Natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Enormous, striking climbing walls. Topout boulders. Innovative and grade-consistent routesetting. Seamless padding. A fleet of rental crash pads. A full-service fitness center. Yoga. Weights. Cross-training. Youth programs. Kids areas. Instruction. Community.
Author’s note: This new space is an excellent example of industrial renovation as opposed to demolition. SBP advertises this as their “Fremont” location but you, dear reader, know that this building (one block East of Stone Way) is definitely in Wallingford.
Seattle Plant Daddy (4428 Burke Ave. N.) (206) 586-3131
Seattle Plant Daddy is an e-commerce and local neighborhood plant shop with a new storefront in Wallingford. Wed. 3 pm – 7 pm; Thurs. – Sat. 11 am – 6 pm; Sun. 11 am – 4 pm.
Tavolàta Stone Way (3627 Stone Way N.) (206) 456-2666
Like the original, Tavolàta Stone Way is all about the pasta: Rigatoni, Bucatini, Gnocchi alla Romana and more. This huge space (formerly Super Bueno) offers two patios and tables in a spacious and socially distanced dining room. Wed., Thurs., Sun. 4 pm – 9 pm; Fri. & Sat. 4 pm – 10 pm.
Tres Lecheria (2315 N. 45th St.) (206) 257-4299
In March 2020, just as the pandemic hit, Cubes Baking Co. shifted gears and re-branded as Tres Lecheria. Tres Lecheria is a wholesale bakery offering individually packaged tres leches cake slices in many different flavors. Tues. – Sat. 12 pm – 7 pm.
Since we were mentioned in last year’s round-up, I’m pleased to say that Lucky Pet Petsitting LLC is still doing well, and providing top-notch pet care. It was a tough year, but we had a number of clients hanging in there with us. And now with people getting vaccinated, our April bookings are reminiscent of Pre-Covid days! The future is bright, and I’m excited! — Yani Wood
So great to see you calling out local businesses! I would love to see Grand Central Bakery included in your next roundup. We’ve been operating through most of the last year and are hoping to resume indoor dining soon. Let me know if you’d like more info!
Great addition to the n’hood!