Free Rainbow Cake at Cupcake Royale Today!

In appreciation of the approval of Referendum 74 this week after elections in Washington State, Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill is inviting the community to come out and celebrate, and dive into a free piece of what they’re claiming is the world’s largest rainbow cake (shaped in the state of Washington with Rainbow sprinkles on top!).

Photo Courtesy of Cupcake Royale

The cake will be cut at 3:00PM this afternoon and slices will be served until it’s gone. If you miss the freebies, but still want to celebrate, all Cupcake Royale locations are serving “Gaybies” mini rainbow cupcakes, and Obamacakes now through Sunday. See you on the Hill!

Starbucks Accepting Square Wallet Payments Today

We’ve been hearing about the new Square Inc mobile payment system for a few months now, and today it’s official; 7,000 Starbucks locations across the US are now accepting the Square Wallet mobile payment. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Starbucks invested $25 million in the Square start-up company, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz joined the company’s board of directors.

Customers can now download the Square Wallet app, and use the Square payment system by linking their debit/credit card, and clicking pay here to a near by Starbucks location. All the barista has to do is scan a QR code on your phone and the payment is processed. Customers can still make mobile payments using the Starbucks App, which acts as a mobile gift card, but the Square wallet App takes away the inconvenience of having to worry about loading and reloading the account. The Square App also keeps track of each transaction, which will come in handy if you’d like to know how much you’re spending on coffee. Download the wallet app for a list of participating Starbucks in your neighborhood.

West Seattle Home For Sale: $2,250,000

This West Seattle Estate has breathtaking bluff views of the Olympics and the Northwest Islands! The beautiful grounds, including the garden out front have been well maintained and the deck out back practically sells the estate itself. This 5 bed, 3.25 bath has old world charm, with all of the amenities, a wonderful sun room, and the grace of a by-gone era. The living room and kitchen have huge bay windows looking out across the Sound, as do the majority of other rooms in this massive 6,350 sf space. For more information on this luxury home, or other properties in the surrounding Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 5/3.25
Price: $2,250,000

Garbage Piling Up? Waste Management Strike Affects King County

Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.

Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

New West Seattle Estate Rental On the Market

This West Seattle Estate will be available to rent August 1st, and has breathtaking views over Puget Sound, the Olympics and the Northwest Islands! The beautiful grounds, including the garden out front have been well maintained and the deck out back practically sells the rental itself. This 5 bed, 4.25 bath home has been here for nearly 100 years, and is available to rent month to month, furnished or unfurnished. The living room and kitchen have huge bay windows looking out across the Sound, as do the majority of other rooms in this massive 6,350 sf rental. For more information on this luxury rental, or other properties in the surrounding Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/4.25
Price: $4,700

Good Bye Plastic Bags, Hello Sustainable Seattle!

After this weekend, the plastic bag ban in Seattle will go into affect July 1st, so if you haven’t already been accumulating some reusable grocery totes, this weekend might be a good time to get your hands on a few! The law states that all retail stores are prohibited from providing customers with single use plastic carry out bags, even those advertised as compostable, biodegradable, etc.

Retail stores will now be providing customers with any size recyclable paper bag, at a cost of a minimum of 5 cents per bag. Bag charges will show up on customer receipts, a friendly reminder to bring your totes with you next time you pick up your groceries. If you’re picking up party favors and fireworks this weekend for the July 4th holiday, say your goodbyes to the plastic bag for the week to come! If you haven’t picked up any bags yet, Safeway stores in Seattle will give away 32,000 free reusable totes this Sunday in preparation for the Bag Ban.

 

4724 California Ave Design Reivew Meeting This Week

Although development has been slowing down rapidly over the past two years, we are starting to see projects pick up in various areas, such as West Seattle, and North Seattle neighborhoods like Ballard and Fremont. Plans for the 4724 California Ave project in West Seattle are still underway, and a Southwest Design Review Board meeting will be held this Thursday night at 6:30PM at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This is the first public design meeting for the roughly 100unit building with retail space on the ground floor in the junction at the old Petco site. For more information on this project status, or other developments in the neighborhood, please visit the Department of Planning and Development.

Seattle Summer Streets Days Coming to Ballard & West Seattle

It’s that time of year again; Seattle’s annual series of Summer Streets Days is here, where certain streets are marked off for pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards and various block parties in the surrounding Seattle areas, in particular the Ballard and West Seattle

West Seattle Street Closure, Photo Courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

neighborhoods. Beginning tomorrow night, 22nd st NW in Ballard will be closed off from 4-7pm right next to Bergen Place Park. Also on Sunday the majority of Alki Avenue Southwest will be closed to motorized vehicles between 9am-5pm to clear out for morning traffic, a  5k fun run, live music, and other activities. Please be prepared for traffic backups, and utilize non-motorized vehicles for transportation.

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)

 

Save the West Seattle Grand Parade!

The Committee that organizes the West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade every year, (that huge parade down California Ave SW in July that thousands watch with the array of floats and costumes) said that they won’t be able to put it on this year, unless they receive $3,500 in funding to cover parade costs. This will be the 2nd year that the city has required groups to pay the cost of street closures and barricades.

Photo Courtesy of the West Seattle Blog

Parade co-coordinator Dave Vague said “we are now responsible for the cost of the street barricade signs and the bid has come in at $7,000, and so far we have only been able to raise half that amount. If we are unable to raise the additional money needed by June 1 we need to cancel the parade this year.” This will be the 79th year of the parade, and this year for an added bonus, they are planning to do a 5k run before the start. The parade will not run without the support from donors and time is running out for funding to come in. If you’re interested in donating, or becoming a parade sponsor, you can donate online on the Parade Website. If the parade is not canceled this year, it will be held on July 21st.