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Maple Leaf’s Blue Saucer up for sale

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

In an email this week to supporters, Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to list the Blue Saucer for sale on the Real Estate market, as of last weekend, and I’m excited about it!”

We have flyers in the shop for potential buyers, and look forward to the possibilities of finding a great new Owner. It’s time for me to move on to do other things – I have so many side projects and other interests these days that it’s hard to stay focused on the daily biz of running the coffee shop, so rather than let it slide, I’ll let it go!

Since it’s only just been listed, I’m imagining it will or could be a few months before we see any action, so meanwhile it’s business as usual – we’re still offering the same great variety of pastries and sandwiches (with a few new things thrown in there!) and we’re still using the awesome Seven Roasters for our delicious coffee.

The listing is here.

The Saucer will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to its Facebook page.

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Maple Leaf's Blue Saucer up for sale

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

In an email this week to supporters, Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to list the Blue Saucer for sale on the Real Estate market, as of last weekend, and I’m excited about it!”

We have flyers in the shop for potential buyers, and look forward to the possibilities of finding a great new Owner. It’s time for me to move on to do other things – I have so many side projects and other interests these days that it’s hard to stay focused on the daily biz of running the coffee shop, so rather than let it slide, I’ll let it go!

Since it’s only just been listed, I’m imagining it will or could be a few months before we see any action, so meanwhile it’s business as usual – we’re still offering the same great variety of pastries and sandwiches (with a few new things thrown in there!) and we’re still using the awesome Seven Roasters for our delicious coffee.

The listing is here.

The Saucer will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to its Facebook page.

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Pop-up-market returns to the Blue Saucer on Sunday

August 15th, 2014 by Mike

Depending on how you count, this Sunday will bring the third annual Pop-Up-Market in the parking lot of Blue Saucer.

That’s what owner Billie Bryan calls it.

But our (ahem) records show the coffee shop, at 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., has been holding similar sales in its parking lot at least since 2010. (“Cause that’s how far back our records go.)

Billie emails:

This year we’re hosting 30 vendors with fine art photography, lawn and garden art, jewelry, hand-stitched items (cards to banners!) face painting, leather works, soaps, organic nut butters, canoli and gourmet popcorn, also fused glass and re-purposed wood products and small furniture items just to name a few!

All vendors are Local and MANY from the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Come support your local creative people!!!

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fireworks viewing July 4 at Reservoir Park?

June 29th, 2014 by Mike


Deb emails:

Some friends and I thought about trying to watch fireworks around the city from the Reservoir Park.

Since it’s the highest point in Seattle we thought perhaps we could see something, but I wanted to check with Maple Leaf Life if anything more is known about this. Is any activity planned at the park, and do you think it’s possible to see Seattle (and Bellevue?) fireworks from there?

We know it may not be the best view in the city but it would be convenient to see at least something!

In past years people have often gathered on the southeast side of the old (lower) park to watch the Seattle fireworks. We don’t recall being able to see across the lake to Eastside fireworks.

The view should be spectacularly better from the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

We haven’t yet heard about any organized viewing parties. But the forecast for July 4 is great: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and an overnight low of 53 degrees.

Incidentally, we are a high hill – but not the highest

Maple Leaf tops out at 466 feet above sea level on Roosevelt Way Northeast next to the Blue Saucer.

PS: The view from the park is good – but the video above was taken from a houseboat dock on the east side of Lake Union.

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Pop Up Market returns to Blue Saucer on Aug. 18

July 9th, 2013 by master

Local crafters and other vendors are lined up for the second annual Pop Up Market at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Maple Leaf café is filling its entire parking lot with wares with 30 local vendors, including crafts, collectibles, art, jewelry and more. In addition, there will be a food vendor on site, and owner Billie Bryan says she expects live music and/or other free entertainment. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the event.

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More good news about Maple Leaf!

May 30th, 2013 by Mike

Just in case you missed the news a couple of days ago (Watch out! Maple Leaf is “increasingly popular“), Yelp’s Neighborhood Spotlight is now shining on us.

“Hidden away north of downtown, Maple Leaf is home to lots of lucky locals,” says the article, which spotlights several local restaurants.

“Teeming with Tudor-style and bungalow homes, those recent remodels and renovations also came to include some of Seatown’s most sought-after supper spots.”

The Kona Kitchen, shown at right, is called out, as are Cafe Piccolo, the Maple Leaf Grill,  Cloud City Coffee and Flying Squirrel Pizza.

Comments from neighbors have added in the Blue Saucer and the Snappy Dragon.

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Wear your Maple Leaf pride!

March 18th, 2013 by master

Do you “Reside with Pride” in Maple Leaf? Now you can flaunt it with new T-shirts available at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.

In addition to wearing your Maple Leaf pride, you’ll also be supporting Maple Leaf resident Billy Thompson, who designed the T-shirts through his streetwear company 20Six FRESH.

T-shirts in both mens and womens sizes are available for $20 cash each.

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More treasures for sale in Maple Leaf

August 8th, 2012 by master

In addition to Saturday’s community-wide Maple Leaf Garage Sale, Blue Saucer is bringing a new tradition to Maple Leaf with a “Pop-Up Open Market” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19.

So far owner Billie Bryan has secured 20 vendors who will be selling “crafts, collectibles, junque and more,” including:

  • Art
  • Jewelry
  • Repurposed items
  • Clothing
  • Posters
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Papercrafts
  • Candles
  • Soaps
  • Knits
  • Handspun yarns

“We’re so excited about the fantastic response!” Bryan tells us.

There also will be live music from Mark Juan playing Spanish guitar, and from Highball Whistle, a three-piece girls’ string band.

Bryan adds that although she’s full on many vendors, she’s still on the lookout for more “pantry” items such as jams, jellies and pickles. For more information, stop by the cafe at 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E. or email Bryan at bluesaucer@gmail.com.

As for the rest of you, we’ll see you at the Pop-Up Market!

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Blue Saucer seeks sellers for Aug. 19 Open Market

May 24th, 2012 by master

If you’ve been missing the neighborhood sale that took place in summer 2010 at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., owner Billie Bryan is brewing up a new idea that nixes the garage sale items and instead features many of the unique handmade items offered at her earlier events. She tells us about the Aug. 19 “Pop-Up Open Market”:

I’m looking for lots of great crafts, collectibles and “junque”, much like the vintage sales and shabby chic markets and boutiques around the state such as “Ruffles & Rust” in Monroe, the Groovy Girlfriends Vintage Market in Lake City, and with a twist of perhaps Baked Goods, lots of jewelry and maybe some garden stuff and possibly early Holiday items.

It’s a new idea in a neighborhood that already has the an annual community-wide garage sale (which we still don’t have a 2012 date for), and is the original home of the Bumps & Babies Fair. But that doesn’t mean used items are out of running. Bryan adds that she hopes to see plenty of “stuff like cowboy boots and leather belts, vintage kitchen wares, linens, fabrics, aprons … ”

Sound like your kind of sale? Bryan is asking vendors to sign up for the Open Market at Blue Saucer. If you sign up, let us know what you’ll be selling so we can start tallying up a list for readers!

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Maple Leaf sunset – before Saturday’s snow

January 13th, 2012 by Mike

Cliff Mass is promising to update his weather blog tonight with further details, but he’s already saying:

It really looks like there will be some lowland snow late Saturday into Sunday…but not the heavy, widespread variety.

Because Maple Leaf is the third-highest hill in Seattle – 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast – and because we’re not far from the convergence zone that often forms around the King-Snohomish line, that likely means us.

Here’s part of the special weather statement the National Weather Service/Seattle released this afternoon:

A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON EARLY
SATURDAY MORNING. THE AIR MASS IS EXPECTED TO
BE COLD ENOUGH SO THAT SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER
BELOW 500 FEET. SCATTERED RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS
WILL BECOME MORE PREDOMINANTLY SNOW SHOWERS
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. THESE HIT AND
MISS SHOWERS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE SPOTTY SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF TWO INCHES OR LESS ACROSS
WESTERN WASHINGTON.
AREAS WITH MORE PERSISTENT SHOWER ACTIVITY
LIKE THE PUGET SOUND
CONVERGENCE ZONE COULD HAVE LOCALLY HIGHER
 ACCUMULATIONS AS WELL
AS AREAS WITH A LITTLE ELEVATION.

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