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Body found at Thornton Place parking garage; police increase area patrols

July 30th, 2015 by Mike

Update Aug. 1: As Northgate Nan points out in comments, this death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner.

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A woman’s body was found in the parking garage at Thornton Place, just south of Northgate Mall, Wednesday evening.

In addition to housing, Thornton Place includes restaurants and a popular Regal movie theater.

From Seattle Police overnight:

Homicide detectives are investigating after Seattle firefighters found a woman dead inside a car in North Seattle early Wednesday evening.

Officers were called to a parking garage in the 300 block of Northeast 103rd Street at 7:30 tonight when Seattle firefighters discovered an adult female unresponsive inside a car. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators are on scene where they are currently collecting evidence and canvassing for witnesses. Detectives will work with the Medical Examiner to identify the victim and cause of death in this case.

Officers have have increased patrols in the area following this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide/Assault Tip Line at (206)233-5000

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Craft beer and fine pizza at Thornton Place's Watershed Pub

July 19th, 2014 by Mike

Beer.
That’s what our news partner The Seattle Times first noticed at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub & Kitchen.

“Sufficient come-on in a heat wave perhaps, but this casual, cavernous, cedar-paneled pub at Thornton Place has other things going for it.

“Pizza, for one thing. Pie folds for another. Both rely on the same excellent dough…,” Providence Cicero writes in a review this weekend.

The pub opened in late April on the south side of the Thornton Place complex at 10104 Third Ave. N.E.

In a press release, co-owner Ben Curran said:

Unique in a chain-restaurant dominated shopping centrum, Watershed brings craft beer and liquor and artisan pizza to a neighborhood in need of community-minded gathering spaces. The pub does just that with a warm cedar-clad interior, family-friendly sections, outdoor patio seating, and perhaps most significantly, close proximity to all of Northgate’s shopping and entertainment venues.

Movie-goers, mall shoppers, and commuters alike will find the location and hours of Watershed ideal for dining and socializing; the pub is also student and tele-commuter friendly, with high-speed internet access and thoughtfully-placed outlets, as well as flexible seating for business lunches.

The pub is “Family owned, community founded, globally minded.”

You can read more at the Time’s review or at the pub’s Facebook page or web site.

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Craft beer and fine pizza at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub

July 19th, 2014 by Mike

Beer.
That’s what our news partner The Seattle Times first noticed at Thornton Place’s Watershed Pub & Kitchen.

“Sufficient come-on in a heat wave perhaps, but this casual, cavernous, cedar-paneled pub at Thornton Place has other things going for it.

“Pizza, for one thing. Pie folds for another. Both rely on the same excellent dough…,” Providence Cicero writes in a review this weekend.

The pub opened in late April on the south side of the Thornton Place complex at 10104 Third Ave. N.E.

In a press release, co-owner Ben Curran said:

Unique in a chain-restaurant dominated shopping centrum, Watershed brings craft beer and liquor and artisan pizza to a neighborhood in need of community-minded gathering spaces. The pub does just that with a warm cedar-clad interior, family-friendly sections, outdoor patio seating, and perhaps most significantly, close proximity to all of Northgate’s shopping and entertainment venues.

Movie-goers, mall shoppers, and commuters alike will find the location and hours of Watershed ideal for dining and socializing; the pub is also student and tele-commuter friendly, with high-speed internet access and thoughtfully-placed outlets, as well as flexible seating for business lunches.

The pub is “Family owned, community founded, globally minded.”

You can read more at the Time’s review or at the pub’s Facebook page or web site.

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Finding public art in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2013 by Mike

There’s some unlikely public art in our neighborhood, though it takes a little looking to find it.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story today, with an interactive map citywide.

Art in Maple Leaf includes:

* The gazebo in the Maple Leaf park playground.

* Buoys in the swale at Thornton Place.

* Glass art at the Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

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Celebrate Paris at Thornton Place on Saturday

July 27th, 2013 by master

Summerfest, the new free celebration at Thornton Place, returns this afternoon, July 27, with “Paris on the Plaza,” from 3-6 p.m.

Thornton Place kicked off the summer festival in June with the Latin-inspired “Side of Salsa,” and is following it up this week with a jazz trio complemented by dance lessons from Century Ballroom, which will be offering an East Coast swing lesson.

In addition to your dancing shoes, be sure to bring your appetite as there will food available from 314 PIE and Crisp Creperie.

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Chess tournament Saturday at Thornton Place

June 23rd, 2013 by master

Thornton Place is the gathering area to be this summer with the addition of its new Summerfest that kicked off this weekend, followed next weekend by the first-ever Seattle Chess Club Tournament Simultaneous Exhibition.

From 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, you’re invited to join the chess tournament that will pit 30 players against one another. Registration fee is $10, payable at the adjacent box office at Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14.

May the winner be a Maple Leaf resident!

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Thornton Place introduces free Summerfest fun

June 8th, 2013 by master

Thornton Place is inviting the community to its upcoming free Summerfest activities, which kick off June 22 with the Latin-inspired “Side of Salsa” from 3-6 p.m.

The festivities begin with a salsa lesson by instructors from the Century Ballroom, followed by live music from Miho & Diego. There will also be food available from the food truck Taco Gol.

Summerfest continues July 27 with “Paris on the Plaza.” From a description distributed by Thornton Place:

Mais oui! We’ve enjoyed our Nation’s birthday this month and so did another country we know, France! Let’s celebrate with a little bit of Parisian culture on the plaza. Stop on in for a quick lesson in swing dancing, grab a crepe from Crisp Seattle, and sit with your amour as our jazz trio livens up the plaza with music. Have a taste of the classic Parisian time all and before you know it you won’t want to say Au Revoir to the night.

And we’ll say goodbye to Summerfest with a “Hawaiian Hello” on Aug. 14th:

Think summer is over? Well then say hello to some Hawaiian beach fun. Come enjoy our beach-themed night on our own private oasis. We might not have a pig roast but Raney Brothers BBQ will be on site to feed your beach appetite. Miho & Diego make their second appearance at the plaza with a completely different set of musical stylings, bringing you the sounds of the luau. Don’t say goodbye to summer, give a big Hawaiian Hello to our last Summerfest event hosted by Thornton Place! The party starts at 3:00pm!

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Maple Leaf's Edward Jones branch now at Thornton Place

July 28th, 2012 by master

It’s been a busy year for financial advisor Harald Kohl, who recently moved his Edward Jones office from Maple Leaf’s Roosevelt business district to the burgeoning Thornton Place, which is nearly full after years of struggling.

After spending five years at 9524 Roosevelt Way N.E., Kohl and his branch office assistant, Nazmeen Buksh, moved into the new office at the beginning of July.

“For me, one of the biggest appeals is that I’m now ADA-compliant,” Kohl said. The parking lot at his Roosevelt office was difficult to get in and out of, and could be even more difficult to maneuver for anybody in a wheelchair or with difficulty walking.

Kohl said he also hopes the brand-new location at 339 N.E. Thornton Place (in the passage just north of Subway) increases the confidence level of those he works with.

“Our new location does a better job of visually conveying that Edward Jones is a very secure and stable financial institution,” he said. [Read more →]

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UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic celebrates open house Saturday

February 29th, 2012 by master

After months of waiting, the University of Washington is opening its new Northgate Neighborhood Clinic at 314 N.E. Thornton Place on March 5, with plans to celebrate the new location with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

UW Medicine physicians, Family Medicine residents and health care staff will be on hand to give tours of the new clinic and answer any questions. And to keep the mood festive, entertainment will be provided by the UW Husky Band and mascot Harry the Husky, with activities such as the “Passport to Health” available for both children and adults.

Services that will be available at the clinic include:

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatric and adolescent medicine
  • Adult and geriatric medicine
  • Full service obstetrics and gynecology service, including pregnancy tests, prenatal care and delivery at UW Medical Center
  • Sports medicine
  • Counseling in nutrition, social work and mental health
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Onsite laboratory and digital x-ray facilities
  • Adult and child immunizations
  • Chronic disease management
  • Family planning – including vasectomy and IUD services
  • Physical exams
  • Preventive health care
  • Lung function testing
  • Travel Medicine
  • Women’s health care

Can’t wait to get in those doors? Tomorrow, March 1, you can start making reservations at the new clinic by calling 206-528-8000.

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A snowy morning trek to Northgate

January 18th, 2012 by master

This Maple Leaf Life co-editor’s car is staying in the garage today, but a trek down to Northgate found that for many of the area’s retail and food establishments, it’s business as usual. If you can get there.

The journey begins on a snowy Roosevelt Way Northeast, with just a Porsche (seriously?) braving the road on my watch.

Although many of Maple Leaf’s side roads are too snowy for cars, they’re perfect for sledders!

Hardly a tire track or a footprint on Northeast 98th Street (heading toward Fifth Avenue Northeast) at 9:15 a.m.

But plenty of cars and buses were braving the hills (with success) on Fifth Avenue.

And amid all of the snowy chaos is beauty. Even the “Bad Buoys” in Thornton Creek are covered in snow!

Fun for dogs (and dog walkers), too! [Read more →]

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