News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at

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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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Maple Leaf benefit this month for Cafe Racer victims

July 12th, 2012 by Mike

Coffee houses and taverns are continuing to race money for the victims of the Cafe Racer shootings at the end of May.

Here in Maple Leaf, Cloud City Coffee will hold a fundraiser for Cafe Racer on Saturday, July 28th, between 4 and 7 p.m.

Come have a drink, buy some art, listen to live music and know that all proceeds from the night will go to help those affected by the Cafe Racer shooting.

Cloud City is at 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Four regulars at Cafe Racer, which is just down Roosevelt at Northeast 58th Street, were killed and another wounded by a mentally ill gunman, who later killed another woman and himself.

An online memorial site for the victims is here.

The Seattle Times had a story this week about volunteers repainting the cafe. You can read that story here.

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Take your dog photos to Cloud City Coffee

August 13th, 2011 by Mike

August is Dog Month at Cloud City Coffee, 8810 Roosevelt Way N.E., and the crew there is asking you to bring in canine photos to post.

They are going on the usual art wall, along with prints of Hope, the service Golden Retriever.

Speaking of dogs, our neighbors in Ravenna are reporting a lost Havanese that they think might have wandered this way.

“I ask you to post a message about Buddy, the little Havanese that got away from his dog sitter on 65th. There’s a full post from the owner here , complete with a picture and a phone number – would you be willing to spread the word in your ‘hood?” – Jenny.

Update Aug. 19: Buddy is back home, according to a post on the Ravenna blog.

“A few kids playing soccer at Eckstein Middle School called with the tip, and my wife Susie went and scooped him up.”

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Update on North Helpline food bank at the summer social

July 31st, 2011 by Mike

We put up a post last week about helping the North Helpline food bank by donating at the Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Here’s an update from Lynda at North Helpline:

Thanks again very much for your article about the food bank on the Maple Leaf Life blog.  Most of the people who brought us donations at the Ice Cream Social mentioned that they had read your posting—wow the power of the press!!  We were able to collect 66 pounds of food, and $126.

Also, we had a great time—friendly people, great band, and delicious looking ice cream, and a good location (right next to Cloud City Coffee)—I hope we get to do it again next year.

The food bank, which serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, will have a table Thursday evening at Magnuson Park’s outdoor movie (this time it’s Top Gun). Seating’s at 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk.

North Helpline will be onsite at the Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park next Thursday, August 4th, collecting food and meeting and greeting our neighbors. Look for our booth and bring a can or two of nonperishable food along if you can!

Admission is $5.00. There will be trivia, interactive games and prizes. North Helpline will also be raffling off a $50.00 gift certificate to COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria in Maple Leaf. For every two cans of food a person brings, they will receive a raffle ticket. No limit on the tickets so bring all the cans you can! The drawing will be held Friday, August 5th and the winner will be notified by phone.

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Pop surrealist art on display at Cloud City

May 12th, 2011 by master

“The Observers” by Scott Musgrove, whose art can be seen this month at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.

If you’ve been to Cloud City Coffee this month, you’ve likely noticed the art now on display, such as “The Observers,” pictured above.

The showing at 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E. features the works of local artist Scott Musgrove, a Pinehurst resident who “is a central figure in today’s rising Pop Surrealism art movement,” according to a new release.

His works will be on display through the end of the month, and you best appreciate it while you can. Musgrove already has had the coffee table book “The Late Fauna of Early North America” published, and his works have been showcased in New York City and Los Angeles, with a solo show coming up in Rome in 2012.

Learn more about Musgrove from the following news release: [Read more →]

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Goodbye, Elthea

October 22nd, 2010 by Mike

There’s still a half-hour left of Elthea Farr’s going-away party at Cloud City Coffee.

There’s a superb guest book put together by Jill, and excellent food by the next-door Kitchen Coach Cooking School, 850 N.E. 88th St.  Dozens of guests and not a few dogs.

Stop by!

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Elthea leaving Cloud City to raise her son

May 12th, 2010 by Mike

Looking for the heart of Maple Leaf? It’s easy to argue that it’s to be found along the two blocks of Roosevelt Way Northeast that are bounded on the north by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware and to the south by Cloud City Coffee.

As AreaMan1 wrote in our Food & Drink section: “Cloud City is the wonderfully noisy nerve center of Maple Leaf. A true neighborhood coffee shop and meeting place.”

Since Cloud City opened eight years ago it’s been run by co-owners Jill Killen and Elthea Farr.

(Disclosure: One of the Maple Leaf Life editors was the third customer in the door when the coffee shop opened Sept. 1, 2002; the blog itself started at a Cloud City table.)

Now Farr is heading out, first to roam the northwest for much of the summer, then to live in Hawaii for a year with her husband, Devin McCarty, and their son, 2-year-old Xaven.

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