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Olympic View Elementary seeks donated books

April 29th, 2015 by Mike

Sue emails:

I am a PTA member at Olympic View and Maple Leaf resident on Northeast 84th Street, and I’m organizing the annual used book sale, to be held at OV on May 29th and 30th.

We are currently seeking used book, CD, and DVD donations from the community. Would you be able to put the call out on your blog for donations?

This year, these are our donation drop-off locations:

* MAPLE LEAF ACE HARDWARE

* SEATTLE ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHGATE – one free guest pass per donation (limit 10 per day; while supplies last)

* CLOUD CITY COFFEE – one free drip coffee for 5+ items or a free 12 oz drink of any kind for 10+ items

* OLYMPIC VIEW ELEMENTARY – yellow drop box in front of the school (504 NE 95th St)

The sale itself will be Friday, May 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E, 95th St.

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Maple Leaf's Cloud City Coffee gets a sister shop in Queen Anne

July 5th, 2012 by Mike

Jill Killen, owner of Cloud City Coffee, and now of El Diablo Coffee Company on Queen Anne, at the Capucas Coffee Plantation in Honduras last March. Photo courtesy Cloud City Coffee.

Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee now has a sister store on Queen Anne – El Diablo Coffee Company.

The Queen Anne coffee shop was purchased this week by Jill Killen, who started Cloud City 10 years ago. She bought the 12-year-old El Diablo from former owner Terri Sullivan.

“Terri built a great coffee shop and was very connected to the community,” Killen said. “I am really excited to get to know the people of Queen Anne.”

From her press release:

The staff at El Diablo will remain the same and the menu will continue to include Cuban food and drinks. Additionally, Killen plans to expand the food offerings significantly and incorporate some of the Cloud City Coffee favorites such as morning glory muffins, breakfast sandwiches and quiche at breakfast. For lunch, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, fresh salads and homemade soups will be added with a Cuban roast sandwich featured. The in-house bakery in Maple Leaf will also supply cookies, pies, coffee cake, and their famous coconut bread.

The drink menu will expand with a full espresso bar, drip coffee and chai tea. Specialty single-cup brewing methods will be offered on the new pour-over bar. In Maple Leaf, expect to see Cuban toast and Mexican hot chocolate show up on the menu soon.

El Diablo is located at 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Killen plans to begin begin hosting free public cuppings in the near future at El Diablo. Similar to the concept of wine tasting, cuppings focus on education along with tasting and rating single-origin coffees.

Like Cloud City, El Diablo will be serving Tony’s Coffee, a small roaster in Bellingham in business since 1971. Tony’s is featured in many coffee shops as well as PCC Natural Markets.

On July 12, El Diablo will be the guest barista at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market and will also be hosting a coffee cupping at the Chef’s tent the following week on July 19. There will be free coffee at treats at Queen Anne Days (July 14th) outside of the coffee shop as well.

“I invite my Maple Leaf customers to come in and see the new shop,” Killen said, “Queen Anne is a great community and there are lots of businesses to visit around El Diablo.”


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Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee gets a sister shop in Queen Anne

July 5th, 2012 by Mike

Jill Killen, owner of Cloud City Coffee, and now of El Diablo Coffee Company on Queen Anne, at the Capucas Coffee Plantation in Honduras last March. Photo courtesy Cloud City Coffee.

Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee now has a sister store on Queen Anne – El Diablo Coffee Company.

The Queen Anne coffee shop was purchased this week by Jill Killen, who started Cloud City 10 years ago. She bought the 12-year-old El Diablo from former owner Terri Sullivan.

“Terri built a great coffee shop and was very connected to the community,” Killen said. “I am really excited to get to know the people of Queen Anne.”

From her press release:

The staff at El Diablo will remain the same and the menu will continue to include Cuban food and drinks. Additionally, Killen plans to expand the food offerings significantly and incorporate some of the Cloud City Coffee favorites such as morning glory muffins, breakfast sandwiches and quiche at breakfast. For lunch, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, fresh salads and homemade soups will be added with a Cuban roast sandwich featured. The in-house bakery in Maple Leaf will also supply cookies, pies, coffee cake, and their famous coconut bread.

The drink menu will expand with a full espresso bar, drip coffee and chai tea. Specialty single-cup brewing methods will be offered on the new pour-over bar. In Maple Leaf, expect to see Cuban toast and Mexican hot chocolate show up on the menu soon.

El Diablo is located at 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Killen plans to begin begin hosting free public cuppings in the near future at El Diablo. Similar to the concept of wine tasting, cuppings focus on education along with tasting and rating single-origin coffees.

Like Cloud City, El Diablo will be serving Tony’s Coffee, a small roaster in Bellingham in business since 1971. Tony’s is featured in many coffee shops as well as PCC Natural Markets.

On July 12, El Diablo will be the guest barista at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market and will also be hosting a coffee cupping at the Chef’s tent the following week on July 19. There will be free coffee at treats at Queen Anne Days (July 14th) outside of the coffee shop as well.

“I invite my Maple Leaf customers to come in and see the new shop,” Killen said, “Queen Anne is a great community and there are lots of businesses to visit around El Diablo.”


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Cafe Javasti, Cloud City on list of Seattle's best

January 23rd, 2012 by master

Watch out Maple Leafers, the secret is out!

We’ve known for years that we have some of the city’s best coffee shops (and Chinese restaurants!), but it appears that the rest of Seattle is starting to catch on.

A Big Blog post proudly displayed now on the home page of SeattlePI.com, “Seattle’s 15 best coffee shops, and why Starbucks made the list,” includes both Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., and Cafe Javasti, 8410 Fifth Ave. N.E. (and in Wedgwood at 8617 35th Ave. N.E.), as Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

For Cloud City, the P-I writes:

A friendly staff, a kid-friendly atmosphere and a $1 honor-system coffee bar. You’d want to come back every day, too.

And for Javasti:

This cafe and bakery in Wedgwood and Maple Leaf has god-awesome crepes. Enough said.

Yay for Maple Leaf!

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Perkins School publishes "Spark" – stories by students

January 11th, 2012 by Mike

Want to meet an owl? Maybe watch a mama grizzly and her cubs at Yellowstone?

How about a Magic Quest? Some dancing mice? A campfire? A raccoon? Life at Lake Chelan, or in China?

Students at Maple Leaf’s Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E., have just published a booklet of two dozen-plus stories – about themselves.

“For me, as a teacher, the most frightening part of releasing an anthology of personal narratives written by fourth- and fifth-graders is the sense of loss of control,” writes their teacher, Rebecca Peterson.

“‘It doesn’t have to be perfect,’ I tell my students many times a week, but today they’re the ones reminding me.

“I think you will find something to be amazed by in each of these stories.”

After printing the anthologies, the students walked copies up and down Roosevelt to the Blue Saucer and Cloud City Coffee.

Both cafes have now run out of copies of Spark, but Rebecca says if folks want to read it she’ll print more up. Just email her at the Perkins School- rpeterson (at) perkinsschool.org

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Perkins School publishes “Spark” – stories by students

January 11th, 2012 by Mike

Want to meet an owl? Maybe watch a mama grizzly and her cubs at Yellowstone?

How about a Magic Quest? Some dancing mice? A campfire? A raccoon? Life at Lake Chelan, or in China?

Students at Maple Leaf’s Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E., have just published a booklet of two dozen-plus stories – about themselves.

“For me, as a teacher, the most frightening part of releasing an anthology of personal narratives written by fourth- and fifth-graders is the sense of loss of control,” writes their teacher, Rebecca Peterson.

“‘It doesn’t have to be perfect,’ I tell my students many times a week, but today they’re the ones reminding me.

“I think you will find something to be amazed by in each of these stories.”

After printing the anthologies, the students walked copies up and down Roosevelt to the Blue Saucer and Cloud City Coffee.

Both cafes have now run out of copies of Spark, but Rebecca says if folks want to read it she’ll print more up. Just email her at the Perkins School- rpeterson (at) perkinsschool.org

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Food bank gets a week's donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Food bank gets a week’s donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Mike

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Response to North Helpline food bank plea

June 18th, 2011 by Mike

A quick update on our post from Wednesday on the North Helpline food bank running out of protein.

On Thursday the donation barrel at Cloud City Coffee was overflowing – mostly with tuna, mac and cheese, and peanut butter.

(The food bank picked it up, so there’s plenty of room now for more.)

Also Thursday, at our sister site, Wedgwood View, Dan wrote:

“Someone took this article to heart. I was at the Wedgwood alehouse tonight and some family just unloaded a dozen bags of food from their SUV into the donation barrel.”

We’ll check next week to see how the overall donations went.

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Hit and run at Cloud City Coffee

April 9th, 2011 by Mike

Update 4/13: New info about the crash from the victim:

We got a call today from a customer who said they saw the whole thing but didn’t get the license plate because they were so flabbergasted. They saw the woman back out, smash our car, then get out and inspect her car and our car (they assumed she would then leave a note), and then drive away.

The woman who called said she guessed that the woman driving was in her fifties. It was a yellow VW beetle car.

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