News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


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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Crafty Caravan stops at Wayward Coffeehouse

September 19th, 2012 by master

The next stop by the Crafty Caravan is a bit outside of Maple Leaf, at the Wayward Coffeehouse at 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., but you’ll still be supporting the ‘hood if you stop by: One of the members of the group of traveling crafters is Maple Leaf-based This Charming Candy.

Craft Caravan at the Wayward Coffeehouse Sept. 20-Oct. 18, 2012

Stop by the Wayward Coffeehouse from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 (tomorrow!) or Oct. 18 to check out This Charming Candy’s gourmet lollipops along with other crafts including gemstone and vintage jewelry, silk screened T-shirts and bags, collage art, paper goods and watercolor vegetable portraits.

We added our 2 cents that the Caravan should pull up at one of our Maple Leaf cafe’s sometime, so we’ll keep you posted when and if that happens.

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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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Need a knitting group? Try the NorthEnd Knitters

February 23rd, 2011 by master

Does life have you all tied up in knots? Cast-off those snarls. Join us for a chance to unwind. Come chat, knit, purl, spin and laugh with those who understand your desire to take a long piece of thread fiber and create a beloved “work of heart.”

Sound like your cup of tea – or coffee? That’s the beginning of the description for the Seattle NorthEnd Knitters’ Meetup page, and right now they have two regular visits scheduled in Maple Leaf.

Daria and Megan represented the Seattle NorthEnd Knitters on Tuesday night at the Jewel Box Cafe.

Starting in January, the group started meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Jewel Box Cafe, at 321 N.E. 103rd St. at Thornton Place. And although only three of us turned out for last night’s meeting, frequent attendees Megan and Daria were raving about a 15-plus person turnout just a couple of weeks ago.

The group also meets at 3 p.m. every other Saturday at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., with the next meetup scheduled for March 5. Check out the meetup page to join the NorthEnd Knitters or to check out other North Seattle events.

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Bumps & Babies Fair returns, but not to Maple Leaf

February 15th, 2011 by master

You won’t have to wait until summer for the next Bumps & Babies Fair, which is scheduled for Feb. 26-27 after the event debuted in August at the Roosevelt Ale House, 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E.

The co-owner of the Maple Leaf pub, Michelle Simpson, is again playing a pivotal role in organizing the event, except this time it’s taking place in an environment that’s much more suitable for the season: the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N.

The fair again will feature both new and gently used clothes and goods for babies and mommies to be. This year, boutique sellers include Simpson’s own The Chic Bambino, among many others such as:

  • J. Shelton Photography
  • Twirl Cafe
  • Tiny Toppers
  • Tiptoeing Tutus
  • Pinwheel Lane

New and gently used consignment items from more than 35 families will include:

  • Baby and toddler clothing and accessories
  • Children’s books
  • Toys
  • DVDs
  • Baby gear and equipment
  • Maternity clothing
  • Pregnancy and parenting books

Want to join the fun as a consignor? Simply register here by Feb. 20 to sell your own consignment items for a $10 fee. Besides cleaning out your closet, being a consignor also gives you first pick during the event presale from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Volunteers also may attend the presale.

Otherwise, you’ll have to fight the masses at the free, public sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Go late if you’re looking for a discounts, with sale prices on many items starting at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, check out the Bumps & Babies Facebook page.

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Where to celebrate the season this weekend

December 3rd, 2010 by master

If you take a look at our Events calendar, there can be no doubt that the holiday season is well upon us, whether or not you’re ready.

But there are plenty of events taking place this weekend to help you get ready, or at least help you get in a festive mood:

  • The Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave N.E., is holding its annual Breakfast With Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. However, you’d better call the center at  206-386-4283 quick to reserve your spot – if all of the tables haven’t already been taken.
  • Meanwhile, on Sunday you’re invited from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to bring your pooch or other friendly pet to Northgate Mall’s Winter Wonderland to get a picture taken with Santa.
  • Also on Sunday, for those of you in a particularly giving mood, there will be a Work Party at Thornton Creek Park No. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet on the south side of Northeast 105th Street, between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast. For more information, contact Ruth Williams at or 206-930-8965.
  • Arts and crafts abound at the Laurelhurst Holiday Art Sale and Winter Festival today until 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nearby Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 N.E. 41st St.
  • And the shopping continues at the Ravenna Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, just south of us at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E. Read more about it here.
  • Would you rather create your own crafts than buy them? Then stop by the University District Farmers Market on Saturday for a Swag and Wreath Making Party from 9 a.m. to noon. This free event will provide you with all of the greens, holly, ribbons, ornaments and plenty of other wreath-decorating accoutrement you need to make your very own wreath and/or swag, along with plenty of hot cider and cookies.
  • Meanwhile, you can both shop and create from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Winter Faire at the Seattle Waldorf School in Meadowbrook at 2728 N.E. 100th St. There will be unique gifts from local vendors at the festive event, as well as the opportunity for children to make crafts and holiday gift items. Admission is free; activity tickets cost 50 cents each. Proceeds go to benefit the Parent Association Activity Fund to sponsor future school activities.
  • Check out wares from six local artisans during the North End Arts Tour, which includes stops in Wedgwood, Ravenna, Phinney Ridge and Green Lake, but just skirting Maple Leaf. You can download a map of the tour, which takes place from 4-9 tonight, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There also are plenty of performances taking place throughout Northeast Seattle: [Read more →]

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Holiday arts & crafts sale in Ravenna on Saturday

November 29th, 2010 by master

You’re invited to shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts while kids enjoy a play area and crafts table during the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center’s third annual holiday arts and crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The sale features an expanded roster of artistic offerings including ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wood cutting boards, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand-blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

There will be a kids’ art activity area and play space along with a bake sale to benefit the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden will have hot soup on hand.  Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Also on Saturday is Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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The Hive Social Club open for tea parties, more

October 4th, 2010 by master

The Hive Social Club,  9220 Roosevelt Way N.E., officially opened today with the first of many Monday afternoon drop-in dress-up tea parties “for little princesses.”

“For two hours they get to play and have fun and be princesses,” says owner Melissa Plourd, a children’s entertainer and face painter who hosted similar parties for years until deciding to create a brick-and-mortar location for drop-in tea parties, party rentals and more.

At the drop-in tea party, girls get to use real china, silverware and linens, but in the style of a “Mad Hatter’s tea party for 2010,” with mismatched sets to add to the fun, and Plourd also gives the girls a mini-etiquette class.

However, The Hive does more than just offer a space that parents won’t have to clean up. Plourd also provides all of the dress-up accessories: feather boas, jewelry, wings, parasols, tutus and more, as well as more than a dozen mirrors where the girls can ooh and aah over their new look.

The private tea parties are similar, but allow the girls to be more specific about their theme, with Plourd suggesting ideas such as Princess Tea, Enchanted Fairy Tea, Ladybug Picnic Tea, Elegant Tea and Pop Star Diva Tea.

But The Hive’s tea parties aren’t just for little girls.

“It’s a party house that specializes in princess parties,” Plourd said, adding, “it’s for princesses of all ages, though.”

The setting can be ideal for bridal showers, baby showers or even company parties, she said, and The Hive also offers a couple of all-ages drop-in events, including twice-monthly henna nights and a knitting gathering that has yet to be organized.

For now, drop-in tea parties are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and from 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, and they cost $15 per child. Private parties start at $350 for a party for 10, with plenty of options for adding more fun.

Henna nights are the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6:30-9, and participants pay a $20 fee at the door for chai tea, snacks and a henna design of their choice. For more information, call The Hive at 206-462-1192.

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