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Maple Leaf Brewery on hold, for now

January 21st, 2012 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Brewery is not to be, at least, not now.

You remember the Maple Leaf Brewery? Buried now under several feet of snow posts, last week’s community discussion of the possible brewery generated 91 comments. So far.

Comment No. 91 is from the potential owners/brewers, Monica and Kevin:

Thanks, all, for your great feedback and support. After a lot of thought and hard number-crunching, we decided against leasing the warehouse space at 94th and Roosevelt. It was a difficult decision given the overwhelming positive commentary from the neighborhood, and given our dream of building Maple Leaf’s first brewery and community beer garden.

We are still very much interested in creating, or co-creating, the Maple Leaf Brewery and tasting room, and will be on the lookout for properties that make financial sense for this, as well as people who might be willing to partner with us to make this happen in some form.

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Welcoming Dr. Veronica Bello to the neighborhood(s)

August 20th, 2011 by Mike

There’s a new dental office in the neighborhood, Avila Dental, home of Dr. Veronica Bello.

She started moving into the Northgate Park Professional Building, 11050 Fifth Ave. N.E., Suite 202, on July 12. That’s just across Fifth from Hubbard Homestead Park, and a location where a new medical district is growing in proximity to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. (On Thursday we posted about the UW medical clinic opening just south on Fifth in Thornton Place.)

After six weeks of construction (which you can find detailed on her Facebook page, together with instructions for a Tooth Fair app) she is now open for business.

Which, in Dr. Bello’s case is family (including children) and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Bello was born in Seattle. When she was a small child her parents moved back to Venezuela, where she grew up and received her DDS from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2002.

That’s where the name of her practice originated. From Avila Dental’s website:

Avila National Park is a mountain range located at the north part of Venezuela, in the ciy of Caracas, where Dr. Bello is from. On a clear day you can see the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other!

She returned to Seattle and received a master’s degree in oral medicine in 2009. She is an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington and a clinical instructor at the Renton Technical College in the Dental Assisting Program.

Avila Dental’s new office includes an area for children, treatment rooms and quite a bit of excellent art which was still being hung last week. It also includes brand new digital X-ray equipment and state-of-the-art fluorescence technology to detect decay.

A Ballard resident, Dr. Bello picked her new office location because of the growing medical district here, the north end neighborhoods and the easy commute access from Interstate 5 – important because, as a bilingual dentist, she’d like to draw  Hispanic customers from throughout the area.

We understand that a healthy mouth is essential to a healthy body and we focus on early detection and prevention of oral diseases. But we also believe in a collaborative treatment plan that takes you into consideration. Although we will always show you your options, we will never recommend unnecessary treatments.

Insurance coverage includes Washington Dental Services (WDS), Regence Blue Shield, Premera, Assurant,  Metlife and Aetna.

(Photos courtesy Avila Dental.)

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A legendary family business in the heart of Maple Leaf

February 22nd, 2011 by Mike

By Katie Melton

Some local residents may not realize that one of the first companies to ever arrive in Maple Leaf remains  right in the heart of the neighborhood.

A.W. Hoss & Son, an upholstery and furniture manufacturing company at 9221 Roosevelt Way N.E, has been family-run and owned in the Seattle area since 1936.

The upholstery company, which has done work for major national and local commercial businesses including Nordstrom and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was built on Broadway in Capitol Hill by Amos W. Hoss. His son, Larry Hoss, migrated the businesses to Maple Leaf in 1960, originally in an older, smaller home located across the street from the current warehouse. At the time, most of Maple Leaf had been annexed into Seattle for only six years.

The business began to thrive, so in 1970 the businesses moved across the street into what is now the largest custom furniture showroom in the metro area.

What kind of furniture should you bring into A.W. Hoss?

“We redo anything, but we’re honest with people. We mostly reupholster furniture from the 1930s and 40s, as well as custom build furniture for our customers,” explains Rich Hoss, one of three of Larry Hoss’ children.

The shop also offers a variety of fabric and leathers that are suitable for commercial and residential use.

For those interested in an environmentally friendly home or shop, Hoss has a full line of “green” products, ranging from recycled and natural fabrics to soy-based foam.

The family business is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To honor the company’s successful years, A.W. Hoss will be having special deals starting on the first of each month, something the company has have never done before. The shop will also be offering 5 percent off an order if you “like” them on Facebook.

A.W. Hoss is happy to provide service to their local neighbors and businesses. “We’re proud of the quality work we do. We don’t cut any corners. Everything is done kind of old school here,” Rich said.

Maple Leaf neighbors should be proud to know that they contribute 30 percent of  the company’s business, and will receive some special treatment. “We provide free delivery and free pick up only for Maple Leaf residents, or those within a five-mile radius of the store,” said Susie Hoss, daughter of  Larry.

Make sure to check out the website to find out what the signature deals each month will be. Or, swing on by the store, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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"Fridamania" comes to Maple Leaf's Early Masters

July 30th, 2010 by Mike


Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera

The doors to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters art school opened at 12:30 p.m. sharp Wednesday and more than a dozen parents and friends crammed into a small upstairs gallery to see what the summer camp on “Understanding Frida” had produced.

It’s been 56 years since she died, but Frida Kahlo’s work has inspired millions and reproductions of her work can be found over everything from mouse pads to lunch boxes. And to think she was all but ignored as a serious artist during her lifetime!

Then it was a students vs. parents duel to see who knew the most about Frida, her art and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Art teacher Shelley Thomas, who has studied  art history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and has taught art and art history in Seattle’s private and public schools, threw out a rapid stream of trivia questions. The discussion ranged from Frida and Diego’s marriage to her health to how she made art.

This summer’s camps on Greek artists, Vincent van Gogh and the Impressionists are over, and the remaining camps – American Artists and Pablo Picasso – are sold out.

UPDATE: Shelley sent us photos:

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“Fridamania” comes to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters

July 30th, 2010 by Mike


Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera

The doors to Maple Leaf’s Early Masters art school opened at 12:30 p.m. sharp Wednesday and more than a dozen parents and friends crammed into a small upstairs gallery to see what the summer camp on “Understanding Frida” had produced.

It’s been 56 years since she died, but Frida Kahlo’s work has inspired millions and reproductions of her work can be found over everything from mouse pads to lunch boxes. And to think she was all but ignored as a serious artist during her lifetime!

Then it was a students vs. parents duel to see who knew the most about Frida, her art and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Art teacher Shelley Thomas, who has studied  art history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and has taught art and art history in Seattle’s private and public schools, threw out a rapid stream of trivia questions. The discussion ranged from Frida and Diego’s marriage to her health to how she made art.

This summer’s camps on Greek artists, Vincent van Gogh and the Impressionists are over, and the remaining camps – American Artists and Pablo Picasso – are sold out.

UPDATE: Shelley sent us photos:

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