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Maxine’s is latest Maple Leaf storefront to close

September 26th, 2016 by Mike

Maxine’s Floral Design, in business since 1983, is the latest Maple Leaf business to shut its doors.

Although the retail store at 8811 Roosevelt Way N.E. will close this week, the business will remain open online and with the same phone number, (206) 523-4200, an employee said.

There is some possibility of a restaurant opening there.

That block of Roosevelt is seeing a lot of change.

Across the street, Wild Root Salon closed in early summer (and is apparently being replaced by a private business) and the Maple Leaf Pharmacy closed last October (it’s being replaced by The Little Gym).

In previous years, on the same block, Between Cultures gallery closed, as did Snow Goose gallery.

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Little Gym moves north to former pharmacy

August 24th, 2016 by Mike

The Little Gym, long a Maple Leaf fixture just to the south on 15th Avenue Northeast, is moving north – to the site of the former Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Bob Jackman, son of the original pharmacy owner, confirms the gym will be relocating to the corner of Northeast 89th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

“They will have some work to do getting it ready but are quite interested in bringing their work to the neighborhood and people seem excited about it.”

The space has been empty since October.

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Wild Root salon latest Maple Leaf fixture to exit – update

May 26th, 2016 by Mike

Wild Root Salon & Spa on Roosevelt Way Northeast will be closing by mid-June.

Owner Donna Morton, who has been operating the site, at 8814 Roosevelt Way Northeast, since at least 2001, confirmed she is selling the building. (Disclosure: Donna has been cutting my hair since 2003.)

We’re waiting for further details. From Donna: [Read more →]

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Cafe Piccolo closes, more mail theft reports

February 21st, 2016 by Mike

Cafe Piccolo is closing this month after a decade serving Maple Leaf dinners.

The last day for the restaurant, at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E., is Feb. 29th.

On its Facebook page, Cafe Piccolo says, in part:

Thank you Maple Leaf and Café Piccolo fans for 10 years of devoted business! Café Piccolo will close its doors on February 29th under the Carlino ownership. This was not an easy decision to make, as we have grown fond of all of you and attached to the community that has supported us through the good times and the challenges of a not so great economy.

Our great staff that you have come to know will be staying on to help with the transition to the new owner. We are confident that we are leaving the restaurant in very good hands, someone who will be able to take this location to the next level and grow with the neighborhood.

Since the restaurant is not open Sundays or Mondays, that effectively means the last day to eat there is Saturday, Feb. 27th.

Thanks, Chris, for the heads-up on Piccolo. Thanks, also, to Terry for the news last month that Hang Fire Design gallery and True Color Hair Design, both on Roosevelt, have shut their doors.

Also, earlier this weekend Jesse wrote to say:

On Friday night, February 19th, at 10:45 p.m. I stepped outside (corner of 8th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd  Street) and saw a blue truck with a covered bed, man driving and woman in the passenger seat, stop at our mailbox bank. She saw me and he sped off towards Roosevelt. I have never seen this truck in the past and it was obvious that they were there to steal mail.

Last week a similar mail theft was reported at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 102nd Street.

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What’s going in at the Maple Leaf Pharmacy?

January 19th, 2016 by Mike

Since the Maple Leaf Pharmacy, a fixture in the neighborhood for decades, closed in October, we’ve had many ask: “What will replace it?”

Three months later, the answer remains: No one knows.

The pharmacy site is a prime neighborhood retail location at the corner of Northeast 89th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Bob Jackman – son of the original pharmacist owner “Dick” Jackman, who died in 2012 – was in town over the holidays, but hasn’t found a new occupant.

In an email, Bob Jackman wrote:

“So far I have talked with two people and not found anything yet. I am making arrangements to be able to show the space and then I am going to put a sign in the window.

“I would like to get something in there that works well in the neighborhood and with the (next-door Roosevelt) Alehouse. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I have been reading the Seattle Times every day and Seattle seems to be doing pretty well so I am hopeful that good things will happen.”

Readers have variously wished for a grocery store, another restaurant, a bakery and a butcher store/deli at the site. Oh, and a used bookstore. And a small pet store. And a(nother) coffee shop.

Other ideas, proposals? You can reach Jackman through comments here.

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End of an era: Maple Leaf Pharmacy is closed

October 22nd, 2015 by Mike

Bill McNary, Maple Leaf Pharmacy owner, being interviewed by KING-5 in February 2010 after his pharmacy was robbed the previous December.

The Maple Leaf Pharmacy, a central fixture in the neighborhood, is closed after 27 years.

Owner Bill McNary has sold the business to Walgreens Pharmacy, and will work part time at the nearby Walgreens at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

“The whole thing is kind of bittersweet,” McNary said Thursday morning. The pharmacy closed for good Wednesday evening.

“I’ll miss my customers, although I hope most will come along with me to Walgreens. And I’m so thankful to all the people in the neighborhood who supported me.”

McNary said his database of prescriptions is being transferred to the Walgreens, and that customers should receive seamless service there.

The pharmacy  moved to its current location, at 8830 Roosevelt Way N.E., in 1996.

Geraldine Crews, pharmacy head technician who has worked with McNary for over a quarter-century, has taken a similar job with Group Health in Factoria.

McNary, who recently turned 60, said there were several factors in his deciding to sell.

“One reason is to slow down,” he said. “I’m tired of working 60 hours a week.

“Then, there’s been an increase in  regulations – an added burden to trying to take care of our customers.”

Decreasing margins in the pharmacy business cut into his ability to add staff, he said. In addition, as a compounding pharmacy, part of his business is being able to provide unique drugs to his patients, but coming new regulations there, too, will hurt.

“It will have a severe impact on our compounding business. So, economically it made made sense to sell at this time and start working just four days a week.”

From an earlier story in Maple Leaf Life:

The Maple Leaf Pharmacy also has a bit of history under its roof.

The landlord at the time bought the building in 1950, and was shot at during the many robberies that occurred.

“When we remodeled, there were bullet holes in the cabinets where shots had been fired,” Crews said. “Back then, pharmacy owners used to sleep in their stores at night because of robberies. It was much worse back then.”

In Crews’ time at the pharmacy, she has experienced seven robberies.

Other earlier stories about the pharmacy:

‘It’s a robbery! He has a gun!’

Dick Jackman, pharmacist to Maple Leaf for decades

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Maple Leaf’s Blue Saucer up for sale

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

In an email this week to supporters, Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to list the Blue Saucer for sale on the Real Estate market, as of last weekend, and I’m excited about it!”

We have flyers in the shop for potential buyers, and look forward to the possibilities of finding a great new Owner. It’s time for me to move on to do other things – I have so many side projects and other interests these days that it’s hard to stay focused on the daily biz of running the coffee shop, so rather than let it slide, I’ll let it go!

Since it’s only just been listed, I’m imagining it will or could be a few months before we see any action, so meanwhile it’s business as usual – we’re still offering the same great variety of pastries and sandwiches (with a few new things thrown in there!) and we’re still using the awesome Seven Roasters for our delicious coffee.

The listing is here.

The Saucer will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to its Facebook page.

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Maple Leaf's Blue Saucer up for sale

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

In an email this week to supporters, Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to list the Blue Saucer for sale on the Real Estate market, as of last weekend, and I’m excited about it!”

We have flyers in the shop for potential buyers, and look forward to the possibilities of finding a great new Owner. It’s time for me to move on to do other things – I have so many side projects and other interests these days that it’s hard to stay focused on the daily biz of running the coffee shop, so rather than let it slide, I’ll let it go!

Since it’s only just been listed, I’m imagining it will or could be a few months before we see any action, so meanwhile it’s business as usual – we’re still offering the same great variety of pastries and sandwiches (with a few new things thrown in there!) and we’re still using the awesome Seven Roasters for our delicious coffee.

The listing is here.

The Saucer will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to its Facebook page.

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Two personal notes to Maple Leaf neighbors

May 4th, 2014 by Mike

Notes about last week’s Olympic View book sale and about Fine Impressions Gallery.

At the book sale, we purchased (for a gift) a fine copy of “Mapmaker’s Art,” seen at right.

Inside we found a handwritten note concerning the family tree of a previous owner, and signed “Love, Mom.”

If the previous owner would like that note returned, just tell us.

The other note is from Fine Impressions, which faces loosing their picture framer for the past 13 years.

“The landlord is selling the building. She does not drive, so we are looking for somewhere within walking distance of the gallery,” Carol writes. “Mai Ling suggested we contact you to find the grapevine.”

WANTED MIL OR APT IN SMALL BUILDING NE SEATTLE

Looking for neat, quiet, sunny (for Seattle) place in the Maple Leaf, Green Lake, Ravenna, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge area. Woman, professional picture framer(Maple Leaf )and artist, neat and quiet, no pets (but pet friendly), no car, single. Willing to assist with gardening. Over ten years at current address (owner selling building). Prefer under $950 with utilities. Thanks for your consideration.

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Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center at new location

September 18th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center has moved from just outside the official borders of Maple Leaf into the heart of the business district at 8626 Roosevelt Way N.E., kitty corner from Cloud City Coffee.

Previously located at 1421 N.E. 80th St., workers spent the weekend moving into the new location just .6 miles away.

We’re giving them a little more time to settle in, then we should have more information about the new location. In the meantime, they pointed out that their phone number is still the same: (206) 524-2020.

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