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Books still sought for Olympic View Book Sale

May 23rd, 2013 by master

The upcoming long weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to do a little spring cleaning not only for your own benefit, but also for Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Elementary School.

The school at 504 N.E. 95th St. is holding its Summer Soar Used Book Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, but first, it needs community members to donate a few of their gently used books, CDs and DVDs for all ages.

Maple Leaf businesses are making it worth your while by offering not only drop-off locations, but also special perks for donors. Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

But it’s really time to get spring cleaning, because items must be dropped off by Wednesday, May 29. If you have questions or are unable to bring your donation to a location, contact Aiko Schaefer at 206-941-4817 or

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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, “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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The verdict is in: Seattle Coffee Club will return to Cloud City

February 17th, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

“Yay to Cloud City, no to the roaster.”

That’s the verdict by Michael Smith, organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, on the espresso served at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E, during the “coffee exploration” held at the cafe Wednesday afternoon.

Smith liked the way the barista prepared the shot, but was not a fan of the roaster, True North. On the Coffee Club’s review page, he commented:

“The barista was friendly and skilled, but the espresso was on the bland side.”

Visit the review page to see other comments by fellow group members.

Cloud City should expect to see the coffee club back during the summer, due to the cafe’s great outdoor seating.

“We could definitely host our large Sunday meetings here in the summertime,” Smith said.

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

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