News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Maple Leaf Physical Therapy moves to Beadworld building

June 12th, 2013 by master

The building that Beadworld took over last year continues to evolve.

After Beadworld expanded into 9524 Roosevelt Way N.E., Espresso Repair Experts moved in just next door at 9518 Roosevelt Way N.E., followed by the latest arrival: Maple Leaf Physical Therapy.

The one-therapist practice owned by Rändi Sundby didn’t have far to move from its previous location at 9414 Roosevelt Way N.E., but it’s a bit more visible now with its own storefront.

According to its website, Sundby “provides individualized comprehensive quality care for orthopedic injuries, cancer and lymphedema rehabilitation, and Pilates exercise instruction.”

Also new in the neighborhood is Giraf Design, which recently moved into the location vacated in the fall by maoStudios.

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Coming soon: "Greatest Falafal on Earth"

April 19th, 2013 by master

The space recently vacated by iBurger & Shake won’t stay empty for long.

Signs posted at 8000 Lake City Way state that “Zaina” is coming soon, boasting “Greatest Falafal on Earth” and “Best Gyro Ever.”

Anybody heard anything else about Zaina?

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Stone Ground Coffee now open at Chevron on 5th

March 16th, 2013 by master

Stone Ground Coffee opened less than two weeks ago in the parking lot of Ricks Tire and Chevron at Northeast 85th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast, but already the mother-daughter duo running it feel like a part of the community.

Cherie Stone making coffee at Stone Ground Coffee

“People in this neighborhood are so nice and welcoming,” said Cherie Stone, pictured above, the mother part of the team leasing the drive-through coffee stand. “We’ve met a lot of really interesting people.”

Cherie and her daughter, Wendy, officially opened the stand March 4, but they’re waiting to announce their grand opening until they have a proper sign and have a better feel for the products that the neighborhood wants.

Stone Ground Coffee stand

“If you want something that we don’t have, please tell us,” Stone said. “We really want to cater to what people want around here.”

Although they now sell only pre-packaged foods such as muffins, cookies and scones, Stone said they’re hoping to partner with a local bakery to try to add fresh-baked products every day.

“We’d really like to work within the local community,” she added.

In the next 30 days, Stone Ground Coffee also plans to add smoothies to its menu, and is hoping to partner with Chevron so people who buy eight or more gallons of gas will get $1 off their coffee.

Stone Ground Coffee is located in the Chevron parking lot

Stone Ground Coffee is open from 5 a.m to 2 p.m Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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North Seattle Veterinary Clinic plans open house April 7 at new location

March 13th, 2013 by master

After more than 70 years in a converted residential home on Lake City Way, North Seattle Veterinary Clinic has changed locations to 11032 Eighth Ave. N.E. and plans an open house from 1-4 p.m. April 7.

Located in the former 24 Hour Fitness, the new vet clinic is on the upper level of the Northgate Village shopping center between the U.S. Postal Service and Hot Yoga Inc.

At 4,100 square feet, the clinic is nearly twice the size and a more convenient space than their previous location, which “became a bit of a maze”  after years of additions, said Practice Manager Natalie Ervin.

“We designed the new space for ourselves to give us the best use of space,” she said. “In a converted house, you’re limited by what you can do.”

Although it’s located right across the street from Maple Leaf in Pinehurst, Ervin said the clinic already has a number of clients from Maple Leaf, and hopes to grow even more into its new space. [Read more →]

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Check out the new Real Property Associates digs

February 4th, 2013 by master

Real Property Associates today officially moved into 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the intersection where Roosevelt Way and Lake City Way intersect with Northeast 75th Street.

In a prime location that brings traffic from well beyond Maple Leaf’s borders, the former eyesore at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. is now the home of Real Property Associates.

Just two years ago, we spoke with RPA co-owner Jay Young, who said the company had hopes to move into the space but still was waiting to see what would happen with the economy.

The vacant building at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. two years ago.

Let’s take their opening today as a sign that things are moving in the right direction!

In another sign of good things to come to Maple Leaf, the space vacated when Bead World purchased its building and moved into an even bigger neighboring space also has a new tenant.

According to its website, Espresso Repair Experts opened Feb. 1 at 9522 Roosevelt Way N.E. We’ll try to learn more about the business in the days to come, so please stay tuned!

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Tattva's Herbs open just in time for holidays

December 12th, 2012 by master

Tattva’s Herbs Organics officially opened up at its new Maple Leaf location at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. on Nov. 19, but there’s still plenty of moving in that needs to be done.

We spoke with marketing director Dana Silverman to find out how business is going with the holidays right around the corner:

Q: How is business so far?

A: Business is great. Not much has changed since moving, because we are primarily online, but would love for people in the neighborhood to come in!

Q: What kind of products will you showcase to bring pedestrian traffic into the store?

A: We have a retail area and offer samples of Coconut Oil, anti-aging cream and oil, healing creams, Chyawanprash, and other products. We will soon have a more apparent sign hung on our awning as well.

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Six-story hotel could replace Marie Callender's

December 11th, 2012 by master

When Marie Callender’s abruptly closed its doors this summer, there was plenty of pondering about the possible future for the space at 9538 First Ave N.E.

With an awkward location right on the border of Maple Leaf and Northgate, Marie Callender’s likely took advantage of its view of Interstate 5 by drawing in passers-by looking for a familiar name. The next potential owners of the space may have the same idea in mind.

According to The Seattle Times, a six-story, 174-room hotel could be the next big thing on the Maple Leaf-Northgate horizon. Preliminary paperwork has been filed by Seattle developer Gramor Development Washington to build the hotel in the same location as the former chain restaurant.

The Times adds that the city’s Northeast Design Review Board is set to consider the project Jan. 28.

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BevMo! opening Friday in old Northgate liquor store

November 14th, 2012 by master

Maple Leaf Life reader “a dude” had it right back in May when he said the old Northgate liquor store would be reopening as a BevMo!

According to Seattle Weekly’s Voracious newsletter, the alcohol warehouse is opening Friday at 10700 Fifth Ave. N.E., making it the first BevMo! in Seattle and fifth in the state since liquor sales moved into the public sector. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the first 500 people in line will receive a complimentary gift bag valued at more than $50 each.

Voracious says the liquor store will offer thousands of wines, spirits and beers in the 10,750-square-foot location.

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Tattva's Herbs Organics moving to Maple Leaf

November 2nd, 2012 by master

The “For Lease” sign at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. has come down and Tattva’s Herbs Organics, an established business in Roosevelt that sells Ayurvedic herbs and oils, is moving in with plans to open in early December.

Owner Susan Bowes tells us the current business at 902 N.E. 65th St., Ste. D, is moving to make way for condos, but it’s still open for now if you’d like to check it out to see what to expect when the store opens in Maple Leaf.

Previously, 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E. has been the home of Glassique and Revolution Cycles. We’ll keep you posted with progress at Tattva’s and tell you more about the business after it opens.

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BECU branch opening today on Northgate Way

December 5th, 2011 by master

At 9 a.m. today, Dec. 5, BECU is opening a 3,000-plus-square-foot financial center at 551 N.E. Northgate Way, Suite B, according to our sister blog PhinneyWood.

With our branch’s opening, the BECU inside the Greenwood Safeway is also closing today, PhinneyWood reports. Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, vice president of member solutions for BECU, told the blog that the Safeway branch was just too small:

As some background, BECU decided to leave the Greenwood Neighborhood Financial Center to provide both our members and employees a better overall experience. With just under 400 square feet, it proved challenging to consistently provide our members an exceptional experience. Additionally, given the close proximity of desks maintaining member’s confidentiality proved at times difficult. The new Northgate branch will be over 3,000 square feet and the existing Greenwood staff will also be relocating to the new location.

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