News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


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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A second art gallery closes on Roosevelt Way N.E.

April 21st, 2015 by Mike

Briana emails:

Joy Carter, owner of Between Cultures, requested that I forward this letter on to the Maple Leaf community.

Unfortunately Joy and Bob needed to close their delightful gallery on Northeast 88th Street  and Roosevelt Way Northeast to take care of Bob (Elam) after four months in the hospital.

Also, I’d appreciate it if someone can direct me to the folks of the Maple Leaf Newsletter, as that was where Joy had mentioned.

Thank you.

The Maple Leaf newsletter of the Maple Leaf Community Council can be reached here.

Between Cultures is the second gallery to close on that block of Roosevelt Way Northeast. The Snow Goose Gallery closed in February 2014.

Interestingly, the Snow Goose Facebook page became active again last month.

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Two empty storefronts in Maple Leaf

February 8th, 2014 by Mike

Missing from our neighborhood this weekend: The Snow Goose art gallery and San Marco Grocery.

The Snow Goose, at 8806 Roosevelt Way N.E., is empty, and a phone call went unanswered.  It’s been at that location since 1993, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

And earlier in the week Jennifer wondered what was happening at San Marco, 8416 Fifth Ave. N.E. “They haven’t been open since Saturday Feb. 1.”

And today Kevin emailed: “I stopped in to the San Marco Grocery Friday evening for a bottle of wine only to find people packing up the inventory.” He says the owner told him they are moving – it wasn’t clear where.

She and her husband were such nice, welcoming people. A great part of our community. We hugged and she said “I will miss you. Tell your wife, your son I will miss them.” 🙁

Interestingly, San Marco was the only place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables that was – technically – within the borders of Maple Leaf.  Both the Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and the QFC off Northeast Northgate Way are just outside the Maple Leaf Community Council’s declared borders.

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