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Manager hopes Greenwood Market can find a new home in South Seattle

by Michael Harthorne, KOMO Communities (Beacon Hill Blog news partners)

When Greenwood Market is forced to close early next year to make room for an expanded Fred Meyer, one of its managers is hoping to convince ownership to open a new location in a South Seattle neighborhood.

The manager, who lives in Columbia City, asked community council leaders in South Seattle to see what residents think about a new grocery store in their area, pointing out the old Eagles Hall location at Corson and Michigan as one potential site, according to an email from Georgetown Community Council Chair Patty Foley.

The Greenwood Market manager invited anyone with an opinion on a new South Seattle grocery store to email Bill Weymer or Jim Huffman at Town & Country Markets, owner of Greenwood Market.

In her email, Foley asked residents to weigh the benefits of a large, new grocery store in the neighborhood versus what that could mean for smaller neighborhood stores.

Though the Greenwood Market manager is hoping for a new location in South Seattle, Town & Country Markets has not officially committed to a new store or made any decisions regarding future locations.

The Greenwood Market will close when its lease expires early next year to make way for an expansion of the neighboring Fred Meyer, located at 100 N.W. 85th St. The Greenwood Market site will become Fred Meyer’s new home-and-garden center.

The city approved Fred Meyer’s construction permit in September, and Fred Meyer hopes to start work in early 2013.

In addition to Greenwood Market, Town & Country Markets owns the Ballard Market and Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island.

Travelers Thali House to open August 5

This Beacon Avenue house, formerly Culinary Communion and Tasha's Bistro Café, will be serving up Indian food in a few days. Photo by Jason.
Travelers Thali House, the new Indian restaurant in the old Culinary Communion/Tasha’s space on Beacon Avenue, will celebrate their official Grand Opening starting on Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m., and running through the entire weekend.

According to their Facebook page, there will also be “soft openings” on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 from 5-9 p.m., and on Sunday, July 31 (during Beacon Rocks!), Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4 from noon-9 p.m.

Food news: Travelers, Bar del Corso aim for June opening

The Street Treats van on Beacon Hill last summer. Photo by Wendi.
The work at Bar del Corso (the former Beacon Pub, at 3057 Beacon Ave. S.) is continuing, with a projected opening date of mid-June. You can see a few more photos of the site in progress on the Bar del Corso blog, along with a picture of the blue-and-white-tiled pizza oven.

They’ve also posted a possible menu—see it here (PDF). According to the blog, “Menu offerings will be based on what is seasonally available so it will change quite often. But here’s a sample of what the menu could be.”

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We previously mentioned the new Travelers restaurant which will soon be serving Indian food in the Culinary Communion/Tasha’s house on Beacon Avenue. Allison Austin Scheff at seattlemag.com posted a short article about it this week, with a bit of information about the menu and the projected opening date: late June.

The CHS Capitol Hill Seattle Blog posted an article about Travelers last week, discussing owner Allen Kornmesser’s intent to continue operating the original Travelers Tea Co. on E. Pine St., while expanding to the larger Beacon Hill space.

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It’s not quite summer yet, but it’s getting closer! Along with a bit of sunshine, another sign of summer this year is the return of the Street Treats dessert van, serving cookies, ice cream, and dessert bars. Owner Diane tells us the van will return to the vicinity of 16th and Lander this Friday night from 6:30-8 p.m.

UPDATED: A Touch of Sweden closing

Sunday will be your last chance to buy pastries like these from A Touch of Sweden. Photo by Wendi.
Update: Sale postponed until next weekend due to inclement weather.

We are sorry to hear that one of our new Beacon Hill businesses is closing. Kajsa Soderlund sent us this email:

A Touch of Sweden is sad to announce that we are going to need to close our business in Beacon Hill due to a family emergency. My dad who is in Sweden has cancer. It has become increasingly hard emotionally for me to be this far away from him, especially since learning to know his cancer has spread. Because of this, we have decided to go back to Sweden in August. At the end of this month, we are going to move to Minneapolis where PopTop is from and stay there until we leave for Sweden.

We are going to have a garage sale/bake sale this Sunday June 21 1pm to 5 pm between 1308 and 1312 Beacon Ave S 13th Ave S at S Judkins Street. We will sell furniture (like a platform bed, a dresser etc), glassware, books and other items to economically support our move. We would be most grateful for any donations or tips.

We will also have some baked goods for sale at this event.

Please, spread the word among family, neighbors, and friends. We need all the help we can get.

Thank you,
Kajsa and PopTop

(Edited on July 2 to add a new letter from Kajsa:)

Hello all.

This is an announcement regarding the rescheduled date and time for A Touch of Sweden’s yard sale/ bake sale this Saturday July 3rd 9 AM to 5 PM at 13th Ave S/S Judkins Street (right next to the Pacific Medical building/Amazon). The previous yard sale/bake sale was canceled due to not good weather.

We are asking the Beacon Hill community to please support us. At the moment, we don’t have enough money to buy or rent a car and a trailer to take us back to Minneapolis since we only have $150. We are looking for a way to get a car through donation or a car we can sell in Minneapolis and send back the money to the seller before we leave for Sweden.

As of Sunday evening, we will have nowhere to stay in Seattle so it will be necessary for us to leave and head for Minneapolis Sunday July 4th in the afternoon/evening. Whatever donations or purchases at the yard sale will be greatly appreciated as we are in an urgent state where we need to leave Seattle for Sweden.

We will be selling a platform bed, a 1.2.3 futon, a wooden dresser, bookshelves, tv/video/dvd, vaccuum cleaner, curtain rods (brand new) trampoline (barely used) household items, cd rack, 2 pairs of speakers, large kitchen garbage can, bolt cutter, clothes, shoes, rocking chair and so much more.

We do know in our hearts that everything will be fine in the end but need your assistance to create some magic.

Thanks for the opportunity to prepare and share our baked goods with the Beacon Hill community. Your support and wonderful feedback has meant the world to us.

With love and light,
Kajsa and PopTop

New coffee shop The Station opens

The Station, a new coffee shop, opened yesterday at 2533 16th Avenue South, just across from El Centro de la Raza and just north of Beacon Hill Station. The opening was celebrated with barbecue and a live DJ. The shop is small but comfortable, and is currently displaying paintings by Vanessa K. Wilken on the walls. Along with coffee, tea, and chocolate, The Station will also be carrying pastries from A Touch of Sweden.

Neighbors enjoy the grand opening. Photo by Wendi.
The interior of The Station. Photo by Wendi.