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Champion Party Supply, our new neighbor

October 9th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

Three generations of Champions have taken turns running Champion Party Supply, now newly located in our neighborhood across from Albert Lee Appliance at 1461 Elliott Avenue West. In business since 1936, granddaughter Victoria Champion (25) has steered the ship for the last five years, keeping it all in the family. She was not even born when Champion Costume and Display was located in the Pike Place Market, run by her grandmother who originally sold props and costumes, such as feather boas, to vaudevillians.
“My grandfather started this business. My father took it over, and now it’s my turn,” she says.
Right in the middle of Halloween season, Victoria made the exhausting, albeit involuntary move to Interbay, and is now open for business.
“People keep asking me if I’m excited. I’m just tired,” she says.
The vacant structure on lower Queen Anne caught some by surprise.

“The old building [on Denny Way] got sold to a redevelopment company,” she reveals. “I knew for about two years, and then I got the letter [to move].
Seattle-based Teutsch Partners wants the city’s permission to build a six-story building with 75 residential units and six live and work spaces at the old Champion site, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
An examination of Champion’s new place on Elliott makes one imagine an old haunted warehouse. “It’s definitely spooky,” Victoria points out. “It’s probably the coolest store I’ve ever seen. It’s ready for Halloween.”
Is she going to make it through the busiest season?
“I’m very nervous. It’s definitely hard to sleep at night. I think it’s all going to work out,” Victoria declares.
With Magnolia and all its jazzed-for-Halloween kids just up the bridge, one might say, it’s horrifyingly perfect.
“We have done a lot to cater to the Magnolia family base.” she says. “The kids’ stuff is all in the front and the scary things are way in the back. If you have little ones who are wary of [creepy costumes], you can bring them here.”
There are 30 parking spaces on the south side (best), north, and west of the building. There’s even parking on Elliott Avenue during certain times of the day.
Finally, a few words to the ‘hood from Victoria, a UW Husky: “Shop local. Shop Champion. Shop Halloween.”

Victoria Champion, owner of Champion Party Supply now on Elliott Avenue.

Victoria Champion, owner of Champion Party Supply now on Elliott Avenue.


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Brazen attempted break-in this morning

October 6th, 2015 by Sara

From MV reader Ross:

Hello, I just wanted to write and inform our magnolia neighbors of an attempted break-in this morning at 6:15am at the corner of 34th and Emerson.  A man in a hood bravely walked up to our door this morning and tried multiple times to gain access.   After saying “Hello” to him he ran off in the dark alley way.  We contacted the police who searched the area but no one was found.  Just a friendly reminder to keep your doors locked at all times and get to know your neighbors to build a stronger, safer community.

Be safe, friends.  This is just one of many incidents that we have heard of in the past couple of weeks.

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Magnolia Village Tomorrow, tomorrow night

October 6th, 2015 by Sara

Join the conversation with the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for a Town Hall Meeting:

Wednesday, October 7th, 7 – 9 pm

Magnolia United Church of Christ

3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

Come hear what the community has to say about the future of Magnolia Village. The Chamber has processed the data gathered this summer at the Farmers Market, online at their website and postcards submitted to the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow night, the Chamber, along with their consultant, BDS Planning & Urban Design, will present the results of

“Magnolia Village Tomorrow”.

Town Hall Meeting Agenda

7:00 p.m.

Event Start

 7:05 p.m.

Network, Snack & Beverages

7:10 p.m.

Chamber leadership welcomes group

7:15 p.m.

Introductions & background on the goal of Magnolia Village Tomorrow

7:20 p.m.

Presentation on the input received during the outreach process

7:30 p.m.

Question & answer on the data presented

7:40 p.m.

Distilling a Vision – Group Discussion

8:00 p.m.

Group Working Session

     Business Mix & Development

     Community Events

     Beautification & Character

     Organization & Funding

8:40 p.m.

Report to entire group

8:50 p.m.

Final analyses & next steps

                                                           9:00 p.m.


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Is this your dog?

October 3rd, 2015 by Sara



We received this earlier today:

Hi there! I am a cat sitter and was headed to my next client and saw this little gal/guy on the north parking strip on Thurman in between 30th & 31st – they were not wanting to be approached at all – barked a lot as you can hear/see in the attached video.

As I type this they seem to be heading east on
Thurman and is about to head southbound on 30th.
When i did a quick google search for Magnolia Seattle Chihuahua i found a craigslist post that someone had written recently about a dog they assumed to be a chihuahua running wild into Discovery Park – might be the same dog?
I am going to tail it (pun intended) for a cpl mins to update on a new direction it might be headed in but then need to get to my cat client visit!
Cat Ladies Cat Sitting

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Still time to sign up for the Magnolia Run the Bluff

October 3rd, 2015 by Sara

Runners take your mark- the Magnolia 10k and 5k runs are this Sunday, October 4th.  The event starts in the village across from the baseball fields at 33rd and Smith.
Pick up your Race T-shirt and number at Seven Hills Running Shop Saturday, October 3rd from 10-5pm.  You can register at the shop, too; it’s the last day to save money on your registration.  All Run The Bluff shoppers will receive 20% off their purchases October 3rd and October 4th.
The 5k Run/Walk starts at 9am, costs $30 ($15 for ages 14 and under), and the 10k Run/Walk starts at 9:10am, and costs $40.
Prices go up to $40 and $50 respectively if you sign up October 4th!
This will be the second year Pro-Motion Events, Inc, will be putting on the race. They’ve successfully staged many races in Seattle since 1998. Click here for more info.

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Woman falls, no one stops

September 29th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

A leisurely morning walk turned into something a little more traumatic for a Magnolia woman Sunday. After an accidental spill on the pavement left her on the ground, bleeding with a split chin, dog walkers and joggers passed by without so much as a peep.
“I took a walk up Viewmont. I was crossing 42nd at Barrett when I caught a toe. I tripped and I caught myself on my chin,” she explained. “I was extremely dazed, but I was conscious. I was bleeding heavily from my chin. (The blood) was all down my neck, in my hair, and all down my front. I was bleeding on everything.”
While she lay on the sidewalk, she came to realize no one was going to help her.
“No one stopped,” she continued. “I feel like I don’t look as though I was a risk to anybody. I don’t think I looked intoxicated, or dangerous in any way.”
A total of two pairs of people walking dogs, plus two separate joggers traveled past without a word, she recounted.
“I’m surprised that my Magnolia neighbors didn’t even stop. I feel like we take care of each other in Magnolia. I would have thought somebody would stop,” she said.
Our injured neighbor finally reached friends on the phone who came to her aid.
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Have changing social mores transformed Magnolia, or was this incident just an aberration?
“I think things are changing here in the neighborhood. It was not the long-term residents who were passing me by,” she asserts. “I feel like we have a lot of newcomers around here. There was a time when I felt my kids could go into the Village if they were in trouble and ask anybody on the street for help, and they would get it. I don’t think that’s true anymore.”
Readers, what do you think? Leave a comment here on the Voice.


Meet MLS star Chad Marshall at Interbay Wells Fargo

September 28th, 2015 by Sara



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Soccer fans are invited to meet Major League Soccer defender Chad Marshall Friday Oct. 2, from  3:30- 5:00 p.m. Take photos, get autographs, and receive some fun gifts while quantities last.  Wells Fargo Seattle Interbay, 1827 15th Ave W.

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Fifth student killed in Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by Sara

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.
Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.
“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”
President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Man sets cop car on fire

September 25th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

A Magnolia man was arrested Monday night for allegedly setting several cars ablaze including a Seattle Police cruiser.
SPD says they rolled up at the 2500 block of 24th Avenue West to find Philip Schloredt allegedly pouring a flammable liquid on a vehicle and lighting it on fire. Then they say he threw an object at them catching a patrol car and three other vehicles on fire. He then fled on foot.
Railroad employees saw Schloredt run across the tracks and hide in some brush. Police were called who then found and arrested the suspect, according to a report from KOMO 4 News.
The 55-year-old Schloredt was booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson and assault.

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4 dead-many more injured in Aurora Bridge accident

September 24th, 2015 by Sara

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition.  Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

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