Espresso Express closing — party on Saturday, last day Monday

Espresso Express, the coffee shop that has occupied the northeast corner of the 15th Ave NE and NE 65th St intersection for around 30 years, is closing.


We’ve just learned that a goodbye party is happening today, Saturday, July 13, from 4-7 PM. The shop’s last day of business is Monday, July 15.

Tweets from the owner’s son, Ray Barnhart:

Your Busy Weekend in Northeast Seattle: June 22-23

Not much on the docket this weekend, but, hey, there’s always the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.



  • Head to a park with the family on wheels.
    • Family Ride at Magnuson Park: Easy, under five mile ride, 10 AM-12:30 PM. For more information, please contact Robin Randels at 390-3945 (cell) or rkrandels@gmail​.com or ride leader, Mark Davison at 784-4428 or davison_m@msn.c​om


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“Karination” fundraiser for the Schultes today from 2-8 PM

Today, Sunday, April 21, from 2-8 PM, Club Sur (2901 1st Avenue S) is holding a fundraiser party for Karina and Elias Schulte. Club Sur specializes in Latin music and food, and Karina Ulriksen-Schulte is from Chile.

Scheduled are performances by Cumbieros, the music of Violetta Parra, and Sin Fronterras. There will also be a tango performance.


Cover is $10 for adults and children over 10 years old. Kids under 10 are free. Chilean hot dogs (completos), sodas, water, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

There will be no alcohol served at this event.

In other Karina and Elias news, their CaringBridge page was updated by Dan Schulte (husband and father) last night. Among other news:

It was another long week but mostly a good one. Elias and Karina are both now out of the ICU and continue to show many signs of improvement. They are both adjusting very well to their new surroundings.

Although Elias had another surgery this week, he is holding very strong and he’s acting and looking like himself again. He’s even eating from a bottle occasionally as part of a feeding trial. I’m hopeful he’ll go home sometime in the coming weeks as he continues to make big improvements. Daddy needs lots of training on the special care he deserves, which will be a big part of that transition when the time comes. He’s such an amazingly strong little guy, takes after his mama!

Got garage? Area man still looking to rent one in N. Ravenna

Kevin Colbert needs our help.

He is looking for a garage to store, and occasionally work on, a Jeep and a motorcycle. Access is important, as he uses the vehicles to commute.

Kevin used to rent from a couple of graduate students, who have since moved away.

He’s in an apartment at about 21st Avenue NE and NE 70th Street, and is hoping to find something within short walking distance.

Kevin can be reached at 718-5260 or He’s happy to provide a reference.

Rollover accident in parking lot at University Village traps driver in car

Over a dozen Seattle Fire Department units responded to a two car injury accident at the southern entrance to University Village (2746 NE 45th St) this afternoon.

Here are the details, from the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line:

Seattle Fire Department Paramedics transported a female driver in her 50’s to Harborview Medical Center after being rescued out of her car.

The female patient was pulling out of the QFC parking lot when she lost control of her Honda minivan and drove over a barricade and slammed into the back of a parked car causing her minivan to roll on its side.

Firefighters from Ladder Company 7 used saws and other tools to cut the woman out of her minivan. The female patient was breathing, conscious and alert. Medics transported her to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

Seattle Police Department Officers are investigating the cause of the accident.

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee at Publicola happened to get a picture of the accident from “[o]ur fave tipster Silver,” and shared it via his old Seattle Crime twitter feed:

The west-bound curb lane of NE 45th St was blocked for around 45 minutes.

Ravenna Blog Social Media Round-Up, November 13-19

Wherin we get a bridge occupied, a strip club reopened, and continue to wrestle over the name of that light rail station on Brookyn and 45th.

New look for the Ravenna Blog, coming soon

Dear Reader,

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Call it a sneak peek at your Christmas present.

We’re in the midst of redesigning the site.

You see, thanks to those ads you see down the righthand side of this page, we now have the means to invest a bit more back into the business. (Many thanks, ad partners.)

And we’re starting with investing in the website itself.

The overall look will stay much the same — Ravenna banner at the top, text on the left, ad space and a few other things on the right — but gain a more professional-looking, cleaner theme.

And more features! Such as:

  • TABS!
  • In-page CONTACT form, for tips and questions!
  • A FORUM, so you can create your own topics for discussion!
  • TABS!
  • Handy list of neighboring websites in Northeast Seattle!
  • A larger, more readable font!
  • TABS!

(We’re very excited about those tabs.)

Now, when can you expect to see this new and improved Ravenna Blog? We don’t have an exact date planned, but keep look for a change between now and the new year.

Until then, dear reader, if you would really, really like a peek at the look of the new site, simply click on the logo below (SPOILER ALERT):

We hope you like it, and look forward to your feedback once the new site goes live.


the Ravenna Blog staff

P.S. If you’re curious about how the FORUM will work, we’ll be using the same plugin that runs the West Seattle Blog’s forums. Check it out.

LaVassar Florist and Roaring Mouse Annual Holiday Open House details

Once again, northern Ravenna businesses LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Avenue NE) are holding their Annual Holiday Open House.

This year the event takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM-5 PM.

Thirteen artists and vendors will have their wares available for purchase (see the full list on the event flier below).

Raffle prizes include three fresh arrangements from LaVassar, and two $50 gift certificates for Roaring Mouse.

Santa himself will attend the event from noon until 2 PM — he’s a busy guy these days. Complimentary photos are available, or you can use your own camera.

Cookies and cider will be available. But if you’re still hungry, check out the bake sale — the proceeds of which benefit Hopelink Food Bank.

OM NOM: Art of Pancakes Fundraiser this Saturday

Every weekend is a good one for rolling out of bed late and cooking up some pancakes* for breakfast. But not every weekend can you cook them up at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center in an art competition!

On Saturday, November 19, the RECC is holding its annual Art of Pancakes Fundraiser for the Ravenna Community Garden.

Details from the event page:

Please join us during a wacky pancake art competition benefitting the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Garden! Enjoy a pancake breakfast that includes toppings, bacon, and beverages. Decorate a pancake for the “Wall o’ Art”.

The cost is three dollars per person. Pretty good deal for breakfast in the neighborhood.

Now, should you want to practice your Pancake Art skills before Saturday, we recommend you check out the Jim’s Pancakes website.

Here’s a time lapse video of a Millennium Falcon pancake in production:


*See also: Hash browns, bacon, eggs, toast, coffee, etc. Am I missing anything?

Are you crafty, and local? There’s a Ravenna holiday sale for that.

The Fourth Annual Ravenna Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale is looking for a few more local crafty types to sell their wares during the event on Saturday, December 10.

The deadline for artist applications has been extended to Tuesday, November 22.

The application and all the details about the sale — table sizes, advertising, artist responsibilities and more — can be found in this document (PDF).