After a try for an encore, The Shoe Zoo bids farewell again

We received the following email from “The Zoo Keeper,” owner Bruce Stern, this afternoon, saying that The Shoe Zoo (2920 NE Blakeley St # B) is closing:

Well, I certainly hoped I wouldn’t have to write this letter, but I must. I was optimistic when we gave it one more try last year. I thought maybe we could survive with everyone knowing how tough of a time we were having. I am afraid to say it was a mistake. I just prolonged the inevitable. I couldn’t have imagined it getting so much worse, but it did.

I want to thank you for your support, not only during this last year, but for the past 24 years as well. It’s been very special watching your kids grow up over the years, from fitting your children with their first pair of shoes, then, in a blink of an eye, outgrowing our store. I felt a little bit more special than just your average retail store owner, maybe because you treated me that way. And for that, a heartfelt thank you.

Now, I don’t want to get into too much detail, but after the going-out-of-business sale last year, I had to re-stock the entire store. Let’s just say, The Zoo Keeper really needs your help. I have to try and pay for all of these shoes. So please come in and take advantage of some great savings on your shoe and boot purchases.

Starting today, everything in the store will be 20% off. Everything must go, so if you see something that isn’t marked, please make an offer. I will be selling stockroom shelves, which are perfect for your garage, classic children’s movies, stuffed animals, pictures, equipment, tools, benches, and much more. Over the next few months, I will be sending out email notifications with updates and such. I really hope to see you, it would mean so much to me.

Thank You,
The Zoo Keeper

Here are links to our previous coverage of The Shoe Zoo’s rebirth (May 21, 2011), and the first closure sale (January 30, 2011).

University Branch of the Seattle Public Library closed temporarily (UPDATES)

Via the Seattle Public Library twitter feed: A 99-year-old sewer line serving the University Branch (5009 Roosevelt Way) is broken, and the library is closed until further notice.

There is no damage to the library building itself, but there is no water or sewer service at this time. Repairs are underway, and holds will be extended due to the closure.

According to the University Branch’s website, a reopening date has not yet been determined.

UPDATE (Thursday, December 1): University Branch website now says, “The branch will reopen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Holds ready for pickup at the University Branch now will expire Saturday, Dec. 10.”

Holds ready for pickup at the University Branch now will expire Saturday, Dec. 10.

UPDATE (Nov. 25, 3:33 PM):
Via the SPL twitter feed: University Branch will not be open on Saturday. Bookdrop is open and holds have been extended to 12/3.

Upcoming events at the Northeast Library (with PJ Story Time tonight!)

Some events of note happening in the next couple weeks at the Northeast Library (6801 35th Avenue NE):

Pajama Story Time TONIGHT

Weekly Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers at the Northeast Library are on break until March 1st while Children’s Librarian Erica Delavan is out visiting area schools.

Lucky for us connoisseurs of Story Time, there is a Pajama Story Time this evening, from 7-7:30 PM.

From the Northeast Library events calendar:

It is pajama story time at the Northeast Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children’s librarian, who will be wearing pajamas, too!

Jammify your kids (and yourself) right after dinner, and get ready for a good time.

Presidents Day is Monday, February 21 – Libraries are CLOSED

Another good reason to head to the library this week: There’s a three-day weekend coming up. Do you have enough reading material?!

Seattle Opera Preview, Tuesday, February 22

The Seattle Opera’s next production is Massenet’s Don Quixote (runs February 26 through March 12). You can catch a preview at the Northeast Library from 6:30-7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 22.