Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.

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Silly Hilly Walk/Ride is April 26th, 2pm - 4pm


Please spread the word, we need all feet and wheels on deck for this fun route scouting day in the hilly slopes between North Capitol Hill and Madison Valley, Arboretum and Montlake. Bring your feet, bikes, kids, dogs, cameras, fun hats and silly wear. 

Silly Hilly is a fun, inclusive, family-friendly ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for the northern segment of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between John and 520, including part of Madison Valley and the Arboretum neighborhood.

The fun starts at the Montlake Elementary School playground, where participants will be divided into teams upon arrival. Teams will ride or walk one of four route options while taking pictures and completing a scavenger hunt along the way. We'll Stop, Doc and Tweet all along our stroll. Data collected from this activity will directly inform the Greenway route choices for Phase 3 of the 23rd Ave repaving project from E John St to SR520.

At Miller Park (our finish line), we’ll have kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, as well as opportunities to share ideas on which greenway route makes the most sense!

This ride is being organized jointly by Central Seattle Greenways, Montlake Greenways, Madison Park Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club. A bike is not necessary for this fun route scouting adventure.

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Fashion Illustration Classes for Kids and Teens


Vian Hunter SketchLisa Vian Hunter (of NBC’s Fashion Star) is now offering classes for the fashion loving junior-designer who wants to learn about fashion illustration. Teens will also be learning about the business of fashion.

The classes will be taught by Lisa Vian Hunter who has been sketching her own fashion line since 2004. Classes will be held in April, May and June. Contact for schedule information.

One-hour class for kids age 6-12, $50
• One-and-a-half hour class for teens ages 13-19, $60
• Fashion Illustration birthday parties for ages 6-12, $300

WHERE: Vian Hunter, 2841 E. Madison St.
HOURS: Mon-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm


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Crime Reports Mar 2014


A little over 30 incidents in our neighborhood were reported to the Seattle Police last month. Seven were car prowl thefts (signified on the map by green tiles with an auto containing a hole), four of which occurred in the Arboretum (some of the symbols on the map represent multiple occurrences). Four more incidents involved some type of monetary fraud or theft (green tiles with a dollar sign), including credit card theft, forgery, and identity theft.

There were three cases of threat or harassment (red tiles with an exclamation point) three of property damage or graffiti (green tiles with spray paint can) and, more seriously, three break-ins or burglaries (green tiles with eight-pointed star).

1. During the early evening of March 2 someone entered a home close to 26th and Union through an unlocked back door. The intruder stole various items not listed in the police report and left before the owners returned home.

2. On March 8 a neighbor reported that the front door of a rental house on 24th Ave. had been kicked open. The police searched the house and concluded that whoever kicked open the front door had probably left through the back of the house. When notified, the tenants discovered that the intruder(s) had taken some laptops and a video game console.

3. Sometime between March 18th and March 20th someone broke into a basement storage room of a specialty store on Union Street. Apparently nothing was taken from the storage room, although the intruder left a blanket in the room and vomit on the floor.

Also among the more serious incidents during March were a mugging (red tile with eye mask) on Pike St. close to 25th Ave. on March 25 (a detailed police report on this incident is not available), a non-aggravated assault (red tile with fist) close to 23rd and Madison on March 22nd, and a firearms discharge (blue tile with revolver) on March 30th.

A glance at the police reports map shows three main locations for incidents in our neighborhood, the Arboretum (car prowls), Union St. (both property crimes and crimes against persons) and Madison St. (ditto). Like Madison Park and Montlake, our neighborhood had relatively little crime compared to neighborhoods to our south, east, and north (U district). You can see this, as well as gaining additional information on the March police reports, by visiting the SPD’s police reports website. Up-to-date information for April is also available there.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Pets of Madison Valley Apr 2014


Here are this month's visitors to All The Best Pet Care. The first fellow is a regular, a bulldog named Tank, shown below testing the wool bed. Tank's a devout follower of the mantra “If it fits, it sits.”


The second is a first-time visitor who came dressed in his Jurassic best!


The third ... Frenchie party, table for three!



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McGilvra Elementary Offering Centennial Brick Pavers Until June 1st


Dear Community Members,

McGilvra Elementary is offering brick pavers to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. These lovely bricks will be placed in the walkway leading up to the school over the summer.

McGilvra Paver

You can choose a 4x9, 9x9, or 18x18 brick for $150, $500, or $1,000 with your business, children or family name. If you need a form, please email or Please turn in your completed order form with a check to the school office or mail to:

McGilvra PTA
4111 E. Madison Street, #46
Seattle, WA 98112

Please turn in your orders by June 1st.

Thank You!


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Dance Classes

APRIL 7, 2014 | EDITOR

Well-known instructor and trainer Chris Daigre is offering his signature dance class to Madison Valley residents. danceDaigre is an energetic discovery of modern hip-hop, jazz and Latin-inspired choreography. Students learn dance combinations piece by piece, building up to a full routine by the end of class. Chris says the workout strengthens your body, engages your mind, and ignites your soul.

Denali Fitness–Madison Park
3130 E Madison St. #104, Seattle WA 98112
(206) 325-3300
Thursdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., drop-ins welcome.


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McGilvra Elementary Celebrates 100 Years With Auction


McGilvra Elementary celebrated its 100th anniversary with its biennial auction on Saturday March 22nd, at Showbox SODO. Close to 300 guests attended including current families, McGilvra Alumni, and incoming kindergarten families. The night's events were hosted by Ken Carson, who was returning for his fourth McGilvra auction. John Platt and his staff from St. Cloud's provided the catering. 

McGilvra Auction Image

The event had over 300 items donated from families, local businesses, and McGilvra teachers and staff. Some of the more popular items were Principal for A Day, where a student gets to make a new rule for that day, monitor lunch, and recess activities. A Seahawks VIP preseason training camp and a Shark Trip to the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco were also big money raisers. 

McGilvra would like to thank all of the local businesses that donated to the auction this year. Our staff and students are so grateful for your generosity. With continued cuts in education, the school relies more than ever on donations from parents and community members. Over 75% of the classrooms have a student to teacher ratio of 29:1. The money raised from the PTA pays for the art program, a part time school counselor, a math and reading specialist, part time classroom tutors, and technology and library grants. 

McGilvra would especially like to thank its Presenting Sponsors; Dan and Larry Wilcynski from Wilcynski Partners, Mark Everts from Cobalt Mortgage, Dr. Lora Shahine and Partners from Pacific NW Fertility, and Chris Husband from CleanScapes. We would like to thank Platinum Sponsor Shawn Plaster from The Plaster Group, Gold Sponsor, Park Shore Senior Living, and Bronze Sponsor, Dr. Keith B. Wong. McGilvra would also like to thank its advertisers Kevin Trombold from Trombold Law, Wally Green from AllState, and Park Postal. Hemlock Printing was a major contributor by donating the catalogs and PaperlinX donated the bid paddles. Uber car service was instrumental in getting people to and from the auction safely while providing a generous discount to auction ticket holders. McGilvra would also like to thank local artist, Richard Carl Lehman, for use of his beautiful illustration of the school in many auction materials. Our school would not be the same without your support. Thank you!


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Two Important Upcoming City Events


logo-sns2014Seattle Neighborhood Summit is this Saturday April 5, 9 – noon, at the Seattle Center.

Come interact with elected officials, city departments, and each other. Learn how we can be more effective and share what is important to our neighborhood. I understand that over 400 people are registered and have filled out the survey, which has resulted in an exciting agenda that is now published on the website.

Childcare will be provided, and fun activities for children. Just note on the registration form that you are bringing your children. Even if you can’t make it, please fill out the survey. Between the networking and information at the event, and the survey results, our neighborhoods can be more effective in our abilities to work with each other and with the city government.

logo-seattle2035Seattle 2035

Please come to an open house Monday, April 14, 2014, 6 – 8 pm, at Miller Community Center.

How will Seattle be grow and be shaped for the next 20 years? Seattle 2035 is the yearlong project to update Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan, which addresses our housing, jobs, transportation, quality of life and environment. Alternatives are being studied now — that is where we come in. What are the important factors that make Seattle a great place to live and work? How should we grow? All comments are due by April 21 so the alternatives can be fully studied and the next phase of the process commence.

If you can’t attend the open house, but are interested in the current status, review this presentation, which has questions for consideration listed on page 43.

Send your comments about the alternatives or on the scope by email to or to, or by USPS using this form.


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Public Hearing on Seattle's Recreation Opportunities


We're trying to get the word out about the upcoming public hearing regarding a Parks District to provide stable, predictable funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation. The City Council is considering joining 17 other Washington cities in creating our own Parks District, and they need to hear from our community. 

Here are the meeting details:

Monday, April 7, 2014
6:00 PM Public Hearing
Council Chambers, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, 98104

Our parks contribute so much to our quality of life, and provide so many important programs and services for people across our city and at all age and income levels. As everyone knows, Parks took huge budget cuts during the Great Recession. Community centers are currently open at 50% of their capacity and Parks faces a $270 million parks maintenance backlog.

The City Council needs to hear that the community wants to restore equal access to recreation opportunities. Read more details about the recommendations.


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AFH Salon: Hair, Beauty, and Fashion



Annie Fisher Hair Salon

AFH Salon opened in August 2013, and we had our first photo shoot in January of this year. The pre-awards season inspired our team and we were excited to create a variety of looks. American Hustle generated a lot of buzz and we wanted to maintain that vibe. Our goal was to blend the nostalgia for the 60s and 70s with some of today’s current trends — big curls, sheath dresses, prints that work, and a sassy pixie cut is a must. It is important for AFH artists to know the trends and, more important, to be able to customizing each look to the model or client’s face and lifestyle.


Honey Skin Spa

Kendall Jacobsen (joining the team at Honey Skin Spa in Madison Valley) spent the morning doing the makeup. The results were a mix of dramatic eyes and natural looks — which is a lot of what we ended up seeing at the Oscars. Appropriate makeup was a necessity, considering the hair was in your face (figuratively speaking) and the clothes were bold. 


Lisa Vian Hunter

The wardrobe was provided by Lisa Vian Hunter (also located right here in Madison Valley). We loved the animal prints, big polka dots, glitter, and sequins — trends that have lasted over the decades. This spring season you will continue to see a lot of sequins/metallics and every shade of purple.


The stylists at AFH Salon are committed to continuing their education and keeping up with current trends. We invite you in for a complimentary consultation with any one of our passionate artists, or just to see our new salon!
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Meeting Minutes MVCC Mar 19, 2014


Read the minutes of the latest Madison Valley Community Council meeting.


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Pets of Madison Valley Mar 2014


Here are four irresistible customers who visited our store recently. First is Jack, a weekend regular, giving his sassiest face as he waits ever-so-patiently for his treats.

Pets: Jack


Next is Ruby who belongs to our own Jenna, modeling the vintage ski sweater (the perfect transition piece to take any stylish pup from winter to spring). 

Pets: Ruby


Third and fourth are two yet-unnamed 7-week-old babies. The pugglet was a surprise for a customer's ecstatic (and very responsible) daughter.

Pets: Pug Puppy


The border collie baby came in to share snuggles and her love of tendon chews. (We love the marbling on that nose!)

Pets: Border Collie Pup


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Artist Profile: Carla Dimitriou


Now showing at Baas Framing Studio, Carla Dimitriou's recent work in encaustic painting and mixed media on tar paper features a cast of animal, human, and mythological creatures. The raw, visceral textures create give these characters a strong visual presence that is at times both dark and humorous. Carla Dimitriou is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and the Vermont College of Norwich University. She is also co-owner of Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, a landmark Seattle jazz venue.

Dimitriou: Kiss Kiss
Kiss Kiss

An artist of rare intelligence, Dimitrious mixes empathy, ethics, and wit to create sumptuous images that provide ample food for thought. Her work can be found in numerous private collections throughout the Northwest and on her website.

Dimitriou: Happy Hour
Happy Hour at the Crowbar


Dimitriou: Bird on Brain
Bird on Brain


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New Community Cafe Opens


The Queen Bee Cafe located on the corner of E. Madison Street and 22nd Avenue, opened its doors for the first time to the Seattle community. 

Dwayne Clark, Founder and CEO of the local assisted-living company, Aegis Living, established the Queen Bee in memory of his mother. The owner’s admiration for his mother, Colleen Clark, was the inspiration to build the cafe. Colleen was a single mother of British roots who provided for her family as a hard-working line cook. 

“We are so excited to provide this neighborhood with a true community cafe,” stated Culinary Service Director, Justin Sledge. “Our focus is to give back to the community around us by donating all proceeds to one not-for-profit organization each quarter. We are honored to have partnered with the YMCA for the first quarter.” 

Whether your taste buds crave savory or sweet, the Queen Bee Cafe offers traditional English crumpets in a new way with locally sourced products and produce in tasty combinations, along with a cup of Stumptown coffee or espresso. 

The Queen Bee Cafe is open daily from 7am until 4pm. For more information about the Queen Bee Cafe, please contact Shannon Monaghan, Cafe Manager at


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Crime Reports Feb 2014


After a spike during the previous month, February 2014 saw a return to a more normal level in the number of reports to the police of crime in Madison Valley. As usual, incidents related to vehicles, including car prowl theft (8 cases), vehicle theft (6 cases) and license plate theft (1 case), constituted the largest proportion of the total number of police reports (36 cases). February also saw a rare arrest for drug possession in Madison Valley; on Feb. 13at 4:50 AM someone was arrested for cocaine possession on Madison near 20th. And surprisingly, there was only one incident during the month that the police judged serious enough to warrant a detailed incident description.

On Feb. 10 police were called to a home near 23rd and John by a resident who reported that he had been burglarized during the previous day. The resident also told the police that he had had his wallet and keys stolen from him during a robbery earlier that day and that he discovered the burglary upon returning home. It appears that the robbery didn’t occur in Madison Valley because there were no robberies reported here during February. Because there were no signs of forced entry, the victim and police concluded that the burglar(s) used the keys taken in the robbery to gain entrance to the home. The police report does not list the belongings stolen during the burglary.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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