Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores:
Nelsen’s Grocery (1919-2001)

Photo Courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Archives
Photo Courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Archives

Many Queen Anne residents recall Nelsen’s Quality Grocery on 325 W. Galer Street, which is currently Top Pot Doughnuts.

Run by Donald Nelsen until 2001, it was the longest continuously-operated grocery store on Queen Anne Hill. It began business across the street in 1919 at 401 W. Galer as Nelsen’s Fancy and Staple Groceries, owned by Don’s aunt Elizabeth. Her brother Magnus — Don father — worked at Helgesen’s Grocery, a Norwegian market, and later joined his sister at Nelsen’s. The family had emigrated from Norway. …Continue reading “Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores:
Nelsen’s Grocery (1919-2001)”

Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores: First in a Series

In the first decade of the twentieth century, small neighborhood food stores – groceries, butcher stores, bakeries, and candy stores – began to appear along the busiest streets of Queen Anne. These small family businesses opened along streets where Seattle’s electric streetcars ran. Some of these streets were paved; others were dirt or wood planked.

Streetcar Line on 7th Ave W, 1911

By 1910, when the population of Seattle was approximately 240,000, there were four electric streetcar lines operating along the streets of Queen Anne. They were owned at that time by the Seattle Electric Company, a subsidiary of the Stone & Webster utility cartel.[i] Only the wealthy could afford horse-drawn carriages, and automobiles were a novelty, so most travel around Seattle was by electric streetcar. …Continue reading “Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores: First in a Series”

Expired Food

I got to thinking of the many foods which I have eaten over the years and which have basically either disappeared or been modernized out of all recognition, so I put together a list of foods to which I have a fondness but no longer can find. …Continue reading “Expired Food”