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A look at two historic Green Lake convenience stores

What do you think? (11 Comments) August 30, 2010 at 1:50PM

Last week’s closure of Tangletown’s Meridian Market has prompted me to revisit some recent postings to flickr by the Seattle Municipal Archives.

O’Neil’s Grocery, a convenience store that once served the west side of Green Lake, can be seen here in this 1959 snapshot:

O'Neill's Grocery, 1959
Creative Commons License photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

O’Neil’s was located at 6522 Fremont Ave N.  In 1998, a permit was issued to change the location’s land use from “multi purpose convenience store” to “administrative offices.” The address is currently occupied by CancerLifeline‘s Dorothy O’Brien Center.

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This east Green Lake grocery store and deli, pictured here in 1956, was located at 301 NE 65th St:

65th and Latona, 1956
Creative Commons License photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

An interesting footnote: A November 26, 1941 Seattle Times article reports that a truck carrying a load of sawdust crashed through the corner doors of this grocery store. Earlier this summer, a similar incident took place at Petdaddy, the current business occupying this address.

11 Responses to “A look at two historic Green Lake convenience stores”

  1. Thanks for posting this, Amy. I love little history bits like this.

    When I opened my real estate company five years ago, the retail space at 301 NE 65th at Latona was available and I seriosuly considered it before opening my office three blocks away.

    I wish the best for Pet Daddy, who is there now, and encourage everyone to do business with local, independent, franchise-free businesses like Pet Daddy.

  2. guest says:

    Thanks for the picture of O’Neil’s. I’d never seen it before, although I live across the street from the site. Following O’Neil’s, the Greenlake PCC was there for a few years until it outgrew the location and moved to a new site across Aurora. More recently, I believe, the Cancer Lifeline land-use designation was changed from “administrative offices” to “community center”.

  3. Gunnar says:

    I like these posts. I live a block from Petdaddy, and it is fun to see old uses in these neighborhood commercial spaces.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the note! I had no idea that PCC was once there – interesting!

    It sounds like you may have lived in the neighborhood for awhile (at least longer than me – circa 2004) — if you ever have any historical tidbits/pics/etc that you would like to share, drop me a line. :)

    -amy (

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Gunnar! I live a block from PetDaddy too (On Latona, between Latona Pub and Peet’s) – howdy neighbor!