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Barnard Griffin's tasting room in Vancouver, Washington, opened in 2020.

Washington winery Barnard Griffin and Seattle gelato shop Nutty Squirrel are adding their names to The Schoolhouse District mixed-use destination in downtown Woodinville, the project’s Kirkland-based real estate developer MainStreet Property Group LLC and partner HAL Real Estate announced today.

The Schoolhouse District is now fully leased, with the final retail partner to be announced soon, according to a news release.

Nutty Squirrel will open its space in June at 13205 N.E. 175th St., in the northeast end of the project, across from the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse. Barnard Griffin will open a 1,405-square-foot space this fall in the district’s “Wine Walk Row.”

“After many years of waiting for the right opportunity, we have finally found a home in Woodinville,” Deborah Barnard, co-owner at Barnard Griffin, said in the release.

The winery has tasting rooms at its original winery campus in Richland and in Vancouver, Washington.

In Woodinville, the company will highlight its limited-production reserve lots that are solely available through the company’s wine clubs and tasting rooms. 

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A sample of some of the treats at Nutty Squirrel.

Nutty Squirrel, a woman-owned, family-operated small business, was founded in Seattle in 2011 and has locations in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge and Magnolia neighborhoods. Known for its local gelato with a frequently changing menu of homemade flavors, the Woodinville location will offer artisanal gelato and sorbetto made in traditional and trendy rotating flavors. Most of the gelato flavors are gluten-free, and the shop always includes vegan options, said Tolga Seymen, executive chef, and co-owner.

Adjacent to the downtown soccer fields and City Hall, The Schoolhouse District is a new mixed-use destination that includes a residential community; restored historic Schoolhouse No. 23 and future home of Walla Walla Steak Co. & Crossbuck Brewing; Wine Walk Row, with nine wine-tasting and retail spaces; and additional ground-level retail space leased to local businesses, including Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Pizza Kitchen and Lisa Dupar’s Café Dupar.