CHS Pics | 4th of July 2015 fireworks from Capitol Hill

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IMG_0358Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… we just hope you took your wretched refuse with you. Here is the view CHS found this year as thousands again chose a Capitol Hill vantage point to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks display over Lake Union. This year, CHS joined the largest Hill gathering point on the shores of I-5 at Lakeview and Belmont to take in the show. We also stopped by the annual Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic earlier Saturday as neighbors enjoyed free hot dogs and fun on a fourth day of +90F heat.IMG_0511

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Seattle Gay Scene: A brief history of The Seattle Eagle

SeattleEagleLogoSeattle Pride 2015 has come and gone and the Pike/Pine rainbow crosswalks aren’t quite as bright but there is still more to celebrate. Seattle Gay Scene points out an important anniversary for The Seattle Eagle which is celebrating 35 years of queer nightlife in 2015. Here’s how SGS’s “brief history” of the Eagle begins:

This year, the Seattle Eagle celebrates its 35th year of existence, making it the longest-surviving gay bar in Seattle.  (Not counting the Double Header in Pioneers Square, which is only nominally a gay bar during happy hour and before Seahawks’ games.)  My friend Kirk Calvo has asked me to share a few anecdotal recollections of the Eagle in its early years, so I’ll oblige with a few memories and observations that still pop out of the recesses of the gray matter…

When Jim and Lance, the original owners, took over the business in 1980, it was a mid-century “lounge” called Le Chateau.  The focal point of the bar, in the back near the restrooms, was a circular, gas fire-pit with oversized bean bag pillows surrounding it.  It was a favorite hang-out for some of the “ladies” of Pike Street.  Within a year or two, John and Lance undertook a remodel, eliminating the fire pit and expanding the service bar into an island running the length of the space and creating an upper-level catwalk along the west wall.  With the changed format, they also re-named the place, posting a large sign on the front of the building bearing the new name—J&L Saloon—across a stylized eagle.  The most prominent aspect of the sign was the bar’s motto: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.  Words that still apply.

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This week in CHS history | Bellevue/Denny standoff death, Broadway Grill hack arrest, Bluebird debut

8444573134_894cafb9f3Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:



CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 27,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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CHS Pics | USA! USA! Watching the Women’s World Cup on Capitol Hill

IMG_7726Here is the red, white, and blue scene we found in 12th Ave’s Rhein Haus this week as Team USA defeated Germany to move to the finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Sunday’s 4 PM final in Vancouver BC pits Team USA against Japan so, naturally, you should watch the game at Naka, Hana, Aoki, Shibumi, Momiji… if they have TVs.

Classic soccer viewing venues across the Hill include the Summit Pub and Cafe Presse and sports bars 95 Slide, Kessler’s, and Auto Battery, while watering holes on the Hill’s edges like the Roanoke, and the Bottleneck Lounge are also World Cup final-worthy venues. Meanwhile, new spaces like Stout and the relatively newly overhauled Canterbury have screens every which way you turn. Let us know about any special screenings or where you’re planning to watch the game — and make sure there’s room on the couch if you decide to invite CHS readers over.

Walk-up revolution: Kedai Makan to expand just around the corner from E Olive Way

The Bellevue Ave restaurant during its Spaghetti Western days (Image: CHS)

The Bellevue Ave restaurant during its Spaghetti Western days (Image: CHS)

This Independence Day, Capitol Hill celebrates a pillar of America: farmers-market food carts that grow into walk-up food counters that grow into sit-down restaurants.

Popular E Olive Way walk-up Kedai Makan is lighting off foodie fireworks with its Friday announcement that it will expand into the former La Bete space around the corner on Bellevue Ave.

“This is a game changer for us,” chef and co-owner Kevin Burzell said. “We can finally for the first time, cook; no home stove, no outdoor grills and tents. I’m very excited about cooking some new food. My soul needs it!”

The new Kedai Makan is planned to open on Bellevue Ave by September.

Burzell and Alysson Wilson haven’t said yet what will become of the Kedai walk-up space next to Montana and formerly home to Tacos Gringos but we’re pretty sure a Ramly Burger stand would do well. Continue reading

SPD seeks community feedback for East Precinct’s ‘Micro Community Policing Plan’

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 7.48.03 PMSPD’s latest SeaStat analytics-focused policing report (PDF) featured the current Capitol Hill “micro community policing” priorities and the previous period’s numbers on assaults and robberies.

CHS saw an email looking for responses about public safety sent to an area community group and asked for information about the process — and if we could share the opportunity to respond with CHS readers.

Here’s what SPD research assistant Matt Thomas tells CHS about the call for feedback to inform SPD’s Micro Community Policing Plan for the East Precinct:

The questions are meant to engage the community regarding their feelings/opinions of public safety issues in their neighborhood and what they would like to see from the Seattle Police Department in order to solve them.  This is part of the Micro-Community Policing Plans, which are an ongoing initiative to increase feelings of safety and quality of life around Seattle.  My job as a Research Assistant is to assist SPD with the implementation of these plans, as well as to observe the process and outcome of the plans.

CHS wrote about the community policing plans here.

Here are the three questions being asked:

1. What are the top three public safety issues that create a sense of fear for you in your neighborhood?
2. How do your public safety concerns fit into the larger public safety issues in the East Precinct?
3. Tell us what you want to see from the East Precinct in relation to the three public safety concerns you identified above?

If you’ve got opinions on how SPD should be protecting East Precinct, here’s the official survey document (DOCX). Send your responses to

High 5 Pie says goodbye to Capitol Hill, Mighty-O says hell-O

(Image: Mighty-O)

(Image: Mighty-O)

Mighty-O is bringing its classic Seattle organic and vegan-friendly donuts to Capitol Hill. But first we’ll have to finish our pie.

Capitol Hill food and drink entrepreneur Dani Cone announced Thursday that her five-year-old High 5 Pie has outgrown its original home at 12th and Madison and is “moving into a fantastic commercial production kitchen with our eyes on making even more pies and coming up with places to serve them to you.” The last day for High 5 Pie in the Trace Lofts building is being planned for July 19th.

The move, Cone said, will open the way for Mighty-O to create what will be its third shop in Seattle. Its second shop is planned to open in Ballard later this month. The original Mighty-O stands in Wallingford’s “historic Keystone building” just above Green Lake.

Apparently, Cone and Mighty-O’s Ryan Kellner go way back:

Old pals Ryan Kellner and Dani Cone first met when Ryan started Mighty-O and would deliver the donuts each morning to Caffe Vita on Capitol Hill, where Dani worked for many years. They’ve gotten to work together a lot since then, (Mighty-O even delivered pies to wholesale accounts for High 5 Pie for a while!) and share experiences as they built their businesses. Mighty-O will be an exciting and much anticipated addition to Capitol Hill and a perfect next step for the beautiful space at our little corner of The Hill.

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Man dies in 24th and Spring shooting

IMG_1799A man has died in a Central District shooting that comes after days of gun violence in the area.

Police were called to the 900 block of 24th Ave just before 4:30 PM to a report of a shooting. Arriving officers found a man down with a gunshot wound. Seattle Fire units were called to treat the victim as containment of the area was set up by police. Homicide and gang detectives were called to the scene as was a team from the department’s Crime Scene Investigation unit.

Mount Calvary Pastor Reggie Witherspoon identified the victim as an area resident in his 30s. “A young African American male is dead,” Witherspoon said. “That’s what I’m concerned about.” Witherspoon said the victim had a reputation of being a “good guy.”

UPDATE 7/3/2015: The victim’s name is Torrence Phillips according to people at the scene. An impromptu sidewalk memorial has been created at the site:

SPD’s Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that it is likely the victim was targeted and that this is not a case of an accidental shooting or a stray bullet. Whitcomb said East Precinct will increase patrols in the area heading into the holiday weekend.

SPD released this brief report on the murder investigation:

Detectives are investigating after a man in his 30’s was found shot to death in the Central District early Thursday evening. Witnesses began calling 911 after hearing what they believed to be multiple gunshots in the 900 block of 24 Ave just after 4PM.  Officers arrived and found a man lying on the ground dead from multiple gunshot wounds.  Homicide Detectives Crime Scene Investigators, and the Gang Unit are all investigating.  At this time ,detectives are working with neighbors to develop a description of the suspect. If you have any information about the crime please call the Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

IMG_1783A witness told police a black vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene following the shooting.

The incident follows a shooting early Tuesday morning near 23rd and Cherry that left one man with a gunshot wound to the arm, and a shooting last Thursday night at Powell Barnett park in which the male victim was shot in the chest. Tuesday night, another drive-by damaged a vehicle at 21st and James.

With reporting by Alex Garland and Bryan Cohen

You can now purchase ‘technical luxury’ at Kit and Ace Capitol Hill

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(Image: CHS)

IMG_5992Vancouver, BC-based Kit and Ace has opened on Pike just across the street from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Melrose Market.

The new store is a world away from the longtime former tenant of the space, Uncle Elizabeth’s, the last of Capitol Hill’s internet cafes. Demand for commercial space in Pike/Pine is reportedly high despite a flood of new construction. Occult and magick retailer Edge of the Circle got the boot from its 20-year-plus Pike home as its new landlord said it was fielding lots of interest for the space. Edge has since landed in the U-District. Nearby, a giant 10,000 square-foot mystery retailer is lined up for new construction. Meanwhile, the demand apparently has a new space to absorb as Atomic Cosmetics has shuttered.

CHS wrote about the arrival of Kit and Ace on Capitol Hill in June. The “technical luxury” clothing retailer was created by J.J. Wilson, son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, and J.J.’s stepmom Shannon Wilson.

So what, exactly, does “technical luxury” mean?

(Image: Kit and Ace)

(Image: Kit and Ace)

Luxury is in the details. From hem to neckline and from the inside out, we consider how you move throughout your day. We create fabric compositions that are versatile, functional and designed with your comfort in mind. Kit and Ace clothing gives you unrestrained freedom, so there are no limits to your range of motion. This is luxury made to live in.

J.J. told CHS “the Capitol Hill area is us” in June. With the new company plans to open 50 shops worldwide by the end of 2015, J.J. said Seattle’s new minimum wage laws were never a factor in deciding to open a store here. “We’re huge fans of the emerging creative class and the real estate factor has to be there — the right space on the right street,” Wilson said.

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