#BlackLivesMatterFriday takes over downtown Seattle malls, climbs Capitol Hill — UPDATE: Clash at Pine/Boren

A week of protest continued around downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill Friday as hundreds of protesters pushed their way inside Westlake Mall and Pacific Place before marching up Pine to Capitol Hill. UPDATE 4:02 PM: An attempt to stop the march from returning to downtown at Pine and Boren resulted in a clash between police and protesters that included SPD deploying flash bangs and the use of pepper spray.

Original report: A crowd of marchers around 200 people deep spent part of the cold and soaked afternoon marching through the streets around Broadway and Pike/Pine as the streets around East Precinct once again went into lockdown. In addition to the continued anger over the decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for shooting a black teen to death, the protest also included some specific Capitol Hill targets. The protest crowd stopped at 10th and Pike to rally where “Lost Lake, Cafe Vita, Comet Tavern & Neumos profile Somali Youth,” one journalist reported on Twitter. Continue reading

Shop the Hill: World Beads keeping DIY jewelers and Capitol Hill crafters happy one tiny treasure at a time

The name World Beads doesn’t do justice to what’s actually inside the storefront on Broadway. Sure, there’s a dizzying array of beads, semi-precious stones, and sparkly Swarovski crystals, but also behind the counter is a knowledgeable and crafty staff ready to help complete your next creation or readily offer their jewelry repair services.

“I think what makes us successful is our hands on approach to our customers,” said Melissa Ludin. “Helping nurture their creativity and passing on our knowledge of crafting,” she said.


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Since the 1990s, the boutique has featured beads from all around the world. The small bead shop has established itself in the community of capitol-hill crafters and DIY jewelers, a place where designers can stop by for supplies like wire, chains, and charms.

“We hope that in turn, people come and support our business and we can stay put despite the changing neighborhood,” said Ludin. “Rent gets higher and it’s harder to stay afloat when your items cost 15 cents!” Continue reading

Reminder: Seattle Marathon runners mean Sunday is a good day to walk around Capitol Hill

IMG_2620It’s a little embarrassing that we reduce 26.2 miles of physical challenge into a traffic alert but, well, the Seattle Marathon will close a lot of streets as it loops around and through Capitol Hill Sunday. Every year, some people are surprised by it. Don’t be some people.

More information on the route and timing (basically, all day) here. We like to watch from Interlaken, by the way.

Police say man brought ‘arsenal’ to Seattle Ferguson protest

A 31-year-old Covington man faces weapons charges after police say he brought an “arsenal” of guns and explosive fireworks to Monday night’s Ferguson protest that included a night of peaceful rallies and marches across downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill before clashes with police around I-5. From SPD:

A bystander alerted police to a suspicious man Monday and reported seeing him handling a road flare during a well-attended demonstration. Officers contacted the man, who told police he was carrying a loaded handgun, despite not having a concealed weapons permit. Police then discovered the man was also carrying a 7-inch knife in his backpack, and had a box of ammunition, an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a box full of large fireworks in his car.

Jeffrey Acord has been charged in Seattle Municipal Court for having a concealed firearm without a permit, carrying a “dangerous knife,” and possession of fireworks. Acord was released from jail Thursday night after posting $10,000 bail, according to King County Jail records. Continue reading

Weather alert: Forecasters don’t know how much but talking Seattle snow Saturday

November 2010 (Image: Melissa Ettman via Flickr)

November 2010 (Image: Melissa Ettman via Flickr)

While it seems unlikely to live up to the surprise of #snomg Thanksgiving week 2010, Saturday might bring snow to Capitol Hill. Here’s a “Special Weather Statement” for the region from the NWS:

WARM AND WET WEATHER WILL GIVE WAY TO MUCH COLDER CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE LOWLAND SNOW LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY……COLD AND WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTH INTERIOR LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY…

BIG CHANGES IN THE WEATHER WILL BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY MORNING AS A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVES SOUTH ACROSS THE REGION.THIS FRONT WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AND WINDY CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES WILL START OFF MILD IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS…IN THE LOWER 50S IN MOST AREAS…BUT WILL FALL THROUGH THE40S DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS AND INTO THE 30S FRIDAY EVENING.

A PUGET SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE IS EXPECTED TO FORM FRIDAY EVENING.WITH TEMPERATURES COOLING INTO THE LOWER TO MID 30S LATER FRIDAY NIGHT…SOME OF THE CONVERGENCE ZONE PRECIPITATION MAY FALL ASSNOW. THIS WILL AFFECT MAINLY SNOHOMISH COUNTY AND NORTH KING COUNTY.

THEN A MODIFIED ARCTIC FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH ACROSS THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY… Continue reading

The Central District harvesters of Alleycat Acres plant seed of idea for neighborhood pocket farms

IMG_4078IMG_4092The plan for developers Lake Union Partners to build a second mixed-use apartment project at 23rd and Union means change and some amount of displacement. But the farmers of the Alleycat Acres land at 22nd and Union, a patch of neighborhood farmland maintained by community members, seem ready for change.

“Our understanding and agreement with the developer is that they want us to stay there till the last responsible moment,” said Fisher Qua, farm coordinator of the space at 22nd and Union, told CHS. “They want the site to be active till they bring the bulldozer.”

The farm at 22nd and Union has been in existence since 2010 and has helped the community come together to produce and build relationships as well as fresh produce. The farm has yielded a variety of crops like potatoes, beans, garlic, flowers and northwest plants. Whatever is harvested is shared amongst the community members and then whatever is left is then donated to the community partners. Leftovers are often shared with various food banks and preschools and the farm in the past has even partnered up with the YWCA. Continue reading

What’s open on Capitol Hill Thanksgiving 2014 — Plus, Hill thanks thread

If you want to rest this Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you are resting. If you want to work, we hope there is a lot of work. And friendly, holiday tipping.

Below, we’ll collect a selection of notes about what is open for those of you looking to get out and about on the holiday. In the comments, you’re welcome to leave a note or two of Capitol Hill thanks. We’re thankful, for one, for a neighborhood that continues to give us so many great stories to cover.

Things to add, etc.? Message us via Twitter @jseattle or call/txt (206) 399-5959.

Happy Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Seattle Fire quickly knocks down E Crescent house fire — UPDATE

A fire reported in a two story, single family home on E Crescent Dr above Interlaken Park was quickly knocked down and extinguished by Seattle Fire Wednesday afternoon.

Arriving units found flames coming from the exterior of the house in the 2000 block of E Crescent. It was believed the fire only burned on the exterior of the home.

The fire marshal was called to investigate the fire’s cause.

The flames were first reported about 1:45 PM as multiple callers alerted 911 to the emergency.

There were no reported injuries.

UPDATE 11/27/14 9:30 PM: Seattle Fire has determined that the cause of the fire was fireplace ashes that had been disposed of in a bag on the porch. The blaze caused $65,000 in damage, according to the SFD estimate.

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Stateside’s take on French Vietnam by way of Capitol Hill joins the mix in Melrose

(Images: Stateside)

(Images: Stateside)

When CHS stopped by former Rookie of the Year Mamnoon (now growing into Melrose MVP status), the street in front of the new-era Middle Eastern restaurant was torn to hell as a City of Seattle crew installed a new gas line for a new restaurant around the corner that will likely be the next bright young superstar to emerge at the bottom of Capitol Hill.

Stateside has its utilities — with help from the mayor *and* the governor — and is ready for its debut on Pike with a soft opening this Thanksgiving weekend. Bring your opening weekend patience and prepare for a trip to Viêt-Nam. Continue reading

CHS Re:Take | Thank Quinault for all the fresh, dried and smoked fish

It’s not clear why the 1925 apartment building at Boylston and Mercer was named Quinault. Was it named after the tribe in Grays Harbor County in an attempt to give thanks to native peoples? If so, it’s no longer much of an honor.

The building was fabulous to begin with. An article announcing its opening in the 1925 Seattle Times had this to say:

“The most attractive, comfortable and modern apartment it was possible to produce. The Quinault presents many advanced ideas in planning and engineering… Each apartment is equipped with Murphy in-a-dor beds with double deck coil springs, said to be the last word in sleeping comfort. The corridor doors are of genuine Philippine mahogany of Laminex construction, their vertical ribbon grain harmonizing with the general interior. Halls are unusually wide, while each stair landing forms a lobby.”

The brick facade still looks attractive from the street. But the decades haven’t been kind to the interior of the Quinault. In a 2006 article titled Uneasy Living The Stranger writer Eli Sanders described it unflatteringly: “The building’s coherence ends at the front steps. Inside, a thick orange-and-red carpet with a loud 1970s geometric pattern spreads out…” A commenter named Quinault Ruined My Life added to the post in 2009, “The place is a dump, nothing is ever fixed, there’s dog shit in the hallways.” Continue reading