We hope you have had a chance to Shop the Hill this holiday season — we’ll continue to highlight local gift ideas (“new pure copper slabs combat lethargy and passivity while stimulating optimism“) and deals through the coming weeks.
This weekend brings a handful of craft gift shops to the Hill including Canoe Social Club’s Bizarre Bazaar, a holiday art fair at Vermillion and the NEST pop-up boutique on Bellevue Ave.
You probably know somebody you really, really love who needs this Madsen Modern Hans Wegner Rocking Chair
It’s also coming up on crunch time so you might want to bring technology to play in finding gifts for loved ones.
There are lots of Capitol Hill-based artists, crafters and creators to choose from online. Below, we’ve highlighted a few.
Please let us know about your online shop in *and* Capitol Hill connection in the comments below.
- Sarah Hood Jewelry — Etsy
I’m a Capitol Hill born and raised jeweler who went through the (now defunct) jewelry program at the School of Art at UW, and I now make and sell my work through my own studio here in Seattle. I specialize in custom wedding and commitment rings and also ready-to-wear pieces of all kinds. You can see my work in person downtown at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery or visit my Etsy shop for an even larger selection. I love custom work so don’t hesitate to get in touch for that special piece!
- Madsen Modern — Etsy
Capitol Hill-based Madsen Modern, run by brothers Brandon and Brian Madsen, offers high-quality mid-century and Danish Modern furniture at affordable prices.
- Pistil Books — Etsy
A Capitol Hill bookstore since 1993; online only since 2001. You can pick up your books at our Capitol Hill office/warehouse. We have almost 13,000 used books in all categories, and many are in new condition. http://www.pistilbooks.netWe also have an Etsy shop for cool vintage books, recycled blank books, and collage and paper art.
Many of your favorite Hill merchants also have excellent online commerce sites. Check them out if you’re in a pinch.
There are moments when the confluence of events mix together in perfect alignment to tell a story about our time and place on this planet. Wednesday night, this exact sort of confluence is being planned for the Narwhal, deep below E Pike:
(Not PBR (but funny?) –>)
Free Show with Monogamy Party + Pics with Mama Tits as Mrs. Santa
9 PM - Narwhal 1118 East Pike Street
Sailor Jerry, PBR and Narwhal are throwing a holy-shit-awesome FREE party with Monogamy Party and Trash Fire. There’ll be drink specials and the one and only MAMMA TITS of Mimosa’s With Mamma posing for (Mrs)Santa photos! We will also be doing raffles for really awesome PBR/Sailor Jerry shwag. Raffle tickets are $1 or free with cans of food!
In fact PBR will be giving away 1 free can of beer for 1 can of non-perishable food. *limit 1*
“Sorry,” organizers note, “we were not able to get our permits for free tattooing this time around.”
Whatever your reward, there are lots of food/coat/sock/etc. drives underway across the Hill. Happy holidays.
Two East Precinct officers on patrol — on foot — on E Pike (Image: CHS)
With a new mayor unveiling a hand-picked cast of characters at City Hall and heads rolling among SPD’s top brass as an interim chief hopes to hang onto his job by proving Seattle policing reforms are taking hold, the East Precinct has made a quieter change at the top.
A 33-year veteran of the force, Captain Mike Edwards now leads the precinct covering Capitol Hill and the Central District replacing Captain Ron Wilson who has retired after his own 37 years as a police in Seattle.
CHS found out about Wilson’s sudden departure and the change Tuesday morning when we noticed two SPD officers on foot patrol walking E Pike and had a brief chat. The foot beat is a short term “emphasis patrol” we’re told, but it could be the kind of popular development for the department Edwards will be perfectly timed to take credit for. We’d say go for it, by the way — East Precinct foot patrols are a consistent request when CHS surveys readers about improving Capitol Hill public safety. By Tuesday afternoon, SPD’s new Capt. Edwards bio was posted:
Captain Mike Edwards began his police career with the Seattle Police Department April 16, 1980. In his previous assignment as a Captain he commanded the Education & Training Section. Continue reading
A 2012 honoree (Image: STart)
Five great artists have been paired with five great nonprofits working to make a difference on Capitol Hill for the annual Stars on Broadway celebration. A lighting ceremony to unveil the new stars is Thursday night as part of the December Capitol Hill art walk. The annual Sound Transit and Capitol Hill Chamber effort honors local nonprofits with an artistically rendered star along the Big Red construction wall surrounding Broadway at John’s Capitol Hill Station construction site. You can see the 2010, 2011 and 2012 honorees here. The 2013 Stars and artist pairings are below.
STars on Broadway celebrates fourth year
Sound Transit, for the fourth year, is partnering with the Capitol Hill Chamber to shine a light on neighborhood non-profits that make life brighter for everyone on Capitol Hill.
Join us for a lighting ceremony:
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with Capitol Hill ArtBlitz
Meet at the corner of East John Street and Broadway
STart, Sound Transit’s art program, pairs an artist with a local organization selected by the Capitol Hill Chamber to create a custom STar inspired by the non-profit. These STars stay lit on the Capitol Hill Link light rail construction wall throughout the dark winter nights. The STars will be installed on the Capitol Hill Red Wall at East John Street and Broadway on Dec. 12. They will stay up through early February.
2013 Non-Profit STars on Broadway, and their STart artists:
A team of Seattle culinary stars has targeted an E Pike auto row-era building being restored to most of its old glory for a new venture.
We’re told the contracts haven’t yet been signed but permits indicate husband and wife chef team Rachel Yang and and Seif Chirchi are planning a 4,000 square-foot restaurant for the Greenus Building at Pike and Summit.
A newly licensed business registered to Yang and filed for the property’s address currently lists no name for the venture.
The building was the longtime home of Brocklind’s before the couple behind the old costume shop decided to retire and sell the auto row building to Capitol Hill developer Hunters Capital. Hunters opted to overhaul the Greenus as it plans an eight-story preservation and development project across the street. An earlier plan for Havana boss Quentin Ertel fell through earlier this year when the entrepreneur decided to pull out of his plans to create a Roman-style trattoria in the building.
Hopefully for Hunters, Yang and Chirchi will push through on their yet undisclosed food and drink project. Both Hunters and Yang declined to comment on the plans pending a deal between the parties. Continue reading
See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.
- Rash of Seattle U street robberies: Seattle University is warning students about a rash of crime in the past few days around the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. In the most serious incident, two suspects beat their victim and stole his car near 13th and Jefferson early Monday morning. According to the report on the incident, the two assailants stole a gold Honda Civic in the 1:25 AM attack. The suspects were described as two dark skinned males in their 20s, both around 6-foot tall and both had what the victim believed to be East African accents. Seattle Fire Department medics were called to the scene to treat the victim who was bleeding from the mouth. Continue reading
U-Link’s one tunneling mishap — an E Pike geyser in October 2011 (Image: CHS)
News spread Monday that the giant boring machine at work beneath Seattle to drill the new waterfront tunnel is stuck behind some sort of “mystery object” some 60 feet below the surface. It’s a reminder just how incredibly smooth the journey has been for the Sound Transit project to create the nearly three-mile-long set of twin tunnels and two stations that will connect through Capitol Hill to form the new U-Link light rail extension.
The duo of Sound Transit tunnel boring machines that worked on the project and completed the routes in May 2012 were “extraordinarily lucky and didn’t run into any unforeseen obstacles or major delays,” a Sound Transit spokesperson tells CHS. The only sign of trouble at the surface during the yearlong journey was this October 2011 incident when a burst of dirty water briefly flooded E Pike as one of several “observation wells” along the route that hadn’t been properly filled in allowed the boring machine’s concrete and grout to spew to the street above. Continue reading
Some of the kids from Stevens Elementary have their parents rallying for the 12. Riders of the 2 have gone through this before. Who will stand for route 25?
There’s a big slate of potential changes for bus routes on and across Capitol Hill given the seeming unlikelihood of Olympia coming up with a realistic plan for transportation funding.
Tuesday brings a public airing of “community feedback” about the proposed cuts:
Downtown Seattle Service Reduction Public Meeting
Tue, December 10, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Union Station, 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
Created by email@example.com
Description: Come talk with Metro staff about the service reduction proposal. The meeting will be an open house format – with the option to participate in a short, interactive presentation and small group discussion from 1-1:30 pm.
If you aren’t the public meeting type and, like CHS, are booked between 12 and 2p, you can provide feedback on the cutbacks to firstname.lastname@example.org and via Metro’s service survey.
The service for Leonid Kalyuzhnyy was held Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Capitol Hill (Photo: Bryan Cohen)
The 51-year-old man who was shot and killed by Seattle Police November 29th has been identified as Leonid Kalyuzhnyy. Kalyuzhnyy, known to friends as Len or Lenny, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.
A memorial service was held for Kalyuzhnyy Monday at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Capitol Hill. Several people close to Kalyuzhnyy have told CHS that he was from Russia and had served as a police officer or in the KGB, Soviet Russia’s secret police and counterintelligence agency.
East Precinct Officer Brad Devore shot Kalyuzhnyy early November 29th after Kalyuzhnyy allegedly fired a shot from a window of his 23rd and John apartment building. Neighbors told CHS that Kalyuzhnyy may have become aggravated over a money dispute. Devore is on paid administrative leave per department policy and a county inquest into the incident will likely follow.
Prior to moving into the Elizabeth James House, a Capitol Hill Housing building for elderly and disabled residents, Kalyuzhnyy lived on a sailboat moored at the Parkshore Marina near Rainier Beach. Bill Crawford, a friend who lived next to Kalyuzhnyy at the marina, told CHS Kalyuzhnyy had firearms training but never brandished firearms in public.
“It was out of character, he never ever behaved like that,” Crawford said. “He helped people a lot on the marina, doing carpentry work.”
Crawford said Kalyuzhnyy never discussed his law enforcement past in detail but said he was never aggressive in the time he knew him.
Tracie Mohnkern, who told CHS she started dating Kalyuzhnyy in July, said the man liked to spend his free time on his son’s boat and barbecuing near Lake Washington.
(Image: The Canterbury)
There will be no end-of-2013 New Year’s bash to say goodbye to this incarnation of 15th Ave E’s The Canterbury Ale & Eats. The more than 37-year-old dive will be open through Sunday before shutting down for a scrubbing and major overhaul to rebuild the much loved tavern under some familiar new owners.
Stefanie Roberge tells CHS that with the final days of her lease winding down, the time has simply come to close her version of the joint down.
“I’m hoping to run into a lot of old customers,” Roberge said. She and her husband David Roberge have managed to plan a much smoother exit after 13 years running the Canterbury than they originally feared when CHS talked to her about Capitol Hill Housing’s decision not to renew their lease earlier in 2013.
The new owners seem to know a few things about transitioning Capitol Hill dives into viable engines in the neighborhood’s new food+drink economy. Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse, apparently aware of a market inefficiency, also recently added the Comet Tavern to their holdings. That Pike/Pine dive’s overhaul including the removal of rotted wood and some extensive cosmetic upgrades to some quality old bones is likely a preview of what will come at 15th and Mercer as the Canterbury gets a facelift.
“Basically, Capitol Hill Housing wants a yuppie place,” Roberge told us when the new first broke earlier this year.
She was more diplomatic in announcing the end of business for her version of the Canterbury on December 15th. Roberge said the transition of the business to the new owners including the transfer of the Canterbury name has set the couple up for retirement. They’ll continue to live nearby. Roberge said she’ll probably be a customer of the new Canterbury.
For the rest of the week, however, the joint is still hers. The Canterbury’s Facebook page has been full of nostalgia even if all the bar stools haven’t been filled lately. Roberge hopes to see a few more familiar faces before the weekend ends. “Being around for so many years, there are a lot of old bartenders,” she said. “I haven’t heard from some of them in a long time.”
The truck’s owner says this man was caught on video breaking in and making off with tools
See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.
Some unwanted traditions of the holidays are back as package and car prowl seasons are at their height. Below are a few examples of where the bad guys and girls have been working and a note from SPD about a few things you can do to improve your odds of a happy December.
- Truck prowl: A car prowler working the area around the 700 block of Harvard Ave E was caught on video making a two-part visit for thievery from a parked truck full of tools and equipment. Here’s a note we received on the December 3rd incident from neighbor Steve:
This criminal busted a lock on our box truck & came back later to grab some tools. Continue reading
In late November, a commercial video crew attracted in part by a City of Seattle campaign to draw production work to the city wrapped shoots at the Odd Fellows building and Linda’s. This week brings another round of production to the photogenic neighborhood.
- A commercial shoot is underway Monday through 3 PM near 700 Broadway E, according to this flyer distributed to neighbors and shared with us.
- An apparently unauthorized crew was reportedly chased out of Trader Joe’s Sunday afternoon.
- An NBC News “true-crime” team is in the neighborhood this week to shoot a Mia Zapata episode, according to a call for extras:
Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is casting re-enactments for our second season of DEAD OF NIGHT, a true-crime documentary series airing on ID (Investigation Discovery). My name is Keisha Katz and I’m the Associate Producer for this particular episode. Along with my Producer, Ed, we will be shooting re-enactments in Seattle and will need extras on Monday, Dec. 9 from 3pm-5pm and Thursday, Dec. 12th from beginning at 1pm and ending by or before 6pm.
This episode is about Mia Zapata, who was the lead singer of the band, “The Gits” during the early 1990s grunge scene. Just as Mia was at the peak of her career, she was tragically killed. Her case went unsolved for 10 years until DNA technology led to the capture of the man who took her life. This man currently sits in jail. For Mia, however, her legacy lives on through the people that knew her and her music. On Monday we will be recreating a scene of the band performing, if selected as an extra you will be in the audience of their live show. On Thursday, we will be creating a bar scene and a restaurant scene.
Gig pays $10 per hour.