Thursday’s Capitol Hill Art Walk featured a small swarm of miniature art sales and a few shows with fun twists from La Croix to neon. Here are a few sugar-plum visions of a busy night for artful events around Capitol Hill.
After eight years of business, Anchovies and Olives will close to end 2017. Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell, one of the city’s most prolific chef/owners, says not to try to read too much into the closure. It’s not always about trends and demographics. Sometimes, it’s just time for restaurants to close.
“We’ve loved this restaurant,” Stowell said Thursday after the announcement of its planned December 31st last night of service at 15th and Pine. “You never want to close down a business. You wish everything was a home run.” Continue reading
Highly anticipated Westman’s Bagels and Coffee is nearly ready to serve up its first boiled and baked masterpieces with just the right amount of schmear — maybe even opening in time to enjoy a few of the final days of Chanukah. Sometimes big expectations get packed into small spaces on Capitol Hill.
“People are passionate about their bagels,” Monica Dimas tells CHS. “Their expectations can be based on a perfect bagel they had in New York 12 years ago.”
Dimas, a big player in making small spaces work, and baker Molly Westman hope to meet some of those expectations and bring a little NYC to E Madison when they hope to finally debut the new streetside cafe and bagel counter next week after months of anticipation. Continue reading
Proposals for transforming the lighting of Capitol Hill’s central Cal Anderson Park to make the space safer and friendlier to nighttime visitors were unveiled Thursday night at a community open house.
Here is a walk through the park with the elements recommended by Seattle design firm the Berger Partnership. Berger, by the way, has a lot to say about future lighting changes in the area around Cal Anderson. It is also leading the design of landscaping and lighting around the developments at Capitol Hill Station just north of the park.
Starting on the north end of the park, a visitor to a well-lit Cal Anderson would notice new “entry paving” wall lights at the park’s three northern entrance points. New globe lights would shine from the existing poles along the park’s pathways which would include base lights along the main sections of the path. Water mountain would be specially illuminated. Teletubby Hill would not. Continue reading
CHS caught up with Aurea Astro and Raider at the Holiday in the Park event at Volunteer Park. Raider is a pit bull/lab mix who is about seven. Raider is usually never without her ball but lost it on the way to the park that night. Aurea and Raider were united on Christmas Eve two years ago and so far “it has worked out” for the both of them. If you find Raider’s ball, let us know.
We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.
The Seattle-based coffee giant is pretty much ruining the joke. There won’t be a Starbucks on every corner on Broadway.
Employees at the Broadway and Republican location are telling customers that, come 2018, the shop will be “moving” to the new 101 Broadway building, across from Capitol Hill Station at Broadway and Denny.
CHS reported this summer on plans for a new Starbucks in the new mixed-use building near the busy transit station. Now it appears Starbucks corporate has deemed the old Broadway and Republican location unnecessary.
The closure will mark the second Starbucks to shutter on Capitol Hill to end 2017. Earlier this year, the 15th Ave E Starbucks — at one time an indie-styled experiment by the company — shuttered and will make way for a new Full Tilt ice cream shop.
Starbucks, meanwhile, isn’t the only big coffee chain closing cafes on the Hill. CHS reported on the lawsuit and the tax problems behind the closure of Tully’s after 20 years at 19th and Aloha.
As for what is next at Broadway and Republican, CHS doesn’t allow itself to indulge in straight up rumors too often but the exit of Starbucks on this end of Broadway might connect to persistent gossip we hear of a big brand pizza chain looking to expand its Capitol Hill presence. Feel free to speculate further in comments.
The Broadway and Republican Starbucks is slated for its final day of business on January 8th.
Capitol Hill remains fertile ground for coffee bean roasting but the area’s tight quarters will mean one player is downsizing its on-Hill operations. Victrola has announced it is moving its largest roaster to Lynnwood to focus its growing wholesale production in a new facility:
One of Seattle’s original specialty coffee roasters is getting a strong shot of focused energy and experience with the addition of Torsten Gohre as Director of Wholesale, as well as the establishment of a new production facility. Tor joined Victrola in July 2017, bringing his talents and expertise from 10 years as Western Region Sales Director for a Fortune 500 corporation, where he managed a portfolio of business across 13 states, contributing to 20% year-over-year growth for 10 consecutive years. Tor’s role at Victrola is to define and implement an optimal structure for wholesale operations and oversee all client relationships, including day-to-day service, education and new accounts. He will lead all business development and account management strategy, with a focus on expanding into new market segments such as lodging, airport, college and university, business and industry, and healthcare channels.
Victrola owner Dan Ollis tells CHS “space has become a real concern” at Victrola’s Pike roastery and cafe. “I’m sure you have seen the loading/unloading craziness,” he writes. “The Bigger Roaster will move, and the original roaster will stay in its place at 310 East Pike St.” Continue reading
An anomalously diverse body as far as Seattle’s community groups go, it is also a time of transition for the Capitol Hill Community Council: As it prepares for its annual winter open house where it gathers face to face community input on what the organization’s priorities should be for the new year, council president Zachary Dewolf will hand over the reigns to the current vice president Natalie Curtis.
“I’m really excited to see Natalie Curtis lead this really critical volunteer-led community organization,” Dewolf told CHS.
Dewolf, who has been with the council since early 2013, won a decisive victory in his bid for the Position 5 seat on the Seattle School Board and is leaving the council to focus on his new duties.
Curtis, a 32-year-old Texas transplant who has served on the council’s board in various capacities over the last four years and is currently completing a master’s in nonprofit leadership and public administration at Seattle University, says she wants to increase community involvement and build on the various progressive causes and initiatives that the the organization has championed in recent years.
“I want to focus on ways to really get the pulse of the community,” Curtis said. “I’m hoping to get the community more engaged and more on board in 2018.”
Among the issues that Curtis wants to prioritize are activating the public spaces surrounding the eventual new housing developments at the Capitol Hill light rail station (such as bringing the farmers market to the development on a regular basis), working with the Seattle City Council on improving the City’s policies towards un-sanctioned homeless encampments, increasing opportunities for community members to volunteer in the neighborhood, and establishing a supervised consumption site in Capitol Hill.
“Safe consumption sites are really at the top, top top of my radar,” Curtis said. “I really want to get those going.” Continue reading
Empty that Amazon shopping cart and head out Thursday night for a stroll through the Capitol Hill Art Walk and a collection of venues putting on special shows as part of the holiday edition of the monthly neighborhood event.
- Broadway pepper spray assault: A man reported a possible hate crime after a pepper spray attack last Thursday night on Capitol Hill. Police and Seattle Fire were called to CC Attle’s on E Olive Way around 8:30 PM on December 7th to a report that a man had been pepper sprayed in the face. The victim told police he believed he was attacked because he is gay:
Police say the victim described his attacker as an unknown race male, 5’10”, with a slim build and dreadlocks. He was wearing a dark overcoat at the time of the assault. Seattle Fire responded but the victim did not need to be taken to the hospital. SPD is investigating. There were no immediate arrests reported.
- QFC ‘crack’ assault: An employee at the Harvard Market QFC suffered an unusual assault after trying to deal with an unwanted visitor to the Pike and Broadway store last Friday. Police and Seattle fire were called to the scene just before noon to a report the employee was feeling dizzy after having what he believed to have been crack cocaine smoke blown in his face while trying to remove a trespasser from the property. SFD was called to treat the employee. We do not know what the substance was determined to be. There were no arrests.