There was an e-mail string flying around the Hill this weekend about the need to ‘save’ Elliott Bay Book Company in the wake of news that the much-loved Pioneer Square store is struggling to stay in business. Everybody gets books for the holidays this year.
But here’s a CHS news bulletin for you: Many of the same conditions trying to rip Elliott Bay from its foundation are assaulting independent Capitol Hill businesses.
So far, we’re ahead in the what’s closed vs. the what’s opened tally — at least in quantitative terms. But we’re nowhere near a safe harbor yet even as the economic storm settles.
And the long-term trend is a tough one. I bought an expensive camera this weekend. I have no idea when the last camera shop on Capitol Hill went out of business.
Sorry, Elliott Bay, but you’re on your own. We’ve got the Hill to worry about. Somebody should send around an e-mail about Capitol Hill indie retailers. Not every one can be ‘saved’ — and not all should be. There is a time for change. But if you have a Hill favorite, now is the time to start up your grassroots, viral marketing campaign for it. Tell a friend.