Another upscale shop is downscaling operations and shuttering its Capitol Hill retail presence. Revival Home and Garden owner Leah Steen announced she is closing her 12th Ave store and scaling back to a by-appointment office in Pike/Pine:
Enough with the cryptic philosophizing — after four years, we are closing our retail storefront to focus on our interior design business. And we couldn’t be more excited! The world of retail has been a wild ride and has opened doors to so many people, places, and things we would never have otherwise known, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Steen moved to the Hill in 2009 after launching her design business and home decor boutique in Georgetown.
In late January, CHS reported that children’s fine clothing retailer Flora and Henri was shutting its brick and mortar retail operations and leaving the Odd Fellows building. No new tenant for that space has been announced.
The 12th Ave space in the Ballou Wright Building, however, won’t go empty for long, we’re told. A representative for building owner Hunters Capital said a new design business is lined up for space.
If you’re going to try to establish trends in the Capitol Hill retail space from the move, make sure to include two recent openings in your equations. Nightlife entrepreneur Marcus Lalario recently opened skate fashion shop Alive and Well on E Pike while a trio of fashion entrepreneurs have restored vintage on 10th Ave with the opening of Kaleidoscope Vision in the previous home of Atlas Clothing.
Meanwhile, downtown got some unfortunate retail news depending on where you come down on JC Penney. The Seattle Times reports city real estate sources are saying the national retailer’s new CEO has nixed plans for a downtown store at 3rd and Pike. Last we heard, a Target is still planned for 2nd Ave. We speculated on what these major retailer moves meant for Capitol Hill here. What’s it all mean now that JC Penney won’t be moving in? We give up. Maybe you can tell us.