As you celebrate the veterans of America’s armed services with free parking and reduced bus service, toss out a huzzah for a new corner shop at the base of Capitol Hill where Boren meets Pike.
Pike Grocery, the latest — and final! — creation of Won Williamson is slated to make its debut this Veterans Day Monday.
“This is my fourth,” Williamson said when CHS visited the about-to-open convenience, grocery, beer, wine, pet food, house goods, etc. store last week. “And my last.”
Earlier this summer when CHS first got word about the coming Pike Grocery, we called Williamson the Master of Mercantile for his string of recent grocery openings including the Thomas Street Market he debuted in 2011. Williamson didn’t say where he was turning his attention next but he did indicate he would hold onto ownership of Pike Grocery — at least for awhile — instead of selling it to relatives like he said the plan had been with Thomas Street.
Pike is the typical Williamson production. A wall of chips, lots of quality beer, some wine, enough fresh vegetables to stave off scurvy and impress your boyfriends and girlfriends and enough other stuff to save a trip up the Hill to QFC or keep you in the game until Amazon Fresh can stop by. There are a few other corner markets within walking distance but we probably wouldn’t really considering buying a block of cheddar cheese at any of them. Call us snobs.
Pike Grocery will also have coffee and offer deli sandwiches. It’s a bodega like the rest — but in birth phase. The opening of this kind of store is your opportunity to witness the formation of a thing that is among those that are “just there” as it becomes so. Enjoy it.
Pike should also be celebrated for putting a seemingly permanently empty retail space into motion. There are a handful of windows around the Hill that have never seen life beyond the stay of a temporary sales or construction office. Some seem doomed to their fate. Here is one that has transcended. Well done, Mr. Williamson. Best of luck on what comes next.