Biz notes | NuBe makes room for Brenthaven, Wells Fargo opens with Capitol Hill mural

(Image: Brenthaven)

(Image: Brenthaven)

Capitol Hill’s economy spans beyond food and drink. Let us know if there’s a business story on the Hill that we’ve missed.

  • You may have noticed that the Odd Fellows building’s corner tenant at 10th and Pine has consolidated. Environmentally friendly retailer NuBe Green says it is “reducing its footprint” to make room for a new store from Bellingham-based Brenthaven:

    We’re reducing the footprint of our Capitol Hill flagship store and welcoming a new neighbor to the corner of 10th and Pine. It means more hands-on retail in our corner of Capitol Hill, and more for the region to experience with our pop-up!

    Here’s what Brenthaven has to say about the move:

    We are excited to announce the opening of the Brenthaven mobile tech accessories store in the Odd Fellows Building on the corner of 10th and Pine. Brenthaven is the leading supplier of innovative, high quality mobile tech accessories like iPad cases, iPhone cases and laptop bags (  The company started in Bellingham in 1980 and is now headquartered in Pioneer Square.  The new location on Capitol Hill will be the brand flagship store and the Seattle destination for entrepreneurs, creatives and tech lovers who want to stay connected with their digital world.  Among the offerings will be a collection of battery-powered laptop bags that can be customized and will be made in the company’s production facility in Bellingham, Washington.  The store will open in mid-July.

    Squeezing more into the spaces along 10th Ave seems to be the trend. Upscale clothier Totokaelo built down to add its new men’s shop earlier this year.

  • Broadway’s latest bank opens today — and they’re pretty damn proud of their Capitol Hill mural:

    Construction is close to completion on a new Wells Fargo banking store at Broadway Market in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, 401 Broadway Ave East. The 2,500 square-foot store is set to open Thursday, June 20.

    Store Manager Adrienne Parrish will lead about eight Wells Fargo team members who will provide a complete range of financial services, including consumer and business banking, loans and lines of credit, financial investing, mortgages and insurance services. The new store will feature four teller windows, ATM, a historic mural highlighting the neighborhood’s unique history (see attachment with Mural Key), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver-certified design. The new store will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 12.04.02 PM

  • Believe it or not, there’s a solid rumor of yet one more bank — at least — coming to Broadway. We hope to have more on it, soon.
  • 12th Ave’s Sheridan + Company is closing. CHS talked to former TV producer Jason Mathews about his interior design business here in 2012. We’ve reached out but never heard more about his reasons for closing now.
  • Sheila Hughes_black and whiteTis the season for new executive director’s at the Hill’s leading arts organizations. The Gage Academy has announced its search for a new director has successfully netted a new leader with Sheila Hughes, formerly of One Reel:

    Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce the appointment of Sheila Hughes to the position of Executive Director. Hughes will take over for outgoing Executive Director, Pamela Belyea, who co-founded Gage in 1990 with her husband, noted artist, author and speaker Gary Faigin. Hughes will begin her stewardship of the Capitol Hill arts and cultural center on August 12, 2013.

    The nonprofit has been active in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and features “fine-arts programs.” CHS recently reported that Michelle Dunn Marsh will be taking over the shutter trigger at 12th Ave’s Photo Center NW.

  • Recently anointed “startup of the year” Simply Measured is leaving its Capitol Hill offices on Belmont. We’ll have more on the move soon.
  • Capitol Hill-based startup Tred gets some love from the Seattle Times: “Seattle startup Tred aims to ease the pain by bringing cars to customers’ homes or offices for test drives, possibly saving them time and money. Tred, whose backers include former General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, makes its debut Wednesday after several months of local testing.”
  • CorePower Yoga has finally opened in the Joule building on the north end of Broadway. CHS wrote about the plan for the large studio as part of the big development’s challenging retail mix last spring.
  • There’s a new tenant in Capitol Hill Housing’s The Jefferson building at 12th and Jeff:

    Arcaro Boxing Gym signed a lease with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) for a street-level space in its Jefferson apartment building at 12th Avenue and E. Jefferson Street in the Central District. The gym will offer coaching for non-competitive, amateur and professional boxers.

    Owner Tricia Arcaro Turton is a resident of Seattle’s Central District and has been coaching boxers since 2004. She is currently coaching Olympic hopeful Jen Hamann, 2013 Continental Champion and 2013 USA Boxing National Champion.

  • Broadway African import store Masai has going out of business signs up. They appear to be new given this. With Ooba Tooba’s demise, could get a little lonely in this part of Broadway.
  • Does your Capitol Hill-located day camp business still have openings for the summer? Let us know — we’re working on a post.
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5 thoughts on “Biz notes | NuBe makes room for Brenthaven, Wells Fargo opens with Capitol Hill mural

  1. well if it has to be another bank on Broadway, How about Columbia State Bank? They’re a local bank. I’m kinda on overload when it comes to monster banks.

  2. It’s always nice to get to know your new neighbors. Try this just for fun. Type “Wells Fargo fined” into a Google search and spend a few hours exploring what your new neighbors have been up to over the years. One of my favorites shows up around page 18, where you’ll find these two stories juxtaposed:

    “Wells Fargo Fires Employee For Stealing a Dime in 1963 – ABC News”

    “Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Laundered $378 Billion In Mexican Drug Cartel Cash & Paid A Fine Of Less Than 2% Of Their 2009 Profit”

    It’d be laughable if it wasn’t so sad, reading about how “[t]he U.S. Department of Justice said it went after Wells Fargo after finding it had conned black and Hispanic borrowers into paying more than white homeowners – ‘not based on borrower risk, but because of their race or national origin.’” (Noel Brinkerhoff on [July 16, 2012])

    It sickens me to walk by these places, let alone do business with them (which I refuse to do). It’s like having monuments to liars and thieves throughout the neighborhood.

  3. I’m bummed that banks are taking up so much valuable storefronts along Broadway, especially since they all have “banking hours,” which means they are pretty much dead spaces after 5pm. Sad.