Merchants old and new holding first ever 15th Ave E sidewalk festival

The merchants of 15th Ave E have declared the start of Capitol Hill’s fall festival season. If you’re ready to celebrate “all that makes 15th Avenue East so special,” you’ll be excited for the party being planned by the 15th Avenue East Merchants Association for this Sunday: 

15th Avenue East Sidewalk Fest Sunday September 7, 2-6 pm

We here at the 15th Avenue East Merchants Association are thrilled to announce our first ever event! The 15th Avenue East Sidewalk Fest will take place on what hopes to be a lovely fall afternoon on the commercial stretch of 15th Ave East from E. John St. to E. Mercer St.

As the name implies, this festival will all take place on the sidewalks in front of the shops and restaurants of our cozy corner of Capitol Hill.

There will be live music, modern dance, DJs, poetry readings, lots of free stuff, hair, health and beauty demos, tastings, and many of the participating merchants will be offering raffles for goods and services! We look forward to seeing our community come out and celebrate all that makes 15th Avenue East so special!

CHS last reported on the merchant group’s works in 2013 as restaurant and shop owners on the street got together to better represent the area in dealings with City Hall and in marketing efforts like Sunday’s street fair. Headed by longtime business owners in the area like Ross Kling of Rainbow Natural Remedies and Jeremy Hardy of Coastal Kitchen, the group takes a low key approach similar to the sometimes laid back style of 15th Ave. There are no Twitter accounts or Facebook pages.

There is the continued success and growth on 15th, however. New additions like Ada’s book shop and co-working space, and the newly overhauled Canterbury have been part of continuing the injection of new life in the street while longtime favorites like Hopvine, LibertyRed Balloon and Remedy Teas continue to do their things. More projects like Sur 16’s overhaul of the old Bagel Deli and the new Nuflours cafe are coming. As is more development. The merchant association members can hope events like Sunday can help maintain the unified spirit of the street.

4 thoughts on “Merchants old and new holding first ever 15th Ave E sidewalk festival

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  3. We plan to head up early, have some brunch, then enjoy our neighborhood shopping street.

    I’ve lived on the hill since 1976 and always planned to live here from my 20s into my old age. 15th is the way Broadway used to be: a business area that supports everyday living for the needs of all ages and live styles (cobbler, vets, drug store, notions shop, groceries, bookstore, service station, florist, stores for kids’ stuff….and it has a natural apothecary, tea shop, medical support, bakeries, restaurants, etc). Broadway is no longer a “neighborhood” — it’s a destination for mostly entertainment eating and shopping; 15th is still a place for lots of different people at all different stages of their lives.

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