A new Pike/Pine headquarters for LGBTQ advocacy, health, and, yes, thrift and vintage shopping will celebrate a grand opening this weekend. Seattle’s first Out of the Closet thrift shop and the relocation of its sibling AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy will be officially opened with a Saturday morning ribbon cutting.
“We’re proud to partner with Gay City and provide an additional access point to testing and prevention services for community members,” said AHF’s Ses Soltani in a statement on the grand opening. “Gay City has a rich history of advocacy in King County and remains solid proponent of wellness in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.”
CHS first reported on the project here in May.
The new shop and pharmacy joins the relocated offices of Lifelong in the E Pike building between 10th and 11th formerly home to nearly 200 Polyclinic administrative employees. CHS reported earlier this year on the plans for Lifelong to make way for a new Bright Horizons daycare facility in its former E Seneca home. Slated to open in 2015, CHS advertiser Bright Horizons Seneca will provide care for nearly 200 “Infants, Toddlers, Preschool” and “Kindergarten Prep” kids.
Lifelong’s E Union thrift shop, by the way, remains and is itself getting an upgrade in coming months, according to permit filings.
Out of the Closet features “a wealth of unique finds” and also supports “global AIDS care by cycling 96 cents of every dollar earned into supporting AHF clinics,” the announcement on the opening says. It joins a healthy thrift and vintage Hill retail environment. Goodwill Seattle opened its Capitol Hill doors in May while nearby Value Village continues to say its long goodbye to 11th Ave. Red Light Vintage, Crossroads Trading, Take 2, Le Frock, Pretty Parlor, No Parking, and others also help keep the Hill’s recycled retail economy strong.
Out of the Closet Thrift Stores Seattle Grand Opening
Saturday, November 15th 10 AM to 2 PM
1016 East Pike
Here’s your chance to meet our team and learn more about AHF’s FREE HIV testing services, provided with community partner Gay City, in your neighborhood!
Join us for live entertainment with the fabulous Mama Tits and her saucy Mimosas with Mama co-stars Isabella Extynn St. James and Felix Manchild. AND, tour our new 5,000+ sq. ft. retail space and AHF Pharmacy, located in Seattle’s renowned Capitol Hill district.
Light refreshments will be served.
Ribbon Cutting will take place at 10:00 AM.
You can learn more at outofthecloset.org.