Community market stand small part of patching big hole with 23rd and Jackson Red Apple closure

(Image: Clean Greens)

When the Central District Red Apple closed this month as Vulcan readies plans to redevelop the store’s corner of 23rd and Jackson, residents of the CD lost a community resource and one of the only big grocery markets in the area. Lottie Cross, the director of Clean Greens, a nonprofit market stand and CSA, and 55-year resident of the Central District, came to the rescue. Providing no-pesticide, herbicide-free collard greens, potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkins, sweet corn, and many other vegetables, Clean Greens is filling a small part of the big hole left by Red Apple’s closure.

“They (Vulcan) came to me,” Cross tells CHS. “Last Saturday was our first day in the new location — we sold way more than usual. At least 50 people stopped by and almost bought us out.”

Formerly located at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Saturdays, the Clean Green market stand now pops up across the parking lot from the old Red Apple, near the Walgreens. According to Cross, Vulcan partnered with Clean Greens to provide access to healthy food “for as long as possible.” It’s up to the weather to decide how long the stand is there, but Cross expects to have a presence through December, and maybe after.

Cross tells CHS that any leftover vegetables go to Operation Sack Lunch, a nonprofit that provides free vegetarian meals throughout Seattle. Vulcan supplies a tent, and funding for one person to run the market stand, but other than that, it’s a purely volunteer organization. The purchase of seeds, the lease, and payment for their farm manager, Tommie Willis, comes from money raised through the CSA program, which runs from July to October. Continue reading

Pipeline ‘Valve Turner’ comes to Capitol Hill for legal defense fundraiser

Michael Foster at Sole Repair Wednesday night (Images: Alex Garland)

In October 2016, Seattle’s Michael Foster traveled to North Dakota to turn valves on the Keystone Pipeline and disrupt the flow of tar sands oil from Canada. One of a handful of Valve Turners, he now faces decades in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, and trespass. Foster came to Capitol Hill this week to help raise funds to defend other Valve Turners.

“A year ago, it was long past time to take emergency action to stop the flow of tar sands oil, to stop coal, to stop not just the expansion in the new pipelines, but the existing flow has to be cut about 10% per year,” Foster said about his decision to take a stand for the environment. Continue reading

Spitballin’ Seattle | Safe Consumption Sites and Pike/Pine nightlife

Spitballin’ Seattle asks Capitol Hill denizens to give their two cents on local issues. In this episode, we asked folks hanging out in a sunny Cal Anderson about Safe Consumption Sites and Pike/Pine nightlife.

Spitballin’ Seattle is a monthly CHS video series developed by Brett Hamil and Alex Garland.

CHS Ink | Seth and Danielle, for a good cause

Names: Seth and Danielle
Location: 12th and Pike

We’re dusting off one of our favorite old CHS “shows.” CHS Ink is a semi-regular photo feature showcasing local tattoo work. To kick off the return, we visited Dark Age Tattoo at 12th and Pike over the weekend as the shop hosted its annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month with $50 tattoos and all proceeds going to charity. This year, Dark Age and Restorative Tattoo Arts teamed up to benefit Northwest Hope and Healing, an organization that provides financial assistance to women undergoing cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute. Seth and Danielle were part of Saturday’s scene. Seth’s mother survived breast cancer and the couple said they were free of their kids for a night and decided this would be a good way to spend their time and money. Continue reading

With grace and toughness, Honed brings custom jewelry to Chophouse Row

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One of the smallest new shops on Capitol Hill also might be one of its sturdiest. Jewelry designer Claire Kinder Barrett’s newly opened Honed features works that seek balance between grace and muscle.

“I always try to design delicate pieces that are also strong enough to make it through life,” Barrett told CHS during a recent visit. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Diva, the last Capitol Hill Pets pet… ever

img_2505Christina and her pup Diva, a Puggle, have been together now for three years. Christina says Diva is the “friendliest dog,” to all creatures, man or beast, but as residents of Capitol Hill, the two have had plenty of city living experiences. On one occasion, “she rolled in vomit” — apparent human vomit — that resulted in Diva being covered, Christina being disgusted, but their friendship being as strong as ever.

All things end. After 29 editions, it is time to archive our Capitol Hill Pets series and come up with some new ideas for Alex and Capitol Hill photographers to capture. Thanks Barley and Boo and Edison and Lady and Cow. It’s been fun.

Capitol Hill Pets | Rose and her Christmas sweater on E Pike

img_5657Bre and her little friend Rose had lived on Capitol Hill for only two weeks when we found them walking along Pike. Rose is an eight-year-old Japanese Chin/Pom mix and is quite fond of treats, go figure. Rose was rescued about 6 months ago and can usually be found with Bre, sometimes preferring to lay across her keyboard. Rose is sporting a brand new Christmas sweater, given to her by a friend of Bre on the same day we met. Miraculous.

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We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line. We also have amassed an excellent roster of submissions we’ll pull together for a special edition of Capitol Hill Pets. Thanks for all the mail!

Capitol Hill Pets | Dexter at Vita

Jessie McGee was having his coffee outside Caffe Vita with his little friend Dexter, a rat terrier/min pin mix, when we stopped to say hello. Dexter is not only an excellent friend, but he is also a service animal. Jessie told us, as he dug around in his wallet, “He’s the only dog that I know of that has ID.” Indeed, Dexter does have an ID, laminated and everything.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line. We also have amassed an excellent roster of submissions we’ll pull together soon for a special edition of Capitol Hill Pets. Thanks for all the mail!

Capitol Hill Pets | Sadie and friend for the night ‘craaazy Husky’ Chester at Chophouse Row

img_9958Emily, originally from Colorado and now a resident of Capitol Hill, was out with Sadie, a Border Collie mix just rescued from a shelter, and Chester, a “craaazy Husky,” on 11th Ave earlier this month. Chester is not a member of the family per se, but is a “DogVacay dog” (DogVacay is a pet sitting website similar to Rover). Sadie is new to the family, so she is a bit skittish. She also likes to jump but “tires quickly.” We feel you, Sadie.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line. We also have amassed an excellent roster of submissions we’ll pull together soon for a special edition of Capitol Hill Pets. Thanks for all the mail!

Capitol Hill Pets | Gentle giant Momo in Cal Anderson Park

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Momo the Old English Shepherd was found hanging out with Brenda in Cal Anderson Park. This was Momo’s first time to Cal Anderson but he will probably be seen more often as he lives just a few blocks away. Brenda, originally from Mexico, now lives on Capitol Hill and adopted her neighbor’s dog because he was too big for a new apartment. Despite Momo’s size, he’s a little timid, so be super sweet when you say hello.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line.