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CHS Pics | Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day filled with blessings and song — and rent

It has been five years since Seattle proclaimed the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day. And while it hasn’t yet grown to the point where the state’s school kids get the day off, the Columbus Day past once again gave way to a day of blessings, dance, and song through the streets of downtown Seattle and at City Hall — and rent for what many feel is owed.

Some chose the day to announce their decision to compensate the Duwamish and recognize “the Tribe has yet to be justly compensated for their land, resources, and livelihood.” Continue reading

Who shot who? Police aren’t sure but one charged in Baltic Room shootout

Police weren’t sure who shot who but one person who was hit in the last call Saturday shooting outside Capitol Hill nightclub The Baltic Room has been charged with illegal gun possession.

Amrico Flight, 30, was charged last week with first degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Police say the convicted felon was stopped by arriving officers at the Saturday, October 5th shooting as he tried to limp from the scene after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his left torso, left arm, left leg, and “hip area.” Continue reading

Perfect Copy and Print cleans up old Lather Daddy space for new home after move from Broadway

(Image: Perfect Copy and Print)

Legendarily named Lather Daddy is long gone, Phoenix Comics is happily expanded on Broadway, and longtime neighborhood service provider Perfect Copy and Print has found a new infrastructure-laden home on 12th Ave. Everybody loves a happy ending.

The copy shop is now open in the former laundromat space after a few months-long hunt for a new Capitol Hill home. After nearly 30 years of business on Capitol Hill, owner Asif Alvi was facing yet another move after holding out for years as Broadway was torn up for streetcar, light rail, and development projects. His concerns about finding another space in the neighborhood with the infrastructure required for multiple large copiers and printers were met with opportunity in the former Lather Daddy space. Turns out that washers and dryers also needed a system with plenty of juice. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Gaffney House lined up for new life with overhaul as child care center — UPDATE

A Capitol Hill assisted living facility’s next life will be as a 8,400-square-foot, three-story day care.

Gaffney House, the longtime assisted living facility for residents living with dementia in a 1906-built mansion at 17th and Madison, is being lined up by the company behind E Olive Way’s International Montessori Academy to become a “child care center”  with a day care and “early learning center,” according to preliminary permit work with the city.

The E Olive Way academy’s owner Yimin Chen has not responded to CHS’s questions about the project. The Gaffney House property was listed for sale for $3.6 million in mid 2018. The price dropped to $2.75 million at some point and the property is currently listed as “pending.” Chen is listed as the property owner in planning documents. Continue reading

With craft old fashioneds, fancy fritters, and holes of the highest standard, Half and Half Doughnut Co. now open on Capitol Hill

(Image: Half and Half Doughnut Co.)

Here is the bad news. You live in a neighborhood where a craft old-fashioned doughnut costs $2.75. The good news? It might be the best old fashioned you’ve ever had.

Also, you should eat fewer doughnuts anyhow.

Half and Half Doughnut Co. — from the man who helped grow Top Pot from Summit Ave to the largest scale doughnut operation in the city — is now open on E Pike with a case full of filled old-fashioneds, fritters, and a craft take on the overlooked but now risen to new heights doughnut holes — here called bomba or bombs.

After a quiet weekend start, expect a busy Tuesday morning in the new shop. Continue reading

Capitol Hill shop suffers $51K jewelry heist

Security image provided by Fresh Tangerine

Capitol Hill retailer and designer Fresh Tangerine suffered a devastating hit to the young business after an early morning burglary last week that emptied the E Pine store of thousands of dollars — and months of work — in handmade jewelry.

“We lost 2,085 pieces of inventory which is a retail value of $51,887 along with a couple of other of jewelry items from our cash drawer,” owner Kim Kogane said of the Thursday, October 10th, 5 AM break-in. “It took us a couple of months to create that much inventory and plus all of the labor from Operations to Quality Control everything, package it, and transport it to the store. It is a devastating loss for the business especially as we move into our busiest time of year.” Continue reading

43rd District Democrats make move to Capitol Hill

Fresh off making “history” with the group’s endorsement choice in the Seattle District 3 race for City Council, the 43rd District Democrats are bringing their monthly meetings to Capitol Hill:

We’re MOVING! Our next general meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm at Seattle Central College.

Enter through the main doors of the college, go to the left, and we’re just down the hall — room BE 1110.

Be sure to RSVP going on our facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/274492786568352/

In recent years, the influential political group has gathered in the University District for its meetings and endorsement sessions. Tuesday’s meeting will include two new resolutions — one a “Rent Control Resolution” and another “End Sex Work Arrests Resolution.”

The group meets every third Tuesday.

The 43rd was also busy in the neighborhood over the weekend canvassing for D3 Socialist Alternative incumbent Kshama Sawant in her race against challenger Egan Orion.

It’s not every election year you’ll find the Democratic-focused group working to get out the vote for someone outside the party.

In September, the 43rd voted to endorse Sawant, the first ever endorsement of a non-Democrat by the 43rd District group.

Ballots are slated to be mailed out Wednesday for the November 5th General Election. Thursday, the drop boxes open. You can find all of CHS’s Election 2019 coverage here.


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Spacecraft launching a space for ‘people who don’t necessarily consider themselves artists’ to create art above Broadway

A recent Spacecraft work party (Image: Spacecraft)

One of Capitol Hill’s oldest homes for creative retail spaces and restaurants is making space for a crafty new addition.

Spacecraft, a community arts and craft space targeting “screen addicted adults” and “people who don’t necessarily consider themselves artists,” is getting its final coats of paint and collecting supplies for a planned October opening in the 101-year-old Broadway Alley building.

“I’ve always been crafty, always kind of a dabbler,” Alison Cantor tells CHS. Describing how challenging it is to find space to do those things with “people living in smaller and smaller spaces,” Cantor says Spacecraft will be a place to spread your project out and work on your art somewhere better than the kitchen table.

“It’s a community where people can come and make art,” she said. Continue reading

The Baltic Room’s new owners say taking shooting response ‘very seriously’

(Image: The Baltic Room)

Charges haven’t yet been filed against the shooter but the club’s new owners say they are taking action after last weekend’s early morning shooting outside Capitol Hill nightclub The Baltic Room.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and strive to provide an enjoyable experience while maintaining safety of all patrons, employees, and neighbors,” Rachel Keith told CHS in a statement about last Saturday’s 2 AM shooting that sent two to the hospital. Keith said the club has hired “a few more security guards,” and implemented an earlier last call time.

Keith tells CHS the Baltic was clearing out for the night “when a fight between a few people began in the middle of the street up past Woody’s.” Continue reading

The government says (Capitol Hill’s) rainbow crosswalks (spreading to Iowa) could be unsafe. Are they really? (No. No they are not.)

The New York Times got the media buzzing about something that has been making the rounds since last month when the federal government told the good people of Ames, Iowa to remove the city’s “inclusive” multi-colored crosswalks citing safety concerns.

The Ames City Council voted unanimously to ignore the request, the NYT reports. Continue reading