Starbucks Roastery’s latest Capitol Hill innovation: ice cream + coffee is delicous

No this post is not an ad for Starbucks, they did not pay us to post this picture, and we are not (exactly) corporate shills (Image: Starbucks)

No this post is not an ad for Starbucks, they did not pay us to post this picture, and we are not (exactly) corporate shills (Image: Starbucks)

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is already a people magnet drawing thousands of visitors a week to the base of Capitol Hill. Now it has ice cream.

“There was a lot of coffee and ice cream drinking early in the day,” said Lillian Ontiveros, about the process of developing the ice cream centered coffee beverages the Roastery added to its menu. Like all good things Starbucks, be ready for whatever appears at the showcase cafes like the Roastery or Roy Street to eventually be rolled out globally at massive scale.

And we’ll call it… the Frappuccino!…

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Blotter | CD shooting, Boylston barricade resolved, and the infamous QFC self-checkout incident of 2016

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  • CD shooting: More gun violence near 27th and Spring injured a 96-year-old woman overnight. Police are calling the shooting in the 900 block of 27th Ave around 12:45 AM Monday a “targeted shooting” —
    Police are investigating after a Central District home was targeted in a drive-by shooting early Monday morning, leaving a 96-year-old woman with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 900 block of 27th Avenue at about 12:45 am, but were not able to immediately locate any suspects or property damage. Several hours later, around 4:50 am, police were again called to the same block, this time by the victim’s granddaughter, who reported her grandmother had sustained a gunshot wound to her leg. While police believe the elderly victim may have not been the intended target of this shooting, officers have responded to the home on numerous occasions to investigate shootings and other crimes targeting her other family members who also reside at the home. Seattle Fire responded and treated the 96-year-old victim for her injury and transported her to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment. Her injury is believed to be non-life-threatening. Officers recovered shell casings from in front of the house. Gang Unit detectives are investigating the incident. Continue reading

Seattle Parks says 2016 Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic a go

The route to saving Capitol Hill’s Independence Day picnic wasn’t pretty but it was apparently successful. Seattle Parks has announced that the 14th edition of the free community event will go on.

July 4th in Cal Anderson from noon to 4 PM, Parks and Rec has rallied to pull together free hot dogs for the first 500 people, a David Bowie Look-A-Like Contest, drag performance by Ms. Ryannah Doll, a Space Oddity Kids Costume Parade (“come dressed in your best outer space look”), face painting for kids, “and more!” Continue reading

Rooftop restaurant and ‘marketplace’ planned for 7-story Melrose/Pine development

unnamedIn a city that loves a good view, a seven-story high rooftop restaurant on the precipice of Capitol Hill overlooking downtown sounds like a no brainer. Connected to a ground floor “marketplace,” developers behind a planned project at Pine and Melrose are hoping to make a staggering addition to a burgeoning part of the neighborhood.

Plans from SolTerra developers call for a tiered mixed-used building to rise up where a parking lot now stands, and include 70 residential units, a top floor restaurant, and ground floor retail. A facade made of sloping terraces at Esker — a term for a ridge — are envisioned to give residents outdoor spaces with commanding views over downtown while dampening the roar of I-5 below.

“We want to take advantage of the views and Seattle doesn’t have a ton of rooftop hangout spots,” said SolTerra president Brian Heather. “Rather than just put this monolith there, we wanted something that would gracefully greet you as you come up the hill.”

For years, a parking lot at Pine and Melrose has served as the rather drab gateway to Capitol Hill from downtown. Continue reading

‘In celebration or tears,’ Shout Your Abortion rally planned for 10th and Pike

After a weekend of rallies and marches, more Capitol Hill mindfulness is being planned.

By Monday morning, the Supreme Court will have issued its first ruling in a decade on a case involving the right to have an abortion  No matter how the court rules, Monday night, a Shout Your Abortion rally will take place in Pike/Pine — “in celebration”… or “tears.”

#shoutyourabortion street art! The shirt says "everybody knows I had an abortion"

SYA 6/27/16
**6/27/16**10th & Pike**FREE/PUBLIC**



On Monday, June 27th, the Supreme Court will announce the most significant ruling on abortion rights in decades: Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt.

As a response to this SCOTUS decision, SYA has coordinated a nationwide series of actions that we will unveil to the public right here in Seattle on 6/27 at 9pm, at 10th and Pike, where we will gather in celebration or tears.

UPDATE: Celebration:

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5-3!!!! “Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.”

Original post: The decision will determine whether a Texas law that shuttered clinics across the state places an undue burden on women seeking an abortion:

Since the law at the center of the Supreme Court case–House Bill 2–was enacted in July 2013, the number of abortion clinics in Texas has dropped from 40 to 18. Currently, 100 counties are more than 100 miles away from the nearest Texas abortion facility — and 21 counties are more than 250 miles away.

“If the Supreme Court lets HB 2 stand, Texas will be left with NINE CLINICS for 5.4 million women of reproductive age and anti-choice legislators will continue to decimate abortion access with similar laws nationwide,” organizers of Monday’s event write. A decision ruling the Texas law unconstitutional would lead to clinics in that state reopening and open the door to similar laws being struck down in other parts of the country, organizers say.

Shout Your Abortion was started when Seattle writer Amelia Bonow used the phrase to publicly discuss the abortion she received at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Capitol Hill.

With the roar of Dykes on Bikes, love trumps hate at Broadway and John

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Saturday night’s Seattle Dyke March was the 22nd edition of the event — the march invited some new, well-known guests just in time.

For the first time, Dykes on Bikes, the “motorcycle honor guard responsible for claiming and holding space for dykes in the streets,” led the march. “We’ve heard for years that people want the Dykes on Bikes to lead the Dyke March,” organizer Whitney Fraser said. “The Dykes on Bikes really embody the energy and the excitement of our event, and command respect and attention in a way that no one else can.”

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Pikes/Pines | Capitol Hill — ‘largely mosquito free’

8473086326_8244bd5ee6_oA few weeks back, my girlfriend and I were unpacking after a camping trip, when I noticed red welts her shoulders. I’d been mildly aware of mosquitoes, but I’d brushed off her complaints as exaggeration. Now I saw the results. This reminded me that with summer here, we have mosquitoes to look forward to.

Mosquitos aren’t welcome in most circles. At best they leave us uncomfortable. At worst one bite from the wrong species with a belly full of nasty will transmit Dengue Fever, West Nile, or Zika Virus. Luckily, here in Seattle and on Capitol Hill, we live with low mosquito diversity and being in the city, it’s largely mosquito free.

However, mosquitoes don’t need much. When we leave rain water collected in, say, an upturned garbage can lid, and the weather is right, these insects can multiply like crazy. A female may lay between 100 to 200 eggs in a minimal amount of water, which can grow into adults, depending on the species and conditions, in as little as 5 days. Only the female mosquito wants to sip your blood because she uses it to develop eggs. Most species’ males are vegetarian, focusing their efforts on flower nectar or other plant matter.

There are around 3,500 named species of mosquitoes with more we’ve not yet described. Of that number, less than 200 are known to bite or bother humans (around 5%), the rest focus on other species or forgo completely. According to the Washington Department of Health, about 30 species of mosquitoes have been recorded in King County; only 22 are listed by the CDC as species found carrying diseases like West Nile Virus. The dreaded Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both known for carrying a bevy of scary diseases are not found here. One species that has been known to carry malaria has been found here, but that doesn’t mean it was infected (so don’t lose your s*#$). Continue reading

This week in CHS history | CD shooting, Ba Bar born, Dance Steps lawsuit settled

Ba Bar -- born 2012

Ba Bar — born 2012

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Trans* Pride 2016 dances through the rain on Capitol Hill

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An incredible downpour didn’t stop Trans* Pride — but it definitely made more than a few people including Gender Justice League organizer Danni Askini consider calling it a night to head somewhere warm and dry. Instead, they danced:

Again in 2016, a few thousand members of the LGBTQ communities and their allies joined the Trans* Pride March, ending at Cal Anderson Park. This year, the event came under the shadow of violence both far — and right here on Capitol Hill. As volunteers scrambled to set up the Trans* Pride rally grounds in Cal Anderson, Askini answered questions and stood by beating victim Michael Volz who described a horrible assault Wednesday night by an anti-trans attacker. “Part of our efforts to do things like Trans Pride Seattle is to create community and solidarity so that people do not feel isolated,” Askini said at the media conference.

During the rally, District 3 representative Kshama Sawant recalled the start of Trans* Pride in Seattle. “I remember only 2013 I was a candidate for City Council running as a socialist. Everybody thought that was crazy,” Sawant said. “People also thought it was crazy that was there was the first year we had our first Trans* Pride march and rally. And there was not a single politician here.”

“This year we forced the Seattle City Council — the entire Council — to declare today officially as Trans* Pride Day.”

Friday night, marchers came to support each other, to be visible, and because some say Sunday’s official Seattle Pride parade is overcrowded, commercial, and exploitative. Continue reading