Chocolate bunnies pop up on Capitol Hill

(Image: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets)

(Image: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets)

Whatever your level of faith, it’s difficult to resist a chocolate bunny. Saturday, Capitol Hill will again host the annual pre-Easter pop-up of Dolcetta Artisan Sweets:

It’s almost time… stop by Sole Repair Shop tomorrow (Saturday) between 11 and 4 for handmade Easter treats – decorated chocolate bunnies, Easter egg macarons, chocolate covered nougat, colorful bonbons, and your favorite Dolcetta bars, truffles, and caramels.

11134090_910351475681913_579227808923137028_oMeanwhile, a more permanent provider of sweets and amazing chocolate creations just might have something left for your basket at Bakery Nouveau. Here are a few treats we found on Nouveau’s Facebook page:

Bakery Noveau is open 7 AM to 9 PM at 137 15th Ave E. Dolcetta Artisan Sweets pops up at Sole Repair at 1001 E Pike from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturday.

Here’s the 2015 list of 2015 Capitol Hill-area egg hunts.

Police arrest 15th Ave E 7-Eleven robbery suspect

The suspect in a 15th Ave E convenience store robbery was arrested by police Thursday afternoon only a few blocks from the scene of the crime.

Seattle Police were called to the 7-Eleven at 15th and Denny Thursday around noon after a clerk was found inside the store with minor injuries to his head.

Seattle Fire was called to the store around 12:12 PM to treat the clerk. The clerk told police the suspect had assaulted him and robbed the store.

Police searched the area for the suspect. A man matching the suspect description was taken into custody just minutes later near 12th and Howell. According to police radio, a witness was brought to the scene to identify the suspect.

Station 7 boutique to join 15th Ave E in former home of Capitol Hill’s ‘last video shop’

Sorry to Ethan Stowell and the other food and drink barons of Capitol Hill on a seemingly neverending quest for new spaces to conquer — 15th Ave E’s old fire station will not be yours.

Station 7, a “really fun art gallery with furniture, jewelry, and home goods,” will open this spring in the ground floor of the brick building at 15th Ave E and E Harrison formerly home to On 15th Video.

“I really wanted it to be close to home,” Danielle Yoakum Tilden tells CHS. “I wanted it to be a neighborhood thing.”

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Uncle Ike’s owner snatches up 15th Ave E property sought by tōk pot shop owner

Samuel Burke was well on his way to opening Capitol Hill’s first retail marijuana shop this spring, but a curveball from a surprising source is putting his plans on hold.

Late last month, Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg bought the 15th Ave E and E Republican building where Burke has been planning to open tōk. Eisenberg bought the Capitol Hill Veterinary Clinic for $1.5 million under his company Capitol Hill Holdings, LLC.

The acquisition gives Eisenberg a potential contingency plan if Uncle Ike’s is forced to move, though he didn’t rule out the possibility of leasing the property to Burke. “I have a lawsuit trying to force me to move as well as a state senate bill forcing me to move,” Eisenberg told CHS. Continue reading

First look: Sur 16’s ‘New World’ flavors join the scene on 15th Ave E

IMG_8579IMG_8403For Capitol Hill restauranteurs Javier Dalzell and Mariana Martos, it is finally time to put the struggles of a first-time buildout aside and enjoy the creation. Sur 16 is open — finally! — on 15th Ave E.

“All of the neighbors have stopped in,” Martos said of Sur 16’s quiet opening over the weekend. “It’s an amazing feeling. Some have come in for a drink, then had another, and ended up staying for dinner.”

After nine months of a sometimes overwhelmingly frustrating buildout challenged by the expenses and administrative overhead of the local permitting process required to create a restaurant in the big city, Martos and Dalzell’s vision of a restaurant flavored by the Mestizo “conflict and resulting clashes and harmonies between the Old World and the New World” is now a reality in the former home of the old Bagel Deli. Continue reading

Capitol Hill gets ‘efficient’ as two new-era microhousing projects face design review

"It doesn't feel like microhousing at all!" -- Guy in rendering

“It doesn’t feel like microhousing at all!” — Guy in rendering

As CHS reported last fall, Seattle’s new microhousing rules left plenty of room for aPodment-style development on Capitol Hill. One of the biggest asks for microhousing critics was to subject the “efficiency unit” building type to the Seattle design review process. Critics — and the rest of us — can see their dreams become reality at Wednesday night’s meeting of the East Design Review Board.

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1404 Boylston is familiar territory for the board. The seven-story “affordable” apartment building with 105 units averaging around 440 square feet a piece and slated to replace the 1905-built Emerald City Manor apartments took its first run through early design guidance back in November.

At that meeting, the board didn’t like what it saw and kicked the project back to microhousing developers Tyler Carr and Kelten Johnson and architect S+H Works to sort out the issues for another EDG round. Continue reading

Goodbye to 15th Ave E’s eclectic Cafe Abodegas


(Image: CHS)


(Image: Cafe Abodegas)

A small, entirely eclectic cafe in one of the most space-challenged food and drink venues on 15th Ave E quietly closed to start 2015. It shut its doors a couple weeks back but we didn’t want Cafe ABoDegas and its funky capitalization to leave without saying goodbye.

Here’s a note posted by the cafe’s owners announcing the closure of the 15th Ave and downtown locations:

We’re so very sorry to let everyone know that Uriah and I have made the final decision to close our doors. We tried super hard to make it work and we unfortunately could not. We love every single one of our customers and want you to know you will be in our hearts forever. Good bye and good luck to all of you.

The 15th at Denny cafe in the street level commercial component of the Group Health Capitol Hill campus opened on Capitol Hill in 2013. Owner Jazmine Knaggs explained the name represented a triumvirate of ideas:

  • Abode — to evoke the feelings of home and shout out to the homeys in Sandpoint, Idaho where Knaggs and ABoDegas partner Uriah DuPerault hail from
  • Bodega — to evoke a sense of the corner market
  • Degas — to evoke the French impressionist

Abodegas, old timers, will recall, replaced Insomniax Cafe — another name dear to CHS’s obsessive heart. Meanwhile, the most exciting thing to ever happen in the cafe space remains this briefcase full of pot found there in 2011.

Goodbye, Abodegas.

CHS Re:Take | Capitol Hill — Fancy groceries since 1912

Augustine & Kyer in its final days at 15th and Republican (SMA)

1936 Augustine & Kyer in its final days at 15th and Republican, jammed in with Walgreens’ 2000 building.

We are awash in groceries! The recent headlines are amazing with the $43 million sale of Broadway Market, and Whole Foods with plans over on First Hill. Central Co-op and Cone & Steiner have set the tone for the high-end markets already but disposable income keeps moving into the neighborhood.

The same was true in 1912. The prior few years brought easy access to downtown with regraded streets and new streetcar lines on Pike, Pine, Summit, 19th, and 23rd that filled empty lots with houses and apartment buildings. As in other parts of Seattle, grocery stores were small, independent businesses. And then two branches of Augustine & Kyer — Seattle’s “Pure Food Purveyors” — upset the balance. Continue reading

Le Zinc surrenders: French restaurant to make New Year’s Eve exit from Capitol Hill

9128127360_43f8575a37_b2Sometimes, the lifespan of a business aligns with the pattern of the year. Last New Year’s, 22 Doors quietly closed on 15th Ave E. The year before, Sam’s Tavern began its life with a New Year’s Eve celebration.

After a year and a half of business, 15th and Pine’s Le Zinc will shutter after a NYE bash of its own.

“We had a good time, too,” Le Zinc’s Axel Mace tells CHS. “There comes a point where you must make a decision.”

Le Zinc’s Pike Place Market big brother Maximilien will continue, Mace said. He said Le Zinc did great on weekends but just couldn’t gather momentum for weeknight crowds.

“We love the neighborhood, and the people,” Mace said. “We loved being here.”

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Capitol Hill yoga business ready to stretch across state lines in 2015

Capitol Hill’s The Grinning Yogi has opened its first expansion just in time for the New Year’s resolutions — in Portland.

The neighborhood yoga studio has sat at the bottom floor of an older retail building on the corner of 15th Ave E and E Harrison for the past two and a half years. After its continued success, and some large life changes, owner Jamie Silverstein decided it was the right time to expand. She had a plan and everything.

“The plan was maybe to buy a condo here and open up another studio in Fremont,” Silverstein said. “The plan shifted slightly.”

The new plan found her moving down to Portland earlier this year and deciding to open up another Grinning Yogi studio there. With construction wrapping up, she planned the new studio to open in December with a formal grand opening in January.

“My sweetie is a doctor and residency is crazy,” Silverstein said of the match system that placed her fiancé in Portland. “It’s kind of all up to the fates.” Continue reading