Capitol Hill Biz Notes | A TV commercial for Broadway, new cookie biz, 14th/Pine merchants event

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  • Fresh off its recently approved 10% expansion, the Business Improvement Area serving Capitol Hill — City Council calls it the Capitol Hill BIA, it’s still calling itself the Broadway BIA — has produced its first ever television commercial. Set to air across Comcast offerings like Bravo, CNN, Food Network, and HGTV, here’s how they’re pitching Broadway to households in North and South Seattle:

    Gosh, we look fun! Just curious. What clips would you have included?
  • In November 2013, the owners of Samadhi Yoga told CHS they planned to close the 12th/Pike studio after 15 years at 12th and Pike. But then came word that new partners and a possible new tea shop might just mean a change of plans. The studio’s location is now empty — Samadhi announced its last day of classes in April. You can still find some of the instructors continuing to work in the area. No word, yet, on what comes next for the space in the building owned by developer David Zarett.
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Biz notes | NuBe makes room for Brenthaven, Wells Fargo opens with Capitol Hill mural

(Image: Brenthaven)

(Image: Brenthaven)

Capitol Hill’s economy spans beyond food and drink. Let us know if there’s a business story on the Hill that we’ve missed.

  • You may have noticed that the Odd Fellows building’s corner tenant at 10th and Pine has consolidated. Environmentally friendly retailer NuBe Green says it is “reducing its footprint” to make room for a new store from Bellingham-based Brenthaven:

    We’re reducing the footprint of our Capitol Hill flagship store and welcoming a new neighbor to the corner of 10th and Pine. It means more hands-on retail in our corner of Capitol Hill, and more for the region to experience with our pop-up!

    Here’s what Brenthaven has to say about the move:

    We are excited to announce the opening of the Brenthaven mobile tech accessories store in the Odd Fellows Building on the corner of 10th and Pine. Brenthaven is the leading supplier of innovative, high quality mobile tech accessories like iPad cases, iPhone cases and laptop bags (  The company started in Bellingham in 1980 and is now headquartered in Pioneer Square.  The new location on Capitol Hill will be the brand flagship store and the Seattle destination for entrepreneurs, creatives and tech lovers who want to stay connected with their digital world.  Among the offerings will be a collection of battery-powered laptop bags that can be customized and will be made in the company’s production facility in Bellingham, Washington.  The store will open in mid-July.

    Squeezing more into the spaces along 10th Ave seems to be the trend. Upscale clothier Totokaelo built down to add its new men’s shop earlier this year.

  • Broadway’s latest bank opens today — and they’re pretty damn proud of their Capitol Hill mural:

    Construction is close to completion on a new Wells Fargo banking store at Broadway Market in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, 401 Broadway Ave East. The 2,500 square-foot store is set to open Thursday, June 20.

    Store Manager Adrienne Parrish will lead about eight Wells Fargo team members who will provide a complete range of financial services, including consumer and business banking, loans and lines of credit, financial investing, mortgages and insurance services. The new store will feature four teller windows, ATM, a historic mural highlighting the neighborhood’s unique history (see attachment with Mural Key), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver-certified design. The new store will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 12.04.02 PM

  • Believe it or not, there’s a solid rumor of yet one more bank — at least — coming to Broadway. We hope to have more on it, soon. Continue reading