Capitol Hill Pets | Stormy, the Capitol Hill jewelry shop dog

Stormy is the shop dog at Honed, the little jewelry store tucked into Chophouse Row between Kurt’s Farm Shop and Marmite. You can usually find Stormy sitting close to Claire, the store’s owner. Stormy is a miniature Australian Shepherd. Just over three years old, Stormy traveled with Claire from NYC and is known for giving the best hugs. “He gives full body hugs, climbs up on you, puts his arms around you,” Claire said. Don’t get too excited. though. Like anyone, he has to get you know you first.

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.

Ghost Gallery finds new Capitol Hill haunt in Chophouse Row

After being pushed out to turn her retail space into a new apartment unit in the building her shop had called home for seven years,  Laurie Kearney put on a brave face when she announced last fall that her Ghost Gallery would have one last holiday season where Denny meets Summit and E Olive Way. “I’m not ready to give up yet, while being completely aware of the challenges ahead,” she told CHS at the time.

Her confidence was well-placed. Kearney said she can now announce she will reopen her gallery and boutique in a new Capitol Hill home. Continue reading

Capitol Hill creperie Petite Galette ready to open, hidden away inside Chophouse Row

Happy New Year. It’s time for Sara Naftaly to make you a crepe.

Petite Galette, tucked away behind Sara and Bruce Naftaly’s Marmite and Spirit in the Bottle inside Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row, is ready to open Wednesday. CHS stopped through a preview party this week to check it out.

Sara — who also bakes at her Amandine next door — has partnered with Capitol Hill food and drink royal family member Tallulah Anderson on the hidden away, understated counter space and cafe specializing in savory buckwheat crepes, “classic” sweet crepes, and fresh juices. Continue reading

In 2018, Sara Naftaly wants to make you crepes at Chophouse Row’s Petite Galette

Let us look ahead in hope to the future. 2018 should start out just fine. Sara Naftaly is going to make you crepes. Petite Galette is slated to open in January in the hidden away counter space inside 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row:

Petite Galette is a new crêperie inside Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row by Sara Naftaly of Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop. We will serve savory buckwheat crêpes (which will be gluten free) and classic sweet crêpes along with fresh squeezed juices. From our sister business Marmite we will be offering our chef Jason’s amazing kombucha as well as one of Bruce’s vegetable soups daily. While there will be seating at our counter and a few small tables, Petite Galette will mostly make our crêpes for take away. Tallulah Anderson, who currently works with the Naftalys at Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop is working the opening as well. We anticipate Petite Galette will begin service in January of 2018.

“We look forward to providing a warm and friendly space in the heart of Chophouse Row,” Naftaly said. Petite Galette, Naftaly says, will use “seasonal and local ingredients for our Breton style crepes.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open

From Good Weather

Good Weather started in 2016 as a quirky second story shop above Purr is expanding into the heart of the Chop House Row. They’re serving simple food, beer, and wine while continuing to build and fix bicycles for people in Seattle. With a love for beautiful, long-lasting frames and the desire to make a place where people can share a slow moment, they’re excited to add something different to the ground floor.

Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open at 1424 11th Ave in the back of The Chophouse Row.  Hours are 11-9:30 (Sundays till 7), Not Open Tuesdays.

It’s a collaboration between original owners Jason Marqusee & Brandon Waterman and Danielle Hammer is running the food side of things.

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

CHS Pics | A stop at Sundry in Chophouse Row

With the storefronts of one of the largest developments ever in Pike/Pine opening for business, there are also some new ventures underway in the neighborhood in a different type of project. Continue reading

Chophouse Row welcomes Cake Skincare, HONED jewelry, and neighborhood bodega Sundry

Katrina Rising, owner of Cake Skincare, stands in her new shop in Chophouse Row.

Katrina Rising, owner of Cake Skincare, in her new shop in Chophouse Row.

Cake Skincare has settled into its new Chophouse Row location and owner Katrina Rising is looking forward to meeting new clients.

“Now we are able to add on some more hours and that will give us some breathing room to play again with new people, which we’re so excited about,” Rising said.

Cake held its grand opening party in December and since the new year rolled in, the second location has hit a smooth flow, she said. The Capitol Hill location is the second Cake spot in Seattle with the first opening in Queen Anne in 2009 where Rising and her aestheticians have been building a reputation as the eyebrow experts of the neighborhood.

“The neighborhoods are different … and I really wanted each place to serve its neighborhood and have its own vibe of that neighborhood,” Rising said. Rising said Cake at Queen Anne was getting a bit squished. Now about half of Cake’s clients go to the Capitol Hill location for their beauty needs. “It really has been this pull, and I’m glad that we listened because people were really wanting us to come over here,” Rising said.

Along with Cake, two other new tenants also now call Chophouse Row home. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Soup’s on at Marmite in Chophouse Row

img_7003“The word for pot is… la-mar-meet… now, you try it…”

Chef Bruce Naftaly is already regarded as a brothy genius but he and wife and business partner Sara Naftaly should probably get some credit for their weather forecasting skills. Their soup-centric Marmite — oui, the French word for pot but, non, not that kind of pot — debuted just in time for a cold and icy snap in Seattle that is perfect for their “bone-warming” broths.

Following its Christmas weekend debut, CHS stopped by earlier this week to see Marmite in motion inside the 11th Ave-fronting Chophouse Row restaurant space the Naftalys have nurtured back to health after a rough go for the short-lived former tenant. Starting in “pop-up” mode, a menu of daily soups and sandwiches awaits. Bowls — chicken, leek, buckwheat noodle and roasted root vegetable, when we visited — run $9. The question for the Capitol Hill ventures of $6 pizza and $9 soup is can the experience be special enough to justify the cost of craft and local, ethical ingredients as lunch morphs into what you might call an “affordable luxury.” Continue reading

Soup for you: Marmite’s brothy walk-up window makes holiday debut

Bruce and Sara Naftaly began ladling out the bone-warming goodness of Marmite, their new soup-centric project in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row, on the quiet and cold Friday before Christmas.

After a Boxing Day break, the window will kick into action Tuesday with noon to 4 PM walk-up service Mondays through Fridays:

Ring in the season by welcoming Marmite’s take away window at Chophouse Row. Take home daily choices of stocks and soups – if the gods had enjoyed broth, this would’ve been their ambrosia. Uber sustenance for body and soul.

The larger Naftaly takeover of the former Chop Shop restaurant space will be rounded out when “intimate lounge” Spirit in the Bottle opens in “early 2017.”

CHS talked with Bruce Naftaly about Marmite — named for a French cooking pot not the sticky, salty spread — this fall as the veteran restaurateur broke the news about his expansion into the Chophouse Row’s centerpiece restaurant space. The Naftalys were already a central part of the project with Amandine Bakeshop’s 11th Ave streetfront presence featuring the work of macaron genius Sara and coffee from Empire Espresso. Marmite and its bar join a roster of food, drink, and retail tenants including farm-to-ice cream cone champion Kurt Timmermeister who has taken a 300-square-foot patch of space for his dairy-powered cream and cheese ventureKurt Farm Shop, and a new Upper Bar Ferd’nand.

Marmite’s opening in its early version adds another tick for the tally of 2016 debuts. CHS will be rounding up the year in food and drink across the Hill soon.

Marmite is located in the Chophouse Row at 1424 11th Ave. You can learn more at marmiteseattle.com.