Changes on Denny Way and Capitol Hill hoped to make the 8 less late

Delayed work — including new parking restrictions and expanded bus stops on Capitol Hill — to make the heavily-used but notoriously behind schedule Metro Route 8 line more dependable is expected to be wrapped up this week.

SDOT announced the construction update Monday on the most significant piece of the street puzzle — lane changes on Denny Way: Continue reading

Perched on Capitol Hill’s western slope, The Reef brings pot to E Olive Way

Bud, oils and pre-rolled joints were everywhere as The Reef, Capitol Hill’s newest cannabis retailer, opened the doors to its new location for a preview Thursday night.

With its first shop opened in Bremerton three years ago, The Reef’s new storefront takes full advantage of its perch on Capitol Hill at a busy intersection where its predecessor pizza joint and its notorious flashing sign served as a de facto western gate to the neighborhood. With generous amounts of light coming in through windows spanning the width of the storefront, the new location will give Capitol Hill residents a convenient option for their cannabis-related needs.

John Ueding, general manager of The Reef’s Capitol Hill location, explained that the company wants to invest in the community and explore options to work with and support local charity organizations.

“The owners are intent on giving back as much as we can,” Ueding said. “Being local Seattle guys, we really want to be involved in the community.” Continue reading

While Capitol Hill waits for Dingfelder’s, Loxsmith brings one-of-a-kind bagels to Montana Bar pop-up

There are four things that make Matthew Segal’s bagels special: wild yeast, high gluten flour, fermentation and a sodium hydroxide lye boil. Other places have some of the elements, sure, Segal said, but the combination of all four is why Loxsmith Bagels sold out on the first day it started selling its creations from a daytime popup inside E Olive Way bar Montana,

“I’m the bagel guy. I do everything. I roll ‘em. I cure all the salmon. I cut all the veggies. I make all the bagels,” Segal said. “There’s really nowhere to get a bagel like what I make.”

Slated for a month of Saturdays at Montana, Loxsmith returns for its limited pop-up series this weekend:

LOXSMITH BAGEL AND BAR MITZVAH POPUP CAFE BRUNCH and Seattle Bagel Club

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Pot shop The Reef ready to light up for Hempfest debut on E Olive Way

Signage coming soon to E Olive Way

The Reef, E Olive Way’s first legal pot shop and Capitol Hill’s third marijuana retail outlet, is preparing to make a Hempfest debut giving it a smokey head start on nearby rival Uncle Ike’s.

The annual celebration of cannabis takes place starting Friday along the waters of Elliott Bay in Myrtle Edwards Park just as the wildfire haze is forecasted to be clearing out of the city.

Joining its Bremerton-born sister location, the new Reef is positioned as taking “a tech-forward but high touch approach” at the intersection of John, Denny, and E Olive Way “on Capitol Hill’s ‘Amazon Slope'” — please direct all “Amazon Slope” hate mail to The Reef, thanks. Continue reading

Second pot shop approved by state for E Olive Way

Plans for a new pot shop at 1411 E Olive Way

Its future competitor may have won the race but the in-the-works E Olive Way pot shop related to the Uncle Ike’s chain of stores is also in the game as the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has approved its license for the winding Capitol Hill street.

The approved license for the venture means the project planned for the former law offices building at 1411 E Olive Way is cleared to join the under construction pot shop from The Reef being built out of the old Amante Pizza building. The Reef won the race in April to become the first retail pot shop licensed by the state for the E Olive Way expansion of available cannabis retail in Seattle. Continue reading

Chamber pulls back on plan to expand ‘Business Improvement Area’ and property assessments across Hill

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is pulling back on a years-long plan to expand a Business Improvement Area (BIA) property assessment that would provide hundreds of thousands of dollars for providing street clean-up and merchant support across the neighborhood.

In the announcement from the chamber’s executive committee, the group said it is “re-assessing how the BIA is organized at a larger level based on the changing political situation right now in Seattle.”

“[I]t is apparent that while the intent of the proposed BIA is for a stronger and better Capitol Hill, a shifting political reality in Seattle has made communities less trustful of how money is being spent,” the chamber announcement reads. “Seattle and Capitol Hill are very different places from when this proposal was crafted.” Continue reading

Starch? Sure. Redevelopment? Not yet — All Seasons owners say they’ll hold onto E Olive Way property

All Seasons Cleaners

The Kims want you to know All Seasons Cleaners, the E Olive Way drive-thru dry cleaners and home to on the Hill’s busiest little weekend flea markets, won’t be going away — not for a few more years, at least.

A manager from the dry cleaning shop tells CHS that the couple has opted not to sell their property and make way for new development. Continue reading

Coalition of small Capitol Hill property owners wants to halt chamber’s ‘Business Improvement Area’ expansion

Center of the opposition: This isn’t the first time Groberman has stood up against a BIA. In creating the existing Broadway BIA, planners “gerrymandered” his Harvard Market shopping center out of the assessment zone

Seattle’s “tax revolt” spring of 2018 includes a skirmish along Broadway, Pike, and Pine. Instead of a battle over “No Tax on Jobs,”  this fight pits the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce vs. a coalition of the neighborhood’s few remaining smaller and family commercial property owners and its relatively few co-op and condominium property residents. Together, the group could prove a major barrier for the chamber.

“We have huge traction to fight the proposed Business Improvement Area,” prolific Capitol Hill real estate investor Morris Groberman tells CHS.

Groberman, who owns or is partner in a collection of Capitol Hill properties including the Harvard Market shopping center at Broadway and Pike, is at the head of an effort to organize opposition to the chamber’s proposed expansion of a Business Improvement Area across most of Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Starbucks stores including Roastery close for racial bias training across Capitol Hill, CD

(Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

Starbucks cafes across First Hill, Capitol Hill, and the Central District including its specialty Roy Street Cafe and Melrose Reserve Roastery will close early Tuesday afternoon as part of a nationwide day of training.

“For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome,” the company said in a Tweet earlier in the day. “Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.”

Around 180,000 employees at Starbucks stores and at its Seattle headquarters will receive training that will “focus on understanding prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the United States.” Continue reading

Taco service restored at E Olive Way’s The Saint — Plus, Anejo set to open on Broadway

No, Quentin Ertel is not an evil taco genius.

“As much as I’d like to say this was all part of a grand plan it really came down to two things,” Ertel tells CHS about the happy restoration of taco service at his E Olive Way establishment, The Saint. “The first is that I missed the tacos something fierce. And the second is that our regulars really missed our kitchen. Once we found the right chef it was an easy decision — we decided to give the people what they want!” Continue reading