Shop local, Shop the Hill 2017

It’s the season of giving and showing love. CHS is once again teaming up with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area to share local gift ideas and deals from Capitol Hill area merchants at

You can let us know about your favorite shops here via Facebook and we’ll add regular updates to share through the holidays.

To learn more visit or follow Shop the Hill on Facebook, on Twitter @shopthehill and on Instagram @shopthehillSEA

If you’re looking to help spread the joy, here are 2017 donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill.

Help set the table local style with Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings party

Whether you are planning to spend the day with family or at a classic Capitol Hill “orphan’s Thanksgiving” with friends, you can get your fixings local style this year (complete with slow-growth turkeys imported all the way from NorCal, if you act quickly) as Melrose Market will host a Turkey & Trimmings party on Sunday, November 19th:

Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings Thanksgiving Event

Capitol Hill butcher Rainshadow Meats is already sold out of some sizes but still had small and EXTRA LARGE turkeys available for sale as of Thursday afternoon.

Customers picking up their birds will be part of the show on the 19th. You can also check out a live jazz quartet and enjoy a cocktail while you shop. Melrose Market’s new Marseille Bottle Shop will also be ready to help you pick out a bottle to bring to Turkey Day.

The Hill’s restaurants, cafes, and shops also offer a cornucopia of Thanksgiving-worthy trimmings, pies, and desserts. You can let others know about any favorites in comments.


Happy birthday, David Bowie

David Bowie, the artist whose work embodies the best spirits of Capitol Hill, would have turned 70 Sunday. You can mark the day with a night of Bowie music at Barboza:

David Bowie Birthday Bash

The Stranger has a list of Bowie birthday-related events across the city.

In the meantime, here are some of the ways Capitol Hill remembered Bowie after his January 2016 death. CHS stopped by Pony and the Crescent Lounge as patrons paid their respects and sang their favorite songs.

CHS 2017 New Year’s Day pictures, what’s open, resolutions, etc. thread

Space Needle New Years Fireworks

Congratulations and welcome to 2017. Unlike this seagull, you have qualified for another year on the planet. It is best to start with coffee and brunch — no matter what time you finally got out of bed. On this post, you will find a few pictures from overnight, a few from the first day of 2017, a few 2017 resolutions, and some notes on what’s going on around Capitol Hill. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Festival of Lights 5777 from E Pike party to Cal Anderson menorah lighting


The reason we say “happy holidays,” of course, and not only “Merry Christmas,” is because this is a time of many celebrations on Capitol Hill. CHS was lucky enough to attend one of our favorites of the season again Tuesday night as community groups gathered at E Pike’s Gay City for the annual Light the Night party.

In addition to the “kosher latkes, drinks, colorful dreidels” and, yup, accordion music, we like the way PAVE, Jconnect Seattle, and Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ group, celebrate the season with a candle lighting “symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and our affirmation that justice and equality will prevail against oppression.”

Meanwhile, Thursday night brings another celebration from Chabad on Capitol Hill — we wrote about the group’s growth in Central Seattle here — at Cal Anderson Park:

Chanuka Celebration and Public Menorah Lighting


Capitol Hill Station’s first Christmas


With suitcases full of holiday cheer, many neighbors are taking the light rail from Capitol Hill Station to SeaTac — and vice versa — this week. Others are picking up weary, fresh-off-the-Link family and friends at the Broadway light rail station.

The travelers CHS spoke with during the holiday rush said they are choosing light rail for a variety of reasons — cost and convenience topped people’s lists. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Sixth annual March of the Mistletomosexuals


There were a few sugar plum fairies. Lots of Santas. And this year, the Night King summoned a few White Walkers along the way. Saturday night, the March of the Mistletomosexuals, Capitol Hill’s gay-friendly response to Santarchy-style pub crawls, returned for a sixth year of holiday spirits and made its way from gay bar to gay bar from E Olive Way to E Madison. We found the start of the night’s holiday fun gathering as is tradition at Santa’s favorite bear bar, CC Attle’s. Thanks to all the elves and snowmen for being good sports and showing off their winter wonderful costumes. More pictures, below. Continue reading

CHS Pics | 2017 wishes from the Capitol Hill Community Council’s Winter Open House

By Lisa Hagen Glynn

We stopped through Thursday night’s Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House to ask the neighborhood’s most involved people about their holiday wishes. Here is what we heard. You can click to read all the wishes. Happy almost 2017.

Expect a line on E Pike as holiday hype boosts demand for Sun Liquor’s aged eggnog

(Image: Sun Liquor)

(Image: Sun Liquor)

Here is why you are probably going to see a long line in front of Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor Bottle Shop Thursday afternoon. Their aged eggnog is really, really good.

Another reason: The hype this year has grown as thick as the nog thanks to Seattle Times writer Tan Vinh’s obsession with the drink as the paper teased the arrival of the Capitol Hill creation in area chain Total Wine’s stores.

Thursday, locals will have a small advantage as the E Pike distillery will put a portion of its remaining 2016 inventory up for sale “first come, first served”

Egg Nog Pop Up Shop
Thursday at 2 PM – 8 PM
516 E Pike

We will have a limited # of bottles of our Sun Liquor Aged Egg Nog available for purchase at the Bottle Shop! First come, first served.

In addition to possibly scoring a few bottles of the coveted drink’s 2016 incarnation — a little more brandy, we hear — you can look at the hype as a celebration of Sun’s success on Capitol Hill including its expansion to create the bottle shop earlier this year and its ramped up production capabilities across the street on E Pike.

If eggnog isn’t your thing, Thursday night also brings a Pre-Chanukah Party- Latkeh Cook Off with community group Chabad of Capitol Hill. Or maybe both nog and latkeh can be your things. It’s the holidays. Enjoy.

CHS Pics | Fifth annual Holiday in the Park: hundreds of luminarias, thousands of snowflakes

With hundreds of lanterns lighting the paths and tens of thousands of snowflakes decorating the sky, the Volunteer Park Trust gathered neighbors in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum Thursday night for the annual Holiday in the Park celebration. Carolers included the The Total Experience Gospel Choir and the Beaconettes, “the all-inclusive Columbia City Community Chorus.”

This weekend brings more holiday celebration to the park at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. The greenhouse hosts Santa by day. By night, ILUM, The Sylvan Series lights the conservatory with illuminated art.

Thursday, along with the free cocoa and “wish boats,” the trust volunteers informed the crowd with a 3D model of the plans for a new Volunteer Park amphitheater. The Holiday in the Park event was created in 2012 to help bring the community together inside the Olmsted-designed park for a celebration of friends and neighbors. You can learn more about the group at More pictures from this year’s Holiday in the Park, below. Continue reading