CHS Pics | A Melrose Market feast

OK, so it was probably a lot less charming — but certainly less gory — that the prized birds were encased in cardboard boxes. There were no scenes of Scrooge having a boy pull a giant turkey through snowy London. But the preparations for a feast were in full swing Sunday at Melrose Market along with a jazz quartet, wine tasting, and plenty of trimmings for sale.

Rain Shadow Meats and the market’s merchants made an event out of the butcher’s annual turkey order pick-up day as customers stopped by to get their Northern California-raised, “slow growth vegetarian, non-GMO project verified diet” birds — and maybe a Tofurky at QFC on the way home.

Not everybody has a feast planned but there are ways to make sure you’re part of a day of goodwill and community. We’ve posted information on donation drives and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill for 2017 — please let us know about any others we should add.

Melrose community group ideas include one-way between Pike and Pine, festival street

In October, CHS reported on new colorful crosswalks coming to Melrose as part of $90,000 in improvements to the street. The community group behind that project is looking ahead to what’s next for Melrose as it continues to focus on the street’s core in front of the Melrose Market and surrounding businesses including the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.

This Melrose Promenade survey will help the group make some big decisions.

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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.

 

With another first on Capitol Hill, Starbucks Roastery rolls out Princi, chain’s latest stab at premium chow

Ciao. Arrivederci. Welcome to Capitol Hill, Rocco Princi. Tuesday, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Melrose at the base of Capitol Hill is introducing its first Princi bakery to the world. Because it is Starbucks, the world should get ready for more.

“Rocco Princi is an artisan who, at an early age, discovered a love of bread making and through determination as well as an obsession for finding the perfect ingredients, has created an Italian food experience that I think is unparalleled,” Howard Schultz, now executive chairman at Starbucks said in the announcement of the opening. “His passion for authentic food and respect for Milanese culture come through in everything he does, and I think our customers are going to fall in love with Princi.”

Here’s how Starbucks describes the first location for its partnership with the European chain: Continue reading

Qin brings Biang Biang noodles to Capitol Hill

We’re not exactly sure about the details of the transition but we do know this — Baguette Box is departed from lower Pike/Pine. In its place, you can find the Xi’an style noodles of Qin.

The sibling of the Eastside’s Miah’s Kitchen and the original Qin in Edmonds, the former sandwich shop still has drunken chicken on offer but the hot oil noodles are more and more why people stop in at the Pine below Melrose shop. Continue reading

Blotter | Hilltop pot shop axe break-in, Melrose biz owner DUI charge

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Pot shop axe-burglars: Seattle Police were called to the 1400 block of E Republican early on the morning of Sunday, October 15th after three suspects were reported to have busted into a pot shop with an axe and ransacked the store:According to the report on the 2 AM burglary, the burglary of the Ruckus shop was reported in progress and involved three males seen leaving the area in a white sedan. Police arrived to find a busted glass door and a mess inside but no sign of the suspects. It was unknown what had been stolen from the shop at the time of the report. UPDATE: The same modus operandi appears to have been at play in a string of West Seattle pot shop break-ins in the past week.
  • DUI charge: A Capitol Hill business owner has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and two counts of hit and run after her September arrest in a 29th Ave E incident. Police say Liz Pachaud, 32, was taken into custody after officers were called to 29th Ave E just before 1 AM on Sunday, September 17th and found vehicles damaged at the scene. Continue reading

Crunch time for effort to expand Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area

Community leaders seeking to expand a Business Improvement Area to advance clean streets, public safety, and business growth across Capitol Hill are looking for a special person to drive creation of the possible $1.6 million program. The candidate needs to be detail oriented and tenacious, able to connect with small business owners and landlords in every nook and cranny of the Hill, and able to track down every single loose end. Sorry, I already have a job.

“People are busy,” says Jeff Peletier, architect at 15th Ave E’s Board and Vellum and spokesperson for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the efforts to create an expansive Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area. “This economy is insane.”

In these boom times, the job listing for a new campaign manager to wrangle the expansion process is a good sign for those behind the proposed expansion. CHS reported on the February launch of the Hill chamber’s campaign to expand the existing Broadway BIA to encompass Broadway, Pike/Pine, Melrose, as well as 15th and 19th Avenues. The new manager will help drive the day to day to prepare petitions for the City Council as the campaign shifts into an all-out effort to gather signups from 60% of property owners within the proposed boundaries of the expansion. That includes “owners of business property, multi-family residential property, and mixed-use property.” Continue reading

Colorful new community crosswalks coming to Melrose at Pike and Pine

Rendering of the coming soon community crosswalk (Images: Melrose Promenade)

The Melrose Promenade community group dedicated to transforming the street into a ” distinctive neighborhood greenway” has unveiled the winning design for new painted crosswalks capping the avenue at Pike and Pine.

Artist Sarah Snedeker’s “Poem Dazzle” concept, which borrows “angles and shapes” from the facades of buildings “as well as the Starbucks window,” was selected in a community vote this summer.

The new community crosswalks will be installed in coming weeks, the group announced Tuesday. “We’re grateful to local artist Sarah Snedeker for devoting her time and creativity to helping us bring to life this latest component of the Melrose Promenade vision, and to the Berger Partnership and SDOT for their technical expertise!,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalks Project

From Mel Burchett

The Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalk Project is finally moving forward, and we need help spreading the word within the community.  If you have time and are willing to assist us, we’d really appreciate it!

The Artist Selection Committee has hired an excellent artist, Sara Snedeker, to develop 3 design concepts for us.  We are on a super-rigid timeline to get a concept(s) selected and submitted to SDOT by August 1st.

We have created an online survey to help us collect feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZTCV7W

More information about the Community Crosswalks project can be found here:

https://melrosepromenade.com/2017/07/21/public-art-hits-the-melrose-promenade/

Toddler survives fall from Pike apartment building window

A toddler survived a fall from an upper-story apartment window near Pike and Boren late Sunday afternoon.

Seattle Fire units were at the scene to treat the child in the raised courtyard behind the Villa Apartments just above the Plymouth Pillars off-leash area on the backside of the building. The victim suffered lacerations in the fall but was conscious when medics arrived, according to emergency radio dispatches. Seattle Fire rushed the child, reported to be around 18 months old, to the hospital for further observation and treatment.

Seattle Fire and SPD were called to the area to a report of at least a four-story fall just after 4:30 PM. Police were at the scene investigating the incident.

According to Seattle Fire, the boy fell onto a pergola before falling to the concrete courtyard. The child was reported by SFD as “alert” when medics arrived and was transported to Children’s Hospital.

The Villa Apartments building is made up of two structures including a five-story addition to the original 1908-built structure completed in 1990. It is managed by Capitol Hill Housing.