Rapha Seattle opens on Capitol Hill this week

In October of 2013, neighbors enjoyed one final night at Bauhaus inside its original Melrose and Pine location. The only activity at the corner since has involved hard hats and construction crews building the eight-story, preservation incentive-boosted Excelsior Apartments above the old block formerly home to the cafe and a collection of independent shops and a small handful of apartments.

That will change this week as global cycling brand Rapha is ready to debut its latest “clubhouse” retail and cafe concept on the corner:

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of Rapha Seattle on Wednesday, March 22nd at 8AM. Rapha Seattle will offer the latest Rapha products, host events and exhibitions, serve the finest coffee as well as screen live road racing throughout the year. We hope to see you soon.
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From Melrose to 19th, Capitol Hill Chamber launches campaign to create $1.6 million Business Improvement Area

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is ready to start its campaign to build a $1.6 million a year program to help fill empty store fronts, attract visitors, expand street cleaning, improve public safety, advocate for affordable housing and improved service from City Hall, and make local attractions like Cal Anderson Park more inviting. Now the nonprofit just needs 390, or 60%, of some 650 commercial property owners to sign on to its plan to expand the neighborhood’s Business Improvement Area across Broadway, 12th Ave, 15th Ave E, 19th Ave E, Melrose, Olive/Denny, and Pike/Pine. If it can hit that threshold, all commercial properties in the BIA will be required to pay into the program.

“It’s gonna be a lot of groundwork,” director Sierra Hansen told CHS about the expansion campaign. Starting with Wednesday night’s announcement of the campaign’s launch, the chamber this week is delivering petitions to the 650 property owners within the proposed new BIA boundary. “I’m a very stubborn person,” Hansen said.

She is also already half way there. Continue reading

Police search for attacker after man says stabbed in neck with pen on Melrose — UPDATE

Police were searching for the suspect in an early morning attack on Melrose Ave E in which the victim reportedly told police a man “hearing voices” had stabbed him with a pen.

Police were called to the incident just before 4 AM after a report of a man screaming that he had been stabbed in the 500 block of Melrose Ave E near E Mercer, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Officers arrived to find the victim down with an approximately one-inch gash to his neck. The victim said the male who attacked him said he was hearing voices and used a pen in the assault.

Police were searching for the suspect in the area around the Melrose trail north of the scene where he was reported to have fled. They were searching for a white male wearing a blue hoodie and tan pants and carrying a duffel bag.

The victim was transported to Harborview. We do not yet have an update on his condition.

There were no immediate arrests.

UPDATE: Here is SPD’s brief on the incident. Police say the man who was stabbed was sleeping on the street before he was attacked.

A man who was sleeping in the enclosed entry way of a building was stabbed in the neck with a pen by an unknown suspect early Thursday morning. The suspect fled the scene and has not yet been located. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. Just before 4:00 am, officers responded to the 500 block of Melrose Avenue East. Officers located an adult male who had been stabbed in the neck with a pen inside the enclosed entry way of the building. Officers provided first aid to the man to stop the bleeding until Seattle Fire medics arrived to take over the medical treatment. The victim was transported by medics to HMC where he is currently receiving treatment for his injury. Officers searched the area for the suspect but did not locate the suspect. It is unknown at this time what led up to the confrontation between the suspect and victim. Officers processed the scene and detectives will now conduct the follow up investigation.

Capitol Hill food+drink | With heavy course load, Honor Society Coffee earns high marks in Melrose Market

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)



True to its name, Capitol Hill’s Honor Society Coffee aims for high marks.

“Not only are we a coffee shop, but we are our own roaster and we also have a full food menu – and we have our own pastry program,” says Liz Pachaud, a coffee specialist who launched the Melrose Market business in September with veteran Seattle chef Brandin Myett.

While other cafes do various combinations of those things themselves, Pachaud believes hers may be the only one in Seattle doing all of them.

“Ultimately,” she says, “everything we do is an extension of the values that we have regarding hospitality, flavor, ingredients, environmental stewardship, community stewardship.”

She and Myett created Honor Society Coffee because they’d been looking for a cafe just like it, and couldn’t find one. Continue reading

Man hit in leg in Pine parking lot shooting

A man was shot in the leg and the shooter sped away in a black Dodge Charger as a lower Pike/Pine parking lot was again the scene of gun violence early Sunday morning.

Police sped to the area around the Parking lot at Pine just below Melrose across from the Baltic Room just before 2:45 AM to a report of gunfire. They found one victim struck in the leg after what was reported to be a single shot. One shell casing was reported found on the ground. Continue reading

Police investigate after woman found shot in leg at Melrose and Roy

A woman was shot in the leg in early morning gun violence near the Melrose foot trail on the northwest corner of Capitol Hill.

Police were called to the area just after 2 AM Wednesday morning to a report of one shot fired and sounds of a man and woman yelling. Officers arrived to find the female victim down at E Roy and Melrose. The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, around 30 years old, 5’10″, 150 pounds, wearing a gray trench coat but police were unable to find anybody in the area matching that description.

As police fanned out across the area near the homeless encampments along the trail, they encountered one male and took him into custody without incident. Another male reported he had been stabbed in the hand and was treated at the scene. Continue reading

CHS Pics | ‘X’ marks the spot above Capitol Hill’s newest ‘luxury community,’ the Excelsior Apartments

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

Nope, the Paramount Theater hasn’t moved up-Hill. New eye-catching signage went up earlier this week on the newly opened Excelsior Apartments and neighbors and passersby are definitely noticing. That’s show biz.

According a person familiar with the building’s management, a small amount of complaints began after only a few days of the new signs’ debuts. The big, tall sign hanging above the sidewalk at Pine and Bellevue certainly is getting noticed. But there is also a giant red “X” now on top of the development’s southeast corner that is catching plenty of eyes.

The permanent features tie into the building’s marketing of auto row-era Capitol Hill stylings and x-themed slogans: xplore, xciting, xperience… etc. Continue reading

Local home decor business Stock and Pantry joins big names in Capitol Hill’s Excelsior

Rendering courtesy of Stock & Pantry

Rendering courtesy of Stock and Pantry

The Bauhaus block at Melrose and Pine has undergone a huge transformation becoming Excelsior Apartments, a mixed-use development.

One of its tenants, a local small business called Stock and Pantry has also transformed from a sauce and spread company to a home decor and lifestyle business as owner Sasha Clark prepares to move into the space.

Clark started the company three years ago making jellies, mustards and other spreads, which she sold online and in some boutique stores — she hasn’t had her own storefront. Until now.

“When the plywood came down off of the storefront of the Excelsior I just went, ‘Oh my god, that’s perfect,’” she told CHS. Continue reading

Next for Melrose and Pine: Rapha Clubhouse Seattle

(Image: Rapha)

A Rapha Clubhouse (Image: Rapha)

UPDATE 11/4/2016: Sign is up. And they're hiring. (Image: Harrison Price with permission to CHS)

UPDATE 11/4/2016: Sign is up. And they’re hiring. (Image: Harrison Price with permission to CHS)

Some four and a half years after CHS first reported that a developer had purchased the Bauhaus block with plans for a massive mixed-use apartment building, the project is nearing the end of construction and compiling its first roster of tenants to make this overhauled stretch of E Pine home. Included in the mix: a high-end cycling brand, a local skin care retailer, and a juicery.

Bauhaus, its owner now bankrupt and its cafes shuttered, of course will not return to Melrose and Pine. In its place, a global cycling brand is planning a “clubhouse.” London born Rapha is making plans to hold down the Melrose and Pine corner location the old cafe used to call home with one of its Rapha Clubhouses, part retail, part event space, and, possibly in the Seattle incarnation, part cafe.

An architect working on the project in the 200+ unit Excelsior mixed-use development with 16,000 square feet of retail space told CHS earlier this summer the shop will be “a bicycle clothing store, and might have a cafe element,” but said he could not reveal the identity of the tenant. New filings reveal Rapha and its Portland-based North American subsidiary is behind the investment. Continue reading

Honor Society Coffee adds daytime energy to Melrose Market

Capitol Hill presents many options for ending your day. Melrose Market is now home to a way to get it started. Honor Society Coffee has taken over two parts of the locavore-focused market usually dedicated to nightlife to open its first brew bar. By night, the Sitka and Spruce and lower Bar Ferdinand will continue to host good times on Melrose Ave — by day, Honor Society has moved in with “a rotating selection of single-origin espresso, a unique selection of specialty drinks including house made nut milks, cold-pressed juice, and a hearty food menu of flavorful, chef-driven dishes for breakfast and lunch.”

“We’re taking over the Bar at Sitka and Spruce, as well as Bar Ferdinand during daytime hours,” Liz Pachaud tells CHS. “Our goal is to activate the Melrose Market during daytime hours and make it a neighborhood destination for working and socializing during times when it isn’t a bar.” Continue reading