Displaced by Broadway Whole Foods, Walgreens pharmacy is relocating to Pike/Pine

(Image: Broadstone Infinity)

(Image: Broadstone Infinity)

It seems even Walgreens must succumb to the omnipotent force of a brand new Broadway Whole Foods.

In order to make way for a 16-story apartment and grocery store development at Madison and Broadway, the national drug store chain is moving its Community Pharmacy to commercial space in new construction at 11th and E Union. The third Walgreens business on Capitol Hill is slated to open in the coming months, a company representative tells CHS.

Community Pharmacy does not have a standard format Walgreens retail store, but provides immunizations, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS support in addition to a regular pharmacy counter.

Walgreens join Renee Erickson’s E Union triumvirate in the Broadstone Infinity building. Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts opened in November. The new pharmacy space will be located on the 11th Ave side of the project — mid-block between Pike and Union. Continue reading

Police release video of Capitol Hill kidnapping attempt

Seattle Police have released security video from the February 2nd kidnapping attempt in which a man tried to force a woman into a truck in the 1600 block of Bellevue:

SPD’s update describes the late Tuesday, February 2nd attack:

Detectives are releasing a surveillance video that captured last Tuesday’s assault. The grainy video shows the suspect pull up curbside just as the victim walks into frame. The suspect can be seen reaching into the cab before lunging at the victim. The victim quickly breaks free and the suspect retreats to the truck before speeding off.

Detectives are asking anyone with information in this case to please call (206) 684-5767.

Police released the first information on the attack Wednesday more than a week after the attempted abduction.

The 29-year-old woman told police she was walking near Bellevue and E Pine on February 2nd around 11:30 PM when a man driving in a dark blue pickup truck pulled alongside her, grabbed her arms, and told her to get in his car. When others noticed the woman screaming, the suspect drove off. The victim was unharmed.

According to the police report on the incident, the shaken victim said she had never seen the man before, describing the suspect to police as an older white male, around 5’10”, and wearing a dark beanie:

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The investigation has focused on the blue truck used in the attack. A witness described the truck to police as a dark blue 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck, with tinted windows.

If you have information that could help the investigation, call 911 or (206) 684-5767.

Head up to Capitol Hill’s Cloud Room to talk about small business design

(Image: Salt House Studios)

(Image: Salt House Studio)

Here’s your chance to visit The Cloud Room.

Salt House Studio will be hosting a Design Happy Hour in The Cloud Room, a co-working space situated on the fourth floor of Chophouse Row, Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Holly Torneby, co-founder of the design studio, decided to bring together the Design Happy Hour to focus on big design on a small business budget.

Torneby and her business partner Holly Robins first met in 2012 when they were attending Seattle Central’s Creative Academy Design Program. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Pike/Pine plein air

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Love keeps finding CHS. We’ve already introduced you to a few Capitol Hill originals — Saab the writer, Alen̈a the violinist — to help you give your sweetie something special for Valentine’s Day. Here’s another idea we found this week while wandering around the Hill. You could create a Pine plein air painting for your lover. Check it out.

Blotter | SPD investigating attempted kidnapping of a woman on Capitol Hill

Stock Photo provided by SPD.

Stock photo provided by SPD.

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

  • Kidnapping attempt reported: Seattle police detectives are searching for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman last week by forcing her into his truck.The 29-year-old woman told police she was walking near Bellevue and E Pine on February 2nd around 11:30 PM when a man driving in a dark blue pickup truck pulled alongside her, grabbed her arms, and told her to get in his car. When others noticed the woman screaming, the suspect drove off.The victim was unharmed. After working the case for a week, detectives are now turning to the public for help. SPD released the following details on the suspect:

    The woman described the suspect as a white male in his 40’s, 5’08”-5’10”, medium build, wearing a dark beanie or wool cap. The victim believed the suspect may had a cigarette in his mouth at the time of the incident.

    A witness described the truck as a dark blue 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck, with tinted windows.

    If you have any information in this or similar cases please call Detective Michelle Gallegos at (206)684-5767.

  • Laundromat knife arrest: SPD has posted details of a situation CHS reported on via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that briefly closed down 12th Ave:
    Officers arrested a man Tuesday afternoon for narcotics and weapons charges after his erratic behavior caught the attention of a laundromat attendant. A laundromat employee called police to the 1800 block of 12 Ave when a man walked into the business and began yelling at himself. The upset man then pulled out a knife and waving it around. The employee took this opportunity to step outside, but as he did so a customer walked in the other entrance. That man, seeing the scene unfolding before him, reversed course and slowly backed out of the establishment. The two men called 911 while keeping any other people from entering the business. Officers quickly arrived and talked to the man, calming him down before placing him under arrest. Officers searched the man and found 2.4 grams of methamphetamine and a knife with a cereal box top sheath. Officers also found a second knife on a window ledge measuring a foot in length. The suspect was booked into King County Jail for narcotics,weapons, and menacing charges. Continue reading

By the bottle or by the glass, Revolution Wine now open on E Pike


Revolution owners Mark and Carmen Brown. (Image: CHS)

With so much beer and coffee news over the past year, Capitol Hill wine lovers may have been feeling a little left out. Demand, it seems, remains strong as the owners of Revolution Wine discovered during their packed opening over the weekend at Belmont and Pike.

Opening Capitol Hill’s newest wine shop and wine bar was a decade in the making for owner Mark Brown, who first drew up the business plan in 2005. Several years working for Xbox’s marketing team put the dream on hold until last year when Brown and his wife, Carmen, secured the former home of The Feed Bag pet shop. Continue reading

Man dies inside Capitol Hill’s Club Z

A man died of an apparent drug overdose inside a room of Capitol Hill sex club Club Z just before midnight Tuesday.

Police were called to a reported drug overdose as Seattle Fire responded to the 24-hour club in the 1100 block of Pike just before midnight. According to radio dispatches, a person at the club was attempting CPR to revive the victim but arriving emergency crews found the victim — a male in his 30s — dead in a third floor room of the building.

The King County Medical Examiner is investigating to determine the cause of death.

CHS last reported on an overdose death at Club Z in the summer of 2012 and has reported on a handful of non-fatal overdoses at the business over the year. The men’s bathhouse lists a no alcohol, no drug policy for entry. It has operated in the neighborhood since the late 1970s. The current management company was formed in 1993 and is run by ownership in Montana. The Marleau family — featured in this excellent 2006 history of the club and its 1906-built building — continues to hold the property.

On the List | Group meeting on Capitol Hill to pack lunches, care packs for homeless

12316134_851314024985031_6174855475932586591_nA community group is meeting to put together lunch sacks and care packs to distribute on the streets of Capitol Hill and beyond this weekend. HashtagLunchbag Seattle meets Sunday at Pike/Pine club the Rhino Room:

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Happy 2016 everyone!!! Looking to start your year off by giving back to the community? Then come out and support this great cause by helping end hunger to the homeless community of Seattle! We’ve had an outstanding turn out the past two events and are looking to continue to grow and do great things for the homeless community as we recognize this is a growing issue.

Due to the fact we are in the heart of our rainy season we are focusing on providing ponchos in each lunch bag we make. Any donation that you can make to help us provide these ponchos is greatly appreciated!

Every volunteer is asked to contribute $10 to participate. 100% of these funds go towards making the lunch bags. It is important you prepay as this will allow us to gauge how much food we buy. The more people, the more lunch bags we get to donate, it’s simple. :)

Please go to our EventBrite page to purchase tickets.

We are back at The Rhino Room on Capitol Hill. Please arrive 11AM sharp, and check in with Osiris to make sure we received your $10 donation. Assembly should be finished at the latest by 1pm, depending on how many lunch bags we’re able to prepare. Afterwards, we will break up into small groups and distribute the lunch bags throughout the city. These neighborhoods include Capitol Hill, Belltown, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, International District, etc.

More about the event is here.

You can also assist local groups and organizations helping the homeless around Capitol Hill and Central Seattle — especially organizations like Community Lunch on Capitol Hill that provide ongoing assistance and services in the neighborhood. Let us know if there are more volunteer or donation opportunities we can add.

For more events on Capitol Hill and beyond, or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

Portland-based Bishops bringing free beer barbershop to 12th and Pike


A Portland-born barbershop is coming to Capitol Hill along with everything you might expect from its Hawthorne District roots: punk style, trendy playlists, and lots of art on the walls.

If Bishops Barbershop sounds reminiscent of another famous neighborhood barbershop, there is a good reason why. Owner Leo Rivera was inspired to enter the hair business after watching Rudy’s Barbershop take off in Seattle. When he couldn’t convince the owners to let him expand to Portland, Rivera said he decided to do it himself.

“I didn’t know anything about hair,” he said. “I just wanted to be my own boss by 30.”

Nonetheless, Rivera was smart enough to know that offering a complimentary beer with a cut would probably go over well.

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Report: Music is a $1.8 billion industry in Seattle… and growing


Projections on A Wall plays Chop Suey, one of the venues to sign the Fair-Trade Music Pledge. (Image: CHS)

An infographic from the study

An infographic from the study

If Seattle’s music scene were its own city, it would have an economic output roughly the size of the Mt. Vernon metropolitan area. Which would put Pike/Pine, what? Somewhere around Aberdeen? And yet many musicians are struggling to stay afloat. That’s the conclusion of a study officially released Tuesday from the Musicians’ Association of Seattle and the American Federation of Musicians.

“It’s a much heavier economic footprint than many would imagine,” said AFM organizer Paul Bigman.

Researchers found the music industry directly employs over 16,600 people in Seattle, creating a “direct economic output” of $1.8 billion and growing. Since a similar analysis was done 2008, Seattle has added some 5,500 music-related jobs. The report doesn’t breakdown the numbers by neighborhood, but the findings are noteworthy for Pike/Pine given its outsized share of venues. Continue reading