Hot Mama’s — the funniest pizza joint on Capitol Hill

There is a preponderance of funny people working behind the counter at Hot Mama’s Pizza. Currently three standup comics sling pie at this Capitol Hill institution. If you stop in at any time day or night, chances are you’ll encounter a local comic tossing dough or dashing out the door on a delivery run.

Robbie Schroeder is patient zero for the Hot Mama’s comic infestation. He’s been working here for twelve years and doing standup for five. A few years ago he brought in fellow joketeller Mike Masilotti (recently moved to California) and it snowballed from there. “They finally said, ‘No more comedians—it’s not funny anymore,’” Schroeder said. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Century Ballroom hosts donation drive — ‘Like dance, giving blood is a community need’

Capitol Hill’s Century Ballroom might not be the first place you’d think of to make a donation but the Odd Fellows building dancehall was host to a special blood drive Monday.

The drive came as Century owner Halle Kuperman wanted a unique way to begin the ballroom’s 21st year of business. “I now know why it’s so important to give blood if you can; because many cannot,” Kuperman wrote. “There are some restrictions for sure, but not everyone who has a tattoo or piercing or is gay, or has traveled, etc. is excluded.” Last year, CHS wrote about Century Ballroom marking 20 years of dance on Capitol Hill.

The drive with Bloodworks Northwest comes as older donors have aged and younger generations are much less likely to donate blood.

“Like dance, giving blood is a community need,” Kuperman said.

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Capitol Hill venues part of Presidents Day ‘celebration for a cause’ Protest Fest

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As the meme goes, happy Presidents Day — for 44 out of the 45 presidents.  You can put that fighting spirit to good use Monday night as a collection of Seattle venues including Capitol Hill’s The Woods, Bar Sue, Chop Suey, and Barboza host Protest Fest, “a celebration for a cause” featuring music and donations to some of the big nonprofits on the front lines of battle with the Trump Administration.

The festival from event promoter Do 206 spans three neighborhoods Monday night. Proceeds from Barboza are destined to help power the ACLU, Chop Suey is supporting the Anti-Defamation League, The Woods supports the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bar Sue is earmarking proceeds from its Motown on Mondays night to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The full lineup of the night’s performers and information about sister events at The Tractor and Nectar Lounge can be found at

Meanwhile, Seattle-area groups are beginning to rally around plans for student walkouts to call for action on gun control reforms in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school mass shooting. We’ll have more on those efforts, soon.



With a mix of Portland and Seattle flavors, Salt and Straw opens on Capitol Hill

At 4 AM, Portland is even closer to its bigger, richer Pacific Northwest sibling Seattle. It’s a good thing. The Salt and Straw delivery truck is coming through.

“Making it all in Portland, driven up every day, that was a huge decision for us,” Salt and Straw’s head ice cream nerd Tyler Malek tells CHS. Building a big, strong Rip City kitchen team gives Salt and Straw a center to its ice cream creation process and make hiring the best talent easier, Malek says.

Capitol Hill customers are getting their first scoops of the I-5-imported ice creams and frozen creations as the shop made its E Pike debut Friday at 11 AM. Ice cream for breakfast. Ice cream for lunch. Continue reading

Building the Gig Harbor – Roslyn – Ballard – Capitol Hill food+drink continuum, Heritage Distilling plans spring opening on 10th Ave

Anybody afraid of Capitol Hill becoming part of one big Seattle monoculture should know — it’s too late. There is already a food+drink continuum between Ballard and Capitol Hill. Add another. Heritage Distilling, lined up to open a new “tasting room, retail store and Cask Club” on the backside of Pike/Pine in the Central Agency building, is mirroring the effort with a NW Market St. doppelganger also planned to open later this year.

CHS included the Hill Heritage project on our roster of 20+ Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2018 though its space has been partially overhauled and used as an events space since the Gig Harbor-based company took over the former sandwich shop space in the restored auto row-era building also home to Lark. Continue reading

112-year-old Capitol Hill building home to Club Z hits market for $2.15M

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A building that embodies some of the histories of Capitol Hill — including its never ceasing appetite for tearing down and building back up — is up for sale.

Here is the realtor’s description for the $2.15 million listing for 1117 Pike:

Built in 1906 this three story commercial building is for sale for the first time in almost 40 years. The Pike Building is located just above downtown Seattle in an A+ Capitol Hill location. This offers a Buyer the rare opportunity to purchase a pride-of-ownership property located only 3 blocks from downtown Seattle.

“The property offers endless potential for an investor to redevelop the property or maintain the existing use,” the marketing copy concludes. Continue reading

Neighbours alley lined up for ‘pedestrian-friendly, safer’ design

The alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave — aka, the Neighbours Alley (Image: CHS)

Part of the 2018 allocation of some $1.2 million in City Hall funding for neighborhood projects across Seattle will go to get the ball rolling on a project to make a surprising part of Capitol Hill “a more pedestrian-friendly, safer environment.”

In spring of 2010, CHS mused about an underutilized Capitol Hill asset — the neighborhood’s alleys:

Most of Seattle’s alleys are currently dark and spooky streets, left mainly to trash and rats. But in other places, alleys come to life and provide a uniquely pedestrian experience for locals and visitors alike. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Isla House and Flower a pocket of Pike/Pine green

Need something lovely for your Valentine? There’s a pocket of green across from Cal Anderson Park that you may not have noticed.

Isla House and Flower opened last year in the space formerly occupied by the Molly Moon’s HQ office next to its Odd Fellows scoop shop on E Pine. Isla Morris’s shop is filled with fresh flowers, plants, gifts, and cards.

Morris’s advice for a meaningful Valentine’s gift? “Something that’s thoughtful and shows that you put some effort into it,” she says. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot as long as its meaningful. And of course you can’t go wrong with a beautiful flower arrangement.”

Green thumb or no, you don’t have far to go to stock up a mini terrarium or get your growing wall going. If you need more help than that in the romance department, try a rose.

Isla House And Flower is located at 919 E Pine. You can learn more at


Capitol Hill skate shop 35th North agrees to pay $30K in guerilla Green Lake island skate bowl case

The Capitol Hill skateboard shop sued by the City of Seattle over construction of a guerrilla skate park on an island in the middle of Green Lake last summer has agreed to pay $30,000 to help restore damage from the stunt.

“35th North settled this matter because it was interested in maintaining a working relationship with the skateboarding community and the City of Seattle,” 35th North owner Tony Croghan said in the city’s announcement of the settlement. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Stormy, the Capitol Hill jewelry shop dog

Stormy is the shop dog at Honed, the little jewelry store tucked into Chophouse Row between Kurt’s Farm Shop and Marmite. You can usually find Stormy sitting close to Claire, the store’s owner. Stormy is a miniature Australian Shepherd. Just over three years old, Stormy traveled with Claire from NYC and is known for giving the best hugs. “He gives full body hugs, climbs up on you, puts his arms around you,” Claire said. Don’t get too excited. though. Like anyone, he has to get you know you first.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.