With small space, Niche Outside will share garden inspiration inside Pike/Pine’s Chophouse Row

Hanging planters like these could be among the offerings when Niche Outside opens this fall (Image: Niche Outside via Instagram)

Hanging planters like these could be among the offerings when Niche Outside opens this fall (Image: Niche Outside via Instagram)

The food and shopping component of Chophouse Row, the Melrose Market cousin  taking shape on 11th Ave just off E Pike, will be known for its small parts combing together for a greater whole. One shopping experience planned to be niched into the Row’s retail plaza and pedestrian alley connecting through the block between 11th and 12th is already beginning to bloom.

“It’s going to be a garden inspired little boutique,” Nisha Kelen tells CHS. “It’s not a nursery.”

nicheNiche Outside is the first non-food and drink tenant to be announced for Liz Dunn’s Chophouse Row project, a mixed-use development that will preserve and transform the old auto row garage where Chophouse Studio once lived into part of a new dining and shopping complex beneath new office space above. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Goodwill store to open in May

FB Event ImgIn February, CHS broke the news that Goodwill is coming to Capitol Hill, taking over the former Belmont Ave E home of Half Price Books.

This week, nonprofit Seattle Goodwill announced its new 15,000 square-foot store will open on May 2nd. Details are below. And they are hiring.

Meanwhile, thrifty shoppers should also mark their calendars on June 14thCapitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2014.

Grand opening celebration will feature prizes, giveaways and music
WHAT:  Goodwill is opening a new retail store on Capitol Hill.

WHERE:  The new store is located at 115 E. Belmont Street on Capitol Hill.

WHEN:  The doors will open on Friday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m.


  • On opening day, there will be prizes and giveaways.  There will be a DJ with live music in the early evening.
  • The merchandise assortment will appeal to both the budget and fashion conscious, with men’s and women’s apparel, women’s accessories, and home and office décor items.
  • This is the 24th Goodwill store in the central and north Puget Sound region.
  • Goodwill is currently accepting donations from the community and will continue to accept donations once the store opens.
  • The store is 15,000 square feet and will employ approximately 40 individuals.
  • Individuals can sign up to receive text alerts from the new Capitol Hill Goodwill store to get updates about the grand opening and find out about special promotions at this locations. Simply text the word “goodwill24” to 91011.
  • Throughout Seattle Goodwill stores, over 100,000 new items are added daily to the hundreds of thousands of items already on our floors.  This means that customers will find a fresh and exciting assortment of fashion and décor items every day.
  • Customers who make purchases at Goodwill stores are supporting Goodwill’s free job training and education programs that help better the lives of people in the community.

 Seattle Goodwill Industries is a private, nonprofit organization that has served the central and northern Puget Sound since 1923. It provides free job-training and education programs and services that help low-income and underserved people obtain the skills they need to secure employment so they may achieve economic self-sufficiency. For more information about Goodwill programs, please call toll-free 1-877-GIVE4GOOD or visit the website at seattlegoodwill.org.

Latest Pike/Pine food+drink trend: the Capitol Hill complex

A 'complex' map of the future Pike Motoworks project's thousands of square-feet of retail

A ‘complex’ map of the future Pike Motoworks project’s thousands of square-feet of retail

The Central Agency Building will soon be home to new projects from the folks behind Lark (Image: CHS)

The Central Agency Building will soon be home to new projects from the folks behind Lark (Image: CHS)

Even the developers don’t know exactly what to call it.

“I don’t want to use the ‘M’ word,” said Wolff Co.’s Greg Van Patten as he described to CHS the massive retail component planned for the under-construction Pike Motorworks project.

“Basically, there is a passthrough/walkway straight up the middle. On the left side, some kind of eating and drinking establishment. On the right, a mix of other users. That’s kind of the goal for all retail. To have something that will generate that buzz and that activity,” the developer said.

It is not, at least in the late 20th Century traditional sense, a mall.

Like the plan at Pike Motorworks, this complex development goal is being played out across the Hill in a handful of significant projects where the interplay between retail tenants is tightly woven and planned as a cohesive identity.

“I think the appeal of grouping a bunch of smaller creative tenants under one roof is twofold,” Capitol Hill-based developer Liz Dunn says about the complex trend which is also playing out in her Chophouse Row project slated to be complete later this year on 11th Ave between Pike and Union. “It creates great synergies amongst the tenants — they can tune their offerings to complement each other. And it creates a very robust, diverse and complete experience for customers, which include in this case the office tenants in the building.”

“There seems to be a great ‘home away from home’ vibe that happens when there is a collection of tenants under one roof,” Dunn said.

She should know. Dunn is part of the team responsible for creating what many see as a major catalyst for this kind of retail developmentMelrose Market. At the center of her new take on a Capitol Hill market at 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row will be a restaurant and juice bar from Ericka Burke of the Volunteer Park Cafe.  But small complementary shops like this one planned by farm-to-table guru Kurt Timmermeister on the Row’s retail plaza and pedestrian alley — described as “an open market configuration along the street, alley and courtyard” – will be critical to the project’s success.

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Maker of sharp, masculine suits for women and transmen starts national pop-up tour with Capitol Hill shop

(Image: Saint Harridan via Facebook)

(Image: Saint Harridan via Facebook)

Saint Harridan, an Oakland, California-based maker of “sleek masculine suits made to fit women and transmen,” has brought its national pop-up tour to Capitol Hill this weekend:

Friday March 28 – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday March 29 – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday March 30 – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Imagine a store where you are the expected customer. Where the clothes are designed to fit your body and your gender. Where you will be served by people who live to see you look your best.

(Image: Saint Harridan)

(Image: Saint Harridan)

Now stop dreaming and come down to Saint Harridan’s Pop-Up Shop, where we aim to give you the best shopping experience you’ve ever had.

Get up! Suit up! Show up!

You’ll find the visiting shop inside Sole Repair on the southeast corner of 10th and Pike.

“I’ve completely sworn off dresses. Men’s suits were too big. Boys’ suits didn’t fit across the chest, and the customer service in men’s shops was humiliating,” founder Mary Going said about the decision to create Saint Harridan.

The company launched in 2012 with a boost from a Kickstarter campaign that resulted in $137,000 in pre-orders from 1,100 people. With its first line of suits ready for action, the company is launching its pop-up tour here in Seattle.

You can learn more at saintharridan.com. For more weekend things to do, check out the CHS Calendar.

Broadway Video presses ‘eject’ after 30 years on Capitol Hill

The store back in its Broadway Market days (Image: CHS)

The store back in its Broadway Market days (Image: CHS)

Go, ahead. Take your swipes. Yes, it’s not exactly news that a home video store is going out of business. And, yes, it might be news that it still existed, at all. But it is, indeed, CHS news that a business owner with more than three decades in the community is calling it quits. Here’s the statement from owner Paul Dwoskin about his decision to close Broadway Video:

After 30 years of business, Broadway Video has made the difficult decision to close its doors.  The last day of operations for the store will be Monday, March 17.  Broadway Video began life in the back of Bailey/Coy Books, another shuttered Capitol Hill independent, in 1984.  In 1986 the store moved into its Broadway Market location and in June of 2012 moved in to its current location at 512 Broadway E. A fixture in the Capitol Hill business community and the Seattle LGBT community Broadway Video has been serving the needs of cinema lovers faithfully for three decades.  Paul Dwoskin, the owner has been the president of the Broadway Business Improvement Area and was a founding member of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on the revitalization of Broadway which produced the Broadway Vitality Action Agenda in 2007. He has served as the chair of the Chamber’s Clean & Safe committee, heading up the annual Clean Sweep event that brings hundreds volunteers out every Spring to clean up the retail districts of the neighborhood.  Broadway Video has been an active supporter of the Seattle Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the Greater Seattle Business Association and many other community organizations.

A Capitol Hill neighbor of note with owner Dwoskin (Image courtesy Daniel Dinsmore)

A Capitol Hill neighbor of note with owner Dwoskin (Image courtesy Daniel Dinsmore)

Broadway Video’s original home, the much-loved but Amazon-challenged Bailey Coy Books, went out of business in 2009. Owner Michael Wells, by the way, went on to head the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. The store was part of the Broadway Market shopping center before making way for BECU and Wells Fargo in 2012.

We don’t know what’s next for Dwoskin who has been a busy leader in the Broadway business community but he joins a group of Capitol Hill business owners who have shuttered video stores in recent years as big chains also pulled the plug on Capitol Hill stores. Netflix and online services have continued to grow while in-person rental has been delegated to red-boxed robots.

The closure leaves On 15th Video as the last dedicated movie shop on Capitol Hill.

The Herbalist to bring alternative treatments to Capitol Hill

Salter at the Ravenna store (Image: The Herbalist)

Salter at the Ravenna store (Image: The Herbalist)

While attending UC Santa Barbara in the late 70s as an anthropology major, Tierney Salter found herself with a particularly bad asthma attack. After her roommate suggested that a plant called horehound could help relieve her constant coughing, Salter found herself at a local herb store.

“I went and got some of this herb, made a tea, drank it, and didn’t cough all night,” said Salter. “After growing up with western medicine as my crutch, this opened up a whole new world to me, and I became obsessed with the study of it.”

Salter is now bringing The Herbalist to Capitol Hill, with a new location in the 19th and Mercer building set to open at the end of May. Aside from bringing Salter back to her home neighborhood, Salter believes that the new location will provide for a new type of store devoted to educating people about how herbal remedies can help supplement or even completely replace traditional pharmaceuticals.

“I grew up on Capitol Hill, and I love Capitol Hill,” Salter said. “I’m kind of going back to my roots here, which I’m really excited about. I’m there with a lot of other women business owners, and it’s very exciting.”

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Capitol Hill’s Pretty Parlor expands to include new bridal boutique

Some new light inside Pretty Parlor (Image: Pretty Parlor)

Some new light inside Pretty Parlor (Image: Pretty Parlor)

Pretty Parlor is celebrating its more than a decade of fashion on Capitol Hill with a party to mark the opening of its new bridal boutique, sewing studio and “Man Land.”

“Our boutique is basically Audrey Hepburn meets Judy Jetson,” said Anna Banana, the owner of Pretty Parlor. “The word boutique is key; we’re not a thrift shop and we’re not a consignment shop. Vintage gets put into those categories, but we’re not. What we really are is a nice boutique.”

The shop, which Banana describes as a “1960s little girl’s bedroom,” came about  As the space had previously housed vintage stores since the 1970s, Banana decided that the Summit Ave location would be the perfect place to open a new shop devoted to vintage and locally-designed attire. In the 12 years since its doors first opened, this mission statement has allowed Pretty Parlor to carve out a niche among drag queens, burlesque dancers, fashionable twenty-somethings, and everyone in between.

“We’re not just a store, we’re an experience,” Banana said. “We have a shop cat named Vincent, we sell My Little Ponies because the name comes from ‘My Little Pony Pretty Parlor, a kids coloring table, and it’s all just a feast for the eyes and ears. The chandeliers, the parasols, and the wigs are all just like a big kaleidoscope of colors.”

1655946_10152273345097941_1584039939_nAside from the eclectic nature of the shop itself, which appropriately was one of the filming locations of Waxie Moon’s upcoming Capitol Hill web series, Pretty Parlor’s claim to fame has been the ability to outfit men and women of all sizes in style. The shop’s trademark mix of vintage and locally-made garments from designers like Jamie Von Stratton and Glam Cloud, and reproduction pieces from online retailers like Stop Staring and has made it a destination for what Banana calls “compliment clothes” as well as the go-to location for theme party goers and burlesque dancers alike, even beyond the Hill.

“As much as we’re here for the neighborhood and the community on the hill, for our customers who live in Bellevue or anywhere else in the area, we’ve become a destination for ‘special occasion dressing,’” said Banana. “If people are going to a theme party, like a Gatsby or a Mad Men party, we can dress them head to toe. So many other dress shops have closed down, and renting a costume is just as much of an investment as buying the reproduction pieces.”

Now, after the success of Pretty Parlor’s Etsy store, the shop has been renovated to include a new 900 square-foot expansion, including a bridal shop, an in-house sewing room, dressing rooms, and an expanded men’s section dubbed “Man Land.” With the new additions, Pretty Parlor is looking to become the premiere wedding destination for the alternative crowd.

“We’ve been rubbing nickels and using elbow grease to get the new space ready,” said Banana. “I’ve done everything myself, and my body is killing me. But so many brides are wedding shopping right now, so we needed to pick a date and get the doors open.”

In celebration of the new expansion, Pretty Parlor will host an open house to show off the boutique’s new amenities on Saturday, March 1 at 6:00 PM. Aside from being able to see the sewing studio and bridal boutique for the first time, Tanya Brno, an aerialist from the Atomic Bombshells, will be swinging from the parlor’s chandeliers to help give the event the proper entertainment value. After all, as Banana puts it, Pretty Parlor wouldn’t be the same without the experience.

The new bridal boutique is located at 417 E Loretta Pl behind Pretty Parlor. You can learn more at prettyparlor.com.

Seattle Bicycle Collective more than Capitol Hill’s only bike shop


SBC owner JT Lawson in his new shop with the next generation of Capitol Hill cycling enthusiasts. (Photo: CHS)

It’s hard to believe, we’re not sure exactly why it happened, but Capitol Hill is in need of some more working bike mechanics. The void left by Velo’s departure last year dealt a  blow to the needs of Capitol Hill’s biking masses.

To help fill that hole a new bike shop has sprung up inside a non-descript office building 12th and Pine. The Seattle Bicycle Collective quietly opened its doors in January with a small sandwich board sign and a tiny office space inside the Richmark Label building. It’s no Velo, and that was the idea.

SBC’s owner JT Lawson is a longtime Seattle bike mechanic and creator of custom bike accessories through his small operation Overbuilt. Inside his cramped office space Lawson operates a fully functional bike repair shop, sells parts and refurbished bikes, manufactures bike parts, teaches classes, and uses an industrial sewing machine to custom make biker hats and messenger bags. Lawson said keeping the shop small, down to earth, and community focused is all part of the plan. Continue reading

Goodwill to open Capitol Hill store this spring

The former home of Half Price Books is the future home of Goodwill

The former home of Half Price Books is the future home of Goodwill

He's excited

He’s very excited

CHS has learned that the grandaddy of thrift shopping is coming to Capitol Hill. Seattle Goodwill is planning to open a Capitol Hill store in the former home of Half Price Books that has stood vacant since the discount retailer shuttered the location last year.

“We would love to be on Capitol Hill,” a spokesperson for the nonprofit retailer tells CHS about the project. “It really is a neighborhood that appreciates the recycle, repurpose, reuse values.” Continue reading

Fashion pop-up turns former Capitol Hill campaign HQ into ‘a shoppable installation’

(Images: Closed Circuit)

(Images: Closed Circuit)

Now that this guy has finally moved out, the corner of E Pike and Summit is being kept busy with a new retail pop-up:

Closed Circuit Shop: an uninterrupted path of flow, a concept shop at Love City Love

A sensory experience of artful shopping featuring designers Rachel Ravitch, Aleksandra Pollner, Et cetera, Oddinary, Ladies & Gentlemen, Faris, Mia Fioravanti, Kimberly Baker, April Pride, Lu, Gender by Ole Severson and curated products from Cairo, Prism & Nest.

This is Love City Love’s first concept shop in its new home across from Sun Liquor at Pike & Summit. We’ve created a shoppable installation of locally crafted objects & goods.

The installation stems from past and present observation of flow in the digital age and the direction it has propelled us in : towards craft, mindfulness, focus, collectivity, a longing for authenticity and new application of technology.

Things to look forward to: an indoor zen garden, a toast wall, Art by the Love City Love Crew, aromas by Blackbird, apparel, home wear & accessories.

Shop Hours are Saturday 11 to 7:30 and weekdays by Appointment. For appointments email lovecitylovebookings@gmail.com

You can learn more on the Lovecitylove Facebook page.

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Two new Capitol Hill businesses ready to help deliver the new you in the New Year (or just help the old you feel a little better)


Brandon and Sami Sweeney at their newest Pure Barre studio, opening on Saturday, January 4th on Capitol Hill

Brandon and Sami Sweeney at their newest Pure Barre studio, opening on Saturday, January 4th on Capitol Hill

The New Year is upon us. Game plan to make those resolutions happen yet? If your goals include working to improve your fitness and enhance your looks, then at least two newcomers to Capitol Hill might be of interest to you. CHS visited the exercise studio Pure Barre, opening on E Pine Saturday and new skin care specialists Skoah, who opened a location on Broadway in late November, to see what they have to offer — and how much the “new you” will set you back.

Filling an approximately 2,000 square foot slot in the recently completed Collins on Pine—where retail spaces are now about 60% leased according to Trent Mummery of The Metropolitan Companies —Seattle’s third Pure Barre studio will offer its national franchise’s 55-minute ‘high-intensity but low-impact’ exercise classes several times a day, from morning to evening, seven days a week. The workouts combine elements of ballet (hence the “barre,” as in ballet bar), Pilates and yoga. They are designed to strengthen the whole body by building “long, lean, muscles,” while also being gentle on joints, the studio’s co-owner Sami Sweeney said.

“It’s just very safe work, and everyone can kind of work at their own level,” Sweeney said, just after emphasizing how challenging a Pure Barre class can be, which involves fatiguing muscles throughout the body until they “shake,” then stretching them. Sweeney said barre injuries are practically “non-existent.” Continue reading

Cone & Steiner, a Capitol Hill general store, stocks its shelves as Tallulah’s ‘officially’ opens

A peek inside Cone & Steiner (Image: CHS)

A peek inside Cone & Steiner (Image: CHS)

Tallulah's opens "officially" Thursday night at 4 PM (Images: CHS)

Tallulah’s opens “officially” Thursday night at 4 PM (Images: CHS)

Cone & Steiner, a general store bringing together the entrepreneurs behind Fuel Coffee, Skillet and Retrofit Home, is preparing for an opening just before New Year’s Eve. The retail experts in the Cone & Steiner partnership tell CHS the store and deli counter will make sure to stock the item most-requested by customers as the store prepares to open — though you’ll have to wait for the first weekend of 2014 to enjoy it:

“There were a lot of people that asked for the Sunday New York Times,” Jon Milazzo tells CHS.

E Pike’s Retrofit retailers Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz are heading up the hard goods planning for the partnership creating the new store. CHS first reported on the Cone & Steiner project in September when we spoke with the Retrofit ladies and their business partners Dani Cone of Fuel and High 5 Pie and Josh Henderson of Skillet and the Huxley Wallace family of food+drink businesses.

Meanwhile, Linda Derschang’s fifth Capitol Hill food+drink venture is off and running on 19th Ave E after a week of “quiet openings” and preview dinners with friends and family. Its official opening is Thursday — 4 PM if you’d like to be there to make history. Last week, CHS showed you the first look inside Tallulah’s, the Derschang-styled “modern” (ie, less vintage) space meant to evoke Big Sur and provide a lighter, less tavern-y take on the food and drink maven’s successful barstaurant recipe. You also got a first peek at nearby cookie bakery and Molly Moon’s ice cream shop, Hello Robin.

Filling the middle bay of retail south of Tallulah’s and connecting through to the cookie and ice cream shop, Cone & Steiner is conceived as a neighborhood grocery store mixed with a deli counter featuring ready to eat foods and housemade sandwiches.

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