First look inside The Lounge by AT&T and Ada’s Discovery Cafe

(Images: CHS)

Company executives were on Capitol Hill Friday for the telecommunication giant’s unveiling of its glossy new retail experiment, The Lounge by AT&T.

Morgan Collins, vice president for AT&T’s Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii markets, tells CHS the company took the risk of trying to launch the new retail concept in an area like Capitol Hill because the neighborhood is home to “creative innovators.”

“I want us to be part of the community,” she said.

Another AT&T rep on hand put it more succinctly. “We are meeting people where they are.” Continue reading

Gobble Up

Gobble Up is Urban Craft Uprising’s Premier Seattle Food Show. Now in its second year, this specialty food festival is geared to both everyday customers, as well as to restaurants, chefs, and other professionals in the industry. You’ll discover 100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors, as well as great gifts for the holidays for anyone who loves food or cooking. Restauranteurs and chefs will discover exciting new products from local purveyors to feature in their dishes and on menus.

From chocolate, jams, shrubs, pickles, kitchen decor and supplies, we will have great gifts for anyone who appreciates the slow food movement here in the PNW. Show up at your next holiday party with unique items that will wow all of the other guests!

When: Saturday November 17th, from 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pie 66, Seattle, WA 98121

Admission is free.

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Sole Mates brings sneakerhead paradise to Capitol Hill

Seattle’s sneakerheads will have a new foothold on Capitol Hill when Sole Mates, a sneaker consignment store above the Broadway and Pike QFC, opens shop at the end of the month. Owner Parris Johnson said culture is “in demand” on Capitol Hill, and that preparations are basically done and the store should be open by August 31st.

“I felt like this is what the area needs,” Johnson said. “A real true boutique. Brick and mortar.”

Johnson, who grew up in Seattle, jumped at the opportunity to open a business less than a quarter mile from where he grew up on 20th and Union. Continue reading

Perched on Capitol Hill’s western slope, The Reef brings pot to E Olive Way

Bud, oils and pre-rolled joints were everywhere as The Reef, Capitol Hill’s newest cannabis retailer, opened the doors to its new location for a preview Thursday night.

With its first shop opened in Bremerton three years ago, The Reef’s new storefront takes full advantage of its perch on Capitol Hill at a busy intersection where its predecessor pizza joint and its notorious flashing sign served as a de facto western gate to the neighborhood. With generous amounts of light coming in through windows spanning the width of the storefront, the new location will give Capitol Hill residents a convenient option for their cannabis-related needs.

John Ueding, general manager of The Reef’s Capitol Hill location, explained that the company wants to invest in the community and explore options to work with and support local charity organizations.

“The owners are intent on giving back as much as we can,” Ueding said. “Being local Seattle guys, we really want to be involved in the community.” Continue reading

Pot shop The Reef ready to light up for Hempfest debut on E Olive Way

Signage coming soon to E Olive Way

The Reef, E Olive Way’s first legal pot shop and Capitol Hill’s third marijuana retail outlet, is preparing to make a Hempfest debut giving it a smokey head start on nearby rival Uncle Ike’s.

The annual celebration of cannabis takes place starting Friday along the waters of Elliott Bay in Myrtle Edwards Park just as the wildfire haze is forecasted to be clearing out of the city.

Joining its Bremerton-born sister location, the new Reef is positioned as taking “a tech-forward but high touch approach” at the intersection of John, Denny, and E Olive Way “on Capitol Hill’s ‘Amazon Slope'” — please direct all “Amazon Slope” hate mail to The Reef, thanks. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale makes space for new neighbor Ghost Gallery

A space carved out of the Capitol Hill Cupcake Royale has made a new home for longtime neighborhood art boutique Ghost Gallery.

“I got really scared once I started looking at spaces and price tags,” shop owner Laurie Kearney told CHS at the debut of the new space during Thursday’s Capitol Hill art walk. “I got really discouraged and freaked out. But then I got a phone call from Jody Hall.” Continue reading

Alexis Mara Yoga Clothes Pop Up at The SweatBox


Recent Seattle transplant (originally from New York), Alexis Mera Damen is popping up on Sunday May 20th with her activewear collection Alexis Mera. Designed in Brooklyn and made in NYC, Alexis creates versatile pieces made for yogis, adventurers and beyond. Each print is carefully selected and digitally printed on soft and quick drying fabrics. Digital prints are produced on machines that reduce the use of water and eliminate extra waste, for a truly green printing process. Made for all, Alexis is on a mission to empower you to feel happy, healthy and beautiful in your own skin.

For one day only, Alexis will be offering 10% off all purchases made in person at SweatBox Yoga. Swing by from 11:30AM to 4PM to meet Alexis and show your support!

Follow her brand adventures @alexismeranyc

Two Big Blondes Storewide & Bag Sale

GIANT STOREWIDE SALE: Friday & Saturday, February 2nd & 3rd, 11am – 6pm. Every item in the store will be reduced 25% – 95% OFF! From casual to couture – clothing size 14 & up, shoes size 8 & up and all accessories – you can find it all at our Giant Storewide Sale!

BAG SALE: Saturday February 3rd ONLY. $8 bucks to fill a 13-gallon bag with clothing, shoes & accessories. Located downstairs in our basement. Enter through parking lot stairs. Come early to find the best selection! Four bag maximum until 2:00 pm. Proceeds from Bag Sale benefit Seattle Women’s Assistance Fund.

WEDDING GOWN PRE-SALE: Thursday, February 1st, 11am – 6pm. All wedding gowns will be sold at storewide sale prices (up to 95% off!) on Thursday before the sale to provide more time & space to try on the gowns.

CHS Pics | Creatura House roars (and barks) to life on Capitol Hill

E Pike’s Creatura House celebrated its grand opening this weekend with a party that included neighborhood artists and creators — and plenty of the animal spirit behind the new gallery and shop from Rog La Rue creator Kirsten Anderson.

CHS stopped by Saturday as Creatura House marked its first days of business with a cute fuzzy buddy contest and visitors getting their first look at the gallery and its debut show from Montreal painter Peter Ferguson. Continue reading

Happy Hill Holidays: The No Parking on Pike Baby Doll Tree is back

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the surest sign of the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill appeared. Yes, it’s that time of year. The No Parking Baby Doll Tree is back on E Pike.

“I have read different theories about what different things represent on the tree and I find them pretty hilarious,” No Parking thrift shop owner Linda Young tells CHS.

But she says not to read too much into the bizarre holiday display that has helped make the thrift shop she runs with husband Billy Hutchinson a Pike/Pine season of light photo op. It was really a happy accident. A few years back, the couple’s seven-year-old son Liam had a great idea. Continue reading