An “art & music collective” is scaling back and a vintage rummage shop on Capitol Hill is shutting down this weekend following a row with the city over approved uses for a 17th Ave group home. Megan Connors of Bon Voyage Vintage said, well, bon voyage this week via Facebook.
Here’s what she told CHS about the situation:
Yes we were a super Undergound shop. No advertising other than word of mouth and facebook. We were gypsy status selling on the streets before then, you might have seen us out there.( across from bauhaus coffee or near trader joes) We also had a large shop in California for a year.
We moved into the InartsNW last year and opened a small boutique inside , open by appointment and during events (shows, art walks, ect.) got very busy during these events! so much fun.
Recently the city has done an inspection of our art collective and is trying to shut down our performance space. We are not zoned to have a commercial space or stage, that’s why we are moving forward and closing the shop for now. Our house is still hosting art walks, karaoke nights, bingo, Live music is on hold until the near future.
We will still continue to have sidewalk sales this summer when the weather gets better until we get a storefront again.
Here are some links to our house as well as our business. We also help run the comet flea market, which is bi-weekly and also sell at the Punk Rock Flea Market.
We will be opening another shop either on capitol hill or back in California in the next year.
We will still be out on the street this spring/summer:) As well as a monthly craft fair at our art collective called crafty vixens. Let me know if you have any more question! Thanks for taking an interest!
Meg and Keith
According to Department of Planning and Development records, two separate complaints were filed on the house at 1633 17th Ave beginning in January alleging violations of both Seattle’s Land Use and Housing and Building Maintenance codes. Inspectors confirmed the violations and the notification process has played out in the intervening months with final “order of the director” actions pushing the matter to the last step before legal action earlier this month, according to records.
The house at 1633 17th Ave is owned by real estate investor Peter Sikov. He rose to the region’s attention in the mid-2000s as he tried to preserve Jimi Hendrix’s boyhood Renton home. On Capitol Hill, after acquiring the 17th Ave property for just over $1 million in 1998, he operated a halfway home for mentally ill residents at the address until budget cuts removed funding for programs that supported his ventures as documented in this 2008 Seattle PI article.
In 2010, the property was deeded to a Inn Association, a corporation run by Sikov.
The InartsNW collective describes itself as “a community of thirty artists living collectively on the top of Seattle’s Capitol Hill.” It’s not clear what the DPD violations will mean for those thirty. For Bon Voyage Vintage, it means one last weekend sale.