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Faire Gallery says goodbye after 6 years on E Olive Way

Only weeks after celebrating its sixth anniversary on E Olive Way, cafe, art space and bar Faire is calling it quits. Here’s the announcement that just landed in the CHS inbox:

We did something special!

Don’t be sad that it is over, be glad we did something amazing for 6 years. Friday we are celebrating from 12noon to way into the night!! Come say goodbye to the arts space were Seattle knew they could experiment with art, music, dance, theater, comedy and spoken word.


We are asking musicians and artists to come through and share this Friday. Please email [email protected] if you want to perform at Faire’s going away party.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You all have made my dream come true. I will be forever grateful.

Elisheba Johnson

We marked Faire’s six-year birthday here back in March. Turns out, the profile was also an obituary for the quirky venue.

“We consider ourselves an art bar. I think what sets us apart from other coffee shops is that we have a full bar,” Johnson told CHS. “And what sets us apart from other art bars would be that we have a huge music and experimentation component. We have improv, theater, we have poetry readings…I think that we’re not just a visual art space, but really an art community.”

She also talked about why she lasted as long as she did on Capitol Hill.

“I wanted to be on the Hill,” Johnson said in March.  “I felt like that was really important, because I thought there was enough of an arts community- enough people that there would be foot traffic. I live in West Seattle right now, and it just wouldn’t work. There’s not enough foot traffic, and there are more families. I was always hell-bent on this neighborhood.”

Faire’s closure comes as E Olive Way has seen a recent blossoming of its place in Capitol Hill’s food and drink economy. New bars like Tommy Gun and Montana and the new home of CC’s have been joined by The Social, the first new dance club to open on Capitol Hill in years. Stalwarts The Elite, The Saint and the Crescent Tavern continue their boozy ways as smaller players like the Living Room hang in there. Dinette provides the tasty plates and sandwiches while Crumble & Flake probably deserves the hype.

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JTContinental
10 years ago

I saw this weekend that the building is for sale, so I wonder if that has anything to do with the exit.

jseattle
10 years ago

Can’t recall if it was for sale, for lease, or both. Looking into now.

genevieve
10 years ago

I love this cafe/bar/art space. Heartbroken.

LittleSeattleObservationist

what?! I just moved to this corner and got used to popping in! It’s so cool and I was really looking forward to it staying around. Are they quitting just in Cap Hill or for good?

Maggie
10 years ago

Faire is such a great little space and I love the upstairs part. I think the for-sale sign has been up for awhile, but with the recent development boom on the Hill I am really hoping a sale does not spell the end for that cute, weird little building!

josh
10 years ago

Aw, I loved having Faire in the neighborhood. The building has been for sale/lease for a very long time, though. Glad that they stuck around for so many years and sorry to hear that they’re going.

genevieve
10 years ago

agreed – losing the building would be a major downer. Any word on how the Living Room is doing? Another favorite place, sigh.

anareasresident
10 years ago

who sold capitol hill to the highest bidder? Seems a great many things that are unique to the hill have been sold for crappy plastic condos instead.

ojiisan
10 years ago

Sad to see a popular performance space closing down, but I can’t say I’m totally displeased. I walk up Olive almost every night between 9 and 12 and the cloud of cigarette smoke and loitering folks hanging around this place always bothered me. Hope the new occupant is more respectful of the neighbourhood.

Ignatius P.
10 years ago

so says local rumor…which means the whole building will soon be vacant.

genevieve
10 years ago

I am indescribably despondent :(

Any news on when the Living Room is shutting down? Hopefully not also this weekend…

genevieve
10 years ago

I think that’s just called “having a bar in a city with a smoking ban”. I walk on Pike between Broadway and 12th on my way home most nights and it’s the same thing x 20 because of how many bars and restaurants there are. I don’t think the patrons are disrespectful, that’s just the smoking area now (and I don’t smoke so it’s not like I love the 2nd hand smoke).

Aaron
10 years ago

This place was always too “hip” for me. I live around the block and tried to get coffee there before work once but they didnt open til 8!? I’m not totally surprised by this.

jeanineanderson
10 years ago

I believe the LR is up for sale, not closing (at this point).

pragmatic
10 years ago

What a loss. I’m super sad to see such an awesome, dynamic cafe (with so many cool events!) and black-owned and woman-owned business disappear from the hill. The neighborhood desperately needs more businesses like this, not fewer. Mad respect to this woman for hosting such a cool spot and I really do hope she sticks around the neighborhood and can get something else started.

pragmatic
10 years ago

Wow, so opening hours now determine how “hip” a place is? I really need to really step up my game apparently!

Vance
10 years ago

The building is for sale – but there are no offers at the moment. The listing hasn’t affected any of the businesses. I too am sorry to see Faire go. They have been a very good tenant of mine, and turned that space into a vibrant and energetic evening hangout.

calhoun
10 years ago

Please get a grip, Genevieve. It’s not that big a deal.