The Holiday Craft Store is gone and Capitol Hair has moved a few dozen yards south to make room for the new four-story development transforming 19th Ave E at E Mercer into a bustling pocket of commerce. Friday, the final component of that commercial pocket was slated to be revealed as the big names behind Capitol Hill-styled general store Cone & Steiner planned to open their creation for the first time.
8 AM to 10 PM for this new version of a 7-11 inspired by the old-time general store. You can find it at 532 19th Ave E. UPDATE: Thanks to feedback from the neighborhood, Cone & Steiner will bump its daily start time to 7 AM.
Dani Cone of Fuel and High 5 Pie and Josh Henderson of Skillet and the Huxley Wallace family of food+drink businesses teamed up with retailers Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz of Retrofit Home to partner on the ambitious project, expected to be the first in a series of similar stores — neighborhood grocery and mercantile mixed with a deli counter featuring ready to eat foods from Skillet, housemade sandwiches (soon!) — and beer taps.
Cone, who has operated her Fuel cafe nearby since spring of 2005, brought the local knowledge for the first store.
“It’s a neighborhood market or mercantile focused on being a big part of the neighborhood,” Cone told CHS when we first reported on the project in September.
“This is that community place.” Cone said. “It’s an extension of the kind of places that we’ve already created. This is of the neighborhood.”
Friday morning, Cone said the store’s first customer wasn’t just a neighbor stopping through to buy a bauble and say hello — the woman did her grocery shopping, Cone said.
Cone also brought her name to the project. Her great grandfather ran the original Cone & Steiner near where the Starbucks world headquarters stands today. Sam Cone’s son Jerry married Dani’s grandma Molly — the inspiration behind today’s High 5 Pie recipes. You’ll also find a High 5 case inside the grocery, by the way.
In addition to day to day grocery necessities like milk and quinoa, hard goods like oven mitts, cutting boards and basic tools and treats for wee ones like candy, toys and chew balls (meet our son, Rover), there will be a menu of sandwiches, cold salads and sides available at a central ring counter. Beer and wine will be for sale by the bottle and a selection of drafts will be available on tap for enjoyment at the counter or to fill a growler to go (price ranges from around $18 to $22 per fill).
CHS talked with Milazzo and Pomeranz about the hard goods side of things during the Christmas rush as the partnership hurried to fill Cone & Steiner’s shelves and refrigerated cases. A half-gallon of milk will set you back $2.50, a package of romaine, $1.50 and a can of Campbell’s soup, 2 bucks. Meanwhile, the next time you need a $12 hammer or a $2.40 picture hanging kit, you know where to go. Things were running fairly smoothly Friday morning with only a few mix-ups including a service number listed on receipts ringing through to Henderson’s cell phone.
It’s the only store of its kind on a 19th Ave that is suddenly seeing an influx of new commercial energy joining longtime favorites like Monsoon, Kingfish Cafe and Vios.
Cone & Steiner joins a gaggle of commercial neighbors in the 19th and Mercer apartment building — Tallulah’s, Hello Robin and Molly Moon’s. CHS reported on the debut of the 19th and Mercer neighbors here.
It should be noted that the new little commercial strip operates
without a stitch of new parking beyond what’s available on the nearby streets. UPDATE:The developer tells us there are 13 stalls for customers to park “off the alley.”
Meanwhile, a new general store in the area might stir memories of the dearly departed City People’s, now long-gone from 15th Ave E, and is unlikely to dethrone ShopRite as the king of random retail convenience on Capitol Hill.
You can learn more at coneandsteiner.com.