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Sad about the ghosts of Capitol Hill? Ghost Gallery making best of lost lease

We’re just going to warn you right now. The end of any year typically brings a pulse of sad news as businesses new and businesses old lose or give up their place on Capitol Hill. With a boom economy, surging real estate market, and destructive capitalism coursing through Seattle’s veins, 2017 will probably be rough on your nostalgia.

Maybe we can all learn something from Hill business owner and Ghost Gallery founder Laurie Kearney. Her announcement of a lost lease and one final holiday season in the shop’s seven-year home was downright positive and hopeful:

I’d like to invite you all to stick with me over these next couple of months, as we work out the next incarnation! Come by/visit online to support your local artists and designers, share with me your favorite exhibits, your fondest memories, and what you’d like to see/not-see as we move forward into 2018.

Kearney says Ghost Gallery has until the end of January 2018 before it needs to move out from the space located where Denny meets Summit and E Olive Way. She is beginning the hunt for a new home — though we’re guessing she’ll have a hard time finding a pavement park with a ghost-ly thematic tie-in like she has right now.

Despite the understandable negativity caused by Capitol Hill’s dwindling number of arts spaces, Kearney tells CHS she has decided to take a positive approach to this new challenge. “I want people to see that first, and stick with us, support us, rather than only focus on ‘we have to leave because of development greed,'” she writes. “I’m not ready to give up yet, while being completely aware of the challenges ahead. There’s a chance I’ll just be an online presence for a while, do pop-up events, etc, until the next phase can materialize.”

CHS stopped by the shop located on the ground floor of a 1914-built apartment building in 2015 as Kearney celebrated five years in business showcasing the paintings, jewelry, and creations of local designers and artists.

Meanwhile, even if Ghost’s challenges make you sad, you probably can’t help chuckling at what will replace the shop. We’ve already seen amenities like storage, parking, and laundry rooms converted into living space during the Capitol Hill rent boom. Ghost Gallery is next on the list. Kearney says the building’s owner plans to turn the gallery into a new apartment.

Ghost Gallery is located — for now — at 504 E Denny. You can learn more and shop online at

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