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On the List | What’s open on Capitol Hill Thanksgiving 2019, Small Business Saturday and Shop the Hill, WTO 20th anniversary

The Urban Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you have time to enjoy a feast or two. And hopefully you get as much time with friends and loved ones that you want. While we’re talking about hope and thanks, here are a few things to be grateful for getting out and doing around Capitol Hill this weekend. Check out the CHS Calendar for more.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27:  Community Lunch on Capitol Hill serves hot meals and provides survival services to the homeless and low-income in Seattle.  They provide four meals a week – lunch on Tuesday and Friday, and supper on Wednesday and Thursday.  Wednesday night, the Seattle Yang Gang – a group supporting entrepreneur and Democratic candidate, Andrew Yang – will be volunteering at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill as a way to serve and connect with the community.  All Pilgrims Christian Church, 3 PM – 6:30 PM

** Community Lunch on Capitol Hill will also be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday starting at 5 PM at All Pilgrims. **

THURSDAY, Nov. 28:  Let us give thanks. For the baristas and the bartenders. The budtenders. The Amazon Prime delivery people. Bike shares. And your neighbor’s wi-fi. Below, we’ve compiled our annual roster of coffee joints, grocery stores, etc. where your friends and neighbors will be working to make sure you have the happiest holiday possible. As for getting a post-feast cocktail, that list is up to you. Take a chance. Make sure to tip. And be thankful.

NOTE: Some listings are based on past years. We’re working to verify all info but please be prepared for updates and changes in plans! Annnnd we only list what will be open.


  • Vivace — Brix and other locations- Closed, Walk-up open from 7am-430pm
  • Dreamguyz – Let us know!
  • Starbucks Roastery 7am -11pm
  • Fuel 19th – 8am – 1pm
  • Victrola 15th, 7am-3pm and Victrola Pike 7am – 4pm
  • Caffe Vita – 7am-2pm
  • Analog Coffee – 8a – 1pm
  • Caffe Ladro – 6am – 2pm
  • Top Pot Summit – 8am – 1pm
  • Stumptown 12th – 8am – 3pm
  • Capitol Coffee Works – 9am -430pm
  • Porchlight – 8am – 2:30pm
  • Ghost Note – 8am-2pm
  • Liberty – 365 days a year


  • QFC 15th, Broadway Market, Harvard Market – Closes 6pm Thanksgiving, opens 5am Friday
  • Safeway 15th, Safeway Madison – 5am-1am
  • Whole Foods Broadway – 7am – 5pm
  • Central Co-op – 6am-4pm
  • Trader Joe’s – closed


  • 12th and Pine Liquor AKA Northwest Liquor and Wine – 10am-6pm
  • Uncle Ike’s – regular hours
  • Ruckus – 8am-8pm
  • The Reef – 8am – 1pm

Not all of us were born chefs – or enjoy cooking – but we all like to partake of a good meal on Thanksgiving Day.  Here are a few restaurants in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that will provide:

  • Jimmy’s On Broadway:  Traditional Turkey Dinner for $29.95.  6 AM – 11 PM.
  • Lost Lake Café Entrees ranging from $16 – $24 with the Classic Turkey Dinner at $24.  It is served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, herb stuffing, and roll.  Open 24 hours for the holiday.
  • Union Seattle: Homemade Turkey Dinner with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie $15.  4 PM – 2 AM.
  • Hula Hula: Roasted NW turkey with rosemary gravy, mashed potatoes, savory mushroom stuffing, green beans, candied yams & Hawaiian sweet roll … add a slice of pumpkin pie for $6. $28. 4 PM

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FRIDAY, Nov. 29:  The lighting of a tree is one of the things that can put you into the Christmas spirit.  The Downtown Seattle Association and Alaska Airlines will be hosting the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Park – a downhill walk from Capitol Hill.  If weather allows there will be a firework display and a holiday carousel.  Westlake Park, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

SATURDAY, Nov. 30:  This month brings 20 years since the WTO riots in Seattle. Saturday, a day of movement building and training will mark the anniversary to “build collective power to transform the intersecting crises of our times into opportunities for equity, healing, and sustainability.” Another World Is Possible! WTO +20 and the Justice Movements of Today features a day of workshops and training with activists who were on the frontlines of the Battle in Seattle. Free. Town Hall, 10 AM – 5 PM

Small Business Saturday has become an annual marketing event for American Express to encourage shoppers to visit their local brick and mortar stores on one of the busiest shopping times of the year. It’s a worthy cause even with the big company backing. On Capitol Hill, in addition to lots of independent retailers doing their own things, there will be a Melrose Night Market including restaurant and shops of the popular market along with 20 other vendors from Seattle Made – a collaboration of approximately 600 local Seattle businesses.  Among the Seattle Made vendors will be: Firefly Kitchens; Filigree & Shadow; Kitten Mittens; and Laughing Elephant. Buskers and live entertainment will be present, and there will be a raffle with proceeds going to Seattle Made.  The event is free to the public. Melrose Market, 5 PM – 9 PM

CHS is also proud to do its part to help the local business community. This year with the help of GSBA’s new Capitol Hill Business Alliance, we’re again rolling out Shop the Hill. Check it out for daily updates on great gift ideas, sales, and useful tips like where to score your Capitol Hill Christmas tree.

Shop the Hill

SUNDAY, Dec. 1:   There are an estimated 36.7 million people with HIV according to the World Aids Day organization.  World AIDS Day is the first global health day and was founded to support those with the virus and to remember those who have died of an AIDS-related illness.  The AMP (AIDS Memorial Pathway) will be honoring the occasion with a short program and then a walk to the future site of The AMP near Cal Anderson Park.  There will be a video and then music by the Justin Huertas Trio. Hugo House, 3:30 PM

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1 year ago

THURSDAY, Nov. 28: Let us give thanks for those not on holiday:

Utilities – electricity, water, gas, sewer, communications
Transportation – SDOT & WDOT/ferries/snowplows
Public Safety – law enforcement, fire/Medic One, ambulances