While Capitol Hill watches a new future unfold for a building that formerly housed one of the neighborhood’s iconic clubs, organizers around two other centers of dance and community in the neighborhood are asking for help to reopen the venues.
The efforts include fundraising, selling merchandise, and work parties to help reopen the Mercury and Broadway’s Neighbours.
Here’s one message from the people working to save E Union’s Mercury at Machinewerks private gothic dance club:
Please help us save an iconic Seattle nightlife institution! We need help getting the word out about the Mercury. Its fate hangs in the balance if we can not raise money to pay for upgrades! A group of member/volunteers have put together this group as a way to reach out to the thousands if Mercury members for help.
“The updates require the Merc to install sound baffling in the ceiling, which means the lights and ventilation will have to be replaced, and a new sound system will have to be installed,” a post about the effort reads.
In March, gay bar Union moved in above the Mercury, necessitating the changes now being pursued as the more than 20-year-old gothic dance club tries to reopen after months of COVID-19 restrictions.
The To Mercury With Love group has been created on Facebook to help organize the fundraising effort. Supporters can also pre-purchase Merc merchandise to help support the drive to reopen the club.
Meanwhile on Broadway, Neighbours Nightclub is making plans to reopen and starting to hire staff. Its supporters are planning a weekend of work parties to help get the club ready for business:
We are trying to push ahead after a tough year with the break-ins during the Pandemic. We have come so far but we need that extra push to get the doors open. if you can volunteer that would be amazing.
Performer Roxy Doll has also been organizing fundraising efforts and a drive to re-equip the nightclub — somebody recently donated a new Ninja deep fryer for the kitchen — after the building was trashed by break-ins and squatters during the pandemic closure. The city also said earlier this year that electric work in the building would require new permits before the property can be reopened.
The Elassiouti continues to own the club and the building despite listing the property for sale for $6.9 million in 2019. The club’s block is about to undergo major changes with development of Pride Place, an eight-story affordable housing project focused on LGBTQ+ elders, set to begin demolition, preservation, and construction this year.
But Roxy Doll and new management around the club say they are hoping to reopen the club soon: “We are getting ready to rise!”
You can find more ways to help and support the effort at facebook.com/NeighboursNightclub.