The Cuff — and Enjoy Your Life, Inc. — celebrates 25 years on Capitol Hill


Saturday night, Capitol Hill leather and kink bar The Cuff will celebrate 25 years on 13th Ave. There will be “limited edition” anniversary pins. “Get there early to avoid the line,” the marketing suggests.

We don’t know if much more nostalgia will be on display inside the now 25-year-old “complex” but keep your old-timey memories expectations low. Cuff management didn’t respond to our messages about the anniversary — pretty much the same thing we encountered before the 20th birthday bash, too. Continue reading

Blotter | DUI crash leaves driver soaked in Portage Bay

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  • Child hit by car on 10th Ave E: A child came through a scary incident relatively unscathed after being hit at low speed by a driver Monday morning just after 8 AM at 10th and Boston near the Bertschi School. According to initial 911 reports, the 4-year-old was alert, conscious, and not obviously injured after being “rolled over” by the car and hit by the driver in the “low speed” collision.
  • 12th Ave E guest robbed: The victim in a January armed robbery of a laptop reported the crime to police after seeing the suspect again last Sunday, March 18th. According to the report on the incident, the victim was staying in a 12th Ave E short-term rental with other guests when the suspect came into the victim’s room armed with a taser: Continue reading

Thirteen years after painful cut, First Hill still wants a light rail station

Capitol Hill Station celebrates its two-year anniversary this week. First Hill is still waiting.

The First Hill Improvement Association remains determined to get a light rail station built in the heart of its neighborhood — though Sound Transit cancelled a site there in 2005 citing geological instability.

“There’s a difference between hard and impossible,” FHIA director Alex Hudson said. Continue reading

What you need to know about Saturday’s March for Our Lives Seattle

Students outside Garfield High during the March 14th walkout

Kids are leading the procession but plenty of Washington dignitaries will be on hand Saturday as the March for Our Lives student-led protest march starts at Cal Anderson.

Senator Maria Cantwell and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be among the speakers at the march’s 10 AM start on Capitol Hill, organizers announced. They’ll be joined by student organizers including Rhiannon Rasaretnam of Maple Valley’s Tahoma High School. CHS spoke with Rasaretnam earlier about her group’s efforts as part of a nationwide day of student marches. “I feel like youth around the nation seeing that students can take the lead on this inspires them to increase their own role in their own community,” Rasaretnam said.

“It is time to keep our schools safe and adopt common sense gun reform,” Ferguson said in the announcement of his planned appearance. “Our youth are taking a leadership role to address gun violence. I’m proud to join the young voices who are Washington’s future leaders.”

March for Our Lives Seattle
Saturday, March 24th, 10 AM. March expected to begin at 11 AM.
Starts at Cal Anderson before marching down pine to downtown and on to Key Arena
Getting there: Officials advise marchers use Capitol Hill Station and avoid trying to park in the area
Why: Student organizers are asking for “action on banning assault rifles, banning bump stocks nationally, raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, ensuring school safety without use of firearms and calling on members of Congress and corporations to stop accepting support from or providing support for the NRA.”

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First Hill’s Italian Family Pizza has new ownership — but is staying in the family

Italian Family Pizza has new ownership but the First Hill joint is staying in the family.

Owner Steve Calozzi tells CHS he is moving back to the East Coast but will remain a partner and a big part of the pizza shop at Madison and Boren.

“We did build this up from nothing,” Calozzi told CHS Thursday morning. “We’re headed back to Philly. I never wanted to sell it.” Continue reading

The Shopaholic’s Closet brings high-end consignment to E Pike

With her new boutique The Shopaholic’s Closet at 1205 E Pike, Audrey Clark hopes to introduce a pop of color to the local femme fashion palette. “I learned a long time ago that greys, blacks, and browns are the basis for Seattle,” she says, “I try to ease ‘em in a little bit—it’s spring!”

Clark’s new store specializes in fashion-forward and high-end apparel on consignment. She’s worked in the fashion industry for years in various capacities from wholesale rep to buyer, and she keeps close tabs on the industry, regularly shopping sample sales in New York and LA with an eye to what will fly in Seattle with our drab regional inclinations. Continue reading

Research, ERPO, and safe storage — Seattle makes a start at gun control reform

As her city prepares for Saturday’s student march for gun control, Mayor Jenny Durkan came to First Hill’s Harborview Medical Center Wednesday, the place many gun violence victims are rushed to from across the region, to announce a push for new legislation that would require safe storage of firearms and could hold gun owners liable who don’t lock up their weapons.

“We should not pretend for one second that the level of carnage in our country from guns is inevitable. We cannot allow it to become the new normal,” Durkan said. “Unsecured, unsafely stored firearms are more likely to be stolen, used in a suicide, accessed by children and teens and unintentionally fired.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Earl Cheddar Biscuit, the Pac-Man frog of Boren

Dylan Cole, best known for his work as a comic and pizza dude, invited CHS inside his apartment at Boren and Pike to meet his familiar — Earl Cheddar Biscuit, the Pac-Man frog. In an apartment that’s even warmer than Seattle’s unseasonably nice weather, Earl sits under a hand drawn sign, an original from his stint at the pound. Earl is a Seattle rescue but his ancestors hail from the jungles of South America. According to Dylan, Earl is a variety known as an Albino Ornate or CranWelli and his species has been around since long before us, with his ancestors eating small dinosaurs. With a lifespan of 15 years, Pac-Man frogs like Earl Cheddar Biscuit require special attention, but with a human companion like Dylan, he will be well taken care of. Continue reading

‘Red paint’ — SDOT collecting feedback on Broadway transit lane proposal

SDOT is planning to make one lane of southbound Broadway transit only from Pine to Madison (Image: CHS)

Seattle Department of Transportation officials are in the middle of “community outreach” for the addition of a proposed four-block southbound “Business Access and Transit” lane on Broadway.

The planned summer 2018 project is part of a roster of improvements SDOT reps discussed Tuesday with the Seattle City Council’s transportation committee on efforts to speed up the city’s streetcar lines. You can learn more about the plans and provide feedback here. Continue reading