Capitol Hill Pets | Bossy — but not as fast as he used to be — Dash on 17th Ave

Dash and his pal Christopher were out walking their neighborhood along 17th Ave and Roy when CHS spotted them. Dash is ten, and maybe not as fast as he once was. But according to Christopher, he has found new ways to contribute. “He’s very bossy,” Christopher said.

Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

 

Capitol Hill Pets | Holmes and his stylish bandana

Holmes, a six-month-old Golden Retriever, was out with his new friend Jennifer on their allowed quarantine walk. With isolation being the norm, Holmes and Jennifer are quickly becoming “best friends.” The bandana is just for style — not coronavirus.

Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Pets | Mosey on a Volunteer Park walk

CHS found Mosey and Emily moseying through Volunteer Park on a sunny afternoon. Mosey is a 13-year-old rescued herding mix who still goes on two two-mile walks every day. Mosey is “the best mannered person I know,” Emily says. Canines can’t carry COVID-19, so no need for social distancing from dogs when you give them pets. Just make sure that owners have at least a six-foot leash.

Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Love and labor rights in the time of COVID-19: The Book Workers Union forms at Capitol Hill’s Elliott Bay Book Company

A constantly shifting set of rules and regulations for small businesses in the midst of a global pandemic and an important step forward for its workers’ labor rights has made a very unique situation for one Capitol Hill business.

Elliott Bay Book Company, the most prominent shop in Capitol Hill’s independent retail scene, is closed to the public and moving its sales to phone and online only through March 31st to do its part to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But it is also the center of what could be a big change for labor rights for Capitol Hill retail workers.

Friday, a small group of current and former Elliott Bay employees announced the formation of the Book Workers Union. And, unlike many other small, local efforts around unionization, they announced they were moving forward already recognized by management.

“Many of our customers treasure Elliott Bay because it represents an alternative to Amazon, a company that has posed an existential threat to our bookstore and bookstores across the country,” two-year employee Jacob Schear said. “But by recognizing our union, Elliott Bay has set itself up to be a true alternative to Amazon.”

Joined by Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, Schear also made it clear the independent book retailer was ready to work with the newly formed effort.

“The management and owner, Peter Aaron, has formally recognized our union,” he said. “We are a union shop! We worked very closely with managers at Elliott Bay and we’re excited that they recognize what a thoughtful and talented staff they have who keep every aspect of the store running.”

Now the sides will need to set about bargaining “for a fair contract on behalf of the employees of the Elliott Bay Book Company,” the union said in a press release.

In its announcement, the Book Workers Union set out its objectives. “The union’s members believe a bookstore is much more than a retail space, and they will work to make sure Elliott Bay’s role in the community reflects the values and character of its staff,” it reads — Continue reading

I drank this on Capitol Hill: A Boy George at Vermillion

Rob Joynes — that’s right, THE Rob Joynes of the band Rob Joynes — was behind the bar at Vermillion. While you can usually find him on a stage somewhere, rocking off faces, he occasionally cracks Rainiers for Seattle’s finest art aficionados. On this visit, he made CHS a Boy George, a classic off the menu from craftsman Brian Clayton. This cocktail includes a little Hendricks, St. Elder liqueur, Ruby Red grapefruit juice, and bitters — a nice concoction of sweet and sour, perfect for a cloudy March day.

I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s best cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.

‘EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS’ — Capitol Hill’s restaurant and nightlife economy grapples with COVID-19 worries — UPDATE: $7B in loans

Seattle is not a “ghost town” but Capitol Hill’s booming food, drink, and nightlife economy is preparing to take a hit as the neighborhood’s small business owners are also trying their best to help keep their teams healthy and working.

To a large section of industry workers, tips play a significant role in their weekly pay. “We’re concerned if people decide not to go out” says Witness and Olmstead owner Gregg Holcomb, “the 2017 wildfires affected us and we made it through that, so I think we can handle this.”

Health officials Wednesday issued a new roster of recommendations for people in the Seattle area to help slow the spread of COVID-19. One recommendation suggested avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. It is becoming increasingly clear that the effect will be felt throughout Capitol Hill’s local economy.

“It’s a slim margin” says Diana Adams of Vermillion, “but we plan on staying open and available.”

Robin Wehl, owner of Hello Robin, is already experiencing the effects after having lost two major sales because of canceled orders for company meetings that were changed to teleconferences.

Wehl is also noticing a lack of foot traffic in the evening and although she’s thoughtful of the effect on her business, “I’m concerned about our elderly community. I’ll be fine, my kids will be fine, but it’s those that are already sick or elderly that keeps me up at night”. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Brady on Broadway

Brady (Lab/Golden mix), and Eric (likely human mix), were sitting outside Vivace when they caught our eye. Brady is 15 and a half! and sweet as can be. Brady is a world traveler having marked his territory in Boston, London, and now Capitol Hill, Seattle. Brady and Eric have been together Brady’s entire existence on this planet, so be sure to stop and say hello. They’re lovely.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: Auntie Joan’s Sneaker Punch at St. John’s

Margot was behind the bar at E Pike’s St. John’s when CHS went in for a visit and asked for their favorite cocktail to make. The Auntie Joan’s Sneaker Punch is made with spiced rum, pomegranate liqueur, raspberry-hibiscus simple, orange juice, bubbles, and a cinnamon stick. We were told that there’s a “limit of 8 per customer,” but our experience tells us just two will lighten your mood.

I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.

Capitol Hill Pets | ‘Bassadorable’ Cash at City Market — plus, a piñata full of tennis balls at the Tails of the City grand opening

Cash is a nine-year-old Basset/Lab mix — or a “Bassador, because she’s Bassadorable” according to her human, Brett. “She’s my favorite little lowrider. I got her when she was two, known her since she was a puppy. She was my mom’s neighbor’s dog and would continually break out to come see me. She picked me as her person and when they moved to Atlanta, she’s been joined at the hip.” She does all sorts of tricks including handshakes. CHS recommends saying hello.

Meanwhile, Capitol Hill canines, how does a tennis ball-filled piñata grab you? Sunday’s grand opening of new 12th Ave doggie daycare (and doggie hotel), the Capitol Hill expansion of Tails of the City, will give you a chance to check out the new facility below Velocity Dance along with a special treat — a piñata filled with tennis balls set to be ripped open around 4:30 PM.

Tails of the City Capitol Hill Open House

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.