On the List Memorial Day Weekend 2022 | Black Wall Street celebration in the CD, MariPili official opening, free burgers at Li’l Woody’s

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Memorial Day Weekend is most definitely not the start of Seattle summer — but you can start to think about it. Here are a few of the goings-ons planned around the neighborhood over the weekend. You can find more on the CHS Calendar — or add your own.

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Capitol Hill’s Korn Dog era has begun — Korean corn dog joint now open at Harvard and Pine

Signs of normalcy on Capitol Hill can include the return of something beloved — like the planned reopening of Little Oddfellows inside Elliott Bay Book Company. They can also come in the form of something new and kind of wonderful like the teeny little newest addition to Capitol Hill food and drink — Korn Dog.

Starting with limited Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 AM to 2 PM hours, the Korn Dog era has begun just off Broadway.

With surprisingly enormous dogs and fantastic flavors including spicy ramen dogs and 50/50 cheese and potato dogs, the new little Korean corn dog provider is already satisfying on its simple street food mission. Continue reading

Seattle City Council will begin new ‘hybrid’ meeting format as members, public return to City Hall chambers

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Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez has outlined the city’s hybrid plan to return to in-person public meetings.

Juarez announced this week that the council will transition to the new hybrid, both in=person and virtual meetings beginning June 1st. Continue reading

Metro’s trail from Broadway to Mt. Si reopens Memorial Day weekend

Hiking chic on Broadway (Image: King County Metro)

The Capitol Hill trail to Mt Si reopens Memorial Day weekend. King County Metro’s Trailhead Direct service returns with rides to the county’s most popular trails starting Saturday.

Broadway will again be the start point for weekend and holiday service every 30 minutes connecting Capitol Hill Station to Mount Si, Little Si, and Mount Teneriffe. You can also hop on or off at stops downtown at 4th and Spring, at the Eastgate Freeway Station, or at the North Bend park-and-ride. Continue reading

Design review: 8-story mixed-use at 12th and Fir

Plans for a new 8-story mixed-use building at 12th and Fir will come before the Central Area Design Review Board Thursday night.

The proposal from developers Kamiak with designs by Hybrid and Hewitt would create an 8-story, 127-unit apartment building with street level retail above a 42-space underground parking garage. Continue reading

This week in CHS history | First Capitol Hill vaccination requirements, Capitol Hill church shuts down, Travelers says goodbye, how they dust the Capitol Hill Station jets

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

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WANTED: Habitat for Humanity’s search begins for owners for new affordable-for-Seattle condos on Capitol Hill

Amid pandemic’s hate, Seattle Parks considers options for offensive monument in Volunteer Park


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CHS Pics | First On the Block Second Saturday warms up street festival and party season on Capitol Hill


Capitol Hill kicked off its 2022 street party season last weekend amid a busy Saturday on Capitol Hill that included thousands of people rallying for abortion rights at Cal Anderson Park.

The first in a series of On The Block Second Saturdays was held on 11th Ave over the weekend. The monthly event will take place on 11th Ave between E. Pike and Pine every second Saturday into October and will feature performances, vendors, local businesses, and more. On the Block draws funding from the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund, an effort from the city to help boost artists and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing pandemic challenges. If you attended and have ideas for future Second Saturdays, you can connect with organizers via Instagram @ontheblockseattle. Interested vendors can sign-up here.

Consider Saturday’s inaugural edition a warm-up for Capitol Hill summer. Continue reading

Abortion, COVID, healthcare, hate — 43rd District Democrats talk about big issues with Rep. Jayapal’s office

 

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By Hannah Saunders

A visit from the office of our federal representative in Washington D.C. with local Democratic leaders and community members was well-timed amid a growing local response to concerns over national abortion rights. It was also a sign of the times. Rep. Pramila Jayapal was unable to attend the virtual meeting of the 43rd District Democrats due to COVID-19.

Rachel Berkson, Rep. Jayapal’s Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director, attended the 43rd District Democrats general meeting last week to discuss some of the greatest issues at the federal level, and to answer questions from the 43rd Dems.

Since the Congresswoman tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend, she is quarantining in San Francisco. Berkson is based in Seattle and lives in the 34th district but grew up in the 43rd district.

Two primary issues were flagged by Berkson: the leaked Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the gun violence epidemic. Berkson described how Rep. Jayapal is very open about having had an abortion, and even led a march from the House to the Senate, where the Senate did not pass a bill to codify Roe v Wade.

“She also knows we need more progressives,” said Berkson, who explained how Rep. Jayapal is focused on maintaining the House majority. Continue reading

Cafe Presse’s old bar is now a Galician tapas bar — MariPili ready for its debut on 12th Ave

 

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Abuela’s Garbanzos: “Marcona hummus, Spanish chimichurri and garlic chips” (Image: MariPili)

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A new era for the old Cafe Presse space is ready to begin. MariPili will open — softly — this week, starting with a special set of reservations set up through its social media to give followers and early fans first dibs at the new Capitol Hill restaurant.

Set to serve its first customers Thursday night, there are no announced dates for the start of wider service at the new Galician tapas bar. You’ll want to check in on MariPili’s Instagram @maripili_tapas_bar if you’re eager to try it out.

CHS visited here with chef Grayson Pilar Corrales as the first time restaurateur was preparing her new venture to take over the space where Cafe Presse grew into a Capitol Hill favorite before closing earlier this year as owners Jim Drohman and Joanne Herron prepare for retirement. Continue reading

Summit Selvage creating hands-on upcycling studio on Capitol Hill

 

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Black, upcycling at 12th and Pike (Image: Summit Selvage)

By Hannah Saunders

With a lifelong love for sewing, Emelia Black has brought her creative dream to life by opening the Summit Selvage art studio at the corner of 12th and Pike. While working a 9 to 5 during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she found herself creating bunches of upcycled products as an outlet.

About a year ago Black began showing off her upcycled creations at pop-up shops around Seattle, such as the Fremont market, SoDo, and the Tacoma Sunday market. Before a move to 12th Ave, Summit Selvage’s first studio was located just a couple blocks away next to Neumos.

“There was only 95 square feet and it’s really cute and a great way to teach sewing classes and connect with people, but I started to outgrow the shop,” said Black.

At the time, Black was conducting repairs on a pile of Carhartt jackets, which took up half of the shop’s floor space, but she found the 950-square-foot location on 12th Ave back in February of this year.

“My goal with the studio was to create my dream creative space where I could store all my vintage textiles and found objects and thrifted stuff and create in a large space with all the machinery of my dreams,” said Black. “Also, creating a community space has been important to me because the Seattle freeze is real—there’s nowhere to meet friends.” Continue reading