New effort launches to connect neighborhood businesses to ‘stay home’ shoppers

You can’t shop inside Ghost Gallery right now. But you can shop Ghost Gallery online via (Image: Ghost Gallery)

A Capitol Hill-based design firm is working to help local businesses across Seattle connect with their “stay home” customers in the wake of virus-related closures.

“I came up with this idea of like an Etsy for neighborhoods,” said Sara Green, principal and creative director at DEI Creative.

Local businesses, hard-hit by virus-related restrictions, have been hustling to find new ways to generate income, and the Support Local site developed by DEI is one way for them to do that.

The websites are a bit like a virtual shopping mall, featuring at least a few products from dozens of different stores in the neighborhood. The program launched first in Ballard, and the site there features clothing, furniture, toys, books, beer, and the ever popular gift cards from a number of businesses around that neighborhood.

Or, you can buy things from them at the support local site

And even after the virus has run its course, and we’re back to going to stores in person, Green said she hopes to keep the site going.

“My intention is for this not to go away,” she said. Continue reading

Ba Bar’s effort to feed its First Hill and Cherry Hill health care neighbors has grown into $38K+ ‘100 Meals a Day’ campaign

Dozens of Capitol Hill and Central District food and drink businesses have found ways to continue serving their neighborhoods and stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis. Some have found a way to do a little more.

12th Ave’s Ba Bar is at the center of an effort to keep the area’s frontline health care workers fed as they work long hours under challenging conditions. The 100 Meals a Day campaign has already raised more than $38,000 in donations to keep the effort going:

What began as a small community of Ba Bar partners, friends, and family donating $500 per day to feed 100 hospital workers per day has grown exponentially with the partnership of Seattle Science Foundation and Dr. Rod Oskouian and Dr. Jens Chapman.

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The future (and current physically restricted state) of Capitol Hill and Central District movie theaters

(Image: Northwest Film Forum)

Remember going to the movies? Watching films on the big screen, the smell of popcorn, and boxes of Milk Duds is already a memory, one that will grow even more distant, according to Capitol Hill-area movie theaters.

Central Cinema is on hiatus, while the Northwest Film Forum has gone online, and has a Capitol Hill Arts District streaming festival in the works. Meanwhile on E Pine, the screen at SIFF Cinema Egyptian and the city’s annual film festival is a no-go.

“We’re shut down completely. We’re in stasis, I should say. We’re not closed closed. Everything is kind of turned off, shut down, cleaned out and unplugged, and put in mothballs as much as possible until we can go back in there and open up again,” Kevin Spitzer, co-owner of 21st and Union’s Central Cinema said. Continue reading

18th Ave’s Tougo Coffee one of the first confirmed Capitol Hill and Central District business casualties of the COVID-19 crisis

(Image: Tougo Coffee)

When it comes to the life of Capitol Hill and Central District businesses, we might not know with certainty about any sad passings until the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

Two neighborhood cafes are closing this week — one is clearly saying goodbye while the other’s fate is obscured by the fog of the crisis.

The Central District’s Tougo Coffee will become one of the area’s first confirmed business casualties of the COVID-19 crisis. Owner Brian Wells announced his decision Wednesday: Continue reading

Evicted from 12th Ave, Saba restaurant says city will investigate landlord discrimination

(Image: Saba Ethiopian Cuisine)

The 12th Ave restaurant at the center of a Seattle political battle over displacement was evicted and is out of business.

Its owner has passed away.

But there is still some fight in Saba.

The Ethiopian restaurant has won a victory with a key decision by the city’s Office for Civil Rights. According to a Tuesday announcement from Saba, it has become the first commercial tenant in Seattle to successfully file a discrimination complaint against a landlord/developer and that the office will take up the investigation into the allegations. Continue reading

‘We can move our secure perimeter’ — 12th Ave’s new Children and Family Justice Center designed for hopes of a shrinking youth jail population

With colors, murals, game tables, and art that make the new facility feel like a cross between a new high school and juvenile hall, King County is showing off its new Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center on 12th Ave.

It is also designed, officials say, to slowly transform.

“As we move toward zero youth detention, how we can repurpose space?” one official said during a tour of the new facility’s detention area. “As our population decreases,” she said in the middle of one of the center’s living halls designed to look like dorms but secured for incarceration with electronic locks and state of the art surveillance systems, “we can move our secure perimeter.” Continue reading

Seoul Bowl brings Korean BBQ’s moment to 12th Ave

(Image: Seoul Bowl)

It is time for Korean BBQ. New Seoul Bowl is bringing that moment to 12th Ave.

“Korean K-pop has a lot of influence right now,” owner James Chang tells CHS. It’s as close to a plausible theory explaining the trend as we’ve come so we’ll take it.

In the middle of food truck-born Seoul Bowl’s soft opening of its first brick and mortar space, Chang and his wife Subin have built a growing mobile and catering business around bowls of Korean meat.

At the first Seoul Bowl shop, Chang says the concept is like a “Korean Chipotle.” You choose your protein and add whatever toppings and sauces you want. Continue reading

Where and when it will be cheaper to park on Capitol Hill in 2020 (and where the appetite for parking is apparently insatiable no matter how expensive it gets)

2020 mornings will bring cheaper paid parking to most of Capitol Hill’s streets — the nightlife crush means prices are rising. Seattle announced its annual adjustments Friday to be rolled out in its regular rebalancing of pricing for the city’s paid parking based on demand studies over the past year.

“Our goal is to make it efficient and accessible for people who need to drive to find a parking space,” SDOT says in its announcement and explainer of the 2020 adjustments. “This reduces how much time drivers spend circling for parking, which provides other important benefits” —

  • Improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists – drivers circling for parking are often distracted
  • Reduces congestion – drivers circling for parking contribute to congestion
  • Improves transit efficiency – less congestion and fewer cars stopping in the bus lane means our public transit is more reliable
  • Decreases greenhouse gas emissions – less circling means fewer emissions

Simplified, SDOT says its goal is to price so that “two parking spaces are available on each block throughout the day.”

It’s not clear how high prices would have to rise across SDOT’s Capitol Hill paid parking regions to hit that “two space” goal at night were capacity is also measured at hitting greater than 100% thanks to creative — and illegal — parking strategies some nightlife visitors deploy. Prices will hit from $4 to $4.50 across most of Capitol Hill at night. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A new daycare for Capitol Hill’s furbaby boom

With the smash of a tennis ball-packed piñata, the latest edition to the Capitol Hill pet economy opened over the weekend.

CHS reported last fall on the plans for a Capitol Hill expansion of the Tails of the City dog daycare business in the underground space beneath Velocity Dance Center on 12th Ave. The longtime Georgetown doggy daycare, is expanding to its second Seattle location under owner Karyn Johnson. Continue reading

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.