Hoping for the best, Capitol Hill small biz fundraisers boosted by anonymous $10K gifts


Who wouldn’t give $10,000 to help Hardy and Buster?

Two neighborhood shops in need are cautiously optimistic — Is there an anonymous neighbor helping to save Capitol Hill businesses one secret $10,000 gift at a time?

Harvard Ave’s Twice Sold Tales is one recipient. After launching its fundraising appeal to help save the used book shop and a post on CHS, an anonymous $10,000 donor joined more than 100 others to help owner Jamie Lutton leap beyond her goal of “one month’s rent.” Continue reading

Farmers market not yet returning to Capitol Hill but U District and Ballard re-start sowing a few seeds of hope

Seattle’s farmers markets are taking a slow approach to reopening in the city with two locations ready to serve customers and help keep vendors in business when they return this weekend.

Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets says that is working with health experts and local officials to restart in Ballard and the University District.

If things go well, the return of the Capitol Hill farmers market on Broadway could soon follow. Continue reading

Can you cancel Pride? 2020 Seattle Pride Parade and Trans Pride celebrations to be held as ‘series of virtual events’

Organizers of Seattle’s annual Pride parade announced the 2020 edition of the downtown event is officially canceled and will replaced by online celebrations:

To our Seattle Pride family, we want to share with you that Seattle Pride, Seattle PrideFest and Trans Pride have made the collective decision to shift our 2020 annual Pride celebrations to a series of virtual events. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution – and concern for our community’s health – after conferring with local public health officials and the City of Seattle.

Organizers have posted a survey to begin collecting ideas on what types of virtual events “would be most beneficial and enjoyable for our community.” Continue reading

Death investigation closes E Denny Way

A long Seattle Police investigation closed Denny between Harvard and Broadway Tuesday night after a man died on the street as he was being driven to a nearby hospital.

Seattle Fire was called to the area just after 5 PM along with SPD to try to find a 911 caller who reported their passenger was suffering a serious medical issue and they were trying to make their way to the hospital. Seattle Fire found the vehicle in the 800 block of E Denny where the driver had pulled over to try to perform CPR on the patient.

Seattle Fire reports the 59-year-old was pronounced dead when its units arrived.

Seattle Police shut down Denny for an hours-long closure following the incident. A department spokesperson tells CHS its officers were performing a standard death investigation.

After lockdown and burglary, Capitol Hill candy shop Rocket Fizz could use a lift

Rocket Fizz Broadwa’s GoFundMe is here

If you can’t have love for a Capitol Hill candy shop, move along. Here is a boost for Broadway’s Rocket Fizz:

Rocket Fizz will be celebrating its 4-year anniversary next month. We have worked hard to make it a welcoming and fun experience for adults and children alike. To this day, we enjoy seeing some of the same customers we met during our first summer. We’ve applied for all the grants, loans and assistance available but no funds have been secured yet. We reached out to the landlord for rental assistance during the shutdown but have not received a response. What we want more than anything is to reopen our doors to the neighborhood. One month’s rent/expenses would be help us bridge the gap until other funding can be secured. Any assistance would help us we be ready to open our doors when the time is right.

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Add the four-year-old retailer to the list of neighborhood businesses that might not make it through the crisis. It didn’t help, owner Theresa Sindelar tells CHS, that the shop suffered a damaging burglary last week that left shattered glass and ruined inventory.

CHS wrote about Sindelar’s move from Omaha as a candy shop franchisee here in 2016. “It was just so fun to have happy customers every day – i just kind of fell in love with concept and found out Seattle didn’t have one yet, so he kind of helped me get it off the ground,” Sindelar said at the time. “We figured Capitol Hill has a great vibe and a kinda fits in with our inventory.”

If you’re a fan, you can learn more and make a donation of support here. Know of other Capitol Hill and Central District area businesses that need a lift. Let us know how we can help. If you need your sugar fix, Sindelar says she can also take orders and requests via email at rocketfizzseattle@gmail.com.

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Once COVID-19 crisis fades, Swedish lined up for new Broadway clinic

Busy on the front line of Seattle’s battle against the coronavirus, Swedish Medical Center is also making plans that will bolster the growing presence of health services ventures in the core of  Broadway.

City of Seattle construction permitting reveals the Pacific Northwest health care provider is making plans to resuscitate the space left empty where CHI Franciscan Health venture CityMD went belly up last year after overhauling the bones of the old building that legendary Broadway restaurant Charlie’s called home for decades.

A Swedish representative tells CHS more information on the project will be made available soon. Continue reading

Under *new* new ownership, Broadway’s Aoki back to providing sushi rolls to Capitol Hill

(Image: Aoki Sushi and Grill)

This is a tough time for any Capitol Hill restaurant but try being a first-time owner. Fortunately for Joo Youn You, she has about three decades of goodwill to work with. Aoki Sushi and Grill, the latest incarnation of the sushi joint providing rolls to North Broadway since 1986, has put the old counter back into motion and is open for takeout and delivery.

You is looking forward to the end of COVID-19 restrictions, however.

She says the current menu at Aoki doesn’t feature the full selection and specials that are part of the longterm plan for the restaurant. Continue reading

‘A month’s rent’ — Purr-haps pitch in to help Twice Sold Tales

Elliott Bay Book Company is weathering the storm of the COVID-19 crisis with a shift to online sales and local delivery along with a healthy dose of positive labor relations. A smaller, simpler, Capitol Hill sister book retailer, Twice Sold Tales doesn’t get the nationwide love of Elliott Bay but it, too, is trying to hang on through the outbreak and the ripples of economic challenges. Continue reading

911 | Stolen Chevy Malibu brings out big police response on Broadway

(Source: r/seattlewa via Reddit)

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS 911 coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • Stolen car recovery: Few things bring out more cops than the recovery of an occupied stolen vehicle. Officers dealing with the potentially dangerous situation filled Broadway Tuesday evening in a scene captured on video and posted to Reddit. The incident started to unfold just after 5 PM around the 200 block of Broadway E where the Onstar vehicle security system alerted police to a stationary 2020 Chevy Malibu that had been reported stolen somewhere in King County. Several police cruisers arrived and approached the north-facing vehicle from behind, ordering the two occupants out near the Broadway post office. The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident and the vehicle was recovered. CHS reported here on the part “stolen vehicle recovery systems” like Onstar and LoJack play in policing auto theft after a 2019 incident in the Central District.
  • Safeway stabbing victim: Police and Seattle Fire were called to the Safeway at 22nd and Madison around 9 PM Tuesday night after employees reported a man with a stab wound outside the store. Police were trying to sort out how the man ended up stabbed. He was treated by Seattle Fire for a three-inch lacerations to his left shoulder. There were no reported arrests.

At Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central, a struggle to keep up with the outbreak’s changes to education

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The last week has been a whirlwind at Seattle Central College. It began with the suspension of in-person classes starting Monday through March 25, the end of winter quarter, a move the school saw as the least harmful option that could be quickly applied. And by the end of the week, Gov. Jay Inslee had extended that restriction for all Washington colleges and universities for another month, through April 24, to blunt the spread of the novel coronavirus, marking a monumental shift to online-only learning for the first few weeks of classes next quarter.

Smack dab in the middle of all this, the Capitol Hill school also had a student receive a presumptive positive test result for the coronavirus that, as of Friday, had 568 confirmed cases and killed 37 people across Washington, according to the state Department of Health.

“Like the UW and other major universities and colleges, we have to balance the potential risks of infection against the disruption of courses, tests, and the services that our students need to succeed in their studies.” SCC spokesperson Roberto Bonaccorso told CHS. “It is a moving target.”

Now 16,000 students are mostly missing from the middle of Capitol Hill.

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