CHS Pics | MLK 2018 the start of a week of activism on Capitol Hill

Thousands of people took to the streets Monday from 23rd and Jefferson’s Garfield High School, to the East Precinct at the corner of 12th and Pine on Capitol Hill, and on down Pine to Westlake as part of a day of rallies, seminars, and marching to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bolstered by amazing January weather, the crowds filled multiple city blocks with groups representing indigenous communities, Black Lives Matter, and area labor organizations. Helicopters from local television stations — and the King County Sheriff — spun through the blue sky. At 12th and Pine, the march came to a stop as the marchers took a knee, echoing the ongoing pre-game protests in the NFL. Continue reading

A good time to visit Capitol Hill’s ‘most strange & unique book bunker’ Horizon Books

What if we told you Horizon Books was still alive? We reported the 15th Ave E bookshop’s closure in 2009. Eventually, another book shop would take its place. But Horizon never really went away as it retreated below ground, squirreled away on 10th Ave in the middle of Pike/Pine. Over the summer, it looked like Horizon was about to say goodbye again before it sprang back once more in September.

Thursday night might be a good time to get reacquainted as the underground bookstore hosts a January Art Walk open house:

Horizon Books will be showcasing the large, mostly figurative oil paintings of Seattle artist Rani Laik. We will also be featuring spoken word artists: *Jesse Bernstein whose poetry revolves around themes of life, death, race, relationships, love, family, social issues, and politics. *Gui Chevalier will be reading select poems from his 2016 book entitled “Radical Human” *Darwin Manning, among others. Live acoustic music provided by Jose Simonet. The event runs from 5-9pm with drinks and snacks provided.

Horizon’s ownership says it is now trying to build one of “the most strange & unique book bunkers in all of Seattle.” Stop by!

Horizon Books is located at 1423 10th Ave. You can learn more at

Officials unsure how many thousands to expect on Capitol Hill as plan for 2018 Seattle Women’s March comes together

In 2017, the first marchers reached Seattle Center before the last marchers left Judkins Park (Image: CHS)

For the thousands hoping to come to Capitol Hill for the January 20th Seattle Women’s March, we have two words for you: light rail.

In 2017, officials believe more than 120,000 people marched from the Central District’s Judkins Park as part of the march, the city’s contribution to women’s rights marches across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory. But, to be honest, they’re not sure. It was impossible to count. In 2018 with a year since the election passed and with some advocates saying it is time to move beyond demonstrations, nobody knows how many thousands will gather January 20th on Capitol Hill for this year’s rally and march.

Organizers and city officials are preparing and gathered Wednesday to plan for how to help those thousands get to and march off of Capitol Hill in the smoothest, safest, most First Amendment-y way possible. Continue reading

Blotter | Man says beaten in Comet assault for objecting to Trump ‘faggot’ slur

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  • Comet assault: A man told police he was beaten at the Comet Monday night in an altercation with a group of patrons who were yelling “‘faggot’ at the television when President Donald Trump was being shown.” SPD’s bias division is reviewing the case. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim told police he was paying his tab at the Comet around 7 PM when he decided to intervene and tell the yelling group that using that word “in a public place out loud was not appropriate and that they should stop.” “The primary suspect then turned around and punched V/1 in the face with a closed fist. The five other suspects listed above then jumped on V/1, forcing him to the ground,” the report notes. The melee continued out of the bar and onto the sidewalk where the group of six continued to beat and chase the two victim and his acquaintance. Police say the Comet bartender could not provide many details but confirmed one patron “had been kicked out of the bar and was causing a disturbance with other customers but he did not see a fight or anyone being assaulted.” SPD reports that injuries suffered by the victims in the attack were minor. A friend of the victim who reported the incident to CHS tells said his friend suffered a broken nose and a concussion. SPD is investigating. Continue reading

A Jewish deli on Capitol Hill: Pastrami, kosher hot dogs, and knishes the plan at Dingfelder’s Delicatessen

People have been pretty excited about the pending debut of a new walk-up craft bagel shop on Capitol Hill. Just wait until the summer opening of Dingfelder’s Delicatessen, an “Old World” deli with plans for stacked-high corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, kosher hot dogs, knishes, smoked fish, and, yes, bagels.

“My husband is from Brooklyn. He’s an amazing natural cook and he has all these family recipes,” Stephanie Hemsworth tells CHS. “He’ll make you the best pastrami sandwich you’ve ever had.”

Add another to our roster of bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2018. The new project from Vance Dingfelder and Hemsworth is planned to open this summer — hopefully by July — in the building neighboring Aria Salon on the northwest corner of 14th and Pine. Continue reading

Bluebird Ice Cream looking for new Capitol Hill home

Counting down the growth of ice cream joints operating on Capitol Hill with last week’s opening of Full Tilt on 15th Ave E, we found out about a big change for one of the early players in this generation of frozen treat businesses around the neighborhood.

Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream shuttered its original E Pike shop late last year after unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a new lease for the location. Owner Josh Reynolds tells CHS there’s nothing yet to announce but Bluebird is looking for a new location on the Hill:

Now expanded with two shops north of the Cut, Bluebird debuted on E Pike in the summer of 2009 — in a space that was previously being used by a local church — with a smaller, more microcreamery take on the ice cream business. Along the way, Reynolds also experimented with craft soda and beer and collaborated with Capitol Hill Block Party bands on a few rock and roll flavors.

Hopefully we’ll see a new Capitol Hill Bluebird by the time the next CHBP rolls around.

Thanks to reader Matt for the tip.

New regulations threaten short term/long term mix at Capitol Hill’s St. John’s Apartments

A 22-unit Capitol Hill apartment building at Harvard and Pike is affordable to locals, accessible to mostly culturally conscious visitors, and — so far — sustainable as a real estate investment. Over the past 13 years, management of the St. John’s Apartments might have stumbled upon a novel solution to a small part of Seattle’s affordability crisis.

“Any building like ours in any dense urban environment should try it,” manager Bryce Montgomery tells CHS. “We are able to subsidize long term rentals with short term visitors.”

But the model might not last once Seattle’s new regulation of the short term rental market kicks in at the end of the year. Maybe there is still time to consider a St. John’s amendment. Continue reading

Jody Hall’s Goodship edibles gobbled up by pot-focused private equity firm — UPDATE

Capitol Hill entrepreneurs know a little bit about the industries of helping people party — and sometimes relax. So it wasn’t a surprise to see some of the Hill’s captains of industry get involved with the early days of Washington’s nascent retail marijuana economy. But just as the entirety of the West Coast has now legalized retail pot, one of those captains has marked a major entrepreneurial milestone, selling her marijuana edibles brand to a Seattle-based private equity firm.

Privateer Holdings announced last week that it had acquired The Goodship, a company launched by Capitol Hill resident and Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall in 2015. “You should bring this to a dinner party like you bring a nice bottle of wine. I’m calling it sophisticated good times,” Hall told CHS at the time.

Hall tells CHS the acquisition won’t mean more free time in her schedule — she and her Goodship team are aboard for the ride. Continue reading

Making way for E Olive Way academy, Artful Dodger finds new E Pike home

When CHS broke the news about the next big project on E Olive Way being the kind of surprising, kind of not International Montessori Academy, an important element of the story didn’t get much attention. We’re happy to break some more news — displaced by the new future for its longtime E Olive Way home, Capitol Hill tattoo shop the Artful Dodger is making a few block move to E Pike.

“All of our artists will still be with us, so it will be the same talented team of tattooers that people know and love!” manager Erick Lingbloom tells CHS. Continue reading

In 2018, Sara Naftaly wants to make you crepes at Chophouse Row’s Petite Galette

Let us look ahead in hope to the future. 2018 should start out just fine. Sara Naftaly is going to make you crepes. Petite Galette is slated to open in January in the hidden away counter space inside 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row:

Petite Galette is a new crêperie inside Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row by Sara Naftaly of Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop. We will serve savory buckwheat crêpes (which will be gluten free) and classic sweet crêpes along with fresh squeezed juices. From our sister business Marmite we will be offering our chef Jason’s amazing kombucha as well as one of Bruce’s vegetable soups daily. While there will be seating at our counter and a few small tables, Petite Galette will mostly make our crêpes for take away. Tallulah Anderson, who currently works with the Naftalys at Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop is working the opening as well. We anticipate Petite Galette will begin service in January of 2018.

“We look forward to providing a warm and friendly space in the heart of Chophouse Row,” Naftaly said. Petite Galette, Naftaly says, will use “seasonal and local ingredients for our Breton style crepes.” Continue reading