Heritage Distilling Capitol Hill celebrates grand opening, ‘blessing of the still’

Its heritage on Capitol Hill already runs four months deep but Heritage Distilling’s backside of Pike/Pine tasting room will celebrate a grand opening this weekend.

“Expect music, a blessing of the still, ribbon cutting, discounts on bottle sales, tastings and more,” the folks at HDC Capitol Hill — the “C” is for “company” — promise. Continue reading

How would you redesign the Neighbours Alley?

The alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave — the Neighbours Alley

As Capitol Hill becomes an even more crowded and busy place, the neighborhood is finding ways to put more of its space to use.

The alley connecting Pike to Pine just west of Broadway is set for a transformation hoped to enhance the neighborhood and surrounding streets. Tuesday night, you can help start work on redesigning the Neighbours Alley:

Neighbours Alley Workshop

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Creating Capitol Hill spaces for living — and business — a Q&A with Liz Dunn

(Image: Chophouse Row)

By Carolyn Bick

Much has been made of Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn’s creation of not one but two preservation-friendly and small business-fostering developments in the neighborhood — the Melrose Market and Chophouse Row. But nearly as many businesses have also put another of Dunn’s creations to use in the neighborhood.

The Cloud Room above 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row restaurants and floors of office space isn’t founder Dunn’s first foray into coworking: she was part of the original Hub coworking space at King’s Cross in London, which inspired her to open Seattle’s Agnes Underground in 2012. But The Cloud Room isn’t meant to become one of many in a chain throughout the country. Dunn said The Cloud Room is more of a love letter to Capitol Hill and its specific energy.

Not every bit of love works out. City Arts Magazine, which sought refuge in The Cloud Room space as it settled in to the hard job of reinventing its business, announced last week it ceasing publication.

The privately owned coworking space is meant to knit together the area’s diverse community that ranges from writers and artists to software-minded techies and Microsoft employees seeking a break from the corporate feel of the office. Since opening in 2015, the nine-employee space currently serves roughly 220 members, not including some occasional drop-ins from corporate partners and businesses from Chophouse Row, which are considered affiliate members of The Cloud Room.

CHS talked with Dunn about her life as a developer on Capitol Hill and what she set out to make with The Cloud Room.

How did you get into development? I just love cities, and I always have. I had just spent 10 years in tech at the beginning of my career, and it was fun, and it was challenging, but it wasn’t really where my heart was, and I’d always wanted to be, I don’t know, an architect, or an urban planner. But the skills that I brought to it were more business skills with a kind of strong amateur skill set. I made it back to school to do different things, but architecture never ended up being one of them, and I think that’s because I accidentally got started on a couple projects, and then I was in it as a developer. Continue reading

How a Capitol Hill overdose and spade-marked baggies brought down man prosecutors say was neighborhood opioid kingpin

Cash seized by police was so filthy with drugs, investigators wanted Narcan on hand before they dealt with it

A picture of Smith and his daughter the convicted drug dealer included in his plea for leniency to a U.S. District Court judge

An April 2017 overdose death in an E John apartment brought down the man prosecutors say was the kingpin opioid dealer on Capitol Hill until his arrest, prosecution, and sentence this week to twelve years in prison.

Gregory Smith, 34, “was a primary—if not the principal—opioid dealer in Capitol Hill,” prosecutor write. “Beginning in mid-2016, Smith’s ability to source massive amounts of fentanyl analogues from China only further reinforced his status as the go-to dealer in this area of Seattle. His personal impact upon the opioid crisis in Seattle was substantial.”

“A sophisticated trafficker, trading in cryptocurrencies, working with overseas suppliers, knowing not to deposit large quantities of cash into financial institutions, and amassing an arsenal of weapons and a security system to protect his assets and supply,” Smith was sentenced this week to 12 years in jail in a plea deal following an investigation that traced more than 70 shipments of fentanyl analogues to the Des Moines Memorial Dr S dealer from China.

Smith’s co-defendant Kyle McClure was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to two years in jail, according to court records. Continue reading

Chuan on Capitol Hill, modern Szechuan Chinese, coming to E Pike

The fish at Cove Seattle will have something new to watch in 2019 (Image: Cove Seattle)

At Capitol Hill’s new Cove Seattle apartment building, dessert has come before dinner but in a few months, the neighborhood around E Pike will have a new Chinese restaurant.

The concept for Chuan on Capitol Hill is pretty straightforward. Expect Szechuan classics delivered in modern, sometimes non-traditional style.

Yao Huang tells CHS he’s excited to be working with partners on the restaurant — his first — in a neighborhood he knows well. Huang began his education in the United States 20 years ago as in immigrant at Seattle Central. He’s made a career in hospital administration at a community clinic. But Chuan on Capitol Hill will mark the start of a new path. Continue reading

After Capitol Hill move and bid to overhaul business, City Arts will cease publication

After the briefest of residencies in Capitol Hill’s “independent media two-block radius,” Seattle’s City Arts magazine is folding.

The sad news was announced Thursday morning:

For now, we take heart in the beautiful prism of countless people who’ve been with us on this ride and we trust that our legacy lives somewhere in those beams of light. Whether you’re a reader, an artist, a contributor, a fan or a supporter, thank you for being a part of this experience. We’ll never forget it.

The news follows the magazine’s summer move to Capitol Hill where it took up residence in the The Cloud Room coworking space above Liz Dunn’s 11th Ave preservation-friendly Chophouse Row office and retail development. “City Arts Magazine tells stories of the people and places we call home, and by doing so helps the Seattle-area community get to know each other better – our ideas, our beliefs and our passions,” Dunn said at the time. Continue reading

For E Pike’s Arden Home, a new name and, hopefully, a new connection with the neighborhood

With its first incarnation shadowed by a controversy over interpretation of its longtime brand, Katie Largent is hoping for a better start for Arden Home.

“The change was really bigger than all of the controversy,” Largent said of the backlash that formed when Plantation Design — a Los Angeles-born provider of the botanical motifs, woven surfaces, and shutters of the plantation style of interior design — expanded to San Francisco and Seattle. Continue reading

With races nearing finish line, Capitol Hill hosts busy Seattle Democratic HQ, roster of Election Night parties

Seattle Democrats get ready for a “get out the vote” push Sunday at Capitol Hill’s Odd Fellows building (Image: Washington Democrats)

With the Seattle Democratic Headquarters running full speed on E Pine, you can find any energy you need to complete your ballot — and plenty of company to help you make it through Election Night 2018 on Capitol Hill.

“Our district has really good turnout, but because in this district we don’t have deeply competitive races, people might not always understand how important their vote is,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said Sunday morning inside Capitol Hill’s Odd Fellows Building where the Seattle Dems have set up their 2018 campaign headquarters and dozens gathered before heading to the streets for a final “get out the vote” push.

“We do not want to wake up on the morning after the election and think to ourselves, ‘I could have done more. I should have done more. I could have knocked on 10 more doors. I could have talked to 10 more neighbors,'” Jayapal said.

Similarly, it might be best to not have any regrets about your Election Night party choices this year. After the traumas of 2016, you probably want to be with like-minded friends and allies. Fortunately, you have a lot of choices this year around Capitol Hill. Continue reading

60+ pictures of a not watered down Hilloween 2018

Congress has not — yet — moved Halloween to the last Saturday in October. This year, with Capitol Hill’s favorite holiday falling on a Wednesday night, Hilloween enthusiasm may have been a little watered down by weekend celebrations but at least the rain was never heavier than a drizzle.

CHS was on patrol in the Pike/Pine/Broadway zone to see how the big kids were playing and to count how many Elevens we could find (a dozen?). We also found a peculiar nautical element in the thick of the Hill’s trick or treat hot zone at 18th and Mercer where a “Hunt for Blue November” display included a trip through the guts of a Russian submarine complete with periscope and a Putin-on-a-porpoise (probably a dolphin) porthole before emergence at the steps for the Kremlin for a visit to the candy bowl. A family of matryoshka were in attendance. Putin was nowhere to be found. Continue reading

Gay City spreads out as Kaladi Brothers settles into new (old) home on E Pike

A long, fruitful partnership on E Pike has ended — but everybody is still friends. Kaladi Brothers Coffee is now spread out in its own space just a few doors down as its longtime partner Gay City sets to work on creating a new library and resource center in the former cafe space.

CHS reported on the planned move for Kaladi this summer as the Alaska-born coffee chain’s sole Seattle location readied for the new E Pike address. While the move was logistically easy thanks to an underground connection in the building, the buildout of the former Sun Liquor bottling facility took a bit longer than expected. Continue reading