Union cocktail lounge will bring together Capitol Hill gay bar legends

The Zoe events space will soon go back into motion as gay-friendly lounge Union (Image: King County)

Capitol Hill’s gayborhood will grow back onto a new block as Union, a cocktail lounge serving the gay community, will open in the old Zoe restaurant space at Union and 14th.

The new Union will represent a great coming together of rival legends of the gay bar scene.

Union is backed by gay nightlife veterans Steve Nyman, Nathan Benedict, and Mark Engelmann. According to Nyman, “Union will include elements from the previous bars we have owned and other bars we have all worked. That’s one of the reasons we settled on Union as the name; it’s a union of our ideas and experiences, and we hope it’s also a union of community, bringing people together.” Continue reading

Celebrating ten years of Vermillion with owner Diana Adams

When Diana Adams opened Vermillion she wanted it to feel like an art opening every night. People always have fun at openings, she reasoned, but the rest of the time they don’t necessarily feel comfortable in galleries. She formulated a simple philosophy: “If you give people freedom to express themselves and treat them with respect, they will come up with the most amazing shit,” she says.

This month, Vermillion celebrates ten years as an insurgent hive of creativity and booze on Capitol Hill. The front space is devoted to visual art exhibits and a random assortment of arcade games. In the back, on any given night you’ll find a wide range of cultural happenings, from poetry readings to socialist slide talks to musical performances. It’s a hub for local hiphop emcees, DJs, and jazz musicians, a haven for visual artists operating outside the “cool kids” clique, and a last bastion of stubborn independence in a sea of velvet-roped meat markets catering to the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.

Vermillion’s continued survival on a shoestring budget seems miraculous in the face of the market forces bearing down on one of the city’s densest and most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Adams has a surprising explanation.

“My place has been subsidized by customers who come over on the weekends from the Eastside to get way drunk and crazy,” she says, “The art is subsidized by bros, basically. It’s my favorite ironic twist to this whole situation.” Continue reading

Seattle Bike Everywhere Day includes City Hall rally for safer routes to downtown

It’s not Bike to Work Day any longer. Friday brings brings Bike Everywhere Day to Seattle and bicycling advocates are marking the day with a rally at City Hall:

Friday, May 18 is Bike Everywhere Day. This year people on bikes will ride together, demonstrating demand for a safe and protected network of places to bike in Seattle. At 8:00 a.m., they’ll meet up at Seattle City Hall to rally for a completed Seattle Basic Bike Network, and to hear from an all-female slate of community leaders – from both inside and outside City Hall – about why Seattle needs a Basic Bike Network by 2019.

What is the Seattle Basic Bike Network? Riders and transportation planners have been advocating for a connected system of bike-safe and traffic-safe infrastructure throughout the central core of the city: Continue reading

Police investigate reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine tattoo shop

Seattle Police were investigating Tuesday night after a reported knifepoint robbery at Pike/Pine’s Supergenius Tattoo shop.

Police were called to the shop around 9:45 PM to a report of a robbery involving a teen male and woman. It’s not clear if the shop was held up or if a customer was robbed in the 1400-block 10th Ave incident. UPDATE 5/17/18: The victim’s report on what happened turned out to be more convoluted. She told police that two known subjects had robbed her in the past — and again Tuesday night somewhere on Union — but this was the first time she had reported it to police. The victim told police one of the suspects went by the street name “Cyanide.”

Officers were looking for two suspects — one described only as a teen white male wearing black pants and a white female in her 20s reportedly wearing overall shorts. The suspects were believed to be two known homeless people who frequent the area around the shop, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests.

Ignite Seattle comes to Capitol Hill’s The Egyptian

Thursday night at The Egyptian Theatre will bring the latest in a fast-spaced series of speaker events designed to inform in five minutes — or less.

Ignite Seattle has become a regular part of Town Hall Seattle’s offerings and with the venue getting a major upgrade, the next event — Ignite Seattle #36 — will take place on Capitol Hill:

Ignite Seattle

Here’s how it works: Continue reading

‘Chinese, Korean, things that I grew up eating’ — East Trading Co. prepares for E Pike arrival

I-Miun Liu is the perfect creator for this moment in Capitol Hill food+drink history when new opportunities are rare and permitting, construction, and design moves at an even more glacial pace.

“It’s mainly that we’re busy,” Liu tells CHS of the long, deliberate process he seems to undertake when opening new spaces on Capitol Hill. The early plans for East Trading Co., Liu’s Chinese and Korean street food bar set to transform the former E Pike Sun Liquor lounge, have been in the works since last summer. Continue reading

Now with an Idaho commute, posterGiant guy adds Dark Side Comics & Collectibles to E Pike

If the goods inside E Pike’s newly opened Dark Side Comics & Collectibles shop look like the kind of stuff you might find in the office of the founder of Seattle’s most guerrilla of guerrilla marketing firms, you’re on the right track.

“We didn’t have iPhones. Didn’t have console video games. For me it’s nostalgic. Kids nowadays have so many options.”

Doug Cox, founder and COO of posterGiant, has moved out of Seattle and has a new home in Idaho. His new comics shop on E Pike just above 12th isn’t exactly the result of cleaning out his belongings before the move but a lot of the things on the shelves have personal connections to the collector and man still in charge of the notoriously aggressive Capitol Hill-based poster marketing concern. Still, when it comes to business, nothing can be too personal. Continue reading

Molly Moon’s turns 10 (OK, E Pine shop is only 9 but you still can get a free scoop)

(Image: Molly Moon’s)

Between today’s golden age of frozen treats and the end of the 31 flavors era, there were dark days on Capitol Hill. Then Molly Moon’s opened on E Pine across from Cal Anderson. And there was ice cream.

Thursday, the Seattle chain of scoop shops celebrates its birth 10 years ago in Wallingford:

Hooray! We’re turning 10 this Thursday, May 10, and to celebrate our birthday, we’re giving free scoops to the first 100 customers at each of our shops, which are located in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Queen Anne, University Village, Redmond and Columbia City!

Molly Moon Neitzel opened her Capitol Hill shop a year later in 2009. “Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream is a great local hang-out where families, kids, hipsters, and ice cream addicts alike, can congregate and celebrate their favorite dessert,” the marketing text read. Continue reading

Club plans to put E Union Knights of Columbus property up for sale

Knights of Columbus, First Hill, Seattle

Depending on how you look at it, there is another historic Capitol Hill-area building lined up for sad destruction — or to be part of much needed redevelopment.

The Knights of Columbus, Seattle Council 676 will meet next week to hear Grand Knight Tom Joyce discuss one of the biggest decisions in the group’s 116 years as “a fraternal order of men dedicated in our Catholic faith” — the multi-million dollar decision to sell the Knights’ 106-year-old masonry building at the corner of Harvard and Union. Continue reading

Environmental nonprofit Nia Tero ready to put down roots with new Pike/Pine office

A nonprofit dedicated to helping indigenous people efficiently manage the environment is coming to Capitol Hill. The nonprofit Nia Tero looks to move into offices being renovated this summer at 501 E Pine.

The organization will work with indigenous people around the world to help them continue to act as stewards of their land.

“For millennia, indigenous peoples have thrived through connection with their territorial lands and waters. These connections between people and place have shaped societies that sustain some of the most vital natural systems on the planet. Nia Tero exists to support and amplify this guardianship through equitable partnerships with indigenous peoples to sustain and govern large-scale territories,” says the group’s website. Continue reading