Filling in another Starbucks blank space, COMEBUYTEA latest in bubble tea wave on Capitol Hill

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Starbucks made a lot of noise — and left behind a bit of a mess — when it exited E Olive Way earlier this year. But when the coffee giant closed its cafe at Broadway and Pike, it was a much quieter transaction — it took CHS about a year to sort out the shop was permanently closed during the pandemic restrictions.

Now the space in the old State Bank building will become home to another global provider of beverages that deliver blended delights of caffeine and sugar as the tea shop trend is quickly reshaping Capitol Hill’s cafe scene. Continue reading

Pink Gorilla Games planning new store on Capitol Hill — UPDATE

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A classic Seattle retailer of classic video games, new gaming systems, trading cards, and toys is coming to Capitol Hill amid concerns about safety at its other stores in the city.

Pink Gorilla Games will reportedly open near the Salt and Straw ice cream shop at Pike and Boylston before the end of the year.

Cody Spencer made the announcement of the planned Capitol Hill expansion on his popular Twitch stream over the weekend, multiple viewers have informed CHS. Thanks for the tips. Continue reading

Officials backpedal on Capitol Hill Superblock plan — UPDATE

Mayor Bruce Harrell was at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market Sunday as part of a tour of the neighborhood (Image: CHS)

City officials and the Capitol Hill community advocacy group behind the initiative are backing off a report that any plans for a so-called Capitol Hill Superblock pedestrianization plan for Pike/Pine are moving forward.

Mayor Bruce Harrell was dispatched to the neighborhood Sunday for meetings with local businesses to hear from some of the bars, restaurants, and stores that would be impacted by the plans. Harrell’s office said the visit was part of the mayor’s new “One Seattle Community Connections” efforts with stops in more neighborhoods to come.

Erin Fried, deputy director of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict advocacy group that organized a late October tour with new Seattle Department of Transportation director Greg Spotts to discuss the Superblock concept which would transform the core streets of the Pike/Pine nightlife and retail district around venues like Neumos and stores like Elliott Bay Book Company into a car-free, parking-free walking zone, says a report from development and safe streets advocacy and media outlet The Urbanist detailing plans for the Superblock has set off conversations — but little else, at this point.

Fried said talks about pedestrianization in the Pike/Pine core are “a need being surfaced over and over again” but said her organization and backer affordable housing developer Community Roots Housing “need to connect with small businesses” to make the initiative happen. The EcoDistrict “doesn’t use the term superblock,” Fried said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill now has a vegan Jewish deli as Ben and Esther’s opens on E Pike

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A Seattle Ben and Esther’s — the fifth location in the Portland-based “Vegan Jewish Deli” chain — is now open on Capitol Hill.

The E Pike shop has been anticipated by the Venn diagram of vegan and kosher food fans since the buzz of its impending arrival started early in summer.

The small footprint of the new Capitol Hill deli is augmented by the former Capitol Coffee Works space’s lofty mezzanine seating area. Continue reading

With its tiny Suzette storefront and production design studio, Moop Shop makes a new home on Capitol Hill

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By Jadenne Radoc Cabahug, CHS reporting intern

Suzette by Moop Shop found a new home on Capitol Hill on 11th Ave for a production space with a tiny storefront. Along with the new energy from the relocation and full commitment to Seattle from its Pittsburgh origins, Moop Shop and owner Wendy Downs are looking to expand beyond selling bags.

In 2019, Moop opened a popup shop on Chophouse Row as a beta test to see how they’d like it in Seattle. The 15-year-old company has now chosen a full move from Pittsburgh for family reasons as well as the energy and vibes of Capitol Hill.

“We loved the neighborhood, people’s interactions, and space, all those things,” Downs said.

After the popup shop, Downs said they were planning to move to Seattle, but the pandemic put a halt to the big move.

Suzette is now located in a second floor suite above 11th Ave and up the staircase where customers will find a tiny storefront where they can shop for weather resistant backpacks, crossbody bags, tote and clutches. The shop also carries other bag brands, notebooks, water thermoses, skincare, toiletries, travel needs, and others. In the back of the store, customers will get a behind the scenes look at the design and production process with the industrial sewing machines, fabrics and tools used to make Moop’s items. Continue reading

Garfield Super Block selected in catch-up round of Neighborhood Street Fund grants

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Backers of an effort to improve the public space around Garfield High School and the Garfield Community Center are celebrating another funding win for the Central District project.

A Seattle transportation levy oversight committee has chosen the Garfield Super Block program for a $475,000 grant in the latest round of the Neighborhood Street Fund. Unlike past years, this year’s process focused on clearing a backlog of NSF nominations. The project was one of nine selected by the committee on the basis of community support, equity, safety, and cost, and the only one in the bunch located within Kshama Sawant’s District 3.

The funding joins past financial infusions into the effort including $188,000 to help support planning in last year’s city budget. Estimates of the full cost of planning and construction for the Garfield Super Block project range around $6 to $7 million. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Late Night Vintage Market is a vintage market open late at night — and a lot of fun

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The name Late Night Vintage Market pretty much says it all.

But the new addition to E Pike’s retail mix is a deeper cut of Capitol Hill history and a showcase of some of the spirit the neighborhood still touts but can’t always live up to — mass culture subversion, random, one of a kind experiences, and, perhaps the biggest loss of pandemic-era Pike/Pine, late night hours.

The market featuring multiple vendors and, soon, events from Shannon Mendoza and Jesus McCloskey is now open every night but Tuesday from 3 PM to “late” at E Pike and Belmont.

Mendoza says the market was born of McCloskey’s love for vintage and tested with pop-up events around Tacoma as they looked for a home for the project in Seattle. Just as one off-Hill space for the market fell through, Mendoza said the E Pike opportunity emerged. Continue reading

Next for former Pettirosso space? Gemini Room project from growing Queer/Bar-Elliott Bay-Oddfellows business family

A favorite Pike/Pine bartop may soon see new life as the business family behind Capitol Hill’s Queer/Bar, Elliott Bay Book Company, and the Oddfellows Cafe is making plans for a new venue.

Early permit paperwork shows plans for a project in the former Cafe Pettirosso on 11th Ave called the Gemini Room from Joey Burgess and Murf Hall, the husband and husband team behind the newest and fastest growing business family on Capitol HIll.

CHS talked with Burgess earlier this month about the five year anniversary of Queer/Bar and the investments he and Hall are making in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. Continue reading

Biker bar: Good Weather Bicycles and Tailwind Cafe celebrating five years in Chophouse Row with new chef — and cocktails

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Try a Fresh Lunch Bowl (Image: Good Weather)

Just as any Seattle bike rider needs to pick their route through the city’s hills and boulevards, fans of Capitol Hill area bike cafes can also choose their own path where bikes, food, and drink meet. Good Weather Bicycles, part of a still going strong pack of area bike joints, is celebrating five years in Chophouse Row with new boozy offerings and a new menu approach at its Tailwind Cafe sister.

The upgrades include a full liquor license and additional indoor seating for winter, “as well as big changes to their food offerings,” Good Weather announced. “These changes help to facilitate people working remotely throughout the day, and offer a nice space for those in search of cocktails, beer, wine, and snacks later on in the evening.” Continue reading

A Capitol Hill golf tournament? Pike/Pine virtual golf bar hosts ‘longest drive’ competition

You probably haven’t seen Capitol Hill host a golf tournament before. Friday, the 11th Ave location of virtual golf bar chain Five Iron Golf is hosting a “longest drive” competition benefit:

WHAT: Five Iron Golf Seattle x Bucky Jacobsen Longest Drive Contest
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2022
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: Five Iron Golf Seattle 1525 11th Ave
WHO: Five Iron Golf Seattle in partnership with iHeartRadio will host a longest drive contest with former Mariner and sports radio legend, Bucky Jacobsen to raise donations for Youth on Course.

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