Citywide Winter Warehouse Sale 2020

All of your favorite local Seattle shops and designers will be coming together for the biggest citywide end-of-season sale. This event, now in its fifth year, will be held for the second time at the Melrose Market Studios on Capitol Hill over Super Bowl Weekend. Additionally, new to this year the group will be expanding into the upstairs at the Melrose Market. Enjoy two floors of shopping!

Come early as stock is limited and items are priced to move! Past season styles priced at 20-80% off and many vendors offering additional day-of deals and promotions.

Baby & Co,
Division Road,
Flora & Henri,
Glasswing Shop,
Glasswing Greenhouse
Hammer & Awl,
Jack Straw,
Natasha Alphonse,
Lynn Louisa,
Pipe & Row,
In partnership with
Cantina Sauvage
Shovel & Stone

PCC will replace New Seasons in 23rd and Union grocery plans — UPDATE

(Image: PCC)

It’s a natural pairing. PCC Community Markets will fill in the large grocery space left empty at 23rd and Union after the long-delayed plans for a New Seasons market at the corner fell through in December.

PCC and developer of the mixed-use East Union project Lake Union Partners are set to announce their agreement Tuesday.

The news will be met with applause by fans of PCC who have been disappointed by another long-delayed area grocery project to create a mixed-use development centered around one of the chain’s markets in Madison Valley. But hold your applause — you may eventually have two PCCs in the area to choose from. Continue reading

Central District support helps Flowers Just 4 U stave off eviction

Mary Wesley has been serving the Central District for over 35 years, and eventually hopes to train young people in how to make floral arrangements. (Image: Mark Van Streefkerk for CHS)

Last weekend, Flowers Just 4 U was served a 14-day eviction notice. Located in the Central District on the corner of 23rd and Cherry, the florist was asked to pay past-due rent and utilities that totaled around six thousand dollars, or close its doors for good. After getting the word out, with help from WJJ Consulting and Africatown Media, owner Mary Wesley generated enough support to save her business.

“Can you believe this? That’s God,” Wesley beamed when asked about the overwhelming support she has received. “That is how well they love me. Donations and walk-ins, you name it. Whatever they can do to get here to keep me on this corner, they did it, from their hearts.”

At the time of this article, Flowers Just 4 U’s fundraiser campaign has received over twice the goal amount in only a few days. Said to be the only Black-owned florist in the Pacific Northwest, Wesley has done business in the Central District for more than 35 years. Now in her late 70s, Wesley has had to dip into her retirement savings to help the business.

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Continuing three decades of business, the apprentice has become the master at Broadway Shoe Repair

(Image: Broadway Shoe Repair)

Just over 33 years ago this December, Broadway Shoe Repair began serving the community of Capitol Hill. Founder Ward Luhman would continue to own and run his business until this summer. During the last six years of her father’s ownership, Shelly Luhman worked an apprenticeship leading up to her taking over the leather repair shop in Broadway Market. Ward can finally rest and enjoy a well earned retirement. Broadway Shoe Repair, on the other… hand, still has work to do.

Since September, Luhman and her business partner Bobby Glukhov who joined the shop after moving from Portland four year ago, have been working to keep Capitol Hill’s shoes looking good.

The shop has seen “steady” repair business and return clients even as the neighborhood has grown more and more expensive. Of course, all that wealth has a side benefit to a business like Broadway Shoe Repair.

The biggest change the business has seen over its more than three decades, Luhman says, is “an increase of more expensive shoes.” Continue reading

Company sale means New Seasons won’t be coming to Central District throwing plans for new 23rd and Union grocery up in the air

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When mixed-use development East Union opened to residents last year but the windows of its large 23rd and Union retail space remained papered-over month after month, neighbors worried that the much anticipated arrival of a new neighborhood grocery store might never happen. Those fears might have been warranted.

Portland-based New Seasons has been sold to the South Korean grocery company that owns the Metropolitan Market chain throwing any plans for Seattle expansion and an opening in the Central District out the window. Continue reading

WSDOT’s 520 ‘Montlake Project’ construction moving forward with open house updates, new plan for neighborhood market

“This project, with a $455 million contract cost, is part of the remaining $1.6 billion in SR 520 improvements from Lake Washington to I-5 – the ‘Rest of the West.’ These improvements are funded by the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation legislation.” (Image: WSDOT)

Some things, like speeding tickets issued near Montlake Elementary, will never change — also, apparently, the presence of the Montlake Market.

The new plan for keeping the store operating in the neighborhood — and the several construction elements that make up the Montlake Project of the state’s 520 replacement effort will be on the docket at two WSDOT open houses: Continue reading

Juice Club planning a ‘natural wine party’ on E Denny Way

Organic, low intervention, simply complex, imbued with possible health benefits, it is no surprise that natural wine is becoming the official beverage of our times — or, at least, the official beverage of Capitol Hill, Seattle circa 2020.

Juice Club, a popular pop-up project that has grown into a Seattle phenomenon around the city’s bar scene, is making plans for its first rooted investment with a new joint on E Denny Way on the ground level of the Saint Florence.

The E Denny facing space in the 1914-built masonry apartment building just up from the E Olive Way intersection underwent a recent overhaul and is awaiting a new tenant. A state liquor license application shows the Club lining up to create a new “beer/wine specialty shop” in the space indicating a project leaning more toward the event and retail end of the natural wine spectrum. Continue reading

Selector Records adds new stop on Hill-proximate vinyl tour

(Image: Audrey Frigon for CHS)

(Image: Audrey Frigon for CHS)

By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern

In the digital age of music streaming, vinyl records just won’t die. With record sales reaching their highest revenue level since 1988, Capitol Hill and the nearby have sustained a few shops that have survived long enough to cash in on the resurgence. And sometimes, something new comes along.

Selector Records and Apparel opened earlier this month off the beaten track on E Madison.

After eleven years DJing in Hawaii, Seattle native Sherman Crawford moved back home with the goal of opening a record store business. “I always had a dream of having a record store and that opportunity fell into my lap with this building,” he said. This building, located on 23rd and Madison, previously housed Looters Records. Crawford stumbled upon the store and moved in upstairs. When the record store closed, Crawford took over.

A music lover his whole life, Crawford first began collecting records and cassettes when he was eight years old. But the real beginning of his music addiction came in 1992 when he attended a rave and discovered the world of underground techno and dance music. “I was enthralled by the energy of the music and became obsessed,” Crawford said. As his fascination and love of the music grew, so did his record collection.

That music became the inspiration for his store. “When I came back from Hawaii I saw a void. There were no other stores focusing on underground techno music, especially new releases, and I wanted to fill that void,” said Crawford. Continue reading

Capitol Hill part of Seattle Police’s pumped up holiday emphasis patrols

Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced Thursday a strategy to increase officer presence in Seattle “neighborhoods that see high volume of holiday shoppers and holiday events” including the downtown core and Capitol Hill.

So-called “emphasis patrol” staffing will be deployed starting November 30th in nine areas of the city.

“Our Winter Holiday patrols contribute to the vitality of our neighborhoods, and the safety of our residents and visitors,” Chief Best said in a statement on the effort. “We are increasing these extra patrols by more than 20% compared to last year. Every precinct will benefit.” Continue reading

Bag maker Moop — ‘brick-and-mortar shop and a manufacturing center ‘ — getting a Seattle start in Chophouse Row

Wendy Downs snaps one last selfie in her Pittsburgh shop before a road trip to WA State (Image: Moop)

Pike/Pine is not exactly the Rust Belt but its overhauled auto row bones are making room for a Pittsburgh-crafted connection. After 13 years of making backpacks, cross body bags, tote bags, and clutches in Massachusetts and then the Steel City, Moop founder Wendy Downs is following a family and customer connection to bring her business to Seattle for a trial-run pop-up on Capitol Hill.

“This is a bit of a beta test,” Downs tells CHS about the expansion and Moop’s plans for a new Emerald City home in addition to its Pittsburgh 1st Ave HQ. “An opportunity to be here and scout our permanent location,” she says.

Moop, born in the DIY, post-punk ’90s, will fit right into its new Pike/Pine home in Chophouse Row among the other crafters, creators, and small restaurants and cafes the development has attracted. Continue reading