With wax on tap, Pike/Pine is getting a candle bar

Thanks to reader Scott for the tip!

The great Pike/Pine fashion eyewear boom is showing signs of a slowdown. The Ollie Quinn chain has quietly pulled out of Capitol Hill. Its replacement tells you a little about E Pike circa late 2019.

Elm Candle Bar is lined up to replace the Canadian eye fashion chain in the retail space previously held down by the High Voltage music gear shop. If the shift from amplifiers to double bridge frames caused you a little cognitive dissonance, you might want to look away, tune out, and start looking for a house on Vashon Island.

Elm Candle Bar, we are sorry to report, is not going to be another E Pike wax bar, or a lounge with a candle and wick theme.

Started by three cousins in search of a startup opportunity to work together on and inspired by the experience of crafting personal perfumes in Paris, E Pike’s soon to open candle bar is an “experiential retail concept” that will give folks out for a night on Capitol Hill something to create together, Erin Page tells CHS.

She and her cousins Matthew Kim and Leah Kim hatched the idea for the concept earlier this year and were in search of a good launch location for the “walk-in friendly” customization experience. Continue reading

The ghost of Charlie’s? Broadway loses one of its cluster of urgent care clinics

A Broadway clinic, now available. Thanks to reader Sandy for the tip.

Despite an industry so robust that Broadway has two Zoom Cares within five blocks, the street’s urgent care resources took a hit last week, leaving the transformed former home of a classic Capitol Hill restaurant in need of a new tenant.

CityMD, the urgent care brand partnered with Tacoma’s CHI Franciscan Health, quietly pulled the plug on its Broadway outlet after exactly two years of service on the street. While there was no announcement of the closure, CHS confirmed the shuttering with a call to the chain’s customer service. There are five “still left” in Washington, the helpful operator said. The closest CityMD clinic can now be found in West Seattle. The chain also operates in New York and New Jersey. Continue reading

Developer says return of City Market in the plans for seven-story E Olive Way development

Developers working on the project to create a new seven-story, mixed-use building at the site of Capitol Hill’s City Market say the popular corner store is part of the plan.

“I am happy to report that City Market will be coming back into the new building,” Charlie Bauman of developer Barrientos Ryan tells CHS. “We are excited to be working with them to integrate their new store into the development.” Continue reading

16,000-square-foot H Mart grocery will be at center of Capitol Hill Station mixed-use development

Inside the U District H Mart (Image: CHS)

CHS reported in March on negotiations for Korean grocery chain H Mart to lease the centerpiece retail space in the development under construction atop Broadway’s Capitol Hill Station.

While the company and lead developer Gerding Edlen still won’t talk about the deal, permit activity confirms the plans are a go as the mixed-use affordable and market rate housing, retail, and community development moves toward a 2020 opening.

As CHS reported previously, the plans filed in August show H Mart’s project will take the prime Broadway street frontage near the north entry to the busy light rail station. Plans show a layout with more than 11,000 square feet of store space on the ground level plus a 5,000+ square foot mezzanine. Continue reading

Triskaidekaphobia Party @ Ritual

It’s Friday the 13th, but don’t cower in fear…rejoice instead at Ritual! Special guest Heather Loop of SwampSwag Creations will be doing tooth gems for only $31 each and everything in Ritual is 13% off for this day only, including tarot readings. If you still have a sense of foreboding, outfit yourself with a custom Ritual Kit for only $31 and bask in the protection of your charged crystals.

CHS Pics | An E Union visit to Pistil Books’ Annual Outdoor Book Sale

Sean Carlson and Amy Candiotti, are the co-owners of Pistil Books. Their first store started where Bimbo’s currently sits.

CHS stopped by an E Union summer tradition last weekend that made for a most excellent warm-up for another big event coming this weekend that will also feature good deals and bargain hunting on special, one of a kind treasures. Sunday, you can join the fun at the 2019 Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day centered around Cal Anderson Park Alliance’s community sale. Check out capitolhillgaragesale.org for details.

Las weekend, the alley behind 1415 E Union was the center of the action as independent book retailer Pistil Books held its yearly book sale featuring “hundreds of books in all categories, including fiction, science, history, poetry, art, how-to, biographies, and more. Many like new. Paperbacks $1, Hardbacks $2″… and free lemonade! Continue reading

Sum by Sum Style bringing out of the box picks to growing Pike/Pine fashion scene

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By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern

Capitol Hill personal styling services and clothing store Sum is coming to E Pike.

The Sum Styled Box is a more personalized take on the growing delivered style box trend. Kim’s client base, urban working professionals, are very busy people. Because of this it is the goal of Sum Style to serve them in the best way possible and bring a bit of ease to their lives said Sam.

“Our boxes are unique in that our clothes are never mass produced. We are very personal. We don’t style by algorithm, we treat each client like a family member because they are each different and deserve that care.” Continue reading

Visette Boutique new home like a luxury closet hidden in the middle of Pike/Pine’s growing fashion retail scene

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Four years after its opening, Capitol Hill dress design shop Visette Boutique will be moving up the Hill.

Capitalizing on an expiring lease, owner Visal Sam took the opportunity to move locations and, in turn, expand her store.

“It was a perfect storm for us,” she said. “The situation provided us with an option to go with it and benefit from it.”

Sam, whose boutique primarily focuses on special occasion dresses, aims to push women out of their “fashion box.” She feels that everyone has their own style and it is very difficult for industrialized and mass-produced clothes to truly fit someone’s look.

“If you want something really beautiful you don’t know where to go because everywhere else is generic” she said. Continue reading

Uncle Ike’s ‘Capitol Hill West’ shop ready to start construction on E Olive Way

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A year after The Reef won the race to bring legal pot to Capitol Hill’s western slope of E Olive Way, its neighborhood competition will finally begin construction on its new store.

Last week, the city’s planning department finally approved the construction permit for Uncle Ike’s “Capitol Hill West” shop, a project that will convert a former two-story legal office building neighboring The Crescent into E Olive Way’s second marijuana store.

Pot entrepreneur Ian Eisenberg paid more than $2 million for the two-story, 1967-era property in the fall of 2017 as a land rush for E Olive Way properties played out after shifting laws and policies opened up the street to I-502 pot development. Continue reading

Expansion of Capitol Hill’s Phoenix Comics also an illustration of Broadway lease challenges

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Good news for one Broadway small business is balanced with yet another tough change for another.

With nearly 30 years of business on Capitol Hill under its belt, Perfect Copy and Print is again on a search for a new Capitol Hill home. Its exit will mean expansion for neighbor Phoenix Comics.

“It’s a bit of a leap of faith,” Phoenix owner Nick Nazar says. “We’re seeing a lot of growth.”

Now five years old, Phoenix Comics is ready to expand into the old Perfect Copy space, knocking out a wall and creating more room for board games, and gaming, Nazar said. Continue reading