Pike/Pine’s new Drip Tea Cafe and Concept Store is powered by boba, Instagram, and bearyaki

(Image: Drip Tea)

(Image: Drip Tea)

A group of friends with plenty of marketing and branding muscle are behind a new Pike/Pine shop that is part bubble tea, part showcase for whatever fits.

“We don’t want to stay at a standstill. We want to keep moving. We want to have something new every month.”

Justin Nguyen’s plans for Drip Tea are part of a never rest philosophy that should see the little 10th Ave space continue to buzz with energy. To get there, co-owners Nguyen, his girlfriend My-Lai Phan, and friend and business partner Paul Kwon had to go big after a long search turned up mostly landlords unwilling to take a chance on the first-time business owners and the untested concept.

“We were looking for like the months. A lot of landlords didn’t want to work with us. We had to buy the existing waffle place,” Nguyen said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Hello Robin baking plans for U Village expansion

Martin (Image: Hello Robin)

The next time you stop by Capitol Hill cookie shop Hello Robin, congratulate the bakers. They have something special in the oven for 2020.

Hello Robin will be expanding beyond its 19th Ave E original home a year from now next spring. The cookie bakery, distinguished by its blue sign and line outside its door, will open a storefront in University Village after operating solely on Capitol Hill since 2013.

“I think we’re ready for the next chapter. It’s been a fun five and a half years. We have a really great staff and growing the business will provide more opportunities for them,” said Robin Martin, the bakery’s namesake. Martin co-owns and co-founded the bakery with her husband, Clay Martin. Continue reading

Baked with love on Capitol Hill, Treatbox cookie delivery service hopes to grow here, too

Hubrath and De Moss (Image: CHS)

Hubrath and De Moss (Image: CHS)

IMG_5427Out of a commercial kitchen space on Capitol Hill, Keith Hubrath created Treatbox, Seattle’s only cookie delivery service. Treatbox might be ready to help you romance somebody with sweet treats this Valentine’s Day but Hubrath isn’t ready to settle down in a brick and mortar cookie shop on Capitol Hill just yet.

Treatbox puts prepackaged, love-less sweets to shame by offering “fresh baked, scratch made, home style cookies.”

“They’re the first thing I learned how to bake and they’re my favorite — and don’t let me understate favorite,” Hubrath said. Continue reading