Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
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In This Issue
Video Message from CHCC Executive Director
Capitol Hill Internationally Admired
Gallery Show of Capitol Hill Business Owners
CHCC is Hiring
Name a Sound Transit Station
High 5 Pie Maker Danie Cone Interview
Recap Clean Sweep 2012
Zipcar Cleans Up Pike Street
Member Profile: St John's Bar & Eatery
Blitz Celebrates Three Years
Riddled: A New Play at Hugo House
Be a Star at Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 2012 Trailer
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Volume 7
Issue: 05

A Video Message from our Exeuctive Director, Michael Wells:

Summer Celebrations and More 

This month watch Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Michael Wells, update you on summer Capitol Hill celebrations and events, including the 4th of July, Pride and Block Party and announce that the Chamber is hiring a Membership and Programs Manager.

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Capitol Hill Internationally Admired for its Walkability and Positive Impact on Economic Vitality and Growth

A walkable urban neighborhood isn't only good for your health, it's good for business. This month Capitol Hill has been internationally recognized for its high walkability index in two important international news outlets: The Globe and Mail and the New York Times. These articles call attention to the positive benefits of being a walkable community, but more importantly they point to the importance of this index on economic growth and vitality.

The New York Times states that Capitol Hill's real estate price per square foot is 50% greater than nearby already affluent Redmond.

14th Ave East and East Thomas Street in front of Cooper House which was slated for demolition but was historically preserved and now houses services for children successfully in tandem with the neighborhood.

Spontaneous foliage at 12th and Howell,
a leitmotif of Capitol Hill

A rendition of the Space Needle on the Pike/Pine corridor.
High walkability also encompasses art and culture. 
Photos by Cresdan Maite
An additional side benefit of the economic prosperity Capitol Hill generates, also introduces what The Globe and Mail, headquartered in Toronto, home to one of the world's most important international film festivals, calls Capitol Hill's "Corridor of Cool," referring specifically to our Pike/Pine corridor.

While it's wonderful to gain the admiration and recognition of important national and international press, for most Capitol Hill residents, business owners and lovers, this is something we've been aware of for quite some time and we're glad it's catching on.

In addition, the infamous KFC site mentioned in the article, that we gladly no longer have on Capitol Hill, is actually home to Bronze level Chamber member, and one of the most authentic taqueria's in the Pacific Northwest, Rancho Bravo.

From the Toronto Globe and Mail:
Seattle's Corridor of Cool: Out with the KFC, in with the fresh pasta

From the New York Times:
Now Coveted - A Walkable, Convenient Place



Gallery Show of Capitol Hill Business Owners Opens June 14th at Cupcake Royale

Capitol Hill's economic and social vitality can in large part be attributed to its unique national position of highly concentrated independent businesses owned by independent people. Although, in our hurried life, it's easy to overlook who these independent business people are. 


As a way to introduce you to the people to thank for your morning coffee, evening cocktail and daily access to art, Autumn Azure has created a gallery of photographs called Independent Capitol Hill


Opening Thursday, June 14th at Cupcake Royale, Independent Capitol Hill includes photos of Eric Logan from Gamma Ray Games, Laurie from Ghost Gallery, and Jon Milazzo of Retrofit Home, among additional independent business owners who contribute to Capitol Hill's high quality of urban life.


Of all the featured business owners from Independent Capitol Hill we are proud to say that Gamma Ray Games, Ghost Gallery and Retrofit Home are long standing members and supporters of the Chamber. In addition, Retrofit Home owner Jon Milazzo is also currently serving as a trusted and valuable member of our board. 



Independent Capitol Hill

Cupcake Royale

1111 East Pike Street 

Opening Night June 14th

Eric Logan from Gamma Ray Games
Laurie Kearney from Ghost Gallery
Chamber board member and co-owner of Retrofit Home Jon Milazzo (right)


For more information about Independent Capitol Hill contact photographer Autumn Azure




The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is
Hiring a Membership and Programs Manager

Would you like to support the businesses and community of Capitol Hill? If so, The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is hiring for a full time Membership and Programs Manager to create and implement strategies to recruit and retain members for CHCC.

The Membership and Programs Manager will also be responsible for coordinating the mitigation work that the Chamber conducts with Sound Transit.

For a full job description visit the Chamber website or download the document here.


Name a Station: Sound Transit Would like YOUR Input Today

In early June Sound Transit will officially name the transit tunnel stations and they would like your input. Be a part of history and take the Sound Transit station naming survey no later than Friday June 8th.  


For additional information contact Jeff Munnoch of Sound Transit.  




High5 Pie Maker and Chamber Board Member Dani Cone Featured in Seattle Times Jobs Section
If you took a look at the Seattle Times online job section last week, then you would have found an interview with Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce board member, Dani Cone.
Dani making High 5 Pie
Dani owns Fuel Coffee and High 5 Pie and is also a long time resident of Capitol Hill. In addition, she has written two books, and you can find both at Elliott Bay Books: "Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory and Adorable Recieps" and "Tall, Skinny, Bitter: Notes from the Center of Coffee Culture."

Read in the Seattle Time's interview how Dani started her business, what she enjoys about her day, and what still surprises her about her work.




Clean Sweep 2012: A Big Success 

On Saturday, May 12 over 200 people came out to Cal Anderson Park to conduct the largest Clean Sweep in the event's history.  


Cleaning over 3 miles of Capitol Hill all the way from Yesler and 12th to Aloha and Broadway (and many places in between), volunteers removed over 200 pounds of trash and debris off our city streets.  


Paul Dwoskin, Broadway BIA; Stacey Krynsky, Umpaqua Bank; Michael Wells, CHCC and Jill Cronauer, Hunters Capitol

In addition to individual residents and families who joined the event, we had wide representation from the Capitol Hill business and nonprofit communities including large groups from:


Seattle Central Community College

Peace for the Streets by Kids for the Street

Capitol Hill Housing



Seattle University Athletics Program

The Broadway BIA

The Red Cross Club at Seattle Central Community College

Calvary on the Hill Church 

Sustainable Capitol Hill

Seattle Academy Alumni Association

12th Avenue Stewards

Lab5 Fitness


Many thanks to our volunteers and sponsors: Starbucks, Capitol Hill Housing, Pagliacci Pizza, Sound Transit and the Stranger.


If you missed Clean Sweep 2012, we are already looking forward to Clean Sweep 2013. For more information, join the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce e-mail list at  The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce's homepage and be a part of Clean Sweep next year. We'd love to have you.  



Cleanup Pike Street with Zipcar   

Saturday, June 30th 11am - 1pm 


If you're disappointed you missed the Chamber's clean up event on May 12th, then Zipcar has an opportunity for you.


On Saturday, June 30th from 11am - 1pm (the weekend after PRIDE) Zipcar will be holding their own special clean up on Pike Street.


Zipcar is also partnering with KIND Healthy Snacks who are expected to bring a big truck full of fruits and nuts free to volunteers. 


For more information contact Zipcar marketing manager, Billy Thompson.   



Member Profile--St John's Bar & Eatery
719 E. Pike St. Seattle



The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce interviewed new member and co-owner Michael Lee of St Joh's Bar & Eatery, talking about whyhe and his partners choose Capitol Hill to open their new restaurant, the special things people may not know about their business and their favorite places on Capitol Hill. 


Tell us about Saint John's.


Saint John's is a bar, an eatery, a public house, at the end of the day hopefully many things to many people. Our aim is to create a comfortable space for ourselves and our neighbors to gather, unwind and relax. We take a lot of pride in offering great food and drink but keeping it unpretentious and at a reasonable cost that anyone one of us or our pals would be willing to spend. 



Why did you choose to locate your business in Capitol Hill?


We have a small bar on Lower Queen Anne that Val (Kiossovski) and Billy (Gould) opened in 2005 called Solo that over the years has become a gathering space for much of the theater and arts community in that neighborhood.  


We knew at some point we'd love to have a sibling of sorts for Solo, but it had to be the right space, right time, correct neighborhood, all that business.  A lot of us at Saint John's are musicians, artists and Capitol Hill is the place we often end up doing our thing. When 719 E Pike became a possibility, especially with the building's history, we knew we had a special opportunity.



Do you live on Capitol Hill too?


We're all over. Joe Randazzo (chef) and myself live up here, Val and his wife Lana (also owners) a little farther north although they're talking about moving closer soon I hear. Our staff is the best part about the place and are faces you'd likely recognize from around the hill. 


Tell us one thing about St John's that most people don't know.


We just started brunch a few weeks ago and its shaping up as one the neighborhood's best. I think by the end of the summer that won't be much of a secret.


Do you have a favorite neighbor business on Capitol Hill?


Ghost Gallery (also a CHCC member) over on E Denny is a great little treasure. We've done a lot of collaborating with owner Laurie Kearney, she's curated some incredible stuff over the years and is doing the visual arts component for this year's Capitol Hill Block Party. For a bite, Dinette hands down.


Do you have a Capitol Hill secret?


Our sangria. I guess its technically began as a Belltown secret as its Val's recipe from our days at the Crocodile Cafe. But sipping one of those suckers on the patio under the shade of the tree when the sun is out is as great a treat as you'll find anywhere.




Blitz Celebrates its Third Birthday
Thursday, June 14th  5pm - 8pm 


Metro Card Series by Jeff Faeber Ghost Gallery

It's the third anniversary of Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk and in celebration of the Big Three, they will be having extra-special features, including our famous Mustache Tours, artist-led walking tours complete with fake (and real) mustaches, a breathtaking acrobatics show from a youth performance troupe, street musicians, and more.   


In addition, this month Zipcar will be running a shuttle to help transport Blitz attendees.   


Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk is an open house style event held at many locations on the second Thursday of every month in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood from 5pm - 8pm and later. Events include visual arts, musical performances, food and beverage specials, and more.

Details, maps, and schedules can be found at Blitz.

Art is everywhere!



Riddled--A New Play by Marya Sea Kaminski Commissioned by Hugo House  

"Riddled" is a new immersive rock musical written and performed by Marya Sea Kaminski, featuring the band Landlord's Daughter.

Juxtaposing true stories with brutal fiction, "Riddled" lures the audience into an evening of rock and roll, passion and malice as we follow one woman's escape attempt through an arsenal of memories and a desperate drive for love.

Every performance is immediately followed by a live set by Landlord's Daughter. Come for the play, stay for the music.

Tickets can be purchased at Stranger Tickets.


Be a Star at Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Annual Trailer  

Every year you attend the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and watch their innovative trailers, from gay electrical cords and outlets to 50's Chevy's and drag queens. This year, you have the opportunity to not only watch the trailer but BE in the trailer.

To find out how you can be a start today, visit Three Dollar Bill Cinema.


Till next month, enjoy and take good care of Capitol Hill,  

our home and yours.