Elliott Bay Book Company is now officially reopen for business at 1521 10th Avenue, right next door to Everyday Music, down the block from Oddfellows Cafe, around the corner from Molly Moon's ice cream, across the street from Cal Anderson Park, and a short stroll away from the Richard Hugo House.

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Elliott Bay Books
  • Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Elliott Bay Books


The store had its soft opening yesterday. When I stopped by it was quietly busy with patrons browsing the stacks. This space, like their old space, is designed for lingerers like me. There are chairs and tables tucked in comfortable corners, and skylights. It smells like wood and books, a combination that reminds you where your lungs are at and just how deep they go. Construction workers are still working on the reading space downstairs (complete with a green room), and a cafe in back that will sell coffee and sandwiches is set to open in early May.

Its proximity to Richard Hugo House will turn Capitol Hill into a powerhouse for the city's literary events. Its proximity to a fantastic park and ice cream and several kick-ass coffee shops is a huge boon to readers.

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Paul will be covering the Grand Opening Block Party today, sponsored by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, to welcome the bookstore and Everyday Music to the neighborhood. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m., on 10th Avenue (between Pike Street and Pine Street) with music and food and a ribbon cutting ceremony. This morning when I passed the store, men were hanging a Welcome to the Neighborhood banner. I think I clapped.

Indeed—welcome to the neighborhood, Elliott Bay Book Company.

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