Bainbridge Island has always been an affordable and easy escape for frazzled Seattleites who need a break from the annoyances of city life. Less than 10 bucks gets you aboard one of the frequent, relaxing half-hour ferry trips from downtown, and a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminal puts you in the heart of the […]Read More Happy 50th birthday, Eagle Harbor Book Company!
At the end of May, Ada’s Technical Books co-founder Danielle Hulton made a remarkable announcement: Ada’s would be taking over operations of local minichain Fuel Coffee. By any metric, buying three neighborhood coffee shops in the middle of a global pandemic and economic collapse is a bold move. Even more surprising, though, was Hulton’s announcement that the […]Read More In an economic crisis, Seattle gets a new chain of indie bookstores
The coronavirus pandemic has made it almost impossible to operate the arts venues where people tend to gather and linger: galleries, arts education spaces and bookstores were all closed for months. For Ballard’s Push/Pull — a combination of outsider art gallery, small-press bookstore and education space — COVID-19 could hardly have been more devastating. Director Maxx Follis-Goodkind says 2020 […]Read More Outsider arts hub Push/Pull is building community online
In the late 1970s and very early 1980s, Capitol Hill was one of the few neighborhoods in the country where LGBTQ+ people could largely live out of the closet. To the young people moving to Seattle from more regressive parts of the country, the area around Broadway — with its openly queer arts organizations and […]Read More Bailey/Coy’s Legacy: Why We Need LGBTQ+ Literary Spaces
Bookish people, the stereotype goes, are introverts who prefer to stay home. So you’d think the recent social distancing measures would be a bibliophile’s dream: An excuse to read alone for weeks on end. That’s not the case for Queen Anne Book Company bookseller Tegan Tigani, who has been working from home since March 25. During a […]Read More How Seattle book workers have adapted to coronavirus shutdowns
It’s a tiny storefront — just 500 square feet — but Wallingford bookstore Open Books has always been an especially inviting space. Its owner, Billie Swift, has watched people fall in love with the shop again and again. “We are across the street from a physical therapy center,” Swift explains, and patients who are early […]Read More Closed by coronavirus, this Wallingford poetry bookstore found a way to open online