Big little news, a newsstand and bottle shop adapted to Capitol Hill from the Pike / Pine LGBTQ nightlife entrepreneur Joey burgess and Tracy taylor, the general manager of proximity Elliott Bay Book Co., open this week on E Pike.
How did two of the neighborhood civic and business leaders come up with their plan for a first collaboration by starting a new pike / pine business?
“It seemed to be in the middle of a pandemic,” Taylor said, “why not print and open a small business on Capitol Hill?”
Taylor says the double-faced challenges of the pandemic and a ‘let’s work together on something’ approach grew out of her work with Burgess to represent the neighborhood as Pike / Pine pushes and pulls Seattle City Hall For attention and resources, the bustling but difficult district has faced explosive growth in recent months and years.
“We worked together on this neighborhood and city thing for a while, but we looked for a project and it just opened up,” Taylor said.
CHS reported here on the newsstand project and the long-running vintage pike / pine company going live. No Parking as owner Billy Hutchinson decided as a cancer survivor that he was ready to leave the brick and mortar retail business in the era of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, it’s been an era of reading for Capitol Hill’s retail ventures during the pandemic. In December, “library” store – its titles are organized by theme – Oh hello again open on 15th Ave E. And the local Fuel coffeehouse chain is in the midst of a bookish makeover as it is part of the Ada’s family of companies.
With a twist on the echoes of the past like Broadway News which closed in the summer of 2010, Big Little News offers magazines, periodicals, beer, wine, champagne and other small sundries and has “more than 250 foreign magazines, newspapers and zines and national ”when it opens.
Taylor, who remains in her role as Executive Director of Elliott Bay and is a major reader, provided an eclectic mix of recommendations, including the ‘phenomenal’ The dog magazine (a “magazine for smart homeowners”-“ You don’t even have to have a dog to appreciate it ”, says Taylor) and Playgirl.
“This year, I read fewer books. I listened to more books. For me, it was all about attention span, ”Taylor says. “Magazines kind of fill that niche that isn’t a Tweet.”
Big Little News is now open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 1102 E Pike. You can find out more about biglittlenews.com.
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