It’s been a decade since Capitol Hill had a newsstand. The news? Well, that has changed a bit in the meantime, but the appetite for newspapers and magazines has somehow survived the explosive growth of online news and smartphones.
CHS has learned that a new project coming to Pike / Pine from some familiar faces in the neighborhood will celebrate that appetite for the print page – and the bottle store.
Big little news is planned for the retail space that once housed the vintage boutique No Parking in the midst of E Pike’s nightlife and will carry magazines, periodicals, beer, wine, champagne and other small sundries.
The project’s liquor license was approved this week, but its opening remains distant as the plan to Joey burgess and Tracy taylor meets and the new store is built.
Big Little News seems like a natural pairing for Burgess and Taylor.
Burgess is the prolific Pike / Pine entrepreneur behind Queer / Bar, Grims, Headlines, and Royal Cupcake. Taylor, meanwhile, was the longtime general manager of 10th Ave’s Elliott Bay Book Co.
Billy Hutchinson spoke with CHS in September about his decision to close the store for No Parking because he faced a positive prognosis in his recovery from cancer, but was concerned about operating a store with a weakened immune system. You can always find No Parking online for your original vintage needs.
Meanwhile, the owner Jean Hamel decided to close the beloved Broadway News in the summer of 2010. “There just isn’t enough business, not enough foot traffic on North Broadway, to support this business and make it work,” Hamel told the CHS in July.
Seattle also suffered a recent newsstand loss. First and Pike News was cried when the icon of the Pike Place market closed in 2019.
Big Little News will arrive on Capitol Hill in a very different culture than Broadway around 2010, and with a media landscape that has also changed a lot. Some 7,357 magazine titles were published in the United States in 2020 – roughly the same number which was available ten years ago. Newspapers have not done as well with a daily national circulation dropping from around 44 million ten years ago to less than 30 million today.
Along the way, the neighborhood also lost its printed newspaper after owners in the state and a vertically integrated foreclosure company stripped its value over the years and ultimately shut it down. So, no, you won’t be able to buy the Capitoline Hill Time to Big Little News – but you can always grab a magazine and then check out CHS on your phone.
Big Little News is scheduled to open later this year at 1102 E Pike.
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