It is official, Elliott Bay Books is moving to 1521 10th Avenue Capital Hill. From the email sent out today, it looks like a good move and I for one will be more likely to go there more often now that it is near things I goto, instead of a separate trip into Pioneer Square. I would hate to loose their great line-up of author events.
After many weeks of speculation about the future of The Elliott Bay Book Company, I am now able to confirm that the book store will be moving to a new location on Capitol Hill in the spring of next year.
The past two years have been a difficult, painful period of exploring and evaluating possibilities in an attempt to determine what would be best–and necessary–to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the store. And while the thought, and the practicalities, of moving from the site and the locale which have been home for the past 36 years are daunting to say the least, I am convinced that this upcoming relocation will afford us the best opportunity to remain, and further develop as a thriving enterprise.
First–about the new location. We will be moving into a beautiful vintage building on 10th Avenue between Pike and Pine. The building dates from 1918–and was the original Ford truck service center for Seattle. The space will be comparable to the current store (in fact a bit larger), and will incorporate a café and a room dedicated to author appearances. It has the fir floor–complete with creaks–we’re used to treading, and gorgeous high wood ceiling-including massive wood beams–and skylights. While no space could exactly duplicate the charm of the original store, I can promise that the new building will offer a warm, comfortable and cozy environment that will be true to the beautiful place Walter Carr founded on Main Street.
The building has its own parking below street level-and between this and a nearby lot we will be able provide ample validated parking. In addition the new space will offer something we’ve never been able to offer before–wheelchair access to all levels.
The neighborhood is one of incredible vitality. I’m confidant that this move will boost our business to the level necessary to maintain our commercial viability–and to facilitate the ongoing investment necessary to keep any business vital.