Georgetown has always been a bit of a magical place for me, not necessarily because of what is visible but more because of the fantastic potential the town holds. I imagine inspired creatives, artist lofts and boutiques that showcase the current revival of American Craft. Sadly, Georgetown is an area underestimated and overlooked by many Seattleites. It's true Georgetown is fringe and not your cool Capitol Hill, Fremont, or Ballard style fringe. Actually the Georgetownies are fiercely independent and rebuff anyone who comes in with a vision of "cool".
Through the years I have seen little stores come and go. There has not been enough foot traffic in the area to sustain the new businesses. But what if? What if artists and small businesses with vision, moved into Georgetown and helped to revitalize it. Well, there is just one small problem. Georgetownies. They are kind of like the people you see in movies who refuse to let their little town change, and many times we cheer for these underdog heroes who are fighting against giant corporations. Just take a peek at the Georgetown history and you will see this is a deeply embedded tradition. The town was originally incorporated largely as a defence against prohibitionism. When I look at Georgetown I see that the current attitude of resistance instead of guarding something magical has held the city back from being transformed into it's potential. The defensive position has caused Georgetown to stagnate and led to the slow decline or death of many businesses. Instead of fighting to keep people and new businesses out, Georgetownies should consider working to bring in the small businesses that will contribute to the unique character and growth of the city.
In spite of the challenges Georgetown is currently facing, there are some businesses who have moved in and are seeing the current situation as an opportunity. It's my hope that by shining a spotlight on them, you will be intrigued enought to go check them out. I know you will not be dissappointed. It's true Georgetown has a long ways to go, but I think there are enough businesses out there right now to atleast provide for an afternoon adventure. In order for us to see more growth in Georgetown, we must support those businesses that are trying to bring in something fresh.
1. Hanger Cafe - The perfect brunch spot! Try their Triple B waffle with apple smoked bacon, brie cheese and fresh basil. Served with maple syrup (see picture above). Ps- Thanks Anthea for the recommendation.
2. Le' Objects - Designers mostly know about this incredible store which moved into Georgetown in September. I was so excited to stumble upon Le' Objects because I haven't see a store like this since I was on Valencia street in San Francisco. It's filled with beautiful terrariums, sea urchins, and truly all things lovely! Tim is fabulous and he informed me that this coming Saturday they will be teaching a class on how to make your own terrarium. You can like Le' Objects on Facebook to learn more about the boutique.
3. The Corson Building - I remember discovering this incredible building in 2009 (see pictures below) it reminded me of something out of Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love and wondered what it would become. Well I don't think I could have dreamed of anything better to infuse this location with such community and warmth. When you drive by at night you will see twinkly lights and wonder what party you are missing out on...
The Corson Building is now a restaurant dedicated to the celebration of food and community. It is built on the foundation of relationships with their community of friends and teachers, hunters and farmers, importers and foragers, wine makers, fishermen, builders, artists, and activists, they work to celebrate food and the daily nourishment it provides. Above all I would say The Corson Building is about creating unforgettable experiences. The cost of having an evening at Corson ranges between $60-$90 +tax, it's a little high but if you see it as more than a dinner and an exceptional event with friends I think you will see it as worth the cost. Reservations are recommended.
4. All City Coffee - I don't know about you, but whenever I venture to a new part of town where they serve the coffee is one of the first places I try to locate. Here you can snag a coffee and do a little reading.
5. Georgetown Atelier - The Georgetown Atelier is an apprenticeship-style school that specializes in traditional drawing and painting. As part of Art Attack they will be hosting Draw Attack, a monthly costume figure drawing session.
These are just a few of the unique places Georgetown has to offer.. Georgetown Art Attack is coming up on April 14th, so if you are nervous there is not enough to keep you entertained on a typical day, then this is your perfect opportunity to make a foray into Georgetown. Discover it before everyone else does and you find yourself asking why you had never heard of the place before...