Plus: Cafe Racer is coming to Capitol Hill.
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🐥 This Wedgwood front yard is all 'duck-ed' out

Plus: Cafe Racer is coming to Capitol Hill.

By Grace Madigan

And just like that, we’re back for this fine Tuesday. 

Remember video rental stores? At the risk of alienating some older Evergrey readers, I admit that my memories of them all come from my childhood. Personally, I think the magic of video stores stemmed from the fact that renting a movie was a finite thing. It meant you didn’t own this movie, you couldn’t revisit it whenever you wanted, and you wouldn’t be able to choose a new film to watch until your next visit to the store. And that’s not even mentioning the tactile aspect of holding a physical piece of media in your hands nor the sensation of wandering down an aisle and scanning the thousands of organized titles as you mulled over which story you’re in the mood for, a feeling not all that unlike perusing a bookstore. 

Now for the reason I’m getting all nostalgic: Maple Leaf’s Reckless Video announced it is closing on July 31. It’s yet another small business that’s succumbed to the tumult of the past year and a world where on-demand services are preferred over the analog. You can take a look at its schedule for clearing out inventory and the rest of its final days right here

I’ll gladly admit to being a Netflix and Hulu subscriber — both supply a convenient access to media that was inconceivable during the video store’s peak. With that said, I think having these sorts of spaces is essential to community life. They offer a bit of romanticism, a tangible reminder of the past, but above all else, they provide a physical communal space for people to gather, converse, and share their passion. Whether looking for the newest blockbuster, a bit of comfort or just a simple, low-stakes escape, video stores have always provided an endless array of stories waiting to be discovered.

If you have any memories of Reckless Video or another Seattlevideo store you used to frequent, I’d love to hear about them — you can share just by replying to this email. In other news, we’ve got an update on Cafe Racer, more local reopenings, and a last chance to enter our giveaway with Sasquatch Books. So keep on scrolling and see for yourself... 

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➡️In reopening news: Sound Transit announced it will increase the frequency of the light rail starting this Saturday, June 12; the Neptune Theatre will host full capacity shows starting next month and they’ve already announced a handful of shows by local acts including Local Music Lowdown artists the Black Ends and Shaina Shepard; and JuneBaby plans to reopen its dining room on Wednesday, June 16 for the first time in over a year.

🎵Cafe Racer is coming to Capitol Hill. The U District cafe closed its doors due to the pandemic but has remained close to the community through its online radio station. Over the weekend, owners Jeff Ramsey and Cindy Anne announced that they’ll be taking over the space where Barca was located. They anticipate reopening in September and are planning to host some “secret” shows between now and then. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

📕An illustrated history of Japanese American resistance to incarceration has just been released. The new graphic novel “We Hereby Refuse” weaves together the stories of three Japanese Americans who resisted the concentration camps established by the U.S. government during World War II. The book is the culmination of deep historical research and includes quotes from real life figures such as  California Rep. Leland Ford, who’s quoted as having said “If an American-born Japanese is really a patriotic citizen, he can prove it by permitting himself to be placed in a concentration camp.” The authors are participating in a virtual event where they’ll be discussing the book’s creation on Monday, June 14. (Crosscut)

🐥What the “duck” is up with this Wedgwood front yard? Robert McFerrin and his wife LaFaye started creating displays of rubber duckies in front of their home in 2011. Since the start of the pandemic, their creative displays have garnered even more attention by people enjoying the outdoors during neighborhood walks. They pulled inspiration for the displays from an array of local fixtures: This includes a baseball scene honoring the Mariners’ opening day game, a UW graduation for the ducks, and even a Saint Patrick’s day theme. You can follow their fan page on Facebook here. (KUOW)

✨ Last chance to win

The Beer Know-How book even covers glassware. (Photo courtesy of Sasquatch Books)

This week’s giveaway from Sasquatch Books merges two of Seattle’s fave things: Beer and trees. Today is your last chance to enter to win a copy of each of the newest editions from the Northwest Know-How series. We’ll announce the winners in this space tomorrow — good luck! 

Promotion from Civic Commons

❓ How to center women in post-pandemic recovery

As schools shut down and businesses laid off workers in 2020, women here in Seattle and across the country were faced with an array of grueling decisions surrounding their financial security, personal safety, and the well-being of their families.

Join The Evergrey and Civic Commons tomorrow evening to discuss how to build an equitable economic recovery for women.

We’ll be joined by:

• Christine Tang, Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle

• Regina Malveaux, Director of the Washington Women’s Commission, Office of the Governor

• Vai Paleso’o, Vaccine Ambassador, UTOPIA Washington

Register for tomorrow's virtual discussion


🏘️Join The Sophia Way's Community Conversations to hear about the need for permanent supportive housing(Online)

📚Producers of the Ken Burns PBS documentary Hemingway discuss the author through the feminine gaze (Online)


🖥️Join The Evergrey and Civic Commons to discuss how to build an equitable economic recovery for women. (Online)


🌈Stream the Seattle Choruses' Pride celebration which includes 10 new music videos and a competition that transformed porches into Pride floats (Online) — through June 30

😂WSEA ArtWalk & drawing to win YOUR quilt!(North Admiral, West Seattle)


💃Reserve your tickets for Century Ballroom's OutDancing, a social dance event for the LGBTQ+ community (Capitol Hill)

🎥Origins: True Tales of the Immigrant Experience written/directed/performed by Shoreline Community College students (Online)


🎤Have a laugh at "Don't Tell Comedy" show where the location and comedians will remain a mystery until noon the day of the show (Columbia City)


🍫Visit Theo's flagship store for some mini cream puffs and the Pastry Project's June subscription kit (Fremont)

Tuesday, June 15

💬Small business owners: connect with local experts and leaders during the Business Resource Open House(Online)

Promotion from Seattle Good Business Network

🍃 Join us at the Circular Innovation Challenge event

A free virtual live pitch competition on June 23rd, 4 - 6:30 pm for the best-manufactured product idea using ‘waste’ or recycled materials!

Sign up to attend!

One more thing …

Looking to support some LGBTQ+ owned businesses this month (and thereafter)? Seattle Met made a nice guide to give you some ideas on how to meaningfully spend your bucks. 

Also, it turns out Seattle is a pretty good city for LGBTQ+ singles. If you missed it, we chatted with dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd during last week’s entry in The Evergrey’s ongoing “Have a drink with” series. She shared some pretty good advice for anyone looking to try and get back into the dating scene post-pandemic. 

Thanks for reading to the bottom, we’ll meet ya right back here tomorrow. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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