SOURCE: Trace Lofts

November 29, 2007 18:36 ET

Seattle's 12th Ave. Showcases Neighborhood Retail Growth With Dec. 11 Holiday Shopping Evening

New Shops, Lofts, Restaurants and Refreshed Streetscape Add to Emerging Scene

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Just east of downtown Seattle, the 12th Avenue neighborhood between Madison and Pike continues to take shape as an emerging loft/shopping district and "restaurant row," with many new living spaces and retailers moving in -- including recent newcomers Izilla Toys, underground playhouse Balagan Theater, contemporary Japanese noodle house Boom Noodle (opening soon) and the newly completed Trace Lofts. With the holidays ahead, and with construction now complete on a brand new streetscape -- revamped with new, wide open sidewalks, freshly planted trees, pedestrian lighting and buried power lines -- local merchants in the burgeoning area provide the perfect destination for holiday décor, gifts, entertainment and more.

To celebrate its growth and showcase holiday wares, on Tuesday, Dec. 11 the neighborhood will host a special "Evening on 12th Avenue" from 6 to 9 p.m., inviting the public to explore its latest destinations. Complete with edgy artwork, unique gift ideas, culinary creations from local hot spots and extended shopping hours, participants and activities include:

-- Retrofit Home: score great gifts at this hip new home décor store, offering up stylish, funky furnishings and offbeat finds. While there, catch the unveiling of Retrofit's latest $100 and under Art Opening, and three new live act performances by Seattle's contemporary Crispin Spaeth Dance Group. (1419 12th Ave, 206-568-4663)

-- Izilla Toys: a popular destination for quality playthings and kids' books, Izilla will show holiday films in their new bookstore space. (1429 12th Ave, 206-322-TOYS)

-- Pacific Supply: the hill's favorite neighborhood hardware store will stay open late, until 9 p.m., offering its full range of holiday decorations and home improvement related stocking stuffers. (1417 12th Ave, 206-322-1717)

-- Trace Lofts: the adaptive reuse loft and retail space is now complete with new residents moved in; stop by the Buyers' Lounge for a special wine tasting and coffee cupping by renowned Clover coffee brewer. While there, enjoy a sneak peek of the future mid-century Manhattan lounge, Gun Club, from Top Pot Doughnuts creator Michael Klebeck. Loft tours will also be available. (1406 12th Ave, 206-404-LOFT)

-- Café Stellina: dishing up upscale favorites for lunch and dinner, Café Stellina will stay open late to serve complimentary hot chocolate and delicious mulled wine, and play host to an art and jewelry show. Featured artists include jewelry from Capitol Hill's Samia Shalabi of Karazi Design, and artwork from Lyosha, a painter from Mt. Vernon. (1429 12th Ave, 206-322-2688)

-- Osteria la Spiga: swing by chic Italian eatery Osteria la Spiga and toast the night with a special holiday cocktail. (1429 12th Ave, 206-323-8881)

Much of the 12th Ave. neighborhood's growth is part of a collaborative effort among like-minded local developers eager to enhance the area, while preserving its historic roots and vibrant scene. New residents and retailers have been drawn to the location through developments like Agnes Lofts -- featuring 24 double-height open-plan living units, with Boom Noodle on the retail level -- and Trace, which includes 42 lofts in the completed Trace Lofts adapted warehouse, and 100 additional living spaces going into neighboring Trace North (scheduled for completion this spring). Along with the Gun Club lounge, Trace's street level will house at least three additional boutique retailers, to be announced soon.

"The area surrounding 12th Avenue has always been known as an eclectic place, full of interesting places and creative people," said Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbes, the developers behind Agnes Lofts. "The new developments and activities are a natural extension of what the neighborhood has always been. We are very excited to continue down this path and appreciate the tremendous response we've had from the community."

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Amanda Foley
    Duo PR for Trace/12th and Madison