Category Archives: Local Business

Perihelion Brewery to open later this year at McClellan and 16th

No sign of the dentist's office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
No sign of the dentist’s office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Remember when the Rainier brewery was open down the hill from us in Sodo, and we could smell the beer brewing up here on North Beacon every day? It’s been a few years since then, but beer brewing is returning to the vicinity, and now it’s even closer! Beacon Hill’s first brewpub, Perihelion Brewery, will open later this year.

The pub will be located across S. McClellan from the Red Apple, in the building that houses Salon Nouveau. The salon is staying; the pub is taking over the former dentist’s office on the west/16th Ave. S. side of the building.

A few days ago, the BHB was out there peering through the windows to see the progress. (And it’s nice to see the windows uncovered, after all of those years they were covered up!) We were happy to see that Owner/Head Brewer Les McAuliffe and Assistant Brewer Hunter Jaworski posted photos in the window showing historic views of the building. (Maybe the photos will be inside after the pub opens?) The space is small, but looks roomy enough for a cozy neighborhood hangout.

These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Seattle Beer News tells us the brewpub will be kid-friendly and the kitchen will serve “elevated pub food.”

You can find all the beer-geek details about the new most-local of brews at Seattle Beer News, and follow the pub on Twitter at @Perihelionbeer.

Hiroshi’s opens to serve Japanese food at 15th and Beacon

A new restaurant has opened at 15th and Beacon, in part of the building that was once the Beacon Hill Library. Hiroshi’s opened yesterday with a sign in the window promising “Japanese Food, Take Out, Deli, Catering,” not to mention a big blue neon sign that says “Sushi.” We haven’t been able to try it out yet and probably won’t be able to for a few days, so if you check it out, tell us what you think!

Beacon Hill business owners, employees invited to networking luncheon

Beacon Hill Merchants will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 at Inay’s Restaurant (2503 Beacon Ave. S.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All business owners and employees, including home-based businesses, are welcome to attend and share news and Beacon Hill events, trade business cards and flyers, and enjoy lunch.

Here’s the agenda:

  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Purchase your lunch, mingle and socialize; the cost of lunch is approximately $10 plus drink, tax, tip
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Luncheon program

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 206-255-6500 or

Now open: Pippy’s Café, with salads and sandwiches

Pippy's Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
Pippy’s Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
There’s a new place to eat on Beacon Avenue, where Pippy’s Cafe opened this week just south of the corner of Beacon Avenue South and South Stevens Street. The café’s menu features salads and sandwiches, including chicken or tofu pita sandwiches, veggie wraps, a chicken club, and more. Soup will be added to the “Simple Foods Made Fresh” menu soon.

Pippy’s is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3007 Beacon Ave. S.

This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy's. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy’s. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

See, hear, walk and create at Kimball Art Walk 4/11

Kimball Art Walk 2013This Thursday afternoon, April 11, is a great time to take a walk on Beacon Avenue for the Second Annual Kimball Elementary School Art Walk. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., businesses on Beacon Avenue between Tippe and Drague (3315 Beacon Avenue South) and Beacon Hill Dental Associates (3051 Beacon Avenue South) will display art by Kimball students. Businesses participating will be marked with bright, colorful flags.

The street will also be lined with booths featuring art activities, and the school choir and ukulele band will perform. All neighbors are invited to see, hear and make some art with the Kimball community and friends.

View Kimball Art Walk 2013 in a larger map

Preschool, yoga and tax prep available at El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza from the south. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
Kids, yoga fans and taxpayers are part of some of the upcoming and current activities at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S. Read on for more information:

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Jonna Bracken is teaching yoga classes at Skin Deep Dance studio on the second floor of El Centro on Thursday evenings, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. The class is open to all levels of practitioners and is an alignment-based class. The fee is four classes for $55 or eight classes for $100, but you can try your first class for free. Questions? Contact Jonna via email at

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The José Martí Child Development Center is currently enrolling children aged 18 months to four years old for preschool programs with a focus on dual-language education in Spanish and English and a rich multicultural program featuring age-appropriate developmental goals to prepare kids for later success in kindergarten.

Classes for kids aged 18 months through three years start on April 1. Classes for four-year-olds start on June 1.

Assistance is available to fill out applications for subsidies from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Slots are also available for private pay families. For more information or to enroll, call 206-957-4619 or email

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As mentioned on this site last month, there is a free tax preparation clinic currently operating at El Centro. In addition to tax preparation, help is available for completing the FAFSA (application for student loans for college), applying for food stamps, utility assistance, free credit reports and more.

The United Way Tax Preparation program is free for anyone making under $51,000. Bring photo ID and Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, along with all wage and earnings statements and any other documents needed for tax filing.

Tax prep sessions are open at El Centro on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. (English/Spanish) and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (English/Spanish/Tagalog).

Beacon Hill business people to meet for lunch tomorrow

Beacon Hill business members and home-based businesses are invited to the first Beacon Hill Merchants Association Networking Luncheon, tomorrow (Tuesday), November 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Tippe and Drague, 3315 Beacon Ave. S. This is the first of a planned monthly event, scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month.

Cost is $15 for the lunch. RSVPs are requested since space is limited; contact Sandra Burr at 206-255-6500 or Carpooling is suggested since available parking is limited to on-street parking.

Here’s how the Merchants Association describes the event:

Join us in making local business connections, building relationships that
lead to new friendships, endless referrals, and powerful advocates!
Meet, Mingle and Connect with like-minded Entrepreneurs in a Fun and
Festive Environment

  • Enjoy a fabulous lunch, network, meet new friends, and nurture new business relationships
  • Learn how to promote, showcase, and network your business
  • Hear a variety of 60-second commercials about each other’s businesses and services
  • Door Prizes!
  • Free 2 hour on-street parking

What Do You Need To Bring?

Your smile, 25+ business cards, and be prepared to give a 60-second commercial about your business.

Let’s powerfully step into the third quarter of this year meeting some new friends, making some excellent connections, and expanding our businesses now and into 2013.

New bicycle parking at Red Apple

Jumping for joy at the Red Apple’s new bike corral. Photo provided by Dylan Ahearn.
Dylan Ahearn of Beacon BIKES sent us a celebratory announcement and photo:

“It is the small things that count.

“After months of persistent effort, hours of off-the-cuff design work, and even construction management, out own Ryan Harrison has, with the gracious support of our friends at the Beacon Merchants Association and Red Apple, succeeded in shepherding the construction of a sweet new bike corral at Red Apple. As you can see from the attached photo we are jumping for joy up on Beacon Hill.

“Way to go Ryan for all the hard work, the Beacon Merchants Association for supplying a $500 grant, and Red Apple for footing the rest of the bill.

“Ryan has all the details if you want more.

“Show the Apple some love and roll in soon for your next shopping trip.”

Broadband improvement meeting at El Centro 9/20

Annoyed at slow Internet speeds here on Beacon Hill? Mark Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m. on your calendar—CenturyLink is hosting a community meeting to discuss what needs to be done to have faster speed in the area.

According to representatives from UPTUN (Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors) and from CenturyLink who spoke at last night’s North Beacon Hill Council meeting, there have been problems with Seattle’s permitting process for installing new broadband infrastructure, causing hold-ups or cancellation of several broadband upgrade projects that had been planned for 2012. (The Beacon Hill Blog posted about some of these potential projects in July.)

Those interested in finding out more are invited to the meeting on September 20 at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Room 307 (top floor, north end of the building). The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m., and there will be cookies and coffee provided.

Tippe and Drague applies for off-premises license

Photo by Maya83 via Creative Commons/Flickr.
The Tippe and Drague Alehouse at 3315 Beacon Ave. S., which opened last weekend to a throng of thirsty Beaconians, recently filed a new liquor license application, adding an new endorsement that wasn’t on their earlier license application. The previous license applied for was “direct shipment receiver — in Washington only” (which allows them to buy beer and/or wine from federally certified wineries or breweries), “restaurant – beer and wine” (which allows them to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption in conjunction with food sales). They are now applying to add an off-premises endorsement (which will allow them to sell beer and/or wine for off-premises consumption in original containers, as well as allowing them to sell tap beer to purchasers who provide their own containers, subject to certain restrictions.

The applicants are Tippe and Drague LLC, Melissa Cabal and Robert McConaughy, and the license number is 407765. As with all liquor license applications, if you wish to comment on the application to the Liquor Control Board, you can e-mail