Driving down Rainier Avenue, you may have seen this quaint, little area known as Columbia City. Columbia City is a beautiful neighborhood, that rests between Beacon Hill and Seward park.
Named after Christopher Columbus, this area was once dense with local conifer trees. In 1893 was when the original name of “Columbia” was incorporated as “Columbia City”, and then, some 14 years later, the town was annexed to the City of Seattle on May of 1907.
Today, this area is known as a thriving business district, with tons of small shops and boutiques to frequent! This neighborhood holds character in its historical diversity, community activity, and numerous festivals and events.
But, what’s going on in Columbia City now?
As mentioned, Columbia city is now known as a bustling pedestrian business walk. Are you looking for a jaunt in original, and beautiful, Seattle? Here’s what you’ll find:
- Retroactive Kids is a colorful shop, offering vintage-style children’s toys, clothes, books, games, and everything else your child might want or need!
- The Columbia City Art Gallery was founded in 1999, and has been a thriving, artist-run collective ever since. They represent the local artist, in various forms of media and exhibits.
- Established in 1907, the Columbia City Bouquet is a full-service flor shop, with delivery! Created out of joy and passion, these custom arrangements are fit for every occasion.
- Bike Works Bike Shop is a non-profit, community bike shop, committed to serving Seattle with affordable bike sales and professional servicing. They host both youth and adult programs, designed to actively involve and educate individuals.
- The Live Enrichment Bookstore is known for quality and top-notch hospitality.
- Built in 1917, the Columbia City Theater is the oldest vaudeville theater in Washington State. Since its inception, it’s been known to draw a crowd, from the 1940’s Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, to 1950s neighborhood theater, and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s. Still known for its happenings, check out their latest lineup!
- During late Spring and Summer, Columbia City also hosts a fabulous Farmer’s Market. Held just off Rainier Avenue, it starts May 3rd (last weekend!) and ends in mid-October. Check out their vendor and market information on their website!
These seven local happenings are community staples that bring community together.
In addition to numerous shops, there are tons of local eateries and cafes to try out! From bakeries, top-quality espresso, pizza, seafood, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and American cuisines, there’s something for everyone!
These amazing community spaces breathe life into a historical part of town! What’s your favorite shop?
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