This summer, after more than twenty years in our current storefront, Feathered Friends will be moving. In early July, we’ll be opening doors at our new location, just one block north, at 263 Yale Ave N.
The building that our storefront has occupied for the last couple decades has a storied history; it was originally built in 1917, and in 1927 was remodeled in the Spanish Revival style. It’s one of only a few examples of that style that have been built in Seattle, and at one point it was considered for the National Register of Historic Places. Long before we settled here, it was also home to Russian artist Nicolai Kuvshinoff, some of whose pieces are held in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum. Our landlord is selling the building, and after we leave the new owners will demolish the building and put up a hotel on the land.
While we’re sorry to see the space go, we’re glad to be able to stay in the Cascade neighborhood, where we’ve long felt welcomed by the community. We’re working with a local Bainbridge Island firm, Blackmouth Design, to create a new home that better features our products and incorporates local materials and work from Pacific Northwest artists. The new place will also have parking—a downtown rarity.
Our new store may look more polished, but the heart and soul of Feathered Friends isn’t changing. We’re bringing the old-school ethos—and the screen and projector that we’ll use to keep hosting movie nights and slideshows. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Seattle community for your support through the years, and to everyone who’s stopped in during their travels to visit our home. We hope to see you down the block.