15th Avenue. This quiet and quaint little avenue on top of Capitol Hill, is home to many small businesses including restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, grocery stores, and bars. Not much happens here expect for a tiny flurry of nightlife during the weekend.
But this could all change with the inclusion of two recreational marijuana stores. Capitolhillseattle.com does an excellent job covering how Tok, is set to take over Angel’s Shoe Repair shop, which already has an eviction notice on the storefront; and Ian Eisenberg of Uncle Ike’s, which has confirmed plans to build another pot shop in place of a former veterinary clinic.
Capitol Hill is the most densely populated residential district in Seattle. It is also without a single pot shop. Not only this is surprising because of the number of residents that would benefit from a pot shop nearby, but because of its’ historical counter culture status – a pot shop here just makes sense.
One of the main reasons why there aren’t any recreational marijuana stores in Capitol Hill is because of the 1000ft. rule, which keeps them away from places where children frequent such as schools, arcades, parks, daycares. Because of this, there aren’t many places on the hill where a legal cannabis shop is allowed to open. Which makes 15th Avenue NE, prime real estate.
Does this make Tok and a possible ‘Uncle Ikes II,’ Seattle’s version of Monopoly’s ‘Boardwalk’ and ‘Park Place?’ What do you think of two recreational marijuana stores so close to each other on the avenue? How much of an upper hand will Ian Eisenberg’s new shop have in terms of branding, if it was to be called Uncle Ike’s II?