18 reasons why Capitol Hill is the epicenter of Seattle gay life

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Capitol Thrill – probably the gayest gift shop on the planet

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Owner Jeff Gonzales tells GayCities, “Capitol Thrill is Capitol Hill (Seattle)’s queerest retail store. We feature independent brands and artists, with a focus on offering goods from queer, BIPOC, and women-owned companies. We design and manufacture many of our own products, which makes much of what we carry unique and not available in other retail outlets.” If that’s not enough, the back of the store is a mini art gallery featuring local, queer, BIPOC, and ally artists.

Sugar Pill – locally-sourced apothecary

Shelves of perfectly placed glass bottles and tinctures line the walls of owner Karyn Schwartz’s SugarPill in Capitol Hill. Greeting all customers with a warm smile, stop in for her special selection of medical herbs and spices. Or snag some products geared to home, health, and happiness. Schwartz tells GayCities, “I’ve lived in Seattle for 30 years and I’ve had the store for 11 years. [It’s] your community herbal apothecary.”

The Vajra – good vibes and good folx

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It’s small, but it’s filled to the brim with mystical measures for anyone with a soulful spirit. Expect several people in the shop at all times in this cozy, queer-frequented crystal shop offering incense, candles, gems, jewelry, and meditation supplies. Also, if you’re interested in tarot card readings they offer that, too.

Out of the Closet – thrift for a cause

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Thrifting is a way of life in Seattle — even the city’s Macklemore made bank on that fact. Rather than heading to bigger name thrift shops, stop in for a stroll at Out of the Closet in Capitol Hill, where the selection ranges from thoughtful hipster to full-on fanny packs and highlighter color hoodies. And, best of all, profits go to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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