In an announcement on Facebook today, Capitol Hill wine shop Vino Verite confirmed that it is in fact moving to Columbia City. Further discussion on the post clarified/suggests that Baol African imports is closing (they’ve had “clearance” signs up for a few weeks now…UPDATE (7/14): There is now talk that Baol may be relocating to the CD), Andaluz is moving next door to Baol’s spot (not yet confirmed by Andaluz), and Verite is moving in to the Andaluz space.
Here’s the post from Vino Verite:
After almost seven years in our current location, we have a very important change to tell you about: Vino Verité will be moving to Columbia City at the end of July. Our last day of business in Capitol Hill will be July 25th, 2015.
For the last seven years, our location has been good, but not great. We tried a number of changes but the walk-in traffic has not achieved a level that supports the business enough. Meanwhile, outside sales to non-profit and business accounts have increased, making our business successful in ways that allows us to move forward.
We’ve been looking for a better space in Capitol Hill for several years now, but unfortunately nothing has presented itself that had the right mix of commercial potential, size and price. So, we broadened our search to other neighborhoods. Dave found a space in the heart of Columbia City’s local business district that’s right on “the main drag”, something we have always wanted: to be in an area of more walk-by traffic. Our new address will be 4908-C Rainier Ave S, Seattle 98118-1744. Phone numbers and email will stay the same.
Our ideal solution would have been to keep two locations open, and there may be an opportunity in the future that allows us to reopen on Capitol Hill. Until then, we hope you come out to see us in Columbia City. We should be up and running by the first of September. It’s just a quick light rail ride away, and the new location is about 3 blocks from the Columbia City station. On the other hand, if you want to stay on the hill, we’d recommend that you try European Vine Selections on 15th for your wine needs. Doug and the rest of the staff at EVS are very knowledgeable about wine, and they share our focus on finding delicious wine at reasonable prices.
We hope this move is not viewed as “another local business leaving Capitol Hill.” To us, this was a hard decision—again, because the support was so enthusiastic and loyal—but this move allows the business to move to its’ next level.
We encourage you to come and shop with great enthusiasm in the last weeks of our current location: after all, our collection of wines is unparalleled. We hand-picked them all. While they last, for each six bottles purchased, besides the usual discount, we’ll give you one of our logo bags as an extra thank you.
Take Care, and Cheers,
Haj and Dave