In 1997 in the first days of exploring my new city I walked the local streets around my new city. I remember thinking how perfect my new neighborhood was. What a perfect place to live. The people were all so nice an accepting. So many new places to explore. Red Robin ( Now the big Starbucks on the hill) just down the street, A drag bar (Oz then Foxxes) just around the corner ( Now and Irish Pub), a cool record shop, Fallout records, ( now a bar) Thrift shops everywhere, Gift Thrift (now a Crepe place), Headlines on Broadway (Now Read Light), a big gay shop The Pink Zone ( Thai Restaurant). But the favorite neighborhood find, That’s Atomic. Sunday the Italian and I were running errands and noticed a big paper sign sprawled across the front window that says “Closing”. I guess change always happens but this shop is like an old friend. I’ve been through my whole Seattle history with this shop. I bought many of my first Seattle apartment furnishings from this store. I am the proud owner of one of the original Burger Chef lamps that used to be in their front display windows. I have been redirecting my walk home everyday just so I can walk by and see what is new in the window or on the sidewalk.
I stopped by on Monday night and asked Pam, the owner, how long they have been around. She said they had been open for over 25 years. I asked her what the reason for going was? She said that rent and leases just were not the same since the building had been purchased a couple of years ago and she just was not making it like they used to. So her and her husband are going to set up an online presence and try that. They even mentioned that they might be looking for another smaller space. “Some things will go to consignment, others we will just sell anyway we can. Well Pam, thanks so much for always being a wonderful distraction on the way to and from home. My walk home will never be the same. They are open until April14th. So if you have not dropped by in a while or even ever, go! You only have a few days left. Good luck that’s Atomic!
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