Dear 8 Limbs Community,
Almost seventeen years ago I met the Deambrosio brothers, owners of Brocklind’s Formalwear. A family owned business, Brocklind’s was the place to go to in Seattle for costume and tuxedo rental. After catching a peek at their tuxedo repair room on the second floor of their building I spent six months convincing brothers Jim and Jerry to rent to a 26-year-old with a hunch that yoga would do well on Capitol Hill. They finally agreed and the first 8 Limbs Yoga Center opened in October of 1996. The Deambrosios were terrific landlords and very supportive of 8 Limbs.
At the end of December the Deambrosio family sold 500 E Pike St, The Greenus Building, to Hunters Capital, a development company responsible for several historical renovations in the Pike Pine corridor, including the buildings that house Blick, Elliott Bay Book Company, Poquito’s, and Area 51, just to name a few. For a more complete list go to: http://www.hunterscapital.com/properties.html
We are so happy for Jim (Jerry passed a few years ago) and his wife Diane as they prepare for retirement. They have worked tirelessly in a business that has been challenged by the changes in our culture and ways of doing business. We will really miss them, and wish them all the best in their “golden years.” Stop in and take advantage of their huge retirement sale, through the end of February. Everything is going – costumes, tuxedos, wedding gowns, props, artifacts. You’ll have Halloween taken care of forever!
We are also exicted to announce that 8 Limbs has just negotiated a lease with Hunters Capital to stay in The Greenus Building. We feel very positive about the new landlords and their commitment to their tenants and this neighborhood. You can read about the sale on the Capitol Hill Blog.
What does this mean to 8 Limbs? Thankfully, from the start Hunters was dedicated to keeping 8 Limbs as a tenant. We are excited to be part of this building and the updates it will receive in the next few months and to welcome the new businesses that will move in next to and below us.
With the purchase of the building Hunters Capital has reworked the second floor floor plan to house two tenants rather than three. As a result 8 Limbs will be moving the Surya Studio to the space now occupied by Element Pilates, next to our Boutique. We will extend the current footprint by expanding into the Boutique and our offices. This space is one we occupied many years ago for our first Boutique and office. It gets beautiful light and has the same old building charm we’ve enjoyed in Surya. We’ll have a new quieter heating system, plus brand new bathrooms and SHOWERS! Yes, we’ll miss the view, and the Western exposure, but we are also excited for the changes in our building and this neighborhood.
Yes, big news, and big change. It was heartbreaking to me when I first heard, and a total shock. This was the first room 8 Limbs opened into in October of 1996. It’s been a constant, through changes of teachers, colors, shades, plants, sunsets, etc. Many of us have spent countless hours teaching and practicing yoga in that room. It’s a special place, but at the end of the day it’s truly the 8 Limbs Community that has made it special. We’ll take that light and the teachings of yoga into the new space, which will have the same look and feel as the current Surya studio.
Hunters is committed to keeping us in the building and fully operational through the construction and will be as considerate as possible in regards to sound. If there are times that we can’t be in the building classes will be held right across the street at “The Summit,” a beautiful and newly renovated meeting space at 420 E Pike St.
Work on the bathrooms (which will have multiple stalls and a shower) has already begun. We expect construction to affect our Boutique and Offices starting in March. We don’t foresee the yoga studios to be affected for a few months. We will keep you all updated with the construction plans in future monthly newsletters and on the 8 Limbs Blog. Subscribe to the Blog or “Like” us on Facebook to be notified of posts. We will also be planning “Goodbye” and “Hello” ceremonies for the old and new spaces to help us let go and settle in. We hope you’ll help stick with us through this change and join us in our strong commitment to yoga, community, and this terrific neighborhood.
Want to interact with your community about this news? We know it was a big deal for us. Visit our Facebook page and post in the post we just put up about this change.
Thanks for your support!
Anne Phyfe Palmer, Owner & Education Director