Celebrating our Newest Retail Business—inside one of the hill’s oldest businesses

Approximately 32 years ago property owners Maura Shapley and Jack LeNoir started Day Moon Press on the ground floor of their building at 3320 Beacon Ave. South. Jump forward to 2014 these two still maintain a busy printing schedule, housing an impressive number of working letterpresses and a large library of metal type. Today Day Moon Press has spiced things up by inviting a new business to share the footprint. BHMA paid a visit to see the newest evolution of the space, understand a bit more how the partnership happened, and to officially welcome Mia Fioravanti to the hill.

It’s about timingMia has worked as a clothing designer for many years. Her focus has been on women’s wear and wedding dresses. She previously had been working out of her home studio just a few blocks from Day Moon Press. When the need for business cards, hang tags and marketing materials arose she came to Maura because of the quality and Maura’s incredible attention to detail. When Maura decided to open some of her space up, Mia just happened to be in the right place at the right time and the collaboration began. It has now been just about two months and both have concluded that it works, and beautifully at that.

It’s about reactivating space:
Maura Shapely comments on the new arrangement: “I’ve reduced my footprint to be more efficient than before, and easily opened up this space that she (Mia) needed for her sewing. It was very invigorating to get rid of a few things, and really focus on what I enjoy doing the most, and the equipment I exactly need. So she is doing very much the same thing that we’ve always done. She is producing, selling and greeting her clients in that space. It’s working out, I think, very nicely.”

Our visit was timely, finding both Beacon Hill business women in the shopand not too busy to accommodate our questions.  We left dreaming of potential projects and customers we might bring back one day (anyone getting married? Here you’ve got the dressmaker and the invitations all in one, done!). Maybe this post will catch you at the right time…

  • For views of the new space check out Mia’s blog http://miafioravanti.com/blog/.
  • Read about Mia Fioravanti in Seattle Magazine’s “Seamless in Seattle”: http://www.seattlemag.com/gallery/mia-fioravanti.
  • For information about design and printing services with DayMoon Press: http://daymoonpress.com
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Happenin’ on the Hill – Summer blast!

So much going on oh my! Makes us want to split ourselves in two so we don’t miss anything. Note that we’re keeping it to the hill, and we can only include what we know about (so please tell us if you have an event you’d like to include in future posts!):

Sunday, August 10th, 12 pm – 6 pm
Beacon Funk and Jazz

Event: BeaconofFunk&Jazz

STM, in association with the Seattle Peace Concerts and the Seattle Parks Department, is bringing music to Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill. Don’t miss this FREE park concert with some of the PNW’s best bands, including: Planet FlyContempoThe 350sNrGNosretep and more. The Beacon of Funk and Jazz will be serving up the rhythmic groove to light the waves…don’t miss it!

Jefferson Park Amphitheater – Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445376309080452/ All park concerts are family friendly and all ages so bring a blanket, your family and a Frisbee and join the community of music that happens at SPC events around the city.

Friday, August 15, 7 pm

Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies screens inspiring documentaries on 3rd Fridays of the month. Free movies, free popcorn too! Our August screening is Amandla! A revolution in 4 part Harmony.  Come learn the history of resistance to the apartheid system of South Africa and how music and song forged a bond of solidarity amongst people of different backgrounds, young and old. The film was 9 years in the making and won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival–come see why.

Friday, August 15, at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S (ADA parking and ramp access via the alley).  Doors open at 6:15, come chat with the neighbors, program starts at 7:00.
Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies is supported by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund and generous donations from our audiences.

Friday, August 15, 7 pm
Love’s Labour’s Lost

GreenStage, one of Seattle’s Shakespeare in the Park companies, has come to Beacon Hill! Thanks for the heads up from Catherine Graham via Beaconhill list serve: “If you’ve never seen it, you should try it out. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, very entertaining acting, and totally FREE! (Donations heartily accepted, of course.)”

For more information, check out their website at www.greenstage.org

Saturday, August 16th, 9 am – 12 pm
Build a Park at Bayview Triangle!

Come out for a work party on Beacon Hill’s newest park! Join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors, Beacon Arts and your neighbors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Help take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy, by helping pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave & 15th at 9 am. Tools, gloves, safety vests, and snacks will be provided. This is the first phase of on-going efforts to clean up this area and enhance that end of our business district with art and pedestrian amenities.

To sign up go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BeaconHill14 
Questions? Contact: [email protected] for more.

Sunday, August 23rd, 1 pm – 5 pm
5th Annual Beacon Rocks!

Music, Art Market, and more… it all happens on Roberto Maestas Festival Street and this is the last one so don’t miss it! Check out the line up at:  http://www.rockitspace.org/beacon-rocks.html

Saturday, September 13th, 12 pm – dusk
Jefferson Park Jubilee

OpeningCelebration_Poster2014_webGet ready for the third annual Jefferson Park Jubilee! We have lined up a world music stage, community dance groups, food trucks and booths, craft vendors, informational tables, speakers and tours, kids projects and games. This year the Jubilee is proud to collaborate with the Beacon Food Forestʼs Opening Celebration, making ‘official’ the creation of permaculture gardens in Jefferson Park. At nightfall there will be an outdoor cinema showing “The Avengers” sponsored by the Jefferson Advisory Council. This popular community festival, produced by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association, will begin at noon that Saturday and run until the park closes. Jefferson Park is located at 3801 Beacon Av S. and is just a ten minute walk from the Beacon Hill light rail station.

For schedule information and vending inquiries visit jeffersonparkjubilee.com and beaconfoodforest.org.  Follow us! www.facebook.com/JeffersonParkJubilee

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Happenin’ on the hill this weekend: Music in the Park

Beacon Hill folks, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy music in the park, that’s right Jefferson Park! Sunday, August 11th from noon to 6pm. No cover, all ages, family friendly  Sponsored by Seattle Teen Music (STM) in association with Seattle Peace Concerts and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445376309080452

Event: BeaconofFunk&Jazz

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Beacon Rocks!

Beacon Hill does rock, and so do our friends over at Beacon Arts!   Besides collaborating with us on the Beacon Avenue Artwalk and the Jefferson Park Jubilee, Beacon Arts does a world of good producing concerts in the Garden House and on the Maestas Festival Street, as well as sponsoring everything from theatre to poetry readings to square dances.  So much of the work they do helps drive customers to our local businesses.  A great example will be this Saturday, as bands, vendors, volunteers and neighbors gather for the second-of-the-summer Beacon Rocks from 1-5 pm.   The last-of-the-summer Beacon Rocks will be on August 23rd, so save some time to enjoy our Festival Street.  Next year, as construction begins on the Plaza Roberto Maestas,  the concerts may move to a new location.   Visit www.beacon-arts.org to find out how you can help Beacon Hill’s growing arts organization.

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Beacon Avenue Art Walk this Saturday at 4 pm

This Saturday Beacon Hill will have its first ever business district Art Walk!  The Merchants Association, Beacon Arts, and local businesses are collaborating to bring shoppers and art lovers to our Avenue.

The self-guided artwalk begins at 4 pm at the Beacon Rocks street concert on the Maestas Festival Street, heads north to the junction of 15th Av S and Beacon Avenue, then turns south along Beacon Avenue for nearly a mile to Jefferson Park. There are over 30 venues, performances and installations, most accessible from the street and some inside local businesses.  Starting at 6 pm there will be live entertainment behind El Quetzal Restaurant, 3209 Beacon Av S, beginning with Danza Azteca.  At 7 pm enjoy the traditional Mexican street sounds of La Banda Gozona, Seattle’s premier Oaxacan banda, while savoring the delicious food and drink from El Quetzal’s back porch dining.  Expect great weather, great people, great food and great music!  Special thanks to Juan at El Quetzal for his generous support of this event. ArtWalkPoster

Other events planned for this Saturday include a Sustainability Walk through the North Beacon Hill business district beginning at the Festival Street at 11 am, the Beacon Rocks! concert from 1-5 pm, and a neighborhood check-in about improvements at the “Junction” of 15th and Beacon from 4-6 pm.   


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