Coffee puts a kick in your step and gives you the boost you need to start your day confidently. In the Pacific Northwest, you’re never far from a great cup of joe — Starbucks was even founded in Seattle 50 years ago in 1971 at Pike Place Market. Midtown Square itself is within walking distance of tons of unique shops, each with their own special flair. Try them all to find your new local favorite!


Squirrel Chops, 1 min walk

Squirrel Chops is a woman-owned business less than a block away that specializes in hand-crafted, small batch coffee from local roasters. That’s not all they do, though! They also have a team of stylists to take care of your hair when it’s time for that next cut or color.


Union Coffee, 1 min walk

A block in the other direction gets you to Union Coffee and Wine where you can get your caffeine fix in the morning and return in the evening for a glass of wine and snacks. Check out their website for specialty drinks — the Rosemary Maple Latte is amazing!


Raised Doughnuts, 2 min walk

No list of coffee shops would be complete without mentioning at least one doughnut shop and Raised Doughnuts takes the cake! Their tried and true recipes are a tastebud’s wonder and even your dog can enjoy a “pup nut” here.


Katy's Corner Café, 4 min walk

Katy’s Corner just might become your go-to place to catch up with a friend, get some work done, or grab a quick bite to eat from their handmade sandwich menu. 


Central Café & Juice Bar, 9 min walk

Central Café and Juice Bar prides themselves on being eco-conscious in practice and packaging along with offering a great selection of espresso, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and teas in addition to breakfast and lunch items. Order ahead so your drink is ready when you get there!


KB Espresso, 13 min walk

The coffee first attitude at KB Espresso guarantees you a fantastic cup of handcrafted coffee ready in minutes. A curated selection of cookies, croissants, and cruffins makes the walk even more worth it.


Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting, 19 min walk

High quality coffee comes from mindful sourcing and Caffé Vita excels at working with farmers who are committed to sustainability. By roasting their beans fresh and onsite, you can experience the full body flavor and subtle notes that make their blends stand out.


To get even more acquainted with the neighborhood, check out our website for additional recommendations. Now that you’re home to stay, share your adventures with us on social media! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook, and keep following the Midtown Square blog for more articles like this one. See you next time!

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Here’s Where You Can Find the Best Coffee Shops in Central District Seattle

Grab a cup of coffee from one of the many nearby shops.

Coffee puts a kick in your step and gives you the boost you need to start your day confidently. In the Pacific Northwest, you’re never far from a great cup of joe — Midtown Square itself is near tons of unique coffee shops. Read on to learn about each of these walkable locations.

Construction is tracking well and WG Clark is on schedule for a December completion. The exterior work on the building is mostly complete, as are the unit interiors. The focus for the next two months will be completing the building along the street levels,  new sidewalks, completion of the central square and street improvements.


We are thrilled with the progress so far, and look forward to welcoming our first residents in just a few months!

The Art
 

A statement from artist, Perri Rhoden, on the inspiration behind her artwork displayed on our square entrance.

"I want to create this mural as a visual reminder to breathe. Breathing is what empowers us to accomplish even the most unfathomable tasks. Breathing calms the nervous system. And, we have the ability to breathe new life into the the future of this corner."

A statement from artist, Myron Curry, on the inspiration behind his artwork displayed in our plaza.

"I wanted to paint something that resonated with the Central area like culture and community diversity and its unity as well as what pull those things together, like our youth. It's the dreams as a child that resonates within the soul and only the courageous will let them become beacons into their future. I will tie these images together with an artistic overtone that has an inviting feeling to it. My goal is to produce an inviting feeling of celebration, connection, positivity and community."

Retail Update

The Midtown project is organized around a 16,000 sf square in the center of the project. This publicly accessible square is similar in size to Occidental Mall, just south of Main Street in Pioneer Square. The square will be lined with retail shops and is intended to be an active community gathering space from day to night. We’ve made a commitment to prioritize leasing the retail space to African-American-owned businesses.
 
Over the last 18 months, we have made good progress on a number of discussions with local retailers and have developed a short list of candidates, but there is still time if you’re interested in retail space at Midtown! Please reach out to Tracy or Dana. As a reminder, we are interested in talking to anyone with an interest, regardless of previous business experience or financial capacity. 
 
As we reported previously, we have leases signed with So Beautiful SalonRaised Doughnuts. and Neighbor Lady. They are all underway with their planning and construction and will be open in early 2022. We are also working with several other local, Black owned business and we are looking forward to making announcements on these tenants in the coming weeks.  
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Midtown Community Update

What's New & What's Coming

Pre-leasing at Midtown is well underway. We've loved welcoming potential residents and community members to see all that Midtown has to offer! If you haven't had a chance yet, check out our brand new website complete with pricing, floor plans and photos (a quick sneak peek of the interiors is below). Or if you're interested in taking a tour, we'd be happy to have you!

Congratulations on making the move to Central District, Seattle, Washington. We’re sure you’re wondering how you’ll begin to get acquainted with the area. We’re here to help you feel comfortable and get you started with a few of the best local spots around for a drink or bite to eat, shopping, and recreation. Keep on reading and welcome home!


Local Coffee Shops and Restaurants

The area is known for coffee - worldwide favorite Starbucks was even born here! But you’ll have plenty of options for where to grab your morning cup of joe as there are seven coffee shops all within walking distance of your new Midtown Square apartment. Squirrel Chops and Union Coffee and wine are the closest, with Katy’s Corner Cafe, KB Espresso, Central Cafe and Juice Bar, Verite Coffee, and of course Starbucks filling in the area just beyond.

Foodies, rejoice! Good eats abound in this town and your taste buds are in for a treat as you discover all of them. Tacos Chukis and Communion Restaurant and Bar are both right across the street from our community. Tour the world one plate at a time by visiting Rhein Haus Seattle for German fare, Zagol Ethiopian Restaurant for African platters, or Barrio Mexican Kitchen and Bar.


Shopping

For you retail therapists, you surely know about the charming shops at Pike Place Market, just 15 minutes away. However, there is also the Westlake Center and Pacific Place with a larger selection of stores and high-end retailers. Harvard Market and Broadway Market are a bit closer, each with their own grocery stores and various eateries nearby. 

There is a Grocery Outlet just a few blocks away and a Trader Joe’s within close driving distance so you can keep getting your favorite dinner items. For a true neighborhood experience which we highly recommend, check out the PCC (Puget Consumer’s Co-op) right across the street. They are an outstanding local grocery store and will have just about everything you need. As a member, you’ll get access to exclusive discounts steps from your door! This market has a high focus on sustainability, quality healthy food, and even offers classes so you can learn how to perfect classic recipes.


Walking Trails and Nearby Parks 

Part of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is close access to green spaces in the mountains and close to home. For the outdoors-inclined and daily walkers, you’ll be happy to find tons of parks within 10 minutes of our community of Midtown Square. There’s Cal Anderson Park a bit more in the city, Powell Barnett Park, Frink and Leschi Parks, and beaches all along Lake Washington Blvd from Denny Blaine Beach down to Madrona Park, Creek, and Beach all in one spot! Also on Lake Washington Blvd is the famous Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens.


To get even more acquainted with the neighborhood, check out our website for additional recommendations. Now that you’re home to stay, share your adventures with us on social media! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook, and keep following the Midtown Square blog for more articles like this one. See you next time!

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Your Guide to Living in Central District, Seattle

The Ins and Outs of the Neighborhood Around Midtown Square

Congratulations on making the move to Central District, Seattle, Washington. We’re sure you’re wondering how you’ll begin to get acquainted with the area. We’re here to help you feel comfortable and get you started with a few of the best local spots around for a drink or bite to eat, shopping, and recreation. Keep on reading and welcome home!