Reporter Tan Vinh's fresh take on the block where Elliott Bay Books makes its new home.

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You know you’re big when they block off the street for your “welcome to the neighborhood” party. That’s how the Capitol Hill community recently welcomed The Elliott Bay Book Co. to its new home, the old truck-repair shop near the historic Odd Fellows Hall.

Even before that, quite a few new kids moved into this block. Yet everything looks a bit familiar. There’s the mega CD and record store, which moved from just a block and a half away. There is another Linda Derschang bar. That whiffle of waffle cones in the air comes from Molly Moon’s, which moved here last spring. This block has always had foot traffic at night. Now, it’s not just for the bar scene. You’ll see folks shop for books or used DVDs.

Here’s a fresh look at the corner of 10th Avenue and Pine Street.

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1. The Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave. Looks familiar, with wooden floors. Same cedar bookcases. Gone, though, is the used-book section. Cafe opening any day now. There’s a new parking garage, even if no one has figured it out. (“Take your two-part parking receipt — place one part on your dash — present the other with a purchase of $20 or more and receive $4 reimbursement.”) Stays open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

2. Everyday Music, 1523 10th Ave. Does Elliott Bay one better by staying open daily until midnight. Its second move in two years.

3. Oddfellows Cafe & Bar, 1525 10th Ave. One of Derschang’s bars. Opened in December 2008. Has become quite the daytime hipster hangout with artists, freelance writers and Seattle University students plugging in their laptops and listening to their iPods.

4. NuBe Green, 921 E. Pine St., opened its doors seven months ago. Candles, furniture and artwork from recyclables, and eco-friendly focused. But you kinda figure that out, with all the old doors the staff dragged up from the basement to use as dividers, screens and art work.

5. The Tin Table, 915 E. Pine St. Nice, hip bar and restaurant upstairs in the Odd Fellows Hall building. Serves some of the city’s best shoestring fries. Good cocktails.

6. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., across from The Tin Table. Not just your old-school, East Coast Swing lessons. Learn dance moves from the music of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson.

7. Molly Moon’s, 917 E. Pine St. Even in winter, there can be lines for ice cream here. Now, Molly Moon’s has an ice-cream truck rolling around town, even selling ice-cream sandwiches.

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or

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