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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

A calm retreat above the bustle

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Sketched Nov. 5, 2014

You may recognize these arched windows overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay. They frame a hidden space on the top floor of the Corner Market building that used to house Chez Shea restaurant but has been home to Storyville Coffee since last fall.

The upscale coffeehouse was the first for the Bainbridge Island roaster that started as an e-commerce business in 2006 and has since opened stores at First and Madison and Queen Anne Avenue.

My 19-year-old hipster nephew introduced me to the Pike Place location last summer and I’ve wanted to come back ever since. Comfy leather chairs and great views make it a nice spot to hide from the bustling Market scene downstairs or take refuge from the rainy days we’ve been having.

On a recent soggy morning I chatted with college students meeting for homework and other regulars who raved about the French-pressed coffee and said the cafe has “the energy of Seattle.”

I found my $4.38 latte a bit too pricey, but the visit gave me a chance to relax and draw the perfectly-shaped foam heart in my cup.

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