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Best Seattle Businesses With Art Galleries

August 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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(photo credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

(photo credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Local businesses and the art community have strong ties to one another. They exist symbiotically in the notion that local business owners need the community to thrive and artists need businesses in order to showcase their artwork, so it is no shocker that the two groups often team up. A business will adorn an artist’s work upon its walls to add to the aesthetics of the location and draw customers in, while the artist gains the benefit of foot traffic and a potential sale. The listed establishments are a few local coffee shops, bars and a statuary that run day-to-day operations, but also support the local Seattle art scene by promoting artists’ work and simultaneously making their establishment unique in its own right.

Victrola Coffee and Art
411 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 462-6250
www.victrolacoffee.com

Victrola Coffee molds and embodies the jazz era by creating a smooth, quality product and coffee. It is known for its high-spirited and energetic cafes filled with interesting architectural details and nuances that look like they have been plucked straight from a club during the roaring 20s. Besides creating a unique and pleasurable atmosphere for guests and coffee aficionados, Victrola adorns its walls with local artwork that is continually rotated throughout the year. If a creamy delight, some smooth jazz and beautiful artwork seem appetizing, head on over to Victrola Coffee and Art on 15th Avenue.

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The Hideout
1005 Boren Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 903-8480
www.hideoutseattle.com

The Hideout is exactly what the name suggests: it’s a tucked-way, throwback bar that invites company, good drinks and community artwork. It is a wonderful spot to meet up after work for a couple of pints, meet a first date for a start to a great evening or just a place to hang up the fedora and call it a night. Make sure to try out some of the Hideout’s signature drinks including the Andy Warhol and the Hemingway–they are sure to delight. Another interesting facet of the Hideout is the art vending machine; pop in some cash and grab yourself some artwork! It’ll make the visit a memorable one.

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-9797
www.vermillionseattle.com

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar is located within the historic Capitol Hill district of Seattle. It fits right into the culture and represents the wonderful nightlife that has cropped up in the area over the past several years. Vermillion is dynamic. Often, patrons are surprised by an art exhibit one evening, and then the next a live band, followed by a quiet night of talking over crisp drinks. The art gallery-bar combination makes Vermillion a standout, so check it out to see a slice of the Seattle art community but stay for the drinks and palaver.

Parnassus
University of Washington Art Building Basement
4001 1st Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-7033
www.facebook.com/ParnassusCafe

The Parnassus is the coffee shop on the University of Washington’s campus. Residing in the sub-level of the campus art building, Parnassus brings friendliness and artwork to the forefront. Parnassus is always bustling, but has placed customer service at the top of its priorities. The baristas are always friendly, even when everyone else is in a hurry. Drink a killer Americano while perusing some of the student art; it is a great way to relax between classes.

Gargoyle Statuary
4550 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-4940
www.gargoylestatuary.com

Gargoyle Statuary sells gargoyles. Who guessed it? It specializes in the history and art of statue making and sells a myriad of contemporary and classic gargoyles that accentuate any room or home. They make excellent talking points. Besides selling statues, Gargoyle Statuary also hosts regular art showings throughout the year. In July, it presented the woodcut prints of Liv Rainey-Smith in an exhibit titled, “Xylographic Menagerie.” Stop on by today to see the latest exhibit and selection of gargoyles.

Related: Best Places for Glass Art in Seattle

Anthony Schultz resides within the historic Brownes Addition of Spokane, WA. In his off time, Anthony enjoys copious amounts of reading, pages upon pages of scribbles, which he dubs his writings, and absorbing as much pop culture as humanly possible. His best days end with discussion with his longtime girlfriend, a book in hand, and an obese black and tan Dachshund (by the name of Norman) at his feet. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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