Adding to what has already been an exciting few weeks for the paper, Seattle Weekly announced this morning that it's moving--taking up residence on the second floor of the Mottman Building on Third Avenue as of Feb. 1. The move, which was in the works well before Sound Publishing purchased the paper earlier this month (thanks to an expiring lease at its current home inside the National Building on Western Avenue), will put Seattle's longtime alt-press paper directly above the famed Salumi Artisan Cured Meats.
David Brewster began publishing Seattle Weekly in 1976, and the paper has been headquartered in the National Building since 1993. Sound Publishing announced it had purchased the paper from Voice Media on Jan. 9. Seattle Weekly's lease in the National Building expires Jan. 31.
Naturally, doing business directly above Seattle's premiere source for artisan cured meats will come with its own set of advantages and pressures.
"It will be both intimidating and inspiring to create in the same building as one of the city's greatest artists of any medium," says Seattle Weekly Music Editor Chris Kornelis, who also serves as the paper's cured meat expert. "Salumi has created a product that its employees are excited to create and its customers ravenously consume. That, I guess you could say, is our continued mandate: to create something that we can be as proud of as the folks who slice meat downstairs, and to create a product that is as indispensable for our readers."
With Salumi's storefront deli operation closed on Mondays, no confirmation of the rumor that a batpole will be installed for Seattle Weekly employees could be made. However, we can confirm several Weekly employees are definitely keeping their fingers crossed for a Weekly-themed sandwich special.