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Capitol Hill, Seattle is the Pacific NW’s densest neighborhood. There are a lot of young people here, a lot of college kids, and it’s the heart of Seattle’s gay community. There’s life here. There’s music. There’s a lot of pedestrian traffic.
Michael Wells is the owner of Bailey/Coy books. It’s a good-looking store with a lot of open space and a welcoming atmosphere. Wells bought his store five years ago after having been the manager for 20. And it’s all about the neighborhood. Bailey/Coy is the only new bookstore in the neighborhood. They carry high-quality stuff that their neighbors would buy.
“Our mix reflects our neighborhood,” Wells says. While the book store started out with strong gay and lesbian selections, it’s now a more general trade store, though they do still carry gay titles and benefit from strong sentimental support from the community.
Bailey/Coy hosts publication parties, but they avoid having too many events. It’s all about the neighborhood and neighborhood support for these folks.
A great store, and easy to reach. If you visit Capitol Hill as a tourist — and you probably will — Bailey/Coy is definitely worth a peek. They carry a great selection of books and sidelines.