As pandemic-era green thumbs spawned new plant shops around the city, one of Capitol Hill's most beloved, design-forward purveyors stayed shuttered well after the state's retail restrictions eased up.
Until now: Glasswing Greenhouse officially reopens at noon on Thursday, June 9.
"It didn't feel right for us to reopen anytime sooner than now," says owner Alisa Furoyama, who kept the tiny Olive Way Greenhouse shuttered for two long years in the name of social distancing. In the meantime, though, Glasswing's houseplant branch kept growing, with a newfound emphasis on interior plant and floral design services. The pandemic, in one of its many forced pivots, "allowed us to sort of focus on this other element of our business," Furoyama says.
Now, though, Furoyama's ready for the soothing, earthy space to return to its former glory: "someplace where people can come and get reprieve hanging out in our little city garden."
Glasswing Greenhouse will celebrate opening day during Thursday evening's Capitol Hill Art Walk with two installations created just for the occasion: Bethanie Jones's Sensory Romance, a collection of abstract art made with plant-based paints, will adorn the walls, while the space is filled with "twinkly" music Bradley Pooler creates by converting plants' natural electric currents into sounds.
"We knew that this day would come that we would be able to host events again," Furoyama says. This is the first at Glasswing, period, since before the pandemic hit. In the coming months, expect art installations and workshops—including one with Jones on natural paint–making and one on indoor urban gardening. "We just really want to be a standout resource," Furoyama says. "We're looking forward to welcoming the community back into our space."
Visit Glasswing Greenhouse from 12–6pm Thursday through Sunday at 1351 E Olive Way, Seattle.