Like the green thumbs of the pandemic era spawned new outlets in the city, one of Capitol Hill’s most beloved and forward-thinking vendors remained closed long after the state’s retail restrictions eased.
So far: glass wing greenhouse officially reopens at noon on Thursday, June 9.
“It didn’t feel right for us to reopen earlier than now,” says owner Alisa Furoyama, who closed the tiny Olive Way greenhouse for two long years in the name of social distancing. In the meantime, however, Glasswing’s indoor plant arm has continued to grow, with a new focus on indoor plant and flower design services. The pandemic, in one of its many forced pivots, “has allowed us to kind of focus on this other element of our business,” Furoyama says.
Now, however, Furoyama is ready for the soothing, earthy space to return to its former glory: “somewhere people can come and get respite in our little city garden.”
Glasswing Greenhouse will celebrate opening day during Capitol Hill Art Walk Thursday Night with two installations created just for the occasion: At Bethanie Jones sensory romancea collection of abstract art made with plant-based paints, will adorn the walls, while the space will be filled with “twinkly” music Bradley Pooler created by converting the natural electrical currents of plants into sound.
“We knew this day would come when we could hold events again,” Furoyama said. It’s the first at Glasswing, period, since before the pandemic hit. In the coming months, expect art installations and workshops—including one with Jones on making natural paint and one on indoor urban gardening. “We really want to be a top resource,” says Furoyama. “We look forward to welcoming the community back to our space.”
Visit Glasswing Greenhouse from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 1351 E Olive Way, Seattle.