Meet Tracy Taylor, the co-owner of Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Murf Hall, Joey Burgess, and Tracy, a long-time manager, took over ownership of Elliott Bay Book Company, one of Seattle’s longest standing independent bookstores, in June 2022. Tracy, Murf, and Joey are dedicated to preserving the bookstore’s community-vibe and great selection of books.
Get to know more about Tracy and Elliott Bay Book Company in this Business Spotlight Q&A.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What’s your favorite part about the community your business is in & why?
We love being in Capitol Hill and the customers that we encounter every day. It’s fantastic to support a large LGBTQIA community and those tourists from out of [the] city [or] state who visit every day. It makes this a dynamic neighborhood.
Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters?
The majority of small businesses in this city are woman or minority owned. It is essential that we support them so that we empower those business owners and the people who work in [those businesses]. In Capitol Hill it is essential that queer-owned businesses remain in the neighborhood so that we can continue to build a safe and supportive community, especially at this time in our history.
What’s something your customers may not know about you or your business?
We have free author events almost every night of the week, currently on zoom or in person. But we will move back to in person almost entirely over time! Pre-Covid we hosted over 500 author events a year with an emphasis on first time and diverse writers.