Meet Pamela Carpio, co-owner of Knee High Stocking Co. with her sister Michelle Valko in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The speakeasy-themed cocktail bar has been serving expertly-made cocktails and delicious Filipino-American comfort food in the same discreet, if-you-know-you-know location for the past 14 years. Get to know Pamela as she talks about her family’s mixed heritage and Knee High’s new specialty bodega, her favorite part about Capitol Hill, and why we need to #SpendLikeItMatters.
What’s something your customers may not know about you or your business?
Our family is of mixed heritage — Filipino, Spanish, and Lithuanian. Our food and ideas reflect much of that mix in addition to the American “comfort food” culture we were born into. Plus, we’ve recently pivoted to include a specialty bodega, a spirits shop, our own bottled shrubs and cocktails, take-home frozen food options, to-go beer/wine/ice, and an online store for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup.
What’s your favorite part about the neighborhood Knee High Stocking Co. is in and why?
[Capitol Hill is] very diverse, youthful, edgy, and still old school in many ways. Many small businesses in the area such as City Market across the street, which still sells DVDs, and Glo’s have been here for 20-30 years.
Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters?
It matters now more than ever because if we don’t continue [to #SpendLikeItMatters] many local, small businesses that give so much flavor and color to our communities may not be here for much longer.
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