Today in Capitol Hill: Taylor Shellfish Shop’s Grand Opening

As if the Melrose Building didn’t already have enough quality eating options, Taylor Shellfish Farms is celebrating the grand opening of its Capitol Hill store today.

The store’s actually been open all month (daily 10 to 7), and it’s a fabulous place to shop for shellfish. Here you’ll find local geoduck, Manila clams, Mediterranean mussels, Dungeness crab, and much more–including fresh (think soups and stews) and frozen products. In the center of the store are tanks of oysters, a bargain to eat right on-site considering they’ll shuck them on put them on a platter of ice with lemon and hot sauce. Shigokus are running $15 per dozen, and other varieties are even less.

Today’s grand opening promises to be great fun, with prize drawings hourly and an action-packed schedule:

Live Music

  • 2-4pm: Squirrel Butter
  • 4:30-6:30pm: Zizzy zi Zixxy


  • 1-7pm: BBQ oysters
  • 11:30am, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm: “Melrose” mussels
  • 4pm: Xinh Dwelley’s geoduck ceviche
  • 5pm: Xinh Dwelley’s curried mussels
  • 4:30-6:30pm: David Leck’s oysters on the half shell

Author Appearances/Book Signing

  • 11am-12pm: Oyster Bill Whitbeck–Joy of Oysters
  • 1-2pm: Sharon Montoya-Walsh–Oyster Cookery
  • 3-4pm: Becky Selengut–Good Fish

How-To demos

  • 11am and 1pm: oyster shucking with David Leck
  • 12pm and 3pm: crab cracking with Jon Rowley
  • 2pm: geoduck cleaning with Xinh Dwelley
  • 6pm: oyster shucking with Jon Rowley