While the growth and development of Speakeasy was tracked in the press, its crew had their own insider experience of the phenomenon.
In September of 1994, my childhood friend, whom I knew as Gretchen Hage, came over to my Alki
I literally began at Speakeasy digging ditches, when I wasn’t trying to get my ‘Internet in a
I started hanging out there during the construction. Eventually, I decided Speakeasy needed
I was never paid, but got free coffee and colocation for my Linux web server. I also donated the
One day, I was walking from the Pike Place Market to our apartment in Belltown. On the way, there
One day, just days before our scheduled opening, our electrical inspector was doing the final
The day my girlfriend left for school back east, a friend took me out to cheer me up. He brought
I worked regular shifts in the cafe for some time, which I enjoyed in the extreme. I also got to
I’ve been a bass player in a few Seattle bands over the years, and back in the day I used to
When I moved to Seattle in early 1996, the Speakeasy had RAIN Mail terminals at the Allegro, among
I loved my early days working weekend nights at the Speakeasy Cafe, behind the bar in a packed
Speakeasy was the focus of an article by the Christian Science Monitor in May 1996.
I asked to talk to the manager and this short, attractive, direct woman in cutoff jeans and a
I have an intense romantic nostalgia for RAIN terminals. I was 17 when I moved to Seattle, and I
I had always been a super-fan, lived in Ballard, came to Belltown all the time, used the,
I first met Mike and Gretchen when I was 18 and came in to the Cafe via my volunteer work with
It was the most relaxed work environment I’ve ever experienced and we always had a blast.
Belltown Killer was organized by myself and Adrienne Dailey. The participants (around 30 in the
Here’s my Killer saga; I was mercilessly taken out by Vain’s owner, Victoria Gentry.
One of my new roommates brought me down to the Speakeasy Cafe one night after Bumbershoot in early
I started off doing tech support in the evenings on the weekend and found I had a lot of
My favorite memories of working at Speakeasy all have to do with how ridiculous all of it seemed.
I adored that we had a record exchange going with Wall of Sound records across the street.
Mike actually had a printed out PowerPoint deck with our executive summary and overview. He was
I was working at an arcade in Seattle when a regular (bnelson) called to me from a mezzanine above
I worked in Kirkland and walked by the cafe on my way to the bus every day. I don’t think I
I started off on the sales team. I wasn’t the best sales person on the team, however, I was good
I was hired on as a technical support representative, but I was then quickly transitioned into
While working at Speakeasy, I also had the privilege of performing in a play on the Speakeasy Cafe
I think that sense of community and togetherness is one of the best things I took away from my
I lived right next door to Speakeasy, and I loved waking up, stumbling down the stairs, seeing my
you | wonder whether if | with eyes closed | we could bend spoons | or ascend stairs | by desire
There are too many memories! There were a lot of good times, but the best times were spent in
What I remember is that we had to move quickly. If you knew how to get the job done, the job was
I did a couple of music content ‘deals’ for Speakeasy, bundling eMusic and Rhapsody digital
At some point during my tenure as a barista, I became the curator of the cafe’s music
The first time I had seen Mike Apgar was when my manager walked our training group through the
A lot of my favorite memories are sort of lateral, involving people I met at the Speakeasy, or
I was hired at Speakeasy as a Controller in January 2001. Having spent my career at more
One of my favorite memories is when we held LANsanity in the old pool hall above the cafe.
I always loved the old building(s) we were in, but being in the 2nd Ave office during the
The rising air made the steel door to the staircase rattle like someone was trying to escape. When
A memory that stands out is getting a phone call from a night shift tech telling me that the cafe
I started in billing and then tech support. I learned that I could Google steps to solve tech
One early Autumn morning, American’s perception of its place in the world was irrevocably
About a year after the fire, Tom and I moved to the building next door to the old Speakeasy Cafe.
It’s rare that you work with a group of folks that you want to spend the rest of your
I have always thought that myself, you can teach anyone anything if they are willing to learn, but
At a meeting one morning after about six months or so of starting my job, Mike Apgar turned to me
It was so offensive, I asked Jesse Harris (who was my AS at the time) if he would take the call
After their infamous battle with Napster, Metallica decided to take the reigns of how their music
Jay Hollett was newly hired, and I was his mentor, so he sat next to me and asked a lot of
One warm spring day, we lost our Internet connectivity in the 3rd Ave building, and I just
Speakeasy was full of heart at all times. I have a million examples of this kind of corporate