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Originally published Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Everyday Music to depart Capitol Hill location

Everyday Music next year will leave its location next to Elliott Bay Book Co. on Capitol Hill's 10th Avenue strip, to be replaced by Totokaelo fashion boutique from Pioneer Square.

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Everyday Music plans to leave its location on Capitol Hill's recently vivified 10th Avenue strip.

It will exit in March, to be replaced by Totokaelo, a women's fashion boutique from Pioneer Square.

Totokaelo will be next to another Pioneer Square refugee, Elliott Bay Book Co., which has fared better since moving up the hill in spring 2010.

"First-year sales were up, and there's a lot more foot traffic in here," said Elliott Bay manager Tracy Taylor.

The landlord is sorry to see Everyday Music leave, said Jill Cronauer, in-house broker and property manager for Hunters Capital.

"It's definitely a huge loss for us," Cronauer said. "We liked him for the neighborhood and hate to see him go. We'll have some down time with no rent again."

On the up side, "we're happy to still have somebody local and to keep it nonfood" to diversify the mix. Several popular food places are within a couple blocks of the space, including Oddfellows Café & Bar next door, Pike Street Fish Fry down the street, and Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Shop around the corner.

Scott Kuzma, who owns the music-store chain with his wife, Farah Hefte, says the location was just breaking even and that they would like to stay on Capitol Hill but don't have a new location yet.

The Seattle store is his third-best performer, behind two shops in Portland. Everyday Music also has locations in Bellingham and Beaverton, Ore.

He said he also wants a space that is more visible, like the store's two previous locations.

After several years across the street from Dick's Drive-In on Broadway East, the music shop was displaced a few years ago by light-rail construction.

It moved a little south to sublease a big space at the corner of Broadway and East Pine Street, known for the Jimi Hendrix statue out front.

When its sublease was up in late 2009, Blick Art Materials took that lease, and Everyday Music relocated again — this time to its current space.

Elliott Bay Book Co. had not yet moved in next door, and for a long time the street they inhabit was a draw mostly for customers of a hair salon and a now-departed Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com

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