I love army surplus stores, and this is a pretty cool one. Although it is pretty small, the inventory is quality. It's a great place to purchase a durable wool coat, rain jacket, or a lightweight jacket too. The styles of clothing are to be expected from an army surplus store, and the condition of the clothing is almost always fairly good. If you ever need a shoulder strap bag, or a good quality stocking cap at a good price, then you should definitely check this place out.
This is probably the most quality second hand/pawn/electronics/record/cd/dvd/videogame/music instrument shop in the area. The staff is usually friendly and always helpful, and there is a great revolving selection of used records for djs and collectors. There is a healthy selection of DVD's too. Look for great deals on guitars, portable music players, and stereo equipment too, as far as second hand/pawn shops go.
It's unfortunate that all of Washington State's liquor stores are state run, and not open on Sundays, and they close early in the evening. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, all I can say is that it's great that Capitol Hill now has two neighborhood liquor stores. Sometimes you just don't want to drink beer or wine, or say you want to make a special cocktail when entertaining guests. Or perhaps you want to sneak a couple of airplane bottles of booze into a late night midnight movie showing at the nearby Egyptian with your friends. In that case, Capitol Hill residents, this is your destination.
The University Book Store claims to be the largest independent bookstore. Whether this claim is true, I am not sure. I would have thought that Portland's Powell?s would be the bookstore to lay that claim. Regardless, they have a pretty good selection of books and electronics, and computer supplies. The art department has a great selection of quality art supplies too. This store serves as the main campus bookstore for the adjacent University of Washington main campus.
This is a great neighborhood video store if you happen to live in the University District. It's definitely not as good as the fantastic Scarecrow Video, but on the other hand you don't have to put down a two hundred dollar deposit to rent that hard to find VHS release either. They have their inventory arranged by director, and they have practically every Russ Meyer movie ever made, if, um, you are into that sort of thing.
Twice Sold Tales is one of the better second hand used bookstores in Seattle. Although they have a sister store in Capitol Hill, this one has a great selection of books as well. The random roaming cats are pretty cute, and the staff is always willing to help you find that rare title you've been searching forever for.
For skateboarders and those into skateboard clothing, of course. They have a pretty good selection of hip skate clothes and most importantly, at least to me, shoes. This is about the only place I know of on Capitol Hill, let alone Seattle, where you can find a decent pair of Vans. The skateboard selection is fair, and decently priced. It goes with the accessories. The employees are usually pretty helpful, although it's been awhile since I've been in there.
It's no Cinerama, but it's the second best theatre that Seattle has when you want to watch an epic blockbuster with great special effects or animation. The screen is enormous, and there is ample seating. Even the balcony has a great view! And the sound system is also above average, if not often times way too loud compared to other theatres. Oh yeah, supposedly it's haunted too.
While on principle I try to avoud the larger chain stores and suport my local, smaller independant book stores, I find the allure of Banres & Noble sometimes to be too much to resist. While this one is located in the University Village , there's not much difference between this and any other Barnes & Noble. They have a gigantic selection and the store is huge. Browse here, but buy your books from your local independent book store instead.
The Metro is part of the Landmark Theatres empire of Seattle theatre screens. If memory serves me correctly, it is also the only multiplex cinema in the University District. While the majority of the several or so screens are pretty microsized, there are a couple larger screens for the more popular movie titles. You can always count on the metro to play a couple of hard to find indie films from time to time.