These dead Seattle brands are worth remembering

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Chubby & Tubby The longtime Seattle retailer, with locations on Aurora Avenue, Rainier Avenue as well as in Renton and West Seattle, closed its doors in 2003. A reader wrote at the time:

Frederick & Nelson, the SuperSonics, Seafirst and dozens more passed by

Levi Pulkkinen, 

April 16, 2020Updated: April 17, 2020 6:45 a.m.

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Chubby & Tubby

The longtime Seattle retailer, with locations on Aurora Avenue, Rainier Avenue as well as in Renton and West Seattle, closed its doors in 2003. A reader wrote at the time: “What a great place for everything from garden hoses to shoes.”

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Frederick & Nelson To the end, Freddy's was class. D.E. Frederick and Nelson opened their flagship department store in 1918, realizing their plan hatched three decades before to run the finest shop west of the Mississippi and north of San Francisco. A series of ownership changes in the 1980s led to the store's closure in 1992.2of29

Frederick & Nelson

To the end, Freddy’s was class. D.E. Frederick and Nelson opened their flagship department store in 1918, realizing their plan hatched three decades before to run the finest shop west of the Mississippi and north of San Francisco. A series of ownership changes in the 1980s led to the store’s closure in 1992.

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Frango chocolates  Incidentally, this one was a near miss. Frederick & Nelson had churned out the chocolates, and the department store's collapse almost spelled the end of the Frango. Instead, as The Seattle Times tells it, a Seattle bankruptcy judge saved the treat by passing it on to Bon Marche, which had paid $2 million to sell Frangos. In Feb. 2017, Chicago- and Hong Kong-based Garrett Brands acquired the Frango brand from Macy's Inc.3of29

Frango chocolates

 Incidentally, this one was a near miss. Frederick & Nelson had churned out the chocolates, and the department store’s collapse almost spelled the end of the Frango. Instead, as The Seattle Times tells it, a Seattle bankruptcy judge saved the treat by passing it on to Bon Marche, which had paid $2 million to sell Frangos. In Feb. 2017, Chicago- and Hong Kong-based Garrett Brands acquired the Frango brand from Macy’s Inc.

 

The Bon Marche This Seattle-based chain sprung out of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. It anchored Northgate Mall and weathered the storms of downtown Seattle's retail core before being rebranded as Macy's in 2003.4of29

The Bon Marche

This Seattle-based chain sprung out of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. It anchored Northgate Mall and weathered the storms of downtown Seattle’s retail core before being rebranded as Macy’s in 2003.

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Chubby & Tubby This small chain of hardware stores, with locations on Aurora Avenue, Rainier Avenue, Renton and West Seattle, offered all those things you didn't quite need but couldn't live without. Dog houses, jeans, Christmas trees, silliness. The longtime Seattle retailer closed up shop in 2003. A reader wrote at the time: 5of29

Chubby & Tubby

This small chain of hardware stores, with locations on Aurora Avenue, Rainier Avenue, Renton and West Seattle, offered all those things you didn’t quite need but couldn’t live without. Dog houses, jeans, Christmas trees, silliness. The longtime Seattle retailer closed up shop in 2003. A reader wrote at the time: “What a great place for everything from garden hoses to shoes.”

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Lamonts It wasn't the fanciest department store in the Seattle area, but it fit a niche for a time. The lower-end chain grew through the 1970s and 1980s before crashing in 1990s. Blame JCPenney if you'd like.6of29

Lamonts

It wasn’t the fanciest department store in the Seattle area, but it fit a niche for a time. The lower-end chain grew through the 1970s and 1980s before crashing in 1990s. Blame JCPenney if you’d like.

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Ernst Home Centers Founded in 1893 by the brothers Ernst, the hardware chain had more than 2,000 when it came apart in 1996. A series of anti-competitive lawsuits sped the store's decline.7of29

Ernst Home Centers

Founded in 1893 by the brothers Ernst, the hardware chain had more than 2,000 when it came apart in 1996. A series of anti-competitive lawsuits sped the store’s decline.

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Schuck's Auto Supply Founded in 1917, O'Reilly Auto Parks bought out this venerable Northwest car parts chain.8of29

Schuck’s Auto Supply

Founded in 1917, O’Reilly Auto Parks bought out this venerable Northwest car parts chain.

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Pay 'n' Save This was the parent company of Ernst, Lamonts and Shuck's, a chain of drugstores also founded by Monte Lafayette Bean. It became PayLess Drug after a series of sales.9of29

Pay ‘n’ Save

This was the parent company of Ernst, Lamonts and Shuck’s, a chain of drugstores also founded by Monte Lafayette Bean. It became PayLess Drug after a series of sales.

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Eagle Hardware Remember the Edgar Martinez's 10of29

Eagle Hardware

Remember the Edgar Martinez’s “light bat?” That was Eagle. Lowe’s bought out the Renton-founded hardware chain for a cool $1 billion back in 1999. Eagle had survived a bruising fight with competitor Ernst not long before.

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Washington Mutual And the prize for least-graceful exit goes to WaMu. The bank had been neck deep in risky mortgage loans before it went under for good in 2007 and goosed along that worldwide recession. For those keeping score, the tally of Washington Mutual executives to face indictment still stands at zero.11of29

Washington Mutual

And the prize for least-graceful exit goes to WaMu. The bank had been neck deep in risky mortgage loans before it went under for good in 2007 and goosed along that worldwide recession. For those keeping score, the tally of Washington Mutual executives to face indictment still stands at zero.

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Coon Chicken Inn Good riddance to this North Seattle-based fried chicken chain. Diners - presumably all white diners - wandered in through the mouth of a minstrel-y caricature of a black man. UW's Seattle Civil & Labor History Project has the whole story here.12of29

Coon Chicken Inn

Good riddance to this North Seattle-based fried chicken chain. Diners – presumably all white diners – wandered in through the mouth of a minstrel-y caricature of a black man. UW’s Seattle Civil & Labor History Project has the whole story here.

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The Seattle SuperSonics They were Seattle's first big winner, winning it all in 1979. We understand the team left town for beautiful Oklahoma City. The Sonics took their name from another defunct effort, Boeing's answer to the Concord, the 2707 supersonic transport.13of29

The Seattle SuperSonics

They were Seattle’s first big winner, winning it all in 1979. We understand the team left town for beautiful Oklahoma City. The Sonics took their name from another defunct effort, Boeing’s answer to the Concord, the 2707 supersonic transport.

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The Seattle Pilots Sick's Stadium was home to this MLB expansion team - for one whole season. They became the Milwaukee brewers, and Seattle got the Mariners.14of29

The Seattle Pilots

Sick’s Stadium was home to this MLB expansion team – for one whole season. They became the Milwaukee brewers, and Seattle got the Mariners.

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The Kingdome It wasn't pretty, but it was remarkable. And it really did go out with a bang. Can you believe it's been gone for 20 years now? Read more here.15of29

The Kingdome

It wasn’t pretty, but it was remarkable. And it really did go out with a bang. Can you believe it’s been gone for 20 years now? Read more here.

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The Coliseum Call it KeyArea. And now, Climate Change Arena. The structure built for the 1962 World's Fair was gutted, rebuilt and rebranded in 1994. The Coliseum was gone. It's been KeyArena since.16of29

The Coliseum

Call it KeyArea. And now, Climate Change Arena. The structure built for the 1962 World’s Fair was gutted, rebuilt and rebranded in 1994. The Coliseum was gone. It’s been KeyArena since.

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KUBE Seattle's pop voice fell silent in 2016 as 93.3 FM's format was shifted away from the kids' stuff. Though the rotation sometimes got a little heavy, KUBE had always been the place on the dial for the biggest sounds of the moment. Hip-hop and rap were the mainstays. It also boasted some of the region's wildest drive time shows. On May 3, 2018, at 3 p.m., after playing 17of29

KUBE

Seattle’s pop voice fell silent in 2016 as 93.3 FM’s format was shifted away from the kids’ stuff. Though the rotation sometimes got a little heavy, KUBE had always been the place on the dial for the biggest sounds of the moment. Hip-hop and rap were the mainstays. It also boasted some of the region’s wildest drive time shows.

On May 3, 2018, at 3 p.m., after playing “Wait” by Maroon 5, KPWK flipped back to Rhythmic CHR, returning to the “KUBE” branding, as “KUBE 93.3.”

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The Mountain Music for grown-ups never got more creative than The Mountain. At its best, 103.7 FM offered a carefully curated collection of newer oldies and new music with an old soul. Like KUBE, it was replaced with something a little less interesting and a lot more palatable.18of29

The Mountain

Music for grown-ups never got more creative than The Mountain. At its best, 103.7 FM offered a carefully curated collection of newer oldies and new music with an old soul. Like KUBE, it was replaced with something a little less interesting and a lot more palatable.

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Seattle Electric Railway Much as we wish they'd stuck it out, Seattle's public-private streetcar system was a bit of a disaster. The system couldn't escape sucking debt even after Seattle Mayor Arthur Langlie won a $10 million federal loan meant to right the ship. It sank in 1941, and the city went to 19of29

Seattle Electric Railway

Much as we wish they’d stuck it out, Seattle’s public-private streetcar system was a bit of a disaster. The system couldn’t escape sucking debt even after Seattle Mayor Arthur Langlie won a $10 million federal loan meant to right the ship. It sank in 1941, and the city went to “trackless trolleys” – aka buses.

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The Rocket Newspapers aren't meant to last forever. The Rocket, a biweekly focused on the Northwest music scene, ended its 21-year run in 2000. For part of that time, though, it and editor Charles Cross, above, were as close to the Grunge moment as anyone in media.20of29

The Rocket

Newspapers aren’t meant to last forever. The Rocket, a biweekly focused on the Northwest music scene, ended its 21-year run in 2000. For part of that time, though, it and editor Charles Cross, above, were as close to the Grunge moment as anyone in media.

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Lusty Lady Seattle's never been a city known for its strip clubs. But the Lusty Lady's billboard, well, that was an institution. It was a bellwether for the city's mood, a public place to laugh at our stoic selves, a sexy reminder that under it all we're all naked. It closed in June 2010.21of29

Lusty Lady

Seattle’s never been a city known for its strip clubs. But the Lusty Lady’s billboard, well, that was an institution. It was a bellwether for the city’s mood, a public place to laugh at our stoic selves, a sexy reminder that under it all we’re all naked. It closed in June 2010.

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Larry's Market After four decades, this upscale supermarket chain was broken up and sold in 2006 after a bankruptcy. The Bellevue location had the misfortune of being converted to a G.I. Joe's before that chain died in 2009.22of29

Larry’s Market

After four decades, this upscale supermarket chain was broken up and sold in 2006 after a bankruptcy. The Bellevue location had the misfortune of being converted to a G.I. Joe’s before that chain died in 2009.

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Longacres Renton's own racetrack was not only the state's center of horse racing for 60 years, but the hub of gambling in the days before tribal casinos and online betting. It shuttered in 1992 after the land was old to the Boeing Co.23of29

Longacres

Renton’s own racetrack was not only the state’s center of horse racing for 60 years, but the hub of gambling in the days before tribal casinos and online betting. It shuttered in 1992 after the land was old to the Boeing Co.

 

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The Rainier “R”

The jury is still out on Rainier. The brand was sold out of state in the late 1970s, and the Pabst-owned beer currently brewed in California. But the “R” is back atop the old Rainier Brewery – replacing the Tully’s “T.” In 2016, Rainier beer brewing returned to Seattle and started brewing their Pale Mountain Ale at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.

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Dendreon The biotech company was going to make something of a miracle drug for prostate cancer made from cooking patients' blood with a special protein. It collapsed in 2014 and was sold off the following year.25of29

Dendreon

The biotech company was going to make something of a miracle drug for prostate cancer made from cooking patients’ blood with a special protein. It collapsed in 2014 and was sold off the following year.

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Airborne Express This Seattle-based air cargo concern was founded to deliver Hawaiian flowers to market. It was sold to DHL in 2003. Five years later, the ground operations of DHL were discontinued closing the majority of the old Airborne Express hubs.26of29

Airborne Express

This Seattle-based air cargo concern was founded to deliver Hawaiian flowers to market. It was sold to DHL in 2003. Five years later, the ground operations of DHL were discontinued closing the majority of the old Airborne Express hubs.

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Seafirst Bank It just sounds a bit more homey than Bank of America. The bank chain was rebranded in 2000 after a merger with BoA. That big black building? That was known as Seafirst Tower.27of29

Seafirst Bank

It just sounds a bit more homey than Bank of America. The bank chain was rebranded in 2000 after a merger with BoA. That big black building? That was known as Seafirst Tower.

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MyLackey.com This was one of those great Dot-com busts. Basically, well-off users could use the site to hire others to do their dirty work - walk the dog, grab the dry cleaning, do the shopping. Like some kind of Uber for life.28of29

MyLackey.com

This was one of those great Dot-com busts. Basically, well-off users could use the site to hire others to do their dirty work – walk the dog, grab the dry cleaning, do the shopping. Like some kind of Uber for life.

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Metronatural This is what $200,000 gets you. In 2006, consultants hired by Seattle's tourism bureau decided this un-word captured the city's urban/wild nature. Remember it on Oct. 20 when we mark 14 years since Mayor Greg Nickels proclaimed the first Metronatural Day. What did we miss, and which do you miss most? Send us an email at citydesk@seattlepi.com. RELATED: 15 things people say that show they're not from Seattle Tolo, Jo-Jo's and S.L.U.T.: Words only Seattleites know 21 iconic Seattle eateries that are no longer around29of29

Metronatural

This is what $200,000 gets you. In 2006, consultants hired by Seattle’s tourism bureau decided this un-word captured the city’s urban/wild nature. Remember it on Oct. 20 when we mark 14 years since Mayor Greg Nickels proclaimed the first Metronatural Day.

What did we miss, and which do you miss most? Send us an email at [email protected]

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The Seattle area has seen its share of hits, brand-wise.

From UPS and Boeing to Costco and Amazon, the region has birthed dynamic, influential companies that have shaped the nation and the world. Microsoft is practically an industry unto itself.

Some smaller entities have made their mark. Jones Soda, Filson and Subpop might not be household names, but they lead their particular packs.

Unfortunately, not all Seattle’s brands can be winners.

Check out the gallery above for a look at some Seattle-born brands that didn’t hold up. Some were huge – looking at you Washington Mutual. Some were beloved, like the SuperSonics. Some were barely there.

They’re all gone now.

What did we miss, and which do you miss most? Send us an email at [email protected]

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