There’s a brand- new running shop in Magnolia. 7 Hills sells athletic shoes for all types of running, as well as cross-fit, walking, and hiking-along with the requisite apparel and gear. Store owner, Phil Kochik has worked at running stores in Seattle for more than 10 years. In a recent email to MV, he shed some light on the store’s name:
It comes from the once-used term “Seven Hills of Seattle” back when there was a clearly defined 7 hills. (First, Second, Capitol, Yesler, Denny, Queen Anne, Beacon)… Denny Hill was regraded into Belltown, Second Hill is now considered part of Capitol Hill, Yesler Hill is now considered part of First Hill. so now to make seven, some people add West Seattle, Magnolia, and Crown Hill, (but it is all a moot point because seattle obviously has more than 7 hills!) I just like that the name Seven Hills, it touches on seattle’s history a bit (which I find fascinating) and calls out my favorite part of running: hills!