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‘Country club for gearheads’ opens in Seattle

The Shop, a state-of-the-art club for car and motorcycle enthusiasts, has opened in Seattle’s SoDo district. The 36,500-square-foot warehouse is a gearhead's dream: indoor storage with a viewing area, repair bays, car and motorcycle experts on hand, how-to classes, valet service, meeting rooms, lounge spaces, indoor detailing facilities and a new Ethan Stowell restaurant, Derby, imagined specifically for SoDo. This ‘country club for gearheads’ is a secure, temperature controlled home for classic, muscle, antique and exotic cars as well as motorcycles of all types.

“Every car has a story, and it’s my vision that people will gather around incredible cocktails and great food from Ethan Stowell and share their adventures,” said Matt Bell, founder of The Shop. “Whether members want to build the ride of their dreams or just look at them, we have designed the perfect environment for all car and motorcycle enthusiasts to feel welcomed, be it in the private members’ club or at Derby.”

Membership at The Shop starts at $150 per month with a $500 initiation fee. Benefits of membership include:

  • Secure, climate controlled car and motorcycle storage
  • Use of state-of-the-art tools and equipment
  • Access to indoor washing bays and detailing services
  • Door-to-door pick up and drop off via covered transport
  • Advanced virtual reality driving simulator
  • Access to skilled mechanics at 50 percent off the usual shop rate
  • Private card room and entertainment lounge
  • Regularly scheduled member-only classes and events

Vehicle storage at The Shop is available for a monthly fee of $200 per car and $100 per motorcycle. Members can utilize the storage and display floor complete with 24/7 security. Valets are on hand to take cars in and out of storage as many times as needed during the month.

The Shop is located at 2233 6th Avenue South, in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, away from the downtown traffic. Free parking is provided for guests of Derby and members are invited to park and pre-game at The Shop for Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games.

While most of the venue is for members only, Derby is open to the public. Derby is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., offering lunch and dinner—weekend brunch begins at 10 a.m.  The menu features classic comfort food made with great Northwest ingredients. Diners will be treated to an ever-changing car show as the restaurant seating looks out over the members’ car storage floor.

“SoDo is such an interesting neighborhood,” says Stowell. “It’s been great getting to know the area and creating a restaurant that will really fill a hole. Derby is going to be a lot of things to a lot of people: from an easy weekday lunch spot to a great place for an after work cocktail to a bite with friends before a game.”

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