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Big Little News is Capitol Hill's answer to the East Coast bodega

We may live in a digital world, but print is making a comeback.

"You know you get tired of reading your snippet on Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter," said Tracy Taylor, co-owner of Big Little News on Capitol Hill. "There's this creativity in printed magazines that is just - it's like nothing else."

Taylor and her business partner Joey Burgess are leaning right in with a fresh take on what was a neighborhood staple, the newsstand.

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"Our idea when we started talking about a newsstand was having the high-end champagne and we carry, Boone's Farm," said Taylor. "We have your $90 British magazine that is gorgeous, that you're going to want to put on your coffee table and we carry the Enquirer and People. So we go big and little."

Big Little News carries snacks, beer, wine, soda, non-alcoholic spirits and, of course, magazines. In all, there are some 250 different issues in-stock, including a number customers may not be able to find anywhere else.

"We wanted to carry some unique magazines. We're a queer-owned, women forward business. We really worked to source some things from around the world," said Taylor. "We have a magazine from South Korea that is called the B Magazines and another called the F Magazine. They just do one food item. They do one place or brand and they do a beautiful expose on it. We have sold tons of those. There's just a lot of interest in things you don't find in the grocery store or you can't find at your usual magazine haunt."

That reading a magazine requires minimal commitment is a big reason Taylor believes they've grown in popularity recently. She would know. Taylor also happens to be the general manager of Elliot Bay Book Company.

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"I love books, but I think magazines are a little easier to digest," explained Taylor. "You can read ten pages of something and then you're done with that article. You can come back to it. You can carry it around. And it's not permanent."

The carefully curated selection is part of what makes this newsstand special, but so too is its location, the neighborhood itself. In some ways, Big Little News might be Capitol Hill's answer to the east coast bodega. A spot where folks can pop-in and find just what they're looking for.

"People are coming in saying this is my place, this is where I want to come. Can you stock this for me? Or, I want this type of candy," said Taylor. "We hope that something resonates with them. I think that is actually what happens. Whatever people are interested in, we're here for everybody."