2680 NE 49th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
As the current ADA Bathroom Queen of Seattle, I have visited many bathrooms in the University Village, including those in restaurants and those shared by groups of businesses. Some are good; some are a bit challenging; and all are “accessible” by legal standards. However, one bathroom goes above and beyond basic standards, and I wanted to just take a moment here to honor it. It’s the bathroom in the Crate and Barrel store in the northern-most wing of the U Village. (The store, too, is wonderfully accessible, but I’ll save that for a separate review.)
The bathroom is located on the main floor, in the northwest corner off a short corridor that leads to the employee-only area. It’s a small bathroom with one or two other stalls and a handicapped stall that also has a baby-changing station in it. This handicapped stall is gorgeous. It’s huge with a wide door and plenty of space inside to maneuver wheelchairs or strollers. It’s always spotless. There are grab-bars around the toilet, and the toilet paper is within easy reach. The roll-under sink is in the stall itself, so you don’t have to navigate wet countertops and water-splashed floors as you wash your hands.
Thank you, Crate and Barrel, for this anxiety-free bathroom space for wheelchair-using shoppers!