Only in Seattle Sunday shines a much-deserved spotlight on small businesses in Seattle neighborhoods by offering the public great shopping deals through partnerships with businesses in participating neighborhoods.
The next event will be held in the Chinatown/International District neighborhood on Saturday, November 24. Other upcoming Only in Seattle events will bring special offers to Pioneer Square businesses on Thursday, December 6 (in conjunction with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday), and to Georgetown on Sunday, December 30. This initiative is part of the City’s continued push to encourage discovery and exploration of neighborhoods in Seattle.
“Buying gifts or experiences locally during the holidays is a great way to support our neighborhood businesses,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I hope that people will explore and support the unique stores and restaurants that we’re featuring in the Only in Seattle campaign.”
Only in Seattle Sundays in Chinatown/International District on Saturday, November 24
Only in Seattle Sundays on Saturday, November 24 features discounts at 13 businesses, including: Chuminh Tofu, Fuji Sushi, Lam’s Seafood Market, Kobo, Momo, Oasis Tea Zone, Phnom Penh, Plus45Design, Seattle Pinball Museum, Shabu Chic, Uwajimaya, Wing Luke Museum, and World Pizza.
To view and redeem the monthly Only in Seattle Sundays deals, shoppers can download or print the Only in Seattle Sundays day-pass, available at http://www.onlyinseattle.org/ois_sunday.html. They can also download the free Chinook Book mobile app and present their print or electronic proof of participation at participating businesses. Additionally Seattleites are encouraged to follow Only in Seattle on Facebook and Twitter, where the City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) will be giving away prizes from select neighborhood businesses throughout the month.
Listen and Watch for Only in Seattle during the holidays
The Office of Economic Development is excited to announce three partnerships to further the reach of the Only in Seattle marketing campaign.
In an effort to publicize the Only in Seattle initiative and promote local neighborhoods, CBS Radio Seattle (KMPS-FM, KZOK-FM, KJAQ-FM & KNFQ-AM) is proud to announce a partnership with BECU. CBS Radio Seattle is creating an interactive marketing program that encourages audiences to “find the hidden gems” in our area. The campaign will be featured on CBS Radio Seattle starting December 3. CBS Radio and BECU will also support local community events involving Only in Seattle.
Traveling on Virgin America during the holidays? Be sure to look for our Only in Seattle video segment on Virgin America flights coming in and out of Seattle on the RedHOT travel video series, which features the hottest, hippest and best in the airline’s destinations and reaches over 1 million airline passengers per show. The Only in Seattle video will be featured for five months, from November through March.
Though a partnership with Chinook Book, all Only in Seattle deals for Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, and Georgetown will be available to all Chinook Book mobile app users. While the printable day-pass from OnlyinSeattle.org is good for one day only, the Chinook Book app extends those great Only in Seattle deals for 30 days. The Only in Seattle Chinatown/International District Chinook Book deals are valid November 24 through December 24. A free version of the Chinook Book app is available through the App Store and Google Play.
For the past two years Only in Seattle has captured the essence of Seattle’s neighborhoods and shared the unique stories behind each of the featured businesses. With Only in Seattle Sundays the campaign’s “buy local” mission is brought to life beyond the Only in Seattle website, www.onlyinseattle.org, by inspiring people to take one day a month to discover and explore a new neighborhood or businesses they might not experience otherwise.
Capitol Hill will host the next Only in Seattle Sunday on October 28 in conjunction with Capitol Hill’s Hilloween Carnival! Discounts will be offered at favorite neighborhood businesses, including one free burger for kids in costume with parents in tow at Blue Moon Burger (and $2 beers for adults), 25% off all ice cream pints or homemade ice cream sandwiches at Cupcake Royale, 10% off the total tab at Manhattan, and many more discounts! Stay connected with Only in Seattle’s Facebook and Twitter for great giveaways leading up to the event!
Learn how our diverse communities contribute to the economy and culture of the Pacific Northwest on Next 50 Cultural Exchange Tours to four Seattle neighborhoods. The tours start and end at Seattle Center and include lunch and roundtrip transportation from 1st Ave N. along the West Plaza of KeyArena at Seattle Center, 10 a.m., Saturdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29.
These special neighborhood visits reveal the foods, history and pace of life in Ballard, the Chinatown-International District, Martin Luther King Way and South Park. Each tour features an ethnic cuisine, neighborhood folklore presentation and look at that community’s economic drivers and innovations.
The tours are tailored to people who live in the region who are interested in finding out more about the business activities, celebrations, cultural institutions and great edibles offered at neighborhoods beyond their usual locale.
Tour goers may purchase tickets for the four tours at www.ticketmaster.com.
South Park Neighborhood Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 15.
The bus arrives at the South Park Community by 11 a.m. for the Fiestas Patrias parade, followed by a guided tour of South Park restaurants and businesses. The tour, focusing on the South Park immigrant communities and their economic and cultural impact in Seattle, finishes around 1 p.m. at Sea Mar Plaza, where there is a Community Fiesta with booths and activities for the entire family. Duration: 4 hours. Cost: $25.
Chinatown-International District Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 22.
Everyone loves the countless dining options and bustling atmosphere in the Chinatown-International District, but if you haven’t explored its history, you really don’t know it. Take this tour with Chinatown Discovery Tours and learn about the 100 year old neighborhood and its contributions to the city and region. Tickets include a multi-course lunch. Duration: 4 hours. Cost: $43.
Ballard Cultural Exchange Tour, Sept. 22.
First stop is the Nordic Heritage Museum, with its Dream of America exhibit and some scrumptious Scandinavian foods. Tour takers will learn about the economic and cultural importance of Scandinavian immigration here. Participants will also visit Marvin’s Garden in the heart of the historic Ballard Avenue Landmark District. Group members may also enjoy some free time to explore the unique shops and restaurants in contemporary Ballard before returning to the Seattle Center by tour bus. Duration: 4 hours Cost: $21. (including museum admissions).
MLK Business Association Walking Tour, Sept. 29.
MLK is located in the most diverse zip code population in the nation, where 90 languages are spoken. The high concentration of small, locally owned and operated businesses and service providers that thrive along MLK reflects the community’s rich cultural diversity and history. The tour includes stops at a Vietnamese Restaurant, jewelry store, Deo Valente and other ethnic shops. Cost: FREE. (includes food samples from some restaurants).
The Cultural Exchange Tours are part of The Next Fifty, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the legacy it left. For more information on the tours and other events at Seattle Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com. To purchase tickets for the tours, go to www.ticketmaster.com.
About Seattle Center and Next 50
Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as a cultural and civic gathering place at the core of our region. In 2012, The Next Fifty at Seattle Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair and the physical legacy it left. The 74-acre Seattle Center campus exists to delight and inspire the human spirit in each person and bring together our rich and varied community. The 12 million visits to Seattle Center each year generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income for King County.
Next 50 premier partners include: Bartell Drugs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Grousemont Foundation, Microsoft, Samsung, Seattle Center Monorail, T-Mobile, TPN (The Production Network) and World Vision. Funding and participating partners include: 206 Inc., 4Culture, City of Seattle, Global Health Nexus, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, KOMO 4 TV, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, One to the World, Safeco Insurance: A Liberty Mutual Company, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Washington Economic Development Commission.
Only In Seattle Highlights Local Businesses
Be sure to check out onlyinseattle.org, which shines a spotlight on charming and unique businesses throughout Seattle, including such local businesses as Bop Street Records and Blackbird in Ballard; Momo and Mon Hei Bakery in the Chinatown/International District; and Borracchini’s Bakery and The Cajun Crawfish in the Rainier Valley!
In a continued effort to encourage discovery and exploration of new neighborhoods and businesses in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the addition of Pioneer Square to the 2012 Only in Seattle Campaign.
Pioneer Square is where Seattle got started. The city’s founders settled in the area in 1852, and after 160 years (and one Great Seattle Fire) it’s still one of Seattle’s classic neighborhoods. In Pioneer Square you can explore Seattle’s oldest history – the Seattle Underground, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – amidst some of Seattle’s liveliest bars and restaurants. Add in some of Seattle’s best architecture and quintessential businesses, and you have a neighborhood that’s still the can’t-miss heart of Seattle.
Only in Seattle Sundays returns!
After a successful inaugural launch in Fremont, Belltown will host the next Only in Seattle Sunday on Sunday, August 26 with discounts offered at neighborhood favorites, including all-day happy hour pricing at Spitfire, two-for-one bicycles rentals at Bicycle Pull Apart, and $1 house-made seasonal sangria from Black Bottle. Grab a bite to eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory with free Sicilian garlic cheese bread with the purchase of an entree, and enjoy 10% off in-stock items at Fancy, among other discounts throughout the neighborhood. Stay connected with Only in Seattle Facebook and Twitter for great giveaways leading up to the event!
In a continued effort to encourage discovery and exploration of new neighborhoods and businesses in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn announced both the addition of three new neighborhoods to be featured in the 2012 Only in Seattle Campaign, and the launch of Only in Seattle Sundays – a special once-a-month neighborhood discount day.
“The locally-owned small businesses featured in Only in Seattle are great for visitors and locals alike,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Our diverse neighborhoods are economically and culturally strong in large part due to these thriving small, independent businesses. Only in Seattle is about more than supporting our local economy, it’s about celebrating what makes Seattle special.”
Now in the campaign’s third year, the City is not only adding 12 new businesses in Fremont, Pioneer Square, and Wallingford, but also taking the campaign one step further by introducing Only in Seattle Sundays. The last Sunday of each month shoppers and diners will have the opportunity to take advantage of a customized set of discounts and freebies at local businesses and restaurants in neighborhoods across Seattle. Only in Seattle Sundays are designed in partnership with the neighborhood business districts to give people a great way to get out and discover what makes Seattle’s neighborhoods unique – and get some great deals while they’re at it.
Fremont will host the inaugural Only in Seattle Sunday on Sunday July 29th with 14 business offering discounts throughout the neighborhood. Visitors can start their day with an Only in Seattle Sundays brunch at Markettime Foods, spend some time shopping with 10% off at Only in Seattle featured businesses evo and Bitters Co. and finish off with “a buy one get one” free BBQ lunch at Pete’s Fremont Fire Pit, among other discounts throughout the neighborhood.
Following Fremont, locals can look forward to Only in Seattle Sundays hosted in Belltown (August) and Wallingford (September), and other neighborhoods in the subsequent months.
To redeem and view the monthly Only in Seattle Sundays deals, shoppers can download or print the Only in Seattle Sundays coupon available at www.onlyinseattle.org/ois_sundays . Additionally Seattleites are encouraged to follow Only in Seattle on Facebook and Twitter, where the City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) will be giving away prizes from select neighborhood businesses throughout the month.
The City promotes a healthy business environment for neighborhood business districts and organizations. The Only in Seattle marketing campaign is only one of numerous City-funded projects and activities that improve and strengthen local business districts under the broader Only in Seattle Initiative.
Annually, participating neighborhoods apply and are selected to be part of the Only in Seattle marketing campaign. Neighborhood business organizations interested in applying to participate in the 2013 Only in Seattle campaign should contact Theresa Barrearas at (206) 684-4505 or Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLK Jr. Way South is home to some of Seattle’s best, independently owned ethnic eateries. Hankering for some Halal Asian curries, Southern soul briskets, or Somali goat shawarma? MLK has it.
Come taste the rich flavors these local restaurants offer at the second annual Plate of Nations event. From March 25 – April 7, Plate of Nations will draw food lovers and urban adventurers to sample the authentic international cuisines offered by some of the best restaurants in the heart of the Rainier Valley, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country.
During this two-week event, ten MLK restaurants will offer special $15 and $25 group meal deals. Participating restaurants include the Original Philly’s (American East Coast), Café Ibex (Ethiopian), Bananas Grill (Mediterranean and Middle Eastern), Rainier BBQ (Vietnamese), Karama (East African), St. Dames (global vegetarian), Thai Palms (Thai), Olympic Express (Southeast Asian Halal), Rose Petals (American Southern), and Venus (Chinese).
Plate of Nations was launched in 2011 by the MLK Business Association to create a festive event where MLK restaurants can showcase some of their favorite dishes on a sampler platter that invites customers to experience their cultural traditions. Farah Ismail, owner of Bananas Grill which opened in 2011, is excited to participate in Plate of Nations to “share our passion and love of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food with new customers.”
Plate of Nations offers a culinary tour of several continents. Khadija Moga, owner of Karama, talks about the blend of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern flavors in her dishes. She says wistfully, “One taste of my simmering goat stew will transport you to Somalia.” Al Les, owner of Olympic Express, has for 20 years prepared Halal food from many cultural traditions – including Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai. His special plate this year will feature a customer favorite – Asian lamb curry.
Plate of Nations 2012 is sponsored by the MLK Business Association, City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Vulcan, Chase, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, and HomeSight. Seattle’s Office of Economic Development’s funding is through the Only in Seattle initiative. “Engaged, vibrant communities are the backbone of our region,” says Pearl Leung, Community Manager at Vulcan. “We applaud the merchants who took the initiative to bring the neighborhood together through this Plate of Nations event.”
The MLK Business Association (MLK BA) is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to serve the businesses along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle. Its vision is to “build a strong, vibrant, and culturally diverse business community that is a destination second to none in the Pacific Northwest.”
Read more about Plate of Nations in the Seattle Weekly.
(From Mayor Mike McGinn’s blog)
Today, the mayor joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle’s University District to announce a $1.1 million investment in 19 neighborhood business districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan.
“Our neighborhood business districts are a critical economic asset. Their diversity and strength is a part of what makes our city special,” said Mayor McGinn. “The dollars that the city invests support projects that make an immediate impact in our neighborhoods, and they also serve as catalysts that bring neighborhood business district leaders together to organize and create a shared vision for long-term revitalization strategies, which will help our city’s overall economic recovery.”
Small businesses employ 72 percent of Seattle’s workforce and contribute 35 percent of the city’s business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Our local neighborhood business districts serve as the location and incubators for many of the city’s small businesses. The Seattle Jobs Plan specifically targets investment in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.
“As a business owner, I know that investments in our business district help us do more to improve our business environment and support our local businesses,” said Don Schulze, board chair of the University District Chamber of Commerce and owner of Shultzy’s. “I’m excited about this investment in our University District business to help us, the business and property owners, get organized around a shared vision for the future of our neighborhood.”
The Office of Economic Development (OED)’s Only in Seattle Initiative supports investments in neighborhood business districts, and focuses on the following strategies to create healthy business districts:
- Business and retail development (supporting businesses, enhancing business mix);
- Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising);
- Clean and safe (graffiti removal, dumpster free alleys, lighting);
- Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art); and
- Business organization development to sustain the effort, including participation of an existing Business Improvement Area (BIA) or commitment to form one.
The local business communities in these nine neighborhoods have developed comprehensive, multi-year strategies, in which the city is investing a total of $844,000 in 2012.
- Capitol Hill / 12th Avenue $128,000
- Central Area Main Streets $ 72,000
- Chinatown / International District $185,000
- Columbia City $ 66,500
- MLK (Rainier Valley) $ 83,000
- Pioneer Square $120,000
- Rainier Beach $ 55,000
- University District $ 70,000
- White Center $ 64,500
In addition, the city is investing $142,500 to support focused investments in additional neighborhoods, as well as the Only in Seattle marketing campaign and business organization development.
- Focused investments will be made in these neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Belltown, Columbia City, Georgetown, Madison Valley, Rainier Beach, SODO, South Park, and White Center.
- The city will expand the Only in Seattle marketing campaign, which highlights the hidden gems of shopping and dining in Seattle’s neighborhoods (www.onlyinseattle.org). The following neighborhoods will join the Only in Seattle marketing effort: Fremont, Pioneer Square and Wallingford.
- The city also will invest to build strong business-focused organizational capacity to sustain the efforts of neighborhood business districts. Support for Business Improvement Area (BIA) formation will occur in the following neighborhoods: Ballard, Belltown, Capitol Hill / 12th Avenue, Madison Valley, Pioneer Square, SODO, and West Seattle.
“The city is focused on helping business and property owners to strengthen local business climate and grow jobs,” said Steve Johnson, director of the Office of Economic Development. “Through the Only in Seattle Initiative we have created an investment framework and partnerships to execute strategies to support healthy business districts.”
In addition this year, the city is investing $100,000 in three neighborhoods for façade improvements: Columbia City, Central Area Main Streets, and Chinatown/International District. This investment was matched with $142,764 in private dollars. These improvements directly impact the continued revitalization of the neighborhood business districts and support ongoing business attraction and clean and safe strategies.
“The City’s investment in the Viet-Wah façade with a new awning and improved lighting will help our customers feel welcome and safe while they are shopping,” said Duc Tran, Chairman, Viet-Wah Group in Little Saigon. “Helping our business districts look and feel clean and professional help attract a mix of businesses and companies, increase our customer base and in turn, expand our bottom line.”
OED will fund and manage this program in partnership with Impact Capital, a Seattle-based community development financial institution serving underserved communities throughout Washington.
OED also partnered with the Seattle Department of Transportation this year to better understand the purpose and patterns of travel by visitors in various neighborhood business districts by conducting an intercept survey of visitors in six neighborhood business districts.
“From this survey we were able to gauge important patterns of customers in the district, including how long they were staying, and what other services they were looking for,” said Shelley Morrison, chairman of the marketing committee of the Columbia City Business Association. “We will use this data to improve our marketing and business attraction efforts. It’s the kind of research we couldn’t afford to do on our own, but is greatly beneficial, especially when we can compare ourselves to other neighborhoods.”
Photo by: Aaron Fishbone
(From Mayor Mike McGinn’s blog)
Pioneer Square is Seattle’s first and oldest neighborhood. It’s a thriving center of our city, with innovative businesses, popular restaurants, an active nightlife, and a home to many. Since December 2009, neighborhood business owners, residents and the City of Seattle have built a coalition to address some of the ongoing challenges facing Pioneer Square and come up with solutions. It’s called the Pioneer Square Commercial District Revitalization Project, and over the past two years, City and Community members have been working to promote the neighborhood’s competitiveness and strengthen the health of its businesses.
In June 2010 the committee finalized “Pioneer Square 2015: A Strategy for Seattle’s First Neighborhood,” a report on community and city strategies for bolstering the neighborhood’s economic health. These priorities include improving public safety experience and perception; supporting residential density and adaptive reuse of historic buildings; supporting infrastructure for economic growth; and building organizational capacity around business advocacy.
Yesterday, we met with the Pioneer Square Revitalization Committee and community members to report back on our progress so far and discuss ongoing challenges. We reported on recent accomplishments and projects launched in Pioneer Square:
North Lot Project: Introducing more market rate housing to Pioneer Square has been a priority in the community for decades. The long-planned North Lot redevelopment project will produce 513 units of housing, just in the first phase. Our Office of Economic Development (OED) is investing $1.7 million in equity and $7.2 million in low-cost debt financing via New Market Tax Credits to help move the project forward.
First Hill Streetcar: Access to high-capacity transit has long been a neighborhood priority as well. Recently the City confirmed that the new First Hill Streetcar will serve Pioneer Square with a stop at South Jackson and 2nd Avenue South. Construction begins later this year.
Only in Seattle funding: Only in Seattle is an initiative from OED that supports neighborhood business districts through grant funding, technical training and support for businesses and marketing. To support the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s efforts in retail recruitment, neighborhood marketing during viaduct replacement and Business Improvement District expansion, OED has awarded them a grant of $120,000. Over the past two years, OED has invested $220,000 in the Alliance for Pioneer Square to engage businesses, property owners and residents in strategies to improve safety, brand and market the neighborhood, and develop a business attraction plan.
King Street Station: The City acquired the station in 2008 and has been making continuous improvements to repair the original façade and remove the non-historic renovations. Three construction phases have been completed, including: station roof replacement and clock tower repair; Jackson Plaza rebuilt; and renovations to Amtrak’s new operations and administration areas. Next up is building and clock tower seismic retrofit, mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems distribution, and select interior and exterior restoration including the restoration of the ornamental plaster in the main waiting room. Construction began in March 2011 and will be completed in spring of 2013.
Broadband: Pioneer Square has an active and growing tech business community, and for those companies, access to very high-speed internet service is a must. We’ve been working to improve access to broadband internet service in Pioneer Square. Last May we launched a project to bring broadband to Pioneer Square by laying conduit underneath 1st Avenue South that internet service providers could use to serve nearby businesses. We recently learned that Comcast is in conversation with the owners of 14 buildings along 1st Avenue South in order to gain access to building tenants via the areaways. If successful, Comcast anticipates providing broadband service to 50 new customers.
Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP): In response to the displacement of the artists from the 619 Western Building artist, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is working to provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable studio, live/work, exhibition, performance and/or rehearsal space.
New businesses: Several new businesses have moved in to Pioneer Square recently, including EMC/Isilon, online retailer Blue Nile, game developer Zynga, and Jones Soda.
We also discussed some of the ongoing challenges facing Pioneer Square and what we can do together to address them:
Public Safety: Several recent incidents have focused attention on some of the longstanding public safety challenges in Pioneer Square. We’re taking several steps to protect public safety. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) has deployed four dedicated footbeat officers to Pioneer Square. These are augmented by regular car patrols and bike patrols. Patrol officers are also directed to stop and patrol problem areas on foot. ACT teams have recently targeted the area for buy-bust operations to address drug dealing problems. SPD has worked in concert with the City’s Human Services Department (HSD) and the Department of Transportation to address the encampment issues. Prior to any enforcement action, extensive outreach was done for those persons living on the street to find them alternatives to camping under the freeway, particularly along James and Cherry Streets.
Restorative Justice Pilot: City departments are working with Pioneer Square partners in exploring a program that would bring a special enforcement focus on individuals committing civility infractions. The Municipal Court’s Community Court program can connect individuals cited for low level civility infractions to the Seattle Human Services Department to provide services these individuals may need.
Restrooms: The City is working with a community committee on an analysis of using Fire Station HQ restrooms to provide public facilities. Parks has prepared updated cost estimates for an Occidental Park kiosk/restroom. Both will inform a City and community decision on how to proceed.
Special Events: We’re working with the community to develop ways to better manage tailgating and other community impacts from the sporting events at the stadiums. We’re also identifying efforts that are working now (such as port-a-potties on event days) to see if we can use that model at other times. We’re also looking at other successful models so we can maintain robust, safe, and civil public spaces.
Click here for the January, 2012 Update Report.
Columbia City’s national spotlight is due to the transformation of the neighborhood business district. Over the years, businesses, property owners and organizations in Columbia City have come together to develop a strong, vital retail core, and have created events and activities that attract people and businesses to the district, such as the nationally recognized farmers market. They have also built a neighborhood business organization that continues to support the businesses. The Columbia City Business Association (CCBA) accessed city funding to support their business attraction and district revitalization efforts.
The city’s Office of Economic Development (OED) was one gateway for the CCBA to access city support, and this collaboration has been, and continues to be, important to the transformation of this once deteriorating neighborhood to the vibrant community it is today. OED’s Only in Seattle Initiative supports neighborhood business revitalization throughout the city by focusing on five building blocks for healthy districts: organizational development, safety and cleanliness, marketing and promotion, business retail development, and pedestrian environment. OED has supported the revitalization efforts in Columbia City through the work of the CCBA for many years by building the capacity of the organization, funding strategic improvements and supporting the farmers market. Other key neighborhood organizations who have contributed much to the revitalization efforts include: HomeSight, SEED, the Columbia City Farmers Market and the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
MSN’s recent real estate round-up of the top 10 most revitalized neighborhoods features Columbia City:
“Hip bars, trendy restaurants, cute shops and a farmers market grace the pedestrian-friendly commercial district of Rainier Avenue South in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. They’re a sign that this once-sketchy neighborhood has undergone a sea of change in the past decade.”
Check out Columbia City on MSN.com
Learn more about Columbia City’s Business Association at ColumbiaCitySeattle.com