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From pop-up to full-time: Anyoung Super highlights Asian American makers

As Youn Chung restocks her Asian American food and lifestyle superette, Anyoung Super, she takes care to make sure every item is visible. She sees it as more than selling Asian American specialty goods; it’s a way to tell the stories about the people behind the products. “I get really… [ Keep reading ]

Building Community through Pokémon

Brian Myers does more than own and operate Tabletop Village; he’s building a community within a community. He jokes that the Chinatown-International District shop is more like a community center supported by retail sales. “Having a community is different than trying to sell cards,” said Myers. “You can buy cards… [ Keep reading ]

OED Seeks Firm to Research Equity in Seattle’s Cannabis Industry

We are continually working to build an inclusive economy in Seattle, where people across the city, particularly those from historically excluded communities, have access to career paths and business ownership opportunities. This is important for long-standing industries, as well as newer industries like the cannabis industry. We’re using the Request… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Honors Donna James with 2024 Mayor’s Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film

Mayor Harrell Honors Donna James with 2024 Mayor’s Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film SEATTLE (May 9, 2024) – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell awarded Donna James the 2024 Mayor’s Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Mayor Harrell presented the award to James at the 50th Seattle International Film… [ Keep reading ]

ISO the future of retail: OED opens Request for Proposals for Retail and Ground Floor Revitalization Analysis

Creating a unique retail experience requires knowing your customers, having the right product and of course location, location, location. The Seattle Office of Economic Development is seeking consultants to conduct Retail and Ground Floor Revitalization Analysis in some of Seattle’s distinctive neighborhoods as well as key areas Downtown. To learn more,… [ Keep reading ]

Storefront Repair Fund Awards 600th Check to King’s Deli and Grocery

Owning and operating a business is a lot of work. Beruck Tewolde is not only the owner of King’s Deli and Grocery in Madrona, he’s the only employee. “It has a lot of challenges,” he explains. “You have to work more. But if you work hard, you see the profit.”… [ Keep reading ]

Storefront Repair Fund Grant Helps Cobbler Take on Challenges

The skills needed to be a cobbler include sewing, dying, and polishing. If you ask Shelly Luhman, it also requires skills beyond being able to mend a shoe. “You can’t be afraid to try new things and you can’t be afraid to get dirty,” says Luhman, the co-owner of Broadway… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Grow America and JPMorgan Chase Celebrate First-in-the-Nation Business Property Ownership Program: Business Community Ownership Fund 

BIPOC-owned design firm La Union Studio celebrates grand opening of new commercial space secured through the Business Community Ownership Fund Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, joined the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), Grow America, and JPMorgan Chase to celebrate the opening of the first Business Community Ownership Fund (BCO Fund)… [ Keep reading ]

grayseas pies: sweet passion turned successful business

Gracie Santos Guce didn’t plan to turn her love of making pies into a business. It just happened. “It was an accident. People call me an accidental entrepreneur. Before the pandemic, I don’t think I ever baked a pie in my life,” says Guce, owner of grayseas pies. One day,… [ Keep reading ]

Inspiring Women in Construction through Coloring

When you picture a construction worker, Marquia Wooten might not be the person you imagine. “I’m petite, I’m a girly girl,” explains Wooten. “If I got on the bus right now, no one would think I operate heavy equipment.” It’s that stereotype Wooten is trying to change with her new… [ Keep reading ]