Category Archives: Business

Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the second part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Amy’s Merkato restaurant, deli, bakery, coffee shop, and Ethiopian and Eritrean market boasts big Rainier Ave storefront windows right in the heart of Hillman City—but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, and you’re missing out if you don’t. We sat down with co-owner Yodit (pronounced “Yoh-deet”) Seyoum, who also goes by Judy, to learn more about her cafe and the rich history behind it. Continue reading Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

QueenCare supports youth entrepreneurship, combats gentrification

by Susan Fried

QueenCare offers a line of skincare products at its new storefront at 3702 S. Hudson St. in Columbia City. But its mission runs deeper, providing mentorship for young women and fighting against the ongoing gentrification in the South End.

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News Gleams: Rainier Beach Chamber embarks on storytelling project, Molly Moon’s joins Seattle Pride Dine OUT

Collected by Emerald Staff

Connect 10,000 highlights diversity, vitality of Rainier Valley businesses and community

The Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce has received a $53,000 grant to support local storytelling among about South End business owners and managers, particularly women and people of color.

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Seattle’s Own Housing Affordability Efforts Could Worsen Displacement

by Carolyn Bick

Conversations around what the City of Seattle is doing to combat its burgeoning affordability crisis have been dominated by discussions of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) policies. Some neighborhood groups are concerned these projects will not create the expected amount of affordable housing, while worsening the effects of redlining –– and a report from the City of Seattle supports the notion that the effects of MHA have the risk of disproportionately impacting communities of color.

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African Women Business Alliance Receives $75,000 Equitable Development Initiative Grant

by Leilani Leach

Nourah Yonous didn’t expect to get the grant, thinking the fledgling organization she founded was too new. But then she checked her voicemail.

“I screamed,” the founder and Executive Director of the African Women Business Alliance said. “I could not believe it.”

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Family First at Hill City Tap Room

by Marcus Harrison Green

Child-rearing may provide plenty of joys, but it also provides an upheaval to life as usual.  Spur of the moment hang outs with friends become non-existent. And bar-hopping with comrades takes place only after painstaking coordination with babysitters, family members, or the other parental unit’s schedule. Continue reading Family First at Hill City Tap Room

For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush

by Marcus Harrison Green

Count Monika Matthews among the growing legion of Americans who abhor the consumerist carnage induced by Black Friday, the day when retail store aisles become indiscernible from WWE wrestling rings. Continue reading For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush