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Hot Dogs and Booze — Lottie’s Lemonade Stand Serves as Columbia City’s “Speakeasy”

by Mark Van Streefkerk 


Lottie’s Lounge, known as “Columbia City’s Living Room,” is back in limited service with a new, outdoor lemonade stand. Located on the patio, Lottie’s Lemonade Stand sells hot dogs, vegan Field Roast dogs, hot links, bratwurst, popcorn, slushies, iced tea, and of course, fresh-made lemonade. They also sell takeout beer and wine, and their in-house made drinks come with the option of adding alcohol. As one of their recent Instagram posts stated, they serve both lemonade and “lemonade.” 

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The Royal Room Staycation Festival Brings Live, Local Music To Your Home

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Columbia City’s live music venue The Royal Room remains closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, but you can still get your fix of live music through their Staycation online festival. Every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., The Royal Room will host live sets and curated recorded performances, all amplifying South Seattle musicians. Seeing music in-person might still be out of the question for a while, but for now, livestream will have to do. Continue reading The Royal Room Staycation Festival Brings Live, Local Music To Your Home

Street Artist Uplifts Columbia City with Feminist Installation, “That’s What She Said 206”

by Sharon H. Chang


Columbia City is pretty empty these days. Businesses have been closed for weeks and residents are largely staying home except for some outdoor exercise and quick trips for essentials. Walking through the normally busy district, the dark shop windows and lonely grey sidewalks can feel a little eerie. That is until a shimmer and pop of color from a nearby telephone pole suddenly catches the eye. Then, more color explodes on a pole across the street, and on another farther along. Someone has created bright, beautiful portraits of influential women, speaking powerful quotes, and hung them all over the neighborhood. For a moment, inspiration and happiness replace the uncertainty and sadness of pandemic.

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South Seattle Neighborcare Response to COVID-19 Exposes Health Care Inequities

by Alexa Peters


In South Seattle, those who are uninsured, face housing instability, or are undocumented immigrants have few places to turn other than sliding-scale neighborhood clinics like Neighborcare. With South End locations in Columbia City, Rainier Beach, and Georgetown, Neighborcare typically provides vital medical, dental and behavioral care to South King County residents as well as those who have been pushed out by gentrification and come to the clinic from as far away as Kent and Tukwila. Continue reading South Seattle Neighborcare Response to COVID-19 Exposes Health Care Inequities

Beaconettes Serenade the Season With Columbia City Caroling

by Carolyn Bick

From declaring that they put the ‘ho’ in ‘holiday’ to cheekily taking Amazon to task to listing the various woes I-90 commuters face, the Beaconettes lit up the Columbia City Gallery on the evening of Dec. 14, performing as part of the Columbia City Caroling Extravaganza. Continue reading Beaconettes Serenade the Season With Columbia City Caroling

Framed in Harmony: Osa Elaiho mixes Faith, Family and Culture into Columbia City Gallery Exhibit

(This article was originally published in Real Change and has been reprinted with permission)

by Lisa Edge

When Osa Elaiho enters his studio in the early morning hours of the day, he begins with a routine before making a brush stroke on the canvas. First, he starts with a prayer. Next up is music to set the tone. His taste ranges from composer Antonio Vivaldi to Burna Boy, an Afro Fusion singer and songwriter who has two songs on the new “Lion King” soundtrack. Each chord fuels his ingenuity. His passion for music is as strong as his love for creativity.

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Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage

by George Collins

It’s hard to miss Javoen Byrd as he enters Empire Espresso on Edmunds Street in Columbia City. He sports a cream colored outfit with soft gold balls dangling from the collar, an Aso Yoruba. It’s an outfit I’ve seen him wear several times when tapping his hands on a set of drums in celebration of his African heritage.

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South End Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Musical Talent

by Carolyn Bick

Music from two different block parties wound its way down the block and into the ears of Columbia City’s and Hillman City’s pedestrians on the late afternoon of July 27. The parties, held at Big Chickie and City Teriyaki, were part of the first annual South End Heritage Festival.

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Community Arts Create Hosts First South End Heritage Festival July 27

by Carolyn Bick

Festival organizer Benjamin Hunter is excited for the upcoming South End Heritage Festival on July 27, an event meant to blend a musical festival and the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival.

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Columbia City Gallery Celebrates 20 Years

by Katie Pyontek

Columbia City Gallery smells, unsurprisingly, like oil paint. There’s a slight breeze in the gallery, and it’s quiet except for the air conditioner’s hum. An artist, one of the gallery’s current members, is working a shift in the gift shop and says hello. There’s an ease to being in the space.

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