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Central Cafe: A Community Hub With Purpose and Delicious Eats

by Kayla Blau


The doors of Central Cafe officially opened on Jan. 18, 2020, just a few months before Seattle entered COVID-19 lockdown. Many small businesses didn’t make it, but Bridgette Johnson knows how to pivot.

Johnson grew up in the Central District and is a Garfield High School alumna. After 10 plus years of preparing food in grocery stores, she wanted more creative control over the food she was preparing and decided to open a cafe. 

“I wanted to create a space like we had when I was a kid. We would go to the corner store all the time, and the owner knew us so we wouldn’t act up. We need to know our neighbors again, to check in on people, especially now with the pandemic and so much isolation and depression. We need those community spaces where everyone is welcome,” she said.

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Intentionalist: Vote With Your Wallet

by Laura Clise

Intentionalist is built on one simple idea: where we spend our money matters. We make it easy to find, learn about, and support small businesses and the diverse people behind them through everyday decisions about where we eat, drink, and shop. #SpendLikeItMatters


When it comes to the money we spend, we live in a time when we can swipe and click our way to immediate gratification, oftentimes unknowingly to the detriment of the social, economic, and cultural fabric of our communities. Consider, for instance, “free” delivery. The fees charged by venture-backed technology platforms actually cut into or overwhelm small businesses’ already slim margins. In their effort to maximize ordering efficiency, these digital platforms make it easy for us to forget that the livelihoods of business owners and their families depend on each order.

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