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OED’s ‘Seattle Restored’ Program Will Bring BIPOC Artists to Downtown Seattle Storefronts

by Amanda Ong


On Dec. 10, 2021, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and then-Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the launch of Seattle Restored — a new program focused on activating vacant commercial storefronts in Downtown Seattle neighborhoods. The program has partnered with the Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike, as well as other property owners, to provide spaces and support for local artists and entrepreneurs who can then use their designated space for 2 to 4 months, with hopes for eventual longer-term leases and expansion into different neighborhoods. 

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Community Rallies Behind Local Business Owners

by Ronnie Estoque


When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country abruptly in March of last year, many worried what the impact on local small businesses would be. 

Small businesses in South Seattle had to adjust and pivot their business models to weather the brunt of the pandemic, and many of them found unwavering support from the local community. 

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NEWS GLEAMS: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children, County Eviction Protection, & More

curated by Emerald Staff

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!


✨Gleaming This Week✨


Photo depicting a father holding his daughter while a medical professional administers a COVID-19 vaccination shot. Purple UW Medicine banners hang in the background.
Jose Rodriguez holds his daughter, Kaeley, 7, one of the first children to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5–11 at the UW Medicine North King County Vaccination Clinic in Shoreline. Photo courtesy of UW Medicine.

CDC Approves Lower-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5–11

On Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved emergency authorization for children ages 5–11 to receive a Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 in a two-shot series.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) estimates there are 680,000 children in Washington eligible in that age group, and about 183,000 of them live in King County. State officials have said they expect about 30% of parents to seek the vaccines immediately and others to wait longer.

The University of Washington (UW) expected to begin vaccinations for children over the next few days and invited the public to phone 844-520-8700 to get on a call-back list to make an appointment. Harborview Medical Center is among the locations that will vaccinate children this week. 

Pharmacies and pediatrician’s offices and other clinics in the community were expected to begin administering the shots to children soon.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Library Branches Open, Summer of Learning, ESES Marketplace, and More!

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A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle! 


Source: Seattle Public Library website.

Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning + Branches Reopen

This week, The Seattle Public Library (SPL) reopened the doors of the Central Library, as well as several branches so crucial to people in the South End: the Columbia Branch in Columbia City, the International District/Chinatown Branch, and the South Park Branch. All of these libraries reopened this week, allowing patrons once again to browse the shelves, use Wi-Fi, place holds, speak with librarians, or sit and read the latest newspapers and magazines. In addition, the library system has revised opening-hour procedures and will no longer close for a cleaning/sanitization break mid-day. You can find all library hours online at SPL.org. Library patrons must still practice physical distancing and wear masks at all SPL branches.

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