May 2019 eNews

Save the date for our District 2 Candidate Forum!

On Thursday, July 18 from 6–8 PM, Beacon Business Alliance and Beacon Hill Council will co-host a D2 Candidate Forum for the community to learn about candidates’ platforms, ask questions, register to vote, and more.

This free event will be held at Centilia Cultural Center (1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St).

We’ve invited candidates for Seattle City Council, King County Council, and the Port of Seattle. When we have a confirmed list of guests, we’ll post it to our events page and social media channels.

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We Want Some Face Time!

There’s no better way to build positive relationships than to meet up in person.

Upcoming opportunities for us to gather:

BBA June Networking Happy Hour

Join us for a community Networking Happy Hour!

Tues., June 18, 4:30–6 PM

Tippe & Drague Alehouse (Patio)
3315 Beacon Ave S.

BBA members and the community at large are invited to attend our networking events. Get some face time with one another and with the BBA board and staff. Meet other members, learn about becoming a member, and/or just find out more about us and our work.

We’ll provide tasty finger food, talk about the year so far, what’s coming up, introduce board members, and invite your questions.

We hope to see you there!

RSVP >

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Coming Soon!

BBA Casual Coffee Hours

Alternating Tuesdays at Beacon Hill cafés—
all are welcome!

(Beginning September, 2019)

We’re adding another opportunity to get some face time with the BBA board, staff, members, and each other! All are welcome to warm up with us indoors this fall as we meet regularly in this casual setting to build relationships, answer your questions, and eat and drink tasty things at Beacon Hill cafés!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming Casual Coffee Hour dates and locations. We’ll also share out this info in our August eNews.

You can keep up with our events and all the happenings on our website and Facebook. Follow us on Instagram too!

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Can’t Meet Up in Person? 
Have an Urgent Question?

Reach us any time:

By email: info@beaconbusinessalliance.org

By phone: Call our Director, Angela Castañeda @ 206-459-1430

By snail mail: 2821 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA. 98144

Your best bet is to make an appointment if you want to catch us in person and can’t make one of our networking events (we share our space with several partner organizations). But feel free to stop by our office at 2821 Beacon Ave S., just inside the Beacon Hill Library, to your right. If we’re not holding a private meeting, we’re happy to chat, show you around our resource center, and be of service in any way we can.

We’re here for you!


New Businesses on Beacon!

Beacon Hill Nutrition

2523 15th Ave S.

Karina Ruiz just opened this spot where nutrition, yoga, fitness, and all around good health converge and it promises to be a great addition to Beacon Hill, offering tasty (and healthy!) smoothies/shakes, delectable, protein-packed treats, and fitness classes and more to boot!

Follow Beacon Hill Nutrition on Facebook to learn more and/or stop by the new space and say hi!

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Urban Playground

4351 15th Ave S.

Urban Playground is a new fitness club (across from MacPherson’s Fruit & Produce) focusing on wellness and utilizing “fitness as method to start the journey towards achieving optimum health.”

We had a chance to meet owner/founder Dave Macaluso recently and it was really exciting to learn about Urban Playground’s mission, their services, and more.

Learn more on the their website and/or follow them on Facebook

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Café Vizcaya

2532 Beacon Ave S.

Breakfast, Beacon Hill! They serve breakfast! But also lunch and dinner. Whoohoo! Entrees include: steak, pasta, paella, and more! Menu is Cuban and Spanish-inspired. See full menu.

Hours:
Tuesday: 11AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 11AM–8 PM
Thursday: 11AM–8 PM
Friday: 11AM–9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM–9 PM
Sunday: 9 AM–8 PM

(Closed Mondays)

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…And Coming Soon: Musang!!!

That’s right! Melissa Miranda and her Filipinx restaurant pop-up, Musang, obliterated their Kickstarter to fully fund the chef’s dream of opening a brick and mortar on Beacon. Look for the new spot this fall! (And stay tuned for location and other updates!)

Follow the journey on Facebook and Instagram.

Chef Melissa Miranda of “Musang” (Image: Seattle Met)


Hey, look!

We got “Welcome” signs!

We finally got the welcome signs up! Take a look as you pass them
(on Golf Dr. and Spokane St., respectively)


A Beloved Beacon Business
Is Going Away…

After seven years on the hill,
Traveler’s Thali House closed its doors on June 2

Traveler’s Thali House has been serving gorgeous, authentic and “creative,” Indian vegetarian cuisine for years on Beacon Hill (they were formerly on Capitol Hill). They’ve had a great run and, at times, a difficult one. They say they “may” be available for catering, or special events down the road, but in the meantime will continue running their tea and spice business as “Travelers India Inc.” and “Travelers Tea Co.,”—primarily online—and will keep making their incredible Masala Chai! (You can find it now at the Station coffee shop and other Seattle locations.)

Chef Allen Kornmesser and co-owner Leon Reed posted a beautiful letter to the community on their website:

“Everything must come to an end, and it is clear to us that after seven years on Beacon Hill, it is time for Travelers Thali House to call it a day. May will be our last full month. We will do our best to keep regular hours during this time. We’re sorry to abandon those of you who have been, and continue to be, regular customers (the ones who have never missed a thali, those who come every week). You’ve become like family, and we’ll miss you terribly. And to those of you who could come rarely, but who loved the experience, and chose us as a place to bring your closest friends and family, we are sorry we won’t be there for you. We know some of you won’t be able to find home-style Indian vegetarian food like we’ve specialized in. We tried to fill a void in the market, and we did!”

Read the full letter here and follow them on Facebook for more info and to keep up with these great folx.


Connect 10K—Authentic Southeast Seattle Stories Straight from the Source 

The Rainier Chamber of Commerce embarked on a unique program last year, Connect 10,000, to bring Southeast Seattle stories to life through video interviews with small business owners. We love this concept and have been working in parallel and in partnership to ensure Beacon Hill stories are included in the mix of South End stories being told right now. Stay tuned and please reach out to us if you’re interested in participating in this project in some way.

Take a look at the Connect 10K project online and find Southeast Seattle stories right now as they’re released to the the Connect 10K Facebook page.


Garden House Gets Seattle Historic Landmark Status!

Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board voted unanimously (again!)—this time to officially designate the Garden House a Seattle Historic Landmark

If you’ve been following efforts to preserve the Garden House, you may have heard that on 4/3/19 it was officially designated a Seattle Historic Landmark! Thanks to the organized efforts of the Seattle Beacon Hill Historic Preservation Coalition (of which BBA is a member), led by Beacon Arts—who filed the paperwork to nominate Garden House as a historic landmark—and the many community members who came forward in support to tell their stories and make their pleas to preserve the house and precious open space, the campaign was a huge success. The house and grounds (including the pear orchard!) received designation by the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board for historic landmark status, placing protections on the property from major alterations, and most importantly, from demolition.

The Seattle Beacon Hill Historic Preservation Coalition published this message after the vote: 

“Thank you for helping make this icon of Beacon Hill more secure for future generations. This designation provides immediate protection for the pear orchard in regards to the pending proposal to replace it with 5 town homes. Read the full report for more history of the house and details of the designation (on last page).

“While Garden House is a win, there are many other important heritage sites in our community that may require protection from the increased threat of re-development especially in the newly up-zoned area from Beacon Hill International School to Spokane Street. To that end, Beacon Hill Council is seeking people to be part of a historic preservation committee that may evolve into a Beacon Hill Historic Society. If you would like more information about this volunteer effort email Maria Batayola.

Find the full letter and more info at SaveGardenHouse.org.

 

We hope you made it out to the 30th-Annual Beacon Hill Festival last Saturday! WTG, Beacon Arts and the Jefferson Advisory Council for another great year!

Day Moon Press closed up shop for the day to open a pop-up on the lawn at the festival!

Photo: Day Moon Press (via Facebook)


The Seattle Chinese Athletic Association
was out there early greeting event-goers and getting them to take a shot.

Photo: Seattle Chinese Athletic Association (via Facebook)

 

The Neighborhood Emergency Hub shared a table with Chobo-Ji (the Zen Buddhist Temple on S. Horton around the corner from Tippe & Drague Alehouse).  

Photo: via Facebook

 

32nd Threads represented with some really sweet Beacon Hill swag. We can’t wait to see you all out there wearing yours!

Photo: via 32Threads on Facebook

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More South End summer events
to check out…

(listed in chronological order)

Standing On My Sisters Shoulders

We Out Here Exhibition and Festival

Free Meaningful Movie – I Am Not Your Negro

Seattle Dragon Fest

Somali Unity Day Festival

Farm Fest at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

2019 Seattle Bon Odori

Othello Block Party

Find other upcoming community events by using the following resources:

Jefferson Community Center always has lots going on for people of all ages and abilities. Find the Spring/Summer 2019 brochure for Southeast Seattle community centers here. And families/caregivers: Check out the Jefferson Community Center Toddler Gym schedule here.

Shout out to Betty Jean Williamson of Beacon Arts for her community wrangling skills. Thanks to her efforts—and those of other movers and shakers—we’re working collectively to create a holistic community events calendar. Stay tuned!