Get to know these Washington Native-owned businesses to support today and every day.
Located on 1st Avenue in Seattle’s Downtown Core and owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, Eighth Generation is a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products from wool blankets to jewelry to a variety of home goods.
Indian Summer is so much more than a vintage store. Owner Adria Garcia has created a community space that truly welcomes all, and has an awesome, fairly-priced, vintage find for everyone. Adria donates 20% of all profits to charity, and hosts community meals and events to celebrate and come together in community.
Catch Kaigani Craft each week in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. There, owner Jacinthe Demmert sells handwoven jewelry, basketry, and clothing. Jacinthe grew up in the Stáas’taas clan of the Haida Nation in Alaska. She learned the traditional style of basketry from her mother and wood-crafting from her father, which led her to explore innovative ways to work with textiles.
Molly Alvarado founded La Paloma Tacoma, an outdoor street market, with the mission to create a sustainable creative community space that is inclusive, safe, innovative, and accessible for all. As an Indigenous woman, she is committed to disallowing any cultural appropriation at the market. La Paloma Tacoma prioritizes submissions from historically excluded & marginalized identities and is a welcoming space for allies as well. Molly’s committed to offering space free of charge to all vendors to bring the creative community together and kids are always approved to vend as long as a supervising parent accompanies them.
Chef Jeremy Thunderbird saw a glaring lack of Native American cuisine in the Seattle food scene, so he opened pop-up and catering business Native Soul Cuisine. Jeremy’s business started as a temporary pop-up plate sale, but then he started getting catering requests. Now, Native Soul Cuisine provides catering for a range of events, from private dinners to corporate events. While Jeremy will make whatever food is requested, he uses Native American staples and likes to incorporate the food he grew up with like smoked salmon and fry bread.
Ballard, Magnolia, and SeaTac
Owned by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, The Sacred Circle Gift Shop is home to a curated collection of Native made, designed, and conceptualized goods. The shop is themed around historical and contemporary indigenous activism, and carries a range of items including clothing, organic beauty products, skateboards, children’s books, jewelry, and more. The Sacred Circle Gift Shop also hosts monthly arts events. The gallery also features Native made art, like the Magnolia location.
Alaska Native chef Shawn Tibbitts attracts visitors to his tiny Tacoma restaurant from miles around. He opened Tibbitts @ Fern Hill in 2017, and within a year, Tibbitts @ Fern Hill was named Best New Restaurant 2018 by South Sound Magazine. Shawn also uses his restaurant to give back to the community whether through free food donations or helping students understand and explore career opportunities in hospitality.
Capitol Hill and Queen Anne
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If you’ve had authentic Neapolitan pizza, you know just how crave-worthy it is. Unlike pizzerias that claim to make the “real thing,” Via Tribunali always uses their wood-burning brick oven, imported directly from maples and bricks made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius. Via Tribunali is owned by the same pair who own Seattle’s Off The Rez, Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard. Stop in to relax and enjoy a delicious bottle of wine and traditional margherita pizza!
An enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribe, Mary Big Bull-Lewis grew up noticing a lack of Indigenous representation. In 2019, Mary and her husband Rob founded Wenatchi Wear, located on the P’Squosa (Wenatchi) homelands in the neighborhood she grew up in. Their apparel brand harnesses purposeful design to create awareness of and celebrate Indigenous communities.
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Ya’axché Massage Therapy offers treatment massages designed to increase relaxation and reduce pain. Gisela Mendoza Sanchez founded the studio in 2023, aiming to provide balanced healing for each client. She believes in tailoring treatment plans for individual needs, creating a safe space for clients to heal. Techniques like fascia, cupping, and sports massage are used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and release harmful muscular patterns. Ya’axché (YASH-cheh) comes from the Mayan word for the Ceiba tree, a sacred tree of life that interconnects all living things, a reflection of Gisela’s commitment to creating relational respect between her and her clients.