Fulcrum Speaks the Language of Coffee and Community

Blas Alfardo, vice president and head of the roasting program at Fulcrum Coffee. (Photo: Fulcrum Coffee) Fulcrum Coffee vice president and head roaster Blas Alfaro was around 10 years old when he roasted his first batch of coffee beans on his family’s coffee farm — just like his...
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Have Fun and Feel Good Getting Dressed at sandylew

We have to get dressed every day. Why not have a good time doing it? That is the guiding philosophy behind Downtown Seattle’s eclectic women’s clothing boutique sandylew. The creative force behind the 1st Avenue shop is lifelong artist Sandy Lew-Hailer. She opened her boutique in...
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Doner Box: Bringing German-Turkish Fusion to Seattle

When Vaness Vu moved to Seattle from the Czech Republic 11 years ago, she wasn’t able to find authentic a German-style Doner kebab, a German street food with spitted meat, fresh vegetables, and flatbread. A plate of Doner kebab meat and sides. (Photo: Doner Box) With a...
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Om Mama Co. X Intentionalist: The Magic Behind Mom-Owned Businesses

Amy and Aarthy, co-founders of Mama Bar Being a parent, and a mother in particular, dramatically transforms how we walk through life. Once you have a little one to care for, it’s no wonder that your priorities shift. This transition can be hard to navigate, especially in a world that often...
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Black Coffee Northwest: The Story That Needs to be Told

Black Coffee Northwest President Mikayla Weary and Co-Owner Darnesha Weary. Black Coffee Northwest tells the story of many things: what a lifetime of activism and compassion can manifest, the experiences and hurdles the Black community and Black business owners face, and the story of a family...
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Sairen Represents a New Generation in Japantown

It’s unmistakable that Sairen owners Kaitlin Uemura and Kaitlin Madriaga are twin flames. Friends from college and co-owners of their fashion design label, Morning Siren, they have a long history of creating together.  “Everyone knows we’re such good friends and we would always play...
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Emma’s BBQ Serves Love, Kindness, and the Finest Barbecue

Tess Thomas, owner of Emma's BBQ in Hillman City. “Every day that I get up, I love coming here,” said Tess Thomas, owner of Emma’s BBQ. “I told my husband, ‘I love it so much, I could sleep here and wake up the next day, and be ready to go to Emma’s.’ That’s how much this little...
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