Business Spotlight: Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar

Meet Milen Gebreselassie, the owner of Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. Milen’s business is named after the Kaffa region in Ethiopia, which is recognized as the birthplace of coffee. In addition to Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, Milen also offers...
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Business Spotlight: Libélula Books and Co.

Meet Jesi Gutierrez, the co-owner of Libélula Books and Co. in San Diego, CA. Growing up, Jesi's mom instilled a love for reading in her and her sisters, and they dreamt of one day opening their own bookstore. After Jesi lost her job working as an art integration teacher, she and her partner, Celi Hernandez, took the opportunity to open their...
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Business Spotlight: The Lockspot Cafe

Meet Alison Soike, the co-owner of The Lockspot Cafe in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. For nearly a century, The Lockspot Cafe has been serving seafood and classic American fare at the entrance of Seattle’s Ballard Locks. In 2021, long-time owner Pam Hanson passed the ownership to Ballard locals and restaurant owners Alison and Ryan...
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Business Spotlight: Mojito

Meet Luam Wersom, the owner of Mojito in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood. When Mojito opened in 2000, Luam began working at the Latin American and Cuban restaurant as a dishwasher. Twenty one years later, he has been the sole owner since 2017. Luam was born in Ethiopia to Eritrean parents, and came to the U.S. by way of Greece as a refugee....
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Business Spotlight: Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen

Meet Tina Fahnbulleh, the owner of catering company and pop-up Gold Coast Ghal Kitchen. Tina founded her catering company when she moved to Seattle in 2016 and saw the city’s lack of West African cuisine. Born in Liberia and raised in Ghana, Tina's love for food and cooking stemmed from spending time with her maternal grandmother...
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Business Spotlight: Makeda & Mingus

Meet Prashanthi Reddy, the owner of Makeda & Mingus in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. Prashanthi opened her cafe in 2008 and has been a beloved destination and community-first space for excellent coffee, beer, wine, sandwiches, and locally-made baked goods. The shop's name comes from the Queen of Sheba (Makeda) and Prashanthi’s rat...
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Business Spotlight: SpoonFed Training

Meet LaTaunya Witherspoon, owner of SpoonFed Training in Renton, WA. LaTaunya, a former track and field athlete, has always had a passion for supporting others on their journeys towards healthier lifestyles. In 2022, LaTaunya hopes to mentor a young woman on how to run a business to share the knowledge she has gained and the community she has...
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Business Spotlight: Bellden Café

Meet Claire Sumadiwirya, the owner of Bellden Café in Bellevue, WA. More than a neighborhood coffee shop, Bellden gives back to the community every day by donating leftover pastries, incorporating rotating charity items on the menu, staff volunteerism, and offering items for sale by local makers. The cafe's origin story began when...
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Business Spotlight: Warrior Wellness

Meet Lisa Hernandez, licensed massage therapist and owner of Warrior Wellness in Lower Queen Anne in Seattle. As a single mother, Lisa graduated massage school two weeks before lockdown last March 2020. She said going back to school and only being able to work part time was one of the most difficult things she's done, but she knew she wanted to...
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