2020 Year End InTENtional List

Illustration by Alex McGuire This year has been an overwhelming, exhausting, paradoxical intersection of heartbreak and hope. Undoubtedly it has been the worst of times for so many small businesses. 2020 has provided a reminder of the fragility of the local shops, restaurants, cafes, and more at the heart of our communities. And while we can’t...
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KOBO Owner Celebrates 25 Years and Reflects on Community Resilience

“In the beginning, we never thought this was going to last 25 years,” Binko Chiong-Bisbee said, full of emotion. From left to right: John Bisbee, Binko Chiong-Bisbee, and their daughter Aya Bisbee Fighting back tears, Chiong-Bisbee recounted one of the early obstacles that she and her...
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Business Spotlight: The Handmade Showroom

Marlo Miyashiro brings handmade and high-end together at The Handmade Showroom in downtown Seattle. Located in the Pacific Place mall, The Handmade Showroom features high quality, handcrafted gifts from dozens of artists, makers, and designers from the PNW and across the United States. Marlo has always had a special place in her heart for handmade...
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InTENtionalist Gift Guide: 10 Last Minute Gifts

The holidays are upon us! Still don't have your shopping done? Don't panic! After a year like this, it can feel like the celebrations have snuck up you. If you live in the Seattle area, we have you covered. Check out our top 10 gifts that you can pick up in a pinch....
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Business Spotlight: KOBO

Binko Chiong-Bisbee (left), co-owner of KOBO, next to her daughter Aya Bisbee (right). Meet Binko Chiong-Bisebee, co-owner of KOBO in Seattle's Capitol Hill and International District neighborhoods, along with her husband, John Bisbee. In Japanese, kobo translates to "artist's workspace," which is how the art gallery and shop...
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#SpendLikeItMatters This Holiday Season: Curbside Pickup Edition

We know that the holidays are arriving in a hurry, so if you’re nervous about timing online delivery, you really ought not worry!  There are so many wonderful shops nestled in your backyard, so you don’t have to search around and order presents from wide and far.  Order from a...
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Business Spotlight: The Cura Co.

Kiko Eisner-Waters, owner of The Cura Co. (Photo: The Cura Co.) Meet Kiko Eisner-Waters — conscious curator, force for greater good, and owner of The Cura Co. in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. The Cura Co. is a one-stop shop for women-made, ethical, and beautifully designed fashion, beauty, home products, and programming. Kiko...
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Business Spotlight: Adorned Abode

Meet Benita Smith — master curator, gifted gifter, and owner of the gift shop Adorned Abode in Tacoma, Washington. Located in historic Freighthouse Square, Adorned Abode is the perfect place to go for thoughtfully curated gifts for the holiday season. Check out their website for unique presents or set up a private...
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Small Business Everyday

At Intentionalist, we don’t think one day is anywhere near enough to show our appreciation for the small businesses we know and love.  That’s why we’re teaming up with Business Impact NW to celebrate Small Business Saturday by turning it into Small Business Everyday — seven days full of activities and prizes that will help you...
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Shop Black-Owned on Black Friday

Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to put your thumb on the scales of economic justice and #SpendLikeItMatters at Black-owned businesses. Gifting season is officially underway, and we’ve released a large selection of gift guides for you to shop and browse diverse local businesses. But — we've created a special gift guide to make it...
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