The Seattle Storm are longtime social justice advocates on and off the court. We’ve teamed up with them again to recommend 12 AANHPI-owned businesses where Seattle Storm fans can eat, drink, and shop!
Pro tip: The Storm also recommends 15 Black-owned Businesses where fans are encouraged to #SpendLikeItMatters!
Uptown China Restaurant (Queen Anne) – Most evenings, you can find Yu-Mei Wang making rounds and chatting with her customers over savory Chinese cuisine served, which is a combination of Hunan, Szechwan, and a touch of Cantonese.
Ta Joia (Bothell) – The Lee family opened the Latin/Asian-inspired Ta Joia in 2021. The dishes are inspired by their Korean heritage and the time Yoo-Mi Lee spent in Brazil. Customers are drawn in by the unique combination of cuisines and the new restaurant has given the family the opportunity to cook what they want and love!
Phnom Penh Noodle House (Chinatown I-D) – In 2018, sisters Dawn Ung, Diane Le, and Darlene Ung experienced a family tragedy and were forced to close the business. However, the Seattle community has rallied around the Ung family, and with their re-opening in 2020, Phnom Penh Noodle House proves the enormous power of community (and Cambodian noodles). Join Intentionalist for AANHPI Heritage Month Dinner at Phnom Penh Noodle House.
FogRose Atelier (Bellevue) – This beautiful eatery is the brainchild of Quyen Dang and has been delighting customers since their Atelier opened in 2019. From decor to presentation, to flavor, this dessert-forward restaurant is a luxurious sensory experience!
Lucky Envelope Brewing (Woodland) – You’ll find some of the most uniquely inspired craft beer in Seattle at Lucky Envelope Brewing. Co-owners Raymond Kwan and Barry Chan named the brewing company to evoke their Chinese heritage and capture the lucky spirit of the color red and the tradition of red envelopes.
Vinnie’s Wine Shop (Belltown) – Vinnie’s Wine Shop is the perfect place to enjoy a large selection of natural wines and Italian seafood owned by iconic Seattle bar superstar Anu Apte. Relax with a glass of wine in your hand as you’re surrounded by good vibes and low-fi music.
Gan Bei (Chinatown I-D) – At Gan Bei, owner Yen Ma serves Chinese comfort food in a comfortable and casual neighborhood bar. Gan Bei has the trifecta of great food, great drinks, and great service. Yen and each member of her staff are kind, welcoming, and sure to greet you with a smile.
Aroom Coffee (Fremont) – Rachel Dang, the owner of Ballard’s Urban Nail Box, opened Aroom Coffee in July 2022. You’ll want to visit Rachel’s beautiful space, again and again, to work your way through her menu full of different coffee options.
The Cura Co. (Central District) -Owner Kiko Eisner-Waters sought to curate an art gallery and design boutique to highlight woman-made, sustainable, artisan goods from all around the world. The Cura Co. is committed to cultivating more socially conscious consumers and connecting people through the origin stories of its merchandise.
Opal Nail Studio (West Seattle) – Opal Nail Studio owners Kayla Wakayama and Shelby Miller are taking a fresh and modern take on nail salon culture. They work hard to create and maintain a healthy work and relaxing environment by using clean, non-toxic products, and polishes.
KOBO Shop and Gallery (Chinatown I-D & Capitol Hill) – In the Fall of 1995, after moving back to Seattle from Tokyo, Binko and John Bisbee opened up a gallery and shop called KOBO in the historic Loveless Building, on Capitol Hill. In 2004, Binko and John realized their dream of opening a second location of their artisan gallery in the historic Higo Variety Store. Both shops feature art, fine crafts, and design from Japan and the Northwest. Items are thoughtfully curated and include a variety of items from local artists and makers.
Yuan Spa (Bellevue) – Zhiqin “Z” Zhang grew up with the traditional practices of Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophies of wellness. Yuan Spa is the culmination of all of her experiences and knowledge, bringing together Eastern healing practices and the vitality and lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest she has come to love.
Okay Seattle Storm fans, did we miss one of your favorite AANHPI-owned small businesses? Let us know in the comments below!
Bonus: Most of the businesses above have gift cards available for sale in our AANHPI Heritage Month Marketplace, where thanks to the generosity of Intentionalist partners like the Seattle Storm, you can save 20% until May 31st!