November 30

Open Resources

An updated guide to South Lake Union businesses and organizations.

On November 15, Governor Jay Inslee announced new, statewide COVID-19 restrictions. The limitations come with the holiday season on the horizon, making it a difficult time for many small businesses in the neighborhood.

The South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in assisting neighborhood businesses and nonprofits during this unprecedented time. The SLU Chamber Small Business & Nonprofit Relief Fund has helped support several of the neighborhood’s establishments. Despite numerous grant resources available, the chamber identified a number of gaps that left some of our neighborhood businesses and nonprofits without relief opportunities. The Chamber’s fund is still accepting donations and offering assistance on a rolling basis.

The biggest thing you can do to help local businesses is to patronize them, either in person or online, while following health and safety guidelines. To provide important resources for customers, residents, and visitors, has redesigned its website and developed a new neighborhood business directory. The directory includes business and organization names, links to their websites, phone numbers, and Google Maps tags. In addition, the directory is filterable by business category and displays icons for “open” businesses and “new” businesses.

Read more below about some new neighborhood businesses and explore other local businesses that could use your support here.

Drift Yoga and Juice Bar, 1251 Harrison Street

This new local spot is part yoga studio, part juice bar, and part yoga space. In-person classes are on hold for now due to new restrictions, but Drift is offering live, virtual classes (check the schedule here.) The juice bar is open daily from 9am to 3pm and features vegan and gluten free options, organic juices, and more.

Photograph of a spice bottle.

Sushi Katsu-ya, 122 Westlake Avenue North

Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, who apprenticed in sushi bars in Osaka, Tokyo, and Okinawa, opened this new sushi restaurant this fall on busy Westlake Avenue. Diners can expect modern Japanese food, a nice selection of signature dishes like crispy rice with spicy tuna and jalapeno, an assortment of rolls, and an excellent sake list. Sushi Katsu-ya is currently offering outdoor dining on its patio.

VanMoof Seattle, 2235 Eighth Avenue

Do you need a little more oomph from your bike? It might be time for an e-bike. VanMoof Seattle offers feature rich e-bikes that are perfect for city riding. You can experience the all-new S3 or X3 by scheduling an appointment-only test ride at the Seattle shop. Both bikes feature an industry first e-shifter that auto-changes gears, plus alarm and location tracking safety features to deter thieves.

Story by Ethan Chung and photographs courtesy of Drift Yoga + Juice Bar and Vulcan.

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