What’s open in SE Seattle?

In these ever-evolving times we want to make it easy for folks to discover which local businesses are open. 

Support and shop hyperlocal easily, searchable by neighborhood and/or item. We will continue to update as businesses come online in Phase Two, featuring our community’s brick and mortar shops and markets, POC/BIPOC businesses, local nonprofit organizations.

FIND WHAT YOU NEED HERE.

If you know of a business that should be listed here let us know via email: info@rainierabc.com
Directory of open businesses in SE SEA
This site is hosted by Homesight. Content maintenance by Beacon Business Alliance, MLK Business Association, Mt. Baker Hub Alliance, Rainier Ave Business Coalition, Thanks to partial funding from Office of Economic Development.

Follow us for your neighborhood updates: @rainierabc@mtbakerhub@bbabeaconhill@homesightwa, and mlkba.org.

Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

Emma’s BBQ has been treating southeast Seattle to the rich and oh-so-satisfying tastes and textures of traditional southern cooking—leaving no expectation unsatisfied—for three years, but the (secret) recipes were created in the actual South by “Momma Emma” Thomas a generation ago and have been passed down to current generations. Some menu items might be a little heart healthier than they once were, says owner, Tess Thomas. “Through the years we may have tweaked a recipe,” says Tess, but the family gives all the credit to Momma Emma for the flavors of Emma’s BBQ. 

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Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian and Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

Amy’s Merkato restaurant, deli, bakery, coffee shop, and Ethiopian and Eritrean market boasts big Rainier Ave storefront windows right in the heart of Hillman City—but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, and you’re missing out if you don’t. We sat down with co-owner Yodit (pronounced “Yoh-deet”) Seyoum, who also goes by Judy, to learn more about her cafe and the rich history behind it. 

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Jacob Willard Home—A Mom and Pop Shop Serving Up Vintage Home Furnishings and Aural Nostalgia

Hillman City’s Karl Hackett, of Jacob Willard Home, started his mid-century collectibles business out of his home in Seward Park in 2011 after leaving the mortgage business. He caught the collecting bug early, while still a boy, but it wasn’t always vintage mid-century furniture and the like that struck his fancy. In fact, he grew up in a mid-century modern style home and was inspired by his father’s taste in home decor, but Karl says he didn’t appreciate the unique look and feel of the style at the time, it was just what home looked like. 

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