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Vu Le: A Unicorn in Nonprofit ED’s Clothing

Vu Le: A Unicorn in Nonprofit ED’s Clothing

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu’s […]

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WA State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos - Page Tarin Santos, March 30, 2017

South Seattle Student Serves as Grandmother’s Legislative Page

Tarin Santos, a student at Washington Middle School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by state Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), Tarin is the daughter of Meagan and John Santos of Seattle. She is also the granddaughter of Rep. Santos. Pages perform […]

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Othello Activist Mona Lee Helps Shape South Seattle

Othello Activist Mona Lee Helps Shape South Seattle

By Amber Campbell Longtime Othello neighbor Mona Lee is a south-end fixture. An avid biker from Ferguson, Missouri, Mona has spent the better part of the last two decades working hard to make South Seattle a better place. She was on the committee that developed the Othello neighborhood plan that […]

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South-End Scenes: New Start for South Seattle Family

South-End Scenes: New Start for South Seattle Family

Tyrus Gilbertson was living with his father until he gained full custody of his two children – son Riley, 15 and daughter Corrine, 7. Knowing he needed to find a new place for his family, Tyrus sought out the services at Mary’s Place – a local organization that provides shelter, […]

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Beto Yarce Helps Entrepreneurs Spin Straw Into Gold

Beto Yarce Helps Entrepreneurs Spin Straw Into Gold

By Amber Campbell Beto Yarce started his first business at eight years old selling candy out of his parents’ garage in Guadalajara. In the years following, he ran many others, including a car wash, restaurant, coffee shop and family-owned business selling jewelry and folk art, eventually obtaining a degree in […]

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South Seattle Miracle Worker Feeding the Multitude

South Seattle Miracle Worker Feeding the Multitude

By Amber Campbell As Seattle’s wealth continues to grow, so does its economic disparity, and after the holidays is a tough time. In January 2016, the Rainier Valley Food Bank saw more than 22,000 individual visits. When Executive Director Sam Osborne started in 2009, it was barely 6,000 a month. […]

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South Seattle Man Inspired by Pho, Photography & Foster Kids

South Seattle Man Inspired by Pho, Photography & Foster Kids

By Amber Campbell If you’ve spent any time on hyper-local internet spaces like GO: South Seattle or the Columbia City neighborhood Facebook page, then you may have seen the amazing local photography of South Seattle neighbor Dennis Wtpho (i.e. “What the pho?”). If not, you’re missing out. Dennis is a […]

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South Seattle Man Leading Rainier Beach Urban Farm to Victory

South Seattle Man Leading Rainier Beach Urban Farm to Victory

By Amber Campbell Peter Masundire is a man on a mission. As chairperson of the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, he’s helped lead a capital campaign that raised more than $3 million towards the expansion of the farm. Construction is currently underway and expected to be completed […]

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South Seattle Restaurant Owner Turns Inspirational Speaker

South Seattle Restaurant Owner Turns Inspirational Speaker

Later this month, South Seattle business owner Theo Martin will officially kick-off his new career as a motivational speaker when he joins eight other local, dynamic African-American speakers for Elevate 2017 — a day of inspiration and empowerment for local business owners and entrepreneurs. Martin — Central District native and […]

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Original Owners Say Goodbye to King Donut Teriyaki Laundromat

Original Owners Say Goodbye to King Donut Teriyaki Laundromat

“Eat the BEST DONUTS & TERIYAKI in town and wash your draws all under one roof. Don’t be a Fool!” After nearly 30 years in South Seattle, the founders of King Donuts Teriyaki Laundromat will retire next Tues., Dec. 20. “The shop is our “American Dream” story,” said the owners’ […]

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