This social enterprise, opened during the pandemic by two women who met while working at Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, provides free baking and pastry training to those in the industry with barriers to education and employment. Shop for their tasty goods online, or follow their social media pages to learn of Seattle-area pop-ups.
Owner and CEO Thompson grew Seattle Chocolate into a nationally recognized company, and in 2012 she launched the jcoco brand, which features bold flavors like black fig pistachio and edamame sea salt. A percentage of every purchase helps fight hunger. Tour the Tukwila factory, and purchase take-home treats at the SEA Airport shop.
Olmos has been an entrepreneur since she sold flowers from a neighborhood park as a child. Citizen Campfire, “Seattle’s summer camp for adulting,” has found success. Sit in the beer garden, and order from another of Olmos’s innovative outposts, Lazy Susan—a Korean-meets-Mexican eatery that serves scrumptious dishes like bulgogi burritos.
When Malika Siddiq moved her mobile, pop-up fashion business into a brick-andmortar space, she turned surplus square footage into a New Orleans–style speakeasy serving classic cocktails and Southern-inspired dishes. The bar is racking up rave reviews, and the shopping-drinking-eating experience is a hit with girls’ nights out.
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