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As of this issue, Niki is fully vaccinated and Nia is one week shy of her two-week post-second dose immunity. And we don't know about you, but we're ready to party! (But, you know, in a responsible, anxiety-ridden "What are other spaces and who are all these people gathered right here?" sort of way.)

We want to acknowledge that a lot has happened since our last issue and several intense situations are currently ongoing, both
locally, nationally, and internationally—all of which are very much on our minds. But this issue, we're taking a bit of a breather to give you all some things to look forward to now that you're getting vaccinated (please get vaccinated) and the city is beginning to reopen. 

Below, check out our Dos and Don'ts of re-opening, a round-up of activities back on the table, plus guides to women-owned retail and dining that you may have missed during the pandemic. So bring your community love, exercise safe practices, and enjoy! (And share with anyone else you think would appreciate this too.)

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Mask On, Mask Off: Dos and Don'ts of Reentering Society

It's OK to be unmasked! Or is it? Sometimes? Definitely outside though. The CDC's sudden shift in masking recommendations left states, counties, cities, and businesses in a state of chaos over how to navigate the expectations of the fully immunized, partly vaxed, those still waiting and anyone in between. We came up with a few common-sense (we think) rules of reengagement.
DO:

Respect—and TIP service workers. Those who have been working in-person and in struggling industries like restaurants, personal care, and retail (especially groceries) have been through so much. You ARE obligated to tip well and treat everyone like a human being.

Check superiority at the door. If you have all your vaccine doses, congrats! And thanks for protecting the health of your community! But also understand it's a privilege in the context of the world, much of which is struggling to contain spread and get enough vaccine supply.

Check mask regulations. It still varies by a lot of factors, so check before you go—especially if you're leaving your county or the state.

Carry a copy of your vaccine card or take a phone pic (experts agree that's a good idea—just don't post it online).
DON'T:

Be a jerk. Are you "Team Pfizer"? Moderna? J&J? AstraZeneca? Please no. We've seen the articles about "vaccine rivalries" (Google it, we're not linking) and it's so tired. The pandemic has given us enough examples of harmful and unhelpful behavior. 

Pass judgment. Some people need to keep their masks on, some people prefer it, immunized folks may be fast or slow to unmask and reenter the social stream. Caveat? Feel free to judge the heck out of anyone who lies about their vaccine status.


Forget to put on pants. Or do! What is clothing anymore, anyway? 
Things to See...Again!

Museums have been steadily reopening, and many of your favorites—the Burke, Wing Luke, the Henry, MOHAI, MoPop, Frye, to name a few—are ready for you, often with timed ticket entry to limit capacity. Here are a few more activities that are coming.
Zoo Tunes is back, with three concerts scheduled to light up Woodland Park Zoo this summer. Bands this year are local only, curated by KEXP: The Posies, Naked Giants, and Polyrhythmics. Tickets May 21

Seattle Asian Art Museum. This one's long-awaited. Like everyone else, SAAM had the pandemic to contend with, but just before that they were on the verge of reopening after a massive renovation that shut down this Capitol Hill institution for two years. May 28


OL Reign have just kicked off their season, and you can go watch them play throughout the summer. Grab tickets here. Next match May 30

Martyr Sauce Pop Art Museum. Next month, Martyr Sauce's expansion project makes Tariqa Waters' underground space more visible to passers-by. The street-level venue's opening will feature the work of muralist and visual artist Kenji Hamai StollJune

West Seattle Summer Fest may not yet be pandemic-ready, but the fest's signature sidewalk sale is ready to roll. Be there to score some boutique deals along California Ave. July 9th and 10th

Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera have recently announced they'll be slating live performances with limited seating. Stay tuned. Fall

ArtsWest playhouse and gallery is already planning their reopening later this year—look for their new season show announcements in June. Fall
Spend Intentionally

These women have opened their businesses in spite of the pandemic, giving us a whole lot to look forward to—plus the opportunity to put money right back into the pockets of Seattle women.

Wend 
Opened just this month, Wendy Woldenberg's elegant nook touts sustainable mine to market, handmade, gender-neutral pieces, while also featuring guest jewelers, artists on the walls, and other unique finds, such as ceramics. West Seattle


Sairen
Kaitlin Uemura and Kaitlin Madriaga opened this Japantown storefront last December, which carries the friends' own Morning Siren label designs, as well as clothes and home goods by other local makers, focusing on BIPOC and Asian American and Pacific Islander designers. Chinatown-International District


Akala Clothing 
Seattle-based Ashley Klein launched her sustainable (that goes for everything from wages to packaging to traditional shipping speeds) and size-inclusive clothing line in November, focusing on classic pieces that are all-seasonal and made in L.A. Online


Valerie Madison
Bringing her jewelry creations to a new storefront last September, each piece of Madison's is designed around the unique qualities of her sustainably sourced stones. Make an appointment or visit during walk-in hours. Madrona


Dovetailed Design
Based in Seattle, Justine Boole and Katie LaPoint launched their interior design service last September to help would-be DIYers get off on the right foot. Offering professional input, the pair provides all the tools you need for a successful remodel on a budget. Online; serving Seattle and the PNW


Queen Care Products
Monika Mathews opened a second storefront for her all-natural skincare line in Central District in February. The company also serves as a professional training ground for young women to learn real-world marketable skills. Columbia City and Central District


Doll Parts Collective
Becky Bacsik-Booker and Alyssa Kaliszewski channeled their love of vintage and sustainability into setting up shop in Morgan Junction in October (recently moving to a more central location in Alaska Junction). Their unique finds—garments, jewelry, bags, trinkets, and furniture—get reworked into new designs. West Seattle


Sorted
Being home for many of us has been an exercise in noticing just about everything wrong with our homes. Enter Rebecca Jones, who launched her business last month to help you purge, rearrange, or curate (or all of the above). Online; serving the greater Seattle area

Momma 
Seattleite Jackie Robinson started her line of simple and beautiful swimwear this last March, to be “sleep-in-it-comfortable,” multifunctional, and confidence-inspiring. She also abides by an ethical production and manufacturing standard—and for each purchase, a tree is planted in partnership with One Tree Planted and the U.S. Forest Service. Online


Union Coffee and Wine
Geetu Vailoor took over ownership of Union Coffee, opening her dream coffee shop last March. While she sells coffee and coffee beans, of course, the shop also carries a pretty substantial wine shop, plus house-made bottled coffee drinks to-go, among other items. Central District

Eat & Drink

These women-helmed bars and restaurants are a sampling of those that opened just before or during the pandemic—and continue to do so. Whether you're newly immunized and dipping your toes back into dining or still keeping your bites and sips to take out for now, give these businesses a try.
Communion - Chef Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks offers up "Seattle Soul." Opened this past December, Brown also ran a community kitchen during the pandemic. Central District

Hello Em - Launched this year by Yenvy Pham of Phở Bắc Sup Shop, get your Vietnamese coffee and pressed banh mi fix here. Chinatown-International District

Spice Bridge - This food hall kicked off in fall of 2020; it features several rotating food businesses run by women from immigrant and refugee communities around the world. Tukwila

Melo Cafe - Cortona Cafe owner Ice Dean passed the torch to Hanan Hassan Diriye and Ambrosia Austin of Melo Juice; they opened their doors this past winter, serving up juices, coffees, and other yummy goodies. Central District

Di Fiora - Chef Thidaphat “Chimme” Ariyahirantrakul opened her cafe last spring. She describes her menu as "Asian with a twist of European cuisine." First Hill

La Rue - Co-owned by Danae Alexander, this BIPOC-helmed crêperie and espresso bar opened last November. Capitol Hill

Allyum - Launched at the beginning of this year, Chef Ally Rael and Dahli Strayer serve up a delectable plant-based menu. West Seattle 

The Counter - Caterers Jo Ann Poulias Schmidt and her chef brother opened this take-out only global comfort food eatery last year. Ravenna

Black Coffee Northwest - Co-owner Darnesha Weary and team opened doors this past October. The Black-owned space is more than a cafe; it's also a community hub, marketplace, and youth job-training program. Shoreline
Tá Jóia - After Teriyaki Plus's closure, the Lee family opened this spot at the beginning of 2021. Helmed by matriarch Yoo-Mi, the menu reflects her Korean roots and Brazilian upbringing. Bothell

Mai's Kitchen - Opened last summer, this casual-style Vietnamese eatery from owner Trang Nguyen lets you choose your base and protein, plus carries a few treats. Capitol Hill

Situ Tacos - Drummer Lupe Flores' Lebanese-Mexican tacos have popped up all over the city the past year. As of this month, you can now find them at their foreseeable home, Jupiter Bar. Belltown

The Flour Box - Grab a handmade doughnut (or two or two dozen) from Pamela Vuong's bakery, opened last fall. Hillman City

Meesha 127 - Chef and owner Preeti Agarwal transitioned her popular Indian pop-up at Pomerol to permanent restaurant last fall. Expect pop-up menu favorites plus new delicious dishes. Fremont

Finch & Pine - Your new brunch spot. Opened this month, chef and owner Sara Moran's daytime cafe serves up seasonal Northwest vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian fare. Capitol Hill

Temple Pastries - From pop-up to bakery last fall, feel free to get your baked goods on with sweet and savory options from owner Christina Woods. Central District

Musang - Opened just before the pandemic, Melissa Miranda's Filipinx restaurant closed, pivoted to a community kitchen, and thankfully re-opened, bringing back its flavorsome dishes—Seattle Met even named it restaurant of the year. Beacon Hill

ATTN:

Organizations that have been working tirelessly through the pandemic

If the past year has taught us anything (and we hope it's taught everyone something) it's that we need to take better care of our communities. But this time has also given space to re-evaluate and examine what is and isn't working. We've highlighted some organizations to support that continue to do vital work.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid South King County and the Eastside: Mutual aid networks have been—and will continue to be—an important resource during the pandemic. With the end of eviction moratoriums looming (apply for assistance here) and unemployment assistance limited, our community needs support. Follow South King County and Eastside Mutual Aid on Instagram for current announcements. 

Northwest Harvest (and your local food bank): As we reported last year, food insecurity increased during the pandemic and it remains an urgent issue. Food insecurity affects single women-headed households with children and communities of color the most. Consider volunteering or offering a food or financial contribution to your local food bank, or contribute to Northwest Harvest, which serves Washington state.

New Beginnings: The pandemic has shown increases in cases and severity of domestic violence. There's no time like the present to support survivors. New Beginnings offers vital resources, plus workshops for teens on healthy relationships, and even pet programs. Contribute or start a fundraiser of your own.

Lavender Rights Project: The past year has seen an onslaught of anti-transgender legislation and it's up to everyone to be diligent against these measures and support transgender rights. Lavender Rights Project offers services and legal assistance for LGBTQ+ folks in Washington, which you can support through volunteering (legal and administrative roles) or financial contribution.  

Front and Centered: Many of us found solace in the outdoors over the past pandemic year, bringing a renewed appreciation for the environmental spaces we live in, increased awareness of the ongoing threat of climate change, an understanding of how different communities are disproportionately affected by pollution, and an examination of equitable access to outdoor spaces. Make a contribution to Front and Centered, a coalition led by communities of color that advocates for environmental justice, legislation, and practices.  

Lastly, if you weren't discussing and confronting this city's and country's terrible legacy of racism and xenophobia this past year—then what the heck were you doing? We all have a lot more work to do in our institutions, communities, workplaces, relationships, and on ourselves. You can show support by contributing to organizations that are advocating for equity and important services and resources in our region, including
King County Equity Now, ICDA, Seattle Indian Health Board, El Centro de la Raza, CAIR-WA, API Chaya, Chief Seattle Club, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, and many many more.


These are just a handful; which organizations would you like to shout out and what causes speak to you? Find out and get involved! 
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