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Shopping with Intent: Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank Partner with Diversity-Owned Small Businesses

Visit Seattle, the official destination marketing organization for Seattle and King County, and Seattle Bank, a Seattle-based, digitally-driven financial institution, have announced the newest cohort of businesses selected for its Community Partnership Program. The Partnership Program aims to bolster tourism and economic vitality by extending support to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+-owned restaurants, cafes, and retail establishments in emerging Seattle neighborhoods. 

Twelve locally owned business owned businesses were selected for this year’s program by  Alliance for Pioneer Square and Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending,. The businesses selected for the Community Partnership Program are located in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood near Lumen Field, where six FIFA World Cup matches will take place in 2026. The program aims to support and prepare businesses owners to host the influx of visitors during the six FIFA World Cup matches will take place in 2026.

“Seattle hosts nearly 38 million visitors a year. One of the best parts of our mission is connecting them to under-explored spaces in neighborhoods that define our community,” said Visit Seattle President and CEO Tammy Canavan. “This year, we’re excited to help Seattle visitors experience some of the creative and mouthwatering things happening at small and minority-owned businesses in Pioneer Square, a historic and culture-packed neighborhood folks can easily access via the ferry, the light rail, or Seattle’s stunning new Waterfront Park. It’s a phenomenal time to visit these businesses.”

The 2024 cohort of businesses includes:

ʔálʔal Café – Café by Chief Seattle Club that reintroduces traditional Indigenous foods in a way that connects food to culture. 

Drunken Pizza & Pocha – Restaurant that serves Korean street-inspired dishes alongside artisanal pizzas.

Foggy Tea – A shop from Japanese and Native American owner Michelle Ishimitsu that offers a delightful variety of teas and tea lattes, along with a seasonal menu of rotating local pastries.

Golden Roosters – Korean fried chicken restaurant that’s also an ideal spot for local sports fans, from owner Sean Yoon.

Intrigue Chocolate Co. – An artisanal chocolate company from Aaron Barthel and Karl Mueller.

Lune Café – Café with playful energy serving drinks like coffee and matcha. Stop in for delicious treats like crepes, waffles, and mini pancakes.

Muse Lounge Seattle – Upscale restaurant and lounge from owners Jasmin Mendoza and Addie Mendoza, serving brunch and dinner in a bright venue with great vibes. 

Nirmal’s – Restaurant that focuses on authentic Indian techniques and flavors as well as a wide variety of dishes and preparation styles.

OHSUN – Restaurant from Sara Upshaw with house-made banchan and comfort food, along with pantry items. 

Saigon Drip Café – Vibrant spot owned by Phong Dang that serves freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee, bánh mì sandwiches, and noodle dishes. 

Señor Carbón Peruvian Cuisine – Restaurant that specializes in Peruvian and Japanese flavors from Joe Tuesta and Imelda Diez-Tipa.

Rojo’s Mexican Food – 100% plant-based menu of burritos, tacos, tortas, and more. [24×7]