Pile of printer scrap outside on ground near New Territories junkyard in New Territories Hong Kong in March. (Photo by Basel Action Network via Flickr.)

Watchdog group tracks Seattle e-waste to Hong Kong junkyard

Laptops, monitors and other devices from Seattle and other parts of the country have been tracked to junkyards in developing countries.
May 11, 2016
Fourteen year Wal-Mart employee Mary Watkins (right) marches in support of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

US Supreme Court rejects franchise challenge to Seattle $15 minimum wage

Seattle's $15 minimum wage law says franchises must raise wages on the same schedule as big businesses.
May 2, 2016
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Photos: Unity on Union protest blocks Uncle Ike’s 4/20 party

A protest yesterday in front of the contentious pot shop Uncle Ike's brought African American leaders together from the NAACP, Africatown, the Black Book Club, and Mt. Cavalry Christian Center.
Apr 21, 2016
For many, the best part of Record Store Day are the indoor gigs. The Abjects performed in a London record store in 2015. (Photo: Paul Hudson)

As Seattle rocks Record Store Day, Europe mourns shuttered stores

While Seattle's vinyl-happy scene celebrates Record Store Day, many overseas are mourning businesses killed by music streaming.
Apr 15, 2016
The Islamic Center of Mukilteo plans to build a mosque in the city. (Image from icomwa.com.)

Head of Boeing supplier connected to anti-mosque campaign in Mukilteo

An anonymous mailer about a mosque project in Mukilteo has been linked to a prominent business owner who has been open in his opposition to the plans.
Apr 14, 2016
Screenshot of Microsoft's artificially intelligent chatbot Tay. (Screenshot via Twitter)

Tay, Microsoft AI, goes offline after Internet teaches her to be racist

Microsoft launched Tay, an AI chatbot designed to appeal to 18- to 24-year-olds. Within 24 hours, the Internet taught her to be racist.
Mar 24, 2016
Pina Belgrano and daughter on Sunday, preparing for the “Turning the Tables” action to fight foreclosure of her Beacon Hill home. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

For Beacon Hill immigrant, American dream turned foreclosure nightmare

After struggling for eight years to keep her home, Italian immigrant Pina Belgrano took to the streets yesterday to fight the foreclosure system.
Mar 22, 2016
Solomon Dubie, owner of Cafe Avole. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Cafe Avole offers Ethiopian coffee, community space in Rainier Valley

The Rainier Mini Mart has been transformed to Cafe Avole, where owner Solomon Dubie brings a love of buna — Ethiopian-style coffee — and a community space.
Mar 12, 2016
Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

Ethiopian entrepreneur says he’ll lose big in Central District redevelopment

The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.
Mar 11, 2016
Abodolloh Zay serves a drink to a drive-through customer at First Cup Coffee. Fewer cars have come through during the months of construction. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

23rd Ave construction has immigrant-owned businesses on the brink

Central District businesses suffering during 23rd Ave Construction are hungry for financial help promised by the city. But some say it's too little, too late.
In the Central District businesses that have been in the neighborhood for decades are side-by-side with newcomers. So is gentrification even a thing? (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Fun Quiz! Gentrification: Are you doing it right?

Celebrate gentrification! Take this fun quiz for entrepreneurs and learn how you can to do a better job of upgrading your adopted neighborhood.
Mar 3, 2016
Tim Louie is the fourth-generation owner of  Tsue Chong Co., a noodle and fortune cookie company in Seattle's International District. (Photo by John Stang.)

Proposed change in law could keep International District noodles fresh

The bill "concerning certain cultural foods" would allow for flexibility for local rules for fresh rice noodles and rice cakes.
Mar 1, 2016
A boy waits for his parents as they shop at Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired grocery store in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Island Pacific opens on MLK in former Viet-Wah location

Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired supermarket, has opened in Seattle in the former spot of Viet-Wah Superfoods on MLK.
Feb 24, 2016
Seattleites gathered on Feb 3rd to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement still needs to be ratified by member countries. (Photo by Rick Barry)

How will your legislators vote on the huge Trans-Pacific trade deal?

Obama's landmark free trade agreement is signed, but not yet sealed or delivered. How will Washington pols vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Feb 22, 2016
Promenade 23 in 2009, before the construction on 23rd Avenue. (Photo by Matthew Rutledge via Flickr.)

Vulcan just bought a major Central District shopping center for redevelopment

Construction on Promenade 23, located at 23rd and Jackson, would start in mid- to late-2017.
Feb 18, 2016
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How will the end of sanctions against Iran impact you?

UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.
Feb 1, 2016
(Photo by Clipper Navigation, Inc.)

Seattle’s Clipper acquired by German group; plans Cuba route

The company that runs the Victoria Clipper has been acquired by a Germany-based ferry group and announced plans to open a Florida-Cuba route.
Jan 20, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung)

Din Tai Fung expands dumpling footprint to downtown Seattle

Another expansion for Ding Tai Fung to downtown Seattle this summer accommodates Seattle's continued love for xiao long bao soup dumplings.
Dec 2, 2015
The Rainier Beach Merchants Association held a resource fair to help local business owners find ways to address the unique needs of East African business owners. (Photo courtesy Rainier Beach Merchants Association)

Seattle merchant fair tackles unique needs of East African businesses

The event connected local East African business owners with alternative funding sources, business mentoring and an opportunity to connect with peers.
Nov 4, 2015
A sign was posted on the door of Yasuko's Teriyaki on the south end of Broadway in October informing customers the shop had closed indefinitely. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs?

Iconic Seattle small businesses are under pressure from soaring rents. We dug into county data and found some clues about what happens next.
Nov 2, 2015