Have you ever owned your own business? Then you know about hard work. I’m talking about the day-in and day-out, behind-the-scenes, thankless work that goes unnoticed and unappreciated. The kind of work it takes to create something out of nothing and then keep it going for years and years against the odds.
We were thinking about those hard-working people the other day. Those crazy people with big dreams who choose to do whatever it takes to provide a unique service for their communities and a living for their families. Those people who do the hard work that makes all our lives a little more fun and a little more joyous. Those small business owners in every town whose commitment and dedication make the town what it is.
We wanted to honor them somehow so we decided to start in Seattle where we live. We came up with a list of places that we think of as fundamentally Seattle; nine favorite public establishments that have stuck it out through thick-and-thin and have survived despite the rising rents, the changing tastes, and the never-ending flow of upstart competitors looking to make a name for themselves. (see the list below)
We’re map people so we started looking through our historical map collection to find an appropriate thank you gift to send them. We settled on our bird’s eye view map of the city of Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington Territory, published in 1878 by A.L. Bancroft & Co., lithographers. www.worldmapsonline.com/kr-1878-se.htm
We added a dedication and personalized note to the map for each business and mailed them off without any notice and without any expectation. Just a thank-you note, 1-World style.
“Congratulations. We think you deserve to be recognized for doing the hard work, for fighting the good fight, and for providing a wonderful place for the people of Seattle for all these years. Please accept this small gift from us as an expression of our appreciation. Thank you.”
Lockspot Cafe, 3005 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 789-4865
Le Pichet, Pike Place Market, 1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 256-1499
The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 443-3241
Linda’s Tavern, 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 325-1220
Monorail Espresso, 520 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 422-0736
Hattie’s Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 784-0175
Montlake Bicycle Shop, 2223 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 329-7333
Café Lago, 2305 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 329-8005
Virginia Inn, 1937 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 728-1937