SLU Chamber

South Lake Union
Chamber of Commerce
June SLU Review

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Join the SLU Chamber
Get Involved.
My Future 401k
New Members
Summer Celebration
Fred Hutch Sky Bridge
Art on the Fly
KUOW Community Circle
July Breakfast
Lake Union Sweep
2-Way Mercer
May Events
Member Tip: Hot Deals
Looking Back
Retailer of the Month: Umpqua Bank
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My Future 401k
The SLU Chamber offers an exciting membership benefit  - The MyFuture 401(k) plan.  
The My Future 401(k) Plan is a Multiple Employer Plan that enables unaffiliated employers (and members) to adopt and offer a retirement plan, built on a model of aggregated shared services. 


Welcome New Members!


SLU Chamber Summer Celebration  
Wednesday, June 18
5:00-7:00 pm 
Dockside aboard the Virginia V
860 Terry Ave N 
Kick-off the Summer at this networking social dockside celebration. Bring your friends and colleagues for an evening of meeting and greeting aboard the historical Steamer Virginia V. Summer fun on the lake with delicious appetizers hosted by City Catering. Cheers to summer and connecting with SLU Chamber guests!   


Sponsored by:


Catering provided by:
Sky Bridge and New Public Improvements
Friday, June 6
2-3:30 p.m.
Eastlake Building
1100 Eastlake Ave E

Join Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for this ribbon cutting ceremony.The skybridge provides a safe connection from their main campus to their Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at 1100 Eastlake. Fred Hutch worked with the city on a series of public improvements in the areas around the skybridge. These include: 
  • A new public stair connection between Fairview Ave. and Eastlake Ave.  
  • A crosswalk with a traffic signal on Eastlake Avenue near the skybridge for increased pedestrian safety.
  • Landscape improvements and pedestrian enhancements along Eastlake Avenuein the area of the Skybridge including seating walls.  
  • Enhanced landscaping on the WSDOT property on the East side of Eastlake Avenue just south of the 1100 Eastlake building.
  • Two sculptures viewable from the public realm. One is at the entry plaza of the 1100 Eastlake building and one is on the West side of Eastlake avenue. 
Ribbon cutting and remarks at 2:30, followed by a reception with hors d'ouevres, beer, and wine. 
Saturday, June 7
Registration starts at 8:00 am
Denny Park
9th Ave N and John St

The LUNG FORCE Walk is like no other charity walk. With an inspiring signature song and music, we will celebrate the collective power of our breath. Our voices will soar as we rally our friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices against lung cancer and for lung health for everyone.


Learn more. 
Art on the Fly
June 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
June 14, 12-6 p.m.
Van Vorst Plaza 
410 Terry Ave N

A free, two-day long urban dance/art blast for the aesthetically inclined and/or physically active, replete with roving performances, flash mobs, free dance classes, an artisan craft fair, beer and margarita gardens, kids activities and food specialties from celebrated South Lake Union restaurants.

Don't miss this outdoor, free, all-ages celebration of art and dance in the middle of downtown Seattle! More info here. 
KUOW Community Circle
Tuesday, June 17
5:30-7:30 p.m.
SLU Discovery Center
101 Westlake Ave N

Join KUOW for a conversation about the SLU neighborhood. KUOW's midday show The Record will be LIVE from the Center for Wooden Boats on Friday August 15th, focusing on the South Lake Union neighborhood!

In preparation, Steve Scher and the KUOW staff want to meet beforehand with YOU-- the residents, business owners, workers and community leaders in this area- to hear your stories about what it means to be a part of South Lake Union. Steve and the KUOW staff will lead a lively conversation in the main lobby of the South Lake Union Discovery Center.

Bring your stories, little known SLU facts, and share the pros and cons of living and working in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Light refreshments provided. 
SLU Chamber July Breakfast   
Wednesday, July 16
7:30-9:00 am 
SpringHill Suites
1800 Yale Ave 
Save the date for our July Breakfast. We'll be talking about transportation issues and options in South Lake Union.


Sponsored by:


Hosted by:
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SLU Art Walk

The next South Lake Union Art Walk is Friday, August 1, from 5-8 p.m. This is a great opportunity for businesses in SLU to extend their hours and consider sidewalk sales and other special incentives to get people out and exploring our neighborhood.    
2-Way Mercer is Open!

The Mercer Corridor stretches from Interstate 5 to 5th Avenue W, and has been one of the City of Seattle's most significant transportation challenges for over 40 years. Broad St. is now permanently closed, and two-way operations have begun on Mercer from 5th to 9th Avenues N. More info.

For our third installment of #2HoursInSLU, we asked  Aaron Briggs of Lifestring Photography how he spends two hours in SLU with his family.


As a family living in South Lake Union we have many two-hour recommendations but most involve walking to a park or plaza and one of our daughter's favorite restaurants. That's true too for when I have two hours to myself and what I often recommend to families I'm photographing.


One evening last week while my wife was working late, Veronica and I started an adventure to, as she calls it, pokey stick park (Denny Park), to play in the recently built toddler playground. It's a great space because we almost always meet other parents in the neighborhood there, the structures are simple and age appropriate and it's shaded. The bark, covering the play area, occasionally stabs one or all of us, but that's a small price to pay for the benefits of burning toddler energy. The dog park provides additional entertainment and so do the talking squirrels.  


Next we meandered to the meatball place (Tutta Bella) for pizza and, obviously, meatballs - Veronica loves them, which cannot be overstated. Tutta Bella has been very good to us the last few years, remembering what we like to order and accommodating Veronica with pizza dough to play with or swizzle sticks. So too has the quesadilla place (Cactus) the cookie place (La Toscanella) and especially the biscuit place (Serious Pie & Biscuit). The restaurants moved in around the same time Veronica was born and the people working there have watched her grow as their restaurants have. We're grateful to share the community with them. Actually, we send some of them Christmas cards. Tutta Bella also has a chocolate gelato we eat with the grace of barnyard animals. It's good.


Finishing our two-hours, just a few blocks from home, we stopped to watch a kickball game on the field adjacent to the Discovery Center. On other days, the three of us might as easily have gone to Lake Union Park to watch seaplanes and geese, or to one of the courtyards at the Amazon campus to people/dog watch and drink espresso. We're happy to watch the neighborhood growing, adding to the possibilities.  

Event Recaps

Thank you to everyone who attended May's potluck event at the SLU Discovery Center. We had a chance to learn more about the advocacy work the American Lung Association is doing, including their LUNG FORCE walk. And we ate tasty sandwiches from Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop.

Here is a compilation of notes from that meeting.

We surveyed attendees, and you all had some wonderful feedback for us:
"Had a great time getting acquainted. I love this type of interactive event. Well done. I'll be coming to more. I'm a new member and this was an excellent opportunity to meet board members, other members, and the 'neighbors.'"

"I very much liked that everyone was given time to contribute to a variety of conversations. What resulted was not only an opportunity to meet and network, but also to learn about different approaches to doing business."
Member Tip: Invite a guest for free!

Did you know that if a member of the Chamber wants to bring a colleague or friend to one of our evening networking events, that visitor can attend for free? Simply email [email protected] with their name, company, email, and which evening networking event you plan to attend, and we will get them registered at no cost.
Looking Back: How We Got Here

Yale and Harrison, Nov 3, 1953
 Spires of St. Spiridon Orthodox

Retailer of the Month:  Whole Foods South Lake Union 
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Whole Foods South Lake Union is committed to selling the highest quality natural and organic foods available while satisfying and delighting guests 7 days a week. There is a Seattle Streetcar stop right in front of the store and they can also validate 2-hour parking in the lot located directly underneath the store. Check out their events calendar for special meet and greets, happy hours, and tastings!