SLU Chamber

South Lake Union
Chamber of Commerce
July SLU Review

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In This Issue
Join the SLU Chamber
Get Involved.
My Future 401k
New Members
July Breakfast
July Networking
Sample SLU
Summer 4th
Wooden Boat Festival
July 5th Cleanup
Help Fill the Pantry
Ice Cream for ICS
SLU Block Party
SLU Public Safety Forum
SLU Art Walk
Welcome, Brittany
Amazing Race to End Homelessness
June Event Recaps
Looking Back
Retailer of the Month: Inform Interiors
Join the SLU Chamber:
Get Involved.
Give back. Learn new skills. Get to know fellow Chamber members better. Gain experience for a future board role. Build your resume. Participate!
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!


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SLU Chamber Events
SLU Chamber July Breakfast 
Movin' On  
Wednesday, July 16
7:30-9:00 am 
SpringHill Suites
1800 Yale Ave 
We all know there are traffic problems in Seattle and complaining will get us nowhere. What are the NEW ideas that will get our city moving forward and what can we do as individuals to improve our own experiences?  
Everyone is welcome! Please join the SLU Chamber and our panelists for a lively discussion about transportation solutions and updates. Come prepared with your ideas and questions, as we'll have a Q&A session from our well versed experts:  
Andrew Austin, Policy Director, Transportation Choices
Ann Sutphin, Strategic Advisor, Travel Options Lead, City of Seattle
Jessica Szelag, Executive Director, Commute Seattle

All guests will take away a free Orca card. Don't forget your business cards for networking and to enter a fun prize drawing. 

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SLU Chamber Evening Networking     
Wednesday, July 23
5:00-7:00 pm 
AMLI Residential
425 Pontius Ave N 
The Chamber is excited to offer networking and a night out on the beautiful open rooftop of AMLI Residential. Join us for casual networking and tasty snacks & drinks in the open air, overlooking a gorgeous Seattle at dusk.

If you have never attended a Chamber evening networking event before, this is the perfect opportunity, and we would be pleased to get to know you.


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Sample SLU 
Thursday, September 18 
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
415 Westlake
415 Westlake Ave N  

Save the date and look for more updates soon!
Community Events 
Seafair Summer 4th     
Friday, July 4 
noon-11:00 pm 
Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N 
Visit Lake Union Park for a rocking entertainment stage, bustling beer garden and food vendors galore. This area will feature a large display by the Air National Guard, where attendees can check out large military vehicles and other equipment. Fireworks light the night sky to conclude this magical day of red, white and blue fun! Watch out for skydivers during the day and in the evening before the incredible fireworks show. Learn more. 
38th Annual Wooden Boat Festival  
Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6 
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N 
The Wooden Boat Festival is designed to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Northwest, putting tools in hands and getting people out on the water in historic wooden boats. There's nothing stuffy about the wooden boat festival. This is an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront event where everything is fun and most things are free. Learn more. 
July 5th Clean-up  
Saturday, July 5 
10:00 am-noon
Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N 

On the day following the Gasworks July 4th Fireworks Show, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and partners will lead cleanup of the Lake Union area, including a neighborhood walking cleanups of South Lake Union. Firework debris, sparklers, beer cans, lawn chairs, flip-flops and other party causalities will be collected, weighed and picked up by Seattle Public Utilities before they have a chance to pollute our waterways. Learn more and register today! 

Help Fill The Pantry 
Sunday, July 13 - Saturday, July 19 
Cascade Women's Program
1205 Thomas Street

Help Compass Housing Alliance fill up the pantry at Cascade Women's Program to ensure residents will have access to food when they need it. Find out how you can participate.   
Ice Cream for ICS 
Friday, July 18
2:00-6:00 pm 
Immanuel Community Services
1215 Thomas St 

Live music, a photo booth, and just $10 gets you ice cream and a custom ICS mug! Learn about our neighborhood's food bank, and the other great programs ICS offers to serve those in need in our community. More info.
SLU Block Party  
Friday, August 8 
Noon-11 pm 
Outside behind the SLU Discovery Center 
101 Westlake Ave N  
This free event features a full day of outdoor activities and entertainment for all ages. New and familiar faces from South Lake Union will gather to enjoy fresh, delicious lunch food from local neighborhood eateries, a beer garden hosted by Brave Horse Tavern, a burger grilling competition, kids' activities, an outdoor movie, and...the list goes on! Learn more. 
SLU Public Safety Forum 
Tuesday, August 5 
4:00 pm 
860 Terry Ave N 

Join the SLU Chamber and Sgt. Paul Gracy of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct Community Police Team for a neighborhood public safety conversation during the SLU Community Council's regular meeting. This is an opportunity for to weigh in on public safety in the neighborhood and ask questions about how you can play an active role in crime prevention and keeping our neighborhood safe. More info.  

SLU Art Walk
Friday, August 1  
5:00-8:00 pm
Various locations in SLU

The next South Lake Union Art Walk is quickly approaching! Learn more in our #2HoursInSLU feature below. 
Welcome, Brittany Irwin!

Brittany has joined our SLU Chamber team as the administrative assistant and events intern in June 2014. Learn more about Brittany! 

Sign up for the Amazing Race to End Homelessness
Assemble your team and get ready for the 2014 Amazing Race to End Homelessness, a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt and fundraiser in South Lake Union. We race not just for fun, but to put our collective energy and passion in support of building a safe, caring community for all. Learn more.

LUNG FORCE a Huge Success

We're proud that South Lake Union hosted the first ever LUNG FORCE walk. 

Over 500 participants, volunteers and spectators joined the American Lung Assocation to turn the streets of South Lake Union turquoise. They then hosted an inspirational celebration of voice, song and survival.

Check out this video highlighting the walk. 

When asked how she "typically" spends two hours in SLU, Dena Lee's response is, "there is no typical day!" Dena has the energy and enthusiasm many only dream of. Her #2HoursInSLU represents only a  tiny portion of the many projects she is up to her elbows in here in SLU.


Walking into Caffe Torino to meet her, the cafe bustles with members of the SLU Art Walk Team, including artist Carolina Wallin, whom the team is working in collaboration with Bianca's Place on for a woven fence project at Republican between Yale and Minor. Together, Dena and Andrea Florissi, proprietor of Caffé Torino, co-chair the SLU Art Walk Team. This energetic group is, in fact, weaving art right into the fabric of our neighborhood. Over 1,200 people attended the inaugural SLU Art Walk on May 2nd. They are hoping for even more attendees at the second one coming up Friday, August 1st, 5-8pm.  


In her spare time, Dena is a dance instructor at the  Minor Avenue Children's House. Carrie Jacobson and Eileen Hood, managers of  Shine,  readily agreed to be a venue featuring art by M.A.C.H. children. Dena resides in SLU and regularly attends SLU Community Council meetings as well as local community task forces, such as the force working on the public benefits of the Denny Substation.


Dena and the SLU Art Walk Team are working to visually answer the question, "How do we how to create art in our community?" It's working! By actively creating art in South Lake Union, we're seeing a community come to life right before our eyes. During May's art walk, over 200 people came through Praxis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio to view the work of a local photographer's work. The studio owner, Larry King, must have certainly appreciated the visibility this brought his brand-new neighborhood business!


Dena, Andrea and the SLU Art Walk Team are encouraging non-profits to participate in the August 1st Art Walk: : there will be hands-on art at the Gazebo at the Cascade People's Center; children's art on display at Playdate; Immanuel Lutheran will host art from Orion Youth Center and Cascade Women's Program; Williams Apartments will display works from Plymouth Housing Group; and Youth-In-Focus will feature photography at Museum Quality Framing. A map of the August venues can be found here. They hope to spread the idea that art is accessible to everyone. That said, we encourage you to attend the next SLU Art Walk and find yourself inspired by the art, people, and community that's being created right here in wonderful, vibrant SLU. Be sure to stop by Caffe Torino to view Andrea's featured artists and have a latte. If you're lucky, you may even run into Andrea or Dena themselves!

Event Recaps

Thank you to Compass Housing Alliance, City Catering, and the Virginia V, for a lovely evening at our Summer Celebration!

We also helped Fred Hutch celebrate the opening of their new pedestrian bridge. 

The sky-bridge 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.

Pictured: Rhonda Curry, Fred Hutch; Matt Curry, UW Medicine and SLU Chamber Board Director; Jodie King, SLU Chamber Executive Director.
Looking Back: How We Got Here

4th of July over Lake Union, 1990

Retailer of the Month:  Inform Interiors 
Inform Interiors features the latest in contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories. For 10 years in Seattle Inform has been committed to providing the best quality and design excellence.