New Horizons Walk 2012 to Help Seattle Street Kids

Posted on May 23, 2012

New Horizons Walk 2012 starts with registration at 10:00am on Saturday June 2


nd. The annual walk is one of the nonprofit’s fundraisers to help end youth homelessness in Seattle. Money raised from sponsored walkers, individual donations, and local Belltown businesses goes towards programming meant to give street kids the support and skills needed to become self-sufficient and productive members of society.

According to Executive Director Mary Steele, “Each night in Seattle hundreds of kids are sleeping on our streets. They are hungry, lonely, and scared. We meet them where they are and start conversations. We give them a foundation to start building a sustainable life for themselves.”

The goal to raise $50,000 on the walk is supported with walkers who are sponsored by friends and family. Lauren Berentes, Associate Director of Development at New Horizons, says there’s still time for individuals to participate in the walk and make an individual donation: “Anyone who wants to support our programming for homeless youth can just show up, make a pledge, and join us on a 2.5 mile beautiful walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park.”

Following the walk, New Horizons will throw a Block Party in their Belltown neighborhood, complete with a BBQ, live music, and guest speakers. Located at the corner of 3


rd Avenue and Cedar, Berentes says, “Everyone is welcome. We’d like the neighborhood to know the good work we are doing here and introduce them to people behind the mission.”

Walk registration begins at 10:00 AM at New Horizons at 3rd Ave & Cedar in Belltown. Donations for individual walkers can be given by credit card, check, or cash. The walk begins at 10:30am and the Block Party starts at 11:30 AM. Participants can park all day for $10 in the Wells Fargo lot at 3


rd & Clay Street.

For more information about the work New Horizons is doing for kids living on the streets of Seattle, please visit

Belltown Local Celebrates Small Business Week with Hyperlocal Deals

Posted on May 22, 2012
You’d have to be living under the Geico rock if you haven’t heard about the benefits to your community of shopping local. At Belltown Local, we’ve taken the concept and ramped it up a bit. The idea of consciously patronizing your neighborhood  Mom and Pop shop to improve the quality of the community and increase public safety is only new in a First World Problem sort of way. But we posit the position that with twelve thousand plus residents living within the borders of Belltown no business should lack for traffic if their products and/or services are good.

Getting the word out about what is happening in the community and inside the doors of the Belltown businesses on a regular basis to the people who live, work and play here is the guiding mission of Belltown Local. And to that end we are celebrating National Small Business Week with deals for our subscribers. But unlike Groupon or LivingSocial or AmazonLocal, we don’t ask our businesses to deeply discount their goods and services, nor do we take half the profit of the deal, because we think that breed of business harms  the Mom and Pop shops more than they help. Instead, we give our businesses the place and space to tell their stories at a very affordable rate. And they keep all the profits of any deals they offer.

So be sure to take advantage of the following deals. If you haven’t ever been to one of the businesses before, stop in and take a look. You never know, they might have just what you’ve been looking for. And tell your friends to so they can get the deals too. You can get your vouchers here. You must be an email subscriber to get the deals.

This Week’s Deals

Rendezvous: $5 off your bill if you buy dinner for two.

Belltown Pub: 10% off your bill.

5-Point Café: 10% off your bill.

Karma Lounge: $5 off food purchase. Not available during happy hour.

The Bike Pull Apart: 25 to 75% off used parts.

City Foods: 15% off purchase (excludes tobacco and lotto tickets)

Puget Sound Federal Credit Union: Free Membership

Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique: 10% off first purchase

Save the Date: The Innkeeper is Throwing a Party for Belltown Local and You’re Invited

Posted on May 22, 2012

The Innkeeper

2510 1st Avenue (Between Wall & Vine)

Sunday June 3rd

4:00 to 6:00pm

In lieu of giving Belltown Local subscribers a deal for small business week, the owners at The Innkeeper (Chris Linker, Judy Boardman and Chef Brian Durbin also own Black Bottle) have kindly offered to throw us all a patio party! Come and join other Belltown Locals for free food and drink. The Innkeeper will be smoking and grilling delicious meats and veggies on the back patio, so grab your Red Solo Cup and get ready to mingle with your fellow neighbors. It’s all free!

The Innkeeper opened at the end of November at the site of the former Marco’s Supper Club. Taking a page from Don Quixote, the owners have built a little sanctuary in the neighborhood not unlike the inns that dotted the landscape in Cervantes’s novel. Those fictional Spanish inns gave much-needed respite to the weary hero on his quest to revive chivalry. The concept translates very well  for those of us in Belltown looking for a gentle place to hang out and enjoy a little civility. Rest assured. Tilting at windmills is not a menu option.

Hike back to the patio and you’ll find a hidden oasis of backyard greenery and fencing that just begs for a sunny outdoor cookout. So let’s all get our wishing caps on and manifest a bright sunny afternoon come Sunday June 3. But even if it does rain, we can take shelter in the warm and cozy interior (no windmills in site). On tap will be beer from Two Beers Brewery out of Sodo and Arca Nova’s Coheita Harvest Vinho Verde (it’s a blanco for those of us not familiar with Portuguese wine). All that’s required is that you write your name on the Red Solo Cup and introduce yourself to three people you don’t know. And tell your friends.

RSVP on our Facebook event page: