Trade Show Offers Swag, Samples

Umbrellas, travel mugs, t-shirts, chair massages, and samples of ice cream and hors d'oeuvres attracted over 600 people to the South Lake Union Trade Show held in September. Presented by the SLU Chamber of Commerce, this year's trade show doubled the number of attendees from last year, and also doubled the number of vendors at the sold-out event from 16 to 30 booths."Each year it grows," said exhibitor Dawn Oliver with the Morningside School. "The event showed good community spirit and the number of attendees was evidence of growth in the neighborhood and the foot traffic on the street."

The SLU Community Council was represented with a booth which presented information on the area plan and the mobility study.  Council members were on hand to answer questions, encourage community participation in the Council, and to let people know that the Council can serve as a conduit for advancing community issues/agenda.

The trade show was produced with sponsorships from Spring Hill Suites, UW Medicine, Pacific Medical Center, 415 Westlake and Athletic Awards.

The SLU Chamber continues working on ways to help local businesses and they are about to introduce a new app that will highlight special offers from retailers participating in the SLU Card program, neighborhood twitter feeds, events  and navigation tools. Part of the inspiration for the app came from business leaders who want to remind people that businesses are open during Mercer Construction. With so many innovative and tech-forward companies in the neighborhood, an app seemed like the perfect way to do this and showcase the neighborhood at the same time.

More Retailers Join SLU Community

SLU continues to expand its retail base by attracting new stores, services and restaurants to the neighborhood.  In the coming months, these retailers will be joining the community. Shop ‘Til You Drop Born to Run 2,000 square-foot store opening in July 224 Pontius Ave N, in Alley 24 building across from REI

Born to Run offers running and lifestyle shoes that have less barrier between the foot and the ground, which some believes strengthens feet and treats foot problems such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis. They also offer education and technique training.

West Elm  16,000 square-foot store opening in the fall 2201 Westlake Building, at Westlake Ave N and Denny Way

A member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., West Elm designs clean, simple, affordable products for modern living. The SLU storefront will be their first location in Washington State.

Lookin’ Good Bar Method  3,800-square foot studio opening in late summer 120 Westlake Ave N, in Rollin Street building at Westlake Ave N and John

The Bar Method is a full-body exercise program created to utilize the ballet bar fitness technique and draws from the principles of isometrics, dance conditioning, interval training and physical therapy.

Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop Service opening in early October 307 Westlake Ave N, in Seattle BioMed building

Capelli’s provides an upscale barbershop experience and high-quality products, especially for men.  Services include haircuts, scalp massages, color and highlighting, beard, mustache and goatee trims, brow waxes and manicures, massage, and hair removal services.

Good Eats The Wurst Place 510 Westlake Ave N, by the Guitar Center

This microbrewery will be serving 20 or so staple sausages—plus a large selection of rotating specials, artisanal mustards, Belgian frites with dipping sauce, and 15 tap beers. For more information see the post on Seattle Met’s blog.

Mio Sushi First Seattle location, opening in the early Fall 120 Westlake Ave N, in Rollin Street building at Westlake Ave N and Denny Way

This sushi restaurant is known for having the freshest and highest quality fish, which is flown in daily from Hawaii.  They also offer hot cuisine such as bento boxes, and refreshments like beer and wine.  Happy hour will be offered daily from 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Health Care for SLU

The SLU neighborhood is growing with great places to live, work, eat and play. But where do you go if you need healthcare? A new amenity in the neighborhood—Swedish South Lake Union Primary Care – is now serving the medical needs of the people that live and work here. "We recognize that people have a fast-paced schedule with busy lives, and we are doing as much as we can to support them," said Tommi Rainey, clinic administrator.

The new 14,000-square-foot facility, located at Boren Ave. N. and Mercer, features primary care and a walk-in clinic and has extended hours to serve patients before or after work. "A lot of intention went into the clinic design," said Rainey. "It is very nice to work in an environment that is calm, grounded and beautiful."

The primary care clinic offers internal medicine, family medicine, pediatric care, adolescent care, annual physicals and preventive screening. "This clinic is unique—offering a care team approach designed to enhance the patient experience. Each

Exam Room provider has their own dedicated staff and strives to ensure the patient sees the same team each time they come in," explained Rainey. "We recognize that people are getting lost in the shuffle and missing the personal touch of having a relationship with their doctor."

Swedish SLU also offers a walk-in clinic for patients to receive same day services for common ailments. “The walk-in model serves the acute needs of the community. It offers the same-day, immediate service that people need," Rainey said.

The Swedish Medical Group has 17 primary care clinics, with the SLU location being the newest and the first one with a walk-in clinic. "Swedish is very excited to be here in the in South Lake Union neighborhood," said Dr. Warren Fein, medical director for primary care clinics. "This is in line with Swedish’s mission to deliver healthcare to the community."