Seattle Legacy Businesses is a local and statewide community of individuals, business/property owners, organizations, corporations, and agencies collaborating to advocate for Seattle's unique, long-time, neighborhood businesses that occupy an essential role in the stories and rituals that define the city. These bars, restaurants, cafés, and shops have attracted locals and visitors alike for a taste of the city’ s unique character and sense of community. Inspired by San Francisco's Legacy Bars and Restaurants program, this project intends to recognize Seattle's important establishments; identify elements that contribute to the culture, character, and history of Seattle; and establish goals to protect them.

We aim to broaden the network of support for this effort and welcome all to join us! We invite you to take this survey so we can learn from you what businesses in your neighborhood you’ve loved and lost or fear may be in peril. Help identify places that matter to you and foster an atmosphere in which they might better thrive going forward.

Inquiries? Contact us seattlelegacybusinesses@gmail.com




In the Media

50 Places in Seattle That You're Taking for Granted
The Stranger // May 26, 2016

Seattle's dive bars are becoming an endangered species                                                                                                                       Seattle Times // April 15, 2016

Malls of America: Can San Francisco’s solution to protect mom-and-pop shops help preserve the character of city neighborhoods everywhere?
NY Daily News // April 5, 2016

Irish Wake for Lost Seattle Places
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog // March 17, 2016

Saying goodbye to beloved Ralph's Grocery
Seattle Times // December 2, 2015

Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs?
Seattle Globalist // November 2, 2015

Beloved Mama’s Mexican Kitchen in Belltown to close
Seattle Times // May 21, 2015

Operator not so sure about saving beloved Silver Fork
Seattle Times // August 17, 2012


COMMUNITY resources

Ghosts of Seattle Past                                                                                                                                                                                 A collaborative map of places loved and missed

Love the Hill
Focusing on the changing face of Capitol Hill

Focusing on the Rainier Valley Neighborhood

DorpatSherrardLomont | Now & Then
Paul Dorpat's blog documenting Seattle's past and present