Swoon to the Tunes of Seattle’s Women Chorus

The Seattle’s Women Chorus

Courtesy of the Seattle Women Chorus Facebook Page

Courtesy of the Seattle Women Chorus Facebook Page

Originally founded in 2002, the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC) has grown to become one of the most celebrated and impactful chorus groups in North America. Providing a powerful voice for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s social justice, SWC’s work extends beyond the stage to help support women in cities they tour. SWC has led community engagement projects for Women for Women International, a non-profit focused on supporting women and children in conflict zones. While in Seattle, catch a SWC performance to enjoy an evening of music and supporting women.

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Take a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ Class at the Woman-Owned Grinning Yogi

Grinning Yogi

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Courtesy of Grinning Yogi’s Facebook Page

If you are looking for a woman-owned yoga studio to unwind and relax, look no further than the Grinning Yogi, which boasts an all-female leadership team. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Grinning Yogi has a mission to offer yoga to everyone in the Seattle community. The yoga studio offers weekly pay-what-you-can classes as well as work-trade scholarships. In short, if you’re strapped for cash but keen to practice yoga, the Grinning Yogi is a welcoming space to people of all backgrounds and circumstances.

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Shop at the Black Woman-Owned Lika Love Boutique

Lika Love Boutique

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Lika Love is a black woman-owned business founded by Malika Siddiq. What started out as a truck selling clothes has now become a successful brick-and-mortar store with three boutiques located around Seattle. The boutique located in West Seattle on California Avenue is the original flagship store. Today, Lika Love sells everything from shoes to lingerie, with an emphasis on providing a ‘fun and comfortable place for women to shop.’

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Dive into Seattle’s History an Underground Walking Tour

Seattle Underground Walking Tour

Seattle underground © | jvl/Flicker

Seattle underground © | jvl/Flicker

In 1889, Seattle suffered devastating damage due to what is now known as the Great Fire. To recover, Seattle did something unique and rebuilt on top of itself, creating a subterranean underworld of what was once the original city. Today, Seattle’s underground remains a preserved time capsule of the city’s original storefronts and sidewalks now quietly entombed. This 75-minute guided walking tour dives into the history of Seattle, much of which was shaped by women. Although many of women’s contributions to Seattle have been lost to time—such as the original Nordstrom store, the Florence Crittenton Home for Fallen Women, the Suffrage Headquarters, etc.—this walking tour gives a glimpse into what the city was like back in the day.

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Support Sex Positivity at Seattle’s Babeland

Babeland

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Babeland is a feminist sex shop that celebrates sex-positivity and works to empower women through a series of workshops and events. Trained sex educators will invite women (over the age of 18) for candid conversations on everything from sex advice to introductory classes on bondage. Babeland was originally founded by Claire Cavanaugh and Rachel Venning, who found many sex shops to be seedy, dark, and unwelcoming to women. The two women decided to introduce a sex shop that would remove the stigma surrounding women’s sexuality and, quite literally, bring to light the fun and comfort of exploring one’s kinks. Today, Babeland has expanded beyond Seattle to include three locations in New York City.

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Get a Tattoo from this Woman-Run Parlor

Damask Tattoo

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Courtesy of the Damask Tattoo official website


Founded by Christy Brooker, this woman-owned and operated tattoo parlor sets itself apart with its all-natural, vegan aftercare products. Rather than default to the standard use of petroleum in tattoo after care, Damask opts to use sustainable products that are both safe and local. The result is a tattoo parlor that goes the extra mile, from its private rooms to relaxing decor to complimentary coffee.

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Shop for Locally Made Bags at Splash Fabric

Splash Fabric

Courtesy of IMP Wear Home’s (AKA Splash Fabric) Facebook Page

Courtesy of IMP Wear Home’s (AKA Splash Fabric) Facebook Page

Formerly known as IMP Wear, Splash Fabric sells handcrafted, eco-friendly, laminated cotton bags produced locally. Part of a community of Seattle-based makers, Splash Fabric creates stunning bags and home goods with 10 percent of profits going towards supporting Coyote Central, a non-profit fostering creativity in the city’s youth.

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Stop by the Woman-Owned Two Birds Tattoo

Two Birds Tattoo

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Courtesy of Two Birds Tattoo Facebook Page

If you’re looking to commemorate your Seattle trip with more than just a souvenir, consider getting a tattoo at Two Birds Tattoo. This entirely woman-run tattoo studio was founded by Ruby Santiago and Suzy Todd back in 2010. Today both Ruby and Suzy—along with four other female tattoo artists—deliver beautiful, custom tattoos designed to their client’s wishes. For those ready to tattoo their beloved pet on their body, Ruby donates 10 percent of proceeds from pet portraits to support a local animal charity. 

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Visit the Country’s Longest Running Lesbian Bar

The Wild Rose

Seattle Capitol Hill rainbow crosswalks © | Flicker

Seattle Capitol Hill rainbow crosswalks © | Flicker

Not only is Seattle the second best city for female entrepreneurs, but it has the third highest LGBTQ+ population in the United States. Seattle’s colorful Capitol Hill neighborhood is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, right down to the rainbow painted crosswalks. The Wild Rose opened on New Year’s Day back in 1985 and remains one of the country’s longest running lesbian bars. Back in the 80s, gay bars were hidden with unmarked signs in Seattle, but The Wild Rose did just the opposite. With its prime corner location on 11th Avenue and East Pike Street, The Wild Rose’s large street-facing windows proudly invites patrons to come in and have a drink. 

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Fight Hunger with these Sweet Treats

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

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Courtesy of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Facebook Page

Back in 2008, Molly Moon Neitzel opened up her first scoop shop with a mission to bring people together with the common goal of finding joy through ice cream. Today, Molly’s ice cream shop does just that with her mission-driven business that works to fight local hunger and partner with women and chefs of color. Sourcing 90 percent of her ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, Molly works to both support the local Seattle economy and community-driven organizations. One percent of Molly’s sales goes each year towards the local food bank, equity organizations and women and girl empowerment initiatives.

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Eat Gluten-Free at this Woman-Owned Restaurant

Capitol Cider

Courtesy of Capitol Cider’s Facebook Page

Courtesy of Capitol Cider’s Facebook Page

Although Capitol Cider was originally founded by Spencer Reiley, the celebrated restaurant is now being run by his mother, Julie Tall, who overtook the business after her son stepped aside for personal reasons. Being gluten-free for upwards of 15 years, Tall was excited to introduce a gluten-free menu for her patrons. Today the cider-filled bar is a neighborhood staple and must-visit for any travelers (especially gluten-free diners!) looking to grab a good meal.

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Grab a Fancy Cocktail at Renee Erickson’s Bar Melusine

Bar Melusine

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Courtesy of Bar Melusine’s Facebook Page

Renee Erickson is a restaurant entrepreneur who has single handedly reshaped Seattle’s culinary scene with her restaurant concepts, including: The Whale Wins, The Walrus & the Carpenter, Barnacle, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Doughnut & Coffee.  Erickson is one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs and is a James Beard award winner who went on to find Sea Creatures Concepts, the umbrella under which her eateries live. While all of Erikson’s restaurants are worth a visit, we especially love Bar Melusine for its bright decor and delightful cocktails. 

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Enjoy a Disco-themed Drag Brunch

Julia's

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Welcome to Seattle's only disco extravaganza-themed drag brunch show replete with lavish costumes, over-the-top wigs, and outrageous performances. Julia’s on Broadway is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and puts on various productions of burlesque and drag throughout the week, although it’s “Julia’s Queen of Brunch” show every Saturday and Sunday, which is the most popular. Supporting shows like “Julia’s Queen of Brunch,” has never been more important given a recent slew of targeted attacks from right wing extremists on the drag community. Book your tickets in advance and get ready for a brunch you’ll never forget.

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Grab Brunch at Seattle’s Legendary Café

Pettirosso Seattle

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Courtesy of Cafe Pettirosso’s Facebook Page

Speaking of brunch, Pettirosso Seattle is a must-visit. Originally founded by Robin Wright—who began Pettirosso Seattle as a simple coffee cart—the concept was further developed by sisters Yuki and Miki Sodos who came across the charming cart one day in 2000. The Sodos sisters—who are co-owners of Bang Bang Café—would work with Robin on Pettirosso Seattle until she handed the business over to them a few years later. The Sodos sisters proceeded to re-open Pettirosso Seattle in 2011. Today, the café—which is now a full blown restaurant—is an excellent brunch spot best known for its duck confit hash.

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Eat your Heart Out at Seattle’s Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes

Chocolate lava cake with a molten center © | Public Domain

Chocolate lava cake with a molten center © | Public Domain

Founded in 2008 by Autumn Martin, Hot Cakes is a dessert destination you simply can’t miss when visiting Seattle. The company started with one product: take and bake molten lava cakes sold inside mason jars. Martin balanced a full time job as head chocolatier at Theo Chocolate with selling her take and bake cakes at the local farmer’s market. In 2012, Martin finally opened her own restaurant on the very same street she used to sell her cakes at the farmer’s market. Today, Hot Cakes has expanded beyond lava cakes, although those are still the main draw.

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Transport Yourself to Paris with this Woman-Owned Bakery

Le Réve Bakery

Courtesy of Le Réve Bakery Facebook Page

Courtesy of Le Réve Bakery Facebook Page

Considered the gathering spot to go when in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, Le Réve is a charming Paris-inspired bakery founded by Andrea Nakata. Le Réve serves an array of cakes and pastries including macarons, croissants, and other French-inspried goodies. The bakery is also an active supporter of the neighborhood by working to support school fundraisers, local hospitals, and local nonprofits that benefit the community.

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