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When I first started working at the Chamber three years ago, I asked you, our members, what was your number one concern. Your answer? “Workforce.” Access to skilled and trained employees was the number one issue then and it continues to be our primary concern now.

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Foodie Favorites in Seattle Southside

As locals in Seattle Southside, we often take for granted some of the perks of living in such a culturally diverse region. We have families, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens from all parts of the world who now call Seattle’s Backyard their home. We’re truly fortunate that this celebrated diversity is reflected throughout our communities, not to mention…our dining scene! From Japanese, to Italian, to Ethiopian and our own, uniquely Northwest cuisine, there are so many delicious options to explore.

Just down the street from Sea-Tac Airport, an unassuming building is home to two restaurants from very distant parts of the world. On one side, Star Coffee serves some of the best Ethiopian cuisine in the land. Why call an Ethiopian restaurant “Star Coffee?” Try a latte made from special Ethiopian coffee beans to find out. Sip your espresso and dip your injera bread into the veggie combination or beef tips to fully immerse yourself. Right next door sits a little taste of Southeast Asia. Chontong Thai Cuisine offers a wide variety of traditional and modern Thai dishes like pad see ewe, crispy garlic chicken, yellow curry fried rice, and mango sticky rice (when in season) for dessert.

On Southcenter Parkway, people just can’t seem to get enough of the Italian food at Grazie Ristorante . The intimate setting and exquisite, gourmet Italian food make for a perfect date night. Start with the antipasti del giorno, then try either the pollo saltimbocca or parmigiano and finish your meal off with one of the delicious desserts you passed by on the sample platter as you walked in.

Within walking distance from Grazie, Arashi Ramen brings the heat with delicious, artfully crafted bowls of ramen. This isn’t the store-bought ramen you remember from your college days…ramen bowls at Arashi are typically filled with some combination of savory pork, veggies, and spices. Start off with the honey garlic karaage (Japanese fried chicken), then enjoy a hearty bowl of black garlic ramen or spicy tan tan men.

If you like seafood, you’ll love Wally’s Chowder House . Currently rated as the #1 restaurant in Des Moines on TripAdvisor, Wally’s manages to do everything right in the seafood world. Whether it’s their chowder bread bowl, fried favorites like fish and chips, lobster tail, or the “world’s best” crab cakes, Wally’s is home to some of the finest food of the aquatic variety in the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, Sharp’s Roasthouse wraps up our list as the premiere destination in Seattle Southside for applewood roasted meats. They roast their prime rib for over 14 hours, and it shows. They’ve got pulled pork, prime-grade marbled hamburgers, smoked salmon, and to top it all off, they have perhaps the most extensive bar in the land with an endless selection of original mixed drinks, craft beer and wine.

We’ve only managed to scratch the surface of all the mouth-watering restaurants in Seattle Southside. For the complete list, head to https://www.seattlesouthside.com/eat/ . Now, get out there and eat! 

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Sea-Tac Airport Travel Tips to Help You Plan Ahead

It’s that time of year again, and you won’t be alone if you’re traveling through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Planning ahead with our tips and resources can help make your travel more efficient and rewarding. Here are some hints to get you to the airport, gate, and beyond.

  • Arrive early – two hours ahead of time for a domestic flight and three hours for an international flight;

  • Avoid driving if you can – use light rail, public transit, taxis, airport shuttle or ride-share vehicles and Think Opposite;

  • Limit carry-on food items for faster screening – large food items could trigger additional screening.

Keep calm and collected while you travel with these handy solutions:

  • Check out the new Sea-Tac Airport App to watch security checkpoint wait times, search for your flight, find yourself on the terminal map, and search for restaurants, lounges, the meditation room or your favorite retail store.

  • Sign up for text alerts. Get text updates about what's happening at the airport by texting "Update" to (206) 347-8045.

  • Gourmand-on-the-go! Dining options throughout Sea-Tac like Evergreens Salad, QDOBA and Beecher’s offer online and mobile ordering. Several of our fast-casual restaurants such as Camden Foods Co., McDonald’s and Pei Wei Asian Kitchen offer ordering kiosks for travelers that would like to skip the line.

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King County Executive's
Small Business Awards

Nominate our members for the ninth annual King County Executive's Small Business Awards! Small business that (1) are located in King County, (2) have 50 or fewer employees, (3) are a for-profit business in operation for at least 3 years, and (4) were not past winners or 2018 finalists are eligible for the following seven awards:

Small Business of the Year

Minority Small Business of the Year

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Exporting Small Business of the Year

Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year

Workforce Small Business of the Year

Rural Small Business of the Year

A business may self-nominate or be nominated by a chamber of commerce, a city, or a business organization and may be nominated in more than one category, but will need to complete a separate nomination form for each entry. Nominations are open now through July 15, 2019 and the 2019 Awards event will be on Thursday, September 26.

Upcoming Events
After Hours with
Highline Bears
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Discover Burien and the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce co-present this June After Hours event with the Highline Bears! Join us for mixing, mingling, special giveaways, and light

Chamber Mixer with
Seattle Southside RTA
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Join the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority and other chamber members for our June Mixer at the RTA's Visitor's Center. We invite you to take part in a great networking opportunity. Don't forget those business cards!

ACES for All:
Community Sounding Board
Thursday, June 27, 2019
The Chamber is partnering with ACES Northwest Network to put on this "Community Sounding Board" to share information about ACES's efforts in King County and where members of the community can share their mobility challenges in the South Sound area.

Roundtable Discussion with
the Seattle Chamber
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Join us for a roundtable discussion with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott around topics impacting your business and neighborhood.

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