• Time to Light Up the Beach! RB Community Open House Dec 2nd 5-8pm

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge: All You Need is Love! December 2nd from 5-8pm over 30 Rainier Beach businesses and organizations invite you in for a FREE community open house to marvel at their decorations, enjoy their hospitality, and VOTE on your favorites! This event takes place all over Rainier Beach offering treats like live dance performances, ethnic food bites & beverages, crafts, games, a Ukulele jam, huge luminaria labyrinth, caroling, live music, pop-up shops, and SNOW! Get started at Rainier Beach Safeway (9262, Rainier Ave S.). There will be  THREE Ethnic Santas this year!!

    With a theme of “All You Need is Love,” there will be  THREE Ethnic Santas this year!! FREE Santa Photos from Derek Johnson Photographic (Asian Santa courtesy of Rainier Beach Ready Emergency Hub), white Santa courtesy of Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital and African American Santa courtesy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Lambda Alpha Zeta Chapter.lutb-poster-2016

    Additional participating local businesses and organizations include: Rainier Dance Center, Maya’s Mexican Fiesta, Jude’s Old Town (reigning champion), Rainier Health & Fitness, Merrill & Merrill Insurance, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Stone House Cafe & Bakery, Redwing Cafe, Emerald City Bible Fellowship, Drae’s Lake Route, Beach Bakery, Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar, Sunsets Cafe, King Donuts, Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital, God Is, Joseph’s Elite Image, Rainier Beach Community Center, Taylor Tax, Designs by Cece, Rainier Beach Community Club, Seattle Farm Coop, Seattle Tilth, WOW! Chocolates, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Seattle Police South Precinct, and pop-up shops from Cafe Avole, Young Queens of Rainier Beach/ Queen Care, and Penniless Projects t-shirt trailer.

    This event is presented and powered by Rainier Beach Merchants Association and its members, with assistance from our good friends at Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Please contact maia@rainierbeachsquare.com for more info.

  • Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge Open House

    The Rainier Beach Merchants invite you to the 2nd Annual Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge and community open house, December 4th from 5-8pm! Over 15 local businesses to decorate their storefront – or team up with a local community group or artist – to brighten our streets, celebrate the holidays, and compete for prizes!

    Meet business owners, enjoy complimentary hospitality, entertainment, and activities in shops, collect stamps on a passport and VOTE for your favorite displays. Carolers, food, crafts, dance & music performances, giant chess, luminaria, SPD Mobile Unit tours, FREE SANTA PHOTOS and MORE!

    Get your passport from any participating business like our major sponsor Safeway Rainier Beach. Also sponsored by Seattle Office of Economic Development.

    Venues & Participants
    Safeway Rainier Beach/ South Shore PTSA/ Rainier Beach Ready Emergency Hub/ Derek Johnson Photography/ FREE SANTA PHOTOS!
    Rainier Beach Merchants Association/ Penniless Projects/ GIANT CHESS! SNOW!
    Nate’s Wings & Waffles/ WAFFLES!
    Merrill & Merrill Insurance/ CRAFTY GOODNESS & SNACKS!
    Redwing Cafe/ ANNIVERSARY PARTY! MUSIC! COOKIE DECORATING!
    Rainier Dance Center/ DANCE DANCE DANCE!
    Giorgina’s Mediterranean Kitchen/ The Critter Camp/ PIZZA!!!
    Jude’s Old Town/ COOKIES!
    Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital/ SANTA PAWS! MUSIC! SNACKS!
    Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar/ IB Art Rainier Beach High School/ SAMPLES!
    King Donuts/ DONUTS!
    Joseph’s Elite Image/ MUSIC! SNACKS!
    Maya’s Mexican Fiesta/ Artist Daniel Dara/ MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE!
    Rainier Health & Fitness/MIXXED FIT Holiday Hip Hop Class! PHOTO BOOTH!
    Seattle Farm Co-Op/ Seattle Tilth/ SOUP! CIDER! GIANT CHICKEN PHOTO OP!
    Rainier Beach Community Center/ Safe Passages Team/ GOOD TIMES!
    Rainier Beach Community Center Parking Lot/ Seattle Police South Precinct Mobile Unit/ TOUR THE RIDE!
    Roving Caroling by New Revelations & Friends
    Luminaria by Southeast Seattle Senior Center

  • Rainier Beach Merchants 2014 Scorecard

    As 2015 starts to shape up, we wanted to share a few Rainier Beach Merchants Association highlights from our efforts in 2014. What a stellar year!

    Below we outline our goals and how we reached them together. Thank you motivated Rainier Beach business owners for making this possible!
    GOALS & OUTCOMES
    Grow membership and increase organization capacity
    o Increased membership by 666% from 6 to 46 members, engaged over 500 volunteer hours with members, began to identify future leadership from new members. Engaged over 50 % of members to sponsor or participate in events.

    Create positive awareness of Rainier Beach community
    o In addition to direct community outreach and participation, Rainier Beach and the Merchants received positive press and mentions directly related to RBMA efforts in the Seattle Times, Seattle Globalist, Rainier Valley Post, South Seattle Emerald, SouthendSeattle.com, Facebook, Nextdoor, Front Porch, and personal blogs, among others.
    Increase public engagement and outreach
    o Engaged a minimum of 12,000 direct touch-points during 17 events June – December (not including social media and advertising).
    Build relationships and partner with community entities
    o Created strategic alliances with Somali Community Services, Safe Place for Youth/Seattle Neighborhood Group, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (Seattle Tilth), Southeast Seattle Senior Center, major corporate anchor Safeway, Rainier Beach Community Center, and Rainier Beach United Methodist Church (Boy Scouts & Emergency Hub) by gaining them all as active, engaged members, volunteers and donators of services.
    o Engaged or partnered in community events and activities with Safe Place for Youth (Seattle Neighborhood Group), Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rainier Beach Moving Forward, Rainier Beach Community Center, Rainier Beach High School, Rainier Beach Community Club, Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (Seattle Tilth), Rainier Beach Ready Emergency Hub, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, RBUMC Boy Scouts, Lake Washington Apartments Youth Arts program, and Southeast Seattle Senior Center.
    Contribute to “Clean & Safe” activities
    o Partnered with Safe Place for Youth and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to engage volunteers for clean-ups and innovative hot spot interventions, and created Light Up the Beach to activate Rainier Beach streets with community activity after dark.
    EVENTS – Created, staffed, supported or sponsored by RBMA. 17 TOTAL June – December
    Monthly Board Meetings
    June
    Angel Investment and Maker Space Mixer – And summer kick-off with “angel investor” Frank Martinez and sneak peek at not yet open Red Wing Café. 30 attendees
    July
    Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic Rainier Beach Hydration Station – 25 volunteers, including RBMA members, local residents and families, joined to cheer and offer beverages to 10,000 cyclists through Rainier Beach to raise awareness of community beauty and hospitality.

    Public Safety and Addressing Hot Spots Mixer at Rainier Yacht Club – With speakers Sgt. Ann Martin and Barb Biondo of Seattle Neighborhood Group/ Safe Place for Youth Initiative. 15 attendees
    Rainier Beach Light Rail Area Community Business Tour – 3 businesses and organizations (including Somali Community Services), plus discussion of artwork at Rainier Beach Light Rail station with Jerri Plumridge of SEEDArts (who helped to curate the art) – 18 attendees.
    August
    Back 2 School Bash – Supported and attended event produced by Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition. 800 attendees.
    Safe Place for Youth Corner Greeters (5 events) – Harambe Drumming Circle, Peace Revolutions, Kindness Blooms on Rose St, Peace Putts, Fold in Peace – Sponsor, partner with Seattle Neighborhood Group on Byrne Grant project, volunteered for events. Estimated 150 attendees over 5 events.
    Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Garden Party Mixer – New member RBUFW opened their doors, gave tours, and connected with two new restaurants for their wholesale program. 28 attendees.
    Old Town Rainier Beach “Hidden Gem” Community Business Tour – 5 businesses (behind the scenes for two that had not opened yet), plus partnered with Rainier Valley Historical Society for historical references and stories. 22 attendees.
    Four-Corners Community Clean-up – Partnered with RBMA members and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and over 20 volunteers for pre-Art Walk clean up.
    September
    4th Annual Art Walk Rainier Beach – Estimated 1200 in attendance over 2 days of events, included a VIP tent as a thank you for sponsors and friends of the RBMA.
    Get Inspired by Thinking Local! Mixer – With speaker Erin Nelson, co-director of Seattle Good Business Network. 12 attendees.
    Rainier Beach Town Hall: Pathway to Jobs – Joint community forum with Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Puget Sound Sage, and Rainier Beach Moving Forward – over 50 people in attendance.
    October
    RBHS Homecoming Tailgate Party – 10 RBMA volunteers fed over 300 students and their families. Food donated by Safeway.
    Fighting Displacement: Lessons from CID with Bob Santos Mixer/Public Event – Partnership with Rainier Beach Community Club to have space donated for the event. Approximately 30 people in attendance from across the City of Seattle.
    Boo Bash – Partnered with new member Cindy Laws, and Safeway on Laws vision for this first time event. Over 700 children and their families attended. Would have been higher but for an accident that shut down the neighborhood for two peak hours during the event.
    December
    Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge Community Open House – 11 locations, 9 community groups and local artists. Attended by over 500 people. New member Somali Community Services mobilized community members and dozens of new immigrants had first time experience having photo taken with American Santa. Follow up buzz with social media and news stories.
    Light Up the Beach Awards and RBMA Holiday Party – Attended by 30 members and winners. Social media activity around the event and community sky- rocketed after the awards ceremony.
    HUGE THANK YOU TO THE RBMA BOARD, SEED SEATTLE, AND THE SEATTLE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT “ONLY IN SEATTLE” PROGRAM FOR SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE RAINIER BEACH MERCHANTS!