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Will you help clean up our neighborhood? From 9am to Noon on Oct. 24, the Hillman City Business Association is organizing a Costumed Cleanup.

Cleaner-uppers will meet at Big Chickie starting at 8:30 for Tin Umbrella coffee and pastries, and will work till Noon. Following the cleanup, volunteers will have a chili lunch at Big Chickie with beer specials from Spinnaker Bay. Prizes will be offered for best costumes!

And just to sweeten the deal, all pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt with the below design

Hillman City Business Association

More information and registration here

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DRESS CODE ALERT: The Hillman City hexagon/beehive logo is now something you can wear.

Order your 100% cotton shirts–you choose the color–here. Hoodies and other gear also available.

Blue beehive logo by HC-based design group Universal Declaration.

Hillman City logo T-shirts

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The local cable program “Neighborhoods” dropped in on Hillman City earlier this year and spent some time with a few of the Rainier Ave businesses that are anchoring economic development in our community, including Tim Umbrella Coffee, the Collaboratory, Spinnaker Bay, Jacob Willard Home, and Big Chickie.

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It’s a family operation at Jacob Willard Home — dad Karl named the used furniture shop after his son — and the Rainier Ave. storefront is virtually overflowing stylish vintage and mid-century furniture. Occasionally on a summer evening, the store does actually spill onto the sidewalk — providing furniture for a community pop-up “Hillman City Living Room (pictured above)!” Karl also stocks mid-century collectibles and LPs, and offers upholstery and refinishing services, extending the life of older tables, chairs and other furniture.

Jacob Willard Home was in business online for three years before Karl decided it was time to open a showroom. He considered downtown locations before zeroing in on Hillman City, a neighborhood he describes as “up and coming.” Stop by to browse, to chat with Karl about interior design, or to hear what he’s got playing on the turntable!

Jacob Williard HomeJacob Willard Home

5600-D Rainier Ave S Seattle 98118 206.290.8619 Email: Facebook page

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Taking a walk? Why not sit down and read a book afterwards? Tiny, front-yard libraries are popping up in neighborhoods around Seattle and across the country. Many builders of these birdhouse-sized units are inspired by the Little Free Library movement launched by a carpenter and a community educator in Madison, Wisconsin. The boxes–some basic, some quite elaborate–invite passers by to stop, browse, chat, and to borrow (or leave) a good read or two.

Hillman City and Columbia City are becoming a little epicenter for these libraries in the Seattle area, as shown by Howard Gutknecht’s video tour above. Interested in creating your own little free library? Check out these photos for further inspiration!

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On June 8, join people, pets and Team Kora at Seward Park for the Furry 5K—a fun run and walk to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation!

furryJonathan and Susan (your neighbors and the creators of lost a dear friend this month, when our cat Kora was killed on the night of May 16. She had gotten loose from the house, wandered further than usual, and encountered a viciously cruel person or people, who strangled her and left her to die hanging from a neighbor’s fence.

We are still in shock at the loss of our sweet friend, but we take comfort in knowing that others in the neighborhood cared about Kora too. We’re also benefiting from the dedication of staff at the Seattle Animal Shelter, who delivered the sad news to us, are investigating the crime, and have arranged with the Humane Society to offer a $5000 reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for Kora’s death.

Now, we want to turn our grief into positive action–and to celebrate the lives of all of our furry 4-pawed friends. So we’re forming Team Kora to fundraise for the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation in Kora’s memory, and we invite you to walk with us on June 8!

You can contribute to the Shelter’s local work to protect animals through our Team Kora page; registration to participate in the Furry 5K is separate, and can be done onsite or here. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the Furry 5K:


Furry 5K Fun Run and Walk 10am, June 8, 2014 at Seward Park onsite registration begins at 8:15 leashed dogs welcome

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Hillman City has a very active crossfit gym. Throughout the day, it’s not unusual to spot crossfitters taking laps around the block. People of all fitness levels are encouraged to visit Rocket Crossfit and learn more about this challenging and results-driven workout.

Wednesday through Saturday evenings, a rotating food truck parks next door offering post-workout meals.

5720 Rainier Ave S.

tel. 206.725.0278 facebook:

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Rainier Avenue Church is a Free Methodist Church with a diverse membership, including recent immigrants. With a 100-plus year history of ministry in Rainier Valley, the church is committed to authentic community, social justice, and finding wholeness in Jesus Christ.

Mark Abbott is interim lead pastor, serving month to month from October 2013 until the board and delegates select the next long-term lead pastor.

Some of the ministries, co-housed organizations, and extra activities include the Community Development Team, Undoing Institutional Racism Committee, Urban Impact, and a community knitting and crafting group.

5900 Rainier Ave S

tel. 206.722.5616 facebook:

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