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The city of Seattle and Community Partners Launch ‘Shop Your Block’ Holiday Campaign to Support Small Businesses

The city develops new small business map to connect the public to local retailers for the holiday shopping season

SEATTLE (November 20, 2020) –Today, the City of Seattle launched the new Shop Your Block retail map as part of the larger public campaign—Shop Your Block—that aims to support small businesses throughout the holiday season. Shop Your Block connects consumers to local small retail businesses throughout Seattle using the new retail map and online neighborhood marketplaces. This campaign is the result of partnerships between the City, Comcast, small business owners, business district organizations, and community partners. Shop Your Block celebrates Seattle’s unique character and encourages the public to support local retailers in their neighborhood —in person or online— this holiday shopping season. 

The new Shop Your Block map allows users to find local retailers across the City. Users are able to search for retailers near them, or search for businesses by name, address, neighborhood, or product keywords. The map will also display operation days and hours per business, identify if a business is open for in-person shopping, online shopping, curbside pickup, or appointment only. Businesses are also able to display if they are BIPOC, Woman, LGBTQ+ or Veteran owned.  Business owners can add themselves to the map by completing a short questionnaire Click here to fill out the survey and sign up


The Central Area Collaborative’s Community Navigator is available to help small businesses fill out the survey along with staff from the Office of Economic Development

Shop Your Block is also partnering with The Intentionalist—an online platform that supports small businesses and diverse local communities through its online directory, guides, marketplace, and gift cards. The gift certificate marketplace is a one-stop-shop for gift certificates from restaurants and retailers throughout the Greater Seattle area. Intentionalist’s holiday gift guides highlight gift ideas available for purchase at small businesses owned by women, people of color, veterans, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities.

The Central Area Collaborative is also partnering with The Intentionalist and has provided $1500.00 to support the creation of landing pages for Central Area neighborhood businesses. In addition, the Central Area Collaborative is pledging an additional $1500.00 to support the gift certificate/gift card program for the local businesses when customers purchase the certificates/cards.