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Join your neighbors at the free Graham Business District Guided Tour on Saturday July 17th starting at 10:30am in front of Viet Wah at Empire Plaza.

Julie Pham, Managing Editor of Người Việt Tây Bắc/Northwest Vietnamese News, will lead the tour. Tour highlights include a brief history of the area, amazing stories from immigrant entrepreneurs, and samples. It will be like vacationing abroad without the hassle of having to update your passport!

Please register with Sarah Valenta at 760-4213 or gro.awthgisemoh|haras#gro.awthgisemoh|haras.

Formed two years ago to organize and promote businesses along the corridor, the MLK Business Association (MLK BA) envisions a "strong, vibrant, and culturally diverse business community that is a destination, second to none, in the Pacific Northwest." In an effort to realize that goal, the BA has teamed up with HomeSight, a local community development corporation (CDC), to organize tours of the incredible array of shops and services available—from the "chicken lady" to Cajun Crawfish to Sunlight Salon.

The purpose of the tours is twofold; the tours not only introduce the MLK businesses to potential new customers in a fun and interactive way, but also get the businesses thinking on their own about how to broaden their customer base with the community. Two successful tours took place last year, with a total of four tours planned in 2010.

This past June 12th, on a surprisingly sunny Saturday, upwards of 25 people gathered to tour 5 businesses in the Othello Business District led by MLK BA Board Chair Julie Pham. The group sampled dim sum at Venus, visited Sunlite Salon and New Holly Gifts & Alterations, found perfectly pulled espresso and Halal meat at Halin Café and Grocery, and saw where live chickens are sold on Saturdays, among other highlights.

Thrilled by the experience, one upper Rainier Beach resident said "I take the light rail into work every day and I have been interested in checking out many of the businesses/restaurants that I see from the light rail. I think tours like this are a great way to expose people to neighborhoods they may otherwise not know."

If you would like to participate in July 17th tour or one of the upcoming tours (dates TBD) please register with Sarah Valenta at 760-4213 or gro.awthgisemoh|haras#gro.awthgisemoh|haras.


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