Save the Ave

$1,780 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 11 months
Help us protect endangered small businesses and nonprofits in the U District from displacement by the recent up zone.

The U District is experiencing a irreversible transformation and a massive rezone to permit buildings as tall as 30 stories. We are raising funds to study the impacts of the up zone on our local small businesses and nonprofits; many of which are legacy, minority, and endangered.

Our hope is to identify strategies to help keep us here in the U District during and after these challenging times.

We deeply appreciate your support, love, and any contributions you can make to our online fundraising campaign. Only with your support can we continue to be the heart of our diverse and dynamic community.

Check out the cool donation rewards available to donors for select contribution amounts, and offered by our local businesses and nonprofits.

We thank you for your help to Save the Ave!

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Thank you for your support and now, the waiting is over!

Join us to hear the key findings from our extensive survey of 124 small businesses and nonprofits along the Ave. This successful survey was completed by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies with volunteer help from our self-organized small business association, without support from the city but from our committed community.

Survey Release Party
Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm
Big Time Brewery

At the event, we will present the results of the survey, hear from local business owners, and learn about next steps to protect endangered businesses. The impact study is an essential, first step in crafting real, data-driven solutions that will help keep the U District community together, on the “Ave”, and throughout our district.

Here’s what we have accomplished so far:
Fall ’16 - Formed a nonprofit organization of fellow small business owners
Winter ’17 - Negotiated a delay of the rezone along the Ave
Spring ’17 - Raised thousands to study the impacts to small businesses
Summer ’17 - Conducted a survey of hundreds of small businesses along the Ave
Fall ’17 - Presentation of survey results and key resolutions

The unique small businesses and nonprofits are the heart of our U District community, and without them, the character and identity of the neighborhood is at risk. Long-time favorites, including many legacy and minority-owned businesses, are on board, pushing to ‘Save the Ave’.

We greatly appreciate your continued support.
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Alfred J Mustey Shiga
8 months ago

This effort is misguided and not what Ave small businesses need.

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$1,780 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 11 months
Created March 12, 2017
Unique Stickers
Show your support and get a great “Keep the U District Unique” Sticker as a thank you gift for any donation, while supplies last.
ThankYou Button
Get your choice of either a “Save the Ave” Button or a “USB Heart Open” Button as a thank you gift, while supplies last.
PHRA Button+
Get one PHRA Button & one PHRA Sticker from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, while supplies last.
PHRA Patches
Get your PHRA Patch from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, while supplies last.
Dream Watcher
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Get a “Dream Watcher” Gargoyle Wall Plaque from Gargoyles Statuary.
Bulldog Cap
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Get a fabulously stylish, Bulldog News baseball cap from the folks at Bulldog News.
The Vinyl 45
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Get a 7” Vinyl 45 Record of Historic, Underground Seattle Music from Vagrant Records.
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Get a wonderful $20 gift certificate to enjoy at Gargoyles Statuary.
Gargoyles Shirt
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Get your classic Gargoyles logo t-shirt from Gargoyles Statuary.
Lapis Ring
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Get a bold, distinctive, Afghani, Kuchi tribal ring with large blue Lapis stone set in decorative band made from melted down Afghani coins from Valley of Roses.
Unique T-Shirt
Get a stylish, black “Keep the U District Unique” t-shirt and wear your support for the Ave and the U District on your chest, while supplies last.
Tarot Reading
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You can enjoy a “20 minute Tarot Reading” from Rene Aceves and gain deeper insight. The reading will take place at Gargoyles Statuary.
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A $25 Which Wich Gift Certificate, to keep your tummy happy.
Fill ‘er up!
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Get a special growler, courtesy of the original Seattle brew pub, Big Time Brewery, plus 1 filling of the growler with any of the tasty beers on tap, 21+ only.
Unique Hoodie
Stay warm and stylish in your new, black, “Keep the U District Unique” hoodie and wear your support for the Ave. and the District proudly, while supplies last.
Afghan Bracelet
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You will get a lovely, unusual, and petite, vintage, Afghani, Kuchi tribal, belly-dancing bracelet with bells from the 1940-50’s from Valley of Roses Boutique.
Lapis Necklace
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You will dazzle when you get this beautiful, vintage, blue lapis, Afghani, Kuchi tribal necklace from the 1940-50’s from the Valley of Roses Boutique.
Activism on Ave
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You and nine friends can go on a “Social Activism of the Ave Tour” to explore the history of the U District on foot with Shilo, People’s Harm Reduction Alliance
Movie Screening
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Invite up to 20 all-ages people to Scarecrow Video for a private movie screening of your choice from the expansive movie collection in the special viewing area.
Big Time Haul
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You get a treasure trove of Big Time Brewery goodies: a hoodie, t-shirt, growler and two pint glasses from one of Seattle’s very first brew pubs, 21+ only.
Movie Screening
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Invite up to 20 people to Scarecrow Video for a private movie screening of your choice from the expansive movie collection with beer from Big Time Brewery, 21+.
Tour & Tasting
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You and a date can enjoy a private brewery tour and learn about the beer brewing process at Big Time Brewery, beer tasting & dinner included for two, 21+ only.
Double Date
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Enjoy an atmospheric, private, after-hours, double date at Gargoyles Statuary with catered cocktail service and appetizers for up to 4 people, 21+ only.
Coffee Goodness
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Enjoy a private coffee roasting tour with the coffee roaster at Seattle’s oldest coffeehouse, Allegro Café, savor a special coffee tasting, & a pound of coffee.
Sunlight Kitten
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Get a charming, framed, original watercolor entitled “Sunlight Kitten” created by the artist Braden Duncan from Gargoyles Statuary.
Mac & Mag Party
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Have a great, mac n’ cheese dinner with your friends around the community table at Bulldog News and choice of a magazine each (up to $15) for up to 8 people.
Movie Party
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Invite 40 folks to watch a private showing of a movie of your choice from the massive Scarecrow movie collection at the Grand Illusion Cinema, 21+ only.
Intl News Fix
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Weekend International News Fix - An imported, weekend, foreign newspaper subscription for 1 year (like Le Monde or the Guardian newspapers) from Bulldog News.
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9 months ago
Cory Crocker
9 months ago


Erik Jaccard
9 months ago

A worthy project. Good luck!

Matthew Duket
9 months ago

I miss my home, but I will return someday, and when I do, I want The Ave to have that same special feeling it has always had. Keep the UD Unique!

Robin Donovan
9 months ago

Great activism... I don't want to see one, homogeneous, Seattle. Hope the impact study is what it takes.

Alfred J Mustey Shiga
8 months ago

This effort is misguided and not what Ave small businesses need.

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