Plus: Scenes from yesterday's vigil for Atlanta victims.
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🥐 Seattle is having a pastry boom

Plus: Scenes from yesterday's vigil for Atlanta victims.

Hey, it’s Tuesday!

It’s officially Spring AND the whole state has moved into Phase 3 of Gov. Inslee’s reopening plan — if you don’t remember what all that entails you can find the details here

For the first time in a long time, I’ve felt like there’s an actual light at the end of this pandemic tunnel and amidst all the hate and grief that’s shrouded this past week, I’m welcoming it with open arms. 

In today’s newsletter: Seattle’s seeing a pastry boom, a trivia game for Evergrey Extra members, and some photos from yesterday’s vigil for the victims of the Atlanta shootings.

What Seattle is talking about

Looking forward to all the summer sunrises and sunsets in our future. 😍 | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @brendanramseyphotography

Local pastry shops are having a moment. While restaurants have struggled to weather this pandemic, pastry shops have been popping up and flourishing. Crosscut’s arts and culture reporter Margo Vanshynghel profiles nearly a baker’s dozen of these pastry shops that opened in the past year. (Crosscut)

Please remember this pandemic isn’t over yet. COVID-19 cases are up 18% from two weeks ago in the Seattle area. Data shows this increase in cases is tied to restaurants, bars, and travel. Washington state collectively entered phase three of re-opening yesterday. (KUOW)

The best farmers market in the nation? USA Today is back with their list of the country’s best everything. This time they’re asking readers to vote on the best farmers market, and none other than Seattle’s own Ballard Farmers Market is nominated. Voting goes through April 12, Ballard currently sits at number 8 out of 20. (MyBallard

The return of the office. Microsoft announced that some of its Seattle-area employees can return to the office next week. The company is shifting to a hybrid work model where working remotely will be accepted in some cases. (GeekWire)

Honoring those killed in Atlanta at Hing Hay Park

(Photo by Grace Madigan)

For the full article with all the quotes and photos visit our website.

Two hundred people gathered at Hing Hay Park yesterday to honor the victims of last week’s Atlanta-area attacks.

The Massage Parlor Outreach Program organized the event which offered a space for people to grieve but also show solidarity. Not just for the victims of the Atlanta shootings, but for everyone who has been a victim to the systemic forces of white supremacy.

Here are some quotes from people I spoke with:

"We are here because we know the violence, we know the oppression, we know the objectification of our peoples.” — Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk, part of Unkitawa 

"[I'm] here just feeling the weight of not just U.S. imperialism but gender-based violence. I think for a lot of young Asian American folk we can feel so many pieces of that along with our own heritage and our own families and a lot of that is from our mothers as well." — Jess Hartman, member of Anakbayan Seattle

"This is for the women in the Asian community. You are our mothers, our aunties, our sisters, and we apologize for not protecting you. We apologize for not valuing all that you have done for us and not defending you to this moment.” — JM Wong, part of MPOP

"The Atlanta eight was really shocking for me because six of those women were women like me, like my friend here, my sister, my mom, it just really hit close to home." — Danielle Lee, student

“I think we’ve suffered a lot as Asian Americans but we’ve been so quiet. It’s really good to see all these people here today.” — Velma Veloria

You can donate to MPOP and support local massage parlor workers through the CashApp, instructions can be found here.

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✡️ Join the Holocaust Center for Humanity for a lunch and learn with author Sheila Isenberg whose book tells the story of Varian Fry (Online)

🏳️‍🌈 Explore MOHAI's virtual exhibit "Objects of Pride" which shares the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community (Online)


🗣 This month's The Urbanist meetup will feature mayoral candidate Colleen Echohawk (Online)

🙌 Learn how purpose-driven business leaders can model Women’s Rights Champions to embed DEI in their company cultures. (Online)

🍕 Make pizza with Ethan Stowell for a good cause (At home)


📖 Virtual Trivia Event for Reading Partners Seattle (online)

🏄 Join Surfrider Cascadia activists as we screen short films related to climate change, ocean protection, and sustainability with the Surfrider Cascadia Short Film Fest (Online)

📱 Learn how to manage boundaries with technology as a heart-centered entrepreneur (Online)

🎨 Get crafty with the Nordic Museum's virtual craft and cocktail event (Online)


📓 Learn about the homelessness crisis with the Seattle CityClub's Civic Boot Camp (Online)


🖍️ Join a Hummingbird Draw-Along with a Scientific Illustrator for Kids! (Online)

🗣 Tune into this live stream with mayoral candidate Colleen Echohawk and Rainier Beach Town Hall (Online)


🐦 Who’s calling, please? Learn how to listen to the birds (Online )

One more thing …

This Thursday we’re having our second edition of “Have a drink with…” and this time we’re talking to the co-founders of The Pastry Project! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and tune in for our chat at 5 p.m.

See ya tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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