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📈 If Seattle felt like it got bigger, that’s because it did

Plus: Have a drink with Cafe Racer Radio.

By Grace Madigan

How ya doing this Friday?

Is everyone excited about the long weekend? Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy at least part of it! We will be taking all three days off which means we won’t be publishing a newsletter on Tuesday. But don’t fret: When we do return, we’ll have some exciting news for you. Plus, we’ll be talking with dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd over on our Instagram account on Thursday — we’ll be sure to remind you next week, but if you’ve got any questions for her, be sure to send them our way in the meantime. 

Scroll on for the latest headlines, our Q&A with Cafe Racer Radio, and some road trip recommendations all the way at the bottom.

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📈If it felt like Seattle got bigger this past year, that’s because it did. The city’s population grew at a rate of 2.2%, putting it ahead of Fort Worth, Texas. Kirkland actually had a larger growth rate at 2.6%. (The Seattle Times)

🍎South Delridge’s farmers market will open on June 12. The West Seattle neighborhood has struggled with food access and is a USDA-designated food desert. The market will provide “culturally appropriate foods for the immigrant and refugee community in the area.” Additionally, the majority of the vendors are people of color, and will not have to pay a stall fee to participate in the market. (West Seattle Blog)

😷Go ahead and take a deep breath...outside and maskless. We don’t blame you if you’ve been feeling uneasy taking your mask off to go anywhere. Between a lack of trust in others to be truthful about their vaccination status and the politicization around even wearing a mask, many people have yet to show their face in the full flesh outside. However, research has increasingly shown that it is extremely difficult to transmit the virus outdoors. (KUOW)

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Have a drink with Cafe Racer Radio

Cafe Racer may not have its doors open right now, but its legacy of supporting Seattle’s indie music scene lives on through its online radio station. Jeff Ramsey and his wife Cindy Anne bought the cafe in 2017 from the original owner Kurt Geissel. The cafe shut down due to the pandemic, and while Jeff and Cindy hope to relocate the business, they’re keeping the community spirit alive until then with Cafe Racer Radio. The station has programming around the clock and plays every genre under the sun, encompassing everything from Americana to jazz.

Yesterday we spoke with Jeff and Cindy on Instagram Live, which can be watched right here. Read on for a short Q&A to get to know the couple a little better.

What's your favorite part about your job?

The people! The artists, the customers, our venue peers!

What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?

Vito's on Madison.

Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?

Pike Place Market of course, and Frankie and Jo's Vegan Ice Cream.

If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?

The Seattle Freeze is fabricated. Share a little of yourself and you will be welcomed wholeheartedly.

If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?

Income inequity.

Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?

Easy Street Records and Cafe; Greg Lundgren's "MoM" Museum of Museums on Cap Hill; Diana Adams owner operator Vermillion (art gallery and venue); Alex Ruder founder of Hush Hush Records; and KEXP DJ, Lusio Lights (light artist collective).

Anything else you'd like to share about your work/business?

Cafe Racer's mission is to support, empower and celebrate local DIY, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists!

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Today

🍺Stop by LTD Bar & Grill for Fremont Fridays with the Marshall Law Band and Mediums Collective (Fremont)

🏀Cheer on the Seattle Storm as they take on the Minnesota Lynx (Everett)

Tomorrow

🌇Join the Black Farmers Collective to learn about the power of community gardens and creative solutions to systemic land and food injustices (Chinatown International District / Yesler Terrace)

Sunday

🍫Grab some chocolate at Theo's Broken Bar Day (Fremont)

⚽️Support the OL Reign as they take on the Washington Spirit (Tacoma)

⚽️Watch the Sounders host Austin FC (Pioneer Square)

Tuesday

🏀Watch the Storm take on the Indiana Fever (Everett)

Thursday

🤓Tune in for the Celebrating Seattle Black Businesses event which features a discussion with local Black business(Online)

🔥Ready to burn your sh*t? Think psychological Spring cleaning!(South Lake Union)

One more thing …

Did you know that today is National Road Trip Day? The roads are sure to be busy this holiday weekend, but if you’re itching to get out of the city, allow Seattle Met to provide some inspiration on where to go.

We hope you enjoyed our U District coverage throughout this month. You can find all those articles right here on our website. Stay tuned for several fun announcements when we return to your inboxes on Wednesday.

Have a great holiday weekend and see you back here soon. 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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