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Determined neighborhood business owner

Today’s Danny Westneat column in the STimes celebrates a Madrona business owner.  

Showing up is a show of strength


The other morning the city was serene as a sleeping child. No planes whining overhead. Few cars jostling the streets. Seattle quiet under a thick white quilt.

At my house this lasted until my kids woke up. Loudly expecting food for breakfast that I foolishly did not have.

It was 7 a.m. The city was frozen. Which was when my thoughts turned, as they often do in a pinch, to Luel.

“I bet the Ethiopians made it in,” I said to my wife as I headed out the door.

Sure enough, Luel’s shop — the Madrona Market at 33rd and East Union — was open. As it always is. No matter what. …



Luel Mengistu clears snow from the sidewalk Tuesday in front of his Madrona Market, where it was business as usual. Mengistu says he doesn't want to let the community down.

The rest of the story is at

 It’s good to know of this walk-able option for food.  I’ve been in there once or twice, normally when I was at the library and needed a snack.  They also stock Boars Head meat, which I appreciate.

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  1. I second the applause! This shop has seriously saved my behind this week, from emergency groceries when I couldn’t get out of the neighborhood, to emergency baking soda for cookies-in-progress.