Intentionalist hosts first awards ceremony

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The Intentionalist, founded by Laura Clise, is an intentional guide to spending that champions small businesses and the diversity and talents of our local communities.

Clise says “Spend like it matters” is intended to be a reminder that community members can vote with their dollars. The Intentionalist makes it easy for consumers to spend their time and money supporting local businesses owned by women, people of color, LGBTQ, families, and disabled people. 

This month, they celebrated with the first Intentionalist Awards. The ceremony was held at the Central Library and hosted by Angela Poe Russell and Doug Baldwin Jr. In addition to the hearts and souls of the Seattle community, special guests included Mayor Bruce Harrell, Eighth Generation founder Louie Gong, Visit Seattle’s Ali Daniels, BECU’s President of DEI Jackie Martinez-Vasquez, and South Seattle Emerald’s Marcus Harris Green.

Instead of a “best of” popularity contest, Clise wanted to recognize the ways that small businesses are inspiring community leaders. There were awards in seven categories, including Community Over Competition, Rookie of the Year, and Legacy. “Presenting Shelley Brothers and Martha Manning with the Legacy Award is something that I will always remember. Wildrose opened in 1984 and is one of just over a dozen lesbian bars remaining in the U.S.” Clise said.

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