Q&A with Missy Young, Owner of Animal Talk and Missy’s Rescue

 

Q&A with Missy Young, Owner of Animal Talk and Missy’s Rescue

Walking and Talking with Lake City’s Own Animal Whisperer

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently met with Missy Young, owner of Animal Talk and Missy’s Rescue. Animal Talk is a full-line pet supply store and Missy’s Rescue is a no-kill shelter for all types of animals who are available for adoption and foster care.

It was a busy day and Missy was multi-tasking. We walked and talked through the store and shelter as Missy answered phones, advised pet owners on a number of dilemmas, waited on customers, completed an adoption, worked with volunteers and used her cat whispering skills to reassure a long haired cat named Bazinga who was definitely not happy about getting his nails trimmed.

All around us were cats and kittens, puppies, snakes, prairie dogs, parrots, chameleons and tarantulas, – whew! – bunnies, love birds, chipmunks, hamsters, possums, sugar gliders and many other furry and scaly friends waiting for homes.

MISSY YOUNG CALMS                                                                                                                        BAZINGA THE CAT AS                                                                                                                                 MINDY GROOMS HIS NAILS.

ELC: Why did you choose Lake City as your business location?

We opened for business on January 1, 1990 in the Roosevelt district. Several years ago, for a variety of reasons, I decided I wanted to close up and move to Alaska. When my customers and friends found out what I was thinking, they didn’t want me to go out of business and even helped me out with several months’ rent on a new place. I live in Bothell so I used to drive past here all the time and I saw the old Rimrock bar was up for sale. We’ve done a lot of work on the store and we’re still working on it.

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Youth’s Visit to Mo and Lu Pasta

“A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City.”

Here is another installment of our series where the Lake City Young Leaders Program were supported by LCFF to visit some of our local restaurants and report back on their experience.

The following is courtesy of Sata Siad  –   Sata is a high school sophomore and was a summer 2016 participant in the Lake City Young Leaders program

If you want delicious authentic Italian food that’s under $10, come to Mo & Lu Pasta Co., here in Lake City.  Their menu has a wide variety of food like the meatballs, lasagna, pasta and salads, soups, sandwiches, even cheesecakes and drinks and his unlimited bread.  Bruno Lezzi owner of Mo & Lu Pasta Co. previously worked in New York and Hawaii and incorporated some of those styles into his new restaurant which has been in business for 1 year now. This is Bruno’s sixth business and it’s located here in Lake City. And who can forget about desserts, eating his cheesecake is like heaven in your mouth!

“I always cooked for me even at a younger age, 10 years old”, says Bruno. Bruno loved cooking since he was young. He was born in Italy and came to America and started from the bottom, from washing dishes to owning a business. “Everything is housemade” Bruno said. He explains how everything is homemade – the pasta, meatballs, even the cheesecakes and his drinks.  The customer’s favorite food on the menu is the lasagna and the meatballs.

“You have to take a risk because it is a risk when you start”, is the advice Bruno gives to people who want to start their own business. The restaurant looks beautiful.  It has a vintage look, he has newspaper and paints over them that brings life into the restaurant.  Bruno also got a Seattle Times article written about how delicious his food is. A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City. It’s like traveling to Italy without being there.  One of the best Italian Restaurants here in Seattle!

Mo & Lu Pasta Co.

12518 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 362-1396

Business Hours:

Open Monday-Sunday 11a.m.-9p.m

 

Youth Leaders Visit Manila Manila

Part 2 of LC Youth with Local Businesses

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As part two of our five part series on last summers “Lake City Youth Leadership Program Visiting Local Businesses” We are featuring this story by Olivia Fox and the group’s visit to Manila Manila –  Manila Manila Facebook

“Would you like affordable and great tasting Filipino food within Lake City? Then Manila Manila would be your first choice! The owner, Mariela Fletcher, often works alone with some help from her husband to create Filipino dishes with a wide variety, from a traditional Filipino version of an egg roll named Lumpia, to Dinuguan a dish also known as “Chocolate Meat”. Manila Manila also doubles as a store selling products that can help you create your own dishes with products found only in the Philippines. Every dish that she makes is homemade. Continue reading “Youth Leaders Visit Manila Manila”

Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA

Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA:

Giving Hope, Gaining Hope and Helping Children Thrive

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) met with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA (CHSW) and the Children’s Home Society and Trust Foundation to discuss the work of the agency. CHSW, founded in 1896, is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.

SHARON OSBORNE
SHARON OSBORNE

ELC: Where did you grow up and how did you get into social service work?

(Sharon) I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, in the city, not on a horse ranch. My grandfathers were a dairy farmer and a tobacco farmer. I grew up with horses and bourbon. My husband says ‘when I met Sharon I thought surely I’d get a few horses out of it, but I didn’t even get a mule!’

I was raised in a day when little girls didn’t think about what they wanted to do except as a wife, especially in the South. Even at an early age, I knew I would not end up in Kentucky. I had a wonderful, traditional childhood and I was happy, but I knew there was something else I was supposed to do in life. My life changed when I was about 14. There was tremendous rural poverty in Kentucky, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Appalachia. On a school project, we went to eastern Kentucky to help plant strawberries in the fields. I saw poverty in terms of shacks with no running water, but also saw an emotional, intellectual, psychological poverty I had never seen. I was so struck and touched by that. From that point forward, I knew this was my calling. Continue reading “Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA”

Lake City Young Leaders

Visit with Local Business

LCFF had the great fortune to work with youth community members on a variety of projects this summer. Our hope is that we can continue to partner with them on their experiences in Lake City and share with the community on Enjoylakecity.org. This is the first installment of a five part series on visits that the youth made to five local restaurants in the neighborhood where LCFF paid for lunch and asked that the group come back with a little bit about what they learned from the business owner.

Thanks to Denait, a junior at Nathan Hale, for providing a little glimpse into their experience when they went and enjoyed Jose’s Taqueria.

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“You don’t risk you don’t gain”, that was what Alberto Morales thought before opening his famous Lake City Taqueria. “Jose’s Taqueria” (named after Alberto’s brother and son) has been located in the heart of Lake City since 2013.  Jose’s Taqueria has authentic Mexican food and his tacos are only a whopping $1.50!  Not only does Alberto sell Mexican food, he sells a wide variety of others like a mean philly cheese steak and some tasty hot wings. It’s everything a girl could ask for!

We asked Alberto what he thinks his customers favorite dish was, he replied “everything”. Alberto has been cooking for 35+ years and I wasn’t surprised at all.  My first bite I could tell he was very experienced in the culinary world, before opening his restaurant in Lake City he had one in Everett.  All I could say is I’m very pleased he came to Lake City.  So if you want very reasonable prices, an authentic meal, and some delicious food; come to Jose’s Taqueria, I’m sure you won’t regret it!

– Denait