Lake City Neighborhood Spotlight

Hamdi Market

Article by Siri Anderson

Gezat Abitew, owner of Hamdi Market which serves halal meats and specialty import foods.

Halal Meats & Specialty Foods

12333 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

As you head south on Lake City Way, just past the intersection at 125th, there is a little halal market called Hamdi, run by Gezat Abitew. A 15-year Lake City resident originally from Ethiopia, Gezat bought the Hamdi Market with his wife, Enana, two years ago — though it’s most often Gezat that you’ll see behind the counter or sitting in front of his business talking with a friend.

Specializing in halal meats and import foods, Hamdi Market serves mostly customers originally from East Africa, who now live in the greater Seattle area.

Gezat says it’s hard work keeping a small business running in a rapidly changing region. And it’s especially challenging to keep afloat in a city where the cost of living continues to creep upward — it takes creativity and new ideas. Keep an eye out for hot foods and deli service that they hope to start offering this summer.

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Help Make Signs on June 18th

Making Signs for Jesse Gurnett’s Lake City Memorial

From 6pm to 7pm – Outside the Lake City Library

From Lake City Greenways:

“The Lake City Greenways memorial gathering for Jesse Gurnett is on Saturday, June 22, and we need to have a lot of signs on hand to carry our messages for traffic safety as we walk near where Jesse lost his life and raise our hopes for safer walking.

Please stop by–or stay a while!–to make your sign contribution. We’ll be getting together just outside the Lake City library in the space between the north side of the building and the parking garage. We’ll have paint and brushes on hand and some cardboard for signs. We have enough material to make about 40 signs If you have any materials, please bring them!”

Sunday, June 23rd Clean Up

Neighborhood Clean Up Information

Where: Meet at 32nd AVE NE and NE 137th St

When: Sunday, June 23rd from 1pm-2pm

Why: Your neighborhood needs your support and this is a great way to connect with neighbors and it feels good to be proactive

How: We provide everything you need to participate. Just show up and spend an hour giving a little shine to Lake City

Who: Lake Cityzens and Build Lake City Together’s “Clean and Safe Committee”

Nathan Hale Theater Performance

Nathan Hale’s 11th Grade Humanities Class Presents “The Lake City Cycle”

Inspired by Robert Schenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle, Mr. Mulder’s 11th grade Humanities class from Nathan Hale High School is presenting “The Lake City Cycle”. It is a student written and produced play that follows a fictional family here in Lake City from 1895 to the present. “What will be engulfed by the flames of community?” Come at 6pm on June 21 in Nathan Hale’s Performing Arts Center to find out.
Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE
This is a free event.

Call for Artists

Build Lake City Together & “Pianos in the Park”

Pianos in the Parks is a public art and event series taking
place in parks and public spaces around King County. The
2019 program will include twelve pianos painted by local artists. One of which will be located in the “125th Lake City Mini Park”
Each artist will be given one piano, as well as photos and information about the public space where it will be placed. Artists must live or work in the Lake City neighborhood to apply for the Lake City location. Selected artists will receive $600 in compensation for the completed piano transformation, a $100 art material stipend, and lots of public recognition for their work. More details including live performances will be coming soon.

Click Here to Apply Before June 20th