Q&A with Marie Spencer, Owner of Pony Express

Q&A with Marie Spencer, owner of Pony Express

All in a Day’s Work – Change, Challenges and Giant Bunnies

Marie and Rod Spencer, Owners of Pony Express, Lake City

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Marie Spencer at Pony Express, a Lake City Shipping and Packaging store. Marie and her husband Rod have owned the store for over 22 years. Marie shared her thoughts on the changes, challenges and surprises that come with owning a business.

 

ELC: How did Pony Express get started?

It was 12 guys who got together one night in 1982 and thought it would be really cool if Grandma could send a gift to a grandson through UPS to make sure that it got there. But UPS wouldn’t work with anybody but businesses at that time, so these guys said, let’s open a business that ships for grandmas. So they all opened up around the Seattle, Everett, Lynnwood area just doing UPS and Fed Ex shipping. At that time, we co-opted together – the bookkeeper divvied out the bills so that each location paid their own bills. As we grew, we grew into our own entities and got our own account numbers, so now we’re an independent mail and parcel center.

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Amazing Lake City Youth Shares Her Story

LCFF  is honored to share Ms. Furtuna Tekle’s story as part of our goal of bringing the stories of the people who live, work and play in Lake City to Enjoylakecity.org. Furtuna is an inspiration to us all.

“Awklenan! Yakiel, Yakiel!” “ Dictator! Enough is Enough!” I was the only young woman on the
sidewalk, but my voice was strong. The few other women were my mother’s age. All the men
were old, including my father. Yet we were giving our voices to the people walking and driving
by. The American passersby responded, “We are with you!” Our confidence and pride grew,
blunting the scornful laughter and threats of my fellow Eritrean classmates passing by and
through the festival gate. This was my first protest. My first freedom of expression.
Seattle leaders had allowed Eritrean government officials to present a festival in my new city,
my new home. But the festival was not a true reflection of Eritrean society. It was a lie dressed
in the beautiful fabric of my Habesha culture. A lie masked by the delicious aromas of Injera and
steaming clay pots of Doro Wat in festival booths. A festival hiding a dictatorship that ripped my
family from our mother country.

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Information from SDOT on LCW Work

Just South of 125th & LCW – Bus Stop Extension

Click Here for Construction Notice

The below message is information from Paul Elliott with SDOT Community Relations on May 2, 2018:

 “I’m sorry to hear that we’ve got people concerned about a permanent loss of valued on-street parking on Lake City Way.  The “no parking” a-frames that have appeared are indeed for construction. 

Our contractor is going to be nearly doubling the length of the southbound bus stop on Lake City Way, just south of NE 125th St.  Currently, the zone is 65-feet long and can only serve one bus at a time.  When there are two coaches that approach the zone, one bus must wait on the north side of the intersection, delaying bus patrons, while also causing traffic backups on both southbound Lake City Way and eastbound NE 125th St. Continue reading “Information from SDOT on LCW Work”

Mobility Fair

Lake City Mobility Fair – Sat., May 12th

Lake City Community Center from 11am – 2pm

Some of the organizations that will be tabling at the event:

  • SDOT Transportation Equity
  • SDOT New Mobility (Electric Vehicle, ride share, car share)
  • Community Access & Parking (SDOT: Jonathan Williams)
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Vision Zero (SDOT: Connie Combs)
  • ORCA LIFT (King County Public Health)
  • Transportation Navigation Services & Tools (Hopelink)
  • Car share provider (Reachnow)
  • Bike Share providers (Ofo & Limebike)

Interpreters will be on hand That Speak:

  • Somali
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Tigrinya
  • Amharic
  • Oromo
  • Spanish