Community Raises over $34K to Help Businesses Lost in Arson Fire
We continue to wait for any additional information on the fire that took seven of our small businesses on December 28, 2020 and the plans for rebuilding.
Through the community efforts of Build Lake City Together/Children’s Home Society of Washington and Lake Cityzen, Jenn Eaglespeaker, we raised a bit over $34,000 to share with the owners and their employees. The community was extremely generous and heartfelt thanks go out to all who were able to contribute. Here is what we know about the businesses affected by the fire.
- Aloha Ramen – The owners said, “We really like to stay in Lake city and reconnect with our customers and will honor to serve our customers again.” They were hopeful to stay in the same location but the timeline on a new building is too far out for them to wait. BLCT is offering help with finding a location that will fit their needs. We are hopeful that they will stay in contact with us as we work to keep them in the neighborhood.
- Papa Murphy’s – The owners passed all collected funds on to their employees. Just prior to the fire the ownership had purchased five new stores. They are not sure of their return to Lake City.
- Gifted Cutz – Will launched a very successful campaign to raise funds. When we delivered the check Will was back up and running in a new Northgate location (823 NE Northgate Way). Will said he didn’t go home for 13 straight days working to get the new shop ready to open.
- 99 Cent Store – Mary is back up and running on the west side of LCW at 145th. She was committed to staying in Lake City.
- Maytag Laundromat – AJ and BLCT are in regular communication. He has been very frustrated by the looting that has been ongoing and his inability to access the wreckage to salvage what he believes is still there. BLCT has been connecting with City departments to see about a new location. Unfortunately the level of water access can be extremely cost prohibitive for a laundromat.
- Teriyaki Time – Jane is a Lake City resident and was really hopeful to stay in the neighborhood but was not able to find a location that fit her needs. She is currently looking to relocate in Kenmore. We will update this as we know more. They business was family owned and operated with one employee. Jane was very happy to say that they were able to find another job for their employee.
- Swan Massage – Na Lu does not have any plan to return to Lake City. She lives well north of Seattle.
Sadly, at this point it looks that only one businesses has been able to return to Lake City. The fire has left a very big hole in the heart of our business district. BLCT is committed to the revitalization of our business corridor in the wake of our shared crisis. Please be sure to frequent our local businesses and thank them for being here. Once we have anything to share regarding the fire and future plans for the location we will be sure to provide updates.