Eastlake Merchants to ponder their role in community

The Eastlake Merchants Association will be meeting twice this week, once for its regular monthly gathering and a second time at a workshop on the neighborhood, its character and how the merchants fit in.

The monthly meeting is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Cicchetti, 121 E. Boston. Anyone who owns or works at an Eastlake business is welcome.

The second meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Union Crew, 11 E. Allison St. Again, any local business owners or employees are welcome. 

The nascent merchants’ group has been meeting for several months, talking about issues facing local businesses and how they might work together to market themselves and the neighborhood. The group is still very informal and hasn’t elected officers. The group has completed a mission statement:

The mission of the Eastlake Merchants Association is to be a unified voice for all of Seattle’s Eastlake merchants, to build a strong community through networking and present Eastlake as a vibrant community by encouraging new business and supporting each other.

The group is hoping that Thursday’s workshop will help the merchants move toward a consensus on what constitutes Eastlake’s character and image, how the local business community might be branded and promoted, and what the Eastlake Merchants Association’s role in the neighborhood might be.