The minute the single, printed piece of paper went up, I spotted it: “Why’s there a liquor license on that garage door?” I wondered to my husband, as we passed it on the walk to drop our kids at daycare.
We watched in the coming months as Yonder Bar rolled in a commercial refrigerator, stopping to chat with the owners as they built up the shop, which faces onto one of Seattle’s pedestrian friendly “Stay Healthy” streets. When the green garage door of the residential house first rolled up to sell to customers, we stocked up on cans, but more importantly, we watched the business bring joy to the neighborhood.
This week, the Seattle City Council voted to temporarily ease zoning restrictions in order to facilitate more businesses like Yonder. For at least the next year, home-based businesses in Seattle can welcome customers without appointments, increase signage, add more than one employee, and impact parking spaces.
Yonder had been operating as legally as they were able to figure out to do prior, but these laws cement their status as legal, giving them stability and rolling up a green garage door for other similar entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.
Each day, we pass Yonder on our walks. Occasionally, we stop to buy cider, but far more often, we just get a friendly greeting or a treat for our dog.
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