Laura Clise is the founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending that supports small businesses and diverse local communities. She’s a social entrepreneur, sustainability leader and Corporate Social Responsibility strategist with a laundry list of accolades and honors to her name. Plus, she can sing in nine different languages. Laura has dedicated her life to supporting underserved small business owners, and this guide is but a sampling of the Seattle-sourced gifts out there for folks who want to keep their dollars circulating in their own community.... more
“Support and get to know twelve different neighborhood POC-owned coffee shops? This booklet by The Dozen Vouchers includes twelve vouchers, each good for an espresso beverage of choice at a different Greater Seattle POC-owned coffee shop. Support racial and economic justice one cup at a time!”
“The Cura Co. is a female-forward ethical, sustainable artful boutique, founded by Kiko Eisner-Waters. This small La Chamba bowl may look unassuming, but I love its simplicity and knowing that it was made by families in Colombia who have handcrafted pottery like this for hundreds of years.”
“Retail Therapy was the first boutique on the Capitol Hill block, where Wazhma Samizay opened the shop back in 2003. I appreciate Wazhma's thoughtful curation and balance of items that range from playfully irreverent greeting cards, to jewelry like these LeeMo earrings, to her own ethically produced fashion line.”
“Valerie Madison is an Afro-Latina environmental scientist turned jeweler, and her beautiful pieces reflect both her passion for sustainability and elegant design. This is the necklace that my wife gave me on our ten year anniversary.”
“Owned by Binko and John Bisbee, Kobo Shop and Gallery is an incredible destination for art, fine crafts, and other gifts that celebrate design from Japan and Northwest makers. This purple binchotan-infused tea towel is my go-to dish towel, and I love and appreciate its antimicrobial and anti-odor properties.”
Fresh Chalk has partnered with Laura to support Ventures. “Ventures is an incredible organization that champions and supports microbusiness owners, providing them with access to both training and capital,” says Laura. “Led by Beto Yarce, Ventures serves aspiring entrepreneurs, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. I love that Ventures works tirelessly to ensure more equitable access to the many benefits of small business ownership.”
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