New Shop Your Block program to help local businesses

The City of Seattle recently launched a new Shop Your Block retail map as part of a larger public campaign — Shop Your Block — that aims to support small businesses throughout the holiday season. 

Shop Your Block connects consumers to local small retail businesses throughout Seattle using a new retail map and online neighborhood marketplaces,

This campaign is the result of partnerships between the city, Comcast, small business owners, business district organizations, and community partners. Shop Your Block encourages the public to support local retailers in their neighborhood this holiday shopping season. The new Shop Your Block map allows users to find local retailers across the City.  Users are able to search for retailers near them, or search for businesses by name, address, neighborhood or product keywords. The map will also display operation days and hours per business, identify if a business is open for in person shopping, online shopping, curbside pickup or appointment only. Businesses are also able to display if they are BIPOC, woman, LGBTQ+ or veteran-owned. Business owners can add themselves to the map by completing a short questionnaire.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have impacted so many small businesses and workers. People are hurting. The necessary new COVID-19 restrictions will have a particularly profound impact on our small businesses as we head into what normally would be a busy holiday shopping season,” Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said. “The Shop Your Block campaign is central to the City’s commitment to creatively support our small businesses during this challenging time. As we head into the holidays, I encourage all Seattle residents to mask up, shop their block and support Seattle’s incredible small business community.”