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Merchant Madness 2017

Red Mill Burgers

Background
The original Red Mill opened in 1937 was located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It closed in 1967. It was known as a diner and ice creamery with table and counter service. The current Red Mills were opened first in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in 1994 and the second location in the Interbay neighborhood in 1998.

In its first year of operation, the Red Mill received honorable mention in the best burger category in the Seattle Weekly’s annual Best of Seattle issue. It has subsequently won the best burger award every year since, along with numerous other accolades.

Owners John and Babe Shepherd named the Red Mill in honor of their two late sisters, Kathleen and Monica Shepherd, both of whom worked at the original Red Mill as waitresses and would bring home french fries and other goodies for their younger siblings including Michael and Mark Shepherd.

Numerous Shepherds are or have been involved in running the current stores. The Red Mill mural painted by noted local artist Tom Brady on the Phinney Ridge location features two faceless girls picking flowers under the Mill. These girls represent Kathleen and Monica Shepherd.

Recently, we helped transition all Red Mill locations go from a cash-only business to accepting credit card payments for the first time ever. We’re proud and honored to have earned their trust in this new endeavor.

Website: http://www.redmillburgers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Red-Mill-Burgers-70950854602/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/redmillburgers

 

Dante’s Inferno Dogs

Background
At age 19, Dante read ‘A Confederacy Of Dunces’, the novel for which John Kennedy Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize and whose obnoxious main character, Ignatius J. Reilly, fails miserably as a hot-dog vendor. Nevertheless, Dante thought the enterprise had a certain charm.

His travels brought him to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of ’95. After tending tables and toying with a non-profitable business (or two)… at the age of 30, he again turned to the novel idea of slingin’ dogs. For the first five years he and his dog Josie ran just the one cart. Now, after over 15 years of operation, Dante’s operates a number of carts offering service both INDOORS, and out.

Privately catered hosted events is their main focus. People love the novelty of one of their beautiful carts wheeling into their backyard, driveway, or place of business. They can accommodate from 50 to 1,500 people, and they are very affordable too!

A portion of all sales from Dante’s Inferno Dogs goes to Ballard Food Bank, Ballard Boys & Girls Club, and the Betty Ford Scholarship Fund. They believe if you take care of your community, your community will take care of you.

 

Website: http://www.dantesinfernodogs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DantesInfernoDogs/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danteinfernodog

 

El Camion

Background
Like the popular trucks for which this local mini-chain is named, El Camión’s brick-and-mortar location in Ballard serves up some of the best Mexican food in town, with the added ambiance of lucha libre masks and a full bar—not to mention the extensive salsa bar. You’re probably here for the burritos, which is sensible, because (A) they are delicious and (B) one of these near-two-pound, foil-wrapped missiles of meat, black beans, rice and cheese will feed you, your mom, and the people at the next table for a mere $8.50. But why limit yourself when there are carnitas or spicy adobada tacos, sturdy gorditas piled with earthy cochinita pibil and salty cotija, or bowls of satisfying pork pozole? Breakfast is served all day. – The Stranger

Website: http://www.elcamionseattle.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcamionseattle/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elcamionseattle

 

 

 

Poke Mix

Background
At MIX Poke Bar, they are committed to bringing the highest quality and most sustainable raw fish and produce they can find while still maintaining a reasonable price point. Their ingredients to the bowl are prepared fresh daily and their philosophy extends into all areas of their offerings – from produce to sauces.

Poke – pronounced as “poh-kay”, is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”.

Poke is a raw fish based dish that originates from the islands of Hawaii and is a staple of Hawaiian cuisine. Their version of Poke shares similar characteristics with the Hawaiian cuisine by including a variety of fresh fish and sauces on top of a bowl of fresh steamed rice. MIX Poke Bar puts a modern spin on the traditional Hawaiian dish while respecting the history and culture of where it came from.

Website: https://www.mixpokebar.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepokemix/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepokemix/

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