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Help Chickadee Bakeshop and other Snoqualmie businesses recover from a devastating fire

It may be a beau­ti­ful sun­ny day around the greater Seat­tle area, but in the his­toric City of Sno­qualmie, it’s a dark day for sev­er­al small busi­ness­es that lost their home to a dev­as­tat­ing fire this morn­ing that destroyed everything.

Built in 1928, the two-sto­ry com­mer­cial build­ing at 8102 Falls Ave SE in Sno­qualmie housed Lit­tlest Wish­es Pho­tog­ra­phy, Sno­qualmie Ice Cream, and Chick­adee Bakeshop/Snoqualmie Pie Com­pa­ny. The last of those afore­men­tioned busi­ness­es is owned by Dorie Ross and Katie Pod­schwit. Katie is a friend of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute and the daugh­ter of the late NPI board­mem­ber Nan­cy Podschwit.

Own­er San­dra Collins told The Seat­tle Times that pre­lim­i­nary infor­ma­tion sug­gests that that the fire was caused by an elec­tri­cal fault of some sort. Arson is not suspected. 

While no one was hurt in the fire, each of these women-owned small busi­ness­es faces a long road to recov­ery and they need all of the help that they can get. The Sno­Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce has put togeth­er an online fundrais­er to help get them start­ed and we encour­age you to make a con­tri­bu­tion to ensure it’s suc­cess­ful. More than one hun­dred peo­ple have already donat­ed as of press time towards the fundrais­er’s $50,000 goal. Here’s some back­ground from the Cham­ber on why dona­tions are need­ed:

Ear­ly Sun­day morn­ing, a dev­as­tat­ing fire swept through a build­ing in His­toric Down­town Sno­qualmie, leav­ing four beloved women-owned busi­ness­es in ruins. Chick­adee Bakeshop, Sno­qualmie Ice Cream, Sno­qualmie Pie Co., and Lit­tlest Wish­es Pho­tog­ra­phy have lost every­thing in this trag­ic event.

As a com­mu­ni­ty, we are com­ing togeth­er to sup­port these resilient busi­ness own­ers dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time. We have set up this GoFundMe to pro­vide emer­gency assis­tance for these four entre­pre­neurs as they work to rebuild their livelihoods.

Your dona­tion will help these busi­ness own­ers cov­er imme­di­ate needs such as tem­po­rary relo­ca­tion, equip­ment replace­ment, inven­to­ry restock­ing, and oth­er essen­tial expens­es in the gap of insur­ance. Every con­tri­bu­tion, no mat­ter the size, will make a dif­fer­ence in help­ing these women get back on their feet.

Let’s show our sup­port for Chick­adee Bakeshop, Sno­qualmie Ice Cream, Sno­qualmie Pie Co., and Lit­tlest Wish­es Pho­tog­ra­phy. Togeth­er, we can help these busi­ness­es rise from the ash­es and con­tin­ue to thrive in our community.

Thank you for your gen­eros­i­ty and for stand­ing with these resilient women-owned busi­ness­es in His­toric Down­town Sno­qualmie. Your sup­port means the world to them.

Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate read­ers, can you pitch in to help make this fundrais­er suc­cess­ful? It would mean a lot to these entre­pre­neurs to have your sup­port in this incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult moment.

It was our inten­tion to fea­ture treats from Chick­adee Bak­ery at our 2024 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala Dessert Dash next week­end. But instead, we’ll be tak­ing up a spe­cial col­lec­tion for them; we’ll have spe­cial remit envelopes to facil­i­tate dona­tions direct­ly to their recov­ery. If you’re com­ing to the gala, we encour­age you to participate. 

We join Coun­cilmem­ber Sarah Per­ry in thank­ing all of the first respon­ders who showed up and worked quick­ly to put out the fire. Accord­ing to Coun­cilmem­ber Per­ry’s office, units from the Sno­qualmie Police Depart­ment, Sno­qualmie Fire Depart­ment, East­side Fire & Res­cue, Fall City Fire Depart­ment, Belle­vue Fire Depart­ment, Red­mond Fire Depart­ment, and King Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s office all showed up to fight the fire and secure the scene. We appre­ci­ate their thor­ough and pro­fes­sion­al response. 

Andrew Villeneuve

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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