Tukwila’s Spice Bridge Food Hall helps women business owners turn their restaurant dreams into reality

Light streams through the windows at the new Spice Bridge Food Hall in Tukwila, further illuminating the butter-yellow walls. The air is filled with the scent of grilled chicken kebabs and coffee, but perhaps the best part is the sound of laughter from women chatting.

Kara Martin, program director for the Food Innovation Network (FIN), gestures to the ceiling, remarking on the need to get some sound baffles, but for now the symphony of laughter is the welcome sound of success.

Spice Bridge is the home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps provide women immigrants and refugees in South King County with everything from permit assistance and marketing guidance to rent subsidies and mentoring.

https://www.seattletimes.com/Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area.   (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

FIN is a program

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Rai of Love: Chosen couple gets the wedding of their dreams for free

After the death of her cousin, photographer Jodi Hutton knew she had to do something to honor her life.

CLEVELAND — On a beautiful fall day, two souls were united as one among a small group of family friends beneath the golden sun.

Melissa and Kimberly Connelly are married now. Their wedding — donated. All of it. From the stunning dresses, to the breathtaking pictures. And it’s all thanks to photographer Jodi Hutton.

“This was a labor of love because I wanted to pay it forward,” Jodi told us. “I wanted to do something where we gave back to our community.”

Jodi is honoring the life of a special girl taken far too soon: Her cousin, Raivyn. A year ago, Jodi started the nonprofit “Rai of Love” in her name. Raivyn died eight years ago in an ATV accident at just 14 years old.

“I get to do this in

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