Support Local at Renton’s Coffee Crawl and Pop-Up Market

Wander through downtown Renton with a coffee in hand this weekend — the first official Coffee Crawl is launching Saturday, Feb. 21, and will continue until Feb. 22.

The event will go from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and happen in tandem with the Hatchery Co-Op’s Pop-Up Artisan Market.

Guests have the chance to pre-purchase tickets for a wrist bracelet that gives access to sample coffee from five participating coffee houses within the five-block radius, all while shopping local vendors and supporting small businesses.

The collaboration between area businesses, the Hatchery Co-Op, and the Renton Downtown Partnership came about when organizers Katie Newman, of the Rose Gift House and Coffee, and Kristi Slotemaker, of River Valley Cheese and the Hatchery Co-Op, joined forces.

Together, they envisioned not only a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy some coffee but an effective way to support local businesses in the Renton area as it undergoes a large-scale pedestrian-oriented redevelopment project.

“It’s a really good opportunity to get people out of the house in a safe, COVID-friendly way, and to highlight the best of Renton,” said Newman. “We wanted to give some exposure to some of the lesser-known, amazing coffee shops and merchants we have here in Renton.”

Kristi Slotemaker, Pippa McCurry, Fancy Vargas Smith, Annie Boyington, and Laura Steele. Photo by Christain Jones.

Admission to the coffee sampling includes 2-ounce samples from five of the participating coffee shops, a 12-ounce bag of coffee beans from the vendor of your choice, a Coffee Crawl logo mug, as well as a chance to win a $50 gift card.

The Pop-Up Market is located inside of River Valley Cheese, in the Hatchery Co-Op space.

The line-up of goods this weekend includes Slate Apothecary and DrumRoll Wine, as well as I Am Robot Mom, visual artist The Original Spur, baked goods by Good AF Baked Goods , and vintage purveyor Remember Cassettes.

The market will be open Friday through Sunday each week from now until April.

“We want to get people outside again and walking downtown Renton,” said Slotemaker. “Renton has a lot to offer. We are planning other events — hopefully future Coffee Crawls — and we also have pop-up markets at venues like the Rose (Gift House and Coffee) and Cugini Florists. It’s been a rough year, and we really want to continue supporting and increasing the economic vitality here.”

Tickets for the Coffee Crawl can be found here. Anyone can stop by the pop-up markets and get out to support the many local businesses and shops that downtown Renton has to offer.

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