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Cal Anderson dollar supports Capitol Hill merchants
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Cal Anderson dollar supports Capitol Hill merchants
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Capitol Hill Community Council (CHCC) formally unveiled the new Capitol Hill Discount Dollar, featuring beloved Seattle politician Cal Anderson, the night of June 1st. Cal Anderson was Washington State's first openly Gay legislator and the namesake for a Capitol Hill park.

Each month, the CHCC, a state non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of preserving and improving the neighborhood in accordance with the wishes of the community, will unveil a new coupon with a different historical figure or importance to the area. Participating business owners take 10% off purchases when presented with the coupon. Alcohol and tobacco are excluded.

"We chose Cal Anderson because we thought it would be fitting for June, which is LGBT Pride month," said Capitol Hill Community Council Vice President Charlette Lefevre. "Anderson was our Harvey Milk."

Lefevre said the Capitol Hill Discount Dollars are intended to urge Capitol Hill residents and tourists to frequent neighborhood businesses. The theme printed on the dollar is "In Each Other We Trust." So far, nearly 20 local business owners participate in the discount program.

"Our wish is for people to shop or dine at the local businesses," she said. "Capitol Hill is the heartbeat of the LGBT community in Seattle."

There are two ways of knowing if a business participates, Lefevre explained. "You can either look in the window of a business - if you see one of the dollars posted then they are participating in the 10% off discount - or you can visit the CHCC website for a list of participants."

CHCC had made obtaining the Cal Anderson Discount Dollar easy. They are available at Perfect Copy and Print on Broadway, or you can print your own free copy at www.capitolhillcommunitycouncil.org.
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