Central Area residents and visitors will soon have the opportunity to shop two new local, female-owned businesses at the Jackson Apartments. 

Now open is QueenCare, a luxury body-care company and the first tenant to occupy one of three 500 square-foot micro-retail spaces facing South Jackson Street in the retail pavilion. QueenCare’s product line is made with natural ingredients and crafted to nourish the skin and mind through aromatherapy. QueenCare’s owner Monika Mathews founded the shop in 2018 as a means to continue her self-directed social venture Life Enrichment Group’s Young Queens of Seattle King County- Youth in Business program. The program provides inner city youth the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills that create wealth and empowerment through QueenCare’s products. In addition to their signature body-care products, the store will carry home items, wearables and unique gifts.

And opening in late summer in one of the development’s retail spaces is Simply Soulful, a local café currently based in Madison Valley specializing in traditional southern cuisine. The restaurant’s owners Barbara Collins and Lillian Rambus hope to make their new 1,900 square-foot location a community hub where people can come together for more than a meal. They plan to reserve space in the dining room for local artists to display and sell their work. 

Simply Soulful’s menu of comfort food dishes are made with love from family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation from the family’s matriarch Elizabeth Hammond. Before opening their storefront in Madison Valley, owners and mother-daughter duo Barbara and Lillian baked and sold Elizabeth’s sweet potato pie recipe at local farmer’s markets in Seattle. As their pies became more popular, the two decided to expand their menu and eventually started Simply Soulful Pies & Catering, offering dishes made from their family’s recipes. In honor of their new location, Simply Soulful will add new items to their current menu and serve alcoholic beverages. Read more about Simply Soulful in Eater Seattle.