It's been a minute, but we're back and ready to sprinkle some local love dust around.
Part of why we created Yakima365 is to make it easier to find places that are a bit hard to discover or get lost in the shuffle of social media superstars.
That's why this week's love list is dedicated to the mini-mart eateries of Yakima Valley. We learned about these gems by adventuring, through friends-of-friends, and bonding with strangers at gas stations.
Yakima summers are legendary for their "dry heat," which is code for: HOT in the sun. But find a slice of shade, and voila - heaven. Looking for some other ways too cool off? Try our favorite summer adult and kid beverages, as well as the one and only activity that most Yakimaniacs can agree is a crowd pleaser.
And we have a little Team IHY news for you. We’ve been busy working on a new project, code name: Y365 We’re getting ready to launch this cutie out in the world. Since you are an IHY insider, you get exclusive first access. (THANK YOU for subscribing.) Prevent FOMO for the friend who is not yet on our subscriber list and forward them this email. We are pumped to expand and spread our local love.
This year is a special one, since summer will be starting off with the first ever Virgina Mason Memorial Downtown Yakima Mile on June 8th. Will you be running? Spectating? Either way, we can't wait to see all the Yaki-love at full sprint. We’re also proud to be a sponsor of the Yakima Pride Festival, also happening this Saturday…
Well, Mother Nature is sure putting on a show for us. Perhaps as payback from the longest winter ever? Speaking of mothers – we have a couple of ideas for yours (Mother’s Day is Sunday!). For the gardener, bee lover, wine lover, or flower lover in your life, local is the way to go. Isn’t it amazing that we have so many incredible local businesses that we can love on while we show our moms love too?
To borrow a phrase from a friend, this is time when Yakima goes from "Kansas to Oz," and boy are we glad. This week, Jessica shares her favorite spring hike, tips to enjoy Spring Barrel away from the crowds, and the upcoming festival that you should not miss. Scroll to the bottom, and you'll be rewarded with a coupon code to register for the Downtown Yakima Mile, your #IHYinstacrush, and save-the-dates for ways to put those ever increasing daylight hours to work.
This week, Lauren shares her joy for paying it forward at her local coffee stand, gives you a hot tip for national parks, and confesses her love for clean cars. Keep scrolling and you'll find a coupon for the Downtown Yakima Mile race, your instacrush, and save-the-dates for fun things on the horizon.
It’s always exciting when something new comes to town. Especially something that not only impacts individuals, but also has the power to elevate Yakima in a unique and different way. The Virginia Mason Downtown Yakima Mile does exactly this, and we’re proud to partner with them.
There’s a national movement to “Bring back the mile,” and The Downtown Yakima Mile is one of the flagship events, wooing elite athletes and sponsors alike to our town. But we especially love this race…
An essential part of “hearting” Yakima is celebrating what makes Yakima unique. Nothing fits the bill quite like our hop industry. Thanks to breweries like Bale Breaker, we now have a thriving beer scene as well. Which is why we’re super excited to partner with Bale Breaker on a new hat that celebrates local love. Preorder it below!
Bale Breaker is a great example of the kind of business that we love to partner with: inclusive, innovative, generous and collaborative.
You know what we really love? Businesses and people innovating to make this town of ours a great place to live. We especially gravitate towards those who are inclusive, strive for excellence, are open, and generous.
We're continuing to seek out like-minded businesses and brands who are just as dedicated to loving our town – and all the people in it – as we are.
This month, we visited with Iron + Mortar, and Lauren went on a little jaunt to Naches. We hope you enjoy reading all about it.
Clearly we're into love - we put "heart" right in our name! In this, the month of love, we decided it would be a great time to launch our new newsletter format, which focuses on, you guessed it, love. Here are some of the new features you can look forward to:
The Love List: Unique picks from each of us and from friends of IHY. We'll be listing an assortment of the people, places and things that are bringing delight into our days.
Heart-nerships: There are so many businesses and organizations doing great work in our community. We want to highlight the work of organizations that we find inspiring and visionary.
InstaCrush: We're thrilled #iheartyakima has caught on in a big way - we'll be featuring the best of community-driven content through Instagram users' eyes (so remember to tag us!).
First, thank you. We are so happy that you all continue to build pride in Yakima! You've gifted lots of tees, hats and other goodies, which means there are so many more folks 'wearing their heart on their sleeve.' Our goods are a tangible reminder that Yakima is a place to be proud of. And that gives us all the feels.
Speaking of us, there are a few personal updates to share. I Heart Yakima has been a small, 100% volunteer organization since day one, so personal changes make a big impact….