Vegan dessert shop The Cookie Counter will open inside of Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood during the last weekend of June (Pride weekend). The Gay City location will be the second outpost of The Cookie Counter in Seattle and feature menu items such as ice cream sandwiches, cookies, pop tarts, baked goods, and sundaes. Founded by couple Chelsea Keane and Chris Olson, the dessert shop opened its flagship location in 2016 after operating out of a Volkswagen bus for two summers. “The main difference with the Hill location is that we’ll be in a shared space with Gay City’s LGBTQ library,” Keene told local blog Capitol Hill Seattle. “We’ll be encouraging our patrons to use the library and to feel free to sit down with a great book and a delicious cookie.” The center’s Executive Director Fred Swanson explained that he chose to partner with The Cookie Counter—who beat out two other businesses looking to open in the location left vacant by coffeeshop Kaladi Brothers Coffee—due to the vegan shop’s “community-minded” ethics. “The decision was really about: Who’s going to work with us, who’s willing to become, kind of part of our space, as opposed to being an independent business in our space,” Swanson said. All employees at The Cookie Counter will receive training about LGBTQ+ issues and the bakery will donate one percent of sales from both of its locations to Gay City.
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