Full Tilt Ice Cream is scheduled to open June 20 in White Center. As its name suggests, it will have pinball machines. Full Tilt will also showcase local artists and musicians. I love that this business is opening in White Center, which is near where I live.
White Center is an unincorporated area that lies just outside of Seattle’s southwest city limits. It’s populated by large groups of refugees and other immigrants, including Southeast Asians, Eastern Europeans, Mexicans and sub-Saharan Africans. In local schools, 54 languages are spoken. White Center is known for poverty and crime and was once featured on the television show “Cops.”
But things are changing. The challenged neighborhood attracted the attention of the Annie E. Casey Foundation when in 1999 it was selecting sites for its ambitious urban renewal initiative, Making Connections. The foundation has invested millions of dollars in early childhood learning services, jobs programs and economic development for White Center.
Positive things are happening in White Center, and I’m glad that Full Tilt is one of them. The Seattle P-I reports that the shop “will have flavors influenced by the ethnic populations in the neighborhood, thus the likes of sweet red bean and mango-chili.”
My friend Kathleen happens to be friends with the owners of Full Tilt. (Seattle is the land of six degrees.) Check out their MySpace page for more details.
And if you want to learn more about the social change that’s happening in White Center, check out the Web site for the White Center Community Development Association. My friend Aileen is the awesome executive director.