Shop Local Burien

Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Creating a prosperous digital economy for Burien businesses will support additional economic growth and build future economic resiliency for our community.

The "digital main street" website Shop Local Burien:

  • Makes it easier for customers to find, shop and support Burien businesses in one central location.
  • Promotes shopping locally, keeping dollars and jobs in the community.
  • Demonstrates that customers can experience warm hospitality and personalized service at our small businesses.
  • Highlights Burien's diverse and fascinating food scene.
  • Illustrates the range of retail to be found in Burien. From boutique to unique, you can find it at our eclectic shops!
  • Shows that Burien is home to year-round festivals and events that attract visitors from across the region, encouraging them to spend more time in Burien to see what we have to offer!

As a direct response to the COVID pandemic, the City of Burien created a digital empowerment and digital literacy initiative aimed to fill gaps identified by Burien businesses by helping them adapt to the shift to e-commerce.

Businesses that have an online presence with either a website or active social media account were able to navigate the pandemic fared much better than the small businesses that didn’t have a digital presence. Most of these adversely impacted businesses are immigrant and BIPOC-owned businesses. 

Shop Local Burien helps raise the online visibility of our local businesses by showcasing Burien's many gems to visitors and tourists, and reminding residents of what is here in their own backyard. By supporting our local businesses, we are helping drive dollars back into our communities at a critical time of economic recovery.

There is no cost to businesses to participate. This project was funded with a grant from the Port of Seattle.

Internship Offers Digital Marketing Experience for Local Youth

The City of Burien is collaborating with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to provide a paid summer internship opportunity for Burien youth where they will develop digital marketing and other essential job skills. The program supports the Shop Local Burien website. Learn more.

Updated August 16, 2022