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Cone & Steiner is bringing the 'corner store concept' back to Seattle

Cone & Steiner is a thoughtful, unique take on the neighborhood market - but it's not new. In fact, the concept has been in Dani Cone's family for more than one hundred years.

After immigrating to Seattle from eastern Europe in the early 1900's, Dani's great grandfather Sam Cone and his brother-in-law, last name Steiner, decided to open a general store. The original Cone & Steiner was located in SoDo, right where the Starbucks building stands today.

"That's where you'd go get your basics," said Cone. "That's where you'd go to run into your neighbors and see what's new and find out the news. This was a real community gathering spot."

Cone never got the chance to meet her great grandfather. He passed away before she was born, but his legacy lives on with three Cone & Steiner locations now scattered throughout Seattle. It may be a modern take on the original store, but the vision remains the same.

"There's just nothing that takes the place of that experience of people coming together over good food and drink," she said. "So, in the business of daily life I wanted to bring back the corner store. That place where community happens."

Community is at the center of everything Cone & Steiner does. It's all about serving the needs of the people. That means stocking a mix of basic products and Seattle specialties. Cone sources the products herself through local farmer's markets and an organization called Seattle Made.

Inside the store you'll also find a full coffee bar, local beer on tap, a soda fountain and a sandwich counter. Everything, from the garden toast to the turkey sandwich, is made with bread from local bakeries and thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

That's the thing about Cone & Steiner - everything is done with an eye towards making people happy. It's a place to stop by, or sit down and stay a while. A community meeting place, just like great grandpa Sam wanted it to be all those years ago.

"I hope every day that he's up there somewhere proud, or at least satisfied with this representation of what he built."


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