Capitol Hill’s Broadway Business Owners Association, representing one of Seattle’s largest corridors of small businesses, unanimously opposes a $15 minimum wage increase, and wrote a letter to Mayor Murray and his committee stating that the 60 percent increase in employee wages “would create an extreme hardship and in some cases closure of small business owners and family operated businesses whos profit margin if barely is in the 2-5% margin range and is already strained due to operation size and the economy.”
“If the $15 minimum wage is enacted, we would go out of business immediately and all our 25 permanent staff (up to 50 seasonally) will be out of a job. It’s that simple,” said Niz Marar, owner Wild West Trading Co., Red Light Vintage and Aprie Women’s Clothing.
Nikki Page of Scream Salon added, “Scream has been in business since 1998; I have been employed at Scream Salon for almost a decade, and Owner for almost two years. With that said, I can’t fathom an hourly increase this high. It would wreck us and I have to say it would wreck many of my small business neighbors. It’s a nice thought that one day we could have a better minimum wage, but we also need to cap off what is being charged for housing in our area. These two things are going hand in hand on the hill. I’m very nervous about this whole thing.”
BOBA argues that there is already an existing fair minimum wage since the 1998 voter-approved initiative that link Washington State’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation.
The following is a list of BOBA members who signed this letter:
Karsten Betd and Eladio Preciado, Owner Julias Restaurant
Carl Medeiros, Owner Panache Clothing
Angel Theurer, Owner Metro Clothing
Philippe Thomelin, Owner and Chef Olivar Restaurant
Sujan Sharma, Owner Annapurna Cafe
Faustino Lopez, General Manager Perfect Copy and Print
Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, Directors Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore
Niz Marar, Owner Wild West Trading Co., 4 retail stores – Red Light Vintage and Aprie Women’s Clothing.
Nikki Page, Owner Scream Salon
Jim Brown, Owner The UPS Store
Jeffrey Wilson , Owner and Chef Americana
Steven Lien , Owner underU4men
Rion Haber, General Manager Q Nightclub