June 25, 2021

Business Spotlight: The ChurchKey Pub

Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

Meet Musa Safouane from The ChurchKey Pub

What is your favorite part of your business?
The warm atmosphere, great beer, and the locals that have come to frequent our pub.

Why did you start your business?
I started as a bar-back in 2014 and worked my way up to bartender, bar manager, and then had the opportunity to purchase the pub from the previous owners in 2019.

Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
My wife (Hannah) and I have loved Edmonds for years. We came down here with friends quite a bit and ChurchKey quickly became our favorite spot. I was working for an advertising company when Hannah and I had bought our first house in Edmonds back in 2014. After buying our home we came to love the Edmonds community and I asked if they were looking for extra help at the pub. I started as a bar-back and came to enjoy connecting with the community through working the bar and eventually quit my other job to pursue ChurchKey fulltime. Hannah is also a nurse at Swedish Edmonds so we quickly established a life here and started a family with our 2 young sons Moses (3) and Anders (9mo).

What is unique about your business?
We have a very inviting atmosphere and take great pride in finding the best beers, cocktails, and food for our customers. We also did our best to adapt to the new regulations brought on by COVID and maintain an inviting yet safe space for our community and its visitors.

Why should people do business with you?
Because we do our best to give them the best pub and dining experience we can. We also look to make them feel at home.

What are you currently doing differently during this time?
Take-out food, limited hours, outdoor seating, and COVID compliant indoor seating.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I’ve been interested in cars since I was kid. Started off with hot wheels, models, then videogames. Once I could drive all expendable income went into fixing, modifying, or buying cars. I’ve gotten more reasonable with age but still have the itch to buy some part for an unreasonable HP gain or pick up a rusted out 4×4 to fix up and have fun with off-road.

The ChurchKey Pub
109 4th Ave N
Years in business: 8

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