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Amazon’s new back-to-office policy is welcome news to small businesses around Seattle HQ – GeekWire

Shannon Rau, owner of Martha’s Garden dog daycare and bar, says she hopes Amazon’s new work policy will boost business at her establishment in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Inside a dog daycare business in Seattle’s South Lake Union on Friday, a handful of pups were scurrying around and barking as if they knew something was changing in the neighborhood that Amazon calls home.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy sent a company-wide email that morning with a new mandate: corporate and tech employees need to be in the office at least three days a week.

Shannon Rau, owner of the daycare, indoor dog park and human bar called Martha’s Garden, called it “great news” for her 2-year-old small business on 9th Avenue North in the heart of Amazonia adjacent to downtown Seattle.

“Our whole plan was kind of based on having the Amazon crowd here,” Rau said….

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