West Seattle businesses: Tony’s Market reopens after remodel

March 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, Westwood | 9 Comments

Joey Genzale is excited about all the improvements at his Westwood produce megastand, Tony’s Market, which just reopened at 35th/Barton a few hours ago after its traditional post-Christmas break. It’s a later reopening than usual, and here’s why:

That’s just part of the new 24-foot refrigerated produce case lining the north wall – which means the produce stays fresher longer – “Perfect lettuce! Perfect mushrooms!” enthuses Joey – and that’s good for customers as well as for the store’s bottom line. There’s also a brand-new cooler up front by the checkout stand, for non-produce merchandise. And even on the south side, the non-refrigerated items – such as tree fruit – is arranged up against the wall, improving traffic flow inside the store.

Something else new:

Joey says he’s been working on improving his hand-lettering sills for the signs that have long been a trademark of the produce market, run by his dad Tony Genzale till his untimely passing in December 2010. He had some ready to go last night – and then the rain swept in and undid his work. “My dad’s getting even with me,” he laughed.

When we were there in the 1 o’clock hour, they were still finishing setup, but almost done, and definitely open – and Joey is asking everyone what they think of the improvements (which include some fresh interior paint): “After 16 years, it was time.”


  1. uhhh ohhh. Now all the “Hop Heads” from the Super Deli Mart are going to have to find new parking.

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 2:47 pm March 10, 2012 #

  2. Yay!

    Comment by Bonnie — 3:54 pm March 10, 2012 #

  3. Welcome back!!!

    Comment by Harry Reems — 4:18 pm March 10, 2012 #

  4. Nice work. That one shot looking straight down the stand/shop looks very inviting. Something about that colored arch overhead with all the produce below really works. Spring’s here! ~z

    Comment by zephyr — 7:42 pm March 10, 2012 #

  5. you know it’s spring
    when tony’s opens

    Comment by JoB — 9:21 pm March 10, 2012 #

  6. Joey..
    i’ll stop by tomorrow to let you know how much i like the changes..
    that i am betting include more organic and local choices :)

    Comment by JoB — 9:21 pm March 10, 2012 #

  7. my kids are so excited that the stand is open! LOVE IT>

    Comment by Christie — 10:06 am March 11, 2012 #

  8. Tony would be proud – the sheriff’s back in town !

    Comment by Leslie — 10:07 am March 11, 2012 #

  9. thank heavens, Joey knows his hand lettering needs improvement. Please stay away from all the black and ornate lettering. Make the letters tall but don’t strech them. The closer the letters, the harder to read they are. Take it from someone who makes signs for a living.

    Glad you are open again!

    Comment by Karol — 7:07 am March 14, 2012 #

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