Three notes about local businesses:
‘PSYCHIC BARBER’ ON THE MOVE AGAIN: The white neon reading “Psychic Barber” is aglow again along California SW, after a while in storage – Rick Cook is opening his own barber shop again, and the sign’s already up. You might recall he moved in September from his longtime storefront further north California SW, as the property owner got ready to demolish it. He set up shop for a while at the Classic Barber Shop, which itself had relocated because of impending development, but then e-mailed to say he’d decided to strike back out on his own, so now he’s got a new storefront at 6016 California SW, previously home to Solar Epiphany and a locksmith. Cook says he’ll be open in the new spot on December 4th.
On Alki, a former salon space has gone to the dogs:
ALKI BEACH DOG: Susan Moore e-mailed with word of her new business, described as “a self-serve dog wash and retail space on 59th Ave and Alki Avenue SW. We offer Tubs, Toys and Treats! for all kinds of dogs. As a local Alki resident, I am a true dog lover and felt there was a need for something here on the beach for all the dogs who love to walk here all year long. It was also a fun way to get my kids involved in something they love as much as I do! We offer various brands of organic and grain-free dog food, a large variety of dog treats and durable, fun dog toys.” Alki Beach Dog is open 7 days a week, 9 am-6 pm.
CROSSROADS TRADE: Kate Harris has just moved to West Seattle along with what she describes as her “15-year old ethnic arts business, carrying uncommon, fairly traded merchandise. The merchandise is beautifully made, and every piece makes a tangible business in an artisan’s life. But that’s not all. The fair trade world is quirky and complicated. What makes a business truly sustainable? How can you work against child labor, while recognizing that millions of children are completely on their own in the world? Is a non-profit business necessarily more ethical than a for-profit business? Is there an inverse relationship between girls’ education and maintaining traditional arts?” Curiosity piqued? Check out Crossroads Trade’s website.
OPEN HOUSE IN NEW HOME: AAA West Seattle moved recently to Jefferson Square, and is inviting you to an open house 9 am-6:30 pm December 5th. They’re on the east row of the parking lot-fronting businesses at JS.