Followup: New location found for 2 of 3 businesses leaving Triangle building that will be home of Rudy’s Barbershop

July 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm | In Triangle, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two of the three businesses told to clear out of 4480 Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle have found new locations nearby.

We first reported Sunday night that Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, and Ace 1 Computer Repair had been told by the new owner of 4480 Fauntleroy Way that they had to be out by the end of August.

Though the new owner, a SODO real-estate broker, didn’t respond to our inquiry, we discovered a document on file with the city indicating that Rudy’s Barbershop, long seeking a West Seattle location, would be the new tenant.

Rudy’s has since confirmed that to WSB. But first – an update on the longtime businesses that have to move.

Just this morning, Maestro Motors’ owner Richard Reed signed a lease for a spot barely a block to the west, where he tells us that Ace-1 is moving to, too. We found out the news while stopping by 4480 Fauntleroy to photograph him as part of our planned followup (even before we learned about the new location).

Reed says it’s the building behind Fauntleroy Chiropractic (WSB sponsor) in the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way. Previously, an Ace 1 spokesperson had told us by e-mail that they indeed had a location, but they didn’t specify the address, saying only, “We will be moving to a new location in West Seattle. We were happy to have served at this past location for the last 16 years, though! Also looking forward to keep serving our local clients.”

This is all new, so stand by for further details.

Meantime, Diva Espresso president Greg Hamper confirmed to WSB: “We indeed have been looking for a new location, but nothing has come up for now. Any input about possible available locations should be addressed to Greg Hamper at greg@divaespresso.com. We are sorry to go, and we will indeed miss our loyal customers for the past 18 years.” He added that Diva needs storage for its equipment while searching for a new location, so even if you can’t help with the latter, maybe you have an idea for that? Same contact, if you have a suggestion. Diva’s last day will be Sunday, August 17th.

Now, back to the building’s future. As noted here in multiple previous reports, it went on the market last fall – with the listing saying that its tenants wanted to stay but were currently on month-to-month leases – and was sold in April. While its 6300+-square-foot location is zoned for a much-denser/taller use than it has currently, it is NOT proposed for teardown/redevelopment. Instead, we learned from a “site plan” sketch in the city files labeled “Rudy’s West Seattle,” it’s proposed for remodeling into the first West Seattle outpost for the Seattle-based chain, which first confirmed to WSB almost two years ago that it was trying to find a spot here.

Some commenters asked if Rudy’s really needs all the space in the Fauntleroy Way building. Spokesperson Katie Trent replied regarding that and our overall request for confirmation:

At this time we cannot comment on the full scope of the project, but can confirm that we will be opening a Rudy’s Barbershop in the building, with opening projected for early 2015. Many of our longtime employees and customers are West Seattle residents, so it’s been our hope to find the right location for some time, now. The owner of the 4480 building is also our landlord at the Capitol Hill Rudy’s location, our very first shop which opened in 1993. We are excited to continue working with them as we join the West Seattle community in a building with great heritage and character.

More as we get it.

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14 Comments

  1. yay yay yay yay yay !!! so happy Richard (Maestro Motors) found a new spot nearby; he is THE best!!!

    Comment by Diane — 12:58 pm July 30, 2014 #

  2. Yay for everyone! Great to support ALL KINDS of LOCAL Seattle businesses. I hope everyone is able to find new locations, and I am very excited to have Rudy’s in WS.

    Comment by wsgal — 1:29 pm July 30, 2014 #

  3. This is devastating. No one in my family can survive without Highlander blend from Diva.

    Comment by JoAnne — 2:07 pm July 30, 2014 #

  4. In addition to a barbershop, the permit also mentions a coffee shop. Any word on that? I know Rudy’s shares a building with Stumptown Coffee on Capitol Hill, and it sounds like the owner of 4480 Fauntleroy is also Rudy’s landlord at their Pine St location. Mallet has also worked on Stumptown locations in the past, according to Mallet’s website. I would love to have a Stumptown in West Seattle, so I’m hoping my hunch is accurate.

    Comment by Jason — 2:12 pm July 30, 2014 #

  5. Jason – that would be since the last time I looked at the file, my bad for not checking today, I finished this followup before running out of the house to the Parade of Ships. When we first reported on this Sunday, there was only the one site plan with a rough outline and the phrase “Rudy’s West Seattle.” Heading back to the “office’ right now from Duwamish Head and will add anything we can find – thanks! TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:28 pm July 30, 2014 #

  6. I am so happy that Maestro found a place. Not only are they the best mechanics in my book they are also the most honest and kind neighbors. Congratulations Richard !

    Comment by KK50 — 7:15 pm July 30, 2014 #

  7. Thrilled that Maestro found a place – and so close by. I recently started using them and am VERY happy with them, and loved that I could walk home after dropping my car off. Glad that can continue, plus it’s a block closer to home too!

    Comment by Sue — 8:01 pm July 30, 2014 #

  8. I hope Diva finds a new location in WS!

    Comment by AG — 8:05 pm July 30, 2014 #

  9. Where is Richard’s new office exactly?
    Richard is a great, nice and honest mechanic – we take 5 cars there and I’m only sorry I did not find him sooner! Glad he is staying nearby. Sad about Diva – it is so difficult to get good coffee in West Seattle so I hope they find nearby location? Could the ladies (Jenny, Jessie, Leah, Audrey, etc.) at Diva open up a coffee bar next to Richard’s new place (or build a second floor?)? I’d go – doesn’t have to be a Diva! Or, if they must leave West Seattle, move to Redmond across the street from Microsoft – great captive audience and horrible coffee there except for Victor’s in downtown Redmond.

    Comment by Sharon — 10:26 pm July 30, 2014 #

  10. It is, as described, right behind Fauntleroy Chiropractic. If you drive/walk/ride east on Fauntleroy, you’ll see the building with the FOR RENT sign in the window – at least one tenant ago, it was part of West Seattle Montessori. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:30 pm July 30, 2014 #

  11. So it’s the little grey two story building? Or the yellow one that used to be West Seattle Motors? I’m guessing the grey one although I don’t see an auto bay of any sort there.

    Diva should take the yellow one- same side of the street and better parking!

    Comment by valvashon — 7:21 am July 31, 2014 #

  12. I believe it’s blue. Re: the former WS Motors building, the Y took that over some time ago.

    Comment by WSB — 7:30 am July 31, 2014 #

  13. FYI: Rudy’s is NO LONGER A LOCAL BUSINESS. It was sold over two months ago. They plan on opening over 100 stores within the next year.

    Comment by marissa — 1:39 pm August 2, 2014 #

  14. Overpriced haircuts by hipsters for hipsters!

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 8:25 pm August 3, 2014 #

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