West Seattle businesses: Carmilia’s to close for 2 weeks of ‘freshening,’ WILL reopen

August 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Lately, we’ve reported on a few local businesses closing without warning. Tonight, we have advance notice from a local business that is planning a temporary closure for “freshening” and promises it WILL reopen. From Linda Sabee, proprietor of Carmilia’s in The Junction:

This November will be our twelve-year anniversary and over these many years, I’ve seen much change in our beloved West Seattle Junction. I’m a long-time West Seattle resident and opened Carmilia’s because I love this neighborhood and saw a need for a contemporary fashion resource in our shopping district.

When we opened, Carmilia’s was the only modern fashion offering in our ‘hood’. Shortly thereafter came Sweetie, followed by Edie’s and finally Clementine. It’s been a sad display of a contracting shopping district to watch these other shops close one by one and either quit the business entirely, or move on to more thriving shopping destinations in the Seattle area. As the pioneer for fashion in West Seattle, I am determined to stay in the business of dressing the women of West Seattle and anyone else who visits our wonderful neighborhood.

Carmilia’s will be closing and papering up our windows starting Sunday, August 17, to do some painting and general freshening up. Historically, the latter part of August is quite slow, so we’re clearing out as much of our summer and spring inventory this weekend to prepare for our projects. We will reopen the end of August, full of fall inventory and with a fresh look. I hope for the continued and hopefully re-energized support of this community of shoppers.

Linda is planning a September 4th party but expects the shop to reopen before then and promises to update us when there’s an idea of a date.

P.S. Of the shops she mentions, as covered here earlier: Sweetie shut down in 2013; Edie’s closed its WS shoe shop last winter but remains open on Capitol Hill; Clementine announced last month it’s moving to Pioneer Square by next month. (Photo: King County Assessor website)


  1. Oh good! I love this place. They always have the cutest things and the quality is always good. If you haven’t checked this place out, you should! :)

    Comment by Charline — 6:02 pm August 15, 2014 #

  2. This makes me wonder how many more small, local businesses will be hurt when whole foods opens

    Comment by Chris — 9:30 pm August 15, 2014 #

  3. Chris, I’m not a fan of Whole Foods, but explain to me what WH has to do with a clothing shop remodeling in the junction – not even close to the WH location?

    Comment by JanS — 11:23 pm August 15, 2014 #

  4. I love this shop and always find something fun to come home with!

    Comment by Delilah — 11:33 pm August 15, 2014 #

  5. Love Linda and Carmilias! And her commitment to WS! If you’ve never shopped here, you should. She is a gem (a small biz owner with a big heart) and her team is super cool. And the clothes- girls, you’ll never want to go downtown again. Another 12 please!

    Comment by Loyal Carmilias Shopper — 9:22 am August 16, 2014 #

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