By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Congratulations to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), announced this morning as Westside Business of the Year along with this year’s other winners of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Westside Awards.
C & P proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores (update: we photographed Cameron today, just after publishing this story) are in their 14th year of operating the cozy coffeehouse and event venue at 5612 California SW. You’ll find far more than “just” coffee and other beverages there – stop in on any given evening and you might also find live music, or a Whale Trail Orca Talk; the many other events hosted there include bazaars. C&P offers private rentals too and supports a long list of community causes.
C & P is one of four winners announced today by Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis. The others are:
HomeStreet Bank‘s West Seattle branch (WSB sponsor) – Westside Emerging Business of the Year: Since HomeStreet opened its West Seattle branch in The Junction two years ago, it’s become a hub for community activities including everything from the WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus” drive to Santa photos to Seahawk support, as well as opening its doors to community groups.
Melodie VanHouten (at center in our photo, with, from left, Cody Rees, Sharon Lingbloom, Phil Varce, and John Babauta) is branch manager and vice president.
West Seattle Helpline, Westside Not-for-Profit of the Year: WS Helpline, founded in 1989 and currently led by executive director Chris Langeler, offers emergency assistance to people in need in our community, in a variety of ways, including a clothing bank.
Last year, according to the Helpline website, the nonprofit:
*Served over 3,500 of our neighbors in need.
*Provided $78,454 of value in clothing for 1,592 adults and children at The Clothesline.
*Provided over $70,000 of assistance to prevent evictions and shutoffs for more than 300 local families.
*Distributed more than $10,000 in bus tickets to for medical appointments, job interviews, and basic needs.
Dave Montoure, Westsider of the Year: Montoure is not only in his 14th year as co-proprietor of West 5 in The Junction but also is a community advocate who has served in leadership roles with organizations including the Chamber and the West Seattle Junction Association. He also has supported many community causes and organized West Seattle for Japan as a response to the devastating earthquake/tsunami.
You can applaud the winners in person by being there as they are honored at the 2016 Westside Awards breakfast at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) at 7 am on May 4th, which also will feature former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice as keynote speaker. Tickets are available now at the WS Chamber website – go here.