West Seattle, Washington
Maybe you’re a procrastinator like your editor here, and/or just haven’t had much time. Whatever the reason – if you still have gift shopping to do tomorrow (Saturday, December 24th), here are the independent local businesses that have told us they’ll be open:
Again & Again/Kid-Friendly Footwear* – Noon-5 pm
Atomic Boys – 10 am-2 pm
Avalon Glassworks – 10 am-2 pm
Bartell Drugs, Jefferson Square – until 11 pm
Beer Junction – Open until 7 pm (see comment with more details)
Click! Design That Fits* – 10 am-5 pm
Curious Kidstuff – 10 am-4 pm
Easy Street Records – 9 am-5 pm
Emerald Water Anglers* – 10 am-4 pm
Junction TrueValue* – 8 am-4 pm
Meeples Games* – 10 am-6 pm
Menashe & Sons Jewelers* – 10 am-4 pm
Mountain to Sound Outfitters – 10 am-4 pm
My Three Little Birds* – 10 am-4 pm
Origins* – 9 am-8 pm
Pet Elements – 10 am-4 pm
Second Gear Sports* – 10 am-4 pm
Tap Station – Open until 5 pm
Thunder Road Guitars* – 10 am-1 pm
West Seattle Wine Cellars – 11 am-7 pm
Wyatt’s Jewelers* – 10 am-4 pm
Zamboanga – 10 am-4 pm
(Asterisked businesses are WSB sponsors)
Any other retailers open tomorrow? Tell us your hours in a comment – or e-mail us – and we’ll add you to the list! Meantime, if you’re looking for restaurants open on Christmas Eve (and/or Day), that list is here; grocery-store closing times are in our Holiday Guide.
7:55 AM SATURDAY: We’ve added to the list and will continue to do so if we hear from more.
More West Seattle Christmas lights! Thanks to Cindy Craig for two photos from one street near Fairmount Park: Both displays are on 40th Avenue SW between Dawson and Findlay; above, on the east side of the street; below, on the west side.
We will be showing more tomorrow and Sunday – Christmas Eve and Day – and maybe beyond if we have enough suggestions/photos – firstname.lastname@example.org. (Here’s our archive of what we’ve shown already.) Thank you!
From the West Seattle Food Bank:
A very big thank you from all at the West Seattle Food Bank to the generous customers of Metropolitan Market.
Thanks to the enthusiastic appeals of the Metropolitan Market staff, pictured here, customers donated $26,836 with a $1000 match from Met Market for a total of $27,836 to help families in this community have a happier holiday and a good start to the New Year.
Other businesses are continuing holiday-season donation drives – see the GIVING OPPORTUNITIES section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
You also can donate to the WS Food Bank online – go here.
Thanks for the texts about the emergency response at the intersection of California and Fauntleroy in Morgan Junction. Here’s what we’ve found out: A woman suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the northeast corner. She has been taken to Harborview Medical Center; traffic was directed around the emergency vehicles, but they will be clearing shortly.
By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Readers have noticed new signage at Kokoras Greek Grill in Morgan Junction – the addition of “sushi bar” and “teriyaki” on the awning.
This is the result of another ownership change for the restaurant at 6400 1/2 California SW.
It’s been less than a year since the original Kokoras owners retired to move to Greece, selling the restaurant to Miranda Krone and Kim Depew, who briefly ran it as a revival of Krone’s popular Meander’s Kitchen. Then their partnership dissolved and Depew ran the restaurant for a while, bringing back the Greek food.
Now, we’ve learned, Phillip Kim is the restaurant’s new owner. We talked with manager Carlos Tovar, who says Kim has three other restaurants – Teri Fresh in Maple Valley, and two in Kent and in the University District.
The “new” Kokoras still specializes in Greek cuisine, but a sushi bar has been installed (WSB photo at right). Once a sushi chef has been hired, Kokoras will serve sushi, teriyaki, and wok-cooked dishes in addition to Greek food. It sounds like an unusual combination, but Tovar says it’s worked in Kim’s other locations.
Appetizers include tzatziki, hummus, baba ghanoush, and taramo salata, which is a Greek caviar. The food is prepared using all of the same recipes that have been handed down, Tovar said, including dolmadakia, lamb dolmas, keftedes (Greek meatballs), spanakopita, Greek fries, gyros, souvlaki, Greek salad and Greek omelets. Scrambles and omelets are served all day. The kids’ menu includes a kid-size gyro, cheeseburger and chicken souvlaki. Everything is made from scratch, including baklava and Greek yogurt for desert.
Kokoras has also added three brand-new big-screen TV’s, and draft beer is on the way to add to the full bar and wine. Kokoras has seven employees. Hours of operation are Monday 4 -9 pm and noon to 10 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
12:23 PM: There’s a new development proposal for 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW, where – as reported here last summer – CVS gave up its plan for a drugstore. We just found the new early-stage proposal on the city docket, where it’s described as:
Construction of both a 7-story apartment structure on the Fauntleroy-facing property and a 4-story apartment structure on the 38th Ave SW facing property. Structures to include rental apartment units, commercial uses where appropriate, and structured indoor parking. All existing structures to be demolished.
No unit counts are mentioned in what’s online so far; the project will go through Design Review.
The site is currently home to West Seattle Produce and Suite Arrangements. The preliminary site plan shows the development also would include 4736 and 4740 Fauntleroy Way SW, bringing it all the way up to the proposed mixed-use building that’s in the works for the former pawn-shop site on the northeast corner of Fauntleroy and Edmunds; the property on 38th is listed as street number 4721, immediately east of the aforementioned business buildings. The prospective developer is listed as Legacy Partners, which built Youngstown Flats (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge; the architect is listed as Nicholson Kovalchick.
1:46 PM: While out of HQ just now, we went over for a quick look at the project site. The 38th SW-facing lot proposed for a 4-story apartment building is immediately south of Les Schwab and currently being used as food-truck parking. The two lots south of the Suite Arrangements/WS Produce building both have small structures on the alley side.
On this Christmas Eve-Eve and Hanukkah Eve, here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:
ILLUSIONS OPEN HOUSE: All day, until 5 pm, Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) welcomes you: “We will be offering sweet & savory treats for our clients as a thank you & celebration of the Holiday season.” (5619 California SW)
WINE TASTING & BUYING: Tonight is your last pre-holiday chance to sip/shop at the Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room north of Morgan Junction, which will be closed tomorrow. Open 5 pm-9 pm; wines available include “Perseverance (Viognier), The Betrayal (Chardonnay), PORCH (Rose of Syrah), Heart Box Red (Merlot) and BLACK (Red Blend).” (5910 California SW)
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW: 7 pm at Ounces. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
SANTA PHOTOS: If you still haven’t visited Mr. Claus, today’s only scheduled appearance is at Westwood Village (photos for a fee) – until 8 pm. (2600 SW Barton)
LIVE MUSIC: One venue on our list tonight – The Skylark, featuring Astrol Waters, 9 pm, $7, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY … another reminder that the info in the WSB Holiday Guide right now includes:
-Restaurants that told us they will be open one or both days (New Year’s previews too)
-Grocery-store hours for Christmas Eve/Day
-Church services for Christmas Eve/Day (New Year’s previews too)
We’re also working on a list of local retailers open tomorrow for last-minute shopping – as always, email@example.com is where to send your info – thanks!
Want to celebrate the arrival of the New Year without leaving the little ones at home? Admiral Bird is having a “kid party” again this year:
Last year was so popular that we decided to limit the number of attendees so you have to buy tickets to attend this year! FUN FUN FUN.
From 7 to 9 pm New Year’s Eve, we will have the countdown with the East Coast at 9pm on our big screen with noise makers and a balloon drop! We will have a champagne toast for adults and a sparkling apple juice toast for tots. Before the ball drop, there will be a Hot Cocoa bar for the kids and music. There will be waffles and pulled pork sliders for food.
Buy your tickets here – $15 for one adult/one kid, $5 for each additional kid. Admiral Bird (SE corner of California/Admiral) is a cozy venue so tickets will go fast. Adding to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: We start this rainy morning with word of a crash that’s blocking the ramp from the West Seattle Bridge to southbound I-5.
Also, the Olson/Myers signal light is still (or again) reported to be malfunctioning.
And a Winter Weather Advisory has been announced for noon today to 3 am Saturday – possible snow.
LOOKING AHEAD: Transit/transportation schedules are normal TODAY, but since Christmas Day is on Sunday this year, you’ll see schedule changes on Monday (December 26th):
METRO: Sunday schedule on Monday.
WATER TAXI: The West Seattle and Vashon runs both will NOT be in service Monday.
SOUND TRANSIT: Route 560 (and light rail) will run Sunday schedules on Monday.
STREET PARKING: For the neighborhoods with city-operated pay stations, Monday will be a free-parking day.
7:27 AM: WSDOT says the crash on the ramp from the bridge to SB I-5 has cleared.
Announced by the Seattle Housing Authority:
On Monday, February 6, 2017, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will open a lottery for places on a new waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as Section 8. These vouchers provide rental assistance for people with low incomes to rent homes owned by landlords in the private market.
Registration for the lottery will be available online only, and will be open from 8 a.m. on February 6, 2017 until 5 p.m. on February 24, 2017, Pacific Time. Registration is only available at seattlehousing.org/waitlist, not at any other website. Registration is free; if any website asks for money to complete registration it is not the correct site. The only way to safely register and avoid misleading websites is to type seattlehousing.org/waitlist into an internet browser.
The chances of being selected for the waitlist are the same no matter when households register during the open period. Once registration closes, 3,500 applicants will be chosen at random by computer to be placed on the new waitlist. Letters will be mailed by March 31, 2017 notifying all registered households whether or not they received a place on the new waitlist.