All-star lineup for ‘Jocks vs. Docs’ in Admiral tomorrow morning

September 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm | In Health, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Just got this announcement, and we’re told everybody’s welcome, so if you’re looking for autographs or just to cheer the competitors on, be at Admiral Safeway 10 am-11 am tomorrow morning:

“Jocks vs. Docs” will kick off one of the state’s largest and most successful fundraisers for breast-cancer research. A team of professional and retired professional athletes will compete alongside some of the region’s best physicians in a grocery bagging contest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Following the competition, there will be a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Safeway/SCCA mammography van [photo left], which has been equipped with new, leading-edge tomosynthesis equipment. This new equipment was funded by Safeway’s 2012 campaign, and the Safeway / SCCA MammoVan will be open for screenings at Safeway stores in Western Washington throughout October. (ADDED: Including drop-in appointments at this location on Tuesday)


· Kasey Keller, Seattle Sounders FC alumnus and broadcaster
· Warren Moon, Pro Football Hall of Famer and broadcaster
· Golden Tate, the Seattle Seahawks
· Megan Jendrick, two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer (as Megan Quann) and fitness columnist

The announcement continues ahead: Click to read the rest of All-star lineup for ‘Jocks vs. Docs’ in Admiral tomorrow morning…

‘Urgent action meeting’ next week to fight teen alcohol/drug use

September 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 4 Comments

We first mentioned this planned meeting in coverage of this month’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, where community members announced it while asking police for advice. Now, they’ve shared a more detailed announcement and want to reiterate that all community members are welcome to come help talk about the problem and solutions, not just those with direct ties to the schools:

URGENT ACTION MEETING regarding West Seattle youth alcohol and drug abuse

The West Seattle High School PTSA is sponsoring a community meeting with Neighborhood House, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Parks Dept., West Seattle High School, Madison Middle School, along with other community members, to discuss drug and alcohol abuse by youth around West Seattle High School and Madison Middle Schools.

Thursday, October 10th
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
West Seattle High School (meeting in the Library)
3000 California Ave SW

Over the summer 4 young teens were hospitalized after overdosing in our community on cough medicine. Many parents are concerned about the apparent increase in marijuana and alcohol use and sales around Hiawatha Park and the schools.

By working together, we can address these issues and create a safer environment for our kids – but it takes everyone working together.

For questions, or more info please contact: Mike Graham-Squire, Neighborhood House, 206.353.7945,

A few years ago, there had been a community group active in tackling these situations, but it went dormant for a variety of reasons. Again, organizers of this meeting stress that everyone’s welcome to come help plan and take action.

‘Footin’ for Frankie’: West Seattleites walk to fight Alzheimer’s

September 15, 2013 at 4:11 am | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Thanks to Jeralee for sharing the photo. She reports:

33 family members walked in the (Walk to End Alzheimer’s) in Tacoma (Saturday). Walking for my Uncle Frank, who has had Alzheimer for several years, and also in memory of my mother Henrietta Henke and grandparents Ed and Hattie Little. All from West Seattle – we were all FOOTIN’ FOR FRANKIE.

Their team fundraising made the top 5, according to the walk’s official webpage. If you’d like to Walk to End Alzheimer’s, next Saturday (September 21st) there’s a walk in Seattle, at South Lake Union – info here.

Inspire West Seattle: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

August 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Today we welcome Inspire West Seattle, with its studio now open in The Admiral District, as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Inspire West Seattle would like you to know:

Inspire is the only place in Seattle that offers Lagree Fitness. Lagree Fitness (formerly known as SPX Fitness) fuses key elements of Pilates with the latest in equipment technology and techniques, offering a total body workout in a dynamic class environment. In as little as 40 minutes on the Megaformer, our workout incorporates Pilates, strength training, and cardio to sculpt your body like no other workout.

Clients seek out Inspire Seattle because what we offer is so different from anything they’ve ever tried. It’s not uncommon for clients to say this is the hardest workout that they’ve ever done. It’s a tough workout, but also very safe, as all of our exercises are done using slow and controlled movement. Bottom line: Clients come back because they see results pretty quickly (results vary depending on the number of classes taken per week). Once you start seeing results, it motivates you to keep coming back. Aside from the physical benefits of our workout, clients have also mentioned they really love the sense of community they feel when they come to our studio. Many friendships have been made amongst clients and that’s so nice to see as a business owner. We’re hoping to build the same kind of community at our new West Seattle location.

Inspire‘s studio is located at 2620 California SW; call 206-932-0301. Online, you can find out more here.

We thank Inspire West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle business: Anytime Fitness moving to ex-Blockbuster

August 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 43 Comments

Finally an answer to a question we’re asked relatively frequently – what’s going into the former Blockbuster space in Admiral? You’ll recall it closed a year and a half ago, and then the parking lot became a pay lot three months later, suggesting a new tenant/owner wasn’t expected any time soon. But finally, someone IS getting ready to move in: Anytime Fitness is relocating from Charlestown Center.

We got the tip from WSB’er JayDee, and the move was confirmed today by Jacob Saldana, who bought Anytime Fitness along with his brothers in December of last year. He tells WSB they are starting demolition at the new location this week. “The space will be about double our current size and will give us about 6,500 square feet.” He says they’ve been working on expanding the club since they bought it: “It has always been our intention to provide a more functional, community gym that would fulfill all of the needs of our members and in order to do so we felt that we had to find a new location. We can’t wait for the opportunity to bring some of our programs that we have created at our Capitol Hill location to West Seattle. The new space will have enough room to accommodate showers, group exercise, and a more open free weight area. However, the gym will still be a manageable size that will allow us to provide excellent customer service and build relationships with our members rather than leaving them feeling as if they’re just another number.” They’re hoping to move into the new location (2222 California) by the end of the year

Video: 600+ run, walk Breathe Deep Seattle 2013 at Lincoln Park

August 10, 2013 at 11:00 am | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

After the rain accompanying the overnight thunderstorm cleared the air, more than 600 people participating in this morning’s Breathe Deep Seattle could truly do just that. They ran and walked to raise money for the lung-cancer-fighting LUNGevity Foundation – after warming up in the slightly chilly morning air:

This is the third year for BDS – which had a $15,000 fundraising goal for year one, a goal of five times that this year, and has already exceeded that new goal, passing $88,000 so far for 2013, according to the official website (look for the gauge on the lower-right side of the page).

P.S. For those who ran the race as a timed 5K – results are here.

Fight lung cancer: Walk/run in Breathe Deep Seattle tomorrow

August 9, 2013 at 9:49 am | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from last year’s Breathe Deep Seattle 5K)
Last reminder – tomorrow’s the next benefit 5K run/walk in our area, Breathe Deep Seattle, benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation, which fights lung cancer. It’s in Lincoln Park, with check-in/last-minute registration starting at 8:30 am Saturday, a program with guest speakers at 9 am, the timed 5K and untimed walk/fun run at 9:30, closing ceremony at 11. If you are already registered and want to pick up your race T-shirt early, you can do that at West Seattle Runner (California/Charlestown; WSB sponsor) between 5-7:30 pm tonight. (P.S. If you missed our recent look ahead to all the 5K’s in West Seattle scheduled before year’s end – five of them including BDS – see it here.)

Happening now: West Seattle Fight and Fitness’s community open house

July 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm | In Delridge, Health, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Driving by West Seattle Fight and Fitness (5050 Delridge Way SW), you might not get much of a hint of its spacious, fitness-friendly inside. But until around 3 this afternoon, you can stop in for a peek. Also meet the health and wellness providers joining in on the community open house, including two other West Seattle businesses that like WSFF are WSB sponsors:

From M3 Bodyworks, offering massage between the Alaska and Morgan Junctions, are Dan and Amber. And from Roxbury Spine and Wellness in the Roxhill/Westwood area, Liz and Mari:

As for WSFF, it prides itself on its “different approach to martial arts,” as noted here.

Southwest Pool closed until tomorrow; city cites ‘contamination’

July 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 13 Comments

West Seattle’s only city-run indoor pool, Southwest Pool, is closed until tomorrow morning, says Seattle Parks, which just sent this announcement:

Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Southwest Pool, 2801 SW Thistle St., for the rest of the day because of contamination that could not be contained. In compliance with State of Washington health regulations, Parks is taking these routine steps to ensure the pool water is clean and safe for public use:

· Elevating chlorine levels
· Disinfecting all pool surfaces
· Using the pool’s ultraviolet disinfectant system as a supplemental effort

Parks and Recreation apologizes for the inconvenience to pool users and will reopen the pool at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 25.

We have a few followup questions out to Parks; we also asked about a report that Hiawatha wading pool was closed for a while today, and Parks spokesperson Dewey Potter tells WSB that was because of broken glass (second time in less than three weeks), which has been cleaned up, and Hiawatha’s pool reopened at 2:30 pm.

A Kids Place Dentistry for Children: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

July 24, 2013 at 10:29 am | In Health, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Today we welcome A Kids Place Dentistry as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Dr. Keith McDonald wants you to know about his practice, which has just expanded to the Admiral District:

“Every parent should take their child to see a dentist that fits within the framework of their parental philosophy. The pediatric dentists in the state of Washington are all excellent, but just like parents, dentists also have varying practice philosophies. In my practice, my associates and I utilize what we call the Parent-Directed Approach during patient examinations. This means that we design the child’s dental treatment around specific parental ideologies about topics such as fluoride, white vs. silver fillings, the child’s medical history, specific oral habits of the child, and familial dietary habits. In that respect, parents are welcomed during the examinations and treatments and are always informed and included in the decision-making process.

“At A Kids Place Dentistry, the most common compliment that we continuously hear from clients is that their child can’t wait to go back to see the dentist and how much fun their child had. The second most common question is usually, ‘How did you make my child so motivated to brush their teeth?’ We work very hard to make the environment at A Kids Place Dentistry comfortable, fun and informative for both the child and the parents. On some days one might think that they’ve entered a carnival or circus with balloon animals, magic tricks and bouncy balls! We’ve had the pleasure of serving the Renton Highlands community for over 7 years with excellent success. That office space is solely a pediatric dental office, so the colors are brighter and the design of the office is tailored specifically for kids. In our new West Seattle location, we share the space with our new partners, Sound Orthodontics, so the office design and colors are little more subdued, though still very comfortable and inviting. Our great ‘A Kids Place’ energy, along with the balloons, magic tricks, and bouncy balls are still in full force; however, and it’s a beautiful space for which we are so privileged with this opportunity to serve the West Seattle community.

“What keeps our patients coming back is the caring and honest approach of our staff and doctors. We change the lives of concerned parents and timid children every day, and it’s a joy to see those families return with smiles on their faces and excitement in their eyes!”

Dr. McDonald believes in community involvement: “Besides working with community groups and schools, I am also very involved in organizations that help strengthen the oral-health safety net in our state. I’ve served three years as a Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) state delegate, I am past president of the Seattle Pediatric Dental study club, and I currently sit on two boards – The Washington Oral Health Foundation (the dental foundation of the WSDA) and the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Executive Board. I also serve as a Seattle-King County Dental Champion for the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program, a state program designed to assist the underserved with accessing dental care.”

A Kids Place Dentistry is at 2617 California SW, 206-933-5437, You can request an appointment online via the A Kids Place Dentistry website,

We thank A Kids Place Dentistry for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Need it? Make it! West Seattle woman creates ‘Pill Holder’

July 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 25 Comments

An Admiral resident created something she hopes will help people who, like her, need to carry medication around all the time, but would like to have it in something a little more stylish than the typical plastic box. Chris Boerner contacted WSB to share the story of her creation, called, simply enough, the Pill Holder. She explains why:

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis, 18 years ago. I’m lucky enough to be doing really well, but I have to have my medicine with me all the time. Most of the portable pill containers out there aren’t the greatest quality, and they definitely aren’t beautiful. I use my Pill Holder more than almost anything in my daily life, and I want it to be functional and gorgeous! I’m looking forward to bringing that combination to other people who need their pills with them too.

The Pill Holder is made in the USA from stainless steel and comes in two widths, both about 2″ long, both ready to attach to a keychain; right now, she’s selling them online only. They’re also intended to help raise money to eradicate the reasons they’re needed – Boerner says she is setting aside five percent of the Pill Holder’s sales price to donate to researchers working on autoimmune diseases, which she notes affect 16 million people.

Lincoln Park wading pool closed for ‘extensive cleaning’ after illnesses reported

July 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 36 Comments

Seattle Parks has just announced that the Lincoln Park wading pool is closed for the rest of the day and undergoing “extensive cleaning” after a report of kids getting sick after using the pool (which also was discussed in the WSB Forums). Here’s the announcement:

Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Lincoln Park wading pool today for extensive cleaning after a notification from Public Health – Seattle & King County that a group of children who attend day camp in the park became sick after playing in the pool.

Public Health suspects the children may have contracted norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting. Norovirus is highly contagious, and is spread by getting the vomit or stool of someone who is infected in your mouth. This can happen by swimming in contaminated waters, eating foods that are contaminated, touching surfaces with the norovirus on it, or by having contact with someone who is infected.

Seattle Parks and Recreation received the call from Public Health around 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19 – after the wading pool had opened for the day.

“We immediately closed the pool,” said Aquatics Manager Kathy Whitman, “and began a thorough cleaning process with high concentrations of chlorine. We are disinfecting every possible surface.”

All of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s wading pools are chlorinated, and chemical levels are checked hourly by a trained wading pool attendant. The chemical levels in the pool on Tuesday, July 16 – the day children are suspected to have contracted the virus – were within standards set by the State Health Code.

Seattle Parks and Recreation also cleaned all the play area near the wading pool, as well as picnic tables, garbage cans and bathrooms in the area as an extra precaution. Public Health – Seattle & King County has reviewed and approved Seattle Parks and Recreation’s clean-up plan.

“We are extremely cautious when it comes to water safety,” Whitman said. “If we are aware that a wading pool has become contaminated with stool or vomit, we close the pool, clean it and re-fill it. We had no indication on Tuesday that the wading pool at Lincoln Park had any possible contamination.”

Because of the resilience of the norovirus, Seattle Parks and Recreation will keep the Lincoln Park wading pool closed today so that a thorough cleaning can take place, and will re-open it tomorrow, Saturday, July 20.

Lincoln Park is the only West Seattle-area wading pool that is open seven days a week, weather permitting. Two other wading pools in our area remain open today, EC Hughes (till 7 pm) and Delridge (till 6:45); Highland Park Spraypark is open until 8 pm. Here’s the citywide schedule.

Happening now: West Seattle Relay for Life 2013

June 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

At West Seattle Stadium, 200 people are in the early hours of an all-night annual tradition raising money to fight cancer – Relay for Life of West Seattle. It’s running a different schedule this year, but one thing didn’t change – the survivors’ lap (above) to start it off. One of the two-dozen-plus survivors there today was the highlighted speaker for the kickoff, Angela Hurst (in purple, below). It’s been a year since she was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 37 and 16 weeks of pregnancy … a baby she lost from side effects of as she was about to begin chemotherapy that she was assured would be OK:

(added) Here’s video of Angela telling her story:

The stories are everywhere at Relay for Life, without even having to be told aloud:

And while the event itself runs about 18 hours, the fundraising began weeks and months ago. You might remember this mother-daughter team:

We reported on Lauri and Gerry Cunningham‘s take-out spaghetti-dinner fundraiser a week ago. They told us proudly today that they brought in $800!

WHAT’S NEXT: This morning’s daily preview on WSB includes the schedule for this evening, with events open to the public including Bubbleman‘s performance right now and the popular kids-music band Recess Monkey at 6:30, and then the luminaria ceremony at 10 pm, as participants and visitors remember those they’ve lost as well as paying tribute to those who are fighting. The stadium gates will lock at 11, but people will remain on the track all night, with closing ceremonies planned at 7:30 tomorrow morning. If you want to donate, you can do so while visiting the stadium or online, here.

After 3 years, West Seattleite Jan Seeley to get life-saving kidney

June 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 32 Comments

Almost three years after she was told she needed a kidney transplant to save her life, longtime West Seattleite Jan Seeley – known for years as “JanS” in the WSB Forum and comments – is finally getting one. She is at Swedish Medical Center now after getting the call tonight for surgery in the morning. Even if you don’t know Jan, a self-employed massage therapist, you might remember reading her story here in 2011, at the start of a community fundraising drive (which has continued online), told by her daughter Jessica Diamant, who had hoped to give a kidney to her mom, until testing showed incompatibility. As Jessica wrote, Jan already had survived serious health challenges, including breast cancer, before being diagnosed with fibrillary glomerulonephritis, which led to kidney failure. The ensuing wait has been nerve-wracking, but now it’s almost over, and we wish Jan good luck with this operation and recovery. For updates, check – of course – the thread in the WSB Forum.

Speaking of Madison MS: Mayor to visit tomorrow

June 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

One more news item about Madison Middle School: Mayor McGinn will be visiting after school tomorrow, to join in a media briefing about “new health services” for students around the city. That’s according to a brief announcement we received this afternoon, which says he’ll be joined by representatives of Neighborcare Health (which runs some school-based clinics in West Seattle) and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

‘Be Active Together’: Room in community ‘light activation’ exercise class

May 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm | In Health, High Point, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

If you are looking for a way to get gradually, gently active, health-care worker and neighborhood advocate Miranda Taylor has a recommendation: There’s space in the Saturday morning “Be Active Together” classes at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center, taught by instructor Calvin Jones from the Austin Foundation. Miranda describes it as “light activation of (the) body, with one or two exercises and stretches for each muscle group, 80 minutes on Saturday AM. Calvin leads a five minute meditation at the end where many of us take a rejuvenating catnap. Calvin learned from the best, our beloved late Willie Austin. If people are athletic types or already taking classes at a health club, this class might seem easy for them. However, many people are intimidated by the intensity of gym classes, and this is the perfect entry into movement from just above the couch.” She says the classes have room for about 10 more people; bring your own yoga mat or use one that’s provided. The classes are 10:30 am-noon on Saturdays, $5, at 6400 Sylvan Way SW – if you have questions, Miranda would be happy to answer them via e-mail at

West Seattle health-care notes: Westside Dermatology’s new doctor; WS Women’s Health and Midwifery opens

May 30, 2013 at 4:00 am | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 1 Comment

WESTSIDE DERMATOLOGY EXPANDS STAFF: Longtime WSB sponsor Westside Dermatology has expanded. A fourth board-certified dermatologist has just joined the practice, Dr. Kendell Wilske. She is well-known in the area, with 20 years of dermatologic experience including more than 10 years at Virginia Mason. Westside Dermatology says that adding another physician to the practice means they can improve access to care while decreasing wait times for appointments. Dr. Wilske will focus 100 percent on medical dermatology, as does Dr. Sacharitha Bowers, who joined the practice last December. Westside Dermatology is in The Junction, at 4740 44th SW, Suite 200.

NEW WOMEN’S CLINIC: Across the street at 4727 44th SW (Suite 207), West Seattle Women’s Health and Midwifery is now open, providing birth services as well as health care for women at all stages of life. Dr. Shari Luchino, DNP, ARNP, CNM, is the provider and nurse/midwife anchoring the clinic. She’s having an open house 10 am to 3 pm this Sunday (June 2), all welcome.

West Seattle weekend scene: Massage Envy grand opening

May 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

With the help of West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board chair Dave Montoure (left), the ribbon is cut and the party’s on till 1 pm at Westwood Village’s newest business, Massage Envy (WSB sponsor, featured here earlier this week).

Not just kid stuff! Family-fitness celebration at West Seattle Elementary School

May 25, 2013 at 11:48 am | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

If you’re going to convince kids to get up and get moving, the message needs to get to the adults in their lives too – and that’s exactly what happened this past week during the Family Health and Fitness Carnival at West Seattle Elementary School.

WS Elementary counselor Laura Bermes for sharing a report and photos – she says more than 200 people were there:

In collaboration with WSE School Nurse, Terri Helm-Remund, the evening’s dinner and festivities were hosted by the Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare and featured community organizations from Camp Long, Apple Corps, Cascade Bicycle Club, First Tee Golf, the West Seattle YMCA, Neighborhood House, the Farmer’s Market Alliance, Southwest Pool, Washington Dairy Council, and Neighborcare Health. The goal of the Hope Heart Institute and Molina Healthcare Family Fitness Carnival was to teach students and their families about healthy eating, active living and heart health. The evening included a healthy dinner, games, prizes, and health tips. Families blended smoothies by pedal power, took a swing at golf, and danced with a local Zumba instructor and Seattle School District Parent Leader Yui Dirksen! Teachers, staff, parents, and community members volunteered their time, and everyone had a blast!

WSE has also participated all year in “Fuel Up to Play 60,” stressing movement and nutrition.

‘Paint the Town Purple’: American Cancer Society centennial; West Seattle Relay for Life reminder

May 22, 2013 at 4:22 am | In Health, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Hate cancer? Wear purple today.

It’s the American Cancer Society‘s 100th birthday, which is why “Walking On Logs” is decked out in purple. Local ACS supporters are encouraging everyone to do the same, to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ today. And it’s a chance for a reminder about next month’s ACS fundraiser, the annual Relay for Life of West Seattle – this time around, running from 2 pm Saturday, June 29th, until 8 am Sunday, June 30th, at West Seattle Stadium. And besides the always inspiring milestones along the way – organizer Kate Flanagan tells WSB that Relay for Life will include a free concert by popular kid-music band Recess Monkey at 6:30 pm that Saturday. Find out more about R4L at or on Facebook.

Anybody up for a weekday walk? New group starting Friday

May 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Health, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Looking for someone to go walking with? Three West Seattle women invite you to join them this Friday for the first of what they hope will be weekly walks – at least for a month, and then they’ll see how things have been going. The invitation is simple:

Walk with us! This Friday [May 24], 8:00 am, meet at south goalpost at Hiawatha soccer field. Walk for 20 minutes with us and bring your dog, friends – anyone welcome! Walk longer with some of us, or less …. it is all fine!

Questions? Call Carol at 206-938-4204. No RSVP needed, though – just show up. Hiawatha is at 2700 California SW.

Massage Envy: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

May 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Massage Envy, now open in Westwood Village, with a grand-opening celebration this Saturday. Here’s what Massage Envy‘s West Seattle owner Jennifer McCollum (in red in the photo below) wants you to know:

Our Massage Envy staff is amazing. We have 15 talented massage therapists, each trained in multiple modalities. In addition to being licensed health-care professionals in Washington, each passed a 3-part interview which included a practical massage with myself and my experienced Clinic Administrator, Amanda. They were evaluated on 6 criteria and had to score well in all six categories to come aboard. We had to turn away several applicants and get a lot of massage to select these wonderful, gifted people. It was tough. My neck and shoulder have never felt so relaxed.

I’ve worked in health care for the last 15 years, in a variety of settings. I’ve never seen therapy apply to such a variety of issues. It was a natural fit to open a business designed to make people feel good right away. The more you have massage, the better you feel. It’s as healthy as working out, but instead of sweating, you lie down. Our American lifestyle is pretty stressful. Americans don’t have any pause rituals like afternoon tea or siestas. Pausing is essential to a healthy balanced life.

Massage Envy invented the concept of a gym-type membership for massage. The response has been huge because people always leave feeling great and want to have more of that well-being feeling. Regular massage is addictive and we have a great program that makes it affordable and convenient. Parking and public transport are plentiful; we’re open 7 days a week, 8 am-10 pm Mondays-Fridays, 8 am-6 pm Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm Sundays. It’s pretty easy to fit it into a busy schedule. As the local owner, I spent a year vetting the Massage Envy brand to gain a comfort level with the brand for professionalism, convenience, and value. I visited over 50 Massage Envys around the US in several states. I talked to a lot of therapists about what made their job rewarding (or not) and took note. The consistency and quality of massage is strikingly good. I found a manager talented in delivering on customer service and systems that work for our staff. She has several years’ experience in the wellness industry. Because of my history as a health-care provider, spending long hours in the operating room, it’s important to me that my employees have state of the art equipment that preserves their bodies. We take care of our clients, we take care of ourselves and we take care of each other. It’s hugely rewarding to all of us to make people feel so good, run a better race, wake up less stiff, move with ease and less pain, go to sleep soundly, recover from surgery — I could go on and on and usually do if you give me half a chance. I believe in massage. If you are the type of person who likes massage, please come and give us a try – 2513 SW Trenton, on the north side of Westwood Village, 206-456-3400.

And this Saturday (May 25th), it’s the grand opening, with a ribbon-cutting at 11 am, followed by complimentary chair massages, healthy treats, and a water bar until 1 pm.

We thank Massage Envy-West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Center Studio: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor, with coupon!

May 15, 2013 at 9:42 am | In Health, West Seattle news, White Center | 2 Comments

This morning we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, Center Studio, which wants you to know:

Center Studio, in the heart of White Center, is an inclusive space where our community can connect – a one stop shop for holistic fitness for our bodies craving strength, sweat & stretch and our minds seeking balance, focus & peace. We offer all levels of Yoga classes as well as Prenatal, Kids & Family Yoga, private Thai Yoga Therapy, special workshops, and more! Our Pilates classes will ground your body and strengthen your inner core. Our Above the Barre classes combine ballet, yoga, pilates and strength to work your mind and body. To bring your wellness full circle, we have two intuitive and nurturing Massage Therapists who bring 14 years of experience to combine a variety of bodywork specialties including Massage Cupping – an ancient detoxifying healing modality – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, Aromatherapy and more.

Founded by West Seattle resident Lonjina Verdugo, a New Mexico transplant and Seattle resident of 15 years, Center Studio encompasses her vision of bringing together mindful movement, art and community. “After spending lots of quality time with my family in White Center I realized – *this* is the place. I launched Center Studio in Spring of 2012 and the response has been great. People always say to me ‘I’m so glad you opened the studio. We need this in White Center!’ It’s been an exciting journey so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next.” Through her own personal journey she has realized that mindful movement and its underlying lessons can change you from the inside-out as well as the outside-in.

Looking to rent a unique venue? When we are not using it for classes, Center Studio can be used for photography/video shoots, workshops, rehearsals, meetings, birthday parties you name it! The open, light-filled space is perfect for inspiration and celebration. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Center Studio is at 9611 16th Ave SW (in the heart of White Center). Please visit us at for more information on classes, massage, special workshops & events, and on Facebook for insights, updates and specials. (And here’s a WSB coupon!) Center Studio is a stop on the White Center Art Walk and welcomes artist inquiries.

We thank Center Studio for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

More West Seattle giving: Walk With Us to Cure Lupus on Alki

May 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm | In Health, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
If you were garage-saling along Alki late this morning – you probably saw the hundreds of walkers who hit the paths/sidewalks for Walk With Us to Cure Lupus. Many were part of groups formed for the fundraising walk, like Team PlasmaLab:

The 5K is one of many around the country raising money for the Alliance for Lupus Research, seeking a cure for the auto-immune disease that ALR says affects up to 1.5 million Americans.

Video: Northwest Hope and Healing’s ‘Style ’13′ success

May 10, 2013 at 6:43 am | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

From words of hope, to walks of celebration, the “Style ’13″ fashion fundraiser by and for West Seattleite-founded/led Northwest Hope and Healing was a success – so we hear from Captive Eye Media‘s Edgar Riebe, who shared the video highlights from last night’s event at Showbox SODO. Edgar says NWHH announced a fundraising total of $120,000, more than last year – we will check today for any additional details. Next big benefit for NWHH is the annual Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk, August 25th.

Fashion & fun(draising): Northwest Hope & Healing event tomorrow

May 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

West Seattleite-founded/led Northwest Hope and Healing has a unique mission for breast-cancer patients – It helps them handle everyday life even as they cope with the daunting challenge of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The video above produced by West Seattle-based Captive Eye Media introduces you to some of the people NWHH has helped – in other words, people like those you’ll be helping if you go to its Style ’13 benefit fashion show at 7 pm tomorrow. West Seattle businesses are involved as sponsors and supporters, including Carmilia’s, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), and Coastal. Online ticket sales are over but you can get yours at the door at Showbox SODO – details here.

West Seattle Vision: About to ‘soft open’ in Morgan Junction

May 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | In Health, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Meet Julia Tran, Michael Chow, and Lisa Hernandez, three of the people you’ll find at the new West Seattle Vision eye clinic that’s about to open at 6505 California SW in Morgan Junction. We stopped by Tuesday to meet them as they finish preparing the new space for a “soft open” later this week. Tran and Chow are optometrists; Hernandez is an optician. Another doctor is on the team but couldn’t join us for the Tuesday chat – Donna Matney, who, Chow points out, is also a published author with her own website.

West Seattle Vision is part of a locally owned mini-chain of clinics owned by Chow – this is the fourth one, and a fifth will open soon at South Lake Union. Each has its own name and identity, but they share doctors; Tran has been working at the company’s Auburn clinic and probably will still keep some hours there for a while.

Chow says she was the inspiration for the West Seattle clinic – they’ve been talking for more than a year about her having her own practice, ideally in this area, which Chow, who lives in Issaquah, has observed is a “cool little community, so tight-knit.”

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