PHOTOS: West Seattle indie businesses invite you to ‘Shop Small’

November 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

We’re just back from a trip north to south for this special day of “shopping small” – with hours left for you to get out and visit independent small local businesses, if you haven’t already.

First stop, The Admiral District, where Alki Bike and Board (2606 California SW) proprietor Stu Hennessey is a major evangelist of not just this particular event but also sustainability in so many ways. At Alki B&B, which Stu has owned since 1987, it’s 10 percent off everything today.

Plus his team – Will and Lucas, above – were quick to tell us what else is up – half off tune-up certificates, and a special holiday layaway/hideaway where they’ll keep the gift for you as late as 6 pm on Christmas Eve.

From there, we headed around the corner to Atomic Boys (4311 SW Admiral Way), specializing in toys and retro candy, launched by the Sadow family almost eight years ago. The full name, Max and Quinn’s Atomic Boys Shop-O-Rama, is after Kent and Parris Sadow‘s sons, who are now young men, soon to turn 19 and 14, respectively. So what’s big at Atomic Boys? Kent was quick to say – BeanBoozled!

The game and the candy, both. (And more Jelly Bellies in general are due in soon)

A little further south in Admiral, this is the first holiday shopping season for West Seattle Runner in its big new space at 2749 California SW.

Johanna and Tyler posed for us since proprietors Lori and Tim McConnell are at the Seattle Marathon Expo today (the race is tomorrow). What’s new at WSR? Lots of new shoes, they tell us.

Next stop, Meeples Games (3727 California SW, upstairs), the game store/café where proprietor Laura Schneider and team are celebrating their second holiday season with big fun in honor of “shopping small”:

We last stopped by Meeples during their raucous Halloween-night session of “Werewolf,” and Laura says that was such a hit, they’re making a plan for a New Year’s Eve game gathering – which game, TBA.

Ducking over to 3400 Harbor SW, we visited Claire E. Jones at The General Store Seattle, who points out she’s stocking 900 truly locally made items between her storefront and online ordering:

It’s a cozy shop but many are on display. She’s excited about the wreaths you see above – from Kitsap County – and we found some West Seattle-specific items you might consider as stocking stuffers, including these:

Through December 1st, The General Store is also offering the Causetown Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, online or in-store, where part of your purchase can go to a nonprofit – read about that here.

In The Junction, where you have many places to “Shop Small” today and every day of the year, we visited Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW), brimming with activity because of the JOIN pop-up as well as fun items like Ozobot, demonstrated by proprietor John Smersh:

John and wife Frances Smersh just celebrated Click!’s 11th anniversary. One shopper heading in was heard to warn her friend that the shop is “dangerous” – in a good way.

You don’t have to be an angler to shop at Emerald Water Anglers (42nd SW & SW Oregon), our second Junction stop. While you’ll of course find all things fishing, including a sale on Patagonia waders (with new ones due to arrive soon), you’ll also find jackets to keep you warm and dry even if your only outdoors activity is walking from house to car.

Today’s deal – EWA will pay your sales tax.

In Morgan Junction, shopping small is more fun than ever this afternoon at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW). The sports-themed donuts will make you smile even if you don’t indulge:

Second Gear is West Seattle’s only sports consignment shop, with all manner of items in great shape, from skis to bikes (10 percent off today!) and beyond.

Proprietors Mark and Ellen Bremen just celebrated SGS’s second anniversary.

Make EVERY day Shop Small Day – not just to keep your $ in your community, but also, because they’re cool people with cool stuff! Our traditional disclosure: Of the stores mentioned above, Click!, Emerald Water Anglers, Meeples, Second Gear, The General Store, and West Seattle Runner are WSB sponsors.

BIZNOTE: Happy 4th anniversary, Thunder Road Guitars!

November 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Many reasons to shop The Junction for Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday – including the 4th anniversary celebration deals at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor)! In our photo, that’s TRG proprietor Frank Gross, who started his business online, then after about a year moved into a California Avenue storefront between the Admiral and Alaska Junctions, and then five months ago took over an even-bigger storefront in The Junction, at 4736 California SW, where you’ll find TRG today. Today, tomorrow, and Sunday, you’ll find these specials at Thunder Road:

*15% off all guitars and amplifiers in stock

*Free shipping in the US

*Beginner acoustic guitars starting at $199

*15% off all new pedals

Stop in to wish Frank and crew Happy Anniversary! They’re open until 6 today, 10 am-6 pm Saturday, and 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

BIZNOTE: Mystery Made in Admiral adds retail ‘men’s-geared shop’

November 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

(Photo courtesy Mystery Made)
For 2+ years, Mystery Made has toiled quietly in Admiral: “Generally, we’ve kept the blinds up and just kept our heads down with work,” as proprietor Cory Côté puts it. But now, in time for the holidays, they’ve added something new and invite you to check it out:

We run Mystery Made. Mystery Made is a small design agency here in West Seattle (2727 California Ave) driven by three close friends with years of experience in action sports and brand design. As of last Friday we’ve opened up the front space to be the home to a small brick & mortar men’s-geared shop as well. We’ll also be selling online, but obviously nothing compares to the honest tactile experience so come check it out and try something on. There’s limited space so we’ve curated a small collection of some of the brands we’ve been liking such as the Roark Revival, Electric, Imperial Motion, Field Notes Brand, Draplin Design Co., UCO gear, Volta Sound Co. and our very own Mystery Made goods. We also currently have a curated collection of mounted photography of our good friend and associate photo editor for Snowboarder Magazine, Mike Yoshida. His imagery truly captures the experience of the Northwest winters in the hills.

Mystery Made’s storefront is open 2-7 pm weekdays, noon-6 pm Saturdays.

BIZNOTES: Discovery Shop turns 25; The Westy turns 1; two closings and an opening…

November 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

A busy round of biznotes, starting with a throwback photo and the reason for it:

DISCOVERY SHOP TURNS 25: The nonprofit shop at 4535 California SW in The Junction, which is a WSB sponsor, is having its quarter-century birthday tomorrow:

The Discovery Shop, a resale store benefiting The American Cancer Society, will celebrate 25 years in business on Saturday, November 21 with refreshments and special sales throughout the store. While you won’t find any acid wash jeans or MC Hammer pants so popular when the store first opened, you will find quality, gently used men and women’s contemporary clothing from retailers such as Nordstrom, Chico’s as well as antiques, collectibles and housewares.

In the same West Seattle location since opening November 1990, the Discovery Shop is a story of retail success and longevity, quite an accomplishment for a store run entirely by volunteers! And thanks to their dedication throughout the years, this one store has generated over 2 million dollars for cancer research and patient treatment programs. The volunteers, who do everything from sorting and cleaning donations, merchandising and pricing to ringing sales and bookkeeping, are the heart and soul of the store. Currently, more than 70 volunteers help staff the store seven days a week, including a few who have been volunteering since the early days.

How long ago was it that the store rang up its first sale? Well, it’s the same year Microsoft released Windows 3.0, Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson threw a no-hitter in the Kingdome where the Seahawks also played and the cult hit Twin Peaks premiered on TV. It was also the year in which smoking was first banned on all domestic flights. “With the continued support of the West Seattle community, we are looking forward to another 25 years selling quality, unique donated items. But most importantly, providing hope for a cure,” says Board Chair Winni Field. “Thanks in part to the Discovery Shop and American Cancer Society, 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year!”

THE WESTY TURNS 1: The sports bar in Westwood is also having an anniversary party tomorrow:

We want to take this time to thank the West Seattle Community for the overwhelming support throughout our first year here at The Westy. We want to invite everyone to come help us celebrate our first year this Saturday, November 21st.

To celebrate we will be offering our Happy Hour drink specials all day long. We are continuing our tap takeover featuring Reuben’s Brews and in addition will be tapping a few limited kegs that we have acquired for a special occasion. We will also be releasing our first limited batch of two barrel-aged cocktails. One such cocktail features two spirits with recipes created by us, and will be available as a component flight to try both spirits on their own, a mini-unaged variation, and the barrel-aged version. Available while supplies last. Beginning at 7 pm we will begin hosting Skee Ball tournaments, which are free to enter and will have some great prizes. Everyone in attendance will be entered in a raffle for prizes being given away throughout the day.

We wouldn’t be here today without all of your support and can’t begin to thank you all enough. We look forward to this Saturday and many future anniversaries to come.

The Westy is at 7908 35th SW.

OUR SECRET GARDEN … is a new flower/antique shop having its grand opening at Junction 47 tomorrow, 3 pm-7 pm. The building announcement via Facebook says: “You can find them located on the south side of the East Building, overlooking the pathway from California Ave to 42nd Ave.”

WEST SEATTLE LANDSCAPING … is closing its bricks-and-mortar store, say owners Jeff Detweiler and Andrew Rupp, who sent this announcement that their last day will be Sunday, and a closing sale is under way now:

West Seattle Landscape and Stone Supply (aka egreen landscaping and materials ) will be closing the store at 9010 Delridge Way on November 22nd. “After 12 years of selling and delivering landscape supplies and stone to all our many friends and customers in West Seattle, we’ve lost our battle to create a good outcome with a property with multiple issues and are closing the store. We’ll be having our closing sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Friday 12 – 5, Saturday and Sunday 10-4. I have a lot of bagged decorative gravels, and pebbles, tons of Basalt rockery rock, paver samples, etc. etc. all at big discounts! The GOOD news is that while the store is closing we’ll still be in business as a web and phone-based delivery-only service. You’ll still be able to get all the products we’ve been selling for 12 years, along with some new ones we never stocked at the store! Our new website should be up and running at by January 1. Until then, you can still find us at, and our phone will remain 206-763-7625 as well. I really want to thank all of our loyal customers who have supported us for 12 years, and hope you’ll continue to do so in our new venture going forward.

MEANDER’S KITCHEN … is apparently closed for good – “in (the White Center) locale,” per its Facebook page, three months after the “closing or not?” kerfuffle. Thanks to the reader who e-mailed to point this out.

P.S. Go browse the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide to preview which businesses are having holiday open houses this weekend (and to find tons of other holiday-season events and info)!

MORGAN JUNCTION BIZNOTES: Seattle Logo Pro move; ‘Shopping Extravaganza’ tomorrow

November 18, 2015 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Two biznotes from Morgan Junction:

SEATTLE LOGO PRO MOVING: After 5+ years in The Junction, off the midblock breezeway on the west side of California between Oregon and Alaska, apparel/accessories biz Seattle Logo Pro is moving to the former Pilates Al Dente storefront at 6521 California SW, same building that’s home to WSB sponsors Mailbox West and Second Gear Sports. Via Facebook, SLP says it’s expecting to be in its new spot by early December.

Speaking of SGS …

‘MORGAN JUNCTION SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA’ TOMORROW: What started as Second Gear Sports’ third annual “Ladies Night” has expanded into a “Morgan Junction Shopping Extravaganza” tomorrow (Thursday) evening, 7-9 pm, in partnership with three other Morgan Junction businesses – My Three Little Birds, Lika Love, and Nurture by Nature – for a fun way to jump-start your semi-early holiday shopping. Full details of who’s doing what are in our calendar listing.

SOMETHING TO SAY? Comment time for Avalon 7-11 tank swap

November 16, 2015 at 10:03 am | In Environment, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

The only West Seattle application of note on today’s city Land Use Information Bulletin is for 3280 SW Avalon Way. While Avalon applications tend to be for apartment buildings, not this one – it’s for the 7-11 at 35th/Avalon, which is seeking to replace three 10,000-gallon fuel tanks with two 20,000-gallon tanks. The land-use application requires an environmental determination – whether it’s “non-significant” or requires a full review – and notes that this might be your only chance to comment on the project. You can comment through November 29th; here’s how.

Where will marijuana stores be allowed? New city rules proposed

November 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

West Seattle has no state-licensed marijuana stores yet, but when it does, these new rules might govern where they can go. Here’s the announcement today from the mayor’s office:

Mayor Ed Murray today proposed new rules to accommodate the expected increased number of state licensed retail marijuana stores in Seattle. The proposal would adjust land use rules to allow the siting of state-licensed stores more equitably and fairly throughout Seattle while also limiting the possibility of clustering retail stores on a single city block.

Click to read the rest of Where will marijuana stores be allowed? New city rules proposed…

Click! Design That Fits proprietors share personal news: ‘Frances, John, and Alzheimer’s’

November 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 17 Comments

(John & Frances Smersh @ Click’s 11th anniversary celebration. Photo by Eliott Peacock)
The proprietors of Click! Design That Fits, longtime independent West Seattle business (and longtime WSB sponsor), have just gone public with some personal news, and friends and family have at the same time come up with a way to support them.

Here’s what’s happening: Frances Smersh, who has run Click! with husband John Smersh for 11 years, has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Frances is only 48.

As the e-mail to Click!’s mailing list today – headed “Frances, John, and Alzheimer’s” – explains, “While the timeline is uncertain, Early Onset Alzheimer’s can move quickly, and what we do know is that the next twelve months will be the best Frances and John can expect to have together. Essentially, this next year will be their best year.” That’s what Frances’s doctor told them this fall, a few months after the initial diagnosis. Alzheimer’s remains an incurable disease, no matter what the patient’s age.

The store will stay in business. But Frances and John hope to spend some extra time together during that “best year.” John says, “I intend to continue working, but hopefully in a capacity that allows me to keep myself healthy and able to be her primary caregiver. Frances has already become less involved in the business, meaning I’ve had to pick up more, when I really feel like we should be handing responsibility off to a manager so that we can have time together, while it lasts. I know there will be a time when I don’t have her any more …”

So, as the announcement adds, “Friends and family have started a fundraiser to raise money to help with medical costs and to allow them to step away from Click! for a while, enjoy their life, and figure out what’s next.” That page is on

Frances is an artist whose work has long been part of the Click! offerings, including jewelry, and she also paints – she is this month’s highlighted artist and will be showing and selling her newest work during tomorrow night’s West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm. The monthly Art Walk has always been a meaningful event for Click! – John has long led the committee that organizes it, part of their community involvement beyond the all-encompassing work of running an independent local business that supports local artists and other creators.

P.S. If you are interested in helping, but not online, please send postal mail to John at the store, 4540 California SW, Seattle 98116.

HAPPENING NOW: Holiday season starts sizzling with ‘Taste’ event at West Seattle Thriftway

November 5, 2015 at 5:28 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Three weeks until Thanksgiving! If you’re thinking about having West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) put together the holiday feast for you – get to tonight’s Holiday Taste event before 7 pm and try some of what’s on the menu!

Vendors are there too, including, below, what you might call the “pie a la mode” team:

That’s Alex from Lopez Island Creamery and Joe from Whidbey Pie Company. Among this year’s new participants, The Waffle Lady, with pancake/waffle mix and several types of syrup:

Lots more to try. And a bonus – spend at least $20 at Thriftway tonight and get 10 percent off. If you’ve never been to Thriftway, it’s in Morgan Junction, where California and Fauntleroy meet Morgan.

PHOTOS: Admiral District trick-or-treating on Halloween Eve 2015

October 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

3:55 PM: The radar was right! No rain as the businesses of The Admiral District host West Seattle kids for trick-or-treating. Just come on over to California and Admiral and the surrounding area – west to 44th, east to 41st, and north/south for a ways.

Get treats, and tell your friendly local businesspeople “thanks”! Or, in the case of those handing out treats at Brookdale, your friendly local residents:

It’s on until 6 pm.

4:18 PM: Above are the ladies of Admiral Bird, where we’re based while doing some as-it-happens updating. Below, the space shuttle landed in the pumpkin patch of the Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) costume contest, concurrent with trick or treating:

We’ve also seen a Blue Angel, 10 months early!

Continuing with the aviation theme:

And … Teletubbies?

More costumed proprietors … Parris and Kent Sadow at Atomic Boys:

Under the really big hat, that’s Dr. Keith McDonald at A Kids Place Too Dentistry for Children (WSB sponsor):

Eek! Alki Bike and Board is haunted!

4:46 PM: We found The Incredibles!

So – you think West Seattle traffic is bad on the streets? Check out the sidewalk near-miss:

Excellent Halloween soundtrack at The Bird, by the way. “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Thriller,” “Somebody’s Watching Me,” more. And a bit further south on California, it wouldn’t be Halloween without the Wiseman’s Appliance freezer – portrayed by Molly:

More later.

P.S. Lots more Halloween Eve fun to follow – including the nearby Hiawatha Community Center Carnival, 6:30-8:30 pm – check out the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide.

West Seattle scene: WS Chamber of Commerce visits Westside School ‘after-hours’

October 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm | In How to help, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Big smiles from West Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Dennis (above right) and Westside School (WSB sponsor) Head of School Kate Mulligan (above left) tonight, as Westside hosted the Chamber’s monthly “after-hours” meetup at its brand-new “permanent home” in Arbor Heights. Along with updates on Chamber events – 10 spots left in next week’s speed-networking lunch – members in attendance also got the chance to announce what their businesses/organizations are up to. Here’s a special collaboration/donation drive to mark on your calendar:

From left, above, are West Seattle Food Bank board member Pete Spalding and development director Judi Yazzolino with vice president/branch manager Melodie VanHouten from the West Seattle branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), who announced a turkey-donation drive at the bank (4022 SW Alaska), for the food bank, 4-7 pm November 12th: Donate a frozen turkey or cash/check ($15 suggested), and if you’re there early, Seahawks mascot Blitz is expected for photo ops 4-5 pm.

Also announced:

-Event venue The Lounge by Duos in Luna Park is hosting a Movember event on November 11th – tickets and info are here
-Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree on December 5th (200 volunteers needed! Check the Rotary website starting this weekend to see how to sign up)
-Next February, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (which runs and is based at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center) will have its first benefit in years – details to come
-Westside School’s next open houses are November 3rd (5th through 8th grades) and December 5th (PreK through 8th).

Alki restaurant Phoenecia (WSB sponsor) catered tonight’s meetup, at which new Chamber members were announced, too. (Interested in joining? Info’s here.)

More biz news: Walgreens buying Rite-Aid; each has 2 stores here

October 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 32 Comments

Big takeover just announced: Walgreens is buying Rite-Aid for $9.4 billion. Walgreens has two West Seattle stores, in High Point (35th/Morgan) and South Delridge (15th/Roxbury); Rite-Aid has two stores in WS too, south of The Junction (California/Hudson) and at Westwood Village (25th/Barton). The official news release says that Rite-Aid will continue operating as a subsidiary of Walgreens, “initially” under the Rite-Aid name, so there’s no indication of closures/consolidations at this point. The aforementioned stores represent four of West Seattle’s six standalone chain drugstores right now – the other two, in Admiral and The Junction, belong to Bartell Drugs, which is headquartered in West Seattle – and a seventh is on the way, the CVS store to be built at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW.

BIZNOTES: Copper Coin turns 3; Wingstop progress; Pica’s successor

October 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

Three West Seattle biznotes this afternoon:

HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY, COPPER COIN: The Admiral eatery is celebrating its third anniversary, and manager Gregg Graham e-mailed to say they’re planning specials all day tomorrow, including:

*A tasty, special one-off ‘Copper IPA,’ brewed for the occasion by Lowercase, and offered at 1/2 price all day Wed.!

*The debut of a new slew of awesome artisan sandwiches, served up on our fresh house ciabatta baked at the Coastline bakery and also offered 1/2 price all day Wed!

Copper Coin is at 2329 California SW.

WINGSTOP MOVING AHEAD: Almost three months after Eats Market Café moved out of Westwood Village, citing lease loss, there’s movement in the plan for Wingstop to move into that space. City files now show an application to proceed with “tenant improvements” for the chicken-wing franchise restaurant.

JUNIPER TO EX-PICA: Almost seven months after the abrupt closure of Pica in The Junction – also described as a lease-loss situation – a new tenant is about to open in that space at 4155 California SW:

That sign in the window announces Juniper, A Natural Nail Bar. No website yet, but via Facebook, Juniper says, “We are proud to be the first nontoxic nail bar in West Seattle!” and mentions a November 4th opening date.

NEXT WEEK: Women’s Business Incubator event at West Seattle Office Junction

October 23, 2015 at 10:52 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

A first-of-its-kind event is happening next Wednesday at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor): It’s an orientation/networking meetup for the Women’s Business Incubator, described as “a nonprofit business center for women starting locally focused businesses and for local women business leaders, with the goal to offer micro-loans, nurture leaders, connect with mentors, training and business services for women-led small business owners, professional office space, business services and start-up assistance; as well as quality drop-in child-care services for infants thru pre-K.” Those services are available for the 7-8:30 pm Wednesday (October 28th) meeting, if you need to bring along one or two children, plus there’s a small admission charge; see the ticket options here and sign up ASAP. The Office Junction is at 6040 California SW.

Virginia Rain: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

October 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts would like you to know:

Virginia Rain is an aesthetician, teacher, and healer who specializes in the ancient trade of permanent makeup. Located in West Seattle’s Admiral District, where she’s lived for the past 25 years, Virginia Rain offers ancient and modern spiritual-healing techniques along with permanent makeup. She combines holistic beauty and healing arts along with a gentle touch that brings a welcoming presence and warmth to her studio. She also offer clients a private, personal consultation that works with their sense of style and ensures their beauty and wellness needs are being met. While she believes strongly that beauty lies within, she also takes an enormous amount of care to bring beauty to the surface through the artistry of permanent make-up, while her soothing touch during skin-care sessions leaves her clients feeling quiet, de-stressed, nurtured, relaxed, and more beautiful – inside and out.

The services offered at Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts start skin-deep and continue through to full mind and body wellness:

Facials, Skin Care, and Waxing Services
Permanent Makeup
Access Consciousness
Pranic Healing

Stress relief treatments, body processes, and Bars sessions are all available through her holistic-healing facility. Many of her holistic-health clients come to her to balance out their bodies during or after traditional health-care treatments to help facilitate ease in their bodies. Her past clients have included people struggling with cancer, strokes, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Virginia‘s gentle touch and welcoming presence bring warmth to her studio. She engages the client for a private, personal consultation, working with their style and individuality to ensure their beauty and wellness needs are being met. Virginia‘s clients leave her quiet, peaceful Admiral District sanctuary feeling de-stressed, nurtured, relaxed, and more beautiful – inside and out.

Contact her studio to learn more about how she can help beautify and heal you from the inside out! New clients receive a 15% discount on services rendered.

We thank Virginia Rain Beauty and Healing Arts 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.

CONGRATULATIONS! Lifetime Achievement Award for Annie’s Nannies founder Annie Davis

October 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(Annie’s Nannies founder Annie Davis with daughter & partner Suzanne Royer McCone)

Congratulations to Annie Davis, founder of West Seattle-based Annie’s Nannies (WSB sponsor), for a big honor. Here’s the announcement:

The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, a national non-profit that helps set the bar for safe professional service in the nanny industry, has bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award to Seattle’s Annie Davis, founder of Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated.

“I started my business in 1984. In the last 31 years, my staff has done a wonderful job helping thousands of our families find a nanny for their children. These women make me so proud and happy,” says Davis. “They offer integrity and compassion in finding a nanny the perfect position and the family the perfect nanny. My staff deserves this award and I will be sharing it with them, as well as a nice bottle of champagne!”

The Northwest’s longest-serving household staffing agency, Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated provides child care/family assistants, elder companions and other personal employees. ANI is a 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Award winner and the first Seattle small business to pay a $15 minimum wage.

Annie’s Nannies moved its headquarters from Ballard to West Seattle almost exactly a year ago.

WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: Sound Bar in the works for ex-Feedback space in Morgan Junction

October 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 33 Comments

Two months after Feedback Lounge closed in Morgan Junction, we know what’s next. And yes, it’s local. Get ready to say hello to Sound Bar. Its prospective proprietor is already a Morgan Junction entrepreneur – Dan Austin, whose restaurant Peel and Press less than a block south is about to celebrate its first anniversary. Full details on Sound Bar are yet to come, but Austin tells WSB that the space at 6451 California SW “will continue to be an awesome neighborhood cocktail bar and live music/entertainment venue.” He’ll continue to operate Peel and Press, too (if you haven’t been lately, it added lunch this summer).

HAPPENING NOW: House demolition for nursery expansion

October 12, 2015 at 8:40 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Thanks for the texted photos! As previewed here last week, the house on California SW immediately north of West Seattle Nursery (California SW & SW Brandon) is coming down today to make way for the nursery’s expansion. We’re told many parts of the house were salvaged before teardown; there was hope of giving the house away to someone to move a new site, but no taker. The new addition, designed by LD Arch Design and built by Ventana Construction (both West Seattle businesses and WSB sponsors), is expected to be done by spring.

HAPPENING NOW: 11th anniversary party @ Click! Design That Fits

October 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The day is ending more cheerfully than it began for Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) proprietors John and Frances Smersh. The shop’s 11th anniversary party is on, until 8 pm as planned, despite the overnight burglary (one of two local businesses hit, as reported here). And despite the fact the burglars even made off with the champagne. That was easily replaceable, as pointed out on the Click! Instagram account. So stop by to shop and sip.

Along with treats, you’ll also find deals, as noted in their website announcement about the event – written five days ago; it points out that #11 is the steel anniversary, and: “… steel is a strong material, but not unyielding, moving both to the forces of nature and of women and men. The celebration of eleven years in business has its roots in both strength and flexibility.” Along with words of thanks, that item also notes this marks five years since Click! moved from a cozy Admiral space to the spacious storefront at 4540 California SW in The Junction.

West Seattle Crime Watch update: 2 business burglaries

October 10, 2015 at 11:32 am | In Crime, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:32 AM: An unpleasant surprise for the proprietors of Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) as they arrived this morning to get their shop ready to open for the day – someone broke in overnight. “Not very much” was stolen, Click! proprietor John Smersh reports; they’ve been cleaning up to get on with the day – and the night, since, as noted in our daily preview, this is Click!’s 11th anniversary and they’re planning a 5-8 pm party. That’s definitely still on, John says, so they hope to see you there.

P.S. Because of the cleanup, they’re not opening for the day until 1 pm.

ADDED 3:39 PM: John had said a police officer told them another business, in South Admiral on California SW, had been broken into early today as well. We couldn’t find it on the SPD map or in Tweets By Beat at the time but have since learned via a reader tip that it happened at the live-work offices in the 3400 block of California SW.

4 PM: We have since heard directly from the burglarized business, Guenther Group, confirming theirs was the business broken into by someone who smashed through the front door (in Click!’s case, it was the rear) early this morning.

The Growler Station is at Admiral Chevron 2: New WSB sponsor

October 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 6 Comments

We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor this afternoon: Something new at Admiral Chevron 2, the Growler Station!

It’s part of the new “Extra Mile” store at the station on the northwest corner of 41st SW and SW Admiral Way, a new place to stop to buy fresh craft beer to take home. You’ll find four rotating selections, including local favorites – you can check them online here before you go, and they’re on a reader board at the station too. Bring your own growler, or get one while you’re there. Here’s a reason to stop by and try it: a coupon!

You can either print the coupon (right-click on the image) or show it on your phone when you’re at Admiral Chevron 2. (You can use the ShareThis feature beneath the story to e-mail yourself the link if that’s more convenient!)

We thank Admiral Chevron 2 featuring the Growler Station 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.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Nursery expansion work starts next week

October 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm | In Gardening, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 25 Comments

That’s a rendering of the new expansion building that West Seattle Nursery is about to start work on next door. We reported on the expansion plan early last year. Nursery owner Mark Smith owns the old house on the site and had hoped to give it to someone who would be interested in moving it to another location, but that didn’t work out, so it will be demolished next Monday. The expansion is designed by Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor) will include “a new houseplant and gift shop; a coffee bar; a classroom; storage; and office space.” (Find more details of the building, especially its sustainability features, on the LD Arch Design website.) This will clear the way for the original WSN building to have an expanded garden center with more tools, accessories, and furniture. The project – to be built by Ventana Construction (also a WSB sponsor) – is expected to be finished by the end of March.

BIZNOTES: TouchTech Systems turns 8; Curves WS followup; Thunder Road Guitars update

October 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Three more biznotes to share:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, TOUCHTECH SYSTEMS: Brian Presser, proprietor of TouchTech Systems in the breezeway at 4517 California SW, sends word that this week marks his eighth anniversary in West Seattle. The business itself has been around even longer: “The technology has changed since we opened our doors in 1994, but our commitment to you hasn’t. Our job is to take the guesswork out of technology so we can outfit your home or business with the hardware, software and peripherals that meet your budget and exceed your expectations.” They serve clients of all types, from home to commercial.

CURVES FOLLOWUP: Our Friday biznotes mentioned the Curves West Seattle location at 3280 California SW had emptied out. Today its former owners contacted us to share this message:

After 13 years, Curves of West Seattle closed last week. We actively searched for a buyer for several months but were not successful. We both live in Olympia now and the commute finally took its toll.

We thank our hundreds of members who have been part of the Curves journey. You are amazing women! White Center Curves is open for those interested. We wish all health and happiness.

Denise Hanson
Stuart Meadows

THUNDER ROADS CLOSED TOMORROW: From Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction:

We will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, as we will be attending the Sea-Tac Vintage Guitar Show (with a large portion of our inventory). We will re-open Tuesday at 10 am.

TRG is at 4736 California SW.

West Seattle Halloween 2015: Admiral District trick-or-treating set for October 30th

October 3, 2015 at 10:26 am | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(WSB photos from 2014 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Exactly four weeks until Halloween! The Admiral District will again welcome kids for trick-or-treating, this time, on the day before Halloween, Friday, October 30th, 3-6 pm. This year’s volunteer publicist is Admiral business owner Brent Amacher, who points out that this is a truly grass-roots event, as the business district has no official organization, doesn’t collect fees, just puts up a sign – this one, in fact, is what you’ll see:

Amacher observes, “It’s become one of the best-loved Halloween events in Seattle. I personally go through bags and bags and bags of candy every year.” Last year we photographed him on candy-handout duty, in fact:

He continues, “Kids and parents line up around the block in costumes getting their Halloween action on early … We live in such a great area, and traditions like this make West Seattle truly special. This event is part of our heritage. It makes me proud to see the tradition continue as West Seattle continues to grow.”

P.S. We’ll be launching our annual WSB Halloween page soon, so if you’re having a Halloween/seasonal event that’s open to the public, please send information ASAP – flyers/posters not necessary, just plain text in the body of your e-mail, with a webpage link if you have one – – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Parliament Tavern update; new menus for Bird & Joe’s; 2 closures

October 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Fridays just lend themselves to roundups. Notes from and about local businesses:

(Photo courtesy Parliament Tavern)

PARLIAMENT TAVERN OFFICIALLY OPEN: After a few weeks in “soft open” mode, the new establishment at 4210 SW Admiral Way is now officially open, proprietor Tom Langen tells WSB. 21+, full bar with 17 beers on draft that “will lean heavily on the great stuff brewed locally,” plus “a smallish menu featuring fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that will hopefully knock socks off!” Live music “from time to time” (first show October 10th), DJs some nights (tonight: “WS legend Kingblind”), and Tuesday quiz nights starting October 13th. By the way, if you didn’t know (we must confess we didn’t), the name has nothing to do with government … but rather, their mascots (above). Tom explains, “A group of owls is called a parliament, like a gaggle of geese, murder of crows, etc.. The idea for this spot is a neighborhood evening hangout, for night owls if you will. The one great thing about this old, old space is the high ceilings and the dark-stained fir panels on the upper half of the walls that give it a woodsy feel. Tried to bring that out with paint and light, and threw in a bunch of owls hanging around to give it a ‘thing’. They are most certainly fascinating creatures, beautiful, mysterious, and everyone has a reaction to them in some way. Almost always positive!” Hours: 4 pm to 2a m weekdays, 12 pm to 2 am weekends.

ADMIRAL BIRD’S NEW MENU: Steps from the Parliament, Admiral Bird at California & Admiral has just launched a new menu “focusing on waffles,” per the announcement: “We have three varieties: Belgian, gluten-free Sweet Potato, and a vegan GF Cornbread batter. We are now a Waffle Bar, keeping all of our popular breakfast sandwiches and taking our weekend waffles to a daily availability.” See the menu for more details.

ENDOLYNE JOE’S NEW MENU: Last weekend for the Cuban “festival menu” at Endolyne Joe’s, which will debut the “Little Italy/Providence, RI” menu on Wednesday. These special menus are in addition to their year-round specialties. (9261 45th SW; WSB sponsor)

CURVES CLOSED: Noticed while driving by that the Curves West Seattle storefront at 3280 California SW is closed. We’d heard from its owner some weeks back that it was for sale. No signage indicating what’s next.

MONEYTREE CLOSING: The short-term-loan business’s branch at 4000 SW Alaska in The Junction is closing. We found out through this this commercial real-estate listing, saying Moneytree was closing the location “due to regulatory changes.” Checking the company website, the West Seattle location’s page says it’s “moving” on October 10th – to Burien. “Only 20 minutes away!” says the flyer.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Autoworks says ‘Thanks!’ on 5th anniversary

October 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Another independent local West Seattle business is celebrating an anniversary: Today marks five years since West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) opened! Co-proprietors Chris Christensen (left), Todd Ainsworth (right), and staff took a quick break for an anniversary photo and are sharing this message: “It’s hard to believe it went by that fast! We wanted to say thanks to all of our customers and the local businesses that we’ve forged relationships with over the years. We can’t be happier that we can live and work in West Seattle and be a part of the community!” West Seattle Autoworks is at 7501 35th SW, corner of SW Webster.

BIZNOTE: Second Gear Sports celebrating second anniversary with weekend sale

October 1, 2015 at 11:19 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Happy second anniversary to Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction! The shop invites you to help celebrate by shopping a big sale this Saturday and Sunday (October 3-4): “We get so much support from our community that this year we are doing something really special … a HUGE ‘GARAGE SALE’ with hundreds of items up to 50% off (plus a few ‘give us your best offer’ items).” Coffee and doughnuts for shoppers. Never been to Second Gear Sports? As explained here, it’s “dedicated to providing the community with high-quality, discounted sports and recreational gear, and offering customers an outlet to reduce, reuse, and recycle their gently used sporting goods.” SGS is open 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday at 6529 California SW. P.S. Check out the new wall of Seahawks gear! (Above, WSB photo from August: Second Gear Sports proprietor Mark Bremen)

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