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Sneak peek inside new Burien PCC before Wednesday grand opening

(WSB photos)

At 8:45 tomorrow morning, you’re invited to be at the new Burien PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) store as it opens for business. We went to tonight’s media preview so we could show you a sneak peek – and find out what the new West Seattle store might have in common with this one. Short answer to that: Pretty much everything, as this is the prototype for all new PCC stores, we’re told. With, of course, perennially popular features like the bulk items:

And newer features like a taqueria and pizzeria:

Back to the classics – a space for classes:

And if your time is too short to prep and cook from scratch, you’ll have meal-kit options:

Beverage options:

And for yogurt lovers:

The centerpiece in the produce area holds a special significance:

An official “pineapple cutting” will start the opening ceremony at 8:45 tomorrow morning, and the first 112 people there will get free fresh organic pineapple. The store opens at 9 am. It’s in what used to be a Albertsons at the Five Corners Shopping Center, 15840 1st Avenue S. It’s 25,000 square feet, the same size planned for the new West Seattle store, expected to open by “late summer” next year.

Verity Credit Union’s West Seattle brainstorming breakfast, pre-opening

(WSB photo: Verity team at this morning’s breakfast)

You might have noticed that Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) is getting a jump on community involvement, even before opening their first branch in West Seattle. They’ve gotten involved with community events from the West Seattle Food Bank‘s Instruments of Change to Bike Everywhere Day. This morning, Verity hosted an event of its own, gathering West Seattle community leaders for a brainstorming breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction.

Attendees were asked three questions:

*What makes West Seattle unique – how is it different from other neighborhoods?
*What role can Verity play in the community?
*What do you need from a bank that you’re not getting now?

Verity CEO John Zmolek participated, and presented Senior Center executive director Lyle Evans with a $1,200 donation for the center’s foot-care program:

Verity CU expects to be open in the former Radio Shack storefront on California south of Oregon before West Seattle Summer Fest (July 13-15). During the festival, they’re planning a variety of activities out front of what will by then be the newly opened branch.

BIZNOTE: Stuffed Cakes’ founder says she will close her shop in mid-summer

(WSB photo: Donna Lawson during her shop’s 1st-anniversary party in 2012)

One of West Seattle’s most beloved bakers has announced she will be shutting down her shop. Here’s what Stuffed Cakes proprietor Donna Lawson posted online today:

It’s hard for me to write this, but the time has come for me to make a big ol’ change in my life. When I started Stuffed Cakes in 2010, I was excited to start sharing my love of making deliciously creative cakes with more than just my friends and family. My first year of business was a steep learning curve, but I was able to take my tiny investment, build my customer base and open my first shop a year later – a lifelong dream come true.

I opened my shop a couple of blocks from my house, MY neighborhood, MY shop; a way to really be part of this wonderful West Seattle community I call home. The neighbors that pop in to my shop quickly became regulars that became friends I look forward to see annually, monthly, weekly, or sometimes even more often. I really couldn’t ask for better customers! We’ve laughed together, cried together, shared hugs, stories, and mostly just our lives while nibbling on tasty treats. I’ve watched babies grow into fantastic big kids, and teens grow up to be amazing young adults. I’ve made engagement cakes, wedding cakes, baby shower cakes, baby’s 1st birthday smash cakes, and birthday cakes from then on for families. We’ve made thousands of custom cupcakes for businesses like Google and Amazon, and even more for anyone walking in for that special treat. I have made cakes on national television and even for celebrities as big as Billy Joel! We’ve won award after award, and stood our ground against some of the best pastry chefs in town. We’ve been part of the best days of your life, and even part of your saddest times – and I’m beyond honored that you have counted on us and trusted us to be part of your big moments. I’ve caught myself tear up more than once, realizing I created exactly what I dreamt of – that little neighborhood shop that brings joy to others lives and creates memories that might even last a lifetime.

It’s time I take Stuffed Cakes in a different direction. Some of you know (and most of you don’t) that I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis – both of which do not do well with long days and body-taxing work. Unfortunately, Seattle is making it harder and harder for micro businesses to flourish. Business owners either end up taking on more and more work, or we have to expand into a kind of business model we don’t want. I need to re-prioritize: more time with family and friends; and most-importantly, more time taking care of my physical self.

What does this mean for Stuffed Cakes? Well, the honest answer is I’m not entirely sure. I know I want to teach and share my art with you. I will be growing my online presence – with videos, more photos on a regular basis and hopefully even in-person classes. Who knows, maybe I’ll even write a book!

I’ve gone round and round, over all of my options, and I’ve decided it’s time to close my shop. This has been an incredibly hard decision to make – one I have not taken lightly. I have never been for lack of customers and for that I am truly grateful!

July 28th, 2018 will be Stuffed Cakes Grand Closing party! We had the MOST amazing, supportive Grand Opening in the fall of 2011, and now it’s time to go out with a BANG!, Mostly I just want to have a great time with all of you and give back to my community. More info to come…

So, if you need a cake, get your order in! The last date we’re taking custom orders for is Saturday, July 21st so we can focus on walk-in customers and prepare for our party on July 28th. Starting today there will be a $150 minimum order with a preference given to more elaborate cakes. Most of June is booking up quickly, we’ll be closed the week of 4th of July, and we’re only taking orders for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from now on so don’t wait to place your order.

If you know anyone looking to buy a turn-key bakery/catering spot, please have them email bakeryforsale98126@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you EVERYONE!
I LOVE YOU!

(Thanks to Sandy for the tip.)

West Seattle’s Potter Construction participates in Rampathon, celebrates awards

(First 2 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

While many were relaxing this Saturday, hundreds of local construction workers were volunteering their time to build mobility-enhancing ramps at local homes. It was the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties‘ 25th annual Rampathon, building 50 ramps this year around the region, including one in West Seattle, built by Potter Construction (WSB sponsor). We stopped by this morning while the crew was building a ramp for a 69-year-old woman who lives near Genesee Hill Elementary.

(From left, Karl, Dan, Gary, David, Jeff)

While writing this, we got a photo of the finished ramp from Potter Construction’s Karl Coy.

We also want to congratulate Potter Construction for winning three Remodeling/Trade Remodeling Excellence Awards from MBAKS’s Remodelers Council earlier this month. They won for Major Remodel Excellence, Kitchen Excellence, and Design Excellence – Universal Design:

See more photos here.

HAPPENING NOW: Second sold-out West Seattle Junction Wine Walk

The West Seattle Junction Association‘s second Wine Walk is sold out! CAPERS is the epicenter – that’s where Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring tonight, and where the limited supply of same-day tickets were snapped up after they went on sale an hour before the Wine Walk started:

But even if you didn’t get a Wine Walk ticket, you can do some evening shopping – for example, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) has kicked off its 45th anniversary sale – 30 percent to 50 percent off! – and you can shop with a soundtrack as musician Zechariah Valette is performing there:

The Menashes are featuring wines from Aluel Cellars. More than a dozen wineries are paired with businesses for the Wine Walk. At Fleurt, it’s Coral Wines – and a lot of smiles:

At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Convergence Zone Cellars is pouring:

Each winery is selling bottles as well as offering tastes. And if you enjoy candy with your wine – stop by VAIN (WSB sponsor), where they’re hosting Dolcetta, as well as Ellensburg Canyon Winery. The Wine Walk is on until 9 pm tonight; again, it’s sold out, but watch the Junction Association’s channels for word of the next one!

BIZNOTE: Happy anniversary, Echoes Studios!

(Photo courtesy Echoes Studios)

One year in business! That’s the reason for a party this Saturday in North Delridge, announced by Echoes Studios:

Echoes Studios is celebrating our first anniversary with an open house on Saturday, May 19th, from 6 – 9 pm. Located in a historic former speakeasy in North Delridge’s music district next to the Skylark Café and Mode Music Studios, Echoes is owned and operated by engineer Bryan Standridge with business partner Matt Larson.

After making recordings in his Gatewood-area basement (and garages and practice spaces) for years with bands from across the country, including the acclaimed 2008 “She’s the Dutchess, I’m the Duke” LP, Bryan and his father-in-law built the warm, woody space by hand before opening last May. The goal was to create an amazing sounding room and a place where musicians and engineers could relax, hang out, and have an awesome time making music – from beginners and hobbyists in the studio for the very first time to seasoned pros.

Since opening last May, Bryan and accomplished engineers from around the city have recorded garage rock, surf, punk, rock n’ roll, folk, jazz, funk, fusion, and someone even made a movie over a long weekend. We’re so happy to be part of West Seattle’s amazing music community and super excited for the awesome sessions and projects lined up for the future.

Echoes Studios is at 3801 Delridge Way SW.

Library to Business: Free help for local entrepreneurs

Running a small business? And/or launching one? The Seattle Public Library has free consultation appointments open starting soon for its Library to Business program. Librarian Nancy Slote, who’s part of the L2B team, explains, “We help research business questions, particularly with market research. The library has great subscription databases, available in the branches and remotely, with a library card, which can provide consumer buying data and identify competitors and market trends. We meet with entrepreneurs in all stages of business development, from people with an idea, to those writing business plans, to those operating businesses.” They have appointments at the Delridge, High Point, and South Park branches – this flyer shows the day/time windows, and the number(s) to call to get yourself set up to go in for help (or, Nancy says, you can schedule via e-mail at L2B@spl.org).

BIZNOTES: City Mouse Studio closed for building maintenance; FastSigns moving

Two more biznotes:

CITY MOUSE CLOSED FOR A FEW DAYS: Donna at City Mouse Studio (4218 SW Alaska) in The Junction says her shop is closed for a few days – through Thursday
because of maintenance at the historic Campbell Building. She says hers is the only business affected. She expects to reopen at 10 am Friday.

FASTSIGNS MOVING: While at the West Seattle Food Bank‘s Instruments of Change event on Saturday night, we learned that FastSigns (6323 35th Ave. SW) is leaving West Seattle and headed to Burien. The FS website confirms the move to 922 151st SW is effective June 1st. The shop has been in the ex-laundromat space for almost four and a half years.

Remembering Seth, the West Seattle Nursery cat

Nine years ago, in a WSB series on “shop cats,” we featured the story of Seth, who lived at West Seattle Nursery. This past week, WSN’s Marie McKinsey tells us, Seth passed away, at what you might call his retirement home:

No one here ever set out to have a nursery cat, but Seth wandered into the nursery one day, took a look around, and decided that he belonged here. Since it was clear that he wasn’t going to leave, the nursery staff adopted him. He had a good career at the nursery and became friends with a lot of customers. Working in retail took its toll, though, and after 12 years on the job, he was ready to retire. Ingrid Nokes, our gift and houseplant buyer, took him home to live with her and her husband. They made a comfortable home for him to live out his remaining years. Ingrid says, “He was a great mouser and became quite the love kitty in his later years. We will miss him greatly!” Seth passed away peacefully (Wednesday) morning at home, curled up on his favorite pillow.

BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market sets opening date

We have the answer to a popular seasonal question: When is the Tony’s Market produce stand opening for the season? As we explain to those who ask, we usually find out by watching for signs of activity at the 35th/Barton site and pulling over when we see someone. That’s what happened yesterday, and so we were able to ask proprietor Joey Genzale about his plans. He says the stand will soft-open tomorrow (Friday, May 11th), around 9 am.

Special delivery for Chief Sealth International High School

Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer (above left) welcomed a contigent from John L. Scott Westwood and Evergreen Home Loans today. They had a special drive to help the school and brought the results – including, along with a $1,000 check, a video gaming chair for special-needs students, a camera kit for the art department, a marker board for the faculty, and clothing for students in need. They also brought fruit and candy for the faculty staff room!

SPORTS: Rambo Total Pest Control backs Little League teams in two counties – with a West Seattle backstory

If someone in your family plays Little League (or other youth sports), you know it takes a lot of support – the families, the coaches, and the sponsors. One of our sponsors, Rambo Total Pest Control, is sponsoring teams in two neighborhoods – the one down south where they’re based, and here in West Seattle, where proprietor Luke Rambo has deep roots (which is why his company does a lot of work up here, and why they advertise with us). He shared a story about his interest and involvement, and appreciation for what it takes:

This is my favorite time of year. The crack of the bat, the cheering of the fans, the smell of freshly cut grass. Baseball season is upon us, finally! Every Spring since the dawn of time (well, maybe not quite that long ago), the eternal optimism, and hope of spring bring us a new baseball season. This time of year I am reminded of my childhood glory days spent fielding, throwing, hitting, and a little bit of pitching on the Bar-S Fields, followed by ice cream at Husky Deli after each team win.

I grew up in West Seattle and played in West Seattle Little League for the Laporte Eide Indians.  Some of my best childhood memories happened in those few short formative years between 9 and 12 years old down at Bar-S Field.  Our coach was a young up and comer named Vince Ormiston.  Some of the guys I played with were Sean and Ryan Wooten, Scott Olsen, Brian Pena, Andy Coghill, Jarrett Trail, and quite a few others, some of whom I went on to play ball with at West Seattle High School.  We shared some great times there at Bar S and I know the same is true for many others. 


 
In my early 20’s I moved with my wife to Puyallup, and we now have an 11 year old son and an 8
year old daughter.  Our son plays for South Hill Little League (majors) White Sox, and I get to
be one of the coaches on his team.  This is another special group of young men, working hard to
play well, have fun, and develop their own passion for the game of Baseball.  It is a pleasure
working with these players, our coaches, and the parents. 

With my increased involvement in Little League these past few seasons, I came to realize how much effort goes into keeping these organizations alive.  From the many decisions and strategy sessions run by the Board for each local league, to the late nights setting lineups by the coaches, to the team moms busily collecting donations for raffle items at the league fundraisers, to all the thousands of parents, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors who support these players in their development.  The moving parts that keep these leagues together are amazing to watch! 

Considering everything I have gained personally from my own involvement in Little League, as well as that of my family and friends, we decided to have our company Rambo Total Pest Control become an official sponsor of West Seattle Little League and South Hill Little League.

We hope to give back and help out in a small way to keep the spirit of Little League alive and well for the next generation.  Our sponsorship will help contribute to things like field
maintenance, uniforms, equipment, and baseballs.  Look for our banners at Bar-S Field by Alki – photo above – and the Fruitland Grange in South Hill this season and seasons to come! Thank you to the many volunteers who keep these leagues running!

Respectfully, Luke Rambo

And if you need pest-control services, you can reach them at 866-540-RAMBO7262), or RamboPest.com. (Disclosure – besides being a longtime WSB sponsor, Rambo is also our pest-control provider … they’ve helped us keep away those pesky little ants in recent years.)

BIZNOTE: West Seattle HomeStreet Bank saying farewell to John Babauta

(WSB photo)

Another banking biznote today: Personal banker John Babauta is saying goodbye to the West Seattle branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor). He’s staying with the company, moving on to the investment-services division, but will no longer be based in WS. If you don’t know John for his work at HomeStreet, you may know him for his community involvement, including service on the board of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. You have until his last day on Friday, May 18th, to stop in and wish him well. Branch manager Nam Le says that because of John’s departure, “Our wonderful team is looking to hire an all-star banker to our West Seattle team at HomeStreet Bank.” The job is posted in the WSB Forums’ West Seattle Jobs Offered section.

BIZNOTE: Happy 20th anniversary, Curious Kidstuff! Sale on Sunday

Ann Walker has a big reason to smile – her West Seattle Junction shop Curious Kidstuff (WSB sponsor) is celebrating 20 years in business! And in honor of that, this year’s anniversary sale is bigger than ever – 11 am-5 pm on Sunday (May 6th). More on that in a moment – but first, a bit more of this business’s backstory!

Ann came to Seattle from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she grew up, and Curious Kidstuff is modeled after a shop in Minneapolis. It’s officially described as a shop that features “non-violent toys, books, music, art, and other tricks and treasures. You will find green toys, wooden toys, infant to 12 years. All products in our store are up to the highest new safety standards and every item has a USA General Conformity Certificate. We welcome children to play with our many display tables. We have truly created a safe and warm environment to discover and socialize with others.”

So what’s changed over the 20 years she’s been in business? Back when she was starting up, Ann says, The Junction had about 10 open retail spaces – long before new construction added more retail spaces – so she had many options. Also, she says she could never have imagined she would see a second generation of customers – some who came to her store as kids are coming there now with their own kids! She also recognizes that toys and games aren’t just for kids, and has begun stocking more puzzles and games geared toward adults – they are popular with the new apartment residents, who are becoming steady customers. Meantime, her store has grown to have a staff of six.

Whatever you’re looking for, you are invited to help Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW) celebrate on Sunday. Ann calls it the 20/20 sale – 20 years in business, 20 percent off everything in the store (excluding LEGO brand items). Besides the discounts, the daylong party will include games and crafts, prize drawings, a family photo booth, treats, and … what’s the store’s always about … fun.

VIDEO: 2018 Westside Awards connect peninsula’s present and future

Photos/video by Patrick Sand
Story by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

The next generations of Husky Deli ownership were among the stars of the show at this morning’s Westside Awards breakfast, presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

They’re in our top photo, between Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis and board chair Pete Spalding – Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller‘s daughter Kate Meyer, her husband Tom Meyer, and their son Henry Meyer. They were there to accept the Business of the Year award, with Jack and wife Heidi off on vacation (but appearing via video).

It was perfectly emblematic of what the Westside Awards have become over the years – a celebration of the future as well as the present. The honor given to Emerging Business of the Year – this year, the gift shop Alair – underscores that, too.

But first, if you missed the early-morning event at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), here’s our video of the heart of it, the presentations and acceptance speeches:

Everyone had something unique and touching to say, but if you can only watch for a few minutes, don’t miss Westsider of the Year Lora Swift (executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association) and her mock-borrowed speech, 17 minutes into our video. Now, highlights of who said what, plus more photos, after the jump:

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BIZNOTE: Junction bank says farewell to longtime leader

April 24, 2018 8:20 pm
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The Junction branch of Chase wanted you to know their longtime leader is moving on:

We at the West Seattle Chase Bank Branch would like to inform our customers and the community that after thirteen years, our powerhouse manager, Dawn Park, will be taking on a new role in the company. Sadly, her last day will be April 25th.

Dawn, thank you for being a great leader and congratulations on your new adventure. You will be missed.

That’s tomorrow; hours are 9 am-6 pm.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 13 years for Wyatt’s Jewelers

April 21, 2018 3:17 pm
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You still have some time to get over to Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village and wish the Keppler family a happy 13th anniversary! Wyatt’s is an independent family-owned business but as is traditional for many businesses celebrating anniversaries, they’re offering you the gifts – they’re having a sale! Open today until 5 pm. If you haven’t been there before, it’s in the middle of the shopping center, a couple doors north of Barnes & Noble. Tomorrow, by the way, if you’re going to WestSide Baby‘s CommuniTea, you’ll see Wyatt’s proprietors Kirk and Joni Keppler, who are the chairs of this year’s fundraiser. (WSB is a media sponsor, and we’ll be there too.) Their older son Wyatt is the shop’s namesake – he’s in the pic above too, as is brother Ryan.

BIZNOTE: Canna West Seattle moving across the street soon

(WSB photo)

You might have noticed the work under way – including a brighter new coat of paint – at the 95-year-old Craftsman house at 5440 California SW. That will soon be the new home of Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), currently located across the street at 5435 California SW. The “new” location is actually the one for which proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi originally received what was West Seattle’s first recreational-cannabis license, as we reported in February 2016. Permits took longer than planned, so she opened across the street instead, and now, more than a year later, is almost ready to move into 5440. We stopped by Canna this afternoon to ask Mirnateghi about the timeline; pending inspections and final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, she hopes to be open at 5440 in mid-May.

BIZNOTE: Thunder Road Guitars closed this Saturday

April 19, 2018 11:20 am
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Though physically headquartered in The Junction, Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a lively online presence, including Instagram photos like the one above that guitar lovers go wild for. TRG asked us to let you know that the Junction store will be closed Saturday “as we will be attending the Tacoma Guitar Festival at the Tacoma Dome all weekend with a large amount of our inventory,” explains proprietor Frank Gross. Back to regular days/hours next week.

P.S. TRG is again signed up to be part of May 12th’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, which includes business sales as well as individual, group, block, nonprofit, etc. sales! One more week to register if you’re planning to be part of it.

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Newest estimate of when West Seattle Whole Foods Market will open

The WSB inbox has been full of update requests lately, regarding various projects (thank you!), and we’re working on a bunch. First the most-asked question of the week: When is the West Seattle Whole Foods Market opening?

First the backstory: You’ll recall that a year ago, Whole Foods was shelving its plans for The Whittaker (WSB sponsor), second time it had canceled a West Seattle plan – but then six months later, we discovered last September that it was back on, and got confirmation.

Since then, we’ve had one update on timeline, when Whittaker reps told the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce in January that “late spring 2019” was the newest projection.

So this week, we went directly to WFM. A regional spokesperson’s reply:

We are grateful for the community’s excitement for this Whole Foods Market, and look forward to opening during the latter part of 2019.

As for other questions, such as how the chain’s evolution and experiments since Amazon’s takeover will affect the West Seattle plan … no specifics are public yet.

Happy 8th anniversary, West Seattle Runner! Party continues Sunday

If you had trouble getting to the second day of the 8th-anniversary party at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) because of the unexpected “guest” out in the street – good news! That work’s done, but the party is NOT over, and you are invited to join Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell as the celebration continues tomorrow. We stopped by this evening for an update on the Sunday plans:

10:30 am – Pilates with Be Pilates

11 am – Run sponsored by Hoka. Mimosas and doughnuts follow!

11:30 am – Assessments with Lora from Biojunction Sports Therapy

Throughout the day, discounts continue on footwear and apparel. And you can find out what’s happening in the local running world any time you stop by – along with their own events and activities, WSR partners with the big events both in West Seattle and beyond, and supports lots of community causes. They’ll be open tomorrow until 5 pm, 2743 California SW.

BIZNOTE: Alair adds calligraphy services

The West Seattle gift shop Alair has something new to share. The photo and report are rom proprietor Shandon Graybeal:

Alair Neighborhood Gift Shop, specializing in small-batch gifts with an emphasis on locally made goods and companies that give back, is launching a new calligraphy and hand-lettering service. From envelopes, invitations, and gift tags to chalkboards, wedding decor and more!

The calligraphy possibilities are endless. Claire, an employee of the store and new Calligraphy Manager, has been in love with the practice of calligraphy since early last year. She believes that great events begin with great calligraphy and {almost} nothing excites her more than creating that perfect hand-lettered embellishment for clients.

They’re offering discounts this month. P.S. In case you hadn’t heard, Alair (3280 California SW) won the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s Emerging Business of the Year award (you can applaud Shandon and team at the May 1st ceremony).

Restaurateur to keynote Westside Awards

Three weeks until May 1st, your chance to start the day by cheering for this year’s Westside Awards winners – and to hear from restaurateur Joe Fugere, just announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce as the keynote speaker for the awards breakfast. He’s also an advocate for Seattle’s small-business community, currently co-chairing the mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council. Fugere founded Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Columbia City in 2004 and now has five locations around the Seattle area, along with the Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville. He received White House recognition in 2010 for contributing to economic recovery. The Chamber says he will talk about “the importance of values and purpose when running a successful business” as well as “leaning forward … the power of getting outside your comfort zone as a business owner.” (Read more about him and Tutta Bella here.)

If you missed the announcement – this year’s winners are Husky Deli as Business of the Year, Alair as Emerging Business of the Year, Senior Center of West Seattle as Nonprofit of the Year, and Lora Swift as Westsider of the Year. The awards breakfast starts at 7:30 am May 1st at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor). Here’s how to get your ticket(s)!

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