West Seattle, Washington
We’re welcoming Sound Orthodontics as a new WSB sponsor – here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
At Sound Orthodontics, we take great pride in providing our patients with the highest quality orthodontic care in a comfortable, friendly environment. Our doctors and team are available to answer any questions you have before, during, and after treatment.
What Sets Us Apart
Our caring and experienced team creates an orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive, and effective. We do everything we can to make sure that each patient has an exceptional experience at our practice. From the moment, you enter our practice, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and appreciated. Everyone on our team is excited about what we do, and when you walk into our office, that shows. We enjoy working together and even spend our free time together outside of the office!
Sound Orthodontics appointments are appropriately scheduled so that you will spend less time in our office, and more time out enjoying the things that make you smile. Your comfort is important to us, and because we work with patients of all ages, we recognize that each person who visits our practice has unique needs and expectations.
Our office utilizes the most comfortable, efficient and technologically advanced orthodontic treatment options available. Regular metal braces are still the most widely used, yet other types of orthodontic appliances are gaining popularity.
*Metal Braces are the most widely used type of braces
*Ceramic or Clear Braces are made of ceramic material that blend in with your teeth
*Invisalign® are “braces” that consist of strong plastic trays that are fabricated specifically for each individual
We would love for you and your family to visit our West Seattle Sound Orthodontics’ office to meet the doctors and team! 2617 California SW – 206-935-2414.
We thank Sound Orthodontics 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.
4:42 PM: Today was a special work day for crews from some members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties – the annual Ramp-A-Thon, donating time to build mobiity ramps for residents in need. Among this year’s participants, longtime WSB sponsor Potter Construction.
The Potter crew built a ramp for a resident in Burien.
Around the region, since Ramp-A-Thon began in 1993, the association says, participants have built more than 440 ramps, with $1.7 million in in-kind donations.
ADDED 8:17 PM: The Master Builders Association shared a photo, from the one Ramp-A-Thon site today that was in West Seattle:
The company that built this ramp is Bellevue-based JM Riley.
As we have been reporting, you’ll find something new by most baskets this year – a plaque for the local business/organization/individual that “adopted” the basket. (Including us!)
P.S. One good way to get a close-up look – go volunteer in The Junction tomorrow for Spring Clean! Not too late. Here’s how.
Today we’re welcoming one of the newest WSB sponsors, Sleepers In Seattle, headquartered in The Junction. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they offer:
Our tagline reads, “More Sleeper Sofas Than Anywhere Else.” If you need a sleeper sofa, you’re in luck — because we have the best selection in the world, and we are the experts.
People come to Sleepers in Seattle because we have over 100 different sleeper models in stock, and literally millions of custom options. Other stores carry 2 or 3 sofa beds, usually in brown. Once people get to us, our expert staff helps them find the perfect sleeper sofa for their needs, considering style, size, comfort, and upholstery. We often send customers home with swatch samples so they can get a better sense of how the piece will fit with their existing decor. We’ve been doing something right, because Sleepers In Seattle is proud to have called West Seattle home for over 25 years!
Sleepers In Seattle has more than sleeper sofas – recliners, too! Right now they have a sale on Stressless recliners – 10 percent off. Some of the 26 different recliners are in stock; others can be ordered from the store or online.
Sleepers In Seattle is in The Junction at 4741 California SW, open 10 am-6 pm Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 pm Sundays. Call 206-932-8500 or 888-922-SOFA.
We thank Sleepers In 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.
We often get asked about rental/event spaces in West Seattle. Here’s a new one: Muse Gallery and Studio, in North Delridge. It’s a new venture by the proprietors of The Skylark next door. Matt Larson explains:
We are trying to provide a space for artists and artisans to show/sell/teach their craft in West Seattle. It also makes for an affordable and spacious photo studio as it includes seamless backgrounds and tall ceilings.
Muse Gallery and Studio is available to rent for a wide variety of events. Pop-up art shows, photo studio rental, private parties, classes, recitals, etc. can all be held in this warm, open space. Gallery lighting, wood floors, open floor plan, and seamless backdrops make it versatile for a number of uses. There is also plenty of free parking, and catering available. First and foremost, Muse is about finding inspiration and making connections in our art community. Our goal is to draw attention to and promote artists, studios, and collectives from all the neighborhoods in Seattle by showcasing them here in West Seattle.
Larson says you can get a firsthand look at Muse (3801 Delridge Way SW) during two upcoming events: Night Circus #5, an “art and social gathering” 6-9 pm this Thursday (May 11th) followed by music next door at Skylark, and a one-night art show May 20th by Casey Brookbush, with live acoustic music by Jake Carden, 6-10 pm May 20th, with music afterward at Skylark.
Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
An unusual backdrop for this morning’s annual Westside Awards breakfast … fog.
Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) was the location as usual and as you know if you’ve been there, that usually means a spectacular view of the city skyline and Elliott Bay right outside the banquet-room doors. This morning’s fog meant nothing was visible behind the speakers but the deck and a couple of Canada geese strolling (and honking) on it.
Nobody seemed to mind. The spotlight was fully on the award-winners, after a few words from West Seattle Chamber of Commerce leadership – board chair Paul Prentice‘s welcome, and CEO Lynn Dennis‘s appreciation for the organization’s 200+ members and spirit of collaboration. That last attribute, in fact, played into one award-winner’s unique acceptance presentation – including the sign atop our story – you’ll see it later.
Keynote speaker was King County Chair Joe McDermott, introduced by Dennis as a third-generation West Seattleite, running down his local cred including scooping ice cream at Husky Deli, as well as his academic and political chops.
McDermott described the theme of his talk as “why we do what we do.” But first – history – the Beach Broiler, which was on the pier that now holds Salty’s, half a century earlier. Two years ago, he said, his family gathered to celebrate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
His career, McDermott said, traces back to the question “What are you going to do when you grow up?” For a while, he thought he would become a civil engineer, bui;ding bridges. A trip back east in his senior year changed everything. “I saw government up close and realized I wanted to go into public service.” His mother warned “there’s no money in that” – though, he said, she had spent her career in education!
“I believe I am still solving problems and building bridges,” he said. That included the resilience fund newly approved by the county on behalf of immigrants and refugees: “These are our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers” – and immigrant-owned businesses are worth $1.2 billion to the local economy. He talked about the fear sown by President Trump’s executive orders. “I’ve heard the real fear and apprehension in these communities.”
But with the resilience fund and education, “this further affirms that King County is a welcoming place … for everyone who resides here.” McDermott acknowledged similar work by the Seattle City Council – represented at this morning’s event by District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold – having passed a defense fund for immigrants.
McDermott also spoke about the Access For All sales-tax measure sent to the August 1st ballot by the County Council this week. He singled out West Seattle’s ArtsWest and Southwest Seattle Historical Society as expected beneficiaries. “We will invest in programs that change lives and give kids more access to the same opportunities and help our communities thrive. Everyone in King County will benefit.” McDermott said the program also includes money for transportation, to take kids to sites such as the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, and Woodland Park Zoo.
“The resilience fund and Access for All are two key King County Council achievements since the first of the year,” he declared. “… Know that your involvement is essential. E-mail me. Call me. Come to testify on legislation … let me know what your thoughts, your concerns, your interests are … not just me, but all your elected officials. … Let us know what’s on your mind.”
Then, to the awards, which Dennis explained are not a popularity contest – nominations are solicited from the community (not just Chamber members) each year, and carefully reviewed before decisions are made.
Strength, integrity, equality are qualities of hers, Evans said, recounting Throop’s background as a leader in not just elder care, but also in the LGBTQ community. “She is an amazing person,” Evans said.
He had also mentioned Throop’s mom, who she cited as inspiration. Ten years ago, Throop said, her mom declared she was moving to Seattle, and when she looked around to find support for her, she couldn’t. With what she learned, she started a business. “I truly love what I do,” she said – helping people, referring them to trusted professionals, “many of whom are in this room.” She spoke warmly of collaborating with other businesses, including many WSCC members. “They say beside every woman stands another great woman,” she declared, pointing out and thanking her wife Angela. She said the award was not only gratifying, but touching.
Next, Pete Spalding, chamber vice chair, introduced Dan Austin, proprietor of Emerging Business of the Year winner Peel and Press (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. Spalding, who has long advocated for the West Seattle Food Bank, talked about Austin’s enthusiastic contribution to it, and to other fundraisers (like this one). He also is opening a second restaurant (in Boulevard Park).
Austin said he was humbled to accept the award “on behalf of my great team” – three of whom are in the photo above, with him – and said he felt it was on behalf of the entire small-business community in West Seattle, listing many others that “have all stepped up and helped contribute in these events.” He said working with the Food Bank has “been a blast,” and thanked his wife and two children for their help and inspiration. “To give back to the community is something I learned growing up and watching my parents,” he explained, recounting their volunteerism. “I feel incredibly blessed that (Peel and Press) has been received so well in the community … and we just want to continue to give back.”
While Austin said that concern about the City Council’s dealings with businesses was part of his motivation to expand outside Seattle, he thanked Councilmember Herbold for “sitting down and listening” to those concerns.
Spalding also introduced Southwest Youth and Family Services, recipient of the Not-for-Profit of the Year award. He talked about SWYFS’s evolution and addition of programs, with programs focused on youth development, mental help, family support, and education.
Executive director Steve Daschle and board chair Laura Ware accepted the award.
“It’s always meaningful to be recognized by your family and friends,” she said, noting that SWYFS has a “low profile … we’re known but not that well known.” She said “there are a lot of kids in our community who are scared… they need a safe place to go after school … if they come to this country and don’t know our language they may need (help) and Southwest Youth and Family can provide that.”
Daschle spoke of a recent event honoring kids, all children of immigrants and refugees, receiving scholarship awards to inspire them to complete their education and go on to college. “This will be the first time anyone in their family has completed high school, let alone going on to college … that’s what we’re all about … we’re about partnerships in transforming their lives.”
Finally, Prentice introduced Westsider of the Year honoree Maria Groen, someone he said he had known for 20 years. He spoke of her volunteer service as well as her professional work with nonprofits.
“So many other people deserve this,” Groen declared as she began, saying she was accepting it “on behalf of countless behind the scene volunteers … and do-gooders in our community.” She brought up some other “do-gooders” and said she wanted to inspire “anyone who is not yet engaged in their community” to change that and do something. She listed a long (and at times rhyming) list of all the ways you can help. “When you work for a greater good, you are forever changed.” Here’s how it unfolded, including audience participation toward the end (the sign-waving starts 2 1/2 minutes in):
That brought a standing ovation, after which Prentice wrapped up the event by urging everyone to check the Chamber website for upcoming events including a chance for everyone to honor Groen’s philosophy of being a “do-gooder” – by joining in a community cleanup on May 18th.
Morgan Junction’s business district is getting busier all the time. A new addition is on the way: Part3Salon proprietor Valerie Caracuzzi reports she’s moving, since her longtime Admiral location at 2719 California SW is set for redevelopment. The new location will be at 6527 California SW (the former Jackson Hewitt office next to Second Gear Sports [WSB sponsor]), where she hopes to open in early June – in a seamless move from the current spot. “While I’m sad to be leaving that space, we’re super-excited about the next chapter,” she says.
This year’s Junction Day of Giving is under way! Our first stop was 42nd SW/SW Oregon:
That’s Reid Curry, manager at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor). EWA, where you’ll find outdoor apparel as well as fishing-related merchandise, has chosen the Wild Steelhead Coalition as its beneficiary today. EWA is one of ~30 shops and restaurants promising 10 percent of today’s proceeds to local nonprofits of their choice.
ADDED 1:03 PM: We’re back in The Junction checking in with more Day of Giving participants, like Fleurt proprietor Sam Crowley:
Fleurt is where you’ll find flowers and gifts. They will be selling flower crowns like the one Sam’s wearing, for Mother’s Day, when they’ll have a floral tepee outside the shop at 4536 California SW and special photo ops (bring Mom! Grandma! Great-Grandma!) as a fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank. But today, their Day of Giving beneficiary is Nature Consortium.
A couple doors south of Fleurt, you’ll find Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) at 4540 California SW.
Proprietors Frances and John Smersh chose the Alzheimer’s Association as their beneficiary for Day of Giving; as reported here in November 2015, Frances is living with early-onset dementia. Their shop is a treasure trove of unique jewelry, art, housewares, gifts, and more.
See the full list of who’s participating and who they’re donating to by going here – and in The Junction, look for signs with red balloons, like these:
This month’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce After Hours event brought local business reps to HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – above, from left, are Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis, branch manager Nam Le, and Chamber board president Paul Prentice. The Chamber honored HomeStreet as Emerging Business of the Year in 2016, and is days away from celebrating this year’s winners of the Westside Awards. We checked today and some tickets remain for the awards breakfast next Thursday (May 4th), 7:30 am at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor) – here’s where to register.
Three biznotes tonight:
JUNCTION DAY OF GIVING TOMORROW: One more reminder that most West Seattle Junction businesses are donating part of their proceeds to local nonprofits tomorrow, 10 am-6 pm, during the annual Junction Day of Giving. Each nonprofit has chosen a beneficiary – right now, the list is at 30 participating businesses, 20 beneficiaries, and you can see it all here. Look for balloons marking participants!
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS GIVING FROM THE ROAD: While Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is listed as a participant, their storefront at 4736 California SW will be closed tomorrow because TRG is attending the Tacoma Guitar Festival at the Tacoma Dome. But they’re still giving, “from the road” – proprietor Frank Gross says, “We DO still plan on participating in the West Seattle Junction Day of Giving and will be donating 10% of our sales Saturday the 29th to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Be sure to stop by and see us at the show this weekend!” (It’s open 9:30 am-5 pm tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm Sunday.)
DRUNKY’S TWO-SHOE BBQ OPENS IN WHITE CENTER: It’s opening night for the second location of Drunky’s Two-Shoe BBQ, in White Center. We stopped by less than an hour ago and the wait was already an hour. Photos are on our partner site White Center Now.
Wednesday means it’s time to plan your weekend … so we have a few things to spotlight today.
First: Here’s an update on the West Seattle Junction Day of Giving this Saturday (April 29th), when participating merchants are donating part of their proceeds (10 am-6 pm) to give local nonprofits a boost. More than 30 are participating, and the Junction Association has published a list showing them and their chosen beneficiaries – you can see it here.
Among the participants are these WSB sponsors:
Click! Design That Fits (donating to the Alzheimer’s Association)
Emerald Water Anglers (donating to the Wild Steelhead Coalition)
Menashe & Sons Jewelers (donating to the West Seattle Food Bank)
Thunder Road Guitars (donating to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society)
VAIN (donating to the Senior Center of West Seattle – including select haircut appointments this week)
See you in The Junction on Saturday (looks like some sunshine, too)!
Today we’re welcoming Kahler Law Office as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what attorney Amy K. Kahler would like you to know about what she does:
Based in West Seattle, Kahler Law Office represents parents, families, and children: “Working with me is often intertwined with an important life event – from the difficulty of a divorce to the joy of an adoption, and everything in between. I most often hear that I helped make the process ‘less scary’ and offered reasonable solutions to my client’s situation. They appreciate that I’m proactive in my communications, a strong advocate for their case, and that I’m ‘pretty nice … for a lawyer’!
“My personal philosophy as a lawyer is to represent my clients with integrity and compassion. Today’s modern family looks a lot different than the generations before us, and they present unique challenges. I respect the circumstances that bring my clients to me, and am mindful of their need to move on to the next chapter of their life with empowerment and dignity.”
Kahler Law Office is online at kahlerlaw.net, where you’ll find a form to request a consultation; you also can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-841-6343.
We thank Kahler Law Office 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.
Another business on the way: Sarah Heitman e-mailed to say she’s opening a barre3 – “an exercise studio that offers barre classes in a beautiful space WITH child care” – in one of the ground-floor commercial spaces at Springline (WSB sponsor). But while barre3 is a chain with locations in 28 states, Heitman notes that she is a West Seattle resident and is “keeping it local” even more with the help of a real-estate agent, lawyer, and architect from West Seattle. She’s expecting to open sometime this summer.
Experimac is now open at 6040 California SW (just north of longtime WSB sponsor West Seattle Office Junction). Proprietor Travis Weaver is the local franchisee of this nationwide chain of stores that sell used Apple computer/phone equipment as well as doing repairs. After a tip from Rick, we noted the “coming soon” signs a while back, never made contact with anyone but then noticed while passing that the shop was open today, so we stopped in – they just opened the doors yesterday, Weaver said. His shop is open 10 am-7 pm Mondays-Fridays, 10 am-5 pm Saturdays, closed Sundays.
8:51 AM: A third drydock is in the works for Vigor‘s Harbor Island shipyard. The company announced this morning that it has “entered into an agreement to purchase a drydock from a Korean seller” and that it will be the largest drydock there, “640 feet long with a clear width of 116 feet.” Also from the news release announcing the plan:
“The purchase of another drydock in Seattle allows Vigor to better service valued customers like Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Navy,” notes Adam Beck, Vigor Executive Vice President of Ship Repair. “It also further strengthens our market position in commercial ship repair on the West Coast and supports our expansion into new markets.”…
Beck and his team had been actively looking for the right drydock at home and abroad for a number of months. The one selected happened to be in Korea. The team is working to finalize the transaction and have the dock operational in Seattle by late fall.
It’s been almost two years since Vigor moved a 528-foot drydock here from its Portland facilities, replacing one that had been decommissioned. We have asked a few followup questions and will add anything more we find out.
UPDATED 12:01 PM: While the timeline isn’t finalized yet, Vigor spokesperson Athena Maris tells WSB the new drydock is likely to arrive in November, under tow. In addition to the 528-foot Vigilant, mentioned above, the other existing drydock at Vigor – known just as #10 – is 552 feet.
From Admiral to South Delridge, two West Seattle businesses are celebrating anniversaries this weekend:
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER: Today through Sunday, this longtime WSB sponsor (2743 California SW) is celebrating seven years in business with special events as well as giveaways and treats. Today, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm, free injury assessments with Dr. Nate Moore. The lineup for Saturday is here – including a special evening celebration with live music! – and the Sunday plan is here. (Throwback – here’s our February 2010 story with proprietors Lori and Tim announcing their plan.)
FRESH FLOURS BAKERY: The bakery and coffee shop in South Delridge celebrates its one-year anniversary on Sunday and they “invite everyone to celebrate it with us with free heart cookies and dollar-off drinks!” Haven’t been to Fresh Flours yet? 9410 Delridge Way SW. (Throwback – here’s our April 2016 story with proprietors Etsuko and Keiji as FF prepared to open.)
Maybe you’ve seen the sign for The Studio West Seattle (2648 59th SW in Alki, where Gelarto quietly closed last fall). It’s a brand-new photography studio – and one of its proprietors is someone whose work WSB readers have seen, photographer Leda Costa. She and husband/co-proprietor Jeff Larson invite you to their open house on Saturday (April 8th) for treats and giveaways, and to find out more about their services: “We’d like to invite people this Saturday from 5-7 to come to our space, meet us, ask us anything, and get to know what we offer! We’re trying to break the stereotype of cheesy walk-in photo studio, so we want people to get to know us, our process, and the work we offer. Pets, people, still life, we do it all!”
For PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) customers contemplating the West Seattle store’s upcoming construction closure – next year you’ll have another option. PCC announced today that it will open a store “early next year” in Burien, at the Five Corners shopping center (15840 1st Ave. S.). From the announcement:
The Burien PCC project will be the first designed for PCC by Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects. The firm will also design the co-op’s West Seattle and Madison Valley stores.
Since 2013, PCC has added new locations in Seattle’s Green Lake and Columbia City neighborhoods and, last year, in the city of Bothell. It plans to open its 13th store in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood in 2019. The community-owned food market also complemented store growth with the addition of online delivery in 2016 through partnerships with Instacart and Amazon.
The West Seattle store is scheduled to close May 31st for construction of a mixed-use project including a larger new PCC.
P.S. We confirmed with PCC that its Burien space is the former Albertsons at Five Corners.
From the “in case you wondered too” file: After we heard this morning about the Payless Shoe Source Chapter 11 filing and a plan for the company to close about 10 percent of its stores as part of its restructure, we wondered about the Westwood Village store. The company posted its closure list about an hour ago and the West Seattle store is NOT on the list, so it is staying open.
It’s the new-business question we’ve been asked the most in recent weeks – when is the Westwood Village Ulta Beauty store opening? Today, we finally have the answer. We first reported back in June that Ulta would be taking over the former Pier 1 Imports space, after we found the information in the city permit files; the company wouldn’t confirm at the time, but the store has taken shape in recent months. Finally, they’ve announced the grand opening weekend as Friday, April 14th, through Sunday, April 16th. This is one of about 100 stores the chain expects to open this fiscal year; it has almost 1,000 stores nationwide.
Local businesses give a lot to the community in ways you might not realize … sponsoring walk-a-thons and youth-sports teams, donating items to school auctions … and here’s a way you can partner with dozens of them to help: The West Seattle Junction Association will have its second annual Day of Giving six weeks from today, on April 29th. As announced by WSJA this week, 10 percent of the proceeds from your shopping and dining at participating Junction businesses that day will go to a variety of causes; watch for more information as the date gets closer. More than 30 businesses for the first Junction Day of Giving last year.
Three West Seattle business notes today:
RADIO SHACKS CLOSING: Thanks to Mike for the tip: Both West Seattle Radio Shacks now have big “CLOSING” banners out front. We stopped in the Westwood Village store (photo above) to ask for details – they say March 29th is their last day if they don’t sell everything out by then. (They couldn’t comment on whether the storefront would stay open as a Sprint store, which is happening with some RS locations co-housed with Sprint.) You might have suspected this if you’ve been following the national news about the chain’s woes.
WHAT’S GOING IN THE FORMER CASK: City permit-application files show that Kumon is seeking to open a tutoring center in the Admiral space where The Cask closed in 2014 (2350 California SW). We have an inquiry out to the company about their timeline.
EAT-PLAY-LOVE FAMILY LEARNING CENTER: This is a new business launched by local speech therapist/childhood-development specialist Tanna Neufeld, expanding her offerings “to offer a series of services for our West Seattle families.” They include playgroups, workshops, and more; her center is on the fourth floor of the Jefferson Square office building, 4700 42nd SW, Suite 447.