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BIZNOTES: Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu transition complete; plus, 3 anniversaries

Four West Seattle biznotes this morning:

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ELITE BJJ TRANSITION COMPLETE: At 5050 Delridge Way SW, the new look is in place and the gym’s new beginning as Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor) is under way. During last Sunday’s celebration, we photographed proprietor/coach Sonia Sillan in a brand-new workout space inside the 5,800-square-foot gym:

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The website is all new, too – westseattlebjj.com – where you can find out more about the classes that Elite BJJ offers for all ages, all fitness levels, no contracts required.

Also in biznotes today, three anniversaries:

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE PROJECT TURNS 7: You’re invited to the seventh-anniversary party coming up for the Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle. 3-5 pm on Saturday, June 4th, music – Sid Law, performing live – and food are planned for the party at the clinic, 4545 44th SW.

SPIRA POWER YOGA TURNS 5: Also on June 4th, Spira Power Yoga in The Admiral District celebrates its fifth anniversary with a day of free classes (8 am, 9:30 am, 4:30 pm per their online schedule) and prize drawings for participants. Spira also has made a video in honor of the occasion, explaining the philosophy of being a “peaceful warrior.”

CUDDLE CLUB TURNS 1: In Morgan Junction, The Cuddle Club has just celebrated its one-year anniversary. And proprietor Lashanna Williams has expanded the business to add massage therapy and energy work, in addition to cuddling, Reiki, meditation, and crystal classes, plus special events. Details are on the recently remodeled Cuddle Club website.

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FOLLOWUP: Luna Park Café owner argues his sign-citation appeal

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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

It was the shortest hearing we’ve ever covered in the city Hearing Examiner‘s windowless chambers on the 40th floor of the Municipal Tower downtown: 25 minutes.

The owner of Luna Park Café and two SDOT public-space-management employees faced deputy Hearing Examiner Anne Watanabe there on Thursday afternoon. At issue – as first reported here last Sunday – was the $500 citation Bennett received for having an A-frame sign (since removed) at Avalon and Harbor, half a block from his restaurant. He appealed the citation, and a hearing was set.

Representing SDOT: Katie Kowalczyk and Jason Johnson.

Representing Bennett: Himself.

Johnson, an inspector for the public-space-management division, started with the backstory:

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BIZNOTES: Tony’s opens Saturday; Capitol Loans closes; Junction Fitness

Three West Seattle biznotes tonight:

TONY’S MARKET OPENS TOMORROW: After weeks of questions about when Tony’s Market at 35/Barton would open, we reported two weeks ago that people we found working at the site expected it would be within about a week and a half away. OK, the wait was a little longer, but now it’s almost over. Thanks to Cheri for the tip – she told us this afternoon that market proprietor Joey Genzale told her tomorrow is opening day; we subsequently stopped by to confirm it. From Saturday on, Tony’s will be open daily, 9 am-7 pm.

CAPITOL LOANS IS CLOSED: Thanks to the texter who tipped us to this one:

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We went over and found signs posted in every window saying that loans can “be redeemed at the new location in Preston” (in east King County) and new loans are being handled at the company’s Capitol Hill store until the Preston location is ready to do that. The now-closed West Seattle location is on land at 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW for which a mixed-use development is planned, as first reported here in December and updated last month when the apartment count (now 133) and parking-space count (now 134) both went up. The project will have to go through Design Review, but there’s no date yet for the first meeting.

JUNCTION FITNESS: What had been Snap Fitness on the 42nd SW side of outer Jefferson Square since 2008 is now Junction Fitness. Donald Ward is the new owner of the 24/7 gym, now an independently owned gym. He says his journey started there as a member under the previous ownership; then he became manager, and now is the owner. As a West Seattle resident, his bio says, he “knew that West Seattle was the area to open his) very own gym, and help the community reach their fitness goals. A strong believer in providing the best customer service to the community, and a strong supporter of locally owned businesses. If you don’t catch Donald training his clients, you can catch him working the front desk, mopping/cleaning, or getting a workout himself… he is for sure a ‘hands-on’ owner that will bend over backward to keep his members happy.” Junction Fitness is at 4714 42nd SW.

BIZNOTE: Thunder Road Guitars closed this weekend

Got guitar needs? Get to Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction before 4 pm today. From TRG proprietor Frank Gross:

Thunder Road Guitars will be closed this weekend as we are attending the Tacoma Guitar Festival at the Tacoma Dome. We will close early Friday (today) at 4 pm and be closed Saturday and Sunday. We will resume normal hours next week and hopefully have a bunch of new inventory from the show.

TRG is at 4736 California SW.

PHOTOS: Visiting Vigor as two state ferries, Chimacum and Suquamish, are built

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Those who took the Water Taxi for the first time during our Viaductless week-plus might have glimpsed the work going on at Vigor Industrial‘s shipyards on Harbor Island, where two new Olympic-class ferries are now under construction for Washington State Ferries, the third and fourth in the series, following Tokitae and Samish.

On Tuesday, news-media crews were invited to Vigor to tour the Chimacum, which is three-fourths complete, after its superstructure arrived by barge from a North Sound shipyard a month ago and was quickly joined to the Vigor-built hull, and to see the keel-laying ceremony marking the start of construction on the Suquamish. Photojournalist Christopher Boffoli was there for WSB. He reports:

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Tuesday’s hardhat tour took us down inside the dry dock where the Chimacum is being built and up a set of stairs into the interior of the ferry:

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Brazen burglary at Emerald Water Anglers

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A particularly brazen business burglary tonight: Just as we were heading to Alki to find out more about tonight’s shooting, we heard from Dave McCoy, proprietor of Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, that someone had broken into his shop (42nd SW/SW Oregon). On our way back from Alki, we went by the shop to find out more. Dave told us the burglar(s) broke off the door handle and forced their way in, making off with 11 rods (that’s his photo above, showing where they had been). Though the alarm was set, that wasn’t enough to stop what apparently was akin to a smash-and-grab. The door and lock are already being repaired, as shown in our photo:

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This comes just two weeks after thieves hit EWA while it was open on a Saturday afternoon, distracting an employee and stealing three reels. And it comes hours after EWA participated in the Junction Day of Giving, earmarking 10 percent of today’s proceeds for charity.

PHOTOS: International TableTop Day @ Meeples Games

April 30, 2016 6:27 pm
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It’s International TableTop Day and that means it’s a day … and night … just made for the gaming that’s at the heart of Meeples Games (3727 California SW; WSB sponsor). We dropped in to see what was up; above, players were in the middle of a game of Here, Kitty, Kitty!. The full schedule for today/tonight is here – including Meeples Bucks giveaways for activities including posing with Captain America and mini-Wil Wheaton (who has a show called Tabletop):

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If you don’t make it to Meeples before this big day/night ends (open until midnight!) – there’s always something going on, proprietors Brian Taylor and Laura Schneider remind you:

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The schedule’s on the right side of the Meeples homepage.

HAPPENING NOW: Second anniversary for My Three Little Birds

April 30, 2016 12:26 pm
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Happy second anniversary to Jennifer Young and her upscale-kid-stuff-resale (plus some new toys/accessories) shop My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) at 6959 California SW in south Morgan Junction. It’s an all-day celebration until 5 pm, including face-painting until 2:

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More details about today’s celebration are in our calendar listing.

BIZNOTES: Tony’s Market produce stand WILL open; Propel biodiesel station will close

Two West Seattle biznotes, both from 35th and Barton.

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YES, TONY’S MARKET WILL OPEN: It’s been the most-asked question in the WSB inbox for weeks now – will the family-owned produce stand Tony’s Market ever reopen? We have been going by daily for weeks and haven’t seen anyone to ask; the phone number’s out of service; other ways of trying to find out just didn’t work. Today, someone texted us that activity had been sighted at the red/white/green tent, so we headed that way. Yes, the stand WILL open, in a week to week and a half, we learned. No other details but for those fearing that Tony’s would not reopen this season at all, there’s the answer. Last year, the market didn’t reopen until May 1st, attributing the later-than-previously-usual start to site work including parking-lot rehab.

PROPEL BIODIESEL WILL CLOSE: While taking the photo of Tony’s from the other side of Barton, we noticed this sign on the Propel biodiesel pump island:

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It’s been eight years since the little biodiesel station opened on the north side of what was then an Exxon station and mini-mart, and has since become a 7-11. According to this online reply to a disappointed customer, Propel is focusing “on E85 and DieselHPR in California.”

BIZNOTES: Moving, celebrating, giving …

April 28, 2016 9:44 pm
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Five West Seattle (and vicinity) biznotes tonight:

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ADMIRAL JUNCTION MAIL CENTER MOVES: The Lyman Building on the southwest corner of California and Lander now has two vacancies. West Side Gymnastics Academy moved out last year; this week, the Admiral Junction Mailing Center moved. Its new location is 3614 California SW, former home of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which recently moved to 5639 California SW.

MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS TURNS TWO: Big party this Saturday as My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor) celebrates its second anniversary. The festivities are all day, 10 am-5 pm, with face-painting and Full Tilt Ice Cream expected between 11 am and 2 pm.

SOUTHGATE ROLLER RINK TURNS 5: Tomorrow night, our area’s only roller rink, Southgate (9646 17th SW), celebrates its fifth anniversary. Live bands will play out on the floor; renovations will be celebrated – a new mural, lighting, and “a refurbished wood floor in the bar that has a rich history with artistic roller skating.” It’s a 21+ party starting at 8 pm, with $5 cover – more info here.

JUNCTION DAY OF GIVING: In case you haven’t already heard – Saturday is a special day to shop and dine in The Junction. As announced earlier in April, participating businesses will be donating 10 percent of Saturday’s sales to nonprofits of their choice. More than 25 are on the list now – go here to see which businesses and who they’ll be supporting.

SOUNDERS SHUTTLE: The Westy (7908 35th SW) says it’s launching a shuttle service to Sounders home games on Saturday – tickets $20, including a pregame beer “and 10% off your bar tab the entire day.” While The Westy is 21+, the shuttle is open to all ages; they’re also offering a shuttle to Emerald Downs on May 7th for the Kentucky Derby. Contact The Westy to find our more.

HIIT Lab: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

HIIT Lab is a brand-new fitness studio in Morgan Junction, and a brand-new member of the WSB sponsor team, which means they have the opportunity to let you know what they’re about:

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In the photo above is HIIT Lab proprietor Cathy Kerns, who says her studio is just the right size for lots of one-on-one attention for clients, and also the right size to ensure they have lots of personal space. HIIT Lab will match a workout to you. Cathy describes it as “a high-end boutique studio that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. If you live in West Seattle and want to work out hard and have a blast in a nice, clean environment, you don’t have to go far.”
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What do HIIT Lab clients tell Cathy most often? On first sight, she says, they hear, “Wow, this is really nice.” Then, after class, they hear, “That was a fun workout.”

HIIT Lab is at 6417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Suite D, and online at hiitlab.com.

We thank HIIT Lab 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.

VIADUCT CLOSURE: Looking for somewhere to work in West Seattle?

With telecommuting encouraged as an alternative during the upcoming Viaduct closure, WiFi-equipped coffee shops are likely to be busier than ever. Sure, you could stay home and work from there. But those aren’t your only alternatives. West Seattle Office Junction (6040 California SW; WSB sponsor) is the only coworking center in WS – shared office space. We checked with WSOJ co-proprietor Christine Deppe to see if their doors will be open for people who will have to get back to the office eventually. While WSOJ doesn’t have single-day rates, she says, they do have “free trial days and we pro-rate monthly memberships and offer our 5, 10 and 15 days per month month-to-month, which gives a lot of flexibility, even for short use. If an individual needs an office for 1 week it’s $125 and for 2 weeks $250.” Our inquiry has inspired a “WSB Viaduct-Closure Special,” she adds: “We will waive the one-time registration fee of $100 from now to May 10th, making it easier for short term use during the closure.” Find out more here. P.S. They’ve recently added a few new desks for added capacity. Questions? Contact info is here.

BIZNOTES: Four, from flowers to food

Four quick biznotes to share:

FLEURT’S EARTH DAY GIFT: Earth Day is actually Earth Weekend at Fleurt in The Junction. Tomorrow and Sunday the shop will continue its annual tradition – drop off your “gently used vases, containers, pots, and jars,” and every dropoff gets you a free mini-cactus in exchange. The shop is at 4526 California SW.

SIGN #1 – PECOS PIT: The new barbecue restaurant in the remodeled ex-teriyaki joint at 35th/Fauntleroy is hiring – just posted in the WSB West Seattle Jobs Offered section – and now says it’s opening in May. On Thursday, the permanent sign went up:

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Thanks to Kendall Jones from Washington Beer Blog for sharing the photo.

SIGN #2 – PEGASUS PIZZA: Also getting hoisted yesterday, the new sign for Pegasus Pizza at 2770 Alki SW:

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That’s one of the finishing touches from their remodeling project.

NEW MARKET IN WHITE CENTER: Fans of the departed Phnom Khiev Market may want to check out the new market in its former location starting tomorrow – that’s when the new C & T Asian Market at 16th/17th/100th is scheduled to open, community member Gill tells us.

BIZNOTES: Record Store Day night; J.F. Henry closes; Pegasus Pizza reopens

Three West Seattle business notes:

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RECORD STORE DAY NIGHT: The most-festive day of the year at Easy Street Records is in its 12th hour, since a 7 am opening for which people were standing in line. We stopped in for the first of two afternoon/evening events, with Greg Vandy of KEXP‘s “Roadhouse show in the store this afternoon, signing his “26 Songs in 30 Days” book about Woody Guthrie:

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One more event before RSD wraps – a live in-store performance by Acapulco Lips, coming up at 7 pm.

JF HENRY FINALE: As noted here earlier this week, today was closing day for JF Henry Cooking and Dining in The Junction, after 31 years. We stopped in toward the end of the last day for a photo:

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What are you going to do next? we asked. “Not be here!” they joked – though on a more serious note, they will be back for a while around midweek, since there’s still some cleanup to do, despite how much merchandise moved during their retirement sale. Some of the remaining merchandise, they tell us, will be on eBay. (Backstory: We reported on their retirement plans in early March, and followed up on the building’s future days later.

PEGASUS REOPENS: The folks at Pegasus Pizza on Alki promised to let us know when their remodeling closure was over. This afternoon, they sent word that after five days, the restaurant is now open again.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Runner’s 6th anniversary

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It’s been six years since we first reported on Lori and Tim McConnell‘s plan for a store to serve West Seattle’s running community – and as they celebrate another anniversary, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is going strong. We stopped in to photograph them and new shop dog Myrtle as they greeted participants arriving for the weekly Saturday morning group run:

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This is WSR’s second anniversary since the move to a larger storefront at 2743 California SW. As noted in this WSB West Seattle Event Calendar listing, their anniversary sale/celebration continues all weekend, with discounts, treats, and raffles. WS Runner is open today until 6 pm, 11 am-5 pm on Sunday.

P.S. WSR is again presenting the Float Dodger 5K before the West Seattle Grand Parade this year – Saturday, July 23rd – this year starting on the nearby Hiawatha track. Registration is already open, online or in person at WSR.

BIZNOTES: Thunder Road Guitars owner on new city committee; name change for Admiral salon

Two biznotes this afternoon:

LOCAL REP ON MAYOR’S COMMERCIAL-AFFORDABILITY COMMITTEE: A West Seattle entrepreneur is one of the members of a new committee just announced by Mayor Murray to tackle a topic that resonates here as well as in other neighborhoods: How to ensure that small independent local businesses can afford to keep operating in our city.

The local member is Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. He was there (city photo above, third from left) as the mayor announced the new Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee in the International District. The committee, says the city, “will consider a broad range of solutions to commercial affordability, including incentivizing the construction of smaller commercial spaces, further activation of public spaces to the benefit of food trucks and other small businesses, and inclusion of affordable commercial storefronts in more affordable housing projects.” Read the full announcement – and see the full list of committee members – here.

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ADDED 7:47 PM: We stopped by Thunder Road this afternoon to ask Gross about the committee (and to take the photo we’ve added above). He says he participated in a discussion with the city and the West Seattle Junction Association and was contacted about the committee as a springboard from that. He says he hopes the committee’s work will make a difference; he knows the search for affordable space is tough, as you might recall, his shop was previously in a smaller space between Admiral and The Junction, and he feels lucky to have found its current spot toward the south end of the heart of The Junction. He says the committee will have its first meeting before the month is out.

NAME CHANGE FOR ADMIRAL SALON: A new sign atop what was Shanti Salon and Spa at 2138 California SW announces its new name: Ella & Oz Salon. Its staff tells us that Ella & Oz “remains an Aveda salon offering a full menu of hair services along with enhanced Aveda rituals. Additionally, their team is joined by an Aveda-trained, professional esthetician offering skin treatments including facials, body wraps, as well as full waxing services.”

BIZNOTE: JF Henry sets closing date, urges you to keep supporting local businesses

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It’s already been a month since we took that photo of JF Henry Cooking and Dining proprietor Tom Henry putting up the banner for his store’s Retirement Sale – and countdown to closure. At the time, he wasn’t sure when they would close for good, but now the date is set – this Saturday (April 16th) is the sale’s last day, and the store’s last day. As first reported here last month, rather than sell the 31-year-old business, Henry decided to rent out the space; it was announced days later as the new home of the West Seattle branch of John L. Scott Real Estate.

Contacting us with word of the closing date, Tom Henry also shared the message he has posted on the store’s door, which is more than a farewell:

Greetings and Happy Spring!

As we approach our last week here at JF Henry we would again like to sincerely thank you for all the many years of support.

We are truly blessed to have had this opportunity to live, work & raise our family in such an incredible community as West Seattle.

I hope all of us continue to be aware of our responsibilities in supporting our local businesses in West Seattle. We have an amazing selection of stores, restaurants & professional services that are mostly locally owned and operated by our neighbors. I truly believe by choosing to buy locally we all make an incredible difference in the health and prosperity of our business district.

Carol, Betty, Patty & I are looking forward to a lot more time for family, friends & fun. We will continue to live in and love West Seattle! See ya around the neighborhood.

All the Best!
Tom

Through the final day on Saturday, JF Henry (4445 California SW) is open 10 am-6 pm daily.

West Seattle food: Fresh Flours in South Delridge to ‘soft-open’ Saturday

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Tomorrow will be “soft open” day for the new Fresh Flours Bakery and Café at 9410 Delridge Way SW, starting at 7 am.

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We first told you back in January that Fresh Flours proprietors Etsuko and Keiji (above), who have three cafés elsewhere in the city, were thrilled to be opening their fourth in West Seattle, since this is where they live.

After Etsuko sent word today that they plan to soft-open tomorrow, we stopped by this afternoon, as they continued working hard to get everything ready to go.

Along with their baked goods – croissants and macarons are among their specialties, we’re told – they will be serving Stumptown Coffee, and giving some away during soft-opening day tomorrow.

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As we noted in January, South Delridge will be the production bakery for all Fresh Flours locations. They’re also working on an outdoor seating area on the north side, where they demolished a small old house and will be putting up a new fence and foundation – Etsuko says they hope that will be done by summer.

DAY OF GIVING: Bonus reason to shop The Junction on April 30th

Something new in The Junction this month: A “Day of Giving” on April 30th.

Participating shops and restaurants will give 10 percent of their proceeds to nonprofits of their choice that day. From the West Seattle Junction Association:

Giving back has always been a part of what it means to be West Seattle. Our deep neighborhood pride comes through in everything we do and exemplifies the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

In The Junction, our local businesses are proud to give back throughout the year to the many deserving causes in our neighborhood and beyond. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that it’s the right thing to do and that by supporting our local nonprofits we can strengthen our neighborhood and thrive.

In the spirit of that commitment, The Junction businesses are teaming up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit many important causes. On April 30th, each participating business will be donating 10% of their sales to the nonprofit of their choice. Stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support and make a difference through your purchases. It’s an easy and fun way to show your community spirit and just how much you care!

You can see the early list of participants, and their chosen recipients, by going to this page on The Junction’s website.

M.O.I. Designs, interior design & styling: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

April 6, 2016 2:08 pm
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Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, M.O.I. Designs. New local sponsors get the chance to let you know who they are and what they do:

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M.O.I. Designs is an interior design studio specializing in residential and boutique commercial interior design. We believe that great design matters in the way we live and work within our spaces. Every space has potential and every space can be functional, unified and balanced while expressing creativeness and personality.

Whether it’s one room that needs some work, or the whole house, we work with our clients to create the perfect design package to fit their needs. From full-service interior design (concept to completion) to picking out paint selections or creating a simple room arrangement, M.O.I. Designs is dedicated to creating something that is exactly you!

M.O.I. Designs opened in early 2013, spending the first 2 years of business developing our process and building important relationships with vendors, tradespeople and clients through a variety of projects. Our clients tell us we’ve made their projects easier, less overwhelming, and most importantly, more enjoyable. Let’s face it, spending hours at the tile or paint store making sure that your selections look good with your new flooring or furniture can be tiring and can result in important details such as color matching, lighting, and durability being overlooked.

By hiring us, our clients are assured that we will listen closely to their needs. We will take into account all of the details and deliver results in a timely manner so that you can get your projects started and on the way to completion (and look, you’ve just freed up a few Saturdays now that you can enjoy doing something else!). We take a refreshing and realistic approach to the design process by understanding that everyone is different. Your budgets are different and your spaces are different, as are your styles and interests. We appreciate the strong community we have here in West Seattle and try to use local sources as much as possible for our projects. Our goals are to build great relationships and to create comfort, ease and functionality in your most cherished spaces.

To find out more about the services we offer, please visit our website at moidesigns.net and be sure to click on “design process” to read a little more about how we work. Contact us today to set up a free 30-minute meet and greet – we would love to see your space and hear more about your project needs! 206.356.7778moidesigns.net

We thank M.O.I. Designs 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! Here’s who won the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Westside Awards

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Congratulations to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), announced this morning as Westside Business of the Year along with this year’s other winners of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Westside Awards.

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C & P proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores (update: we photographed Cameron today, just after publishing this story) are in their 14th year of operating the cozy coffeehouse and event venue at 5612 California SW. You’ll find far more than “just” coffee and other beverages there – stop in on any given evening and you might also find live music, or a Whale Trail Orca Talk; the many other events hosted there include bazaars. C&P offers private rentals too and supports a long list of community causes.

C & P is one of four winners announced today by Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis. The others are:

HomeStreet Bank‘s West Seattle branch (WSB sponsor) – Westside Emerging Business of the Year: Since HomeStreet opened its West Seattle branch in The Junction two years ago, it’s become a hub for community activities including everything from the WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus” drive to Santa photos to Seahawk support, as well as opening its doors to community groups.

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Melodie VanHouten (at center in our photo, with, from left, Cody Rees, Sharon Lingbloom, Phil Varce, and John Babauta) is branch manager and vice president.

West Seattle Helpline, Westside Not-for-Profit of the Year: WS Helpline, founded in 1989 and currently led by executive director Chris Langeler, offers emergency assistance to people in need in our community, in a variety of ways, including a clothing bank.

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(WSB photo: Chris Langeler and volunteer coordinator Theresa Sundin in the WS Helpline offices)

Last year, according to the Helpline website, the nonprofit:

*Served over 3,500 of our neighbors in need.

*Provided $78,454 of value in clothing for 1,592 adults and children at The Clothesline.

*Provided over $70,000 of assistance to prevent evictions and shutoffs for more than 300 local families.

*Distributed more than $10,000 in bus tickets to for medical appointments, job interviews, and basic needs.

Dave Montoure, Westsider of the Year: Montoure is not only in his 14th year as co-proprietor of West 5 in The Junction but also is a community advocate who has served in leadership roles with organizations including the Chamber and the West Seattle Junction Association. He also has supported many community causes and organized West Seattle for Japan as a response to the devastating earthquake/tsunami.

You can applaud the winners in person by being there as they are honored at the 2016 Westside Awards breakfast at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) at 7 am on May 4th, which also will feature former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice as keynote speaker. Tickets are available now at the WS Chamber website – go here.

BIZNOTE: Kathy’s Studio of Dance closing; West Seattle Performing Arts taking over

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A local icon is retiring, and closing her business – the namesake and proprietor of Kathy’s Studio of Dance in The Junction. For more than 30 years, young West Seattleites have taken dance lessons and performed at the studio (4217 SW Edmunds) led by Kathryn Lahey, aka “Miss Kathy.” Since getting a tip about her announcement, we’ve spoken with her a couple of times, and she thought the best way to report would be to share the letter she sent to families:

It is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that I announce that after 39 years I will be retiring and closing Kathy’s Studio of Dance. After our Recital in June, the studio will close. This was a very difficult decision for me to make but the dance world is changing and I am no longer up for the challenge. I started my studio with the idea that anyone should be able to dance – no matter their size, talent or ability to pay. I wanted a professional studio that taught children and adults of all ages- structure, discipline and team work. This was how all the dance studios were back when I started 39 years ago. This worked for many years but times have changed and I need to leave the education of dance to those who are young, fresh and are able to change with the new dance world.

I am happy to announce that a new dance school will be opening in our place. I did not want to leave my dancers, teachers or staff without a possible place to continue their love for dance. Mrs.Christine Juarez will be opening her school WEST SEATTLE PERFORMING ARTS here in our location after we finish our Recital. She will be contacting my students about her program in the near future. This new school will be different than ours as the way I ran my studio is obsolete and not viable in this new generation of dancers. The new dance school will have Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tumbling, Acting, Theater and many other exciting classes in the PERFORMING ARTS. Mrs. Juarez has taught at my studio in the past; my daughter took classes from her for many years. When my daughter took classes from her, it was with Mrs. Juarez’s mentoring that helped her receive a scholarship to NY to dance and be on Starpower’s “POWER PAK.” Mrs. Juarez has been on the staff at Cornish College of the Arts for over 20 years. I highly respect and admire Christine Juarez and cannot think of a better person to pass my students to. Some of our current teachers may even teach at this new dance school.

I thank all of you for your years of loyalty, support and dedication. I have enjoyed the many years of working with the children of Seattle. All I ever wanted to do since I was in 5th grade is be a Dance Teacher. Thank you for allowing me to do that. I was blessed to be part of all your lives.

The show will go on as always. I hope to make it our best show ever. How can we go wrong when it’s DISNEY!

Very truly yours – IN DANCE,

Miss Kathy

This is a business sale, not a property sale; the building’s ownership is not changing. (Side note: It’s not one of the buildings that the recent West Seattle Junction Historical Survey deemed potentially eligible for landmark status, though – see page 13 here – it’s one of the oldest buildings in The Junction.)

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