West Seattle, Washington
Remodeling work is about to resume at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral. We reported on the work and some of the changes in September and in October. The work was paused for the holiday season, and now MM has sent an open letter to the community with word on what’s happening now and what’s coming up, including a chance to drop by next Thursday night (February 23rd) between 7 and 8:30 pm to talk with MM president/CEO Todd Korman and Admiral store director Paul Marth. You can see the letter here as a PDF, and embedded below:
More community giving! $2,300 for the West Seattle Food Bank Backpack Program – which ensures that local students in need don’t go hungry when school’s not in session – from Origins Enterprises (whose recreational-cannabis shop is in The Junction at 4800 40th SW and is a WSB sponsor) and Gold Leaf Gardens, from a holiday-season drive in partnership with the community. You can help the Backpack Program too; here’s how.
Thanks to Jen Calleja for the tip – multiple White Center businesses are closed today for the Day Without Immigrants protest against the federal crackdown on immigrants. We stopped by some of the businesses she mentioned – above, the sign at Greenbridge Café; below, the signs at Salvadorean Bakery and Best Roasted Corn:
And Jen sent this collage of other businesses she found closed, including Deli Garcia in South Delridge:
We haven’t seen/heard of any other West Seattle closures – if you have, please let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302.
Meantime, there’s news about the court fight over the presidential order on immigration – according to a news release from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying a federal appeals court was notified that “the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order” to eliminate constitutional concerns. Ferguson’s reaction: “Let’s be clear: Today’s court filing by the federal government recognizes the obvious — the President’s current Executive Order violates the Constitution.”
You’re invited to nominate somebody – and/or someplace – for this year’s Westside Awards, to be presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on May 4th.
The categories again this year are:
Westside Business of the Year
Westside Emerging Business of the Year
Westside Not-for-Profit of the Year
Westsider of the Year
The nomination form is online, here. It includes more information on the criteria for each category. Nominees do NOT have to be WS Chamber members, nor do those sending in nomination(s). You can see who’s won in recent years by going here. Nominate someone/someplace (yes, you can send in multiple nominations) by March 6th!
Fleurt, the West Seattle Junction’s flower and gift shop, has rejoined the WSB sponsor team for Valentine season 2017, and wants you to know:
*Extended hours Monday (10 am-6 pm) and Tuesday (8 am until 6 or 7)
*Pickups available today through Tuesday
*Fleurt delivers in West Seattle and throughout the metro area – same-day delivery available
*Order online, fleurtseattle.com
*Call direct for orders, 206-937-1103
*Follow Fleurt on Instagram for a special Valentine’s Day giveaway
*”Flowers are Fleurt’s specialty – but don’t forget, we are a gift shop filled with goodies. Some of our favorites are jewelry, perfume, candles, lotions, scarves, plants and terrariums.”
*Also doing a pop-up shop at Cupcake Royale in West Seattle and pop-up shops in Anthropologie Downtown and Anthro University Village, Tuesday 2/14 11 am to 5 pm. Many regular customers have placed pre-orders for convenient pickup downtown and the University village location.
(Photo credit Josiah Michael Photography)
Three West Seattle business notes:
WILDWOOD MARKET, PHASE 1: Lonjina Verdugo is all smiles as phase 1 of Wildwood Market has soft-opened in Fauntleroy at 9214 45th SW. They’re starting with sandwiches, soup, and more, for take-out or dine-in:
NEW MORGAN JUNCTION BUSINESS: At 6965 California SW, what long was West Seattle Kids Salon (before a brief stint as a campaign office for now-Congressmember Pramila Jayapal) is now a martial-arts studio. Greta from Capoeira Brasil Seattle says that in addition to classes, their space is also “available for hourly rental for other movement arts such as yoga and dance instruction.”
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS ADDS ANOTHER PHOTO-SESSION DAY: Steps away at 6959 California SW, My Three Little Birds has just begun three days of Valentine photo sessions.
Today and Saturday are sold out, proprietor Jennifer Young tells us, so a third session was added 11 am-2 pm Sunday. Come to the store or e-mail photographer Rachel McGuire ASAP to book time on Sunday.
Her address is email@example.com – you get three images for $40.
“We’ll see you around the neighborhood,” Kent Sadow assured a family that just stopped in to say goodbye in the final hours of the Admiral District retro-toys-candy-and-more shop he and wife Parris Sadow opened nine years ago.
The full name, Max and Quinn’s Atomic Boys Shop-O-Rama, is in honor of their sons – now college and high-school students, respectively. The Sadows announced in early December that they would close the shop rather than renew the lease again. And this is closing day – they’ll likely be there until about 5 pm. Not much is left to sell – party supplies, mostly – but they still have some fixtures and other items to clear out after they put up the CLOSED sign for good. Some will be donated, and some, they say, will be kept because they’re not sure what the future holds – might be more retail, someday!
P.S. One thing that’s definitely not for sale – the retro Coca-Cola bottle-vending machine by the door. Don’t even ask!
(Thanks to Gina for the tip.)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
What Bonnie Katz Sailors‘ business is all about can be measured, in part, with numbers – inches, pounds, repetitions.
This week, Fitness Together West Seattle is about one big number: Ten.
That’s how many years her personal-training studio at 4546 California SW (a WSB sponsor since 2008) in The Junction has been open, helping people get and stay fit.
Ten years is a massive milestone for any business, and Fitness Together West Seattle will celebrate with an open house this Saturday (January 28th).
Bonnie has been working in fitness and health for a long time. Before opening FT West Seattle in 2007, she was a personal trainer at an Eastside gym, and worked on a diabetes-research program at the University of Washington.
Personal training is what Fitness Together West Seattle offers. “All we do is one-on-one personal training,” Bonnie explains. And that means they can customize for every client. “We’re not locked into any (specific) type of training … we can do anything. That’s what I like about this – we can do crossfit-type workouts, physical-therapy exercises, train for specific events, or anything the client wants to work on.”
The setting is a point of differentiation, too. Since it’s a private setting, in a bright studio on the second floor, “we have some people who don’t like the gym, don’t want to work out in front of other people, people who want the more private, personal setting.”
They serve a wide range of ages, too. And along with getting fit, you can get some myths debunked – “Some people think they have to be in shape” to start working with a trainer, Bonnie says. “We really start people where they are – at ground zero.” You’ll be assessed for your strengths and weaknesses. You might need to work on basic joint mobility before you can do “real exercise.” Or, you might already be so fit, it’s just about fixing your form.
Squatting and pressing are among the “basic foundational things,” and they’re “functional things that everybody needs,” she explains – how to get up out of a chair, up the stairs.
The need for a healthy body that works well never changes. So what has changed for Fitness Together West Seattle in 10 years?
Communication methods, for one – text messages are more common than phone calls.
She has a staff of five trainers; the director of trainers is her husband Duncan Sailors, who was her second employee. They’re celebrating their third anniversary this week, in fact.
As Duncan joins the conversation, he and Bonnie enthusiastically point out that the idea of fitness has “transitioned from a body-part-focused idea to a movement-focused idea – the idea that the body is one piece and moves as one piece,” so the training they do has “transitioned into more-functional movements. … It’s not so much about working and building and getting sore.” And they look at other components of your physical fitness too, such as nutrition, which they point out is much more than “calories in/calories out.”
Duncan adds, “Machines put you in a box … we teach the skills of exercise, the proper form.”
So, about that party on Saturday:
It’s an open house, so you’re welcome to stop by, 4-6 pm. (They’re upstairs, with the entry on the alley.) “We’re going to honor some of our longtime clients,” too, and there’ll be raffles with prizes from other local businesses. Food will be from two West Seattle providers, Duos Catering and Nibbles, and dessert from Dolcetta Artisan Sweets (a FT client). They’ll have a “train the trainer” session with a client who won a holiday-season contest.
And if you’re not already a client, note that FT does have room for new clients; they’re open 6 am-9 pm Mondays-Fridays, 6 am-3 pm Saturdays, closed Sundays. If you want to give them a try, they have trial weeks, Bonnie says, and you can sign up for anything from one session to a year of sessions. You’re not paying for a membership to the space, Bonnie and Duncan point out – you’re paying for time with trainers. You can contact FTWS online (or phone – 206-938-7828).
Story and photos by Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The green sign on the door at John’s Corner Deli (7500 35th SW) is a fond farewell to customers of Christina Yun and her brother Peter Choo. The pair bought the deli four years ago, their first venture into entrepreneurialism. With no other employees, keeping the store open from 7 am to 9 pm seven days a week, they’ve worked long, hard hours.
“I enjoyed it,” Yun said. “I learned a lot. I love my customers and my neighbors.”
But it ends February 1, since the owners of the property, Clearview Eye and Laser, have other plans. Read More
(WSB file photo: Marco & Christine @ Office Junction)
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Five business notes this afternoon, which happen to span A to Z …
ADMIRAL THEATER: Admiral Neighborhood Association president Larry Wymer mentioned at the January meeting earlier this week that the fourth new auditorium at the historic Admiral Theater would open today. We went by just before the day’s screening schedule began, and indeed, it has:
The newest to open is Pier 4 – our photo shows just a corner of it – go see for yourself! You can see the theater’s schedule here – current movies are “Hidden Figures,” “Patriots Day,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and “Sing.”
ARTHUR’S: Also at the ANA meeting, Arthur’s proprietors talked about the “all-day breakfast café” – something they thought was missing in this area – that they are bringing to the former Angelina’s spot at 2311 California SW (as reported here in November). “We’re locals at heart.” As is so common with new businesses, it’s taking time to get everything done, so now they are hoping to open next month.
ALAIR GRAND OPENING: The gift shop that opened last month in part of the former Curves space at 3280 California SW will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow, 10 am-7 pm, and you’re invited. Alair proprietor Shandon Graybeal tells WSB, “We will have Nibbles Food Truck, wine, beer, and champagne, and tons of raffles, samples, giveaways, and sales throughout the day.”
BIG AL BREWING CLOSING: As reported Thursday on our partner site White Center Now, almost 8 1/2 years of fun at Big Al Brewing in White Center is coming to an end after tomorrow – they’re closing. So if it’s a favorite spot of yours, you’ll want to go hang out Saturday, 1-10 pm – they’ll have the game on!
ZIPPYDOGS AWARD: Congratulations to Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson, co-proprietors of Morgan Junction-headquartered promotional-products provider ZippyDogs, for winning “Business of the Year” from the Greater Seattle Business Association. The award will be presented at the GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards dinner at the waterfront Marriott on February 16th. One other West Seattleite will be honored that night, according to the GSBA’s news release about the awards: King County Executive Dow Constantine will receive special recognition as a “Voice for Economic Justice.”
After a few recent reader questions about the status of West Seattle’s future Whole Foods Market, planned for the north side of The Whittaker (WSB sponsor), we checked around – and just found out the new timeframe for its opening.
When last we checked, in June of last year, a Whole Foods spokesperson told WSB that the store was expected to open in the “second half of 2017.”
This afternoon, responding to our inquiry about the current timeline, Susan Livingston from Whole Foods told WSB: “We look forward to opening our doors in Summer, 2018.”
I’m delighted to share that we’ve updated our plans since we last shared them with your readers. Some of the new features include the addition of a tap room with lots of seating, an expanded Prepared Foods department with additional venues, and improved pedestrian connections. As with any project, weather and other factors can impact our schedule, but we’ll share details about our grand opening as we get closer to the actual date.
Livingston says that the “new features” are part of what has pushed back the timeline, and that it’s not unusual for “big-box anchor tenants” in projects like this to take longer than first expected.
When construction of The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW) began two years ago, WF was the only signed commercial tenant. Then last August, four more tenants were announced – MOD Pizza, BECU, CityMD, and T-Mobile, as shown in the latest site map above (the yellow spaces are still available, and one of them – AOL – is set aside for a restaurant). The aforementioned already-announced businesses are expected to open later this year, as are the apartments in the north building – the south building at The Whittaker is already leasing.
Three brief biznotes this morning:
BAKERY NOUVEAU CLOSURE AHEAD: While in The Junction this morning to check out the return of the Farmers’ Market, we noticed this sign on the door at Bakery Nouveau:
They’re open until 7 tonight, and after that, you’re out of luck until 6 am Thursday.
CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS ON WINTER BREAK: Also in The Junction, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is on winter break for the next three weeks. Before heading out on break, Click!’s John Smersh posted an update on how co-proprietor-and-spouse Frances Smersh is doing, a little over a year after going public with her diagnosis of Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Meantime – Frances, John, and staff will be happy to see you again starting at 10 am Saturday, January 28th.
ARTHUR’S UPDATE @ ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Back in November, we reported on the new restaurant on the way to the former Angelina’s space at 2311 California in The Admiral District. Tuesday, you can get an in-person update from the proprietors when they make a guest appearance at the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s January meeting. All welcome, 7 pm Tuesday (January 10th) at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander).
After an almost-two-year investigation, LSG Sky Chefs, which has run an airline-catering facility in the West Seattle Triangle, has been found by the city to have violated the minimum-wage law. Here’s the announcement just sent out:
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) found that LSG Sky Chefs violated Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, and has ordered the company to pay $210,213 in lost wages plus interest to 156 employees and $109,320 in liquidated damages. OLS also levied $15,500 in penalties for first time violations and failure to cooperate with its investigation. The total amount assessed was $335,033.
“This is a significant financial order,” said Dylan Orr, Director of OLS. “Many Sky Chefs workers can expect to receive the equivalent of two weeks’ pay as part of the final settlement, which will make a real difference in their lives. The City of Seattle is committed to holding large employers accountable to our labor standards laws, and ensuring that workers receive all of the money they have earned.”
Under terms of the final order, employees who were denied their full wages will receive shares of the $319,533 ordered based on their hours worked. Some employees will receive as much as $6,976; the mean amount will be approximately $1,936.
OLS also ordered Sky Chefs to pay 1.75 times the unpaid wages to employees for hours worked after January 16, 2016, when the City of Seattle increased the remedies and protections available to workers, including liquidated damages for up to twice the unpaid wages. OLS also assessed an additional $5,000 penalty against the company for impeding the investigation and approximately $100 per employee whose rights were violated on or after January 16, 2016.
The original complaint alleged that Sky Chefs failed to increase wages for its Seattle-based employees once the City’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015. OLS ordered the company to respond on April 23, 2015, but Sky Chefs chose to challenge the wage claim by arguing that it was exempt from Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance under a provision of the federal Railway Labor Act. A delay in the investigation resulted when the assigned case investigator went on maternity leave and OLS transferred the case to another investigator; a delay of 2-3 months occurred when Sky Chefs changed its legal counsel. The investigation was further delayed when Sky Chefs released weekly payroll records for 165 employees to OLS investigators in a non-alphabetized stack of 14,000 individual pieces of paper, resulting in investigators’ spending 201 hours to calculate individual employees’ wages, shift differentials and overtime payments over a period of 4 months.
“Employees of Sky Chefs have waited a long time to receive what they’re owed, and I thank them for their patience as we pursued this long, complex investigation,” said Orr.
The Stranger reported on the investigation last year and said Sky Chefs had about 55 West Seattle employees. The company’s website currently shows its “Seattle” location as a site in SeaTac, but has a business license in Seattle city files for the Triangle site (4600 37th SW).
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor – FitBody Solutions, two well-experienced Personal Trainers from the West Seattle area, Dave Williams and Rick Cavender. Here’s what they’d like you to know about their business:
You might remember these guys from a corporate gym in the area; Dave and Rick decided that it was time for change. The biggest reason was they left was to provide a better personal-training experience for their clients and the people of the West Seattle area.
The two of them combined have more than 15 years of experience, 25,000+ session hours, a 4-year degree in exercise science from WWU, and 10 certifications from different fitness organizations including NASM, NSCA, and NPTI.
At FitBody Solutions, their passion is to help change lives through fitness, by encouraging, motivating, and inspiring people to reach their fitness goals. With their guidance, they will hold you accountable and work with you, no matter what age or fitness level. From couch potato to 5k to ironman, they will get you where you want to be.
Here are things people are saying about FitBody Solutions:
“Incredibly knowledgeable, fun, caring”
“Will cure whatever ails you and help you achieve more than you think you can do”
“Best Trainers Ever, such great guys, they know their stuff”
“The best new personal training studio in West Seattle with awesome owners/trainers”
“Great workouts and great trainers, worth getting out of bed for”
Spend your mornings with Dave and Rick. Start the New Year off right at FitBody Solutions, offering 5 am, 6 am, or 7 am results-driven bootcamps on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Also at 9 am Saturday mornings. They offer a Senior Fitcamp at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help older adults gain strength, balance, flexibility, and pain-free movement. There is something for everyone, so check them out at 1521 SW 98th.
We thank FitBody Solutions 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.
Maybe you’re a procrastinator like your editor here, and/or just haven’t had much time. Whatever the reason – if you still have gift shopping to do tomorrow (Saturday, December 24th), here are the independent local businesses that have told us they’ll be open:
Again & Again/Kid-Friendly Footwear* – Noon-5 pm
Atomic Boys – 10 am-2 pm
Avalon Glassworks – 10 am-2 pm
Bartell Drugs, Jefferson Square – until 11 pm
Beer Junction – Open until 7 pm (see comment with more details)
Click! Design That Fits* – 10 am-5 pm
Curious Kidstuff – 10 am-4 pm
Easy Street Records – 9 am-5 pm
Emerald Water Anglers* – 10 am-4 pm
Junction TrueValue* – 8 am-4 pm
Meeples Games* – 10 am-6 pm
Menashe & Sons Jewelers* – 10 am-4 pm
Mountain to Sound Outfitters – 10 am-4 pm
My Three Little Birds* – 10 am-4 pm
Origins* – 9 am-8 pm
Pet Elements – 10 am-4 pm
Second Gear Sports* – 10 am-4 pm
Tap Station – Open until 5 pm
Thunder Road Guitars* – 10 am-1 pm
West Seattle Wine Cellars – 11 am-7 pm
Wyatt’s Jewelers* – 10 am-4 pm
Zamboanga – 10 am-4 pm
(Asterisked businesses are WSB sponsors)
Any other retailers open tomorrow? Tell us your hours in a comment – or e-mail us – and we’ll add you to the list! Meantime, if you’re looking for restaurants open on Christmas Eve (and/or Day), that list is here; grocery-store closing times are in our Holiday Guide.
7:55 AM SATURDAY: We’ve added to the list and will continue to do so if we hear from more.
When we heard Caspar Babypants was coming to Easy Street Records in The Junction for a week-before-Christmas in-store performance, we wondered if maybe he’d swap the trademark yellow T-shirt for something a little more winter-holiday-ish … or at least sport a Santa hat.
CB’s new release, however, is holiday-ish – “Winter Party!” features some seasonal tunes. We got to ESR a bit late, though, and the song we recorded on video tonight was more evergreen – performed by request:
Doesn’t have to jingle for the wee ones to dance, as you can see.
P.S. Another reminder – Easy Street has another special visitor on Sunday – Cocoa Cris Cringle stops in, 4-9 pm, for super-fun photo sessions to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank.
Three West Seattle biznotes:
LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT HOMESTREET BANK: Change at the top for West Seattle’s branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) – vice president Melodie Van Houten has left to lead the Federal Way branch, and Nam Le is West Seattle’s new branch manager. They posed with Santa during last Friday’s open house in West Seattle:
Van Houten was active with many West Seattle community organizations during her time here, including the Chamber of Commerce. Federal Way is much closer to where she lives. P.S. Another holiday event is coming up Friday at the Junction branch of HomeStreet (4022 SW Alaska) – which marks its third anniversary this month – a mini-bazaar noon-5 pm, with local vendors plus cocoa and cookies for visitors.
THE LODGE IS OPEN: Also in The Junction – thanks to the commenters who’ve pointed out that The Lodge Sports Grille has opened its West Seattle location (4209 SW Alaska), a year and a half after first word that it was on the way. We last wrote about it November 25th, noting that proprietor Shawn Roten said it would be opening despite the parent company’s Chapter 11 filing, which continues to make its way through the court system; all Lodge locations remain open.
CACTUS REOPENS TODAY: As mentioned here December 4th, Cactus at 2820 Alki SW has been closed for a little over a week for a “10-year refresh.” General manager Darin Kawabata tells WSB the work is on schedule, and that Cactus will reopen today, as expected.
(Rendering by strong>Hewitt, from September Design Review meeting)
As we’ve been reporting since last summer, PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) will have a new, bigger store in the mixed-use development that is being built on the site of its current location. Today, PCC VP Heather Snavely has this update on the timeline:
This summer we announced that our West Seattle location will be redeveloped and, as a result, temporarily close in early 2017. We’re pleased to share that, based on the current development schedule, the store will remain open into May 2017.
We’re happy that we could be part of the holiday season this year with the West Seattle community, and will provide more details on timing of the closure as they solidify.
PCC is and will continue to be a tenant at 2749 California SW in The Admiral District; the site was bought by Madison Development Group, which is planning a four-story building with 110+ apartments. The project passed the first phase of Design Review three months ago and has at least one more review meeting to go, no date set yet.
Four biznotes to share:
ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE CHANGE: As the Admiral Theater (2343 California SW) continues its transformation into a 4-auditorium moviehouse, it’s hoping to get the last two done in time for next week’s premiere of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” So before you plan a trip to the movies, check their schedule, which is updated to reflect the temporary changes.
RAVEN’S NEST WEST GRAND OPENING: We told you two weeks ago about this new Native art gallery/shop in The Junction. Tomorrow night during the West Seattle Art Walk, Raven’s Nest West proprietors Sue and Israel Shotridge are celebrating its grand opening:
They will offer tribal songs, drummed by a small group of Alaskan Native tribal members.There will be members from the Eagle and Raven clans to bring a sense of cultural balance and harmony to the Nest.
Original Northwest Coast Native art along with limited-edition art prints, ivory sculptures and wood carvings will be displayed. A wonderful collection of Native engraved sterling silver jewelry along with contemporary silver, copper and brass pieces will be featured. Native designed Holiday Art cards, ornaments and many other gift options depicting Native imagery in all price ranges will be offered. Great stocking stuffers too!
Raven’s Nest will offer refreshments and will be gifting small tokens to all visitors during the art walk at its Grand Opening. The Shotridges also just launched shotridge.com, which is a wonderful ecommerce that is associated with the Raven’s Nest. Customers will be able to place orders online at shotridge.com and pick up their orders at the Raven’s Nest West to eliminate shipping costs.
Business Hours currently are Thursdays thru Sundays 11 am – 6 pm; however, we have been adjusting them from previous postings till we figure out what will work best for the location.
Raven’s Nest West is at 4557 Glenn Way.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, AT MERRYWEATHER BOOKS: 6-9 pm during Thursday’s Art Walk, Merryweather Books (4537 California SW) will be featuring West Seattle Scribes:
Seven West Seattle authors will be showcasing their books this Thursday during Art Walk night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Merryweather Books.
The authors are: Alice Kuder, Theresa McCormick, Arleen Williams, Christopher Anderson, Lisa Richesson, Janine A. Southard, and Cat Rambo. Art work by Theresa McCormick will also be on display. Come and enjoy free refreshments while viewing the art and talking with our local authors.
WILDWOOD MARKET: We’ve been asked how this new Fauntleroy business at 45th SW and Wildwood is progressing toward opening.
We asked co-proprietor Lonjina Verdugo, who says they don’t have a set date yet but: “We are close! Within the month, we hope. However something to mention that might help speed things along, we are officially hiring! We just posted on our site.” (The listing is also in the WSB Forums West Seattle Jobs Offered section, where local businesses can list local job openings for free.)
(WSB photo: Parris and Kent Sadow, photographed in 2013)
The store with a rocket in its logo is going to blast off early next year. Parris and Kent Sadow have just announced that they’ll close their Admiral District toys-and-candy shop (Max and Quinn’s) Atomic Boys (Shop-o-Rama) early next year:
Since 2008, Atomic Boys has provided West Seattle with retro toys, games, novelties and an extensive selection of the candy “you grew up with”. It’s been our pleasure to see our customers, young and old, rediscover these things and introduce them to the next generation.
After much deliberation, we have decided to close our storefront on Admiral Way when our lease ends at the end of January. Along with our sons, whom the store is named after, we have enjoyed being an active part of the business community and watching the various generations of kids grow up from elementary school to college age by being that “local shop” they look forward to going to. And as all things grow and develop, we are also considering new opportunities and exciting ideas.
Atomic Boys has plenty of new merchandise for holiday shopping as well as great deals and will be closing out back-stock and any remaining stock in January in a blow-out sale!
Thank you, West Seattle, for a super cool, fab, outta-sight nine years….and stay tuned!
Kent & Parris Sadow
Max & Quinn’s Atomic Boys, LLC
4311 SW Admiral Way
The Sadow family opened Atomic Boys in early 2008 after buying out Hart’s Cards and Gifts.
That’s Shandon Graybeal, proprietor of Alair (“Latin for ‘happy’,” she explains), which opened today at 3280 California SW (part of the ex-Curves space). It’s been just under two months since we reported on her plan for a “neighborhood gift shop“; late last night, she sent word the shop would open today. We took a quick look around and noted an eclectic lineup of merchandise – she calls it “girly” but we noted some things that you could give anyone – mugs, for example. Stop in and see for yourself; she’s open until 7 tonight – 10 am-7 pm will be her hours Tuesdays-Saturdays for starters, 11 am-6 pm on Sunday, closed Mondays, re-evaluating depending on how things go.