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BIZNOTES: Five updates, from A to Z

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:

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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.”

New opening date for West Seattle Whole Foods Market: Summer 2018

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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.”

She added:

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.

BIZNOTES: Bakery Nouveau, Click! Design That Fits, Arthur’s

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).

LSG Sky Chefs found in violation of Seattle’s minimum-wage law

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).

FITBODY SOLUTIONS: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

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:

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(WSB photo: Rick Cavender & Dave Williams)

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.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Where and when you can shop on Christmas Eve

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.

VIDEO: Big night for little West Seattleites with Caspar Babypants @ Easy Street

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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.

Nope.

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.

BIZNOTES: HomeStreet, Lodge, Cactus

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:

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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.

BIZNOTE: PCC West Seattle staying open through spring

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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.

BIZNOTES: Admiral Theater, Raven’s Nest West, Merryweather Books, Wildwood Market

December 7, 2016 12:42 pm
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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.

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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.)

BIZNOTE: After 9 years, Atomic Boys’ Admiral store to close in January

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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!

Your neighbors,

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.

FOLLOWUP: Opening day for Alair

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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.

HAPPENING NOW: John L. Scott West Seattle grand opening; Click! Design That Fits pop-up

December 1, 2016 7:30 pm
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Two events happening right now in The Junction:

JOHN L. SCOTT GRAND OPENING: Until 9 pm, it’s the grand-opening celebration for the John L. Scott Real Estate office that is now in the former JF Henry building at 4445 California SW:
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In our photo with West Seattle JLS owner Tyler McKenzie (left) and wife Marguerite Carlson (right) are the Marine Corps’ Sgt. Adriana Perez and Corporal Takalee Pierce, on hand to collect new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

CLICK! POP-UP SHOP: Until 8 pm at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s a pop-up shop with Madi May Design:

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In the photo shared by Click! are Madi and Quincy, with their handmade-in-Seattle waxed canvas bags.

P.S. The next three weeks, you’re invited to The Junction for Shop Late Thursdays as part of Hometown Holidays, with many shops open until 9 pm.

West Seattle Realty: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

We’re welcoming West Seattle Realty to the WSB sponsor team today. Here’s what they want you to know about their business:

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(From left: Christine Mayes, Tracy Kipp, Shelby White, Karen Whorton, Hayley Martin Hampton)

You belong in our neighborhood. West Seattle Realty welcomes you to the warmth and comfort of community here. We’re a homegrown agency with highly engaged local leadership. Shelby White, owner and founding broker, started the business in 2006 based on his affinity for the culture and values of this stunningly beautiful, down-to-earth place. In fact, the whole team of brokers and staff at the agency are devoted, long-term residents.

Whether you are looking for a new home or getting ready to sell the one you live in now, West Seattle Realty is ready to help. We take pleasure in making the process easier. Our knowledge base and professional network span the whole peninsula of West Seattle as well as White Center, Burien, Georgetown, South Park, and Beacon Hill. We know the terrain and character of each area on a block-by-block basis.

Give us a call – 206-935-0503 – or come by for a cup of coffee at our office in The Admiral District, 2641 42nd Ave SW.

We thank West Seattle Realty 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.

NEW WEST SEATTLE BUSINESS: Community General Store

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Meet Nancy and Kristin. They e-mailed to let us know they have opened a new business at 5214 Delridge Way SW, the Community General Store, starting part time, expecting to go full time in February or March. No, it’s not a retail shop:

We are a community center and library of things to support members in living life with more joy and less waste. Membership allows you access to a collection of useful and beautiful things that are wonderful to use but hard to store: outdoor gear, things for raising young children, food dehydrators, mending kits, boot polish and simple repair, and also a collection of local, handmade art.

Additionally, any time our doors are open, we’re hosting events. Right now we’re really enjoying Make and Mend, where we share basic sewing tools and encourage each other’s various projects. When our kitchen opens up later this winter, we’re excited for Cook and Play, an event where you learn kitchen skills (we’ll explore fermentation, bread and snack making, local food, various low-impact eating plans and more!) while your kids hang out and play.

For starters, they are offering “family-friendly neighborhood events” on Tuesdays: “Make and mend, cook and play, walk and gather: 9 am-12:30 pm Tuesday mornings, 3 pm-4:35 pm Tuesday afternoons in November and December,” plus a Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm (updated) December 16th. Find out more about their plans and programs at thecommunitygeneralstore.com.

HAPPENING NOW: Shop Small Saturday around West Seattle

November 26, 2016 12:40 pm
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12:40 PM: Alki Beach was our first stop on a spot-check of local small businesses as this year’s Shop Small Saturday continues. Coastal Boutique at 58th SW and Alki Ave, to be specific. Lots of beach gear – even if you’re going to a faraway beach (swimwear is always in stock, but hard to find elsewhere this time of year. But popular items include apparel at the other end of the weather spectrum, like this “commuter jacket” from Mia Melon:

Next – we’re headed to Admiral, The Junction, and Morgan Junction!

ADDED 1:25 PM: Alki Bike and Board is one of your potential Shop Small Saturday stops in Admiral, on California just south of Admiral Way:

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That’s Will with one of the hybrid electric bikes in stock at AB&B. We continued southbound to The Junction, where Menashe and Sons Jewelers (4532 California SW; WSB sponsor) proprietor Jack Menashe paused to pose with Father Christmas, one of the shop’s many unique Christmas decorations:

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Christmas decorations, you’re probably well aware, are a big thing for the Menashe family. Meantime, The Junction is decked with garlands, and the sidewalks bustled during a break in the rain. We stopped at toy store Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW), where proprietor Ann Walker pointed out that their selection of books just keeps expanding:

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Outside CKS, we happened onto one of West Seattle’s most famous parents, County Executive Dow Constantine, with daughter Sabrina, out shopping and dining – which reminds us: Some local eating/drinking spots are having Shop Small Saturday specials too (some are on the list that the West Seattle Junction Association put together for today).

ADDED 1:53 PM: Just heard from co-proprietor Lori McConnell at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – they’re offering 10 percent off today, among other things.

ADDED 2:52 PM: Now, to Morgan Junction, which has an increasingly thriving retail area. We stopped by the south end, where you’ll find My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor). Lots of kid stuff here including Seahawks-fan gear for even the tiniest 12s:

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M3LB is having a BOGO-half-off sale today. A short distance north, you’ll also find sales at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor). And again, all of the above is only a sampling of Shop Small Saturday – you still have a few hours to get out to your favorite local indie businesses (or discover new ones!) – and they’ll be happy to see you all season/year long, too.

The Lodge Sports Grille’s owner says West Seattle opening imminent despite ‘filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The company that’s expected to open The Lodge Sports Grille in The Junction, first announced a year and a half ago, has filed for Chapter 11, and it’s not the first such filing for its owner.

The Lodge’s current locations remain open, and Lodge owner Shawn Roten tells WSB tonight via e-mail that the year-and-a-half-in-the-works West Seattle restaurant/bar could be just one week away from opening: “The West Seattle Lodge opening date is planned for next Friday as long as the fire alarm integration can be completed and signed so we can get our final inspections! The filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization will not affect any other part of our business. Our vendors and suppliers are all current and the filing is only meant to allow our tax debt to be structured into payment terms.”

The Chapter 11 filing by Lodge Holdings Company lists 10 DBAs including West Seattle Lodge and locations in Downtown, Kirkland, Greenwood, the Stadium area, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Sammamish, and Renton. It was first reported Wednesday by The Seattle Times, whose story says Renton is also an opening-soon location. Several WSB readers sent us the link, and we have been looking into it since then, including obtaining all the documents filed so far, via online US Bankruptcy Court files. Read More

Black Friday 2016 shopping, West Seattle style!

Never mind the malls – you’ll find Black Friday sales at some independent West Seattle stores too – including these two (who are both WSB sponsors):

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THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: TRG is celebrating its fifth anniversary and giving you the gifts – discounts in-store and online, all weekend: “10-15 percent off most guitars, basses, amplifiers and pedals – hundreds of fantastic items!” In our photo above, taken this morning at Thunder Road Guitars‘ Junction shop (4736 California SW), are Frank and Will. TRG is open until 6 tonight, 10 am-6 pm tomorrow, 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

MEEPLES GAMES: The big sale at Meeples Games also continues tomorrow for Shop Small Saturday. We found a line of shoppers already scoring at sale prices this morning:

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It’s a 40 percent-off sale, with details on Meeples’ website – including extra discounts if you bring in donations for their food drive to help the West Seattle Food Bank. And if you’re not sure what to get your giftees – here’s a long list of suggestions – including this cute local-relevant game we photographed at Meeples even before seeing that list:

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Meeples (where you’ll also find a café) is upstairs at 3727 California SW.

Coming up later – our Shop Small Saturday preview! Haven’t sent us your business’s plans yet? Not too late – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

Origins Recreational: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

The first recreational cannabis store to open in West Seattle, Origins Recreational, is now in its new Junction location, and has just joined the WSB sponsor team. Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:

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Origins Recreational is unique in that we pride ourselves on selecting top-quality products from farms who share the same passion and values in cannabis. Origins has spent significant time and resources in creating what we believe to be the first scientific approach to recommending the correct products based on the cannabinoid and terpene profiles. We provide consumers a loyal brand they can be confident in consuming. Origins Recreational pulled away from the pack of cannabis retailers by establishing the Origins Certified™ seal, providing buyers confidence in tested products. All products containing the Origins Certified seal have undergone phenotype terpene testing and pesticide screening. Cultivating a strong relationship with partnered gardens, Origins works with each grower individually to provide the highest quality product, assuring responsible, sustainable farming practices were used to grow it.

Located in West Seattle, our brand is all about the Pacific Northwest and showcasing the natural beauty it offers. Origins‘ local roots trace back to Better Day Gardens, a medical dispensary founded in 2011, so it is a true West Seattle original. For West Seattle locals, they no longer have to go far to purchase their flower, concentrates or edibles.

Origins clients mostly comment on our clean, comfortable environment, superior selection of artisan gardens, and educated cannabis guides. We have heard how excited West Seattle residents are that we made our move into the area. We have worked feverishly to build trust with the community and our patrons. Customers can trust that Origins has taken the extra steps to ensure they are getting the best quality and safest product at the best value.  We believe this is why new customers seek us and will return. 

Origins Recreational is at 4800 40th SW, with ample parking behind the store. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 11:30 pm. and Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm. Phone: 206-922-3954. Origins will be open Thanksgiving Day (November 24th), 10 am-5 pm.

We thank Origins Recreational 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.

NEW WEST SEATTLE BUSINESS: Raven’s Nest West soft-opens Friday in The Junction

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A Vashon Island gallery and gift shop is expanding to add a West Seattle location, just in time for holiday-shopping season. You might have seen the sign in the window at 4400 SW Alaska: Raven’s Nest West is opening this Friday. Co-proprietor Sue Shotridge shares the announcement of the business offering what she describes as “authentic high-quality Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts”:

Sue & Israel Shotridge have been partners in business for over 25 years. Israel is a Master Tlingit Artist/ Carver from Ketchikan, Alaska, Sue wears many hats, Jewelry Designer, and Sales, Marketing & Production Director for Shotridge Studios, the Shotridges’ multifaceted NWC Native Art business. The Shotridges established their flagship Raven’s Nest Native Art Gallery & Gift Shop on Vashon Island in 2010. Many of their customers have been coming over to Vashon from West Seattle and urging them to open up a Raven’s Nest in the West Seattle area.

The opportunity to create a stepping stone, a charming intimate Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts shop, was presented in early September when 4400 Alaska was completed and ready for tenants at a very busy Junction location. There was one live/work space available on the street level; the Shotridges saw this as an opportunity to extend their business to the West Seattle community to see what interest there would be in marketing NWC Native art here. If it is well-received, future plans are to find a bigger location in a prime spot.

Holiday Business Hours will include Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Hours may vary, with extended hours closer to the holiday. Check ravensnestwest.com for additional info in the near future.

Ravens Nest West will offer authentic Northwest Coast Native Art & Gifts. Original Wood & Ivory carvings, Limited Edition Art Prints, Hand Engraved Jewelry, Cedar bark Basketry, Seal Fur Jewelry Accessories, Native Art Cards, Holiday Tree Ornaments, many other gift items all in Native imagery, stocking stuffers and much more. In addition to the Shotridges’ artworks created by Sue, Autumn, and Israel Shotridge, a small group of tribal Artists from around the Pacific Northwest Coast will show their artworks at Raven’s Nest West on a regular basis. Art works to be included will be carvings, cedarbark basketry, contemporary glass, deerskin drums, engraved jewelry along with ceramics depicting NWC imagery. A selection of fine apparel including scarfs, shawls and embroidered fleece along with many other native designed gift items will be available.

Sue Shotridge adds that Raven’s Nest West plans a grand opening during the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk on December 8th.

BIZNOTES: Carmilia’s & Itto’s anniversaries, True Value open house, West Seattle Chamber’s holiday kickoff

November 18, 2016 8:23 pm
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Four biznotes tonight:

CARMILIA’S TURNS 14: The Junction boutique Carmilia’s is celebrating the shop’s 14th anniversary, with one more day of specials. 11 am-6 pm tomorrow, discounts will range from 14 percent to 56 percent, and proprietor Linda Sabee promises “Bubbly and snacks served all day.” (4528 California SW)

ITTO’S TURNS 1: On the north end of The Junction, Itto’s Tapas (WSB sponsor) celebrates its one-year anniversary on Monday (November 21st). Here’s the plan for this weekend and Monday:

To honor their beginnings, they will have brunch specials this weekend, as well as reverting to their first menu on Monday the 21st; Basque eggs, Charmoula Prawns with Candied Sage, as well as others will be highlighted. If you had any old favorites that you’ve been missing, Nov. 21st through Dec. 1st will be the time to dive into them. Thank you, West Seattle, for being such an amazing community! We can’t wait to celebrate together.

Brunch is 9 am-2 pm Saturday and Sunday at Itto’s, which is on the northeast corner of California and Genesee.

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which is full of open houses and bazaars for this weekend and beyond, one of the biggest is tomorrow at Junction True Value (WSB sponsor). Christmas carolers, homemade cookies, hot apple cider, free popcorn, free gifts, spin-to-win prizes, drawings for a Weber gas grill and kids’ bikes. Plus – an ugly-sweater contest. Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. And shop the huge selection of Christmas lights/decorations, among everything else JTV offers. (4747 44th SW)

WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS: One big event down, one to go for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce:

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We photographed Melanie, Stephanie, and Curt from Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) during the Chamber’s After-Hours event last night at Westwood Village, which started at Wyatt’s.

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Next up for the Chamber is the holiday party Mix, Mingle, and Jingle, 5:30-8 pm on December 8th at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander) – plenty to eat, drink, and bid on. Tickets are available now via this page on the Chamber’s website.

HAPPENING NOW: 4 Morgan merchants’ Ladies Night shopping event

November 17, 2016 7:19 pm
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In our photo above is Malika Siddiq, proprietor of Lika Love Boutique (6031 California SW), northernmost stop on tonight’s “Ladies Night” shopping event in Morgan Junction. As previewed here, all four participating shops are offering specials and treats – at Lika Love, you’ll find cupcakes:

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Heading south from Lika Love, next stop is Nurture by Nature Spa (6307 California SW). Then continue on to Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor):

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Proprietor Mark Bremen says they’re geared up for ski season. And you’ll find something for Seahawks/Sounders fans too:

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Don’t miss tonight’s southernmost stop, My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor), where you’ll find proprietor Jennifer Young, at left in our photo below with Brynne:

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Need fall footwear for YOUR little bird(s)? That’s just some of what you’ll find:

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If you haven’t gone yet – get a “passport” to be stamped at all four businesses, and that’ll get you entered in a gift certificate drawing.

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