West Seattle, Washington
Local businesses give a lot to the community in ways you might not realize … sponsoring walk-a-thons and youth-sports teams, donating items to school auctions … and here’s a way you can partner with dozens of them to help: The West Seattle Junction Association will have its second annual Day of Giving six weeks from today, on April 29th. As announced by WSJA this week, 10 percent of the proceeds from your shopping and dining at participating Junction businesses that day will go to a variety of causes; watch for more information as the date gets closer. More than 30 businesses for the first Junction Day of Giving last year.
Three West Seattle business notes today:
RADIO SHACKS CLOSING: Thanks to Mike for the tip: Both West Seattle Radio Shacks now have big “CLOSING” banners out front. We stopped in the Westwood Village store (photo above) to ask for details – they say March 29th is their last day if they don’t sell everything out by then. (They couldn’t comment on whether the storefront would stay open as a Sprint store, which is happening with some RS locations co-housed with Sprint.) You might have suspected this if you’ve been following the national news about the chain’s woes.
WHAT’S GOING IN THE FORMER CASK: City permit-application files show that Kumon is seeking to open a tutoring center in the Admiral space where The Cask closed in 2014 (2350 California SW). We have an inquiry out to the company about their timeline.
EAT-PLAY-LOVE FAMILY LEARNING CENTER: This is a new business launched by local speech therapist/childhood-development specialist Tanna Neufeld, expanding her offerings “to offer a series of services for our West Seattle families.” They include playgroups, workshops, and more; her center is on the fourth floor of the Jefferson Square office building, 4700 42nd SW, Suite 447.
Thanks to Fleurt in The Junction for the tip on this: A nationwide outage is affecting businesses who use Square for payments. The company is updating its customers on this webpage, and saying it’s not sure how long it will take to fix. While some apparently can use “offline mode” to keep accepting card-swipe payments, that may not cover everyone, so if you were heading soon to a business that you know uses Square, you might consider carrying cash.
Today we’re welcoming Sea-Town Real Estate, which has just opened in West Seattle, as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
Sea-Town Real Estate provides an alternative to the traditional methods and mentality of the conventional brokerage. They are redefining the “full-service” real estate experience by offering a suite of complimentary listing services, attention to every detail of what the client wants and the process, freeing their clients from the stress and upfront home-selling preparation expenses that are common. They have also integrated community involvement and service into their core foundational values.
Christian combines his skills and knowledge acquired from his background of 15 years as a finish carpenter and high-end home remodeling with his 14 years of service (so far) in the Army National Guard as a Military Intelligence Officer. The intimate knowledge and problem-solving required in home remodels and linear analysis, and technology background developed in the military, have allowed Christian to develop a system and utilize technology to support his agents and clients alike, in their professional and personal goals, and ensure a uniformly high client experience at every stage of the home purchase or sale process.
Christian’s journey to start his own real estate brokerage began nearly 2 years ago while working at a large local real estate franchise. The industry’s knee-jerk rejection and fear of new technology, lack of consistency, systems, processes, quality training, and support were big points of frustration for him. He was confident that he could provide better support for agents and thereby a better client experience for those agent’s clients … everyone wins!
The real estate industry also doesn’t have the best reputation, and part of Christian’s desire to start his new brokerage is to change this reputation in the Seattle market. In addition to Christian’s conviction that he could help other agents flourish and avoid the frustration he went through, he is passionate about his community and making an impact with everyone he comes in contact with. This passion led him to create the Sea-Town Podcast, where Christian invites on and interviews Seattle-area small-business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to help tell their stories and share them with the rest of our community. He has met some great people through this journey, including some amazing Executive Directors of local nonprofits.
Christian has also incorporated this passion and ethos into Sea-Town Real Estate’s business model. Our agents share in these same values to make a larger impact in the surrounding community. Each of our agents have committed to donating a portion of their commission on each home sale or purchase, to a local non-profit of their client’s choice … and Sea-Town Real Estate matches each of these charitable donations.
Feel free to stop by our office at 2701 California Ave SW and say “hi” to Christian if you’re walking around the Admiral District. He’d love to get to know you and treat you to a cup of coffee at Freshy’s or The Admiral Bird. You can also call 206-276-9744 or email ChristianHarris@Sea-Town.com
We thank Sea-Town Real Estate 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.
Spring is near and that brings thoughts of home maintenance/improvement. Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Sound Painting Solutions. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
Sound Painting Solutions is a West Seattle-based painting business serving both residential and commercial customers all over the region. Our services include interior painting, exterior painting, deck staining, and pressure washing. We are a fully licensed, bonded, and insured painting contractor (WA Registration No. SOUNDPS880OS).
Our owner and founder, Jeff DuPont, is a third-generation painter. Jeff, along with his fiancée and cofounder Lindsey Mueller, had a vision of creating a painting company founded on the principles of superior customer service, open and honest communication, and quality workmanship. Our dedication to this goal is reflected in our many reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, Facebook, and Houzz. Our reputation in the community provides our customers with the peace of mind they seek in a painting contractor.
We thoroughly prepare all painting surfaces and work with premium-quality Benjamin Moore paints and stains to deliver rich colors and beautiful, lasting finishes on both the inside and outside of your home.
Sound Painting Solutions is a proud member of the PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America), a national association dedicated to promoting success in the painting industry through ethics, education, and excellence. We are committed to meeting all workmanship, ethical, and safety standards set forth by the PDCA. We are also Lead-Safe certified by the EPA to safely work on homes built prior to 1978, which applies to many homes in West Seattle and the region overall.
Contact us today to discuss your painting needs and schedule a free quote. We perform jobs both large and small, and even offer a “Painter for a Day” flat-rate special for smaller projects. We may be reached by our website contact form, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 253-642-7041. We can’t wait to hear from you!
We thank Sound Painting 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.
Four biznotes to share:
RESTAURANT UPDATE: From our watchlist of future West Seattle restaurant openings, Vine & Spoon at 4706 California SW says it’s close to setting an opening date. Executive Chef Larkin Young‘s “farm-to-table-inspired” restaurant/bar is currently looking at mid-May, according to a spokesperson. We first told you last May about Vine & Spoon; today’s update says:
The menu will feature seasonal ingredients, many of which Chef Young, an avid outdoorsman and forager, quite literally picks for himself in the wilderness. Guests will be treated to signature dishes such as green juniper cured salmon lox (fresh cheese, pickled mustard seed, marbled rye crisps); crispy herbed gnocchi (caramelized parsnips, hedgehog mushroom, smoked cipollini onion, butternut squash puree); grilled Snake River Farm wagyu hanger steak (roasted baby carrots, crimini mushroom, potato gratin, jus); and much more. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the beverage program will feature an array of local wines and craft beers. ,,, Vine & Spoon will feature indoor and outdoor seating complete with an open kitchen, 18-seat bar, raw bar, and large garden patio.
The hours will be 11 am-midnight daily.
EVERGREEN TANG SOO DO ACADEMY MOVES: The martial-arts studio has moved two doors down, to the north, in the former Westside Gymnastics space at 2701 California SW. You’re invited to an open house to celebrate, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, March 19th, with three free events:
10:15 am – Women’s Self-Defense
11:15 am – Kids Anti-Bullying
1:15 pm – Parents as Coaches Class
The grand-opening event also will feature free food provided by Dinners by Dao, LLC.
SECOND GEAR SPORTS CLEAT-EXCHANGE UPDATE: This Sunday (March 12th) is the second and final Cleat Exchange date at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, 9 am-noon (that’s two hours earlier than SGS usually opens on Sundays). Before then, youth baseball/softball players and their families are welcome to drop off their used cleats at SGS. Details are in our original preview, here.
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS KINDERMUSIK: My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor) proprietor Jennifer Young has announced that free kindermusik is returning, starting this Saturday and every Saturday, 12:30 pm at the shop. It’s targeted to babies/toddlers, she says, but all kids are welcome.
Village Green Nursery at 10223 26th SW, closed last year by longtime owner Vera Johnson, is reopening under new ownership. Noah Trutzschler and Sarah Young (photo at right) contacted us to say they’ve taken over and are getting ready for a grand opening next month. Right now, they say they’re “in the process of setting up the nursery to its former beauty, and plan on continuing the tradition of providing the community with healthy and beautiful plants.” They also plan to feature garden art and are looking for artists. You can see their full announcement on our partner site White Center Now.
The Sunset Sunrise kids-consignment store at 4140 California SW has announced it’s closing at the end of this month, via its website and via this e-mail that proprietor Suzanne sent to customers today:
I have loved being a shop owner in my West Seattle community. I am grateful for these last two years. The hundreds of families that I have had the joy of meeting and develop relationships with have made this journey priceless. I will cherish the memories and look forward to seeing you and your sweet children around West Seattle for many years to come. … Sunset will close on March 31st. New inventory will continue to be put out in the shop over the next couple of weeks. Please stop by and use your available store credit and say hello.
No word yet on what’s next for the space.
As the Admiral Metropolitan Market (41st/42nd/Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) gets ready to resume and complete its remodeling project, we published its open letter to the community last weekend, with an invitation to a gathering at the store. We covered that event on Thursday night; here are the toplines:
CEO Todd Korman told the 20+ who gathered that the made-to-order salads and pasta will be brought back – they’ve received a lot of comments about that. They’ve also heard from customers about the bread section; it was moved to address pre-remodel concerns, but the current location has drawn concerns too, so they’re looking into it.
In April, they’ll overhaul the meat and fish area, where the cases are more than 20 years old. Larger new ones will enable a larger selection. Air-flow concerns will be addressed – the west-side doors have been getting activated by people standing in the relocated coffee area’s line, and that’ll be fixed. The floral area on the east side of the store, also set for work in April, will be enclosed. And there’s still work to come in the upstairs housewares area, to enable more seating for people who want to linger with coffee and/or food.
The work is expected to be complete by June. If you have specific questions in the meantime, you’re encouraged to talk with the staff at the store, or call 206-937-0551.
A stop at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction was on Mayor Murray’s agenda today as he announced a $1.4 million city investment in 24 neighborhood business districts as part of the Only in Seattle program. Here’s what OiS supports:
Business and retail development (supporting businesses, attracting new businesses)
Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising)
Clean and safe (graffiti removal, garbage pick-up, lighting)
Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art)
Business organization development to sustain the effort, including the creation of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one
The local grant will total $20,000. The money goes to business districts – such as the West Seattle Junction Association – not to individual businesses. (Here’s the full announcement including who got what all over the city.) TRG’s proprietor Frank Gross has done some extra work for the cause recently – you might recall this story last year when he was announced as a member of the Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee – here’s the result of the work done by that committee.
Thanks to Cindi for the tip: The AAA West Seattle store in Jefferson Square has announced it’s closing after March 31st, consolidating operations into the company’s Magnolia location (1523 15th Ave. W.).
AAA moved to Jefferson Square in 2012, displaced from its previous location on the southwest corner of 42nd SW and SW Alaska because of the Junction 47 development. No word yet on what will follow; the vacancy is shown on this marketing flyer.
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.”