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UPDATE: Plea bargain for former West Seattle Athletic Club owner’s company in wage-theft case

4:31 PM: More than two and a half years after the state Attorney General filed wage-theft and tax-evasion charges against former West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams, a plea agreement (see the documents here and here) has just been announced. Here’s the news release from the AG’s Office:

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that former employees of West Seattle Athletic Club will receive restitution from their former employer’s company following Ferguson’s criminal wage theft case.

“Wage theft is a crime and I will not stand for violators who cheat working families out of their hard-earned wages,” Ferguson said. “I am pleased that Mr. Adams’ company was held accountable and my office has been successful in obtaining restitution for these workers.”

Hollystone Holdings, Inc., a company owned by former West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams, pleaded guilty to criminal wage theft in King County Superior Court. Pursuant to the agreement, the company will pay restitution in an amount that will equal the total amount owed to former employees who were never compensated for their back wages. While the exact amount is not yet known, it is expected to be in the thousands of dollars.

If the conditions of the agreement are not met, the state reserves the right to re-file charges against Sam Adams.

How to file wage theft violations with the state Department of Labor & Industries
If you believe you are a victim of wage theft, immediately file a complaint with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Preserve any documentation regarding the amount of wages you believe you are owed.

Workers can file a wage complaint if a business does not pay them. Workers can also file a complaint if the business denies other workplace rights regulated by L&I, such as meal and rest breaks, overtime, and family care.

Individuals can download a Worker Rights Complaint form or get one from their nearest L&I office. The completed form should be mailed or delivered to the nearest L&I office. Find out more about how to file a worker rights complaint here.

Our report on the announcement of charges in February 2015 included an allegation that the case involved “$500,000 in unpaid taxes, withheld salary, and unpaid insurance premiums.” As we also noted at the time, this case involved former club owner Adams and a business partner, NOT the current ownership of the club at 2629 SW Andover, which was renamed West Seattle Health Club and has been owned/operated by the property owner since Adams relinquished it in fall 2014. Adams’ short-lived ownership followed a previous owner’s bankruptcy.

ADDED 6:24 PM: A spokesperson for Sam Adams sent this news release on his behalf:

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HAPPENING NOW: Gifts and giving at Junction True Value’s 2017 Holiday Open House

You can shop and snack at the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House, which is on until 2 pm. Besides the treats, you’ll find tunes – seasonal music performed by Jared Mitchell:

Right at the front door, you’ll be greeted by West Seattle Food Bank reps – bring nonperishable food to donate and/or cash – $15 will buy a turkey!

Also part of today’s fun, an ugly-sweater contest and if you have kids under 10, the chance to enter drawings for boys’ and girls’ bicycles:

Besides hardware, housewares, garden items, and more, Junction True Value has holiday decorations of all types, lights to floral:

Get there before 2 – 4747 44th SW.

P.S. If you are looking for an early tree this year, True Value tells us theirs are expected to be in Wednesday.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! The Westy Sports and Spirits celebrates 3 years on Friday

(WSB photo)

We photographed JP Vidican and Paul Ritums, co-proprietors of The Westy Sports and Spirits (7908 35th SW; WSB sponsor), after getting word this afternoon that they’re celebrating 3 years in business:

We want to take this time to thank the West Seattle Community for the overwhelming support we’ve received here at The Westy. We want to invite everyone to come help us celebrate our 3-year anniversary this Friday, November 17th.

To celebrate, we will be offering our Happy Hour drink specials all day long. We will be tapping an experimental IPA from Georgetown brewery along with a taproom exclusive from Reuben’s. Our gaming – which includes skeeball, golden tee, and a classic arcade game – will be set to free play all day. And we have compiled quite a few items to give away to our guests as a show of appreciation. Everyone in attendance will be entered in a raffle for prizes being given away throughout the day.

Friday’s hours at The Westy are 11 am-2 am.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Shop late tonight, tomorrow as Carmilia’s celebrates 15 years in the West Seattle Junction

(Carmilia’s proprietor Linda Sabee, photographed by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

“I hope you’ll come to celebrate this crazy journey with me!” That’s your invitation from Linda Sabee, proprietor of the West Seattle Junction boutique Carmilia’s, celebrating 15 years in business – a big milestone for a small business. As part of the party, tonight and tomorrow, you can shop late – until 9 pm – at Carmilia’s. Here’s how Linda tells the story of how she got started:

Fifteen years ago while roaming Summer Fest with my kids, I realized that there were many women just like me living in West Seattle longing for a chic shop. With no retail experience (I used to be a kindergarten teacher) and just a flash of an idea for a store, I shook hands with Jack Menashe and took over the former Margaret’s Apparel location. With the support of family and friends and an amazing neighborhood customer base, Carmilia’s was born on November 15, 2002, and is still alive and kicking today.

(And that’s due to persistence, and support, as noted in this story we published four years ago.) Carmilia’s is at 4528 California SW, where the party continues through Saturday – open until 9 tonight, 11 am-9 pm tomorrow (Thursday), 11 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday.

BIZNOTE: Duos expanding, taking over The Sanctuary at Admiral

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The Admiral District event venue that also happens to be a city landmark is changing operators. Duos Catering, known for its 2940 SW Avalon Way venue, is about to take over the former church at 2656 42nd SW that’s now known as The Sanctuary at Admiral. It’s not just an operator change – Duos plans to overhaul the interior, too, as we learned from Duos co-proprietor Joshua Cooper, who says they are excited to be getting the keys December 1st. He explained their plan via e-mail:

We will be remodeling the space a bit and couldn’t be more ready for it to start! The opportunity to manage Sanctuary popped up this past January and we knew right away that we had to jump on board. We’ve been part of the West Seattle community for 5 years now and we couldn’t imagine a more supportive community to expand into. We really believe that the space has potential to be one of the best venues in Seattle and we are proud to bring that to West Seattle.

We’ve really taken the time to recreate each room to provide a new kind of special to the venue world. We know that there are a lot of venues to choose from and we feel that our space offers an alternative to the more common open concept venues. Our goal is to create a luxe hotel lobby vibe complete with mid-century furnishings while still retaining the soul of the building. We really want our clients and guests to step inside and be greeted with that wow factor that really sets the mood of their event.

There will be a complete redesign of the interior and it begins with the Foyer the first week of December. We will refurbish the fir and terrazzo flooring and bring in some custom lounge furnishings. When you first enter you will find a really awesome 8ft tall antiqued mirror with these cute little glass floral fasteners. There will be some brass mirrors, tables, and lamps peppered throughout the room as well to act as our pop of color.

From there we are working our way down with new flooring and wall applications into the Speakeasy and Private Green Room. The Speakeasy has a bar and stage as before, but it’s surrounded by
vibrant blue velvet chairs, leather sofas, brass and antique bronze tables, wool Deco inspired throw rugs, and plum colored walls. We are shooting for a whisky bar edge that has a rich luxurious feel with vibrant color accents. The Private Green Room is dressed similarly but has more of a cigar club vibe with an old port hole bar, iron furnishings and a hide throw rug (synthetic of course).

The Main Room and the upstairs Private Suite will also get the full treatment. New carpeting and wall applications will be applied to the upstairs Lounge, Bath, and Dress Room. All will be decked out in new mid-century furnishings and decor. The Main Room stage is still up front and center and we anticipate inviting some great local talent to perform on both stages to continue our community events as we do down at The Lounge venue on Avalon Way.

You’ll find those events online, Cooper says, with a “temporary website” up at thesanctuarybyduos.com until they update the existing website. Meantime, they’re offering special rental rates on holiday parties during December.

P.S. The outgoing operator, Foodz Catering, is having a public decor/furniture sale this Saturday (November 18th) at the venue, starting at 9 am.

BIZNOTE: Grand opening of Sea-Town Real Estate’s expanded space during Thursday’s West Seattle Art Walk

A special event in The Admiral District this Thursday night – the grand opening of the newly expanded space for Sea-Town Real Estate (WSB sponsor). It’s also part of the West Seattle Art Walk, and Sea-Town RE will be featuring artist Ben Calhoun. 5-9 pm Thursday (November 9th), you’re invited to stop in for beverages, snacks, art, and merriment. Sea-Town founder/owner Christian Harris (right) explains, “Along with having recently added the very visible white Sea-Town RE sign hanging off the side of our building over California Avenue, we have installed an interactive touch-screen display in our front window, highlighting the latest WS homes for sale, where passers-by can also perform their own home searches and inquiries.” You can see, and read about, the display by going here. Technology is a hallmark of Harris’s independent firm and his efforts “to provide a better experience for both his clients and his agents” – that includes other ways in which he works with the community, including producing and anchoring The Sea-Town Podcast, in which, he explains, he “interviews local business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders to help tell their stories and spread the word about these great businesses and non-profits.” (We’re among the dozens of people who have been guests so far.)

Come join the party at Sea-Town Real Estate’s new digs on Thursday night, at 2701 California SW.

BIZNOTE: Ounces celebrates first anniversary in North Delridge

One year ago, Andrew Trujillo and Laurel Trujillo were celebrating the grand-opening weekend of their North Delridge taproom/beer garden, Ounces. Tonight, their first-anniversary celebration continues, with something new ahead as their second year begins:

Besides serving beer, Ounces is also known for hosting food trucks most days – see the calendar hereCocina Buena is there right now:

Ounces hosted another truck until 6 pm, as highlighted in our West Seattle Saturday lineup – the Humane Society’s MaxMobile, with adorable kittens:

If you haven’t yet wished them “Happy Anniversary,” they’re open until 10 tonight – 3809 Delridge Way SW – and a special anniversary IPA is on tap, too.

New Smersh Design Jewelry collection launched at Click! Design That Fits

(L-R, Frances Smersh, Michelle Ting; photos courtesy Click! Design That Fits)

A new Smersh Design Jewelry collection is launching right now at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW: WSB sponsor). Today’s event continues until 6 pm. Co-proprietor John Smersh explains:

Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease has made it difficult for Frances (Smersh) to do many things, but she continues to be creative with the help of friends! This collection “Nos Familles” (our families) is a collaboration with Click! assistant manager Michelle Ting.

More details on our site – notably:

*Purchase of any design from the new collaboration will include a free piece from Frances’s existing Tattoo collection.

*We are introducing new colors (not eligible for gift with purchase, sorry) to the Tattoo shapes.

*We are collecting donations of your old jewelry in any condition (broken, missing pair) for the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project, a program run by the Seattle Metals Guild to help homeless and disadvantaged women through shelters in the Seattle area and the YWCA Dress for Success Program.

Read more about Click!’s involvement with the Shelter Jewelry Project by going here.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Thriftway’s 2017 Holiday Taste

Three weeks until Thanksgiving but never too soon to plan – and that’s why West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is hosting its annual Holiday Taste event right now. Above, the samples include lots of cheeses … below, locally crafted ice cream from Sweet Lo’s:

And of course, main-course samples:

About 50 vendors this year, Thriftway tells us! Stop in (4201 SW Morgan) before 7 pm to taste for yourself.

FOLLOWUP: Delridge Business Survey reveals optimism and opportunities

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

There’s strength in numbers.

And knowledge is power.

With those truths in mind, bringing Delridge business owners together is a logical next step now that results of a recent survey are assembled and analyzed.

The results were presented last week at a gathering inside one of Delridge’s newer businesses, the beer garden/taproom Ounces (about to celebrate its first anniversary at 3809 Delridge Way SW). Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce worked with consultant David Daw on the survey.

The questions showed optimism and opportunities as well as concerns. As DNDA’s Willard Brown explained, “A big part of it was a need to figure out what the business owners wanted, from their perspective.”

(As noted in our previous coverage, the survey area did not stretch into South Delridge, so technically, it’s the North Delridge Business Survey.)

Above (or here, in PDF) you can see the final results. Backstory and highlights were part of the recent presentation:

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BIZNOTE: Verity Credit Union moving into West Seattle Junction’s ex-Radio Shack space

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For almost 10 years, Verity Credit Union has been on the verge of opening a West Seattle branch. And next year, they really will.

That’s what CEO John Zmolek told WSB this morning. We talked with him after contacting Verity to confirm that it’s taking over the storefront in the West Seattle Junction recently vacated by Radio Shack (4505 California SW).

Yes, right next door to another financial institution (Chase). Isn’t that a little unusual? we asked. Zmolek agrees it is, while saying, “in some ways we think it just contrasts the difference between what banks do and what credit unions can do in a community.” Such as, because credit unions are co-ops, they “keep the money in the community” rather than “siphoning off part of their funds to go to stockholders.”

Verity will be the third credit union to open a new location in West Seattle – all in The Junction (after BECU at The Whittaker [WSB sponsor] and Sound CU at 4730 California) – in xxx. With so much banking happening online, why even open a physical branch? Zmolek says he believes people are still more comfortable making financial decisions – especially major ones like buying a home and investing – after talking with reps face to face. Zmolek says it will also help Verity keep in closer touch with the community rather than “guessing from an ivory tower … or my office.”

As also seems to be a new trend, this branch will not be the traditional stand-in-line-at-a-window. Verity’s forthcoming announcement says it “will feature member service consultants who are untethered from bulky desks and teller lines to serve members from anywhere in the branch with wireless tablets.” The Ballard and Greenwood branches are currently set up that way.

The CEO also says they hope to offer the branch space for community gathering, maybe even opening it – without staff – during the Farmers’ Market, with a front wall that can be “folded back.”

Meantime, the branch will have an ATM (Verity belongs to the Co-Op network, serving members of many other credit unions). Due to the city’s permit-process backlog, they’re not expecting to be able to start work on the space until next spring, opening the branch next summer.

–Tracy Record, West Seattle Blog editor

West Seattle Hallo-weekend scene: Thriftway party – with Holiday Taste up next

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Some local businesses go big on seasonal fun – especially West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, where the Kids’ Halloween Party today offered the opportunity to decorate mini-pumpkins – and to admire mysteriously masquerading store staffers:

Next big event at Thriftway is next Thursday (November 2nd), 4-7 pm – the legendary Holiday Taste!

Kumon Math and Reading Center of West Seattle: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor: Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program, has opened a new center in West Seattle at 2350 California Ave. SW. Here’s what its local owner would like you to know about her business:

Kumon’s individualized approach helps children progress by ability rather than age or grade. More than 280,000 preschool- to high-school-aged children across the United States are developing their math and reading skills independently and gaining confidence through the Kumon Method of Learning. The Kumon Center of West Seattle joins the more than 1,500 U.S. instructors committed to helping children excel through the self-learning program.

“At Kumon, we believe children have unlimited potential to succeed,” said instructor-owner Avanti Prahlad. “My goal is to help each child develop a love for learning and the confidence to excel beyond the classroom, while developing foundational academic skills.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, American students were significantly outperformed by 29 nations in mathematics. America’s stagnant performance is rooted in a lack of advanced math or reading curriculum in classrooms, which impacts the country’s future growth. Avanti cares deeply about helping West Seattle students achieve academic success. Many Kumon students study advanced math, which includes materials two to three years above their grade level.

Avanti comes from a Kumon family. Avanti’s mother enrolled her in the Kumon Program to improve her math skills and self-confidence when she was in first grade. Her mother was so happy with the results that she decided to open a Kumon Center in New York and has successfully delivered the Kumon Program to students for close to 30 years. “I have seen the program’s impact both from personal experience and from working with many students at my mother’s center over the years. Aside from mastering fundamental skills in math and reading, I have seen children gain the most invaluable skill of self-learning – a primary skill I hope to help cultivate in children so that they can succeed in any challenge they take on in life,” says Avanti. She holds a Mathematics degree from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Kumon Center of West Seattle’s class hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Students study for approximately 30 minutes per subject and have daily assignments to complete at home. For more information, or to schedule a free placement test, please call 206-258-8313 or email avantiprahlad@ikumon.com.

About Kumon Math & Reading Centers:

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. As a comprehensive program, Kumon serves children in preschool through high school. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has over four million students enrolled in nearly 25,000 learning centers in 50 countries and regions.

We thank Kumon Math and Reading Center of West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

WEST SEATTLE BUSINESSES: See their biggest concerns and challenges, as local project works toward solutions

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What are the challenges and concerns facing businesses in West Seattle, and what resources are available to deal with them?

That’s the subject of a project on which our area’s two biggest business-related organizations, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Junction Association, are teaming up. As part of it, a roundtable-discussion event was held last night in The Triangle.

Consultant Allison Carney talked about some of what she’s seen in the data gathered over 30 meetings with people involved with the local business community. Concerns include:

*Parking (self-explanatory)

*Availability of commercial space – with businesspeople worried about what happens if the building where they are a tenant is sold, what happens if their rent is raised beyond affordability – is there anywhere else in West Seattle where they can go?

*Transients in business areas – how that relates to feeling safe/unsafe

*The cost of doing business – including new city regulations about wages and leave

Speaking of the city, Carney said she heard overall concerns about relationships with it – West Seattle businesses feel neglected, and some see the city as an adversary, while there’s a general feeling of helplessness: Nothing you can do, your voice can’t be heard.

And there are concerns about whether the new residents in West Seattle care about WS. Are they patronizing local businesses or otherwise participating in the community? How to best reach out and get them involved?

Carney said that between the people she’s interviewed and those at the roundtable event, it’s clear that collaboration, using each other’s skills and knowledge, can overcome many of the challenges.

After small-group discussions, tables reported what they had talked about.

Keeping the business areas clean was a major topic. Better lighting, too. And several people suggested that local business proprietors get more involved in existing community groups – for example, taking crime/safety concerns to at least one of the two monthly community meetings at the Southwest Precinct (which are the WS Crime Prevention Council at 7 pm third Tuesdays and the WS Block Watch Captains Network at 6:30 pm fourth Tuesdays, both meetings always open to everyone).

Next step in the project will be an official report laying out concerns, challenges, and potential solutions – that’s due out by the end of November. After the jump, you’ll see highlights of the consultant’s notes from her conversations, as prepared for last night’s discussion – starting with “what’s special” about our area, and including some quotes on the topics mentioned above:

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BIZNOTE: Supply Chain ‘jewelry and accessory gallery’ opens in West Seattle next week

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Just last week, when we published an update on Olympia Coffee Company‘s future space in the Rally live-work units (California/Charlestown), a commenter asked about other businesses there. Today, we’ve heard from one that’s planning to open one week from tomorrow – Supply Chain, 3830 California SW. Here’s the announcement:

West Seattle is getting a bit of bling with the addition of new jewelry and accessory gallery Supply Chain, opening on California Avenue November 3rd. Curated by West Seattle resident and proprietor, Katie Meurk, Supply Chain will feature a thoughtful selection of artists and styles handmade in the United States.

Katie is an avid jewelry collector herself. Supply Chain combines her passion for art, community and self-expression through jewelry. “I love the story behind a piece, and jewelry in particular can evolve with each wear. It is an art form that we get to live in every day.”

Carrying a rotating collection of designers including Abacus Row, Future Glory, Lizzie Fortunato, and Hannah Keefe, Supply Chain will highlight the inspiration, production process, techniques and materials of each piece.

Katie looks forward to Supply Chain becoming an active member in the West Seattle community and the lives of its residents; helping shoppers mark special occasions with the perfect gift, enhancing the collections of passionate jewelry buyers, and becoming a destination for style inspiration.

Supply Chain will be open 11 am-7 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 10 am-6 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

BIZNOTE: Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse gets one permit, awaits another

(WSB photo from February)

Our current most-inquired-about-by-readers West Seattle business-in-progress is Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse, the brewery/taproom coming to the cow-topped ex-deli space at 35th and Webster. So we checked in to see where they’re at, and have just heard back from co-proprietor and brewer Nicholas Marianetti:

We just received issuance of our construction permit last Friday, October 20th. We can now begin the buildout process. However, due to new King County regulations, we are awaiting the approval of our plumbing plan — which is needed before we can install all new drainage and venting, and upgrade the water service to the building — we were given a tentative date of November 9th. The bulk of the construction won’t begin until the plumbing is complete, but we will be tackling tasks that we could not complete prior to the construction permit issuance in the meantime. Because the permitting is out of our hands, and we’re not yet running on our contractors’ schedules, we’ll have to get back to ya’ll in regards to an official timeline or opening date.

Marianetti also says they’re working on their “initial branding and logo systems” with design firm Blindtiger. It’s been eight months since we first reported on the Best of Hands plan for the building that had held John’s Corner Deli until last January.

BIZNOTE: Westwood Village QFC throws party for $2.8 million remodel

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Staffers from the Westwood Village QFC and executives from parent corporation Kroger cut a ribbon this morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.8 million remodel. The party also included gifts for the day’s first customers, and cake:

Kroger also presented $1,000 checks to two area nonprofits: WestSide Baby and White Center Food Bank, whose Mercy Budiansky and Angela Beard accepted the gifts:

Among the remodeling work: All-new fixtures, some exterior refreshes, as well as changes to the meat/dairy sections.

ADMIRAL BIZNOTES: West Seattle Computers’ new location; Copper Coin’s anniversary; Pizzeria 22 changes

Three Admiral biznotes tonight:

WEST SEATTLE COMPUTERS MOVING: This shop is moving from The Junction to Admiral, effective next Monday (October 30th), when it will open at 2735 California SW (across the street from Hiawatha Playfield, next to Freshy’s Coffee). Along with providing “a full range of technology services including PC and Mac repair, data recovery and virus removal,” the announcement says WSC is “beefing up our Help Desk, business support, and express services.”

COPPER COIN ANNIVERSARY: This Thursday (October 26th), Copper Coin (2329 California SW) celebrates its fifth anniversary by offering this deal, according to general manager Gregg Graham: “Our classic house Deluxe Burger or our new brunch sneak-peek Brioche Breakfast Sandwich for only 5 bucks all day long! We’ll also be pouring an assortment of delicious seasonal draft beverages, with plenty of fresh hop selections from the likes of Bale Breaker, Goodlife, 10 Barrel, Mt. Tabor, Double Mountain, et. al., plus some pumpkin ales too!”

PIZZERIA 22 CHANGES: Cary Kemp e-mailed this update:

I recently bought out my partner at Pizzeria 22 and am now the sole proprietor! We are very grateful for the support we received from our former partner and are excited to implement some new additions to our private dining space, our menu and events, like a late=night happy hour starting in November.

We also recently acquired the bust of a water buffalo we call “Wilma” and she is now hanging above our oven at Pizzeria 22. We import fresh D.O.C. bufala mozzarella and our customers have really enjoyed its rich, creamy texture and bold flavor.

Pizzeria 22 is in its seventh year at 4213 SW College.

P.S. Reminder that the Admiral District merchants’ trick-or-treat day is Halloween this year – Tuesday, October 31st, 3-6 pm, as previewed here.

BIZNOTE: Westwood Village QFC ‘grand reopening’ Wednesday

Got word today from QFC that it’s planning an event Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.8 million Westwood Village remodeling project. At 8 am, they will hand out gift bags to the first 200 customers, with “a coupon for a ‘free breakfast’ (a dozen eggs, package of bacon, muffins, and carton of orange juice) as well as a QFC gift card. The gift cards will be for $5, with one for $300 mixed in.” The celebration also will feature free cake and coffee, with a ribboncutting at 8:30 am.

Easy Street Records proprietor ‘superbummed’ that his dreams for Corner Pocket’s future apparently aren’t coming true

(WSB photo showing Easy Street and Corner Pocket at the Hamm Building, March 2016)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Tonight, as it does several nights most months, Easy Street Records is hosting an in-store concert.

As usual, it’ll be in the space where Easy Street operates its wildly popular café by day. But if Easy Street proprietor Matt Vaughan had his way, he’d have some extra space for events like that by now – downstairs, in the space that was long known as the Corner Pocket.

Vaughan sat down with WSB yesterday afternoon to talk about his hopes of taking it over – which, he says, hit a sudden and mysterious roadblock. So far, other key players in the saga are declining comment, so we’re telling Vaughan’s story, which he contacted us about so that you would know where things stand.

First, the Corner Pocket backstory:

The abrupt shutdown of the Corner Pocket happened last December, as we first told you during breaking-news coverage of a police raid there. Read More

BIZNOTES: Kokoras, Fleurt, Matador

Three quick biznotes:

KOKORAS GREEK GRILL: Readers noted that the newest incarnation of this Morgan Junction restaurant at 6400 California SW has been dark for more than a week. Weekend before last, a handwritten sign on the door said it was closed due to “employee conflict.” Then that disappeared. We tried calling and only got a recording saying the mailbox was full. A tipster this week said it appeared the space was being emptied. We stopped by today and noticed someone doing work inside, and asked him. Remodeling, was his reply, but that’s all he could say.

FLEURT: Remodeling is also what’s happening at this Junction shop (4536 California SW). From proprietors Sam and Keonii:

Wanted to let you know that each year at this time we do a mini makeover and refresh the shop for the holidays. Our work began (Tuesday) and we hope to be open again no later than Friday this week. We are super-excited for our new look and another new business venture that we will be announcing soon.

MATADOR: Just up the block from Fleurt, Matador (4546 California SW) sent word they’ve launched a beverage happy hour. 4-6 pm daily and featuring beer, wine, well drinks, and specialty cocktails, according to general manager Kyle Martin.

NEW DATE: North Delridge business-survey results revealed next week

One week from today – on Monday, October 23rd – you’re invited to hear the results of last summer’s Delridge Business Survey, a collaboration between local organizations (right) who sent out volunteer “ambassadors” to talk with North Delridge business owners and entrepreneurs:

Calling all Delridge businesses and interested community members!

Please join us for a (rescheduled) mixer and to hear the results of the Delridge Business Survey that finished in August 2017.

Meet at Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden (3809 Delridge Way SW)
Monday, October 23rd
5:30 pm — Mixer
6:00 pm — Presentation of Results

This is a chance to meet business leaders working in North Delridge and hear about challenges and opportunities for businesses in this neighborhood. We need your feedback to start prioritizing how we can work together to grow the local economy and support Delridge businesses.

BIZNOTE: BECU now open at The Whittaker

For the second consecutive day, we’ve received an announcement that another business has opened in The Whittaker (WSB sponsor). This time, it’s West Seattle’s first freestanding BECU branch. The credit union’s newest branch is 2,500 square feet, with five employees and one manager, per the announcement, which also says:

At the new location, BECU members can open accounts, apply for loans, and take care of financial transactions. Consistent with BECU’s operating model, the West Seattle location will offer an innovative “tellerless” layout, which empowers members to access their accounts in ways most convenient for them, including ATM, online banking, and mobile banking. Member consultants will be available to assist with these transactions, as well as provide one-on-one support for opening accounts and more complex services like mortgages, personal loans, auto loans and business services.

The branch at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW will be staffed 9 am-6 pm weekdays and 9 am-1 pm Saturdays, and has two 24-hour ATMs.

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