West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle businesses http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:52:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 4 West Seattle biznotes, from Admiral to The Junction to The Triangle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/4-west-seattle-biznotes-from-admiral-to-the-junction-to-the-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/4-west-seattle-biznotes-from-admiral-to-the-junction-to-the-triangle/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:41:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283721 Four West Seattle biznotes tonight:

AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKER VISITING: This Friday night at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, acclaimed Australian winemaker Daniel Binet from Ballabourneen Winery is visiting for a “Meet the Winemaker” event. Ballabourneen describes Binet as, in addition to winemaker, “entertainer, bon vivant and inspiration behind the wines, creativity and culture of the company.” (See his bio here.) Stop by the Cask at 2350 California SW Friday night to say hi and try his wine.

FORMER SHOOFLY PIE SPACE: The state’s liquor-license application announcements give a hint of what’s on the way for the space vacated when Shoofly closed earlier this month – a license application is in for that address, 4444 California SW, in the name Coastline, and the applicant is Aaron Shepherd, proprietor of Copper Coin in Admiral. We have a message out seeking more information.

CHERRY CONSIGNMENT CHANGE: Just up the street from there, Cherry Consignment proprietor Nyla says her store at 4142 California SW will be exclusively focused on women’s wear and accessories as of next month, and that she plans “to expand our current selection of gently used garments to include more plus, petite, and maternity sizes.” This means they’ll no longer accept men’s clothing for consignment as of August 31st.

ALKI SEAGULL MERCH AT NEW LOCATIONS: Misa e-mailed to say Mountain to Sound Outfitters in The Triangle and Alki Kayak Tours at Seacrest are “now carrying the Alki bird (seagull logo) merchandise including the classic bumper stickers, T’s, sweatshirts, and hats.” People ask often where they can find these items, so that’s word of two more options.

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West Seattle businesses: Fleurt adds Pioneer Square location http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-businesses-fleurt-adds-pioneer-square-location/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-businesses-fleurt-adds-pioneer-square-location/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:39:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282820 Fleurt (WSB sponsor) proprietor Sam Crowley explains: Many have reached out to me after hearing Fleurt is closing in West Seattle and moving to Pioneer Square – as Clementine is doing. This is NOT true for [...]]]> Another West Seattle retailer has just added a location downtown, but wants you to know it’s NOT leaving WS. >Fleurt (WSB sponsor) proprietor Sam Crowley explains:

Many have reached out to me after hearing Fleurt is closing in West Seattle and moving to Pioneer Square – as Clementine is doing. This is NOT true for Fleurt – Fleurt West Seattle is open and there are no plans to close this shop. Fleurt West Seattle is our “home” and flagship store. We are constantly growing our business in the areas of retail gifts, flower deliveries, full service flower shop, weddings and events. We are truly grateful to all our customers for their loyalty, love, and support for the past 4 years, and we look forward to many more years.

This Thursday (August 21st) is Fleurt Pioneer Square’s grand-opening party (112 S. Washington), from 5 pm to 7 pm.

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West Seattle businesses: Carmilia’s to close for 2 weeks of ‘freshening,’ WILL reopen http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-businesses-carmilias-to-close-for-2-weeks-of-freshening-will-reopen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-businesses-carmilias-to-close-for-2-weeks-of-freshening-will-reopen/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:49:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282677 Lately, we’ve reported on a few local businesses closing without warning. Tonight, we have advance notice from a local business that is planning a temporary closure for “freshening” and promises it WILL reopen. From Linda Sabee, proprietor of Carmilia’s in The Junction:

This November will be our twelve-year anniversary and over these many years, I’ve seen much change in our beloved West Seattle Junction. I’m a long-time West Seattle resident and opened Carmilia’s because I love this neighborhood and saw a need for a contemporary fashion resource in our shopping district.

When we opened, Carmilia’s was the only modern fashion offering in our ‘hood’. Shortly thereafter came Sweetie, followed by Edie’s and finally Clementine. It’s been a sad display of a contracting shopping district to watch these other shops close one by one and either quit the business entirely, or move on to more thriving shopping destinations in the Seattle area. As the pioneer for fashion in West Seattle, I am determined to stay in the business of dressing the women of West Seattle and anyone else who visits our wonderful neighborhood.

Carmilia’s will be closing and papering up our windows starting Sunday, August 17, to do some painting and general freshening up. Historically, the latter part of August is quite slow, so we’re clearing out as much of our summer and spring inventory this weekend to prepare for our projects. We will reopen the end of August, full of fall inventory and with a fresh look. I hope for the continued and hopefully re-energized support of this community of shoppers.

Linda is planning a September 4th party but expects the shop to reopen before then and promises to update us when there’s an idea of a date.

P.S. Of the shops she mentions, as covered here earlier: Sweetie shut down in 2013; Edie’s closed its WS shoe shop last winter but remains open on Capitol Hill; Clementine announced last month it’s moving to Pioneer Square by next month. (Photo: King County Assessor website)

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Need a massage? Benefit Friday for LaVida therapist’s cancer fight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/need-a-massage-benefit-friday-for-lavida-therapists-cancer-fight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/need-a-massage-benefit-friday-for-lavida-therapists-cancer-fight/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:50:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282551 In case you haven’t seen this already in the WSB calendar: LaVida Massage (WSB sponsor) in The Junction invites you to a special benefit tomorrow for longtime therapist Marie Norton, one of the original staffers. She is recovering from cancer surgery and between 2-8 pm Friday, you can stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage, with “all gratuities donated to Marie,” according to proprietor Paul Silver. More details in our calendar listing; LaVida is on the southeast corner of 42nd/Alaska in outer Jefferson Square.

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West Seattle Window and Door: Welcome, new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-window-and-door-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-window-and-door-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:33:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281853 Today, we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor: West Seattle Window and Door, owned by Joseph Miller (right), a West Seattle resident. Joseph grew up in Seattle belonging to a family with a passion for remodeling, music and the arts. Joe’s father, Jerry Miller, lead guitar player for the legendary San Francisco rock band Moby Grape, shared his love for music and film with little Joe. This led to Joseph’s love for music; he later started his own band, Open Blue.

While finishing his degree at the University of Washington, Joseph wanted to carry on the tradition of making the neighborhoods in Seattle energy efficient and beautiful. With this passion he decided to start West Seattle Window & Door. He is delighted to have his mom, Michan Rhodes, on board showcasing almost 30 years’ experience in replacement window/remodel consulting & design. She has been on the Northwest window & door scene for the past 28 years and has built a stunning design oriented portfolio to show for it.

Michan Rhodes began rolling little Joe and his younger brother and sisters around the neighborhood in a red Radio Flyer wagon looking at gardens and houses, visiting with neighbors, and sharing her ideas on how to beautify and restore their homes while embracing the original charm. Giving them the facelift needed for their homes, while adding energy efficiency and value, is and has always been her mission.

West Seattle Window & Door is committed to providing Homeowners, Contractors, Builders, Architects, and Designers with a high level of expertise and technical knowledge on an array of custom quality product lines at competitive prices. We will listen to your needs, discuss and interpret your distinctive style and space, and help you come up with a personally tailored design plan.

West Seattle Window & Door is a full-service company that meets with each customer one-on-one while taking direct responsibility for each project. This process has led to a steady stream of referrals. We believe you can maximize your investment without sacrificing quality or craftsmanship. Embrace what you already have without compromising your vision.

(Above: Before & after)
We offer Leaded Glass, Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiberglass, Wood Clad, Sound Reduction, Enlarged Openings, Bay Windows, Entry Doors, French Doors, and New Construction Window Packages at competitive prices. Free design consultations! All job estimates are free! We have a showroom located on Beach Drive (by appointment only). We are looking forward to moving our showroom up to one of the Junctions just as soon as the right spot presents itself. We are that West Seattle Business that supports the neighborhood & community.

West Seattle Window and Door is licensed, bonded and insured in compliance with all Washington state laws. Find WSWD online at westseattlewindows.com.

We thank West Seattle Window and Door 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.

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Speaking of ships … about that empty Port of Seattle space north of the bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/speaking-of-ships-about-that-empty-port-of-seattle-space-north-of-the-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/speaking-of-ships-about-that-empty-port-of-seattle-space-north-of-the-bridge/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:19:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281467 Apparently the Port of Seattle‘s now-empty stretch Terminal 5 north of the west end of the high bridge is really starting to draw notice; though we reported on the reason almost two weeks ago, we’ve received a flurry of inquiries about it this weekend. So in case you missed the story too: Terminal 5 is empty because it’s closed. Its last ship arrived on July 23rd – here’s the story we published that day. Port commissioners have approved some funding to plan a modernization project, but completing it will require nine-figure spending and they haven’t started to discuss where that might come from. Meantime, the line that used T-5 is now sailing to and from Tacoma, while other cargo operations that were using it have been consolidated where the port had room.

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Followup: What’s planned for 2141 California, and what’s sought http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-whats-planned-at-2141-california-and-whats-being-sought/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-whats-planned-at-2141-california-and-whats-being-sought/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:32:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281139

(WSB photo, July 13th)
Ever since the closure of Admiralty House Antiques one year ago, the fate and future of 2141 California SW has been a subject of much interest. Two weeks ago, the 1920s-built brick building came out from under wraps after months of remodeling/renovation. And that’s brought in more questions about what’s going in. Today – new information, courtesy of this for-lease listing. The listing declares that an “experienced restaurant operator” is being sought for the larger of the two spaces into which it was divided. Peeking into the listing, the accompanying flyer shows Prospect Mortgage moving into the smaller space.

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Followup: New location found for 2 of 3 businesses leaving Triangle building that will be home of Rudy’s Barbershop http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-new-location-found-for-2-of-3-businesses-leaving-triangle-building-that-will-be-home-of-rudys-barbershop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-new-location-found-for-2-of-3-businesses-leaving-triangle-building-that-will-be-home-of-rudys-barbershop/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:24:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280939 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two of the three businesses told to clear out of 4480 Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle have found new locations nearby.

We first reported Sunday night that Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, and Ace 1 Computer Repair had been told by the new owner of 4480 Fauntleroy Way that they had to be out by the end of August.

Though the new owner, a SODO real-estate broker, didn’t respond to our inquiry, we discovered a document on file with the city indicating that Rudy’s Barbershop, long seeking a West Seattle location, would be the new tenant.

Rudy’s has since confirmed that to WSB. But first – an update on the longtime businesses that have to move.

Just this morning, Maestro Motors’ owner Richard Reed signed a lease for a spot barely a block to the west, where he tells us that Ace-1 is moving to, too. We found out the news while stopping by 4480 Fauntleroy to photograph him as part of our planned followup (even before we learned about the new location).

Reed says it’s the building behind Fauntleroy Chiropractic (WSB sponsor) in the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way. Previously, an Ace 1 spokesperson had told us by e-mail that they indeed had a location, but they didn’t specify the address, saying only, “We will be moving to a new location in West Seattle. We were happy to have served at this past location for the last 16 years, though! Also looking forward to keep serving our local clients.”

This is all new, so stand by for further details.

Meantime, Diva Espresso president Greg Hamper confirmed to WSB: “We indeed have been looking for a new location, but nothing has come up for now. Any input about possible available locations should be addressed to Greg Hamper at greg@divaespresso.com. We are sorry to go, and we will indeed miss our loyal customers for the past 18 years.” He added that Diva needs storage for its equipment while searching for a new location, so even if you can’t help with the latter, maybe you have an idea for that? Same contact, if you have a suggestion. Diva’s last day will be Sunday, August 17th.

Now, back to the building’s future. As noted here in multiple previous reports, it went on the market last fall – with the listing saying that its tenants wanted to stay but were currently on month-to-month leases – and was sold in April. While its 6300+-square-foot location is zoned for a much-denser/taller use than it has currently, it is NOT proposed for teardown/redevelopment. Instead, we learned from a “site plan” sketch in the city files labeled “Rudy’s West Seattle,” it’s proposed for remodeling into the first West Seattle outpost for the Seattle-based chain, which first confirmed to WSB almost two years ago that it was trying to find a spot here.

Some commenters asked if Rudy’s really needs all the space in the Fauntleroy Way building. Spokesperson Katie Trent replied regarding that and our overall request for confirmation:

At this time we cannot comment on the full scope of the project, but can confirm that we will be opening a Rudy’s Barbershop in the building, with opening projected for early 2015. Many of our longtime employees and customers are West Seattle residents, so it’s been our hope to find the right location for some time, now. The owner of the 4480 building is also our landlord at the Capitol Hill Rudy’s location, our very first shop which opened in 1993. We are excited to continue working with them as we join the West Seattle community in a building with great heritage and character.

More as we get it.

(Follow WSB business coverage here – and if you have a tip about a business that’s opening, closing, changing, please let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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Changes ahead at 4480 Fauntleroy Way: Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, Ace 1 Computers out; Rudy’s Barbershop apparently in http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/changes-ahead-at-4480-fauntleroy-way-diva-espresso-maestro-motors-ace-1-computers-out-rudys-barbershop-apparently-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/changes-ahead-at-4480-fauntleroy-way-diva-espresso-maestro-motors-ace-1-computers-out-rudys-barbershop-apparently-in/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:05:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280684

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The other shoe has dropped following the sale of 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle – the three businesses in the building have been given notice to leave.

And a document filed online with the city suggests they’ll be making way for a business that’s been promising a West Seattle location for almost two years.

At least two of the existing businesses – Diva Espresso and Maestro Motors – are looking for new West Seattle spots.

Here’s what we have discovered so far, following research that started with e-mail tips this morning (thank you!):

Diva, Maestro, and Ace 1 Computers were already on month-to-month leases, according to the flyer featured in the real-estate listing we first mentioned here last November. The listing also pointed out the businesses were interested in staying.

The site was sold in April, as mentioned here last month, bought by an LLC registered to a SODO real-estate broker. It was status quo for a while, apparently, but now, two of the businesses say all three have been told to clear out by August 31st.

The business with the biggest space in the building, Diva Espresso, will close after August 17th, according to this notice posted at multiple spots in the coffee shop:

A Diva staff member told us today that they’ve been looking for another location in West Seattle or vicinity, but haven’t found one yet. (As the notice says, Diva has other locations around the city.)

Maestro Motors next door is also looking for a new location, according to a member of its staff. As for Ace 1, the computer-repair shop on the west end of the building, we haven’t made contact yet, but will check in next time they’re open for business.

So what’s happening to the building after they go? Apparently NOT a development project, though the 6,380-square-foot lot could hold more density than it does now – it is zoned NC3-65. While no permit applications of any kind are showing on the city website, we looked a little deeper, and found a “site plan” filed this month with one big clue: The name at the bottom of the otherwise-simple drawing showing the site’s current layout – Rudy’s West Seattle.

Back in September 2012 – almost two years ago – we confirmed and reported that the Rudy’s Barbershop chain was working on a West Seattle location. We’ve checked in from time to time, and the answer has always been, nothing to announce yet. Rudy’s still has a webpage saying a West Seattle location is “coming soon.”

We won’t be able to contact Rudy’s management until tomorrow for confirmation – we have a message out to the building’s new owner, too – but here’s further circumstantial evidence: The aforementioned “site plan” document carries the name of Mallet Architecture, whose website includes an entire page about Rudy’s:

Mallet has completed design and construction work on several of Rudy’s Barbershop stores in Seattle. In addition to new finishes throughout, the character of the stores is defined by their combination of found, salvaged, and vintage objects, along with modern details.

That might explain the apparent choice of 4480 Fauntleroy. (The Mallet website also has a page for the work it did to transform the building holding West Seattle Zeeks Pizza [WSB sponsor].)

We’ll be following up on all of this tomorrow, both with Rudy’s and with the current 4480 tenants, and will report whatever else we find out.

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Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:57:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371

(June WSB photo: Film-projection room at The Admiral)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

More than a year ago, we told you about the Admiral Theater‘s hopes of renovations to ensure the historic moviehouse’s future.

It hasn’t happened yet. And its management/ownership is acutely aware of a “ticking clock” sped up by the fact that – as they pointed out when we talked to them for the aforementioned story last year – film is going away as a method of delivering movies.

In a conversation with theater manager Dinah Brein, she explained they’ve already felt the effects. “Certain films weren’t even made in (film) like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ so we have to wait for it to go to DVD (before we can) show it.” For some movies, that timetable is relatively fast – for some, it’s not. And only one of the Admiral’s theaters is DVD-capable.

The Admiral simply must convert to digital. (It’s not alone, as continuing national coverage has documented.)

And for that, they have to have a commitment from the building’s owner Marc Gartin that they’ll be there for the long haul.

Trying to secure that remains a work in progress, according to Dinah Brein.

If you look at commercial real-estate listings, the Admiral remains listed as “for lease” – a listing that’s been up for more than two years.

Admiral management says they know that showing first-run movies would be a viable business. It would more than make back the cost of renovations, according to a report they commissioned (and keep in mind, Admiral proprietor Jeff Brein – Dinah’s brother – runs a chain of successful community theaters around the region). The report, Dinah Brein told WSB, also “showed the movie business is not all doom and gloom – people still like the shared experience.”

But if you can’t get movies, you can’t show movies, and you have no business. So the Admiral has been “in limbo,” on a month-to-month lease, for a long time. And now, the no-more-film-soon situation is compounding matters – the “ticking clock” mentioned earlier. “There is no wiggle room,” as Dinah Brein put it.

They have been keeping the place going on a shoestring – a theater with inherent beauty, but features that need to be repaired, and, as the Breins told WSB last year, that can’t be repaired piecemeal – it’s a do-it-all-at-once project, projectors and seats and carpet, etc.

One way or another, the Admiral’s fate has to be and will be determined soon. “Our hands are tied until (the landlord) decides,” Dinah told WSB. “Our commitment is still to making it bigger and better than it’s ever been.” The plan first discussed in our report last year involves construction work to convert The Admiral into four auditoriums, with new seats, new carpeting, even some restoration of its historic murals.

If it doesn’t have a future as a movie theater, what might happen? The Admiral’s exterior, and parts of its interior, are under protection as a city landmark, so changes couldn’t be made without the Landmark Preservation Board‘s approval. (Details are in the ordinance designating The Admiral as a landmark more than 20 years ago – see it here.) But overall, the site is zoned for a more-dense use – NC2-40, “neighborhood commercial” with a building up to 40 feet. Around the city – Capitol Hill comes to mind, with multiple examples – conversions continue with historic facades preserved as hints of buildings’ history, as new, taller structures go up within them.

As longtime West Seattleites know, The Admiral has been in jeopardy before – the closure 25 years ago comes to mind (read about that in this SW Seattle Historical Society recap). What will the next chapter of its story be? The answer could be just weeks away, as the Breins have a meeting scheduled with their landlord next month.

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Terminal 5′s last cargo-ship call for now, after half a century http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/terminal-5s-last-cargo-ship-call-for-now-after-half-a-century/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/terminal-5s-last-cargo-ship-call-for-now-after-half-a-century/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:32:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280333

Moored on this murky day at the Port of Seattle‘s Terminal 5 in West Seattle, the Westwood Olympia is the last ship scheduled for a T-5 call TFN. After 50 years as a cargo terminal, T-5 will be idle once this ship departs. We reported last month on the port’s plan to close T-5 while spending $5 million planning a modernization project, so that it can handle new mega-sized ships – but there’s no plan yet for where the port will get the up to one-quarter-billion dollars the project will cost. Port spokesperson Peter McGraw tells WSB that “during the multi-year design and permitting phase of Terminal 5 Modernization, we will be working to attract interim maritime uses to this industrial facility.” Meantime, while other shipping lines that used it are moving to other Seattle terminals, Westwood ships are going back to Tacoma after 31 years, with its first call there scheduled for one week from today.

ADDED FRIDAY: For the record, here’s a Port memo about some of the terms related to the T-5 shutdown, as Eagle Marine Service moves on to sublease space on Harbor Island.

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Daystar Retirement Village: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/daystar-retirement-village-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/daystar-retirement-village-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-2/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280226 Daystar Retirement Village has joined WSB as one of our newest sponsors – and here’s what they would like you to know!

Welcome to Daystar Retirement Village! We are a locally-owned-and-operated retirement community with independent and assisted living apartments located in the south end of West Seattle.

Independent living at Daystar does not mean you have to “go it alone”! Our independent residents have amenities you might find in a fine hotel included in the monthly rent at Daystar. Things like scheduled transportation, zero maintenance apartments, full appliances in independent units (including washer and dryer), and well-being checks throughout the day, are some of the services our independent residents benefit from.

For those residents who need a little extra assistance to maintain their independence, we can provide Personal Assistance Services that include numerous medical and non-medical tasks for an additional monthly fee. For all residents, we have 24-hour staffing, flexible meal plans, housekeeping, free parking, emergency call system, locked front doors with surveillance cameras, and we’re pet-friendly!

Daystar offers a variety of diverse activities. It is your choice whether you want to participate but we truly have something for everyone. Art and history classes, trips to tourist sites and local shopping, Tai Chi, ice cream socials, movies, barbeques, and wellness classes are just a small sample of what you’ll find here.

Our location is another great advantage. We are just across the street from Westwood Village, which offers multiple restaurants, a gym, a US Post Office, Starbucks, Rite Aid, Target, and numerous other amenities. We have been a member in this community since 1988; we hope you will come visit us. We have someone here to give you a personal look around Daystar every day of the week. After your visit you will understand why the folks who live here often say: It’s so good to be home! Call 206-937-6122 and/or send a note here to schedule a visit.

We thank Daystar Retirement Village 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.

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West Seattle businesses: Clementine moving to Pioneer Square http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-businesses-clementine-moving-to-pioneer-square/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-businesses-clementine-moving-to-pioneer-square/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:14:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279484

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Linda Walsh has a clearance sale going right now at her West Seattle Junction shop, Clementine.

This isn’t just any old clearance sale. It’s also a moving sale: She’s leaving West Seattle and moving her shop to Pioneer Square.

It’s been eight years now since, in the early months of WSB, we noticed the “coming soon” sign on papered-over windows of what had been a tanning salon at 4447 California SW.

The shoes, handbags, and other accessories Walsh has sold in the ensuing years have received acclaim and attention citywide. Yet making a go of it as a bricks-and-mortar business in an increasingly digital world hasn’t been easy, as Walsh and the proprietor of nearby Carmilia’s, Linda Sabee, told us in this WSB story a year ago. Yet Walsh says she’s not ready to give up on in-person shopping … after eight years, she says, she feels like she finally has a handle on how things should work.

But she’s going to deploy the knowledge elsewhere soon. Walsh says her new Pioneer Square space at 310 Occidental (a former lighting store) just seems to be a better place for what she does and offers. Office workers will be there during the day. Tourists will be there during the summer.

Besides the location, her new storefront will bring a few changes – it’s bigger than her cozy Junction space, including some basement. And Walsh will change the name a bit – it will now be Clementine’s. (Her web address has always been clementines.com, anyway.)

In the meantime, the aforementioned clearance sale continues. She told us today, “I hope not to have to move a single shoe.”

She also hopes for a seamless move to the new space without much, if any, downtime, intending to open there by early September.

SIDE NOTE: Hers is the second business to announce it’s about to leave the block of California SW north of Oregon – as reported here two weeks ago, Shoofly Pie Company is closing in mid-August; no new location in this case – they say they’re just getting out of the retail business.

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West Seattle road work: Morgan Junction businesses still open http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-road-work-morgan-junction-businesses-still-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-road-work-morgan-junction-businesses-still-open/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:01:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278660

(WSB photo taken this morning)
Just drove through Morgan Junction near the California SW paving zone. While the east-west part of the main intersection is open, unimpeded, right now, it’s one lane each way in the actual paving zone between Fauntleroy and Holly, and that means no street parking next to the businesses on the west side of the street. On behalf of their business and others in the area, Second Gear Sports asked if we’d remind you (a) they ARE open as usual despite the road work, which is scheduled to continue until Wednesday evening, and (b) there’s still other parking you can use while you’re visiting the businesses – alongside/behind the Subway/Pet Elements/WS Vision/Starbucks building, or across California in the Thriftway or BECU ATM (etc.) lots.

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Recreational-marijuana sales will start without a West Seattle shop http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/recreational-marijuana-sales-will-start-without-a-west-seattle-shop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/recreational-marijuana-sales-will-start-without-a-west-seattle-shop/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:18:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278573

The state has officially announced its first 24 licenses for recreational-marijuana sales starting tomorrow, but there’s no West Seattle shop in the first group. But the one and only Seattle shop that’s on the list isn’t far – Cannabis City, 4th and Lander in SODO. So what happened to the North Delridge location that drew top Seattle spot in the state’s license lottery, Trichome & Calyx, in the 3500 block of Delridge Way (where there’s a medical-marijuana dispensary now)? Our partners at The Seattle Times report they’re still waiting for final word from the state if that location is ruled out because of the Alki Beach Academy preschool nearby (which opened at 2414 SW Andover after the license application had been filed); KPLU‘s Gabriel Spitzer had first word last week via Twitter that the location might not work out. Other applicants for addresses in that block were the next-highest West Seattle spots in the lottery; if it’s completely ruled out, the current dispensary site at 35th/Roxbury would be next up – we’ll be checking with the state.

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