West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle businesses http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:05:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-athletic-club-owner-sam-adams-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-athletic-club-owner-sam-adams-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:54:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277949 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

On the day he was due to answer the most-recent “unlawful detainer” complaint from the owner of the North Delridge property that holds West Seattle Athletic Club, its owner Sam Adams advised King County Superior Court that he filed for bankruptcy over the weekend.

We have confirmed the Chapter 11 case via documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court‘s Western District of Washington.

The “unlawful detainer” complaint was first reported here two weeks ago, with court filings including a document in which club landlord John Pietromonaco alleged that he was owed more than $594,000 including back rent and late fees.

It was the second time this year that Pietromonaco’s firm H-P Properties filed an “unlawful detainer” case – seeking payment or eviction – was filed against Adams and the West Seattle club; the previous one, initiated in January, was closed in April after Adams made payments, according to the landlord’s lawyer, and the same document showed those payments totaled $286,000, more than half of what he owed at the time.

The response filed today says that by law, the unlawful-detainer proceedings against Adams regarding WSAC must be put on hold while the bankruptcy case proceeds: “… Any and all proceedings concerning the Defendants Adams’ individual tenancy at the subject leasehold are now stayed …” In an e-mail exchange, H-P Properties’ lawyer David Tall tells WSB that they will seek “… relief from [the] stay or the payment of adequate protection.”

Adams, a former Seattle Seahawks player who lives in Kirkland, bought the club in March of last year with approval of the judge in the bankruptcy proceedings – also Chapter 11 – of its previous ownership, which they had initiated in late summer 2012.

According to the documents filed in federal bankruptcy court as of this afternoon, the bankruptcy declaration was made on Saturday (June 28th). They include a list of “top unsecured claims” totaling $3.4 million dollars, the fourth largest of which is listed as $570,000 to H-P Properties. It and three larger claims, to Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles firms, are all described as “disputed.”

Another document, involving the hiring of a Bellevue-based bankruptcy attorney, includes this line: “Client acknowledges Sam Adams contacted Attorney late in the week before a scheduled commercial eviction. As such, Client acknowledges that Attorney has not had a complete and full opportunity to engage in extensive pre-filing advice.” Lawyer Lawrence Engel‘s declaration also says that while he has not had contact with Adams last year or this year – until now – he was consulted by Adams “in the spring of 2011 about various debtor/creditor issues he was experiencing in commercial and business matters.”

We are continuing to research the case and will add any additional information we find. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is explained here, including that “A chapter 11 debtor usually proposes a plan of reorganization to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time.”

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Another West Seattle business anniversary: Massage Envy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/another-west-seattle-business-anniversary-massage-envy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/another-west-seattle-business-anniversary-massage-envy/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:32:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277625

It’s been a year since Massage Envy of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) opened at Westwood Village, and the anniversary celebration included tonight’s WS Chamber of Commerce After Hours event (in a tent just outside ME, to enjoy the summer night without disrupting the massages inside). Every month, a different local business hosts Chamber members for mingling and refreshments. At right below is Massage Envy proprietor Jennifer McCollum with Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis:

As part of the festivities, ME has a food drive all week – just come in and drop off donations in the barrel for the West Seattle Food Bank, whose Judy Yazzolino was there during tonight’s event:

Massage Envy also will be at the cancer-fighting West Seattle Relay for Life during its first few hours tomorrow night at West Seattle Stadium, 7:30-9:30 pm.

P.S. One more big benefit drive mentioned tonight – Stuff the Bus, the summertime diaper drive for WestSide Baby, whose executive director Nancy Woodland is president of the West Seattle Chamber Board. July 20th is the big day, in the parking lot of the Junction branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st and Alaska, but as mentioned here previously, you can start bringing in diaper donations now!

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NW Communication Connections: Welcome, new WSB sponsors! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/nw-communication-connections-welcome-new-wsb-sponsors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/nw-communication-connections-welcome-new-wsb-sponsors/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:45:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277613 This afternoon, we welcome a new WSB sponsor – locally owned NW Communication Connections! Here’s their message to you:

We are speech-language pathologists and glad to be here in West Seattle! Our office is located in The Junction, in the Jefferson Square building, where we have a fun space for working with people individually or in groups. Our mission is to not only help individuals improve their communication skills, but also to facilitate supportive connections with the local community whenever possible.

Katy and Ann have each spent many years working in the public schools, and are very familiar with the special education process. They are both “professional development junkies”, whose idea of a vacation is often to travel someplace fun to attend a conference.

Katy lives in West Seattle and has worked in public schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, and private practice for over 40 years. Most recently she worked at Arbor Heights Elementary, and is known to the community for her quiet professionalism, wide knowledge base, and caring nature. She is experienced working with clients from ages 3 years on up to young adulthood. Her areas of expertise include motor speech and phonological speech disorders, executive-function challenges, and social language/cognition skills for individuals on the upper end of the Autism Spectrum. Her objective is to design treatment/therapy plans to accommodate the individual needs of her clients. You can reach her at 206-947-7886.

Ann is known as an innovative professional, always looking for creative ways to infuse fun with solid interventions. She has spent many years focused on helping support people with social communication challenges and is excited to offer a range of social groups for the West Seattle community, including a social yoga group run in collaboration with Nicole Koleshis, an OT and sensory integration specialist, of Next Generation Yoga! She is also a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, a collaborative field of professionals that includes dentists, ENTs, sleep specialists, dental hygienists, and speech-language pathologists. You can reach her at 206-387-0947.

Please visit our website for more information, or call us for a free phone screening, so we can help you figure out what’s best for you. We look forward to connecting with you.

We thank NW Communication Connections 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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New West Seattle business: Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/new-west-seattle-business-emerald-water-anglers-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/new-west-seattle-business-emerald-water-anglers-in-the-junction/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:20:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277298

The newest mixed-use building to open in West Seattle has its first retail tenant: Emerald Water Anglers is expecting to open by the end of this week at the southeast corner of 42nd/Oregon, ground floor of Oregon 42. EWA, founded in 1999, describes itself as Seattle’s only full-service fly-fishing outfitter, with guide services as well as retail gear sales (including Patagonia). Here’s another reason to visit their store:

Artist Chris Haberman is painting a mural inside the store today. He says it’s meant to tell the story of the fly-fishing waterways of the Northwest. Haberman is based in Portland; this is his 35th mural, first one in Seattle. Meantime, we’ll update when we hear which day Emerald Water Anglers plans to open the Junction store.

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West Seattle real estate: Another Harbor Ave. site for sale; Fauntleroy Way followups http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-real-estate-another-harbor-ave-site-for-sale-fauntleroy-way-followups/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-real-estate-another-harbor-ave-site-for-sale-fauntleroy-way-followups/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 03:50:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277262 A few notes about commercial real estate in West Seattle:

HARBOR AVENUE SITE FOR SALE: New listing for a one-acre business/industrial site just east of the Harbor Avenue 7-11. 2501-2645 Harbor, three buildings used currently for marine-related business, is offered without a listing price – “negotiable,” according to the online flyer, which also notes, “Currently zoned C1-40. Excellent potential for apartment, office or mixed-use redevelopment.”

FAUNTLEROY WAY FOLLOWUPS: Late last year, we reported listings for three parcels on Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle. All three found buyers, according to our followup check of county records: 4441 Fauntleroy, home to an auto-repair business, sold this month for $2.1 million to a Burlington company; 4480 Fauntleroy, home to computer, coffee, and car businesses, sold in April for $708,000 to a SODO investor; and the 4151 Fauntleroy strip mall sold in December for $2.6 million to a Bellevue real-estate firm. None of the sites has a current development proposal.

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West Seattle biznote: Styling Studio closing to make way for 3210 California development http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-biznote-styling-studio-closing-to-make-way-for-3210-california-development/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-biznote-styling-studio-closing-to-make-way-for-3210-california-development/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:38:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277044

That little building at 3230 California SW is about to end its 40+-year run as a West Seattle hair salon, according to the proprietor of the one there now, Styling Studio. It was built in 1945 and is on the South Admiral site where work will start this year on the 134-apartment 3210 California mixed-use project. Styling Studio proprietor Robert Lopez contacted WSB to let us know June 30th is its final day. He says, “I tried to find another space, but negotiations fell through, and I’ve joined the staff at Belli Capelli, at 3902 California Ave SW, another longtime West Seattle hair establishment.”

3210 California’s land-use approval came in a month ago, as reported here; this week, its developer, Intracorp, filed for the shoring/excavation permit. We have asked for an update on when they expect to start demolition and construction, and are checking with other businesses about their plans. (If yours is among them and you see this before we contact you, please e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com with info on where you are going, as Robert did – thank you.)

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West Seattle biznote: School of Rock rolling into Jefferson Square http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-biznote-school-of-rock-rolling-into-jefferson-square/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-biznote-school-of-rock-rolling-into-jefferson-square/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:06:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276867

That’s a rendering of what proprietor Phil Gustavson says the sign will look like when he opens the West Seattle School of Rock on the outer east side of Jefferson Square in The Junction. Gustavson says he’s signed the lease for the space next door to Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) at 4701 41st SW, Suite 120. School of Rock is an international chain of music schools that teach guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums, with lessons leading to performances. In this metro area, it has branches in Greenwood and Bellevue. Gustavson isn’t estimating an opening date yet, saying it depends mostly on how long it takes to get permits.

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‘Pedestrian retail area’ zoning changes? Here’s what the city heard http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pedestrian-retail-area-zoning-changes-heres-what-the-city-heard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pedestrian-retail-area-zoning-changes-heres-what-the-city-heard/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:47:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276744

(Click image to see full-size citywide map of zones identified by the city)
Earlier this year, almost every community council in West Seattle (among others citywide) got a visit from Aly Pennucci, a Department of Planning and Development staffer working on potential zoning changes for “Pedestrian Retail Areas – which don’t necessarily align with what you might think of as neighborhood business districts. She brought along “preliminary recommendations” for each of the areas the city had pre-defined. At the same time, DPD put up an online survey that anyone could answer, and has just published the 902 replies it received, co-mingled instead of broken out by respondents’ neighborhoods, but if you scroll ahead to the second half, you’ll find the often-detailed replies to open questions such as “should other uses be allowed in pedestrian retail zones?”

This is all supposed to result in zoning changes to be proposed to the City Council by late summer. Something to add? aly.pennucci@seattle.gov

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