West Seattle businesses – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:34:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 West Seattle scene: Historic Seattle ‘heart-bombs’ C & P Coffee http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-scene-historic-seattle-heart-bombs-c-p-coffee/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-scene-historic-seattle-heart-bombs-c-p-coffee/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:36:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908838

This afternoon, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) became the third place that Historic Seattle has “heart-bombed” with Valentines and group photos. Executive director Kji Kelly explained a bit about the organization’s mission as the photo op was organized:

The gathering happened one day before proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores celebrate their coffee shop/community venue’s 15th anniversary:

Nothing to announce yet regarding their bid to buy the bungalow and the land it sits on – as we reported last Friday, they told us that the deadline for their counter-offer, after the site’s owner tentatively accepted one from a developer, is on hold.

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West Seattle gym Project 968: Welcome, new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-gym-project-968-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-gym-project-968-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:13:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908813 Today we are welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Project 968. Here’s what proprietor Michael Browder wants you to know:

Our mission is to provide every member and client access to researched protocols to increase the effectiveness of their workouts and provide individualized support in a community setting.

The gym name is Project 968, where 968 is the alphanumeric equivalence to YOU. Our approach to fitness is to take the typical gym experience and improve it by adding personal attention and providing instruction in a more intimate setting. The concept of the gym is simple; provide a small functional space for community members to exercise freely and allow members to feel they have a sense of ownership. Couple that with a non-pushy sales approach, free daily workouts that can be done on your own schedule and a weekend boot camp.

In addition to providing a warm and inviting place to work out, Project 968 is about supporting the local community. Although we have been open just a few weeks, we are participating in the West Seattle Art Walk, have donated to three school auctions, and offer our local seniors 50% off their monthly membership with provided exercises to specifically help them as they age.

I have been in the fitness industry for a decade and have had the privilege to work with a wide range of individuals from 8 to 70 years of age differing in physical capabilities and goals. My skillset includes general fitness, athletic performance, weight loss and increasing strength, flexibility and mobility. Every member and client of Project 968 will be provided with up-to-date training protocols to enable them to reach their desired results while staying injury free.

If you want to experience a different approach to gym memberships and personal training, we encourage you to stop by the gym and join our Saturday boot camp or do one of our daily workouts as our gift to you.

I look forward to welcoming you and showing you why we are different.

Michael Browder, West Seattle resident
4617 37th Ave SW | 206-504-7661
www.project968.com | info@project968.com

We thank Project 968 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 organizations get $10,000 city grant to boost small businesses http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-organizations-get-10000-city-grant-to-boost-small-businesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-organizations-get-10000-city-grant-to-boost-small-businesses/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:09:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908764 The latest list of “Only in Seattle” small-business-related grants was announced today by Mayor Durkan, and it includes $10,000 for a West Seattle collaboration. The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Junction Association are working on what WSJA executive director Lora Swift describes as “an outreach piece connecting new residents to small business in West Seattle.” The grants announced total $1.2 million distributed between 23 neighborhood business districts around the city, as listed here.

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CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY: 2 rounds of awards, including 1 that invites your votes http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/celebrating-sustainability-2-rounds-of-awards-including-1-that-invites-your-votes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/celebrating-sustainability-2-rounds-of-awards-including-1-that-invites-your-votes/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:09:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908634 Two rounds of upcoming citywide awards will celebrate sustainability – and both have West Seattle ties.

HEART OF SEATTLE AWARDS: Adam Werner of Clean Air Lawn Care in West Seattle sent word of these – not just because his business is nominated, but also because, as he points out, other West Seattle businesses are too. You can vote here; note the locally linked businesses in the dining, grocery, and sustainable-services categories.

SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS: You can’t vote on these – the finalists already have been chosen – but the event at which they’ll be announced is happening here in West Seattle, and you’re invited. Sustainable Seattle will present the awards the night of March 2nd at a party at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Finalists are listed here, and they include West Seattle restaurant Mashiko in the Business category as well as Plant for the Planet (which has a WS group) in the Resilience category. Tickets include a cocktail reception, dinner, and auction, and you can get yours here.

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FOLLOWUP: C & P Coffee situation, one month later http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-c-p-coffee-situation-one-month-later/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/followup-c-p-coffee-situation-one-month-later/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 03:20:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908517

(WSB file photo)

It’s been a full month now since first word that the 5612 California SW site of C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) had been put up for sale. Days later, proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores – who have been leasing the Craftsman house on the site for 15 years, not only selling beverages but also running it as what many consider a community center – launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise some of the money needed to buy it. And though their landlord tentatively accepted another offer, they said they had right of first refusal. At that time, a deadline was mentioned. We’ve been checking in with the Moores, including a conversation with Cameron today, and she says that deadline is no longer in play. Other than that, she says, there’s nothing to report – they’re still working toward a purchase, and there are “many moving pieces” in the situation. She stresses that they are endlessly thankful for all the community support. (That includes the upcoming “heartbombing” event organized by Historic Seattle next Tuesday.)

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CONGRATULATIONS! Multiple awards for West Seattle Nursery display at Flower & Garden Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-multiple-awards-for-west-seattle-nursery-display-at-flower-garden-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-multiple-awards-for-west-seattle-nursery-display-at-flower-garden-festival/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:45:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908387

That video tweet is just one of the tips we got about this big news – congratulations to West Seattle Nursery for winning multiple awards at the biggest gardening event of the year. From Marie McKinsey:

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival is running now through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. We are happy to say that our display garden – Wabi Sabi: Embracing Flawed Beauty – was awarded the Founder’s Cup (best of show) award. We also won a Gold Medal, awards for Best Use of Horticulture, Best Use of Color and the Garden Design Magazine award. We are honored, happy and a bit overwhelmed!

You can read more about the display garden – including its plant list – on the WS Nursery website. For info about the Flower and Garden Festival downtown, go here.

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BIZNOTE: Virago Gallery moving around the corner to ex-bookstore space http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-virago-gallery-moving-around-the-corner-to-ex-bookstore-space/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-virago-gallery-moving-around-the-corner-to-ex-bookstore-space/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:15:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908315 A West Seattle Junction business is on the move … but not going far. Virago Gallery is moving from 4306 SW Alaska, the space just west of Easy Street Records, to 4537 California SW, where Merryweather (Leisure) Books recently closed.

But don’t look for Virago in its new space just yet – proprietor Tracy Cilona told us today that the remodeling work is just about to get under way and she’ll be moving in this April or May. Meantime, Virago’s current location remains open – and in fact you’re invited to stop in during West Seattle Art Walk tomorrow night, 6-9 pm, for a trunk show and pop-up by Kate S. Mensah.

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: ‘Have a Heart’ at Illusions Hair Design, celebrating 40 years! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-biznote-have-a-heart-at-illusions-hair-design-celebrating-40-years/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-biznote-have-a-heart-at-illusions-hair-design-celebrating-40-years/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:11:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908284 (WSB photo)

Just one week until Valentine’s Day, and Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) just might be the Valentiney-est place in West Seattle. As briefly noted last week, this year, in honor of their 40th anniversary, Illusions has expanded its annual “Have a Heart” community-nonprofit fundraiser to last an entire month. Illusions’ proprietor Sue Lindblom (front and center in our photo) and the team will “sell” you a paper heart at the for a $1, $5, or $20 donation that goes to Southwest Youth and Family Services, while your paper heart goes up on the wall. And whatever you donate goes an extra distance because Illusions is matching donations, up to $1,000! Illusions (which opened in June 1978 and has been a WSB sponsor for 10 of those 40 years!) is at 5619 California SW.

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CONGRATULATIONS! 20th anniversary celebration at SoundYoga http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-20th-anniversary-celebration-at-soundyoga/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-20th-anniversary-celebration-at-soundyoga/#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:59:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907907 (WSB photo – from left, Shelly, Virginia, Cheryl, Chris, Maria, Jule F., Julie J., Karie)

Tired of staring out the window at the rain? Go wish SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) a happy 20th anniversary! Until 4 pm, the celebration is on at SoundYoga’s 5639 California SW [map] studio. Long before yoga became trendy, Chris Dormaier founded SoundYoga; she is also a Certified Teacher Trainer in the tradition of Krishnamacharya – the tradition in which all SoundYoga teachers are certified. They’re celebrating this afternoon with demonstrations, raffles, and free SoundYoga license-plate holders. Chris tells us that SoundYoga was West Seattle’s first yoga studio and that when she was getting started, they ended up buying the property because no one would rent to her – they thought a yoga business wouldn’t last! Not only has it lasted … there are new features, like the “total relaxation” setup:

You can see the current SoundYoga class schedule here.

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL: Here’s who’s in the new city-convened group http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/small-business-advisory-council-heres-whos-in-the-new-city-convened-group/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/small-business-advisory-council-heres-whos-in-the-new-city-convened-group/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:31:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907819 The members of the new city-convened Small Business Advisory Council have just been announced, and we recognize two West Seattle businesses on the list. As explained in the news release from Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s office, the SBAC is “a group tasked with ensuring small businesses have a role in informing policies and programs, and have the access to resources they need to thrive and be part of the solutions to the challenges of growth and Seattle’s affordability crisis” and “will provide input on the impact of City decisions, make policy recommendations, and help increase access to tools and resources available to small businesses including arts and culture organizations.” The announcement notes that small businesses “account for more than half of all jobs in Washington State and employ nearly 200,000 people in Seattle.”

Here are the members announced by the mayor – we’ve highlighted those we know have local ties (please let us know if we missed someone!):

Co-Chair Joe Fugere, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
Co-Chair Taylor Hoang, Cyclo Corp., Ethnic Business Coalition
Co-Chair Donna Moodie, Marjorie Restaurant, Mint Holding
Co-Chair Tracy Taylor, Elliott Bay Book Company
Maryan Abdulle, Nasib Family Child Care
Zewditu Aschenaki, Salon Adidez
Joey Burgess, Queer/Bar, Grim’s Provisions and Spirits
Shaiza Damji, Hotel Nexus
Solomon Dubie, Café Avole
Annette Heide-Jessen, Kaffeeklatsch
Edouardo Jordan, Salare Restaurant, JuneBaby
Lacey Leavitt, Electric Dream Factory
Elise Lindborg, ZippyDogs LLC
Rachel Marshall, Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Michael Megalli, indie.biz
Debbie Millard, Ballard Oil Company
Molly Moon, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Linda Morton, Terra Plata
Gayle Nowicki, Gargoyles Statuary
Kamala Saxton, Marination
Lei Ann Shiramizu, Momo
Leigh Stone, Crybaby Studios
Gail Stringer, Hawaii General Store
Chuck Wang, Stage
Edwin Wanji, Sphere Solar Energy
Beto Yarce, Ventures
Lara Zahaba, Stoup Brewing

The SBAC also will have two city councilmembers serving “ex officio”: West Seattle/South Park’s Lisa Herbold and, newly elected to citywide Position 8, Teresa Mosqueda. The group’s expected to meet quarterly, starting with its first meeting on February 21st.

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BIZNOTE: Wondering how soon Olympia Coffee is opening in West Seattle? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/biznote-wondering-how-soon-olympia-coffee-is-opening-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/biznote-wondering-how-soon-olympia-coffee-is-opening-in-west-seattle/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:05:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907497

It’s a popular question this week – how soon will Olympia Coffee open its new West Seattle location at 3840 California SW, first announced eight months ago? The paper’s down from the windows, and that’s what led to multiple inquiries in our inbox. After e-mail and repeated trips these past few days to see if we could find anyone there to ask, the latter tactic was finally successful this afternoon. We’re told they have one more inspection to go through, and could have an opening-date announcement as soon as tomorrow. As noted in our previous reports, though the company was founded in its namesake city, co-proprietor Sam Schroeder has deep West Seattle roots.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Alki Bike and Board! New WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/happy-30th-anniversary-alki-bike-and-board-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/happy-30th-anniversary-alki-bike-and-board-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:35:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907286 Alki Bike and Board is celebrating its 30th anniversary of family ownership, and has joined the WSB sponsor team for the occasion. Here’s what proprietor Stu Hennessey wants you to know about his Admiral District business:

It has been 30 years since the Hennessey family bought what was the Alki Bike Shop on Alki Beach. Since those days, much has changed, including the location. In 1991, the bike shop moved to the Admiral District for easier customer access and a bigger building. The name Alki stayed with the company as they settled into the current location at 2606 California Ave. SW.

In the meantime, much has changed about bicycle use, and the need for a simpler and healthier way to get in and out of West Seattle became the foundation of bicycling in West Seattle. The shop that once sponsored competitive athletes now serves the growing population of daily commuters, family riders, and baby boomers who have changed their riding style as they get older.

Being one of the first Electric Bike shops in a city that has a lot of hills, Alki Bike and Board has created what is now known as a Seattle Proof Electric Bike that will handle Seattle’s hilly terrain without wearing out in a short time.

Every January, the Alki Bike and Board repair shop offers half-price bike tuneups through March 1st. This is a good time to get ready for spring before the repair rush gets fully started.

The Hennessey family members that you will meet when you visit the shop include Julian Hennessey, his mom Gabi Hennessey, and dad Stu Hennessey. Another son, Patrick Hennessey, now lives in Leavenworth, Washington, where he has become a leader in promoting a variety of year- round outdoor sports that include downhill mountain biking and speed kite-flying.

The Hennesseys are the fourth owners of the Alki namesake bike shop since it was first opened by Rex Clark in 1936.

Alki Bike and Board is at 2606 California SW, online at alkibikeandboard.com.

We thank Alki Bike and Board 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 Chamber of Commerce kicks off ‘year of opportunities’ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-kicks-off-year-of-opportunities/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-kicks-off-year-of-opportunities/#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:52:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907200

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has launched what its CEO Lynn Dennis called “a year of opportunities.”

At the Chamber’s annual meeting on Thursday, she issued a challenge to members: “When you see an opportunity for your business or other businesses, reach out to (me) or board members, and let’s work together. … Think how much we can get done.”

Members in turn presented challenges and requests, talking in table-based groups to help chart the organization’s course for 2018.

Given the meeting’s fresh-start theme, the location was auspicious – The Sanctuary at Admiral, the city-landmark event venue that had just the night before celebrated its relaunch under new management – the team from Duos, including Benjamin Jury:

The new look inside the old ex-church begins in its foyer:

Speaking of new, Dennis introduced Pete Spalding as the Chamber’s board chair for this year:

Spalding, a longtime community advocate who lives on Pigeon Point, works for Verity Credit Union, which is opening a branch in The Junction later this year. He said Chamber members will be surveyed soon about what they consider important issues. (The last survey had a 60 percent return rate, he said.) But some issues they already know will be big this year include Fauntleroy Boulevard, West Seattle light rail, homelessness, the proposed city “head tax,” and state B&O taxes.

ACHIEVEMENTS: Dennis said the Chamber had tackled its goals for 2017:

-Take visible action to stimulate and support a strong local and regional economy
-Provide a compelling portfolio of membership benefits meeting the needs of the business community
-Deeper leadership, including a succession plan

The stats for the year included growing membership to more than 200, with more than 70 percent of them having been represented at at least one Chamber event during the year (total attendance at events passed 1,300).

Besides continuing the longrunning series of monthly lunches, street cleanups and partnerships were among the year’s achievements. Dennis singled out the dropoff recycling event at which 342 vehicles came through in a few hours. Waste Management and the West Seattle Junction Association were among the partners for that event; Dennis also noted the Job Fair in which the Chamber and Junction Association partnered (WSB was a sponsor of that event). And event/candidate forums were part of the year’s achievements, too.

LOOKING AHEAD: Table-by-table discussions resulted in suggestions for what members want to get out of the Chamber and its events in the coming year. After about 10 minutes of cataloging ideas and suggestions, here’s what was reported back to the full gathering:

“Membership” table: Networking, advice from fellow business owners, heads-up on details (filings etc.), information on businesses “coming in and out of West Seattle,” employee recruitment, sexual-harassment training, adding more information to the Chamber website, recommendations of local businesses.

“Government” topics table: Bring in more officials, police, etc., and be clear before their appearances on what members hope to get out of the meeting … Leadership-development classes at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) … New tax laws and how they affect businesses … The upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct closure and demolition when the tunnel opens – “instead of looking at it like it’s a bad thing, look at (opportunities)” such as increased on-peninsula employment and shopping.

“Strengthening/supporting the local business community” table: Many companies are looking for help with marketing their events and attracting sponsors for them … Finding out more about grants … Have Chamber highlight members’ services/products … More educational programs. Toward “how can the Chamber support businesses?” there was a suggestion for more news and other reasons for people to use the Chamber’s website.

“Community support” table: Spotlighting local nonprofits, serving on their boards, offering workshops. Table members wanted to “reach our neighbors, have our own version of Yelp that keeps us from going anywhere else,” facilitate connections/introductions for new businesses – when customers are asked “how did you find us?” they felt the answer should be “through the Chamber.”

Government affairs/advocacy: Concerns included income inequity and economic injustice.
Also: the impending head tax, new city rules for landlords, secure scheduling.

As CEO Dennis mentioned repeatedly, one way everyone can help turn ideas into reality is to get involved in the Chamber’s various committees: “We’ve got a dotted line for you to sign today.”

Earlier in the meeting:

ANNOUNCEMENTS: HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) has declared its West Seattle branch (4022 SW Alaska) the most successful in the company, today’s lunch was told … Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) will be open and moving residents in by March … Whole Foods Market is “projecting to open late spring 2019,” according to management at The Whittaker (WSB sponsor) … ArtsWest is still presenting “Peerless,” Sandy Adams reminded everyone … the next Chamber lunch will feature speed networking … In honor of their 40th anniversary, Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) will spend the entire month of February selling paper hearts with proceeds going to Southwest Youth and Family Services, rather than the traditional one-day “Have a Heart” benefit-haircut event.

REMEMBERING DOTTY HUGHES: Toward the start of the program, Amy Lee Derenthal offered a tribute to Dotty Hughes, the Chamber member and active community volunteer who died suddenly last month. She spoke of Ms. Hughes’s memorable personality and endless involvement, concluding: “I wanted you all to know there was a Dotty, and she was awesome.”

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has monthly lunch meetings and other events – you can find the calendar and other information at wschamber.com.

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BUSINESS IN PARKS: Call for concession proposals; plus, Lincoln Park ‘outdoor preschool’ meeting reminder http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/business-in-parks-call-for-concession-proposals-plus-lincoln-park-outdoor-preschool-meeting-reminder/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:06:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907125 Two notes about businesses in city parks:

CALL FOR CONCESSIONS: Looking ahead to summer, the city wants to be sure you know about this, in case you operate – or know of – a business that might qualify:

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking proposals for seasonal partners to operate food service, recreational activities, and group fitness concessions in various park locations throughout Seattle. Locations vary with sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained service businesses. Proposals are due by March 16. Details here.

Among the documents you’ll find on that page is this one that includes specific locations open to food concessions this summer – including, in West Seattle, two at Alki Beach and one at Lincoln Park.

PRESCHOOL MEETING: We first reported last month that another city park in West Seattle will be the site of an “outdoor preschool” starting this fall. One has been operating at Camp Long, and now Parks is also opening Lincoln Park to a preschool program. A new operator called Roots and Sky Nature School is expected to get the contract, Parks confirmed in early January, and a meeting is planned 6-7 pm this Friday (January 26th) at Dakota Place Park (4304 SW Dakota) for anyone with questions about the plan.

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Fresh Vitamins; Just Poké http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-biznotes-fresh-vitamins-just-poke/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-biznotes-fresh-vitamins-just-poke/#comments Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:31:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907114 Two biznotes this afternoon:

FRESH VITAMINS: After noticing the “store closing”/liquidation sale signs at the Westwood Village store last night, we called today for details. We’re told the chain is closing its Washington and California stores but the exact date depends on how quickly the inventory is sold – could be open for a few more weeks.

JUST POKE: After a commenter pointed out recently that this poké restaurant mini-chain had announced it’s coming to West Seattle this year, we asked for more details. Finally heard back from co-founder Norman, who explains that it’s taking a little longer than they had hoped because the first (unspecified) location fell through – but they’re on the brink of signing for another (unspecified) location, one that he said already is set up for food/beverages, so once they have a lease, the turnaround won’t be too long.

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