West Seattle businesses – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 May 2018 00:33:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Sneak peek inside new Burien PCC before Wednesday grand opening http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sneak-peek-inside-new-burien-pcc-before-wednesday-grand-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sneak-peek-inside-new-burien-pcc-before-wednesday-grand-opening/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 04:27:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917438 (WSB photos)

At 8:45 tomorrow morning, you’re invited to be at the new Burien PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) store as it opens for business. We went to tonight’s media preview so we could show you a sneak peek – and find out what the new West Seattle store might have in common with this one. Short answer to that: Pretty much everything, as this is the prototype for all new PCC stores, we’re told. With, of course, perennially popular features like the bulk items:

And newer features like a taqueria and pizzeria:

Back to the classics – a space for classes:

And if your time is too short to prep and cook from scratch, you’ll have meal-kit options:

Beverage options:

And for yogurt lovers:

The centerpiece in the produce area holds a special significance:

An official “pineapple cutting” will start the opening ceremony at 8:45 tomorrow morning, and the first 112 people there will get free fresh organic pineapple. The store opens at 9 am. It’s in what used to be a Albertsons at the Five Corners Shopping Center, 15840 1st Avenue S. It’s 25,000 square feet, the same size planned for the new West Seattle store, expected to open by “late summer” next year.

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Verity Credit Union’s West Seattle brainstorming breakfast, pre-opening http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/verity-credit-unions-west-seattle-brainstorming-breakfast-pre-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/verity-credit-unions-west-seattle-brainstorming-breakfast-pre-opening/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 20:29:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917409 (WSB photo: Verity team at this morning’s breakfast)

You might have noticed that Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) is getting a jump on community involvement, even before opening their first branch in West Seattle. They’ve gotten involved with community events from the West Seattle Food Bank‘s Instruments of Change to Bike Everywhere Day. This morning, Verity hosted an event of its own, gathering West Seattle community leaders for a brainstorming breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction.

Attendees were asked three questions:

*What makes West Seattle unique – how is it different from other neighborhoods?
*What role can Verity play in the community?
*What do you need from a bank that you’re not getting now?

Verity CEO John Zmolek participated, and presented Senior Center executive director Lyle Evans with a $1,200 donation for the center’s foot-care program:

Verity CU expects to be open in the former Radio Shack storefront on California south of Oregon before West Seattle Summer Fest (July 13-15). During the festival, they’re planning a variety of activities out front of what will by then be the newly opened branch.

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BIZNOTE: Stuffed Cakes’ founder says she will close her shop in mid-summer http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-stuffed-cakes-founder-says-she-will-close-her-shop-in-mid-summer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-stuffed-cakes-founder-says-she-will-close-her-shop-in-mid-summer/#comments Sun, 20 May 2018 23:11:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917296

(WSB photo: Donna Lawson during her shop’s 1st-anniversary party in 2012)

One of West Seattle’s most beloved bakers has announced she will be shutting down her shop. Here’s what Stuffed Cakes proprietor Donna Lawson posted online today:

It’s hard for me to write this, but the time has come for me to make a big ol’ change in my life. When I started Stuffed Cakes in 2010, I was excited to start sharing my love of making deliciously creative cakes with more than just my friends and family. My first year of business was a steep learning curve, but I was able to take my tiny investment, build my customer base and open my first shop a year later – a lifelong dream come true.

I opened my shop a couple of blocks from my house, MY neighborhood, MY shop; a way to really be part of this wonderful West Seattle community I call home. The neighbors that pop in to my shop quickly became regulars that became friends I look forward to see annually, monthly, weekly, or sometimes even more often. I really couldn’t ask for better customers! We’ve laughed together, cried together, shared hugs, stories, and mostly just our lives while nibbling on tasty treats. I’ve watched babies grow into fantastic big kids, and teens grow up to be amazing young adults. I’ve made engagement cakes, wedding cakes, baby shower cakes, baby’s 1st birthday smash cakes, and birthday cakes from then on for families. We’ve made thousands of custom cupcakes for businesses like Google and Amazon, and even more for anyone walking in for that special treat. I have made cakes on national television and even for celebrities as big as Billy Joel! We’ve won award after award, and stood our ground against some of the best pastry chefs in town. We’ve been part of the best days of your life, and even part of your saddest times – and I’m beyond honored that you have counted on us and trusted us to be part of your big moments. I’ve caught myself tear up more than once, realizing I created exactly what I dreamt of – that little neighborhood shop that brings joy to others lives and creates memories that might even last a lifetime.

It’s time I take Stuffed Cakes in a different direction. Some of you know (and most of you don’t) that I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis – both of which do not do well with long days and body-taxing work. Unfortunately, Seattle is making it harder and harder for micro businesses to flourish. Business owners either end up taking on more and more work, or we have to expand into a kind of business model we don’t want. I need to re-prioritize: more time with family and friends; and most-importantly, more time taking care of my physical self.

What does this mean for Stuffed Cakes? Well, the honest answer is I’m not entirely sure. I know I want to teach and share my art with you. I will be growing my online presence – with videos, more photos on a regular basis and hopefully even in-person classes. Who knows, maybe I’ll even write a book!

I’ve gone round and round, over all of my options, and I’ve decided it’s time to close my shop. This has been an incredibly hard decision to make – one I have not taken lightly. I have never been for lack of customers and for that I am truly grateful!

July 28th, 2018 will be Stuffed Cakes Grand Closing party! We had the MOST amazing, supportive Grand Opening in the fall of 2011, and now it’s time to go out with a BANG!, Mostly I just want to have a great time with all of you and give back to my community. More info to come…

So, if you need a cake, get your order in! The last date we’re taking custom orders for is Saturday, July 21st so we can focus on walk-in customers and prepare for our party on July 28th. Starting today there will be a $150 minimum order with a preference given to more elaborate cakes. Most of June is booking up quickly, we’ll be closed the week of 4th of July, and we’re only taking orders for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from now on so don’t wait to place your order.

If you know anyone looking to buy a turn-key bakery/catering spot, please have them email bakeryforsale98126@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you EVERYONE!
I LOVE YOU!

(Thanks to Sandy for the tip.)

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West Seattle’s Potter Construction participates in Rampathon, celebrates awards http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattles-potter-construction-participates-in-rampathon-celebrates-awards/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattles-potter-construction-participates-in-rampathon-celebrates-awards/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 23:40:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917187 (First 2 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

While many were relaxing this Saturday, hundreds of local construction workers were volunteering their time to build mobility-enhancing ramps at local homes. It was the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties‘ 25th annual Rampathon, building 50 ramps this year around the region, including one in West Seattle, built by Potter Construction (WSB sponsor). We stopped by this morning while the crew was building a ramp for a 69-year-old woman who lives near Genesee Hill Elementary.

(From left, Karl, Dan, Gary, David, Jeff)

While writing this, we got a photo of the finished ramp from Potter Construction’s Karl Coy.

We also want to congratulate Potter Construction for winning three Remodeling/Trade Remodeling Excellence Awards from MBAKS’s Remodelers Council earlier this month. They won for Major Remodel Excellence, Kitchen Excellence, and Design Excellence – Universal Design:

See more photos here.

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HAPPENING NOW: Second sold-out West Seattle Junction Wine Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-second-sold-out-west-seattle-junction-wine-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-second-sold-out-west-seattle-junction-wine-walk/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 02:02:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917084

The West Seattle Junction Association‘s second Wine Walk is sold out! CAPERS is the epicenter – that’s where Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring tonight, and where the limited supply of same-day tickets were snapped up after they went on sale an hour before the Wine Walk started:

But even if you didn’t get a Wine Walk ticket, you can do some evening shopping – for example, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) has kicked off its 45th anniversary sale – 30 percent to 50 percent off! – and you can shop with a soundtrack as musician Zechariah Valette is performing there:

The Menashes are featuring wines from Aluel Cellars. More than a dozen wineries are paired with businesses for the Wine Walk. At Fleurt, it’s Coral Wines – and a lot of smiles:

At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Convergence Zone Cellars is pouring:

Each winery is selling bottles as well as offering tastes. And if you enjoy candy with your wine – stop by VAIN (WSB sponsor), where they’re hosting Dolcetta, as well as Ellensburg Canyon Winery. The Wine Walk is on until 9 pm tonight; again, it’s sold out, but watch the Junction Association’s channels for word of the next one!

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BIZNOTE: Happy anniversary, Echoes Studios! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-happy-anniversary-echoes-studios/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-happy-anniversary-echoes-studios/#comments Fri, 18 May 2018 00:48:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916971 (Photo courtesy Echoes Studios)

One year in business! That’s the reason for a party this Saturday in North Delridge, announced by Echoes Studios:

Echoes Studios is celebrating our first anniversary with an open house on Saturday, May 19th, from 6 – 9 pm. Located in a historic former speakeasy in North Delridge’s music district next to the Skylark Café and Mode Music Studios, Echoes is owned and operated by engineer Bryan Standridge with business partner Matt Larson.

After making recordings in his Gatewood-area basement (and garages and practice spaces) for years with bands from across the country, including the acclaimed 2008 “She’s the Dutchess, I’m the Duke” LP, Bryan and his father-in-law built the warm, woody space by hand before opening last May. The goal was to create an amazing sounding room and a place where musicians and engineers could relax, hang out, and have an awesome time making music – from beginners and hobbyists in the studio for the very first time to seasoned pros.

Since opening last May, Bryan and accomplished engineers from around the city have recorded garage rock, surf, punk, rock n’ roll, folk, jazz, funk, fusion, and someone even made a movie over a long weekend. We’re so happy to be part of West Seattle’s amazing music community and super excited for the awesome sessions and projects lined up for the future.

Echoes Studios is at 3801 Delridge Way SW.

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Library to Business: Free help for local entrepreneurs http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/library-to-business-free-help-for-local-entrepreneurs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/library-to-business-free-help-for-local-entrepreneurs/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 18:34:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916764 Running a small business? And/or launching one? The Seattle Public Library has free consultation appointments open starting soon for its Library to Business program. Librarian Nancy Slote, who’s part of the L2B team, explains, “We help research business questions, particularly with market research. The library has great subscription databases, available in the branches and remotely, with a library card, which can provide consumer buying data and identify competitors and market trends. We meet with entrepreneurs in all stages of business development, from people with an idea, to those writing business plans, to those operating businesses.” They have appointments at the Delridge, High Point, and South Park branches – this flyer shows the day/time windows, and the number(s) to call to get yourself set up to go in for help (or, Nancy says, you can schedule via e-mail at L2B@spl.org).

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BIZNOTES: City Mouse Studio closed for building maintenance; FastSigns moving http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznotes-city-mouse-studio-closed-for-building-maintenance-fastsigns-moving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznotes-city-mouse-studio-closed-for-building-maintenance-fastsigns-moving/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 21:01:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916702 Two more biznotes:

CITY MOUSE CLOSED FOR A FEW DAYS: Donna at City Mouse Studio (4218 SW Alaska) in The Junction says her shop is closed for a few days – through Thursday
because of maintenance at the historic Campbell Building. She says hers is the only business affected. She expects to reopen at 10 am Friday.

FASTSIGNS MOVING: While at the West Seattle Food Bank‘s Instruments of Change event on Saturday night, we learned that FastSigns (6323 35th Ave. SW) is leaving West Seattle and headed to Burien. The FS website confirms the move to 922 151st SW is effective June 1st. The shop has been in the ex-laundromat space for almost four and a half years.

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Remembering Seth, the West Seattle Nursery cat http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remembering-seth-the-west-seattle-nursery-cat/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remembering-seth-the-west-seattle-nursery-cat/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 05:39:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916656

Nine years ago, in a WSB series on “shop cats,” we featured the story of Seth, who lived at West Seattle Nursery. This past week, WSN’s Marie McKinsey tells us, Seth passed away, at what you might call his retirement home:

No one here ever set out to have a nursery cat, but Seth wandered into the nursery one day, took a look around, and decided that he belonged here. Since it was clear that he wasn’t going to leave, the nursery staff adopted him. He had a good career at the nursery and became friends with a lot of customers. Working in retail took its toll, though, and after 12 years on the job, he was ready to retire. Ingrid Nokes, our gift and houseplant buyer, took him home to live with her and her husband. They made a comfortable home for him to live out his remaining years. Ingrid says, “He was a great mouser and became quite the love kitty in his later years. We will miss him greatly!” Seth passed away peacefully (Wednesday) morning at home, curled up on his favorite pillow.

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BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market sets opening date http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-tonys-market-sets-opening-date/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-tonys-market-sets-opening-date/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 16:04:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916261

We have the answer to a popular seasonal question: When is the Tony’s Market produce stand opening for the season? As we explain to those who ask, we usually find out by watching for signs of activity at the 35th/Barton site and pulling over when we see someone. That’s what happened yesterday, and so we were able to ask proprietor Joey Genzale about his plans. He says the stand will soft-open tomorrow (Friday, May 11th), around 9 am.

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Special delivery for Chief Sealth International High School http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/special-delivery-for-chief-sealth-international-high-school/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/special-delivery-for-chief-sealth-international-high-school/#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 22:25:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916184

Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer (above left) welcomed a contigent from John L. Scott Westwood and Evergreen Home Loans today. They had a special drive to help the school and brought the results – including, along with a $1,000 check, a video gaming chair for special-needs students, a camera kit for the art department, a marker board for the faculty, and clothing for students in need. They also brought fruit and candy for the faculty staff room!

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SPORTS: Rambo Total Pest Control backs Little League teams in two counties – with a West Seattle backstory http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sports-rambo-total-pest-control-backs-little-league-teams-in-two-counties-with-a-west-seattle-backstory/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sports-rambo-total-pest-control-backs-little-league-teams-in-two-counties-with-a-west-seattle-backstory/#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 02:14:39 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916069 If someone in your family plays Little League (or other youth sports), you know it takes a lot of support – the families, the coaches, and the sponsors. One of our sponsors, Rambo Total Pest Control, is sponsoring teams in two neighborhoods – the one down south where they’re based, and here in West Seattle, where proprietor Luke Rambo has deep roots (which is why his company does a lot of work up here, and why they advertise with us). He shared a story about his interest and involvement, and appreciation for what it takes:

This is my favorite time of year. The crack of the bat, the cheering of the fans, the smell of freshly cut grass. Baseball season is upon us, finally! Every Spring since the dawn of time (well, maybe not quite that long ago), the eternal optimism, and hope of spring bring us a new baseball season. This time of year I am reminded of my childhood glory days spent fielding, throwing, hitting, and a little bit of pitching on the Bar-S Fields, followed by ice cream at Husky Deli after each team win.

I grew up in West Seattle and played in West Seattle Little League for the Laporte Eide Indians.  Some of my best childhood memories happened in those few short formative years between 9 and 12 years old down at Bar-S Field.  Our coach was a young up and comer named Vince Ormiston.  Some of the guys I played with were Sean and Ryan Wooten, Scott Olsen, Brian Pena, Andy Coghill, Jarrett Trail, and quite a few others, some of whom I went on to play ball with at West Seattle High School.  We shared some great times there at Bar S and I know the same is true for many others. 


 
In my early 20’s I moved with my wife to Puyallup, and we now have an 11 year old son and an 8
year old daughter.  Our son plays for South Hill Little League (majors) White Sox, and I get to
be one of the coaches on his team.  This is another special group of young men, working hard to
play well, have fun, and develop their own passion for the game of Baseball.  It is a pleasure
working with these players, our coaches, and the parents. 

With my increased involvement in Little League these past few seasons, I came to realize how much effort goes into keeping these organizations alive.  From the many decisions and strategy sessions run by the Board for each local league, to the late nights setting lineups by the coaches, to the team moms busily collecting donations for raffle items at the league fundraisers, to all the thousands of parents, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors who support these players in their development.  The moving parts that keep these leagues together are amazing to watch! 

Considering everything I have gained personally from my own involvement in Little League, as well as that of my family and friends, we decided to have our company Rambo Total Pest Control become an official sponsor of West Seattle Little League and South Hill Little League.

We hope to give back and help out in a small way to keep the spirit of Little League alive and well for the next generation.  Our sponsorship will help contribute to things like field
maintenance, uniforms, equipment, and baseballs.  Look for our banners at Bar-S Field by Alki – photo above – and the Fruitland Grange in South Hill this season and seasons to come! Thank you to the many volunteers who keep these leagues running!

Respectfully, Luke Rambo

And if you need pest-control services, you can reach them at 866-540-RAMBO7262), or RamboPest.com. (Disclosure – besides being a longtime WSB sponsor, Rambo is also our pest-control provider … they’ve helped us keep away those pesky little ants in recent years.)

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BIZNOTE: West Seattle HomeStreet Bank saying farewell to John Babauta http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-homestreet-bank-saying-farewell-to-john-babauta/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-homestreet-bank-saying-farewell-to-john-babauta/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 16:57:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915909 (WSB photo)

Another banking biznote today: Personal banker John Babauta is saying goodbye to the West Seattle branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor). He’s staying with the company, moving on to the investment-services division, but will no longer be based in WS. If you don’t know John for his work at HomeStreet, you may know him for his community involvement, including service on the board of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. You have until his last day on Friday, May 18th, to stop in and wish him well. Branch manager Nam Le says that because of John’s departure, “Our wonderful team is looking to hire an all-star banker to our West Seattle team at HomeStreet Bank.” The job is posted in the WSB Forums’ West Seattle Jobs Offered section.

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BIZNOTE: Happy 20th anniversary, Curious Kidstuff! Sale on Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-happy-20th-anniversary-curious-kidstuff-sale-on-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-happy-20th-anniversary-curious-kidstuff-sale-on-sunday/#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 19:58:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915663

Ann Walker has a big reason to smile – her West Seattle Junction shop Curious Kidstuff (WSB sponsor) is celebrating 20 years in business! And in honor of that, this year’s anniversary sale is bigger than ever – 11 am-5 pm on Sunday (May 6th). More on that in a moment – but first, a bit more of this business’s backstory!

Ann came to Seattle from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she grew up, and Curious Kidstuff is modeled after a shop in Minneapolis. It’s officially described as a shop that features “non-violent toys, books, music, art, and other tricks and treasures. You will find green toys, wooden toys, infant to 12 years. All products in our store are up to the highest new safety standards and every item has a USA General Conformity Certificate. We welcome children to play with our many display tables. We have truly created a safe and warm environment to discover and socialize with others.”

So what’s changed over the 20 years she’s been in business? Back when she was starting up, Ann says, The Junction had about 10 open retail spaces – long before new construction added more retail spaces – so she had many options. Also, she says she could never have imagined she would see a second generation of customers – some who came to her store as kids are coming there now with their own kids! She also recognizes that toys and games aren’t just for kids, and has begun stocking more puzzles and games geared toward adults – they are popular with the new apartment residents, who are becoming steady customers. Meantime, her store has grown to have a staff of six.

Whatever you’re looking for, you are invited to help Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW) celebrate on Sunday. Ann calls it the 20/20 sale – 20 years in business, 20 percent off everything in the store (excluding LEGO brand items). Besides the discounts, the daylong party will include games and crafts, prize drawings, a family photo booth, treats, and … what’s the store’s always about … fun.

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VIDEO: 2018 Westside Awards connect peninsula’s present and future http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/video-2018-westside-awards-connect-peninsulas-present-and-future/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/video-2018-westside-awards-connect-peninsulas-present-and-future/#comments Wed, 02 May 2018 03:13:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915454

Photos/video by Patrick Sand
Story by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

The next generations of Husky Deli ownership were among the stars of the show at this morning’s Westside Awards breakfast, presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

They’re in our top photo, between Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis and board chair Pete Spalding – Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller‘s daughter Kate Meyer, her husband Tom Meyer, and their son Henry Meyer. They were there to accept the Business of the Year award, with Jack and wife Heidi off on vacation (but appearing via video).

It was perfectly emblematic of what the Westside Awards have become over the years – a celebration of the future as well as the present. The honor given to Emerging Business of the Year – this year, the gift shop Alair – underscores that, too.

But first, if you missed the early-morning event at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), here’s our video of the heart of it, the presentations and acceptance speeches:

Everyone had something unique and touching to say, but if you can only watch for a few minutes, don’t miss Westsider of the Year Lora Swift (executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association) and her mock-borrowed speech, 17 minutes into our video. Now, highlights of who said what, plus more photos, after the jump:

The crowd first heard from keynoter Joe Fugere, of Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria – not a West Seattle business, but Fugere is co-chair of the mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council and so now has a citywide role in his fellow entrepreneurs’ success.

(Added: Here’s our video of his speech.)

On to the honorees. The Meyers of Husky Deli offered a simple message of gratitude, echoed by Jack Miller on video, noting their business has been around 85 years already, and with the new generations – get to work already, Henry! – they hoped for at least 85 more.

Next, Alair proprietor Shandon Graybeal was hailed for attributes including warmly welcoming everyone who walks into her store, and offering so many locally/regionally sourced items, as well as an abundance of community giving.

She thanked the Chamber for “cheering on” her shop in its 18 months so far, and expressed community appreciation for support as she deals with “the reality of small business …” something that’s impossible to handle alone. And she had kudos for a long list of friends who helped her get going.

Next – the community fixture celebrated as Nonprofit of the Year, and a place where not only are the present and future connected but because of its cherished elder participants, so is the past:

The Senior Center of West Seattle was introduced – for anyone who didn’t already know – as a place where there’s something going on all day long, all night long, every day of the week. Dancing, Rainbow Bingo … and executive director Lyle Evans (third from right above) added that the list of activities, where you’ll find people “from their 20s to their 90s,” also ranges from Tai Chi to cannabis education.

Finally, Swift was brought up to accept Westsider of the Year. She was in attendance with husband Ian:

Introducing her, Spalding lauded her for not only her accomplishments, but also her talents in community-building and making connections, and helping others form partnerships. Much of her speech was humorous – you just have to go back up to the video and see for yourself! – but she also admitted to being awed “by the power of our community.” She recalled Mayor Jenny Durkan’s visit back in February, starting with a Junction walking tour (WSB coverage here), and wondering in advance what she would talk to the mayor about. In the end, she told the gathering of fellow West Seattleites “I talked about you.”

The morning of celebrating the present and future ended, appropriately, with a few words on behalf of a business that’s about to open – Quail Park Memory Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) announced the furniture was going in right at that moment and its first residents were soon to follow.

The Westside Awards, by the way, are not the result of a popularity poll, or any vote at all – they are the result of community-generated nominations and then judging based on merits and criteria. Watch for your chance to nominate someone/someplace early next year!

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