West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle businesses http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:40:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 CONGRATULATIONS! Lifetime Achievement Award for Annie’s Nannies founder Annie Davis http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-lifetime-achievement-award-for-annies-nannies-founder-annie-davis/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-lifetime-achievement-award-for-annies-nannies-founder-annie-davis/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:03:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325804

(Annie’s Nannies founder Annie Davis with daughter & partner Suzanne Royer McCone)

Congratulations to Annie Davis, founder of West Seattle-based Annie’s Nannies (WSB sponsor), for a big honor. Here’s the announcement:

The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, a national non-profit that helps set the bar for safe professional service in the nanny industry, has bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award to Seattle’s Annie Davis, founder of Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated.

“I started my business in 1984. In the last 31 years, my staff has done a wonderful job helping thousands of our families find a nanny for their children. These women make me so proud and happy,” says Davis. “They offer integrity and compassion in finding a nanny the perfect position and the family the perfect nanny. My staff deserves this award and I will be sharing it with them, as well as a nice bottle of champagne!”

The Northwest’s longest-serving household staffing agency, Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated provides child care/family assistants, elder companions and other personal employees. ANI is a 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Award winner and the first Seattle small business to pay a $15 minimum wage.

Annie’s Nannies moved its headquarters from Ballard to West Seattle almost exactly a year ago.

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: Sound Bar in the works for ex-Feedback space in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznote-sound-bar-in-the-works-for-ex-feedback-space-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznote-sound-bar-in-the-works-for-ex-feedback-space-in-morgan-junction/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:37:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325774

Two months after Feedback Lounge closed in Morgan Junction, we know what’s next. And yes, it’s local. Get ready to say hello to Sound Bar. Its prospective proprietor is already a Morgan Junction entrepreneur – Dan Austin, whose restaurant Peel and Press less than a block south is about to celebrate its first anniversary. Full details on Sound Bar are yet to come, but Austin tells WSB that the space at 6451 California SW “will continue to be an awesome neighborhood cocktail bar and live music/entertainment venue.” He’ll continue to operate Peel and Press, too (if you haven’t been lately, it added lunch this summer).

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HAPPENING NOW: House demolition for nursery expansion http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-house-demolition-for-nursery-expansion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-house-demolition-for-nursery-expansion/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:40:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325762

Thanks for the texted photos! As previewed here last week, the house on California SW immediately north of West Seattle Nursery (California SW & SW Brandon) is coming down today to make way for the nursery’s expansion. We’re told many parts of the house were salvaged before teardown; there was hope of giving the house away to someone to move a new site, but no taker. The new addition, designed by LD Arch Design and built by Ventana Construction (both West Seattle businesses and WSB sponsors), is expected to be done by spring.

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HAPPENING NOW: 11th anniversary party @ Click! Design That Fits http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-11th-anniversary-party-click-design-that-fits/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-11th-anniversary-party-click-design-that-fits/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 01:50:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325574

The day is ending more cheerfully than it began for Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) proprietors John and Frances Smersh. The shop’s 11th anniversary party is on, until 8 pm as planned, despite the overnight burglary (one of two local businesses hit, as reported here). And despite the fact the burglars even made off with the champagne. That was easily replaceable, as pointed out on the Click! Instagram account. So stop by to shop and sip.

Along with treats, you’ll also find deals, as noted in their website announcement about the event – written five days ago; it points out that #11 is the steel anniversary, and: “… steel is a strong material, but not unyielding, moving both to the forces of nature and of women and men. The celebration of eleven years in business has its roots in both strength and flexibility.” Along with words of thanks, that item also notes this marks five years since Click! moved from a cozy Admiral space to the spacious storefront at 4540 California SW in The Junction.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: 2 business burglaries http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-business-burglary-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-business-burglary-in-the-junction/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:32:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325543 ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:32 AM: An unpleasant surprise for the proprietors of Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) as they arrived this morning to get their shop ready to open for the day – someone broke in overnight. “Not very much” was stolen, Click! proprietor John Smersh reports; they’ve been cleaning up to get on with the day – and the night, since, as noted in our daily preview, this is Click!’s 11th anniversary and they’re planning a 5-8 pm party. That’s definitely still on, John says, so they hope to see you there.

P.S. Because of the cleanup, they’re not opening for the day until 1 pm.

ADDED 3:39 PM: John had said a police officer told them another business, in South Admiral on California SW, had been broken into early today as well. We couldn’t find it on the SPD map or in Tweets By Beat at the time but have since learned via a reader tip that it happened at the live-work offices in the 3400 block of California SW.

4 PM: We have since heard directly from the burglarized business, Guenther Group, confirming theirs was the business broken into by someone who smashed through the front door (in Click!’s case, it was the rear) early this morning.

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The Growler Station is at Admiral Chevron 2: New WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/the-growler-station-is-at-admiral-chevron-2-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/the-growler-station-is-at-admiral-chevron-2-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:16:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325447 We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor this afternoon: Something new at Admiral Chevron 2, the Growler Station!

It’s part of the new “Extra Mile” store at the station on the northwest corner of 41st SW and SW Admiral Way, a new place to stop to buy fresh craft beer to take home. You’ll find four rotating selections, including local favorites – you can check them online here before you go, and they’re on a reader board at the station too. Bring your own growler, or get one while you’re there. Here’s a reason to stop by and try it: a coupon!

You can either print the coupon (right-click on the image) or show it on your phone when you’re at Admiral Chevron 2. (You can use the ShareThis feature beneath the story to e-mail yourself the link if that’s more convenient!)

We thank Admiral Chevron 2 featuring the Growler Station 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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BIZNOTE: West Seattle Nursery expansion work starts next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-nursery-expansion-work-starts-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-nursery-expansion-work-starts-next-week/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:18:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325217

That’s a rendering of the new expansion building that West Seattle Nursery is about to start work on next door. We reported on the expansion plan early last year. Nursery owner Mark Smith owns the old house on the site and had hoped to give it to someone who would be interested in moving it to another location, but that didn’t work out, so it will be demolished next Monday. The expansion is designed by Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor) will include “a new houseplant and gift shop; a coffee bar; a classroom; storage; and office space.” (Find more details of the building, especially its sustainability features, on the LD Arch Design website.) This will clear the way for the original WSN building to have an expanded garden center with more tools, accessories, and furniture. The project – to be built by Ventana Construction (also a WSB sponsor) – is expected to be finished by the end of March.

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BIZNOTES: TouchTech Systems turns 8; Curves WS followup; Thunder Road Guitars update http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznotes-touchtech-systems-turns-8-curves-ws-followup-thunder-road-guitars-update/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznotes-touchtech-systems-turns-8-curves-ws-followup-thunder-road-guitars-update/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:41:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324821 Three more biznotes to share:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, TOUCHTECH SYSTEMS: Brian Presser, proprietor of TouchTech Systems in the breezeway at 4517 California SW, sends word that this week marks his eighth anniversary in West Seattle. The business itself has been around even longer: “The technology has changed since we opened our doors in 1994, but our commitment to you hasn’t. Our job is to take the guesswork out of technology so we can outfit your home or business with the hardware, software and peripherals that meet your budget and exceed your expectations.” They serve clients of all types, from home to commercial.

CURVES FOLLOWUP: Our Friday biznotes mentioned the Curves West Seattle location at 3280 California SW had emptied out. Today its former owners contacted us to share this message:

After 13 years, Curves of West Seattle closed last week. We actively searched for a buyer for several months but were not successful. We both live in Olympia now and the commute finally took its toll.

We thank our hundreds of members who have been part of the Curves journey. You are amazing women! White Center Curves is open for those interested. We wish all health and happiness.

Denise Hanson
Stuart Meadows

THUNDER ROADS CLOSED TOMORROW: From Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction:

We will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, as we will be attending the Sea-Tac Vintage Guitar Show (with a large portion of our inventory). We will re-open Tuesday at 10 am.

TRG is at 4736 California SW.

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West Seattle Halloween 2015: Admiral District trick-or-treating set for October 30th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-halloween-2015-admiral-district-trick-or-treating-set-for-october-30th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-halloween-2015-admiral-district-trick-or-treating-set-for-october-30th/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:26:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324809

(WSB photos from 2014 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Exactly four weeks until Halloween! The Admiral District will again welcome kids for trick-or-treating, this time, on the day before Halloween, Friday, October 30th, 3-6 pm. This year’s volunteer publicist is Admiral business owner Brent Amacher, who points out that this is a truly grass-roots event, as the business district has no official organization, doesn’t collect fees, just puts up a sign – this one, in fact, is what you’ll see:

Amacher observes, “It’s become one of the best-loved Halloween events in Seattle. I personally go through bags and bags and bags of candy every year.” Last year we photographed him on candy-handout duty, in fact:

He continues, “Kids and parents line up around the block in costumes getting their Halloween action on early … We live in such a great area, and traditions like this make West Seattle truly special. This event is part of our heritage. It makes me proud to see the tradition continue as West Seattle continues to grow.”

P.S. We’ll be launching our annual WSB Halloween page this week, so if you’re having a Halloween/seasonal event that’s open to the public, please send information ASAP – flyers/posters not necessary, just plain text in the body of your e-mail, with a webpage link if you have one – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Parliament Tavern update; new menus for Bird & Joe’s; 2 closures http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznotes-parliament-tavern-update-new-menus-for-bird-2-closures/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznotes-parliament-tavern-update-new-menus-for-bird-2-closures/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 01:23:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324710 Fridays just lend themselves to roundups. Notes from and about local businesses:

(Photo courtesy Parliament Tavern)

PARLIAMENT TAVERN OFFICIALLY OPEN: After a few weeks in “soft open” mode, the new establishment at 4210 SW Admiral Way is now officially open, proprietor Tom Langen tells WSB. 21+, full bar with 17 beers on draft that “will lean heavily on the great stuff brewed locally,” plus “a smallish menu featuring fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that will hopefully knock socks off!” Live music “from time to time” (first show October 10th), DJs some nights (tonight: “WS legend Kingblind”), and Tuesday quiz nights starting October 13th. By the way, if you didn’t know (we must confess we didn’t), the name has nothing to do with government … but rather, their mascots (above). Tom explains, “A group of owls is called a parliament, like a gaggle of geese, murder of crows, etc.. The idea for this spot is a neighborhood evening hangout, for night owls if you will. The one great thing about this old, old space is the high ceilings and the dark-stained fir panels on the upper half of the walls that give it a woodsy feel. Tried to bring that out with paint and light, and threw in a bunch of owls hanging around to give it a ‘thing’. They are most certainly fascinating creatures, beautiful, mysterious, and everyone has a reaction to them in some way. Almost always positive!” Hours: 4 pm to 2a m weekdays, 12 pm to 2 am weekends.

ADMIRAL BIRD’S NEW MENU: Steps from the Parliament, Admiral Bird at California & Admiral has just launched a new menu “focusing on waffles,” per the announcement: “We have three varieties: Belgian, gluten-free Sweet Potato, and a vegan GF Cornbread batter. We are now a Waffle Bar, keeping all of our popular breakfast sandwiches and taking our weekend waffles to a daily availability.” See the menu for more details.

ENDOLYNE JOE’S NEW MENU: Last weekend for the Cuban “festival menu” at Endolyne Joe’s, which will debut the “Little Italy/Providence, RI” menu on Wednesday. These special menus are in addition to their year-round specialties. (9261 45th SW; WSB sponsor)

CURVES CLOSED: Noticed while driving by that the Curves West Seattle storefront at 3280 California SW is closed. We’d heard from its owner some weeks back that it was for sale. No signage indicating what’s next.

MONEYTREE CLOSING: The short-term-loan business’s branch at 4000 SW Alaska in The Junction is closing. We found out through this this commercial real-estate listing, saying Moneytree was closing the location “due to regulatory changes.” Checking the company website, the West Seattle location’s page says it’s “moving” on October 10th – to Burien. “Only 20 minutes away!” says the flyer.

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BIZNOTE: West Seattle Autoworks says ‘Thanks!’ on 5th anniversary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-autoworks-says-thanks-on-5th-anniversary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-autoworks-says-thanks-on-5th-anniversary/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:45:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324639

Another independent local West Seattle business is celebrating an anniversary: Today marks five years since West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) opened! Co-proprietors Chris Christensen (left), Todd Ainsworth (right), and staff took a quick break for an anniversary photo and are sharing this message: “It’s hard to believe it went by that fast! We wanted to say thanks to all of our customers and the local businesses that we’ve forged relationships with over the years. We can’t be happier that we can live and work in West Seattle and be a part of the community!” West Seattle Autoworks is at 7501 35th SW, corner of SW Webster.

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BIZNOTE: Second Gear Sports celebrating second anniversary with weekend sale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-second-gear-sports-celebrating-second-anniversary-with-weekend-sale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-second-gear-sports-celebrating-second-anniversary-with-weekend-sale/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:19:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324579 Happy second anniversary to Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction! The shop invites you to help celebrate by shopping a big sale this Saturday and Sunday (October 3-4): “We get so much support from our community that this year we are doing something really special … a HUGE ‘GARAGE SALE’ with hundreds of items up to 50% off (plus a few ‘give us your best offer’ items).” Coffee and doughnuts for shoppers. Never been to Second Gear Sports? As explained here, it’s “dedicated to providing the community with high-quality, discounted sports and recreational gear, and offering customers an outlet to reduce, reuse, and recycle their gently used sporting goods.” SGS is open 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday at 6529 California SW. P.S. Check out the new wall of Seahawks gear! (Above, WSB photo from August: Second Gear Sports proprietor Mark Bremen)

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BIZNOTE: One-of-a-kind West Seattle business Nurturing Expressions expanding, with a quick boost from you http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-one-of-a-kind-west-seattle-business-nurturing-expressions-expanding-with-a-quick-boost-from-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/biznote-one-of-a-kind-west-seattle-business-nurturing-expressions-expanding-with-a-quick-boost-from-you/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 03:38:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324373 West Seattle-founded and headquartered Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) is planning a cross-Sound expansion in hopes of helping more mothers, babies, cancer patients, and others who use its growing array of services. This video explains:

It’s not only showing off what they’re going to do in Kitsap County – where, founder Tracy Corey says, the services are very much needed, but the video was also their entry for the small-business-assistance edg3 FUND competition, in which Nurturing Expressions is a semi-finalist, with finalists competing for a $20,000 grant. Getting to the next round involves votes, and yours can help NE reach across the water to help. You won’t be asked to sign up or “like” anything, but you will be asked for your e-mail address as part of a verification process, since it’s limited to one vote per address (the final step is checking your e-mail to verify) – scroll down this page to find Nurturing Expressions. Voting ends this Wednesday at 5 pm.

P.S. Nurturing Expressions’ West Seattle shop, if you haven’t been there, is in The Junction at 4746 44th SW, suite 201 (second floor).

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HAPPENING NOW: What you’ll find in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-what-youll-find-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-what-youll-find-in-the-junction/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:17:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324213 Big Sunday in The Junction. Seen while wandering through …

If you love chocolate, go see Andrea from Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, making a guest appearance at VAIN (WSB sponsor) until 3 pm as “Seattle Made Week” wraps up. VAIN is at 4513 California SW, on the west side of the street if you’re wandering the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, where you’ll find these gentle visitors today:

The “retired” greyhounds and their friends also are on the west side of the street. The market’s on until 2, as always, on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon.

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With holidays on the horizon: The General Store Seattle creating first-ever Live Life Local Collective Convention http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/with-holidays-on-the-horizon-the-general-store-seattle-creating-first-ever-live-life-local-collective-convention/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/with-holidays-on-the-horizon-the-general-store-seattle-creating-first-ever-live-life-local-collective-convention/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:03:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324202 No, we’re not going to put up a countdown clock ticking away your shopping days, etc. But some advance work IS required for holiday bazaars and other events – including one that’s brand new this year and all about one of our favorite words, “local”:

The General Store Seattle (3400 Harbor Ave. SW; WSB sponsor) is uniquely dedicated to All Things Local. And so proprietor Claire E. Jones is organizing and presenting the first-ever (and first-annual) Live Life Local Collective Convention, noon-6 pm Saturday, November 7th, at West Seattle’s own Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

The event itself is just under six weeks away – but here’s what you can do right now:

*Go here to sign up online for your FREE ticket (it’ll be $3 at the door)
*Become a sponsor or donor
*Volunteer to work at the event and support local
*Apply for the paid position of assistant organizer, who, Claire says, will “help plan and run the event”

For #3 and #4 above, e-mail claire@thegeneralstoreseattle.com – she would also be happy to hear from anyone with ideas or suggestions for the Live Life Local Collective Convention.

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