Followup: New location found for 2 of 3 businesses leaving Triangle building that will be home of Rudy’s Barbershop

July 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm | In Triangle, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

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

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

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

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

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

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Changes ahead at 4480 Fauntleroy Way: Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, Ace 1 Computers out; Rudy’s Barbershop apparently in

July 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm | In Triangle, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 42 Comments

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!):

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Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon

July 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm | In Admiral Theater, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 62 Comments

(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.

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Terminal 5′s last cargo-ship call for now, after half a century

July 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 23 Comments

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.

Daystar Retirement Village: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

July 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

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.

West Seattle businesses: Clementine moving to Pioneer Square

July 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

(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, 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.

West Seattle road work: Morgan Junction businesses still open

July 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(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.

Recreational-marijuana sales will start without a West Seattle shop

July 7, 2014 at 10:18 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 72 Comments

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.

West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

June 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 71 Comments

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.

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Another West Seattle business anniversary: Massage Envy

June 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm | In How to help, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

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!

NW Communication Connections: Welcome, new WSB sponsors!

June 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

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.

New West Seattle business: Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction

June 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 34 Comments

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.

West Seattle real estate: Another Harbor Ave. site for sale; Fauntleroy Way followups

June 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

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.

West Seattle biznote: Styling Studio closing to make way for 3210 California development

June 20, 2014 at 3:38 pm | In Development, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

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 with info on where you are going, as Robert did – thank you.)

West Seattle biznote: School of Rock rolling into Jefferson Square

June 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

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.

‘Pedestrian retail area’ zoning changes? Here’s what the city heard

June 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(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?

Another ‘unlawful detainer’ action pending for West Seattle Athletic Club

June 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 19 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

For the second time this year, an “unlawful detainer” action is pending against the ownership of West Seattle Athletic Club in North Delridge. That’s the formal term for a legal action that could result in eviction. As reported here in February, the first case was called off on the eve of a court hearing, and the lawyer for the club’s landlord, H-P Properties, told WSB at the time, that was because club ownership “came up with a payment sufficient to reinstate the lease.”

Documents available online showed that case was formally closed in early April. But court records show that a new “unlawful detainer” action was filed one month later, on May 2nd.

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West Seattle businesses: Redline WS owner ailing; Young At Art closes

June 13, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Two West Seattle business updates.

REDLINE WS OWNER AILING: Just half a year after Redline WS opened at 35th/Avalon, it hasn’t expanded operations as much as envisioned, and Kris Quigley, a friend of owner Mike Bauer, e-mailed to explain that Mike’s been ill and to share a crowdfunding link in addition to a request for support in general:

First of all, Mike would like to thank everyone who has supported RedlineWS and his dream of a neighborhood sports bar that everyone can enjoy.

I would really like to let everyone know of Mike’s condition and the reasons why his true vision of an amazing sports bar didn’t quite come together as he had envisioned. His ongoing illness has really impacted his ability to manage and operate the restaurant and has left Mike with an underfunded new business and mounting bills associated with medical bills etc. With continued support we would love to see Mike get the medical attention he needs to get his health back and see the sports bar grow into a West Seattle staple restaurant that everyone can enjoy for years to come.

As explained on the GoFundMe page, “Mike is suffering from a debilitating illness that has attacked his nervous system, making tasks as simple as walking impossible.” The diagnosis remains a mystery. However, Redline IS open, Kris says – “Lack of funding didn’t allow for keeping the coffee shop open in the early morning at 5 am as we intended. So for now the restaurant opens at 11 am and is open till 9 pm for under 21 and open till 2 am for over 21. We have a strong trivia night Wednesdays, a newly put-together family-friendly karaoke on Tuesdays till 9pm, and Thursdays Free Poker is starting” and even just going there would be welcome support, Kris says: “Give the bar a chance knowing the obstacles Mike faced to open it and understand that it is still truly a work in progress.”

YOUNG AT ART CLOSED: Just shy of two years ago, the art classes/studio business Young At Art had to leave its Junction location, as did all the businesses at 42nd/Alaska/California, because of the then-impending Equity Residential development (although demolition ultimately did not start for months). YAA found a new home at Fauntleroy/Raymond. But now, it’s closed, according to both a sign outside and a note on Facebook from owner Theresa:

The time over the last 3 years has been nothing short of magical to me and my children. I am in great hopes that the idea of freestyle art and getting downright messy, covered in paint up to your chin in recycle projects, has made its way into your children’s lives, your homes and hearts, as much as the time I have spent with your children has made an impression on my life that I can never forget. The studio is now in the process of closing up…maybe not forever.. but for now it’s time to say thank you and have a great summer. Enjoy your children and all the amazing creative wild adventures you have with them.

The message outside the studio also wishes everyone a great summer. (Thanks to all the readers who e-mailed to ask/tip us about this closure.)

West Seattle food updates: Burger Boss, Tat’s Truck open this weekend; Thai-U-Up thai’s the knot

June 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Two quick notes looking ahead to this weekend:

BURGER BOSS ‘SOFT OPEN’ SATURDAY: When we first reported on Burger Boss (20th/Barton in South Delridge) back in April, they mentioned a plan to soft-open in early June. They’re achieving it, co-proprietor Brian Azzano tells WSB, tomorrow, starting at 4 pm, “for dinner and beyond.”

TAT’S TRUCK LAUNCHES SUNDAY: Last week we mentioned that West Seattleites are launching a truck spinning off from the popular Tat’s Deli in Pioneer Square, and that they expected to launch it in WS. Thanks to James for keeping an eye on the Tat’s Truck website and pointing out that they’ve announced they’ll debut at Hans VW (35th/Graham) 11 am-2 pm this Sunday. (Also thanks to for calling our attention to that too.)

SPEAKING OF TRUCKS … one of this area’s regulars is off the street until next week, and it’s for happy news: the proprietors of Thai-U-Up, a dinnertime fixture at the 30th/Roxbury gas station, announced via Facebook that they’re closed through June 10th (reopening next Wednesday) because they’re getting married. Congratulations!

Next round in minimum-wage fight: Charter amendment proposed for $12.50 by 2020

June 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 34 Comments

Two days after Mayor Murray signed the City Council-passed minimum-wage increase into law, a business group is trying to get an alternative onto the ballot via city charter amendment. The group calling itself Forward Seattle says it’s a coalition of independent businesses, with a counterproposal laying out 40-cent incremental increases resulting in a $12.50 minimum wage by 2020. It briefed citywide media this morning but hasn’t yet released the text of its proposal, nor does it have a public list of members/supporters. In addition to that, Publicola reports that Tim Eyman is now pursuing an initiative that would make it illegal for any entity but the state to mandate wage levels.

The Cask: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor, under new ownership

June 5, 2014 at 11:39 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 2 Comments

Today we welcome The Cask in The Admiral District as a new WSB sponsor.

New owner Marty Ogan took over just last month and says he’s working to bring The Cask back to its roots – under its original ownership, it began as “a bottle shop” with small plates, and that’s what he is emphasizing.

You can see The Cask’s food menu here – fresh seasonal items generally ranging from $8 to $12, with some changes every three months or so to stay in line with what’s new and fresh. The Cask also is featuring live music some nights (like tonight!) and other special events – for example, a special tapping tonight. Watch for “Wine Wednesdays,” as well as daily happy hour 4-7 pm.

Marty grew up in Edmonds and worked many years as a firefighter in Idaho, where he also operated a mobile wood-fired pizza enterprise. Looking at retirement from the fire department, he found Seattle appealing, and discovered The Cask was available. He invites you to come sip, taste, and enjoy, 4-10 pm Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 4-11 pm Thursdays, 4-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 2350 California SW. Online, you’ll find The Cask at

We thank The Cask for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; see our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Something to shred? To e-cycle? Free opportunities ahead

May 29, 2014 at 10:03 am | In Environment, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Just announced: Free shredding and e-cycling this Saturday in The Junction, 10 am-1 pm May 31st, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Windermere West Seattle. It’ll be in the parking lot in the 4500 block of 42nd SW (between Oregon and Alaska). The e-cycling provider’s website lists what they’ll accept.

P.S. If you can’t get to this Saturday’s event but have documents to dispose of, free shredding will be offered a week later, 9 am-1 pm June 7th, at PBJ Textiles‘ new location in White Center – details here.

Ever been inside Nucor? See inside, via Seattle Times photos

May 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Thanks to Amy for the tip about a rare photographic look inside West Seattle’s Nucor Steel plant – we say “rare” because they’ve had a “no photo” policy in the past, but either they’ve made an exception or it’s changed, because the photo gallery published on this week is definitely a closeup look inside. The photo in the tweet above is just one of the images; go here to see the others. They were published with a feature story about the steel mill that appeared in the Times’ Sunday magazine Pacific Northwest (here’s the online version).

West Seattle crowdfunding: Ready for the city’s ‘first 100% vegan ice-cream-sandwich’ truck?

May 28, 2014 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 30 Comments

Summertime is ice-cream-truck time. West Seattle residents Chelsea and Chris are hoping to hit the road this summer with what they say will be Seattle’s first 100 percent vegan ice-cream truck, specializing in vegan ice-cream sandwiches – if their crowdfunding campaign works out.

They’re calling their mobile enterprise the Cookie Counter, and it’s actually not a truck – it’s this blue 1974 VW Van:

The Sunrise Heights-area residents have taken to Kickstarter to look for funding, where they explain: “All of our ice creams are coconut based and we offer a variety of gluten-free options, meaning we automatically cater to dairy & egg allergies, along with wheat & gluten.” Flavor combinations in the works include Earl Grey with Lemon Zest, Orange Cardamom with Coconut Chocolate Chunk, Gluten Free White Chocolate with Mint, Green Tea with Raspberry, Gluten Free Coconut Lime with Mango. “Unlike other trucks offering vegan ice cream, we will have more than one or two options,” says Chelsea, adding that her background includes work as a personal vegan chef and as a waitperson/barista at Easy Street Café – plus volunteer work with kids: “I am passionate about kids and hope to get the truck involved in community events once we’re up and running!” Chris is a UW student, veteran (Marines), and dad (his 12-year-old son Mally is in the Kickstarter video). Their campaign has two and a half weeks to go.

Who pays for your ‘free’ parking and when? Junction changes to go before City Council committee

May 22, 2014 at 3:39 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 31 Comments

There’s a lot more to the free-parking lots in The Junction than just striped asphalt without pay stations – Junction businesses pay special assessments to maintain them. This Friday, some proposed changes in the rules for those assessments, four years in the making, have the West Seattle Junction Association going before a City Council committee. After spotting the item on the agenda for the Finance amd Culture Committee, with WSJA director Susan Melrose listed as scheduled to speak to councilmembers, we talked to her Wednesday to find out more:

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HomeStreet Bank in West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

May 21, 2014 at 11:20 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(8/14 note: To check whether a business is still a current WSB sponsor, please go here)

Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor: HomeStreet Bank, now open in The Junction. New sponsors get the chance to tell you about themselves, so here’s what HomeStreet would like you to know:

HomeStreet Bank is local! We are based in downtown Seattle and are one of the largest community banks headquartered in Washington. HomeStreet began in the University District in 1921 as Continental Mortgage and Loan Company, later becoming Continental Savings Bank in 1986 when we became a full-service bank. We changed our name to HomeStreet Bank in 2000. (However, many people will still recall getting their mortgage at Continental Savings Bank!) We have expanded our services further over the years, adding business banking and lending, investment services, and more. HomeStreet offers a wide variety of financial products and services, including:

• Personal Banking
• Business Banking
• Mortgage Lending (including renovation loans and reverse mortgages)
• Commercial Lending (including a new small business loan program as well as SBA financing)
• Investment and Insurance Services for consumers and businesses
• Cash Management Services for businesses of all sizes
• Private Banking
• Residential Construction Financing
• Commercial Real Estate financing (apartments, retail space, office & industrial)

HomeStreet Bank has 82 deposit branches and lending centers in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Hawaii.

Community involvement has always been a high priority for HomeStreet. Many of our employees support the needs of local community organizations by creating active partnerships, hands-on service and providing leadership. As a relationship-focused bank, we always try to go the extra mile for our customers while providing personal service that is oftentimes not expected. We pride ourselves in our employees’ ability to make decisions on their own.

HomeStreet Bank is proud to be a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. We are also proud supporters of the West Seattle Helpline, West Seattle Food Bank, WestSide Baby, and Nature Consortium. Being new to the West Seattle community, we are very excited at the opportunity to get involved in the neighborhood. This year we sponsored the Taste of West Seattle and will be sponsoring Summer Fest and West Seattle Outdoor Movies. We are also thrilled to be hosting this year’s Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive for WestSide Baby!

HomeStreet Bank’s West Seattle branch is located at 4022 SW Alaska Street and we would love for you to stop in! Check us out online at: or “like” our Facebook page.

We thank HomeStreet Bank for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; see our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle businesses: Happy 10th anniversary, NCompass

May 10, 2014 at 2:33 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Making it to 10 years in business is SO worth a party. So (from left) Drew Foster and Stefan Hansmire of NCompass Construction/NCompass Cottage Company (WSB sponsor) had a big one at Dakota Place on Friday night. So big, even West Seattle favorites Not Dead Yet performed:

The party also featured a food truck and a “construction and building trivia game” with multiple choice questions (we’re pretty sure the answer to “Section 505.1 of the 2009 Residential Washington State Energy code states …” was NOT #D, “Turn off the lights when you leave the room!”). Their business has evolved to address community needs, including, a year ago, certification as “aging in place” specialists.

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