West Seattle, Washington
The awning-replacement project is finally finished at Illusions Hair Design (5619 California SW; WSB sponsor). The old blue-and-white awnings were more than 30 years old, and while Illusions had been thinking about changes “for the better part of ten years,” the issue was finally forced this spring by “major leaks in the brick” of their 67-year-old building … a problem that even interfered with their Christmas-tree display last year because of leaks in the far south corner of the salon. Here’s their montage of the facade’s evolution since Illusions opened in 1978:
Along with the new awnings, the new illuminated-logo signage changes colors at night.
Three West Seattle biznotes tonight:
MORGAN JUNCTION LADIES’ NIGHT/SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Big shopping event tomorrow (Thursday) night in Morgan Junction. What started as the Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) Ladies’ Night is expanded again this year into a one-night shopping extravaganza, 6-9 pm at SGS (6529 California SW), My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor), Lika Love Boutique (6031 California SW), and Nurture by Nature (6307 California SW). Get a flyer to have stamped at each shop, and you’ll be entered in a gift-certificate drawing. Jennifer Young from M3LB explains, “The idea is to eat, drink and be merry at each location, while previewing new holiday merchandise. Everyone has special guests planned (local vendors and local designers). All stores are offering special promotions and discounts.” What you’ll see at SGS includes “a cool new sock line by Sock It To Me, and fresh fanwear for your Seahawks/Sounders lover!” More info in our calendar listing.
CURIOUS ABOUT CUBA? Also tomorrow night – now that the travel rules have changed, are you curious about Cuba? Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) sends word that well-traveled Cuba expert Jon Covich, from Normandy Park, will be in their Junction store for a presentation at 7 pm tomorrow.
EWA proprietor Dave McCoy promises “some great photography” (like the image above) and a chance to get questions answered “on many subjects of that country.” EWA is on the southeast corner of 42nd SW and SW Oregon.
In our photo above are QED’s Jeremy and Matt. The coffee shop is open 6 am-2 pm Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-3 pm Saturdays-Sundays, at 6032 California SW.
Looking for accounting, bookkeeping, and/or tax-reporting help for your business? Contact JMH Consulting, PLLC, a new West Seattle Blog sponsor. Here’s what president/CEO JoAnn Huntoon wants you to know about her business:
It’s important to JMH Consulting that you have time to spend with your family and friends; let JMH Consulting worry about getting the job done. We are here to help you reduce your taxes, increase your profits, and ultimately BUILD – GROW – SUCCEED with your business.
When you contact JMH Consulting, our first concern is to be sure we can help you. We have experience in accounting, IT, administration, taxes, and training. JoAnn Huntoon is ProAdvisor Desktop / QuickBooks Online Certified, with a BA in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance. She says, “My clients have shared with me how efficient, organized, trustworthy, and dependable I am. They felt they made the right decision when they decided to use my services. Clients appreciate someone who gets the job done in a timely manner, and efficiently – someone they can trust, someone who is positive. I have proven over and over again that I am that person, and my clients’ success is important to me. I believe my services have taken pressure off the clients and has given them time to spend with loved ones and friends.”
JMH Consulting‘s community and professional involvement includes:
Member of Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
Society of Human Resource Management, Notary 2004
Finance Association, Biz & Biz Association, CFO Association
Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Association
Who’s Who Women in Business
Call JMH Consulting at 206-257-1350 or e-mail JMHConsulting@comcast.net.
We thank JMH Consulting, PLLC 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.
12:39 PM: After multiple messages about a power outage at the Target store at Westwood Village – one that wasn’t showing on the Seattle City Light map – we went over to investigate. A manager tells us the store lost power after closing last night. It now has partial power, and is open for business, but some of the lights aren’t on, and they’re not able to run the freezers in the grocery section, so you can’t buy frozen food. They’re not yet sure how soon this will be fixed – they have an electrician continuing to investigate.
5:07 PM: Passing by between stories, we note that the lights appear to be back to normal, including exterior signage. (If you shop there tonight and find out otherwise, please let us know – we won’t be able to check until later – thank you.)
West Seattle Nursery‘s new greenhouse building has been taking shape at California SW/SW Brandon, and now it’s almost ready to be shown off. WSN is starting to move in, and has announced: “The first chance for the general public to see it will be at our annual Holiday Open House on November 19, from 2 – 5 pm. We’re celebrating with good food, fun activities and pictures with Santa.” (Full details here.) Work on WSN’s expansion (designed by LD Arch Design and built by Ventana Construction, both West Seattle-headquartered and both WSB sponsors) started in October of last year; the plan was announced in spring 2014.
First, four food/drink biznotes:
RACCOLTO SOFT-OPENS THURSDAY: The new Italian restaurant on the north edge of The Junction (4147 California SW) has announced it will soft-open at 5 pm Thursday. We last spoke with proprietor Chef Brian Clevenger, a West Seattleite, in August – here’s what his restaurant will be all about.
SOPRANOS ANTICO: Thanks to Dave for sending this photo taken through the window of the forthcoming Italian restaurant in Admiral:
WELCOME ROAD WINERY: Thanks to the tipsters who have pointed out that this winery is opening a tasting room at Rally (California/Charlestown). We note they have announced their grand opening, 1-7 pm Saturday, November 19th.
HARRY’S CHICKEN CHANGE: Harry’s Chicken Joint proprietor Bruce Cougan tells WSB they are now closed Tuesdays too, so the hours at Harry’s (6032 California SW) are 4-8 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
And one big achievement for eight “rival” businesses, working together:
EIGHT BUSINESSES, TWO-PLUS TONS OF FOOD: Once again this year, physical-therapy businesses around West Seattle teamed up in October for a friendly food-drive competition. Today, we got the results from Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank:
Drum roll, please!! Again this year, congratulations go out to Louise, Molly, and the entire staff & clients at Life in Balance PT & Pilates for winning the challenge again this year with a total of 1943 lbs. It was neck n’ neck between them and Biojunction Sports Therapy until the last pickup yesterday. You guys played serious! Thank you to all of the offices and their clients who participated this year for a total of approx. 4220 lbs. of food (SW Hand Therapy isn’t in yet) and $150. That is over 3 1/2 times last year! You guys ROCK, and we and our clients are incredibly appreciative. Thank you so much. Here are the individual totals:
Life in Balance – 1943 lbs.
Biojunction – 1366 lbs.
Sound PT – 358 lbs.
Highline PT – 186 lbs. + $100
West Seattle Pediatric Therapy – 159 lbs.
Therapeutic Assoc. WS – 118 lbs.
Kinetics PT – 90 lbs.
SW Hand Therapy – TBA
P.S. If your business has a food drive or other donation drive this holiday season, please let us know!
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Emmick Family Funeral Services. Here’s what they would like you to know about what their business can do for you:
Emmick Family Funeral Services is a fully licensed provider, specializing in cremation and burial services. Personalized service is what sets them apart – your loved one never leaves their care, as there is no part of the process that’s outsourced. They can help with any request, whether a full formal funeral or a small service – you can trust them to give their full attention to every detail of every burial or cremation.
Since Emmick Family Funeral Services is a small, local, family-owned company, their costs are lower, and they invite you to contact them for funeral planning. In our state, funeral plans and services are transferrable, so even if your loved one passes away in another part of the state, they can work with you here to take care of all the arrangements.
The Emmicks have deep West Seattle ties. Craig and Gayle, who grew up in Burien, have raised their kids here. Craig Emmick has been in this business for more than 30 years and is past president of the King County Funeral Directors Association. Michael worked for Howden-Kennedy before he and his dad opened Emmick Family Funeral Services. Craig and Michael are members of the West Seattle Lions Club and volunteers for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society; Emmick Family Funeral Services also belongs to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. They know West Seattle well and believe they are positioned to provide the best care when the time comes for it.
Emmick Family Funeral Services is at 3243 California SW, 206-935-2207, and online at emmickfunerals.com.
We thank Emmick Family Funeral Services 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.
For everyone who’s been asking about the work at the 35th/Avalon 7-11 – we caught that photo while driving by this afternoon. Some have wondered if the store itself is being torn down, but online records show the project just involves the gas station. To be specific: “The removal of three 10,000 gallon underground gasoline storage tanks (replacing) with two 20,000 gallon underground gasoline tanks.” (The store itself has had some other work along the way – files also show a permit last year for Slurpee-machine replacement.)
Three biznotes – well, the first one actually involves a nonprofit:
COFFEE AND CATS: The Kitty Harbor cat-adoption center on the north side of the Luna Park business district, now part of Emerald City Pet Rescue, has a new feature: Coffee! We just spoke with ECPR founder/president Vivian Goldbloom. She says they’ve added espresso (and tea), with a stand open when Kitty Harbor is open – Saturdays and Sundays for now – but plan to grow it into something more: Emerald Kitty Café, which eventually will also have vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, salads, muffins, etc., and, they hope by next spring, an outdoor seating area (which will be dog-friendly, she says, and will offer wi-fi). The big attraction: While this is NOT a full-blown “cat café” with interaction, you will be able to see several adoptable cats/kittens in special cages on the other side of a glass window behind the coffee stand. All proceeds go back to ECPR’s work, Goldbloom points out. You can go see for yourself this weekend, noon-4 pm Saturday and Sunday at 3422 Harbor SW.
UPDATE ON THE LODGE SPORTS GRILLE: Every time a new restaurant/bar opens, it brings questions about the ones that are still under construction. This week, a couple people asked about The Lodge Sports Grille, in the works for more than a year now at Junction 42. We checked in at the site- they were doing some floor work that kept us from venturing too far in, but we did learn that they have “a few weeks” to go, dealing with deliveries and permits.
NAILS AT 35TH/HENDERSON: The space most recently occupied by The Ripple Café (which closed almost a year ago) is going to be Day Nails and Spa, according to a note in the window.
A few people are asking about the work that’s now under way at the former Pier 1 Imports space in Westwood Village. In case you missed our original story back in June: It’s being remodeled into an Ulta Beauty retail-and-salon location. Back when we discovered that in building-permit files, Ulta wouldn’t confirm it, but not only has the permit been granted and work started, they’re even advertising for help at the new store. We’re checking on a projected opening date.
Something new at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – a race car.
It’s not a new product line but rather part of the store’s tradition of community giving.
The Porsche GT 911, which won the GT class at Sebring 2015, is a centerpiece for the store’s fundraiser for Team Seattle, a professional racing guild that supports the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital. Since its debut in 1996, Team Seattle hasraised more than $5 million for the center. Thriftway will match up to $10,000 in donations made for the next week. (Its support for Team Seattle included the last benefit barbecue of the year earlier this month.) You can see the car during Thriftway’s regular hours, 5 am-midnight daily (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan).
In July, we reported on a benefit at CAPERS in The Junction, with part of the proceeds to be used to buy blankets for the family-shelter organization Mary’s Place. Just before this wave of stormy weather, 55 cotton blankets were delivered to the shelter by CAPERS’ Mary Summers (at right in the photo, provided by the shop). You can help the women and children served by Mary’s Place in a variety of ways, from donating to volunteering – here’s how.
Almost a month into its remodeling project, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral is showing major signs of change:
We didn’t have many details when we mentioned the remodeling last month, but we do now, after a mini-tour on Wednesday, with store director Paul Marth and MM executive VP Helen Neville. Above, new cases and tiling have brightened and expanded the area where you’ll find cheese, deli meat, and the olive bar.
The bakery area has new tile, too, and the coffee bar will be moving downstairs this weekend to its new home adjacent to the bakery, by the west doors.
That will create room for an expanded housewares area upstairs.
The kitchen behind the hot-food and sandwich-case area is getting new equipment, and as previously mentioned, will be adding pizza and wok food. The soup bar and seating area will expand; the poke bar will move to a more central location.
The remodeling is now set for two phases. The first phase of work will be done by November 11th, and then the remodeling will stop for the holiday season, a traditionally very-busy time for Metropolitan Market. Then after the holidays, they’ll turn attention to the meat, seafood, and grocery areas.
Marth has been the Admiral store director since summer, 11 years after a previous stint.
He adds that while they remodel and look at additional items for the latter, they are talking with and hearing from customers about what they’ll be looking for while the West Seattle PCC Natural Markets (also a WSB sponsor) is closed for the construction of the mixed-use building that will be its new home (likely to start sometime next year).
One more MM area in transition – the big covered patio south of the main east entrance. They’re expanding its seating to facilitate monthly “events” there, such as farm-to-table dinners with guest chefs. You can get a sneak peek during an “Oyster Happy Hour” planned tonight (Thursday, October 13th), featuring 99-cent Hama Hama oysters, 5-7 pm. (Yes, there will be heaters!)
P.S. Until the first phase of remodeling wraps up next month, the store continues closing overnight (10 pm-6 am) Sunday through Thursday, while maintaining its round-the-clock schedule 6 am Fridays-10 pm Sundays.
We’ve been getting questions for months about what’s going into 3280 California SW, where West Seattle Curves closed one year ago, and we finally have an answer. Just heard from Shandon Graybeal, who says she’s opening a gift shop in Suite A called Alair: “We specialize in unique and small-batch gifts with an emphasis on locally made goods and companies that give back. We are proud to be part of the West Seattle community and are honored to provide a fun shopping experience.” She’s aiming to open Alair by early December.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Kid Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again. Here’s the message they’re sharing with you:
For more than 20 years, Again & Again has been known as “the kids’ thrift shop in The Junction” … but now we’re also “the kids’ shoe store.”
Kid Friendly Footwear is our shoe department, and it’s become the best children’s boot and shoe store this side of downtown.
We expertly outfit kids with fabulous, functional new footwear and gear for all seasons — and we’re still the place to go for baby carriers, resale, maternity, and great deals. Why cross the bridge? Shop local and step into brand new:
*Sandals, shoes, boots, & booties
*Footwear & gear for sun, rain & snow
*Quality brands like KEEN & BOGS
*Sizes from pre-walker to preteen
*Raincoats & rain pants by Hatley & more
*Swimwear & SPF gear year-round
*Earth-friendly leather-free choices and curated consignment help families live green from playpen to playground
Ready for a baby carrier? Come find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and comfort. Try on proven carriers, slings, and wraps from our collection of new and used, including preferred brands like Ergo, Lillebaby, and Beco.
Save money while saving the earth when you join us as a consignor. Trade in your freshly cleaned, useful things and shop gently used children’s clothing, shoes and toys, plus choice gear and maternity wear. Join us in supporting WestSide Baby and other services that help make our community friendlier for all families.
Open every day, come rain or come shine. Visit for fitting expertise, better brands, discounts and a kid-friendly atmosphere. Come see what’s new at Kid Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again, where fun meets function in The Junction. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays 9 am-7 pm, Sundays 10 am-5 pm, 4832 California Ave. SW.
We thank Kid Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again 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.
The Morgan Junction business district continues to blossom, and Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) is celebrating its third anniversary as a big part of it. That’s proprietor Mark Bremen in our top photo; his shop is in the second and final day of its anniversary celebration “Garage Sale.” SGS is a sports-consignment store and more – as you can see above, it’s also a place to get Seahawks fan gear (a fun thing to shop for, on this bye-week Sunday). And as mentioned in our calendar listing, if you bring an item for the West Seattle Food Bank Backpack Program, you’ll get a 10% discount beyond what they’re already offering during the anniversary sale:
Second Gear Sports is open until 5 pm today – treats for shoppers, too! – at 6529 California SW.
One more hour to go wish Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) a happy 12th anniversary! Proprietors Frances and John Smersh have been open at 4540 California SW in The Junction for 6 years, after 6 in Admiral. As the party continues until 8 pm, don’t miss the upstairs pop-up shop with work by 7 Click! Staffers.
Three West Seattle biznotes this evening:
UNCORKED CANVAS: This “paint and sip” studio is expanding to Westwood Village, adding to its original Tacoma location. It’s taking over long-vacant space A8 on the breezeway across from 24 Hour Fitness. They expect to be offering sessions here by mid-month.
INSTRUMENT RENTALS/SALES ADDED: Just announced:
West Side Music Academy, on the corner of California and Dakota, now has band and orchestra instruments for rent or purchase, as well as all books and accessories your kids will need for their school programs. Office hours are M-F 3-7 but they will happily meet you there for an appointment if those hours don’t work with your schedule. Call 206-937-2343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ORIGINS, NEXT WEEK: We reported back in August that the first recreational-marijuana shop to open in West Seattle, Origins, was moving from 14th/Roxbury to 4800 40th SW on the east side of The Junction. It was supposed to open this week but the multi-day grand-opening party, with food trucks and music, now is tentatively rescheduled to start October 13th. A spokesperson says the 14th/Roxbury store will remain open with “merchandise,” no pot.
(L-R, Dave Winters from Swedish Automotive; Todd Ainsworth from WS Autoworks; Howard Andersen, Automotive Technology Instructor; Duncan Burgess, SSC Technical Dean; Doug Clapper and Todd Jones, Automotive Technology Instructors)
Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to their fellow West Seattle businesses, community members, volunteers, car show registrants, and other generous corporate sponsors for supporting the 2016 West Seattle Car Show. Because of that support, we were able to donate $3221.29 to the Automotive Technology Program at South Seattle College! That is $1304.85 more than last year’s donation of $1916.44.
West Seattle is fortunate to have a place such as South Seattle College and we look forward to working with them next year.
Didn’t make it to this year’s show? Here’s our coverage.
P.S. Swedish Automotive, West Seattle Autoworks, and South Seattle College are all WSB sponsors, and we have been a WS Car Show co-sponsor since its start.
Congratulations to two independent West Seattle businesses (both WSB sponsors) that are celebrating anniversaries this weekend. Here’s what’s in it for you:
12 YEARS FOR CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS: On Saturday (October 8th), Click! Design That Fits will mark a dozen years in business – six years in The Junction after six years in The Admiral District. Click! co-proprietor John Smersh says the party will include “in-store specials, drawings for gift cards, snacks and beverages, and something fun and new this year: A pop-up shop of works by our talented Click! staff!” Drop by and help Click! celebrate, 5-8 pm Saturday – see the Click! website for even more info. (4540 California SW)
3 YEARS FOR SECOND GEAR SPORTS: Saturday and Sunday, it’s a two-day party and “garage sale” for Second Gear Sports in Morgan Junction:
We’ll have discounts, treats, and a local donation opportunity. If you scored great deals at last year’s garage sale, get ready to do it again at this once-a-year event!
Some highlights include:
-Enjoy Starbucks coffee, cupcakes from West Seattle’s own Stuffed Cakes on Saturday, and Top Pot doughnuts on Sunday
-Donate a “backpack program”* item to our West Seattle Food Bank bin, and we’ll give you an extra 10% off already-great deals and discounts
-Special discounts throughout the store and bins marked at $1 and $5
Second Gear Sports recently remodeled, with more gear to serve your needs. Come check it out! We also have a new vehicle for pickup and delivery service — ask us about it! There’s something new every day, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
*WS Food Bank hands out backpacks with the following items so kids can have food stability on weekends:
– Shelf stable soy, almond or cow’s milk
– Juice boxes or cans
– Applesauce/fruit cups (unsweetened)
– Whole grain cereal/oatmeal
– Canned tuna or peanut butter snack packs
– Cup O’ Noodle/Ramen
– Individual meals (soup, Spaghetti O’s, ravioli, etc.)
– Healthy snacks (granola bars, 100% fruit leather, raisins, pretzels, dried fruits)
The party/garage sale runs 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and 11 am-5 pm on Sunday. Second Gear Sports is at 6529 California SW.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, West Seattle Performing Arts, now open in The Junction. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they’re offering:
West Seattle Performing Arts, owned and operated by West Seattleites Armando and Christine Juarez, offers four decades of experience in the performing arts. They harbor a deep love of education; arts education is their specialty. They are now raising their 3rd generation in West Seattle and are highly motivated to provide the best training in the performing arts they can.
Armando is vice president of the West Seattle Eagles and they have been members of Holy Rosary Parish for 23 years. Christine has served on the dance faculty at Cornish College of the Arts for 23 years, running their national summer dance programming, and she has also directed the dance program for Vashon Center for the Arts on Vashon Island for 20 years. Now: “The time has presented itself for us to work in our own community.”
But, Christine Juarez says, “This is not just a neighborhood studio. We have designed a space that is a pure canvas for artists to study and create. We are offering a Performing Arts School. Faculty in Dance, Theater, Music, and Art are all housed within our vision. We believe in the power of collaboration and our faculty are already excited to create works together. Rock Band vocal and instrumental recording, 3D Costume Design, Guitar, Hip Hop, Theatre Games and Improv, Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Tap, Power Barre, Men’s Daybreak Stretch, Wiggle and Groove music for tots – those are only a few of the classes we are offering this fall.” Adult classes are listed here; teen classes (13-17) are listed here; classes for children (18 months-12 years) are listed here.
West Seattle Performing Arts has two open, bright studios and one multi-purpose studio, new dressing rooms, bathrooms, and lobby. The walls don’t need much color because the work of the artists in these studios will color them for us. Lobby walls will show art work; windows into the studios allow observers to peek inside classes.
We offer the best instructors in the Pacific Northwest. We are distinguished by our experienced faculty, who hold degrees and professional experience in their fields. West Seattle Performing Arts offers a national standard of training. Our faculty are wide-ranging not only in
experience and disciplines, but they span color, culture, and an inclusive perspective on life and the arts.
We thank West Seattle Performing Arts 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 Junction notes:
PARKING-LOT WORK: On an errand this morning, we discovered that the southwestern most free-parking lot is closed today for pavement work.
The work should be done tomorrow, according to Lora Swift, director of the West Seattle Junction Association. If you can’t tell from the photo, this is the lot on 44th SW just north of SW Edmunds.
(AFTERNOON UPDATE: WSJA says the work will be done by 5 pm today.)
COFFEE SHOP SOLD: By the way, Swift – whose position leading the WSJA just became permanent – is out of the coffee-shop business. She has sold Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) after 16 years. You might know its new owners from their other business, Flying Apron, the vegan/gluten-free bakery whose goods have been among Hotwire’s offerings for 6+ years. The coffee-shop name is staying the same.
COFFEE SHOP FOR SALE: Meantime, across the street, Red Cup Espresso (4451 California SW) is up for sale. Co-proprietor Samir Baillie tells WSB, “I have recently accepted another job, and my wife Breanna wants to concentrate on her other growing business, so we are desiring to pass the torch on to another coffee enthusiast! They can contact us at: email@example.com – please, no walk-in/phone inquiries!” Samir and Breanna bought Red Cup five years ago.
GLOW MEDISPA OPEN HOUSE: After moving to The Junction over the summer, Glow Medispa (4409 California SW) is having an open house tomorrow, 4-8 pm, to officially introduce itself to neighbors and other interested community members. More info here.