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HAPPENING NOW: Second anniversary for My Three Little Birds

April 30, 2016 12:26 pm
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Happy second anniversary to Jennifer Young and her upscale-kid-stuff-resale (plus some new toys/accessories) shop My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) at 6959 California SW in south Morgan Junction. It’s an all-day celebration until 5 pm, including face-painting until 2:

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More details about today’s celebration are in our calendar listing.

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BIZNOTES: Tony’s Market produce stand WILL open; Propel biodiesel station will close

Two West Seattle biznotes, both from 35th and Barton.

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YES, TONY’S MARKET WILL OPEN: It’s been the most-asked question in the WSB inbox for weeks now – will the family-owned produce stand Tony’s Market ever reopen? We have been going by daily for weeks and haven’t seen anyone to ask; the phone number’s out of service; other ways of trying to find out just didn’t work. Today, someone texted us that activity had been sighted at the red/white/green tent, so we headed that way. Yes, the stand WILL open, in a week to week and a half, we learned. No other details but for those fearing that Tony’s would not reopen this season at all, there’s the answer. Last year, the market didn’t reopen until May 1st, attributing the later-than-previously-usual start to site work including parking-lot rehab.

PROPEL BIODIESEL WILL CLOSE: While taking the photo of Tony’s from the other side of Barton, we noticed this sign on the Propel biodiesel pump island:

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It’s been eight years since the little biodiesel station opened on the north side of what was then an Exxon station and mini-mart, and has since become a 7-11. According to this online reply to a disappointed customer, Propel is focusing “on E85 and DieselHPR in California.”

BIZNOTES: Moving, celebrating, giving …

April 28, 2016 9:44 pm
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Five West Seattle (and vicinity) biznotes tonight:

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ADMIRAL JUNCTION MAIL CENTER MOVES: The Lyman Building on the southwest corner of California and Lander now has two vacancies. West Side Gymnastics Academy moved out last year; this week, the Admiral Junction Mailing Center moved. Its new location is 3614 California SW, former home of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which recently moved to 5639 California SW.

MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS TURNS TWO: Big party this Saturday as My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor) celebrates its second anniversary. The festivities are all day, 10 am-5 pm, with face-painting and Full Tilt Ice Cream expected between 11 am and 2 pm.

SOUTHGATE ROLLER RINK TURNS 5: Tomorrow night, our area’s only roller rink, Southgate (9646 17th SW), celebrates its fifth anniversary. Live bands will play out on the floor; renovations will be celebrated – a new mural, lighting, and “a refurbished wood floor in the bar that has a rich history with artistic roller skating.” It’s a 21+ party starting at 8 pm, with $5 cover – more info here.

JUNCTION DAY OF GIVING: In case you haven’t already heard – Saturday is a special day to shop and dine in The Junction. As announced earlier in April, participating businesses will be donating 10 percent of Saturday’s sales to nonprofits of their choice. More than 25 are on the list now – go here to see which businesses and who they’ll be supporting.

SOUNDERS SHUTTLE: The Westy (7908 35th SW) says it’s launching a shuttle service to Sounders home games on Saturday – tickets $20, including a pregame beer “and 10% off your bar tab the entire day.” While The Westy is 21+, the shuttle is open to all ages; they’re also offering a shuttle to Emerald Downs on May 7th for the Kentucky Derby. Contact The Westy to find our more.

HIIT Lab: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

HIIT Lab is a brand-new fitness studio in Morgan Junction, and a brand-new member of the WSB sponsor team, which means they have the opportunity to let you know what they’re about:

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In the photo above is HIIT Lab proprietor Cathy Kerns, who says her studio is just the right size for lots of one-on-one attention for clients, and also the right size to ensure they have lots of personal space. HIIT Lab will match a workout to you. Cathy describes it as “a high-end boutique studio that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. If you live in West Seattle and want to work out hard and have a blast in a nice, clean environment, you don’t have to go far.”
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What do HIIT Lab clients tell Cathy most often? On first sight, she says, they hear, “Wow, this is really nice.” Then, after class, they hear, “That was a fun workout.”

HIIT Lab is at 6417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Suite D, and online at hiitlab.com.

We thank HIIT Lab 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.

VIADUCT CLOSURE: Looking for somewhere to work in West Seattle?

With telecommuting encouraged as an alternative during the upcoming Viaduct closure, WiFi-equipped coffee shops are likely to be busier than ever. Sure, you could stay home and work from there. But those aren’t your only alternatives. West Seattle Office Junction (6040 California SW; WSB sponsor) is the only coworking center in WS – shared office space. We checked with WSOJ co-proprietor Christine Deppe to see if their doors will be open for people who will have to get back to the office eventually. While WSOJ doesn’t have single-day rates, she says, they do have “free trial days and we pro-rate monthly memberships and offer our 5, 10 and 15 days per month month-to-month, which gives a lot of flexibility, even for short use. If an individual needs an office for 1 week it’s $125 and for 2 weeks $250.” Our inquiry has inspired a “WSB Viaduct-Closure Special,” she adds: “We will waive the one-time registration fee of $100 from now to May 10th, making it easier for short term use during the closure.” Find out more here. P.S. They’ve recently added a few new desks for added capacity. Questions? Contact info is here.

BIZNOTES: Four, from flowers to food

Four quick biznotes to share:

FLEURT’S EARTH DAY GIFT: Earth Day is actually Earth Weekend at Fleurt in The Junction. Tomorrow and Sunday the shop will continue its annual tradition – drop off your “gently used vases, containers, pots, and jars,” and every dropoff gets you a free mini-cactus in exchange. The shop is at 4526 California SW.

SIGN #1 – PECOS PIT: The new barbecue restaurant in the remodeled ex-teriyaki joint at 35th/Fauntleroy is hiring – just posted in the WSB West Seattle Jobs Offered section – and now says it’s opening in May. On Thursday, the permanent sign went up:

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Thanks to Kendall Jones from Washington Beer Blog for sharing the photo.

SIGN #2 – PEGASUS PIZZA: Also getting hoisted yesterday, the new sign for Pegasus Pizza at 2770 Alki SW:

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That’s one of the finishing touches from their remodeling project.

NEW MARKET IN WHITE CENTER: Fans of the departed Phnom Khiev Market may want to check out the new market in its former location starting tomorrow – that’s when the new C & T Asian Market at 16th/17th/100th is scheduled to open, community member Gill tells us.

BIZNOTES: Record Store Day night; J.F. Henry closes; Pegasus Pizza reopens

Three West Seattle business notes:

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RECORD STORE DAY NIGHT: The most-festive day of the year at Easy Street Records is in its 12th hour, since a 7 am opening for which people were standing in line. We stopped in for the first of two afternoon/evening events, with Greg Vandy of KEXP‘s “Roadhouse show in the store this afternoon, signing his “26 Songs in 30 Days” book about Woody Guthrie:

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One more event before RSD wraps – a live in-store performance by Acapulco Lips, coming up at 7 pm.

JF HENRY FINALE: As noted here earlier this week, today was closing day for JF Henry Cooking and Dining in The Junction, after 31 years. We stopped in toward the end of the last day for a photo:

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What are you going to do next? we asked. “Not be here!” they joked – though on a more serious note, they will be back for a while around midweek, since there’s still some cleanup to do, despite how much merchandise moved during their retirement sale. Some of the remaining merchandise, they tell us, will be on eBay. (Backstory: We reported on their retirement plans in early March, and followed up on the building’s future days later.

PEGASUS REOPENS: The folks at Pegasus Pizza on Alki promised to let us know when their remodeling closure was over. This afternoon, they sent word that after five days, the restaurant is now open again.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Runner’s 6th anniversary

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It’s been six years since we first reported on Lori and Tim McConnell‘s plan for a store to serve West Seattle’s running community – and as they celebrate another anniversary, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is going strong. We stopped in to photograph them and new shop dog Myrtle as they greeted participants arriving for the weekly Saturday morning group run:

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This is WSR’s second anniversary since the move to a larger storefront at 2743 California SW. As noted in this WSB West Seattle Event Calendar listing, their anniversary sale/celebration continues all weekend, with discounts, treats, and raffles. WS Runner is open today until 6 pm, 11 am-5 pm on Sunday.

P.S. WSR is again presenting the Float Dodger 5K before the West Seattle Grand Parade this year – Saturday, July 23rd – this year starting on the nearby Hiawatha track. Registration is already open, online or in person at WSR.

BIZNOTES: Thunder Road Guitars owner on new city committee; name change for Admiral salon

Two biznotes this afternoon:

LOCAL REP ON MAYOR’S COMMERCIAL-AFFORDABILITY COMMITTEE: A West Seattle entrepreneur is one of the members of a new committee just announced by Mayor Murray to tackle a topic that resonates here as well as in other neighborhoods: How to ensure that small independent local businesses can afford to keep operating in our city.

The local member is Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. He was there (city photo above, third from left) as the mayor announced the new Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee in the International District. The committee, says the city, “will consider a broad range of solutions to commercial affordability, including incentivizing the construction of smaller commercial spaces, further activation of public spaces to the benefit of food trucks and other small businesses, and inclusion of affordable commercial storefronts in more affordable housing projects.” Read the full announcement – and see the full list of committee members – here.

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ADDED 7:47 PM: We stopped by Thunder Road this afternoon to ask Gross about the committee (and to take the photo we’ve added above). He says he participated in a discussion with the city and the West Seattle Junction Association and was contacted about the committee as a springboard from that. He says he hopes the committee’s work will make a difference; he knows the search for affordable space is tough, as you might recall, his shop was previously in a smaller space between Admiral and The Junction, and he feels lucky to have found its current spot toward the south end of the heart of The Junction. He says the committee will have its first meeting before the month is out.

NAME CHANGE FOR ADMIRAL SALON: A new sign atop what was Shanti Salon and Spa at 2138 California SW announces its new name: Ella & Oz Salon. Its staff tells us that Ella & Oz “remains an Aveda salon offering a full menu of hair services along with enhanced Aveda rituals. Additionally, their team is joined by an Aveda-trained, professional esthetician offering skin treatments including facials, body wraps, as well as full waxing services.”

BIZNOTE: JF Henry sets closing date, urges you to keep supporting local businesses

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It’s already been a month since we took that photo of JF Henry Cooking and Dining proprietor Tom Henry putting up the banner for his store’s Retirement Sale – and countdown to closure. At the time, he wasn’t sure when they would close for good, but now the date is set – this Saturday (April 16th) is the sale’s last day, and the store’s last day. As first reported here last month, rather than sell the 31-year-old business, Henry decided to rent out the space; it was announced days later as the new home of the West Seattle branch of John L. Scott Real Estate.

Contacting us with word of the closing date, Tom Henry also shared the message he has posted on the store’s door, which is more than a farewell:

Greetings and Happy Spring!

As we approach our last week here at JF Henry we would again like to sincerely thank you for all the many years of support.

We are truly blessed to have had this opportunity to live, work & raise our family in such an incredible community as West Seattle.

I hope all of us continue to be aware of our responsibilities in supporting our local businesses in West Seattle. We have an amazing selection of stores, restaurants & professional services that are mostly locally owned and operated by our neighbors. I truly believe by choosing to buy locally we all make an incredible difference in the health and prosperity of our business district.

Carol, Betty, Patty & I are looking forward to a lot more time for family, friends & fun. We will continue to live in and love West Seattle! See ya around the neighborhood.

All the Best!
Tom

Through the final day on Saturday, JF Henry (4445 California SW) is open 10 am-6 pm daily.

West Seattle food: Fresh Flours in South Delridge to ‘soft-open’ Saturday

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Tomorrow will be “soft open” day for the new Fresh Flours Bakery and Café at 9410 Delridge Way SW, starting at 7 am.

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We first told you back in January that Fresh Flours proprietors Etsuko and Keiji (above), who have three cafés elsewhere in the city, were thrilled to be opening their fourth in West Seattle, since this is where they live.

After Etsuko sent word today that they plan to soft-open tomorrow, we stopped by this afternoon, as they continued working hard to get everything ready to go.

Along with their baked goods – croissants and macarons are among their specialties, we’re told – they will be serving Stumptown Coffee, and giving some away during soft-opening day tomorrow.

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As we noted in January, South Delridge will be the production bakery for all Fresh Flours locations. They’re also working on an outdoor seating area on the north side, where they demolished a small old house and will be putting up a new fence and foundation – Etsuko says they hope that will be done by summer.

DAY OF GIVING: Bonus reason to shop The Junction on April 30th

Something new in The Junction this month: A “Day of Giving” on April 30th.

Participating shops and restaurants will give 10 percent of their proceeds to nonprofits of their choice that day. From the West Seattle Junction Association:

Giving back has always been a part of what it means to be West Seattle. Our deep neighborhood pride comes through in everything we do and exemplifies the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

In The Junction, our local businesses are proud to give back throughout the year to the many deserving causes in our neighborhood and beyond. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that it’s the right thing to do and that by supporting our local nonprofits we can strengthen our neighborhood and thrive.

In the spirit of that commitment, The Junction businesses are teaming up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit many important causes. On April 30th, each participating business will be donating 10% of their sales to the nonprofit of their choice. Stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support and make a difference through your purchases. It’s an easy and fun way to show your community spirit and just how much you care!

You can see the early list of participants, and their chosen recipients, by going to this page on The Junction’s website.

M.O.I. Designs, interior design & styling: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

April 6, 2016 2:08 pm
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Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, M.O.I. Designs. New local sponsors get the chance to let you know who they are and what they do:

(Proprietor Desirae Wilkerson)
M.O.I. Designs is an interior design studio specializing in residential and boutique commercial interior design. We believe that great design matters in the way we live and work within our spaces. Every space has potential and every space can be functional, unified and balanced while expressing creativeness and personality.

Whether it’s one room that needs some work, or the whole house, we work with our clients to create the perfect design package to fit their needs. From full-service interior design (concept to completion) to picking out paint selections or creating a simple room arrangement, M.O.I. Designs is dedicated to creating something that is exactly you!

M.O.I. Designs opened in early 2013, spending the first 2 years of business developing our process and building important relationships with vendors, tradespeople and clients through a variety of projects. Our clients tell us we’ve made their projects easier, less overwhelming, and most importantly, more enjoyable. Let’s face it, spending hours at the tile or paint store making sure that your selections look good with your new flooring or furniture can be tiring and can result in important details such as color matching, lighting, and durability being overlooked.

By hiring us, our clients are assured that we will listen closely to their needs. We will take into account all of the details and deliver results in a timely manner so that you can get your projects started and on the way to completion (and look, you’ve just freed up a few Saturdays now that you can enjoy doing something else!). We take a refreshing and realistic approach to the design process by understanding that everyone is different. Your budgets are different and your spaces are different, as are your styles and interests. We appreciate the strong community we have here in West Seattle and try to use local sources as much as possible for our projects. Our goals are to build great relationships and to create comfort, ease and functionality in your most cherished spaces.

To find out more about the services we offer, please visit our website at moidesigns.net and be sure to click on “design process” to read a little more about how we work. Contact us today to set up a free 30-minute meet and greet – we would love to see your space and hear more about your project needs! 206.356.7778moidesigns.net

We thank M.O.I. Designs 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.

CONGRATULATIONS! Here’s who won the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Westside Awards

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Congratulations to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), announced this morning as Westside Business of the Year along with this year’s other winners of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Westside Awards.

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C & P proprietors Cameron and Pete Moores (update: we photographed Cameron today, just after publishing this story) are in their 14th year of operating the cozy coffeehouse and event venue at 5612 California SW. You’ll find far more than “just” coffee and other beverages there – stop in on any given evening and you might also find live music, or a Whale Trail Orca Talk; the many other events hosted there include bazaars. C&P offers private rentals too and supports a long list of community causes.

C & P is one of four winners announced today by Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis. The others are:

HomeStreet Bank‘s West Seattle branch (WSB sponsor) – Westside Emerging Business of the Year: Since HomeStreet opened its West Seattle branch in The Junction two years ago, it’s become a hub for community activities including everything from the WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus” drive to Santa photos to Seahawk support, as well as opening its doors to community groups.

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Melodie VanHouten (at center in our photo, with, from left, Cody Rees, Sharon Lingbloom, Phil Varce, and John Babauta) is branch manager and vice president.

West Seattle Helpline, Westside Not-for-Profit of the Year: WS Helpline, founded in 1989 and currently led by executive director Chris Langeler, offers emergency assistance to people in need in our community, in a variety of ways, including a clothing bank.

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(WSB photo: Chris Langeler and volunteer coordinator Theresa Sundin in the WS Helpline offices)

Last year, according to the Helpline website, the nonprofit:

*Served over 3,500 of our neighbors in need.

*Provided $78,454 of value in clothing for 1,592 adults and children at The Clothesline.

*Provided over $70,000 of assistance to prevent evictions and shutoffs for more than 300 local families.

*Distributed more than $10,000 in bus tickets to for medical appointments, job interviews, and basic needs.

Dave Montoure, Westsider of the Year: Montoure is not only in his 14th year as co-proprietor of West 5 in The Junction but also is a community advocate who has served in leadership roles with organizations including the Chamber and the West Seattle Junction Association. He also has supported many community causes and organized West Seattle for Japan as a response to the devastating earthquake/tsunami.

You can applaud the winners in person by being there as they are honored at the 2016 Westside Awards breakfast at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) at 7 am on May 4th, which also will feature former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice as keynote speaker. Tickets are available now at the WS Chamber website – go here.

BIZNOTE: Kathy’s Studio of Dance closing; West Seattle Performing Arts taking over

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A local icon is retiring, and closing her business – the namesake and proprietor of Kathy’s Studio of Dance in The Junction. For more than 30 years, young West Seattleites have taken dance lessons and performed at the studio (4217 SW Edmunds) led by Kathryn Lahey, aka “Miss Kathy.” Since getting a tip about her announcement, we’ve spoken with her a couple of times, and she thought the best way to report would be to share the letter she sent to families:

It is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that I announce that after 39 years I will be retiring and closing Kathy’s Studio of Dance. After our Recital in June, the studio will close. This was a very difficult decision for me to make but the dance world is changing and I am no longer up for the challenge. I started my studio with the idea that anyone should be able to dance – no matter their size, talent or ability to pay. I wanted a professional studio that taught children and adults of all ages- structure, discipline and team work. This was how all the dance studios were back when I started 39 years ago. This worked for many years but times have changed and I need to leave the education of dance to those who are young, fresh and are able to change with the new dance world.

I am happy to announce that a new dance school will be opening in our place. I did not want to leave my dancers, teachers or staff without a possible place to continue their love for dance. Mrs.Christine Juarez will be opening her school WEST SEATTLE PERFORMING ARTS here in our location after we finish our Recital. She will be contacting my students about her program in the near future. This new school will be different than ours as the way I ran my studio is obsolete and not viable in this new generation of dancers. The new dance school will have Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tumbling, Acting, Theater and many other exciting classes in the PERFORMING ARTS. Mrs. Juarez has taught at my studio in the past; my daughter took classes from her for many years. When my daughter took classes from her, it was with Mrs. Juarez’s mentoring that helped her receive a scholarship to NY to dance and be on Starpower’s “POWER PAK.” Mrs. Juarez has been on the staff at Cornish College of the Arts for over 20 years. I highly respect and admire Christine Juarez and cannot think of a better person to pass my students to. Some of our current teachers may even teach at this new dance school.

I thank all of you for your years of loyalty, support and dedication. I have enjoyed the many years of working with the children of Seattle. All I ever wanted to do since I was in 5th grade is be a Dance Teacher. Thank you for allowing me to do that. I was blessed to be part of all your lives.

The show will go on as always. I hope to make it our best show ever. How can we go wrong when it’s DISNEY!

Very truly yours – IN DANCE,

Miss Kathy

This is a business sale, not a property sale; the building’s ownership is not changing. (Side note: It’s not one of the buildings that the recent West Seattle Junction Historical Survey deemed potentially eligible for landmark status, though – see page 13 here – it’s one of the oldest buildings in The Junction.)

West Seattle scene: Chamber ‘After Hours’ @ Meeples Games

March 24, 2016 9:54 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, from left, Meeples proprietors Brian Taylor and Laura Schneider with Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis)

Almost exactly a year ago, Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) learned it was the winner of the “Emerging Business of the Year” award from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Tonight, Meeples hosted Chamber members for their monthly “After Hours” – a chance for local businesses and organizations to find out what others in WS are doing, and to take a much-deserved break from their hard work.

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Food and drink were part of the event, and they’re also something you can find at Meeples (3727 California SW, corner of Charlestown, upstairs) any time – it’s a café as well as a place to play games.

Meantime, we’ll find out soon who will follow Meeples as this year’s “Emerging Business,” as the Chamber’s next round of Westside Awards will be presented on May 4th at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), with former Mayor Norm Rice as keynote speaker – you can register for the breakfast event by going here.

BIZNOTE: Short Stop about to close and move, vacating building at Morgan Junction Park expansion site

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Thanks to Sam for the tip – we just stopped by the Short Stop convenience store in Morgan Junction and confirmed that tomorrow is its final day of operation. It’s found a new location – in the Pierce County town of Milton.

Since the dry cleaner next store is already closed, this will clear the way for Seattle Parks to demolish the 6311 California SW building that’s on the site of the quarter-acre it purchased for $1.9 million in 2014 to expand Morgan Junction Park. But the demolition equipment won’t be showing up any time soon. Though the teardown permit was issued more than four months ago, there’s some other work to do first, we found out from Lise Ward with Seattle Parks. She tells WSB that once the building’s vacant, they’ll call in environmental specialists to test for hazardous materials and determine what kind of abatement will be required before teardown. They’ll also take steps to seal it off until demolition, Ward says, which they’ll do as soon as they can. She says they’re thankful to the community for their patience.

The original purchase was to “landbank” the site for future park development. Money to plan and design it is on the Seattle Park District levy’s funding list for this year.

Care At Home of WA, Inc.: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

Today we’re welcoming Care At Home of WA, Inc., as our newest sponsor. Here’s what Care At Home would like you to know:
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(From left: Hermela Bekele, Diane Tamaluns, Sandra Braun, Vanessa Carr)

As a Washington State Licensed Home Care Agency, we are celebrating 25 years of service in West Seattle and for the Greater Seattle areas.

Care At Home of WA, Inc. assists our elders and people needing care by providing Home Health Aides and CNAs (Certified Nurse’s Aides) and care partners. Shifts can be a 1-hour bath visit to 24-hour around-the-clock care, temporary, long term, or just on call. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8-5. But we are on call, 24/7, for those urgent staffing needs that can happen after 5 pm and on the weekends.

Our Caregivers assist with vital services such as daily tasks, cleaning, grocery shopping, meal prep, personal hygiene/bathing assist, medication supervision, driving to appointments, and much more. Care At Home helps our elders continue to live with DIGNITY and enjoy life with support where it is needed. We RESPECT the needs and wishes of our elders and their families.

Care At Home understands that living in your own home allows people to live in COMFORT and happiness into their future years.

Our clients have expressed a great deal of relief knowing that our Caregivers and care management can bring a sense of calm during stressful times. We are great matchmakers with someone they can TRUST while providing care and support. We help our elders continue to live with DIGNITY and enjoy life with support where it is needed.

We opened our office here in 1992 as Help Unlimited Homecare under the direction of Vanessa Carr. We are now independently owned and operated, as we were able to “buy our office” in 2014 still under Vanessa’s leadership: “We are so blessed to be working with some of the finest Caregivers. They are truly like family to us.”

We are members of both the South and West Seattle Senior Centers, GSBA-Greater Seattle Business Association, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and the WA Home Care Association.

Find us: CareAtHomeSeattle.com206-937-3100

We thank Care At Home of WA, Inc., 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.

How do West Seattle businesses view our area’s ‘growing pains’? See results of a Chamber of Commerce survey

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Last Saturday at the 2016 Gathering of Neighbors, breakout discussion groups included one led by reps from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce – our photo above was taken just as participants were settling in. Before the event, the chamber did a quick online survey of its membership to ask their views of our area’s “growing pains,” the focus of this year’s GoN (which itself is an event organized by the community group VIEWS, “Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle”). This morning, the results have been made public, including the raw responses to these two open-ended questions:

“If you could change one thing about transportation in West Seattle, what would it be?”
“If you could change one thing about development in West Seattle, what would it be?”

You can read all those responses, as well as the results of the yes/no questions (including “Has the recent growth in West Seattle generally helped your business?” – 61 percent said “yes”), by going here.

P.S. Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis tells us 75 responses were received; the Chamber has 200+ members (including WSB). Responses weren’t sorted for size or type of businesses. So we’re not saying this is scientific, but it’s an undeniably interesting snapshot.

SIDE NOTE: The Chamber also just announced that former mayor Norm Rice will keynote the May 4th Westside Awards breakfast – ticket info and more is here.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s first marijuana store now open

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(WSB photo: Andrew Cornwall and Jon Sherman photographed at Origins this afternoon)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

West Seattle’s first recreational-marijuana store is now open. And they’re touting another “first.”

We reported two weeks ago that Origins at 1416 SW Roxbury had become the second applicant to receive a license, but that it was on a faster track to opening than the first one, which is planned for a converted Craftsman at 5440 California SW.

And now, Origins is open; we talked today at the shop with co-proprietor Jon Sherman, who contacted us last night to say they’ve been in “soft open” mode since Monday and are planning a grand-opening event this Friday and Saturday.

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FOLLOWUP: Who’s moving in after JF Henry closes in The Junction

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When we reported last week that J.F. Henry in The Junction would close, with its owners Tom and Patty Henry leaving the retail business, leasing his building to someone and something new, the new lease wasn’t final yet. Now, it is, and we’ve heard from the new tenant: Tyler McKenzie recently bought the John L. Scott West Seattle real-estate office at 5242 California SW and will be moving it to the current J.F. Henry building at 4445 California SW.

In the photo atop the story, McKenzie and wife Marguerite Carlson are at left, along with the Henrys at right. As designated broker, McKenzie will oversee the company’s operations. His community-involvement history included serving as president of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association board in 2009-2010. The move is still a few months away, McKenzie tells us, as they have permits and designs to deal with to convert the building’s interior. He summarizes, “We are truly excited by the prospect of occupying such a wonderful venue. Our goal is to create a fabulous environment, not only for our brokers, but clients alike. As they visit, clients will come to enjoy all the benefits of the Junction and its businesses, so this is a win-win all around.”

The building at 4445 California SW was a real-estate office in one of its past incarnations, McKenzie mentions. It has more than enough space for his firm, and room to grow. As for JF Henry’s closing date, we were unable to reach Tom Henry this afternoon, so we’ll have a separate followup on that later.

P.S. As noted in last week’s story, this is one of eight Junction buildings that the new West Seattle Junction Historical Survey considers to have landmark potential, pending further research.

West Seattle businesses: J.F. Henry to close, as owners change from retailers to landlords

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One of the West Seattle Junction building owners interviewed for the just-released What Makes the West Seattle Junction Special?” historical survey is about to start a new chapter of his own history.

Tom Henry, owner of houseware store J.F. Henry Cooking and Dining at 4445 California SW, confirms, “We have decided to retire and close our business.”

Henry (at right, in 2014 WSB photo) and wife Patty plan to retain ownership of the building; they have quietly had it listed for lease for a few months and expect to announce its new tenant soon. “We’re going to take off our retail hat and become landlords,” he told WSB today. “We’re too young to do nothing – we’re very busy people – it’s going to be kind of fun. I’ve told people, you don’t know what’s out there if you have to pretty much unlock a door [to open the store] every day.”

He says that while brick-and-mortar retailing has definitely changed with the advent of online, “our business has been fine, and we’ve seen a lot of growth with new people moving in.” It “just felt right for us to be doing something different.”

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