BIZNOTE: GoodMed arriving in Morgan Junction as Expedition Trips moves north

July 9, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Thanks to Brian for this photo of the new sign at California/Holly in Morgan Junction:

Plans for changes at that corner first hit our radar a few months ago, when a building-permit filing mentioned plans for at least some of the office space to be converted into an apartment. We checked back then with the travel agency that had long been in the space, Expedition Trips, and found out they were moving to 5932 California SW. The move was still a ways away at the time, so we saved it for future mention. Now, Expedition Trips has made its move, and the new sign on its former space reveals a health-care clinic called GoodMed is on the way, planning to open next month. According to its website, GoodMed is led by naturopathic physicians Drs. Ryan Campbell and Wendy Hueners, who are moving from other West Seattle clinics, and will have a membership model, explained here.

West Seattle scene: Chamber of Commerce on a roll

July 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

No, that wasn’t a Segway tour rolling through The Junction earlier this evening. The two-wheel travelers were members of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, visiting businesses to drop off copies of its brand-new directory.

Above, that’s Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis (at center, Segway-less) with Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Katie Krause from Daystar Retirement Village, pausing for a photo op. You can get a copy of the directory at the Chamber’s office, or stop by the Info Booth at West Seattle Summer Fest (in the heart of Walk-All-Ways at California/Alaska) this Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

P.S. We’re told the Segways did come from the Admiral District business that offers the two-wheeled tours you’ve probably seen around the peninsula, West Coast Entertainment.

Red 27 Engraving: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

June 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor today, Red 27 Engraving. As a new local sponsor, they have the opportunity to share some information about what they do:

(Red 27 Engraving owner Dana Perreault)
Your local WEST SEATTLE source for trophies, unique gifts and corporate awards, Red 27 Engraving owner Dana Perreault is happy to help you! Ordering is easy! There are 1,000s of awards to choose from and engraving options for one-of-a-kind specials.

Dana is a resident of West Seattle and began his business at his house. When he was ready for a shop and retail location, West Seattle was his only consideration. “I enjoy our community and want to be part of the economic growth as well as supporting a wide variety of my neighbors.” Dana is a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, sponsors youth sports in the area, and is always looking for situations that deserve an award!

Red 27 Engraving is located behind Caffé Ladro in south Morgan Junction, with open hours Tuesdays – Fridays 9 AM-5 PM and Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM at 7009 1/2 California SW; come in and let us help you personalize your awards today! Correct spelling guaranteed – Dana will work with you to make it right. RUSH orders, too: For a minimal charge, Red 27 Engraving can work with you to get your customized awards when you need them. Call 206-854-7328 or e-mail

We thank Red 27 Engraving 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.

‘We’re ecstatic’: Thunder Road Guitars’ first day in big new Junction home

June 27, 2015 at 11:56 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

(1st four photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
It’s opening day for the newest shop in The Junction, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) at 4736 California SW. And proprietor Frank Gross tells us he’s “ecstatic.”

As first reported here in May, Thunder Road is making the move from a storefront about a mile north, where it was “busting at the seams” after two and a half successful years – the business started online in 2011. Biggest thing about the new shop is, in fact, its bigness – tripling the square footage, 2,500 feet now, up from 800 sf before. That means more instruments – about 200 on hand at any time – but also more services and partnerships. Another West Seattleite, Chad Beeler of The Bass Shop and Bass EFX, is now partnering with Thunder Road:

Also new: TRG will be offering lessons starting next month (there’s studio space in the back) – watch for more on that soon. In the meantime, even if you’re not a musician, it’s fun to browse the selection of fine vintage and used guitars – acoustic as well as electric – and other instruments and equipment, including amps.

Thunder Road has new hours as it launches the new storefront – there today 10-6, which is the Tuesday-Saturday schedule; on Sundays, when you might want to stop in as a side trip while at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in the next block to the north, they’re open 11 am-4 pm. And you can’t miss the sign:

(Thanks to Michael for this photo!)
Besides visiting in person, check in online – on the Web. TRG is also fun to follow on Instagram, for the regular “Today’s Catch” feature.

BIZNOTES: Thunder Road Guitars move update, why new Junction Starbucks is seeking a liquor license, and more

June 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

Four West Seattle biznotes this afternoon:

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS SETS THE DATE: Last month, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) announced its plan to move to 4736 California SW in The Junction. Today, Michael shared that photo of the signage being painted on the new storefront, and TRG proprietor Frank Gross confirms they now have the moving schedule:

We will be open at our current location (3916 California) through this Saturday. We will be closed next Monday – Friday as we will be moving and we will be open for business at the new location on Saturday, June 27th, at 10 am. Also, our hours will change slightly. Our new hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, and closed Monday.

The storefront became available when The Sneakery decided to consolidate back into its original Ballard location. Even before then, TRG had put out the call for help finding bigger digs.

STARBOOZE? Several people pointed out the liquor-license application posted at Junction 47, where, as we’ve reported, Starbucks is opening a shop. Company spokesperson Haley Nieman answered our inquiry by saying, “The liquor license application is the first of many steps we take in considering if the Starbucks Evenings menu is the right fit for any market, including West Seattle. We’re so excited that the Junction store is being considered for the Starbucks Evenings menu, though we don’t have any details to share on when that may happen. If you’re not familiar, the Starbucks Evenings program offers customers a new occasion to gather with each other over an expanded menu of shareable, warm and savory small plates that are paired with our coffee, tea and a selection of craft beer and wines.” Here’s where the company does that now.

IAN FITNESS EXPANDING TO WEST SEATTLE: Noticed activity at the former Morgan Junction Crossfit at California/Juneau? Following the weblink on a banner hung outside the building, we discovered it will be home to the fifth location of Ian Fitness, which offers boot camps in Magnolia, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Laurelhurst.

THE GENERAL STORE SEATTLE’S FATHER’S DAY EVENT: Claire E. Jones of The General Store Seattle (3400 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor) is giving away a Father’s Day T-shirt to the 10th customer this weekend (the counter starts ticking both in the store and online 10 am Saturday). Never been? Stop by!

West Seattle businesses: Zelda Zonk Consignment opens Tuesday

June 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

While a long-running business in The Admiral District has just closed – another is about to open.

(Photo courtesy Zelda Zonk Consignment)
Tomorrow is opening day for Zelda Zonk Consignment for Women at 2210 California SW, previously home to West Seattle Fabric Company (which has gone mostly online) and, before that, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor, long since moved to The Junction). Proprietor Carrie Zimney explains, “Zelda Zonk is the name Marilyn Monroe went by when she was incognito so I thought it was very fitting.” Consignment is a form of recycling, and Carrie says, “I’ve been having a ton of fun with renovations and I’m so proud to say that I built my sales counter out of old pallets, and my clothing racks out of tree posts and old pallets. I also constructed my dressing rooms using old doors I purchased at Second Use in SODO.” As for the actual consigning, “Zelda Zonk does not brand-discriminate but we are really looking for current items from brands like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, J. Crew, Theory, Ann Taylor and BCBGMaxazria. We will also carry special designer items from designers such as Prada, Oscar De La Renta, Burburry, and Chanel.” Starting tomorrow, she plans to be open 10 am-7 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 pm Sundays, closed Mondays. If you’re interested in consigning – she says, “I do a 40/60 split or in-store credit of 50%” – call 206-932-0961.

West Seattle Vision: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

June 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

From the doctors and staff at West Seattle Vision, a new WSB sponsor:

(From left: Chelsie, Steve, Lynna, Julia Tran, O.D.)

It’s hard to believe that we have been in West Seattle for two years now. When we set up in Morgan Junction, we knew that it was a quaint yet vibrant community, but to our amazement and blessing, we have been astonished at how we have been accepted and welcomed to the West Seattle family. Our expectations on every front have been eclipsed by the people and their “family first” attitude. We love everything about West Seattle and look forward to more “family” time with everyone here!! Thank you to everyone who has been part of West Seattle Vision.

To celebrate West Seattle Vision‘s two years, we are having a 20/20 Anniversary Sale from now until the end of June. Our patients will receive $20 off on an annual supply of contact lenses and 20% off on the first complete pair of eyewear. (This promotion does not apply toward the purchase of Maui Jim and Zeal sunwear and the use of Vision Service Plan [VSP] benefits.) We are open Tuesday through Saturday for you to come in and seek out that new look for the year! For every face, there is a frame! Come check us out at 6505 California SW (206-829-9688) and say hello!

We thank the doctors and staff of West Seattle Vision 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.

FIVE BIZNOTES: West Seattle Junction/Triangle edition, featuring money, coffee, food, hair …

June 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

Whirlwind round of five quick West Seattle biznotes:

SOUND CREDIT UNION TO THE JUNCTION: Discovered via city online files that one of the retail spaces at 4730 California (WSB sponsor) is set for Sound Credit Union. No details from SCU yet but they acknowledged our request for info. The first retail space leased at 4730, you might recall, is going to house Chipotle Mexican Grill.

JUNCTION STARBUCKS UPDATE: Diane asked in a comment when the new shop set for Junction 47 at California/Alaska (first reported here in February) will open. “Later this summer,” a Starbucks spokesperson tells us. They’re going to start the build-out week after next – tentatively set for June 15th – so you might finally see some “coming soon” signs (in fact, they’ve just applied for sign-installation permits). She could not tell us anything more about the plan, yet. The store will cover more than 2,000 square feet.

SPEAKING OF COFFEE … that’s part of what’s new as West Seattle Brewing Company at 4415 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle reopens today (3 pm) after more than 2 months. Owner Drew Locke had told us back in March that espresso was on the way as well as wine, cider, and food.

ALSO NEW – NIBBLES FOOD TRUCK: Thanks to Eddie for the photo of Nibbles, the new West Seattleite-owned trailer-style food truck that’s planning to be in the West Seattle Eagles parking lot a few days a week:

Here’s the Nibbles menu. They’ve already closed for the day in WS but they’re traveling around the South King County area – having opened in Burien yesterday and going to the Des Moines Farmers’ Market tomorrow.

BEEHIVE SALON: The second retail tenant in Oregon 42 at 42nd/Oregon, Beehive Salon, south of/next to Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor), is now open. We first reported back in March that this “Aveda-concept salon” had leased the space for its second location (first one is in Wallingford).

HAPPENING NOW: Emerald Water Anglers’ Fly Fest @ Lincoln Park

May 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

For the first time since Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) opened its West Seattle Junction shop almost a year ago, its annual Fly Fest is happening at Lincoln Park, continuing one more hour, until 4 pm. While browsing and testing gear is certainly the star of the show, including casting tests in the not-yet-open wading pool …

… the fun also included food, to prove that fishing-trip cuisine doesn’t have to be dull.

The EWA guides‘ Gourmet Cookoff included proprietor Dave McCoy, above, making salmon tacos and melon salad; below, store GM Reid Curry making barbecue chicken sandwiches:

And Abbie Schuster with ceviche/shrimp tacos.

We’re checking back to see who won. Fly Fest is on until 4 at Shelter 5 in the upper park.

BIZNOTES: First day at the beach for Mountain to Sound; sign up for CSA boxes at The General Store Seattle

May 21, 2015 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Two West Seattle biznotes to share this morning:

RENTALS AT THE BEACH: Thanks to Greg Whittaker for the photo and update:

Mountain to Sound Outfitters will be opening stand up paddleboarding and kayak rentals at 55th and Alki Ave today for the 2015 season. Come on by and enjoy the water!

CSA SIGNUP TIME AT THE GENERAL STORE SEATTLE: Last month, The General Store Seattle (WSB sponsor) proprietor Claire E. Jones put out the call for interest in qualifying her shop (3400 Harbor SW) as a dropoff site for CSA produce from Skylight Farms. She says, “We did it!” and now the next step is – sign up for weekly or biweekly pickups! All you have to do is go here and scroll to choose the West Seattle option. Claire adds, “The boxes will be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 4-7 pm starting in June and ending in October.”

Two more for today/tonight: Meeples Games turns 1; Fauntleroy Schoolhouse looks ahead to turning 100

May 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

In addition to the highlights lineup published early today, we have two additions, both related to anniversaries:

MEEPLES GAMES’ FIRST ANNIVERSARY: What a year it’s been for Meeples Games, on the second floor of Charlestown Center (California/Charlestown), including being honored as the best Emerging Business in the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s Westside Awards (WSB coverage here). If you were to pick the perfect time to stop by and help celebrate, Meeples’ proprietor Laura Schneider says they’re cutting the anniversary cake at 3 pm.

(1940 Fauntleroy School photo from Seattle Public Schools‘ thumbnail history)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE’S CENTENNIAL ART OPEN HOUSE: 4-7 pm today, at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse:

We will be hosting a Centennial Art Open House to raise monies for (the schoolhouse’s) 100th Birthday in May 2017. We have art pieces from local West Seattle artist such as, Art Wolfe, Sue Madill, Warren Pope, Greg Bartol, Jimmy Gersen, Patty McPhee,Chris Bath, Linda McClamrock, Nancy Gilbert, Holly Margell,Kathy Johnson, Gail Ann Wodzin and jewelry by Abi Haggerty! Lite hors d’oeuvres by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events. Come share your story, pictures and memorabilia with other alumni. See you there!

Of course, you don’t have to have been a schoolhouse alum to attend. It’s all happening at 9131 California SW.

BIZNOTE: First of its kind in WA, Cuddle Club opens in West Seattle

May 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 19 Comments

Sometimes, new-business announcements are greeted with “oh, not ANOTHER …” Can’t say that this time; this new business is the first of its kind. Longtime local community advocate Lashanna Williams – most recently featured here for a volunteer project that fed hundreds last fall – has just opened Cuddle Club in Morgan Junction. Here’s her official announcement:

Today, Washington’s first professional cuddling establishment opened its doors in West Seattle. Cuddle Club’s free membership allows members to schedule cuddle sessions in the safe, secure, and beautifully designed comfort of the new club at Fauntleroy Square.

Cuddle Club is about creating a welcoming space for members to be themselves. Non­sexual, nurturing touch is a basic human need. Everyone needs to be held, and all of us benefit from more relaxing, meaningful human contact. Cuddle Club’s mission is to improve lives in small ways that matter, and in lieu of a membership fee, members are asked to support that mission with donations of time, food, or other goods to local organizations.

Benefits of cuddling can include reduced stress and anxiety; improved social skills, self-esteem, and sleep; lower blood pressure and heart rate; reduced drug cravings and risk of heart disease; and improved immune system and recovery time.

Cuddle Club is operated by Lashanna Williams, a graduate of the University of Michigan, a Certified Member of Cuddle Professionals International, and an active volunteer coordinator in the South Park and West Seattle neighborhoods.

You can find out more here.

Work at home? Coffee shop? Try West Seattle’s only coworking space this week, free!

May 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

West Seattle’s only all-coworking space, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor), has a deal for you this week:

The Office Junction is open free to the public to try coworking, Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. RSVP required at

Tired of working in coffee shops? Need to get out of the house? Looking for a friendly professional place to get some work done? The Office Junction has a desk waiting for you with free high-speed WiFi, free refreshments, color printer, conference room, great people and more! Book a time, then show up with your laptop and discover how coworking is redefining independence.

Whether you do or don’t take advantage of that deal, WS Office Junction has another offer:

Looking for a chance to network, meet new people or explore new ideas? The Office Junction is hosting a broad variety of events, meetups and workshops this month. See our event calendar at for more information.

Office Junction is at 6040 California SW, north of Morgan Junction.

Seattle App Academy: New WSB sponsor, with ‘high-tech classes at an affordable price’

May 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Seattle App Academy. As a new local sponsor, they get the chance to tell you who they are and what they do:

Seattle App Academy is a volunteer organization that coaches students in computer programming, electronics, and robotics. Modeled after Little League, Girl & Boy Scouts, and other youth-focused organizations, the mission of Seattle App Academy is to inspire tomorrow’s technology creators.

Located in Jefferson Square (just above Bartell’s), the Seattle App Academy classroom is equipped with thirty state-of-the-art 23-inch touch-screen computers, Arduino microcontrollers, Mindstorms robotics, and more. Our classes are offered in eight-week sessions for students in grades 4-12. Three of our most popular classes will also be offered in a day-camp format as part of our Summer@SAA program in June and July.

As a volunteer organization, community support allows us to offer high-tech classes at an affordable price. We are thrilled with the parents, teachers, developers and designers that have continued to coach with us over multiple sessions and that help make our programs great! All volunteers are trained by Seattle App Academy to work with our students and to effectively deliver our curriculum.

Earlier this year, Seattle App Academy partnered with Kennedy Catholic High School to offer classes to high-school students. Our 16-week computer science and programming class introduces students to basic data types, computer logic, and structure to build a foundation for more advanced programming concepts and experiences. Students will receive school credit for the class.

In June, Seattle App Academy will host The Hacker Cup Competition, showcasing student talent in programming and game design. A small panel of judges will review all submissions and award trophies for first, second, and third place. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see student-created gadgets and robots.

Learn more about the Seattle App Academy by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter. We regularly host open houses and free programs for kids, including our very popular Keyboarding & Minecraft Boot Camp. Please feel free to contact us at and thanks for your support!

We thank Seattle App Academy 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.

BIZNOTES: Rudy’s West Seattle grand-opening party Friday; My Three Little Birds celebrates 1st anniversary Saturday

May 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

Two West Seattle biznotes from businesses with celebrations ahead:

RUDY’S WEST SEATTLE GRAND-OPENING PARTY: 6-10 pm tomorrow (Friday, May 8), Rudy’s Barbershop (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle invites you to its official grand opening party. Free food and beer from Tasty Vibes and Big Al’s; live music with The Wimps starting at 8; free pre-designed tattoos courtesy of Blue Geisha, two DJs, free bowl cuts, and a raffle or two. See the official flyer/invite here. (4480 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS TURNS ONE: Jennifer Young of the “upscale children’s resale store” My Three Little Birds in south Morgan Junction is excited to announce that her shop is celebrating its one-year anniversary Saturday. Stop by 10 am-5 pm (yes, Jennifer says, she knows you’ll be out and about for WSCGSD anyway!) – celebration highlights include face-painting from 10 am to 11 am, the Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Truck 11:30 am-1 pm, and a BOGO sale all weekend long. (6959 California SW)

West Seattle businesses: Thunder Road Guitars moving to Junction

May 6, 2015 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 23 Comments

(Photo courtesy Thunder Road Guitars: L-R, TRG manager Dan Miles, Bass Shop owner Chad Beeler, TRG owner Frank Gross, guitar fixer Sam Tyner)
Back in February, we published a note from Thunder Road Guitars owner Frank Gross, asking for help finding a bigger space for the shop. He found it – and is officially announcing the impending move, as well as a new partnership:

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be moving to the heart of the West Seattle Junction this summer, taking over the 4736 California Ave space previously occupied by The Sneakery. As many of you know we have been busting at the seams in our current location for some time now and given the size of this new location it will triple our current square footage. What does this mean? More of what we do! More fine vintage and used guitars and amplifiers. More pedals from the innovative brands we carry, and more accessories. We will also be expanding to offer guitars lessons from some great local teachers.

On top of moving we are also thrilled to announce a partnership with fellow West Seattlite Chad Beeler of The Bass Shop and Bass EFX. Chad has worked in the musical instrument field for over 25 years and co-owned / co-founded Bass Northwest in Pioneer Square, one of the national leaders in bass guitars and amplifiers. Chad will be showcasing his exclusive inventory in Thunder Road Guitars and in turn will significantly bulk up the bass selection in the store. Our collective goal is to be a one stop shop for guitar and bass enthusiasts throughout the region.

The 4736 California location has a bit of sentimental value to me. When I was a kid, it was a print shop named Liberty Bell Printing. I have memories of my dad taking me there when I was a young teenager to print artwork for my first band’s CD. After all these years, music is taking me back to that same spot. We are so excited to be part of the West Seattle community and can’t wait to open our new location in the Junction.

Expect to see us open the end of June!

Thunder Road Guitars was an online-only business until two and a half years ago, when they opening the storefront they’ll be leaving at 3916 California SW. The Sneakery closed its Junction shop last month and consolidated back into its original location in Ballard.

BIZNOTES: Three business updates at 35th/Roxbury

May 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 24 Comments

3 notes from the northwest side of 35th/Roxbury:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE UPDATE: More than two months ago, we told you about DPD documents indicating the People’s Choice Marketplace medical-marijuana access point, currently in the 9400 block of Delridge, was planning to open at 9451 35th SW. They didn’t answer our inquiries about it, but now a big banner’s up. By the way, for those who asked about the legalities of medical-marijuana storefronts (this is right across the street from Northwest Patient Resource Center on the northeast corner of 35th and Roxbury) near schools – with the charter school planned at the southwest corner – we talked to the City Attorney’s Office a while back and they basically told us that due to the mostly unregulated nature of dispensaries, this isn’t necessarily a conflict. But that was before a new law passed the State Legislature this year, so it’s all yet to be worked out, apparently.

CANNA HEALTH GONE: Immediately north of this spot, the medical-marijuana-authorization provider Canna Health is gone. But that freestanding building isn’t empty …

NEPENTHE MASSAGE’S NEW LOCATION: Nepenthe Massage, which used to be between The Junction and Morgan Junction, is now open in the former CH spot (9447 35th SW), according to a sign out front as well as its website.

BIZNOTE: Straight Blast Gym expands kids’ programs, adds camp

May 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photos courtesy Straight Blast Gym)
Still looking for summer camp, and/or a new place for your kid(s) to spend time before/after school? New offerings at Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor), co-proprietor Sonia Sillan tells us:

Straight Blast Gym offers kids’ martial arts focusing on life skills and youth development. We have recently expanded our schedule, upgraded our Before and After School Program, AND have added a brand-new Summer Camp for 2015. We are invested in the success of your child in the gym and on the mats, but also in life as well.

SBG is currently offering free consultations, which include a free private lesson for your kid(s), and a discount for enrolling in the summer camp or before/after-school program by the end of this month. You can call or e-mail with questions – 206.420.1834 or

BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market in Westwood will open this Friday

April 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, Westwood | 6 Comments

We finally have an answer to the question we’ve been asked most often these past several weeks: “When is the Tony’s Market produce stand at 35th and Barton opening for the season?” Since photographing the new tent almost three weeks ago, we’ve gone by every day, but no one’s been there. We finally spotted proprietor Joey Genzale outside the stand while driving by about an hour ago, so we changed course and stopped to ask him what’s up. First, the opening date: This Friday, May 1st. Second, why the delay? In addition to putting up the new tent, the parking lot needed some work. So if you’re a Tony’s fan, now you know.

Congrats! International olive-oil award for West Seattle’s 11 Olives

April 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

You probably know West Seattle has a thriving wine and beer scene. Beverages are not all you’ll find bottled here. West Seattle also is home to olive-oil-maker Rick Martin‘s company 11 Olives – whose extra-virgin-olive-oil blend “Longevity” was a gold-medal honoree at the recent New York International Olive Oil Competition, which had more than 600 entries from more than 20 countries. “Longevity” is also a California Olive Oil Council medal-winner. Martin explains the process:

I travel to California each year for the olive harvest and source single varietal olive oil directly from the finest organic and sustainable olive growers in California. I begin crafting my blends from those olive oils in early spring here in west Seattle at a free-standing facility after the olive oil has settled and ready for blending. Creating a premium extra virgin olive oil is a tedious and challenging task while also being a labor of love that we all strive to perfect each and every year. There’s no resting on laurels in our field as olive oil producers face constant changing conditions and work tirelessly to provide the freshest and most flavorful olive oil with each new season.

P.S. Martin wanted to publicly thank West Seattle Produce owner Bruce McPherson: “It was through his kindness and willingness to offer us a chance to introduce our olive oils at his produce stand in April of 2011 that we have been able to grow.” That’s where you can buy 11 Olives’ olive oil.

Glow [natural aesthetics] Medispa: New business, new WSB sponsor

April 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

We’re welcoming a brand-new West Seattle business as a new WSB sponsor today. Glow [natural aesthetics] Medispa invites you to its upcoming grand opening!

Glow [natural aesthetics] Medispa and Katherine Dee, MD, are proud to announce the grand opening of West Seattle’s first physician-run medical spa. We provide proven professional medical treatments, non-surgical procedures, and clinical skin-care products to optimize your natural glow. Dr. Dee works with each patient to design a personalized skin plan to enhance your natural beauty, preserve healthy skin and prevent premature aging.

Kate attended Yale for college and medical school, and training at UW and UCSF. She spent the past 16 years as a breast-cancer specialist, receiving Top Doc honors each year since 2011. Kate found her way to aesthetic medicine as a result of 2 intersecting passions: Science and beauty. In her 40s, she found her skin had finally caught up to her age. Active all her life and wanting to stay looking and feeling young, Kate began a dedicated education in aesthetic medicine. Armed with the skills and the knowledge, she decided to help others use the science for themselves. A board-certified physician, she is a member of the GSBA and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Kate and her family have been a part of the West Seattle community for 15 years; she has long desired to practice in the area and is thrilled to be working in and with her community.

What Glow [natural aesthetics] Medispa hears most from our patients is that they want to “age gracefully.” They don’t want to look like they’ve had anything done, but they don’t want to look old! Our clients look refreshed, rested and rejuvenated, as if they have just returned from a relaxing vacation. We can successfully treat fine lines and wrinkles, sagginess, sun damage and pigment problems, spider veins and cherry angiomas, and skin tags. We do this with a range of tools: the right skin-care regimen, botulinum toxin treatment, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, peels, radiofrequency treatment, microneedling, and PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) – this popular treatment has natural powerful growth factors that stimulate skin cells. Consultations are free!

Please join us for our big open house and to meet Kate (Dr. Dee) in person – there will be refreshments and opportunities to win raffle prizes! Saturday, May 2, 4-7 pm – 5400 California Ave SW.

We thank Glow [natural aesthetics] Medispa 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.

HAPPENING NOW: Record Store Day 2015 rocks on into the night at Easy Street

April 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

The biggest day of the year at Easy Street Records in The Junction started around sunrise, and it’s not over yet. It’s Record Store Day around the world, and that means specials and surprises at Easy Street, which is staying open well into the night for the occasion. Part of the fun – guest DJ’s, including one of West Seattle’s resident rock stars:

Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants fame was the guest DJ at mid-afternoon. If you drop by between now and 8 pm, Troy Nelson of The Young Evils and KEXP is scheduled to be DJ’ing, followed by Kevin Cole (also of KEXP) until about 9. Then at 10 pm – a benefit for KEXP as announced on FridayThe Sonics, live (maybe you recognized them in the photo behind Chris B, above?). Online tickets have sold out, according to the KEXP website, which suggests calling ESR to see if there’s room. (Surprise guests are promised; ESR’s Facebook page says Mark Pickerel will be among them.)

HAPPENING NOW: Tax-Free Day deals in The Junction

April 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Ready to take a break from the yard, the beach, the dog park, wherever, and go shopping? As mentioned earlier, 30 West Seattle Junction stores are part of “Tax-Free Day” – basically an almost-10-percent discount so that they’re in effect picking up the sales tax. It’s become a tradition over the years, to boost shoppers’ spirits right around federal-tax-deadline time. Above, that’s Mary Ehlert at the AAA storefront on the interior east side of Jefferson Square – it’s a retail shop as well as a place to buy insurance and book travel (among other things). We also peeked in on Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW), The Junction’s local independent toy shop – with, as you can see in our photo, a festive selection of gift wrap:

(Both aforementioned stores are WSB sponsors.) Today’s full list of participants is here – get out and explore what’s in store in “downtown West Seattle”!

West Seattle biznote: Congratulations! Fleurt turns 5 years old

April 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(Photos courtesy Fleurt)
If you’re going to The Junction for Tax-Free Day, stop by Fleurt (4536 California SW) and wish Sam Crowley and daughter Keonii (who runs both this shop and the expansion branch in Pioneer Square) a happy 5th anniversary! The party started yesterday, as Fleurt opened in West Seattle on April 17, 2010 (you might recall its first two years were on the NW corner of California/Oregon, where Funky Jane’s is now). Sam writes:

We reflect back on 5 wonderful years in our West Seattle community we call home. Fleurt has enjoyed 5 years of growth offering daily flower deliveries throughout Seattle, special events, weddings, and 2 gift shops filled with goodies ranging from candles to custom terrariums. … We want to thank everyone who are “Fleurt Fans” and we look forward to the years ahead.

During the five years, Fleurt has been featured on the cover of, and inside, numerous magazines, including winning two “best of” votes via Seattle magazine. Sam says they pride themselves on using local, sustainable flowers – this was created for a delivery yesterday and most of the flowers were grown in her West Seattle garden!

Stop in for snacks during today’s Tax-Free Day sale (and birthday celebration) and also note that Fleurt is again celebrating Earth Day (next Wednesday, April 22nd) by inviting you to drop off unwanted vases, pots, or jars – “We will repurpose at Fleurt or pass along to the West Seattle Senior Center. With each dropoff we hand over a free mini-plant.”

Record Store Day in West Seattle at Easy Street: The Sonics, live!

April 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(WSB photo, March 31)
Less than three weeks after their signing appearance at Easy Street Records in The Junction (WSB coverage here) … The Sonics will be back tomorrow night for a performance during Record Store Day. Just announced:

THE SONICS (& Guests) Live At Easy Street On Record Store Day 2015!

We’re thrilled to welcome Northwest Rock Legends The Sonics to Easy Street for a very special Record Store Day live performance at 10 pm! Our heroes will be joined by an amazing array of special guests personally invited by the band throughout the night – and believe us when we say you will NOT be disappointed!! The Sonics performance is a ticketed event with proceeds going to KEXP’s New Home Campaign. A limited number of tickets, priced at $100, are on sale RIGHT NOW at Easy Street. Another small allotment of tickets will be on sale from starting at 3 pm today. Check their home page for link at that time.

Limit of two tickets per person, CASH ONLY.

PLEASE NOTE: EASY STREET WILL NOT BE SELLING TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ON RECORD STORE DAY. Remaining tickets still available on Record Store Day must be purchased through Ticket buyers will also receive this super-sweet event lithograph by Independence Printage, as well as a retro-style ticket for the event!

That’s not the only thing Easy Street has in store for Record Store Day … it’s opening at 7 am, staying open well into the night, and featuring guest DJs including Chris Ballewread the updates on the ESR website.

VIDEO: West Seattle Trader Joe’s national spotlight, sort of

April 12, 2015 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Thanks to Scott for sending the link after noticing the West Seattle Trader Joe’s featured on today’s CBS Sunday Morning national newscast. Actually, it’s not about the store so much as one particular shopper – we’ve heard of him before, but had no idea his shopping took him this far south of the border. (For the record, the distance from his store in B.C. to TJ’s in WS is 147 miles.)

BIZ ANNIVERSARIES: West Seattle Cellars celebrates 20th; Wyatt’s Jewelers has open house, sale for 10th

April 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Two momentous West Seattle business anniversaries to note:

20 YEARS FOR WEST SEATTLE CELLARS: Last night during the West Seattle Art Walk, we stopped by West Seattle Cellars (6026 California SW) after hearing the shop is marking its 20th anniversary. Here’s how proprietors Jan Martindale and Tom DiStefano (above) announced it in the WSC newsletter:

20 years ago this month, Matt Mabus founded the shop, which at that time was housed in the little building next door. Some of you may remember that space, part of which is now our back room/office. In 2000 we partnered with Bear Silverstein to buy the shop, and in 2005 we moved into our bigger, airier new digs. And after 20 years (now sadly minus the Bear) we’re still going strong, thanks to all of our wonderful customers who continue to shop local!

WSC has also launched its annual West Seattle Helpline fundraiser, hoping to raise $1,000 for WSH by its Taste of West Seattle event on May 21st:

They’re donating 10 percent of the sales made during their regular (free) Thursday night tastings until then. And while at the shop, you can just make an outright donation to Helpline.

TEN YEARS FOR WYATT’S JEWELERS: Family-owned Wyatt’s Jewelers (longtime WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house today until 6 pm and again tomorrow (Saturday), 10 am-6 pm – “giveaways, refreshments, store specials, more.” It’s also the only storewide sale of the year, “everything 10 percent to 60 percent off.”

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