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BIZNOTE: After 9 years, Atomic Boys’ Admiral store to close in January

(WSB photo: Parris and Kent Sadow, photographed in 2013)

The store with a rocket in its logo is going to blast off early next year. Parris and Kent Sadow have just announced that they’ll close their Admiral District toys-and-candy shop (Max and Quinn’s) Atomic Boys (Shop-o-Rama) early next year:

Since 2008, Atomic Boys has provided West Seattle with retro toys, games, novelties and an extensive selection of the candy “you grew up with”. It’s been our pleasure to see our customers, young and old, rediscover these things and introduce them to the next generation.

After much deliberation, we have decided to close our storefront on Admiral Way when our lease ends at the end of January. Along with our sons, whom the store is named after, we have enjoyed being an active part of the business community and watching the various generations of kids grow up from elementary school to college age by being that “local shop” they look forward to going to. And as all things grow and develop, we are also considering new opportunities and exciting ideas.

Atomic Boys has plenty of new merchandise for holiday shopping as well as great deals and will be closing out back-stock and any remaining stock in January in a blow-out sale!

Thank you, West Seattle, for a super cool, fab, outta-sight nine years….and stay tuned!

Your neighbors,

Kent & Parris Sadow
Max & Quinn’s Atomic Boys, LLC
4311 SW Admiral Way

The Sadow family opened Atomic Boys in early 2008 after buying out Hart’s Cards and Gifts.

FOLLOWUP: Opening day for Alair


That’s Shandon Graybeal, proprietor of Alair (“Latin for ‘happy’,” she explains), which opened today at 3280 California SW (part of the ex-Curves space). It’s been just under two months since we reported on her plan for a “neighborhood gift shop“; late last night, she sent word the shop would open today. We took a quick look around and noted an eclectic lineup of merchandise – she calls it “girly” but we noted some things that you could give anyone – mugs, for example. Stop in and see for yourself; she’s open until 7 tonight – 10 am-7 pm will be her hours Tuesdays-Saturdays for starters, 11 am-6 pm on Sunday, closed Mondays, re-evaluating depending on how things go.

HAPPENING NOW: John L. Scott West Seattle grand opening; Click! Design That Fits pop-up

December 1, 2016 7:30 pm
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Two events happening right now in The Junction:

JOHN L. SCOTT GRAND OPENING: Until 9 pm, it’s the grand-opening celebration for the John L. Scott Real Estate office that is now in the former JF Henry building at 4445 California SW:
In our photo with West Seattle JLS owner Tyler McKenzie (left) and wife Marguerite Carlson (right) are the Marine Corps’ Sgt. Adriana Perez and Corporal Takalee Pierce, on hand to collect new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

CLICK! POP-UP SHOP: Until 8 pm at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s a pop-up shop with Madi May Design:


In the photo shared by Click! are Madi and Quincy, with their handmade-in-Seattle waxed canvas bags.

P.S. The next three weeks, you’re invited to The Junction for Shop Late Thursdays as part of Hometown Holidays, with many shops open until 9 pm.

West Seattle Realty: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

We’re welcoming West Seattle Realty to the WSB sponsor team today. Here’s what they want you to know about their business:

(From left: Christine Mayes, Tracy Kipp, Shelby White, Karen Whorton, Hayley Martin Hampton)

You belong in our neighborhood. West Seattle Realty welcomes you to the warmth and comfort of community here. We’re a homegrown agency with highly engaged local leadership. Shelby White, owner and founding broker, started the business in 2006 based on his affinity for the culture and values of this stunningly beautiful, down-to-earth place. In fact, the whole team of brokers and staff at the agency are devoted, long-term residents.

Whether you are looking for a new home or getting ready to sell the one you live in now, West Seattle Realty is ready to help. We take pleasure in making the process easier. Our knowledge base and professional network span the whole peninsula of West Seattle as well as White Center, Burien, Georgetown, South Park, and Beacon Hill. We know the terrain and character of each area on a block-by-block basis.

Give us a call – 206-935-0503 – or come by for a cup of coffee at our office in The Admiral District, 2641 42nd Ave SW.

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

NEW WEST SEATTLE BUSINESS: Community General Store


Meet Nancy and Kristin. They e-mailed to let us know they have opened a new business at 5214 Delridge Way SW, the Community General Store, starting part time, expecting to go full time in February or March. No, it’s not a retail shop:

We are a community center and library of things to support members in living life with more joy and less waste. Membership allows you access to a collection of useful and beautiful things that are wonderful to use but hard to store: outdoor gear, things for raising young children, food dehydrators, mending kits, boot polish and simple repair, and also a collection of local, handmade art.

Additionally, any time our doors are open, we’re hosting events. Right now we’re really enjoying Make and Mend, where we share basic sewing tools and encourage each other’s various projects. When our kitchen opens up later this winter, we’re excited for Cook and Play, an event where you learn kitchen skills (we’ll explore fermentation, bread and snack making, local food, various low-impact eating plans and more!) while your kids hang out and play.

For starters, they are offering “family-friendly neighborhood events” on Tuesdays: “Make and mend, cook and play, walk and gather: 9 am-12:30 pm Tuesday mornings, 3 pm-4:35 pm Tuesday afternoons in November and December,” plus a Family Movie Night at 5:30 pm (updated) December 16th. Find out more about their plans and programs at thecommunitygeneralstore.com.

HAPPENING NOW: Shop Small Saturday around West Seattle

November 26, 2016 12:40 pm
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12:40 PM: Alki Beach was our first stop on a spot-check of local small businesses as this year’s Shop Small Saturday continues. Coastal Boutique at 58th SW and Alki Ave, to be specific. Lots of beach gear – even if you’re going to a faraway beach (swimwear is always in stock, but hard to find elsewhere this time of year. But popular items include apparel at the other end of the weather spectrum, like this “commuter jacket” from Mia Melon:

Next – we’re headed to Admiral, The Junction, and Morgan Junction!

ADDED 1:25 PM: Alki Bike and Board is one of your potential Shop Small Saturday stops in Admiral, on California just south of Admiral Way:


That’s Will with one of the hybrid electric bikes in stock at AB&B. We continued southbound to The Junction, where Menashe and Sons Jewelers (4532 California SW; WSB sponsor) proprietor Jack Menashe paused to pose with Father Christmas, one of the shop’s many unique Christmas decorations:


Christmas decorations, you’re probably well aware, are a big thing for the Menashe family. Meantime, The Junction is decked with garlands, and the sidewalks bustled during a break in the rain. We stopped at toy store Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW), where proprietor Ann Walker pointed out that their selection of books just keeps expanding:


Outside CKS, we happened onto one of West Seattle’s most famous parents, County Executive Dow Constantine, with daughter Sabrina, out shopping and dining – which reminds us: Some local eating/drinking spots are having Shop Small Saturday specials too (some are on the list that the West Seattle Junction Association put together for today).

ADDED 1:53 PM: Just heard from co-proprietor Lori McConnell at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – they’re offering 10 percent off today, among other things.

ADDED 2:52 PM: Now, to Morgan Junction, which has an increasingly thriving retail area. We stopped by the south end, where you’ll find My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor). Lots of kid stuff here including Seahawks-fan gear for even the tiniest 12s:


M3LB is having a BOGO-half-off sale today. A short distance north, you’ll also find sales at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor). And again, all of the above is only a sampling of Shop Small Saturday – you still have a few hours to get out to your favorite local indie businesses (or discover new ones!) – and they’ll be happy to see you all season/year long, too.

The Lodge Sports Grille’s owner says West Seattle opening imminent despite ‘filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The company that’s expected to open The Lodge Sports Grille in The Junction, first announced a year and a half ago, has filed for Chapter 11, and it’s not the first such filing for its owner.

The Lodge’s current locations remain open, and Lodge owner Shawn Roten tells WSB tonight via e-mail that the year-and-a-half-in-the-works West Seattle restaurant/bar could be just one week away from opening: “The West Seattle Lodge opening date is planned for next Friday as long as the fire alarm integration can be completed and signed so we can get our final inspections! The filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization will not affect any other part of our business. Our vendors and suppliers are all current and the filing is only meant to allow our tax debt to be structured into payment terms.”

The Chapter 11 filing by Lodge Holdings Company lists 10 DBAs including West Seattle Lodge and locations in Downtown, Kirkland, Greenwood, the Stadium area, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Sammamish, and Renton. It was first reported Wednesday by The Seattle Times, whose story says Renton is also an opening-soon location. Several WSB readers sent us the link, and we have been looking into it since then, including obtaining all the documents filed so far, via online US Bankruptcy Court files. Read More

Black Friday 2016 shopping, West Seattle style!

Never mind the malls – you’ll find Black Friday sales at some independent West Seattle stores too – including these two (who are both WSB sponsors):


THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: TRG is celebrating its fifth anniversary and giving you the gifts – discounts in-store and online, all weekend: “10-15 percent off most guitars, basses, amplifiers and pedals – hundreds of fantastic items!” In our photo above, taken this morning at Thunder Road Guitars‘ Junction shop (4736 California SW), are Frank and Will. TRG is open until 6 tonight, 10 am-6 pm tomorrow, 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

MEEPLES GAMES: The big sale at Meeples Games also continues tomorrow for Shop Small Saturday. We found a line of shoppers already scoring at sale prices this morning:


It’s a 40 percent-off sale, with details on Meeples’ website – including extra discounts if you bring in donations for their food drive to help the West Seattle Food Bank. And if you’re not sure what to get your giftees – here’s a long list of suggestions – including this cute local-relevant game we photographed at Meeples even before seeing that list:


Meeples (where you’ll also find a café) is upstairs at 3727 California SW.

Coming up later – our Shop Small Saturday preview! Haven’t sent us your business’s plans yet? Not too late – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

Origins Recreational: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

The first recreational cannabis store to open in West Seattle, Origins Recreational, is now in its new Junction location, and has just joined the WSB sponsor team. Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:


Origins Recreational is unique in that we pride ourselves on selecting top-quality products from farms who share the same passion and values in cannabis. Origins has spent significant time and resources in creating what we believe to be the first scientific approach to recommending the correct products based on the cannabinoid and terpene profiles. We provide consumers a loyal brand they can be confident in consuming. Origins Recreational pulled away from the pack of cannabis retailers by establishing the Origins Certified™ seal, providing buyers confidence in tested products. All products containing the Origins Certified seal have undergone phenotype terpene testing and pesticide screening. Cultivating a strong relationship with partnered gardens, Origins works with each grower individually to provide the highest quality product, assuring responsible, sustainable farming practices were used to grow it.

Located in West Seattle, our brand is all about the Pacific Northwest and showcasing the natural beauty it offers. Origins‘ local roots trace back to Better Day Gardens, a medical dispensary founded in 2011, so it is a true West Seattle original. For West Seattle locals, they no longer have to go far to purchase their flower, concentrates or edibles.

Origins clients mostly comment on our clean, comfortable environment, superior selection of artisan gardens, and educated cannabis guides. We have heard how excited West Seattle residents are that we made our move into the area. We have worked feverishly to build trust with the community and our patrons. Customers can trust that Origins has taken the extra steps to ensure they are getting the best quality and safest product at the best value.  We believe this is why new customers seek us and will return. 

Origins Recreational is at 4800 40th SW, with ample parking behind the store. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 11:30 pm. and Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm. Phone: 206-922-3954. Origins will be open Thanksgiving Day (November 24th), 10 am-5 pm.

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

NEW WEST SEATTLE BUSINESS: Raven’s Nest West soft-opens Friday in The Junction


A Vashon Island gallery and gift shop is expanding to add a West Seattle location, just in time for holiday-shopping season. You might have seen the sign in the window at 4400 SW Alaska: Raven’s Nest West is opening this Friday. Co-proprietor Sue Shotridge shares the announcement of the business offering what she describes as “authentic high-quality Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts”:

Sue & Israel Shotridge have been partners in business for over 25 years. Israel is a Master Tlingit Artist/ Carver from Ketchikan, Alaska, Sue wears many hats, Jewelry Designer, and Sales, Marketing & Production Director for Shotridge Studios, the Shotridges’ multifaceted NWC Native Art business. The Shotridges established their flagship Raven’s Nest Native Art Gallery & Gift Shop on Vashon Island in 2010. Many of their customers have been coming over to Vashon from West Seattle and urging them to open up a Raven’s Nest in the West Seattle area.

The opportunity to create a stepping stone, a charming intimate Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts shop, was presented in early September when 4400 Alaska was completed and ready for tenants at a very busy Junction location. There was one live/work space available on the street level; the Shotridges saw this as an opportunity to extend their business to the West Seattle community to see what interest there would be in marketing NWC Native art here. If it is well-received, future plans are to find a bigger location in a prime spot.

Holiday Business Hours will include Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Hours may vary, with extended hours closer to the holiday. Check ravensnestwest.com for additional info in the near future.

Ravens Nest West will offer authentic Northwest Coast Native Art & Gifts. Original Wood & Ivory carvings, Limited Edition Art Prints, Hand Engraved Jewelry, Cedar bark Basketry, Seal Fur Jewelry Accessories, Native Art Cards, Holiday Tree Ornaments, many other gift items all in Native imagery, stocking stuffers and much more. In addition to the Shotridges’ artworks created by Sue, Autumn, and Israel Shotridge, a small group of tribal Artists from around the Pacific Northwest Coast will show their artworks at Raven’s Nest West on a regular basis. Art works to be included will be carvings, cedarbark basketry, contemporary glass, deerskin drums, engraved jewelry along with ceramics depicting NWC imagery. A selection of fine apparel including scarfs, shawls and embroidered fleece along with many other native designed gift items will be available.

Sue Shotridge adds that Raven’s Nest West plans a grand opening during the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk on December 8th.

BIZNOTES: Carmilia’s & Itto’s anniversaries, True Value open house, West Seattle Chamber’s holiday kickoff

November 18, 2016 8:23 pm
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Four biznotes tonight:

CARMILIA’S TURNS 14: The Junction boutique Carmilia’s is celebrating the shop’s 14th anniversary, with one more day of specials. 11 am-6 pm tomorrow, discounts will range from 14 percent to 56 percent, and proprietor Linda Sabee promises “Bubbly and snacks served all day.” (4528 California SW)

ITTO’S TURNS 1: On the north end of The Junction, Itto’s Tapas (WSB sponsor) celebrates its one-year anniversary on Monday (November 21st). Here’s the plan for this weekend and Monday:

To honor their beginnings, they will have brunch specials this weekend, as well as reverting to their first menu on Monday the 21st; Basque eggs, Charmoula Prawns with Candied Sage, as well as others will be highlighted. If you had any old favorites that you’ve been missing, Nov. 21st through Dec. 1st will be the time to dive into them. Thank you, West Seattle, for being such an amazing community! We can’t wait to celebrate together.

Brunch is 9 am-2 pm Saturday and Sunday at Itto’s, which is on the northeast corner of California and Genesee.

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which is full of open houses and bazaars for this weekend and beyond, one of the biggest is tomorrow at Junction True Value (WSB sponsor). Christmas carolers, homemade cookies, hot apple cider, free popcorn, free gifts, spin-to-win prizes, drawings for a Weber gas grill and kids’ bikes. Plus – an ugly-sweater contest. Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. And shop the huge selection of Christmas lights/decorations, among everything else JTV offers. (4747 44th SW)

WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS: One big event down, one to go for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce:


We photographed Melanie, Stephanie, and Curt from Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) during the Chamber’s After-Hours event last night at Westwood Village, which started at Wyatt’s.


Next up for the Chamber is the holiday party Mix, Mingle, and Jingle, 5:30-8 pm on December 8th at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander) – plenty to eat, drink, and bid on. Tickets are available now via this page on the Chamber’s website.

HAPPENING NOW: 4 Morgan merchants’ Ladies Night shopping event

November 17, 2016 7:19 pm
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In our photo above is Malika Siddiq, proprietor of Lika Love Boutique (6031 California SW), northernmost stop on tonight’s “Ladies Night” shopping event in Morgan Junction. As previewed here, all four participating shops are offering specials and treats – at Lika Love, you’ll find cupcakes:


Heading south from Lika Love, next stop is Nurture by Nature Spa (6307 California SW). Then continue on to Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor):


Proprietor Mark Bremen says they’re geared up for ski season. And you’ll find something for Seahawks/Sounders fans too:


Don’t miss tonight’s southernmost stop, My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor), where you’ll find proprietor Jennifer Young, at left in our photo below with Brynne:


Need fall footwear for YOUR little bird(s)? That’s just some of what you’ll find:


If you haven’t gone yet – get a “passport” to be stamped at all four businesses, and that’ll get you entered in a gift certificate drawing.

BIZNOTE: Illusions’ new look is no illusion


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.

BIZNOTES: Morgan Junction shops’ Thursday night invite; Emerald Water Anglers talks Cuba; QED Coffee’s opening day

November 16, 2016 9:45 pm
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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.

QED COFFEE’S OPENING DAY: As mentioned here last week, QED Coffee has taken over the coffee space next to Harry’s Chicken Joint. And today was opening day:


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.

JMH Consulting, PLLC: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

November 16, 2016 11:43 am
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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
Meetup Organization
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.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Target open despite partial power outage

November 11, 2016 12:39 pm
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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.)

BIZNOTE: When you’ll be able to see West Seattle Nursery’s new greenhouse building

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.

BIZNOTES: Raccolto soft-opens Thursday; 3 more food/drink notes; and 8 businesses’ 2-ton achievement

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:

Here’s our most recent report on Sopranos Antico, coming to the former Zatz Bagels space at 2348 California SW.

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!

Emmick Family Funeral Services: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

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:

(Craig Emmick, Michael Emmick, Gayle Emmick)

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.

BIZNOTE: 35th/Avalon 7-11 tank swap


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.)

BIZNOTES: Coffee and cats; Lodge update; new 35th/Henderson tenant

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.

BIZNOTE: Work begins for Ulta Beauty at Westwood Village

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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.

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