Just received the West Seattle Junction Association‘s periodic newsletter and there are two things of note:
NEW WEBSITE: The Junction has overhauled its website and expanded its business directory – check it out at wsjunction.org (where you will also find information about next month’s Harvest Festival).
CONSTRUCTION CONFIRMATION: Back on Tuesday, we reported that the long-delayed Equity Residential seven-story, two-building apartment/retail project at California/Alaska/42nd is finally on the verge of starting major work. That’s confirmed in the Junction newsletter, which says the project will officially start the week of September 30th – one week from Monday – adding that Andersen Construction is the general contractor.
Thanks to the WSB’ers who tipped us that the sign is up for Terra Cole Butchery & Fine Foods, the business going into the former Coffee to a Tea (etc.) storefront at 4541 California SW in The Junction. West Seattle residents Ashli Brown and Tim Mitchell tell WSB they are currently planning to “soft open” on October 1st. The couple has a combined 40 years in the hospitality industry. They say Terra Cole (“Terra” is Latin for “earth,” “Cole” is Old Germanic for “minor”) will sell meats and sauces, marinades, and rubs, as well as having a deli for items including sandwiches and soups made with from-scratch stocks. There will be some seating for dining in. When WSB’s Katie Meyer checked in with the proprietors today, they gave her a copy of their planned fall-rollout menu/merchandise list – read on:
Joining others from The Triangle to Alki to mid-Delridge, Morgan Junction is the newest West Seattle neighborhood to get a daily taco truck. Multiple WSB’ers spotted it, and we’ve since received official word from proprietor Katherine Brambila:
We would like to let people know about the opening of our taco truck – Taqueria El Antojo. We are located at (6317) California Avenue SW in the parking lot of the Short Stop Cleaners. We sell tacos, burritos, tortas, and much more. We are open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
The other semi-permanently located West Seattle taco trucks include Beloved Mexico outside West Seattle Produce on Fauntleroy Way south of SW Alaska, El Rey del Taco at 7184 Sylvan Way SW just north of Home Depot, and Taqueria La Monarca outside Alki Auto Repair.
West Seattle biznotes: Thunder Road Guitars; Second Gear Sports; Harry’s Chicken Joint; JC’s Deli; future Panda Express…September 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments
Updates on four West Seattle businesses and one in the works:
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: West Seattle’s only guitar shop, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) at 3916 California SW, is making changes so you have more opportunities to come in. From proprietor Frank Gross:
We are expanding our hours! Since we opened our storefront in November it has been quite clear our hours are a bit limited and I have heard from many customers that we are closed when they come by. That said, we want to make sure everyone who wants to come see the store and makes the trip can! Our new hours are as follows:
Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
SECOND GEAR SPORTS: The new consignment (etc.) shop in Morgan Junction, first noted here August 6th, is now officially open, after a while in “soft open” mode. We stopped by the 6529 California SW storefront for a photo of owners Mark and Ellen Bremen:
They have just decided on their permanent hours, Ellen says – 10 am-6 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am-5 pm Sundays, closed Mondays. They don’t have a website yet but you can find them on Facebook, here.
HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: The restaurant’s six-months-in-business celebration this past weekend was a hit; we stopped in while they were cooking more chicken for the party:
And now we’re sharing the news that Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor) is changing its hours for fall – Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4 pm-8 pm. Find Harry’s at 6032 California SW.
JC’S DELI: New hours here too, as the deli at 9007 35th SW approaches its first anniversary – Fridays through Tuesdays, 11 am-7:30 pm, with the caveat from proprietor Jeanette Cummings that they might close early on slow Sundays.
UPDATE – PANDA EXPRESS IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE: Seven months have passed since we reported that the national Asian-food chain appeared to be headed to part of the former Hollywood Video space on the south side of Westwood Village, and with no activity in the space since then, we’ve received some questions recently about whether it’s still in the works. Today, we found new proof that it is – the interior work is out for bids, which are to be opened this Thursday, so it looks like work will start soon.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
After seven years, Skylark Café and Club in North Delridge is changing hands.
Tomorrow (Saturday, August 31st) is the final night that wife-and-husband proprietors Jessie SK and Charlie Russo (above) will be there as owners; they expected to sign the final paperwork today.
Over the course of those six years – they took over Skylark’s space at 3803 Delridge Way SW in June 2006 – they took what had been a café with some live music and transformed it into a music-and-entertainment venue that also served food.
(Tango Card CEO Dave Leeds; WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
More jobs created in West Seattle = less traffic outbound in the mornings. And one growing company has done its part: Tango Card has created 27 jobs in the past three years, points out its founder and CEO, Dave Leeds, who’s lived in West Seattle almost a decade and chose to locate his business here.
It’s not your average small business – it helps companies around the globe integrate gift cards into their rewards for customers and employees, and investors have shown strong support, as noted in this GeekWire story from last spring, when Tango Card closed another funding round.
Leeds says he loves the building in which Tango Card is currently based, on the east edge of The Junction along 40th SW north of SW Edmunds. But he has to find someplace new, since the building will come down when the 4745 40th SW development goes up.
Leeds is of course watching the listings and talking to brokers. But he asked us if we could help get the word out about his search, in case the perfect spot is out there and not officially on the market.
What’s he looking for?
He wants to keep Tango Card HQ close to The Junction – within a few blocks of its business district. He and his two dozen employees love being close to great places for lunch, he says, and it’s a convenient location for many other reasons.
If you have a suggestion of someplace that’s available now or soon – they don’t have a deadline, but he expects that at the latest, they’ll need to be out early next year, so Tango Card could move this fall. They need about 3,000 square feet, according to Leeds, who says he wishes they could stay in their current digs, where they moved about a year ago. Got someplace to suggest or offer? He’s at email@example.com.
Today we welcome Inspire West Seattle, with its studio now open in The Admiral District, as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what Inspire West Seattle would like you to know:
Inspire is the only place in Seattle that offers Lagree Fitness. Lagree Fitness (formerly known as SPX Fitness) fuses key elements of Pilates with the latest in equipment technology and techniques, offering a total body workout in a dynamic class environment. In as little as 40 minutes on the Megaformer, our workout incorporates Pilates, strength training, and cardio to sculpt your body like no other workout.
Clients seek out Inspire Seattle because what we offer is so different from anything they’ve ever tried. It’s not uncommon for clients to say this is the hardest workout that they’ve ever done. It’s a tough workout, but also very safe, as all of our exercises are done using slow and controlled movement. Bottom line: Clients come back because they see results pretty quickly (results vary depending on the number of classes taken per week). Once you start seeing results, it motivates you to keep coming back. Aside from the physical benefits of our workout, clients have also mentioned they really love the sense of community they feel when they come to our studio. Many friendships have been made amongst clients and that’s so nice to see as a business owner. We’re hoping to build the same kind of community at our new West Seattle location.
Inspire‘s studio is located at 2620 California SW; call 206-932-0301. Online, you can find out more here.
We thank Inspire West Seattle 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.
This is the last day for the longtime home of Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home at Fauntleroy and Alaska. As reported here previously, HK is moving to a new location on 35th SW; the owners sold the 93-year-old business’s longtime site to the developers of the 4755 Fauntleroy Way project, which also includes the old Huling Auto site to the south, the now-closed Shell station to the east, and the old used-car lot to the west. In our photo is Len Burton-Hardin from HK at left and Kraig Kennedy at right – who happened to be stopping by for some business involving another structure on the site. His father Dick Kennedy, who died in 2007, took over the funeral home in 1954. HK will open its new 35th/Ida headquarters at 9:30 Monday morning. We have a message out to the 4755 Fauntleroy developers to ask about a timetable for demolition at the project site; environmental work is ahead at the former service station next to the about-to-be-former funeral home.
Three months after we first reported that the six-years-vacant Chuck and Sally’s Tavern in Morgan Junction will be transformed into the new home of The Bridge, the project is entering a new phase – serious exterior work.
We’ve been noticing it all week, especially the upper row of windows revealed by the removal of some of the old siding. So we asked The Bridge’s Rita Dixson how things are going:
We are making great progress … we have re-habbed the transom windows that had been covered up for years – so nice to be able to restore some of the original architectural charm of the building! We are planning on breaking ground (today) or Friday for the kitchen foundations, as well as continuing on with re-vamping the exterior facade.
The Bridge is losing its current site on 35th just south of Avalon because of a mixed-use project (about 160 apartments and a roughly equal number of parking spaces, 15,000 square feet of retail) in the works for 4435 35th SW, which had a second Design Review Board meeting in June (WSB coverage here), four years after its first one.
Finally an answer to a question we’re asked relatively frequently – what’s going into the former Blockbuster space in Admiral? You’ll recall it closed a year and a half ago, and then the parking lot became a pay lot three months later, suggesting a new tenant/owner wasn’t expected any time soon. But finally, someone IS getting ready to move in: Anytime Fitness is relocating from Charlestown Center.
We got the tip from WSB’er JayDee, and the move was confirmed today by Jacob Saldana, who bought Anytime Fitness along with his brothers in December of last year. He tells WSB they are starting demolition at the new location this week. “The space will be about double our current size and will give us about 6,500 square feet.” He says they’ve been working on expanding the club since they bought it: “It has always been our intention to provide a more functional, community gym that would fulfill all of the needs of our members and in order to do so we felt that we had to find a new location. We can’t wait for the opportunity to bring some of our programs that we have created at our Capitol Hill location to West Seattle. The new space will have enough room to accommodate showers, group exercise, and a more open free weight area. However, the gym will still be a manageable size that will allow us to provide excellent customer service and build relationships with our members rather than leaving them feeling as if they’re just another number.” They’re hoping to move into the new location (2222 California) by the end of the year
(Photo tweeted by @mayormcginn account)
To the classic “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” you can add “no gun” for Seattle businesses who join a campaign launched today by Washington Ceasefire, with the support of Mayor McGinn. The campaign formally announced this morning on Capitol Hill (photo above) encourages any interested business, anywhere in the city limits, to declare itself a “Gun-Free Zone”; the voluntary sign-up form is here, along with links to download pre-produced signs such as this one:
The same link will take you to an FAQ explaining that it’s “generally” within business owners’ rights to set rules that could include banning particular items from their property, and if those rules exist, police could be called to deal with rule violators as trespassers. Washington Ceasefire director Ralph Fascitelli is quoted on his organization’s website as saying, “We know this won’t stop someone determined to cause violence, but we hope that standing together and giving businesses a tool to say no to guns will change the conversation around gun violence.”
So far, the only West Seattle-linked business on the list of participants (scroll down that same page) is Cupcake Royale; we walked by the Junction location around noon and didn’t see a sign up at the Junction location, but will be checking on the company’s plans. Any other local businesses planning to support this campaign? Or, for that matter, to actively oppose it? Let us know.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Now that they’ve finished gutting their space, and their permits are making progress, the fun really begins for the trio planning to open the sports bar/restaurant The Westy Sports and Spirits at 7908 35th SW.
As we saw while visiting partners (from left in top photo) Shane Whittall, Paul Ritums, and JP Vidican on this past week, the 2,500-square-foot, 1955-built space is now gutted “down to the shell,” which yielded some surprises:
The three-day grand-opening celebration has begun for West Seattle Cyclery, one of WSB’s newest sponsors, now that both its retail and service operations are up and running. Here’s what proprietor Brad Loetel would like you to know about his new business:
(From left, West Seattle Cyclery’s Brad, Catherine, Sawyer)
We are a new full-service bike shop in West Seattle. Our mission at West Seattle Cyclery is for our customers to love cycling as much as we do. We will support our customers in that effort by hiring dedicated, smart, and professional staff who will use their knowledge and experience to ensure that our customers purchase the bikes and equipment which best meet their needs.
Our customers have said that they really appreciate that West Seattle Cyclery is a locally owned shop with both an owner and staff from West Seattle. Our customers also appreciate that we understand that they prefer to be riding their bikes instead of waiting for their bikes to be repaired. Our goal is to complete most repairs within 2 days. Occasionally it will take longer, but we will make every effort to minimize the delay.
The customers who seek us out are happy we are in their neighborhood. A few have had bad experiences at other shops and want to find a new shop. The staff at West Seattle Cyclery have been in the business for many years. We know you don’t get loyal customers by providing poor customer service. We also know there is competition from other bike shops around the Seattle area, and the Internet has definitely made an impact on the bike industry. So it is in our interest to make sure you get great customer service, because we love cycling and want you to enjoy riding your bike.
Catherine, Sawyer and I used to work together at another shop. Recently, a former customer from that shop came in to West Seattle Cyclery. He was really excited to see us because he did not know that we were the people behind West Seattle Cyclery. He bought his first bike from us to train for the STP a few years ago. Now he is doing four to five 100=mile rides a year and no longer has to take his diabetes medicine. He looks forward to having us work on his bikes to prepare him for his next big ride.
Regarding community involvement – we have talked with West Seattle Bike Connections to see how we can help them achieve some of their goals. We also want to make West Seattle safe for cyclists of any age. We look forward to supporting many other local organizations. Community is an important part of why we are here, so we plan on giving back when we can.
West Seattle Cyclery is at 4508 California SW, 206.557.7267, online at westseattlecyclery.com. The grand-opening celebration continues through Sunday!
We thank West Seattle Cyclery 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.
11:07 PM: Just heard from Jack Miller @ Husky Deli – whose famous ice cream has made it to the final 8 in a TV contest for “Best Ice Cream” in Western Washington. If you see this before midmorning tomorrow, they’re asking for your vote – it’s apparently a fast-moving contest and votes between now and 9 am (Wednesday) will determine the Final Four. Here’s the direct link; please note it’s a “Facebook app” contest (if anybody knows another way to vote, let us know!).
12:58 AM: Thanks to JanS for finding (as she notes in comments) the Facebookless way to vote! You still have to “create an account” but it’s simple (we tested it). Go here – before 9 am!
Biznotes: West Seattle Cyclery grand opening; Second Gear dropoffs at Firefly Café; Heidi Fish/Twala changesAugust 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off
Three West Seattle business notes this afternoon:
WEST SEATTLE CYCLERY GRAND OPENING: Six weeks after we first told you about proprietor Brad Loetel‘s new bicycle shop at 4508 California SW, West Seattle Cyclery is about to have its official grand opening, this Friday-Saturday-Sunday (August 16-18). Brad says, “We have a great selection of 2013 bikes with discounts of 10-40 % off. This weekend we will have several opportunities to win free stuff or discounts on 2014 bikes. Check out our website for more information on the drawings. Our Service department has been up completing most repairs in one to two days.” Hours at WS Cyclery are 10 am-7 pm Tuesdays-Thursdays, noon-7 Fridays, 10-5 Saturdays, noon-5 Sundays.
FIREFLY CAFE HOSTING SECOND GEAR SPORTS DROPOFFS: One week ago, we noted the impending opening of Second Gear Sports in Morgan Junction. As Second Gear gets ready to open, Firefly Café and Creperie (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is hosting a dropoff event for anything you’d like to consign to Second Gear, this Saturday (August 17), 8 am-4 pm. Details are on the Firefly Facebook page, including a Firefly discount if you drop something off! The truck will be behind Firefly at California/Genesee.
HEIDI FISH/TWALA INTIMATES CHANGES: After sharing space in The Junction at 4519 California SW (second floor) for a while, changes are ahead for Heidi Fish Swimwear and Twala Intimates. Heidi Fish will take over the entire retail space in which the two have been co-located, while Twala Intimates will relocate to a non-retail space in SODO. Heidi Fish will continue carrying some Twala Intimates items, and “also plans to expand on her own offerings to include resort and lounge wear,” according to the announcement.
As mentioned in today’s “West Seattle Saturday” highlights list, at least four West Seattle businesses are celebrating anniversaries today/tonight, and here’s another one – Cherry Consignment. While in The Junction this afternoon, we dashed in for a photo of proprietor Nyla Bittermann. She opened her store at 4142 California SW in mid-August 2009 and is celebrating today with treats for shoppers as well as by donating 20 percent of the day’s sales to the breast-cancer-fighting fundraisers extraordinaire of Team Tracy; in true independent-local-community-business style, she often gives to nonprofits (we recall the Ruby Room is a favorite). You still have a little more than an hour to stop by before Cherry closes at 6 pm.
It’s the deal of the century – the 20th century – if you buy a 60-cent hot-dog-and-drink deal from the West Seattle Lions Club outside Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) during the store’s 60th-anniversary celebration today. It opened – in a different Junction location, as noted in our preview story on Thursday – on August 10th, 1953, and has remained an independent family-owned business ever since; owner Bruce Davis is the third generation of ownership, and there’s fourth-generation representation on staff, including his daughter Ahna Davis. Today’s festivities include hourly drawings – enter near the front door, where you’ll find team members in their special anniversary T-shirt:
Back outside, free balloon animals:
And free face-painting – here, the anniversary cupcake is modeled:
The hot-dog-and-drink deal is on until 3; the rest of the party continues throughout the day – Junction True Value is open until 7 pm tonight – and tomorrow (open 9 am-6 pm), too.
(Junction True Value owner Bruce Davis and, showing off 60th-anniversary T-shirt at right, 4th-generation family member working at the store, daughter Ahna Davis)
How does an independent, family-owned hardware store last for 60 years?
“A great location and great customers” are a big part of the answer, according to Bruce Davis, owner of Junction True Value, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a big sale all this week, culminating in a celebration to which you’re invited this weekend.
(We’re also pleased to welcome Junction True Value as a new WSB sponsor in honor of the occasion!)
Bruce Davis is the third generation of Junction True Value ownership. His grandfather Henry Bergquist bought the store in 1953, and sold it to Davis’s parents, John and Norma Davis. “He didn’t want to get into the business as much as he wanted to give his daughter and son-in-law something to grow into,” Davis says.
Junction True Value hasn’t always been at its current 44th/Edmunds site. It had two locations on California SW, first where Elliott Bay Brewing is now (which had been a hardware store even before that, as revealed in this WSB story), and then, around the time of the 1962 World’s Fair, moved to where Northwest Art and Frame is now. Davis remembers helping move the store across the street with a hand truck when he was 10 years old; he said he was already helping out at the store back then, with tasks such as inventory. The store was there until its current building was built in 1976, about two years after Davis first started working there fulltime. He says he’s been in charge since his dad had a stroke in 1983, but his parents remained owners “until they both passed on – with a lot of veto power.”
The name has changed from its original Junction Hardware; Davis’s parents originally joined a co-op called Hometown Hardware, bought by True Value in 1969. True Value also is a cooperative, Davis explains – “a really great system for smaller stores, (with) buying power and marketing power.” The store Rewards Program will save you money, too.
Funny thing about hardware stores – Davis says they’ve had their naysayers for a long time, with people insisting first they’d be taken out by discounters, then big-box stores, “each time, they said we’re going to be toast – but we’ve kept growing, still growing and thriving, doing better than ever – doing very well.” In no small part, certainly, because Junction True Value has kept evolving; if you think a hardware store is low-tech, consider that the store has had a computer system for 30 years! Davis analyzes store data to find out what’s gaining popularity and what’s not so popular (gardening, paints, and housewares are hot, for example) – although the human touch will never go out of style, from his late mom’s ideas for the gift department, to current staffers who “are very creative in their decorating and merchandising. It’s fun!”
He also enjoys working with the people who walk through the door each day, to shop and spend and visit: “Our customers love us and we love them. We do our best not to disappoint them.”
And so, you, Junction True Value‘s beloved customer, are invited to join the anniversary celebration. All week long, a sale is under way, including daily merchandise and gift-card drawings. Then on Saturday, the actual 60th anniversary of the store’s August 10th, 1953, opening, the party gets BIG – as also detailed on the store’s website – hourly drawings, free face painting, free balloons, free popcorn – and from 10 am-3 pm, hot dogs and pop at ’60s prices with the West Seattle Lions Club helping out! (Sunday, the drawings will continue, along with free popcorn and free balloons.)
As Bruce Davis says: “It’s really just appreciation of the customers – we want to say thanks.”
Another new business is on the way to Morgan Junction. The space that opened when Aaron’s Bicycle Repair moved to White Center is being split in two, and one of the spaces will become Second Gear Sports, which bills itself as “West Seattle’s first sports/recreation consignment store … offering “high-quality, gently used sports/recreation gear.” West Seattle resident Mark Bremen is the owner; they’re hoping for a soft open around September 1st, and a grand opening later in the month. The official address will be 6529 California SW. In addition to consignment drop-offs at the storefront, they’re working on other logistics for “acquisitions” – stand by for an update on that.
(Alki Arts co-proprietors Tom Wyrick and Diane Venti, photographed on AA’s 2nd anniversary last year)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
After three years of brightening up the beach with art and music, gallery/event venue Alki Arts has been notified that its “temporary lease” will end September 30th.
That’s according to proprietors Diane Venti and Tom Wyrick, who took over the space at 2820 Alki SW in July 2010, after a pet shop closed with time left on its lease.
In those ensuing three years, not only have they shown and sold a wide variety of art, they also have hosted a wide range of events – ones they planned themselves, such as musical performers on days/nights both quiet and not (Art Walk, Pirates Landing, Summer Streets) and privately booked events (even weddings).
Via e-mail, Diane tells WSB, “We have HIRED (I don’t believe in free music) 90+ musicians, sponsored at least 40 donated events for schools, and local nonprofits, and made friends in this community for the rest of our lives. We have shown art for over 100 local ‘working artists’ and sold over 1/2 a million dollars of original art during a recession! Who knew!!!”
She also reflected:
The only business that is moving because of the 4755 Fauntleroy Way (Whole Foods, etc.) megaproject – Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home – is getting its new location ready. Howden-Kennedy’s Len Burton-Hardin told us during West Seattle Summer Fest, when the Rotary Club of West Seattle (which he leads as its current president) joined us in the Info Booth, that HK had just received the keys to its new home at 35th and Ida in the Gatewood area (formerly Michael’s Barber Shop, whose owner retired), and today he sends word that sign work has begun at the new location, adding, “We hope to be in the temporary location by August 26th.” It won’t be an exact replica in size or scope; Burton-Hardin explains that the funeral business is changing, as families’ needs and interests change, and the need for a large chapel is no longer what it was, so they’ll be focusing the new Howden-Kennedy facility more on life celebrations than somber memorials. They will be opening their office first at the new location, and then adding new facilities on the site. Howden-Kennedy is just seven years short of its centennial!
Story and photos by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Admiralty House Antiques, the North Admiral shop that’s been open a day here, a day there, for many of its 40-plus years, opens for three final – and consecutive! – days starting tomorrow.
It’s the liquidation sale we first told you about three weeks ago.
Owner Fred Dau (above) says that at 97 years old, “I’ve worked long enough, I thought I didn’t need to go do more work.”
But what really forced the decision was the death of his wife Marjorie, the day after Christmas last year. “That stopped it all, anyhow.”
Admiralty House’s classic brick storefront is still full of what truly qualifies for some of those classic terms – knickknacks, bric-a-brac, trinkets, memorabilia.
Some of it, says Chris Foss, whose Foss Estate Sales is handling the liquidation sale, has likely never been out as inventory before.
Fred told us during a recent interview in the shop that a few special things are not for sale, though.
An Admiral resident created something she hopes will help people who, like her, need to carry medication around all the time, but would like to have it in something a little more stylish than the typical plastic box. Chris Boerner contacted WSB to share the story of her creation, called, simply enough, the Pill Holder. She explains why:
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis, 18 years ago. I’m lucky enough to be doing really well, but I have to have my medicine with me all the time. Most of the portable pill containers out there aren’t the greatest quality, and they definitely aren’t beautiful. I use my Pill Holder more than almost anything in my daily life, and I want it to be functional and gorgeous! I’m looking forward to bringing that combination to other people who need their pills with them too.
The Pill Holder is made in the USA from stainless steel and comes in two widths, both about 2″ long, both ready to attach to a keychain; right now, she’s selling them online only. They’re also intended to help raise money to eradicate the reasons they’re needed – Boerner says she is setting aside five percent of the Pill Holder’s sales price to donate to researchers working on autoimmune diseases, which she notes affect 16 million people.
The walk-in haircut chain Great Clips is opening a West Seattle outlet, according to that sign we spotted this afternoon in one of the remaining vacant spaces in the California-fronting retail strip built along with Admiral Safeway two years ago. The chain’s website says they have more than 3,000 outlets in the U.S. and Canada, and notes, apropos to this location, “… Our franchise hair salons are conveniently located in high-visibility strip malls …” There already are more than 60 Great Clips locations in the greater Puget Sound metro area. We have an inquiry out to corporate HQ to see when they’re planning to open.
Another business is moving to Morgan Junction:
Thanks to a tip from Sue, we’ve learned who’s taking over the storefront at 6701 California SW that’s been vacant since Pet Elements‘ recent move to a new, larger location (6511 California). Be Pilates is heading south from its current Charlestown-area location. E-mail to clients says that Be Pilates expects to open in the new location in early August.
Every so often, we get a question about whether Admiralty House Antiques in The Admiral District is open or closed. Our somewhat tongue-in-cheek answer has usually been “yes.” But soon, the answer will be definitively “closed.” Chris Foss from Foss Estate Sales has announced that Admiralty House’s owner Fred Dau is retiring at age 97 after more than 45 years in business, and “has hired Foss Estate Sales to liquidate the inventory and all the store fixtures.” We stopped by Admiralty House (2141 California SW) this morning as Foss prepared for the sale, for a quick peek at some of the items (like those above) that Foss is cataloging. He says his photos and info will start appearing on this special webpage soon. The sale will run 8 am-4 pm Friday, July 26th, and 9 am-4 pm each of the following two days.
We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor today, West Seattle’s Thunder Road Guitars! Here’s what they’d like you to know:
Thunder Road Guitars offers a unique, hand picked selection of fine vintage and used guitars and amplifiers as well as boutique effects from some of today’s most innovative pedal builders. Also offering professional guitar repair and a great selection of accessories for the gigging musician, it’s safe to say that Thunder Road Guitars has been a welcome addition to the West Seattle community.
Frank Gross, owner and founder of Thunder Road Guitars, has had a passion for vintage instruments from a young age and has worked in the instrument retail field for more than a decade. At the end of 2011 he decided to launch TRG, initially operating as a web-based business. The store quickly expanded, and Frank opened their physical storefront in his hometown of West Seattle in November 2012. Since opening in West Seattle, TRG has expanded to offer a larger and constantly rotating selection of fine vintage, used, and rare guitars and amplifiers, as well as more recently offering professional guitar repair services by guitar tech Chris Thompson.
Thunder Road Guitars is located at 3916 California SW (map) and is open Wednesdays – Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays-Tuesdays by appointment, and online 8 days a week at thunderroadguitars.com. Stop in and say hello!
We thank Thunder Road Guitars 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.
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