West Seattle businesses: Redline WS owner ailing; Young At Art closes

June 13, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Two West Seattle business updates.

REDLINE WS OWNER AILING: Just half a year after Redline WS opened at 35th/Avalon, it hasn’t expanded operations as much as envisioned, and Kris Quigley, a friend of owner Mike Bauer, e-mailed to explain that Mike’s been ill and to share a crowdfunding link in addition to a request for support in general:

First of all, Mike would like to thank everyone who has supported RedlineWS and his dream of a neighborhood sports bar that everyone can enjoy.

I would really like to let everyone know of Mike’s condition and the reasons why his true vision of an amazing sports bar didn’t quite come together as he had envisioned. His ongoing illness has really impacted his ability to manage and operate the restaurant and has left Mike with an underfunded new business and mounting bills associated with medical bills etc. With continued support we would love to see Mike get the medical attention he needs to get his health back and see the sports bar grow into a West Seattle staple restaurant that everyone can enjoy for years to come.

As explained on the GoFundMe page, “Mike is suffering from a debilitating illness that has attacked his nervous system, making tasks as simple as walking impossible.” The diagnosis remains a mystery. However, Redline IS open, Kris says – “Lack of funding didn’t allow for keeping the coffee shop open in the early morning at 5 am as we intended. So for now the restaurant opens at 11 am and is open till 9 pm for under 21 and open till 2 am for over 21. We have a strong trivia night Wednesdays, a newly put-together family-friendly karaoke on Tuesdays till 9pm, and Thursdays Free Poker is starting” and even just going there would be welcome support, Kris says: “Give the bar a chance knowing the obstacles Mike faced to open it and understand that it is still truly a work in progress.”

YOUNG AT ART CLOSED: Just shy of two years ago, the art classes/studio business Young At Art had to leave its Junction location, as did all the businesses at 42nd/Alaska/California, because of the then-impending Equity Residential development (although demolition ultimately did not start for months). YAA found a new home at Fauntleroy/Raymond. But now, it’s closed, according to both a sign outside and a note on Facebook from owner Theresa:

The time over the last 3 years has been nothing short of magical to me and my children. I am in great hopes that the idea of freestyle art and getting downright messy, covered in paint up to your chin in recycle projects, has made its way into your children’s lives, your homes and hearts, as much as the time I have spent with your children has made an impression on my life that I can never forget. The studio is now in the process of closing up…maybe not forever.. but for now it’s time to say thank you and have a great summer. Enjoy your children and all the amazing creative wild adventures you have with them.

The message outside the studio also wishes everyone a great summer. (Thanks to all the readers who e-mailed to ask/tip us about this closure.)

West Seattle food updates: Burger Boss, Tat’s Truck open this weekend; Thai-U-Up thai’s the knot

June 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Two quick notes looking ahead to this weekend:

BURGER BOSS ‘SOFT OPEN’ SATURDAY: When we first reported on Burger Boss (20th/Barton in South Delridge) back in April, they mentioned a plan to soft-open in early June. They’re achieving it, co-proprietor Brian Azzano tells WSB, tomorrow, starting at 4 pm, “for dinner and beyond.”

TAT’S TRUCK LAUNCHES SUNDAY: Last week we mentioned that West Seattleites are launching a truck spinning off from the popular Tat’s Deli in Pioneer Square, and that they expected to launch it in WS. Thanks to James for keeping an eye on the Tat’s Truck website and pointing out that they’ve announced they’ll debut at Hans VW (35th/Graham) 11 am-2 pm this Sunday. (Also thanks to SeattleFoodTruck.com for calling our attention to that too.)

SPEAKING OF TRUCKS … one of this area’s regulars is off the street until next week, and it’s for happy news: the proprietors of Thai-U-Up, a dinnertime fixture at the 30th/Roxbury gas station, announced via Facebook that they’re closed through June 10th (reopening next Wednesday) because they’re getting married. Congratulations!

Next round in minimum-wage fight: Charter amendment proposed for $12.50 by 2020

June 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 34 Comments

Two days after Mayor Murray signed the City Council-passed minimum-wage increase into law, a business group is trying to get an alternative onto the ballot via city charter amendment. The group calling itself Forward Seattle says it’s a coalition of independent businesses, with a counterproposal laying out 40-cent incremental increases resulting in a $12.50 minimum wage by 2020. It briefed citywide media this morning but hasn’t yet released the text of its proposal, nor does it have a public list of members/supporters. In addition to that, Publicola reports that Tim Eyman is now pursuing an initiative that would make it illegal for any entity but the state to mandate wage levels.

The Cask: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor, under new ownership

June 5, 2014 at 11:39 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 2 Comments

Today we welcome The Cask in The Admiral District as a new WSB sponsor.

New owner Marty Ogan took over just last month and says he’s working to bring The Cask back to its roots – under its original ownership, it began as “a bottle shop” with small plates, and that’s what he is emphasizing.

You can see The Cask’s food menu here – fresh seasonal items generally ranging from $8 to $12, with some changes every three months or so to stay in line with what’s new and fresh. The Cask also is featuring live music some nights (like tonight!) and other special events – for example, a special tapping tonight. Watch for “Wine Wednesdays,” as well as daily happy hour 4-7 pm.

Marty grew up in Edmonds and worked many years as a firefighter in Idaho, where he also operated a mobile wood-fired pizza enterprise. Looking at retirement from the fire department, he found Seattle appealing, and discovered The Cask was available. He invites you to come sip, taste, and enjoy, 4-10 pm Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 4-11 pm Thursdays, 4-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 2350 California SW. Online, you’ll find The Cask at thecaskwestseattle.com.

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

Something to shred? To e-cycle? Free opportunities ahead

May 29, 2014 at 10:03 am | In Environment, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Just announced: Free shredding and e-cycling this Saturday in The Junction, 10 am-1 pm May 31st, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Windermere West Seattle. It’ll be in the parking lot in the 4500 block of 42nd SW (between Oregon and Alaska). The e-cycling provider’s website lists what they’ll accept.

P.S. If you can’t get to this Saturday’s event but have documents to dispose of, free shredding will be offered a week later, 9 am-1 pm June 7th, at PBJ Textiles‘ new location in White Center – details here.

Ever been inside Nucor? See inside, via Seattle Times photos

May 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Thanks to Amy for the tip about a rare photographic look inside West Seattle’s Nucor Steel plant – we say “rare” because they’ve had a “no photo” policy in the past, but either they’ve made an exception or it’s changed, because the photo gallery published on SeattleTimes.com this week is definitely a closeup look inside. The photo in the tweet above is just one of the images; go here to see the others. They were published with a feature story about the steel mill that appeared in the Times’ Sunday magazine Pacific Northwest (here’s the online version).

West Seattle crowdfunding: Ready for the city’s ‘first 100% vegan ice-cream-sandwich’ truck?

May 28, 2014 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 30 Comments

Summertime is ice-cream-truck time. West Seattle residents Chelsea and Chris are hoping to hit the road this summer with what they say will be Seattle’s first 100 percent vegan ice-cream truck, specializing in vegan ice-cream sandwiches – if their crowdfunding campaign works out.

They’re calling their mobile enterprise the Cookie Counter, and it’s actually not a truck – it’s this blue 1974 VW Van:

The Sunrise Heights-area residents have taken to Kickstarter to look for funding, where they explain: “All of our ice creams are coconut based and we offer a variety of gluten-free options, meaning we automatically cater to dairy & egg allergies, along with wheat & gluten.” Flavor combinations in the works include Earl Grey with Lemon Zest, Orange Cardamom with Coconut Chocolate Chunk, Gluten Free White Chocolate with Mint, Green Tea with Raspberry, Gluten Free Coconut Lime with Mango. “Unlike other trucks offering vegan ice cream, we will have more than one or two options,” says Chelsea, adding that her background includes work as a personal vegan chef and as a waitperson/barista at Easy Street Café – plus volunteer work with kids: “I am passionate about kids and hope to get the truck involved in community events once we’re up and running!” Chris is a UW student, veteran (Marines), and dad (his 12-year-old son Mally is in the Kickstarter video). Their campaign has two and a half weeks to go.

Who pays for your ‘free’ parking and when? Junction changes to go before City Council committee

May 22, 2014 at 3:39 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 31 Comments

There’s a lot more to the free-parking lots in The Junction than just striped asphalt without pay stations – Junction businesses pay special assessments to maintain them. This Friday, some proposed changes in the rules for those assessments, four years in the making, have the West Seattle Junction Association going before a City Council committee. After spotting the item on the agenda for the Finance amd Culture Committee, with WSJA director Susan Melrose listed as scheduled to speak to councilmembers, we talked to her Wednesday to find out more:

Click to read the rest of Who pays for your ‘free’ parking and when? Junction changes to go before City Council committee…

HomeStreet Bank in West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

May 21, 2014 at 11:20 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(8/14 note: To check whether a business is still a current WSB sponsor, please go here)

Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor: HomeStreet Bank, now open in The Junction. New sponsors get the chance to tell you about themselves, so here’s what HomeStreet would like you to know:

HomeStreet Bank is local! We are based in downtown Seattle and are one of the largest community banks headquartered in Washington. HomeStreet began in the University District in 1921 as Continental Mortgage and Loan Company, later becoming Continental Savings Bank in 1986 when we became a full-service bank. We changed our name to HomeStreet Bank in 2000. (However, many people will still recall getting their mortgage at Continental Savings Bank!) We have expanded our services further over the years, adding business banking and lending, investment services, and more. HomeStreet offers a wide variety of financial products and services, including:

• Personal Banking
• Business Banking
• Mortgage Lending (including renovation loans and reverse mortgages)
• Commercial Lending (including a new small business loan program as well as SBA financing)
• Investment and Insurance Services for consumers and businesses
• Cash Management Services for businesses of all sizes
• Private Banking
• Residential Construction Financing
• Commercial Real Estate financing (apartments, retail space, office & industrial)

HomeStreet Bank has 82 deposit branches and lending centers in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Hawaii.

Community involvement has always been a high priority for HomeStreet. Many of our employees support the needs of local community organizations by creating active partnerships, hands-on service and providing leadership. As a relationship-focused bank, we always try to go the extra mile for our customers while providing personal service that is oftentimes not expected. We pride ourselves in our employees’ ability to make decisions on their own.

HomeStreet Bank is proud to be a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. We are also proud supporters of the West Seattle Helpline, West Seattle Food Bank, WestSide Baby, and Nature Consortium. Being new to the West Seattle community, we are very excited at the opportunity to get involved in the neighborhood. This year we sponsored the Taste of West Seattle and will be sponsoring Summer Fest and West Seattle Outdoor Movies. We are also thrilled to be hosting this year’s Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive for WestSide Baby!

HomeStreet Bank’s West Seattle branch is located at 4022 SW Alaska Street and we would love for you to stop in! Check us out online at: www.homestreet.com or “like” our Facebook page.

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

West Seattle businesses: Happy 10th anniversary, NCompass

May 10, 2014 at 2:33 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Making it to 10 years in business is SO worth a party. So (from left) Drew Foster and Stefan Hansmire of NCompass Construction/NCompass Cottage Company (WSB sponsor) had a big one at Dakota Place on Friday night. So big, even West Seattle favorites Not Dead Yet performed:

The party also featured a food truck and a “construction and building trivia game” with multiple choice questions (we’re pretty sure the answer to “Section 505.1 of the 2009 Residential Washington State Energy code states …” was NOT #D, “Turn off the lights when you leave the room!”). Their business has evolved to address community needs, including, a year ago, certification as “aging in place” specialists.

West Seattle businesses: Meeples Games sets May 17th opening

May 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(Photo courtesy Laura Schneider)
Three months after we brought you first word of Meeples Games, a gaming café/store opening upstairs at Charlestown Center (3727 California SW), proprietor Laura Schneider is just a week and a half away from officially opening its doors. Here’s the official announcement with details, received tonight:

Meeples Games, a new tabletop game store and cafe, is hosting a family-friendly Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Newly released board games and family favorites will be demonstrated by Meeples Games staff. Visitors can play or watch a Magic: the Gathering tournament which will be going throughout the day.

Meeples Games employees are all game players and enjoy sharing their favorites with customers. Special selections marked with “A Meeples’ People Favorite” showcase staff and customer selected games. “Game tables and a lending library are permanent features of Meeples Games,” says owner Laura Schneider. “We want to be a community store where people feel comfortable to come in, play games and hang out.”

Meeples Games stocks a variety of game types; tile-laying, role-playing, board games, card games, dice games, and miniatures. Space is available for drop-in, meet-up, and tournament play. The café offers espresso, sandwiches, pretzels, healthy snacks, and beer on tap.

The Grand Opening schedule runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 17th with raffles, game demonstrations, and tournament play throughout the day. The detailed event schedule is available on the Meeples Games’ website.

With grand opening just a week and a half away, Schneider has big milestones ahead, including sign installation tomorrow and continued stocking of the café and menu planning; their espresso will be from True North Coffee Roasters.

Proposed North Delridge store draws top Seattle spot in marijuana-retailer license lottery

May 2, 2014 at 10:15 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 64 Comments

Looks like West Seattle’s most-likely place for a recreational-marijuana store will be North Delridge – the 3800 block, to be specific. Here’s why:

The state has just gone public with its list of positions drawn in its lottery among prospective marijuana retailers – necessary because far more applications were received than licenses will be allotted. The entire city of Seattle will have 21 licensed stores, for example. At the top of the Seattle lottery list, #1 was drawn by a West Seattle applicant, Trichome & Calyx Corp., with the address 3809 Delridge Way SW, Suite B (map; currently the site of a medical-marijuana dispensary); the corporation’s owner is listed in state records as Magnolia entrepreneur Mehran Rafizadeh. The next-highest West Seattle location drawn, #37, was for the same applicant, same street address, Suite A. Next, #40, went to The Edge, applying for 3805 Delridge Way SW. Another 3809 Delridge Way applicant, Paradigm, drew #42. Following that, at #52, is an existing medical-marijuana provider, the Northwest Patient Resource Center on the east side of 35th/Roxbury. Seven of the other West Seattle locations with higher numbers in the lottery also applied using the 3809 Delridge Way SW address; there were also applicants from Harbor Avenue, West Marginal Way, and the west side of 35th/Roxbury.

You can download the full statewide list, which has a tab for each city including Seattle, from this page on the state Liquor Control Board website. Licenses are expected to be issued by early July, according to this state FAQ.

Speedpro Imaging: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

May 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(8/14 note: To check whether a business is still a current WSB sponsor, please go here)

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Speedpro Imaging. New local sponsors are invited to share information about their businesses, and here’s what Speedpro would like you to know:

Speedpro Imaging is a superior-quality large-format imaging studio that produces trade-show displays, vehicle wraps, retail branding, and promotional graphics. We collaborate with businesses, organizations, and events to create eye-catching, larger-than-life graphics that grab the attention of their customers.

Our capabilities include:
• Banners
• Wall murals
• A-frames
• Vehicle wraps
• Trade show displays
• Window graphics
• Retractable banner stands
• Posters
• Stickers
• Custom Signs

One of the things our clients tell us they love about working with us is how quickly we respond to their needs and get jobs completed. We do everything we can to make sure our clients are completely satisfied- due dates, budget, and project needs are all met. We give Speedpro Imaging clients the special attention they deserve and treat everyone like a long-term business partner.

Clients say they trust us and have confidence in our signs and displays because of our extensive knowledge and high-quality materials. We are locally owned, but we are also a part of a nationwide network of Speedpro studios. For example, if you have a trade show in Chicago, we can plan for the Chicago Speedpro to print, install, and deliver your display right to your event – saving you shipping costs and the stress of carrying your display on the plane! They say this makes us different from other printers in the area and gives them assurance they are receiving the highest-quality service and signage.

To receive exclusive content, special offers, and sign news, click here – The Color Hue: Sign Tips & Advice from Speedpro.

We are excited to be a part of the West Seattle Blog and the awesome West Seattle community. If you have any questions about signage or need a quote for an upcoming project, call or email us anytime! 206.257.4717 **** infoseattle@speedpro.com

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

P.S. Get Speedpro’s coupon on the WSB West Seattle Coupons page!

West Seattle biznote: GoWireless opening in Admiral

April 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Thanks to Patricia for the tip (she saw the sign going up Monday): More than two years after its completion, the retail building on California SW built north of, and along with, Admiral Safeway is finally on the brink of being fully occupied. The final of its five spaces is going to the Las Vegas-headquartered chain GoWireless, which has more than 300 stores. It appears from GoWireless’s website that this is its first venture into Seattle city limits, though it has outlets elsewhere around the King/Snohomish/Pierce/Kitsap Counties metro area; as you can probably tell from the signage, its business is focused on Verizon, though it’s a separate company, we learned while researching. We’re still waiting to hear back from GW corporate HQ on when they plan to open.

West Seattle businesses: Happy anniversary, Wyatt’s Jewelers

April 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Big smile from Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsors) co-proprietor Kirk Keppler – the shop is celebrating its anniversary today, and you get the gift – an open house with the only storewide sale of the year at Wyatt’s (up to 60 percent off). Stop by any time before 6 pm, in the heart of Westwood Village.

Happening now: Junction Tax-Free Day; Record Store Day

April 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The rain stopped! (For now.) So if it kept you home – get out and go shop The Junction in the final hours of “Tax-Free” Sale Day ’14. Above, that’s Courtney Sievertsen of Wallflower Custom Framing (WSB sponsor) on 42nd SW north of SW Edmunds – a reminder that Junction shopping stretches beyond California SW. Red balloons mark the participating stores/restaurants; today’s participant list is here. Another reason to visit The Junction, the Record Store Day celebration/sale (lineup here) that’s continuing into the evening at Easy Street Records, with special guests:

West Seattle’s own Caspar Babypants isn’t performing but he’s been deejaying and signing. And the grand finale at ESR is still a few hours away – Rose Windows, live in-store at 7 pm.

West Seattle businesses: My Three Little Birds opens Monday

April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Morgan Junction’s business district continues its mini-boom.

In a little brick commercial building in south Morgan, at 6959 California SW, Monday is opening day for My Three Little Birds, offering new and “upscale used” clothing, toys, and accessories for children.

We talked this morning with proprietor Jennifer Young (above), who lives in nearby Gatewood.

This is her first venture into retail, though she has worked in business management for years, and cites “great support and mentors” helping get My Three Little Birds launched.

“I have three kids, I really love the community, and wanted to do something to get more involved in the community. (This business) is a great fit for me as a mom.”

The merchandise will target kids from newborn through 12 years old.

Young is clearly excited: “It’s going to be awesome!”

Work on the store is almost done; signage went up earlier this week, and more exterior work is under way today. Monday is mostly intended as the start of a “soft open” week, and then a “grand opening” is planned the following Saturday. Hours will be 10 am-6 pm Mondays-Fridays, 11 am-5 pm Saturdays, 11 am-4 pm Sundays.

SIDE NOTES: Avalon Center, which used to be in the street-front space, hasn’t closed, nor has it really moved – it’s now in the back of the building. And thanks to the eagle-eyed WSB readers who noticed the shop taking shape even before the signage went up and tipped us!

West Seattle food: New location for Taqueria El Antojo truck

April 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

1:47 PM: Two weeks ago, the Mexican-food truck that had been headquartered north of Morgan Junction Park for about six months, Taqueria El Antojo, abruptly was told to move. The owners told us that they would share the news when they found a new location, and that information has just come in. Their truck is now at the 76 station north of Lincoln Park, 7427 Fauntleroy Way SW.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jeff for tweeting a photo:

West Seattle winery Viscon Cellars to open tasting room

April 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 5 Comments

Thanks to tipster “Gatewood Guy” for reporting a liquor-license-application sighting on the door at the former Stitch and Sew Studio (now consolidated with parent West Seattle Fabric Company in Admiral). West Seattle winery Viscon Cellars confirms to WSB that the 5910-B California SW storefront is its future tasting room. Proprietor Ben Viscon says they’re going through “the permitting process … and some minor construction inside the location,” so no projected opening date just yet. Once open, he says, they’ll pour wines from the VC label, offering wine by the glass/bottle: “All of our wines are made in West Seattle, utilizing grapes from premier growers in Eastern Washington. Our vision is to bring the Urban Winery and Tasting Room concept to our neighbors. We have lived in West Seattle for over 18 years and are committed to bring the goodness of Washington wine grapes to our community.” They hope the tasting room will be a “neighborhood gathering place” for wine lovers and the wine-curious, including those who might want to “bring in food to enjoy with our wines while visiting with friends,” and that it will support “private events for small groups.” (WSB file photo from January)

West Seattle biznote: Merger for Lafarge facility’s parent company

April 7, 2014 at 1:14 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The Paris-based parent company of the Lafarge facility along the West Seattle shore of the Duwamish River is merging with another global cement giant, Holcim. The “merger of equals” was announced in Europe early today, three days after the companies disclosed they were talking about joining forces. No Washington state holdings for Holcim, according to its website. Too soon to say what it might mean for local facilities like this one, aside from the company changing its name to LafargeHolcim. Given the size of the merger, regulatory approvals aren’t expected until next year at the earliest.

Video: Westside Awards presented at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Murray keynotes

April 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 11 Comments

Photos/video by Patrick Sand
Story by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

“All businesses need a voice,” said West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board chair Nancy Woodland, toward the start of this morning’s Westside Awards breakfast at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). “We get so much more done, coming together, and that is the value of your Chamber of Commerce … where your voice can join other voices and be heard throughout the city.”

One proof of the citywide audience – the keynote speaker was Mayor Ed Murray, who lived in West Seattle in childhood:

Later in this story, you’ll see our video of what he had to say, and how he answered questions from those in attendance – but this story is about the Westside Award winners, first announced one week ago.

Being part of the Chamber means visibility, Woodland added, and that’s certainly one benefit of the annual Westside Awards. The video atop this story features the entirety of today’s presentations, so you can hear for yourself what they said. We took photos, too:

Westside Business of the Year, for General Biodiesel, was accepted by founder Yale Wong:

He and team members posed out on the Salty’s deck afterward:

Wong said GB now recycles oil from 3,000 restaurants around the Northwest.

Westside Emerging Business of the Year, for Second Gear Sports, a consignment shop for sports, exercise, and fitness gear, was accepted by proprietor Mark Bremen:

Bremen said that in just 7 months of operation, they’ve already had 400 consigners and thousands of items.

Westside Non-Profit of the Year, the West Seattle Food Bank – here’s their team picture:

The Food Bank helped more than 37,000 families last year alone.

And the Westsider of the Year, Josh Sutton of the West Seattle and Fauntleroy Y (WSB sponsor) and Rotary Club of West Seattle, with wife Susan and son Guthrie, who introduced him:

This was the first awards breakfast since Lynn Dennis became CEO.

Now, to the keynoter: Mayor Murray touched on several of the topics we discussed with him in our recent interview – especially transportation. This morning, he declared that West Seattle’s mobility issue was the city’s top transportation problem. Hear for yourself in our video of his remarks; he was introduced by the Chamber’s past chair, Dave Montoure:

He touted this Saturday’s Neighborhood Summit, 9 am-1 pm at Seattle Center, as an opportunity “to decide how we want to reinvent our city’s relationships with our neighborhoods.” He mentioned 500 people had RSVP’d as of this morning, and given the Northwest proclivity for procrastination, “we expect that number to grow.”

Regarding transportation, and the infrastructure needed to support growth, Murray got in a plug for Proposition 1, the buses-and-roads ballot measure, saying, “First of all, we have to preserve the transit we have … it’s incredibly important.” If Prop 1 doesn’t pass on April 22nd, he declared, “not only will people suffer in this city, people will suffer in the county.” He also promoted his outreach for opinions on the search for a new city transportation director and what people “are looking for from SDOT.” That’s when he said the “tough decisions going forward” included “how are we going to fund a rapid transit system from West Seattle into the rest of the city? While Sound Transit has plans, they are decades away. I don’t believe we can wait decades. It might be a grade-separated bus route that eventually (becomes) a light rail route. We need to look at how we manage the West Seattle (Bridge).”

And after declaring this the city’s #1 transportation problem, he mentioned the Highway 99 tunnel trouble, saying he thinks it’ll take at least nine months to get going: “While I wish this hadn’t happened, I’m glad it happened earlier on.”

He went through other issues – Seattle Police, which, he mentioned has “the most diverse police command staff in the history of the city” right now.

Taking a few questions from those in attendance, he was asked about density without much parking – also an issue we discussed in our recent interview – and, as he said to us, he said the comprehensive-plan review (Seattle 2035) is one way to look for a balance, though, he said, “I absolutely believe we should have fewer parking spaces.”

In a non-WS question, he was asked about people openly smoking marijuana in Pioneer Square. He said openly smoking pot or drinking alcohol are both illegal and they are working on being able to arrest those who do it.

NEXT CHAMBER EVENT: Even if you are not a Chamber member, you are welcome at their events – next up, a briefing by King County Metro during the monthly lunch, 11:30 am next Thursday, April 10th, at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) – register here.

West Seattle biznote: ‘Tax-Free Day’ of Junction shopping April 19

April 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Two weeks until the tax deadline .. but there’s something to look forward to once it’s past: The West Seattle Junction Association is presenting a “Tax-Free Day” of shopping and dining for the sixth year in a row. On Saturday, April 19th, watch for the red balloons marking participating retailers and restaurants in The Junction – they’ve got your back by paying your (sales) tax! See the in-progress list of participants and more details on The Junction’s website. (Balloon courtesy DesignerClipart.com)

West Seattle businesses: Carter’s opens this week at Westwood

April 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

A new store opens tomorrow at Westwood Village: Carter’s, a national chain of stores selling clothing for babies and children. (We first reported back in November that Carter’s was on the way.) A store manager tells us they’re having a “soft-open” event 4-9 pm tomorrow, and then Thursday is the official grand opening. Their hours will be 10 am-9 pm Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-7 pm Sundays. (If you haven’t been to Westwood lately, it’s on the west-facing side of the mid-section, in the row of businesses that stretches from Eats Market Café to Pier 1 Imports.)

WS4OSO update: See who’s in for Sunday’s West Seattle-wide benefit to help slide victims/survivors

March 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm | In How to help, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Published on Flickr by Snohomish County government, taken during 10:37 am moment of silence today)
Some businesses and organizations have started already – we hear the West Seattle Eagles‘ dinner tonight was a sellout! – but tomorrow’s the big day for the WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) peninsula-wide benefit. The idea came from fabled fundraiser Tracy Dart just a few days ago and the list of participants has continued to grow – now more than 40! A caveat – there is no single pledge such as “x percent of proceeds,” so you will find each individual business/group doing something different; that’s how a grass-roots movement rolls. Where available, we’re noting what they’ve said they’re doing – most of the information is from the official WS4OSO Facebook page; some has been e-mailed, tweeted, or shared via WSB comments:

West 5
Beveridge Place Pub (see info on Twitter)
Cherry Consignment
Prost West Seattle
Meander’s Kitchen
West Seattle Runner
Shockwave Tees
Lika Love Fashion (truck @ Hotwire 10 am-3 pm)
Mind Unwind
Tully’s Coffee
Christo’s on Alki
The Bridge
Hotwire Coffee
(special caramel-raspberry latté with 100 percent of sales donated on Sunday)
Fashion Bar (details in this WSB comment)
Hands to Paws Massage
Pet Elements
Click! Design That Fits
(donating part of proceeds, plus hosting artist Stephanie Hargrave, whose family lost a cabin and who is donating all sales)
Corner Pocket
Menashe & Sons Jewelers
Forsythe Studio
West Seattle Bowl
(part of the proceeds from Friday night event)
Talarico’s Pizzeria
West Seattle Eagles
(benefit dinner earlier tonight; bands and karaoke as the evening goes on)
The Cask
(25% of retail sales on Sunday)
AmyWorks, Inc.
Chelan Cafe
(matching donations, plus a Sunday barbecue, see “events” below)
Marination ma kai (donating proceeds from food sales 3-6 pm Sunday)
Second Gear Sports
Next to Nature

West Seattle Rolfing (details in this WSB comment)
Wilridge Winery (at WS Farmers’ Market)
Jan’s Beauty Supply (not open Sunday but collecting donations before/after)



West Seattle Farmers Market (corner of California & Alaska)
10 am – 2 pm
Collecting donations; FREE coffee provided by Tully’s

Chelan Cafe EbbTide Room
BBQ from 2 – 4 pm
(100% proceeds from the BBQ goes to the cause)

Monday (received via e-mail):

At The Center for Movement & Healing, we will be having a Dance and Donate Nia class on Monday, March 31st at 6:30 pm; located above Swedish Automotive at 7901 35th Ave SW.

We’ll hotlink the participants’ names by the time we publish tomorrow’s “OK, the big day is here” list, in case you don’t know where to find anyone who’s mentioned above. Again, the official page is facebook.com/ws4oso. We’ll see you around on Sunday!

West Seattle food: Taco truck leaving Morgan Junction

March 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 23 Comments

Just in via text (206-293-6302), that photo of a sign mentioned today by several readers, who said the operators of the Taqueria El Antojo food truck posted it, telling customers they have to leave the Morgan Junction spot where they’ve been parked for the past six months, by the Short Stop market and adjacent cleaners north of Morgan Junction Park. The property is expected to become an expansion site for the park – the city’s been working for about two years to buy it – but county records do not show a finalized sale. If we hear about a new location for the truck, we’ll mention it – please let us know if you see it first.

2014 Westside Awards: Congratulations to General Biodiesel, Second Gear Sports, West Seattle Food Bank, Josh Sutton

March 27, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 15 Comments

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Westside Awards recipients, who will be honored at a breakfast event one week from today. From WSCofC CEO Lynn Dennis and chair Nancy Woodland:

The Westside Awards Breakfast honors three local businesses and one individual who demonstrate success and innovation that contribute to this thriving economic region.

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce received more than 80 nominations, setting an all-time record of participation. We are thrilled to share the news about our 2014 Westside Award Winners. As is to be expected, this decision was difficult because we have so many truly outstanding businesses, non-profits and individuals working in and supporting the West Seattle community.

Click to read the rest of 2014 Westside Awards: Congratulations to General Biodiesel, Second Gear Sports, West Seattle Food Bank, Josh Sutton…

West Seattle biznote: PB&J Textiles moving to White Center

March 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, White Center | 5 Comments

After almost two years in North Delridge, during which they added promotional merchandise to their original embroidery/sewing business, PB&J Textiles is moving to a new, much-larger location – the former South End Florist storefront at 10728 16th SW in White Center. Co-proprietor Paul Binder tells WSB, “We are excited about our new location as we will double-plus our space. This will allow for more product offerings, better retail space, and easy parking!” They’ve expanded their offerings yet again in preparation for the move and now offer paper printing, banners, promotional products, embroidery, and screen printing, as well as copiers if you need to make quick photocopies. They’re planning to move Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th, reopening in the new space on Monday, April 7th, and will be tracking the move via Tumblr.

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