West Seattle last-minute gift idea (add yours!)

Out of the WSB inbox, from Annie:

Just thought I’d give a shout-out for a last-minute gift idea that is a win-win for all. I just visited the Admiral Theater and contributed to their adopt-a-seat campaign. It’s the perfect gift for many folks — especially movie lovers, but also the person who has everything. For a $40 donation, my gift recipient will have a name plate on a new seat and will also receive two movie passes and a VIP invitation to a private show once the new seats are installed.

The Admiral’s open for matinees today (2 & 4 pm) and evening shows tomorrow (7 & 9 pm). Got another last-minute gift suggestion that’s unique to West Seattle? Leave a comment here.

14 Replies to "West Seattle last-minute gift idea (add yours!)"

  • GenHillOne December 24, 2007 (7:46 am)

    If you have last minute groceries to pick up today, here’s a different kind of “gift” – went to Jefferson Square Safeway last night and they were announcing overhead that 500 hams had been collected for White Center Food Bank and they were still trying to get to 500 for West Seattle Food Bank. As noted here, they might be doing the same at other locations:


    You just tell them at the register you want to buy one (you don’t even have to take one from the case!). It was nice to be able to do a little something even at this late date.

  • k December 24, 2007 (11:36 am)

    i woke up this morning and realized i had forgotten a gift for our dog! shame on me. ran up to pet elements and grabbed some goodies. it was obvious i wasn’t the only last minute shopper. they are open until 3 pm today.

  • Jan December 24, 2007 (11:44 am)

    WARNING ! WARNING! Go to Metro Market at your own risk – lol….they have “Red carpet valet parking” today…and are using the alley right in front of the entrance to let people out and to pick up cars…I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a mess…people NOT valet parking were stuck everywhere…I just left and went to PCC…they obviously didn’t need my business all that badly…

    so..Park elsewhere and walk over, is my advice :)

  • Jo December 24, 2007 (12:56 pm)

    My son and I just got back from Metropolitan Market.
    20 trillion people! We were patient and got a parking place in the lot.
    Everyone’s smiling, and saying ‘excuse me’ when they run into you with their carts.
    Happy holidays, everyone.

  • WSB December 24, 2007 (1:26 pm)

    ha! I didn’t get any excuse me’s from the three people who almost ran me down in The Junction. Actually this is a benefit of All Ways With Walk (which was the one place I was *not* almost run down) — no stop-and-turn on red — lower chance of somebody thinking they’re clear to turn just as you step into the crosswalk.

  • Sue December 24, 2007 (1:35 pm)

    the parking lot at WS Thriftway is a nightmare too. There is a cop that has blocked off the area so that you can’t get from the side street behind it into the main lot, nor from Califoria to that side street. I think they did it to make more parking, but it’s really more of a nightmare. Fortunately the lines themselves weren’t that long (then again, we bought 3 things and did the express line). But if you’re parking there, beware!

  • Gina December 24, 2007 (1:42 pm)

    Another caution about Met Market–people are parking on 42nd next to the market. 42nd is pretty much one lane intermittent traffic as a result. Don’t see anyone using the underground free parking across the street.

    I sure am glad I can walk to the Admiral area grocery stores.

    Jan-at PCC, where you there when the driver of the oversized four door pickup truck came out with the purple tote and single carton of milk?

    The environment has been saved!

  • WSB December 24, 2007 (1:53 pm)

    The parking discussion also reminds me – in The Junction, there was room not that long ago in the free parking lot along 42nd between Oregon and Alaska. Even with the Petco lot now gone, that one seems to be the last lot people think of.

  • The Velvet Bulldog December 24, 2007 (1:56 pm)

    Definitely head for PCC! I just came from there and even though the parking lot is full they’ve got all registers running. I walked right up to a cashier without waiting and was wished a very Merry Christmas.

  • Jan December 24, 2007 (2:02 pm)

    I didn’t see that truck, Gina…wow…a carton of milk…nice.But is was an easy shop, not a ton of cars in the lots, and everyone was super friendly. I walked over to Safeway and it was the same there…crowded, but moving, and everyone with a smile…’tis the season :)

  • jissy December 24, 2007 (2:12 pm)

    I, too just returned from PCC — drove straight into a parking place and was in and out in 10 minutes just grabbing a quick lunch.

  • miws December 24, 2007 (5:04 pm)

    I have a fair view of the Thriftway lot from my window, and it still looks busy, with an hour to go before they close at 6:00.

    Please folks, if you need to go there (or any other business that will be closing soon) go now, even if it’s just a couple of items and let the people that are working there get out of there and go home to their families as soon as possible. Many, if not all, may have to stay until the last customer has left the store, and some will have to stay after to do paperwork and cleanup and such.

    I went early yesterday morning, to avoid the insane rush of later in the day, and the insane rush of today. Forgot one item, thought of a few others I needed or wanted, so popped back over early this morning.

    No crowds either time! (Although yesterday, even at 8:00 am, there was the obligatory screaming kid! ;) )


  • GenHillOne December 24, 2007 (7:47 pm)

    Mike, I’d be screaming if I had to go to the grocery store at 8:00 am on a Sunday too! ;)

  • miws December 24, 2007 (8:20 pm)


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