Three more signs of West Seattle change

Seen this morning along California SW:


That sign’s for the building going up at the ex-burned-out-Schuck’s site (WSB video coverage of the December demolition here) – now christened Charlestown Shopping and Business Center. A short distance south, the California/Andover gas station is now an ex-Exxon:



And in The Junction, that new banner is hanging outside the laundromat next to Yummy Teriyaki. (Which island? Vashon? Blake?)

19 Replies to "Three more signs of West Seattle change"

  • Bikefor1 April 4, 2008 (1:59 pm)

    Can anyone please explain to me what “Downfooters” next to comforters on the Island Breeze Laundry sign means???

  • GenHillGrl April 4, 2008 (2:17 pm)

    Maybe down filled foot booties???

  • Gina April 4, 2008 (2:31 pm)

    Island? Harbor.

  • Kathy April 4, 2008 (2:48 pm)

    Wasn’t the burned out store an Al’s Auto Supply?

  • JanS April 4, 2008 (3:23 pm)

    kathy…It was an Al’s AND a Schuck’s :)

  • JanS April 4, 2008 (3:25 pm)

    Bikefor1…I think they may be trying to show the difference between a comforter made of polyester materials, and one that’s a down comforter…

  • JanS April 4, 2008 (3:35 pm)

    Gina…yes :)

  • WSB April 4, 2008 (3:36 pm)

    Gina, LOL. That’s much wittier than my rhetorical question.

  • todd in westwood/S.delridge April 4, 2008 (5:29 pm)

    “mmmmm….Island Breeze.”

    maybe smoked salmon breeze off of Blake Island. I would love it if my sheets smelled like alder smoked salmon.

  • PSPS April 4, 2008 (5:56 pm)

    I wonder if the finished “Charlestown Shopping and Business Center” will have the same signage as the rendering.
    It kind of reminds me of that old Gonzales cartoon where everything in the kitchen has a labeled cover on it:

  • chas redmond April 4, 2008 (6:06 pm)

    Was by there today and it will completely change that stretch of California – to the better in my book. It stretches the walkable distance from Admiral a couple more blocks in terms of places people might walk to. I like the upper floor business offices. There’s a lot of entrepreneurial activity going on here and if the rates are reasonable, I suspect they’ll fill with more and more home-grown businesses. I’d like to see more of the “Live-Work” spaces developed. Artists and craftspeople need arrangements like that and I think there’s an untapped market. It looks pretty decent – substantial construction (concrete, steel beams, robust joists). California Avenue is growing up a bit.

  • miws April 4, 2008 (6:09 pm)

    The burned out store was an IGA Grocery.






    A loooooonnnnnggggg time ago! ;)



  • Gina April 4, 2008 (6:32 pm)

    Back when candy bars were 10 cents…

  • Rick April 4, 2008 (7:08 pm)

    And gas was………………..

  • JanS April 4, 2008 (11:03 pm)

    my first apartmetn in west seattle right after I got married was on the second floor of a house (still there) at Calif. and Andover. And…I shopped at the IGA more than I care to admit. It was great…grocery store on one corner, gas station and mechanic on another…Penny’s Doghouse….Friday evening Hi-Yu parades…ahh..the reminiscing.

    I like the addition to Charlestown and Calif.I’m also glad that it’s not the typical build with apts/condos above…and a cafe/restaurant on the corner? yeah, that’ll be nice , too…

  • miws April 5, 2008 (1:10 am)

    “And gas was………………”

    On the other three corners! :P

    Chevron/Standard on the NE corner, Shell on the SE corner (Charlestown Cafe block, with Penny’s Doghouse at the other end of the block), and Texaco on the SW corner (7-11).


    Jan, do you remember the monkey tail (monkey puzzle) tree on the property just south of the Andover Apts, across from the ex-Exxon, now 76?
    It was removed a few years ago, when that apt, or condo, or whatever was built. I remember that tree from my childhood, and had thought of making mention of my dismay at it’s removal on the SPU trees on the parking strip thread.


  • JanS April 5, 2008 (11:19 am)

    Mike…I remember that tree. I’m a transplant from the east coast. We didn’t have those trees back there, so it was very unique for me.

  • miws April 5, 2008 (6:45 pm)

    Jan, my older brother came to town back in 1992 for a quick visit, after being away for many years in the Navy.


    He said, that in all his world travels while in the service for about 19 years at the time, he had never seen a monkey tail tree anywhere else.


    As far as the monkey puzzle name, I had never heard that until about 6 or 7 years ago when I heard a guy call it that. I thought “what a maroon! It’s a monkey tail tree!” Then, just a few years ago, I heard a now former cow0orker at my present job refer to it as monkey puzzle.



  • lala April 5, 2008 (9:44 pm)

    Are the owners staying the same at the Exxon / 76? They were the sweetest couple, always so happy to see you. Whenever I get gas instead of getting something in the store, I would look up and see them waving at me from their window. So nice. I hope they didn’t sell! p.s. – what is with the periods in posts? Is that a way to get a paragraph break?

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