West Seattle business news: Opening day for Bin 41

As previewed here last Sunday, today is “soft opening” day for Bin 41, the new wine shop in The Junction (between Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy [WSB sponsor] and KeyBank). We stopped by a little while ago to photograph Bin 41 proprietors T. Frick and Jon McNamara. They’re open till 7 pm today (hours are listed on their Facebook page) but “grand opening” festivities start April 1st.

23 Replies to "West Seattle business news: Opening day for Bin 41"

  • HelperMonkey March 16, 2010 (4:33 pm)

    we went today and it was fabulous! Jon and T were super friendly and helpful. the space is just gorgeous. I am looking forward to attending a tasting there soon!

  • Joe March 16, 2010 (5:41 pm)

    Congrats on the new business…welcome to the junction. I wish you the best of luck. I’ll be in soon to check you out.

  • BS March 16, 2010 (5:53 pm)

    Thought W Seattle had a good hometown wine store called West Seattle Wine Cellars like 5 blocks away and or 5 grocery stores in the area, what do I know.

  • Emma Peel March 16, 2010 (6:59 pm)

    I’m with BS…do we really need another wine store? I guess time will tell…

  • Stork March 16, 2010 (7:20 pm)

    One wine store in WS please. Bin 41 is coming in late and I don’t want them to impact the good people at West Seattle Wine Cellars. They both can’t win, and last hire is first to fire, basic business. Sorry, nothing personal, but the slot was filled and I’ll continue to give my business to West Seattle Wine Cellars.

  • WSB March 16, 2010 (7:24 pm)

    If you read our previous stories – Bin 41 and West Seattle Wine Cellars say they are working together, and planning a lot of joint promotions – TR

  • wsgirl March 16, 2010 (7:55 pm)

    West Seattle is changing too much for the bad :( The junction is consumed with bars and now a wine shop. This isn’t u district!

  • JanS March 16, 2010 (9:38 pm)

    wow…way to be welcoming and hospitable, people. I think it’s a great addition to the junction, and hope they do well…and I’m totally baffled by the rudeness of some of the comments here. There’s room for both businesses, and it fits perfectly well in the junction area.

  • Christi S March 16, 2010 (9:41 pm)

    I am very excited to see this opening!

    Looks from the pics as if they need help from a distributor like Young’s Columbia. That’s where you get all the great wine and super merchandising displays.

    Have they talked to anyone? If not, they should!

    • WSB March 16, 2010 (9:43 pm)

      CS – It’s a “soft open” and they cautioned in our last writeup (follow the link) that they wouldn’t have their full inventory on hand – they’re gradually building up.

  • austin March 16, 2010 (10:08 pm)

    Bin 41 kind of sounds like the name of a phở restaurant.

  • christopherboffoli March 17, 2010 (12:03 am)

    I’m looking forward to checking out Bin 41. It is within walking distance of my house. If they have a good selection of Walla Walla Valley wines I’ll be a frequent customer.

  • Chuck and Sally\\\'s Van Man March 17, 2010 (12:05 am)

    Rude! Based on some of the posters here, you’d think free enterprise is an unwelcome option in our fair part of the world. Puh-leeze. Just as we support dozens of competing coffee shops, hair salons, nail salons, restaurants and heck, even gas stations, so too can we afford to WELCOME a nice, new wine shop.

    My guess is some of you are over zealous supporters of WS Wine Cellars and are already well into your second bottle of Cabernet tonight. Lighten up, folks.

    Welcome aboard, Bin 41, and good luck to you.


  • Dennis March 17, 2010 (12:05 am)

    I am very excited that we have a new wine shop here in W.Seattle. I stopped by the shop today to congratulate and visit with Jon and his wife T. and celebrate with them their new venture. I hope W.Seattle will support my friend’s new small business instead of QFC/Kroger or Safeway. I read in Wine Business Monthly that only 8% of Americans consume 80% of the wine that is sold and Soda Pop is the #1 drink that America consumes with dinner. Mainstream America hasn’t discovered wine yet! It’s a natural, heathful beverage that enhances the dining experience. There is no time like the present to begin drinking and learning about wine while the wine industry is focused on providing consumers with affordable wines in the sweet spot ($10-$15) I hope that Bin 41 will encourage the formation of some local tasting groups. Jon told me he is excited about partnering with Fresh Bistro to pair food with wine tastings! I am certain that Jon & T. will provide something very different from the other shop, deli and grocery stores and bring an awareness of wine to West Seattle that currently doesn’t exist.

  • sun*e March 17, 2010 (8:15 am)

    I think they’re a nice addition to our Junction and am looking forward to visiting them soon. It makes more sense to have them here than a “Hello Kitty” store! Welcome Bin 41! :)

    • WSB March 17, 2010 (8:59 am)

      I almost forgot about Georgia Blu’s predecessor in that space!

  • Eliza March 17, 2010 (10:46 am)

    I am super excited! Welcome to the junction and to West Seattle, à votre santé!

  • S.kathy March 17, 2010 (11:31 am)

    Another wine shop is o.k. i guess…(don’t like the name at ALL) but oh well!

  • Donna Ryan Photography March 17, 2010 (12:28 pm)

    Welcome and all the best!!!

  • Linda March 17, 2010 (1:33 pm)

    Popped in this morning with a friend visiting from Columbia City. Super cool space and very friendly and knowledgeable proprietress T. Looking forward to attending a tasting.

    Welcome to the ‘hood and the best of luck to you!

  • Wine buff March 17, 2010 (5:37 pm)

    I like the idea of a good wine shop at the junction but I am so tired of wine shops that just specialize in Washington wine. I hope they konw more then just Walla Walla. Good luck it is a cut throat business. I wonder what Bear would think?

  • alywest March 18, 2010 (3:07 pm)

    I know they are new but I just went in there at 230 3/18/10, I was not greeted nor acknowleged. There was one other woman being helped and the owner didn’t even say “HI” and “I’ll be with you in a minute” Nothing. I did ask if they had any wine from Chile and received no reply. I was not impressed. First impressions last a while.

  • Bridgett March 19, 2010 (6:31 pm)

    Hi, all! Let me say that there are very few pleasant aspects of having the title “Bear’s widow,” but one of the genuine honors that comes with the territory is to try to reflect what I believe my husband stood for. I can say without reservation that he was deeply humbled by and sincerely appreciated the phenomenal loyalty of West Seattle Cellars’ customers. He never took that for granted, and I assure you that Tom and Jan and I will do our very best to carry on that noble tradition of earning your loyalty every day. Bear also believed that there was no such thing as too many opportunities to learn about good wine! He not only knew about T and John’s plans to open a shop, but he helped them plan for success with Bin 41. They were friends of his, and they remain friends of all of us at West Seattle Cellars. We will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of West Seattle Cellars in just a couple of weeks’ time – wow! How the world has changed since then in terms of fabulous wine! West Seattle Cellars will be collaborating with Bin 41 to bring our community an excellent selection of wine – we’ll let you know about
    events through our website at wscellars.com. Please join us in wishing John and T the best! Cheers, Bridgett

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