West Seattle biznotes: From demolition, to moving, to changes, to new yoga studio

Six West Seattle business notes to share this evening (and more in the works!) …

(Photo by Deanie Schwarz for WSB)
SOUTH DELRIDGE DEMOLITION: The former Circle K/gas-station property at 9061 Delridge Way (map), idle for several years, is undergoing digging/demolition work; the gas tanks will be taken out this Thursday, reports WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz, who spoke with the crew, apparently in preparation for potential sale. (County records show Circle K still owns the site.)

ON SAFARI MOVES ON: We’ve received a few notes from people who’ve noticed that catering company On Safari Foods has cleared out of its longtime kitchen location on 35th just south of Henderson. Our inquiry to its owner hasn’t been answered yet, but according to On Safari’s Facebook page, it’s just moved to a new HQ on 3rd Avenue South in SODO. That makes it the second catering company, after Herban Feast, to move to SODO from WS. (More on the former HF location later in this roundup … ) UPDATE: Minutes after we published this, On Safari’s Teresa Carew replied:

There were a few reasons for our move: we had outgrown our space, as our Google account and general business expanded; we also felt that for the sake of our customers and our business, we had to move before Hwy 99 came down.

I have been searching for a kitchen for a couple of years now, and this one became available. It is the old Organics to Go kitchen. We have moved from 2200 sq. ft. to 5000 sq. ft! Our cooks are in heaven.

At On Safari Foods, our main focus is on creating the type of experience that makes our customers come back time and time again. Our food is lovingly prepared, with fine, fresh, all natural and wherever possible, organic ingredients.

We are going to miss our old location. I really wanted to put a lovely gastro-pub in our location, but do not have the means to do so at the moment – there is not much in the way of a cool neighborhood pub in that area – any investors around?

May I brag on behalf of all our fabulous cooks? Every year Google does a survey of all its cafes to determine how the employees find their cafe operators. There are about 85 Google cafes around the world. Our cafe in Fremont ranked among the top four in the world for satisfaction with quality of food and service!

BIRD ON A WIRE CHANGE: On Safari’s now-former location included the original home of Bird on a Wire Espresso, whose Westwood location is currently around the corner on SW Henderson. Bird’s latest e-mail newsletter notes that they plan to cease beer/wine sales at that location, to focus on coffee. They also have a new initiative at the new-ish 2nd location in Admiral (2604 California SW) – “Bring a same-day receipt from any Admiral business and get a free sweet (with coffee purchase)!”

MEANDER’S: The cozy eatery that opened in the ex-Jade West space last month (6032 California SW) has received rave reviews and is starting to add lunch items, as well as looking at expanding into adjacent space – here’s the latest from its proprietor Miranda Krone.

COASTAL TO REOPEN: After closing for a winter hiatus, the boutique Coastal on Alki is reopening this weekend, first for weekend-only hours, then fulltime starting in April.

SPIRA POWER YOGA ON THE WAY: The former Herban Feast location across from Admiral Theater has a new tenant on the way – Spira Power Yoga. After a WSB’er noticed a sign in the empty storefront and pointed us to this website, we contacted proprietor Dora Gyarmati for more information. She tells WSB she’s hoping to open May 15th, and explains why she chose West Seattle for her studio:

I love the energy in West Seattle. It has a very loving, relaxed, vibe. Also, people tend to be very active, walking, biking. All of these make it a perfect audience for the type of yoga I will be offering. I have a lot of friends that live in West Seattle, and a lot of my students drive from West Seattle to Bellevue or downtown Seattle just to take my classes….They have been begging, it is time! West Seattle needs a Power Flow studio!

More on her new studio after the jump:

We noted that West Seattle seemed to have many yoga providers already, and Dora begged to differ, adding:

There are lot of different types of yoga out there. Each style is beautiful, but not every style works for everybody! Thank goodness, Beauty in diversity. I tried; Bikram, Hot, Hatha… never was able to stay for more that 3 classes. (These are the type of studios you currently have in West Seattle)

Once I stumbled unto Power Flow… I could not stop practicing. I used to be a research biologist, a competitive runner… I love the active, powerful, flow that this style offers. The room is hot, 90F but not crazy hot. Just hot enough that you get a good sweat. And it is a lot more physical, I stopped going to the gym. Never lift weights, all I do is yoga. I am in the best shape of my life! And I was in competitive sports all my life! A few years back I quit my corporate job, all I do is teach now. That is how much faith I have in this style of yoga!

Spira Power Yoga is different from any other studio because there is no absolute yoga practice that we will teach. Power Yoga is a broad term for everything from the traditional Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, to the creative forms of Vinyasa Flow, to classes devoted entirely to being upside and pushing yourself to your limits. There will be classes to suit all levels, and all ages! My students range from ages 12-75 years! Students at Spira won’t have the same class experience every time by practicing the same poses over and over. Every class has a level offering and will feel similar, but never the same! You will always be learning. Variety is a spice to life, and I like to give a fresh class every time, so students never feel bored!

Spira Power Yoga is my heart and Soul. I am from Hungary, I feel very much western. I love eastern knowledge. But there is no reason why eastern mindfulness cannot translate to more western teachings. Spira is breath, mind, inspiration in Latin, I am hoping to open Yoga to the West more by using music from all over the world.

As previously reported here, another new studio is in the works, Breathe Hot Yoga, planning to open at Link (WSB sponsor) in May.

8 Replies to "West Seattle biznotes: From demolition, to moving, to changes, to new yoga studio"

  • Krystal February 28, 2011 (8:16 pm)

    Dora is a wonderful instructor, I had the pleasure of taking her classes at Shakti, and I really enjoyed her energy!

  • AlkiCabCompany February 28, 2011 (8:27 pm)

    That’s awesome that Bird on a Wire is doing that deal with the receipts from other Admiral businesses. That’s a great idea! Other WS businesses should do this.

  • fiz February 28, 2011 (8:56 pm)

    We got coffee and pastries at Bird on a Wire on Sunday morning. Very good experience. Coffee was yummy, staff friendly and outgoing.
    Lots of good vibes on that corner, sparkling new ownership at Linda’s Flowers, yummy things to eat and drink next door, bikes to work off the yummy things…what more could we want?
    Oh yeah, brunch at Angelina’s three Sundays in a row…and we don’t even live in Admiral.

  • d February 28, 2011 (9:57 pm)

    Proletariat Pizza has been doing the receipt discount in WC on Monday or Tuesday? nights for awhile. Very smart.

  • Katelyn March 1, 2011 (5:37 pm)

    I could not be more excited about the addition of Power Yoga to WS! I was devoted to Shakti Vinyasa when I lived in Ballard, but have stopped doing yoga since I moved so far away from their studios.

    So happy!

  • Sallyjoe March 1, 2011 (6:28 pm)

    I couldn’t be more excited about the Circle K doing something about their building!

  • Mo Fine March 3, 2011 (1:18 pm)

    Dora is one of the best yoga instructors out there. I have tried other studios and instructors but I never feel as good after those classes as I do when I attend one of Dora’s power flow classes. She is caring, instructive, attentive and teaches a very energetic class where you can perfect poses, sweat, and over-all strengthen your body. I was doing handstands after just a few of Dora’s classes. West Seattle is lucky to have Spira Power Yoga coming its way!

  • Sheryl March 22, 2011 (11:53 am)

    Can’t wait to see what the new studio looks like. I’ve heard Dora is excellent. It’ll be my first time in yoga class around here. Just got a new yoga mat and everything!

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