Biznotes: West Seattle Fabric Company ‘streamlining’; new Smallclothes owner; Beni Hoshi followup; Zippy’s tribute

Four local-business notes to share tonight:

WEST SEATTLE FABRIC COMPANY STREAMLINES: North of Morgan Junction, you might have noticed the former Stitch and Sew Studio location at 5910 California SW has a “for lease” sign in the window. After 14 months, proprietor Monica Skov tells WSB she has decided to streamline and host classes out of their ongoing flagship retail location, West Seattle Fabric Company in The Admiral District. Monica tells WSB, “The Stitch & Sew Studio was a great experience for us to know exactly what our customers want – and simple, small, ‘learn to sew’ classes are what are needed.” So that’s what they will be offering, out of WSFC from now on, at 2210 California SW.

NEW OWNER FOR SMALLCLOTHES: The children’s store smallclothes at 3215 California SW has a new owner, Anne Thompson, who invites you to stop in and say hi. If you haven’t been there before, Anne says smallclothes is known best for “very well maintained, brand name, used clothing” for kids. She is a mom of two daughters and was looking to return to work outside the home after four years “when this opportunity came across my lap … I just couldn’t pass up the chance to own my own business.” She says smallclothes is now open on Sundays and while it’s under new ownership, its popular staffers are still there, and she’s added an additional staffer to help with logistics.

BENI HOSHI FOLLOWUP: We first noted in Monday night’s business roundup that Beni Hoshi Teriyaki by the 35th/Fauntleroy bridge entrance had suddenly gone out of business and removed its signs. We have since checked with the property owner, Seattle City Light, whose spokesperson Tyson Lin says the building was leased by the owner of a prior business and subleased to Beni Hoshi, so SCL has no direct knowledge of what happened. He also says the 2011 mention of studying the site for low-income housing development didn’t go anywhere: “(The site) was considered, but in the end was not included as an opportunity for this purpose.” So we still don’t know what happened and what’s next for the building.

ZIPPY’S TRIBUTE/BENEFIT: While writing this roundup, we noticed the following, posted on Facebook by Zippy’s Giant Burgers:

Our special burger (not really a burger in the traditional sense) for the month will be the pork tenderloin. This special is to honor Rahel’s father, who passed away over the weekend. He was an Iowa boy and the pork tenderloin sandwich is an Iowa favorite. On a trip to Wapello Iowa last spring we met with the local butcher and he gave us the lowdown on how to make this deep-fried treat. Simple and tasty.

*pounded out and tenderized piece of center cut pork loin. marinated in seasoned buttermilk over night. coated in cracker crumbs (we were directed to make our own cracker crumbs using regular old saltines)
*deep fried.
*served up on a bun simply dressed with yellow mustard, pickles and lettuce.
$8 – one dollar from each sandwich sold will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.

Zippy’s is at 9614 14th SW.

6 Replies to "Biznotes: West Seattle Fabric Company 'streamlining'; new Smallclothes owner; Beni Hoshi followup; Zippy's tribute"

  • miws January 9, 2014 (5:55 am)

    Condolences to Rahel, Blaine, and family….



  • coffee January 9, 2014 (8:14 am)

    Being from Iowa I cannot wait to go in and have one! And sorry to hear on the Sewing Studio. I thought that was the best idea!

  • TT January 9, 2014 (8:33 am)

    Though in good news west seattle is finally free of the worst teriyaki on the west coast. Three cheers.

  • wetone January 9, 2014 (9:28 am)

    Would be interesting to hear more about the City Light lease involving the Beni Hoshi Teriyaki property. What the City receives for rent and who is on that lease along with how much they re-rented it for. hmm

  • Ms. Picky January 9, 2014 (10:34 am)

    Rahel and family: My condolences. I will be in for the sandwich; that is exactly how my Illinois-born mother made it. Reading that the crumbs should be created from saltines brought tears to my eyes-and some proof to show Señor Picky what the “correct” way to make a pork tenderloin sandwich is!

  • Joah January 9, 2014 (7:01 pm)

    Sad to see Beni Hoshi go. My family and I would semi-frequently get take out from there. Might not be the best teriyaki, but it was good comfort food for me.

    That said, with all of the developments on Avalon and the loss of The Bridge, that is a great location for something new. Here’s hoping it doesn’t just stay derelict for years!

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