West Seattle businesses: Redline WS owner ailing; Young At Art closes

Two West Seattle business updates.

REDLINE WS OWNER AILING: Just half a year after Redline WS opened at 35th/Avalon, it hasn’t expanded operations as much as envisioned, and Kris Quigley, a friend of owner Mike Bauer, e-mailed to explain that Mike’s been ill and to share a crowdfunding link in addition to a request for support in general:

First of all, Mike would like to thank everyone who has supported RedlineWS and his dream of a neighborhood sports bar that everyone can enjoy.

I would really like to let everyone know of Mike’s condition and the reasons why his true vision of an amazing sports bar didn’t quite come together as he had envisioned. His ongoing illness has really impacted his ability to manage and operate the restaurant and has left Mike with an underfunded new business and mounting bills associated with medical bills etc. With continued support we would love to see Mike get the medical attention he needs to get his health back and see the sports bar grow into a West Seattle staple restaurant that everyone can enjoy for years to come.

As explained on the GoFundMe page, “Mike is suffering from a debilitating illness that has attacked his nervous system, making tasks as simple as walking impossible.” The diagnosis remains a mystery. However, Redline IS open, Kris says – “Lack of funding didn’t allow for keeping the coffee shop open in the early morning at 5 am as we intended. So for now the restaurant opens at 11 am and is open till 9 pm for under 21 and open till 2 am for over 21. We have a strong trivia night Wednesdays, a newly put-together family-friendly karaoke on Tuesdays till 9pm, and Thursdays Free Poker is starting” and even just going there would be welcome support, Kris says: “Give the bar a chance knowing the obstacles Mike faced to open it and understand that it is still truly a work in progress.”

YOUNG AT ART CLOSED: Just shy of two years ago, the art classes/studio business Young At Art had to leave its Junction location, as did all the businesses at 42nd/Alaska/California, because of the then-impending Equity Residential development (although demolition ultimately did not start for months). YAA found a new home at Fauntleroy/Raymond. But now, it’s closed, according to both a sign outside and a note on Facebook from owner Theresa:

The time over the last 3 years has been nothing short of magical to me and my children. I am in great hopes that the idea of freestyle art and getting downright messy, covered in paint up to your chin in recycle projects, has made its way into your children’s lives, your homes and hearts, as much as the time I have spent with your children has made an impression on my life that I can never forget. The studio is now in the process of closing up…maybe not forever.. but for now it’s time to say thank you and have a great summer. Enjoy your children and all the amazing creative wild adventures you have with them.

The message outside the studio also wishes everyone a great summer. (Thanks to all the readers who e-mailed to ask/tip us about this closure.)

9 Replies to "West Seattle businesses: Redline WS owner ailing; Young At Art closes"

  • Westside June 13, 2014 (10:38 am)

    I LOVE YOUNG AT ART. I hope everything is OK with Theresa, and I also hope that she can reopen the studio at some point.

  • Jason June 13, 2014 (11:51 am)

    Theresa is a beautiful angel! I hope Young at Art can be brought back, maybe as some kind of non-profit?

  • Kim June 13, 2014 (12:43 pm)

    My heart breaks for Mike and his struggles. I hope his health improves and the business can succeed!

  • ACG June 13, 2014 (1:14 pm)

    Oh, so sad about Young At Art. We loved that place. Thank you, Theresa for creating such a wonderful space. We will miss you.

  • SS June 13, 2014 (1:37 pm)

    We will miss Young at Art–the best birthday parties ever! There’s nowhere else kids are allowed, and even encouraged, to just throw paint on the walls and see what happens. I hope you can open again.

  • MD June 13, 2014 (2:19 pm)

    Nooooooooo! I LOVED Young at Art and so looked forward to going there with my kids over the summer. I had hoped the the opening of Fairmount Park elementary next year would mean a great after school arts program/child care opportunity for the kids at FP and a boost for Young at Art. Theresa is so warm, generous, and amazing. I really, really hope Young at Art will come back. If not, it will be sorely missed.

  • CM June 13, 2014 (3:55 pm)

    So sad to see Young at Art is close! Theresa is wonderful and we have had great fun at both locations. I hope this is just a temporary closure.

  • Keri June 14, 2014 (12:33 am)

    Theresa, you are a rock star and you and Andrea and your girls are such a good positive influence in our community and I’m so happy that Young @ Art was there for my wild, imaginative headstrong girl. I’m sorry to see that you are closing.

  • Theresa June 14, 2014 (9:31 am)

    Thank you so much everyone for the kind words about studio. You are all on my mind right now as closing the studio was not something I wanted to do. If given the opportunity I would open it back up in a heartbeat. I will be continuing my work at the schools for now and yes plan on seeing me at fairmont too when it opens up;) you never know where I may pop up around west Seattle.

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