BIZNOTES: West Seattle Brewing update; EcoBeauty closes

Two biznotes this morning, the first one a followup on an item from our Friday mega-roundup of food/drink notes:

WEST SEATTLE BREWING UPDATE: After its abrupt, unexplained closure some days ago, we had inquiries out, as noted in the aforementioned Friday roundup. Early this morning, we heard back from West Seattle Brewing‘s Drew Locke, who tells WSB via e-mail that it will reopen:

I am working on implementing espresso to our offerings and closed while we use the opportunity to finish employing/testing our 7BBL brew system (quintuple the production capacity we’ve employed since our inception), prepping for the addition of wine/cider & food as well, and finishing some construction elements that have gone to the wayside as I’ve had to bartend 60 hours/week over the past year.

No timeline was mentioned – we’re asking in a followup.

ECOBEAUTY SALON-SPA CLOSES: Thanks to Rick for the tip that this salon north of Morgan Junction has closed after more than 4 years; its website confirms the closure, and “For Lease” signs are already up at the 6040 California SW location. Proprietor Christina said on Facebook that she’s joining CoCo and Co. and that other stylists are “going to fabulous new salons in West Seattle.”

13 Replies to "BIZNOTES: West Seattle Brewing update; EcoBeauty closes"

  • b5 March 23, 2015 (11:42 am)

    I’m so glad WSB isn’t permanently closed! And glad they’re adding production capacity. Can’t wait to go visit again!

  • KT March 23, 2015 (12:09 pm)

    We’ll see what happens with West Seattle Brewing. Pretty odd you close abruptly without any explanation yet when contacted by the media days later you have an explanation which you could have announced/posted from the beginning.

  • Azimuth March 23, 2015 (1:19 pm)

    Precisely KT. Some simple communication with your customers goes a long way, even a sign on the door and a Facebook post. Now the brewery will have to overcome some negative perception and win back some lost customers. There’s too much competition out there to lean on customers’ good will.

  • natinstl March 23, 2015 (1:33 pm)

    It’s a shame to see some of these small businesses closing and with all the added construction putting in more store fronts the competition is going to be even worse. Not sure how a small shop can even make it here anymore.

  • Diane March 23, 2015 (2:06 pm)

    Christina is the best; please follow her to “CoCo & Co. Hair Salon” (across from SW Library); you will be lavishly cared for and your hair will be fabulous

  • kg March 23, 2015 (2:23 pm)

    If he is working 60+ hours a week I can understand how updating social media is not at the top of priorities.
    Hire a bartender so you can get back to managing imo.

  • West Seattle since 1979 March 23, 2015 (2:28 pm)

    Natinstl, don’t forget there will be more people to frequent the small businesses.

    I’m glad that West Seattle Brewery isn’t closing, but agree they should have let their customers know what was going on. Did they even say anything to the people who were there the day before they closed? They should have a sign on their door and posted to Facebook. Even if they do open again, many people won’t realize it and won’t go there.

  • Cranky Westie March 23, 2015 (2:54 pm)

    Where are you Turvo?

  • Pam Ford March 23, 2015 (5:11 pm)

    Sorry that Ecobeauty has closed. I only went there once. My husband bought me a groupon for there. The haircut was very good, but it was too expensive for me to go on a regular basis. Hate to see all these small places going under. I can only see rents going up and up and less small businesses.

  • Meh March 23, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    Is the 60 hours a week also their excuse for the sub-par product? Sorry. I tried several of their beers. Not a fan.

  • dawsonct March 23, 2015 (5:41 pm)

    Fairly certain WSB isn’t even open 60 hrs/week, so unless he’s bartending somewhere else as well, that doesn’t really even make sense.

  • Neighbor March 23, 2015 (8:30 pm)

    If we citizens really hate to see so many small businesses going under, perhaps we should prioritize our spending at these establishments and it won’t be a pity to see them go under. To say they are too expensive means you you don’t actually value them at the prices they charge for the service they offer and they should lower their prices for the clientele they serve. We all opine favorably toward small, artesian, hand-crafted things/local services, but when they charge too much we apparently take our business elsewhere. So perhaps we don’t actually value these small businesses and would rather have well-oiled corporate machines enter our neighborhood. Just sayin’

  • CoCo's Nathan March 24, 2015 (1:20 pm)

    Antonio and I are extremely pleased to welcome Christina to CoCo & Company. She brings a great dynamic and level of experience that fits very nicely in with our existing salon atmosphere. Welcome Christina to CoCo & Company!

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