BIZNOTES: Thunder Road Guitars move update, why new Junction Starbucks is seeking a liquor license, and more

Four West Seattle biznotes this afternoon:

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS SETS THE DATE: Last month, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) announced its plan to move to 4736 California SW in The Junction. Today, Michael shared that photo of the signage being painted on the new storefront, and TRG proprietor Frank Gross confirms they now have the moving schedule:

We will be open at our current location (3916 California) through this Saturday. We will be closed next Monday – Friday as we will be moving and we will be open for business at the new location on Saturday, June 27th, at 10 am. Also, our hours will change slightly. Our new hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, and closed Monday.

The storefront became available when The Sneakery decided to consolidate back into its original Ballard location. Even before then, TRG had put out the call for help finding bigger digs.

STARBOOZE? Several people pointed out the liquor-license application posted at Junction 47, where, as we’ve reported, Starbucks is opening a shop. Company spokesperson Haley Nieman answered our inquiry by saying, “The liquor license application is the first of many steps we take in considering if the Starbucks Evenings menu is the right fit for any market, including West Seattle. We’re so excited that the Junction store is being considered for the Starbucks Evenings menu, though we don’t have any details to share on when that may happen. If you’re not familiar, the Starbucks Evenings program offers customers a new occasion to gather with each other over an expanded menu of shareable, warm and savory small plates that are paired with our coffee, tea and a selection of craft beer and wines.” Here’s where the company does that now.

IAN FITNESS EXPANDING TO WEST SEATTLE: Noticed activity at the former Morgan Junction Crossfit at California/Juneau? Following the weblink on a banner hung outside the building, we discovered it will be home to the fifth location of Ian Fitness, which offers boot camps in Magnolia, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Laurelhurst.

THE GENERAL STORE SEATTLE’S FATHER’S DAY EVENT: Claire E. Jones of The General Store Seattle (3400 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor) is giving away a Father’s Day T-shirt to the 10th customer this weekend (the counter starts ticking both in the store and online 10 am Saturday). Never been? Stop by!

12 Replies to "BIZNOTES: Thunder Road Guitars move update, why new Junction Starbucks is seeking a liquor license, and more"

  • WS Hipster June 18, 2015 (5:24 pm)

    Starbucks selling booze, nice. If they can’t get you addicted to their mediocre caffeinated drinks, they will assist you with your alcoholism.


    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they eventually start selling pot.

  • Moe June 18, 2015 (5:55 pm)

    Coffee AND booze! I’m in!

  • bree June 18, 2015 (8:13 pm)

    They may lose our business as we seek places to take family that does not sell alcohol. Suspect won’t be in all the Starbucks though???

  • Jon Wright June 18, 2015 (9:12 pm)

    I think the movie Idiocracy had the best potential niche for Starbucks! ;)

  • John June 18, 2015 (9:22 pm)

    Awesome news about Thunder Road Guitars! I can hardly wait to check them out in their new, roomier, location!

  • Chris W June 18, 2015 (9:24 pm)

    Bree, I work by a Starbucks with an evening menu and liquor license. It just means they sell wine & truffle Mac and cheese after 5pm. I’ve never been in after 3pm, so I’ve unfortunately never seen a drop of alcohol.

  • West Seattle since 1979 June 18, 2015 (10:15 pm)

    Bree, in the article they said they consider various things when deciding to make a particular Starbucks a “Starbucks Evening” store. They didn’t say they’d sell wine at every Starbucks. If you Google Starbucks Evenings, you’ll see it’s only in “select locations”. So you can still take your kids to the many other Starbucks around here!

  • lvbebe June 19, 2015 (5:57 am)

    Great news about Thunder Road! Starbucks also, it is nice to have a place to grab a bite to eat and a glass of wine with a friend somewhere that isn’t a bar/larger restaurant.

  • Lori June 19, 2015 (8:05 am)

    Any inklings about what may be taking Thunder Road’s current spot?

  • Mickymse June 19, 2015 (8:42 am)

    Yes! Evening menu at Starbucks. I like it at the Olive Way store on Capitol Hill. Great space to have a meeting in or meet up with friends where someone’s a little hungry and other folks want different types of drinks for relaxing.

  • Tracy Cilona June 19, 2015 (12:57 pm)

    Welcome to the Junction boys! Yay!

  • heather June 20, 2015 (7:39 am)

    I really like the signage at Thunder Road Guitars. It looks kinda great!

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