BIZNOTES: West Seattle Chamber’s new home; Straight Blast Gym’s date night; Chopstix closed?

Three biznotes this afternoon:

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

NEW HOME FOR WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: As mentioned here last month, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has been looking for a new headquarters. At today’s lunch meeting (full report to come), Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis announced one has been found, courtesy of Potter Construction (WSB sponsor). We talked to Gary Potter afterward, and he has confirmed they’ve just signed a lease – not at Potter’s HQ but not far – the Chamber will be relocating in a few weeks to the building Potter owns at 5639 California SW (which is also home to WSB sponsor Sound Yoga).

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT, VALENTINE EDITION: Want to go out (or hang out) on Valentine’s weekend while knowing your kid(s) are having a blast? Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) is offering you the chance to do just that – 6-9 pm Saturday (February 13th), SBG coaches will offer a “ton of fun – play games, watch a movie, eat some pizza – while parents get three hours to either go out and enjoy or stay in and relax.” $30/kid – call SBG ASAP to save space – 206-420-1834.

CHOPSTIX MYSTERY: We haven’t been able to reach anyone to directly confirm whether this is a permanent shutdown, but we – and a few readers who have e-mailed about this – have noticed that Chopstix hasn’t been open for some time. The hand-lettered sign on the door simply says CLOSED; the phone goes unanswered. Chopstix opened three years ago, after Pan Africa Grill spent one year at the location, following a 12-year run by the Chinese restaurant Ho-Win.

3 Replies to "BIZNOTES: West Seattle Chamber's new home; Straight Blast Gym's date night; Chopstix closed?"

  • Pat February 11, 2016 (5:14 pm)

    RE: New Chamber HDQTRs, was this the offices of Tim Law, Attorney at Law?

  • Leelee February 12, 2016 (7:22 pm)

    I live in the area around chopstix and a couple months ago they shut down for several weeks due to what they described as “foundation issues.” While walking to the bus stop in the mornings at this time I noticed numerous dead rats laying around outside for weeks. I think they had a serious infestation issue. The mini mart next door even shut down for a few days during this time, too. I’m surenim not the only one who noticed this. I’m not surprised they’ve had to shut down.

    Any idea how old the building is? And a longer history of the businesses there?

  • WSB February 13, 2016 (3:40 am)

    Pat – not sure, but that is the same address listed for that law office.

    Leelee – 1926, per King County Parcel Viewer. As for earlier businesses … looking at online archives, looks like it’s been a Chinese restaurant for a long time. The “Bite of China” was listed as opening there in 1997, where “China King” had previously been. 

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