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The Lodge Sports Grille’s owner says West Seattle opening imminent despite ‘filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The company that’s expected to open The Lodge Sports Grille in The Junction, first announced a year and a half ago, has filed for Chapter 11, and it’s not the first such filing for its owner.

The Lodge’s current locations remain open, and Lodge owner Shawn Roten tells WSB tonight via e-mail that the year-and-a-half-in-the-works West Seattle restaurant/bar could be just one week away from opening: “The West Seattle Lodge opening date is planned for next Friday as long as the fire alarm integration can be completed and signed so we can get our final inspections! The filing of Chapter 11 tax reorganization will not affect any other part of our business. Our vendors and suppliers are all current and the filing is only meant to allow our tax debt to be structured into payment terms.”

The Chapter 11 filing by Lodge Holdings Company lists 10 DBAs including West Seattle Lodge and locations in Downtown, Kirkland, Greenwood, the Stadium area, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Sammamish, and Renton. It was first reported Wednesday by The Seattle Times, whose story says Renton is also an opening-soon location. Several WSB readers sent us the link, and we have been looking into it since then, including obtaining all the documents filed so far, via online US Bankruptcy Court files. Read More

West Seattle Christmas lights, for laughs


The first West Seattle Christmas-lights photo of the season might just be the funniest, even before we see what else is out there. The house on the right is where Dawnelle lives, toward the south end of Seola Beach Drive:

We brought all the guests outside, the neighbors too, and we did the drumroll noise and plugged it in. It was awesome fun!

This season, we would love to showcase lots of lights – send a photo of what you see, plus the location (or if you don’t have a pic, at least tell us where!) – – thanks!

SPORTS: High-school basketball jamboree Saturday at Chief Sealth IHS

High-school basketball season is about to start – and you can get a pre-season look at all three local schools’ teams tomorrow during the 16th annual Chief Sealth International High School Jamboree. CSIHS head coach Colin Slingsby just sent the schedules. Along with Sealth, West Seattle HS and Seattle Lutheran HS are among the 13 teams playing; Coach Slingsby explains, “Each team plays two 10-minute stop-clock quarters against different opponents.” The varsity schedule, starting at noon in the Chief Sealth gym (2600 SW Thistle), is here (PDF); the JV schedule, starting at 11 am in the Denny International Middle School gym next door (2601 SW Kenyon), is here (PDF). Admission is $6 adults, $4 students.

Black Friday 2016 shopping, West Seattle style!

Never mind the malls – you’ll find Black Friday sales at some independent West Seattle stores too – including these two (who are both WSB sponsors):


THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: TRG is celebrating its fifth anniversary and giving you the gifts – discounts in-store and online, all weekend: “10-15 percent off most guitars, basses, amplifiers and pedals – hundreds of fantastic items!” In our photo above, taken this morning at Thunder Road Guitars‘ Junction shop (4736 California SW), are Frank and Will. TRG is open until 6 tonight, 10 am-6 pm tomorrow, 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

MEEPLES GAMES: The big sale at Meeples Games also continues tomorrow for Shop Small Saturday. We found a line of shoppers already scoring at sale prices this morning:


It’s a 40 percent-off sale, with details on Meeples’ website – including extra discounts if you bring in donations for their food drive to help the West Seattle Food Bank. And if you’re not sure what to get your giftees – here’s a long list of suggestions – including this cute local-relevant game we photographed at Meeples even before seeing that list:


Meeples (where you’ll also find a café) is upstairs at 3727 California SW.

Coming up later – our Shop Small Saturday preview! Haven’t sent us your business’s plans yet? Not too late – – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: No holiday for thieves

Thanksgiving was just another work day for thieves, per the reader reports in the WSB inbox today:

STOLEN CAR: From Julie:

Our green 1998 Honda Civic 4 door sedan was stolen from in front of our house in the 3400 block of 41st Ave SW sometime overnight last night after the rain stopped. The pavement was dry where it had been parked. The car has a yellow “War is Terrorism” bumper sticker on the rear bumper and the car body paint is somewhat mottled. The officer who came to take our report said that the car thieves were busy last night. Our police incident number is 16-425153.

STOLEN BICYCLE: From Merrilee:

I wanted to report that my bike was stolen out of our garage last night (Delridge and Genesee). It’s a red and black Giant road bike.

If seen, we can be reached at 425-442-2485 or 206-661-3395.

CAR PROWL: “Our car was rifled through last night. 47th near Erskine. I think I left the doors unlocked. Sunglasses gone, some change and car-wash coins.”

And two pre-Thanksgiving reports:

SHOPLIFTER: Dave at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) wants to make sure other merchants are on the lookout for this person caught on camera in a shoplifted jacket:

He says, “This dude is always around The Junction looking very suspicious in many of our stores. He lifted this jacket from us.”

STOLEN FROM WHILE MOVING: From Leah, who says this happened Sunday night:

I moved from the Admiral area to the Fauntleroy area recently. While our truck was parked by our building while we carried things in (door closed), an antique toy chest and a box of books were stolen. All was pretty sentimental and really not worth all that much to anyone but us 😞 But I digress; please watch your trucks closely and lock every time you take a trip up if you are moving in or out.

We hope crime doesn’t happen to you; if it does, report it to police – 911 if happening now or just happened – and please let us know later so your neighbors all around West Seattle will be alerted too.

West Seattle shopping and more for your post-Thanksgiving Friday

(The Brothers, photographed this morning by David Hutchinson)

Lots to do in West Seattle on your post-Thanksgiving Friday! First, from the WSB Holiday Guide:

DUWAMISH NATIVE HOLIDAY-GIFT FAIR: Until 4 pm, it’s the first of three days for the Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center, admission free, all ages:

The Duwamish Tribe invites the public to its Longhouse on Thanksgiving weekend for a Native Holiday Gift Fair. Buy directly from native artists and craftpersons. Lots of holiday spirit and a big lighted tree. Unique gifts in every price range – fine art, native crafts, regalia, cards, jewelry, T-shirts, smoked salmon, and more. Snacks: soup of day, hot chocolate, and more. Celebrate National Native American Heritage Day on Nov. 25th! Free admission and parking for shoppers.

(4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SANTA PHOTOS: First day of the season at Westwood Villagesee the days/times here. (2600 SW Barton)

HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: It’s opening day for the Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school. This year’s schedule:

*Open until 9 pm today; next two Fridays, 2 pm-9 pm
*Mondays through Thursdays 2 pm to 8 pm
*Weekends: 9 am to 9 pm
*Last day, Sunday, December 11th

Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Dakota)

MEEPLES GAMES’ SALE: Black Friday (and Shop Small Saturday) sale at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor):

We’re Having A Black Friday Sale And Collecting Non-Perishable Food For The West Seattle Food Bank! Stop in on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday to find a wide selection of games and accessories at 40%* off MSRP!

Bring non-perishable food items for the West Seattle Food Bank and receive an additional 5% off sale items or 10%** off non-sale items.

* Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts ** Discount does not apply to Cafe items

More info, including the WS Food Bank wish list, is here. (3727 California SW)

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS’ 5TH ANNIVERSARY SALE: Big sale on Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday @ Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor): “We will be offering 10-15% off most guitars, basses, amplifiers and pedals in store and online. We have hundreds of fantastic items that will be for sale, stop in or call for details! Special Hours:
Friday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.” (4736 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE YMCA BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL: No joining fees, today only, at the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) – details here. (4515 36th SW and 9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: Second night for West Seattle Lights, holiday-light show programmed to synch to music. 5-10 pm tonight. Taking donations again this year for the West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. (3908 SW Charlestown)

(Wider view of the finally-snowy Olympic Mountains, photographed by Lynn Hall)

And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘FINDING DORY’: Free family matinee at Southwest Library, 2 pm. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

INDIE ROCK, LIVE: Little Fixtures, Black Giraffe, 25 Cent Ride perform at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-Thanksgiving Friday

November 25, 2016 7:02 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning – here’s what you need to know if you’re headed out this morning:

*strong>Metro buses are on the “reduced weekday” schedule
*King County Water Taxi is out of service
*Sound Transit Route 560 is on the regular weekday schedule; Link light rail is on the Saturday schedule

The 9 am Macy’s Holiday Parade and 5 pm lighting of the store’s big star both will bring big crowds and road closures – more info in this SDOT holiday-weekend event roundup.

West Seattle Thanksgiving scene: Fishing instead of feasting


Thanks to Ann Anderson for sharing her photos from Seacrest Pier just after dusk tonight – a crowd turned out for squid fishing.


Above, locals Steven (in the orange hat) and Danny were using line, lure, and lights to catch squid off the pier, Ann reports. If you haven’t fished for squid, this state Department of Fish and Wildlife one-sheet has some background.

‘May love get us through’: Alki artist’s message

Chatara Hajje created art at Alki Beach on November 10th, “in response to the election,” and sent it to us the next day. We didn’t see it until some days later, and decided to save it for the holiday. Here are her photos, and the message she said she wanted her creation to convey:

May love get us through all that is currently happening and all that is to come. May it be enough. May it overcome fear, despair, and isolation. May it unite instead of separate. May it heal instead of sicken. May it empower, inspire, uplift, and enlighten. May it lead us through this time of darkness to a future that is bright and beautiful. May it bring opportunities and blessings we don’t yet know are possible. May it move us to live a life that is fueled by our deepest dreams. May it plant seeds of magic in the soil of our souls. May it grow abundantly. In all things. Always.


FOLLOWUP: Admiral Theater’s 2nd new auditorium now open; 3rd and 4th expected within weeks

When we reported last week on the debut of the first of four new auditoriums at West Seattle’s only moviehouse, the city-landmark Admiral Theater, management was hoping to have the second one open by Thanksgiving. So we checked – and indeed, it is open. If you’re going there today/tonight or for the rest of the holiday weekend, you have three movie options, because the theater confirms that both halves of its newly twinned Pier 1 are open, as is Pier 2, where twinning work starts next week. The second new auditorium is showing “Doctor Strange” plus an added early-evening showing of “Moana.”

According to this week’s e-mail newsletter, The Admiral hopes to have the rest of the work done by “mid-December in time for the ‘Star Wars’ (Rogue One) premiere on 12/16.” Also, if you haven’t been lately: “Restrooms have already been renovated as has repainting of the lobby and enhancement of our concessions area. Our goal has been to remain open during construction with crews beginning early each day and finishing their work by the time afternoon movies begin. We recognize that we are still somewhat of an active construction site but have been able to offer movies in a quality and professional environment. The entire project will be complete within a matter of weeks and we look forward to welcoming the community with 4 brand new state-of-the-art auditoriums and the most current digital laser projection and sound quality.”

BACKSTORY: The renovation work began two months ago – three months after a key approval from the city Landmarks Board, a year and a half after the theater’s longtime management announced “an agreement in principle” with its owner to allow the renovations, which they had warned in mid-2014 were essential to the historic moviehouse’s survival.

HAPPENING NOW: Community Thanksgiving-dinner time!

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Thanksgiving afternoon means it’s time for free community dinners. We stopped by the longest-running of them all, presented for the 18th year by the Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering division of DSquared at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Big turnout right from the start:


Volunteers and staffers are serving up a full turkey-and-sides dinner (with vegetarian options too):


And while this dinner is for everyone, in need or not, those seeking an extra helping hand are welcome to pick up some donated warm clothing in the hallway before heading on out:


The Fauntleroy dinner continues until 3 pm at 9131 California SW (south end of the historic schoolhouse). Also this afternoon, as noted in our Thanksgiving-info list and Holiday Guide, you’re welcome to free dinner at the South Park Senior Center until 2 pm (8201 10th Ave. S.) and at the West Seattle Eagles‘ aerie 2-5 pm (4426 California SW).

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Bridge trouble; Delridge/Orchard tree

11:21 AM: Thanks to everybody who’s sending tips on this Thanksgiving – our usual sources of traffic info are not at full speed today so info from the streets matters a lot. Just got a text that the eastbound bridge entrance at 35th/Fauntleroy was blocked off as of a few minutes ago. That could be related to a westbound bridge crash reported about half an hour ago. Also, a caller advises taking care toward the east end of the eastbound bridge, by the I-5 entrance, because of a protruding jersey barrier – we asked them to call 911, which is the best thing to do on a holiday or weekend *if something dangerous is in or affecting the road*. And then let us know – call or text 206-293-6302, 24/7/365.

12:45 PM: Another text – tree down on Delridge just north of Orchard (the Home Depot, etc., intersection). On our way to check.


12:59 PM: Our crew reports the tree is blocking the southbound and center lanes of Delridge by the Lam-Bow Apartments. SDOT has just arrived; police are on scene directing traffic, which is being allowed through, both ways. Close call for a car but it was spared and no one was hurt.

WEST SEATTLE THANKSGIVING 2016 INFO: Grocery stores, coffee, restaurants, workouts, transit, more

(Busy buoy in the bay, photographed by David Hutchinson)

Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping for a quiet day, but if you see/hear news, please text/call 206-293-6302. Meantime, we have gathered info we hope you will find helpful:


COFFEE SHOPS THAT ARE OPEN: 16 coffee shops open for at least part of today are listed in the Thanksgiving section atop our West Seattle Holiday Guide.

PRE-TURKEY EXERCISE : Three options, which you also will find in the Thanksgiving section atop the Holiday Guide.

The Hall at Fauntleroy
, noon-3 pm (9131 California SW)
South Park Senior Center, 1 pm-2 pm (8201 10th Ave. S.)
West Seattle Eagles, 2 pm-5 pm (4426 California SW)

WANT TO HELP OUT? Donate a dessert to The Hall at Fauntleroy’s dinner – drop it off between 10 am at noon, same address as above (south end of the historic schoolhouse).

RESTAURANTS (AND BARS WITH FOOD) THAT ARE OPEN TODAY AND/OR TONIGHT: Here’s the list; please be aware that it is a list of who told us, when we called, that they planned to be open – always subject to last-minute change without notice to us, so please let us know if you find any discrepancies – thanks!

The Admiral Theater is open this afternoon/evening – see the movies/times here (2343 California SW) … The West Seattle Lights music-synched light show starts tonight, 7-10 pm – bring food for the West Seattle Food Bank! (3908 SW Charlestown)

*Metro is on the Sunday schedule
*No Water Taxi service
*Sound Transit Route 560 is on the Sunday schedule
*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on its regular schedule
*Parking is free on city streets in neighborhoods with pay stations

*No solid-waste pickup; transfer station closed
*Most Seattle Parks facilities closed

Info for today and beyond is also in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Have a great Thanksgiving!

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: 8th season starts Thanksgiving night

(WSB photo)

Rain or shine, the show must go on, and Thanksgiving night, it will do just that at 3908 SW Charlestown, home of West Seattle Lights. We stopped by late today to say hi to Jim Winder, programming a synchronized holiday-lights-and-music show for the eighth year at his friends’ house across from the water tower. Jim was doing a bit of last-minute troubleshooting but says it’s all set to go for the first night, 7-10 pm Thursday. Again this year, West Seattle Lights invites donations to the West Seattle Food Bank (you can bring nonperishable food to drop in the bin out front, too) and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation – none of the donations go toward the show, just directly to those organizations. The WSL website hasn’t yet been updated for this year (the lights come first, and Jim does a show in Maple Valley too) but the schedule is the same one you’ll find on this page, after the special 7 pm-10 pm hours Thanksgiving night.

QUARTER-TON OF HOLIDAY GIVING: What Peel & Press gave to the West Seattle Food Bank

The West Seattle Food Bank planned to distribute at least 300 holiday-meal birds, and here’s where a big helping came from – at right is Dan Austin, proprietor of Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, where 20 percent of the proceeds one week ago resulted in 480 pounds of turkey and chicken for the WSFB (whose Judi Yazzolino is in the photo too). You too can indulge in holiday giving, all season long – we have ongoing donation drives in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.

P.S. Dan adds, “P&P will be closed for Thursday and also Friday so my team can all go head home for some family time. We will be back up and running Saturday for brunch!” (A few local restaurants will be open for at least a part-day tomorrow … our list is here.)

West Seattle development: Demolition starts at 2310 California

November 23, 2016 5:59 pm
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We’ve received multiple e-mails today noting that demolition has begun at 2310 California SW in Admiral, former site of Brickyard BBQ. In case you were wondering too – a 4-story mixed-use building is planned at the site, as reported here three weeks ago when mentioning issuance of the demolition permit. The documents for this proposal have mentioned gym, child care, and residential units; one new document describes the residential units as “condominium,” which would be unusual, as almost everything multi-family that’s been built over the past decade in West Seattle has been apartment or townhouse/rowhouse. A different proposal for the site stalled after going through Design Review in the mid-’00s; we noted in February 2014 that the site was for sale, and 10 months later, it was sold.

CRIME WATCH: Followup on package-theft arrests; two car prowls; stolen car found

In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

FOLLOWUP ON PACKAGE-THEFT SUSPECTS’ ARREST: The official report on yesterday’s incident in Westwood tells a slightly different story than what we were told in the early going. The incident was spotted by an officer “on routine patrol” along 35th SW who saw a man run toward a house with two packages on its stoop, scooping them up and running back to a car where a woman was waiting in the driver’s seat. She took off as the officer pulled up; he followed until she dead-ended in an alley and “nearly drove … down an embankment.” The officer recognized both people from “past contacts.” The man “claimed someone had told him to pick up the packages for them” but later, at the precinct, “admitted that he had stolen the packages.” The officer also wrote that the suspect “claimed that (the driver) had picked him up just minutes earlier from Westwood Village” and that they “have known each other for a few years and use drugs together.” She, meantime, claimed he had picked her up there. Police were trying to determine who owned the car. He was arrested for investigation of a drug violation; she was cited for theft, and since that is an official misdemeanor charge, we can identify her as 20-year-old Elizabeth D. Parish. The citation carried a bail amount of $1,000, and she got out of jail a short time ago. It was her fourth stay in the King County Jail this year, according to the register. The other suspect, 33, is still there, and we’re awaiting word on whether he’s having a bail hearing this afternoon.

P.S. The police-report narrative says the victim later went to the Southwest Precinct “and claimed his packages.”

(added) P.P.S., 5:36 PM: The 33-year-old suspect had a bail hearing today and was granted release on personal recognizance; the VINE alert system says he’s being processed for release right now. Probable-cause documents say he’s under investigation for a drug charge because he was found in possession of heroin and meth.

Now, the latest reader reports – both about car prowls:


Two vehicles were broken into in the garage parking lot at L.A. Fitness in West Seattle (last night) between the hours of 5:30-7:45 pm. The windows were broken and property was stolen from the cars. A blue hiking backpack containing personal belongings and information, including a passport, immigration documents, flash drives, and iPad was stolen from my car. If anyone sees or finds it dumped on the ground somewhere please contact me directly at 509.434.9355. My name is Israel Martinez. Thank you!!


I had my car window smashed last night early morning on Trenton and 31st st. All that was missing was a pack of cigarettes.

Please report even the smallest of crimes so at least the stats are accurate – that’s the request from police. After we were prowled last Friday, we filed one report for both vehicles and it took just a few minutes … here’s where to start. (And when you get to the long list of car makes, key in the first few letters of yours so it will jump ahead and you can stop scrolling.)

And one more followup:

STOLEN IN WEST SEATTLE, FOUND IN BURIEN: Jackson‘s stolen Ford Escape, reported here on Monday, turned up at 1st/160th in Burien. Jackson says one person was arrested, and, as seems to be a trend lately: “There was also another bag in the car that was not ours. It had a leather jacket and some new clothing from Macy’s in it.”

Origins Recreational: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

The first recreational cannabis store to open in West Seattle, Origins Recreational, is now in its new Junction location, and has just joined the WSB sponsor team. Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:


Origins Recreational is unique in that we pride ourselves on selecting top-quality products from farms who share the same passion and values in cannabis. Origins has spent significant time and resources in creating what we believe to be the first scientific approach to recommending the correct products based on the cannabinoid and terpene profiles. We provide consumers a loyal brand they can be confident in consuming. Origins Recreational pulled away from the pack of cannabis retailers by establishing the Origins Certified™ seal, providing buyers confidence in tested products. All products containing the Origins Certified seal have undergone phenotype terpene testing and pesticide screening. Cultivating a strong relationship with partnered gardens, Origins works with each grower individually to provide the highest quality product, assuring responsible, sustainable farming practices were used to grow it.

Located in West Seattle, our brand is all about the Pacific Northwest and showcasing the natural beauty it offers. Origins‘ local roots trace back to Better Day Gardens, a medical dispensary founded in 2011, so it is a true West Seattle original. For West Seattle locals, they no longer have to go far to purchase their flower, concentrates or edibles.

Origins clients mostly comment on our clean, comfortable environment, superior selection of artisan gardens, and educated cannabis guides. We have heard how excited West Seattle residents are that we made our move into the area. We have worked feverishly to build trust with the community and our patrons. Customers can trust that Origins has taken the extra steps to ensure they are getting the best quality and safest product at the best value.  We believe this is why new customers seek us and will return. 

Origins Recreational is at 4800 40th SW, with ample parking behind the store. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 11:30 pm. and Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm. Phone: 206-922-3954. Origins will be open Thanksgiving Day (November 24th), 10 am-5 pm.

We thank Origins Recreational for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

‘FIGHT THE FEAR’: All teens invited to West Seattle training event

November 23, 2016 1:11 pm
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From Johanna Fischer, health-center coordinator at West Seattle High School:

All teens are welcome to come to a FREE training on self defense, sexual-assault awareness and relationship-violence education, put on by FIGHT THE FEAR at West Seattle High School on Monday, December 5th from 3:30 to 6 pm in the WSHS Library. This event is OPEN and welcome to students of ALL genders and identities who are interested in learning more about these important topics. Teens under the age of 18 need to have their parent or guardian sign a permission slip in order to participate. Please call Johanna Fischer at 206-658-8048 or email at for more information.

Here’s a printable PDF of the permission slip. Again, while this is at WSHS, all teens are invited, regardless of where you go to school.

HOLIDAY GUIDE UPDATES: Who’s open on Thanksgiving; more trees; local shopping for Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday…

November 23, 2016 11:55 am
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As usual this time of year, we’re updating the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide multiple times a day as new events/info comes in. A few things to mention today:

-You’ll find Thanksgiving information toward the top of the guide, including grocery-store hours for tomorrow and lists of restaurants and coffee shops that told us they plan to be open tomorrow, as well as info on the free community meals in Fauntleroy and South Park, and pre-turkey workouts.

-Looking for an early Christmas tree? We’ve just added three more places to the list in the Holiday Guide, after noticing tree arrivals while out on errands.

-Planning on Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday shopping? The guide includes that info for some local businesses too, and more to come by day’s end. (Added: Here’s the big Junction list.)

As mentioned, we’re updating the guide frequently and appreciate hearing directly from businesses, groups, event organizers, anyone with info that belongs in it – just e-mail us the details at – thank you!

NEW WEST SEATTLE BUSINESS: Raven’s Nest West soft-opens Friday in The Junction


A Vashon Island gallery and gift shop is expanding to add a West Seattle location, just in time for holiday-shopping season. You might have seen the sign in the window at 4400 SW Alaska: Raven’s Nest West is opening this Friday. Co-proprietor Sue Shotridge shares the announcement of the business offering what she describes as “authentic high-quality Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts”:

Sue & Israel Shotridge have been partners in business for over 25 years. Israel is a Master Tlingit Artist/ Carver from Ketchikan, Alaska, Sue wears many hats, Jewelry Designer, and Sales, Marketing & Production Director for Shotridge Studios, the Shotridges’ multifaceted NWC Native Art business. The Shotridges established their flagship Raven’s Nest Native Art Gallery & Gift Shop on Vashon Island in 2010. Many of their customers have been coming over to Vashon from West Seattle and urging them to open up a Raven’s Nest in the West Seattle area.

The opportunity to create a stepping stone, a charming intimate Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts shop, was presented in early September when 4400 Alaska was completed and ready for tenants at a very busy Junction location. There was one live/work space available on the street level; the Shotridges saw this as an opportunity to extend their business to the West Seattle community to see what interest there would be in marketing NWC Native art here. If it is well-received, future plans are to find a bigger location in a prime spot.

Holiday Business Hours will include Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Hours may vary, with extended hours closer to the holiday. Check for additional info in the near future.

Ravens Nest West will offer authentic Northwest Coast Native Art & Gifts. Original Wood & Ivory carvings, Limited Edition Art Prints, Hand Engraved Jewelry, Cedar bark Basketry, Seal Fur Jewelry Accessories, Native Art Cards, Holiday Tree Ornaments, many other gift items all in Native imagery, stocking stuffers and much more. In addition to the Shotridges’ artworks created by Sue, Autumn, and Israel Shotridge, a small group of tribal Artists from around the Pacific Northwest Coast will show their artworks at Raven’s Nest West on a regular basis. Art works to be included will be carvings, cedarbark basketry, contemporary glass, deerskin drums, engraved jewelry along with ceramics depicting NWC imagery. A selection of fine apparel including scarfs, shawls and embroidered fleece along with many other native designed gift items will be available.

Sue Shotridge adds that Raven’s Nest West plans a grand opening during the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk on December 8th.

SPORTS: Congratulations to the Ultimate Frisbee division champs from Denny International Middle School,


Thanks again to everyone who has been sharing youth-sports-success stories this week – this one is from Perry:

On Saturday, Denny International Middle School defeated Washington Middle School to become the Ultimate Frisbee A Division Champions! They worked incredibly hard over the past 2 Saturdays to defeat 3 of the 4 teams that placed ahead of them in the standings.

Congratulations to coaches Joe and Branden and all the players!

WSB sports coverage is archived here, newest-to-oldest.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, & holiday changes

November 23, 2016 7:15 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:15 AM: Good morning and welcome to Thanksgiving Eve. So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle.

Info you might find useful:

TODAY: Seattle Public Schools get out one hour early today, and won’t be back in session until next Monday.

THANKSGIVING DAY TRANSPORTATION NOTES: Metro buses will be on the Sunday scheduleSound Transit Route 560 will be on a Sunday schedule too (as is Link light rail) … King County Water Taxi is out of serviceWashington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route will be on a regular schedule … Street parking will be free in areas of the city that have pay stations.