“I hope you’ll come to celebrate this crazy journey with me!” That’s your invitation from Linda Sabee, proprietor of the West Seattle Junction boutique Carmilia’s, celebrating 15 years in business – a big milestone for a small business. As part of the party, tonight and tomorrow, you can shop late – until 9 pm – at Carmilia’s. Here’s how Linda tells the story of how she got started:
Fifteen years ago while roaming Summer Fest with my kids, I realized that there were many women just like me living in West Seattle longing for a chic shop. With no retail experience (I used to be a kindergarten teacher) and just a flash of an idea for a store, I shook hands with Jack Menashe and took over the former Margaret’s Apparel location. With the support of family and friends and an amazing neighborhood customer base, Carmilia’s was born on November 15, 2002, and is still alive and kicking today.
(And that’s due to persistence, and support, as noted in this story we published four years ago.) Carmilia’s is at 4528 California SW, where the party continues through Saturday – open until 9 tonight, 11 am-9 pm tomorrow (Thursday), 11 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday.