Shop small! And other things you can do on your West Seattle Saturday


(Anna’s Hummingbird with a fall-foliage backdrop, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Saturday! Here are highlights of what’s happening – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

‘SHOP SMALL’ SATURDAY! This is the day to get out and support local independent businesses – as every day should be, but this day brings an extra spotlight. You’ll find places to “shop small” in a BIG way all over West Seattle, but in The Junction alone, more than 20 businesses have something special for you today – see the list here, and here’s a printable version. Outside The Junction and doing something special too? Comment below! We’ll be out covering this big day as it happens.

BAZAAR: Alki Masonic Hall Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by Alki Court 21, 9 am-4 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)

GIFT FAIR: Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair continues 10 am-5 pm today, second of three days, at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle. Details in our calendar listing; here’s our coverage from the first day. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

ANNIVERSARY SALE: 6th anniversary sale continues at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor), with “15% off most guitars, amplifiers, and pedals.” Open 10 am-6 pm today. (4736 California SW)

(added) SMALL BIZ SATURDAY AT ALAIR: Everything is 20 percent off at gift shop Alair, proprietor Shandon Graybeal tells us. (3280 California SW)


There will be a dance concert, pancakes, raffle baskets, and a special visit from Santa! All proceeds go to support our scholarship program. Doors open at 10:30, breakfast served at 11. Tickets online at or at the door.

All welcome! (9140 California SW)

FOR THE LITTLE ONES: At Kid-Friendly Footwear @ Again and Again (WSB sponsor): “Customers enjoy 25-50% off all brand-new infant and toddler carriers including Ergo, Beco, Lilllebaby, Moby Wraps and more! 25% off iPlay waterproof cozy toddler winter coats & baby buntings. Many in-store new kids shoe & boot discounts 10 – 50% off Bogs, Keen, Hanna Andersson and more!” (4832 California SW)

(added) SMALL BIZ SATURDAY WITH BUSINESS IMPACT NW: Got a small business or thinking about starting one? Meet Business Impact NW at Sound & Fog this afternoon, 2-5 pm. (4735 40th SW)

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: Night 3 for for West Seattle Lights, light shows synched to music. 5-10 pm tonight; see the nightly schedule by going here. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank bin out front. Here’s our coverage from Friday night.
(3908 SW Charlestown)

GARY BENSON’S CHRISTMAS SHOW: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WS LINUX USERS’ GROUP, LOCATION CHANGE: Today’s meeting of the West Seattle Linux Users’ Group is at a different location – 9 am at Be’s Restaurant in The Junction. (4509 California SW)

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, consider helping with the holiday-season shortage by donating at today’s drive on the south side of Westwood Village – look for the Bloodmobile, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, closed 12:30-1:30 pm. (2600 SW Barton)

MAHONIA PROJECT WORK PARTY: 10 am-noon at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – a unique work party, explained here. (6000 16th SW)

(added) CHIEF SEALTH BASKETBALL JAMBOREE: High-school basketball season begins with the annual boys-basketball jamboree at Chief Sealth International High School and adjacent Denny International Middle School – 8 teams are participating. JV plays starting at 11 am in the Denny gym (schedule here; 2601 SW Kenyon) and varsity plays starting at noon in the Sealth gym (schedule here; 2600 SW Thistle).

(added) HEALING TREE OPEN HOUSE: “Open house at Healing Tree today. 10 therapists giving away free massage and free Reiki. BOGO on gift certificates. Caroling sing-along at 11:30 am. Champagne, hot cocoa, appetizers. Pathfinder wreaths will be for sale.” (3225 California SW)

MARKET STREET DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, “traditional jazz at its finest” – details in our calendar listing, including how to make your reservation. (7904 35th SW)

WEST END GIRLS – A DRAG EXTRAVAGANZA: Doors at 8, show at 9 at The Skylark in North Delridge. See our calendar listing for the featured performers and ticket link. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

WAR PUPPY & DYNAMITE NUGGET: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

6 Replies to "Shop small! And other things you can do on your West Seattle Saturday"

  • Katie Guenther November 25, 2017 (10:07 am)

    LuLaRoe Open House in Arbor Heights from 3pm – 5pm!

    Women’s clothing (& some children’s clothing), holiday treats, and shopping fun!

    Please email for address and more information.

  • WSlocal November 25, 2017 (8:04 pm)

    My wife and I toured the junction businesses to support our local community. I was hanging out in Jan’s Beauty Supply while my wife shopping there. Two customers back to back hit the register within 10 minutes. Both were told that by the checker that she had forgot to discount the 20% for small business day but they could redeem it with store credit. It seemed odd to me that by 3pm the checker would forget something like this back to back. Another viewpoint is it was an intentional way to ensure customers had to return. If that’s the case it’s pretty sleazy. 

    • WSB November 25, 2017 (8:10 pm)

      What did the management say when you called this to their attention? Our rules about posting business complaints is that you have to have brought it to their attention – an online post shouldn’t be the first they’d heard about the problem.

      • WSlocal November 25, 2017 (10:31 pm)

        A good policy. The second customer was my wife. She said what transpired after we had already left the store. I told her that’s exactly what happened to the customer that was at the counter before her. It’s plausible that the checker made the same error twice. I wasn’t standing there when it happened to her though and I wasn’t interested in driving back there at that point. 

  • Jeannie November 26, 2017 (1:47 am)

    Love the iridescent feathers on the h’bird! And the bird fits right in with the “small” theme.

    • WSB November 26, 2017 (7:27 am)

      Thank you for noticing. Sometimes there’s subtle synergy …

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