West Seattle, Washington
ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT REPORT: Another restaurant closure in the West Seattle Junction: Thanks to Kim for the tip that a note on the door of Taqueria Guaymas (4719 California SW) announced it’s closing December 12th. We confirmed it today. While those at the restaurant had nothing more to tell us, Kim’s partner was told they were given two weeks’ notice to clear out. We had noticed the building listed for sale a while back, and King County Assessor records show it has a new owner, an Auburn LLC that closed the purchase just last week for $1,650.000.
The purchase involved just the 3,100-square-foot building that houses the restaurant – and various cross-references led us to the discovery that the new owner appears to be the company that owns the Maharaja Cuisine of India restaurant less than a block away (which is a tenant there, not that building’s owner), so we’ll be following up both with them and with the Tacos Guaymas regional mini-chain that the West Seattle restaurant is part of.
ADDED: A further check of nearby records shows the same company, Virk Brothers Properties LLC, bought another building on the block – the one holding Pharmaca, Bin 41, and Flying Apron – in August of this year for $2.7 million.
SUNDAY UPDATE: A text reply from a Guaymas rep: “We do hope to be able to find a new lease nearby. But it is correct (we) were Informed a few days ago we would need to vacate by the 12th. We hope to set up a Go Fund Me account for our employees who we informed the same day of the need to close.”
TUESDAY NIGHT: Here’s the GoFundMe link.
Just got two updates on a vaccination clinic planned in West Seattle tomorrow (Sunday, November 28th), originally for 5-to-11-year-olds, with a special “disability-friendly” focus.
-Appointments are available for all 5-to-11-year-olds, 8:30 am-1:30 pm – go here.
-Walk-up adult boosters will be available those same hours, Pfizer or Moderna, 18+. Just show up.
The photo and report are from Simon:
Woke up this morning to see the beautiful portrait of Angela Davis done by Desmond Hansen [at 30th/Barton] papered over with Patriot Front-branded “Better Dead than Red” poster. Talked with our neighbor who commissioned the piece and he is going to make a police report. We are notifying Desmond as well.
We checked back with Simon, who reports, “It’s been cleaned off. Thankfully the poster was still wet and my neighbor was able to remove it with soapy water without damaging the art.”
If this looks familiar, it’s the same thing, attributed to the same group, that appeared on flyers placed in plastic bags with small rocks and strewn in West Seattle neighborhoods almost three years ago, sparking an SPD investigation. The Anti-Defamation League‘s annual report on white-supremacist propaganda nationwide says this group is by far the most prolific.
Want to buy something truly small on Small Business Saturday?
Try that tiny Bluetooth-enabled device from Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), Click! is open until 6 tonight, with a 30-percent-off rack, special holiday items, puzzles, art, jewelry, apparel, and their usual wide selection of housewares, including some new bowls you can use for salads, soups, etc.
Click! is one of those stores with a surprise around every corner.
Some shops have special guests for Small Business Saturday – among them, Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW, open today until 5 pm):
Lovely & Dapper Desserts, known for their “tin-can cakes,” is in the house at Seattle Yarn this afternoon, among other pop-ups. You’ll find tiny treasures there too:
See other Small Business Saturday spotlights in today’s preview list – and remember your local independent businesses have something for you all your long, not just this one day.
When we reported on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas lingering in the area a month ago, the Port of Seattle told us it would be back. And today, it is (thanks for the tips), anchored at what’s known as Yukon Harbor, off Manchester, north of Blake Island. After the Alaska cruising season, it was originally scheduled to cruise Australia this winter, but the pandemic canceled that. The port told us it’s scheduled to spend some time in December docked at Pier 66 downtown. The ship isn’t currently scheduled for anything before the next Alaska cruising season opens in May.
Among the West Seattle holiday traditions returning this year after pandemic hiatus, The Junction’s having a tree lighting again this year. In case you haven’t already seen this in our Holiday Guide or on The Junction’s website, we’re publishing a reminder now that it’s just one week away. One block of SW Alaska will be closed between California and 42nd for a Night Market with local vendors and Santa Claus, 4-7 pm Saturday, December 4th, plus entertainment onstage in Junction Plaza Park, culminating in the tree lighting at 6 pm, emceed by “Elvis”! (WSB is media sponsor for Hometown Holidays. See you there!)
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
As we often say, EVERY day should be Small Business Day – support your local independent businesses wherever and whenever you can. But for today, here are some of the extra events going on to draw you in:
Open today 10 am-5 pm, “15% off most guitars and amplifiers, 15% off all pedals and free local delivery (West Seattle).” Sale is online, too.
Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor): Family-friendly outdoor pop-up outdoor art market – Art Under $100, Art Sale 20%-60% Off, Crafts • Gifts • Prints •Cards • Jewelry. Complimentary hot cider and cookies. Ornament decorating. Noon-5 pm.
Wyatt’s Jewelers: “Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village will be having a sale on their website from November 27th through November 29th. Enjoy 15% off when you spend $150+ and free shipping on orders over $200. Use code “JEWEL15” when you check out at wyattsjewelers.com.”
Emerald Water Anglers: Throughout November, Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) is “donating 5% of all our November sales to the Wild Steelhead Coalition in support of their advocacy work. Any purchase of $250 receives a free WSC hat. It’s a great time to get a little holiday shopping done and help a great cause while you are doing it. Because it’s now or never for wild steelhead.” (4502 42nd SW)
Mode Music Studios (3803 Delridge Way SW; WSB sponsor) – Through Monday night, save up to $70 with free registration plus 10 percent off private lessons and classes.
Seattle E-Bike: Sale! Seattle E-Bike (WSB sponsor) – 10% off all bikes in stock, 20% off all accessories in stock, and 25% all accessories with purchase of a bike! (4517 California SW)
Brocante Beach House: “Please stop by the Brocante Beach House today for Shop Small/Shop Local day! We are stocked with holiday items, vintage treasures, gifts and much more! Special store hours on 11/27 from 11-6! We will have refreshments, a raffle (one raffle ticket per customer per purchase) and lots of holiday spirit! Come join the fun down on Alki Beach!” (2622 Alki SW)
(added) Youngstown Coffee at Doll Parks Collective (California/Oregon) – “Youngstown is at Doll Parts Collective from 10am to 1pm in the Alaska Junction with free coffee, hot cocoa and quiche samples. They’re selling Tres Lecheria cakes and bagged beans.”
Junction gift wrapping – 11 am – 2 pm, get what you buy in The Junction wrapped in The Junction, at Junction Windermere (4526 California SW).
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: Online bidding continues with fun themed gift packages available, all raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank in this virtual version of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s annual fundraiser fair – go here to browse and bid.
KIWANIS ONLINE AUCTION: Help the service club help local kids by bidding on items including local gift cards. Browse and bid by going here.
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE ART MARKET AND HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: Native artists and crafters are selling their creations at the Longhouse, 10 am-5 pm today and Sunday:
Parking: the Longhouse parking lot is reserved for elders and disabled. The adjacent north lot is reserved for vendors and customers. Additional parking at the SPU (Seattle Public Utilities) for customers is across the street. Parking attendants and crosswalk guides will be on hand to guide you. Enjoy soup and fry bread by Cecile Hansen.
Here’s our Day 1 coverage. (4705 West Marginal Way SW)
CHRISTMAS SHIP: The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship has two more West Seattle stops tonight: Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor) at 5:35 pm, Alki Beach Park (60th/Alki) at 8:35 pm. The Dickens Carolers will be on board to serenade those watching from land and sea. (Here’s our Night 1 coverage.)
POP-UP ART FAIR: Before the Christmas Ship’s arrival, browse and buy art, enjoy music, sip cocoa at Alki Bathhouse (60th SW/Alki SW) 4-8 pm – more here.