FOLLOWUP: Signs go up at ex-Village Woodworks space in West Seattle Junction

After Village Woodworks closed at 4538 California SW in The Junction three and a half months ago, the property owners told us they hadn’t decided what to do with the space – whether to find a new tenant or pursue redevelopment. Signs that just went up reveal their decision: The 5,426-square-foot space is available for lease. The listing is short on verbiage, simply noting the building’s location on “the premier retail corridor in West Seattle.” Village Woodworks had been there for 25 years. That side of the 4500 block of California SW has several other spaces in transition, including the Campbell Building‘s for-sale listing (asking price has since dropped from $6 million to $5 million) and the about-to-start-demolition project at the former Lee’s/Kamei/Naked Crepe spaces.

31 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Signs go up at ex-Village Woodworks space in West Seattle Junction"

  • Derek May 17, 2022 (10:34 am)

    Night club or music venue pleeeease. West Seattle needs more night life beyond some bars.

    • Dina May 17, 2022 (10:59 pm)

      On behalf of the residence living behind this space: There needs to be a place for night life that won’t disturb the residence at 2 in the morning.

      • Erithan May 18, 2022 (1:27 am)

        Agreed! It’s noisy enough as… The concerts at easy street are even rough and they’re a little further. Plus the fighting and screaming that happens every night among other noise issues. ><

  • helpermonkey May 17, 2022 (11:21 am)

    Bring back the Rocksport! 

    • rob May 17, 2022 (12:46 pm)

      A Wendys would be nice…

      • Jason May 17, 2022 (12:59 pm)

        Garbage fast food produced by a mega corporation? No thanks.

      • John McAlpine May 17, 2022 (1:02 pm)

        Maybe a Hollywood Video?

    • 22blades May 18, 2022 (4:35 am)

      The Rocksport! That’s hilarious. I played a night there in a band in the 90’s!!!

  • Genesee Five Points May 17, 2022 (12:30 pm)

    Pizza place please.

  • Brian Feusagach May 17, 2022 (1:12 pm)

    Another pizza joint, please!! Just kidding …..  :)  This space was retail in the past (sporting goods, then appliance store, the Village Woodworks), so that my be where it ends up again. But with the increased online shopping, I suspect there will be something more innovative as mentioned above. 

  • Sasha Karn May 17, 2022 (1:15 pm)

    I’d love to put a home theater store in this location. That would be cool.

  • Mr j May 17, 2022 (1:17 pm)

    With such a huge footprint it would be nice to see this gutted out and maybe turned into a space with multiple businesses or even better a space for small business that can’t afford brick & mortar to lease space to sell. Could be a huge hit with farmers markets, street events, holidays and weekends.

    • 22blades May 18, 2022 (4:43 am)

      The Melrose Market on Capitol Hill was built in an adaptive reuse fashion preserving the original structure aesthetics with the required upgrades. A number of small vendors anchored by Rain City Meats & Homegrown. A real nice project that does it’s part in preserving the neighborhood. Save the facades.  

  • NW Spartan May 17, 2022 (1:41 pm)

    Yes!! Best idea I’ve seen on the blog.

  • Thd3 May 17, 2022 (2:07 pm)

    What about a space that has rotating local West Seattle Etsy vendors who are web based but with this collective get to sign up for spots and showcase their talents –  each time you go it’s a different group of vendors and items. What a cool way to increase their online business, share their talents and their stories and get real time feedback. Each vendor pays for their space on specific days and gives a percentage of their sales towards the overall rent/costs. I’m sure there’s plenty of reasons this hasn’t happened but love the concept! 

  • WS Taxpayer May 17, 2022 (2:15 pm)

    DEREK – Check out the Skylark!  

  • Crystal May 17, 2022 (2:30 pm)

    please an arts & craft store with fabric related items would be grand in the space

  • Grace Salamanca May 17, 2022 (3:59 pm)

    Live music & 24 HR dinerA place that WS School of Rock kids can perform

  • Boinsted May 17, 2022 (4:53 pm)

    This reminds me – what’s up with the “Husky Deli” development project, to turn the Sleepers space into a high-rise with retail? 

    • WSB May 17, 2022 (5:39 pm)

      We talked to Jack Miller earlier this spring, briefly, and he expects they’ll rev it back up “next year.”

  • Villagegreen May 17, 2022 (6:19 pm)

    Music venue please!

  • Just Ed said: May 17, 2022 (6:34 pm)

    Along a similar brainstorm as Mrj and Thd3’s ideas:
    An artist’s co-op for local artist’s to display creations for sale in individual spaces. Like a little village of small, independent shops with space rental. No more hair or nail salons, please.

  • R2 May 17, 2022 (6:55 pm)

    We could really use an Asian grocery market. Something like H-Mart, M2M, or Uwajimaya. 

    • Morgan May 17, 2022 (8:08 pm)

      Definitely.west Seattle Chamber of Commerce read this blog?

    • Auntie May 17, 2022 (10:14 pm)

      K for W market in White Center at 16th Ave SW & SW 100th is a great market.

      • Maria May 18, 2022 (8:54 am)

        Agreed, and with a deli or food court. K For W is a fine asian market with parking, but most folks don’t know it exist because it looks like a dive. I’m always worried that it won’t survive.

      • R2 May 22, 2022 (8:26 am)

        That is where I have been going for years, but I would love to have something right here in West Seattle. 

  • Mibo May 17, 2022 (8:37 pm)

    Donut shop please!! Or bagels

    • Just Ed said: May 19, 2022 (7:38 pm)

      Oh! Einstein Bros. Bagels. Yes, please.

  • Joe Z May 18, 2022 (10:53 am)

    Most of the Junction is just property owners sitting on real estate investments. Some of the businesses are not even open during the farmer’s market, which is the one time that the area has significant foot traffic. The rest of the time it’s just another street full of cars like the rest of Seattle. There are no protected bike lanes leading to the Junction  and California has proven to be a deadly street for pedestrians. 

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