FOLLOWUP: West Bay Coffee and Smoothies reopening Friday, two weeks after theft of power system

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Two weeks ago, we reported on the electrical meter/wiring theft that left West Bay Coffee and Smoothies (2255 Harbor Avenue SW) literally powerless. It’s been an arduous two weeks for proprietor Jennifer to get reconnected so she can reopen her small business, but they’re finally on track to reopen Friday morning (November 18). “We’ve overcome a lot of adversity these past few years, but this time there were quite a few steps to have us operational again,” she explained. Not just dealing with electricians, insurance adjusters, and City Light, but also the direct effect of the temporary shutdown:

With 2 weeks of lost revenue due to this petty theft that impacted myself, 5 employees and their families, this time it really hit us hard. I seriously contemplated to (not) even reopen due to the unwavering fact that this can happen again and nobody is held accountable. We’ve always had systems in place like surveillance cameras, a security alarm, there’s never any cash left at night, and we’ve always closed at 5 pm to avoid late-night safety concerns. We now have 2 people on morning shifts just to have support with all the morning RV activities happening at 5:30 am. These people are busy in the mornings. Usually outside cutting metal, shuffling stuff to and from, fights, and blasting the music, to name a few observations.

With all the crime and break-ins we’ve had to overcome these past few years, there’s no budget for that with a small business, it’s directly from my profit which is how I support my family. There’s small business grants on rebuilding business storefronts, which I haven’t been successful at receiving. (Any tips on that, I’d gladly appreciate it)

Overall we are the only drive-thru on Harbor Ave/Alki, which serves much of the high school population, walkers on the trail and morning commuters. It’s really put a wrench in people’s schedules and routines. I would like to thank my amazing team, and the extended support from our dedicated West Bay coffee community. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be here, so thank you for your continued love and support. We hope to see you this weekend!

Or tomorrow, starting at 6 am.

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Bay Coffee and Smoothies reopening Friday, two weeks after theft of power system"

  • Buttercup November 17, 2022 (5:42 pm)

    I wish she could move somewhere along California south of the Alaska Junction, we need a drive through desperately. I’m sure less problems here and many happy people to see you every morning

  • Karen November 17, 2022 (5:50 pm)

    So sorry, no excuse for the theft and vandalism.  Best of everything on reopening. Everyone please get out for coffee and support this wonderful local business.

  • Vee November 17, 2022 (6:03 pm)

    That’s terrible , but all the crime along harbor is from rv,s unfortunately and they are all back and worse 

  • Boinsted November 17, 2022 (6:26 pm)

    Your friendly neighborhood Harbor Ave RV resident strikes again? 

  • Another Harbor Avenue Small Biz November 17, 2022 (6:41 pm)

    We’re so glad you decided to stay and keep fighting the good fight! Really appreciate your great attitude in the face of the senseless crime to your business. We will be coming by more often for West Bay’s delicious coffee drinks.

  • TM November 17, 2022 (7:16 pm)

    Hate seeing the squalor having returned to that area. Can’t imagine trying to run a business in the midst of it, I’m sorry for what you have gone through. Homelessness is one thing, rampant and chronic vice another.

  • Alki mom November 17, 2022 (9:11 pm)

    Love your business and I was horrified to hear about what happened. We will be sure to come more often in the coming weeks. Please keep fighting the fight! You’re a treasure to us 

  • James schaewe November 17, 2022 (9:42 pm)

    So sorry for what you have gone through. You are a survivor and stay strong 

  • TJ November 18, 2022 (1:12 am)

    West Bay, I’m sorry your business has been through so much. I will do my best to come by and support. Why does the city allow these people to continue living in RVs and causing trouble? Homeless people who are just trying to get by and don’t bother anybody is one thing, but stealing from hard-working people and trashing the area is another. It’s time for them to be forced to accept help or leave. No more allowing people to decline services. 

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