BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market opening for the season, with a big change

(WSB photos)

You might have noticed the activity and new signage at 35th/Barton, as Tony’s Market gets ready to open for the season. One big change – new owners!

Razmye “Raz” Vorng and Sandy Saeteurn are taking over from Joey Genzale, who had run the produce-stand-and-more business since his dad, market founder and namesake Tony Genzale, died in 2010. They are West Seattle residents. They explain that Raz is an acquaintance of Tony, who they say “expressed his desire to close the chapter on his family’s produce stand. We wanted to salvage the business and keep it going.”

This is their first retail venture, though Sandy explains that Raz – who will run the store – “has an entrepreneurial mindset” as part-owner of Ananas Pizzeria on First Hill. They hope to open as soon as Monday (April 1) and expect hours for starters to be Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm. And yes, they expect to continue the seasonal specialties for which Tony’s has long been known – pumpkins and Christmas trees.

13 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Tony's Market opening for the season, with a big change"

  • Michael Waldo March 29, 2024 (3:43 pm)

    Good Luck Joey on what ever comes next for you.And welcome Raz and sandy.

    • Derp March 29, 2024 (6:08 pm)

      Knowing Joey, probably fishing somewhere

  • waikikigirl March 29, 2024 (3:43 pm)

    I understand Tony’s need to get away from the produce biz, it’s long hours, getting up very early plus hard work, me, 40+ yrs in the business but retired now. And I’m  very happy to see he found someone to take it over!Good luck to the new owners!  

    • waikikigirl March 29, 2024 (8:54 pm)

      Meant Joey, not Tony my apologies. 

  • Rae March 29, 2024 (7:28 pm)

    This is not the first post recently of local west seattle residents taking over long time west seattle businesses – mission cantina! Speaks volumes about our neighbors that they are willing to do so! Thank you!

    • steven March 31, 2024 (10:30 am)


  • andreea March 29, 2024 (7:28 pm)

    Does this mean we’re THAT much closer to an Ananas West on The Rock?!? Seriously so good, and also very happy for the re-opening of the produce stand!

  • Vee March 29, 2024 (7:59 pm)

    The stand looks really nice

  • Caitlin March 29, 2024 (8:03 pm)

    Congrats on the new venture! Officially pleading for the market to carry milk again (as it did during the pandemic). It was the best.

  • DL March 30, 2024 (5:44 pm)

    I hope you will do some organic plants starts!! That would be really great!! I always loved the variety of tomato starts that Tony had and the starts there were strong . 

  • Lanise March 31, 2024 (7:53 am)

    This brings me joy being a long time West Seattleite! I’m adding them to my weekly routine.

  • AnanasAllDay April 1, 2024 (8:46 am)

    Raz, please bring some of that awesome pizza to West Seattle!! Big fan!

  • Lexi April 1, 2024 (4:11 pm)

    Congrats Raz!! Proud of you! 

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