West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle High School Senior ASB wants to thank everyone who supported us by participating in our Dine-Out Day this past Wednesday! We raised $2,788, almost three times our original goal. We are so grateful for the support in our community.
We would to like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses who supported us: Circa, Arthur’s, Lady Jaye, Mission, The Westy, Peel and Press, Bebop Waffle Shop, The Admiral Pub, Ampersand Cafe, Dream Dinners, Vain Salon, and Cre8 Contracting. We would also like to shoutout Gretchen, the owner of Circa, for rallying restaurants to join the fundraiser.
For those who are interested in directly donating to the Senior Class, here is the link to donate . Another way to support us is by purchasing a delicious pre-made frozen meal from Dream Dinners, who will be continuing our partnership until November 14th. Click this link for more information.
With the weekend in view, we want to be sure you know West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest has begun!
That’s the map for the Harvest Fest Scavenger Hunt – more than a dozen Junction merchants are participating; go get a map (free at participating businesses), and: “Once you’ve found the item, cross it off the map then go to the shopkeeper for your special treat or prize.” Participating businesses are listed here.
That same page shows you where to get cocoa and cider during Harvest Fest (which continues through Halloween). You’re also invited to wander The Junction and admire window decorations – including pumpkins – and six giant spiders!
One more special event to mention – online this (corrected) Monday, October 26, presented by Pegasus Book Exchange:
Spooky Trivia Night! October 26th 7:30-9 pm, on Zoom, family-friendly, prizes for all teams, grand prize of rare book of choice. Special prizes for Best Costume, Best Team Name, and Best Decorations! $25/team up to 6 people (email us to sign up!)
Register via email@example.com – and enjoy Harvest Fest weekend #1! (WSB is a festival co-sponsor.)
Today we welcome David Hooper, CFA, as a new WSB sponsor. New sponsors get an opportunity to tell you about what they do:
“As a financial advisor who is affiliated only with a Registered Investment Advisor, I must always act as a Fiduciary. I have a legal and ethical responsibility to always put my client’s priorities first. Each of my clients has a written financial plan that’s customized to their specific objectives. This ensures that we’re on the same page working toward the same goals. I manage each and every investment accounts personally, so I can make sure the client’s investment strategy is on track to help reach their goals. People know that I care about their financial well-being. Also, being an independent advisor reduces the number of potential conflicts of interest of a large investment firm and allows me to focus on my clients.
“My clients appreciate the way I can take complex and intimidating industry jargon and explain it in a way that makes sense to them. It’s my job to empower my clients with investment knowledge and not confuse them with industry jargon.
“I believe in being authentic and always try not come off as a pushing salesperson. As an experienced professional with more than 25 years in the investment management, portfolio management, and financial-advising industry. I take the trust that my clients have given me seriously, and have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and my MBA from the UW Foster School of Business, both of which enable me to do my job better.”
We thank David Hooper, CFA, for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
The city is extending its free street/sidewalk-use permits enabling businesses to add outdoor space for COVID-19 safety. The permits will now be good through October 31st of next year. Today’s announcement also mentions, “the Seattle Fire Department will immediately begin issuing free tent permits and heating permits to help businesses maintain operations during the colder, rainier months ahead. ”
P.S. If your restaurant/bar plans to continue outdoor operations into the fall/winter, please let us know so we can include that detail on our ongoing list! Any recent changes in hours/days are good to note, too.
Kendall Jones, West Seattle-based publisher of the Washington Beer Blog, calls the Great American Beer Festival “the most important beer-judging competition on earth.” His explanation comes with the news in this WBB post that West Seattle’s own The Good Society Brewery and Public House won two big awards at the GABF – Small Brewpub/Brewer of the Year, as well as a gold medal for one of their ales. Nick Berger and Phil Cammarano opened TGS in The Admiral District just eight months ago – two weeks before the first King County case of COVID-19. Reacting to the awards via Instagram, TGS says of Year 1, “It’s been a ride and the only thing I’d trade it for is no COVID.” You can see the full list of winners here.
Today we’re welcoming Seattle E-Bike as not only a returning WSB sponsor, but as the most recent addition to The Junction – the shop has moved to 4517 California SW. Here’s what the shop wants you to know:
Right now electric bikes are in short supply in Seattle, but Seattle E-Bike has a variety of bikes that are ready to go. The next time you’re in The Junction, you can stop in and look at the various types and styles. You can even take a 30-minute test ride.
Seattle E-Bike owner Brian Nordwall and manager Alex Dunn both live in West Seattle, and they believe an electric bike is one of the best means of commuting while the bridge is closed, not to mention a great way to get out of the house to explore the neighborhood. Whether you need to get downtown, go to the store, or deal with the hills and steep inclines around West Seattle, an electric bike can make for a much smoother and more comfortable outing. Now that the West Seattle Bridge closure is in its seventh month, you might still be looking for an alternative means of transportation, and now you don’t have to go far to find one.
Seattle E-Bike‘s new location also offers accessories and a service department to keep your e-bike in great condition. Seattle E-Bike is located at 4517 California SW; its fall hours are
Tuesdays-Fridays 10:30 am – 6 pm, Saturdays 10:30 am – 5 pm, closed Sundays/Mondays.
We thank Seattle E-Bike for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
So we’ve talked about school lunches. How about family dinners? Even if everyone’s working and learning at home, they’re still a challenge. Longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners-West Seattle has a “back-to-school special” this month and next – and it’s more than dinner:
New to Dream Dinners? Try our Meal Prep Starter Pack for just $99 and we’ll include a FREE kid-friendly Breakfast meal! Place your order today at http://bit.ly/MealPrepStarterPack
Choose 6 medium meals or 3 large meals from our October or November Starter Pack menus to discover the secret of easy meal prep.
Including kid-friendly items like:
– Chicken and White Bean Chili with Corn Cakes
– Chicken Pizzaiola
– Cheese Lover’s Manicotti
When placing your order, just type the word SCHOOL in the Special Instruction section. We also have Breakfast and Lunch meals that are great to add and have on hand while the kids are at home during the school day.
Note: Our medium-size dinners each serve 2-3 people, and our large dinners serve 4-6 people.
Dream Dinners-West Seattle is at 4701 41st SW, on the street-front east side of Jefferson Square. During the pandemic, they prep, you pick up and cook. As noted previously, they’re also participating in next Wednesday’s one-day West Seattle High School fundraiser.
5:35 PM WEDNESDAY: Chase Bank is closing its branch inside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). The announcement came in a letter sent to customers. The notice says it’s closing as of December 30th, but doesn’t cite a reason. We’ve contacted Chase with followup questions including why; we won’t get replies until tomorrow (we’ll update this story when we get them(. Meantime, we asked Thriftway management if they have plans for the space; none yet, we’re told, because they just found out a few days ago. The branch originally opened as Washington Mutual when Thriftway opened this building in 1998, rebuilt after a fire the year before; Chase took over in 2009 after WaMu failed. Chase has three other branches in West Seattle – Admiral, The Junction, and Westwood Village.
11:35 AM THURSDAY: Just got answers to our questions from Chase spokesperson Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot. Why the closure? “We are continually evaluating the location of our branches to best meet our customers’ needs.” No other West Seattle closures. As for what happens to the people who work at, and customers of, the Thriftway branch: “The deposits will be moved to West Seattle branch and employees will go to nearby locations, all will have a home with us. The ATM will remain on site.”
Thanks to Gary and Karl at Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) for sending word (and pictures) about the return of the giant pencil that marks their headquarters at 5606 California SW. Gary explains, “We took it down to repair and repaint when they scheduled to paint the building. We just got it back and it looks great!!”
The tune-up was by the 13 1/2-foot-long pencil’s creator, artist Stephen Rock. It was originally created for a juried show in 2010, then installed outside Potter HQ in 2011 .
Until the governor announced new guidelines on Wednesday, movie theaters were not allowed to open in Phase 2 counties. Now that’s changed, and West Seattle’s Admiral Theater has just announced it will reopen under the new guidelines – 25 percent capacity – one week from today, on Friday, October 16th. Masks will be required “while in the auditorium and until you’re seated at a safe distance from other patrons,” but you can take yours off to consume concessions while seated. The Admiral’s parent company Far Away Entertainment explains other policies here (including what “25 percent capacity” means – 3 empty seats away from the next unrelated person). As for what The Admiral will be showing – that’s not on their website yet.
P.S. If you’re not comfortable with going to the theater, you can still support The Admiral by watching movies at home – here’s what’s available right now.
Support your local small independent businesses! Two biznotes today:
JET CITY BEIGNET POP-UPS: New ways to get your treats from WSB sponsor Jet City Beignet:
Starting this weekend, we will be taking pre-orders for pickup on Saturdays only, as we are beginning to pop up at various locations on Sundays.
Here’s our pop-up schedule for the next several weeks (start times are listed – we’ll fry them up until we sell out!):
10/11: Best of Hands Barrelhouse @ 1 pm
10/18: Hotwire Coffee @ 9 am
10/25: The Good Society Brewery and Public House @ 9 am
11/8: Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden for the 10 am Seahawks game
We will be offering beignets in orders of 3 or 6 at our pop-ups; orders of a dozen or more and with gourmet sauce trios will continue to be available to pick up on Saturdays via online pre-order.
The weekly pre-order deadline is 8 pm Friday.
‘SHOP EARLY’ AT MEEPLES GAMES: You’ve probably heard that the pandemic has the holiday-shopping season starting earlier than ever. Meeples Games (3727 California SW) is leading the parade locally, with a full season of discounts, and some charity support too. Here’s the list Meeples sent us:
Through Oct 9: 10% off all Board and Card Games
Oct 10 – Oct 16: 10% off RPGs
Oct 17 – Oct 23: WestSide Baby Diaper Drive
*Bring a package of Diapers and get 20% off Any One Item
Oct 24 – Oct 30: Mystery Games
Oct 31 – Nov 6: Social Media Sharing
Nov 7 – Nov 15: West Seattle Food Bank
*Bring non-perishable food and get 20% off Any One Item
The Meeples website has more details.
(WSB file photo)
… Over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult for a mid-sized drugstore chain to operate independently. Changes in the pharmacy world, business tax increases and the pandemic created very strong headwinds for us. We knew we needed to do something to re-shape Bartell’s future.
For months now, we have carefully considered the best way to move forward, and we believe we have found the most successful way. Today, we announced our agreement to sell Bartell Drugs to Rite Aid.
This was a well-thought-out decision and we would like to tell you what this means to you.
First, we are thrilled that the Bartell name and heritage will remain. We expect you, as well as our 1,700 employees, to see little or no change in our 67 stores for some time to come. In fact, the change may be hardly noticeable as you will continue to benefit from having our ongoing pharmacy care and support with the same friendly teams and still enjoy our other unique products and services. In addition, Bartell Drugs will be owned by the local Bartell family until the acquisition is approved by financial and regulatory agencies. This process will take us most likely to early December and could be longer.
Second, we are confident Rite Aid is the best choice. Their management team has a fresh vision of how drugstores can best serve health care needs. Of our many options, their strategy and vision best align with our Bartell values and allows Bartells to continue to do what we do best, serve our community. To serve you!
We are excited about this excellent opportunity with Rite Aid, who wants us to continue to do what we do best, to serve you in the “Bartell” way. …
Rite Aid’s announcement says the purchase price is $95 million.
Bartell and Rite Aid have two stores each in West Seattle. We’re checking on the status of the corporate offices.
The Westwood Village QFC parking lot isn’t something you’ll usually see empty at 5 pm – but it’s emptied out and closed off right now because of the ongoing repaving project at the center. Also closed off, the Rite-Aid lot south of there:
And the central lot between Bed Bath Beyond and Ulta Beauty:
The businesses are all still open, as are the sidewalks in front of them. Meantime, the driveway between the Barton and Trenton sides of the center has reopened, so you can get to the Post Office and Trenton-fronting businesses from either side. The repaving work is expected to continue into late October.
Today we welcome Washington Medicare Insurance Services as a new WSB sponsor. New sponsors get the opportunity to tell you about what they offer, and here’s what Washington Medicare Insurance Services would like you to know:
Medicare Insurance Services was founded to meet the expanding need for information and expertise on Medicare planning and insurance. Medicare Insurance Services is recognized as one of Washington State’s experts in the field. Our company and leaders stand out and are highly respected throughout the entire insurance industry. We have earned a reputation for providing informed, honest and ethical representation of health-insurance products. Our representatives are trained exclusively on Medicare Insurance. We market a variety of the best Medicare Insurance products through our general agency in West Seattle. We provide a no-obligation comparative analysis of different plans to interested individuals.
Our mission is to help you obtain quality Medicare Insurance without sacrificing your assets, independence, or dignity. We commit ourselves to unparalleled excellence and integrity. Thank you for choosing us to help you with your insurance needs.
For more information, contact us at 206-933-0100 or visit our website at washingtonmedicareinsurance.org.
We thank Washington Medicare Insurance Services for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
In the mood for doughnuts? Just got word (and the pic) that the food truck Mini … The Dough-nut is now visiting the Masonic Center lot (40th/Edmunds) on Fridays, 3-7 pm, so it’s there right now. The Masonic Center lot has been hosting other truck visits too – Sunny Up is there on Thursdays.
SIDE NOTE: Other spots with regular food-truck visits include Best of Hands Barrelhouse (calendar here; WSB sponsor), Ounces in North Delridge (here’s their calendar) – our area has a growing number of fixed-location trucks, too.
Today we welcome back Richie Jenkin, a longtime West Seattle guitar teacher, as a WSB sponsor.
Richie has been teaching guitar for more than 30 years: “In my teaching, I specialize in beginning and intermediate students of all ages. I like to teach songs and pieces you will enjoy from the very beginning of your learning experience.”
Richie’s instruction has taken a turn due to the pandemic. He’s now offering virtual guitar lessons, lessons you can take right in your own home. With the kids at home Richie says the virtual lessons can be a great way to extend your child’s learning and foster a love of music. He also thinks virtual lessons are great for grownups ready to take up a new challenge.
While he works with kids as young as six, Richie says more than two-thirds of his students are adults. His average student is someone who has owned a guitar for some time, but needs someone to work with, to get some structure on how to play. As he points out, it’s structure that’s personalized to each student: “I take my teaching seriously. By that I mean that I take the time to prepare for each lesson. I look at what we’ve been doing; the pace of things; what you want to be learning; your particular way of learning; and what I think is best for a particular lesson to make sure your playing is coming along in a way you can be confident and enthusiastic about. So it¹s not just about showing you something new every week and then out the door. If the music is going to be rewarding, exhilarating, and fun, then I better be doing my part to make it so.”
Richie specializes in beginners and intermediate students. He has teaching slots open for fall, so if you’re interested, contact Richie at 206-799-7432.
We thank Richie Jenkin for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Two business notes this morning, both from Morgan Junction – first, a new business:
DOLL PARTS COLLECTIVE: The co-proprietors of this new business in north Morgan Junction sent this announcement:
We are Doll Parts Collective – where creativity and sustainability collide :) Run by two awesome ladies, we specialize in vintage clothing & home decor, with a focus on ethical shopping practices and creative concepts! Located at 6016 California Ave SW, Doll Parts Collective will be hosting their first-ever Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, October 3rd, from 9:00 to 3:00. We will have discounted Summer Season items and lots of great Fall pieces for sale! Masks are obviously required, and we will be ensuring all shopping is safe & distanced. We are excited to be part of the neighborhood and can’t wait to meet the local community! Not comfortable being around strangers yet? We are offering private personal shopping appointments or curbside pickup of our online items as an alternative. To book, folks should check out our website – wearedollparts.com!
We will also be taking part in the West Seattle Art Walk starting in October! Keep an eye out- so much more to come from Doll Parts Collective.
The October Art Walk is one week from tonight – Thursday, October 8th.
FLOORING FOLLOWUP: Last weekend, we reported briefly that Floors Plus Northwest was on the way at 6959 California SW, offering carpeting, hardwood, vinyl, and LVP (luxury vinyl plank). We sent a message asking for more information and heard back from co-proprietor Luis Morales, who is opening the showroom with wife Liliana Morales. He explains, “We have been in the flooring business for several years and now we have an opportunity to open our own business since we have always worked under someone else’s company.” He adds that they have two teenage children and enjoy getting to know neighbors. “We love this community and we strongly believe this will be a great place for our neighbors to come and shop closer to their homes and stay local. We are targeting opening mid-October for the public.”
(File photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Two weeks ago, the legendary Seattle burger chain Dick’s Drive-Ins took votes on where to send its upcoming first-ever food truck. Today, the top 5 vote-getters were announced – and West Seattle was among them. Where in West Seattle, and when, is yet to be announced; in the original truck announcement, Dick’s said the truck – serving burgers and shakes – is expected to be ready in mid-November. The other four – announced in alphabetical order, so Dick’s wasn’t saying who got the most votes out of the 40,000+ cast – were Bellevue, Bellingham, Everett, and Renton. We’re checking with the chain to see if they have a timeline for the date/site announcement.
Seen on a periodic check of commercial real-estate listings, 2 in “downtown West Seattle”:
4707-4709 CALIFORNIA SW: This building near the southwest corner oF California and Alaska is described as a “multi-tenant retail investment and development opportunity,” and has just been listed at $3,250,000. It’s 6,786 square feet; HALA upzoned the site to the potential for 9-story redevelopment. The brochure notes that the three tenants – Bin 41, Pharmaca, and Flying Apron – have leases running at least three to five more years.
4822 CALIFORNIA SW: This 5,750-sf building on the south edge of The Junction hit the market last month, listed at $1,950,000. It’s home to Than Brothers Pho. This listing also touts the site as a “redevelopment opportunity,” noting a “feasibility study” was done showing “an opportunity to build 55 units.” It’s zoned for up to 7 stories.
Thanks to Mike for the photo and tip: 6959 California SW, the south Morgan Junction retail space that held My THree Little Birds before its move to The Junction almost a year ago, has a new business moving in. The sign says “Floors Plus Northwest” is “coming soon,” promising carpet, LVP, hardwood, and vinyl. We have a message out to a contact listed online and will update if/when we find out more.
Also happening today, a celebration at 16th/Holden in Highland Park! Here’s the announcement we received this morning from proprietor Michelle:
BedHead Coffee has reached our first year of business. Today we will have specials and (hot) dogs between 10 am and 12 pm. Melton’s BBQ will be smokin’ next door. 1513 SW Holden. Come by, say hi, and get a dog.
Another reopening ahead in The Junction: The Alley, small bites and cocktails at 4509 California SW behind Be’s Restaurant, is reopening next Thursday (October 1st). Limited capacity, and masks required, 4 pm-10 pm weeknights, 3 pm-10 pm Saturdays and Sundays. The Alley will take reservations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, but says walk-ins are OK too as space allows.
As the new week begins, three reminders from the West Seattle Junction Association:
T-SHIRT DEADLINE: Don’t have one of those contest-winning West Seattle Bridge T-shirts yet? The next round of orders is about to go in. Monday (September 21st) is the deadline for getting in on it. Go here!
JUNCTION BINGO: Are you playing yet? As explained here, there are two ways to play. One involves a live drawing you can watch online, and the next one is 7 pm Wednesday (September 23rd). Keith Bacon, host of the All Ways West Seattle podcast, is the guest caller, live from Talarico’s.
REUSE/RECYCLE/SHRED EVENT: This Saturday (September 26th) is the big day, 9 am-1 pm, The Junction Association and partners are presenting the big event. Here’s what you can and can’t bring to recycle/donate; if you’re interested in shredding, there’s a 4-box limit. Whatever you’re bringing, face coverings are required, even while you’re in your car. This is happening in the WSJA parking lot off 42nd SW, just south of SW Oregon.