West Seattle, Washington
Even as reopening gets going big time in a few weeks, some summer fun will continue online or hybrid in-person/online as we ease out of pandemic precautions.. This includes some of the activities for West Seattle Junction Summer Fest 2021. Kits and boxes – with proceeds benefiting local businesses – are on sale now; here’s a recap:
Paint and Sip on Thursday, July 8
Join artist Anjl Rodee, owner of BrushCapades, for a virtually guided art lesson using West Seattle as your inspiration point. The 5 pm session will explore Abstract West Seattle while the 7pm session celebrates West Seattle Nature. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can do both! Limited in-person spots available, or follow along online via a private YouTube broadcast. All for only $70 per person, per session. Paint with a friend for the discounted price of $130 for two people in one session.
The Paint and Sip Kit includes:
Reusable Tote Bag
5x good quality brushes
12x tubes paints
1x wooden palette
1x wooden easel
3x 8 x 10 canvas
1x bottle of wine
1x 9oz keepsake wine glass
Treats from the Junction
Virtual on in-person instruction from BrushCapades
Music Trivia contest on Friday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
Hosted by Pegasus Books with trivia MC Rachel Ask Me Questions, this live Zoom event will keep the beat going strong until concerts are back on the agenda! Gather your teams of up to 6 members (multiple households is ok) for a rockin’ good time and a shot at amazing prizes from around the Junction. Plus, special prizes for Best Team Name and Best Zoom Background. Only $25 to enter!
Virtual Beer Tasting on Saturday, July 10 at 7 pm
The beer garden gets an upgrade with this online guided tasting of carefully curated beers selected by the fine folks at Elliott Bay Brewing, The Beer Junction and Georgetown Brewing. Your tasting kit also comes with a selection of cheeses, cured meats, and caramel corn from Husky Deli. Plus, keepsake taster glasses and fun surprises! Only $55.
Kits for all experiences can be delivered to select zip codes or picked up in the Junction. Don’t miss out on your chance to get in on the fun – order yours now while supplies last!
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE SMALL BUSINESSES OF THE JUNCTION
There’s a kids’ craft tote, too. You can order any or all of the above via The Junction’s website – just scroll down this page.
Some neighborhoods are getting city permits to close sections of business-district streets for summertime “café streets.” Not the West Seattle Junction, though. Not for lack of trying, says Lora Radford, executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association (who provided the photo above of a north Seattle street as inspiration). The idea has come up in discussions here on WSB and elsewhere, and WSJA was looking to close a small section of SW Alaska – the half-block east of California, to the service alley. Radford says, “The closure request was June 15 – October 15 with the plan to activate the space with picnic tables and umbrellas for outdoor seating. The SDOT planners and permit review team took a long and thoughtful approach to the plan, with the Junction fully appreciative of their ability to think outside of the box. In the end though, the impact across multiple departments was too disruptive.” A major obstacle in this case was Metro; the city told WSJA that among other things, “Closing this stretch would result in significant service delays and degrade reliability” – that half-block stretch of Alaska is used by routes that total 373 weekday trips. The decision only affects the proposal to actually close that part of SW Alaska; curbside/sidewalk extensions of food/beverage establishments elsewhere in The Junction will continue, and WSJA says a few more Junction establishments are considering those.
Four notes from West Seattle Junction food/beverage establishments:
MA’ONO: Thanks to Eric for the tip. Ma’ono in West Seattle is temporarily closed, reopening June 23rd.
CUPCAKE ROYALE: The Junction shop is closed for renovations, reopening Thursday.
AZUMA SUSHI: Reminder that – as reported here – they’re taking a break, reopening Monday, June 21st.
LADY JAYE: This Tuesday (June 15th), 4-8 pm, Lady Jaye (4523 California SW) plans a Pre-Father’s Day Wagyu Meat Market, including both Wagyu cuts for you to take home and cook and Wagyu cheeseburgers they’re grilling up for takeout. More info in our calendar listing.
Got a biznote – especially as the June 30th reopening date approaches? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
5:14 PM: Thanks for the tips. A power outage in The Junction is affecting some businesses – we’re told at least part of the east side of California between Alaska and Oregon. Also, Gary Potter from Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) says the traffic signal at 42nd/Alaska is out, “transformer blew.” Updates to come.
5:22 PM: Seattle City Light’s map (from which we’ve added a screengrab, above) says 20 customers are out.
5:31 PM: The map has been updated again – now it says 491 customers are without power. We’re updating the map above, too.
6:50 PM: SCL now attributes the outage to “bird/animal.” Though the estimate for restoration is tomorrow morning, please remember that the restoration estimates are just speculative and generally bear no relation to when the power actually is restored – could be a lot sooner, could be later.
9:26 PM: City Light map hasn’t updated yet but we’re getting multiple reports of power restoration. (Added: The map caught up; outage over.)
The space in the foreground at Hudson Square (4850 California SW) on the south edge of The Junction is about to become West Seattle’s first comic-book store since Arcane Comics closed 10 years ago. The new store will be called Tails To Astonish, and proprietors Shaun and Nicole Duff hope to open one week from tomorrow (Friday, June 18th.) Shaun explains, “Tails To Astonish is a comic book, collectables, and toy store. We are really proud of the fact that we will be West Seattle’s ONLY choice for new and vintage comics.” Why a comic-book store? “I used to work a boring office job; the pandemic really had me looking at my life, and what I REALLY wanted to do. I had sold comics at various shows previously, but this will be the first brick and mortar store.” Hours for Tails To Astonish are likely going to start with 11 am-7 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays and 10 am-4 pm Sundays. Access is up a flight of stairs from the California streetfront but there’s an accessible option too. (P.S. Tails To Astonish borrows its name from a legendary comic-book series and a tribute to the couple’s two cats.)
West Seattle entrepreneur Malika Siddiq wants you to think of “sipping and shopping” all in one place.
It’s a New Orleans-style speakeasy, holding up to 29 people in a cozy 600 square feet of what used to be a storage area, now decked out with brass barstools, upholstered furniture, crystal chandeliers, and a wall of what Siddiq describes as “empowering” art.
Siddiq’s two businesses will have some overlapping hours so you really can “have a drink, then go buy a new outfit.” Or just stay for gumbo, red beans and rice, and other New Orleans-style fare. (Here’s the food menu; here’s the drink menu – limited menus for the opening, expanding from there.)
She’s had the idea for In The Heart for almost two years; the New Orleans inspiration is because her parents are from there. As with so many things, the pandemic shelved her plan for a while. But now, the state gets ready for reopening, and her new venue is opening: “Perfect time!” she enthuses. Beginning with a 5 pm ribboncutting on Saturday (June 12th), In The Heart will be open 5-11 pm. The space will be available for event rentals, too.
From the “eat local” department: A year and a half after we brought you first word that Rebellyous Foods had moved to the West Seattle Triangle, it’s just announced a big new deal that will make its plant-based nuggets, tenders, and patties available in hundreds more stores, including three more in West Seattle. Rebellyous says its products will be available starting this week in 200 Safeway stores in the Northwest. In West Seattle, you can already buy Rebellyous products at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction and Wildwood Market in Fauntleroy. Rebellyous also notes that its nuggets are now award-winning, honored last month with the New Product Award in the Plant-Based Protein category as part of the Specialty Food Association’s 2021 sofi™ Awards. The company – which also focuses on food-manufacturing technology development – notes that the plant-based food industry is now a $7 billion-per-year retail market, with 27 percent growth in just the past year.
A new chapter – and new name – for one of West Seattle’s most distinctive new buildings.
Thanks to Stewart L. for the tip about the new “For Lease” sign at 1307 Harbor Avenue SW (across from Don Armeni Boat Ramp), completed last year and built primarily as a “campus” for a Korea-based apparel firm, with offices, “light manufacturing” space, and even housing units. Its planning and construction drew extra attention because one of the buildings demolished to make way for it held a longtime West Seattle dive bar, the Alki Tavern (closed in 2013, but not torn down until four years later). The project was completed last year, and at least one business tenant has moved in (WSB sponsor Lake Washington Physical Therapy) – and suddenly it’s seeking one or more new tenants for 21,000 square feet of space – which, according to project documents, is the entirety of the office and “light manufacturing” space.
Digging into the online listing, we find the building now has a name, Denali (after the highest mountain in North America). Office and deck space is offered for lease (here’s the brochure) on five of its floors.
We inquired with the listing brokers to see what happened to the original plan; so far, no reply. We also have a message out to a local executive of the entity that built the project. We’ll update if we get any responses. The listing indicates the spaces are available separately or together – from 2,100 square feet up to the entire 21,000.
SIDE NOTE: Before getting news of the lease listing, we had been researching something else about the building:
Back when the project was going through Design Review, one feature that drew positive comments was a promised “hillclimb” stairway that the public would be able to use to cut through the building from Harbor Avenue to California Way. This spring, we received two inquiries from people who noticed the stairway hadn’t been built and wondered if it was to be added later. Answer: No. We read through dozens of project documents and found one showing the stairway was removed from the plan in 2018. The revision, approved by the city, said that while part of the stairway was “to be supported on old residential foundations,” those foundations were found to be in “no condition to support additional loads.” They couldn’t find a way around it, adding, “Furthermore, SDOT limitations to access to adjoining California Way SW and the steep slope complicates exponentially the construction of this stair.”
With the June 30th statewide-reopening date (if not sooner) in view, some businesses are making changes. Like Ounces in North Delridge, whose co-proprietor Lauren Trujillo tells WSB, “We’re gradually getting back to normal(ish) at Ounces … Obviously we’re still being very COVID-conscious, but with the 30th opening date approaching, we’re starting to ramp back up a little.” So here are some free events they have planned:
Sunday Run Club
Takes place every Sunday at noon at Ounces.
Run is open to all running levels and starts/finishes at Ounces. Runners can go at their own pace and distance. Just show up at Ounces at noon on any Sunday to run! Strowlers and pets welcome.
Every Tuesday at 7 pm
FREE to play! Just show up by 7pm and test your brainpower and have some beer!
Merrell Great Outdoors Day at Ounces!
Several FREE Events happening on Sunday, 6/13
Alki Fun Run (Plus a free beer post-run!)
6/13 — starts at 12 pm; all running levels welcome! Just show up to run or you can reserve your spot on our webpage. Run will start/end at Ounces. Runners will run along the Alki trail and can choose their distance (1-4 miles). Strollers, pets, walkers welcome! Merrell is buying all runners a beer post-run, plus you can demo their running shoes if you’d like!
Urban Hike thru Camp Long (Plus a free beer post-hike!)
6/13 — starts at 2 pm; Meet at Ounces then Merrell will lead hikers on an urban trek from Ounces thru Camp Long, ending back at Ounces! Hike will approximately be 3-5 miles. Plus, you can demo some of Merrell’s hiking shoes if you’d like, and Merrell will pickup your first beer after the hike! Just show up by 2pm to hike, or you can reserve your spot online.
Great Outdoors Trivia! (plus your first beer FREE!)
6/13 — starts at 5 pm! Just show up at Ounces by 5 pm to play! Bring a team or come solo — either way, Merrell will buy your first beer!
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Two notes from Youngstown Coffee Company and HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café in Morgan Junction (6032 California SW) – first, proprietors Autumn Lovewell and Monica Colgan are expanding their space:
Starting Friday, June 4th, Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Cafe will have seating open next door. We are excited to have space for you to meet a friend for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Or bring your family for a nutritious meal from HeartBeet. And since we’re headed for warmer weather, don’t forget to take advantage of our outdoor patio tables under the shade.
Coming soon in our new space, we will be selling very cool Youngstown merchandise and feature even more local retailers and artwork crafted by LGBTQ- and BIPOC-owned small businesses.
And down the road when more of us are vaccinated, get excited for community events and the ability to rent out our small space for your event.
Here we are a year later and super excited to celebrate by inviting more of you in to our little space here in the Morgan Junction. Thank you for your continued support! Together we will be radical in our work toward a more just and kind world.
The expansion space formerly held Sound Fitness. Meantime, if you haven’t already seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, Youngstown and HeartBeet are presenting a Pride Parade in Morgan Junction on Friday, June 11th:
Bring your family and meet up with your friends for a safe outdoor parade-walk around Morgan Junction. Wear your festive Pride gear and bring supportive signs for our transgender youth.
-Skates, bikes, strollers, and dogs welcome
-Outdoor event rain or shine
-Free Pride goodies and samples
-Lady Jane DJ
-Pride specials with proceeds benefiting Lambert House in Seattle
The route starts at Morgan Junction Park at 5 pm, heads north on California Ave, crosses the street at Findlay, comes around back down and ends at Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Cafe, where there will be free Pride goodies for kids, specials on drinks, and music.
The park is in the 6400 block of California SW.
The West Seattle Junction Verizon store (aka Sound Advice) on the street level of the Senior Center of West Seattle building has closed. Proprietor Mike Ellis is retiring, and the Senior Center will be looking for a new tenant. Sound Advice has been in The Junction for more than 30 years, at 4702 California SW until the Junction 47 project forced the move northward nine years ago. Store fixtures are for sale – including display cabinets, file cabinets, and racks – and if you’re interested, you can reach Mike at 206-940-3215.
After one month of Saturday operations, the Delridge Grocery Cooperative store at 5444 Delridge Way SW will add Sundays starting next weekend. The co-op announced the plan in its newsletter (which you can read here even if you’re not on the mailing list). Starting next weekend (June 5-6), the store will be open 9:30 am-1:30 pm Saturdays and 11 am-3 pm Sundays. They’re still selling weekly “essentials boxes,” too. On June 6th, and on the first Sunday of every month thereafter, member-owners will get a 10 percent discount at the store; here’s how to become a member. They’re working toward fully opening the store in the fall and are also conducting a survey right now for input as they take the next steps – you can participate by going here.
A year and a half ago, I was welcoming (Coastal) as our new neighbor at Alair. I was so excited to have those smiling girls next door, and have another place on our block for y’all to shop.
Recently, I got a call from our amazing landlord that our neighbors at Coastal made the difficult decision to close their doors permanently. We know that making this decision probably wasn’t easy and we are sad for them and wish them the very best with the new dreams they will start building now. You can follow along with them as they make any announcements and let you know what’s next for their brand.
While we are sad about the loss, we also get to celebrate the future- a future we weren’t sure we would have many times over the past year.
So, we are excited to announce that we are taking over the space next door! This is all very new, and we will make announcements as we figure things out and as we start the expansion of our storefront into their current space. For now, I can say for certain that there will still be clothing offered on that side of the building for everyone: women, men, and kiddos!
The loss of any business is devastating for our community, but I also think that nobody takes these decisions lightly. I hope you join me in wishing Coastal the very best and following along with what’s next for them.
Step one for us: we are opening the doors over there starting tomorrow for a huge clearance sale. We are selling pretty much everything at 50% off and will continue to announce open hours as we figure it all out. So tomorrow at 11, the doors will be open! Hope to see you there!
Alair and Coastal are at 3270 California SW. Coastal, which moved there from Alki in fall 2019, has been closed for some months; we have had an inquiry out to its proprietor for a while asking about its status, but to date, no reply.
Frances Gifford has just opened The Clay Cauldron, a pottery studio, in North Delridge, and plans a Memorial Day open house to introduce her new business to the neighborhood. Stop by 5214 Delridge Way SW between noon and 8 pm on Monday (May 31st). You’ll be able to sign up for classes or studio use. She’s also planning a drawing for 25 percent off a class of your choice. And if you’re there between 4 and 6 pm, you can enjoy live music by Sundae + Mr. Goessl. (You might already know Frances from local involvement including the Alki Art Fair and Fauntleroy Fine Art and Gift Show. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Starting today, Pegasus Book Exchange in The Junction is closed for a week. But shortly after the store at 4553 California SW reopens, it won’t just be pandemic-era business as usual – Pegasus is reopening for in-store drop-in shopping! “We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone in person again!” says Pegasus’s Emma Epps. They’re on vacation through May 31st, back on June 1st “to reply to emails and prepare for June 2nd re-opening.” Starting that day, the store will open its doors to shoppers and book traders/donors without requiring appointments, 5 customers in the store at a time. They’ll also continue offering online shopping and curbside pickup (which the store has offered for more than 14 months).
One month after we reported that Molly’s Bottle Shop was expanding to West Seattle, it’s open at 3278 California SW. Sebastiano Tecchio, a West Seattle resident, is managing the new store, while namesake founder Molly Ringe focuses on the original Ballard location. Molly’s specializes in “natural wine.”
West Seattle hours are Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 pm-8 pm.
Today we welcome Lake Washington Physical Therapy as a new WSB sponsor. New sponsors are invited to tell you about what they do – here’s what to know about Lake Washington Physical Therapy:
A state-of-the-art physical-therapy clinic is now open and accepting new patients in West Seattle!
West Seattle residents and University of Washington Physical Therapy School graduates Mark and Laura Bouma have opened Lake Washington Physical Therapy at 1309 Harbor Avenue SW. Conveniently located near the West Seattle Water Taxi, just half a mile north of Salty’s on Alki, patients can schedule an appointment without being on a waitlist to see an expertly trained & licensed physical therapist for personalized care right away.
Mark Bouma and Laura Bouma have a combined 30+ years of experience, with advanced certifications in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. Patients can expect 45 minutes of one-on-one care with an experienced physical therapist while enjoying the view of the Seattle waterfront / skyline. If you need help with a painful golf swing, have neck pain from working at home, would like to improve your balance, or need to rehab after surgery, patients comment that their care is thorough and individualized with a manageable home program.
Supporting educational events for the community is a critical part of who they are as a team. Mark and Laura are lifetime learners, curious practitioners, and enjoy reaching out to support the community. Check out their free lecture series and blog posts!
Here is what you can expect from Lake Washington Physical Therapy:
● 1:1 care, 45-minute appointments, no double-booking
● Orthopedic Board Certified and Fellowship trained physical therapists
● Most insurance plans accepted
● State-of-the-art, 2100 sq. ft. clinic designed with social distancing and patient safety in mind
● New patients scheduled within 48 hours
● Investment in community relationships
● Weekend Appointments available
Clinic Phone: 206-906-9207.
Visit our website for more information at www.lakewashingtonpt.com. Lake Washington Physical Therapy is a local, Physical Therapist-owned company with four clinics on the Eastside. This is the first Seattle location.
Our expertly trained & licensed therapists are passionate about developing long-lasting relationships built on your health and well-being. We look forward to creating a uniquely personal experience that exceeds your expectations and helps you to meet your personal goals.
We thank Lake Washington Physical Therapy 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.
We mentioned back when Zamboanga closed at 4531 California SW that a real-estate office was on the way. Now it’s open as the new West Seattle office for Compass, home to Managing Broker Mara Haveson; brokers Baouyen Chan, Susi Musi, Annie Wagar, Ben Gade, Trevor & Raeanne Russell, Denise Simens, and Connie Sorensen; and office manager Jayne Leahy.
Haveson is enthusiastic about the market: “Values for homes in this area have gone up over 100% since I first started selling in this area in 2000. This is a very close-knit community where you get to meet people easily. It is an easy place to navigate, there are fabulous views, and you get more for your money in real-estate investments.” The office is handling commercial real estate as well as residential, through Musi, who has connected West Seattle businesses including Bella Mente, Blue Stone Apartments, Cometa Playschool, Moto Pizza, and Lake Washington Physical Therapy to their spaces.
Longer days and more sunshine mean more time outside for kids to explore and play – and busy, growing feet might need new shoes! Kid-Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again (WSB sponsor) in The Junction wants you to know they’re having a sale:
Here at Kid Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again we miss our friends & neighbors visiting to get outfitted with new & used sandals, shoes, boots & other gear for all seasons. After 25 years in the same location, this long pandemic year has been a little lonely. We can’t live without you!
We’re open for shopping now 10 am-5 pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays, (masks required). Closed Tuesdays. Other times available by appointment only for urgent needs.
Celebrate spring & the end of 2020 with 20% off all KEEN footwear (thru 5/31), Many other discounts 20- 50% off throughout the store including Hatley raincoats & boots, and iplay swimsuits & SPF50+ rashguards.
Shop online kidfriendlyfootwear.com
We offer $4.99 flat-rate US shipping & free delivery in the West Seattle neighborhood. Hope to see you again soon, please let us know how we can help you, 206-933-2060 or email@example.com
The shop is at 4832 California SW.
10:09 AM: The photos show the exterior and interior views of the damage West Bay Coffee and Smoothies had to deal with this morning after an early-morning burglary.
The drive-up/ride-up/walk-up stand is at 2255 Harbor Avenue SW. We’re following up to see if anything was taken that people could be on the lookout for.
12:14 PM: They’ve confirmed that the stand is open today – just had to start the day with a major cleanup.
If you’re looking for work, you might find it in the West Seattle Jobs Offered section of the WSB Community Forums. It’s where local businesses can post job openings, free. Newly posted in just the past three days:
In case you didn’t know about this section of our site but are looking for work or looking for workers, we publish a reminder like this periodically. Local businesses – West Seattle, White Center, South Park – are welcome to post job listings, free. Go here to see what’s listed; go here to get a login so you can post (not required for reading). If you’re posting a job listing, please remember to include contact info in your post so potential candidates can reach you directly – thank you!
While in The Junction this morning to cover the vaccination pop-up, we saw this in the window at Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW):
As the note on the right says, they’re overhauling the menu as well as the space at this Junction fixture. But there’s more to the sign on the left – not only is The Alley open in the space behind Be’s, it’s also hosting live music again. We’ve received an announcement from Jeff Ferguson on behalf of the Triangular Jazztet:
Live music returns to the Junction this Sunday at The Alley, where barmaster Cory is sure to delight and surprise with his custom designed cocktails (or just an old fashioned Old Fashioned). There will be two shows at 8 and 9 pm with no cover. Seating is limited and masks required while moving about the premises.
Meantime, we’ll be checking with the ownership about the timeline for reopening Be’s.
They’re here! The West Seattle Junction Association‘s spring/summer hanging flower baskets were delivered today, and a crew’s been at work all morning hanging them:
As you probably know (unless this is your first spring/summer here), the baskets get ever-more vivid as the season continues. Again this year, they’re underwritten by donors (including WSB) who “adopted” one or more baskets, and placards will be placed by each basket in honor of its “adopter.”