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BIZNOTE: Wallflower announces it’s closing this summer

IMG_4279 (1)(2016 WSB photo of Courtney at Wallflower during Junction Day of Giving)

Wallflower Custom Framing in The Junction will close when its lease ends this summer, its proprietor has announced:

With a heavy heart, I am announcing that after ten years in West Seattle, Wallflower will not renew its lease this year, and the shop will close at the end of June.

I am so grateful to every one of you who has had something (many things!) custom framed, purchased a photoframe, or collected a piece of art. This community is unbelievably supportive of its small businesses and I can’t ever thank you enough. I’ve been truly humbled by the success of this little store, and I’ve sincerely enjoyed getting to know all of you through your art, through conversation, through ArtWalk, or just walking by tossing a wave…you will all be sorely missed. I will be framing like mad right up until mid-June, and all custom framing will be 15% off as a final thank you. Photoframes, mirrors, and framed art for sale in the shop will be 50% off.

All my gratitude,
Courtney, Owner, Wallflower Custom Framing

Wallflower opened in the then-new Mural mixed-use building at 4735 42nd SW in 2009.

LAST CALL! If you haven’t yet answered the questions West Seattle Junction merchants are asking…

(WSB file photo)

After a week and a half, the West Seattle Junction Association is about to close its community survey, with topics including but not limited to parking – so if you hadn’t gotten around to replying, hurry! Lots of people have already replied – 1,500 just in the first several days, according to WSJA executive director Lora Radford. Make sure your opinions count too – just go here; tomorrow’s the deadline.

Mathnasium Learning Center in West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

Today we’re welcoming the new West Seattle Mathnasium Learning Center as a WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:

(Nida Ansari, West Seattle Mathnasium Learning Center director)

At Mathnasium Learning Centers, we make math make sense! Whether your child started out far behind or already ahead in math, Mathnasium will help them leap ahead because we know that any child can be successful in math — it’s a matter of teaching it in a way that makes sense to them.

Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.

If math is a problem, Mathnasium can solve it. Students will grow more excited and confident about math—and their grades will reflect that.

For students who already excel in math, the sky’s the limit. They will work to expand their math skills and, with math learning made exciting, can see all the doors that being great at math can open.

For more than a decade, The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids understand and appreciate math. The West Seattle Mathnasium Learning Center is in Jefferson Square (4734 42nd SW), 206-800-6284.

We thank Mathnasium 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.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced as spotlight speaker for 2019 Westside Awards

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will be in the Southwest Precinct area later this morning, joining Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmember Lorena González in South Park at the signing ceremony for the bill creating new hiring bonuses for experienced officers. And she’ll be back April 30th, it’s just been announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, as keynote speaker for the 2019 Westside Awards. The awards will be presented at a 7:30 am breakfast event at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor). Tickets are on sale now via the Chamber website; nominations for the awards, meantime, remain open through Friday.

You still have time! Suggest nominees for 2019 Westside Awards

Have you sent your suggestions yet? Before the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce celebrates local businesses and community advocates at the annual Westside Awards breakfast event on April 30th, they want to hear who you would nominate! You still have time, so hurry up and go to this page on the Chamber website to suggest nominees for Westside Business of the Year, Westside Emerging Business of the Year, Westside Not-For-Profit of the Year, Westsider of the Year. As a reminder, the eligibility criteria are:

*Nominees will have made a major or visible contribution in the past year that reflects commercial growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement.

*Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of West Seattle.

*Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources in community activities.

*Consistently excels in customer service and business conduct.

The nomination deadline is a week from tomorrow – March 15th. Wondering who’s won before? See the list here. You’re welcome to send nominations whether you’re attending the awards breakfast or not’ if you are,- get your ticket(s) here.

BIZNOTES: Tale of two salons

Two West Seattle business notes that you might say are from the cutting edge:

SNIP-ITS COMING TO THE JUNCTION: You might have noticed the flyer posted on the door at the south end of the Sisson Building, at 4506 California SW, where Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) had a temporary pre-opening office. Snip-its is the new tenant, part of a national chain of kids-haircut salons. The local proprietor will be West Seattle resident Duc Quan, who tells WSB, “I’ve always wanted to open a Snip-its in WS and this ideal location became available.” Target opening time frame: Late April/early May.

ALKI MOVE: We mentioned back in October that Salon West had moved from 7009 California SW in south Morgan Junction – a future redevelopment site – to 2738 Alki SW. We’ve since learned (thanks to Lori, who sent the announcement) that Sophia of West Seattle Kids Salon is now co-(re)located there too.

Habitats LLC: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we welcome Habitats LLC as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:

We are a small team of enthusiastic horticulturalists that offer solutions and personalized garden services ranging from fine garden maintenance to design and installation. Habitats is proud to be based out of West Seattle.

As your landscape undergoes seasonal changes, Habitats ensures that the aesthetic value, health, and functionality lasts through every month of the year.

We believe that skilled and attentive care is the key to bringing out the best in your ever-evolving residential garden. We specialize in meeting your garden’s changing design and maintenance needs, so the balance and beauty of your natural spaces remain consistent throughout the year. As we make these small renovations to the design and function of your garden, Habitats also provides all weeding, pruning, mulching, and other aspects of care needed through the changing seasons. We offer multiple programs to fit specifically with your garden’s needs.

Habitats’ design philosophy is centered on the creation of sustainable, low-maintenance landscapes that will captivate your interest all year long. We can meet with you on an hourly basis to discuss your garden and landscape needs. The focus of Habitats‘ Design/Build service is on residential landscape projects. We partner with reliable contractors for project installation when needed.

At Habitats LLC, we are dedicated to our clients and all of their landscape needs. Please visit our website to learn more and to schedule a consultation.

We thank Habitats LLC 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.

West Seattle Junction merchants have a few questions for you

(Heart of The Junction, as seen via ‘live’ SDOT cam)

The West Seattle Junction Association – the organization that is made up of, and represents, area businesses – hopes you can spare a few minutes for a survey. They’re looking at the year ahead, with issues including – but not limited to – the future of the parking they offer “free” to shoppers. According to WSJA executive director Lora Radford, a big goal of the survey is to “help us understand why people are visiting the Junction.” No end date for the survey, but as always, the sooner the better – it’s short! Just go here.

VIDEO: Northwest Insurance Group’s new art, by an artist you might recognize

You might know West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen (above right) best for his signal boxes. He also works on commission – and today we learned one of his latest works is in the Northwest Insurance Group (WSB sponsor) office of John Moore (above left), who shared the photo as well as this time-lapse video:

John explains that he recently asked the artist – who’s also a client of his – to “create a unique piece of art for our office and somehow tie it into our new logo. I am a big fan of his work and sometimes get lost in the depth of his detail and imagery. He approached me with a couple of concepts and I chose the one featured here. He spent 3 days working on it and I couldn’t be happier.” (NW Insurance Group, by the way, is headquartered at 5431 California SW.)

WESTSIDE AWARDS 2019: Who should win? West Seattle Chamber of Commerce opens nominations

It’s a springtime tradition – the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce celebrates local businesses and community advocates by presenting the annual Westside Awards at a breakfast event. This year, that’ll happen on April 30th – and today, the nominating process is open! Go to this page on the Chamber website to suggest nominees for Westside Business of the Year, Westside Emerging Business of the Year, Westside Not-For-Profit of the Year, Westsider of the Year. Criteria include:

*Nominees will have made a major or visible contribution in the past year that reflects commercial growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement.

*Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of West Seattle.

*Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources in community activities.

*Consistently excels in customer service and business conduct.

Past winners are listed here; nominations are open until March 15th.

P.S. Tickets for the April 30th breakfast are on sale, too – go here.

BIZNOTE: Payless ShoeSource reported to be closing its stores

Westwood Village apparently will soon have yet another vacant storefront: Payless ShoeSource, which has a store on the shopping center’s south side. National news outlets including NBC, Reuters, and CNN quote Payless tonight as saying it will close all 2,100 of its U.S. stores in the months ahead, with liquidation sales starting as soon as this Sunday. (Thanks to the readers who’ve sent tips on this.)

FOLLOWUP: Alair closing temporarily after tomorrow

Last week, we reported on Alair proprietor Shandon Graybeal‘s announcement that she’s moving the shop to a larger new location just a few doors away. Now she’s set the timeline. This week she’s having a moving sale – open until 7 tonight, again noon-7 tomorrow (Thursday), then closing the old location and taking about a week to move. “Everything in the store is 50% off. There is a bunch of furniture for sale as well – tables and bookshelves mostly,” she says. She’s hoping to open the new location at 3270 California SW in time for the February 9-10 weekend and pre-Valentine’s Day shopping.

REDEVELOPMENT: Alki Lumber’s Sweeney family ‘studying alternatives’ for West Seattle Triangle properties

(Photo courtesy Lynn Sweeney)

Another family-owned business with a lot of history in West Seattle is looking to the future. Here’s the announcement we received this afternoon:

The Sweeney family has announced they are studying alternatives for their properties located in the West Seattle Triangle, including the current site of Alki Lumber & Hardware. Lynn Sweeney, current owner and operator of Alki Lumber and The Grove, West Seattle Inn, provides the following statement:

In looking to our future, we are faced with the current closure of the SR99 viaduct, upcoming Avalon Way repaving and bike lane project, current ST3 Link Light Rail planning of the West Seattle to Ballard extension, and the continuing support and funding for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project. Pairing that with the age and condition of our current retail spaces, now is an opportune time to plan long-term for our footprint in the West Seattle Triangle neighborhood.

As a result, we have been actively working to study and understand the implications of zoning, alternatives for the Link Light Rail guideway alignments and station locations, and other urban design factors that affect the extended family’s real estate holdings. Our goal is to establish a vision and a master plan for the future of our properties to benefit the West Seattle Triangle community, which serves as the gateway to the peninsula. This will be a long-term, multi-year, phased approach. Given their depth of experience in transit oriented development and complex urban design and planning projects, we are partnering with HB Management and Northwest Studio to provide their professional knowledge and expertise. Ed Hewson of HB Management and his family have been friends of my family for over 50 years. We are grateful for the broad portfolio of knowledge he brings to the table and, as importantly, for his shared passion for and understanding of the West Seattle community.

We feel lucky to ride on the coattails of Jack Miller of Husky Deli and his published letter to the community about the future of Husky Deli. Our background story is similar in many respects. In 1921 my great grandfather, James A. Sweeney, founded Alki Lumber & Hardware Co. at its original location at Harbor Avenue, on the shores of Alki Point. At the time, Seattle was home to countless independent lumberyards. Today only a select few remain, including Alki Lumber, which is now in its fourth generation of Sweeney-family ownership and operation.

When James passed away in 1938, the business continued under his wife Mayme and son, Bill Sweeney. It was at this time that the Harbor Avenue location was closed and Alki Lumber opened its doors at 36th Ave and SW Avalon. In 1957 the business, including the original building structure, were moved across the street to its current location at 4422 36th Avenue SW.

“Tell it to Sweeney” was a familiar sign on the trucks that serviced West Seattle through the early years and has become a mantra of the company’s “can-do” service philosophy to this day. When Bill passed away in 1962, his wife Hazel and his son, Jim B. Sweeney, in his early twenties at the time, took the helm. In the early 1960s, Jim purchased the wholesale dealer Dearborn Lumber Co. and merged it with Alki Lumber’s retail arm as an avenue to compete in Seattle’s booming commercial lumber market.

After 50 years of unsurpassed leadership, my dad passed away in 2012. As the fourth generation’s flag- bearer, I stepped in with a team of dedicated employees to continue the family’s heritage and the company’s ongoing commitment to service excellence. Thanks to this commitment and loyalty of numerous long-time customers, Alki Lumber has continued to serve the West Seattle community and beyond, supplying materials to contractors and homeowners throughout Greater Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

As Jack so accurately explained in his letter, “the future isn’t the exact footprint where we are now.” Anyone who comes into Alki today knows that we still look a lot like 1957 and that the structures, lumber trucks, semis, and forklifts don’t mesh with the changing neighborhood or the changing environment for small business in the City of Seattle. The family has decided it is time to study alternatives. As part of this study, the intent is to continue to be an active and responsive member of the community. We will be looking for ways to continue to add value through new retail experiences and by enhancing the uniqueness and vintage character of our piece of West Seattle.

As part of this, we look forward to continuing our longstanding tradition of providing full-service lumber and hardware to the West Seattle community and beyond. We will evaluate new and creative ways to grow our retail footprint in the community, potentially with more mercantile-style offerings, while considering serving wholesale customers from an additional location that better meets the industrial and commercial needs of our business. This is a multi-year, phased approach and Alki Lumber will remain fully operational during the process.

It’s an exciting time, which needs support. We appreciate the loyalty of our employees and customers and we remain dedicated to being part of the community, growing together and continuing the legacy and investment in the community for a fifth generation.

In addition to the two properties mentioned in the statement – Alki Lumber (36,000+ square feet at 4422 36th SW) and The Grove (22,000+ square feet at 3512 SW Alaska) – county assessor’s office also show the family owns an apartment complex at 4500 36th SW (28,000+ square feet). We asked Lynn Sweeney about others. Her reply: “The primary parcels we are studying are where Alki Lumber sits. Family members also own The Grove Inn, the apartment, the Alki Lumber warehouse on 37th, and the buildings on 36th that are occupied by Alki Artisan and Unique Services/Seattle Sorbet. These will be studied as part of the master planning.” Most of the area is currently zoned for mixed-use to 65 feet of height, and under the current HALA MHA upzoning proposal before the City Council, would add another 10 feet. The Triangle went through an extensive planning process that was launched nearly a decade ago.

BIZNOTE: Flying Apron now open in West Seattle Junction

Four months after Flying Apron announced it would add a West Seattle Junction location in the former Great Harvest space at 4709 California SW, today is opening day. The photos and announcement are out of the WSB inbox this morning:

Because we are SO EXCITED to bring our store to the West Seattle neighborhood, we’re opening to the public starting today – Sunday, 1/27! We’ve still got a few things to complete at the shop and will be working with limited hours to the public for the next two weeks – but we are very excited to launch this new, beautiful store to the West Seattle neighborhood. Expect us to be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with a few exceptions here and there. If you see us, knock on the door, stop by and say hello! We’ll have a full menu of food and beverage, casual dining, and AMAZING coffee. To find out what we’re about, visit: www.flyingapron.com – Hello neighbors!

Grand Opening is Saturday, February 9th!

Join us on Saturday, February 9th – for our grand opening! We’ll have music and tons of samples! Stop by, say hello, grab some food – this day is on US! We want everyone to experience what it means to Eat Freely. More details to come!

The new location of their vegan/gluten-free eatery is the third West Seattle business for proprietors Angela Cough and Jeff Silva, who also own Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and Shack Coffeehouse (2920 SW Avalon Way).

BIZNOTE: New, larger location for Alair

The West Seattle gift shop Alair is moving – but not far. Proprietor Shandon Graybeal sends word that she is moving to a larger space at 3270 California SW (former home to Equilibrium Fitness).

It’s just a few doors down from her current location at 3280 California SW, but with about 600 more square feet of space, “so we can start offering more print services (for screen printing and invitations, etc), calligraphy classes and pop ups, and eventually we’d like to have a letterpress back there. That’s years down the road though.” Alair is having a Moving Sale through month’s end – “offering 20% off everything and … a big section that’s 50% off,” open 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am-4 pm Sundays through month’s end. She says she’s hopeful there won’t be much downtime for the move and expects to open the new storefront sometime in February, with a Grand Reopening party in March. She adds a special thanks to customers who’ve been patient as she has “had to utilize the ‘Back in 10’ sign a ton recently” and to other businesses that have been supportive. Alair is in its third year of business.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction parking-lot boxes removed, new donation option added

If you park in one of the West Seattle Junction Association‘s “free” lots today while visiting the Farmers’ Market, you might notice something missing: The donation boxes are gone. As reported here earlier this month, the Junction Association was served with an order from the lots’ owner, the consortium Trusteed Properties, to remove the boxes or be found in violation because TP considered the boxes to be charging for parking, which the lease forbids without permission.

WSJA removed the boxes earlier this week after its response to the order drew no reply. So the donation boxes are in storage. The small replicas at local businesses are still in place and WSJA has launched another way you can chip in:

You can choose to “round up” your purchase at participating local merchants to the nearest dollar, to contribute to the fund to cover the rent increase that imperils their ability to keep offering parking ($90,000 in 2016 to $245,000 this year). You can also text WSPARK to 44321 to donate by credit card. Or donate here online. (The Junction Association is a nonprofit.)

8 Limbs Yoga West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, the West Seattle branch of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:

8 Limbs West Seattle is a vibrant and welcoming yoga studio right in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. We opened in 2005 above The Matador and continue to offer high-quality yoga in a spacious clean studio to folks of all ages and levels. 8 Limbs teachers are highly trained and passionate about the breadth of yoga practice. Here you’ll find both gentle, restorative classes and a sweaty, flow practice, as well as classes in the aspects of yoga beyond the physical postures, such as pranayama (breath practices), meditation, Yoga Nidra.

Our regular members come to 8 Limbs for the teachers, the quality of instruction, and the strong sense of community from our almost 14 years in business. If you are looking for a yoga home in West Seattle, come to 8 Limbs! Learn more about our studio on our website.

Check us out with our NEW STUDENT SPECIAL: 3 Weeks of Unlimited Yoga for only $38. Sign up in the studio or online.

New to yoga? Begin with our 6-week Intro Series, a great way to start (or re-start) your yoga practice. Monday nights at 7:30 pm starting February 25 or April 8.

A few examples of our regular offerings:

Early Morning Flow: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 am
Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga: MWF 9:30 am and 6:00 pm, Tuesdays 6 pm, and Sundays 9:00 am.
Gentle Yoga: Mondays 4:30 pm
Hatha Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am, Wednesdays 7:30 pm, Thursdays 5:45 pm, Fridays 4:30 pm, Saturdays 10:45 am, and Sundays 5:00 pm
Yin Yoga: Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Restorative Yoga: Saturdays 4:00 pm
Yoga Tune-Up: Sundays 10:45 am
Kids Yoga Series: Wednesdays 4 pm (starts Jan. 23)
Yoga for 50+ : Thursdays 11:15 am
Intro to Yoga: Mondays 7:30 pm
Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) Workshops: 2nd Sunday of the month
Full schedule can be found here


Every February we host the 28-Day Commitment, an opportunity to commit to daily yoga practice with the support of our 8 Limbs community. There’s no extra charge, and no requirement to do all of your practices at our studio, you can practice at home, while traveling, at other studios. Come in before February 1st to join us: you’ll get a free wrist band to show you’re “COMMITTED” and can sign your name on our in-studio posters to track your month. This year’s theme, Roots of Yoga, comes from a commitment to link our modern day practices of yoga to their source teachings and teachers – both to show respect and to inspire a deeper understanding of this powerful lineage.

8 Limbs Yoga Centers is a family of four neighborhood studios in Seattle, and any class passes and memberships purchased at 8 Limbs West Seattle can also be used at our other studios in Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Wedgwood. We are a proud member of the West Seattle Junction Association. Contribute to the Junction Parking in the red box on our front desk! 8 Limbs is at 4546 ½ California Ave SW (entrance in alley behind Matador), 206.933.YOGA (9642)

We thank <8 Limbs Yoga West Seattle 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.

SHUTDOWN SURVIVAL: West Seattle Autoworks’ offer

Another offer for federal workers who aren’t getting paid while the federal shutdown continues: West Seattle Autoworks (7501 35th SW; WSB sponsor) is offering free diagnostic time. They now handle all makes of vehicles, b the way. You’ll just have to show your government ID to take advantage of the offer. Go to their website for an appointment request, or call/text 206-257-5344.

BIZNOTE: Shadowland changes

Two readers emailed us to report that they had heard Shadowland in The Junction would be discontinuing its regular slate of events including pub-quiz trivia and DJ Night soon. They were worried it was a sign of more change to come. So we went over to ask. No, manager Heather told us, not a sign of anything ahead – they are doing fine as a restaurant and bar and have decided to focus on that since attendance at events had slipped, and features such as trivia are abundantly available elsewhere. Shadowland (4458 California SW) is in its 12th year.

Now West Seattle’s only bookstore, Pegasus Book Exchange is thriving

(Pegasus’s Eric Ogriseck thumbs through a rare offering: A 1906 first edition of “Peter Pan”)

Story and photos by Tony Lystra
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Now that the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble has closed its doors, Pegasus Book Exchange is West Seattle’s last surviving bookstore — and, despite a deluge of obituaries for America’s independent bookstores, business is booming at the family-owned store at 4553 California Avenue SW, employees say.

Eric Ogriseck, who has worked at the store for seven years, said 2018 was the best year in Pegasus’ history. The banner year was, no doubt, helped along by last year’s closure of Merryweather Books, just a few storefronts up California Avenue. Still, Ogriseck said, revenues at Pegasus have been jumping roughly 5-10 percent in recent years.

The vast majority of the book store’s shelves are piled with used books, but the store started selling a few new titles more than a decade ago, when customers were clamoring for new copies of the hit teen vampire drama Twilight.

With Barnes & Noble closing, Ogriseck said more books are on their way to Pegasus, which has been owned for nearly four decades by Fred and Lanthe Epps, of Mount Vernon, and managed by their grown daughter Emma Epps.

“We have to kind of stay with the times,” said Ogriseck, who added that the store will likely increase its new book inventory by 10 percent.

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Boom Studios, LLC: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we welcome Boom Studios, LLC as a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what they’d like you to know about what they offer:

Boom Dance Studios has spent the past 3 years working in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community centers in West Seattle. We have provided a variety of classes locally and have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you all!

We are excited to announce that starting January 14th, 2019, Boom Studios, LLC (formerly Boom Dance Studios) will have a new home at Mode Music & Performing Arts, 3801 Delridge Way SW, next to The Skylark.

Boom Studios encourages learning in a non-traditional environment through an inclusive, engaging, safe, body-positive and fun atmosphere. Our Boom Team inspires our students to be creative, innovative, explorative and energetic.

We offer classes for all ages: Tots (as young as 6 months old), Kids, Teens, Adults, and Seniors. From Hip Hop to Ballet, Urban Sass to Burlesque, Musical Theatre to Creative Movement … we will have your entire family grooving out of the studio feeling confident, happy, and ready to take on the world!

Registration for Winter classes is open online now. Visit boomstudiosllc.com/register to get involved in out Winter classes starting January 14th, 2019. Use promo code WSBLOG5 to receive 5% off your first class registration; valid for Winter and Spring sessions only.

Make sure to check out our events page for information on our special events – especially our Valentine’s Fever Dance Party & Parents’ Night Out! That’s right, we are opening the studio for you to drop off your children for a night of crafts, dinner, movie, cocoa/popcorn, 30 minute Hip Hop class and dance party!

Want to register for summer camps early? Come visit us at our Boom & Mode Studios Summer Camp Fair on Sunday, January 13th, from 3:00-6:00 pm. Games, entertainment, snacks, and prizes will be provided as well as chances to save big on our half- and full-day camps. More information is available at boomstudiosllc.com/summer-camps.

We thank Boom Studios, LLC 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.

BIZNOTES: 2 more West Seattle closures

Thanks for the tips on these following our coverage of other recent closures:

IRASHAI RESTAURANT: Though the “open” sign remains illuminated and flashing, the Japanese restaurant in The Admiral District has closed, according to the note on its door, first noticed by Kim. The note says, “We hope to serve you soon with a new restaurant and a new menu.” (We did note recently that there was an application for a change in its liquor license.) Irashai opened a year and a half ago in a space that previously housed Mawadda Café.

CHECKMATE DRY CLEANERS: This first surfaced in comments on our coverage of the West Seattle Pizza Hut‘s impending closure – commenter GatewoodGuy noted that the cleaners next door had recently closed too. We went over to verify and found a note on its door citing “personal matters” and referring customers to Q Cleaners in The Junction. This is the second dry cleaners to close in West Seattle in six months, following the Alki Cleaners closure in July.

Is asking for a donation the same as charging a fee? West Seattle Junction parking lot owners allege lease violation

(WSB photo, October 20, 2018)

A new skirmish in the ongoing fight over the future of the West Seattle Junction Association‘s free-to-shoppers parking lots. We’ve reported on the WSJA’s donation-seeking efforts to help cover the cost of dramatically increased rent. Now the lots’ owners, the consortium known as West Seattle Trusteed Properties, have served WSJA with a notice saying the donation boxes put up at the lots in October violate the lease, and giving the merchants’ organization 10 days to remove them or “vacate” (as in, give up the lots).

The paperwork headed “10-Day Notice to Cure Lease Defaults or Vacate” was shown to WSB by Junction Association executive director Lora Radford. It alleges three violations – that soliciting donations equals charging for parking, and that the donation boxes and signage were put up without “prior written consent” of Trusteed Properties. Radford said WSJA consulted its attorney and does not believe the donation campaign is a lease violation. The association was planning to send a response letter to Trusteed Properties, whose secretary Tyler M. Johnson signed the notice, dated January 4th but received Monday. Radford says they will stress that they don’t believe the donation boxes are a violation, but will request retroactive permission anyway.

WSJA says its rent this year – due largely to a property-tax increase that’s passed through under lease terms – will be more than $245,000, almost triple what it was in 2016. Ten separate parcels owned by Trusteed Properties comprise the four lots (three on 44th SW, one on 42nd SW). For more backstory on the rent situation, see our coverage from last March.