West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lynn Dennis has officially resigned from her nearly 5 years as the CEO of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, effective at the end of the year.
Lynn has been the CEO of the Chamber since January 2014 and in that time has helped take the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce to a place amongst the most recognized chambers in the Pacific Northwest. Under Lynn’s leadership, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has grown its membership, increased member participation in its programs, built numerous partnerships, and has placed the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on a path for future growth and success.
Lynn Dennis says, “It has been a privilege and honor to serve as the CEO of an organization consisting of businesses and nonprofits who take seriously their role as leaders of a community known for the core values of integrity, respect and commitment. The WSCC members are known for being as committed to the West Seattle community and other peninsula businesses as they are to their own success. Thank you for this gratifying experience”.
The Board of Directors of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has launched a search for a new CEO.
Chair of the Board of Directors Pete Spalding says that while the Chamber is sad to be losing Lynn, “This has been an exciting last few years for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Under Lynn’s guidance and leadership our organization has grown its membership, outreach abilities and partnerships across the West Seattle peninsula. We cannot thank Lynn enough for her contributions to our organization.”
We e-mailed Dennis to ask about her future plans. She replied, “My family challenges need my focus and for me to be physically closer to home in Auburn. The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is ready to take the next big step and someone is going to have the opportunity of a lifetime. It was a hard decision but my family needs me. Nowhere in the Chamber industry do you find such a engaged membership. In the words of Buzz Lightyear … ‘to infinity and beyond!'”
Thanks to Lynda for the tip. The Jefferson Square storefront vacated by AAA a year and a half ago (4734 42nd SW) has a new tenant – signage says math-tutoring center Mathnasium is “coming soon.” The chain was founded in Southern California more than 15 years ago, according to its website, which says there are more than 900 franchisee- and company-owned centers in the U.S. and several other countries.
(WSB photo of TomboyX founders Dunaway and Gonzalez, at 2013 launch)
Five years after West Seattleites Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez launched apparel-and-more company TomboyX, they’ve just won a big honor – King County Small Business of the Year. From the announcement of the awards presented by County Executive Dow Constantine at a ceremony in Bellevue today:
Hundreds of nominations were narrowed down to 28 finalists in seven categories, representing 24 of the 39 cities in King County as well as unincorporated areas. Judges from several chambers of commerce around the region selected the winners using criteria like customer service, community involvement, and business model innovation.
The winners are:
Small Business of the Year: TomboyX, Seattle
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Concord Engineering, Seattle
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Triangle Associates, Seattle
Exporting Small Business of the Year: Pier2 Marketing, Seattle
Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year: Green Cleaning Seattle – Otium-Maid Services, Seattle
Workforce Development Small Business of the Year: Cognission Corporation/Sponge School, Kirkland
Rural Small Business of the Year: Reber Ranch, Kent
To be eligible for the Executive’s Small Business Awards, nominees must be located in King County, have been in business for at least three years, and have 50 employees or less.
TomboyX is headquartered just across the Duwamish, between SODO and Georgetown.
Halloween is just under six weeks away, and businesses in The Admiral District have decided to offer trick-or-treating that afternoon again this year:
That’s the official poster, just sent by Brent Amacher on behalf of the Admiral merchants – look for it on Halloween (which is a Wednesday this year) to see who’s participating.
P.S. West Seattle Junction businesses’ trick-or-treating will happen as usual during the Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, October 28th.
The 4709 California SW storefront that Great Harvest Bread Co. is vacating (as reported here Tuesday) won’t be vacant for long. This morning, we spoke with one of the West Seattleites who own Flying Apron and plan to open their third bakery/café in that space.
Angela Cough and husband Jeff Silva already have two West Seattle businesses – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and Shack Coffeehouse (2920 SW Avalon Way) – but their first business, Flying Apron, is in Fremont and Redmond. Now, they’re expanding it close to home, and Angela tells WSB they’re “very excited.” If you’re not familiar with Flying Apron, it’s a gluten-free, vegan bakery and café – sweet and savory items. Angela says they had long been looking for a West Seattle location and discovered the Great Harvest proprietors were looking for someone to take over the space. The Flying Apron café will be “casual dining,” counter-ordering with seating or takeout. They’ll offer soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, lasagna, etc. – all “100 percent gluten-free and vegan” – and when Flying Apron is up to full speed in West Seattle, they hope to have an “even more robust” variety of bread offerings. Custom cakes, too, even wedding cakes. “Our goal is food access … giving (people who have food sensitivities) the opportunity to enjoy things they loved” even before they changed their diet. Full-service coffee, too, “similar to what you’d find at Hotwire and The Shack.”
Once they open – no later than January, Angela says, though they hope to at least have part of the operation going during the holiday season (it will likely take them a little extra time to convert the space because it needs to be thoroughly cleaned for the transition away from wheat and other ingredients Flying Apron doesn’t use) – their hours will likely be similar to their current Flying Apron cafés, in the 8 am-7 pm vicinity. And they’re glad to be able to keep the Junction space in local hands: “I was born and raised here – really, never left – so for me (especially) it’s a big deal. We’re very well-rooted in this community – our kids go to Genesee Hill Elementary,” and they support local nonprofits.
They promise a community “launch party” when the West Seattle Flying Apron is ready to go. “We’re going to do our best to open as fast as possible.”
11:46 PM: Work local! Organizers tell us they have a “steady stream” of potential employees moving through the second West Side Job Fair, continuing until 1 pm at Great American Diner & Bar (4752 California SW) in The Junction.
Above are West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board chair Pete Spalding and CEO Lynn Dennis and WS Junction Association executive director Lora Radford – their organizations are presenting the Job Fair in partnership with WorkSource. Just bring copies of your resumé and get ready to talk with local businesses and organizations who are there hoping to fill more than 100 jobs.
P.S. We’re the West Side Job Fair’s media sponsor, and also want to remind you that year-round, local (West Seattle/White Center/South Park) businesses are welcome to post job listings, free, on WSB – just follow the JOBS link on our site menu.
5:25 PM: 116 jobseekers participated today!
Thank you for the tips. That note on the door of Great Harvest Bread Co. in The Junction (4709 California SW) confirms it’s closing. Since it’s closed on Tuesdays, there was no one there to talk with when we went by a little while ago, but the note says:
To all of our wonderful and loyal customers:
After 16 1/2 years in business the time has come for us to hang up our aprons. Due to doubled rent in 2017 and personal family reasons, our family must move on to the next chapter in our lives. We appreciate each and every one of our customers. We have met some amazing friends during our years in West Seattle. We will miss you and we can’t say thank you enough for supporting our family-run business. As we close our doors, it is time for another family-run business to take over and serve this wonderful community. Stay tuned for the details to come.
Friday, September 21st, will be our last day of business. Again, thank you all for EVERYTHING!!!
The Pals Family
Though Great Harvest is a chain, as explained on the West Seattle store’s website, they have operated under a “Freedom Franchise,” explained as “we get to run our business in a way that meets our community’s unique needs.”
9:09 AM: Tomorrow’s the day for this year’s West Side Job Fair – 10 am-1 pm Tuesday (September 18th) in The Junction, with more than 30 local employers interviewing for more than 100 jobs. From office to restaurant, medical practices to schools, and more. Just show up, and be sure to bring multiple copies of your resumé – the West Side Job Fair is at Great American Diner and Bar (4752 California SW). WSB is media sponsor again this year, since we work all year to connect employers with prospective employees via free job listings.
9:09 PM: Here’s the updated list of employers planning to be there and the positions for which they’re hiring.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
As military equipment was unloaded at West Seattle’s Terminal 5 today, the long-underutilized dock’s future was discussed nearby.
One of the newest members of the Port of Seattle Commission, Ryan Calkins, was the guest speaker at the annual “State of the Port” lunch presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce at port-owned Jack Block Park.
He was introduced by the Chamber’s board chair, Pete Spalding of Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor), extolling the attributes of the park (whose namesake, the West Seattle-residing former port commissioner, was in attendance).
Calkins described himself as a small-business owner – saying that he used to own a business in Georgetown, sold it before running, but still has an interest in a business in Wallingford. He acknowledged that West Seattle is in the heart of both the benefits and impacts of the port. His wide-ranging speech, followed by Q&A, touched a variety of topics, including T-5.
The second-ever West Side Job Fair is now less than a week away – next Tuesday (September 18th), 10 am-1 pm in The Junction. It’s co-presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Chamber of Commerce, with co-sponsors including WSB (home of year-round free WS job listings). WSJA’s Lora Radford tells WSB that 32 employers will be there, interviewing for more than 110 jobs: “Positions range from RN, office, banking, restaurant, teachers. It’s quite the mix this year. Job seekers should be prepared to be interviewed on the spot – please bring multiple copies of your resume.” Most of the employers and positions are listed here. The West Side Job Fair is happening again this year at Great American Diner and Bar (4752 California SW).
Another of the new businesses on the ground floor of the 4801 Fauntleroy Apartments (WSB sponsor) is open. Proprietor Phoebe Lind sent word that she is planning three open houses for her newly opened Spa Phoebe. For starters, she is open by appointment only, offering “massage (Swedish, Treatment/Sports, Prenatal, and Oncology), manual lymph drainage, facials, waxing/tinting, body scrubs/wraps, infrared treatments, and detox foot soaks.” She also has Franklin the therapy dog on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (other days by request). Her drop-in open houses are planned for Saturday, September 15th from 7-9 pm, Saturday September 22nd from 3-6 pm, and Tuesday, September 25th, from 5-8 pm.
Today we welcome Moving Minds Dance as a new WSB sponsor! As with all new local sponsors, they get the opportunity to tell you about who they are and what they offer to the community:
Moving Minds Dance is a recreational dance program shaped by the teaching philosophy “we can learn all things through dance” and a mission to create a world that encourages creative thought and joyful curiosity. The company, directed by Ciara McCormack Greenwalt, began offering classes in Queen Anne in 2014 and made its way to West Seattle and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center just a year and a half ago. Ciara first came to Youngstown as an instructor for Flourish Dance Project, and she fell in love with its vibrant and welcoming community. When Flourish ended in March 2017, she knew she had to step in and continue its legacy nurturing joy, artistry and community through dance.
This year, Moving Minds is excited to be presenting new curriculum-integrated dance classes. Just like at other dance studios and after-school programs, young dancers will learn different dance techniques and prepare combinations for performances. But these classes stand apart by applying real-world topics to technical training, encouraging students to become more curious and truly think creatively about their world. Each season, all classes will focus on one guiding theme to discover through dance. This year’s themes will include social-emotional skills and inclusive communities in the fall, physics and anatomy in the winter, and storytelling and literacy in the spring. With classes offered for students as young as 18 months (Dance Together) up to 9 years (Formative Level), families can be assured that each topic will be presented at a developmentally appropriate level for each child.
One overarching goal at Moving Minds Dance is to develop dancers who are humans first, with a deep capacity for joy, wonder, strength, intelligence, poise, and kindness. This goal is achieved through the program’s unique classes, where every moment is an opportunity to learn both about dance and being human, and through a friendly network of students, parents, and teachers. Families frequently remark on how much their kids enjoy Moving Minds Dance classes, the positive rapport the teachers have with students, and the significance of a warm, personal approach to doing business. The mark of success for Moving Minds is simply seeing students light up – eyes bright, minds open, and bodies moving expressively. Students’ growth into confident, helpful, passionate humans is the heart of this program.
Ciara McCormack Greenwalt, director of Moving Minds Dance, has been training in multiple styles of dance for over 23 years and holds a BFA in dance from Stephens College. She began teaching in 2008, moved to Seattle in 2013, and has since taught all over the metro area, including spending two years as a teacher and administrator at Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts. In addition to running Moving Minds Dance, Ciara teaches for the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Department, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Evergreen City Ballet. She also performs with Intrepidus Dance and serves as Vice President for the Dance Educators Association of Washington.
For more information about class offerings and schedule, visit movingmindsdance.org or contact Ciara directly for more information by emailing email@example.com or calling 206-504-1138.
We thank Moving Minds Dance 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.
That’s the Hummingbird, signature cupcake for Indulge Desserts LLC, which is taking over the 9003 35th SW spot vacated by Stuffed Cakes this summer. Proprietor Michele J. Auld tells us Indulge Desserts is a “retail and catering bakery. Our motto is ‘Custom cupcakes because your special day should be your special way.” She started in a commercial kitchen two years ago and now plans to be “creating a community atmosphere where you can satisfy your sweet tooth, grab a cup of joe and socialize with friends.” Along with specialty cupcakes, she sells “cake, Oreo & marshmallow pops, ethnic inspired desserts (I’m Hispanic), and anything my imagination dreams up!” Opening day is set for Saturday, October 20th; she plans to be open 11 am-9 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays by appointment.
Project 968 (4617 37th SW; WSB sponsor) is expanding! Proprietor Michael Browder‘s fitness business in The Triangle has added a new studio location at 5621 Delridge Way SW, and new classes that you are invited to try for free over the next week and a half. Michael says the new Project Studio is “our new location for unlimited barre, yoga and Pilates classes that will sculpt, strengthen and stretch your body. Through September 7th, we are offering free classes and special limited pricing to the community to check out the new space, and services. Check out our schedule and contact us for a class. Space is limited.” Here’s the schedule of free classes:
Barre @ 5:30 am
Barre @ 8:30 am
Closed in observance of Labor Day
Yoga @ 6 am
Barre @ 8:30 am
Pilates @ 9:45 am
Yoga @ 8 pm
Yoga @ 6 am
Barre @ 8:30 am
Barre @ 6:30 pm
Barre @ 5:30 am
Pilates @ 8:30 am
Yoga @ 8 pm
Barre @ 5:30 am
Barre @ 8:30 am
Yoga @ 8 pm
Contact info to book a spot in a free class (or find out about other Project 968 offerings) is here.
Thanks to Mark Daughhetee for sending that photo from yet another of Saturday’s big West Seattle events – if you remember the late ’70s-early ’80s TV series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” you’ll recognize Loni Anderson, celebrity guest for the ribboncutting at the Aegis Living of West Seattle (4700 SW Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) grand opening.
Aegis Living of West Seattle, with a public grand-opening celebration this Saturday, is one of the newest WSB sponsors. Here’s what they’d like you to know:
West Seattle has a new neighbor! Nestled along the west-facing hilltop of Admiral Way, Aegis Living of West Seattle assisted living and memory care community is now open, providing aging area residents a beautiful new home. Fresh colors, imaginative touches, and beachy design elements relate to the water-oriented West Seattle lifestyle and the restorative serenity that comes from living near the sea.
Aegis Living is a nationally recognized company known for its innovative offerings in assisted living. CEO Dwayne J. Clark (right) founded the company 21 years ago with a disruptive mindset to redefine the living experience for seniors needing care. This grew out of frustration with senior living options and poor service standards encountered when caring for his own mother. Aegis Living offers well-appointed assisted living with the amenities of a five-star hotel, combined with outstanding care from highly trained and valued staff. Aegis Living at West Seattle offers 82 apartment-style units for those who can no longer live independently and for people with advanced memory loss. Innovative Life Enrichment™ activities address mind, body, spirit to keep seniors healthy physically and mentally. “Premium surroundings make every day a celebration and provide a wonderful backdrop for the excellent care and sense of belonging provided by our warm and loving staff,” says Clark.
An “employee first” company recognizing that employees are at the heart of its success, Aegis Living treats employees like family, justas they regard the residents as family. Aegis Living rewards employees with outstanding perks and benefits, including the annual “Dream Big” giveaway with a range of cash prizes. In 2017, Aegis Living was named one of Glassdoor’s Top 50 Best Places to Work — the first assisted-living company to place on the national workplace review list. Aegis Living currently operates 31 communities in Washington, California, and Nevada, with six in development.
Stepping through the front door of Aegis in West Seattle, visitors are greeted by the fresh blue and white color palette of a relaxed, chic vacation villa. The dramatic two-story entrance hall features blown glass chandeliers and decor inspired by the sparkling blue water of the ocean. Whimsical features throughout include a submarine aquarium with portholes for viewing tropical fish and a real tugboat in the large outdoor courtyard — named for Dwayne Clark’s mother-in-law and longtime West Seattle resident Norene Ott. A theater and sports den enable residents to enjoy both cultural activities and cheer their favorite team in style. A spa, hair salon and barber shop keep residents looking good. Several elevated decks — including one on the roof — and a large outdoor courtyard provide numerous spaces to enjoy fresh air and views.
For more information or to schedule a tour, visit aegisliving.com/aegis-of-west-seattle.
GRAND OPENING: Area residents are invited to take a tour and enjoy grand opening festivities on Saturday, August 25th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at 4700 SW Admiral Way. Valet parking provided. Guests will enjoy fruit drinks, fresh Northwest seafood, and desserts. Music includes tropical style rock and a Caribbean steel band. Raffle prizes include original artwork ‘painted on site’ by local artist Beth Goodman. Actress Loni Anderson of “WKRP in Cincinnati” fame will sign autographs and help cut the ribbon marking the official opening.
We thank Aegis Living of 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.
First half of a doubleheader pet-event weekend is happening right now at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) – as featured in our daily highlight list and calendar, the Seattle Humane MaxMobile is visiting until 6 pm. It’s there with six cats looking for forever homes, 10 months to 5 years of age.
Sunday’s a big day for dogs and their people – the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search returns. Just bring your pup to the store between noon and 2 pm to be photographed – $10 per dog benefits the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic.
(If you absolutely can’t make it tomorrow, there’s a second West Seattle session this year, part of the WS Beer and Music Festival at Alki Masonic Center [4736 40th SW] at 1 pm next Sunday, August 26th; also $10 per dog, benefiting Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.)
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Seattle Yarn has found the new owners it needed to keep its doors open.
As we reported in May, store proprietor Ruth Bowen wanted to sell the business by August so she could pursue other interests.
Enter new owners-to-be Cheryl Lea and Destiny Itano, who will soon assume ownership of Seattle Yarn, assuring that the shop which has served local knitters for more than two decades will continue.
Even if you’re not going to the Pearl Jam Home Shows next week, you can support the band-led fundraising campaign to help with homelessness. We have heard from one West Seattle business that’s joining the campaign – longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners-West Seattle:
Dream Dinners, West Seattle is proud to band together with Pearl Jam and our community to alleviate homelessness.
We are committing $10 of each session sale on August 7 and August 8 to support #thehomeshows. Eat, drink and fight homelessness in King County.
Assemble 3 medium family-size (2 to 4 servings) dinners for $34.95.
Select 3 of the following dinners:
Terracotta Chicken with Pita and Hummus
Savory Grilled Chicken with Sesame, Honey Butter
Kentucky Pork Chops with Bacon Ranch Green Beans
Limoncello Shrimp with Coconut Rice
Buffalo Chicken Cavatappi
Snag your spot by following one of those links above and placing your order. Haven’t been to Dream Dinners before? Here’s how it works.
P.S. Other Seattle-area food-and-drink businesses donating part of their proceeds next Wednesday are listed here.
At West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor), Michele Grasso is leading another benefit barbecue right now – on most summer Saturdays, the store cooks and serves a barbecue lunch to raise money for a local nonprofit. Today it’s the Humane Society, and you can stop by until mid-afternoon.
The store has more community-supporting excitement ahead Tuesday night: Catering a Night Out party in Sunrise Heights for the winner of a contest held to raise awareness of the annual community-building block party night. Over the past two months, customers used punch cards – one punch for every $20 spent shopping – to get contest entries. Michele says more than 400 cards were entered by the time they made the drawing. The winner, Julie Robinson-Jasper, gets Thriftway catering for the 20+ people expected at her Night Out block party Tuesday (August 7th) in Sunrise Heights. The store’s announcement quotes her as saying she’s turning it into a fundraiser: “Now since nobody has to bring food or drinks, I’m going to ask them to bring money and we’ll donate it to the West Seattle Food Bank.”
Whether you are seeking employee(s) or employment, you’re invited to be part of the second Westside Job Fair, just announced by the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses will set up at Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction (4752 California SW) 10 am-1 pm Tuesday, September 18th, for on-the-spot interviewing. (We’ve signed on to be its media sponsor again.) If you’re a business owner and interested in participating, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-935-0904 to sign up.
The photo is from Casey at Mobi Repair, which has moved to a new location as of today: “We have been subletting in West Seattle Computer for 4 years now and have outgrown that. We love West Seattle with our whole hearts and love being the go-to for cellphone repair needs.” Mobi is now at 3215 California SW, several blocks south of the previous location.
It’s the financial institution that looks more like a café than a financial institution. That’s the view from the open-air (weather permitting) storefront where Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) soft-opened its first West Seattle branch today (4505 California SW; previous tenant, Radio Shack).
There’ll always be someone at the front to greet you; depending on what you’re there to do, you can go sit at a table, or at the bar in the back.
One feature of note – a coin-counting machine. Free for Verity members, five percent fee for others:
Speaking of five – you can join Verity for $5 (explained here). And there’s an ATM outside, part of the Co-Op network if you’re a member of another credit union. The branch will be open 10 am-6 pm weekdays, 10 am-2 pm Saturdays, and the grand-opening celebration is the first day of West Seattle Summer Fest (Friday, July 13th).