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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Businesses burglarized

The proprietors of adjoining Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Organic Superfood Café in Morgan Junction emailed to say they were burglarized early this morning – “Cash and iPhones and iPads stolen and damage to Youngstown’s front door.” They say security video recorded the burglar but may not be of much use because he was fairly well covered; they describe him as white, male, thin, 5’8″, in a blue hoodie and hat, wearing a medical face mask. Despite having to deal with the burglary’s aftermath, the businesses – which also have been deeply involved with community events – are open. How can you help? “The best way is to just come get some coffee, food, and smoothies. We so appreciate the support!”

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Till Dawn close to opening

The texter who sent that photo is one of several who pointed out the new signage at 5048 California SW, the former vehicle-licensing office. As we first reported last October, it’ll be the home of Till Dawn. In February, we got a few more details from co-proprietor Andrew Spence (who’s also a co-founder of South Delridge’s 2 Fingers Social) – who described Till Dawn as a “super-nerd bar,” for “beer nerds, coffee nerds, gaming nerds.” We checked in with him today; he says they’re ready to go, just waiting on inspections. And yes, he confirmed that as the window signage suggests, Boon Boona Coffee will be their roaster.

BIZNOTE: Dué Cucina expanding into former West Seattle Ma’ono space

Four weeks after confirmation that the original Ma’ono in West Seattle had been permanently closed and sold, we know what’s moving into the space: Italian food. We’ve confirmed that Dué Cucina will open its fourth location at 4437 California SW. Dué Cucina specializes in “authentic Italian cuisine,” centered on pasta – its founders are both from Tuscany; you can see the menu here. Its three restaurants are on Capitol Hill, in Roosevelt, and in Kirkland. In our brief conversation with co-founder Davide Macchi this afternoon, he told us they just got the keys to the space and don’t know yet how long it will take to get ready to open. They’re hoping it’ll be this fall.

BIZNOTE: South West Plumbing moves headquarters out of West Seattle

Thanks to the reader who sent a tip that South West Plumbing‘s North Delridge headquarters appeared to have suddenly cleared out. We went over to look and indeed – dark, closed, no one there, trucks gone, So we called today, and here’s what we learned: They’ve moved to Renton, to a site near IKEA. The move happened this past weekend, They stress they’re still serving this area (and the rest of the region), but they’d outgrown the site at 2401 SW Alaska. As for what happens next with that North Delridge site, we’re still looking into that; it’s 20,000 square feet, zoned C1-55, which means commercial/residential development up to five stories.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Coworking’s double move

West Seattle Coworking is moving out of its longtime Morgan Junction location after tomorrow. But it’s not just going to one new location – the coworking business will have two new locations. On Monday, August 1st, WSC will open what proprietor Ross Bevilacqua calls a “pop-up location” at 4454 California SW, next to Doll Parts Collective. They expect to be there for about a year until the redevelopment project for that site gets started. But in the meantime, around Labor Day, they’ll also open a newly built 3,000-sf space in this almost-complete mixed-use building at 9036 35th SW.

WSC describes this space as:

Class A office (best in class with hard floors, high ceilings, 12 foot windows, LED lighting, AC, phone rooms. a large boardroom, a quiet room. reserved parking, and plenty of unmetered street parking. The building is brand-new construction; it will have covered/secured bike storage and walking distance to Westwood Village. Rooftop access with peek-a-boo views of the water and Mt Rainier views.

Why move? Ross explained to clients in email that if they stayed at 6040 California SW, “our rent would be almost 50% more expensive than before, so it was time for us to find a new home.”

BIZNOTE: After-hours upgrade at Junction business

The work of running a small business continues around the clock much of the time. That was the case last night at Q Cleaners in The Junction. Monica Colgan – herself a small-business owner (HeartBeat SuperFoods Organic Café in Morgan Junction) – sent us that photo and noted, “It’s not every day that you drive by your local dry cleaners to see the windows have been removed from the entire storefront and what appears to be the installation of a whole new dry cleaning machine!” Today we stopped in to follow up. What was brought in via those open windows was actually two new machines, we learned, replacing equipment described as “really, really old.” The installation work was continuing. (The shop is under semi-new ownership.)

SPORTS: Local physical therapist offers advice for pickleball players in national publication

Pickleball is a surging sport – and with all ages playing, some players are in search of strategies to keep up with the challenges.

Mark Bouma of Lake Washington Physical Therapy‘s West Seattle clinic (WSB sponsor) tells us, “I recently had the opportunity to contribute to a national physical therapy magazine article (APTA Magazine) on how physical therapy is helping pickleball players stay healthy! Since pickleball is such a popular and fast-growing sport, particularly in the PNW, I thought this may be of interest to members of the West Seattle community.” Here’s the article in PDF. Mark also sent this link to an article on pickleball and shoulder injuries that he published last year on the LWPT website. Pickleball is so hot in Seattle, the city Parks Department is working to expand facilities; next step in its ongoing study is an August 11th briefing.

UPDATE: Admiral Safeway reopens after temporary closure

9:35 AM: Thanks for the tips. Admiral Safeway is temporarily closed. Some initial tips we got were that multiple local Safeways were closed because of a point-of-sale technology problem; we went to the one closest to us (Roxbury) and they’re open but a staff member said it’s a random point of sale problem affecting some stories. Jefferson Square told us by phone they’re having problems but are still open. We’re now attempting to reach regional HQ to find out more.

11:38 AM: Still haven’t heard back from corporate, but we just went back to Admiral Safeway to check on the store’s status, and they have reopened.

7 PM: A Safeway spokesperson explained in a reply to our inquiry: “A system update performed last night caused some technical delays that required temporarily closing some stores. All stores are now operating normally and have re-opened for business.”

BIZNOTES: Tails To Astonish anniversary sale; Alair ‘West Best Seattle’ T-shirt arrival, Lucky 5 no more

Three more biznotes tonight:

TAILS TO ASTONISH ANNIVERSARY SALE: The comics-and-toys shop just south of The Junction (4850 California SW; WSB sponsor) hopes you’ll stop by while in The Junction for West Seattle Summer Fest this weekend – because they’re having a sale! Tails To Astonish is turning 1, and to celebrate, “We will be doing a bunch of comics ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ … 25% off all toys … and 25% off all DC hardcover books.” Hours those days are 11:30 am-7 pm Friday and Saturday, 9 am-2 pm Sunday.

ALAIR T-SHIRT ARRIVAL: One week ago, we mentioned Alair Gift Shop’s plan to create “a love letter to West Seattle” with community members’ positive stories, in connection with a new design they’re launching. The “West Best Seattle” T-shirt is now available, Alair proprietor Shandon Armstrong tells us – see it (and order it if you’re interested) here. (Two colors!) The stories they’ve received so far, she says, will be compiled starting later this month.

LUCKY 5 NO MORE: Thanks for the tips. Less than two months after commenters mentioned the Lucky 5 gas station/mini-mart at 35th/Henderson has new owners, it also has a new look – rebranded as Shell.

We stopped in to ask about the change. The clerk told us the only thing that changed besides the branding is the hours – it’s now open 24/7.

Rick King of Caliber Home Loans in West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Rick King with Caliber Home Loans in West Seattle. New sponsors are offered the opportunity to tell you what they offer – here’s what he wants you to know:

After 34 years in the financial industry and 20 of them in the mortgage business, I have found that the best way to win a client and keep a client is to just be very honest and have integrity – both characteristics I learned at a very early age. I set the expectations as to what I and my team can accomplish for our clients, and then we do everything possible to exceed those expectations which in turn helps relieve stress on their part. I make sure new clients know this is supposed to be a fun experience as it will likely be the largest investment they make. Being available outside of banker hours also helps clients as they can’t always wait until tomorrow or Monday morning to get questions answered.

What most clients should know is that getting pre-approved or even credit-approved strengthens their offer as well as helps them understand exactly what payment range they can expect and afford without later disappointments. While at least providing a pre-approval figure, clients will know their maximum purchase price so they can shop within that range.

With the massive investment that Caliber has made in our infrastructure and today’s technology, a client can complete the entire application and loan process from the comfort of their home or office. Our platform allows a client to click and drag their supporting documents right into their private file, which in turn gives them the freedom to complete the task as soon as possible so they can return to their daily routine; not having to schedule an appointment and take time out of their busy day.

To contact Rick King with Caliber Home Loans in West Seattle, you can email rick.king@caliberhomeloans.com or call 206-602-3737.

We thank Rick King with Caliber Home Loans 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.

BIZNOTE: New ownership for John L. Scott Real Estate’s Westwood office

Scott Henry and Chantille Henry have a classic West Seattle story: They have been together 42 years, meeting as teenagers at Husky Deli.

For 17 of those years – since 2005 – they’ve been partners in business as well as life and love. That’s when they founded the John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood office (a WSB sponsor) with other partners. It’s evolved over time, and they’ve been sole owners for the past three years.

That’s about to change. The John L. Scott Ballard-Madrona Group office has acquired John L. Scott Westwood. The 51 Westwood office brokers will join The Madrona Group’s roster of 16. But home sellers and buyers won’t see much of a change – the office in central Westwood Village will remain open, and Scott Henry will stay on as managing broker for the first year of the transition.

We talked with the Henrys about their decision to sell the office. It’s been more than a business for them over the years – also a springboard for community events, such as the annual free shredding/food-drive day supporting the White Center Food Bank. But “we thought it was time to roll back our responsibilities a little” while continuing that community involvement. Once the transition is over, Scott will have “just one full-time job” – selling real estate with son Daniel. Chantille is assisting with the transition too but then plans to “take a few months off to figure out what’s next.”

They’re proud of working to increase the brand’s visibility in the area (their office serves part of Burien too), with ~450 transactions a year. “We’ve built up a nice reputation, and have great agents we’re super-proud of.” They say new owners Jason Fox and Joe Kiser are “like-minded (and will) support agents like family.”

And the Henrys promise their support for West Seattle will continue: “We love our community and we’re still part of it.”

VIDEO: Lite Sleeper rocks Easy Street x Best of Hands launch party

July 9, 2022 9:35 pm
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Rock fans of all ages were at Easy Street Records tonight for an in-store double bill with Lite Sleeper and Panic Grass. The occasion – the launch of The Bar Is Open hazy IPA, a collaboration between Easy Street (which, you probably know, recently added a bar) and Best of Hands Barrelhouse. We caught part of the show by Lite Sleeper, whose members include a luminary in West Seattle’s music-business scene, Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor).

This band has a launch of its own this summer – its debut EP.

This was Lite Sleeper’s second show. As for the new IPA – it’s the house IPA at Easy Street, and available at Best of Hands (35th/Webster) in cans and “limited draft.”

BIZNOTE: Grand reopening for Outer Space Seattle

July 9, 2022 4:54 pm
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Outer Space Seattle, the indoor playspace on Alki, is celebrating its grand reopening. Here’s the announcement:

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, Outer Space Seattle has officially re-launched open play! Bring your kids in for play time on their custom 3-level indoor playground. Enjoy fresh air from Alki Beach through their large garage door while your kids explore.

The back playroom features a rotation of different toys, great for kids 0-12 years old (but perfect for the 2-10 year olds). Grown-ups are allowed to climb into the playground with their younger kids, or stay on the lower level with them. Your entry price is good for all day play and adults are always free. Socks and signed waivers are required by all.

OPEN PLAY HOURS

Monday to Friday 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

ENTRY FEE

Kids under 1 years of age $7 + tax
Kids 1-12 years old $14 + tax
Adults are always FREE
Pre-Purchase a 5 Pack get 6 entries! $70 + tax

Outer Space Seattle
2820 Alki Ave SW #2
*Free parking in underground parking lot

Outer Space Seattle was a co-sponsor of last Monday’s West Seattle Fourth of July Kids’ Parade and is sponsoring the Kids’ Zone at the upcoming Alki Art Fair (July 22nd-24th).

BIZNOTE: Ex-Be’s Restaurant reopening as Bonjour Vietnam

After a year-long closure, what was Be’s Restaurant at 4509 California SW in The Junction will reopen next week with a new name, Bonjour Vietnam. New furnishings, too.

Same ownership – Jade Nguyen, daughter of Be’s longtime owners, who (mostly) retired during the early pandemic shutdowns, after 35 years,

Jade has run The Alley speakeasy-style bar behind Be’s since 2018. She is almost done remodeling the restaurant, with plans for a soft open starting around 5 pm on Summer Fest Eve (next Thursday, July 14th). We talked with her there this evening. Changes include a higher ceiling and new lighting, plus front windows that open.

As for the food, she says the menu is still being finalized but as the new name implies, it’ll have both French and Vietnamese flavors – from escargot and paté to pho, banh mi, and vermicelli bowls. She says making a change just made sense, as trying to replicate Be’s offerings with a different chef after her parents’ retirement just wasn’t working. Another change: The restaurant space now includes a bar.

FOOD/DRINK BIZNOTES: Ma’ono closed; Admiral Benbow open; West of Chicago update; Best of Hands x Easy Street

Food/drink notes:

MA’ONO: Though its website says the West Seattle fried-chicken-and-more restaurant is “temporarily closed,” tipsters told us it was permanently closed, and we’ve been trying for a week to reach its owners to confirm that. Yesterday we caught up with Mark Fuller at his new project, the Admiral Benbow revival, and he declined comment on Ma’ono’s status. However, Seattle Met is quoting him as confirming he has closed and sold the West Seattle Ma’ono. The restaurant at 4437 California SW was first opened by Fuller and wife Marjorie Chang Fuller as Spring Hill in 2008, and they morphed it into Ma’ono in 2012.

(added) ADMIRAL BENBOW: Speaking of which – it opened tonight. Main food item, hot dogs – so far!

WEST OF CHICAGO: Shawn Millard was hoping to open the new sit-down home of his deep-dish pizza at 3770 SW Alaska this week, but we went over to check and learned they’re coping with a few last-minute equipment problems, so they won’t be able to open sooner than next week. West of Chicago Pizza Company formerly served its signature pizzas out of a Delridge commissary kitchen; we first reported in October that he was taking over the former Chaco Canyon Organic Café space in The Triangle.

BEST OF HANDS X EASY STREET: Beer and music collaboration for these two – starting today, Best of Hands Barrelhouse has rolled out three new hazy IPAs in cans and on draft. One of them is the Easy Street Records “house IPA,” The Bar Is Open! To celebrate, a release party is planned at Easy Street (California/Alaska) this Saturday (July 9th) at 6 pm – with live music from local bands Panic Grass and Lite Sleeper (which, Best of Hands’ announcement points out, features Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars [WSB sponsor]).

Summer camp for social skills with Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA: New WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, behavior analyst Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA, who’s offering a one-week summer camp to help young children work on social skills. Here’s what she wants you to know:

I am a behavior analyst and parent local to West Seattle. I have worked in behavior for over ten years in schools, centers, and homes across the United States. During grad school, I completed my thesis and research on using video models combined with play to teach social skills to children, and I was amazed by how effective they were in introducing complex skills to young learners.

For the last two years, I have been supporting students with behavioral needs in the local school districts. This summer, I want to provide additional support to families to strengthen social and emotional skills following two years of near social isolation. I will be holding a morning camp for one week in August that focuses on using video models and lots of play to help teach young children to feel successful in social situations. Some of the skills I hope to focus on this year include learning to join play, share toys, take turns, respect personal space, accept no from peers and siblings, and how to acknowledge and regulate big emotions.

One thing that makes my practice unique, is that I am not trying to force any normative behavior on children. Instead, I gather information on the areas where THEY feel they are struggling socially and provide them tools to feel successful at parks, playdates, and school.

My camp is open to all children including, those with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorders, or those who may not have had many social opportunities across the last two years.

Our schedule will include circle time, snacks, and daily activities based on learners’ and parental preferences. For an application and/or more information, email madyline.ekins@gmail.com.

We thank Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA 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.

BIZNOTE: New ownership blossoms at Flower Lab

Flower Lab in The Admiral District has a new owner. But if you’ve been a customer, you probably already know Katie Ellison. Here’s the announcement:

Wendy and Paul Damoth, the previous owners of Flower Lab, have sold the business to longtime employee and florist Katie Ellison.

Katie and her husband Ryan, who’s been a postal carrier working at the West Seattle Post Office for more than 10 years – along with their children Roman (age 4) and Malcolm (age 2) – are excited for the opportunity to continue serving the West Seattle community for all their floral needs.

Located in the Admiral Junction, and sharing their location with Bebop Waffle Shop, Flower Lab is open for walk-in shopping and city-wide flower delivery.

Current Flower Lab hours are 8:30 am-3:30 pm weekdays, 9 am-2 pm Saturdays, closed Sundays.

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Thriftway wraps up Great Grocery Giveaway

A West Seattle Thriftway shopper named Lisa just won big. For the past three months, shoppers have been entered into a “free groceries for a year” contest, just to say “thanks” for their patronage these past few tough years. This afternoon, the winning ticket was drawn.

Thriftway (a longtime WSB sponsor) chose a random shopper named Brennan to pull the ticket. Thriftway management immediately got busy notifying the winner, who gets one $150 gift card a week for the next year!

BIZNOTE: Dough Joy Donuts opens in West Seattle Junction

Three weeks after we reported that Dough Joy Donuts was taking over the ex-Café Mia space in The Junction, they’re open. We got a tip last night from @westseattlereviews that Dough Joy had soft-opened earlier in the day, and after another tip this morning, we went over to confirm. Yes, they’re open at 4317 SW Oregon, and their hours will be 8 am-2 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. Their specialty is “plant-based donuts.” Dough Joy has beverages too:

And yes, as promised, one side of the shop is devoted to plants:

Along with the West Seattle, Dough Joy sells its donuts via a shop on Capitol Hill and truck in Ballard

PRIDE: West Seattle Junction flags will be up Saturday

(WSB file photo)

As Pride month continues, you might have wondered if the West Seattle Junction Association will display rainbow flags again this year. Answer: Yes – they’ll be up for one day, 9 am-6 pm tomorrow (Saturday, June 18th). If you’re interested in helping place them and/or take them down, a few volunteer spots remain. This is the fourth year for the Junction Pride flags. (For upcoming Pride events in West Seattle, see this section of our Event Calendar.)

BIZNOTES: Mountain to Sound Outfitters kayak demo; Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce debut; Pet Supplies Plus update

June 16, 2022 9:10 pm
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Three biznotes tonight:

KAYAK DEMO: Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) is having its first in-water kayak demo in three years on Saturday, and if you sign up now, you can. participate for free. It’s happening 11 am-3 pm at Alki Kayak Tours (1660 Harbor SW). As explained by M2SO:

Aquaglide Inflatable Kayaks will be our primary sponsor for our demo event, the world’s foremost manufacturer of cutting-edge inflatable technologies. Aquaglide specializes in inflatable kayaks and SUPs that perform nearly as well as rigid designs using drop-stitch technology. And this is going on in your backyard, West Seattle. No need to fight the West Marginal slog to head off our beautiful peninsula. Stick around and enjoy what we have to offer in West Seattle, and try out the best in paddlesports gear in the Northwest. Summer is just around the corner and now’s a great time to get your on-water gear dialed with your local paddlesports shop.

Pre-register here!

PAPA TONY’S HOT SAUCE: Tony Wilson is making Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce right here in West Seattle, and he’s about to debut at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. If you’re there when the market opens at 10 am Sunday (June 19th) you can even see his ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Buy a bottle and you’ll be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift card to Highland Park Corner Store. Find out more about this saucy New Orleans-founded business and its proprietor here.

PET SUPPLIES PLUS: We’ve reported previously on this locally owned franchise of a national chain coming to central Westwood Village. What we didn’t have previously was the target opening date. A spokesperson for the local franchise says they’re aiming for just before Thanksgiving. The franchisee is opening PSP’s first Washington store in Bellevue this summer, and also plans one in Federal Way.

BIZNOTE: New option at Dream Dinners West Seattle

June 14, 2022 8:59 am
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Longtime local meal-prep kitchen Dream Dinners West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is launching a new option – reducing its minimum order, so customers have more flexibility. Now you can start with just three dinners, and add more as needed; previously, Dream Dinners had focused on having customers order an entire month of dinners in one visit. Reducing the minimum order means families with smaller freezers or budgets can also utilize Dream Dinners to help avoid dinnertime stress when you’re trying to balance everything else life throws at you. Dream Dinners’ pre-prepped meal kits enable you to get dinner ready in 3 easy steps: thaw, cook, and enjoy. Most meals cook in under 30 minutes or come home ready to bake in the oven. Dream Dinners West Seattle is at 4701 41st Ave SW, on the east-facing street side of Jefferson Square. To place a June order, visit DreamDinners.com/WestSeattle.

BIZNOTE: Opening day for Alki Phở & Bar

(WSB photos)

Two months after we first reported that Alki Phở & Bar was on the way to 2808 Alki Avenue SW, it’s opening day.

The proprietors are Lynda Nguyen and Bien Phu Le.

They’ll be open 11 am-9 pm Sundays through Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

You can see the menu here and here. The previous establishment in the space. J & J Public House, closed last November.