West Seattle businesses – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 BIZNOTE: Seattle Yarn finds new owners, will remain open https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/biznote-seattle-yarn-finds-new-owners-will-remain-open/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/biznote-seattle-yarn-finds-new-owners-will-remain-open/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:21:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925168 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.

Though the two West Seattle moms have been friends since they were in middle school, their first business partnership arrived very suddenly. Though Lea has yet to catch the knitting bug, she knew Itano, who has been enjoying the fiber arts for over 13 years, would be interested in the opportunity.

“I’m not sure how Destiny first heard about the shop being for sale, but when I discovered it, I sent the notification to her immediately,” recalls Lea. “I couldn’t wrap my head around the loss of this long-standing and beloved institution. One thing led to another, and we decided to go into business together.”

At least part of the partnership will include Lea picking up the needles herself.

“I look forward to teaching Cheryl to knit,” says Itano with a laugh.

The store will officially say goodbye to Bowen at a “Hello-Goodbye Party,” 6-8 pm Wednesday, August 15th, where customers will be able to wish her well on her new endeavors, as well as connect with the new owners, who will officially take charge of Seattle Yarn the following day.

Though Lea and Itano have many ideas for expanding Seattle Yarn’s offerings, including unique knitting patterns designed by Itano herself, they want to be certain they are building on what exists, rather than disrupting what has worked well for the community.

“We want to carry new and exciting yarn brands and offer classes, trunk shows, guest designers, and knit-alongs,” says Lea. “We also plan to maintain the existing knit nights so we can retain the vibrant community that already exists in this great shop.”

There is more to hosting events in the store than smart marketing, however. That idea of community applies not only to the surrounding neighborhood, but the people who come together around hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, and spinning yarn.

“My experience has been that yarn shops are more than just retail businesses,” says Itano, who had been patronizing Seattle Yarn since being taught to knit by her midwife 13 years ago. “They are like little community centers for people in the fiber arts.”

“I feel really fortunate and excited about keeping this place going.”

The shop’s current name and hours of operation (T/W/Th: 10-8, F/S/Su: 10-5, closed Monday) will remain unchanged. Patrons can also continue to stay informed of upcoming events at the shop through the Seattleyarn.com website.

Otherwise, Lea says they cannot wait to get to work.

“It has been a crazy whirlwind of excitement and anxiety, but we are really eager to get started.”

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YOU CAN HELP! Two Dream Dinners sessions next week to support Pearl Jam-led fundraising to fight homelessness https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/you-can-help-two-dream-dinners-sessions-next-week-to-support-pearl-jam-led-fundraising-to-fight-homelessness/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/you-can-help-two-dream-dinners-sessions-next-week-to-support-pearl-jam-led-fundraising-to-fight-homelessness/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2018 23:19:52 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924531 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.

Select a date and dinners for:
Tuesday, August 7th at 6:29 PM, or
Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM
Password: dinner

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.

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West Seattle Thriftway: Benefit barbecue today, Night Out contest catering Tuesday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-thriftway-benefit-barbecue-today-night-out-contest-catering-tuesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-thriftway-benefit-barbecue-today-night-out-contest-catering-tuesday/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:18:24 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924513

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.”

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Looking for work? Looking for workers? Next Westside Job Fair set for September https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/looking-for-work-looking-for-workers-next-westside-job-fair-set-for-september/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/looking-for-work-looking-for-workers-next-westside-job-fair-set-for-september/#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 00:04:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924466 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 lora@wsjunction.org or call 206-935-0904 to sign up.

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BIZNOTE: New location for Mobi Repair https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-new-location-for-mobi-repair/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-new-location-for-mobi-repair/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2018 21:31:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923919

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.

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BIZNOTE: Verity Credit Union opens its doors – wide! – in West Seattle Junction https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-verity-credit-union-opens-its-doors-wide-in-west-seattle-junction/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-verity-credit-union-opens-its-doors-wide-in-west-seattle-junction/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:52:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921524

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).

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BIZNOTE: Alki Cleaners closes https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-alki-cleaners-closes/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-alki-cleaners-closes/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:11:41 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921518

Thanks to Ben Hutchinson for the tip: The sign on the door at Alki Cleaners (2718 Alki SW) announces its closure after 19 years. If you still have cleaning to pick up, the sign has a phone number and email address to arrange pickup until July 14th. This is the fourth business to close in the heart of Alki in recent months, after Alki Urban Market, Maree Bistro, and Tully’s Coffee.

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Terjung’s Studio of Gifts closing after 50 years – but first, a West Seattle Summer Fest sale https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/terjungs-studio-of-gifts-closing-after-50-years-but-first-a-west-seattle-summer-fest-sale/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/terjungs-studio-of-gifts-closing-after-50-years-but-first-a-west-seattle-summer-fest-sale/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:59:01 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921152 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand. Above, Gregor Terjung with daughter Gail Spores)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“50 years is enough.”

That’s the simple reason Gregor Terjung gives for the decision to close his West Seattle Junction gift shop, Terjung’s Studio of Gifts.

He and wife Gloria Terjung took over the storefront at 4547 California SW in 1968, after 10 years of previous ownership. Their lease runs through this October, and they’re planning to stay open until then – depending on how long the merchandise lasts! – but they wanted to make the announcement now so you’ll know they’re having a big sale during West Seattle Summer Fest (July 13th-15th).

They aren’t selling the business itself, just closing it. Daughter Gail Spores – who’s been working there 40 years – doesn’t think anyone would buy it, given how the retail business continues to shift more and more onto the internet.

In the meantime, all these years, the shop has been a family labor of love as well as livelihood.

Gloria worked for the Seattle Housing Authority for 30+ years and is now focused on bookkeeping for Terjung’s Studio of Gifts. Gregor and Gloria’s daughter Gina comes in once a week.

Gregor is 88 but has continued to work seven days a week. Those aren’t short days, either – 7 am to 6 pm.

“I love what I do,” he explains. What exactly he does has evolved over the years. Along with running the retail operation, Gregor used to have a thriving hot-stamp printing operation with major customers such as Frederick & Nelson. The retail has been a constant, though. “I’m going to miss my customers,” Gregor acknowledges. And he knows they’ll miss the merchandise that they can’t find anywhere else.

The shop is small but has a big collection – from cards (half a dozen suppliers) to candy to candles to cups to crosses.

They also sell toys – people who came in with their parents as kids now bring in kids of their own; as we stand talking by the front counter, a stroller-pushing mom comes in to browse.

The candy, by the way, is in a classic glass case, sold in bulk – candy you might not have heard of before, like cashew grizzlies, watermelon rock candy, Boston baked beans.

An old-school gumball machine stands right next to the candy case.

Toys that have been popular over the years include Beanie Babies. The family remembers the craze in the 1990s. “We couldn’t keep them in stock,” Gail recalls. There’s still a shelf in back, and other types of toys in the store.

Seasonal items, too:

The shop’s draw has been its people as much as its merchandise, Gail believes. “People come back because of customer service.” Gregor adds, “I guess we’re doing something right.”

Gail says closing is “going to be hard even though we know it’s time … we’ve made so many friendships over the years.” And yet the retail business has changed in so many ways, not just the increasing dominance of online sales. The family recalls scouting merchandise at gift shows, which themselves have now consolidated and generally require a trip out of town, to someplace like Las Vegas.

While the family’s been West Seattle through and through for a half-century-plus, Gregor is from Chicago. He was stationed at the Fort Lewis Army base when he met Gloria, who was working for Boeing at the time. (Gregor’s four years in the Army also took him other places, including Fort Bliss, D.C., and California.) His family roots in Chicago are echoed in the store – particularly the candy counter; his grandmother had a candy shop in Chicago, and an inspirational work ethic, too – she made her own ice cream and sold hot dogs, too (“the best ones ever!”) and worked on strawberry farms in Florida during the shop’s seasonal closures.

“Quite a businesswoman,” Gregor says. Clearly, she would be proud of her grandson.

Now, about the everything-must-go sale that’ll start at Summer Fest: They’ll start with 50 percent off items outside (Summer Fest has its roots in a big sidewalk sale, after all), 25 percent inside. “Maybe more over time,” Gail says – they’ll see how it goes.

Once Terjung’s Studio of Gifts closes, what’s next? Gregor isn’t sure yet, though he admits, “I love woodworking. I have a wood shop where I can do stuff … though I’m getting to the age where my kids don’t want me around power tools.” Maybe classes, maybe volunteering. “It’ll be a big change after all these years.”

As it will for the West Seattle Junction.

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Champion hydroplane visits West Seattle HomeStreet Bank branch for public display and Chamber After-Hours https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/champion-hydroplane-visits-west-seattle-homestreet-bank-branch-for-public-display-and-chamber-after-hours/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 04:34:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920867

Just a little over a month until hydroplanes race at Seafair – and the West Seattle Junction got a bit of a preview today when defending national champion Miss HomeStreet visited the West Seattle branch of its sponsor, HomeStreet Bank (also a WSB sponsor). The public was welcome to visit this afternoon, which is also when we photographed branch manager Nam Le and his staff with the hydro:

Then tonight, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce converged on the branch (and the hydro) for this month’s After Hours.

Though it’s midsummer, there was a little Christmas atmosphere in one corner – “Santa Al” and The Christmas People, Rev. Fred Hutchinson and Ruth Bishop:

They invite you to Christmas in July, a benefit dinner and auction July 22nd at the Masonic Center – full details in our calendar listing. That by the way is also the day WestSide Baby is hosting its annual Diaper Drive Bash:

Nam (above, with WS Baby’s Toni Sarge) and his team are hosting a diaper drive at the bank – just drop off diapers at 4022 SW Alaska (see the hours here).

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BIZNOTE: Bohemian Studios sets opening date for new location https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-bohemian-studios-sets-opening-date-for-new-location/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-bohemian-studios-sets-opening-date-for-new-location/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:18:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920598

As first mentioned here back in December, Bohemian Studios (6531 35th SW) is preparing to move into a brand-new space at 4801 Fauntleroy Way SW – and they’ve set Labor Day weekend as their opening date. They’re planning to shift their schedule “to hold more barre students, offer more yoga classes, workshops, and yoga + barre teacher training” once they’re open. They shared the photos – above, the new building; below, their space:

Bohemian and other commercial tenants – a spa and nail salon among them – are moving into the ground floor of the new mixed-use building Liv Fauntleroy.

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West Seattle weekend scene: C & P Coffee party pours a cup of gratitude https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-c-p-coffee-party-pours-a-cup-of-gratitude/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-c-p-coffee-party-pours-a-cup-of-gratitude/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:29:57 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919926

Pete and Cameron Moores, proprietors of C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), presided over a party Sunday – to say “thank you.”

Signs like that one in the shop invited customers to celebrate the coffee house’s future, secured back in March when the couple bought it from their longtime landlords, who had put it on the market in January, promoted as a “terrific development opportunity.” Crowdfunding and more ensued, culminating in the $1,265,000 purchase. Sunday’s celebration included cake, the Marination food truck, and even a poem:

That was a collaboration between poets who have participated in PoetryBridge readings, among the many regular events at C & P (you can see their calendar here). We stopped by late in the party, so we asked Cameron if we’d missed any big announcements; no, she said, it was just all about the gratitude

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BIZNOTE: Canna West Seattle moves to ‘new’ location across the street https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-canna-west-seattle-moves-to-new-location-across-the-street/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-canna-west-seattle-moves-to-new-location-across-the-street/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:33:22 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919358 (WSB photos. From left, Amir, Arianna, owner Maryam, Kara)

Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is now open in its “new” location at 5440 California SW – which was intended to be its location all along.

When we reported back in 2016 that proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi had obtained the first state license for a recreational-marijuana store in WS, she had bought the Craftsman house and expected a relatively quick conversion from its previous incarnation as professional offices.

The city permitting process didn’t work out that way – so she launched Canna West Seattle across the street in a storefront that had been a dispensary in the medical-marijuana-only days.

But now, 5440 California SW is fully remodeled into Canna West Seattle’s permanent home. Mirnateghi says it’s larger than the space across the street, which means more room to display products and information.

There are also now five registers, which means less waiting at busy times. And soon there will be a sixth for people to pick up and pay for orders they place online. There’s also an illuminated menu board for pre-rolls.

While the new location doesn’t have offstreet parking, you can still park across the street in the lot for 5435 California SW, which Mirnateghi plans to reopen soon as Canna West Seattle’s merchandise store – “high-end glass,” T-shirts, etc. Also in the works, some paving along the alley behind the new location so a ramp can be installed for those unable to use the stairs that lead to the front door.

Canna West Seattle is open 9 am-11:30 pm seven days a week; June 23rd is set for a grand-opening party at the new location, so watch for details on that.

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UPDATE: Trying to call a local business? Comcast phone service problems https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/trying-to-call-a-local-business-comcast-phone-service-problems/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/trying-to-call-a-local-business-comcast-phone-service-problems/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:45:29 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918782 WEDNESDAY, 12:45 PM: If you’re trying to call a business and having trouble getting through … it might be the Comcast business-phone outage that’s affecting our area and others in the country. Here’s the Comcast tweet about it:

So far we’ve heard from (updated) three West Seattle businesses affected.

THURSDAY, 9:39 AM: Two commenters just mentioned the trouble’s not resolved. And Comcast confirms that via Twitter:

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40th anniversary celebration at Illusions Hair Design https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-40th-anniversary-celebration-at-illusions-hair-design/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-40th-anniversary-celebration-at-illusions-hair-design/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:45:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918324

Custom-decorated M&Ms are among the treats awaiting you if you stop by Illusions Hair Design (5619 California SW; WSB sponsor) to help celebrate 40 years in business! On June 1st, 1978, co-founders Sue and Linda opened the doors and got going with the scissors (etc.).

You can admire the wall full of memories when you stop by – this is just part of it:

And as is traditional for business anniversaries – you get the gifts – not only treats but also deals. No appointment needed to join the party; just visit before closing time, which is 6 pm tonight.

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Sneak peek inside new Burien PCC before Wednesday grand opening https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sneak-peek-inside-new-burien-pcc-before-wednesday-grand-opening/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sneak-peek-inside-new-burien-pcc-before-wednesday-grand-opening/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 04:27:17 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917438 (WSB photos)

At 8:45 tomorrow morning, you’re invited to be at the new Burien PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) store as it opens for business. We went to tonight’s media preview so we could show you a sneak peek – and find out what the new West Seattle store might have in common with this one. Short answer to that: Pretty much everything, as this is the prototype for all new PCC stores, we’re told. With, of course, perennially popular features like the bulk items:

And newer features like a taqueria and pizzeria:

Back to the classics – a space for classes:

And if your time is too short to prep and cook from scratch, you’ll have meal-kit options:

Beverage options:

And for yogurt lovers:

The centerpiece in the produce area holds a special significance:

An official “pineapple cutting” will start the opening ceremony at 8:45 tomorrow morning, and the first 112 people there will get free fresh organic pineapple. The store opens at 9 am. It’s in what used to be a Albertsons at the Five Corners Shopping Center, 15840 1st Avenue S. It’s 25,000 square feet, the same size planned for the new West Seattle store, expected to open by “late summer” next year.

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