West Seattle, Washington
The Pot Pie Factory is closing after five years – here’s the announcement – and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is raising money to keep one particular ingredient from going to waste. Sent by WSCC executive director Whitney Moore:
The West Seattle Chamber is raising $2,300 to purchase Pot Pie Factory’s remaining frozen, pre-diced halal chicken breast in order to donate it to the West Seattle Food Bank and White Center Food Bank. Please donate what you can today to help a local business plus our two local food banks.
Pot Pie Factory will continue to service the Proctor Farmer’s Market in Tacoma for the remainder of June’s Saturdays (6/11, 6/18, 6/25). They’ll have stock control turned on and will update inventory on the site as we get closer to June 26th, our last day for sales. We may even have a goodbye event at our production facility in West Seattle on June 26th.
New Day Cooperative, Cafe Racer Seattle, Highland Park Corner Store, Old 5th Avenue Tavern, and The Rusty Goat Cafe in Tacoma all have pies available for sale. They recommend you call in advance to make sure they have what you want in stock before visiting.
Two new-business notes:
NORTHWEST KIDS LIFE COACHING: After seven years teaching third grade at Fairmount Park Elementary, wrapping up a 20-year career in the classroom, Althea Chow has launched a new business, Northwest Kids Life Coaching. Her service is for kids 7-12, and her website explains the difference between “life coaching” for kids and counseling or tutoring them. She offers one-on-one sessions in person or via Zoom, with a free 15-minute consultation for starters – book via her website or email email@example.com.
INSIDE OUT: Amy Sennett-Starner says she has “made the very exciting decision to open my own yoga and Pilates studio here in West Seattle” – Inside Out, a “community-based studio that focuses on building mindful strengthening and stretching through yoga, Pilates and dance methods – including alignment, strength, breathwork and self-awareness.” She adds, “I have secured an amazing location at 3270 California Ave SW, Upper unit (formerly Counterforce Tae Kwan Do), above Alair Gift Shop and Dylan Clothing Co., with tons of space and light and room to move and grow and most importantly, look inside. I am in the early stages of a build ut and hopefully will be able to open doors this September.” She’s teaching yoga elsewhere in the meantime – info’s on her website.
Our new location in West Seattle is a donut shop AND a disco-themed plant shop in one! It will feature a layout that includes Dough Joy on one side, and Botanic! at the Disco > @botanicatthedisco < a disco-themed plant shop on the other. Glitter floors, neon lights, disco ball planters, cute houseplants - we got it all! At Dough Joy you’ll be able to find our fan favorites like Chocoholic, Strawberry Milkshake, and Pride, and we’ll often feature rotating specials like our Peanut Butter Cup, Banana Cream Pie, Boston Cream - and more! We will also have a full coffee bar with exciting drinks, featuring our friends at Fulcrum coffee. All our donuts are raised, fluffy kind, and also have no egg, dairy, or animal by-products (vegan friendly, but would never know it!).
This is an expansion for Dough Joy, which has been selling its donuts on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. No official opening date yet but “very close” is how they describe it.
More than three years after Payless Shoe Source closed its store on the south side of Westwood Village, its sign finally came down recently. Now we know why: A new tenant is listed for the space. the burgers-and-fries chain Five Guys. (Yes, right next to McDonald’s.) This is revealed via an update to the map and directory maintained by the center’s new ownership/management firm, Shopcore Properties (although the logo version used on the site map may not be the one they intended). Shopcore has also used the map/directory to announce other on-the-way-to-Westwood businesses including Pet Supplies Plus and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. This would be Five Guys’ 14th location in the greater Seattle metro area. According to a company factsheet, Five Guys started with a Washington, D.C.-area burger joint in the ’80s and started expanding nationwide in the early 2000s. We have an inquiry out to the company asking about the timeline for opening here.
West Seattle has another Little Free Art Gallery. This one’s at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), “made by an awesome customer,” explains C & P co-proprietor Cameron Moores.
You’ll find it on C & P’s covered outdoor north-side porch. Cameron adds, “Anyone is welcome to contribute art or take some home.” P.S. If you’re in the mood for beverages and/or art, C & P is open today until 6 pm.
Three and a half years ago, Mallika Siddiq took over the space at 4547 California SW that had for 50 years been home to Terjung’s Studio of Gifts. First she opened Lika Love Boutique in November 2018; then a year ago she added the speakeasy-style bar In The Heart to the back of the space. Today, she announced both will close in two weeks. Siddiq told WSB via email, “June 12th is our last day. Everything must go. We are selling our merchandise, fixtures, furniture, and bar ware.” As for why she’s closing: “The obvious reason – it has been very difficult to run a small business during and even after the pandemic, Financially it makes the most sense.” Before opening Lika Love as a bricks-and-mortar boutique – first in a brief previous Junction location, then in Morgan Junction, and then the current space – Siddiq was mostly mobile, with a Lika Love fashion truck. So what’s she doing next? “I honestly have no plans for the first time in many years. I am taking time off to do the things I love, spending quality time with the people I love, and travel.”
Mark Bouma of Lake Washington Physical Therapy (1309 Harbor Avenue SW; WSB sponsor) sent photos from a big week at the clinic: “It was our 1-year anniversary in West Seattle and we had many giveaways in the clinic, including mugs, t-shirts, roses, and water bottles to show appreciation for our patients.”
He also wants to get the word out that the clinic has added some new offerings – this flyer has details. And even if you don’t need physical-therapy services right now, remember that the clinic has also been showcasing local art – Mark says some new artwork is on the way in the next few months.
Today we’re welcoming our newest WSB sponsor, Mountain to Sound Outfitters, which has a sale this holiday weekend! New sponsors get the opportunity to let you know what they’re all about, so here’s their story:
Mountain to Sound Outfitters is West Seattle’s local independently owned outdoor store specializing in Snowsports, Paddlesports, Vehicle Racks, and Skates. Greg Whittaker began Mountain to Sound Outfitters in 2009 as several winter-sports specialty shops in the region went out of business, including Olympic Sports and Mt. Pilchuck Ski and Sports. Having operated Alki Kayak Tours since 2005, it was a natural growth option to develop a retail storefront in the Triangle area of West Seattle, catering to local and regional adventurers. Our business philosophy is based on a strong foundation of community spirit and customer service. We’re passionate about expanding the outdoor culture and helping people enjoy all that the Northwest has to offer.
The distinctive green building, located between the American Legion Howitzer and Rotary Park Totem Pole on Alaska and 36th Ave SW, was chosen because of the nature of the business. Large unruly items such as Skis, Snowboards, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddleboards just wouldn’t have melded into the tight commercial area of The Junction, and it enables customers to park right in front to drop off their skis and snowboards for a tune-up, or get a new Thule cargo box installed on your vehicle.
“The pandemic has been an interesting time for us all and M2S is no exception,” says Whittaker. “People started craving the outdoors and tapped into their inner desire to be on the water. We had all kinds of inquiries about SUPs and kayaks but we couldn’t get much in the way of product. The supply chain has caught up and we are now stocked with a good supply of kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, skates and racks. Customers come for our summer product lines from all over the state as well as Alaska. Our brands are top notch and the team has the expertise to help guide you into what will work best for the goals you have out exploring Puget Sound and our many waterways.”
This Memorial Day Weekend, Mountain to Sound Outfitters is holding a Sale, offering discounts on Kayaks and SUPs as well as the accessories needed to safely explore our waterways and slopes. Winter clearance Snowboards and Skis are also still available. Stop by and say hi to the crew at 3602 SW Alaska St, and check out the selection when you are driving by and need some gear, or just some eye protection for that rarely seen sun (our selection of sunglasses is one of the best in West Seattle). Open 11 am-6 pm today (Friday, May 27th), 11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday, and 11 am-6 pm on Memorial Day.
We thank Mountain to Sound Outfitters 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.
You have 2 1/2 more hours to stop by for snacks, sips, and stories as Illusions Hair Design gets ready to close its doors forever. Owner Sue Lindblom and her longtime team are retiring from the salon business.
Lindblom announced the closure three months ago so clients had plenty of time to prepare; we talked with her then about the salon’s 44 years and trailblazing business practices. (She has also sold the building at 5619 California SW, so its future is in somebody else’s hands.) P.S. – we want to thank her for 14 years of sponsoring WSB!
Two and a half months after opening in Luna Park, Lily’s Salvadorean Restaurant (2940 SW Avalon Way) is finally ready to celebrate. You’re invited to the 2-6 pm party this Saturday (May 28th). Lily’s announcement promises “mariachi, special discounts, cocktail drinks, and more” and adds, “We are so happy that we are in the neighborhood and for all the warm welcoming that we have received.” Lily’s was a Farmers’ Market fixture before adding this bricks-and-mortar location.
That’s the “memory wall” at Illusions Hair Design, which will close permanently after this Thursday (May 26th), as first reported here in February. The final hours for the salon will be a celebration, open house-style, and in case you’re not on the Illusions mailing list, here’s the invitation:
Come help us celebrate our 44 years in business with our GOODBYE OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, May 26th from 1-6 pm. We won’t guarantee to have enough Champagne to last the entire event (we will try!), but we can guarantee there will be cheers, MANY tears, and and abundance of THANK YOUs and fond farewells from us!
If you haven’t seen our memory wall yet, (photos spanning decades, salon memorabilia, and more!), our OPEN HOUSE DAY will be your LAST CHANCE to view it.
If you wanted one last chance to see us before we go, this day is it! We can share stories and memories together one final time. We will have some special guests from years past this day too! (Yes… SUE, LINDA, NANCY & CHARLET plan to be here!)
To everyone who has already said their goodbyes, sent cards, flowers, and gifts… THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Illusions (5619 California SW) has also announced plans for a fixture, décor, and more sale 10 am-4 pm (corrected) June 18th. It’s closing down because after 40+ years, proprietor and co-founder Sue Lindblom is retiring, and her staff all decided to leave the salon business too.
You have two more hours to get to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park (4500 Beach Drive SW) for the return of Summer Fest, the fly-fishing expo presented by Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor). You can browse and try rods …
Other outdoor apparel/gear too, including Bajio‘s plant-based sunglasses (cases made from cactus!).
Right now they’re also cooking up gourmet lunch:
If you don’t get to today’s event (which continues until 3 pm), you can shop Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction on the southeast corner of 42nd SW and SW Oregon.
Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring in a just-for-tonight satellite location right now – Capers, one of the stops on the spring West Seattle Junction Wine Walk. This time 15 wineries and 14 businesses are participating, but if you don’t already have tickets, you’re out of luck this time – it’s been sold out for weeks.
P.S. The Junction will be hopping Saturday, too – it’s part of the One Seattle Day of Service, with more than 200 volunteers signed up to help in a mega-cleanup, according to Junction Association executive director Chris Mackay.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Angela Rivers‘s dad started West Seattle Coins on the southeast corner of California and Oregon in 1979. Her mom had a hair salon in the back. She and her brothers “grew up in there,” she recalls.
But suddenly, it’s the end of the line for the West Seattle Junction shop (which changed its name to Bellevue Rare Coins for unified branding with the company’s four other shops outside the city, but remains under the same family’s ownership).
You’ll recall the West Seattle shop closed after a robbery last month, and announced it would stay closed while remodeling and improving security. That was the plan until the landlord, the Senior Center of West Seattle, informed Bellevue Rare Coins that rather than allow extensive remodeling, they wanted to end the lease – originally running through next year – early, so they could expand Senior Center operations into the corner space. After the Senior Center sent us an announcement of this late Wednesday, we contacted BRC to find out about their plans, and that’s how we ended up speaking with Rivers today.
“It was a shocker. We didn’t see this coming,” she said. “It took us by surprise.” She also described it as a “double whammy” in the wake of the robbery (part of a regional rampage for which suspects are in custody), which in turn happened just three weeks after a glass-smashing attack at the store.
Here’s how the Senior Center explained it in the announcement sent to us:
Bellevue Rare Coins has been a great tenant and member of the Junction business community. We made this decision because Bellevue Rare Coins had recently announced plans to invest in tenant improvements in that space. The Senior Center staff and board are currently in a strategic planning process that include future plans for that space, and it was very likely that we were not going to renew their lease when it expired at the end of 2023.
Our future plans include an entrance on the California Ave. side of the building, which would help our community members find and access our facility. It may also be used in the future as an extension of our current Café, which offers freshly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches, and coffee weekdays to members and non-members of all ages.
Our short-term plan is to make this corner space available as a “pop-up” event and retail space. As we outline our next steps in our strategic plan, we will share our vision and get feedback from the community.
We want to thank Bellevue Rare Coins for their partnership as a longtime tenant.
Rivers says reopening without remodeling wouldn’t have worked because it’s “not a functioning store” given the damage from the robbery as well as the needed security upgrades, which she says they’ve since put in place at their other stores. Those other stores (in Bellevue, Issaquah, Lynnwood, and Tacoma) are all going strong, she says, so they’re “going to make the best of this” and might find another Seattle location, maybe even in West Seattle, someday. Meantime, she wants local customers to know, “We’ve enjoyed every moment of being part of the West Seattle community.”
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Sound Credit Union (4730 California Avenue SW). New sponsors get an opportunity to tell you about what they do, so here’s what Sound Credit Union wants you to know:
At Sound Credit Union, we’re West Seattle through and through. We know it. We love it. But what makes West Seattle so unique? With so many well-loved features and landmarks, it can be hard to agree on a favorite, but no list would be complete without including The Junction.
To visitors, or even just those new to the neighborhood, the crosswalk at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street can seem puzzling. The light turns red, and traffic stops in all directions? Pedestrians can cross whichever way they want? What is this madness?!
But the beauty of The Junction — known as “pedestrian scramble” — is that it puts people first. And as a local not-for-profit credit union, we’ve always put people first. We’re known for our personal touch, our great interest rates, and our active support of local organizations: we helped more than 290 community organizations just last year alone!
And right now we’re celebrating West Seattle by giving away free T-shirts* featuring that quirky, people-first crossroads at The Junction to anyone who walks into our location on California, just a few steps from the all-ways intersection we all know and love.
Come in and say “hello” for your free T-shirt! And if you open a checking account at our West Seattle branch location, we’ll even throw in $100*. We’re Sound Credit Union, and we’re worth crossing the street for. Diagonally, if you want!
Sound Credit Union is located at 4730 California Avenue SW, just south of SW Alaska Street in The Junction, and is open 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday. You can find us online at soundcu.com, and you can contact our West Seattle location by phone at 800-562-8130, ext. 8220.
*Visit soundcu.com/junction for offer details.
We thank Sound Credit Union 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.
Another corner commercial building in one of West Seattle’s junctions is up for sale. This time it’s the building on the southwest corner of California and Fauntleroy in Morgan Junction, home to Peel & Press, Pet Elements, Starbucks, Subway, and West Seattle Vision, and a ~39-space parking lot. It’s listed as “26,668 square feet with future development potential with NC3-55 (M1) Zoning” at an asking price of $6.2 million. According to county records, the building last sold 20 years ago for $2.2 million. Records also show that two properties to the south, same side of the street, have sold recently – the Ivy Court mixed-use building (6525 California SW) for $12.3 million last November, and the Marnae Apartments (6533 California SW) for $6.6 million last month.
P.S. We should note that the former WaFd building kitty-corner from the newly listed building (6428 California SW) still has a FOR SALE sign up; we’ve never found a public online listing for it, so we don’t know the asking price.
We’re days away from another spring/summer event that’s making a comeback this year: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) will gather vendors, guides, and fly-fishing fans at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on Saturday (May 21st) for EWA Summerfest. 9 am-3 pm, visit the park to try new rods and lines, see demonstrations (EWA proprietor Dave McCoy talks Puget Sound fly fishing at 10), and enjoy food that’ll put you in the mood for a fishing trip. Everything’s free but the food. Me-Kwa-Mooks is in the 4500 block of Beach Drive.
Another of the vacant buildings/storefronts on our watch list is the former Swedish clinic at 3400 California SW, a building that’s become a much-tagged eyesore and more, with other problems such as the afternoon two weeks ago when an alarm sounded for hours. 14 months have passed since what’s now Virginia Mason Franciscan Health announced it would be taking over the building. At the time of that announcement in March 2021, VMFH said they expected to open the clinic in fall. But months have gone by with no sign of work, and vandals have abundantly and repeatedly tagged the building (our photo only shows part of it), inside the parking garage as well as on the exterior. One complaint filed with the city two weeks ago declares that the building is “becoming a neighborhood nuisance.” Crime concerns also were noted; last December, the vacant building was hit with what the police report estimated as a $250,000 burglary. Permit records were inconclusive regarding the status of the project, so we inquired with VMFH. After eight days, we received this reply attributed to the organization’s divisional real-estate director Wade Moburg:
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is committed to providing high-quality primary care, women’s health, laboratory and radiology services to West Seattle residents through our new clinic. We experienced some delays to our preliminary timeline and have not yet begun remodeling. However, we recently secured a building permit from the city and hope to begin construction in the near future. We will share more information as it’s available and look forward to serving the community in our new space.
VMFH did not comment on the current state of the building, which it does not own; county records show the owner is an investment firm with an address in Edmonds. The Seattle Municipal Code says property owners are liable for removing graffiti. City records show three complaints about the state of the building filed in the past two months, consolidated with the current status “under investigation.”
After Village Woodworks closed at 4538 California SW in The Junction three and a half months ago, the property owners told us they hadn’t decided what to do with the space – whether to find a new tenant or pursue redevelopment. Signs that just went up reveal their decision: The 5,426-square-foot space is available for lease. The listing is short on verbiage, simply noting the building’s location on “the premier retail corridor in West Seattle.” Village Woodworks had been there for 25 years. That side of the 4500 block of California SW has several other spaces in transition, including the Campbell Building‘s for-sale listing (asking price has since dropped from $6 million to $5 million) and the about-to-start-demolition project at the former Lee’s/Kamei/Naked Crepe spaces.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
While the Westside Awards are presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the words of gratitude from this year’s recipients make it clear that the awards are more about community than commerce – while embodying how the two are intertwined.
The winners were honored at the first in-person Westside Awards breakfast since 2019, held this morning at a new venue, the Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.
Speaking toward a sea of tables, WSCC executive director Whitney Moore noted the Chamber’s membership now stands at 231. She yielded the podium to emcee Brian Callanan, longtime local broadcast journalist who’s with the Chamber as director of the annual Loop the ‘Lupe event in West Seattle (June 4th this year).
The four winners, chosen by the WSCC from community nominations (here’s the full list of those), were announced last month – but this was everyone’s chance to see, hear, and applaud them.
Big event for local yarn aficionados starting Wednesday – here’s the announcement from Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW):
Destiny Itano and Cheryl Lea of Seattle Yarn are celebrating their fourth year as owners of Seattle Yarn at 5633 California SW in West Seattle! They are also one of 20 local yarn stores in the PNW participating in the Puget Sound Local Yarn Tour, an amazing annual tradition that’s been going on for 16 years. The tour is 5 days and starts this Wednesday, May 11. Many fiber art aficionados make the annual trek, trying to make it to as many stores as they can in a few days to have their “passport” stamped. In past years, many tour participants have been “finishers”, having reached all 20 stores!
Also: There is a daily prize drawing, a free knitting pattern, free crochet pattern, locally dyed yarns, a new and exclusive yarn from Indigodragonfly, a selfie station designed by Destiny’s son – a local artist, conversations with master fiber artists, and, of course, deals! I would also encourage folks who appreciate fine arts to come by and check out some of the beautiful display knitted pieces – which are stunning! And everyone loves the ever growing family of gnomes and bears, knitted by Elspeth and crocheted by Winter.
Seattle Yarn will be open extended hours for the tour, May 11-15: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Big day at West Seattle’s only comic-book store, Tails to Astonish (just south of The Junction at 4850 California SW; WSB sponsor). It’s the first Free Comic Book Day – a nationwide event – since Nicole and Shaun Duff opened Tails to Astonish:
Along with the store’s regular merchandise, today you’ll find, yes, free comic books! 1 free per person, 2 more free with a $10 purchase, and “all $1 comics, as well as comic sets, are buy 2 get 1 FREE!”
Tails to Astonish is open until 7 pm tonight.
Need concrete work? Portal LLC is in West Seattle, here to help! As we welcome Portal to the WSB sponsor team, here’s what proprietor Chris Hildebrand wants you to know:
We are unique in that we live in and exclusively service the community of West Seattle. We’ve called West Seattle home for over 20 years and we are deeply connected to these neighborhoods and the families who live here. Staying in one place means we can be responsive to our clients when they need us, and it also means accountability – we are your neighbor, we are easy to find, and we can only be successful if we take great care of every single West Seattle resident we are fortunate enough to work with.
Clients tell us they like working with Portal because of our professionalism, our clear communication, and our focus on Customer Satisfaction. Our online reviews tell the story from our client’s perspective and we hope people check those out. Here is a text I recently received which is typical of the feedback we receive: “Chris, I just wanted to tell you that in all the days of rain lately, our basement has remained dry. We are thrilled. Thanks again for the work with the drains and the new pavement at the back of our house. It was money well spent!”
We have been involved in volunteer grassroots efforts in and around the West Seattle DIY skateboard community for over two decades and don’t have any plans to quit. If anyone has a concrete skate spot they need help with, I invite them to hit us up!
In that photo is a recent project in West Seattle. Our client hired us to build stairs and a wall, and halfway through the project asked if we could add “skateboard-able” elements to the design. This was the concept we ended up coming up with together. We love building stuff like this and dream of pouring concrete skate structures all throughout West Seattle!
Envisioning a project? Reach Portal at firstname.lastname@example.org and 206-419-3880 (text or voice).
We thank Portal 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.