West Seattle, Washington
Today we welcome Keeping Up With The Roses as our newest sponsor! Here’s what owner Dominic Vigil would like you to know about what he offers:
Keeping Up With The Roses offers full-season rose care subscriptions that will ensure that you will have beautiful roses all season long. Each subscription includes pruning, fertilizing, deadheading, winterizing, and specialized care for each of your roses. I also offer a variety of other gardening services, such as bulb planting and installation of micro gardens.
I’ve lived in Seattle for more than 16 years. In that time, I’ve learned the rhythms of the seasons, from the surprise sunshine days of March to the last mild weeks of October until the winds come up. My connection to our climate means that I’m intimately aware of the right times to prune, to plant, and to pause. Seattle neighborhoods have their own microclimates and over the years I’ve learned how to work with them. I have over 36 beautiful rose bushes of my own that I love taking care of.
Clients seek me out either because they’ve purchased a house with neglected roses or because they want to add roses to their yard. I can see the “bones” of an old rose and with some time and care I can bring it back to full blooming beauty. For clients who are adding new roses, I like to spend time with them in their yard finding the right site for their rose that will be a good growing spot for the plant but also provide joy to the owner.
Each of my clients receives customized rose care for their specific roses, ensuring a full season of incredible blooms. My clients love that I keep their roses blooming and all season long. My “set it and forget it” full-season rose care subscription allows my clients to pay just once a year or monthly. This year I’ve added a summer sunflower package and my clients are really excited to expand their gardens.
Keeping Up With The Roses clients have a new appreciation for the roses in their yard and the roses they see when they’re out in the neighborhood. They’ve told me that they can enjoy the view guilt-free because I’ve taken an uncertain chore off their list! If you’ve got roses that need some sprucing up, I’d love to chat with you – email@example.com or 206-351-8459.
We thank Keeping Up With The Roses 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.
One of West Seattle’s unique seasonal businesses is about to open its doors for the year. The photo and update are from Gill at Alki Kayak Tours: “Just wanted to let you know that Alki Kayak Tours is opening this weekend for the season! We’ll be open for Kayak, Paddleboard, and Bike Tours and Rentals, Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 10-6.” AKT is at Seacrest (1660 Harbor SW), same place you’ll find the West Seattle Water Taxi dock and Marination Ma Kai.
A local nonprofit that helps thousands of families every year just got a boost from one of our area’s biggest businesses – here’s the announcement and photo sent by Nucor:
Today Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc. presented WestSide Baby with a check for $9,260.
This check was the result of an semi-annual behavior-based safety Observation Blitz, which is coordinated with the plant’s regular maintenance outages. During the Blitz which ran for three weeks, Nucor challenges their teammates to complete as many safety observations as possible and donates $5, for every observation completed, to a local charitable organization. For the first time, Harris Seattle also joined in on the safety challenge. Between the combined efforts of Nucor’s 1,255 and Harris’s 617 observations, Nucor was able to make this donation today.
WestSide Baby will be able to take that donation and turn it into approximately 65,000 diapers for families in need. In 2021, WestSide Baby provided approximately 2.5 million diapers, along with 1,612 car seats, and 2,075 clothing bags to our local community. Nucor is proud to partner with WestSide Baby as they work to meet the local needs.
Pictured in the check presentation are, left to right: DJ Williams, Observer Champion (127 observations), a Nucor Mobile Equipment Operator; Carina Schubert, WestSide Baby Director of Development; Samantha Steffeck, Observer Runner-up (55 observations), a Nucor Safety Engineer; and Oliver Lyles, Nucor’s Safety Director.
Four weeks ago, we reported on Fire Tacos taking over the restaurant space at 2738 Alki Avenue SW, where No-Name Diner closed earlier this year. We’ve had an inquiry out for more information since then, and heard back today from proprietors Erika and Jorge. They have set Saturday, April 23rd, for their grand opening, noon-8 pm (beyond that, they haven’t finalized hours/days yet). They describe their bricks-and-mortar venture, following success with a Kent-based food truck, as “a taqueria + bar concept” and add, “We are so excited to open up and bring our authentic Mexican Tacos to Alki. Love all the support and positive vibes we’ve received from everyone.”
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Neighborhood Naturopathic. New sponsors get the chance to tell you what they’re all about – here’s the message from Neighborhood Naturopathic (5410 California SW):
Local to West Seattle, Neighborhood Naturopathic is a small, woman-owned, physician-owned clinic that provides both primary care and specialized services to patients of all ages. Whether you are due for a general screening exam or seeking help with specific health concerns, we will take the time to truly understand and address the roots of any symptoms or imbalances you may be experiencing — and to thoroughly explore preventative strategies for the benefit of your present and future health.
In what is often an inaccessible, hurry-up-and-wait health-care system, we offer longer appointment times, attentive follow-ups, and quick responses to urgent needs. Through direct messaging with doctors, friendly and responsive staff communication, telemedicine options, opportunities for same-day appointments, and Saturday openings, we make ourselves available for your care and for the care of your family.
Beyond wellness visits, Neighborhood Naturopathic services also include: recommendations for comprehensive lab work and imaging; functional testing, such as stool analysis, hormone evaluation, and vitamin/mineral-level assessment; in-house adult and pediatric blood draws; allergy testing and allergy shots; pediatric vaccinations; evidence-based natural treatments and supplements; B-12 shots; and specialized guidance around digestive health, fertility, postpartum care, and pediatrics, among other areas. We look forward to fully exploring your health concerns – from insomnia to digestive distress to menstrual-cycle dysregulation – and to collaborating with you on a holistic approach to your wellness as a whole.
We’re called Neighborhood Naturopathic for a reason. We live here. And we are committed to investing in the community where we live and practice.
**Please note that we are in network with many major insurance companies and offer time-of-service discounts for patients paying out of pocket.**
We thank Neighborhood Naturopathic 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.
The date has changed for Brent Amaker & The Rodeo‘s “Save the Yen Wor” concert. Here’s the new plan:
The “Save the Yen Wor” benefit show, originally scheduled for Wednesday April 13th, has been postponed due to Covid-19. A member of the band contracted Covid-19 this past weekend and will be unable to perform due to CDC isolation guidelines. The show has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 17th. For those who were planning to attend the Yen Wor this coming Wednesday, Brent will be on hand to MC and host charity Karaoke with Loretta. Also look out for the possibility of additional special guests!
All proceeds from both events will be donated to assist the Yen Wor during a period of family illness and transition. Learn more about the community effort to save the Yen Wor at their Go Fund Me page. Feel free to donate prior to the event if you would like to help.
Please update your calendars now, and support this important West Seattle institution in any way that you can.
Thanks for the tips (and to Chris for the photo). We’ve been watching the ex-J&J Public House space at 2808 Alki SW for a while, and the banner that went up Thursday reveals it’ll be Alki Phở & Bar. We haven’t yet reached the proprietors but Chris spoke to someone on site who said they’re hoping to be open by June 1st. Ownership in online records cross-references to the ownership of Best Pho & Thai Restaurant in Renton.
P.S. This would be the first phở restaurant on Alki since Saigon Boat Café, which was at 2632 Alki SW before a preschool took over the space.
More than a month after Copper Coin closed, with only a simple note on the door that the 2329 California SW restaurant was “temporarily closed,” we finally have information about what’s happening there next. About a week into the closure, we reached proprietor Aaron Shepherd, who told us he was not ready to comment on what was happening but expected to have something to say soon. That was the last we heard from him. We eventually found a listing indicating Copper Coin had been up for sale for months, and the listing was marked “pending,” indicating a sale in progress. No indication of who would be taking it over – until today, when a liquor-license application revealed the new owners. We reached one of them, Tony Barbano, by phone this afternoon. They’re planning to open a restaurant called West Wings, specializing in, as you’d probably guess, wings. They have a background in the restaurant business, having operated Round Table Pizza in Burien for 15 years. They’re hoping to have West Wings open in July. Copper Coin was in operation for almost 9 1/2 years; two years after it opened, Shepherd and partners opened Coastline in The Junction.
Starting tomorrow, West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) starts a three-day party in honor of its 12th anniversary. First, WSR plans a sale during regular business hours for the next three days – 10 am-6 pm Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday. 10 percent off shoes, 15 percent off everything else (plus an extra 5 percent off for “our Loyal Customers,” WSR says). Special events include a Mizuno group run at 6:15 pm Friday – “Come to try out Mizuno shoes on our group run. You will be able to take a pair of these shoes for whatever distance you plan to go (probably the bulk of the group will go 3 miles). After, we will enjoy beverages and social time. Models to try: sky and rider! You will also be entered into a raffle to win a pair to take home!” On Saturday, the regular 8 am group run is sponsored by Brooks: “Run whatever distance is on your training plan … or what your heart desires. Be entered into a raffle drawing for a pair of Brooks. You will get to demo a pair of Cascadia or Glycerin on your run. Pretty great way to try out a new shoe! Enjoy donuts and chocolate milk after!” And then on Sunday at 11 am: “Come for an Altra group run- meaning you can try out a pair of Altras for your run that day! Stay for mimosas post-run – we are celebrating our 12th year in business and we want to spoil you a bit. Be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Altras. Pick your distance of choice, meet some folks, enjoy your Sunday in style!” WSR is owned by Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell, who opened West Seattle’s only running shop in a different location in April 2010 and moved to their current location five years later.
One week ago, we reported that the Antique Mall of West Seattle (4516 California SW) will finally reopen. We asked for more details and now have their plan for a “soft (re)open” by appointment:
March marked two years of closure, save for our spring and summer sidewalk sales on Sundays when many Farmers’ Market patrons stopped by for a limited peek at our immense inventory. We have been truly motivated and inspired by the many people who asked when they’d be allowed inside…
We are thrilled to announce that preceding our official Grand Reopening (date TBD soon), we will have a soft opening beginning this weekend! On Saturday, April 9th through Monday, April 11th, we are offering one hour time-slots for folks to come in and enjoy an iconic Junction jewel once again, or for the very first time!
Items can be admired and purchased — accepting cash & cards — and we hope that the hundreds of people who have begged for an opening date will come by to see what we’ve curated on three incredible floors of countless treasures.
Time-slots can be be made via the following link:
The Antique Mall is grateful to have such an enthusiastic, persistent community to fuel our efforts to re-open. We hope you will share our initial offering with West Seattle, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.
If this was a flesh-and-blood bunny, we’d put it on the WSB West Seattle Lost/Found Pets page. If it was found in a park or at a playground (etc.), we’d point the finder to the WSB Lost/Found Non-Pets section of our Community Forums. But this one somehow showed up at the West Seattle UPS Store in Jefferson Square, amid documents left late last month for shredding. The store staff doesn’t think the bunny was intended for the shredder, so they’re trying to figure out who lost it. Laurie at the shop says, “We will hold onto it in our lost and found drawer just in case its owner comes along.”
Next week, West Seattle’s psychedelic-country rocker Brent Amaker and his band The Rodeo perform a special hometown show to help the venue where it’s happening.
They’ll play at Yen Wor Village (2300 California SW) to help the family-owned restaurant/bar get through tough times. Not just COVID-restriction-related – this goes beyond that. There’s a crowdfunding campaign too, and as explained on that page, proprietors Gary and Wendy Wong have battled serious medical problems – for Gary, a life-threatening bout with COVID, followed by a stroke; for Wendy, a fall that led to broken bones and surgery. Both had pre-existing chronic illnesses, too. Now their sons are running the Yen Wor, and the business has needs too, from renovation to back rent. It’s been a West Seattle staple for more than 30 years and they hope to keep it going another 30, with help. On April 13th, the doors open at 6 pm – go sing karaoke! – and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo take the stage at 10. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Today’s the day Deb Schwartzkopf has been working toward for a long time – the grand opening of Rain City Clay in Arbor Heights. As we first reported nine months ago, it’s an expansion for her, joining Rat City Studios in White Center. This is a big space that facilitates not just art but also classes. Lots of work space – here for example are kilns:
Today’s celebration is on until 7 pm – with tours, refreshments, and art to enjoy – you can see how Rain City Clay has been renovating the former Brace Point Pottery:
Live music, too, with the Bobby Medina Jazz Quartet:
Rain City Clay is in the heart of Arbor Heights, at 4208 SW 100th.
Hannah Roberts and husband Sean used to run the popular Capitol Hill restaurant Honey Hole. Now instead of running a business where the air carries the smell of savory sandwiches, the West Seattle couple is opening one scented with essential oils and fragrances. Moon Room Shop and Wellness opens tomorrow (Saturday, April 2nd) at 5902 California SW; we visited this afternoon for a sneak peek.
The shop inhabits part of a former chiropractic clinic, and Hannah says it’s a space she’s long coveted – “this was my dream building.” Her goal is to provide a memorable “shopping experience,” offering crystals, body oils, face oils, art, jewelry – including her own creations, when you see the Moon Room brand – even T-shirts like this one that celebrates nearby Lincoln Park:
Other unique gift ideas are in view all around the shop. The gift might be for yourself. Some items are miniatures, from tiny fingernail decals to these little cats:
The central themes are wellness and spirituality. Inspired by her food-service background, Hannah has two “gem bars” in the shop where you can buy small colorful stones in bulk.
The decor alone is worth a visit – from a counter decorated with abalone shell fragments gathered by the Northern California tribe to which Hannah belongs, to classic chandeliers.
Moon Room will evolve, she says – “it’s going to be a work in progress” – but this is what they’re starting with, as of 10 am tomorrow. Hours will be 10 am-7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, eventually expanding to 7 days a week.
12:34 PM: The latest local business hit by burglary is The Spot West Seattle in Luna Park, broken into overnight. Proprietor Philip Sudore sent these security-camera images:
Philip asks, “Does anyone know this CRIMINAL!? HE cleaned us out last night at The Spot West Seattle! Has a wedding ring on if that helps identify him. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Very sad.” He doesn’t have a police-incident number yet but is in the process of getting one.
We have a few other followup questions out and will update. (If you haven’t been there, The Spot is a restaurant and “community hangout,” with several live-music events most weeks in the former coffeehouse space at 2920 SW Avalon Way.)
2:31 PM: Reply: “It was 5:00 am. They took all our espresso, restaurant supplies, Coffee, bread, fruit, avos, restaurant equipment. Be on the lookout for this guy prowling around the neighborhood. Gray Mariners hat.”
Nine months after artist Deb Schwartzkopf announced her plan to open Rain City Clay in Arbor Heights, the grand-opening day is almost here. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 2nd) from 2 pm to 7 pm, you’re invited to drop in for an extravaganza including food, tours, art (of course), activities from 2:30 to 4 pm and live jazz starting at 4. (The full celebration lineup is here.) Schwartzkopf already operates Rat City Studios in White Center and is expanding to West Seattle by opening Rain City Clay at what was Brace Point Pottery (after 25 years, Loren Lukens sold the studio to move out of state). After the party, classes at Rain City Clay (4208 SW 100th) start Monday.
Two of our region’s major health-care organizations, Providence and Swedish, have been affiliated for a decade now. But apparently that’s not obvious to all, so they’ve announced a “unified brand” … all the organizations’ eight hospitals and 214 clinics will now be under the brand Providence Swedish. The announcement suggests the only real difference patients will notice will be signage; that’ll roll out in the months ahead, we were told on follow-up. The announcement also includes this note:
As they have since 2012, Providence and Swedish will continue to honor one another’s distinct identities. Swedish will remain a secular organization, and Providence will remain a faith-based organization. That means Swedish locations will continue to provide certain services that may not be available at Providence locations according to the original affiliation agreement. Providence and Swedish will also remain separate employers, and its foundations will continue to operate as separate 501(c)3s.
That’s a pan holding eight orders of Seven Flavor Beef from Lee’s Asian Restaurant in The Junction. Today, as reported here last month, is Lee’s last day; Keith Bacon (producer of the All Ways West Seattle podcast) and husband Corianton Hale are major fans of Lee’s, and sent the photo after stocking up on their favorite menu item to get some into the freezer for the future. After 20 years, Lee’s is closing – two weeks after neighbor Kamei shuttered – as their building will be torn down soon for mixed-use redevelopment (plans filed with the city say work could start within weeks).
One year ago, Meaghan Haas had just opened Highland Park Corner Store in the renovated ex-mini-mart at 7789 Highland Park Way SW. With all the challenges that businesses faced during the pandemic, she nonetheless plunged ahead and started something new, and now it’s time to mark the milestone of making it through year one. The store’s already become a place for community celebrations, and this time it’s about HPCS itself – you’re invited to “just show up” Saturday afternoon (April 2nd), 1-4 pm, for festivities including cake, games, a piñata (around 3 pm), and more.
After two years of pandemic closure, some have wondered if the Antique Mall of West Seattle was ever going to reopen. Today, we have an answer – yes! Antique Mall management announced last night that the longtime Junction business at 4516 California SW will reopen in April. No specifics yet, but they’re promised “soon.” And if you’re in The Junction on Sundays, look for their sidewalk sales!
In addition to the community planning effort looking ahead to the reopening of the West Seattle Bridge (as updated here last night), some businesses and organizations have special events in the works too. Duke’s Seafood Alki (WSB sponsor) plans four dine-out benefits in the months ahead and is looking for nonprofits interested in being considered. Here’s the announcement:
Duke’s Seafood Alki today launched a search for nonprofit organizations to highlight and honor as part of its “Countdown to the Bridge” campaign. Duke’s Seafood designed the campaign to celebrate the hardworking people of West Seattle as they battle the challenges imposed by the closing of the West Seattle bridge. Nonprofits are encouraged to share their story at our website by end of April 2022.
“With the opening in sight, we want to thank the nonprofit organizations that continued to work tirelessly during the hard months when the bridge was closed,” says Duke Moscrip, founder of Duke’s Seafood. “We know those challenges firsthand. The transportation difficulties and their resulting consequences to Alki Beach due to the bridge closure has hit all of us hard. So, as we count down to the opening, we want to recognize four nonprofit organizations in West Seattle, one per month, where we donate a percentage of our sales for that evening.”
Duke’s Seafood seeks nonprofits in the West Seattle area and has set up a webpage to apply for this partnership: dukesseafood.com/locations/alki. “Duke’s Seafood values sustainability and honesty in everything we do,” says Moscrip. “We seek to align with nonprofits that share those values. We encourage any nonprofit in the area to tell us your story, how you serve the community and the challenges you have faced due to the bridge closure. We know it’s been tough, and we hope our small gesture will make a difference.”
Duke’s Seafood Alki opened in 2001 at 2516 Alki Ave SW, West Seattle. It is open for lunch and dinner from 11 am-10 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am-11 pm Friday and Saturday, with Happy Hour daily from 3-6 pm and 9 pm-close on the deck and in the bar.
Duke’s plans to announce the beneficiary organizations by April 30th, so best to apply sooner rather than later.
Real-estate firm Metropolist has added a West Seattle office, and celebrated today with a donation presented in honor of their “office-warming.” The SODO-based firm has moved into the West Seattle Triangle space at 3518 SW Genesee. Above are Metropolist brokers Domenica Lovaglia and Chad Zinda at left and right, with Chloe Gale and Tavia Rhodes from Evergreen Treatment Services at center. Evergreen serves thousands of people dealing with opioid-use disorder, and also is known for its REACH work helping people experiencing homelessness. Metropolist’s $27,607 donation today was from a pledge to donate 25 percent of their 2021 profits to the organization. The presentation happened while they celebrated the new space with friends and family.
Metropolist’s new space was formerly home to Budget Blinds; that longtime WSB sponsor is now at 2403 Harbor Avenue SW.
Tonight, rising star Maisie Peters, from the UK, is performing a sold-out show at the Vera Project on the Seattle Center campus – but first, she stopped at Easy Street Records in the West Seattle Junction for an acoustic set two hours ago. Here’s part of her song “Psycho”:
Easy Street has another free in-store show tomorrow night (Saturday, March 26th) – Texas musician Scott Ballew, 7 pm, free and all ages.