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Also happening today, a celebration at 16th/Holden in Highland Park! Here’s the announcement we received this morning from proprietor Michelle:
BedHead Coffee has reached our first year of business. Today we will have specials and (hot) dogs between 10 am and 12 pm. Melton’s BBQ will be smokin’ next door. 1513 SW Holden. Come by, say hi, and get a dog.
Another reopening ahead in The Junction: , small bites and cocktails at 4509 California SW behind Be’s Restaurant, is reopening next Thursday (October 1st). Limited capacity, and masks required, 4 pm-10 pm weeknights, 3 pm-10 pm Saturdays and Sundays. The Alley will take reservations via email at email@example.com, but says walk-ins are OK too as space allows.
As the new week begins, three reminders from the :
T-SHIRT DEADLINE: Don’t have one of those contest-winning West Seattle Bridge T-shirts yet? The next round of orders is about to go in. Monday (September 21st) is the deadline for getting in on it. !
JUNCTION BINGO: Are you playing yet? As , there are two ways to play. One involves a live drawing you can watch online, and the next one is 7 pm Wednesday (September 23rd). Keith Bacon, host of the , is the guest caller, live from .
REUSE/RECYCLE/SHRED EVENT: This Saturday (September 26th) is , 9 am-1 pm, The Junction Association and partners are presenting the big event. to recycle/donate; if you’re interested in shredding, there’s a 4-box limit. Whatever you’re bringing, face coverings are required, even while you’re in your car. This is happening in the WSJA parking lot off 42nd SW, just south of SW Oregon.
More restaurant news! In late August, we had word from Azuma Sushi, the much-missed Junction eatery, that they were working toward reopening. Tonight, an update, relayed by Jackie, that Azuma’s proprietors Harry and Jennifer吉林快三大小群 plan to reopen October 1st for takeout-only lunch and dinner. Azuma Sushi is at 4533 California SW.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Junction Plaza Park just passed its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years, it’s been the site of many celebrations and gatherings, including the annual community Christmas tree lighting.
Right now, it’s a source of concern.
Since the city installed a “hygiene station” there four months ago, though it already maintains a public porta-potty a block west, the 吉林快三大小群 has been receiving reports of what it summarizes as “escalating violence and drug use in the park.”
Out of “the continued frustration of our citizens, coupled with the escalating violence, compounded by zero response (or accountability) from Human Services,” WSJA executive director Lora Radford has just launched meant to call public attention to some of those concerns and ask for community support in seeking a city response.
One example of the escalation of trouble in and near the park: The recent rampage at the QFC across the street, for which a suspect has been charged and remains in jail. But that’s just one incident mentioned in some of the anecdotes and observations posted on the page so far. While trash and discarded needles are mentioned, so are concerns about personal safety:
吉林快三大小群“… while I was sitting on a bench in the park trying to comb my dog, a young man approached me and accused me of staring at his girlfriend, then promptly flashed a large knife at me and told me to leave the park.”
吉林快三大小群“… There was a police response as a belligerent and violent man was accosting his fellow transients but also two innocent men who were literally just walking by on the sidewalk.”
吉林快三大小群“… We have had instances of our tenants being verbally accosted while trying to cross the street at that location and an instance where a colleague was chased by one of person s congregating in the park.”
The WSJA’s page makes it clear that it’s fully aware that the big picture involves “significant health, economic, and social challenges” and services are needed. But in the meantime, it’s concerned about safety – of the vulnerable people in the park as well as others in the area. It is asking all those with concerns to contact the Human Services Department (info). So far, after previous contacts, the only response from the city is a reply that just acknowledged the concerns and added:
吉林快三大小群You are correct that providing mental health and drug addiction counseling services is a broader question that needs to be addressed city-wide.
The Hygiene Station program team includes representatives from the Human Services Department (HSD), Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), Office of the Mayor, Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) and Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Many team members are also working on COVID-19 and 吉林快三大小群lessness response issues and policies.
Aside from that acknowledgment a week ago, nothing, says Radford. So here’s how you can help if you have concerns too:
When you observe illegal behavior or see drug and mental illness issues in the park – first and foremost, please call 911. Please do not engage with the persons.
Send an email to Human Services. Together, we can work to elevate the need for more mental and drug counselors at the park. Let’s get people to the services they need, and support accountability:
Copy/paste into the send line of your email
吉林快三大小群Tom.VanBronkhorst3@seattle.gov; Frank.Coulter@seattle.gov; Bill.Benzer@seattle.gov; Tess.Colby@seattle.gov; Lisa.Gustaveson@seattle.gov; Donna.Waters@seattle.gov
Or Call Human Services
Tom Van Bronkhorst
Other business districts in the city have similar concerns; WSJA recently joined with some of its counterparts in this letter to the city. An excerpt:
吉林快三大小群We ask you take small businesses and the owners, employees, customers, and adjacent residents into consideration when assessing the public safety needs for the constituents of this city. Seattle is at a crossroads and is choosing its path forward. It’s time for us to ask our leaders, both legislative and executive, to find a way to work together to achieve what they essentially agree on: a reimagined municipal social contract—especially around public safety—that protects and lifts up all of us. Confronting and dismantling systemic racism and providing a safe environment for our neighborhood business districts are not mutually exclusive; indeed, they rely on each other completely.
For the Junction Association, the bottom line is at the end of its new page: “Join us. It’s time for action.”
Late in the day Friday, we got a couple questions about a sudden closure of the store in High Point, which continued Saturday, with the store reopening Sunday. The closure notice posted on the store door did not cite a reason. We asked corporate media relations on Monday via email: “Was this a COVID-related closure?” and corporate spokesperson Erin Loverher吉林快三大小群 responded this morning:
吉林快三大小群Yes, this location was temporarily closed and is now open. When notified of a confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 case, we take actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, public health officials and other credible sources while following federal, state and local health advisories. Our clinical and safety teams work closely with our field and store leadership to respond accordingly, which may include identifying and contacting individuals who may be at risk in order to self-quarantine or self-monitor their health, as well as third-party, industrial cleaning and disinfecting the location or impacted areas of the store. Cleanings may require temporarily closing a store, at which time customers may visit a nearby store location for their prescription needs.
吉林快三大小群We are actively reviewing our policies and procedures as guidelines evolve, and will continue to adjust our safety protocols accordingly to promote the safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers.
As we reported in this July story, businesses are not required to disclose to customers if one or more staff members tests positive. Some have done so proactively anyway, or in response to inquiries like this.
We’re no longer updating the state of West Seattle grocery shopping every week, but the pandemic’s far from over, so major changes remain notable. Tonight, we’re updating the state of “special shopping hours” for seniors and those at higher risk of COVID-19, starting with a change:
TRADER JOE’S: As of this week, senior/at-risk shopping hours are . (Thanks to the West Seattle crew member who emailed to let us know!)
Checking where the other stand-alone supermarkets stand on special shopping hours:
WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY (WSB sponsor): Senior/at-risk hours remain .
PCC COMMUNITY MARKETS: .
WHOLE FOODS: .
METROPOLITAN MARKET: .
吉林快三大小群Three West Seattle biznotes:
WYATT’S JEWELERS SALE: Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 15th) marks the start of a weeklong end-of-summer sale at longtime WSB sponsor in Westwood Village. 10 percent off everything in the store, and higher discounts on some items.
POKE TODAY AT GRILLBIRD: Matt at (35th/Morgan) sent word of a one-day poké pop-up:
Starts at 4 pm and goes until we sell out.
Menu吉林快三大小群 includes: garlic shoyu or spicy ahi poké bowls and Poké nachos! We will also be selling grilled Spam musubi’s and ginger pineapple lemonades.
We will also have a live ukulele player welcoming and entertaining guests in the parking lot!
SAMILA & CO. CONTEST & SALE: Bride-to-be? Know one? If you – or they – are working on the front lines of the pandemic, . (4306 SW Walker) is giving away a wedding dress – and today’s the last day to enter. Separate from that, proprietor Yasmin Shirdel adds:
吉林快三大小群Separately from the giveaway, we are extending an additional discount of 25% off a brand-new dress (not the traditional sample discount structure) – this is an unprecedented discount for a current-season dress – to all brides.
The sale is Friday-Sunday, September 18-20. Samila’s outlet in North Admiral has been open 2 1/2 years.
Just got word of one more online event today with West Seattle involvement: The first of two days for the , all online this year. It’s continuing until 1 pm today, showcasing both new houses and remodels, and again 9 am-1 pm tomorrow. Word comes from WSB sponsor , which is presenting one of today’s “stops,” the . Ticket options (including a free pass for the hours the tour is “live”) .
Shop your local independent small businesses! Another one in West Seattle is celebrating an anniversary – its first:
Today, in Morgan Junction marks “1 year of being your neighborhood place for new books, author events, book clubs, and reading time! Time has FLOWN by and what a year it has been – we’ve learned a lot and have met so many wonderful people in our community. Our patience has been tested more than we might have imagined, but we’ve made it out on top and into year 2 we go.”
No party this year because of the pandemic, but Paper Boat is offering an anniversary present to customers – 10 percent off book purchases on Saturday (September 12th), plus a free PBB pin. The shop is at 6040 California SW, open 11 am-5 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, but look for expanded hours starting later this month.
Support your local independent small businesses! In Morgan Junction, 吉林快三大小群 is about to celebrate its seventh anniversary with a sale intended to “bring in year #8 with a bang!” Tomorrow (Friday, September 11th) through Monday (September 14th), SGS says:
We will have TONS of deals throughout the store, including $2, $5, and $10 bins, 25-50% off anything from running shoes, baseball gear, to clothing. We usually have cake and coffee to help celebrate but this year since we aren’t able to do that, we are offering HUGE discounts in the store (more than we have ever done before) to say thank you to the community that has stood by us through everything 2020 has brought to our doors. We are also previewing a select ski selection at special pricing.
Second Gear Sports is at 6529 California SW.
It’s the second Thursday of September, so tonight’s the night to celebrate the end of summer with one more indoor/outdoor/online West Seattle Art Walk. As listed , 12 venues – from Admiral to Arbor Heights – are participating – including WSB sponsors (4540 California SW, in-person), (4505 California SW, in-person), and (5440 California SW, online). You can scroll through the online artist gallery – or around the official Art Walk start time, 5 pm, to see the YouTube吉林快三大小群 playlist. The Art Walk has been steadily building back – if your business is interested in participating next quarter, .
Support your local small independent businesses! If you are dreaming of a sweet treat. 吉林快三大小群 (WSB sponsor) invites you to look ahead to the weekend:
We are excited to be partnering with several WS coffee shops, and our beignets are now available in orders of 2 on Saturdays and Sundays at (35th/Graham), on Saturdays at (California/Genesee), and on Sundays at 吉林快三大小群 (35th/Henderson).
We are also taking walk-ups (orders of 3) at our beignet booth located in the USI kitchen parking lot @ 4611 36th Ave SW from 9 am-2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (while supplies last).
For orders of 6 or 12, and to get the gourmet-sauce trios from Green City Kitchens, is the way to go … blog readers can use the code WSB at checkout for 10% off their order this weekend!
We also offer 2 coffee options from Middle Fork Roasters – cold brew coffee at our booth and whole bean coffee on the website.
One way to celebrate Labor Day – honor the work of small local independent businesses. One is now offering another way to shop:
co-proprietor Shannon Felix tells WSB that the studio/shop in Luna Park (2914 SW Avalon Way) “is now open by appointment (masks required). Email GlassSales@AvalonGlassworks.com to arrange a time to shop. The glass pumpkins are ready and we are making new items nearly daily. Our Etsy store .”
Small independent businesses need your support now more than ever.
While there was a big push to help them relatively soon after pandemic-related restrictions kicked in, some of that has ebbed, and the short-term assistance available to some has, too. So this is prime time to shop, dine, get services, etc., with West Seattle businesses. Today we have an update, and invitation/request for support, from a shop that’s been at the south edge of The Junction for a quarter-century – . Proprietor Sarah Stegner吉林快三大小群‘s message:
Kid-Friendly Footwear @ Again & Again is well-stocked now with slippers, shoes, & boots for all kinds of back-to-school season adventures, be they indoors or out. Check out our kicky collection of waterproof styles for toddlers to teens (up to youth size 7). We’re happy to lend a socially distant hand with expert fitting in person or can walk you through it over the phone – 206-933-2060.
吉林快三大小群Open this Labor Day holiday weekend – Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 10 am-5 pm; by appointment other days/times; closed Tuesdays.
For COVID safety, we can only accommodate up to 30% of our usual capacity, require masks except for children under 2, and limit visits to 30 minutes or less. It has been a difficult half-year for our small business; we need support and hope our new website helps to browse & shop online. Please contact us for a fitting consultation, to make an appointment, and arrange curbside pick-up or free local delivery!
The shop is at 4832 California SW.
For almost 20 years, the West Seattle Junction storefront at 4747 California SW has been a hot-yoga studio. But that’s about to come to an end. Nally Berg bought two years ago and just announced it will permanently close. Not because of the redevelopment project that will be built in that spot eventually (more on that in a moment), but because of other factors: “The bridge, COVID, and mandated restrictions have made it impossible to continue, unfortunately,” she tells WSB. Bikram Yoga WS will be open through the end of this month; Berg does not currently have plans to open a new studio elsewhere, but promises to let us know if that changes.
Before it was a yoga studio, the building held Junction Feed & Seed ; the site will eventually be part of the new 吉林快三大小群 of . With news of the closure, we checked on the status of the site’s future redevelopment, inquiring with Ed Hewson, who is working with Husky owner Jack Miller吉林快三大小群 on the project. Hewson tells WSB, “COVID has clearly slowed down the permitting with the City (and the bridge closure certainly doesn’t help), but we are still slowly proceeding because it is such a special project. The New Husky will be a labor of love for all of us. We don’t have a definitive start date we can give you, but we are very much still working diligently with our architects and consultants and moving forward.”
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, – an infrared-sauna salon and dealer. New sponsors get to tell you about their business; here’s what We Sweat would like you to know:
We Sweat吉林快三大小群 is West Seattle’s first Infrared Sauna Salon. We Sweat opened its doors January 12, 2020, with an overwhelming response from the community. The business was only open for two months before the COVID-19 shutdown, but in that time hosted more than 500 sauna sessions.
Athena Frederick, the owner, is a Veteran, trained in Biomedical Engineering; her career before becoming a mom was in the medical-device field. She moved to West Seattle in 2009 and immediately started a business formerly known as Stroller Strides, sold in 2012 as it was being rebranded to Fit4Mom. Athena had 9 locations throughout Seattle and won the national Franchisee of the Year sward. This business was supportive of motherhood in the early years and built a community of families that are still friends and now raising teenagers together. From this business, a running club was formed, and after 11 years they are still meeting weekly on Alki and running the annual Ragnar Relay event. She is mom to two teenage boys and for over 7 years has been active in various PTAs and served on the PTA Board at Genesee Hill Elementary for 4 years as the volunteer coordinator and Move-A-Thon co-chair. Health and wellness, community service, and fully funding public schools are just some of her greatest passions.
In 2019. when Athena decided to return to the workforce, her entrepreneurial spirit took over and the idea for an infrared sauna salon was born. Balancing work/ family life has always been a top priority. Due to injuries sustained in the military, Athena has worked hard to maintain active and healthy and has found some holistic ways to manage pain and anxiety. Infrared heat is something she discovered on vacation and she frequently visited a spa in Lynnwood to help ease some of her chronic pain. It was her dream to open a spa similar to the Olympus Spa, but coed. Additionally, she wanted to get into the nonprofit world and create a group based on volunteerism, Women Serving West Seattle. During the COVID-19 shutdown, she used the salon as a staging area to .
吉林快三大小群The original goal of creating a space where you could come in for self-care and a sauna and then hang out in the “chill” area had to be rethought because of the COVID-19 crisis. We closed our indoor chill area and made the salon less of a place to “hang out.” Today folks come in for their hour in an individual sauna suite and then leave or hang out in our outdoor chill area reading a book. We are located at 2705 California Ave SW, the former location of the family-owned West Coast Cruises. We are their first renters after they operated a West Seattle business for over 20 years. The building has 6 individual rooms with doors and was the perfect location for a salon, with social distancing already in place, no build-out required. Each sauna suite is provided with fresh towels and the room is sanitized between uses with an Ultraviolet Wand, nontoxic disinfectants, and an ultraviolet air-purifying system. These infrared saunas are the most hygienic out there because they do not retain moisture, and our cedar saunas are naturally antimicrobial.
We chose the nationally known Jacuzzi (R) branded saunas because they are designed by doctors and have the lowest EMF of any sauna out there. Infrared Saunas are being recognized by doctors everywhere as helpful with chronic inflammation, anxiety/depression, skin conditions, Lyme disease, cancer recovery, and detox for flight attendants and firefighters.
In response to the COVID-19 shutdown, our sauna salon purchased more saunas so we have 7 to choose
from; we also have a showcase of saunas as we have . People can schedule a time to visit our salon to see the different models and also try out a session before purchasing a sauna for their in-吉林快三大小群 use. These are low-cost and many don’t have additional electrical requirements. We are also selling Jacuzzi’s doctor-designed Ultraviolet Wand.
We welcome anyone to join us in the salon. Our mission statement is to be an inclusive place to create a health-conscious community. For those interested in purchasing a sauna for in-吉林快三大小群 use, one of our biggest sales of the year is happening now for Labor Day. We have new-client specials on the website and we have single sauna suites or saunas that can be shared. We have strict COVID-19 policies in place. You can find additional information .
Two notes from the West Seattle food and beverage world:
COFFEE: (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) has just expanded its hours again – 7 am to 5 pm. Continue ordering via the back window; outdoor seating on both sides of the shop remains open.
SUSHI: Many have been asking when – if – 吉林快三大小群 in The Junction (4533 California SW) will reopen.
We haven’t had luck in reaching its longtime proprietors but Cathy did and sent us this report last night:
I just spoke with Jennifer – she and her husband Harry are the owners of Azuma Sushi. She says they both are doing well and Harry has had some well-deserved time off. They’ve been open for 20 years and he’s pretty much worked non-stop at the restaurant!
吉林快三大小群They are looking to re-open soon, probably only doing takeout while we are still in Phase 2. No set date on re-opening yet, but they are working on it.
吉林快三大小群She asked if I could contact the WSB and pass the word on so that their customers know that they are doing well and that they are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!
Harry worked seven days a week until 2016!
Three weeks ago, thanks to reader tips, we mentioned the Christian Science Reading Room in The Junction had cleared out and the space at 4310 SW Oregon was for lease. It quickly found a new tenant: “West Seattle’s only men’s boutique,” as describes itself, is moving from Admiral. Co-proprietor Cory Côté tells WSB, “We’re excited to bring some new life and added energy to The Junction and a slightly larger footprint with it. Allowing us more space for considered goods and styles our customers have come to appreciate over the years! Super excited to meet new friends, and get to know our new neighbors as we continue to push and support all our local retailers if we can. Our retail shop will still be maintaining our online business at as we transition to our new 吉林快三大小群! Excited for everyone to stop by and check it out … going to be a fun spot for sure with plenty of good times ahead and even greater goods.” They hope to be in the new Junction space around mid-September, which will be almost five years after they added retail to what had been th company’s focus as a “small design agency.”
Maybe that “cactus” (outside ) is exactly what your desk or living-room table is missing. It’s one of the unique items we saw while visiting the , which continue until 4 pm. On the same block (east side of California between Oregon and Alaska), longtime WSB sponsor is participating too:
On the west side of California, is a popular stop – in honor of !
Nearby , as we’ve mentioned, is celebrating Record Store Day吉林快三大小群. They and some other businesses are also utilizing curbside space:
Lots of room to roam – again, this is on in The Junction until 4 pm.
More new art on businesses’ walls – first, at :
This one is a work in progress, on the south wall of the QFC building, commissioned by mall manager , which told WSB that the “theme of this is ‘Love where you live’ and is set to celebrate our communities of West Seattle. It is topography based and modern in its look.” Craig Johnson吉林快三大小群 is the artist.
Meantime, in The Junction:
Monika Lidman sent the photo while artist was painting that wall at Uptown Espresso (Edmunds/California/Erskine) earlier this month. She noted, “He’d already repainted the entire building, then created this giant graphic, mapping it all out with a penciled grid, just like the old-timey sign painters. What I loved most was his attitude! He sees this art project as a way to lift up and encourage the neighborhood. It certainly does!”
Two West Seattle Junction notes:
BINGO! Last night, Lora and Joanie吉林快三大小群 livestreamed the first drawing. It’s one of two ways to play – these games are with blue paper bingo cards you can get for shopping or dining at participating businesses, with gift cards and prizes. They’ll have live drawings four more times – next one is September 9th. You also can continue playing the ongoing game where squares are checked off as you visit various merchants – that continues into October. .
SIDEWALK SALE REMINDER: This Saturday, noon-4 pm, mask up and head out to The Junction for a big afternoon of outdoor shopping. Participants . (And if you’re an early riser, has a Record Store Day sale starting at 7 am!)
Just released by the – that new video inviting you to “experience the magic of West Seattle.” WSJA commissioned it with funding from a grant; Ryan Cory吉林快三大小群 photographed and directed it; many West Seattle businesses – and some of our area’s most glorious scenery – star in it.