Junction Commercial Block Watch

Thank you so much for your interest in the Seattle Police Department’s Business Watch in the Alaska Junction!

Our official launch event is on Thursday September 27th at 11am at the Great American Diner in the Junction (4752 California Ave SW). We hope to see you there!

A few of the benefits to joining include:

  • Safety/Security Assessments from the SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Communication network with other businesses in the area
  • Quarterly meetings with other businesses that are a part of the network
  • Window decals from the Seattle Police Department that advertises your participation in the network
  • Additional eyes on your business (nearly 24 hours a day!)

Assessments typically last about our hour and include an evaluation of your potential risk spots, suggestions for improving security, a discussion of current crime trends in the area, a packet of helpful informational handouts and of course, time for questions.

The communication network is an interactive way to effectively and quickly contact other business owners or business managers in the Junction. You’ll have a deeper piece of mind knowing there are people who are actively involved watching over your business and reporting suspicious activity to you.

The round table quarterly meetings puts you in front of the Seattle Police Department key officers. You’ll receive updates about crime in the area. You’ll have a chance to discuss what you’re observing and listen to other business owners.

Window decals will show your commitment to improving safety and will be a deterrent to potential criminals.

A camera network will be developed that will consist of a list of businesses who have active cameras.

In addition, the Junction will have Business Watch Program street signs advertising we are fully committed to a safe and crime-free business district.

Sign up now to show your commitment to a safe district and to protect and decrease crime in your business.

 


Be a Part of the West Seattle Savings

West Seattle is growing quickly. Every month, over 400 people move to West Seattle, and the Junction making it the third fastest-growing neighborhood in Seattle.

Despite this, our 2017 report found that many businesses have not seen an increase in their business traffic commensurate with the population growth in West Seattle. Many business owners worry that this trend will only continue, with one business owner saying, “That’s my greatest fear, that West Seattle will become a bedroom community for downtown.”

In addition, many people interviewed for the report said they felt that the community was bifurcating, with older, more established residents having a strong sense of community, but new residents and business owners missing out on that sense of community. “People are lonely,” said a local neighbor, “they need friends.”

This 2018 grant cycle through the Office of Economic Development is for a pilot program to see if a concentrated marketing effort is effective. Specific sales and coupons will be trackable and measurable. Once we find what works (or what doesn’t work) in this program, we can potentially replicate it as an ongoing yearly project. By proving its efficacy, we will make it a clear solution for small businesses to support in order to get affordable, effective marketing.

Goal: Develop a marketing campaign to integrate new residents into the West Seattle community.

Introduce new residents to West Seattle businesses

Develop cohesive image that can used across the West Seattle neighborhoods – DONE!

Choose a Canvas High-Quality West Seattle Swag Bag – DONE!

Develop relationships with property managers and realtors – DONE!

Collect coupons/flyers/punch cards/etc. for local businesses – SEE BELOW!

 

The West Seattle Swag Bag has been designed and has been completed. We have neighborhood buttons that will be distributed to the different neighborhood residents can collect. This will move people between the retail districts creating excitement and a sense of community spirit.

We’re at a point in the project where it’s time for you to join us! The cost to insert a coupon in the savings guide that will be hand delivered to over 850 incoming residents is only $35.00 (discounted to $20.00 if you’re a WS Chamber Member or Junction Merchant).

You can also opt to include your company swag in the high-quality canvas swag bag. Don’t have swag? That’s okay, as we’ve contracted with Zippy Dogs to help you choose- plus they will give a 15% discount WOOF!  See their suggestions here.

Fill out my online form.

This project is funded through the Seattle Department of Economic Development. In partnership with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Graphics by Prentice Design.


SOL Fundraising It’s a Win-Win

Want to join the Junction helping to raise funds to save our community parking lots? You can!

The Junction offers a complete fundraising kit for community groups or businesses who would like to save community parking. The kit includes:

2.5′ x 6′ banner for onsite advertising

4″ x 6″ postcards

11″ x 17″ posters and 12″ x 18″ yard sign outside of your business showing your support

Table toppers and beer taps if you’re selling the SOL Junction Pale

Plus you’ll receive social media and marking support through the Junction’s active Facebook, Instagram and  Twitter followers (over 13,000 fans – combined).

Your fundraiser will also have a dedicated newsletter blast sent to the 8,000 subscribers.

More about the community parking lots:

Community attachment is an emotional connection to a place that transcends satisfaction, loyalty, and even passion. A community’s most attached residents have strong pride in it, a positive outlook on the community’s future, and a sense that it is the perfect place for them. Factors with the strongest links to community attachment include places for people to meet.

The parking lots meet the needs of our neighborhoods by providing accessible free locations our community (young families and seniors alike) can depend upon. In addition, our major lot housing 96 parking spaces is located adjacent to the Senior Center of West Seattle. This valuable placement allows for seniors to engage with and depend upon vital services necessary for good health (both mental and physical).

The Junction parking lots promotes neighborhood well-being, a place for community members to park, and because the lots are free, a vital asset to citizens who cannot afford parking fees. To remove the ability for our neighbors to park in the Junction would be devastating to young families, seniors and our under-served population.

The BIA strongly believes in the community benefit provided through these parking lots. We believe the West Seattle Junction is the core of West Seattle where neighbors come together to meet and hold events that promote community openness and diversity. These 228 spaces help make this possible.

With the ongoing fundraising that will off-set skyrocketing property taxes, the BIA would invest more into our safe and clean programming. We would increase our city cleaning contract, and increase our internal maintenance staffing and security.

The Junction provides unique zest for the area’s identity and is the very definition of tangible community-building. Your fundraising will support how the West Seattle Junction Association impacts our neighborhood in a positive way.

To get started, call with the Junction 206-935-0904 or contact the Junction via email.


Westside Job Fair

 

See why people like you want to work in West Seattle. Over the bridge, West Seattle employers are offering a number of full and part time positions.

We’ve put the best of the best together to bring a Westside job fair like none other. It’s like family. Flexible schedules too, plus we’re just really nice people. Every business at the Westside Job Fair will be interviewing on the spot. You’ll sit down with either the business owner or hiring manager. Some hire on the spot, so be prepared to accept an immediate offer!

Fast-paced restaurants, award winning coffee shops, and heady bready bakers are all hiring. Got a musical background? We’ve got music schools. Love to be around the beauty of all the things, then retail would be your vibe. Oh, and office and banking jobs too.

We’ve put the best of the best together to bring a Westside job fair like none other. It’s like family. Flexible schedules too, plus we’re just really nice people.

Check back often as we’re adding employers every day:

Verity Credit Union
Horizon Airlines – Ground Service Agents
Care at Home Washington
Terry Gangon State Farm – Customer Service and Account Representative
West 5 – Lead Line Cook, Prep Cook and Dishwasher
Capers – Sales Associate, Social Media Manager, Seasonal
Click! Design that Fits – Sales Associate
Daystar Retirement Village
Dream Dinners, West Seattle
Keller Williams
Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle
VCA West Seattle Veterinary Hospital
Providence  – 24 positions from Administrative Assistant, RN, to Dietary Aid
a la Mode Pie – Baker and Counter Person
City Mouse Studio – Sales Associate
Bakery Nouveau  – Customer Service, Dessert Team/Production and Dishwasher/Kitchen Prep

Westside Job Fair
Tuesday, September 18th
10am – 1pm
4752 California Ave SW (at the Great American Diner & Bar)

 

Bring your resume too, as we’re all interviewing on the spot.

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is free 3 hour parking in our parking lots located on 42nd and 44th Ave. You can also take the C Line, 50 and 21 bus to the stop on Alaska St. The job fair is 2 blocks south.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring copies of your resume as we will be conducting interviews at the job fair.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact the West Seattle Junction Association by email or 206-935-0904. Or, West Seattle Chamber of commerce 206-932-5685.

The Westside Job Fair is produced in conjunction with WorkSource.  WorkSource Seattle-King County is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711. See all of the King County Work Source resources here.

 


Are you a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce or a Junction Merchant? You can register now as an employer

Fill out my online form.

West Seattle Junction Mural Restoration Fundraiser

It’s time West Seattle, time to restore our murals.

Longtime West Seattleites may look at the murals as treasures that illuminate our past. Newcomers may wonder how they came to be. But no matter how long you have lived here, you likely have noticed the increasing deterioration and attrition of the Murals of West Seattle.

In the decades since the 11 Murals of West Seattle were created, these unique pieces of artwork have brought to life the rich history of much of the Duwamish peninsula. The murals provide unique zest for the area’s identity and are the very definition of tangible community-building.

West Seattle Mural Project

While the murals still provide inspiration, on the whole they are not in great shape. One severely deteriorated mural was abruptly removed when the owner of the property on which is stood deemed it an eyesore. Extensive graffiti tagging has taken place on three other murals in recent years.

Shadowing these owner decisions and instances of vandalism is the pall cast by the ravages of the elements. Sun, wind and rain, along with the growth of nearby vegetation, has conspired to reduce even the most vivid of the murals to mere echoes of their former beauty.


Mosquito Fleet is next on the restoration list. This mural restoration is funded in part by a West Seattle Garden Tour generous $5,000 grant.

The Murals of West Seattle project was led by longtime local business leader Earl Cruzen in 1989-1993.

Earl was a persuasive pied piper in the West Seattle business community, drumming up bare walls, funds from generous building owners and the key ingredient of enthusiasm to bring the project to fruition. Part of the excitement was the ability for everyone to watch the murals come to life and to interact with the visiting muralists as they did their summertime work day after day.

West Seattle Junction MuralsThe result was 11 unique art pieces, and for more than a quarter-century, the murals have brought to life the rich history of much of the Duwamish peninsula – the very definition of tangible community-building.

Adah Cruzen West Seattle Junction
Now in 2018 we have received a generous gift from Adah Cruzen, the widow of Earl. The funds will serve as a match for the community fundraising. Together we can not only restore the murals to their former vibrant glory, but replace the mural that was removed in 2016.


We’ve already started work on the Morgan Street Market Mural, but we have a long way to go. Our hope to also have funds to keep the murals free of graffiti, but to also begin a foundation fund for the vision of future murals in West Seattle. We hope you can help us!

Mural #1: West Seattle Ferries by Bill Garnet 4707 CALIFORNIA AVE SW (full restoration)

Mural #2: The Junction by Eric Grohe 4747 CALIFORNIA AVE SW (renovation includes washing and grafitti coating)

Mural #3: Midnight Call by Don Barrie (removed in 2016) 4713 44TH AVE SW (complete rebuild)

Mural #4: Mosquito Boat Landing by Susan Tooke 4554 CALIFORNIA AVE SW (scheduled for restoration in summer 2018)

Mural #5: The First Duwamish Bridge by Robert Dafford 4740 44TH AVE SW (complete renovation)

Mural #6: Morgan Street Market by Bruce Rickett 6501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98136 (restored July 2018)

Mural #7: Alki in the Twenties by Bruce Rickett (re-created in 2016) 4755 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW (renovation complete parking garage Whittaker Apartments)

Mural #8: Tuesday Bank Day by Alan Wylie 4501 CALIFORNIA AVE SW (renovations includes color wash, washing and grafitti coating)

Mural #9: The Hi Yu Parade by Lanny Little 4412 CALIFORNIA AVE SW (renovation includes washing and graffiti coating)

Mural #10: The Old Mud Hole by Mike Svob 4520 44TH AVE SW (complete renovation)

Mural #11: Press Day by Alan Wylie 4727 44TH AVE SW (complete renovation)
Future Murals – 2019 and beyond.

 

You can choose to pay via check made payable to the West Seattle Junction Association:

4210 SW Oregon St, Suite A

Seattle WA 98116

or securely via the donate button.

Want to create your own Mural fundraiser? You can! Just click on the Join the Team button.

Donations of $500 and above will be recognized on plaques that will be secured next to each mural.

The Junction is a registered 501(c)(3) your donation is tax deductible EIN #91-1403639.

Video and mural pictures by This Is It Video Production and Services 

Earl Cruzen and Adah Cruzen Photo by West Seattle Blog

 

 


Summerfest 2018 Survey

West Seattle Summer Fest

Now it’s time to give us your thoughts on the changes we made in 2018 and how we can make next year even more ‘West Seattle’. Your comments WILL shape Summer Fest, 2019.

Photo Credit: Andy P. Photography

Fill out my online form.

 

 


The Summer Fest Sidewalk Sale is a West Seattle Tradition

Shopping at Summer Fest is one of the many reasons people from all around the region visit West Seattle over the 3-day festival. Now in the festival’s 36th year, Summer Fest started as a merchant sidewalk sale. Many of the West Seattle businesses still hold that tradition true by offering sidewalk sales throughout the event.

Some of our recommended highlights are the famous Easy Street Records sale – there’s always plenty for everyone! Zamboanga has imported clothing from around the globe. Fleurt and City Mouse offers everyday clothing and decor for gift giving all-year round.

Make sure you check out all our sidewalk sale merchants for deep discounts:

Antique Mall of West Seattle
Jan’s Beauty Supply
VAIN
Stop ‘N Shop
Click Design That Fits
ACS Discovery Shop
Bakery Nouveau
Funky Janes
Many Moons Trading Co
Virago Gallery
Wild Rose’s
Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Northwest Art & Frame
Merryweather Books
Menashe and Sons
The Forsythe Studio
West Seattle Verizon

There’s plenty of sales going on throughout the festival.

Click! Design that Fits sidewalk sale! Starting Friday morning they’ll set up outside with seriously marked down clearance and overstocked items such as furniture, lighting, and some super cute baby clothes! There’s a sale corner inside too, and they still have a few Hobo bags and wallets 25-50% off!

West Seattle Verizon will be offering $50 off all Android phones in addition to a buy one get one free promotion Verizon is offering on the newest, Apple, Samsung, Pixel2, LG and Motorola phones (requires one new line of service) and also free activation (saves $30) on new lines of service.

Menashe Jewelers will have their famous sidewalk sale tables selling treasures from around the globe.

The Whittaker will be waiving Security Deposits and offering 6 weeks free to anyone who stops by and mentions they saw them at Summerfest.

Thursday, July 12, 6:00-9:00, Carmilia’s will kick off our summer sale with a pre-function party. We’ll have drinks and deals aplenty; you don’t want to miss this! The fun and deals (and drinks) will continue all weekend.

Funky Janes is offering 25% off the entire store starting at 5pm on Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we will offer 50% off items.

Virago Gallery is having a SUMMERFEST SALE! 20% to 30% off select jewelry and 50% to 75% a selection of Saltiare Life Vintage Kimonos! HEYYYYY!!!! Runs through July!

Capers: West Seattle tshirts and locals nights.

VAIN is hosting a large photo booth (up to ten people) on their sidewalk from noon – 4pm during West Seattle Summer Fest. The traditional style four pose color photo strip will be just $5.00 with all of the proceeds going to benefit the Senior Center of West Seattle. There will be Senior Center folks on hand to collect donations and talk about volunteer opportunities. VAIN will also have 10%-30% discounts throughout their boutique. We hear they have held back some great new merchandise that they will be rolling out starting on Thursday night during the West Seattle Art Walk.

The semi-annual 50% off Discovery Shop storewide sale (except plants) will be during summerfest. The plant arrangements are created by volunteers of the shop and their friends.

The Escape Artist is presenting their new 10min mobile room experience at Summer Fest! It’s going to be in their Big Red Box, located in front of 4517 California Ave! They are super excited to introduce it to the community! It’s titled “Museum Heist!”

Verity Credit Union will have bands lined up who will be playing in their brand new BEAUTIFUL branch during Summer Festival:

Friday, July 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Elijah Dhavvan from Tobias the Owl
Saturday, July 14, noon-2:00 p.m. Champagne Honeybee
Saturday, July 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Whole Bolivian Army
Sunday, July 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Katie Kuffel

Click on the full shopping list for all of our Summer Fest vendors.


The Fun Begins When We Close the Streets

Art Walk + West Seattle Summer Fest!
July 12th + July 13th – 15th
The Fun Begins When We Close the Streets

The West Seattle Art Walk is doing something extra special for the July 12th Art Walk, also known as Summer Fest eve! They issued a call for artists to create chalk art on the streets in the Junction and have selected 11 artists. Here’s a sampling of the artwork of the artists you’ll meet this Thursday. Artists will be laying down chalk from 6-9pm. There will also be chalk for kids to color the streets.

Come out for Art Walk and make sure to join us for this interactive art experience!

Also happening during Art Walk is the popular Bubbleman. Check out all the bubbly fun at the intersection of California Ave SW and SW Alaska St 6:30 PM

While you’re in the streets for Art Walk, make sure you swing by the West 5 for their 15 Year Anniversary. The Yada Yada Big Band will be throwing down some tasty tunes 7 PM to 9 PM.

We’re not giving too much away, but you may also want to stay in the Junction for a surprise in the streets – 7 PM.

While you’re at Summer Fest watch for the new SOL (Save Our Lots) Junction Pale. Brewed by award-winning Elliott Bay Brewing, you’ll find this a refreshing brew to quench your festival thirst. You’ll find #SOL at the Beer Garden, Elliott Bay and The Beer Junction.

We’ll have plenty of music throughout the festival, including buskers, live music at Verity Credit Union and other pop-up locations.

Check out music from the full line-up on the Summer Fest band page. Find out more about the music line-up on the official Summer Fest website, Summer Fest Facebook page, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Snapchat wsjunction.
Thank you to these Summer Fest sponsors!

Discover Summer Fest

West Seattle Junction Association | 206-935-0904 | wsjunction.org


Junction SOL Save the Lots Fundraising Campaign

Raise a glass and raise funds for the Junction with a pint of SOL Parking Pale, brewed locally by Elliott Bay Brewing Company.

For the 2018 Summerfest, we poured the brand new “Save Our Lots Parking Pale” which sold out!

You can find SOL at Elliott Bay Brewing, The Beer Junction, West 5, Shadowland and at Talarico’s Pizza.

“SOL Parking Pale” (a hazy pale ale) was brewed to help the fundraising efforts of our beloved 3 hour free parking lots in the Junction Area (a large property tax increase now threatens the future of the lots). $2 of each pint sold will go directly to the West Seattle Junction Association, the nonprofit 501(c)3 that pays for the lots. You can also find out more about this campaign from the West Seattle Blog Article HERE.

SOL (Save Our Lots) Parking Pale #SOL

This fund-raising summertime beer is a hybrid, somewhere between a session style pale ale and a hazy light wheat. Its citrusy aroma and quaff-ably refreshing finish make it the perfect beer to enjoy during these dog days of summer. Organic Washington-grown Amarillo and Simcoe hops plus a touch of NW wheat make this beer so enjoyable and balanced.

FAQ’s

Why Are You Raising Funds?

Since the mid-50’s the Junction merchants have supported FREE parking. Now, due to increased property values on the parking lots we’re in danger of losing parking completely.

Can’t You Just Charge for Parking?

Unfortunately no. The landlords currently will not allow us to charge for parking. If we could, we could charge a nominal $2 an hour which would help!

Is the Junction a Nonprofit?

Yes! The Junction is a registered 501 (c) (3) EIN 91-1403639

Who Else is Supporting This Fundraiser?

Our beloved Husky Deli for of course! The SOL ice cream was available during the August 11th Sub Pop SPF 30 celebration down on Alki Beach. You never know though, you may see it in the Junction. Just keep on checking!

Want to start your OWN fundraiser? Community groups and businesses can! See what’s in the SOL Fundraiser Kit.

Here’s Where You Can Find SOL Parking Pale:

Elliott Bay Brewing Company

The Beer Junction

West 5

Talaricos

Shadowland

Summer Fest Beer Garden was sold out by Sunday!

Coming soon on tap at:

Check back soon!

Bootcamp and Brews August 30th and 31st!

Bootcamp & Brews “squats for our lots”
hosted by Fitness Revolution with Jill and The Beer Junction.

Exercise for a cause! Fitness Revolution and The Beer Junction have teamed up to bring you Bootcamp & Brews. A fundraiser for the Junction FREE community parking.

Spend 50 minutes with Jill working up a sweat, then reward yourself with a refreshing SOL (Save Our Lots) Junction Pale next door at The Beer Junction.

Cost: $15 (gets you a 50-min workout and one SOL beer)

When: (Two workout options)
-Thursday August 30th, 6pm at Fitness Revolution Studio
-Friday August 31st, 5pm at Fitness Revolution Studio

Maximum of 20 people per class, so grab your friends and exercise your right to raise funds and a tasty pint for a good cause!

Join the Facebook Invite here.

You can raise a pint and/or donate now though a handy and secure button verified through Guidestar and Network for Good.

We want to thank Nick Bers Design for the SOL Save our Lots Design. You can find him on his website and on Instagram.


Junction Partner Podcast: West Seattle

In partnership with Podcast: West Seattle, the Junction is pleased to bring you news, stories and in-depth interviews through local podcaster Andrew Stucky. The West Seattle podcast explores history, the arts, culture, and current events on the Duwamish Peninsula.

Photo: Rachel, one of our many volunteers by Derby Photography

You can find the Podcast: West Seattle on Soundcloud and iTunes.

In our first Junction episode, the Podcast: West Seattle focuses on Summer Fest, July 13th – 15th.

A preview of Summer Fest ’18! Podcast: West Seattle visits with Falafel Salam and Elliot Bay Brewery, a chat with the School of Rock house band, some history through Easy Street Records, music from And Friends, a quick check-in with the West Seattle Art Walk and much much more!

West Seattle Podcast