Celebrating the Life of Don Smathers



To all who know our dear friend Don Smathers, we’d like to invite you to his Memorial Service at the Junction Plaza Park on Wednesday, April 1st at 5pm. 

He was a good friend of The Junction and has helped us in so many ways. Let’s celebrate his life.

Two thumbs up forever Don. We’ll miss you.

32 Teacups at VAIN


On the last installment of West Seattle Art Walk for the winter quarter, visit VAIN for Michael Doyle’s Artist Reception, 32 Teacups. On March 12th from 6-9pm, you’ll see that Doyle’s fun and imaginative illustrations will take you to a fantastical place.

The show is about secrets, dreams, and time travel, inspired by the lives and times of the artist’s favorite authors and people, as well as vintage illustrations and nature. “Think Agatha Christie meets magic realism, or Zora Neale Hurston solving murder mysteries with Margaret Wise Brown in the park!”

There will be sips and nibbles in addition to the fun you’ll have that night so see you there!

Vain is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4513 California Ave SW.

Erden Eruc at Emerald Water Anglers


If you have a dream of extreme adventure or want to meet someone who has done such that, join Emerald Water Anglers on Thursday, March 5th from 7-9 pm in welcoming resident West Seattlelite, Erden Eruc. He successfully circumnavigated the planet via row boat, bike and foot. He did it by himself and powered by him. Yes all him.

BIOEruc founded the non-profit Around-n-Over to honor the legacy of fallen adventurers. The non-profit aims to inform and inspire kids and adults through educational activities based on the realities of human powered exploration and adventure.

If you want to be inspired, know more about his adventures or how to be an adventurer like him, stop by Emerald Water Anglers. It’s going to be a great night. Who knows, maybe after going to the event, you’d finally decide on going on that adventure you’ve been dreaming to do.

Emerald Water Anglers is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4502 42nd Ave SW.


Employee Appreciation Day at Cupcake Royale

cupcakeroyaleStop by Cupcake Royale and celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with them on Friday, March 6.

Cupcake Royale is toasting hard workers in Seattle with a special offer of a buy one get one cupcake on one of their signature cupcakes – Strawberry Champagne, a deliciously spiked vanilla cupcake with Champagne topped with Skagit Valley Strawberry buttercream and golden sprinkles. It’s like a little Happy Hour for your work day!

Cupcake Royale is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4556 California Ave SW.


Pasta Pop-Ups at Quadrato


It isn’t all about pizza at Quadrato. They also have sandwiches and desserts. But this time, they are taking it up another notch with Pasta Pop-ups on Monday nights. Cary Kemp of Quadrato is partnering with Chef Mark Fuller of Ma’ono to host this delicious event.

Pasta Pop Up at Quadrato starting Monday nights at 6:30. Chef Mark Fuller of Ma’ono will be joining us and making fresh pasta with choices of Marinara, Marinara with Veal Meatballs, Linguini with Clams and White Sauce and Linguini with Rapini and Garlic, all served with Grand Central Bakery Garlic Bread. 8 seats at the Quadrato counter so orders will be available for take out as well. See you tomorrow night. There will be wine.”

Head on over to Quadrato on Monday nights and slurrrrrp the night away.

Quadrato is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4302 SW Oregon St.

Valentine’s Treat at VAIN


Stop by VAIN all week (Monday-Sunday) this Valentine’s week to get 15% off anything red or pink. That includes nail polish, hair products, accessories, party wigs + jewelry and more. Prep yourself before the big date night and make sure you have all the accessories you need.

Happy shopping this Valentine’s week and look fabulous on your date.

VAIN is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4513 California Avenue SW.

Feel the Love at Discovery Shop

by Lori Hinton

Ready to feel the love this Valentine’s? You don’t have to go far…

Make a stop at Discovery Shop. Whether it’s a cashmere sweater, a vintage hat, or a unique piece of jewelry, get your Valentine here and you know it’s already special because it will be loved more than once. Better yet, whatever you get, you know you’ll also give back (all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society).


But there’s more. Give a donation of gently used gems, or give your time (volunteers do weekly 4-hour shifts), and you’ll discover it’s much more than a thrift store. It’s a community. A support group. A reason to get up each day. A place full of hope, and love.

Run entirely by committed volunteers (over 70 of them, in fact), and open every day of the week, Discovery Shop has raised over 2 million dollars for cancer research while giving back to The Junction community for over 24 years. There is a special sense of giving here that goes both ways.

Suzanne Rowe Discovery Shop
Suzanne Rowe of Discovery Shop


“I had one gentleman who brought in a few of his wife’s treasured items, including a beautiful necklace he’d given her,” recalls volunteer Suzanne Rowe. “When he handed it to me, I could tell he was finally ready to say goodbye. He told me she was a Discovery Shop shopper, and he thought it was fitting that these special items be donated as a way for him to honor her memory.“


Many volunteers have been touched by cancer, often having battled and won themselves, or having lost a friend, sibling, spouse, or child to the disease. And for some, coming here to volunteer is what keeps them going.

“We have women in their eighties and nineties who take the bus here to do their weekly shifts,” explains Chairman Winni Field. “They do steaming and ironing and keep on chugging. It’s inspiring to see. If they can do it, so can we.”

treeBut it takes all kinds because “there’s a lot to do to keep a little shop open,” says Field. There’s a bookkeeper, cashiers, dishwashers, steamers, ironers, a display and merchandising crew, sorters, cleaners, electronic repair people, price makers, taggers, artists, newsletter writers, handymen (and women) and more. And everyone plays an important role. After all, relying on donations, when you accept almost anything you need people who work on everything! It’s a complex machine that makes use of many talents, but at the heart of the matter is love.

You can feel the love in the depth and quality of the gently used items themselves. “It starts with the donors with whom we form a relationship, a kinship,” says Rowe. “They know we’ll show respect for their treasures and put them out in an artful way.” Only clean, polished quality items go out on the floor.


You can feel the love in the meticulous merchandising (volunteers take pride in their beautiful displays).

You can feel the love in the staff’s attitude. When volunteers come in, they shine. It’s how they choose to spend their time. “It’s a joy, not a burden,” says Rowe. “It’s rewarding for volunteers and for the customers.”

You can feel the love between staffers (some have been at this together for decades).

You can feel the love when a stranger walks in who has just been diagnosed, and a staff member offers a hug, an ear to listen, and a shoulder to cry on.

You can feel the love when a mastectomy patient comes in looking for an elegant dress to celebrate finishing her last round of treatment. The staff zips around the store outfitting her with beautiful things while filling her with hope.


“When you or a loved one is faced with cancer, it’s such a helpless feeling,” reflects Field who lost a dear friend to the disease. “You wonder what you can you do. This [Discovery Shop] is a way to give back, to do something.”

So this Valentine’s, whether you want to give or you’re hoping to receive, pop on by Discovery Shop to feel the love from all angles.

“It’s the heart of The Junction for a lot of people,” smiles Rowe. “They see us as not only a retail outlet, but a social hub—many of our customers are regulars who know volunteers by name. When they come in they share stories about their lives, their struggles and their successes.”

Discovery Shop
4535 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Mon-Sat 10am-4:30pm
Sun 11am-3pm

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Sweet Happenings at Cupcake Royale


Cupcake Royale has kicked off Valentine’s Day celebrations this year with a BANG! All of Cupcake Royale’s NEW flavors and Deathcake Royale are now available in all stores. They are offering many fun events for your sweetie, kiddos and YOU! Tasting cupcakes, decorating cupcakes, coloring cupcakes and lastly indulging in a date night!

Check out the details on their events below!

February 9 – February 16 Royale Date Night – 3pm- close
Bring your crush, neighbor, friends, family member whomever you fancy to treat! Come in any time after 3pm for Royale Date Night and get 1 Deathcake and 2 (12oz) coffee bar drinks for $13. To make this even sweeter, if you *Instagram, Facebook or Tweet a picture of your date night and tag @cupcakeroyale you will get 2 FREE cupcake cards for your next visit!

February 11 – DIY Sprinkle Party 3pm- 5pm

Cupcake Royale will have a very festive table filled with Valentine’s Day themed decor. $4 gets you 1 cupcake to decorate and take home! All customers who attend are eligible to win a FREE Sprinkle Party for 8. Valued at $160. One winner per store.


Love is in the air. Cupcakes seal the deal. Whether you are giving home-baked joy to family, friends, lovers or the guy next door, there is no better way to share love than to practice Random Acts of Cupcakes. Give back, pay it forward, give Cupcake Royale cupcakes, bake a Cupcaking Kit, spread cupcakes with their legendary Buttercream Frosting. You get the picture. Love means cupcakes.

Cupcake Royale is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4556 California Avenue SW.