Santa is in The Junction

Someone is coming to town and it’s going to make all the kids and furry friends excited! There will be Santa sightings and photo ops at different Junction establishments, so we have put together the list that you have been waiting for.



  • Santa will be at City Mouse Studio on Sunday, December 7th. Drop in for a hug and a smile.  Bring your camera and capture your own special moment Santa.
  • Santa’s Workshop – Photographer Donna Ryan of City Mouse Studio will be on site to take photos of the kids with Santa. Santa will listen to your children’s Christmas requests and there will be free art activities brought to you by participating merchants. Santa’s Workshop will be stationed at Key Bank which is located at 4701 California Ave SW.
  • Santa will be sitting in his new chair at CAPERS on 12pm-3pm on Saturday and Sundays from Nov 29 until Dec 21.  Donation to the West Seattle Foodbank in lieu of sitting fee.  This is a DIY opportunity.  Bring your phones, cameras, and your friends.
  • Homestreet Bank West Seattle is almost one and they want to celebrate with you! On Friday, December 12th from 3-6pm they will have DIY photos with Santa, a hot cocoa bar, warm apple cider, holiday treats and more! Please bring a food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank
  • It’s Santa Paws at Windermere West Seattle, this is a great chance for your furry friends to get a photo with Santa on Sunday, December 14th from 10 – 1pm.
  • On December 20th from 10am-2pm Santa will be at Emerald Water Anglers for a DIY photography. All donations will go directly to the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
  • Visit JF Henry for a Santa photo op on Saturday, December 13th from 10am – 1pm. It will be $5 photo with Santa.
  • West Seattle Art Walk/Shop Late Thursday – On Thursday, December 11th from 5- 9pm, Santa will be walking around The Junction, find him and see if you can get a quick snap with him.

What Are You Thankful For, West Seattle?

by Lori Hinton

On a bright, crisp fall day, stroll the streets of The Junction and you’ll find West Seattlelites are eager to share their sunny dispositions. Ask them what they’re thankful for, and many will smile and tell you they are just happy to be here.

“I am thankful for the smell of the saltwater in the air on the way into work, “beams Katie Barnhardt of Northwest Art & Frame.


Local bike rider Ed Lebel says, “I’m thankful that my dad was raised here so I was too.” Lebel loves to ride what he calls the “tour de West Seattle” around the beach.


“I am thankful for Lincoln Park and all the natural spaces in West Seattle,” smiles resident Maija Wade. “We have two kids and we love it here!”


But on top of being thankful for our amazing nature with beaches, parks, and recreational opportunities galore, West Seattle has something more: Heart.

“I was born and raised in West Seattle, and I’m thankful that I can spend time with my family here,” says Kori Ball. “It’s like a small town within a big city. Everyone knows each other.”

And while West Seattle is full of proud multigenerational families, you don’t have to be a Westside native to feel the love.

“We moved here from the East Coast to be closer to my beautiful grandson,” says Caper’s Kassie Hennessey. “I live and work in The Junction and coming to work here feels like family. Customers come in and reminisce, and they’re like family too. I am thankful to feel a part of something like I do here, it makes me giddy.”

Fellow employee Joey Shearer-Harvey agrees. “We moved here from L.A. and my kids and I call it Mayberry. I am also thankful that everything is right here in The Junction. In L.A., I could never walk to the post office, then the grocery store, and go shopping on my way home.”

Working where you live and living where you work is huge. A two-block commute is definitely something to be thankful for.


“I’m thankful that I live AND work here in The Junction,” says Wolfgang Ratzlaff of Easy Street Records. “That, and I work at THE coolest place in West Seattle, maybe in the whole city!”


It’s a community that supports its neighbors. Sure it’s got your neighborhood pub. But it also has your best friend’s coffee shop, your uncle’s 90-year-old delicatessen, and your dog’s favorite treat stop—where the entire staff knows him by name.


“I am thankful for West Seattle and The Junction specifically,” smiles Will Valentine as he pets Squish the cat at Next to Nature. “I love to work here with these cats knowing we are taking care of them while introducing them to families who can adopt them.”


It’s people and places like this that make the popular “I heart West Seattle” bumper sticker ring true for so many.

So this year, when you reflect on what you’re grateful for, join your neighbors to give thanks for living (and, for some, living and working) in a community with heart.

Give a Little

We received an email from Sarah of Brunette Mix and they are asking for help in raising funds for their friend Jasmin Egan (Glover) who is battling Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We hope our Junction readers would be able to reach out and help our local West Seattlelite. Read Sarah’s email below.


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My name is Sarah and I am a stylist at Brunette Mix. I wanted to let you know about a fundraiser we are doing for our friend Jasmin Egan (Glover).

She was raised here in West Seattle and attended Chief Sealth High School. She now lives in Kent. She was recently diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). She is unable to work for at least 6 months if not longer during her treatment. Even her husband can not work as Jasmin needs around the clock care. We are trying to ease their financial burden during this time, so she can focus on treatment and healing. So we at Brunette Mix are offering free deep conditioning treatments (a $20 value) with any service if you donate any amount to Jasmin. That means they can donate $5 and and get the treatment! Along with that, we are working on a auction for her at the Feedback Lounge on December 4th from 6:30-9:30. We hope the community attends, and we are accepting donations for the auction at the salon.

In addition to our auction, we will have a representative from the Puget Sound Blood Center to do a Bone Marrow Drive. So if anyone has ever wondered what it takes to become a donor this a great place to find out the facts. Thank you for your time in reading this.
– Sarah

For more information or to donate to the auction call Sarah at 206-932-2401. Brunette Mix is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4306 SW Oregon St.

JF Henry Holiday Open House

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It’s a wonderful weekend of Holiday Open Houses in The Junction and JF Henry is going to make it spectacular. From book signings, to various demos and amazing deals, you won’t want to miss this one. Visit JF Henry this Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd and join in on the fun of their Holiday Open House. See the full schedule below!

Co-Author of Cast Iron Skillet and The Dutch Oven Cookbook.
Julie will be here to share her love of the versatile cast iron skillet.
She attended SPU, the Culinary Institute of America and spent a
year at the famous Herb Farm Restaurant under Chef Jerry Traunfeld.

SAT. 10:30AM-NOON — So slippery with no Teflon, no PFOA or PTEE!
Rep. Nancy Thompson will show off her skills with this incredible pan.

SAT. 11:30AM-1PM — Geri Capeloto will present this incredible
line of knives. Features include: fully forged German steel,
ergonomic designed handles & an easy to use sharpening system.

Hosted by Zwilling Representative Jennifer Levy. Of course
sampling of crepes will be required! Pan & Tools just $89.99!

SAT. 1PM-2PM — Kie Thompson with Shun will be available to answer
questions you might have about these amazing Japanese Knives.
All knives are on sale this holiday season!

SAT. 1PM-2:30PM –Monsieur Sid Hoagland the local rep will
show you these chic French serving pieces!

SAT. & SUN. 11AM-NOON — Elf Carol will show you how easy it is to
customize these one-piece disposable decorating bags.

SAT. NOON-1:30PM — Our Elf Betty will be making Paella using Magefesa
pans. These pans imported from Spain come in four sizes, 12 to 24 inches.

Elf Tom has really caught the fermentation bug. Try his sour pickles
& sauerkraut made in our Polish Crocks. Rados’c’ – Polish for Cheers!

JF Henry is located in the West Seattle Junction at  4445 California Ave SW.

Eat Local this Thanksgiving with the West Seattle Farmers Market

by Lori Hinton
Ready to celebrate Thanksgiving the way nature intended? Make this year all about giving thanks for the Earth’s bounty—grown and raised right in your own backyard! Did you know you can plan an entire Thanksgiving feast with ingredients from the Farmers Market?

_MG_4895With harvest at its peak and an extended growing season due to a warmer, dryer fall, the market’s bounty is busting at the seams with over 40 farmers and vendors. So head over to 44th and Alaska and prepare to be inspired with an abundance of choices for your feast whether you go traditional or create new traditions with exotic additions.

Start your meal with savory appetizers such as wild caught smoked salmon from West Seattle’s own Loki Fish Co. and fresh goat cheese from Mountain Lodge Farm in Enumclaw, or Gouda and cheddar from Samish Bay Cheese. Pickled veggies make a great app tray. For a non-traditional twist, try a local favorite with Flight to Lebanon’s humus and baba ghanoush homemade here in West Seattle.

For the main course, you need turkey, of course. As the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table, pasture-raised turkey from Green Bow Farms in Ellensburg can’t be beat. These early bird farmers wake up at the crack of dawn to drive over the pass selling poultry exclusively to the West Seattle market. Their beautiful whole roaster chickens are a great option as well. Beyond poultry, you can also try salmon, lamb, ham, pork or beef—all readily available at the market.

Then there are sides. With so many options, it’s hard to decide. Start with stuffing and rolls from Ballard’s Tall Grass Bakery. They toast their buttery bread to perfection and cut it into cubes for you. Add fresh onions, celery, parsley and tart apples and you’ll have nothing short of seriously delicious stuffing.

_MG_4941And what’s Thanksgiving without potatoes? Mashed, baked, sweet, scalloped—whatever you can dream you can do with over 16 potato varieties available from yellow fleshed Yukon Golds to red- and blue-skinned beauties. Lyall Farms sweet potatoes grown in the Yakima Valley are a crowd favorite. Heirloom squash is also in abundance, and as the weather gets colder, squash get sweeter and sweeter! Yum.

Add color and a tart taste to your table with cranberries from Bloom Creek out of Little Rock. These farmers set aside a portion of their incredible harvest just for West Seattle (thanks)! They offer both deep red cranberries and white cranberries, which are said to be the sweetest of all because the sun has yet to kiss them.

For more vibrant color, carrots and beets can’t be beat. Red and golden beets are plentiful this time of year and they make a beautiful display when roasted and peeled. Want to win points for creativity? Try the rare and unusual Chioggia beet. When cut open, the beat reveals beautiful spirals of red and white inside—a pretty spectacular presentation on a platter.

The extended growing season has also kept a few fall faves on the farm table longer than usual. Get your Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, arugula, and spicy mizuna now! A spinach salad with sliced pears, goat cheese and Holmquist Hazelnuts will not disappoint.

pieshomeAnd don’t forget dessert! With the peak harvest of apples and pears at hand, plus small sugar pie pumpkins, you can make pies from scratch. But leave the baking to Sod House Bakery and you won’t regret it. Special order pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies are made with love right here in West Seattle.

Thirsty? Pick your potion. Rockridge Orchards’ apple growers craft their own apple and hard ciders. Bainbridge Vineyards offers a great Pinot Noir and German-style white wines. And local craft breweries Propolis and Lowercase both use local Washington grain and hops to make limited production pilsners, IPAs and a seasonal Golden Pumpkin and Squash Ale too. Cheers to that!

For décor, make your own cornucopia or grab a gorgeous floral arrangement from one of many growers and you’re good to go!

This Thanksgiving when you consider shopping the West Seattle Farmers Market, it’s not a question of what you can get for your feast, it’s more a question of what can’t you get? So let’s give thanks for Mother Nature and the farmers who harvest her bounty!

Coming up at the Farmers Market:
Sundays in December mean mule drawn carriage rides and fresh hot apple cider.
On December 14th come for handmade holiday cards using potato stamps.
On Dec 21st stop by to make snowflakes!

For more information, contact:
Chris Curtis, Executive Director

Neighborhood Farmers Markets
3919 Latona Ave. NE, Suite C-1, Seattle, WA 98105
Office: 206-632-5234

Discovery Shop’s 24th Anniversary

Party like it’s 1990!

The Discovery Shop will celebrate its 24th anniversary Saturday, November 22 with refreshments and a special Buy One, Get One Free sale on all clothing. While you won’t find any MC Hammer pants popular when the store first opened, you will find lots of quality, gently used men, women and children’s clothing as well as collectibles and housewares.

In the same West Seattle location since opening in 1990, the Discovery Shop is a resale store with all profits benefiting the America Cancer Society. It is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers (currently 74 of them) who do everything from sorting and cleaning donations to ringing sales and tracking bookkeeping spreadsheets. To date, the store has raised almost 2 million dollars for cancer research and programs such as Road to Recovery (rides to treatments), patient lodging assistance and a free program for teenage cancer patients to help them cope with treatment and the side effects that may change the way they look.

How long ago was it that the store rang up its first sale? Well, it’s the same year Microsoft released Windows 3.0, Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson threw a no-hitter in the Kingdome where the Seahawks also played and the cult hit Twin Peaks premiered on TV. It was also the year in which smoking was first banned on all domestic flights. “With the continued support of the West Seattle community, we are looking forward to another 24 years selling quality, unique donated items. But most importantly, providing hope for a cure,” says Shop Chair Winni Field. “Thanks in part to the Discovery Shop and American Cancer Society, 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year!”

Discovery Shop is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4535 California Ave SW. 

Discover a Little Magic in the Unexpected

IMG_5070_croppedBy Lori Hinton
Somewhere between Easy Street and West 5, look closely, and you’ll find a little bit of magic. If you’ve ever walked by and wondered what goes on in Terjung’s (pronounced tur-yungs), you’ll discover there’s more than meets the eye at this “Studio of Gifts.” And some say, it’s magical…

The third oldest business in The Junction (after Husky Deli, then True Value), Gregor Terjung and his family have run Terjung’s Studio of Gifts for nearly half a century. Generations of kids have come here after school to buy candy. And discerning shoppers know their selection of greeting cards is unique. Terjung’s also has a special collection of holiday crafts imported from Germany and Austria—from elaborate nutcrackers, snow globes and classic candle-powered wooden pyramids to tin toys and traditional advent calendars—with style and craftsmanship straight out of fairy-tales.

IMG_5074_croppedBut the real magic lies in the owner’s hidden tricks and talents, and the sparkle in his eye when he’s asked to share them with you. Once a lithographer, Gregor crafts custom foil stamped invitations, cards, ribbons and more. He creates hand cut gift boxes and goody bags filled with candy and party favors. He sews fun, festive aprons. And in the back of the shop, where he used to teach couples bread-making classes (back in the day), he pulls out his magic tricks, wowing kids of all ages.

“I love it when old timers come in and reminisce,” smiles Gregor. But he really lights up when he can introduce new kids to the magic of days’ past. Ask him to see the sponge ball, or show you his magic pen trick.

Terjung’s is the picture of what it means to be a small, family-run business in The Junction—a magical little piece of West Seattle history you can still enjoy today. So stop by for a cup of cocoa on Small Business Saturday, November 29th (or any day) and discover, or perhaps re-discover the magic for yourself.


IMG_5080Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
4547 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-6250

Mon-Fri 9:30AM- 6PM
Sat 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sun 11AM-4PM (Special holiday hours now through Dec 31st)

Carmilia’s Turns 12!

Carmilia’s 12th Anniversary is coming up and they are partying for 3 days! There will be a Jewelry Trunk Show, champagne and chocolates, bubblies and lots of discounts and surprises! Check out the full schedule below.



Jewelry Trunk Show, 6PM ~ 9PM
Designs by Sylvia and Patti of Te Queda Bien
Champagne and Chocolates

Open 11AM~7PM
Surprise discounts posted hourly.
Fun and deals all day!

12% to 60 % DISCOUNT!
Bubbly and snacks served all day!


Carmilia’s is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4528 California Ave SW.

Stone Brewing Tasting at The Beer Junction

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The Beer Junction is planning a special Bastard event on Thursday, November 13th from 5-8pm. They will be featuring various versions of Stone Brewing’s Bastard Ales (Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd and Bourbon Barrel-aged Bastard. Plus they will be serving up hot wings made with Stone’s Arrogant Bastard hot sauce!

It’s going to be soooo good! See you there!

The Beer Junction is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4511 California Ave SW.

Turkey Drive At HomeStreet Bank

We are so excited to announce that HomeStreet Bank is hosting a “Turkey Drive” to support the West Seattle Food Bank. They will be collecting frozen turkeys and donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. This drive will give local families in need a chance to have a very festive holiday celebration. We hope you come by and show your support!

Turkey Homestreet Flyer

Drop your donations at HomeStreet Bank on Saturday, November 8th from 11am – 2pm.

HomeStreet Bank West Seattle Branch is located in the West Seattle Junction at 4022 SW Alaska St.