Stories have been the cornerstone of my life for 30+ years … as a news reporter for the Los Angeles Times and United Press International, as a field producer and scriptwriter for KCBS-TV, as a public relations manager, and as a successful book publisher. In my professional capacity, I have reported on, written about, and worked with people at their best and also at their most vulnerable. I live and work in West Seattle, and I bring a journalist’s skill-set to all of my video work. I’d like to apply these skills to your story.
We’re all connected in some way, united (even more so now) on the West Seattle peninsula.
Your downtown wants to make sure everyone in West Seattle knows all about the great gems that make our neighborhood an amazing place to call home. You don’t have to cross the bridge (well…) to experience the best that Seattle has to offer – we have it right here. We’re reaching out to the community to spread the word in many ways:
We’ll be TALKING about the importance of local businesses and the role they play in our community.
We’ll be PLAYING in our community through the Junction BINGO games (more details below).
And we’ll be APPEALING to the neighborhood to shop at local businesses to help West Seattle thrive.
Our local business flavor is a big part of what we love about the neighborhood. West Seattle is awesome because whether you’re talking about cool shops, the best ice cream, stellar restaurants, people who care, the walk-all-ways intersection, or the best sunsets in Seattle, we can all say, West Seattle – WE HAVE THAT!
Show your neighborhood pride the next time you visit a local Junction business (masks on please!) by finding and writing on a We Have That card what you purchased. The business will be proudly displaying your message. You can also share photos by posting on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and using the hashtag #wswehavethat #westseattlejunction. We’d love to see what you see, experience, and purchase in West Seattle because West Seattle – WE HAVE THAT!
Ready to have some fun? There are TWO ways to play! Play for the fun of it.
1. Pick up your Junction BINGO card (see below), complete, then drop off at participating businesses by Wednesday, October 21st for a chance to win gift cards to some of your favorite stores. FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will each receive $250 in gift cards.
2. When you shop in-store, pick-up, or opt for local delivery by the business (no third party delivery), you’ll receive this blue paper bingo paper. Hold on to it! Join the Junction for five separate bingo games online via Facebook and Instagram. Fab gifts and prizes will be yours ranging from $10 to $50!
The Junction will have FIVE live drawings on Facebook and Instagram every other Wednesday at 7 PM:
Wednesday, August 26th, 7 PM
Wednesday, September 9th, 7 PM
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7 PM
Wednesday, October 7th, 7 PM
Wednesday, October 21st, 7 PM
CAPERS – Buy a Barr-Co. 8oz hand sanitizer for home and receive a 2 oz. purse sanitizer for “on the go” FOR FREE Reg 19.95 Special 12.95. Capers offers in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, free West Seattle delivery, personal in-store shopping appointments, and virtual shopping appointments.
FLEURT – Buy one item and receive 50% off the second item for anything in the store. 50% off will be the lesser value item.
ROW HOUSE – Free Signature Class at Row House West Seattle. No expiration. Call 206-397-8828 or stop by 4203 SW Oregon St. to sign up
Vote for your top five designs! Powered by your votes, three designs will be produced into West Seattle Bridge T-Shirts available for pre-sale, and at local West Seattle retailers. BE the voice of West Seattle, and show your community pride. You’ll be voting alongside your 80,000 West Seattle island neighbors. We’re on island time now, so take your time – the voting ends July 31st.
This is a historically remarkable time for West Seattle. The stay-home order is dramatically affecting our merchants and the bridge closure is intensifying our sense of isolation. We love living here, but we are getting hit harder than most neighborhoods. It’s been tough on everyone.
Art as an Expression of Solidarity
At the initiative of neighbor and volunteer Scott Ulrich, the West Seattle Art Walk is bringing artists and the community together to create a visual, emotional statement about our reality – as a benefit for our local businesses and local artists.
We are launching a West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt Design Contest to generate three different shirt designs for sale this summer. The artists of the three chosen designs will each receive $500 for their work.
All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will go toward the merchants who will be selling the t-shirts at their stores and to the West Seattle Junction who organizes the West Seattle Small Business Relief fund which, as of June 16, has already provided $104,000 to our local merchants and service providers to help cover essential monthly expenses like utility bills and payroll taxes.
Inspiration for the T-Shirt Artwork
The Art Walk’s goal is to create T-shirts with visual and/or verbal messages that inspire West Seattleites during this heavy time in our history. We would like all artists to consider the following as they create their designs:
Capture the essence of the situation
Raise awareness about the importance of the bridge closure to our community
Convey the love we have for West Seattle
We recognize that art is a very personal expression and you may have mixed emotions about the Bridge closure. While we do not want to inhibit creativity, we do aim to find a balance among sentiments conveyed in the designs that will appeal to our community, with a suggestion of:
Designs can be all illustration, all text, or a mix of both. One submission per artist.
Please note: While we welcome all submissions, artwork needs to be family-friendly to qualify for voting and selection.
West Seattle Chooses Winners!
All submissions are due on Friday, July 3, by noon (see below for more info about art preparation). The Art Walk will compile all qualifying submissions in a Facebook album and provide an online voting form – then it’s up to the community to vote for their favorites! Timeline specifics will be released shortly.
T-shirt designs will be silk screened and can have up to four (4) solid/spot/flat colors (PMS colors preferred)
Artwork needs to work on either a white, black or gray T-shirt, and will print approximately 8”x10”
All artwork submissions need to be final, production-ready files: 300 dpi at print size (vector graphics and/or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop formats preferred). The printer will do separations.
>>>How do I submit my artwork?Fill out this short form online, where you can also upload your work. We need both the final file and a JPG for use in voting.
Here is the 2019 Summer Fest T-shirt for reference. The four colors are black, pink, red and yellow.
How Can You Buy Your Shirt?
The Art Walk will have a form to pre-order all shirts prior to production, and some merchants, if already open, will have them for sale. Shirts will be $29 (tax and shipping included) if pre-ordered, and $25 at local merchants. Pre-orders begin in late June, and availability will be two to three weeks later.
You can expect this timeline:
Call for Artists
Deadline for Submissions
Full four weeks+
Gather Submissions into Voting
July 6-July 9
Full four weeks
Full six weeks
5-10 business days
Week of September 28
Mail or drop to merchants
Thank you in advance for your love for West Seattle, and we are excited to see your ideas! As for every day, we will get through this together – and having a cool T-shirt will make things even better.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Not sure what to get that wonderful woman in your life (yourself included)?
Get your friends together and meet online for a virtual shopping spree. Every shopper has a chance to win a $150 gift card to each store too! How exciting. We’ll pick one random winner per virtual shopping spree when you comment with your order or ‘Pick me!”.
Sit back and relax as we walk you through some of your favorite stores. Plus, you’ll get to see a Junction celebrity Hey Dave!
For 38 years, the biggest festival in West Seattle has continued to evolve, starting out as the Sidewalk Sale, then the Street Fair, and now Summer Fest – it’s been a three-day celebration in the West Seattle streets and a tradition for many families.
The festival has been a July tradition in West Seattle since 1982, the same year Seattle became the Emerald City. Even prior to the West Seattle bridge being built (but that’s another story…).
After much discussion, the Junction has made the safest decision for the community – to cancel the 2020 Summer Fest – July 10-12th.
We are saddened but hopeful we will rise like a Westside phoenix to bring back Summer Fest stronger than ever July 2021.
In the meantime, we’re developing a plan for a block party-style community gathering that will be announced as soon as we’re confident it’s safe to bring people together. Current events and info from King Co Public Health give us hope for a late August date.
We’ll continue to monitor all health regulations and sincerely hope the Junction merchants can show appreciation of the outpouring of community support by bringing you one day that celebrates all the West Seattle goodness we’ve stored up through this pandemic.
While the vendors at Summer Fest can’t be with you on the streets, they can be with you virtually. Shop the vendors here, thanks for supporting them. We’ll see you in July 2021.
On California Ave in the Junction – June 27th and 28th
We need love and support more than ever. Show your pride by adopting a rainbow flag to fly the weekend of June 27th and 28th. Support love for all by adopting a 3′ x 5′ rainbow flag! Even though Pride Parade is cancelled, we can still show our support for all humankind.
In 2019 there was an outpouring of love, so show support again in 2020. We’ll be proudly flying 60 rainbow flags all along California Ave!
It’s an exciting and supportive project and we want you to be a part of the party. The rainbow flag program is a fundraiser for the West Seattle Junction, a nonprofit serving your community.
All 60 flags have been adopted!
Join the 2020 Rainbow adoptors here and thanks for supporting the LGBTQ community and all humankind
It’s time to act, West Seattle! Our small businesses need our immediate help to survive the crisis in our community
The WSJA has set up a JunctionSmall Business Relief Fund, a fundraising campaign to help cover essential monthly expenses like utility bills and payroll taxes of merchants and service providers throughout West Seattle.
NEW! Love your favorite merchants? You can support yours through the Junction Small Business Relief Fund. Here you can support your favorite by donating to one or many businesses. Enter the name of the small business, then pick the dollar amount. 100% of the funds will be distributed directly to the business.
Too many businesses are fighting just to come back after the stay-at-home order. We want each and every one of you to be the reason they can!Support West Seattle. If we all give, we all benefit #igotthisws
We all know what makes West Seattle special. It’s the small-town feel. It’s your favorite deli who knows your favorite ice cream or a boutique who ping you when your favorite item has arrived. Our businesses run on the passion and dedication of individuals like these owners. Without them, all of our lives will change – but most critically, those individuals who work there. To make this relief fund count, each of us can take responsibility for our community.
WSJA is asking if you can make a donation to help support the businesses that make our lives richer and our neighborhood a better place to live. As a show of gratitude, we will invite the entire community to West Seattle Day (date TBD), with special recognition to those who donated to the relief fund, to celebrate our community’s recovery.
Join the People Who Have Already Donated! As of August 3rd, the community has donated $69,639 + $29,000 matching gift cards from West Seattle Christian Church + $10,000 matching fund from Verity Credit Union + $722 during Give BIG. Thank you, that’s $109,361!
Q: What happens to the funds once you contribute?
A: The funds are sent directly to that business within a few business days! The business receives a list of the generous folks who have donated.
Thank you to these donors!
Greg and Tracy J
Mary Ann P
Marjorie and Krista H
Thank you to Verity Credit Union from May 5th they are doubling your donation up to $10,000!
2. Donate via Venmo @westseattlejunction or scan the QR code
3. Send a check West Seattle Junction Association 4210 SW Oregon St, Suite A Seattle, WA 98116
4. Join the 10x challenge! If you can’t donate, send this link to 10 of friends with a 10 challenge, or post on your social media #wegotthisws
Message from Jack Miller Husky Deli
Thank you for your donation, we could not do this without you.
We appreciate you joining us to help support the Junction merchants through this challenging time. Your donation makes a BIG impact in helping us get the merchants back on their feet and supporting them while we all grapple with loss of financial safety nets.
We know – thanks to people like you – this historic period in the history of not only West Seattle, but the city, nation, and world, will be eased with your support. This is far from over, with economic rebound predictions lasting far into 2021. Please consider sharing this fundraiser with friends and family. One email, Facebook or Instagram post, or phone call to others makes all the difference between seeing your favorite business reopen or forever shuttered.
Thank you for helping to deepen our commitment to getting the businesses open and supporting the dreamers who believed in small business from the very beginning. Together, we can change lives and build healthier communities.
We’ll be highlighting other fundraisers here! Check back often.
Browse for your favorite items online from the comfort of your home. Many of the Junction retail stores are adding new items daily. Ship directly to your door or pick delivery if available for instant love. Many stores are reopening!
NEW! Love your favorite merchants? You can support yours through the Junction Small Business Relief Fund. Here you can support your favorite by donating to one or many businesses. Enter the name of the small business, then pick the dollar amount. 100% of the funds will be distributed directly to the business, the Junction will pay the credit card processing fees.
Order gift cards and gift certificates too to use when the businesses open up for regular business!
Updated 06/26/20 Phase 2.0
Who is currently OPEN for customers inside (OPN) for curbside pick-up (CSP), local delivery (LD), video shopping (VS) and shipping (SH):
Beehive Salon Beehive is opening up with capacity restrictions for the next couple of weeks- please give the front desk team some love when you’re getting your appointments rescheduled OPN Schedule online
CAPERS Your neighborhood home, entertaining, and gift store since 1985 (video shopping Instagram and Facebook) OPN/CSP/LD/VS/SH CAPERS has new hours:
Mon-Fri 10 AM to Noon private appointments
Mon-Sat 10 AM to 6 PM public shopping with limited occupancy
Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM
Carmilia’s Change your clothes, change your life. OPN/CSP/LD/VS/SH Thurs – Sat 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.
City Mouse Lifestyle Baby Brand inspired by the great Pacific Northwest! Organic cotton. Ethically Made. OPN/CSP/LD/SH
Mon – Sat 10 AM to 4 PM Sun 10AM to 3PM
Click! Design that Fits A curated collection of modern design in Seattle: art and furnishings for the home, jewelry, handbags, and gifts by local artists and international designers. OPN/CSP/LD/SH
Thur-Fri 3 PM to 7 PM
Sat 11 AM to 5 PM
Sun 10 AM to 4 PM
Curious Kidstuff Open with limited hours and observing all the state regulations. Curbside pickup or you can order on the website for those who would prefer not to come in at this time. OPN/CSP/SH Open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Easy Street Records Easy Street Records set up our West Seattle shop in 1988 and we’re still going strong 29 years later. Huge vinyl & CD selection, great eats in our cafe. CSP/LD/SH Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM.
Emerald Water Anglers is Seattle’s premier fly shop, guide service and global travel outfitter. Our brick and mortar store is located in West Seattle. In addition to our retail operations, we offer guided trips throughout Washington and hosted travel throughout the world. More information about our guided trips and travel can be found at www.emeraldwateranglers.com. OPN/CSP/LD/SH
Mon-Fri 10 AM to 7 PM
Sat 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun 11 to 5
Fitness Together Resumed 1-1 personal training sessions on June 8th. Everyone is on a scheduled time with 15 mins in between clients to implement our new safety protocols. Safety protocols in check, and a cleaned, sanitized training studio. Workout away from others in your own private training suite.
Fleurt Collective A family-owned boutique since 2010 located in the heart of West Seattle offering a curated selection of women’s apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, plants, candles, wellness goods, cards, and books. Fleurt Collective has been featured in these lovely publications: Seattle Met magazine, Seattle magazine, Lonny, Sunset magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Design Sponge, Afar magazine – to name a few. OPN/CSP/LD/VS/SH Open daily 12 PM to 3 PM
Funky Jane’s – A favorite West Seattle resale store located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. OPN
Monday and Tuesday closed Weds, Thurs, Friday, 12 AM to 6 PM Sat 10:30 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM
Glow Medispa is offering virtual consultations online and also has an online store for your favorite products. Please be aware that we will be enforcing temperature screening upon arrival and frequent station sanitation. For the safety of Glow’s staff and others, we ask that masks be worn. OPN/CSP Book online
Mon – Fri 10 AM to 6 PM
Sat 10 AM to 4 PM
Sun by appointment
LaVida Massage due to the wonderfully overwhelming response to booking – please call (206) 937-8432 to book your appointment by phone until they find their footing. OPN
Lika Love Look out for new items weekly. OPN/CSP/LD/VS/SH
Wed-Sat 11 AM to 4 PM
Mathnasium Starting June 15th will be offering online tutoring from 1 PM – 3 PM and in-center tutoring from 3 PM – 6 PM. Mathnasium of West Seattle, your neighborhood math-only learning center. We help kids in grades K – 12+ understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them.
Menashe Jewelers A full-service Family Jewelers serving the local West Seattle area for almost 40 years. We strive in customer service to provide all of your jewelry, watch, clock, appraisals, and repair needs. Come in and see us!
Mon- Fri 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Sat 10 AM to 5 PM
Next to Nature – they don’t have an online store but are open in the Junction. They have implemented in-store measures in order to ensure your safety and well-being. Please call 206 935 1134 to place your order. OPN/CSP/LD online store soon
Mon – Sat 9 AM to 9 PM
Sun 9 AM to 8 PM
Northwest Art and Frame – Located in the West Seattle Junction, we offer an enormous selection of frames (custom and ready-made), art supplies for every type of artist, and unique gifts to satisfy any occasion! OPN
Mon-Sat 9:30 AM to 6 PM Sun 11 AM to 6 PM
Pegasus Book Exchange A family-owned bookstore in West Seattle, WA. We buy, sell and trade used books and have a selection of new books as well. Think of Pegasus as Instacart for books. CSP/LD/SH
Rosefit My name is Candice Rose, I design safe and specific training programs. My programs reduce pain and increase mobility and strength. If you train with me, you will transform your body so it works for what matters to you. OPN
Row House Row House was created to give people of all different shapes, sizes, and abilities an efficient, effective high cardio, full-body workout in an inclusive group environment — and one that builds bodies up instead of breaking them down. Reopening July 6th.
Skincare by Casey Schedule is open for treatments – limited capacity at first, and following all guidelines! Look forward to seeing you soon! OPN
Sleepers in Seattle More sleeper sofas than anywhere else. Make an appointment to view the furniture in-store! OPN/LD
Mon-Sat 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun 12 PM to 5 PM
Spa Phoebe will Reopen 07/01. Open by appointment only Sunday-Saturday. Call 206-450-2761
VAIN Here is what you need to know about your next visit: Everyone will be required to wear a mask for their entire appointment. You will be asked to wash/sanitize your hands upon entry. Please come alone, under strict occupancy guidelines. No children, friends, pups, etc. Suspended beverage service, changing rooms & magazines for now. Wear a garment that does not have a high collar or hood. Sanitizing stations & common areas after each client. Please maintain social distancing when possible, no hugs or handshakes, for now. OPN/SH/Online Booking Select Stylists
West Seattle Verizon current special Verizon is waving all new activation and upgrade fees ($40 Value). Buy one Get one free on the latest Apple, Samsung, and Pixel phones
(one new line of service on an unlimited plan is required). Curbside drop off, phone-in orders, and appointments. Open due to being deemed an essential service. CSP/SH
Mon 11 AM to 4 PM
Tue to Sat 10 AM to 5 PM
Wild Roses Vintage & New & Consignment too! OPN/CSP
Mon-Sat 11 AM to 5 PM Sun 11 AM to 4 PM
Zamboanga IN-STORE SPECIAL: UP TO 50% OFF. When you come into Zamboanga you’ll see a lot of SALE signs. Many items are priced at 50% off. OPN Opening hours will provisionally be normal.
Mon-Sat 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun 10 AM to 4 PM
Questions? Additions? Suggestions? Call or email the Junction – Email us here. Call us 206-935-0904. Or, stop by the Junction office 4210 SW Oregon St (above Shadowland).