Smile Secrets Awarded by Talk of the Town

The Junction’s Dr. Kari Chellis and her team at Smile Secrets have just won another prestigious award. This time they are being awarded for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction by “Talk of the Town”. They achieved the highest possible customer satisfaction rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and they take home their seventh straight win for the “Talk of the Town” Award.

Dr. Chellis Top Dentist Smile Secrets

Dr. Chellis and her team have been serving patients in West Seattle for over 20 years. They offer Cosmetic and Gentle Care for patients of all ages, which includes: Invisalign, Whitening, Bonding, Veneers, Implants, Botox (Skin Care), Dermal Fillers, Laser Gum Therapy, Salivary DNA Tests and more.
For more information on Smile Secrets, please call 206-935-5522, visit their website at or follow their Facebook Page at

About Dr. Kari Chellis & Smile Secrets:

Dr. Chellis is a Seattle native who received her BA of Science in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University in 1976, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in 1992 and graduated top in her class. She opened her practice, Smile Secrets, in West Seattle in 1994 and specializes in Gentle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, which includes: Sedation, Implants, Salivary DNA Screening, Botox (Skin Care), Laser Gum Therapy, Invisalign, Veneers, Bonding and more . She’s known as the “Gentle Dentist” by her patients and has won several awards, including Seattle Met Top Dentist (2014, 2015 & 2016), American’s Best Dentist, Talk of the Town (7 years in a row) and the prestigious Patient’s Choice Award.

The Junction’s Day of Giving

Junction's Day of Giving

On April 30th, Junction businesses will donate 10% of their sales to nonprofits.

We are pleased to announce The Junction’s Day of Giving, happening this Saturday, April 30th, starting at 10am! During this first annual fundraising event, 29 local businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit a variety of important causes. You can stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support by making purchases, and making a difference.

This new event came about in response to the desire of our local businesses to have a day to celebrate the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors” that is so prevalent in West Seattle. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that giving back is the right thing to do. Many Junction businesses already actively contribute to local nonprofits and community initiatives throughout the year – both financially and through volunteer hours.

Junction's Day of Giving

West Seattle Cyclery is one business that donates many volunteer hours throughout the year. Owner, Brad Loetel, and his employees give their time to local causes that speak to them not only as a business serving the cycling community, but also as people who love their sport and their neighborhood.  “Since we’ve opened, giving back to the community has always been a part of our mission statement,” Mr. Loetel explained. “We’ve had that strong position from the beginning – to find a way to give back,” he said. When asked how West Seattle Cyclery chose their nonprofits for the Day of Giving, Mr. Loetel responded:

“We feel strongly about these programs. We have felt passionately about them for a while. The Major Taylor Project does a wonderful job of getting kids on bikes and getting them into cycling. We’ve also been supporting Obliteride for 3 years. A lot of customers who participate [in the Obliteride] ride to support family members with cancer. [The Day of Giving] is a good way to bring visibility to these.”

Like West Seattle Cyclery, many Junction business owners and their employees feel that by supporting local nonprofits, they can bring greater attention to this important work and help the West Seattle neighborhood to thrive. “We are continually surprised and humbled by the support our community extends to us, and want to give back in whatever way we can to say thanks and support others,” said owner John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits.

Junction's Day of Giving

Many participating nonprofits are equally excited to partner with the businesses on this new event. “I hope that people across West Seattle see the treasure of local merchants we have in the Junction, and how committed this business community is to helping our whole community,” said Josh Sutton, Executive Director of the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs. “The Y will be communicating news about the Day of Giving to our members and participants, with the hopes that many people will turn out and support these businesses who are making a difference,” he said.

For many of the nonprofits, The Day of Giving will allow them the opportunity to connect with a wider audience and share their mission and goals more broadly. Clay Eals, Executive Director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, explained how important connecting with the community is:

“Contributions from the Duwamish peninsula are the lifeblood of our organization, particularly since grant sources of operating funds are few. Giving locally has a profound sense of satisfaction because donors know that the contributions will have a tangible effect where they live and work. For us, that means closer relationships with those who care most about our peninsula. Our work – indeed, life itself – is all about relationships.”

Junction's Day of Giving

Visit The Junction’s Day of Giving landing page for a complete list of all participating businesses and nonprofits.


The Junction’s Day of Giving

Saturday, April 30th / West Seattle Junction

Earth Day at Fleurt

Tomorrow – Friday, April 22nd – is Earth Day. Please join Fleurt in celebrating our planet by dropping off your gently used vases, containers, pots and jars. In exchange for helping to recycle and keep waste out of our landfills, Fleurt will be giving away a mini cactus for every drop off!

Earth Day at Fleurt
These adorable little cacti add lots of personality to your home, make great modern centerpieces, and require very little care. Snag one for your own southwest-inspired zen garden and feel good about helping to do your part for the environment.

This event will be going on all weekend-long from, Friday through Sunday at Fleurt in The Junction. Fleurt is open daily until 5pm.

Also, if you are recently engaged, planning a wedding, or know someone getting hitched please check out Fleurt’s new website dedicated to weddings:


Earth Day at Fleurt

Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24 / 4536 California Ave SW

Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Senior Center

The Senior Center of West Seattle is hosting a TRIVIA NIGHT fundraiser tomorrow night – Tuesday, April 19th – at the Center! Join them for a night of food, fun, facts, and friends to benefit the myriad programs and services that the Senior Center provides to the community. Build your own team to battle against other teams, or come by yourself and they’ll put you on a team. There are prizes for the top four teams and all ages are welcome!

Trivia Night Fundraiser

This event will be hosted by Phil Tavel, who’s been hosting Trivia Night at Talarico’s for eight years. Complimentary snacks and no host bar with beer, wine, and a featured cocktail sponsored by West 5.

The doors open at 7pm with trivia starting at 7:30. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door. If you come as a team of 6 to 8, you’ll pay only $10 a person! Call 206 932 4044 x1 to register. This event is generously sponsored by Talarico’s, West 5, and Meeples Games.


Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Senior Center

Tuesday, April 19th / 7pm /

Record Store Day 2016 at Easy Street Records

Record Store Day 2016

Record Store Day 2016 is this Saturday, April 16th at Easy Street Records! They’ve planned a whole day of exciting music releases and fun events to celebrate. To start things off, Easy Street will be selling the Special Edition of “The Sonics Live At Easy Street” and it’s ONLY available from them on Record Store Day! This limited run of 500 on jet black vinyl, will include the following:

* Custom-screened, hand-numbered outer sleeve
* Copy of signed set list
* Ticket for the event
* Download card good for two free bonus songs from the concert not included on the album
* Detailed liner notes by Easy Street president Matt Vaughan


Record Store Day 2016
Here’s a little more about the show where this record was recorded:

“The Sonics’ Record Store Day in-store last year was one of the biggest and most awesome events we’ve ever hosted, featuring guests such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), the Screaming Trees’ Mark Pickerel and Van Conner, Emily Nokes (Tacocat), Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America, Caspar Babypants), Matt Lukin (Mudhoney), and many others (including original Sonics bassist Andy Parypa). We’ve heard the vinyl, and trust us, it sounds absolutely fantastic.”

Easy Street Record Store Day 2016 Events!


Greg Vandy Book Signing & Q&A – 3pm-6pm

Record Store Day 2016

Greg Vandy is host of KEXP’s “The Roadhouse” and the man behind the online magazine American Standard Time, which focuses on American roots music. Vandy’s latest project is a book titled 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest, which tells the story of how Woody Guthrie wrote all those songs in that little time – including classics like “Roll On Columbia” and “Pastures of Plenty” – when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Vandy takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America’s great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the first American folk revival of the 1930’s was a response to hard times.

Vandy will participate in a live Q&A with Easy Street’s own Andy Nelson starting at 3pm on Record Store Day, followed by book signing until 6pm.


Easy Street Opens Pop-Up Shop At KEXP’s New Home On Record Store Day!

Record Store Day 2016

Easy Street will be opening a pop-up shop At KEXP’s New Home On Record Store Day! If you’re downtown on Saturday or Sunday this weekend, represent and support West Seattle by stopping by the Easy Street pop-up shop during the Grand Opening of KEXP’s new home at Seattle Center. “You can’t open on Record Store Day and not have records to buy,” says Easy Street owner Matt Vaughan. Stocked with an assortment of RSD exclusives plus new and old titles, the Easy Street pop-up will be open Saturday, April 16 from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Acapulco Lips Record Release In-Store – 7pm

Record Store Day 2016

Local band, the Acapulco Lips will be playing at a special Record Store Day in-store event starting at 7pm at Easy Street. Here’s a little more about the event:

“Acapulco Lips’ self-titled debut album (out 4/15) is also the debut of their Southwest Seattle-based label, Killroom Records, who say the local trio is “bound together by a studied adoration towards the loud, reckless, rebellious sonic traditions of psych, garage, soul, and surf rock…from transporting guitar jangles, assertively revved up percussion, boogie-friendly bass breakdowns, topped with disarmingly charming coos and aahs.” Come see them mix it all up at Easy Street, 7pm on RSD!”


Record Store Day 2016 at Easy Street Records

Saturday, April 16 / 4559 California Ave SW

April Art Walk Tonight

Please join us for April Art Walk, tonight (4/14) from 6 – 9pm! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying paintings, prints, photography, and more.

April Art Walk

This free art event is hosted by our local businesses, both in The Junction and in greater West Seattle. Many businesses will also be inviting their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. Complimentary nibbles and drinks will be on hand at many venues for all to enjoy. The following businesses and artists will be participating:

In The Junction:

Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits – Seattle : Works by Ila Medlin
4210 SW Oregon St

Capers : The Biology and Botany of Art
4525 California Ave SW

Click! Design That FitsBrainstorm Prints
4540 California Ave SW

Cupcake Royale
4556 California Ave SW

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse : Works by Ginny Gensler
4410 California Ave SW

Twilight Gallery : Science+/-Art Group Exhibit
4306 SW Alaska St

Wallflower Custom Framing : Works by Tarsha Rockowitz
4735 42nd Ave SW

Wild Rose’s Antiques & GiftsJacob Smithers: “Environmental Still Life”
4529 California Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW


April Art Walk
Art by Brainstorm Prints

In Greater West Seattle:

Admiral Bird Cafe : Music by Travis Hartnett & Co
2600 California Ave SW

Brace Point Pottery : Work by Konstantin Reutov, Loren Lukens, & Warren Pope
4208 SW 100th St

Locöl Barley & Vine Works by Dervim Ozkan
7902 35th Ave SW

South Seattle College Art Gallery : Works by Allan C. Carandang & Bianca Wright
6000 16th Avenue SW

Viscon Cellars : Works by Sandy Simpson
5910 California Ave SW

West Seattle Cellars : Works by Ellen Zrimsek
6026 California Ave SW

April Art Walk
Art by Loren Lukens


Check out our walking map here for the complete list of businesses and their locations. Also find information about this Quarter’s featured artist, Stephanie Hargrave.


April Art Walk

Thursday, April 14th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle

Konzuk Trunk Show at Click! Design That Fits

Konzuk Trunk Show

Click! Design That Fits is proud to welcome artist Karen Konzuk for a special trunk on Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 5pm. Konzuk is a PNW-based jeweler working out of Vancouver, BC. She’s known for her modern, minimal designs featuring industrial materials like stainless steel and concrete, often juxtaposed with precious metals and diamonds.

Konzuk’s recent move from the fast-paced city to a remote coastal location provided a new venue for inspiration. Typically influenced by art, design and architecture, the designer found her attention drawn to something new – the landscape around her. The collection is about taking a moment to appreciate things like the stars in the night sky,” says Konzuk. Referencing recognizable modern sculpture and star systems, the collection utilizes concrete & diamond dust inlaid into stainless steel.

Konzuk Trunk Show

On April 16th, Click! will be holding a launch of Konzuk’s Stellar collection. Along with her other jewelry collections (which feature coal black concrete and ombre concrete spheres), she will be bringing her line of modern commitment rings. Click! is excited to share that they’ll have times available for people to sign up & meet with her for a ring consultation.

Expect a gorgeous spread of her full jewelry lines, and time to meet this one of a kind designer / maker.


Konzuk Trunk Show at Click! Design That Fits

Saturday, April 16 / 10am to 5pm / 4540 California Ave SW

School of Rock Clothing & Textile Drive

School of Rock Clothing & Textile Drive

School of Rock West Seattle is hosting a clothing and textile drive. Start your spring cleaning early and show your support for our local youth and our environment by simply clearing out your clutter. Donations will be accepted now until April 14th at the School or Rock, 4701 41st Ave SW Suite #120 in The Junction. Help them stuff the truck and raise funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund! What kinds of donations are they looking for?

  • CLOTHING new/gently used
  • SHOES paired any kind/any condition
  • TOWELS bath, kitchen, rags
  • BELTS synthetic/leather

Please place your items in tied garbage bags. NO boxes or bins please. They CANNOT take glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, hotel linen or items previously for sale at a thrift store.


School of Rock Clothing & Textile Drive
For questions or more information about how to donate please contact Phil Gustavson by email or by phone 206.294.3175


School of Rock Clothing & Textile Drive

Now through April 14th / 4701 41st Ave SW Suite #120

Community Artwork Dedication & Celebration

JuNO, The Junction Neighborhood Organization, and WSJA, The West Seattle Junction Association are having a dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of 10 Symbolic West Seattle Historic bronze panels by local artist Lezlie Jane. Join us on April 7th from 6-7pm, at Starbucks (on the SE corner of California Ave and SW Alaska Street) as we celebrate this important milestone in Junction history.

Community Artwork Dedication & Celebration

The bronze panels & glass artwork by Lezlie Jane, along with the metal artwork by Miguel Edwards, reflect the evolution of the community. The artwork and other building improvements were a result of six years of community involvement working with the current owner Equity Residential, the former developer Conner Homes, and the City of Seattle to make this a great building for The Junction. This building has been the active center of West Seattle since 1907 and we’re excited that this artwork will be featured so prominently in our neighborhood.

Lezlie Jane will share her story on the 10 historic bronze panels which are installed in alcoves of the brick columns around of the Junction 47 building Starbucks store. The bas-relief panels were hand carved in clay, cast in bronze, then finished with a custom patina. Each panel has art depicting past and present places that are unique to the Duwamish Peninsula and the history of West Seattle. These panels include:

  • Fir Lodge/The Log House Museum
  • Geographic Legacy/4.8 Miles of Beach
  • Duwamish/The First People/ DKH’ DUW”ABSH/Time immemorial
  • Old Mudhole/Colman Pool Lincoln Park
  • Alki Point/ 1868 Lighthouse
  • First Ferryboat/1888
  • Fauntleroy Creek/Longfellow Creek
  • City Views/Then and Now
  • Alaska Junction/1907
  • Station 32/ Seattle Fire Department

We hope you will join us in celebrating the installation of this artwork. Stop by to meet the artist, developer, city officials, and community volunteers who helped make it a reality and view the panels for the first time along with your fellow neighbors.

For more information on JuNO please visit their facebook page.


Community Artwork Dedication & Celebration

Thursday, April 7th / 6-7pm / 4233 SW Alaska St


Business Wellness Series at HomeStreet Bank

Business Wellness Series at HomeStreet Bank

HomeStreet Bank is excited to announce its Business Wellness Series“How To Double Your Sales” featuring Barney Cohen from Business 360 NW. This event is happening Wednesday, April 6, at 6pm at the West Seattle Branch of HomeStreet Bank. Here’s a little more about the event:

“There is only one way to grow your business. You have to sell more of your product or service. And the best way to get more sales is to do more marketing. This presentation will cover the different ways to increase sales with your existing customers as well as finding new ones. It will explore the role marketing plays in increasing your sales. There are basically eight steps of a sale. We will walk through each of the steps so you can determine where to focus your time and resources to successfully grow your sales.”

Barney Cohen has more than 40 years of experience in starting and operating businesses. From a single record store, he built one of the largest wholesalers of prerecorded music in the world. Once Valley Media reached $900 million in sales, he decided to take the company public. He now helps small and medium sized businesses manage their growth and take their companies to the next level. He teaches business tune-up classes, delivers presentations and workshops on specific business topics, and does business consulting.

Business Wellness Series at HomeStreet Bank

Barney has an undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and an Executive MBA from Harvard University. He is the past president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM).

Please RSVP to attend this event by emailing or by calling (206) 933-3091.


Business Wellness Series at HomeStreet Bank

Wednesday, April 6, at 6pm / 4022 SW Alaska St.