Catch an indoor screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Join us for a screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG) on Friday, October 30, which happens to be The Night Before Halloween. Given the spooky, blustery weather, this movie will be screened INDOORS at the West Seattle Activity Center at 4400 42nd Ave SW.

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Hometown Holidays 2011

 

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Catch an indoor screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas

snowflake

Join us for a screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG) on Friday, October 30, which happens to be The Night Before Halloween. Given the spooky, blustery weather, this movie will be screened INDOORS at the West Seattle Activity Center at 4400 42nd Ave SW.

Click here for more info.


Cupcake Royale and Vérité Coffee Win the Mayor’s Small Business Award

Courtesy Cupcake Royale
Courtesy Cupcake Royale

From the Ofiice of Economic Development press release:

Craving a red velvet, salted caramel, or peppermint party cupcake-and an espresso drink to match? Jody Hall’s Cupcake Royale and Vérité Coffee (Vérité Ventures, Inc.) have just what you need. Founded in 2003 with only seven employees, Jody now operates four funky neighborhood locations in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Madrona, and West Seattle. In addition to supplying Seattle with its favorite food addictions, Jody has advocated in Washington, D.C. for health care reform that would make it easier for small businesses to buy affordable and comprehensive insurance for employees – one way she makes sure that her staff shares in the rewards of her business. A daily huddle among managers and employees ensures that everyone in the organization is on the same page, from company sales goals to customer service strategies. Giving back to the community is paramount as well; last year, they donated over 25,000 cupcakes to local organizations, schools, and children’s charities, helping raise an estimated $200,000 for various programs throughout Puget Sound.


Bruce McPherson of West Seattle Produce

How long have you been in business?
We’ve been at our current location at 4721 Fauntleroy Ave SW for about 5 months.

Who are you customers?
Mainly our customers are West Seattle locals who have become loyal customers. We are also attracting many Vashon Island residents on their way to the ferry to get back home.

What is something about your business that I might not have known?
We have to get an early start – 6 am to be open for business by 9 am! There is a lot of prep work involved in setting up all the fresh fruit and vegetables. They need to look visually attractive and require an all-day rotation to stay fresh and appealing. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, we also have fresh pastas, Essential baked breads, sauces, dressings, Vashon Island coffee and Smith’s Brothers milk, eggs and dairy products. We also plan to have Christmas trees available come November! A little bit of everything for everyone!

Who is your role model?
Sir Edmund Hillary. He was a New Zealand beekeeper and one of the first to climb Mt. Everest in 1953. He was knighted by the Queen but still maintained humility and modesty. I admire modest people.

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?
Taxes and permits and accounting, oh my! I recommend hiring the best accountant and having them come in at least once a week!

What do you enjoy in your free time?
I don’t really have much free time at the moment, but my passion is sailboat racing. I also love to watch my daughters sporting events. They play everything from soccer to volleyball to basketball. It’s great!

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?
West 5 – love those guys! Best mac n’ cheese ever.

What is West Seattle’s best kept secret?
West Seattle feels like it’s an island – great beaches, parks and shops. You never have to leave and I don’t want to! We have such an amazing variety of shops and restaurants, it’s truly an amazing place to live and work.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Yes! Sunday is family day here at West Seattle Produce. My wife, Jennifer and our two daughters help out running the registers and serving up samples of our delicious picks of the day!

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Photo: Donna Ryan Photography


Hometown Holidays

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Saturday December 5

Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting: 5PM – The Junction presents our 6th Annual Tree Lighting Event. Join us for music, entertainment, revelry, prizes, and much more. It’s community event for the family, friends and neighbors. First of three raffle drawings and everyone enters to win tickets to Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Where: Farmers Marking Parking Lot at 44th and Alaska Ave SW.

Sunday December 6

Hometown Holidays Headquarters: 12-4PM – Stay local on Sundays and enjoy what your neighborhood has to offer. Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities and information on shopping, the $6500 raffle, and in-store events.

Santa’s Workshop at 4218 SW Alaska St. (around from Cupcake Royale):

santa diego cropSanta Photos: 12-4PM Santa Photos – Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities. Also help make ornaments for the holiday tree. Santa donations to West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline and West Side Baby.

Free Gift Wrap: 12-4PM – Receive a complimentary holiday gift wrapping by Swee Swee Paperie with any $50 or more purchase from participating West Seattle Junction merchants. Additional holiday gift wrapping services are available for a fee with a portion of the profits to be donated to a local charity.

Mule Carriage Rides 12-4PM – Take a traditional carriage ride down California pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules. This is a treat to enjoy with the whole family and friends. Carriages depart on California in front of Key Bank.Santa with sleigh cropped

Thursday December 10 – Art Walk and Shop Late

West Seattle Art Walk: 6-9PM – Meet us in The Junction for a night out on the town. Check out the local art, enjoy drinks and snacks, and cross items off your holiday shopping list. Get in the holiday spirit with this lively evening event.

Sunday December 13

Hometown Holidays Headquarters: 12-4PM – Stay local on Sundays and enjoy what your neighborhood has to offer. Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities and information on shopping, the $6500 raffle, and in-store events.

Santa’s Workshop at 4218 SW Alaska St. (around from Cupcake Royale):

Santa Photos: 12-4PM Santa Photos – Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities. Also help make ornaments for the holiday tree. Santa donations to West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline and West Side Baby.

Free Gift Wrap: 12-4PM – Receive a complimentary holiday gift wrapping by Swee Swee Paperie with any $50 or more purchase from participating West Seattle Junction merchants. Additional holiday gift wrapping services are available for a fee with a portion of the profits to be donated to a local charity.

Sunday December 20

Hometown Holidays Headquarters: 12-4PM – Stay local on Sundays and enjoy what your neighborhood has to offer. Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities and information on shopping, the $6500 raffle, and in-store events.

Santa’s Workshop at 4218 SW Alaska St. (around from Cupcake Royale):

Santa Photos: 12-4PM Santa Photos – Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities. Also help make ornaments for the holiday tree. Santa donations to West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline and West Side Baby.

Free Gift Wrap: 12-4PM – Receive a complimentary holiday gift wrapping by Swee Swee Paperie with any $50 or more purchase from participating West Seattle Junction merchants. Additional holiday gift wrapping services are available for a fee with a portion of the profits to be donated to a local charity.

Mule Carriage Rides 12-4PM – Take a traditional carriage ride down California pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules. This is a treat to enjoy with the whole family and friends. Carriages depart on California in front of Key Bank.


Experience Junction Love – September

September in The Junction means enjoying the Farm Fresh bounty of the summer harvest!

From the Farmers Market to Fleurt to Fresh Bistro, discover how Junction merchants and restaurants take advantage of the plentiful fresh produce, flowers, treats, meat and seafood from around the region.

Here are some tips from the neighborhood:

APPLES!  Nothing better than our state fruit!  September kicks off the apple harvest, with Ginger Golds, Red Delicious and Auroras arriving by the cartload to West Seattle Produce Co. Start enjoying this year’s crop at great prices, and don’t forget to send one along for your kiddo’s teacher on the first day of school!

September also means the beginning of stew weather, with purple and fingerling potatoes arriving from farms in Mt. Vernon and on Vashon Island. Add some grass fed, organic beef from Enumclaw-based farmers, who sell on-site at West Seattle Produce every Saturday and Monday and you’ve got a hearty meal.

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Like you, we prefer to keep it in the ‘hood. 
You’ll see Bruce with West Seattle Produce
delivering his farm fresh vegetables to
West 5, Easy Street Café, Talarico’s and A Terrible Beauty.
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Don’t forget the dessert!  Shoofly Pie’s September pie of the month, a plum and almond galette, is made with plums from West Seattle Produce.  Make your own Farm Fresh dessert with Shoofly’s hand made all-butter dough (sold by the ball) and fresh harvest apples!

You love to eat local, why not adorn your table with locally grown flowers? Right now, Fleurt is filled with blooms, berries and foliage from local flower farms including dahlias, sunflowers, and phlox. Have florist Sam Crowley create a custom bouquet for delivery, or stop by and pick up some choice stems for your own creation.

Seattle Fish Company’s great selection of seafood choices is WILD fresh rather than farm fresh (no farm-raised fish here) and September is a great time to enjoy salmon and halibut before the season ends in October. Check out their website for recipes and cooking tips!

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Fresh Bistro sources the freshest ingredients
from local producers and farmers.
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Looking for someone else to do the cooking? Fresh Bistro’s mission is to source the freshest ingredients from local producers and farmers.  September will highlight locally harvested peaches from Pence Orchard, greens from Willie Greens Organics, mushrooms from Foraged & Found and plump, tender mussels from Taylor Shellfish.

Head out to Spring Hill for some fresh farm-to-table delights including new crop pears and apples, hot peppers, melons, tomatoes, greens, beets and more from Tonnemaker and Newaukum Valley Farms, as well as Chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found.

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The West Seattle Farmers Market is a great place to
meet local farmers and buy food at its freshest.
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The Junction is honored to host the West Seattle Farmers Market every Sunday, year-round from 10am – 2pm.  This market is one of the largest in Washington State, and is a weekly pilgrimage for Farm Fresh Lovers from near and far.

The Farmers Market brings excitement every month, and September will feature the Sas-Squash Festival on September 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Celebrate the plentiful, versatile and delicious squash – both the summer and winter varieties – by entering the popular Zucchini 500 where kids of all ages make, then race, their very own veggie vehicle.

Bring the biggest squash from your garden to be entered to win a beautiful farmers market basket full of market-fresh goodies and stick around for master chef cooking demonstrations, information from farmers, free recipes and ideas for what to do with your bountiful “burden” of spectacular squash!

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Head to The Junction this September and
Experience Junction Love!
Dinner is Farm Fresh Tonight!
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