October in The Junction: Love at First Fright!

This October The Junction is filled with spooky delights. From creative and creepy costume ideas to eerily delicious treats, you’ll find everything you need to trick out your Halloween this year.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in The Junction this October…

  • Stock up on booty for the big night at QFC, Safeway or Bartells.
  • Don’t forget to dress up your yard!  West Seattle Produce has pumpkins for jack o’ lanterns, hay bales, or corn stalks!  Also, decorative gourds and sugar snap pumpkins for eating.
  • Check out Elliott Bay Brewery’s new MASHING PUMPKIN spiced fall seasonal ale.  Pick up a growler for your Halloween party.  Half price on Monday – just $5!
  • Hotwire Online Coffeehouse continues to make up drinks and ‘chider’ is back!  Chider is a delish combination of fresh chai, locally pressed cider and a ribbon of orange peel topped with nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Isn’t it pumpkin pie season?  Aside from our grocery stores, we have great pumpkin dessert options like Shoofly Pie Company.

Check our blog and Facebook page for more frightful and fun October offerings.


Bob Carrasca of Pillar Product Design

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

I like the diversity of businesses. In my industry (product design), I look for trends. Mainly colors, fashion that sort of thing. We have such a wide, interesting variety of people, from teenagers to seniors. I love watching people interact here.

Who are you customers?

Our customers vary. We have everything from action sports industries (Flow Snowboards), audio and electronics (DGA), to games and toys manufacturers (Disney and Pixar).

What is something about your business that I might not have known?

We develop products for entrepreneurs, inventors and small to medium corporations. We specialize in product development and design, provide engineering and product management services, 3-D design, mechanical engineering and packaging services.

Who is your role model?

Steve Jobs, product development guru! He has mastered the ability to take an idea and develop a product into a family of products. He has an amazing capacity for identifying potential growth for business in the market.

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?

Trying to balance my work load and being able to respond to clients’ needs in a timely manner.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking and hanging out with my family.

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?

My favorites include: Lee’s Asian, Curious KidStuff, Husky Deli and Easy Street.

What do you love about West Seattle?

I love that it feels like we are on our own little island! We are part of the city, but not directly in it. We have great restaurants and culture. It is a unique blend of style set to our own pace.

What sort of music do you listen to?

I like really avant-garde music like Kinski, The Valley and These Arms are Snakes. Indie Rock like 8 Legs to Nowhere (my band!) is on the cutting edge.

Learn more about Pillar Product Design at pillardesign.net/


Shop Late Thursday

The Junction celebrates summer by staying open late every Thursday night to take advantage of the evening sun and accommodate summer shoppers. Also enjoy your favorite restaurants to create the perfect summer evening.

Participating merchants open ’till 9pm

Capers

Carmilia’s

City Mouse Studio

Clementine

Click! Design That Fits

Curious Kidstuff

Easy Street Records

Fleurt

Funky Janes Consignment

JF Henry Kitchen & Tableware (open ‘till 8pm)

Knows Perfume

Next to Nature

Northwest Art & Frame

Suite Arrangements

Sweetie

The Sneakery

Twilight Artist Collective

Wallflower Custom Framing

Well Medical Arts

Wild Rose’s

Visit The Junction’s restaurant page for a full list of dining options.

 

 

 


Shop Late Thursdays

The Junction celebrates summer by staying open late every Thursday night to take advantage of the evening sun and accommodate summer shoppers. Also enjoy your favorite restaurants to create the perfect summer evening.

Participating merchants open ’till 9pm

Capers

Carmilia’s

City Mouse Studio

Clementine

Click! Design That Fits

Curious Kidstuff

Easy Street Records

Fleurt

Funky Janes Consignment

JF Henry Kitchen & Tableware (open ‘till 8pm)

Knows Perfume

Next to Nature

Northwest Art & Frame

Suite Arrangements

Sweetie

The Sneakery

Twilight Artist Collective

Wallflower Custom Framing

Wild Rose’s

Visit The Junction’s restaurant page for a full list of dining options.

 

 


Dr. Catherine Orsi, Westside Natural Medicine

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

It is convenient for my clients and it is nice to see familiar faces every day when I take walks.  I really like being located here where there are so many things happening.  It is possible to walk and take care of my business tasks and then there are also fun events to walk to like the Art Walk and several nice restaurants.

How many years have you been in business?

I am now in my sixth year of business, all of it right here in The Junction.

Who are you customers?

Many of them live right here in West Seattle.  I help people who are looking for natural alternatives to get well and stay well.  My clients are people who value having good health and want to know how to prevent disease and stay healthy.  I work with people who have a variety of symptoms such as, but not limited to, hormonal imbalance, blood sugar imbalance, gastrointestinal distress, headaches, pain, fatigue, frequent colds, food allergies, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and muscular tension.

What do you like about owning your own business?

I get to help other people.  I work on things that I am passionate about and value.  Everyday I create something new.

Tell me something about your business that I might not have known?

Along with naturopathic care, I also do Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation.  My clients find these manual therapies to be very helpful in reducing pain, relieving stress and restoring healthy function to the musculoskeletal body, the nervous system and the organs.

Who is your role model?

I have several but the late Dr. Bill Mitchell, ND who was a founder of Bastyr University is one that I admire greatly.  He was an amazing Naturopathic Doctor, teacher and a very compassionate person.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I love to dance!  Right here in West Seattle there are great opportunities to learn west coast swing, east coast swing, waltz and fox trot.   I like taking lessons at Highland park Improvement Club taught by Dance for Joy, lessons through the Seattle Swing Dance Club (SSDC) that meet at Alki Masonic Temple and there are dances at the SSDC and also at Hiawatha Community Center every second Saturday night..

If you live in West Seattle, how long?

I have been in West Seattle for over 23 years.  I moved here from Oregon and realized right away this was the best place to be in Seattle!

Learn more:  www.westsidenaturalmedicine.com


Carlos & Meryl Alcabes of Sleepers in Seattle

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

We really like the support we get from the West Seattle Community.

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

How many years have you been in business?

We have been in business at this same location for 19 years!

Who are you customers?

We have many local customers. However, now that we are specializing in sleeper sofas, we draw many customers from all over Western Washington and many out of state customers as well.

What’s something people might not know about your business?

We specialize in sleeper sofas and ship them all over the country! We sell more sleeper sofas than anywhere else!

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?

We work a lot of hours since we are a retail business; we don’t get out of town much! There is also the challenge of making our business “unique.”

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?

Our favorites are NW Art & Frame, Bakery Nouveau, Husky Deli, Friends & Co., Liberty Bell, Jan’s Beauty Supply and Azuma Sushi – to name a few!

What do you love about West Seattle?

We love walking down the street and knowing the other merchants. The community support here is great. We have great honest, happy, easy-going customers.

What sort of music do you listen to?

Mostly, we appreciate the silence, but often listen to the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! on the way home.


Mary Enslow of Twilight Artist Collective

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

How many years have you been in business?
We are going on 3 years in West Seattle now and have been in business with Twilight Artist Collective for 6 years. We originally started out in the Pike Place Market.

Who are your customers?
Our customers have come to us by word of mouth. It’s all very organic. We’ve never done a lot of marketing, once they come in, they comment on the store, how great our old location in Pike Place Market, etc. Then they become repeat customers!

Tell me something about your business that I might not have known?
We feature mostly NW artists, but also have a handful of artists from all over. We have artwork that is wearable art as well as artwork on the walls. We carry a lot of crossover art – everything from bags to jewelry to craft and fine art.

Who is your role model?
My Dad is my role model. He has gong through everything in life with a positive attitude. He is a kind person and he inspires me. He always looks ahead. He is an entrepreneur. He wasn’t always successful, but he isn’t afraid to take risks. He enabled me to get started in Twilight and always supported my crazy decisions!

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?
Sustainability. Clearly people enjoy what we have but the challenge is getting people over the hump of understanding the value of investing in art. The power of art is about quality vs. affordability. Helping people understand the difference between shopping at cheap department stores vs. local, independent stores is rewarding. We help make art accessible and give people an introduction to what art is.

What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love to explore. I like being spontaneous and not making plans. I like to get lost and be accessible to the moment I’m in. I enjoy meeting new people.

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?
I like West 5 and Easy Street a lot!

What sort of music do you listen to?
I listen to Indie rock, bluegrass, true country – like Willie Nelson.

To learn more about Twilight Artist Collective and meet Mary’s business partners, visit their website:  www.twilightart.net/