Tricia DiBernardo, Owner, Red Cup Espresso

Tricia DiBernardo, Owner, Red Cup Espresso

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

Photo Tim McGuire
Photo Tim McGuire

I love the people! Getting to know our regular customers, watching their kids grow up, and making friends with them has been super rewarding.  Thanks to our customers for all their support – we appreciate it!

How many years have you been in business?

Red Cup has been here in the Junction for 7 years.  It will be 3 years for me as the owner here in May.

Who are you customers?

We get commuters on their way to work, neighbors, Farmer’s Market patrons, tourists, Hybrid/Prius owners, customers who know about our solar panels and energy saving practices.  It’s nice to get recognition from the community.

What do you like about owning your own business?

“I get to be a playa!”  No, seriously though, I get to be off the wall with people.  No limit on fun!  I have a lot of freedom and interaction with people.  It is rewarding to do things that make a good impression on people.

Who is your role model?

My mom, she’s an entrepreneur, a cool lady, fun and engaging.  She owns Roast House Coffee in Spokane, our new organic coffee blend!  I admire what she does and she has always been so strong.  She was the rock in our family.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I spend time with Nina, my daughter.  I do a lot of domestic stuff – cook, shop and play!

What do you love about West Seattle?

It is a gorgeous place to live with the mountains, water, trees – the landscape is beautiful!  The sense of community, it is close-knit, secure, and safe.

What sort of music do you listen to?

We have Pandora on a lot with all kinds of music! I like hip-hop, reggae, and soul – I am particularly fond of the Brazilian Girls.

Bakery Nouveau Open House

Bakery Nouveau invites you to their open house tonight,

December 2nd from 6-8PM.

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Experience Junction Love

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Shop Late Thursdays in December

Want an evening shopping alternative to stuffy malls?

The Junction has you covered!  Many retailers are staying open until 9pm on Thursdays NOW through December 22.

Pair with Happy Hour and you’ve got a great night out!

A Terrible Beauty’s Irish Market
Click! Design That Fits
Easy Street Records
Funky Janes Consignment
Husky Deli
Knows Perfume
Next to Nature
Northwest Art & Frame
Rubato Records
Sound Advice
The Beer Junction
The Sneakery
Twilight Artist Collective
Well Medical Arts 
West 5 – Happy Hours starts early at 9pm

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.

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