Trick or Treat at The Junction a success!

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Thanks to everyone who came out for Trick or Treat at the Junction. We were thrilled with the turnout of cute kids, parents and other members of the family who got into the act.

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This is a great community event that Junction merchants love to support. Next up, Hometown Holidays starting December 5!

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For a look at all our photos, click here!


Hello!

We are pleased to introduce you to the the new-and-improved West Seattle Junction Association website and blog: your resource for all the cool stuff that happens at The Junction, Downtown West Seattle.

Check back often or add us to your RSS feed so you don’t miss an opportunity to participate in community events, holiday celebrations, giveaways, fashion shows, car shows and all of the other fun things we do around here.

And, if you didn’t know already, parking is ALWAYS FREE at The Junction, click on our Getting Here page for directions and more info.


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.

Click here for more info.


Hometown Holidays 2011

 

 Thank You Sponsors!

Bakery Nouveau, West Seattle Blog, Curious Kidstuff, Cupcake Royale, AM 1090, ArtsWest, The Sneakery, Clementine, Capers, Sound Advice, Hotwire Oneline Coffeehouse, Well Medical Arts, Funky Janes Consignment, Red Tricycle Seattle, Junction True Value, Sorensen Orthodontics, and Knows Perfume.


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