Donna Ryan Photography Opens Today!

Donna Ryan Photography opens today, May 1st,  in the bright, expansive space at 4218 SW Alaska Ave. in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction (formerly home to Swee Swee Paperie).

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography
Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

Already well known for her portraits of children, families and high school seniors, and as the official photographer for the West Seattle Junction Association, Donna envisions her new location as both a lively studio and “a nice place for moms to pop in and have a bit of respite.” This space houses both a sun-washed studio equipped with comfortable couches and cushions and a retail store featuring the Tea Collection: affordable, quality children’s clothing with fresh, simple style.

In-studio, Donna will host Portrait Parties, a combination of a fun get-together and photo shoot. Each Portrait Party includes a group photo followed by individual mini photo shoots (about ten minutes per person) along with light refreshments. Party hosts, who may include PEPS (Program For Early Parent Support) and moms groups, high school seniors, and small businesses, will receive a 5×7 group shot and the option to order individual photos.

HOURS: Retail hours, beginning May 1st: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Photography shoots by appointment—call now to book May and June sessions.

April Showers Bring May Flowers and More

Photo: Capers
Photo: Capers

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, we have lots to do! Capers is having their May Day Celebration, Saturday, May 1st, from 12-5pm. They are offering May Day basket making for the kids to spread joy throughout the neighborhood! Capers is also having a Trunk Show featuring Alizah Olivas’ handworked silver jewelry and opening their Petite Petula Shop. Think Mother’s Day gifts…

Photo: Merin Tote@Clementine
Photo: Merin Tote@Clementine

Speaking of Trunk Shows, Clementine has Kea Rensch of Merin Designs showing her fabulous tote bags (20% off), Saturday, May 1st, from 12-3pm! Great gift for any mom.

Fresh flowers, plants and produce, you say? Now open for business, West Seattle Produce, located at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, serving up high quality, hand-picked produce, flowers and plants for you and your mom! They are open as of today, Friday, April 30th from 8am-8pm, with their grand opening set for June 5-6.

And of course every Sunday, you can also get fresh produce, flowers and goodies at the West Seattle Farmers Market. This Sunday, May 2nd, from 10am-1pm, kids can get their hands dirty planting various seeds, flowers and wheat grass for their own gardens at home.  Folks can learn more about the growing cycle of seeds and have fun grinding eggshells to add nutrients to the soil. This event is free and open to the public.  The West Seattle Farmers Market takes place every Sunday (year round), outdoors in the parking lot behind Key Bank, off of the corner of California and Alaska.

Enjoy your shopping and frolicking for May Day in The Junction this weekend!

Bella Nouveau Spa Open House April 30th!

Bella Nouveau European Day and Medi Spa cordially invites you to their Open House, Friday, April 30th from 4-8 pm! They will have refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres, demonstrations, gift bags (for the first 25 guests) and a raffle for a $100 discount/gift certificate! They are also offering 25% off your first appointment, along with exclusive Open House Specials, like buy 5 facials for the price of 4, complimentary lash/brow tinting with purchase of any facial, a 90-minute massage for the price of 60-minutes, and many more!massage

Bella Nouveau is located at 4204 SW Oregon St – in the Mediterranean Villa – at the corner of 42nd Ave.

Square One Books Co-Sponsored Event April 29th!

Photo: Dave Boling
Photo: Dave Boling

Tacoma Author, Dave Boling, will be reading and signing his first novel, “Guernica,” at Southwest Branch Library on April 29th from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life—he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. All library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is co-sponsored by Square One Books.

·         Author Reading and Signing at Southwest Branch, Seattle Public Libraries
“Guernica” by Tacoma author Dave Boling
When: April 29th, 2010
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Where: Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave SW
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.
The event is co-sponsored by Square One Books
Copies of the book will be for sale at the reading.

Specialty Cocktails in The Junction!!!

West 5 Mai Tai  - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times
West 5 Mai Tai - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times

It’s Friday night (TGIF)! You’re going to go grab a cocktail with the girls. Or you just want to impress your girl. Or you just want to kick back with something a little more “special.” Well, don’t worry, we’ve got your back…

JaK’s GrillRuby Red Martini Red Absolut vodka, grapefruit juice and splash of cranberry juice. Served ‘shaken, not stirred!’ MatadorTop Shelf Margarita Sauza Hornitos tequila, fresh lime and splash of Cointreau. Simply the ‘top’ margarita! RockSport Bar & Grill Recession Apple McCormick Whiskey, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice. Recession? What recession? ShadowlandFarmer Tini Stoli Razberi vodka, Absolut Mandarin vodka, Malibu rum, cranberry juice and fresh lime. Sure to knock any farmer on their ‘tini!’ Spring HillMoro Manhattan Old Overholt Rye whiskey, blood orange, dolin sweet vermouth and house orange bitters. No need for the cherry on top! Table 35Fountain of Youth Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germaine, Green Chartreuse and San Pellegrino served up with a twist. You look ten years younger already! Talarico’sDesi’s Pomegranate Kamikazi Vodka and pomegranate liqueur, muddled with lime and shaken with a splash of house made sour. Shot down in flames! West 5Mai Tai Top secret, guarded-by-deadly-python recipe blends two rums and fresh island juices to conjure a balmy island paradise at the back of your eyelids. Many consider this, hands down, the best Mai Tai on the mainland!

And for something completely different, Elliott Bay Brewery PubOrganic Beers! Alembic Pale Ale, Elliott Bay IPA, No Doubt Stout, to name a few. Now then, who’s thirsty?!!!

Tell Me On A Sunday at ArtsWest April 28-May 23!

Courtesy: ArtsWest
Courtesy: ArtsWest

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s – TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera)
Lyrics by Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Miss Saigon)
Directed by Deanna Schaffer and Christopher Zinovitch
ArtsWest – April 28–May 23, 2010

“From Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of Broadway hits Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sunset Boulevard comes this one-woman musical tour-de-force, with lyrics by Oscar winner Don Black and Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr.”

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2 Locals Featured in Seattle Restaurant Week!

Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week
Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week

West Seattle Junction locals, Fresh Bistro and Spring Hill are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, April 18-29th!

Dine out and help inaugurate Seattle Restaurant Week! More than 100 restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $25! *Price per person, not including drinks, tax or tips. Value menu available Sunday-Thursday and not available with any other offer.

Springtime at the Farmers Market & Pharmaca!


Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market
Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market

Langley Fine Gardens, Billy’s, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Stoney Plains Farm and other market vendors have fabulous selections of herb, vegetable and other edible starts, and are happy to answer your questions and offer gardening tips. They offer plenty of easy options for novice gardeners and good choices on decorative plants for almost any type of garden.  Shoppers can also stop by the Master Gardeners info booth at the market for free spring planting and gardening advice.

This spring the West Seattle Farmers Market is also pleased to welcome back Skagit River Ranch with their wonderful cuts of organic meats. The market also offers delicious, high-quality choices from Stokesberry Farm (organic chicken and eggs), Toboton Creek (pasture raised goat meat), Samish Bay Cheese (organic beef, pork and cow’s milk cheeses).

The West Seattle Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, with local, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, organic meats, seafood (salmon and shellfish), ciders, preserves, cut flowers, artisan breads and baked goods and other items from local farms and food artisans.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BODY & SOUL – Sunday, April 18th at Pharmaca West Seattle from 11-1pm

Aromatherapy for Spring – Certified Aromatherapist, Carol Walter of Solace Essentials (a West Seattle-based Aromatherapy Bodycare line), will be available on Sunday, April 18th at the West Seattle Pharmaca for free consultations on using Essential Oils for Spring allergies, detox, cleaning, pets, cleansing the body, etc. Come to learn more about this natural healing modality.

Record Store Day at Easy Street April 17th!

Record Store Day
Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 17th at Easy Street. “It is a day where musicians work with their record companies to offer exclusive, limited edition titles all released on that day. The big names, the real small batch pressings, will sell out fast. People line up in front of the store before it opens to get a chance at the goods.” It’s kind of a big deal.

Take 10% off all new and used CDs, DVDs and vinyl on April 17 (sale items excluded) at both stores.

Easy Street opens at 9 am. See you on Saturday!

Junction Plaza Park Breaking Ground Celebration Today!

junc_plaza_dev_perspectives2The West Seattle Junction has it all: friendly retailers, delicious food, arts, culture and convenient services; everything except an open space park for gatherings, playdates and concerts. In a joint effort to remedy that, the West Seattle Junction Association and the Junction Neighborhood Organization are announcing the Breaking Ground Celebration on the future site of the Junction Plaza Park today, April, 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of SW Alaska Street and 42nd Avenue SW, on the site of a former filling station that has been re-mediated over 10-years, with the old tanks removed and the land completely “greened” to remain so in perpetuity. Park completion date is slated for late May 2010.

Junction Plaza Park, designed by landscape architect Karen Kiest, will feature a plaza, complete with brick and concrete seating; a lawn with decorative benches; and a central performance area. All planting will be Northwest natives, including Vine maple, Northwest Flowering dogwood, Oregon grape and Sword fern.

After a large fundraising effort in 2005, with the help of citizens, neighborhood matching funds and the Seattle Pro Parks levy, the site is now owned by the Seattle Parks Department.

The park represents a strong partnership between the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) and the Junction Neighborhood Association (JuNO). “This new park will provide opportunities for community gatherings, a place to meet friends, and a place for leisure in the heart of The Junction.  The Junction Association and neighborhood groups have been working towards this goal for almost 10 years and it’s a pleasure to see it underway,” says WSJA Director Susan Melrose. Erica Karlovits, President of JuNO continues, “We are so excited to be able to protect and use the limited green space we have left in our ever growing urban village.  The creation of Junction Plaza Park is an incredible addition to our vibrant community.”

The community is invited to come help beautify the park on Community Planting Day immediately following park completion. Interested parties should contact West Seattle Junction Association Director, Susan Melrose at for more information on participation.