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/


Record Store Day!

 

April 16th is Record Store Day! This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.

Please go the the website www.recordstoreday.com to find your local participating store.

Rubato Records RSD Specials: We’ll be offering very limited quantities of 30 or so of the RSD exclusive pressings.

In addition, we’ll have a store-wide 25% off used vinyl sale for all purchases of $20 or more.

We’ll be raffling a legendary Seattle record, “Here Are The Sonics” (Etiquette 24) stereo first pressing.
All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross relief for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

Best of all, “dollar bin” giveaway means all paying customers can take up to 10 free records from our dollar bin up until 2 pm and after that it’s unlimited.

Easy Street Records RSD Specials: So much to choose from…where does one start? For the past couple of weeks we’ve been highlighting some of our favorites on the master list….and here are today’s picks!

www.easystreetonline.com for their list of happenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Event at Pharmaca

Spa Day at Pharmaca

 

 

Sunday, May `5, 11am – 3pm

Enjoy complimentary:

  • Mini-Facials*
  • Makeovers*
  • Chair Massage
  • Product Samples
  • Raffle drawings and more!

*For this service, we ask for a $10 reservation fee at time of sign-up. All participants will receive a $10 Pharmaca gift coupon at time of mini-facial/makeover.

www.pharmaca.com

 


Tax Free Day Coupons

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tax free coupons

Jessica Forsythe, owner of The Forsythe Studio

Jessica Forsythe
Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

I enjoy the community and the support I have received.  It’s a nice place to work.

How many years have you been in business?

I’ve been in West Seattle for 25 years, 11 of those years in The Junction. Those of us in the industry like to call it “As The Hair Turns…”

What do you like about owning your own business?

I am able to create an environment that reflects my personality and my standards for quality and customer service.

Who is your role model?

My mentor is BJ Propokof from Brunette Mix. I have known her for 25 years.  Her mantra is, “Why can’t you?” She has been a real inspiration to me.

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?

You are always “on.”  It’s constant and sometimes it’s like I live in my salon.  However, I am very passionate about what I do, so it’s ok.  I get to do what I love as a career, not everyone gets that lucky.  I have an amazing crew! I call them the “dream team.”

What do you enjoy in your free time?

Spend time with my boyfriend and my four-legged children (my pets).  I like to hang out with family and friends and try to relax!

What do you love about West Seattle?

I grew up here.  It has a small town feel with the quality of downtown.

What sort of music do you listen to?

Anything but techno!


Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at Capers

Create the perfect gift for Mom’s Day…..a silhouette cut by Karl Johnson Cut Arts….a third generation silhouette artist.

Appointments every 5 minutes from 10-6. $25 for the first cut/$15 for each cut thereafter.

CAPERS Home 

4525 California Ave. S.W.
206-932-0371

 


Find Love in The Junction

FIND THE PATH TO YOUR BELOVED’S HEART WITH DELICIOUS AND ROMANTIC GOODIES FROM THESE JUNCTION BUSINESSES

Courtesy: Bakery Nouveau

There is no lack of love from West Seattle Junction restaurants and specialty food shops this Valentine’s Day. Whether your beloved likes sinfully chocolate treats or oysters and champagne, a trip to The Junction is just the thing to set Cupid’s arrow free. And remember: parking is always free in The Junction!

 Shoofly Pie Company

Shoofly Pie Co. believes in all butter crusts and homemade goodness. Seattleites must agree since this little pie company received Seattle magazine’s Best Restaurants of 2010 Reader Choice Award. All February long enjoy:

  • Bleeding Heart Cherry Pie
  • Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

Bakery Nouveau

Another award winner, Bakery Nouveau tempts visitors everyday with their French-inspired pastries, breads, sandwiches and pizza.

  • Macaron for Two: A macaron large enough to share filled with chocolate mousse and topped with fresh fruit
  • St. Valentine: St. Honoré style dessert pairing the flavors of raspberry and vanilla
  • Valentine Chocolate Tart: Rich 60% chocolate ganache topped with a chocolate glaze and pink macaron hearts
  • Bakery Nouveau™ Chocolates: Assorted chocolates in red heart boxes or Bakery Nouveau boxes wrapped with red ribbon
Courtesy: Sugar Rush Baking Company

 Coffee to a Tea

Home to Sugar Rush Baking Company, this neighborhood kid-friendly coffee shop serves up tasty cupcakes, soups and sandwiches.

  • Heart Cakes for Two in Red Velvet, Ganache and Coconut
  • Imposter! Cupcakes: marshmallow filled chocolate cake dipped in ganache
  • Assorted cupcakes topped with heart-shaped brownies
  • Sugar cookies

Delicious cupcakes and stellar coffee at the heart of the West Seattle Junction.

  • Deathcakes (from 1/28-2/14 only): Theo Chocolate decadence, Stumptown espresso ganache, chocolate cake Royale
  • Special cupcake for February: Red Hot, chocolate cake Royale with a cinnamon peppery bite and flower-top frosting
  • Lovers Cupcake 2 Pack: Red Hot and Drizzled Strawberry made with strawberry preserves from this summer’s bounty and drizzled with ganache
  • Friends Cupcake 4 Pack: Red Hot, Drizzled Strawberry, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, with a ganache drizzle

 Fresh Bistro

Innovative Pacific Northwest Cuisine in a welcoming environment.

From Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14, Fresh Bistro is offering “Embracing Culinary Aphrodisiacs,” a prixe fix Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two.

Menu Highlights:

  • Duo of Oysters & Sparkling Wines
  • Avocado, Mango, and Ahi Tuna Poke with Toasted Sesame Seed Candy, Lime-Soy Pudding, Chili Pepper and Scallion Oil in a Crisp Plantain Cup
  • Fig and Pig Salad with Frisee, Arugula and Watercress with Orange Pistachio Brittle, Braised Pork Belly and Balsamic Vinny
  • Wagyu Tenderloin and Lobster
  • Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Truffles, Duxelles Puff Pastry, Foraged Mushrooms, Red Wine Peppercorn Demi and Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras
  • Chocolate Truffle Trio: Dark Chocolate Chili Pepper, Milk Chocolate Banana, White Chocolate Framboise served with Warm Almond Milk

 Tuscan Tea Room

This lovely and ornately appointed Junction newcomer offers lunch and afternoon tea, as well as house-blended loose leaf tea for sale. This Valentine’s Day weekend (February 12, 13 and 14), the Tuscan Tea Room will be offering:

  • Sweetheart Tea for little your sweetheart ages 13 and under featuring Heart Shaped Finger Sandwiches and Cookies and a special “milk flight” featuring chocolate, strawberry and peach milk.
  • Chocolate Valentine Tea with chocolate bacon Bruschetta, Espresso Crushed Chocolate NY Strip and a Salad Boat with Cranberry, Gorgonzola, Almonds and Cocoa Nibs.