Leslie Thomson, Owner of Dream Dinners

What do you like about doing business in the Junction?

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

I love the community feel of The Junction. Everyone here is like my neighbor; my buddy.

How many years have you been in business?

We’ve been here for 6 ½ years now.

Who are your customers?

Our customers are primarily moms. We also have lots of single folks, new nesters, seniors, and empty nesters as our customer base.

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

We help people save money. On average, people can save about $200/month signing up with Dream Dinners 2-4 times per week. This eliminates eating out, wasting food and impulse buying. Our meals are easy, convenient and nutritional. I have a Masters in Nutrition, am a dietician and have been a certified diabetes educator for 20 years.

What are the challenges of owning an independent business?

The challenges I face are balancing family, business and taking time for myself.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, skiing and hiking with my family.

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?

I like Bakery Nouveau, Coffee to a Tea, Fresh Bistro, Capers, Funky Janes, Menashe’s and Hotwire.

Anything to add about your family?

All three of my children have worked at the store at one time or another. They are now ages 19, 21 and 23 so we are officially empty nesters now!

What is West Seattle’s best kept secret?

Our sense of community is the best kept secret.  Everything here is accessible – restaurants, shopping and the ability to get around here. Oh, and Husky Deli, their ice cream is amazing!

April and May are online on the West Seattle Dream Dinners website!


Doug Baldwin of Windermere

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Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What do you like about doing business in The Junction?

I like the convenience of having many other businesses around.  I also really like our clientele; they are nice, down to earth people.

How many years have you been in business?

I’ve been in real estate for 10 years and at this Windermere office for 2 years.

Who are you customers?

My customers are about 95% West Seattle locals.

Who is your role model?

My Dad, I admire his work and personal ethics.  He is an all-around good guy.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I like to read and travel.

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?

My favorites include: West 5, Coffee to a Tea, Capers and Talarico’s.

What do you love about West Seattle?

I love the small town feel and the convenience of being so close to Seattle.

If you live in West Seattle, how long?  What neighborhood?

I have lived in the Delridge area for 4 years now.

What sort of music do you listen to?

I like all kinds of music, mainly, country, hip-hop, old rock n’ roll and pop.


Courtney Sievertson

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

Meet Courtney Sievertson, owner of Wallflower Custom Framing

What do you like about doing business in The Junction? 
I love the community spirit! I really appreciate the “shop local” mentality, getting to know other merchants, and loyal customers who don’t like to leave West Seattle. It reminds me of growing up on Bainbridge Island with that same small town feel.

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been at this location for 1-1/2 years. I have been in the framing business for about 10 years now.

Who are you customers?
 My customers are neighborhood people, art collectors, people with kids, and people with art that they want to last (i.e. nicer than Ikea frames).

What do you like about owning your own business?
I am more accountable and have a huge responsibility to my customers to do what I say I’m going to do. My reputation is at stake. I have to have good follow through. My favorite part of what I do is helping customers design something that they love.

What is something about your business that I might not have known?
I can frame anything! I challenge people to come up with ideas for framing – from heirlooms to antiques to 3D – there are no limits! I can also customize mirrors, corkboards, etc. 

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy antique shopping, hanging out with my family and my dogs and reading.

What other Junction shops do you like to patron?
I like Capers, Village Woodworks and Knows Perfume.

What do you love about West Seattle? 
It feels like a small town. I really get to know my customers and develop relationships with them.

What sort of music do you listen to?
I mostly listen to whatever comes up on Pandora or classic rock!

www.wallflowercustomframing.com


Shop Late Thursdays in The Junction 2012

 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 20.

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

Capers
Carmilias
Clementine
Click! Design That Fits
Cupcake Royale
Easy Street
Funky Janes
Husky Deli
Next to Nature
Northwest Art & Frame
Seattle Logo Pro
Sweetie
The Beer Junction
The Sneakery
VAIN
West 5 – Happy Hour at 9pm
Wild Rose’s

 

 


Hometown Holidays 2012

West Seattle Junction’s Hometown Holidays Schedule of Events

West Seattle Junction will be full of the holiday spirit
with three weeks of jubilant festivities for
our neighborhood and visitors a like.  Please join us!

 

TREE LIGHTING
Saturday, December 1
Time: 5PM
The Junction presents our 9th Annual Tree Lighting Event.  It’s a community event for family, friends and neighbors.  It will be held in Junction Plaza Park at 42nd and Alaska.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS HEADQUARTERS
December 2, 9, 16
Time: 11-3PM
Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities, fun for kids, and information on shopping, the Holiday Raffle, and neighborhood events. 

MEET SANTA
Santa is coming to The Junction to listen to your children’s Christmas requests at City Mouse Studio and Store (4218 SW Alaska).
December 2 * Time:  11AM-3PM
BRING YOUR CAMERA
Santa and his helpers are here!  No photographer but the stage is set for meeting Santa and capturing your own special moment.  The Junction Association will donate 100% of your donation to West Seattle charities.

December 9, 16 * Time:  11AM-3PM
Professional Photos
Professional Santa photos and printing.  The Junction Association will donate 100% of your suggested donation of $15 or more to West Seattle charities.

MULE CARRIAGE RIDES
December 2, 16
Time: 11-3PM
Take a traditional carriage ride down California Ave pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules.  This is a treat to enjoy with the whole family and friends.

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS
Every Thursday thru Dec. 20
Want an evening shopping alternative to stuffy malls?  Many Junction retailers are open ‘till 9pm on Thursdays.  Pair with happy hour and you’ve got a great night out!
West Seattle Art Walk – December 13

FREE GIFT WRAP STATION
Saturdays, December 15 and 22
Time: 11:30-3:30
Let us wrap your Junction gifts!  The West Seattle High School Music Program parents will staff our gift wrap station at Windermere (4526 California Ave) while the students perform in The Junction.  Please bring Junction retailer receipt.  FREE wrap and ribbon, no boxes provided.

HOLIDAY RAFFLE
At participating merchants
In the spirit of the holidays, and as a thank you to our community, The Junction will give away dozens of prizes to our valued customers.  Live Local, shop The Junction and you could win a holiday shopping spree!

The West Seattle Junction Association would like to thank our Sponsors:

Gold Level – Bakery Nouveau & West Seattle Blog

Silver Level – Equity Residential, Menashe, Nucor Steel & Red Tricycle

Bronze Level – Bang Bar Thai Restaurant & Lounge, Capers, Clementine, Funky Janes, Great Harvest Bread Co., Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, Many Moons Trading Co., Merrill Gardens West Seattle & Sound Advice


Harvest Festival 2012

We’re closing the streets for the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on
Sunday, October 28th from 10am to 2pm!

Harvest Festivities below and PRINTABLE PDF MAP HERE!!

Trick-or-Treat:  12pm – 2PM

Kids Costume Parade:  11:30 am  +  Meet at Junction Plaza Park and look for the West Seattle High Marching Band!

Harvest Craft Activities:  10am to 2pm

West Seattle Farmers Market on California Ave: 10am to 2pm

This event is brought to you by Junction Merchants and the West Seattle Junction Association.

We couldn’t do it without our awesome Harvest Activity providers!

A big THANK YOU to: Sustainable West Seattle, Westside Baby, Delridge Food Co-op, Hope Lutheran Church and School, Community School of West Seattle, West Seattle Christian School/Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, Guide Dogs For The Blind, American Legion Auxiliary – Unit 160, Young at Art, West Seattle Blog and West Seattle Bowl, City Mouse Studio, Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Little Gym of West Seattle, Fitness Revolution with Jill, West Seattle Music Studio, West Seattle Montessori School, Highline Urgent Care and West Seattle Family Medicine, Merrill Gardens West Seattle, West Seattle Kiwanis, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church & Curious Kidstuff.

 


Shop Late Thursday – Summer 2013

It’s finally here… Summer in Seattle!  The Junction is always happening on Thursday nights, and did you know that several retailers are staying open late on Thursdays?  All the more reason to bum around the neighborhood and soak in summer!

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Open to 8pm or so Thursdays this Summer…

Capers

Click! Design That Fits

Easy Street Records

Funky Janes Consignment

Next to Nature

Northwest Art & Frame

Shoofly Pie Company

The Beer Junction

The Sneakery

VAIN