The Big Bonanza – August 20, 2011

The Junction’s End of Summer Sale

The Big Bonanza features Western themed grub from Junction restaurants and deep discounts on past and current season merchandise from over 35 Junction merchants including shoes, apparel, books, music, flowers, perfume, French pastry and pub food.

At the event, a checked tablecloth and red balloons will indicate that a retailer is offering specials that day.

A complete list of participants:

Bakery Nouveau
Bin 41
City Mouse Studio and Store
Click! Design That Fits
Coffee to a Tea
Cupcake Royale
Curious Kidstuff
Discovery Shop
Easy Street Records
Edie’s Shoes
Funky Janes Consignment
Hotwire Online Coffeehouse
Jan’s Beauty Supply
JF Henry
knows perfume
Northwest Art and Frame
Rubato Records
Seattle Logo Pro
Shoofly Pie Company
Sound Advice
Stop N Shop
Suite Arrangements
Super Supplements
Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
The Forsythe Studio
The Sneakery
Twilight Artist Collective
Wallflower Custom Framing
Wild Rose’s

The AAA Travel Team

From left: Alison Newquist, Miriam Maldonado, Janet Maines and Susan Brahm

Introducing AAA’s West Seattle team: Susan Brahm – Branch Manager, Alison Newquist – Travel Agent, Janet Maines – Travel Agent, and Miriam Maldonado – Auto Travel Agent.

Who are your customers?

Susan: We assist people from all over the greater Seattle area but the majority of our customers are right here in West Seattle.  Our clients are people that are adventurous and enjoy cruising.  Typically they are well educated and have an interest in gourmet food, art and music.

What are some things that people may not know about AAA?:

Susan: In addition to our award winning roadside service, AAA is a nationwide, full service Travel Agency.  Our large volume of business with major Cruise Lines and Tour Operators, allows us to pass along huge savings to our clients.  Unlike other travel agencies, AAA does not charge any service fees for cruise or tour packages.

What do you enjoy most about working in West Seattle:

Alison: All the boutiques, stores and restaurants make it a very colorful and fun place to be.

Janet: I like the daily activity of the Junction and the convenient proximity to shops and restaurants and will certainly enjoy the new park being built across the street from our office.

Miriam: I love the community!  And, it is very close to Downtown Seattle.

What do you like to do in your free time?:

Janet: I like to travel, play golf, read and go out dining and dancing.

Miriam: Take my son to Alki Beach.

What do you like about working at AAA?:

Janet: I like the location of the AAA office and teamwork and local community spirit of my fellow co-workers.

Alison: I like the fact that our office is right in the heart of the Junction.  I enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and seeing my West Seattle clients when they visit the AAA office.

How long have you lived in West Seattle:

Miriam: 8 years.

Janet: I now live in Ballard but grew up in West Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High School.

The West Seattle office is located at 4701 42nd Ave SW and open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please stop by and meet the AAA team.  Office phone number:  206-937-8222

Tax Free Day! Saturday April 20, 2013

Neighborhood Sale!  Over 40 participants.

Junction Merchants have your back by paying your tax.
Enjoy Tax-Free Shopping (10% off) at these locations ALL DAY:

AAA West Seattle PC Mobile Inc.
Bakery Nouveau Red Cup Espresso
Capers Seattle Fish Company
Carmilia’s Shoofly Pie Company
City Mouse Studio and Store Sound Advice
Clementine Stop ‘N Shop
Click! Design That Fits Sweetie
Computer Care Terjung’s Studio of Gifts
Curious Kidstuff The Beer Junction
Edie’s Shoes The Discovery Shop
Fleurt The Forsythe Studio
Funky Janes The Sneakery
Great Harvest Bread Co. Twala Intimates
Heidi Fish Swimwear Twilight Gallery & Boutique
Jan’s Beauty Supply Vain
JF Henry Wallflower Custom Framing
Many Moons Trading Co. Wild Rose’s
Merryweather Books Zamboanga

Specials Deals at the following locations:

A Terrible Beauty Happy hour all day for food and drinks.
Bang Bar Restaurant & Lounge Free spring rolls with 2 entrees ordered.
Capers Tax FREE on all previously marked down floor models (20-40% off), pillows, sale merchandise.
City Mouse Studio and Store Buy any 4 items in store and get a 5th item of same or lesser item free.
Clementine Additional 20% off anything orange.
Hotwire Online Coffeehouse Asking for donation of any-sized diapers to benefit Westside Baby.
Seattle Fish Company 2 Fish Tacos for $7.
Taqueria Guaymas
West 5 Come in for a Taxman Cocktail to lighten your spirits.



Gretchen Montgomery of Square One Books

What do you like about doing business in Junction?

I love being a part of the supportive West Seattle and Junction Community. If I don’t have the book a customer needs, I call Leisure or Pegasus Books or Curious Kidstuff. I try to keep the business in the neighborhood. I know other Junction stores try do do the same for me. I love that the Junction has almost anything anyone would ever need. And I love Summer Fest and Movies on the Wall. It’s great we offer so much free and local entertainment for our community.

Photo:  Donna Ryan Photography
Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

How many years has your business been in The Junction?

Our store has been in Jefferson Square for more than 22 years. I have owned it for just over seven years. I was five months pregnant when I bought it. My crazy hormones gave me the courage to jump right in and take over something huge that I had little prior experience with! But much like parenting, I quickly got the hang of it. It’s great to see the growth of my son and the evolution of the store in the same context over the last seven years.

What are some challenges of owning a small, independent business?

I bought the store thinking it would allow me to have more free time with my family, but that is not quite the case. I am always on call. It is hard to go away, and when you are gone, you worry nonstop.  But at least I can bring my son to work with me if I need to-he knows how to ring up customers now, and he likes to recommend children’s books. Being a bookstore owner in this economy and digital age means I need to constantly be thinking about how to market my store and how to adapt to the changing times.

What other Junction shops do you like to patronize?

Any place that serves coffee. I am an addict. I visit Hotwire and Uptown quite a bit. I also love Funky Jane’s,  Clementine and Zamboanga. Shoofly Pie Company is wonderful. I only wish they delivered. I always want pie once I’m home in my pajamas, and it is pouring outside!

What is West Seattle’s best kept secret?

One of West Seattle’s best kept secrets is Jack Block Park. We love to take our bikes, rollerblades and skateboards there. We are often the only people there. I cannot believe I am revealing this. We like it because it is empty!

Junction Merchants – Join Experience Junction Love

Join the Junction Love Campaign!


•    Position the Junction as a destination for services, entertainment, shopping and dining comprised of independent, one-of-a-kind businesses mixed with a handful of regional favorites
•    Remind people of the reasons to come to the Junction
•    Introduce new people to the Junction
•    Support an ongoing sense of community

The campaign, which will adopt a new focus each month, is intended to showcase The Junction as a destination for services, entertainment, shopping and dining.  As such, the Experience Junction Love campaign will celebrate the business district’s independent and regional businesses via ten broad subjects:

o    January – Fitness & Health (in honor of New Year’s Resolutions)
o    February – Sweets & Baked Goodness (for Valentine’s Day)
o    March – Arts
o    April – Restaurants
o    May – Shops
o    June – Bars & Wine
o    July – Music (to correspond West Seattle Summer Fest)
o    August – Services
o    September – Veggies & Groceries
o    October – Kids and Halloween
o    November/December – Holiday!

The campaign is primarily implemented through The Junction’s Facebook page, blog, and Constant Contact listserve.  If you’d like your business to be highlighted in any (or all) of these categories, please let us know!

We’re currently keeping a list of which businesses are interested.  To be added to the list, contact:

Susan Melrose  •    •  935-0904

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.

Bakery Nouveau

Experience Junction Love

 Follow The Junction’s Blog and Facebook for holiday events, shopping, AND weekly giveaways (on Facebook only.)  So much love to enjoy…