FIND THE PATH TO YOUR BELOVED’S HEART WITH DELICIOUS AND ROMANTIC GOODIES FROM THESE JUNCTION BUSINESSES
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 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:
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.
February in The Junction:
Love = sweet delight
When it comes to sweets, West Seattleites know The Junction is where it’s at.
There’s a treat for every day of the week, from Shoofly Pie Shop to good-for-you grains at Great Harvest. Find your inner prince or princess at Cupcake Royale and teleport to Paris via Bakery Nouveau. With this much to love, dessert-for-dinner is a completely valid option.
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What do you like about doing business in The Junction?
I love being a part of the community. West Seattle is a very friendly and grounded neighborhood. Fleurt has been very well received. I have my regulars who stop in each week for their weekly flowers and to browse for gifts. There are also many who stop in on a regular basis to say “hi”. My fellow merchants have also been a huge source of support and encouragement and their wisdom and shared experiences has helped me greatly.
How many years have you been in business?
I am in my 10th month. But who’s counting!
Who are your customers?
My walk-in customers are mostly West Seattle residents. Since Fleurt is primarily a flower shop, I receive calls from all over the US for Fleurt to deliver local flowers. There is no delivery charge for flowers in West Seattle, and just a $10 charge for other Seattle locations. Recently my customers have changed a bit due to Fleurt being featured in the October edition of Seattlemagazine. I have been inundated with customers from all over. Recently, I had a couple who had just landed for the weekend from Minnesota. They had picked up Seattle magazine and read about Fleurt. They were so intrigued that they decided to make a trip to West Seattle and visit!
What do you like about owning your own business?
Flexibility. It offers me a balance between work and family. Growing and nurturing my business and relationships with my customers. I have taken an organic approach to starting and growing my business. Fleurt is a locally owned independent flower shop. It is very rare in this day and economy to find a florist who is not hooked up with one of the giant network floral groups like FTD, Teleflora, 1-800. I decided early on that I did not want my business or flowers to be mandated by these types of corporations. I work with local flower growers, organic farmers, & local crafters for the gifts and home décor items. Every one of my flower arrangements is unique, special and tailored specifically to the event or occasion. Fleurt is fresh, organic and a bit edgy with a twist on the traditional. You don’t see my style or approach elsewhere. I am very creative and take great pride in everything that I offer. One of my favorite parts about owning Fleurt has been working with all the local Brides and creating flowers for their weddings. I have had an overwhelming response and request for weddings. In fact, we are currently featured in Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom magazine – featured on the front cover in February and March.
What are the challenges of owning your own business?
Trying to find the perfect balance of work and home life. But that will come later. Right now it is important for me to be in the shop most of the time as I grow the business, meet with my customers and learn what their needs are.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love spending time with my family and pets. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, tennis, watching a good movie, walks along Alki or Lincoln Park. I also like searching out new ideas and products to bring to the shop. And traveling, especially back home to Australia!
Who is your role model?
I have had several role models throughout my life, but consistently it has been my Father. He is an entrepreneur and I definitely have his genes. He taught me to take a “no fear” approach to starting and running a business. If you are passionate and love what you do, give all you have, then success will come.
What other Junction shops do you patron?
I am a huge shopper, and I love to shop in West Seattle. I frequent Capers, my son loves Curious Kidstuff, Petco for our pets, NW Art and Frame for cards and cute gifts and Bakery Nouveau (I love their croissants!).
What is West Seattle’s best kept secret?
The north access of Lincoln Park.
What do you love about West Seattle?
I love the sense of community, people, easy and convenient access to downtown, airport and mountains. I appreciate the fact that I can find anything and everything in West Seattle so I don’t feel the need to leave and cross the bridge.
If you live in West Seattle, how long and where?
I have lived in West Seattle for 11 years. I moved here from San Francisco. Our family lives 2 blocks down the hill from the shop. Very convenient!
Anything to add about your family?
My family is pretty involved with Fleurt. My daughter is my driver for flower deliveries. My son can be found after school at the back of the shop doing home work. My husband is often called upon to pick up flowers and supplies for the shop. I am thankful to my family everyday for their support, love and understanding as I grow my business and feed my creative soul.
In the spirit of the holidays, and as a thank you to our community, The Junction will give away OVER $4600 to our valued customers.* Three lucky shoppers will win grand prizes of $500 in Junction gift certificates – almost 50 winners in all. No purchase necessary. Live Local, shop The Junction, and you could win a holiday shopping spree!
AAA West Seattle Travel Store
Click! Design that Fits
Coffee to a Tea with Sugar
Donna Ryan Photography
Dr. Susanne Gee
Elliott Bay Brewery
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Hotwire Online Coffee House
Pegasus Book Exchange
Spring Hill Restaurant and Bar
Twilight Artist Collective
Wallflower Custom Framing
Wild Rose Antiques
*Must be 18 years old to enter. Need not be present to win.
REVELERS COME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO ENJOY THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND SHOPPING OF THE SEASON IN THE JUNCTION
West Seattle Junction will be full of the holiday spirit with three weeks of jubilant festivities for West Seattle residents and visitors a like. Please join us!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 19 – Hometown Holidays Headquarters: 11-4PM – Shop The Junction on Sundays and enjoy what your neighborhood has to offer. Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities and information on shopping, the Holiday Raffle, and in-store events. Pathfinder PTA will offer holiday facepainting and wreath sales.
Santa Photos: 11AM-3PM Santa Photos – Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography and a suggested donation of $15 or more will be donated to West Seattle Food Bank.
Mule Carriage Rides: 11AM-3PM – Take a traditional carriage ride down California pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules. This is a treat to enjoy with the whole family and friends. Carriages depart on California in front of Key Bank.