Harvest Fest 2019

Mark your calendars for Harvest Fest!

Harvest Fest – Sunday, October 27th – 10am to 2pm

Quickly becoming a West Seattle beloved fall event, Harvest Fest will once again bring out the costumed (kids, adults and pets!), the daring (chili cook-off) and musical (parade) and the thirsty (hot cocoa and cider garden) as the West Seattle Junction closes down California Ave for a fantastic fall festival.

Check out the festival fun:

GAMES, CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES 10 am – 2pm Games and arts activities brought to you many merchants, nonprofits and community groups all along California Ave from SW Alaska St to Edmunds.

HOT COCOA AND CIDER GARDEN 10 am – 2 pm Yes, it’s true – we’ve got hot cocoa and hot cider garden for people of all ages. Find the cocoa and cider garden on Alaska St by Easy Street Records.

APPLEPALOOZA 10 am – 2 pm Brought to you by the West Seattle Farmers Market. Taste and vote for your favorite apples.

HARVEST FARMERS MARKET 10 am – 2pm Enjoy the bounty of the season at the usual Sunday Farmers Market location between SW Oregon and SW Alaska on California Ave.

CHILI COOK-OFF 10 am – 1pm See local restaurants go head-to-head at the chili cook-off (located by Key Bank at the all-walk). $10 buys you nine tastings – let your taste buds vote for the favorite! All proceeds goes to the West Seattle Food Bank.  Check out the cook-off and buy yourself some chili. See the champion crowned at 1:30 pm.

COSTUME PARADE 11:30 am Meet in Junction Plaza Park (SW Alaska and 42nd Ave) for the costume parade led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band and Kawanis motorcyclists. Stop by before the start of the parade for a homemade musical instrument activity.

TRICK OR TREAT 12 NOON See what treats the Junction merchants and booths have for little hands. Also stop by the INFO BOOTH located at the All-Walk for treats!

KIDS PUMPKIN PIE EATING CONTEST (Ages 8-12) 1:30 pm Presented by A la Mode Pies. Sign up at A la Mode Pies for the contest, tons of prizes for first, second and third place. Pie eating contest will be held at the INFO BOOTH located at the All-Walk intersection of California Ave SW and SW Alaska St.

Our Sunday farmers market will take to the streets bringing the fall harvest and more.

Facebook invite here! Share and invite friends.

We are also looking for volunteers work to help us produce Harvest Festival. With our growing number of community folks helping out in the Junction, this is a perfect opportunity to get to know more people and be a part of a neighborhood favorite festival. Please sign up here!  It feels good to help make something awesome for our community.

Applications are OPEN to join Harvest Fest! Free to join! Click here to register!


D1 Candidate Forum at Summer Fest

The D1 candidate forum at Summer Fest will be located on the community stage at Junction Plaza Park (SW Alaska and 42nd Ave SW).

Moderated by Tracy Record, editor of the West Seattle Blog, the forum will be a way to listen to questions gathered from an open call via the WSB. Watch for the post on the WSB asking for questions. The forum will cover a broad range of issues.

• Candidates will have equal time to present their views.
• The candidates are asked about issues, with time to give the moderator an opportunity to ask in-depth questions.

The moderator and the Junction stay neutral do not imply approval or disapproval of any candidate.

Join the Facebook invite here.

Incumbent Lisa Herbold
Phil Tavel
Brendan Kolding

New Music Series in the Junction

HELP SUPPORT MUSICIANS AND BRING MUSIC TO THE WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION

Music in the Junction

Imagine you are musician. You like performing and people enjoy your music. Others enjoy your music so much they invite you to perform again – but just for tips. That can be pretty frustrating.

Musicians can’t live on tips. We want to help them make a living and have a twofold win-win vision in mind—to provide a venue where they can provide music that will entertain and complement the artistic community, while giving them an opportunity to be paid for sharing their time and talents.

But fulfilling the vision requires funding. And you can help. We’d like to have the ability to pay performers at least $125 (and preferably more) for each appearance.

Music is underway to bring live performances to the West Seattle Junction on Second Thursday Art Walk nights during August through December, for the benefit of visitors for Thursday Art Walks, dining, and just the opportunity to enjoy entertainment. Will you please make a contribution? Every donation, regardless of amount, will make a difference! You’ll be supporting musicians and the arts.

A minimum goal of $800 from Go Fund Me donations has been established; if we can raise more, performers could be paid more than $150 per event. (And if funds raised through Go Fund Me for this music series exceed the amount needed to support 2019 performances and related expenses they will be used towards anticipated costs related to presenting additional music performances in 2020.)

Funds will be used for paying performing musicians and other expenses related to producing, promoting and presenting the performances in the West Seattle Junction.

You can donate through the secure Crowdfund link.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to participate as a benefactor!

Update August 12, 2019 –  Thank you for the generous $700 grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Through your support, the Art of Music will continue through 2019.

To reach the coordinator of this project  – John R. please email him here.


Late Summer Wine Walk in the Junction 2019

Friday, September 13th 2019

5pm to 9pm

In the West Seattle Junction

THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Tickets $25 advance or $35 includes a 6-bottle insulated wine carrier. 

 

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Limited $30 day of event. <– Event sells out! NEW! Check-in will be located at Junction Windermere 4526 California Ave SW. 

The West Seattle Wine Walk celebrates wine with this vibrant and fun event. Located in the heart of West Seattle, the Wine Walk provides you with the opportunity to meet the boutique wineries around the Pacific Northwest.

Housed in some of West Seattle’s favorite merchants, you’ll enjoy tastings from 17 different wineries (and one cidery), each showcasing a unique variety of wines.

Bottles of wine and additional individual wine tasting tickets will available to ticket holders. You can drop off bottles of wine at the valet located at Junction Windermere or (NEW!) watch for the mobile wine valets. Additional Wine Walk tasting tickets will be available at Junction Windermere for $1.00 per ticket. Only ticket-holding attendees can purchase additional tasting tickets.

Ten tasting tickets, light snacks, complete with a West Seattle Junction Wine Walk glass.

Find delicious wines from:

Bakery Nouveau ~ Structure Cellars Winery
Capers ~ Viscon Winery
Carmilia’s ~ Treveri Cellars
Click! ~ Love That Red Winery
Click! ~ Mercer Wine Estates
Fleurt ~ Patterson Cellars
Flying Apron ~ Finn River Cider
Funky Janes ~ Michael Florentino Cellars
John L. Scott ~ Naches Heights Vineyard (NHV)
John L. Scott ~ Nine Hats
Lika Love ~ Drum Roll Wine
Menashe Jewelers ~ Aluel Cellars
Next to Nature ~ Riley Sexton Vintners
VAIN ~ Welcome Road Winery
West Seattle Verizon ~ The Wine Hunter
Wild Roses ~ Virtue Cellars
Windermere ~ Sin Banderas wines NEW Check-in location!
Windermere ~ T2 Cellar NEW Wine Valet location! 

 

Participating Businesses:

Bakery Nouveau
CAPERS
Carmilia’s
Click! Design That Fits – two wineries in this location! 
Fleurt Collective
Flying Apron – refreshing cider!
Funky Jane’s Consignment
John L Scott – West Seattle – two wineries in this location!
Lika Love Boutique (West Seattle)
Menashe & Sons Jewelers
Next-to-Nature pet care: West Seattle
West Seattle Verizon
Wild Roses
Windermere – West Seattle – two wineries in this location!
Vain West Seattle

Questions for the Junction Association? Email us here.

Find out more here how to volunteer with the Junction.

Thank you to the Wine Walk Partners:

 

 

 

 


Junction Reuse and Recycle with Shredding

Recycling and Reuse West Seattle Junction

Your West Seattle neighborhood reuse and recycle collection event – now with SHREDDING.

Saturday, June 29th

9am to 1pm

FREE!

The Third Annual Reuse and Recycle event is happening in the West Seattle Junction Parking Lot located on the corner of SW Oregon and 42nd Ave SW.
 
Friendly Earth, Goodwill, Seadrunar Recycling (TWO shredding trucks – hosted by Junction Windermere) and Styro Recycle will be on site collecting items.
Clothing/Linens
(any condition except wet)
Electronics
(i.e. Computers, DVD players and TVs)
Small furniture items
For detailed list of what’s accepted visit wmnorthwest.com/seattle

NOT ACCEPTED ITEMS INCLUDE:

Automotive waste
Broken furniture
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Construction waste
Garbage
Hazardous waste
Car seats
Household batteries
Non-recyclable or non-reusable items
Staff reserves the right to refuse items that are not listed, contaminated, or too large.
For more information on where to dispose of items not accepted visit: seattle.gov/Util/MyServices/WhereDoesItGo/
Would you like to volunteer for the event? We are looking for traffic control volunteers who can assist in keeping the lines of cars going and helping our neighbors get to the right recycling station. Sign up here on the volunteer web page.

 


Rainbow Flag Adoption

Adopt a Rainbow Flag

 

On California Ave in the Junction – Pride Weekend June 29th and 30th

Show your pride by adopting a rainbow flag to fly Pride weekend. Support love for all by adopting a 3′ x 5′ rainbow flag for Pride! For the first time in Junction history we’ll be proudly flying 60 rainbow flags all along California Ave!

It’s an exciting and supportive project and we want you to be a part of the party. 

May 9 update – And just like that, all of the rainbow flags have been ADOPTED! Thank you to everyone who adopted a flag! Watch for the rainbows lining California Ave June 29th and 30th. 

 


Thank you for adopting a rainbow!

West Seattle Blog
The Stroup Family #lovewins from Paul, Erin, Grace and Miles Stroup
Kayla Weiner
Jeffrey Schoenberg Pride 2019 
Raynor Construction, LLC  Raynor Construction proudly supports the LBBTQ community. Love is love!
Borges Family Love is Love
Delightful Communications  Delightful Always Chooses Love!
Peel & Press LOVE IS LOVE
Law Office of Lauren Burgon PLLC Love is love
Anthony Barnett Love is Love is Love
Christina James For Clarebear – Nothing but Pride – love mama, papa, and boo – From the James & Tuch Family
Jon Michael Topolski & Travis Rupp Love is Love: WS Pride 19
Emmick Family Funeral Home Happy Pride WS! from Emmick Funeral Home
Zwerling & Jackson Family Love is for ALL
Kim & Michael Grindrod All you need is love. IMAGINE
Jonathan French, Realtor (two flags!) Choose love. The French’s 
Team Schlehrman Team Schlehrman Proud
The Dandy Family Love – The Dandy Family
Brian Judd & Michael Taylor-Judd 
Chris Vincent & Ken Molsberry Equality For All!
Darlene Gorgonia & Emily Yoshida-Gorgonia Love is Love
Patrick Allison & Martin Talarico LOVE – EQUALITY – VOTE!
Tim Courson
Arthur’s Arthur’s – An All-Day Cafe
Reynolds Recla Love and Peace to All
Linda Davis CHERYL B, YOU ARE LOVED!
ArtsWest Every Story Matters
Nancy Whitlock 
VCB Consulting & Accounting Services, LLC
Pegasus Book Exchange
Clementine Weddings  All love is celebrated here
Community School of West Seattle We believe love is love, Community School WS
CAPERS Home  Love is Love CAPERS
Bakery Nouveau Love is Love is Love
Flying Apron LOVE FREELY!
Amber & Kayla Bristol Love is love!!
The Jones Family
Snip-its Haircuts for Kids West Seattle We R More Alike Than Not
The Johnsons at Windermere Love is love 
Athena Savage 
Lyle Evans  Happy Pride 2019 WS! 
Senior Center of West Seattle LGBTQ Seniors rock! 
Talaricos Pizzeria Talarico’s 2019
The Beer Junction
Sanislo Elementary PTA All families are welcome at Sanislo Elementary!
Baker Throssell Family Love is love
Annie & Britta Reuben-Jones love is love is love
Mike Grainger & Brett Miller
materialjill, LLC love freely, love openly, love without judgement  
Keith Bacon & Corianton Hale Hey Mary!
ZippyDogs Yassss Queen!!!
The LeBlanc family LOVE conquers hate!
Lieske Family Love, Peace and Equality
Larson Marketing & Communications LLC Love knows no limits 
Tibbetts United Methodist Church 
Care At Home of Washington Equal rights are not special rights
Johnson Family 
Elliott Bay Brewery 
Jennie & Jamie Robertson West Seattle is LOVE!
West Seattle Junction Adopt a Rainbow Flag


PAWrade at the Grand PArade

2nd Annual PAWrade before the Grand PArade!

Saturday, July 20th

DAY OF REGISTRATION 10:00 AM

PRE-REGISTRATION 10:15 AM

STEPS OFF AT 11:00 AM

AWARDS 11:30 AM

 

Calling all pups and their families. It’s time to register here for the 2nd Annual Junction PAWrade! FREE! With trophies for the best in four categories including Most Colorful, Most Creative, Best Dog and Owner Combo and Best Dog and Kid Combo (12 and under). July 20th before the Rotary Grand Parade. Meet at California Ave SW and SW Genesee (4400 California Ave SW).

Get a group of people together and walk, it’s a fun way to socialize your dogs. Do you own a dog service? Get your clients together! You can include a group or business name on the registration form.

You can register in advance by completing this form, or register the day of the event.

The PAWade is free! You can opt to donate.

Fill out my online form.

Thanks to the PAWrade Supporters:

Greentree Animal Hospital

Brookdale Senior Living

Sound Credit Union

Tag the Junction on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. IG and Twitter #westseattlejunction #PAWrade.

 


West Seattle .5k – Saturday, June 15th – In the Junction

The event is SOLD OUT!

 

 

It’s the first ever West Seattle .5k. The West Seattle .5k is a beer run in the West Seattle Junction designed to push you to the limits of physical human endurance. (jk)

The .5k IS guaranteed to provide almost zero exercise but you’ll instead taste some of the best beers from the Pacific Northwest. At each hydration station, located  in some of your favorite West Seattle bars, you’ll enjoy robust tastings from 10 different beers along with snacks, beer trivia questions and prizes. This is the race for physical underachievers who have wanted to do a run, but really didn’t want to.

About the ‘run’:

Take in neighborhood views around the Junction as you lay down 880 yards (.5k) of pure physical determination.  This route is run on the wide pavement around the Junction, minimal elevation (zero) with two pedestrian crossings on California Ave.  You’ll stop at set hydration stations (inside bars) powering up electrolytes (beer) while carbing up (snacks) for the next grueling (not) leg of the run (next bar).  The course is not timed, and walkers, runners and beer-lovers of all abilities are welcome.

Packet pick up in the hallway of The Beer Junction starts at 12 Noon on race day. Start time is 1 PM – the race ends at 5 PM. Race is limited to 220 participants.

You can register as an individual or as a team.

The .5k too much for you? No worries – you can donate straight from your couch! Join the Beer Drinkers Couch Fundraiser here, you’ll help raise funds for the Junction without actually moving. It’s a win-win! All donations support free community programming and events in the Junction.

Donate $10.00 to $20.00 and we’ll send you a .5k sticker.

Donate $20.01 or over and we’ll send you a .5k mason jar AND a .5k sticker.

Included with run registration is a custom West Seattle .5k mason jar (for your beer), technical t-shirt, .5k finisher sticker and (most important) 10 beer tasting tickets good for 10 4oz pours.

 

Enjoy beers at:

Elliott Bay Brewing Company
The Beer Junction
Matador Restaurants
Shadowland
Great American Diner & Bar
Talaricos Pizzeria
West 5

Each participant receives a:
0.5k t-shirt
West Seattle 0.5k beer mason jar
10 beer tasting tickets
Snacks,
A 0.5k “finisher” sticker to proudly display
Bragging rights you crushed the 0.5k

$45.00 The event is SOLD OUT!

Register in advance now! Taking pre-registration or register day of the event.

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Spring Clean in the Junction

3rd Annual Spring Clean in the Junction
Saturday, April 27th, 2019

9 AM to 12 Noon

Meet at Junction Plaza Park

Join the Facebook Invite here.

Spring clean in the Junction. Join fellow neighbors and businesses for the 3rd Annual West Seattle Junction Spring Clean Saturday, April 27th 9am to 12 Noon. The Junction will supply breakfast, coffee, cleaning supplies and a nifty volunteer lunch tote.

Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, removing invasive plants, and more. Seattle Public Utilities and the Junction Association supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, and paint supplies.

Grab a group of people! It’s a perfect time for organizations, businesses or groups to work together on a volunteer project.

There’s something for everyone, kids included! Meet at Junction Plaza Park (42nd and Alaska St). No pre-registration necessary, just show up and be ready to dig in.

Want to learn more about the Junction volunteer opportunities? See how your neighbors and friends support the Junction, have fun and meet new people. Check out the volunteer web page.

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Pictures from the 2018 Spring Clean in the Junction.

Photos by: DerbyPhotography   www.karenderby.com


West Seattle Junction Visitor Survey

West Seattle Junction Visitor Survey

This survey of 2105 area residents/shoppers took place between March 1 and March 11, 2019.  The questions were designed by 501 Commons consultants in partnership the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA.)

The survey was administered through the West Seattle Blog, West Seattle Herald, the Junction newsletters, and multiple social media channels.

Respondent Profile

The majority of the respondents:

  • Have lived in the area for over 10 years:
    • 26% between 10.5 and 20 years, and
    • 31% over 20 years (see Figure 1).

 

  • Visit WSJ at varying frequencies:
  • 29% visit only 1-5 times a month;
  • 34% 6-10 times;
  • 25% 11-20 times (Figure 2.)

It is Important to remember  that this profile doesn’t  necessarily match all West Seattle residents; those that took the time to complete the survey are probably more apt to visit the Junction and be interested in it.

 

Figure 1: Years lived in the Area          Figure 2: Usual Number of Visits per Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Reason for Visit

When asked to choose from a list of main reason to visit the Junction:

  • “The atmosphere / friendliness / small town feel” (30%) and “It’s close by / on the way” were the main reasons.
  • Of the listed reasons, “Free parking” was the option least often chosen (10%).
  • Many of those that chose “other” explained that they visited for several reasons.

 

 

Those that mentioned “free parking” in this question were slightly more likely to have lived in the area over 20 years than the average participant (31%).  However, they did not differ from the average in how often they visited the junction.

 

Prompted Response to Potential Loss of Parking

 

When asked directly later in the survey how much they agreed with the statement “I would not come to the Junction without free parking”:

  • 43% agreed, but only 18% agreed strongly (see “total” column in Figure 4.)
  • Another 26% of all respondents were not sure.
  • Those who visit over 20 times a month were most likely to disagree (46%). The plurality of all others were unsure.

Additionally, of the 1,219 open-ended responses, 127 people (10%) noted that the current lack of parking availability affects their propensity to visit the junction.

 

Figure 4:  Prompted Response to Potential Loss of Parking, by Number of Monthly Visits

Underlying Attitudes About the Junction

Respondents also shared to what degree they agreed with other attitudes about West Seattle Junction (see Figure 5.) There was overwhelming support for statements that spoke to WSJ’s atmosphere, as opposed to Mall options:

  • 90% agreed that “Malls are too impersonal; I love the feel of the Junction”- 60% agreed strongly.
  • 88% agreed with “The Junction feels like home” – 48% agreed strongly.

Additionally, of the open-ended responses, 217 people (18%) noted how much they value local businesses over national chains. And 117 people (10%) cited the diversity of businesses as one of their main reasons for coming.

However, there are some negative attitudes to keep in mind:

  • Almost half of respondents (46%) agreed that “The Junction is getting too over built,” but few (8%) strongly
  • Three-quarters (75%) agreed that, “I come to the Junction only for quick errands,” although only 13% strongly

 Conclusion

It is impossible to predict behavior with a survey; respondents cannot accurately predict what they may do if WSJ cuts back on free parking. There are clearly strong feelings about the issue, and the association and businesses will need to prepare for angry reactions if parking is reduced. Many respondents added comments that they currently avoid the area due to lack of parking spaces and that paid spots could make it more accessible.

On the other hand, there is also a great deal of support and warm feelings toward the Junction, including appreciation for the small size and diversity of businesses in the area. Marketing messages for the Junction can also take advantage of the clear convenience and favorable atmosphere.

 

Appendix

A number of people made recommendations around the parking situation in their open-ended responses. Below are some verbatims that were worth highlighting.

Do it in steps

“If you must go with a parking zone, do it in steps — test period perhaps — to collect feedback, fine tune.  I hear a “free zone” around businesses is being considered, that’s smart.  Who is causing the issue–those who “live in the Junction” but don’t have parking spots because the city didn’t force developers to provide?  Thus, pushing those cars to neighboring areas…I wonder.”

Have a shuttle

“We need a local “shoppers shuttle” that just loops West Seattle available in lieu of the regular Metro routes. It may help with congestion on the 55, 50, 128 and C Line. Shoppers, students and commuters wouldn’t have to struggle, or scuffle for seats during peak travel conditions. It could run from Alki to Westwood, hitting The Alaska and Morgan Junctions in between.”

Monthly permits

“I shop for groceries, hardware, gifts, housewares, art supplies, eat out, get coffee, treats, drop mail, use legal, financial and medical services in the junction – and greater WS area. It’s routine. I usually can find parking in lots or street, although I find myself timing trips sometimes for “non peak” times, if I can.

I like the junction, I make an effort to “shop local” (haven’t been to a “mall’ in years). But, truthfully, the free parking is important and part of the character of the business district. It’s a hassle to feed parking lot pay stations, but if the lots do go to pay stations, maybe a local residence of greater West Seattle could be eligible to by a “Monthly Junction Parking Permit” – for the lots. Monthly use. For a fixed fee. Still keep the lots limited time, whatever it is now. Except maybe longer in evenings.  (I actually don’t know the limits because it’s ever been an issue for me). The Monthly permits could be like a Park Pass, a ferry pass, a bus pass. Just an idea.

I would pay for knowing I have the convenience of parking here and there as I go for the number of times I use the junction. (as opposed to the lots turning to only pay stations which I may never use or shift some of my shopping habits away from the junction). So, monthly pass – 8 x $2.5 = $20/mo. maybe.”

Need more handicap spots

“The reasons I don’t frequent the junction anymore are parking is annoying. To difficult for a quick trip when I can just go to Burien and easily park. The other is handicapped accessibility. Parking isn’t easy to find, sidewalks make maneuvering wheelchairs difficult and stores aren’t very accessible either. Not enough room for a wheelchair or scooter. The people who have supported the junction for many years are no longer able to shop there because it can be scary trying to maneuver through when you have disabilities. My mom is no longer comfortable going there even though she has been shopping there most of her life! Even when there wasn’t much to go to.”

Block Parties

“I’ve filled out the survey previously- so did not answer all questions this time. But wanted to add a suggestion that I’ve always hoped would happen at the junction. I grew up in a town where every Thursday night, during warm months, the main street was closed down, restaurants brought tables and chairs outside (similar to summer fest) and did “dining under the stars”. It would be so awesome if we could do this, even once a month, on the same block as the farmers market, during June, July, August, maybe September. So great for that small town feel.”

10-15 minute spots

“We love the junction, love the free parking but we need more of it given we’ve grown so much.  It might be useful to have some 10-15 minute shops for takeout pickup. I would love to see more grab and go breakfast places, weekend brunch places and takeout places.  I don’t get some of the shops in the junction, they seem a bit dated.  I also find it odd with the number of real estate offices we have.”

Word Cloud

This word cloud is based on all open-ended responses. The bigger the word, the more it was mentioned.

Seattle Department of Transportation 2017 Intercept Study

Seattle Department of Transportation PDF Intercept Survey