West 5 Shooting Out 15 Years of Positive Vibes

West 5 in the West Seattle Junction

Article and Photo: Sarah Mackay owner Life Lens Media






Dean Overton knows all about positive vibe. After a longtime career in the record industry, he created this cool and laid-back quintessential lounge on California known as West 5. It’s a landmark, iconic lounge with a huge departure from its previous purpose as a shooting range and bowling alley years past. Dean partnered with lifelong friend, Dave Mountoure who left a jet set tech job to transform the space with neon, ultra comfortable furniture and relics from past West Seattle drinking establishments.

Why celebrate West 5 today? After fifteen years they’re still going strong. Their original vision can be felt and seen throughout from employees who quickly become family to supercool, vintage décor. Happy, longtime loyal employees work alongside Dean and Dave at what they all call their “second home”.

With a personality of it’s own, an iconic fixture of West Seattle ever since 2003, one can surmise it’s the people who make the place.  The staff is genuinely kind they care about one another and their customers. There’s no doubt you will be welcomed into this warm environment with Dean and Dave and their well-appointed employees taking care of you.  Case in point, a previous employee swung by to say hello to Dean. He left West 5 a year prior to pursue an art career.

“I want the best for our employees even when they move onto another job. Their happiness is important to me,” said Dean.

If this feel-good stuff isn’t enough to draw you in, The Duwamish Mafia, a swirl of Woodinville Rye Whiskey, Averna Amaro and a dash of Angostura Bitters is described as giving  “euphoric reverence”. This curious and tantalizing drink is just the beginning of what West 5 offers.

They’re dedicated to making sure it’s the place where guests are allowed to truly relax. Meaning, this is a place for everyone to live and lounge amongst friends, neighbors and visitors to our community.

Cheers to Dean and Dave for creating a vision that keeps on thriving.

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Hometown Holiday Night Market Vendor Application

Saturday, December 7th, 3 PM to 7 PM in the Junction.  Register now  (the Night Market is now FULL) for the Holiday Night Market during the Hometown Holidays tree lighting.  Shopping the Holiday Night Market is fast becoming a West Seattle tradition, now in the fourth year. Local arts, crafts, gifts and clothing. West Seattle shops locally.

Photo Tami Littlejohn

• Night Market is Saturday, December 7 2019 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
• 40 spaces will be available for local artisans and crafters
• Night Market is an outdoor event to be held in conjunction with the Junction’s Tree
Lighting Ceremony
• Vendor applicants will be juried and approved as applications received
• Jury notifications emailed as approved

• Applications due November 23
• Application fee: $0
• Space fee: $50 due at application
• Logistic information and vendor map emailed to accepted vendors November 25

If you are NOT accepted, your application fee will be fully refunded
Once you are accepted, your application fee is nonrefundable

• Canopy
• Tables, chairs
• Extra lighting for space, if needed
• Extension cords, with covers if within foot traffic paths
• City of Seattle business license number

• Space and city use permits
• Media and advertising
• Power source
• Santa’s reception area
• Stage entertainment

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Harvest Fest Registration

Register for the fall festival of the season – Harvest Fest! Open to community groups, nonprofits, and businesses. Harvest Fest is a wonderful way to connect with the community. 10×10 booth spaces are free!  Sunday, October 27th, 10 AM to 2 PM.    Registration is now closed 

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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


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


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
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


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.
(any condition except wet)
(i.e. Computers, DVD players and TVs)
Small furniture items
For detailed list of what’s accepted visit wmnorthwest.com/seattle


Automotive waste
Broken furniture
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Construction waste
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
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






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.

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Thanks to the PAWrade Supporters:

Greentree Animal Hospital

Brookdale Senior Living

Sound Credit Union

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