10 Year Anniversary of Record Store Day

Easy Street Records

Saturday, April 22nd

7am SHARP Opening

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Record Store Day, and the RSD17 list of releases is bigger and better than ever! Record Store Day lands on April 22nd this year, and as usual, Easy Street Records will be open bright & early at 7am, so you can get the jump on the goods! And yes, bacon and Caffe Vita coffee will once again be provided to those early birds in line!

This week, the folks behind Record Store Day unveiled the official list of releases, and it’s a doozy! A small sampling: Alice In Chains 7″, Pearl Jam 7″, two new Bowie LPs, 4-LP live Springsteen set, Cheap Trick box, two Cure picture discs, Doors live album, Jason Isbell covers EP, Iggy Pop w/Josh Homme live album, Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At Carnegie Hall, a Ramones singles box, Lou Reed live album, Sunny Day Real Estate double LP, a Wipers 7″, Neil Young’s triple greatest hits LP, Decade, Black Lips cassette box set, a new song by The War On Drugs on 7″, a reissue of the Space Jam soundtrack (!!!), and so much more. There’s everything from MDC to Bert Jansch, from Johnny Cash’s children’s album to Wes Montgomery Live In Seattle, from The Meters’ triple LP to the 1st studio recordings ever from Pink Floyd (on picture disc!), and from Andre 3000 covering the Beatles to a 7″ with unreleased Smiths songs.

But don’t take our word for it…check out the entire remarkable list of RSD17 releases here!

Day of Giving Fueled by Junction Businesses

Junction's Day of GivingOn April 29th, Junction businesses will donate 10% of their sales to nonprofits.

We are pleased to announce the second annual Junction Day of Giving Saturday, April 29th, starting at 10am! During this fundraising event, local Junction businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit a variety of important causes. You can stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support by making purchases, and making a difference.

This event came about in response to the desire of our local businesses to have a day to celebrate the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors” that is so prevalent in West Seattle. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that giving back is the right thing to do. Many Junction businesses already actively contribute to local nonprofits and community initiatives throughout the year – both financially and through volunteer hours.

Many Junction business owners and their employees feel that by supporting local nonprofits, they can bring greater attention to this important work and help the West Seattle neighborhood to thrive. “We are continually surprised and humbled by the support our community extends to us, and want to give back in whatever way we can to say thanks and support others,” said owner John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits.

Junction's Day of Giving

Many participating nonprofits are equally excited to partner with the businesses on this new event. “I hope that people across West Seattle see the treasure of local merchants we have in the Junction, and how committed this business community is to helping our whole community,” said Josh Sutton, Executive Director of the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs. “The Y will be communicating news about the Day of Giving to our members and participants, with the hopes that many people will turn out and support these businesses who are making a difference,” he said.

For many of the nonprofits, The Day of Giving will allow them the opportunity to connect with a wider audience and share their mission and goals more broadly.

The Junction’s Day of Giving

Saturday, April 29th / West Seattle Junction/10am – 6pm

West Seattle Clothesline Needs Your Help

Join us in supporting a new member of the Junction Association by donating to the West Seattle Helpline’s new Clothesline fundraiser. 
In the past 15 years, The Clothesline, a free clothing store, has provided clothing to over 10,000 children and adults recovering from crisis or hardship.  The success of this program has caused them to outgrow their current space, tucked away in a basement across the street from Hiawatha Park.
They will be moving into the first floor of a building just behind Hotwire Coffee in the Junction, formerly the location of the WS Christian Church Preschool. The new location is three times as large and will allow them to significantly increase the number of people they can help get comfortable clothing for school, work, or everyday life!
They need your help!  The West Seattle Helpline needs to raise $17,000 by March 31st, 2017 for renovation, moving costs, and furnishings to make the new Clothesline a safe and welcoming space.  Donations of any amount help!
$50 buys toys and puzzles for the children’s play area

$100 buys two clothing racks for professional attire

$150 pays for a moving truck for a day

$250 covers a month of volunteer supplies and snacks

$500 provides a new coat of paint and carpet for a whole shopping section

$1000 keeps the Clothesline running for 2 weeks, enough to get clothing to 120 families!

This new building is an amazing opportunity to help our neighbors when they need us most.  With your support, we can make the new Clothesline better than ever without taking any funding away from the West Seattle Helpline’s other emergency services.
From all of us at the West Seattle Helpline, THANK YOU for being part of our generous and caring community!

If you can help, go here to donate.

Be My Junction Valentine

We heart the Junction

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, our “We Love The Junction” Task Force has a unique way for you to obtain a FREE digital valentine with your sweetie and show your love for the Junction at the same time. It’s called “Be My Junction Valentine.” Here’s how it will work:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, the task force will be at West Seattle Farrmers Market taking FREE valentine photos at the northeast corner of the Junction in front of the Campbell Building, 4554 California Ave. S.W. (main tenant: Cupcake Royale).

YOU – with a companion, with your family or even by yourself – will be able to pose for a valentine photo while holding a “We Love The Junction” sign.

The first 25 people to have their “Be My Junction Valentine” photos taken will receive a free Cupcake Royale “Babycakes” cupcake – one cupcake per photo.
From the Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Art Walk Council Call for Art

It’s your time to shine! 1,000 walking maps and posters distributed all over West Seattle. April/May/June 2017.

Fill out my online form.

West 5 Joins Area Restaurants to Help Britt Russell

West Seattle Junction Britt Russell

On Wednesday, January 25th the Junction’s own West 5 will be joining in a fundraising effort to support Britt Russell, a local West Seattleite who was struck by a vehicle.

From Mission owner, Peter Morse:

Our employee and friend Britt Russell was struck by a car a month ago in the Admiral Junction. She was on her way into Mission to work her shift at 4:50 pm. As she walked across California Avenue, she was hit by a vehicle traveling about 30 miles per hour. She was severely injured and was at Harborview up until this week. She has a shattered pelvis, cracked neck vertebrate, broken leg, and traumatic brain injury.

Mission is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, January 25th. We would greatly appreciate any donations to this cause. Mission will be donating 20% of all sales that evening. All the proceeds will go directly to Britt. Georgetown Brewery has donated a keg to help with the fundraiser. All the proceeds from the sales of Manny’s Pale Ale that evening will go to Britt and her family.

Although she is improving greatly every day, she has a long recovery road ahead of her. She has been recently discharged and needs to begin paying rent at a new apartment that is wheelchair accessible. Not to mention the medical bills that have been piling up. Britt is from Australia and her mother has now moved to Seattle to take care of her. She is an amazing person, employee, and friend. Britt is an extremely hard worker. She was working three jobs at once and now has no form of income. She could really use the help.

On behalf of Britt’s employers, coworkers, friends, and family I would like to thank any and all donations. Hope to see you Wednesday, January 25th!

Peter Morse
Shawn Padilla
Tina Padilla

Windermere Shredding Event Returns

Winderemere Shredding

Save the date for the annual Windermere and Junction Shredding + E-Cycle event. This FREE shredding party returns on April 29th 10am-1pm in the Junction parking lot located on 42nd Ave SW. Bring old statements or other documents to be professionally shredded on-site.

Get Ready to Fall in Love

Fresh Bistro Valentines Day Menu

Are you already starting to make plans for Valentine’s Day? The Junction’s own Fresh Bistro restaurant is offering a delicious, dinner menu just for the special day. The four-course meal includes dishes such as Shigoku Oysters with smoked sea salt, Ahi Steak with miso tomato vinaigrette and Chocolate Ganache Cake with vanilla whipped cream, as well as a glass of Jane Ventura Sparkling Cava.

You can make a reservation for Fresh Bistro’s Valentine’s Day dinner by calling 206-935-3733 or emailing .

Twilight Changes Name to Virago Gallery


You may have wondered what’s happened to the Twilight Gallery sign. This just in from the owner of Twilight:

As we move into our 5th year of business our gallery has come into its own. We will continue the same unwavering commitment to women artists and women in business in our little cool corner of West Seattle. Stay tuned as we update our website, storefront and media. We like to do things slow and steady and that’s how we will continue to roll out, culminating with a big relaunch in the Spring. Thank you to our amazing friends and customers! In 2017 stay strong and commit to love.

Tracy, Kim, and Sylvia

Tracy goes onto to explain the meaning behind the name Virago. Virago (n.)  A strong, brave or warlike woman. A virago is a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities. A woman of stature, great strength and courage who is not feminine in the conventional way. The word Virago has almost always had an association with gender transgressions. A Virago, of whatever excellence, was still identified by her gender.

Or simply : A female warrior.

Stop by Virago to see what Tracy and her staff have at the gallery or visit their website.

January 2017 Art Walk Tonight

Welcome to the first Art Walk of 2017! Join us January 12th from 6 – 9pm and spend the evening exploring multiple venues in West Seattle, each hosting unique local art, music, and more. Our participating artists, businesses, and organizations are excited to welcome the community to stop by and join in celebrating our vibrant art scene. Get out there and enjoy art walk, have a glass of wine, and experience local art direct from the source!
Discover more about the January Art Walk on the Art Walk website.