The Junction Historical Survey Unveiled

What makes The Junction special? This is a question that was recently explored by a comprehensive historical survey that examines West Seattle’s historic business district for landmark potential. The survey includes the views and opinions of Junction building owners as well as members of the community. This is the first time that the historical character of the West Seattle Junction has been documented in a professional survey.

Historical Survey - The Junction 1926
California Avenue and Alaska Street, looking north, 1926.

 

Historical Survey - The Junction 2016
California and Alaska, looking north, 2016 – Photos courtesy of Southwest Seattle Historical Society

 

The survey was sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, with support from the Southwest District Council and West Seattle Junction Association. It was also supported by the Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) and ArtsWest. The final report covers three areas:

  • Survey of the 58 buildings in The Junction that are at least 40 years old. This survey was conducted by architectural historian Mimi Sheridan of the Sheridan Consulting Group and was supported by a $10,000 grant from 4Culture. This part provides a historical overview of The Junction and evaluates whether buildings appear eligible for designation as Seattle landmarks. Two buildings were identified as possibly eligible, including the Campbell Building (1918) and Hamm Building (1926). Six others were also identified, pending further research, including the Hotwire/dental complex (1910), the Courtesy Accounting building (1947), the J.F. Henry building (1908), the former J.C. Penney building (1926), the Curious Kidstuff building (1928), and the Technical Analysis building (1961).
  • Summaries of interviews with nine Junction building owners: ArtsWest, Steve Athan, Jack Calvo, Leon Capelouto, Jerry Costacos, Tom Henry, John and Lisa Kennan-Meyer, Jack Menashe and Jack Miller. The owners address the history of their buildings, what they love about their buildings, what makes The Junction special and what about The Junction should be preserved.
  • Summary of a public survey conducted during the summer of 2015. More than 260 people identified their favorite Junction buildings, what they think makes The Junction special and what about The Junction should be preserved.

The complete survey report is available in a limited number of printed copies as well as online at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website, loghousemuseum.info. In an introduction to the report, the survey team states, “We trust that the information and insights in this report will be useful for a variety of audiences for many years to come.”

This report will hopefully add to an important conversation about how West Seattle’s main business district should move forward into the future and what pieces of our history we should preserve.

 

The Junction Historical Survey Unveiled

More information can be found here: www.loghousemuseum.info/blog/junction


Upcoming Events on The Junction Event Calendar

Have you stopped by The Junction event calendar recently? It’s a great resource for finding fun activities and events right here in our neighborhood. We update it frequently with event information from our local businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. Whether you want to plan an evening out, find a fun family activity, or find out how you can meet and connect with other people in our neighborhood, the event calendar has the details.

 

Event Calendar

 

You can access the calendar by clicking on the navigation box to the left under the “EVENTS” tab. Each month we will be updating and adding more event details so make sure to check back often to get the latest info. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up next in March:


Upcoming Tasting Events at The Beer Junction

be51a2_740477a8ec9a4aaeb2160d68b1568c56 Kulshan Brewing at The Beer Junction

The Beer Junction has some great tasting events coming up. Tonight, meet Scott Persson from Bellingham’s Kulshan Brewing! Scott will be showcasing the following for the tasting event: Bastard Kat IPA, Red Cap Irish Red, English Bitter, Sunnyland IPA, and Transporter Porter. As a bonus, also on tap (but not part of the tasting event), will be their very limited Whiskey Aged Shuksan Russian Imperial Stout!

Here’s some history about Kulshan:

“Founded in 2012 by Bellingham native David Vitt, we are one of the fastest-growing breweries in Whatcom County, highly regarded for making delicious and well-balanced ales and lagers. Just one year after opening, we doubled the size of our brewhouse to 15 barrels in order to keep up with demand. In 2015 we opened a second brewery, affectionately named “K2”, in Bellingham with a 30-barrel brewhouse. We have a strong following for our extensive line of award-winning beers, including Bastard Kat IPA, Red Cap Irish Red Ale, Transporter Porter, Good Ol’ Boy Pale Ale and much more, plus a host of seasonal, specialty and limited-release beers. Our mission is to sustainably produce great beer, to maintain a fun and fulfilling work environment for our staff, and to give back to the local community.”

And here’s the tasting lineup for tonight:
1. English Bitter
2. Red Cap Irish Red
3. Sunnyland IPA
4. Bastard Kat IPA
5. Transporter Porter

 

Kulshan Brewing at The Beer Junction

The Beer Junction / Thursday, February 18th from 5-8PM

4511 California Ave SW

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The Beer Junction is also hosting a tasting event with 7 Seas Brewing on February, 25th from 5-8pm. They will be featuring their new Gose, Triple IPA and more!

 

7 Seas Brewing at The Beer Junction

The Beer Junction / Thursday, February 25th from 5-8PM


New Spring’ish Drinks at Hotwire

Spring'ish at Hotwire

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse likes to keep things fresh. That’s why they rack their creative minds to bring us fun, new drinks and treats for all our favorite holidays and seasons. They’re good like that. They also know that we’ve been jonesing for spring weather (like that first sip of coffee in the morning), so they’re rolling out a new season of beverages on their hotsheet. They’re calling the new list “Spring’ish has Sprung’ish”, and it has the perfect fix for grey clouds and rainy days. These drinks are pretty much sunshine and flowers in a cup. Check out a few of our favorite offerings that they’re serving up now:

  • MARIGOLD MOCHA Honey, orange peel and Nutella. Yeah, we went there.
  • MATCHA TEA LATTE Full of antioxidants, we whisk ours with orange peel and honey.
  • BLACKBERRY & CARAMEL LATTE Tart blackberry is balanced with our pure butter caramel.
  • BLUEBERRY MEXICAN MOCHA Fruitiness of blueberries and our house-made super secret Mexican chocolate. Ole!
  • CARAMEL AND CINNAMON AMERICANO The bold Americano is sweetened by the butter caramel and a cinnamon kick.
  • CHOCOLATE CHAI Try yours with sweet or spicy chai pared with our dark chocolate.

You can also always choose the BARISTA’S MYSTERY. Are you daring? Their highly-creative baristas will whip up a drink of their choice. Be prepared to be astounded by the taste.

 

New Spring’ish Drinks at Hotwire

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse / 4410 California Ave SW


Valentine’s Day 2016 in The Junction

Valentine’s Day weekend is nearly here! As you get ready to celebrate, consider treating your special valentine to the best The Junction has to offer. Our local businesses, restaurants, and Farmers Market have some great ideas that will not only show how much you care, but also how creative and unique you are when it comes to expressing your love. Don’t resort to blah gifts and predictable experiences  – take the imaginative approach and share a one-of-a-kind gift, meal, and/or experience with your sweetie. Wondering where to start? Start here!

Valentine's Day 2016

Fleurt – Truly, Madly, Deeply

“We are gearing up for Valentine’s Day and created this mega gorgeous arrangement called “Truly, Madly, Deeply”. Stop by Fleurt or order online. We have more stunning flowers than ever before. And don’t forget gifts. Lotions, perfume, candles, jewelry. We like to think of Fleurt as your one stop shop for all things LOVE. Drop ins, pick ups and deliveries available.”

206.937.1103 / Instagram – @fleurtseattle / 4536 California Ave SW

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CapersShare the LOCAL Love

“-Featuring LOCAL artists, Jimmy Gersen & Marie Tornow at Artwalk Reception 2/11 from 6-9p.m.
-LOCAL jewelry & handmade truffles for Sweetheart gifting.
-LEE Industries//Share the LOCAL Love// Special Order Event through 2/14. Save 30% on all special order furnishings.”

February 11 from 6-9pm /

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Hotwire Online CoffeehouseHello GORGEOUS Valentine Pet Selfies

“Who do you love on Valentine’s Day? If it’s your trusty pet, show your love at our hello GORGEOUS pet selfie event. We’ll be rolling out our 6ft Hotwire heart for you and your pet for an epic pet selfie. Enter to win a $20 coffee card that day too, just as our way to show you some serious coffee love. Free event too! Just bring your fave furry friend (cat’s, hamsters, birds, you name it).”

February 14 from 10am – 4pm / 4410 California Ave SW

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West Seattle Farmers MarketValentine’s Day at the West Seattle Farmers Market

“What better way to kick off Valentine’s Day than a stroll through a lovely neighborhood farmers market?  Meet up with your sweetie, or anyone in your life whom you love, and enjoy the connection to earth, seasons, community and love of good food.  You’ll find plenty of ingredients for delicious, romantic feasts and treats, including local, wild-caught salmon, organic and grass-fed meats and poultry, fresh eggs, winter greens and vegetables, ciders, confections, breads and baked goods.  AND: beautiful LOCAL TULIPS in eye-popping hues – a truly local treat!

To help spread the love, we’ll have the Master of Love Poems, the Bard himself, live and in person at the market to help you write romantic rhymes guaranteed to make anyone swoon!”

February 14 from 10am – 2pm / SW Alaska St

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Pizzeria CredoValentine’s Day dinner!

“-Begin with a glass of Prosecco to toast your true love.
-Enjoy a Credo Salad ~ Local Organic Greens, Walnuts, sliced Apples, Fontina Cheese and Apple Vinaigrette dressing.
-And then be the first to taste Credo’s new menu of pasta, served as a Trittico ~ three classic pasta on one plate.
-Paired with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Grigio.
-And finally, what would Valentine’s Day be without a decadent Credo Chocolate Tart!

Prezzo Fisso – $80 per couple, plus tax and gratuity.
Make your reservations now!”

February 14 / 4520 California Ave SW

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Valentine’s Day 2016 in The Junction

Sunday, February 14 / Various locations


February Art Walk

February Art Walk

Please join us for February Art Walk, tomorrow night from 6 – 9pm! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying paintings, prints, photography, and more. This free art event is hosted by our local businesses, both in The Junction and in greater West Seattle. Many businesses will also be inviting their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. Complimentary nibbles and drinks will be on hand at many venues for all to enjoy. The following businesses and artists will be participating:

 

In The Junction:

Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits – Seattle : Works Breanna Welsh & Alex Van Der Stuyf
4210 SW Oregon St

Capers : Works by Jimmy Gersen + Marie Tornow
4525 California Ave SW

Click! Design That Fits : Solo show featuring George Perrou
4540 California Ave SW

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse : Kelly Reynolds “Art is Love”
4410 California Ave SW

Junction True Value
4747 44th Ave SW

Shadowland
4458 California Ave SW

Twilight Gallery : Artist In Residence Natasha Marin presents: READ & BLEED
4306 SW Alaska St

Wallflower Custom Framing : Works by local artist Mari Jalbing
4735 42nd Ave SW

Windermere Real Estate Hosted by Kim Tingley
4526 California Ave SW

 

February Art Walk
Art by Breanna Welsh

In Greater West Seattle:

Dubsea Coffee : Stories of Refugees and Immigrants 
9910 8th Ave SW

Locöl Barley & Vine
7902 35th Ave SW

Parliament Tavern : Works by Cherylin Andre
4210 SW Admiral Way

Viscon Cellars : Works by Jesse Link
5910 California Ave SW

West Seattle Cellars : Photography by Jan & Ian Martindale
6026 California Ave SW

 

Check out our walking map here for the complete list of businesses and their locations. Also find information about this Quarter’s featured artist, Susan Cole.

 

February Art Walk

Thursday, February 11th / 6-9pm / The Junction & Greater West Seattle


Junction Plaza Park Public Art Open House

Junction Plaza Park was dedicated in 2010. Its development resulted from a tremendous community effort that transformed an old gas station site into a park and plaza. The original park design called for the installation of an art piece, but at the time of construction, funds did not allow.

Now funding ($50,000) has been allocated for the creation of a significant piece of public art to be installed at the north/central border of the park. Through an international “call for artists” and formal selection process, West Seattle artist Troy Pillow was selected as the sculptor.

The Junction Plaza Park Public Art Selection Committee reviewed many applications and selected Troy based on his work alone. It is exciting though that he also happens to be a local artist and that such a significant piece of public art will be made for Junction Plaza Park by a West Seattle resident.

This public art initiative, and the committee created to shepherd it, is a collaboration between the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA), the Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO), and Seattle Parks and Recreation. At this time we are inviting the broader community and Junction neighborhood to give us feedback on the direction of the artwork. We hope you can attend!

 

Junction Plaza Park Public Art Open House

 

The meeting will be held at Cupcake Royale (on the corner of California and Alaska in The Junction) from 6-8pm on Thursday, February 11th, during West Seattle Art Walk. Troy will be on hand to present the designs he has been working on for the park. Representatives of WSJA and JuNO will also be attending and will be available to answer questions. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, we will be posting the proposed designs and a link to a short survey to gather public feedback online. This will all be available at 6:00pm on February 11th and will be open for one week (until February 18th).

Please join us at this important meeting and lend your voice to help shape the public art that will become a key feature in our neighborhood park!

 

Junction Plaza Park Public Art Open House

Cupcake Royale / 6-8pm / 4556 California Ave SW


Emerald Water Anglers Encourages Attending Fly Fishing Film Tour

Fly Fishing Film Tour

Emerald Water Anglers (EWA) is excited to announce their continued support and participation in the international Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). EWA has been a part of this celebration of fly fishing on film since the inaugural tour in 2007. Through EWA’s advocacy efforts, 2016 will be the first year that this tour will visit West Seattle. It’s coming to the Historic Admiral Theater on Wednesday, February 3rd, and you’re invited to attend!

Here’s a little more about the tour:

“From Bolivia to the Seychelles, British Columbia and Patagonia, from Saskatchewan to Zambia and Virginia to Montana, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2015 we raised over $300,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.”

 

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Film Still from “Chrome”

Dave, owner of Emerald Water Anglers, is particularly excited for “Chrome”, a film that captures the Wild Steelhead fly fishing experience in British Columbia. Patagonia Ambassadors, Kate Taylor and Dylan Tomine are featured in the film. They happen to both be Pacific NW locals (from Rockaway Beach, Oregon and Bainbridge Island, respectively) and are friends with many of the guides and staff at EWA.

Special discounted tickets for the West Seattle stop on the tour are available at Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction. Stop by the store to get your ticket and check out their great selection of outdoor gear, including favorites by Patagonia, Simms, and more. Hurry though! Tickets are selling fast and anticipated to sell out before the event.

If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing or taking your cast to the next level, connect with the guides at EWA! The whole staff will be on hand at the film tour to meet up, answer questions, and swap stories. You can also stop by the store in The Junction to learn more and get personal recommendations from sportswomen and men who really know their stuff.  EWA is also currently booking both local and international guide trips. Whether you want to day-trip to fish the Sound or head out to Mongolia on an adventure of a lifetime – they have you covered. Check out all available trips on their website (you can find local trips here and international, out-of-state, and other Washington destination trips here).

 

Emerald Water Anglers at the Fly Fishing Film Tour

Emerald Water Anglers / 4502 42nd Ave SW

 


Coastline Burgers Celebrates One Year

Coastline Burgers
Photo by Brandon Bowman

Coastline Burgers is celebrating their first year anniversary in The Junction tomorrow, Thursday January 28th! They are planning to have some fun deals and promotions to make it extra festive. Here’s a little more about what they have planned:

“To thank our community for such an amazing first year, we are proud to announce a full day of promotions on Thursday, January 28.  Come spin our prize wheel for a chance to win $1, $5, or $10 off your order!  Everybody gets a chance to spin, and everybody is guaranteed to win!  We will also give a $100 gift card to every 100th customer throughout the day!”

Coastline takes pride in their food and features house-baked buns, local grass-fed beef, and organic produce. They are excited and proud to continue serving up delicious, high quality eats in 2016 for West Seattle. Join them for this fun celebration!

 

Coastline Burgers Celebrates One Year

Coastline Burgers4444 California Ave SW


Deathcake is Back at Cupcake Royale

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Cupcake Royale is excited to announce that Deathcake Royale is once again back in The Junction, but only for a limited time! What is Deathcake Royale you might be asking? It’s only the most decadent, sea-salt sprinkled, dark chocolate confection around! Cupcake Royale recently improved the recipe and changed the way that it’s presented:

“Coming to you in a whole new form, the bakers have made it portable and re-heatable. Rich sea-salted dark chocolate decadence (flourless cake) is slow poached in a mason jar and baked to perfection. Next, a layer of our award-winning chocolate cake is placed directly on top of the decadence. The next layer is a smooth Stumptown espresso chocolate ganache and finished off with a sprinkling of delicate chocolate curls. Decadent? You bet.”

You can also get Deathcake in a gluten-free version, making it the perfect treat for any Chocoholic! The traditional chocolate cake is replaced with Cupcake Royale’s award-winning gluten-free chocolate cake. It’s still every bit as delicious and decadent!

 

Cupcake Royale Deathcake Royale

Deathcake Royale is coming back just in time for Valentine’s Day. Have a secret crush, neighbor, sweetie, co-worker, pal, life coach, family member, teacher and/or boss you’d like to impress or treat? This is the perfect way to really show them you love them to death. The Deathcake will be available starting January 18 through February 14 at Cupcake Royale cafes, like the one here in The Junction.

Did we mention that it’s also shippable? Send someone you love a little piece of Seattle and treat them to this unique chocolate experience. Since each Deathcake is baked directly in a jar, it makes sharing, gifting, and enjoying that much easier. You can even heat them up in the oven or microwave to enjoy ooey, gooey warm melted chocolate goodness!

 

Deathcake Royale at Cupcake Royale