JuNO, The Junction Neighborhood Organization, and WSJA, The West Seattle Junction Association are having a dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of 10 Symbolic West Seattle Historic bronze panels by local artist Lezlie Jane. Join us on April 7th from 6-7pm, at Starbucks (on the SE corner of California Ave and SW Alaska Street) as we celebrate this important milestone in Junction history.
The bronze panels & glass artwork by Lezlie Jane, along with the metal artwork by Miguel Edwards, reflect the evolution of the community. The artwork and other building improvements were a result of six years of community involvement working with the current owner Equity Residential, the former developer Conner Homes, and the City of Seattle to make this a great building for The Junction. This building has been the active center of West Seattle since 1907 and we’re excited that this artwork will be featured so prominently in our neighborhood.
Lezlie Jane will share her story on the 10 historic bronze panels which are installed in alcoves of the brick columns around of the Junction 47 building Starbucks store. The bas-relief panels were hand carved in clay, cast in bronze, then finished with a custom patina. Each panel has art depicting past and present places that are unique to the Duwamish Peninsula and the history of West Seattle. These panels include:
Duwamish/The First People/ DKH’ DUW”ABSH/Time immemorial
Old Mudhole/Colman Pool Lincoln Park
Alki Point/ 1868 Lighthouse
Fauntleroy Creek/Longfellow Creek
City Views/Then and Now
Station 32/ Seattle Fire Department
We hope you will join us in celebrating the installation of this artwork. Stop by to meet the artist, developer, city officials, and community volunteers who helped make it a reality and view the panels for the first time along with your fellow neighbors.
HomeStreet Bank is excited to announce its Business Wellness Series – “How To Double Your Sales” featuring Barney Cohen from Business 360 NW. This event is happening Wednesday, April 6, at 6pm at the West Seattle Branch of HomeStreet Bank. Here’s a little more about the event:
“There is only one way to grow your business. You have to sell more of your product or service. And the best way to get more sales is to do more marketing. This presentation will cover the different ways to increase sales with your existing customers as well as finding new ones. It will explore the role marketing plays in increasing your sales. There are basically eight steps of a sale. We will walk through each of the steps so you can determine where to focus your time and resources to successfully grow your sales.”
Barney Cohen has more than 40 years of experience in starting and operating businesses. From a single record store, he built one of the largest wholesalers of prerecorded music in the world. Once Valley Media reached $900 million in sales, he decided to take the company public. He now helps small and medium sized businesses manage their growth and take their companies to the next level. He teaches business tune-up classes, delivers presentations and workshops on specific business topics, and does business consulting.
Barney has an undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and an Executive MBA from Harvard University. He is the past president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM).
Please RSVP to attend this event by emailing or by calling (206) 933-3091.
Dream Dinners of West Seattle’s Spring Freezer Sale is just around the corner! This week on Tuesday, March 29 (4:30 pm – 7:00 pm) and Wednesday, March 30th (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) you can choose from popular classic recipes, as well as some new favorites. You’ll find ready assembled dinners, sides, breads and desserts—ready to go—at budget-friendly prices. There’s no minimum purchase and all items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Orders over $200 will receive 10% off! This fabulous sale only happens twice a year, so mark you calendar and join them – you won’t want to miss it!
To check out their Spring Freezer Sale dinners, veggies, sides, desserts and breakfast, items go to their Facebook page to take a peek.
The Beer Junction is celebrating their 2nd Annual Belgian and Sour Beer Week! From Saturday, March 26th (starting at 11am) through Sunday, April 3rd they’ll be devoting many of their taps to Trappist, Belgian, Belgian-style, and sour beers. Plus there are no corkage fees for all Belgian, Belgian-Style, and Sour beers for the duration of the fest.
On Saturday, March 26th they’ll also be enjoying one of the world’s most respected beers and the “first Brett beer to land on US shores”…ORVAL! Enjoy glass pours of Orval for just $6.99. In addition, the first 50 people to drink a bottle in house get to keep the authentic Orval goblet glass. Around 3-4PM, representatives from Orval’s importer and distributor (Merchant Du Vin and Odom) will be on hand to tell you the history of this amazing beer and raffle off some Orval swag. Last but not least, a portion of the proceeds from Orval Day will be donated to MAP International. Orval is not only one of the highest rated beers in the world, but is often listed by brewers and beer industry folks as one of their favorite all-time beers. If you’ve never had one, now’s the time to try it!
Belgian and Sour Beer Week Opening Lineup
Avery – Beast Grand Cru 2012 vintage!
Ballast Point – Sour Wench
Black Raven – Bourbon Aged La Mort
Chimay – Grande Reserve (Blue Label)
Deschutes – NOT The Stoic
Deschutes – THE Stoic
Dogfish Head – Oak Aged Noble Rot
Firestone – Bretta Weisse
Holy Mountain – Galaxy Saison
Lagunitas – Aunt Sally
Logsdon – Cerasus
Logsdon – NW Sour Conversion
Lost Abbey – Cuvee Tomme 2014 Vintage
Ommegang – Rosetta
Pike – Wood Aged Tandem
The Bruery – Rueuze Gueuze
The Bruery – Tart of Darkness 2014 vintage
Trinity – Seven Day Sour
Trinity – Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta Black & Wild
Spring is almost here! With longer days comes the promise of the warmer, sunnier days ahead. Our Junction businesses are saying farewell to winter and celebrating this new season with some great spring treats:
At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, the peeps are back and they’ve brought a bad bunny too! Stop by Hotwire through the end of March to sample their fun spring drinks made all the sweeter by adding a peep marshmallow treat to the top. We suggest ordering yourself one of their delicious mochas. Fair warning though, choosing between their Honey,Chocolate & Lavender Mocha, their Raspberry and Mexican Chocolate Mocha, and the oh so cute Peepermint Mocha is nearly impossible! Better bring a friend… You can also enjoy their Bad Bunny Blend coffee through the end of March. Bad Bunny is a blend of Sumatran and Ethiopian beans. Look for notes of cedar and chocolate in this flavor profile, finished with blueberry and jasmine. Delicious!
Cupcake Royale is bringing the “Luck O’the Irish” to The Junction. Today, enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcake like their Irish Car Bomb – a chocolate cake baked with Jive Espresso Stout from 2Beers Brewery, filled with Jameson Whiskey buttercream, topped with whipped Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting. Or maybe you’re more in the mood for their Grasshopper Cupcake – moist chocolate cake topped with a refreshing Seely’s peppermint buttercream frosting and dunked in warm house-made chocolate. Also available in Gluten Free! Cupcake Royale also has St. Patrick’s Day babycakes for a festive three-bite treat that everyone can enjoy. Come in soon though! The Irish Car Bomb is only available through the end of today, and the Grasshopper through the end of March.
Are you planning a spring party or having a family get-together for Easter? Make sure to stock up on treats and breads at Bakery Nouveau for a truly memorable event. They have brioche rolls, hot cross buns, and of course, a range of confections for kids of any age like traditional chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs.
Please join us for March Art Walk, tonight (3/10) 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:
Join Junction True Value for their Spring Vendor Event on Saturday, March 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will be in the store demonstrating their products, so this is the perfect chance to learn from the experts and have your questions answered. They will also have free popcorn and a chance to enter-to-win a $100 Gift Certificate to Junction True Value.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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