Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in The Junction!

Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Fourth of July. (Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain on September 16.) It is a holiday that commemorates the Battle of Puebla against the French in 1862. Cinco de Mayo has become an ethnic holiday celebrating Mexican culture and the Mexican army’s never-give-up spirit (or those of us who root for the underdog). So, let the celebrating begin!

Tequila@The Matador by Rudy Nieves
Tequila@The Matador by Rudy Nieves

For food and drinks, The Matador has music, happy hour (and late night happy hour), margaritas and 95 tequilas! Elliott Bay Brewery is serving up Stabas Cocoa Stout (that’s stout+cocoa+tabasco barrel-aged beer) and Steak Saltado. And of course, Puerta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant and Tacos Guaymas have all of the traditional Mexican fare.

Photo: C Fisher Photography

Now for dessert! Cupcake Royale has the Scorcher Cupcake – Moist chocolate cake Royale, topped with a warm spicy cream cheese frosting, Theo’s all-organic Spicy Chile chocolate, with hints of cinnamon and orange oil. Mmmmm. Hotwire has the super yummy Lulu’s Mexican Chocolate – a secret blend of dutch processed chocolate, cane sugar and Lulu’s spices. Delicious in hot chocolate, mochas or americanos (and available for individual purchase so you can make it at home)!


Easy Street In Store Show May 7th!

Photo:Kristen Ward - Charles
Photo:Kristen Ward - Charles

Join Easy Street for an intimate evening with Seattle singer/songwriter Kristen Ward. She will be playing her in-store show, Friday, May 7th @ 7pm – Easy Street West Seattle (4559 California Ave SW)! The show is All Ages and Free!

Kristen will perform songs from her new album, Charles (released April 6th).


Donna Ryan Photography Opens Today!

Donna Ryan Photography opens today, May 1st,  in the bright, expansive space at 4218 SW Alaska Ave. in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction (formerly home to Swee Swee Paperie).

Photo: Donna Ryan Photography
Photo: Donna Ryan Photography

Already well known for her portraits of children, families and high school seniors, and as the official photographer for the West Seattle Junction Association, Donna envisions her new location as both a lively studio and “a nice place for moms to pop in and have a bit of respite.” This space houses both a sun-washed studio equipped with comfortable couches and cushions and a retail store featuring the Tea Collection: affordable, quality children’s clothing with fresh, simple style.

In-studio, Donna will host Portrait Parties, a combination of a fun get-together and photo shoot. Each Portrait Party includes a group photo followed by individual mini photo shoots (about ten minutes per person) along with light refreshments. Party hosts, who may include PEPS (Program For Early Parent Support) and moms groups, high school seniors, and small businesses, will receive a 5×7 group shot and the option to order individual photos.

HOURS: Retail hours, beginning May 1st: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Photography shoots by appointment—call now to book May and June sessions.


April Showers Bring May Flowers and More

Photo: Capers
Photo: Capers

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, we have lots to do! Capers is having their May Day Celebration, Saturday, May 1st, from 12-5pm. They are offering May Day basket making for the kids to spread joy throughout the neighborhood! Capers is also having a Trunk Show featuring Alizah Olivas’ handworked silver jewelry and opening their Petite Petula Shop. Think Mother’s Day gifts…

Photo: Merin Tote@Clementine
Photo: Merin Tote@Clementine

Speaking of Trunk Shows, Clementine has Kea Rensch of Merin Designs showing her fabulous tote bags (20% off), Saturday, May 1st, from 12-3pm! Great gift for any mom.

Fresh flowers, plants and produce, you say? Now open for business, West Seattle Produce, located at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, serving up high quality, hand-picked produce, flowers and plants for you and your mom! They are open as of today, Friday, April 30th from 8am-8pm, with their grand opening set for June 5-6.

And of course every Sunday, you can also get fresh produce, flowers and goodies at the West Seattle Farmers Market. This Sunday, May 2nd, from 10am-1pm, kids can get their hands dirty planting various seeds, flowers and wheat grass for their own gardens at home.  Folks can learn more about the growing cycle of seeds and have fun grinding eggshells to add nutrients to the soil. This event is free and open to the public.  The West Seattle Farmers Market takes place every Sunday (year round), outdoors in the parking lot behind Key Bank, off of the corner of California and Alaska.

Enjoy your shopping and frolicking for May Day in The Junction this weekend!


Bella Nouveau Spa Open House April 30th!

Bella Nouveau European Day and Medi Spa cordially invites you to their Open House, Friday, April 30th from 4-8 pm! They will have refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres, demonstrations, gift bags (for the first 25 guests) and a raffle for a $100 discount/gift certificate! They are also offering 25% off your first appointment, along with exclusive Open House Specials, like buy 5 facials for the price of 4, complimentary lash/brow tinting with purchase of any facial, a 90-minute massage for the price of 60-minutes, and many more!massage

Bella Nouveau is located at 4204 SW Oregon St – in the Mediterranean Villa – at the corner of 42nd Ave.


Square One Books Co-Sponsored Event April 29th!

Photo: Dave Boling
Photo: Dave Boling

Tacoma Author, Dave Boling, will be reading and signing his first novel, “Guernica,” at Southwest Branch Library on April 29th from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life—he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. All library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is co-sponsored by Square One Books.

·         Author Reading and Signing at Southwest Branch, Seattle Public Libraries
“Guernica” by Tacoma author Dave Boling
When: April 29th, 2010
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Where: Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave SW
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.
The event is co-sponsored by Square One Books
Copies of the book will be for sale at the reading.


Specialty Cocktails in The Junction!!!

West 5 Mai Tai  - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times
West 5 Mai Tai - Photo by: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times

It’s Friday night (TGIF)! You’re going to go grab a cocktail with the girls. Or you just want to impress your girl. Or you just want to kick back with something a little more “special.” Well, don’t worry, we’ve got your back…

JaK’s GrillRuby Red Martini Red Absolut vodka, grapefruit juice and splash of cranberry juice. Served ‘shaken, not stirred!’ MatadorTop Shelf Margarita Sauza Hornitos tequila, fresh lime and splash of Cointreau. Simply the ‘top’ margarita! RockSport Bar & Grill Recession Apple McCormick Whiskey, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice. Recession? What recession? ShadowlandFarmer Tini Stoli Razberi vodka, Absolut Mandarin vodka, Malibu rum, cranberry juice and fresh lime. Sure to knock any farmer on their ‘tini!’ Spring HillMoro Manhattan Old Overholt Rye whiskey, blood orange, dolin sweet vermouth and house orange bitters. No need for the cherry on top! Table 35Fountain of Youth Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germaine, Green Chartreuse and San Pellegrino served up with a twist. You look ten years younger already! Talarico’sDesi’s Pomegranate Kamikazi Vodka and pomegranate liqueur, muddled with lime and shaken with a splash of house made sour. Shot down in flames! West 5Mai Tai Top secret, guarded-by-deadly-python recipe blends two rums and fresh island juices to conjure a balmy island paradise at the back of your eyelids. Many consider this, hands down, the best Mai Tai on the mainland!

And for something completely different, Elliott Bay Brewery PubOrganic Beers! Alembic Pale Ale, Elliott Bay IPA, No Doubt Stout, to name a few. Now then, who’s thirsty?!!!


Tell Me On A Sunday at ArtsWest April 28-May 23!

Courtesy: ArtsWest
Courtesy: ArtsWest

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s – TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera)
Lyrics by Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Miss Saigon)
Directed by Deanna Schaffer and Christopher Zinovitch
ArtsWest – April 28–May 23, 2010

“From Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of Broadway hits Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sunset Boulevard comes this one-woman musical tour-de-force, with lyrics by Oscar winner Don Black and Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr.”

For More Info: ArtsWest.org


2 Locals Featured in Seattle Restaurant Week!

Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week
Courtesy: Seattle Restaurant Week

West Seattle Junction locals, Fresh Bistro and Spring Hill are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, April 18-29th!

Dine out and help inaugurate Seattle Restaurant Week! More than 100 restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $25! *Price per person, not including drinks, tax or tips. Value menu available Sunday-Thursday and not available with any other offer.


Springtime at the Farmers Market & Pharmaca!

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS MARKET WELCOMES RETURNING VENDORS & SPRING PLANT STARTS

Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market
Courtesy: Seattle Farmers Market

Langley Fine Gardens, Billy’s, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Stoney Plains Farm and other market vendors have fabulous selections of herb, vegetable and other edible starts, and are happy to answer your questions and offer gardening tips. They offer plenty of easy options for novice gardeners and good choices on decorative plants for almost any type of garden.  Shoppers can also stop by the Master Gardeners info booth at the market for free spring planting and gardening advice.

This spring the West Seattle Farmers Market is also pleased to welcome back Skagit River Ranch with their wonderful cuts of organic meats. The market also offers delicious, high-quality choices from Stokesberry Farm (organic chicken and eggs), Toboton Creek (pasture raised goat meat), Samish Bay Cheese (organic beef, pork and cow’s milk cheeses).

The West Seattle Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, with local, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, organic meats, seafood (salmon and shellfish), ciders, preserves, cut flowers, artisan breads and baked goods and other items from local farms and food artisans.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BODY & SOUL – Sunday, April 18th at Pharmaca West Seattle from 11-1pm

Aromatherapy for Spring – Certified Aromatherapist, Carol Walter of Solace Essentials (a West Seattle-based Aromatherapy Bodycare line), will be available on Sunday, April 18th at the West Seattle Pharmaca for free consultations on using Essential Oils for Spring allergies, detox, cleaning, pets, cleansing the body, etc. Come to learn more about this natural healing modality.