Damien Jurado at Easy Street May 21st!

Photo: Damien Jurado

KEXP and Easy Street Records present master songsmith Damien Jurado for in-store at the West Seattle Easy Street on Friday, May 21 @ 7pm!

This will be the premiere performance of Damien with his St. Bartlett band. St. Bartlett, Damien’s forthcoming album on Secretly Canadian, due out May 25th (they’ll have advance copies for the in-store).

Do not miss!

Taste of West Seattle This Thursday!

Photo: Taste of West Seattle

The Taste of West Seattle is this Thursday, May 20th, from 6-8:30pm at the Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California Ave SW). Come taste delicious dishes and treats from some of the best The Junction has to offer:

Bakery Nouveau, Bin 41, Blue Willow Catering & Luncheonette, Cupcake Royale, Elliott Bay Brewery, Fresh Bistro, Hotwire Coffee, Husky Deli, Lee’s Asian Restaurant, Shoofly Pie Company, Spring Hill Restaurant, Sugar Rush Baking Company, West 5, Wing Dome (coming soon to The Junction!).

All proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, a non-profit social service agency that provides information, referrals, and financial assistance to working families in need in the West Seattle area.

Art Walk & Knows Perfume Opens Tomorrow!

Thursday, May 13th from 6-9pm, come celebrate in style with West Seattle Art Walk and the Grand Opening of Knows Perfume!

One of the featured artists, Jessica Dolence, shows her artwork at Brunette Mix. Her body of work titled The Painted Ladies, visits vintage imagery of women, playing on the historical notion of “a painted lady.”  A video piece, titled The Dying Room, will also be shown at the opening.  Also enjoy a wine tasting by Lodmell Cellars and a fun evening out at the West Seattle Art Walk.

Photo: Jessica Dolence

Knows Perfume, located at 4536 California Ave SW, will focus on niche lines of perfume that are more “dedicated to the art of perfumery.” Come in and see Christen Cottam (Owner) and she can help you choose the perfect scent. (She’ll also make it easier for customers to find scents they like by posting perfume reviews). Knows Perfume will be participating in their first West Seattle Art Walk tomorrow evening, so stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Junction Health and Wellness Fair

The Junction Health Fair is Sunday, June 13

West Seattleites have the opportunity to meet their local wellness partners, brush up on disaster preparedness, help save 3 lives by giving blood, and enter to win healthy prizes

When: Sunday, June 13 2010

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What: 20 health and wellness providers located in the West Seattle Junction neighborhood are participating in the first annual Junction Health Fair as a way to educate West Seattleites on the wide range of health services in multiple disciplines available to them without having to cross the bridge. In addition to the array of physicians, dentists, massage therapists, fitness and yoga studios, pharmacies and vitamin stores, there will be healthful and interesting activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Give blood at the blood drive – Junction fire fighters and police officers – Disaster preparedness experts –  West Seattle Farmers Market demonstrating healthy cooking with fresh, local produce.

Most participating wellness providers will have fun freebies at their booths, and all will have a free raffle item, including yoga classes, massage therapy and baskets of vitamin supplements.

Why: The West Seattle is home to a broad range of health providers, from dermatologists, to dentists, urgent care walk-in clinics and compounding pharmacies, massage therapists to alternative medicine clinics. While West Seattleites use The Junction for dining out, arts and culture and boutique shopping, the West Seattle Junction Association wants to bring attention to the wellness services available to them without having to leave the West Seattle peninsula.

Where: The parking lot of the West Seattle Well Fargo Bank located at 4314 SW Alaska Street in The Junction.

Who: Meet the following Junction Health and Wellness Providers

Bikram Yoga
8 Limbs Yoga *
Snap Fitness
West Seattle Wellness
Dr. Gerald K Wolff
Sparks Chiropratic Health Center
Bella Nouveau European Day & Medi Spa
Fitness Together
Super Supplements
Westside Natural Medicine
Toni Napoli Counseling Services
Morrison Therapy
West  Seattle Family Medicine *
Westide Dermatology *
Pharmaca *
Westside Children’s Dentistry *
West Seattle Physical Therapy *
Highline Therapy Services
Futura Health Screening
Deborah L Kulow Care Consulatant

* Indicates event sponsor – thank you!

Ladies Night at ArtsWest May 12th!

Join ArtsWest this Wednesday, May 12th, for their 3rd Annual Ladies Night Event starting at 6 pm! Tickets can be purchased for $45, by calling (206) 938-0339 (they will be $50 if purchased at the door).  There will be an open bar featuring wine and signature cocktails (and assorted non-alcoholic beverages), heavy hors d’oeuvres and fun! Then get ready for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Tell Me on a Sunday, at 7:30 pm.


Garage Sale Day & Mother’s Day this Weekend!

Shopping for Mom this weekend? For that one-of-a-kind item, try the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day from, Saturday, May 8th, 9am to 3pm! With 200+ garage sales located throughout West Seattle (many of those vendors in Hotwire Online Coffeehouse’s parking lot) you are sure to find some treasures! WS Garage Sale Map

If you strike out there, you can find something amazing at Northwest Art & Frame. And if you spend $25, you can get a $10 gift card if you mention the secret password (click the link to find it). Offer good til 6pm on Mother’s Day, May 9th. Or buy Mom a nice bouquet of flowers from Fleurt. They are offering a free 2 oz. floral scented candle with purchase and remember, delivery in West Seattle is free! ($10 other Seattle areas). You can also check out Sweetie to find the perfect piece to celebrate Mom. A flirty dress, sexy skinny jeans, a fancy date top, or some of their amazing jewels that have just arrived.

On Mother’s Day, bring Mom to Hotwire for a Mother’s Day photo from Noon to 4pm! Cost is $10 for a digital photo emailed to you or 2-5×7 photos, which can be picked up at Hotwire. 25% of the proceeds collected go to WestSide Baby, which provides essential items to local children in need.

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms out there and enjoy your special day!

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!