Fashion Show of Support for the Gulf Sep 30th

The Fall Fashion Show of Support for The Gulf will be held at Shadowland from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 30th. Enter the raffle to win a fabulous goodie bag! Be sure to join us for After Party Shopping at Clementine with Coastal Surf Boutique, Sweetie with Edie’s Shoes and Carmilia’s – all open until 10:00 pm!

*All proceeds raised will benefit Gulf Restoration Network.

*Hair and make-up by Forsythe Studio.

AAA Cruise Night Sept 21 at Merrill Gardens

Join AAA for a Special Cruise Evening at Merrill Gardens at West Seattle, September 21st from 6 to 7 pm. Relax as AAA’s travel experts discuss the many joys of cruising at this FREE, private event. Then enjoy refreshments courtesy of Merrill Gardens at West Seattle and don’t forget to enter to win a door prize!

Imagine yourself on board a luxury cruise ship enjoying “freestyle” dining , being pampered at the spa, taking in a Broadway-style show and learning about the many shore excursions available to you. Cruising includes this and so much more.

Space is limited. RSVP to AAA West Seattle Office at (206) 937-8222.

Junction Car Show Sunday September 19th!


Three blocks of downtown West Seattle at The Junction will be cordoned off on Sunday, September 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the West Seattle Junction Car Show. This family friendly, community-oriented event will feature classic cars and hot rods from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Antique fire trucks from The Last Resort Fire Department, the Oh Boy! Oberto hydroplane and fire safety tips for kids from the fighters of the Seattle Fire Department will also be part of the festivities.

Classic car enthusiasts can register their car on the day of the event for $20 and will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

“This event, sponsored by The Junction and the merchants of West Seattle, is a chance for us to give back to the community. Attendees are welcome to stroll along the street and enjoy the show with their families,” explains Michael Hoffman, owner of Liberty Bell Printing and event co-chair.

Car Show Website:

Capers Home Sale September 11-28

Join Capers from September 11-28 for the Feather Your Nest Fall Home Sale! All furniture from Lee Industries & Cisco Bros. 30% off (in store or by custom order). Pillows 25% off, recycled flip flop door mats 25% off, Archipelago Botanicals scented candles & diffusers – free gift with $25 purchase!

Plus many more in-store specials…

Wine Tastings and Art Walk at Bin 41

Art Walk this week and a Wednesday night tasting!
It’s that time again…on Thursday the 9th, Bin 41 will be hosting the monthly Art Walk event from 6-9 pm. They’ll be joined by the visiting viticulturist from Graham Beck in South Africa who will be pouring a great selection of their wines. In addition, their walls will be adorned by new artwork from a local West Seattleite, Clay Marsh.
But to kick that off, we’ve booked a tasting on Wednesday the 8th from 5:30-7 pm with Rex Hill and A to Z from Oregon. In 1982, the founders of Rex Hill fell in love with the property that would soon become a labor of love. For over two decades, the family produced quality wines. In 2007, when Paul and Jan were ready to retire, they did not sell to a big wine conglomerate. Instead, they gave the keys to their winery to a another small family owned Oregon winery, A to Z.

And don’t forget about the Fall Classes – starting in a few weeks! About a third of the classes are full. If you haven’t seen the line-up, you can view it at

Here’s a few classes we want to call your attention to:
  • Sake part one later this month where you’ll get to try the different types of sake, learn how it’s made and get to nibble on food pairings from Hajime of Mashiko from non-traditional Japanese ingredients;
  • Ghoulishly delicious wine based cocktails – learn how to be your own party mixologist crafting tasty cocktails from various wine bases to impress all your party guests;
  • Oddball varietals and their European counterparts – join us and our wine Diva Joelle to sample some classic European wine varietals and see what the winemakers are doing with these lesser known varietals locally.
Don’t miss out on these great classes…contact Bin 41 to sign up today!
Photos: Bin 41

Goodbye to Two Junction Businesses


With disappointment, The Junction says goodbye to two businesses:  Friends & Company Rubber Stamps and More and Square One Books.

Both have been a wonderful resource for our neighborhood and have offered a unique and personal shopping experience.  Both companies were also very generous with donations to our local schools and charities.

Doris Goulet with Friends and Company will continue her efforts at her Issaquah location and online at:

Gretchen Montgomery (pictured right) released a statement to her loyal customer base which is pasted below.

Best of luck to both Doris and Gretchen.

Photo:  Donna Ryan Photography

From Gretchen Montgomery:

“I want to let all of my wonderful customers know that Square One Books is closing. I am greatly saddened to have to do this to our West Seattle community of booklovers who have been supporting the store for nearly 23 years. One of the hardest parts of the closing is that I have been unable to let you all know in advance. I wanted to be able to tell all of you and at least have had a closing sale where we could all reminisce and say our goodbyes.

Unfortunately, on the advice of my lawyer, I was unable to do this. I needed to close the store promptly, which meant not be able to say anything to you all when you expressed concern and asked if we were ok.

For the almost 8 years that I have owned the store, I have been trying my hardest to keep the store afloat. Many factors disadvantaged us: the opening of the Westwood Barnes and Noble, increased online purchasing, books being sold everywhere at steep discounts, the economy, high rent, and the recent trend toward e-books.

For years I have taken no salary and have personally taken on more financial debt to keep the store going. I cannot continue to struggle to pay my bills and to be constantly consumed with stress due to my situation. As much as I love the bookstore and my customers, owning the bookstore was no longer good for my mental health, my family and my financial state.

We have had the store for sale for 1.5 years, and while many people want to own a bookstore, there was no interest in purchasing a store with the overhead costs we are carrying at this location. I believe that a new, independent bookstore is needed in West Seattle and that one could succeed in a more favorable spot. I wish I could be the one to move and start again, but I cannot, and I hope that someone is willing to give it a try.

We, myself and my staff, hope to see you all around West Seattle as we have gotten to know so many of you so well over the years. We will miss our bookstore friends; you are all very special people to us. Again, I wish I could have stayed in business for you, and I thank you all for your years of support. I know you tried very hard to keep us here.

Take care,
Gretchen & the Square One Books Staff” 

West Seattle Art Walk Thursday, September 9th

West Seattle Art Walk is happening this Thursday, September 9th from 6-9 pm! Come visit our local participating Junction merchants for some great art and a good time! Do a little shopping or grab a bite to eat along the way…

This month, Keller Williams hosts Sam Chapman, Painter & Rebekah Jaramillo, Jewelry Artist. With images of jets, water, trees, and salmon; Sam Chapman considers himself a NW artist, although he grew up in Virginia and studied in Philadelphia and Rome. While in high school, Sam attended a 6-week language seminar in Leningrad and learned Russian with other American students.

Rebekah Jaramillo is a long time West Seattle resident and Jeweler. Rebekah resides in the Gatewood neighborhood where she and her husband Dan raise their 2 year old daughter Luka, and where she creates jewelry in her home studio.

Photos: Left-Sam Chapman, Right-Rebekah Jaramillo

It’s All About the Cheese at The Farmers Market

Three of our Farmer’s Market cheesemakers won awards at the 2010 American Cheese Society Competition!  Out of 225 cheesemakers from 34 states, Samish Bay Cheese’s Ladysmith took First Place in “Fresh Unripened Cow’s Milk Cheeses,” and several other of their cheeses won 2nd and 3rd places in other categories.  Mt. Townsend Creamery won First in the “Soft Ripened” category for their Seastack cheese.  Estrella Family Creamery won First in Smoked Italian styles” for their Weebles cheese.   They also won First in Class for their Caldwell Crick Chevrette (Sheep or mixed milks).  A Second Place Award was given to their Jalapeño Buttery (Flavored, peppers).

Photo: Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance

reasons to be pretty opens at Arts West Sept 8th!

Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty (Seattle premiere) at Arts West from September 8th through October 2nd! Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year! Directed by Katjana Vadeboncoeur.

“Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?”

*Adult language, themes, and situations. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

Photo: Arts West