Business

New running specialty store

More than three dozen runners can look forward to pounding the pavement in new shoes this week thanks to West Seattle’s first specialty running store, West Seattle Runner, located at Charlestown and California.

The grand opening on April 10th. attracted hundreds of local runners, supporters and friends to the second floor location throughout the first two days of business.
  Owners Tim and Lori McConnell built the store with a special focus on “keeping it local” and working tirelessly to involve the community in opening preparations.

There are stadium seats from the old Chief Sealth High School in the shoe fitting area and a row of reclaimed lockers near the door holding T-shirts with the store’s logo. 
 

04/29/2010
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Lori McConnell ran in the New York Marathon (at left) and Tim McConnnell and Lori both run the new West Seattle Runner, a running specialty store located at 3727 California Avenue S.W. Suite 2-A. To find the store upstairs enter the rear of the building and take the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor.

The Woodland Park Zoo is all hands on deck in preparing for the May 1 grand opening of its new 58,000-square-foot West Entrance.

The new entrance will replace the current West Entrance and is located off Phinney Avenue North between North 55th Street and North 56th Street. It features ticketing booths, member and guest services, a second ZooStore and a coffee cart.

"The zoo has 750 regular volunteers, and even they can't do it alone," said Kim Haas, zoo spokesperson.

Luckily for the zoo, the impending West Entrance opening coincided with Kohl's Volunteers Go Green Event, brining 100 employees from the national department store to the zoo to volunteer their help April 27.

Haas said it was important for the zoo to get those extra volunteers when it did.

Mike Whatley, Kohl's district manager, said in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Kohl's was looking to help out with green projects, as well as projects that focus on children and education.

The Woodland Park Zoo fit those criteria and presented an opportunity for the department store, which is located largely outside Seattle, to connect with the city, he said.

04/27/2010
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Michael Harthorne

Volunteers from Kohl's stock stuffed animals in preparation for the May 1 opening of Woodland Park Zoo's new West Entrance. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE THE NEW WEST ENTRANCE.

Many of the West Seattle fans of the Homestead Alki Inn’s fried chicken and folksy ambiance who spot its owner, Tom Lin, down on Alki, ask him when their beloved landmark will return. The restaurant closed its doors following the Jan. 16, 2009 electrical fire there. Lin wanted to discuss his property’s current status, and his frustrations in moving forward with his plans, with the West Seattle Herald.

“If it could have been repaired, I would have repaired it already with insurance money and my own money,” said Lin, who lives near the Alki Inn. He also owns the Pioneer Coffee and Slices buildings, and the building just north of Pioneer Coffee.

04/25/2010
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Steve Shay

Alki Homestead Inn owner Tom Lin says he cannot rebuild without a special permit, and cannot obtain that permit without financing in place, a huge obstacle in this economic climate. He is pictured in the fire-damaged dining room.

Land likely to be used for residential development

The 71,520-square-foot property on the north side of Market Street near 24th Avenue Northwest that once housed Jacobsen's Marine and novelty store Archie McPhee was put up for sale by owner Bob Jacobsen April 19.

In February 2009, Jacobsen's Marine moved to West Seattle after nearly 60 years in Ballard; Archie McPhee moved to Wallingford earlier that year.

Since April 2009, Jacobsen had been renting the property, which includes four buildings from 2412 N.W. Market St. to 2436 N.W. Market St., to Maritime's Inflatable Boats.

Jacobsen's father, Bob Jacobsen Sr., collected and assembled the property piece by piece over the years, but Jacobsen said it feels like the right time to sell the land.

Barry Hawley of Hawley Real Estate, which is handling the sale, said it is hard to say when the property will be sold. He said the hope is to sell it within a year.

The current sales price for the property is $10.7 million. Hawley said that is cheap for what the property would have been worth in the past.

04/23/2010
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Michael Harthorne

The property that was home to Jacobsen's Marine and Archie McPhee is up for sale and will likely become residential development, according to the property's owner.

Ballard Avenue's Bop Street Records is relocating to a new Market Street location that can hold maybe the 250,000 records housed in the upper level of the store. That does nothing for the 200,000 records in the basement owner Dave Voorhees is currently searching through to find a Dusty Springfield album.

The problem of what to do with 200,000 records – some valuable, some not– is vexing Voorhees, and he's open to suggestions.

"If I had five to 10 people who wanted to start a record store and not compete with me, I would be find," Voorhees said before offering an invitation to the neighborhood. "Dave needs serious suggestions. Come commiserate with Dave."

As daunting as moving nearly half a million albums is, Vorhees said he is excited for the relocation to the former Tableau space at 2220 N.W. Market St.

"The place I got is a 100-times better location," he said. "The foot traffic is going to be 10 times what it is now."

Greg Shaw, owner of Second Ascent a few doors down from Bop Street, bought the building at 5219 Ballard Ave. N.W. to turn it into Second Ascent's bike shop. Voorhees' lease ends June 30.

04/23/2010
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Michael Harthorne

Bop Street Records owner Dave Voorhees, exhausted at the prospect of boxing up and moving nearly half a million records when his Ballard Avenue store relocates to Market Street.

Teamsters Local 174 has agreed to end its strike and will return to work for Waste Management, picking up trash, yard waste and recycling in King and Snohomish counties.

Seattle Public Utilities advised its Friday customers to put out their garbage, yard waste and recycling before 7 a.m. on April 23.

Customers whose collections were missed due to the strike on Wednesday and Thursday may set out up to twice their garbage, yard waste and recycling on their next regular collection day, at no additional cost, according to Seattle Public Utilities.

Missed recycling should be set out on customers’ next recycling day, which would be in two weeks.

According to Waste Management, it will collect commercial garbage and recyclables as soon as possible, with priority to accounts like hospitals and nursing homes, where public health and safety is a priority.

Waste Management workers began their strike at 10:30 a.m. on April 21.

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Keith Daigle

Waste Management workers' strike, which began at 10:30 a.m. April 21, ended April 22.

Waste Management garbage haulers went on strike at 10:30 a.m. on April 21 when, according to Waste Management workers, the company was no longer willing to discuss the terms of their contract with their union, Teamsters Local 174.

Waste Management states on its Web site they expect regular garbage service to resume April 22. But, the union has said it will continue to strike until Allied Waste agrees to negotiate the contract again in good faith.

Approximately 1,600 people applied to be drivers in case of a strike in early April, but the company has not announced if and what their plans are to continue garbage service during the strike.

The strike affects garbage and yard waste pickup for 1 million people in King and Snohomish counties, including residents of Ballard, Greenwood, Fremont and Phinney.

According to Seattle Public Utilities, the yard waste of 18,000 northwest and south Seattle residents, who normally have yard waste service on Wednesday, was not picked up. Waste Management has asked the people affected to leave their garbage out for next week.

04/21/2010
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Keith Daigle

Waste Management workers went on strike April 21, affecting the garbage service of more than 1 million residents in King and Snohomish counties.

Jefferson Square and Admiral Safeway helped children with eScrip

Holy Rosary School in West Seattle honored Safeway for their generous contributions with special presentations to store managers recently. Children from Holy Rosary presented Jefferson Square store manager Dave Dupuy with a certificate, thanking him for the generous contributions contributed with his help to the children at Holy Rosary. The same was presented to Amy Hill, manager at the Admiral Safeway.

At Holy Rosary School, Safeway eScrip directly supports the greatest needs. eScrip contributes to our operating budget which helps keep tuition affordable for all families, compensates our faculty and staff at a just and equitable salary, and continuously improves the learning opportunities for our students.

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Left to right (top photo) Kiana, Amy Hill of Safeway, Katie, and Eastyn

Elliott Snyder is a young man with artistic talent and vision.
A 17-year-old high school senior and Running Start student at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Snyder has started his own business. Called "Overcast Clothing Co.," the company designs and sells Northwest specific t-shirts, hoodies and more.
"I didn't expect it to get as popular as soon as it has...or take off as much as it has," said Snyder, who had over 90 orders for t-shirts and hoodies within a week of making his first design available.

As to why these t-shirts are so popular, the overwhelming response is that they are unique, visually striking and creative, according to Snyder.
Snyder described his idea to design t-shirts as a sudden intuitive leap of understanding.
"I'm always looking for cool t-shirts. It came to me in an epiphany that I could make better t-shirts than the ones I was looking at," said Snyder. "I made one design and a lot of people were interested. So now I'm making more.
"Ever since I was in preschool, I would doodle all the time."

04/15/2010
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Elliott Snyder models one of the t-shirts he designed

In honor of its 100th year of nonprofit service, Swedish Medical Center wants to recognize some of its patients through a search for photos of babies born at any birthing center now part of Swedish Health Services, including Swedish Hospital (Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Cherry Hill), Doctors Hospital, Seattle General Hospital, Ballard General Hospital, Ballard Community Hospital and Providence Seattle Medical Center.

Since opening its doors in 1910, more than 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish Medical Center. Last year alone, there were more than 7,400 b