When I lived in Burien a little less than two years ago, my family spent many an evening and weekend in West Seattle at our favorite spots at the junction. On a recent visit to West Seattle I realized how much it has already changed in just a matter of a couple of years which makes me a bit nervous. To see a Starbucks and a Chipotle just felt weird on this street which is known for it’s weekend farmer markets and niche small businesses.
Since #shopsmall // #smallbusinesssaturday is coming up on November 26th! I thought I could shine a light on some of my favorite small businesses in this neighborhood. It all came together perfectly since I recently got to have a bit of a blogging adventure with Julia from Style and Cheek, and Josiah Michael managed to capture photos of it all for us (even with all my crazy facial expressions!).
Family owned and operated since 1932. The current owner, Jack, is a favorite, and his rosy cheeks always remind me of Santa Claus. I always order a bottled coke and a Turkey and Artichoke on baguette sandwich. They are known for their house-made ice cream (people line up out the door in the middle of winter for it)!
A family-owned bookstore in West Seattle, WA. They buy, sell and trade used books and have a selection of new books as well. The shop allows you to trade in books for credit, I think I may still have a card on file. I should go check that out!
So many great records and possibly the only decent coffee at the junction.
Twilight Gallery, is an independent, woman-owned and operated art gallery and jewelry boutique. They cultivate and champion independent women artists and designers, featuring contemporary art, eclectic designs and one of a kind handmade pieces from around the world. I recently met the owner Tracy and she has some brilliant ideas for where she wants to take this business. Keep an eye on it and expect BIG things in 2017!
Their pizza slices are AHHMAZING! Great atmosphere, perfect for happy hour.
I can always go here to pick up great items for my snail mail obsession. As well as the perfect items, whether I’m in need of a “7 year pen” or a “be strong” mug.
This store is brimming with merchandise, and there is a little something for everyone. Everything from linens to holiday ornaments to Paris themed stocking stuffers. Not to mention they carry two of my favorite designers: Rebekah J Design and Moo-Young.
A darling flower shop and small gift store.
Though I am not a fan of their coffee, I do appreciate their pastries - if you can get in the door. Most days it’s quite cramped and impossible to get a seat.
Well, I would say this is enough of a list to merit a visit to West Seattle this coming Saturday -- what do you think? Regardless of which neighborhood you may find yourself in on November 26 I hope that you will support your local small businesses. Let's make sure they are around for another generation!
Photos By: Josiah Michael Photography