July 2019

End of an era: Jan's Beauty Supply is closing after 36 years in the West Seattle Junction

Some businesses open and close rather quickly. Others seem to take forever just to open. And some become neighborhood landmarks. Jan's Beauty is one of those. But for Manager Sheri Wallace, the time has come to retire and with that, the store that has served generations of West Seattle women will close. Wallace once owned the store with her sister Jan (the founder and namesake) but Jan retired a few years ago and the business was sold to an investor. Now Wallace has announced in a letter to her many friends and customers that it's time for her to go. She plans on spending more time traveling and enjoying life she said.

Here's the letter she sent to customers making the announcement:

It is with extreme mixed emotions that we have decided to retire and close Jan’s Beauty Supply.


Mary Virginia Baskett 9/4/29 – 7/13/19

Mary was born to Jay Rolph and Mary Ann Wetzel on 9/4/1929 in Dallas, Oregon and passed away 7/13/19, just two months shy of her 90th birthday.  She grew up in Vancouver, WA, graduated from Vancouver High School and then attended Whitworth College in Spokane where she graduated with a nursing degree in 1951.


After college she returned to Seattle to marry her college sweetheart, Larry, her beloved husband of 55 years.  They married at West Side Presbyterian church and settled in a house in the North Admiral area where Mary lived for almost 60 years.


Why vote for me? We asked District 1 Council candidates to make their case

Westside Seattle asked the three candidates vying for the District 1 Seattle City Council seat to answer a single question.

Why vote for them? Here are their responses:


Why Vote for Lisa Herbold (incumbent)

Why vote for me? I’ve worked to keep people in their homes through emergency rent support and improved laws. I’ve worked to dramatically increase the city’s response to homelessness with permanent housing, temporary shelters, and tiny houses. But there’s more to do, such as providing enhanced shelter to bring people inside, building permanent supportive housing for people suffering from mental illness and substance use disorder, and Identifying key interventions like the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program to stop the revolving door between county jail and the streets.


SWSHS is hosting Washington's Undiscovered Feminists for 'Words Writers & SouthWest Stories' on Aug 8

Humanities Washington is presenting Mayumi Tsutakawa with Washington's' Undiscovered Feminists for 'Words Writers & SouthWest Stories' on Aug 8th, 6PM, at SW Library Branch. Hosted by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society (SWSHS).

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Mayumi Tsutakawa's presentation will focus on five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism fields whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. 

Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society. 


More people will get a lower property tax bill next year: Property Tax reduction programs adjusted to new higher median income

information from King County

King County Assessor John Wilson announced today that low-income senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and disabled veterans, with 2019 annual incomes below $58,423 may be eligible for property tax relief in 2020 under guidelines published today by the state Department of Revenue.  The previous threshold had been $40,000.

Applications for the expanded programs will be available in January 2020.