West Seattle Junction Association
The West Seattle Junction was just a swamp with large groves of trees until April 1907, when two streetcar lines were connected at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street. Within a month, the location was coined “the Junction.” Today, the Junction has grown from a ramshackle collection of storefronts to a thriving small business district.
The West Seattle Junction Association was developed as a nonprofit to increase funding for business development in the West Seattle community. It is hard to imagine that at one point, there were more Douglas Fir trees than buildings in the Junction area. Today, the West Seattle Junction Association merchants produce many community events throughout the year including Art Walk every second Thursday of the month, Summer Fest in July, West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the summer, the Harvest Festival in October and Hometown Holidays in December. The Junction Association merchants also fund the beautification of the West Seattle neighborhood, including keeping the streets of the Junction clean and maintaining over 90 flower baskets in the Junction in the Spring and Summer.
On April 29th, the Junction Day of Giving, local Junction businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fundraising event. Junction businesses will donate 10% of their sales to nonprofits during this fun event. The spirit of giving is important in the West Seattle, and Junction business owners feel that by supporting local nonprofits, they can bring greater attention to their work, and ultimately help the West Seattle neighborhood thrive. In West Seattle, “neighbors helping neighbors,” is the norm, and there is a profound sense that giving back is the right thing to do. Many Junction businesses actively contribute to local nonprofits and community initiatives throughout the year with their time and money. As a City of Seattle Business Improvement Area, the West Seattle Junction are also the recipients of generous funding through city grants, event sponsorships and member donations.