Check out the progress of the makeovers

Contest Winners: Bios and upgrades update

Gotti Sweets | James' Place | Maneki | The Seaside Spa & Salon


Tune into KING5’s Evening Magazine television show,
June 25 at 7:30pm, to see the final results.

In 2020, the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, shutting down businesses across the region. To support our community during this unprecedented time, PSE hosted a Small Business Energy Makeover Contest, in which four deserving businesses could win energy-efficiency and cosmetic makeovers worth $45,000!

Thousands of businesses were nominated by employees and customers alike for the vital role they play in their communities and in the lives of their employees. Each winner will receive a tailored array of efficiency upgrades depending on the needs of the business, which will in turn help them save energy and money over time. After careful review and consideration, a panel of judges selected these winning businesses: Gotti Sweets, James’ Place Child Development Center, Maneki, and The Seaside Salon & Spa. Each has a unique story and special place in the communities they serve.

Be sure to check back often as we continue to share updates during the makeover process, and stay tuned for a feature story on KING5’s Evening Magazine show where Jim Dever will showcase the final results!


Gotti Sweets (Olympia)

Upgrade Alert! We just installed a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Gotti Sweets! Outdated heating and/or cooling systems often waste a lot of energy, increasing utility bills unnecessarily, but upgrading to efficient systems like this can help reduce energy waste and increase savings.

Gotti Sweets

May 4, 2021 - Gotti Sweets received an energy-efficient freezer to replace their old energy-guzzling model and to help the business save on their electric bill. We also installed a new, more efficient fancy bakery case to show off their tasty treats and enticing creations for customers!

Gotti Sweets
Gotti Sweets

Gotti Sweets, a bakery and sweet shop in Olympia, is a black woman-owned and -operated small business. Facing unique hardships in 2020, the shop was repeatedly targeted by vandals who defaced entryway windows and even posted white supremacist stickers atop their “black-owned business” sign. With a sweet staff of two, they’re passionate about their creations and try to pour love into all of their baking. The quaint, local shop sells custom cakes, pies and pastries for everything from weddings, birthdays and special events to simply satisfying every customer’s sweet tooth.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Gotti Sweets is hoping to improve their aging and inoperable foodservice equipment, in addition to improving their inefficient heating system. They’re also hoping to upgrade to longer-lasting, lower maintenance LED lighting and sprucing up their retail area before they welcome customers back into the store.

Gotti Sweets
Gotti Sweets

James’ Place Child Development Center (Bellingham)

Upgrade Alert! No upgrade is too small! James’ Place just received clean, new signage for their front door to welcome in customers.

James’ Place Kids

May 4, 2021 James’ Place Kids got their first upgrade: A brand new set of lockers for employees to securely store their personal items and valuables each day they go to work.

James’ Place Kids

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, James’ Place Child Development Center kept their doors open in order to provide safe, quality childcare for their community’s first responders and essential workers in Bellingham. Every day, James’ Place provides a rich, educational environment to help children grow and develop mentally, emotionally and physically.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Located in a structure built in the 1930s, James’ Place is looking forward to improved weatherization in their building, potentially including new windows and an upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. They’re also hoping to improve some existing storage and install a new sanitizing station to continue implementing safety protocols.

James Place Kids
James Place Kids

Maneki (Seattle)

Upgrade Alert! Simple cosmetic changes can make a big difference when crafting an authentic environment. Maneki now has some fresh paint to highlight their Japanese artwork and shelving to display a variety of figurines.

Maneki

May 4, 2021 Maneki just received a much needed renovation: energy-efficient lighting! This will help create a warm, inviting space for customers, while saving the business some cash on their electric bill and reducing maintenance efforts and costs over time.

Maneki

As Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant, Maneki is woven into the very fabric of the community where it thrives in the International District of downtown Seattle. Since 1904, the restaurant and sushi bar has continued to serve Japanese cuisine to long-time regulars and new customers alike, doubling as a social space for community gathering. Throughout its 117 years, Maneki has only closed twice temporarily: during the COVID-19 pandemic and World War II. Former Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki actually worked as a dishwasher at Maneki as a young adult! As Prime Minister, Miki gifted 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle, which gave birth to Seattle’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Maneki hopes to improve their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system with better air filtration, along with replacing an aging water heating system, replaceand repair some older kitchen equipment, as well as installing new carpet for a fresh look.

Maneki
Maneki

The Seaside Spa & Salon (Coupeville)

Upgrade Alert! We hit the refresh button on Seaside’s salon stations with brand new mirrors and cabinets, along with some LED lighting—which is energy efficient, of course! This brighter, livelier space is sure to wow customers.

Seaside Salon

Seaside Spa & Salon on Whidbey Island is located in a 150-year-old structure that was built in 1864… before the state of Washington even became a state! Seaside is owned and operated by a single mother who opened the salon when her daughter was just 6 months old, introducing a slew of unique obstacles to running a successful business. Throughout its 14 years, the business has thrived offering customers a relaxing escape from everyday stress, thanks to a variety of luxury services like facials, massages, hair and nail care, and more. Despite a temporary closure during the pandemic, Seaside hosted a fundraiser to support their local hospital and first responders.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Though salons typically produce more waste than other small businesses, Seaside strives to be carbon neutral and entered the contest in the hopes of finding new solutions to lower their carbon emissions. Seaside is hoping to see potential energy savings after insulating the crawl space; installing an efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system; and improving their indoor lighting, which will ultimately result in less maintenance costs for the business over time.

Seaside Spa
Seaside Spa
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Project Construction Partners and Contractors

Gotti Sweets

  • Willdan Energy Solutions
  • Bargreen Ellingson Food Service Supply and Design
  • Showalter Construction
  • Aaron’s Carpet and Flooring Vaughn Mechanical, Inc.

James’ Place Child Development Center

  • Willdan Energy Solutions
  • Hollander Investments, Inc.
  • Lynden Sheet Metal Inc.

Maneki

  • Willdan Energy Solutions
  • Bargreen Ellingson Food Service Supply and Design
  • Aaron’s Carpet and Flooring
  • Five Star Mechanical
  • O’Neil Plumbing
  • Gasket Guy
  • Conserve Energy

The Seaside Spa and Salon

  • Ronk Brothers Heating and Cooling
  • John Wilson Custom Cabinetry and Finish Carpentry
  • Master Insulation Services
  • Bigfoot Painting Construction LLC