Windows At Sal’s Deli A Reflection of Burien’s Past
Story and photos by Michael Brunk
As you’re out and about in downtown Burien this holiday season, make time to stroll by Sal’s Deli. What you’ll find on the windows stretching across the front of the business is a temporary mural that is a reflection of a Burien from the past, intermingled with a little of our present and a dash of the future.
The work is by first-time artist Laura Garcia, niece of the current owner. I talked to her late last week as she was putting the finishing touches on the acrylic window painting. At that time, she estimated she had roughly 25 hours of work invested.
The mural is an illustration of Burien businesses that most locals will recognize. A few of them are still around, but many of them have moved or shut down and are now only represented in this fleeting piece of window art.
Laura told me of a number of long-time Sal’s customers that have paused to take in the mural, and then shared fond memories of places like What Not and Art’s Sporting Goods. Maybe you’ve got fond memories of Burien too.
As we rush around getting ready for the holidays, maybe a walk by Sal’s is an opportunity to pause, enjoy a little local art and think about where we’ve come from as a city.
Change is inevitable, and Burien is certainly going through the process. But it would be a shame to forget some of the independent businesses that helped form Burien into the unique community it is today.
You’ll find Sal’s Diner at 15212 6th Ave SW in Burien.