B-TOWN BIZ: HomeTask Moves In, Upgrades Former Jorstad Jewelers Space

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The 'JJ' initials, which stood for Jorstad Jewelers, are still visible in front of HomeTask's new offices.

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

Last month, a Burien business moved into the space formerly occupied by Jorstad Jewelers – HomeTask, founded by Jerrod Sessler, officially opened their brand new doors at 611 SW 152nd Street.

HomeTask’s new digs are modern, refined and gorgeous – it’s like stepping into a live Ikea catalog, with excellent furnishings, big windows, modern appliances, great lighting – and there’s even a full gourmet kitchen in the lobby! It’s really a ‘jewel’ of a place.

Jerrod, a longtime Burien resident and business owner, not only moved his company into the space – he also built several ‘shared spaces’ that he leases to local businesses and organizations. The office has an air of professionalism in the design, which is planned for community hospitality and training.

But things weren’t always so great for Jerrod – some 13 years years ago he was diagnosed with cancer.

“The doctors told me it was terminal,” he said. “And here I am now.”

Jerrod avoided the traditional cancer treatments that his doctors advocated at the time.

“I switched to a completely healthy, vegan diet. Now I am healthy and alive.”

He has written of his survival, health and discovery of the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. His book, “Five Percent Chance” tells his amazing tale of recovery, survival and faith.

Recently, Jerrod has been devoting his time and energies into giving back to Burien, and his latest fundraiser project is Burien Bites, a community-minded foody’s dream come true – donate money, travel to various local restaurants and taste their foods, then vote on the best one.

Burien Bites will happen on Sunday, May 27.

“Burien Bites participants will enjoy the experience and diversity of flavors and people in our community as restaurants fling their doors open for guests to sample some of their delights,” reads an announcement. “Walk the red carpet, get your celebrity photos in the special event social photo station and enjoy the best food and drinks in Burien, May 27th!”

Here’s more info on Burien Bites:

  • Registration fee is $10.
  • Participating restaurants will have $5 or $10 sample plates. Visit three or seven!
  • Watch for the special Burien Bites “Punch Stations” located at 20 restaurants around town.
  • Visit three or more and you may enter to win dinner free for a year!
  • Proceeds benefit local charities of course.
  • You won’t want to miss the registration and after-party location as it will be marked with a big tent on 6th SW and SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.
  • When you register, you will be given a list of participating restaurants you may visit in your choice of a random or organized order.
  • Track with others on the Burien Bites mobile app designed to allow rating and ranking of the restaurants. This is going to be fun!
  • Return to HomeTask to enter the drawing enjoy the after party and to watch the results tally on the big screen.

“The restaurants will be pulling out all the stops to get the best rating because bragging and PR rights are on the table!” Jerrod said. “The winning restaurant will get their name engraved on the big, beautiful Burien Bites trophy. And, they will display the trophy until the next Bite! The winning restaurant also receives $250 of organic produce from Freggies.”

For more information on Burien Bites, visit www.burienbites.com.

For more information on HomeTask, visit www.hometask.com.

Two days after “Burien Bites,” HomeTask will be hosting a celebration and restaurant seminar called “5 steps to Local Food in 2012.” All restaurant owners are invited to attend. A member of the Washington Restaurant Association will be among the guest speakers. Jerrod has also arranged for a bevy of restaurant vendors and supporters to be on hand. The seminar is free for purveyors in Burien wishing to push the envelope of greatness in their business.

Burien Restaurateurs, grab a registration form here (PDF file).

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