Celebrating Generations of Excellence: Von’s 1000Spirits Named One of PSBJ Family Business of The Year

Missy Claridge, owner of Von's 1000Spirits, holds an award at the Puget Sound Business Journal Family Business of the Year Award ceremony
Missy Claridge, owner of Von’s 1000Spirits, proudly holding the Family Business of the Year award at the Puget Sound Business Journal award ceremony.

March 21st marked a momentous occasion for our team at Von’s 1000Spirits as we had the honor of receiving one of the prestigious Family Business of The Year awards from the Puget Sound Business Journal. This recognition holds immense significance for us, not just as a business but as a testament to the legacy of hard work, dedication, and family values that have been the cornerstone of our journey.

Our story began over three decades ago when Tim Firnstahl, the father of our owner Missy Claridge, opened the doors of Von’s RoastHouse at 6th and Pine. From its humble beginnings, Von’s RoastHouse quickly became a beloved fixture in the community, renowned for its warm hospitality and the city’s best manhattan bargain. In 2012, Missy took the reins of the family business, embarking on a journey to reimagine and elevate the legacy her father had built. Her brother in-law, Jason Amador, who has a long family history of bakers, became Executive Chef.

The transformation was nothing short of remarkable. Under Missy’s leadership, Von’s 1000Spirits emerged as a beacon of culinary excellence and community spirit. With a commitment to honoring tradition while embracing innovation, she created a dining experience that still resonates with locals and visitors alike.

The early days of Von’s 1000Spirits. Missy, alongside her dad Tim and her brother-in-law Jason.

Receiving the Family Business of The Year award is a testament to the dedication and passion poured into every aspect of Von’s 1000Spirits. It is a recognition of the hard work of our entire team and the unwavering support of our loyal patrons who have become an integral part of our extended family.

As we stand on this stage of recognition, we are filled with gratitude and humility. This award not only celebrates our past achievements but also serves as a reminder of the responsibility we carry towards our community and future generations. We are committed to continuing our legacy of excellence, providing a welcoming space where people can gather, connect, and celebrate life’s moments, big and small.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Puget Sound Business Journal for this honor and to everyone who has been a part of our journey. Together, we look forward to creating many more memories and serving our community with the same passion and dedication that has defined us for over three decades.

Click here to read our article in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

At Von’s 1000Spirits, our story is not just about business; it’s about family, community, and the enduring legacy of excellence. We are immensely proud of our roots and excited about the journey ahead. Thank you for being a part of our story.

Additionally, we’re excited to mention Missy’s newest venture, Northwest Spirits, which opened its doors in 2022. Situated in Woodinville, this distillery and Tasting Room represent a collaborative effort between Missy, Jason, and Missy’s cousin-in-law, Nick Warren, who serves as the Master Blender for the distillery. Northwest Spirits embodies our dedication to crafting premium spirits that capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation. It’s another chapter in our ongoing journey of passion and excellence, and we’re thrilled to share it with you.