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Happy Valentine’s Day to You

I have loved this day since I was a little kid. Making cards and handing them out to my friends at school. To me it is a time to show those you care for a little extra love. In this day, I think that sentiment rings even stronger and more true. Sending tons of love to you all. Happy Valentine’s Day! X, Ted



 

 

Valentine Gifts Galore at WK

Yesterday was one of our first ‘real’ full days of the shops being open the whole day in more than a week. The snow did a number on retail for Valentine’s Day to be sure. That said, we are brimming with all sorts of sweet treats for everyone on your list. Our Open House was cancelled on Saturday so bubbly & cider will be poured tomorrow in honor of the day. Our card baskets are bursting with lovely heart filled options. We will be wrap, wrap, wrapping away as I like to say. Hope to see you in the next few days! X, T



 

 

Valentine’s Day Open House

Well, this is a funny situation. I just finished reading an article TPS sent me about a big snow storm headed our way late Friday. This Saturday we are planning our Valentine’s Day Open House at the shops. SO, I will say this. We are ‘hoping’ to have our Valentine’s Day Open House this Saturday. If we do have a big snow storm, give us a call to confirm that we are open or check our social media channels before braving the elements and making your way down. Arghhhhhh, sorry to be on the fence about this one. The fabulous Seattle hills and snow sadly do not mix well. Growing up in the Midwest where snow can be several feet and folks barely blink, here, we are just not set up for it as other parts of the country are, as it is rare. Oh my gosh, how boring, I am talking about the weather! Anywho, the shops are brimming with all sorts of treats to give those you love/like. We will do our darndest to be there if it snows, but if not, know we will be there just as soon as we can. Happy Thursday!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 187

A sweet treat at each setting is a surefire way to get the dinner party started on a festive note.



 

 

Another Ten

We shot 10 more goods the other day for the website, so another quick My Favorite Things Today as we head into our Thursday. I always love seeing new things grace our shelves. Hope you do too!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

January for most shopkeepers can be a quiet time. Shipments trickle in after the busy holidays and customers can be scarce. Longevity and location has helped to alleviate that quietness for us, and most days are humming. New, new, new is my mantra always, as keeping things fresh is well, what keeps things fresh. New displays, new merchandise–the combo keeps it moving and grooving. Here are ten goodies that caught my eye this past week. All now up on our website too.



 

 

A Day of Display at the Market Shop

Last month, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman who had a family antique table he was looking to sell. Above said table! He was introduced to me by his Aunt, a blog reader from back East. The table could not be more perfect in the shop, feeling instantly like it had been there forever. The arrival of it spurred a full day of display making room, and once it arrived, filling it with all sorts of WK goodies. Valentine’s Day was also on our minds, so the front table received a little refresh. As well as all sorts of other displays that were looking a little ragged from the crazy busy holiday season. By the end of the day, everything was feeling fresh and looking sparkly again.



 

 

Diptyque Valentine Candles at WK

Just In, two wildly yummy new Diptyque candles created in honor of Valentine’s Day. They arrived at the shop the other day and I can’t stop sniffing them, their floral goodness intoxicating. Plus I quite like the colored containers, which filters the light of the flame, creating a lovely moody environment when lit. It is always a treat when these limited edition candles arrive, as they make extra special gifts.



 

 

Pink & Green Windows

Our windows got a big refresh at the end of last week. Still wanting to stick with the plaid we used for the Holidays, the red became vibrant pink. Pink & green has always been a preppy favorite of mine, and these have that in spades. Heather painstakingly painted the vintage brown wooden chairs we have had forever to fit right in to each vignette. The chairs pull the whole color story together. Then works by Hugo Guinness and Jeanne McKay Hartmann were hung that got the windows started. Then it becomes many walks around the shop to see what catches our eye. A sort of moving puzzle. Green gourd lamps and lots of Livia Cetti paper geraniums and we were off and running. Oh, and I almost forgot, pink heart shaped balloons!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 185

Save bottles you have enjoyed (such as Champagne, wine, cider, sparkling water) that have cool labels and interesting shapes. Use them for vessels to hold flowers. Scatter about on your dining table. Be surrounded by the memories of your time enjoying the contents with family & friends.