Shrubs have become such a hot edition to any well-stocked bar or larder. Just In, this lovely little assortment of little bottles by INNA shrub. Using only the very best ingredients from locally sourced farms in Northern California, these are sure to please. And at under 10 bucks a bottle, they make stylish awesome stocking stuffers, co-worker gifts, or host/hostess treats this bustling season.
Just In, the happy flower paintings by Mindy Carpenter. One of the very special parts of being a shopkeeper is getting the opportunity to showcase the work of an old friend. Mindy and I go waaaay back, to her days as a creative director. Over meals I would hear her long to work for herself and spend her days painting. She made that goal a reality and now has a successful card company that features her work. She has added her divine flowers, of which I have always been a gigantic fan, to the mix. They will soon be up on the shop walls and on the Watson Kennedy website shortly. Honored to be selling her creations. Cheers to following your passions!
We have a section at both shops of design books. It is an area where I see folks go to and become gleeful with ideas as they leaf through page after page of inspiration. Almost seeming to get lost amongst the pages. That is why design books make great gifts. They become almost like giving a little mini-trip. Where the recepient is given a host of rooms/places to dream. A bit like giving a piece of functional art, as the book itself looks great out on a coffee or sidetable or on a stylish bookshelf.
Today is a big day for small retailers as Shop Small takes center stage in our communities. I do hope you can get out and about in your town or city to shop & eat small today. Of course you know I feel this way and I have said it often before, but small businesses add so much variety/creativity/love to the community in which they grace–they are fueled by the passions of individuals and families. So if shopping is on your agenda today, shop small. I promise you, it will be greatly appreciated and make you happy, happy, happy.
Just a reminder, we have our Holiday Open House today at our shop in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market, in the Pike Place Market. Would love to see you there! As a little blog reader bonus, if you see me and tell me you follow along on the daily posts, I will have a ‘merci’ treat for you. Now on to my latest favorite things…
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, at our Watson Kennedy Fine Living shop in the Pike Place Market, for our Holiday Open House. From 10 to 6. Gruet & grapefruit mimosas and sparkling cider along with Louis Sherry truffles will be served. We will be busy wrapping up gifts galore. To give, or receive. It is always such a fun, festive day. I so hope you can join us if you are in the area. For those of you readers from afar, feel free to click away 24/7 at www.WatsonKennedy.com for close to a thousand of the goods we offer.
And what a glorious 18 years it has been! The shop in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market, where the Watson Kennedy retail journey began, celebrates its birthday today. I catch myself saying more often how “time flies” and that once again is quite applicable. Even after all those years, I still pinch myself a bit when I slip my key into the door, thinking how lucky/fortunate/blessed I am to have a shop in the iconic Pike Place Market in that incredibly special spot in the courtyard. I thank all of you who have been such loyal supporters over the years. You are what make this whole journey so deeply meaningful. Cheers to you and cheers to 18 more years!!!
It is always a happy day when our Holiday order of Mariage Frères tea lands in Seattle from Paris. I get updates along the way once it is picked up at the warehouse, what flight it is on, once it has landed, when it has cleared customs, and finally when it will be delivered to the shop. Kind of like waiting on the arrival of an old friend coming to visit.
Once it is delivered, it is a half days work by a group of us unpacking, pricing, stocking, back stocking and then displaying all that glorious tea. Sort of a ‘whistle while you work’ mode as we are all so happy it has arrived safe & sound. This year we are excited to offer the full range of NOEL teas. Perfectly timed for the Holiday Kick-off Open House this Saturday. The beautifully deeply hued boxes and tins a very stylishly French gift to give this season. Add to that our ever growing grouping of honey and various tea-centric goods and the display is once again nice and full waiting to be enjoyed by all our Mariage Frères loving fans.
So much new is arriving at the shops each day, it has been a fun challenge keeping up with it all. I know, tough job. My goal these last few weeks right on through the Holidays is to add a dozen new items to the shop website each week. In between unpacking and wrap, wrap, wrapping I have been click, click, clicking away. Here is the 12 for this week. All are now up on our Watson Kennedy site for those of your from afar and settled in nicely to a display for all of you in the Seattle area.
Please join us, this Saturday the 19th, at our Fine Home shop at First & Spring, for our Holiday Open House. Music will fill the air, sparkling cider and mimosas will be served, along with our yummy coffee made for us by Pollard Coffee on Vashon Island. Robin, the owner and roaster extraordinaire will be joining us from 10 to noon. Louis Sherry truffles from New York will also be enjoyed. Then at 1 o’clock artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann will once again join us for an afternoon of painting. She has created another special piece (above image) that she will personalize on the spot to make a truly special gift. For those of you who bought one last year, you can start a collection. The shop shelves are brimming with oodles of gift options. We will be wrapping away. I so hope you can join us. The following Saturday, the 26th, we will be celebrating the Market shop 18th anniversary & Holiday Open House, so if you can’t make this week-end, maybe we will see you then. Or come to both! I love that idea. If you can’t make either, please know we are adding more and more to www.WatsonKennedy.com each week so there are tons of new options for all of your gift giving needs. Hope to see you there!
Just In, a fun colorful selection of luggage tags made in Italy. Always fun to see your piece of luggage come round on the carousel with a tag that makes it stand out. These will do the trick. Make fab little gifts too. I love the idea of one hanging off a bottle of Prosecco as a chic Italian inspired host/hostess gift.