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Nick’s on Madison

Wine & Dine Wednesday brings us a new Seattle restaurant, Nick’s on Madison. The above pan seared Alaskan halibut, black rice, bunapi mushrooms, radish and green curry sauce was my dinner last Friday eve. It was heavenly! We got together with our good friends Jackie & Mark. We have had a bunch of meals out of late, but I have not felt compelled to write about them. Sticking with my ‘if you don’t have something nice to say’ policy when it comes most things, but always applies to restaurants, and I have not felt moved. The food biz is one tough business, so I prefer to only feature those places we loved. This would be one such place. The moment we entered the space, it just felt good. It has a great open layout, and you instantly feel happy when you arrive. It hits the mark of being casual but you could also be dressed up and feel equally comfortable. It has a neighborhood vibe, which we always enjoy. Situated in Madison Valley, it pulls from lots of swell neighborhoods. We ran into several folks we know, which always makes the experience neighborly. Fun, creative artwork fills the walls. The service is lovely and the bar sits front and center which creates a fab energy. The menu is varied which we always like, so you can have a yummy burger right on up to a dish like the halibut I so thoroughly enjoyed. Nick Yockey, the owner, is the husband to Jackie’s niece, Ryan. She just so happens to have a women’s clothing & gift shop right next door. They are keeping it all in the family! Coming from managing restaurants, this is his first solo venture. What I love about independently owned places, be it a retail shop or restaurant, is the owner often is there. You feel cared for. The establishment becomes an extension of who they are. Nick is one heck of a nice guy, and that is reflected in his restaurant. We will go back again and again. If you see us, please say hi! Click here for the website with the address and hours. Tell Nick ‘The Teds’ sent you.



 

 

Beyond Fluttery Daffodils

Flower Friday brings these amazing fluttery daffodils from the Pike Place Market. I must admit, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to cut yellow daffodils. I love seeing them in the ground, but when cut, I have never found a way to make them last or cluster them where they don’t look smooshed together. Until I found this variety. Changed my mind completely. These almost have a peony vibe going on, and that is never a bad thing. Add the variation of colors in a single bloom, well, I am now a daffodil convert. So good!

A lovely Mother’s Day week-end to you all. X, T



 

 

Denise Fiedler Collage Workshops May 11th

Excited to have my friend, the incredibly talented artist, Denise Fiedler, back up from San Francisco for another round of fab collage workshops. You might remember she was scheduled to come to Seattle over Valentine’s Day week-end, but our big snowstorm thwarted that trip. We filled up an afternoon collage session then, which will happen this trip. We are hoping to fill up the 10 to noon workshop this go round. Flowers, among other things, will be the emphasis. Denise has such a wonderful way of connecting with and teaching folks her sublime method of collage. Layer after layer of beauty to create a one of a kind work of art. That you created! Last year was a huge hit and all the participants had a grand time. The cost for the workshop is $95. You also get a 25% discount that day while shopping at Watson Kennedy. It also happens to be the Mother’s Day Open House–lots of activity and fun stuff planned. So grab a friend or come solo for a lovely morning in the Market. Your spot must be reserved and paid for by calling me directly at 206.617.9678. Quite possibly the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I so hope you can join us.



 

 

Bartlett House Jams at Watson Kennedy

Super excited to have these awesome jams from our beloved Bartlett House in Ghent on the way, arriving next week. The flavor combinations out of this world. The packaging making it an amazing host/hostess gift or a lovely treat for Mother’s Day.



 

 

Seattle in Spring, Ahhhhhh

The above I snapped of our fine city from the deck of the Inn at the Market minutes before opening up the shop on Saturday morning. It was a tough Winter, so reveling in the Spring gloriousness. The below from the big window behind the wrap stand later that day in between helping customers. Come visit us! Seattle is such a fun place to explore with tons to see & do. XO, T



 

 

WK Annual Winter SALE

Our Annual Winter SALE is currently underway at our First & Spring shop. 50% to 90% off all sorts of treasures. Making room for all the new goodies arriving in the coming months. Decorative objects, lamps, linens, books & magazines, lotions, potions and candles, stationery, plus oodles of gourmet food items + much, much more. The sale runs through the end of the month. Give us a ring at 206.652.8350 if you live out of the area as we are happy to ship!



 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I snapped this moments before hopping in the car to head home yesterday. We closed both shops around 1. Our goal today is to get both shops open by noon. But again, that is a goal. The week ahead of snow is pretty unprecedented. We have lived here 30+ years and have never seen anything quite like this forecast. With all of our divine hills and lack of a large fleet of snow trucks to salt, our fine city becomes a bit, ok make that quite a bit of a challenge getting around. We will certainly try and get the shops open each day, but our awesome WK staff lives in all parts of the city and beyond, so them making it in and their safety is my number one concern at this time. We thank you all for your understanding. Best option this week is to call each store directly before you think of heading our way to do some shopping. Our Market shop is 206.443.6281 and our First & Spring location is 206.652.8350. Upside, it is really, really pretty. Be safe everyone!



 

 

Valentine Collage Workshop with Denise Fiedler at WK

SO excited to announce once again we will be offering, Valentine Collage Workshops with acclaimed artist Denise Fiedler of paste from San Francisco {Saturday, the 9th of February} Two workshops this year, either 10 to 12:30 or 2 to 4:30. We added a second as we sold out so quickly last year.

Learn the basics of collage technique, where you will design and make valentines cards! Bring any photographs you may want to include. For those who joined us last year, lots of fun new stuff to learn too!

Space is limited to the first 40 folks who sign up and pay by contacting Ted directly at 206.617.9678. Spots are coveted so if this is of interest, call to reserve your spot. Price is $95 which includes all supplies for the workshop. You will also receive a 25% discount on your Watson Kennedy shopping that day.

It is also our Valentine Open House too, so come for a glass of bubbly after the workshop. Hope you can join us for the creativity & fun!



 

 

Watson Kennedy Holiday 50% Off SALE

Truly off my game a bit. Apologies on this post being tardy. I thought to myself the other day, “Certainly I wrote about our sale?” but then looked through the feed and saw I had not. No worries, still tons of goodies left, all at 50% off! The above sign gives you all the specifics of what is in the sale, with not all of it being ‘holiday’ centric. I like to spice up our Holiday SALE by adding a few categories to keep it interesting. ALL lamps, design & cookery books, Caldrea and Santa Maria Novella goods, along with our extraordinary assortment of year round wrapping paper and ribbons by the yard. A fun way to stock up for the gift giving year ahead. The sale runs through this coming weekend, ending on the 15th.



 

 

In The Final Stretch

I want to thank all that came out shopping yesterday, as we had our best sales day ever! It was non-stop wrapping from start to finish, with happy customers filling the day. Merci, merci. I have always likened the retail Holiday season to a marathon, for which we are now in the final stretch. We have been receiving shipments daily, to keep our shelves nice and full for oodles of stylish options. Come on by this week-end if you still have folks you need to check off your gift list. We would love to see you!