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  1. To The 2024 Dads and Grads

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    Spring has officially sprung and the dads are out doing what they do: Snapping photos of the sunsets on Sunset, circling the Green Eggs at Ace Hardware, and fertilizing their lawns. In parallel, grads are calibrating to their next life phase: Could it be that the homework is all done, at least for now? 

    Dads and grads have a lot to celebrate, and we’re toasting to them!

    How can we celebrate them properly, though? These two groups are notoriously difficult to shower with gifts. That’s why you’re here, though! We’ve put together our ultimate 2024 guide to celebrating your dads and grads Downtown Edmonds. So, pop a cold one and keep scrolling because showing your favorite humans how much you care has never been easier in your favorite city by the Salish Sea.  

    For The Keepers of Keepsakes + Grillmasters

    Say hey to your favorite shopkeepers as they guide you to the perfect gift from places like The Paper Feather, The Papery, Crow, Bench & Board, or Ace Hardware. As we mentioned earlier, Ace needs no explanation (it is the place, after all, including for a quick bite if you need one). Oh! And don’t forget to reserve your cakes of all sizes from Cakes by Frosted, located right inside the sliding doors. 

    Two birds, as it were. 

    Podium in Edmonds

    Podium menswear store

    For The Homebodies

    Dad or grad prefer a solo recharge? Yeah, that’s relatable. 

    Select something mid-century for them to gaze at our lounge on from Driftwood Modern; a vintage flag, doodad, or whatsit from Camp Vintage; outfit their kitchen at The Wooden Spoon; or get them a soft tee from Little Bipsy or Rogue (or, or! Something vintage or flannel from newly-opened Podium!). 

    Homebodies love to curl up with a good book. Gift them something to bury their nose in while lazing in a hammock or under a blanket by the fire pit from Edmonds Bookshop. Still trying to decide what to grab? The store team will be happy to help. If you know what you want, you can also order it ahead and pop by for pickup.  

    Edmonds Arts FestivalFor The Art Lovers

    The Edmonds Arts Festival is back for Father’s Day weekend (June 14-16, 10am–7pm Friday & Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday) and offers the opportunity to bond over art while hand-selecting something perfect for your favorite people—together or as a welcome surprise. Nearly 200 artists will showcase their work at Frances Anderson, so the likelihood of finding something meaningful is exceptionally high. 

    For many, the Edmonds Art Festival is an annual tradition. Treat them to coffee at the newly-opened Stillhouse Coffee and a pastry from Copper Rose on your way. Then, get your grad a piece of art that reminds them of home when they’re away at school or some new lawn art for dad. Use the festival as a jumping-off point to explore all that Downtown Edmonds has to offer, especially if you go on Saturday—market day!

    Looking to explore more evergreen art? Take yourself on an art tour down from the Festival to Cole Gallery and Art Studio, Graphite, and Young Asian Art Gallery. Or, invest in continuing education and sign up for an art class! 

    Victor Tavern in Downtown EdmondsFor The Glass Raisers

    For the 21+ crowd, clink glasses at Calypso, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina, ChurchKey Pub, Daphnes, Kelnero, Dusted Valley Wine Bar, or Vinbero

    Dad or grad pretty tapped into cold beers? Take them to Maize & Barley to check out what’s in the rotation or to Salish Sea Brewing Co. for their pick of fine hand-crafted ales and lagers. You can also pop over to the newly-opened Victor Tavern or Leftcraft for an elevated pub experience. 

    For sub 21s, choose either Salish location for root beer on tap! 

    For The Food-Lovers

    There is something tried and true about a special occasion dinner out. Take yours to Salt & Iron Charcoal, Demetris, Fire & The Feast, Las Brisas Restaurante, or Kahlo’s Cantina. Don’t forget to cap the night off with froyo loaded with extra toppings (hey, you’re celebrating!) from Revelations Yogurt or one of Molly Moon’s rotating specials and a smiley stroll to the water.

    Breakfast more their style? Hit up Claire’s Restaurant, Pancake Haus, or Rusty Pelican Cafe

    And, if you want to get more interactive with it, grab some seats at Table for 12 and the whole crew can learn how to cook what they’re eating. 

    For The Giftees Still Pulling All-Nighters

    Whether they’re night owls or coffee connoisseurs, they’ll love a hosted visit or gift card to Red Twig Bakery Cafe, Walnut Street Coffee, or Waterfront Coffee Company. And, if they need a place to be productive behind a screen while meeting new people (with both cold brew and drip coffee flowing), gift them a membership to Workhorse Coworking.  

    Rick Steves in Downtown EdmondsFor The Explorers

    Whether your grad is taking a gap year or dad is searching for where he wants to spend his sabbatical, Edmonds is the place to learn all about Europe. Home to Rick Steves’ Europe, your dads and grads can get geared up while planning their trip on any budget. Bonus: They could plan a trip together. 

    How Are You Celebrating Your Dads and Grads This Year?

    We hope we’ve given you a lot to work with to celebrate your dads and grads. See? They weren’t so hard to celebrate, after all. 

    If you take them out or give them a gift suggested in this list, show us by tagging us in your social media posts (we’re @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook) or add #loveedmonds to your captions. We’ll share your papa props, sparkle drink pops, heys, and hurrahs to our stories! 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  2. Bring Your Pride Downtown

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    After a vibrant and fun celebration last year, Downtown Edmonds will be waving even more rainbow flags as we expand our Pride events to span from June 1st through the 29th. 

    That’s not to say you can’t keep celebrating long past the 30th and beyond—we just don’t have an official event planned that day. While you think about what you want to do on that last day (we’re always open to suggestions), check out the list of official events happening Downtown Edmonds and make sure to add as many as you feel called to attend to your—and your family and friends’—calendar. 

    It’s Pride Month Downtown Edmonds! Let’s party. 

    Pride in Downtown EdmondsDowntown Edmonds Pride Events

    • Saturday, June 1st, 11:00am-2:00pm: Picnic in the Park at Edmonds Hickman Park (in partnership with Pride of Edmonds—not exactly Downtown, but head there to support the local LGBTQIA+ community and kick off Pride Month in style)
    • Friday, June 7th, 6:00pm: Film Screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar at Edmonds Center for the Arts (in partnership with Edmonds Center for the Arts and the City of Edmonds) 
    • Monday, June 10th, 6:00-7:30pm: Out Loud LGBTQIA+ Storytelling at the Edmonds Library Meeting Room and online (in partnership with SnoIsle Library and Under the Rainbow)
    • Saturday, June 15th, 1:00-3:00pm: Queer Zine Exchange & Workshop in the Edmonds Library Meeting Room (in partnership with SnoIsle Library and Under the Rainbow) 
    • Saturday, June 22nd, 2:00-6:00pm: Pride Celebration at Civic Center Playfields with music, storytelling, art in the park, information booths, food, and retail (in partnership with The City of Edmonds)
    • Monday, June 24th, 5:30-7:30pm: Queer Adventurers’ D&D Night in the Edmonds Library Meeting Room (in partnership with SnoIsle Libraries and Under the Rainbow)
    • Wednesday, June 26th, 5:30-7:30pm: Hearts Beat Loud Queer Movie Night in the Edmonds Library Meeting Room (in partnership with SnoIsle Libraries and Under the Rainbow)
    • Saturday, June 29th, 10:00-11:00am: Summer Storytelling Series with author George Shannon in the Edmonds Library Meeting Room (in partnership with SnoIsle Libraries and Under the Rainbow) 

    Pride Stride in Downtown EdmondsCome Stride with Us!

    We’re hosting a “Pride Stride” from June 1st until the 22nd. During this three-week walkabout, Downtown Edmonds visitors who purchase $15 or more from Downtown Edmonds restaurants, shops and salons will get a stamp on your “Pride Stride” card, available at any participating location. You’ll also get a free Edmonds pride sticker in exchange for your completed card! 

    Collect five stamps and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a raffle prize! Some ideas of where to go? 

    Pride merch at Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Pride merch at Rogue

    Head to Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina to sip a salt-rimmed margarita, stop into Rogue for a new accessory, get a new ‘do at Chroma Salon, pull up for a pint at Maize & Barley, or add to your art collection at Crow. When your card is full, pop back to Santa Fe to hand over your completed card and get your sticker. 

    Here’s a longer list of participating Downtown Edmonds businesses to help you strategize your Stride:

    Show us where you stride and show off your full Pride Stride cards! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook (we’re @edmondsdowntown both places) and we’ll share your post on our stories! 

    Pride Month Every Month

    While June is the *official* month to celebrate Pride, we’re a safe place for our LGBTQIA+ community all year long. Look for rainbow flags and signs in business windows around Downtown. They weren’t affixed just for the occasion. They’re a consistent note that all are welcome and seen in Edmonds. Join us for the special events, sure, and come back again soon, okay?

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert



  3. Hey, Edmonds, You Deserve A Sweet Treat

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    If you’re like us, there are moments throughout your week—nay, your day—when you think to yourself, Self, I could use a sweet treat. And then you start going through your mental Rolodex of Downtown Edmonds businesses that could satiate that craving. 

    Well, reader, this is that Rolodex. Because you deserve a sweet treat, and our downtown blocks are full of them. There are quite a few options, so we’ve bucketed them up by type: hot, cold, and in-between. We expect you’ll pick from each list quite frequently, and we’ve recommended orders at each location. Rest assured each spot offers much more than we can list here. 

    So, bookmark this page since you’ll surely come back to it, and let’s find you that next mid-morning iced latte, lunch dessert, or crackly crust crème brûlée. 

    Hot Treats

    Whether you’re into steaming teas or warmed-up pie a-la-mode, we have something for your sweet tooth Downtown Edmonds. Claire’s is a cavernous diner just a few blocks up from the ferry that doesn’t feel cavernous at all. They have a rotating mix of pie slices you won’t want to miss, plus sweet breakfast items like waffles and crepes. 

    There is a lot to love at Red Twig Bakery Cafe, from their seasonal specials to their nutritious bowls. But the two things that beckon us from blocks away? Their Chai Latte with a side of warmed-up Cinnamon Roll. Trust us. 

    Coffee cake and coffee at Rusty Pelican in Downtown Edmonds

    Rusty Pelican Cafe has warm desserts made fresh daily, including warm pastries and sugary slices. A breakfast date, steaming cup of coffee, and something sweet? Say less!

    If you want to sit down with your treats, make a reservation at Salt & Iron, where you can enjoy seasonally inspired desserts crafted in-house. Celebrating something special? Order a Champagne Float with pink Moscato and your choice of sorbet. 

    Serving a selection of sweets from beloved Macrina Bakery, Salmonberry Goods, and Flying Apron (these treats are for you, gluten-free friends and neighbors!), Walnut Street Coffee orders are extra tasty with a side of warm pastries. Did you know they have two microwaves available for you to heat them to your desired temps, too? 

    Cold Treats

    Molly Moons ice cream in Downtown Edmonds

    This writer read somewhere once that the Seattle area, while gray most of the year, also enjoys one of the highest rates of ice cream consumption. Whether that’s still true now (or was then), it’s a believable story, especially given how long ice cream lines are in Edmonds all year round. Enter Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, open downtown for just a few months and always spilling lines of guests down the block. We’re suckers for their Yeti flavor (sweet cream ice cream swirled with homemade vanilla bean caramel and tons of homemade yeti granola and Theo chocolate bits) and look forward to their “Now Scooping” emails with what’s new on the menu. 

    See also: Revelations Yogurt, a go-to for kiddos and their people post-Little League, SnoKing Soccer, and the like. Who doesn’t love building your own dessert? We certainly can’t say no, especially when the dessert pangs strike. Sleepy? Order an affogato with your favorite froyo. 

    Molly Moon’s and RevYo are neighbors—ice cream and froyo eaters can admire each other from across the street—and the best thing they have in common is their ever-rotating flavors. As if these cold treats weren’t exciting enough, they’re both calling us back with new tastebud ticklers nearly every day. And you know what? That’s a call we’ll always answer. 

    Remember how we said Rusty Pelican Cafe has warm desserts? They also have cold specialty milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and ice cream sodas. Double the sweets are double the fun, especially when you have a date to share it all with. Two spoons, please, and thanks! 

    Girls eating ice cream at Waterfront Coffee in Downtown EdmondsMany people know Waterfront Coffee for its Mukilteo Roasters drinks, but you may not know they also serve cold scoops of ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery. The best part of this little slice of paradise by the ferry landing? Everything they serve is sourced locally from the best PNW companies. 

    In-Betweener Treats

    Edmonds Bakery often has fresh-out-of-the-over pastries and it always has a case full of donuts, cookies, breads, and more to peruse. Need a custom cake? This centenarian staple has those, too! 

    Cakes by Frosted inside Ace Hardware has grab-and-go cupcakes perfect for an impromptu party and a binder of custom options to flip through while you wait to check out. 

    Copper Rose in Downtown Edmonds

    Copper Rose Bakery, recently opened at Main Street Commons, has cases of fresh pastries daily. Check out their selection here, and get in line early for the best selection. 

    If in doubt, there’s always Starbucks, right by the fountain. We crave the comfort of consistency, and Starbucks serves that up in droves. We also appreciate knowing that a well-timed cake pop can calm even the most tantrummy child—including your inner child!

    Which sweet treat is piquing your interest? If we see you around town with something small and sugary in hand, we’ll know where you probably got the idea. And we fully support it. 

    Show them off! Tag your treats on Instagram and Facebook and we’ll send you all the hearts to go along with them.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  4. Business Spotlight: Edmonds Bookshop

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Michelle Bear from Edmonds Bookshop.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    (only one?!) Connecting books with readers.

    Why did you start your business?
    More like, why did I purchase this existing community treasure? Having worked here for seventeen years (total)—when Mary Kay asked if I’d be interested in buying, it was an easy YES, as this has been a home for me and our community for so long, and I wanted to continue the tradition. So three years on, I haven’t regretted a second!

    What is unique about your business?
    What is unique about the independent bookstore world, is we all support each other: Independent Bookstore Day (IBD)—it was April 27th this year, and our local chapter Seattle Independent Bookstore Day (SIBD) are examples. We recommend customers to each other, we see each other at trade shows, and share our stories.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Doing business with us, versus any big online retailer, for example, means that more of your dollars stay in your community. Shopping local really does work.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I used to also work for the City of Edmonds, Parks Department, as a Ranger-Naturalist then Interpretive Specialist.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We have our website, where customers can order books, find events (like our new children’s story times,) and check out our new t shirts and sweatshirts (in store too!)

    What are your hours of business?
    Monday – Wednesday 10am to 6pm
    Thurs 10am to 8pm
    Fri – Sat 10am – 6pm
    Sun 12pm – 5pm

    Edmonds Bookshop
    111 Fifth Ave S

    Opened in 1972

    Photo by Matt Hulbert

  5. Our 2024 Guide to Celebrating Mom in Downtown Edmonds

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    In a city full of women-owned shops and businesses, we know how to throw down for mom—not just on Mother’s Day, but all the time. Still, Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to spend some intentional time with the special women in our lives—the women who raised us, the women who praise us, and the women who carry a really big load. 

    Downtown Edmonds is well-positioned to celebrate all the moms, not only because we offer beautiful, calming views that are a daily treat on their own, but also because we’ve pulled out all the stops to give mom a super special day. Keep reading to come up with your plan to celebrate your favorite moms. 

    Mother's Day gifts at Paper Feather in Edmonds

    The Paper Feather

    For The Art-Lover

    At The Paper Feather, owner Jen Cullin hand paints each beautiful greeting card. Give mom something extra special created by a local artist. Consider, too, a stroll through the new Young Gallery on Main and check out their beautiful Japanese art. 

    You can also make a day of loving on art with your motherly figures! The Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend (May 11) brings Spring Fest back to Frances Anderson Center. Brought to town by Urban Craft Uprising, this event can be a springboard to cruising around your favorite downtown shops. Learn about a local crafter, stroll up and down Main, sit down for a long lunch, and peruse the latest installment at Graphite. While you’re out, stop into one of our many downtown galleries and artists’ studios

    Coffee beans at Stillhouse Coffee in Edmonds

    Stillhouse Coffee

    For The Coffee Snob

    Who’s been to the cutest new coffee shop in town? This is the perfect time to take mom on a coffee date. On the corner of Main Street Commons, Stillhouse Coffee serves pastries from The Cottage, Community Bakery, and pulls a delicious shot from its house-roasted beans. Got places to be and people to see? Walk up to their to-go window and take your coffee with you. The Saturday Market is back and buzzing right down the block! 

    (Same goes for Il Viale if you’re coming from the other direction. Plus, you’ll love sipping al fresco on their European-inspired terrace.) 

    For The Fashionista

    Want to have a dress-up party with your mom or your mini? Check out the dreamy Downtown Edmonds collaboration between Little Bipsy and The Social Chain Co. Enjoy a permanent jewelry pop-up, 15% off in-store purchases, and surprises throughout the day! We also have a long list of shops and boutiques where mom can find a new ‘fit that is perfectly and uniquely her. Find the list here, and start planning your shopping cardio. 

    P.S. Don’t forget to help her accessorize. Jewels abound downtown. Pick your pearly (or diamond-y etc.) piece here

    For The Vintage-Collector

    Camp Vintage just celebrated its first birthday on 4th and is brimming with conversation pieces you and mom will love to discuss. You two more into records? Head over to Musicology Co on 5th to sift through new and vintage vinyl. Compare your favorite artists, giggle at their musician-driven cards, and spin a few before you make your final decisions. 

    DIY Mother's Day gift from FIELD in Edmonds

    FIELD by Morgan & Moss

    For The Green Thumb

    Many families enjoy a tradition of planting their gardens together over Mother’s Day weekend. Check out Ace Hardware for seeds, starters, equipment, and post-planting beverages. If you want to add some flavor for your resident pollinators, pop by Bench & Board while you’re out. Owner Jill has a selection of sweet flora for you and yours, plus lots of giftables and an artist’s gallery in the back of the store. 

    If you’re intrigued by the idea of thinking outside the vase or hand-tied bouquet for mom this year, head over to FIELD right up Main for their Mother’s Day DIY kit. This floral design bundle includes a canvas tote with leather handles and pockets, a bucket of spring blooms with 20+ stems, a winnie compote vase, a 2” metal floral frog, putty (to attach the frog to the vase), floral shears, linen ribbon, and flower food. This is a great option to get the kiddos involved!

    For The Foodie

    Follow us and your favorite downtown restaurants to stay in the know about who’s hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or just so happens to have brunch available on Mother’s Day. The Rusty Pelican Cafe is always a tasty and lively option right in the thick of the market, making it an ideal spot to celebrate your favorite motherly figures and people-watch. 

    Some other tasty places to pull out all the stops for mom?

    For happy hour or dinner, consider SanKai or Charcoal

    For The Traveler

    Support her dreams of sipping under the Tuscan sun, exploring ancient Greek ruins, or buzzing around busy streets on the back of a moped through a combination of Edmonds Bookshop and Rick Steves’ Europe. And outfit her for her trip at Saetia

    Barre3 class in Downtown Edmonds.

    Barre3

    For The Athlete

    Moms make up the majority of clients at many downtown athletic studios, including Barre3, BodyWorks Pilates, and Twist Yoga. Keep your eyes peeled for mom-specific specials or, if you’re a mom prioritizing herself (you go, girl!), take the time to try on a new studio. 

    And, don’t forget about your post-workout and general body recovery. Body Motion Physical Therapy, Slate Salon + Spa, Sauna Hut, and Sheryl Fendall Massage Therapy are ready to work out all her stress, lean out her muscles, and sweat out toxins. 

    For The Queen of Cozy

    Get her something soft and lush to wrap around her at Rogue or Soaring Heart. Treasures & Teas will keep her warm from the inside out! HouseWares and KSD Home will make her nest beautiful. 

    Moms singing with babies at Alley Bell Music in Downtown Edmonds.

    Alley Bell Music

    For The Mom Who Has It All

    If you’re still stumped about how you want to spoil Mom, know she will never deny spa and beauty treatments. Bellissimo Beauty Bar, Milltown Nails & Skin Care, one of the many fabulous service providers at Mosaic Salon Group, or Torres Aesthetics gift cards are always welcome. For the mommy and me types, check out Alley Bell Music for the sweetest classes full of beautiful noise or Glazed & Amazed for quality time with a side of painted pottery.

    Also, time just for her. On this day, time can go so far. 

    Shout out your moms and motherly figures! Tag @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook so we can wish your favorite women the best—on Mother’s Day and every day!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  6. Six Downtown Edmonds Italian Restaurants to Fill Your Heart and Belly

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    Edmonds foodies have been rejoicing over the explosion of new restaurants in town, especially of the mangia variety. There’s something so comforting about Italian food done well that makes you want to hug your server and possibly take a nap, but please don’t do those things unless you know the server and are napping at home. Otherwise, as you were. 

    In this article, we’re digging into six Downtown Edmonds Italian stops that will leave you satiated and contented. There’s no time to waste since you’re probably hungry right now. Let’s go!

    (And, of course, Italian includes pizza. And espresso!) 

    Italian restaurant Fire & the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & the Feast

    Where To Eat Italian Food in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & The Feast, the brainbaby of local restaurateurs Shubert Ho and Andrew Leckie of Feedme Hospitality, is the company’s first Italian restaurant in the area. They serve what they call “Pacific Northwest Italian” from their beautiful restaurant on Main Street. The seasonal menu uses the freshest local ingredients to make mouth-watering items like Octopus & Romesco, Tomato Bruschetta, Chicken Pesto Tortellini, Pepperoni & Calabrian Honey Pizza, and Pork Osso Buco. A few other things you’ll want to note: Kids eat for half price on Mondays and Tuesdays; their brunch should not be overlooked, especially when it’s sunny enough to enjoy the outdoor patio; and their drink specials—particularly during the holidays—are always molto bene

    Salmon at Girardi's Osteria in Edmonds

    Girardi’s Osteria

    You’ll find yourself drawn to Girardi’s Osteria’s terrazza (indoor-outdoor patio) almost immediately, even if you’re just passing by. And if you are just passing by, you’ll make a mental note to come back and enjoy it on a sunny day when the fountain trickles behind you and the trees leave dappled shadows all around. Offering daily specials, half-price bottles of wine select days of the week, and an ever-alluring “afternoon delight” (their “better than happy hour” menu with appetizers, wine by the glass, beer, non-alcoholic beer, and a large selection of cocktails), Girardi’s may become your date-night go-to. Plus, they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! Start with the Goat Cheese Bruschetta, try some Cioppino or Porchetta Roast, Fred’s Salmon (the owner’s signature dish), or Paella, and end with some Tiramisu and an espresso. Any time is a good time to eat at Girardi’s, but make sure you don’t miss a meal when grapevines cover the overhead trellises with hanging Merlot grapes from late July through September!

    Italian cafe Il Viale in Downtown Edmonds

    Il Viale Espresso

    Walking into Il Viale Espresso, which opened last year right by Ace Hardware, feels like visiting your favorite Italian cafe. No detail is overlooked—your drink comes with a delicious square of chocolate and the patio beckons group dates, dog owners, and solo sippers alike. Consider an Espresso Con Panna and a Bacon Omelet Melt for breakfast or a steaming cup of tea with a Hangry Vegan Wrap (marinated tofu, shredded cabbage & carrots, red bell peppers, cilantro, mint, and a peanut dressing in a flour tortilla) for lunch. 

     

    Italian restaurant Johnny Mo's Pizzeria in Downtown Edmonds

    Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria

    Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria, which opened just a few months ago, is already popular with groups and singles alike. Kids love that they can build their own pizzas and sports fans high-five in front of the TVs above the restaurant’s bar that looks out over Main Street. You can choose between two pie styles: Chicago-style and New York-style. Read more about how the Chicago/New York combination came to be in our article from earlier this year about new Downtown Edmonds businesses. And if you want some ordering tips, a few of our favorites are the Skillet Meatballs Al Forno, Pesto Caprese Sandwich, Arugula and Prosciutto Salad, New York-Style “The U Cut” pizza (mozzarella, dollops of homemade sauce with imported tomatoes, pepperoni, sliced meatballs, portobello mushrooms and fresh garlic), and Chicago-style “Bethany’s Special” pizza (mozzarella, homemade sauce with imported tomatoes, topped with roasted garlic, pineapple, and pepperoni). Don’t forget lunchtime single slices either!  

    Italian restaurant Ristorante Machiavelli in Downtown Edmonds

    Ristorante Machiavelli

    If you’ve been looking for a new lunch spot, you’re in luck because Ristorante Machiavelli just started offering mid-day Italian eats in the former Chanterelle location on Main Street. Keep it simple with a soup and salad (we recommend the Minestrone with a Mixed Green) or get all your protein in with an Italian Piadina (coppa, salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and red pepper pesto). Pasta more your speed? Consider the Linguini Alle Vongole (clams in marinara with lots of garlic) or their Spinach Ravioli. Just remember: The camera eats first. Tag us in your social media posts. We’re @edmondsdowntown Instagram and Facebook

    Italian restaurant MOTO Pizza in Downtown Edmonds

    MOTO Pizza

    Speaking of Instagrammable foods, MOTO Pizza entered the chat in 2023 and hasn’t left it since. What started as a pandemic pivot in West Seattle has grown into a mini pizza empire, and we love having MOTO in our neighborhood. It’s also impressive that owners Lee and Nancy follow European food recycling practices that allow 1% of their dough to be repurposed, and 80% of our produce is either self-grown, foraged, or from hydroponic farms. Start conservatively with Cheese or go All In (spicy sausage, pepperoni, MOTO cheese blend, parmesan, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, olives, and tomato sauce) on one of their oddly-shaped pizzas. There’s been a lot of chatter in town about MOTO’s Dungeness Crab pizza, too (MOTO cheese blend, parmesan, butter, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and thyme). If you happen to be walking by when they’re open, you can dip your toe in the super-fun MOTO pool with a single slice!

    Bonus: Dreaming of an Italian getaway? Rick Steves’ Europe can help you with that! Make a day of it and eat your way through all the spots we listed here and then head over to Rick Steves’ for a new guidebook with a side of vacation planning. Why not?

    If you got this far without pausing to try some of these five Downtown Edmonds Italian places, we’ll leave you to it. Please do report back. We can’t wait to see where you end up. 

    Buon appetito!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  7. It’s Good To Be Green In Edmonds

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    Earth Month is a great time to think about how we’re living green. It’s a good stopping point in our day-to-day to think about what we could be doing better. And it’s a wonderful opportunity to remind you of all the businesses Downtown Edmonds that make a daily commitment to their sustainable practices. 

    In this article, you’ll get a list of many of our earth-conscious Downtown Edmonds businesses, along with a few recommendations of ways you can lean into your green. There’s no better time than right now to live green and support your city while you’re at it. Keep scrolling to learn how. 

    Eco-Conscious Downtown Edmonds Businesses

    Anchor Chic Consignment is a resale boutique on Dayton that curates beautiful pieces at great prices. Join the green fashion movement when you shop at Anchor Chic! 

    Bench & Board has recently started selling antiques, including beautiful vintage tea sets. This is the green economy at its most charming. 

    Camp Vintage specializes in all things nostalgic. Come by often to peruse their ever-evolving collection of memorabilia, gifts, camp, and homewares. 

    Cline Jewelers, family-run since 1980, offers a large selection of estate jewelry. Peek in their new windows to watch them refurbish antique pieces and create new ones!

    Many makers featured at Crow (now open in its new location on 5th Ave. S!) upcycle their materials. 

    Driftwood in Downtown Edmonds

    Mid-century modern treasures at Driftwood Modern

    Driftwood Modern curates beautiful, thoughtful, mid-century furniture pieces and fine art. Stop in to see if you need a 1970s English, Nathan teak bookshelf and cabinet with a lockable, fold-down desk (you do). 

    Edmonds Bookshop offers a section of used books. If you sell with them, you can use your earnings to buy new books and keep the circle going!

     

    Maize & Barley in downtown Edmonds

    Local, sustainable purveyors at Maize & Barley

    Maize & Barley has a deep commitment to eco-conscious practices, including composting. Maize & Barley offers a highly seasonal, all-scratch menu that supports small, local, sustainable purveyors. 

    Musicology sells both new and used records in its new shop on 5th Ave. S. They’ll buy your records Tuesday through Sunday during their regular business hours. They’ll also buy some of your old cassettes and take CD donations.

     

    Ombu Salon + Spa in Downtown Edmonds

    Eco-friendly products at Ombu Salon + Spa

    Ombu Salon + Spa actively looks for partners that care about the environment and their packaging. Helping you and Mother Earth look and feel good? Yeah, Ombu’s all over that. 

    Pear Tree Consignment can outfit *most* of your family in its curated collection of gently used clothing and accessories—and that includes men, petites, and plus sizes! New items arrive daily, so pop in often! 

    Sugarology is built on sustainability. The most sustainable of hair removal practices, sugaring is a gentle hair removal process that takes hair from the root in the natural direction of hair growth, with little to no irritation to the skin. The sugar itself is all-natural sugar, lemon, and water, cooked like a caramel into paste form.

    When wine and green living come together, magic is made. The team at Vinbero focuses on a curated selection of delights featuring small, craft vendors with a focus on sustainability. Happy hour with a bigger purpose? Yes, please! 

    Walnut Street Coffee rewards you for bringing your own vessels. In case you forget yours, you’ll be served your drink in a compostable cup with organic dairy or plant-based milk (Oatly, almond, soy, hemp, and coconut) for no additional charge.

    A Note About Ridwell

    You may have noticed cream bins with orange text on them on many local porches, including at a few Downtown Edmonds businesses. This local company focused on sustainable practices is offering Edmonds residents a one-month free trial for Earth Month!

    What is Ridwell, you might be wondering? Ridwell’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to build a less wasteful future by making it easy to reuse and recycle their stuff sustainably. Ridwell offers a convenient doorstep pickup service for items not accepted by traditional curbside recycling programs, and partners with 200+ vetted local and national businesses and nonprofits for responsible recycling and reuse. 

    To celebrate Earth Month and beyond, visit get.ridwell.com/EarthMonth2024 by May 15th to see what you can recycle and claim your box!

    Make A Difference on Earth Day with The City of Edmonds

    On Saturday, April 20, several local groups (The City of Edmonds, The Edmonds Stewards, The Edmonds Tree Board, Sound Salmon Solutions, and other community volunteers) will come together for a day of service. Join us! We’ll plant trees, restore habitats, and clean up our beaches. Learn more and plan your day here

    Show us how you’re living green! Add #greenedmonds to your public social media posts and we’ll send you all the hearts from our @edmondsdowntown Instagram and Facebook pages.

    By Whitney Popa

  8. Downtown Edmonds Elder Resources

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    Edmonds is an ideal place to not only grow up (however you define it), but also to grow older: The soothing water views, the access to the big city, the great food, the relatively easy parking, and the art and entertainment make it so we never want to leave.  

    Plus, getting older in Edmonds has a ton of benefits: free coffee at many of the cafes, more time to watch the ferry, and great prices on shows are just a few. Whether you’re planning to retire in Edmonds or just moved in, our city dwellers of a certain age and stage can expect to be taken care of exceedingly well, especially Downtown. Stick with us as we go through some of the fantastic resources available to Edmonds elders. 

    And, pssst, many of the things we’re about to mention are helpful for people of all ages. Whether you have an AARP card or not, keep reading. 

    Beresford Booth attorneys in Downtown Edmonds.Attorneys, Insurance Providers, and Estate Planners

    They say the two inevitabilities in life are death and taxes. Both of those things can feel stressful and put us on a quick path to existential crises, but they don’t have to! 

    Allstate – Salish Insurance Group offers business and personal insurance. Their agents will help you figure out everything from how much life insurance coverage you need to what is covered under event insurance. They’ll even insure that new yacht you bought when you retired! 

    At Beresford Booth PLLC, your estate planning is in great hands. They’ve been in Edmonds since 1946! They’ll help to resolve estate disputes (should they arise) and guide you through both simple and complex estate planning, and so much more. 

    In the event of an accident, including slips and falls, Certa Farrish Law Group will be right at your side. Count on them to help you put your life back together following an injury.

    Insurance Services Group is a family-owned and operated insurance agency that offers comprehensive solutions for you, your family, and your business. Because they work with more than thirty other insurance companies, they have access to the entire insurance marketplace. A one-stop insurance shop? You found it.

    To ensure you’re set up for ultimate financial success, talk to Koenig Financial Group. Their Premium Wealth Management gives you the freedom to live each day how you want to. 

    Need to create a trust? Head to Edmonds Wills & Trust, where you can expect complete estate planning services, from simple wills to more complex revocable living trusts. Best part? Flat rates!

    TFS Advisors, LLC is all about protecting your wealth, your dreams, and your life goals. They’ll help you invest based on your values and act as true partners for wherever you want your days to take you.  

    Edmonds Vision in Downtown EdmondsLongevity Services

    We may not be formally classified as a blue zone in Edmonds, but we have all the right ingredients. From community, purpose, and lots of open areas to exercise, the quality of life here can’t be beat. Here are some of the contributors to our path to a haven for centenarians right Downtown: 

    Advanced Hearing Systems, around since 1996, specializes in hearing aid technology. Long live coffee dates and audible conversation at bustling cafes! 

    The eyes have it at Edmonds Vision Center. Whether you need readers or treatment for dry eye, they’ll take great care of you here. Plus, lots of new frames to choose from! 

    Get your prescriptions and more right in Downtown Edmonds at Paktia Pharmacy. A family-owned and operated business, Paktia takes most insurance and is devoted to caring for you. 

    At Stewart Family Chiropractic, you’ll get gentle, hands-on care. They are devoted to your body-brain connection, something that becomes even more important to watch as you age. 

    Whether you’re looking for something cosmetic or preventative, Soundview Family Dental has your oral care covered. They even offer overdentures, a removable prosthesis for replacing missing teeth! 

    Real Estate

    Need to buy or sell? Contact Legendary Properties to get the real estate ball rolling! 

    Edmonds Landing in Downtown EdmondsResidences

    Edmonds Landing emphasizes wellness and independence. They’ll keep you linked to all the resources we listed and more. From cocktail-hour gatherings where you can learn about the nuances of a good Pinot Noir, to a discussion of the latest best seller in their Life-Long Learning series, to exploring new ways to stay healthy in a fitness class, this is a community unlike any other. 

    Travel

    As the man himself was quoted as saying, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, and age only matters if you’re a cheese.”  Use the ample resources available at Rick Steves’ Europe to plan your next international adventure, chat with the friendly staff, and swap stories with other shoppers. With Edmonds here to come home to, the world is at your fingertips whether you stay or explore beyond it. 

    Looking for more resources? We’ll keep sharing them on our social media pages. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Live long and love hard. 

    And, if you want to sip a cup of coffee collectively, we’ll see you at the senior round table at Walnut Street Coffee

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  9. 19 Downtown Edmonds Family Hangouts

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    If you’ve noticed more babies strapped to chests around the Downtown Edmonds blocks and toddlers babbling in high chairs at your favorite restaurants, you’re not alone. Maybe there’s something in the water. Maybe more people have moved out of the Emerald City. Maybe both! 

    Whatever the reason, Edmonds is full of families, and many are hanging out Downtown. In this article, we’ve rounded up close to twenty of our favorite places to go for family enjoyment—places where mom and dad can also have fun while the kids do. 

    Nay! Some places err more on the side of parents first and kid entertainment second. Either way, they’re all (mostly) stroller-friendly businesses where the whole family will probably get their needs met. Kids are fickle beings, so we can’t take on the liability of promises, but we’re confident you catch our drift and will make the right decisions for you and your crew. 

    Try them out and let us know where you land by tagging @edmondsdowntown in your social posts. We’ll be there to cheer you on. 

    Let’s get into it!

    Civic Playfields in Downtown EdmondsParks and Rec Centers

    At the newly-refreshed Civic Center Playfields, you’ll enjoy fields, playgrounds, a skate park, courts, and a cushy walking path that is all beautifully maintained. Plus, it’s super close to at least two ice cream shops and steps from our Saturday markets. 

    There are tons of fun rec classes inside the Frances Anderson Center and a fabulous park outside of it. Enjoy the nice picnic tables while the kiddos play and pop over to the library to pick up your holds after everyone’s had their fresh air fix. 

    Art Spot in Downtown EdmondsShops

    ARTspot caters to professional and hobby artists alike. It’s the perfect place to shop together or send your kids off to choose supplies on their own. However you choose to shop (or gamify the experience), they’ll create art at home instead of sitting in front of a screen, and that is a win in itself. 

    At the Edmonds Bookshop, you’ll be cozily contained in the stacks. There are cushy chairs to sit and read while you wait for each other to peruse. This is also the start and end point for summer’s Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt downtown, a popular family-fun activity! 

    East West Books & Gifts moved to Downtown Edmonds a few months ago and has begun hosting a weekly story time for littles. Even if you can’t make it to that, your family will love perusing the pretty crystals, handmade jewelry, and gifts with you each time you pop in. 

    Match your mini when you shop at Little Bipsy. This is the go-to shop in town for all things mom and kiddo. Not only do they have clothing, but they also have gear, toys, books, and a fabulous rewards program for frequent shoppers. Plus, it’s extremely stroller-friendly. 

    At Musicology, pick up some vinyl for you, your cousin, and even your inner children. Their curated kids’ record collection has Disney classics and Sesame Street songs you’ll be able to teach the kids and sing along to, too. They also have a listening station, so you can all pick something to try before you buy. This is a great hang for a date with you and your significant other, your teenager, and your toddler. 

    Involve your family in picking hand-made cards from The Paper Feather, which offers three cards for $12. Plus, they have surprise confetti ball toys for special occasions, delicious candles, and stationery for your budding snail mailers and journalers.  

    The Wishing Stone has a rock bin along its back wall that entertains the younger set for longer than average. Kids of all ages will love perusing the crystals with you to learn about their energies and powers. And that dino in the front window? Always a crowd-pleaser. 

    Molly Moon's in Downtown EdmondsRestaurants and Cafes

    Take your babes on a pastry date to Copper Rose Bakery and invite each family member to pick something to share with the group. Only rule: Everyone has to get something different. 

    Add Fire & The Feast to your Monday or Tuesday dinner plans: kids’ meals are half-price from 4pm until close and we have it on good authority their spaghetti and meatballs are a fan-favorite. 

    You’ll love seeing *the game* on one of the bar’s three TVs and they’ll love building their own 10” pizzas at Johnny Mo’s in Main Street Commons. 

    Polish off that pizza and head downstairs to Molly Moon’s where you can sample one of the more experimental flavors and your kids can lick from cones topped with staples like the scoop shop’s famous Yeti (sweet cream ice cream that’s swirled with homemade vanilla bean caramel and tons of homemade yeti granola and Theo chocolate bits). Or, spring for a family sundae. Sky’s the limit! Bonus: Ice cream swag. 

    Off Main is cavernous, but cozy and offers an ice cream sundae with each kids’ meal. Watch their eyes light up while you sip your adult beverage. It’s totally worth it. 

    Nothing spells love like fluffy breakfast c-a-r-b-s do. If we know anything, we know even adults can’t say no to the Pancake Haus. Whip on top? Why not!

    Kids of all ages love a build-your-own adventure and Revelations Yogurt offers that in spades. Their ever-rotating flavors keep us all coming back, too. Don’t forget to add your phone number for rewards—you’ll be coming back often! 

    Owner Jeff at Salish Sea Brewing Company has been known to offer whiny kiddos a sweet treat and parents have been thanking him for it for years. Your kids will feel super cool while they sip their craft rootbeer, to boot. 

    For all of its fanciness, Salt + Iron knows its way around a kids’ menu, especially when it comes to coloring options (turtles, octopuses, you name it!). Plus, you are likely to steal one of your kids’ shoestring fries. This place will inspire you to bring the kiddos with you for happy hour. 

    With big booths and generous kids’ portions, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina treats kids like the mini people they are. They also offer enticing smoothies your kids are sure to remember and pull on your sleeve asking to revisit. For you? An extremely well-stocked bar and the biggest burritos around.  

    Glazed & Amazed in downtown EdmondsFamily Entertainment

    At Glazed & Amazed, you have options: Several classes allow parents to drop kids off and bop around Downtown, or run errands, or go to the gym, or read a book, or enjoy a glass of wine, etc. etc. You can also plan a family paint day and join in on the fun.   

    Where are your favorite Downtown hangs? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. We may just write about them next! 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  10. Business Spotlight: Mountain2City Physical Therapy

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Sonja Serwold from Mountain2City Physical Therapy.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Working closely with people to help them with pain relief or while rehabbing from an injury or surgery.

    Why did you start your business?
    So that I could enjoy my practice more and provide higher quality care for my patients through working one-on-one with every patient, not utilizing assistants, and offering longer appointments than most Physical Therapy clinics.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I love being in downtown Edmonds. It’s such a beautiful town and has so many great small businesses. Plus, have you seen the view of the Olympics from Main Street?!

    What is unique about your business?
    The time and attention you will get from your Physical Therapist.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I can’t get enough of the mountains. Sunny summers, snowy winters, or rainy shoulder season, it doesn’t matter.

    What are your hours of business?
    Monday thru Friday by appointment

    Mountain2City Physical Therapy
    100 2nd Ave S, Ste 160

    Opened in 2017

    Photo by Matt Hulbert

  11. Build Your Glam Squad in Downtown Edmonds

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    Downtown Edmonds is a creative hub for artists of all kinds—watercolor, culinary, mixed media, music, and more. And when we think about art, we don’t always think of it in terms of, well, glam, but our goal in this article is to change that. 

    The beauty experts in Downtown Edmonds are true artists, humans committed to their craft to make you look and feel amazing. And the best part? Our blocks are bursting with them. 

    So, whether you need a barber who will give you the best straight-edge shave of your life or a nail technician who paints delicate flowers on your thumb nail’s hard gel, stick around because we have recommendations for both of those services—and more. 

    (Note: We have so many beauty experts Downtown Edmonds that we couldn’t include everyone. Please know this list is not entirely exhaustive, but it will give you a great starting point and new people to try on. Within each category, businesses and service providers are listed alphabetically. You deserve the best—now, go out and treat yourself to it!)

    Beauty and the Barber in Downtown Edmonds

    Beauty and the Barber

    Hair

    At The Basement Salon, you’ll be taken care of by a team that truly loves each other—and that matters! Whoever you’re working with will give you the perfect look for you, so pull up those Pinterest photos!

    Beauty and the Barber, a relative newcomer to Downtown Edmonds, is the perfect place for a beauty date. They have stylists, barbers, and estheticians all under one roof in a very cool space on 4th. Take yourself for lashes and brows and get your man groomed with that straight-edge right alongside you. Win-win!

    Bellissimo Beauty Bar proudly calls itself your glam squad. At their full-service salon, expect to feel completely taken care of, empowered, and beautiful. 

    If you think you’ve seen Chroma in Seattle, you’re right. Their Edmonds location is their fourth location in the area, meaning the professional experience you’ve come to expect in the Emerald City is also planted firmly in your backyard. Why pay for parking in Seattle to get your hair done when you can stay right at home in Edmonds? And, pssst, for all you Aveda fans—they’re an Aveda salon. 

    Love a good scissor cut? Head to ​​Faye’s Shear Delight where longtime owner Faye will get you, your partner, and your kids looking their best. Wavy or curly hair? No problem—unruly hair is Faye’s specialty! 

    At MODA Hair Cafe + Spa, enhance your look with one of their professional hair stylists or master estheticians. Launched by a MOther-DAughter team in 1996 (MODA, get it?), this salon and spa has been in the business of your beautification for nearly thirty years. 

    Sugarology Edmonds
    Sugaring hair removal at Sugarology Edmonds

    Skin

    Ombu Salon + Spa is all about a beautiful, organic you. They do hair, too, and they make sure all of it is not only good for you but also good for the environment. Plus, their retail section has great gifts! 

    Slate Salon + Spa does it all, including those fancy hard gel manis we mentioned in the intro, but we wanted to put them in the skin section because they also have tons of products for you to protect your body’s biggest organ. Book a facial, or a blowout, and have them wrap up your new favorite toner on your way out.

    If you haven’t gotten your ticket to board the sugar train, now’s the time. Book an appointment at Sugarology on 4th to experience organic, hygienic hair removal with experts you can trust. 

    Nails

    Lava Nails wants to be your go-to to “color your nails with your dreams,” and we’re more than happy to give them the opportunity. While you’re there, try out their Silky Milk Pedicure and a variety of beauty services like waxing, lashes, facials, and more. 

    From Main Street Nail’s cute red shop, watch people walk by with their pups or on their way to the ferry. In addition to great nail services, they offer lash extensions and waxing, too. 

    Hair, nails, and skin—Milltown Nails has you covered from head to toe in their cute Milltown studio. Don’t be afraid to ask for nail art while you’re there. They love to treat you to it! 

    Cornelia Street Beauty Spa
    Cornelia Street Beauty Spa

    Face

    At Cornelia Street Beauty Spa, you can explore everything from permanent makeup to hydrofacials and microneedling. Relax into the ultimate pampering experience and give Daniela and her team permission to play with your face. You won’t regret it. 

    Your reflection is Torres Aesthetics’s passion. From smoothing out wrinkles to giving you luscious lips, their expert team knows beauty is more than skin deep. 

    Body

    From facials and massage to reiki, your ultimate comfort and relaxation are paramount at Lotus Wellness Studio. They even offer a senior discount!

    Whether you’re wanting to relax or needing support to recover from an injury, Mollie Boyce Edmonds Massage Therapy is the place for you to sink right into the face pillow. Mollie offers Swedish, deep tissue, British sports, and orthopedic massage. Opt for something tried and true or new-to-you. Either way, relaxation is guaranteed. 

    Mosaic in Downtown Edmonds The Beauty Catch-All

    Not sure where to begin? Start at Mosaic Salon Group, which houses 25 independent beauty pros in one or two chair salons. You’ll find everything from stylists to facialists and brow artists inside. It could very well be your Edmonds beauty one stop shop.

    We’ve given you a lot to work with, so start trying people on to build your beauty team. And as you’re showing off their impressive work on your socials, tag @edmondsdowntown so we can join the party. We can’t wait to see where your glam adventures take you!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  12. Business Spotlight: Dusted Valley

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Corey and Cindy Braunel from Dusted Valley.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The wine! We love how our product allows us to really connect with our consumers in a unique way. Each vintage is a snapshot of a time and a place, and we get to share that unique story every time someone opens a bottle.

    Why did you start your business?
    As young adults, we discovered that the corporate jobs we were pursuing just weren’t very fulfilling and the wine industry, where we could connect back to our agriculture roots while still utilizing our individual strengths, was attractive. Back in 2003, the barriers to enter the wine industry were much lower than today, so it wasn’t too difficult for four crazy kids from Wisconsin to get the Washington wine dream started.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The home base of our winery is in Walla Walla, WA, a town with a very strong sense of community, which is important to us. So, when we were looking for a place to expand our business, one of the things we were looking for was a similar sense of community with a vibrant population who loves to get out and enjoy what their community has to offer.

    What is unique about your business?
    To this day, in our 20th year of operation, we are a family owned and operated winery: two sisters, Cindy & Janet, along with their husbands, Corey & Chad, are all still involved in the daily operations of the business and it’s common to even see them in one of our tasting rooms pouring for guests.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We take great pride in the wine we produce and the experiences we offer our guests and we strive to operate our business in a honest and inclusive manner that enriches the community around us.

    What are your hours of business?
    Wed & Thurs 3pm – 7pm, Fri & Sat 12pm –  8pm, Sun 12pm – 7pm

    Dusted Valley
    201 Main Street, Ste 102

    Opened in 2021

    Photo by Ma

  13. Winter Blues Be Gone: Take Care of Your Cold Weather Mental Health Downtown

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    Hey, we feel it, too—that late winter malaise that sets in every year around this time, when we’ve had a few more rainy days than feel cute and certainly don’t feel 90s Seattle rom-commy. These are the months you find us turning our faces toward everything that even somewhat resembles the sun. Vitamin D, where art thee? 

    Grey days, all the layers, and a few too many runny noses around us can take the pep right out of our usually springy step. So, as seasoned PNWers, how do we survive—nay, thrive!—in the depths of winter? 

    Besides grabbing one of our signature green Ed! Umbrellas for all of our Downtown Edmonds outings, well, several ways. In this article, we’ve compiled just a few. 

    (Disclaimer: Please know that your options are endless and we are not doctors. If you have a seasonally-induced medical condition, we have people here who can help with that, too.)  

    Edmonds Bookshop The Best Places to Hang When The Skies Are Grey

    When we say grey here, we mean when the clouds are full of rain and popping on and off throughout the day. We’re no strangers to being outside during grey days, but when the wind and rain get together to do one of their whistley dances? No, thank you. We’re pulling up our hoods and heading inside to the just-opened Musicology Co. to sift through vinyl new and old, and to the Edmonds Bookshop to linger over staff recommendations for hours. 

    It should go without saying because we’re tried and true Pacific Northwesterners, but we’ll say it anyway: Either of these activities can (and should) be preceded by our hands wrapped around a warm beverage. Pick your favorite from our list and head off to your product sifting stops cheery and sufficiently caffeinated. 

    Twist Yoga in Downtown Edmonds

    Photo courtesy of Twist Yoga

    Make Sure To Move Your Body

    We know movement and breath are always boons to the blues, but actualizing on those recommendations doesn’t always happen, especially when changing out of soft pants feels like a hard pass. Hold your future self accountable by purchasing class packs and then booking in advance at Bodyworks Pilates, Barre3, Gracie Barra, or Twist Yoga. Then, sweat out any sadness in one of Sauna Hut’s infrared saunas. 

    Plus, Downtown Edmonds is super-walkable, so getting out and moving your legs alone while staying present (there’s probably a new mural you haven’t admired up close or a floofy dog prancing past) will do wonders for your mind, body, and soul. 

    Cole Gallery in Downtown EdmondsTry Something New

    Often, getting out of your usual routine gives your brain a different thing to noodle on. Consider a healing modality like hypnotherapy (Lisa F. Geiger Hypno therapy is an option on Main), taking an art class at Cole Gallery and Art Studio, pampering yourself with a pedicure at Nancy’s Nails, or listening to live music under the dim lights at Vinbero.  

    Friends gathered at Leftcraft in Downtown EdmondsGather Your People

    If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that we really, really need our people. Get out of that solo home office and try on co-working at Workhorse on 2nd or pull up to the bar at one of our local happy hour spots. Heck, there’s no reason you couldn’t do both! If you’re a parent or caregiver who’s new in town, Alley Bell Music has great classes where you can meet the other babes on the block—literally. 

    Edmonds FerryNo More Blues Here—Except In The Waters And Skies

    We’re seeing the light at the end of the dark winter tunnel, and we hope you are, too! If you’re feeling inspired to try some (or all!) of our recommendations, show us where you go. Tag #loveedmonds in your social posts and we’ll share our favorites on our stories. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  14. Let Love In Downtown: Love Lists Are Back!

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    What makes us so warm and fuzzy inside this time of year is how much our Downtown Edmonds businesses gush about each other in their Love Lists. Not only do they talk about a fellow business, but they also get to talk about something special they’re doing at theirs for Valentine’s Day. 

    That means double the lists and double the love—all right Downtown Edmonds. Secret admirers, requited crushes, and soul mates are all part of our business ecosystem. Bet you didn’t know there was so much love between the blocks, did you? 

    Take this list to-go when you’re out treating your lovers, your besties, and your babies, and don’t forget to ask your favorite businesses about each other when you’re at the check-out. 

    Palentine's Day in Downtown EdmondsNew This Year: Palentine’s Day

    Before we show off the double love, though, we have some juicy news. This is for all of you who need a designated date to plan a night out on the town. 

    *Drumroll, please*

    Palentine’s Day downtown invites you to celebrate friendship! On February 8th, from 5-8pm, more than 20 shops and restaurants in Downtown Edmonds are coming together to offer special experiences, discounts, and tasty bites and bevvys. See the full list of participants (and plan your outing) here, and get all the details from each shop on our Instagram page here

    Okay, without much further ado, we invite you to the love fest. 

    2024 Downtown Edmonds Love Lists

    Anchor Chic in Downtown Edmond

    Anchor Chic Consignment: This sweet spot on Dayton receives new merchandise every day, so it’s always a new shop! Owner Liz loves all of things Rogue—from great denim brands to fun pieces for going out. It’s always easy to find something you can’t live without. Rogue also has items that are great for gift-giving, many of which are budget-friendly. Anchor Chic Consignment and Rogue both absolutely love the Shop Local attitude in Edmonds!  

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso Edmonds is serving up pina coladas for you and your love! Sip on pineapple and coconut in a light and dark rum-blended thirst-quencher served with an umbrella (naturally). Calypso loves gift cards for Slate Salon + Spa services. “There is something for him or her: facials, massages, spa manis, and spa pedis. All of these services are great for your special someone.”

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal: Sharing a bottle of Champagne is one of the quintessential ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. One of Charcoal’s favorites is a grand cru from Edmond Barnaut, who created the grower champagne category way back in the 1800s. The team at Charcoal also loves reading (what goes better with bubbles than books?!), so they have a big crush on the Edmonds Bookshop and especially appreciate the shop’s contributions to enriching our community. One thing Charcoal especially loves right now is the shop’s limited-time special offer of signed copies of books from Ivan Doig’s personal collection. Doig penned one of the Charcoal team’s favorite books, The Bartender’s Tale. 

    Crow in Downtown EdmondsValentine’s Day is the perfect time to pamper someone you love, including yourself! Stop in at Crow for the best self-care items. Want some one-stop pampering? Pop over to Ombu Salon + Spa! New ‘do? Done. Facial and a massage? They’ve got you covered! And their live plant wall instantly makes the Crow crew say, ahhhhhh.

    Demetris in Downtown EdmondsDemetris is one of many gems of Edmonds—it’s not just a restaurant, it’s home to locals and our neighbors across the Sound. Offering a beautiful view of the water and the mountains with breathtaking sunsets, Demetris will be the perfect place to linger over a lobster roll for two, lightly dressed with aioli and house spice blends, topped with baby arugula, and drizzled with hot butter! The Demetris team loves next-door neighbor Waterfront Coffee Company: great coffee, cute art, and wonderful customer service. Try their  Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mocha made with Mukilteo Coffee Roasters beans and topped with whipped cream and heart sprinkles.

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar is pairing their 2021 Petite Sirah (the luscious fruit in this starts big, stays big, and ends big!) with the Pork Osso Buco from Fire & the Feast. Talk about a two-for-one!

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Bookshop: Imagine cozying with a cuppa tea and an enticing fiction read by Barbara Kingsolver or James McBride or enlightening non-fiction by Timothy Egan? The Edmonds Bookshop has those books and more! Speaking of tea, grab yours across the street at Treasures & Teas. Consider a lovely Queen Catherine black tea worth savoring. Bree and Aaron Martzke offer a wide variety of teas for your every taste and mood, as well as Edmonds/seaside-specific gifts. Stop by to say hello to the new owners and select something nice to sip for you and those you love. 

    FIELD in Downtown EdmondsWhile FIELD offers beautiful gifts, including baskets and candles, they’re best known for their fresh floral arrangements. For this Valentine’s Day, consider their customer-favorite “Packed with Love” arrangement, filled to the brim with the most gorgeous premium flowers and designed in a clear cylinder glass vase. Be one of the first 25 customers to order your flowers and receive “premium delivery,” which guarantees you a spot on their first delivery route of the day! FIELD loves dining at Salt & Iron, which is always a treat. The team looks forward to Salt’s weekend brunches, delicious cocktails, and amazing staff. “If you can’t secure a much-coveted reservation for Valentine’s Day, we strongly suggest picking up a gift card for your loved one, for a future rendezvous.” 

    Fire and the Feast in Downtown EdmondsHead over to Fire & The Feast to select from a menu of “Season of Love” cocktails, now through the end of February. The Fire & The Feast team recommends the Sparkling Cranberry Sangria. Want to hit a few spots in town? Go down to Dusted Valley Wine Bar for the Boomtown Syrah. It pairs well with grilled meats, spicy dishes, and cheese. It’s on the Fire & The Feast wine list, too!

    MARKET in Downtown EdmondsAt The Market, Lobster Grams are back! Treat someone you love to a half-lobster or crab roll in a cute box, tied with a bow. Complete the gift with flowers from FIELD, obviously! FIELD makes the most beautiful hand-tied bouquets. The Market team also can’t get enough of their small gifts and cards.  

    Ombu Salon + Spa in downtown EdmondsTreat your honey with a gift card from Ombu Salon + Spa and choose a Himalayan salt bath soak. Ombu offers customized facials and massages, plus a full-service salon. As for a lover, the Ombu team has been crushing on SanKai since it opened its doors: “The sushi is amazingly fresh and delicious. No overwhelming sauce or imitation seafood. Fabulous service and a warm greeting as soon as you step inside the door. All the stars for SanKai.”

    The Paper Feather in Downtown EdmondsThe Paper Feather absolutely loves the beautiful handmade candles and shower steamers from one of their favorite local makers, LULUMIÈRE. Paired with Valentine’s Day cards designed in-house, these candles make the perfect gift for someone special. Team Paper Feather can’t get enough of Walnut Street Coffee, one of their favorite places for delicious seasonal drinks, coffee, and tea. As owner Jen says, “I especially love their cold brew for a mid-day treat. They also have an amazing selection of gifts and fun local finds—perfect for the ones you love!”

    Rebekah's Boutique in Downtown Edmonds

    Rebekah’s Boutique is all aflutter for ILI New York multi-color leather wallets and purses. Each piece is delightfully colorful, RFID-protected for travel, and crafted from excellent quality leather. Rebekah’s adores The Market for its delicious Rockfish beer-battered tacos with mango salsa.  

    Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Rogue is into the sweet and simple heart rings and necklaces they carry from Tumbleweed Studio out of Wenatchee. These gold or silver pieces make the perfect gifts for any of the loves in your life—they never take theirs off! Kimberly and her team have a little confession: At least once a week you’ll find one of their team members on break exploring the new finds at Anchor Chic Consignment. “Liz has an amazing eye for sourcing unique pieces and we’re pretty sure it’s a magic fashion portal. We swear that when you’re on the hunt for the *just right black pant* or that specific item, there’s a good chance Anchor Chic has exactly what you were looking for—or didn’t know you needed.”

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron has the best dessert! Pastry Chef Stephanie will be creating a Valentine-themed dessert, but for now, the team loves her chocolate cake. While you’re sharing a slice with your lover, hand them a card from The Paper Feather. They carry the best cards for any occasion, and they are handmade!

    SanKai in Dowtown EdmondsTreat someone you love to a 14-piece nigiri or 14-piece sashimi, chef’s choice, at SanKai. Then, take them to Sugarology down the street for a Flawless Nourishing Facial.

    Slate in Downtown Edmonds

    Slate Salon + Spa is the perfect place to get your loves a gift card to spoil themselves their way. The Slate crew is raving about Calypso‘s creative Caribbean-style food and fun cocktails. Consider sending your person off for a spa day and then meeting them for happy hour at Calypso after!

    Sugarology in Downtown EdmondsThe Sugarology Signature scented body care line is nourishing and gentle, with a scent for everyone. It is a gender-neutral, warm, fresh scent. Many have described it as “Fresh and clean, but warm like fresh baked sugar cookies.” The Sugarology team is sweet on all things Crow! Where else can you find such a variety of locally-made items that cater to a diverse customer group? Their favorite pairing is lighting a scented candle (Particle Goods or Pure Earthy) and lathering yourself in sweet Sugarology Body Wash for a luxurious at-home spa experience!

    Treasures & Teas in Downtown Edmonds

    Treasures & Teas is loving its new Teabloom Blooming Hearts tea. Each package includes six different fruit-infused green teas. When hot water is added, the heart-shaped green tea blossoms into a beautiful floral arrangement. They make a lovely Valentine’s gift and are a great way to add a little charm to a winter afternoon. They also sell glass teapots so that you can watch your tea bloom before your eyes! As for a crush, Charcoal is one of T&T’s favorite Edmonds restaurants. “We love their delicious food and innovative cocktails. They have a wonderful, romantic atmosphere for a date night, but are also so kind and welcoming when we stop by with our toddler for an early dinner. The Dungeness crab gnocchi and the Harry Callahan cocktail are particular favorites of ours!”

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown EdmondsBring your crush to Walnut Street Coffee for their seasonal drink, The Hot One! It has espresso, dark chocolate, and a blend of spicy spices, this drink has just the right kick to keep you warm on these cold, damp days. Grab one with your valentine (or palentine!) and walk on over to The Social Chain Co. on 6th and Main, where you can select some permanent jewelry to celebrate your love!

    Waterfront Coffee Company in Downtown Edmonds

    Waterfront Coffee Company appreciates that the Edmonds business community is full of amazing baristas. It’s such a fun environment! Bring your sweetie for the Waterfront Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mocha. They’re crushing on next-door neighbor Demetris. “They have a cool vibe and fun nightlife right by the water! We also really enjoy that they have an amazing array of delicious happy-hour food and drinks!”  

    Show Us Your (PG) Xs and Os

    You’ll find plenty of ways to treat your sweet—and support your favorite downtown businesses—throughout love month. Share with us where you end up. Tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook, and add the hashtag #loveedmonds. We’ll share our favorites to our stories. 

    Now, go out to Downtown Edmonds and show some love!

    By Whitney Popa



  15. New Year, New Downtown Businesses

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    Each new year is full of renewed promise. Anything is possible! Goals are set. Resolutions are made. There’s a palpable energy of big dreams coming true. 

    This month, several new businesses are starting the year in fresh spaces, and they’re prepped to give you your best year yet. Whether you’re considering celebrating your new body art with a slice of ‘za, all within a one-block radius; making things official with permanent jewelry; or hydrating your skin, you have everything you need right in Downtown Edmonds. 

    Stick with us as we take you up and down Main Street to show off some of the best new players in town. And hang until the end for a little bonus shout-out we’ve all been waiting for. 2024, we’re so glad you (and your new businesses) are here. 

    Machiavelli Italian Restaurant in Downtown EdmondsNew In Food

    Serving hot and ready pies and their tasty accouterments since November, Johnny Mo’s is inspiring fans fresh and enduring to debate their favorite pie types. New York-style thin crust pizzas (Johnny) and Chicago-style deep dish ‘zas (Mo) beckon from blocks around their two-story space at Main Street Commons. Tomato-scented air calling you in, too? Grab some friends and pick your pizza team at 6th & Main. 

    A Capitol Hill mainstay since 1988, Ristorante Machiavelli recently opened its Edmonds doors to bring its signature warm hospitality up north. In an homage to former occupant Chanterelle, owner Suzette Jarding purchased the restaurant’s recipes. She plans to offer Chanterelle’s tomato bisque, along with her enduring eatery’s pizzas, pastas, and specialties longtime restaurant fans know and love. Take a lap around the menu—and make a note of what you want to try on your next visit—at 316 Main Street. 

    Main Street Tattoo in Downtown Edmonds

    Artist Rose Zachary at Main Street Tattoo

    New In You

    If you’ve been thinking it’s time to start the year boldly, and with new body art (who hasn’t been?), Main Street Tattoo is the place for you. With a combination of mainstay artists (two of whom, including the owner, are female) and visiting professionals, you’ll be in great hands in downtown’s first tattoo shop! Get inked at 547 Main Street. 

    Cornelia Street Beauty Spa on 4th offers facials (including hydrofacials!), microneedling, permanent makeup, and body treatments. They use only the highest-quality products and the latest techniques to provide you with personalized, effective treatments that address your unique skincare needs. Been wanting to get on a skincare routine? This is your sign!  

    It’s only fitting that a permanent jewelry pro would move into a more permanent location on Main Street. While The Social Chain Co. still offers pop-up events and parties, we’re thrilled to see Mackenzie and her team give their crafted, hand-welded jewelry boutique a home at 611 Main St. 

    At East West Bookshop & Gifts, you’ll truly get to “know thyself” through their selection of books, products, and programs. Inside their shop on 3rd, you’ll explore diverse and unique spiritual paths, lifestyles, and practices, including meditation, new science, modern psychology, yoga, and alternative healing.  

    Treasures & Teas in Downtown Edmonds

    Aaron and Bree Martzke, owners of Treaures & Teas

    Not Exactly New, But…

    While it isn’t a new business per se, the Edmonds Library reopening after over a year of remodeling following water damage to the building supports our downtown businesses in countless ways. We’ll all get to enjoy more meeting space, a study room, new and interactive children’s areas, and a place for learning and community right downtown. Check out the renderings here, and if you’re reading this before January 13th, we’ll see you at the Grand Reopening on Saturday! 

    Another bonus: Treasures & Teas has new owners! On New Year’s Eve, Aaron and Bree Martzke took the wheel at the much-loved shop. Now former 9-5ers, they’re looking forward to investing in the community they love so much in a more hands-on capacity while making the shop more accessible to young families, expanding the merchandise selection, and maintaining a beautiful variety of teas. Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself. 

    Cheers To All That Is To Come

    If we know anything, we know our downtown builders and dreamers are just getting started this year. Keep your eyes peeled for Crow’s move to Cline’s former space on 5th, Podium’s (men’s shop) takeover of Crow’s space on 4th in April, and more to come. 

    You can count on us to keep you updated about all the Downtown Edmonds happenings. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know about everything Downtown Edmonds, and don’t be shy about sharing your adventures with us!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  16. 2023 Festive Drink Bingo

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    Drink bingo is baaaack, and it’s bringing all the good tidings! Get ready to earn stamps at two dozen downtown bars and restaurants, which have stepped up both their creativity and cheer factor even more this year. Think candy cane cocktails, a bevy of bubbles, and all the ‘nogs.

    But, don’t take it from us. Comb through this list and start strategizing your route.

    Game on, Holiday Style

    Here’s how the game works: Head to any participating location and ask for a bingo card, get a stamp for every hot or cold beverage you buy (to-go counts, too!), rack up the bingos, and pre-arrange a DD if you’re planning to indulge in extra alcohol. Also know there are non-alcoholic alternatives for every boozy beverage, so everyone will have a great time playing this game.

    Once you’ve gotten all your bingos—or run out of time—turn in your card at Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina any time before January 15th to pick up your “Cheers” sticker and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a gift card to your favorite bingo spot! Obviously, that means you’ll want to go for a blackout so you have first-hand knowledge of which drinks you want to revisit fo’ free. It’s science!

    Bingo runs from December 1-December 31 this year. To the victors go the spoils.

    Here’s what you’re sippin’:

    Bar Americano in Downtown Edmonds

    Bar Americano

    Kick back with a Hard Start, which features a Fernet Menta & Fernet Branca combination on draught.

     

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso Edmonds

    Close your eyes while you sip on a Reggae Rum Punch and find yourself transported straight to the beach. It’s made with silver rum, strawberry purée, OJ, pineapple, and lime.

     

    Charcoal in downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal

    Enjoy a Night at Nakatomi, which is essentially a mulled Manhattan. Enjoy the mouthfeel of duck fat-washed Sazerac Rye whiskey, house-mulled Atxa Roja sweet vermouth, black walnut, and blood orange bitters.

     

    Daphnes in Downtown Edmonds

    Daphnes

    The Lions Tail is a trifecta of rich, spicy, and aromatic. Want to know what’s in it? Swing over and see!

     

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna

    Need your fix of tried and true? Order a Classic Old Eggnog homemade with milk, heavy cream, rum, cognac, bourbon, egg yolk, and spices.

     

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar

    Cheers to a great year with a glass of Falx: blanc de noir traditional sparkling wine.

     

    Fire & the Feast in downtown Edmonds

    Fire & The Feast

    Sip on Sage Advice, a sage-infused tequila, lemon, honey-sage syrup, orange bitters, and aquafaba concoction perfect for the season. Interested in non-alcoholic options? Order a Hedge Your Bets, which has raspberry apple cider shrub, vanilla, mint, and tonic.

     

    Girardi's Osteria in Downtown Edmonds

    Girardi’s Osteria

    Escape the cold with a Winter Wonderland, a little candy cane in a glass drink of cool, blue curacao with Malibu rum, pineapple juice, and Peppermint Schnapps, topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane. A non-alcoholic version of this very festive drink is also available.

     

    Kahlo's Cantina in downtown Edmonds

    Kahlo’s Cantina

    Taste an Elf’s Break, an amazing after-dinner cocktail that recharges your energy with the sweetness of an elf: Creme de Cocoa, Vanilla Vodka, and Horchata. Order two to send one up to our hard-working buddies in the North Pole.

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero

    Indulge in the best of the season with a Milk Punch: Bourbon and baking spices dance in a rich, creamy nog that captures the essence of the holidays—decadence and cheer. Best part? It’s dairy-free.

     

    Leftcraft in downtown Edmonds

    Leftcraft

    People-watch while you savor a Spiced Cranberry Paloma made with Pueblo Viejo Reposado Tequila, cranberry, fresh grapefruit, and lime juices with spiced syrup and house bitters.

     

    Maize & Barley in Downtown Edmonds

    Maize & Barley

    Get in the spirit of the season with a Jamaican Sorrel Cider, a special made in collaboration with Greenwood Cider, a blend of mostly Pink Lady apples steeped with hibiscus (aka sorrel in Jamaica), cinnamon, and vanilla. It’s finished with a little lime juice and brown sugar for a semi-dry finish with Sangria vibes!

     

    MARKET in Downtown Edmonds

    MARKET Edmonds

    Back by popular demand, the Sake Hot Toddy is made with sake, winter-spiced syrup, and lemon. Enjoy it under your favorite porch heater!

     

    Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Downtown Edmonds

    Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

    An unexpected—and welcome—player in the game, Molly Moon’s is serving up a Peppermint Cocoa Shake featuring their homemade peppermint cocoa ice cream blended into a rich shake, topped with fresh whipped cream, and crushed candy cane bits.

     

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Stress less while you sip Pelindaba’s Lavender Tea. It’s warm and wonderfully refreshing—iced or traditionally hot, and especially when sweetened with lavender honey.

     

    Red Twig Bakery and Cafe in downtown Edmonds

    Red Twig Bakery and Cafe

    Warm up with a Red Velvet Mocha, a decadent malted milk chocolate mocha with Twig’s house-roasted espresso and steamed milk of choice. It’s topped with whipped cream and cocoa nibs!

    Salish Sea Brewing in Downtown Edmonds

    Salish Sea Brewing Company

    Order up a pint (or a pitcher) of Blizzak Winter Warmer, brewed with an array of crystal malts, Munich, and a touch of black malt. It’s hopped with Chinook and Columbus, and amplified with the addition of smashed juniper berries in the boil. With a 7.5% ABV, this slow sipper features notes of sweet caramel, juniper, pine, and candied orange.

     

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron

    Take a toddy tour with the S&I Hot Toddy, made with a mixture of bourbon, Amaro Meletti, honey, and lemon.

     

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina in Downtown Edmonds

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Spice up the season with a Rompope: Naughty Rum-based Mexican Eggnog!

     

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero

    You’ve been waiting for mulled wine, haven’t you? You’ll get it in spades at Vinbero—their version includes wine and spices, served warm. Enjoy a steamy mug while you browse Vinbero’s retail selection or tuck into a small plate or some cheese!

     

    Virtue Cellars in Downtown Edmonds

    Virtue Cellars

    If you haven’t heard, rosé isn’t just for summer. Order a glass of Tranquility Rose (Cabernet Franc with notes of watermelon, strawberry, tangerine, and rhubarb. Citrus and lychee lead on the palate, followed by flavors of ripe raspberry and lemongrass to finish) at the newly-opened Virtue Cellars at Main Street Commons.

     

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    You’ll want to order this drink just to say the name out loud. The Snuggle Bug marries cardamom and ginger syrups with two shots of espresso and your milk of choice. Topped with a dash of cardamom powder for extra, snuggly goodness, this latte will be your ever-so-slightly sweet and spicy companion through the holidays.

     

    Waterfront Coffee Co in Downtown Edmonds


    Waterfront Coffee Company

    Walk the downtown blocks (or the beach!) with your hands wrapped around a white chocolate peppermint mocha!

  17. Business Spotlight: Camp Vintage

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Logan and Christine Harris from Camp Vintage.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Rescuing smile-inducing and useful vintage items and getting them in the hands of folks who will love them all over again.

    Why did you start your business?
    We’ve had a passion for junking and finding funky vintage stuff for 20 years, and have long dreamed of opening our own shop.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We love Edmonds, have wanted to plug into the heart of our community more, to fill a missing gap of vintage shopping here, and to enhance a vibrant downtown shopping and restaurant scene.

    What is unique about your business?
    We offer a unique, planet-friendly shopping experience from a beloved 1906 craftsman bungalow just steps off of Main Street. It is a feast for the senses, from the charming house and whimsical garden, the mindfully curated inventory, and frasier fir-scented candles, to the eclectic music playing on a 1970s Marantz receiver. It’s the only downtown Edmonds shop fully providing vintage/antique shopping, and is appealing to customers interested in nostalgia, vintage style, shopping sustainably, and items built to last.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We’re driven to deliver excellent, friendly customer service. We price our items fairly and also offer an option for folks looking to sell vintage items. We don’t do consignment, but can help people who are looking to thin out their own collections, downsize, etc., by purchasing some of their cool old things, and selling them to people who will truly appreciate them all over again.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    Christine—the Camp Counselor—still holds her high school’s long jump record. Logan—the Camp Picker—has, by chance, stood backstage at a Springsteen show and front row for a Rolling Stones concert.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We focus on authentic vintage goods, not reproductions, and feature a rough-hewn mix of nautical, mid-century modern, rusty farm items, vinyl records, clothing, yard art, books, advertising, maps, globes, kitchen, diner ware, Pyrex, linens, tools, old toys, salvage, industrial, gas and oil, beer and sports collectibles, and other quirky treasures. In short, we’re good-natured purveyors of reasonably priced vintage treasures you both did and didn’t know you needed.

    What are your hours of business?
    We’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Our hours may expand on occasion to meet demand in early evenings and Saturday mornings.

    Camp Vintage
    122 Fourth Ave S
    Ph: 425-766-1966

    Opened in 2023

    Photo by Matt Hulbert

  18. The Downtown Edmonds 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

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    When you live and love local like we do, your approach to holiday gifting tends to include a long list that you make and check twice (or half a dozen times) close to home. Investing in your city and its shops just feels good, and it feels even better during the holidays. 

    Given our shared goals, we created our ultimate guide to downtown shopping, which is beautifully ripe (like the perfect Christmas stocking orange) with recommendations from Downtown Edmonds businesses. Know that they were all limited to a sentence or two to make this guide digestible and that there is always so much more to explore at each shop. 

    Bookmark this page and plan accordingly. Your holiday shopping success is assured when you spend in the place that has your heart. 

    Whether you’re on the hunt for art classes or fine jewels, local wine, gift cards, or everything in between, you’ll check giftees off your list with abandon. 

    Start at First Dibs and go from there. We can’t wait to see you out downtown!

    Retail

    Art

    Festive Food & Drinks

    Health & Wellness

    Services

    Retail

     

    Anchor Chic in Downtown Edmonds

    Anchor Chic Consignment

    Sustainability and style are the names of the fashion game this season! Anchor Chic gift cards are available in any amount and are wrapped up and ready to go just for you and the people you hold near and dear.  

    Bench & Board in Downtown EdmondsBench & Board

    Need a new family game to play this holiday? Grab Bad Christmas Movie Bingo from Bench & Board and keep your people laughing all night long. 

    Camp Vintage in Downtown Edmonds

    Camp Vintage

    Stop by Camp Vintage for one-of-a-kind retro (and sustainable!) gifts, stocking stuffers, and gift cards. This fun shop on 4th specializes in rescuing fun, pre-owned items and getting them in the hands of folks who will love them all over again. Find them in the adorable 1906 craftsman just steps off Main Street.

    Crow in Downtown Edmonds

    Crow

    Give these “Lucky Cups” designed by local artist Cary Lane to everyone on your list. Whimsical hand drawn illustrations and text wrap around all sides of these always-popular cups, and thumb divots make them super easy to hold and admire.

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Bookshop

    Bookworms will love curling up in front of the fire with a book or gift from Edmonds Bookshop’s annual Give Books Holiday Catalog!

    Edmonds Vision Center

    Edmonds Vision Center

    ‘Tis…the time of year we’re dreaming about a tropical vacation. Whether you take one or not, sunglasses from Edmonds Vision Center will keep peepers protected—in style. 

    Interiors of Edmonds

    Interiors of Edmonds

    Hosting this holiday or want to treat someone who is? Get a tabletop charcuterie board and accessories from Interiors of Edmonds. 

    J. Rankin Jewelers in Edmonds

    J. Rankin Jewelers + Irden Designs

    Head to J. Rankin for up to 50% off everything until December 31st (pssst, if you didn’t get what you wanted, this is the perfect place to treat yourself). A collaboration with the shop’s new owner, Sabrina, means new designs and special savings! 

    KSD Home in Downtown Edmonds

    KSD Home

    Deck your halls this Christmas season with gorgeous garlands, ornaments and other holiday decor from KSD Home. Also a great stop for that perfect party gift!

    NC Concept Store in Downtown Edmonds

    NC Concept Store

    Need holiday styling for all the season’s upcoming parties & events? Come see us for personal styling, dressing you from head to toe, complete with the hostess gift! Cheers! 

    Paper Feather in Downtown Edmonds

    The Paper Feather

    Celebrate the holidays and your favorite city by the Salish Sea with the Embrace the Magic of Edmonds Gift Set! This gift set includes an Edmonds wool pennant, soft enamel pin, a variety of 3 Edmonds greeting cards, and 3 Edmonds vinyl stickers-all designed by The Paper Feather.

    Pear Tree Consignment

    With unique gifts at every price point, shoppers can find locally-made natural gemstone jewelry, cashmere scarves, cozy sweaters, luxury bags, winter coats, and so much more right inside Pear Tree’s front door! Gift cards are also available in any denomination. Enjoy gifting the brands we all love at 50-70% below retail!

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Chocolate is always the answer, right? Add some lavender to yours to take this holiday to the next level by adding Pelindaba’s Organic Dark Chocolate Bar (3oz & 70% Cocoa) to your list. The chocolate x lavender pairing provides a unique taste adventure — the lightly floral notes of Pelindaba lavender harvested from the Pelindaba certified organic fields blend beautifully with the rich notes of chocolate, creating a delightfully memorable experience. The perfect stocking stuffer!

    Rebekah's Boutique in Downtown Edmonds

    Rebekah’s Boutique

    Drape them in cashmere with a luxurious scarf from Germany this holiday season. 

    Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Rogue

    Stock your favorite people (these people include you, just so we’re clear) on holiday PJs, gloves, and hats. ‘Tis the season for cozy accessories! 

    Art

     

    ArtSpot in Downtown Edmonds

    ARTspot

    Give the gift of art by Edmonds artists by shopping ARTspot’s fresh selection of delightful, affordable collectibles. 

    Cole Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    Cole Gallery and Art Studio

    What’s better than letting your people get exactly what they want? Let them pick their adventure at Cole Gallery with a gift certificate they can apply toward art classes. 

    Gallery North in Downtown EdmondsGallery North

    Come enjoy a smorgasbord of warm and wintery holiday art created by local painters, jewelers, woodworkers, ceramicists and more.

    MaJe Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    MaJe Gallery

    Looking for something local and unique? Head to MaJe for Dichroic Glass Christmas Tree Candle Sconces made by a local artist. 

    Randall J. Hodges Photography in Downtown Edmonds

    Randall J Hodges Photography Gallery

    If you’re like us, you love gifting calendars each year. Choose a local option this year with the Images of the Northwest 2024 Calendar, which is on sale for $15 each or buy two get one free! 

    Food Festive Food & Drinks

     

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal

    Your gifting money goes further at Charcoal this season! Purchase a $100 gift card and get a $20 gift card for free!

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar

    Treat your vino-lovers to Dusted Valley’s Cabernet Sauvignon Trio: The Cab 3 Pack includes 1- 2020 V.R. Special and 2 – 2021 Columbia Valley Cabernets in a beautiful gift box.

    Fire & the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & The Feast

    Shop Downtown Edmonds for free money! Pop into Fire & The Feast to buy a $100 gift card (or combo of cards) and get a $20 gift card for free. 

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero

    Grab a Kelnero-branded, insulated Miir travel mug, perfect for your cocktail on the go!

    MARKET in Downtown Edmonds

    MARKET Edmonds

    At MARKET, not only can you buy sweatshirts to show off your favorite fishmonger-y, but you can also get Feedme’s in-store gift card promotion: buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card free. Totally fine if the latter ends up in your stocking. 

    Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

    Stop by the city’s newest scoopery to get an “ice cream mug” made by Miir (all proceeds going to their non-profit, the Anna Banana Milk Fund) and/or buy into their gift card deal: buy two $25 gift cards for $39.99. Bonus gift card math is our favorite kind of math!

    Red Twig in Downtown Edmonds

    Red Twig Bakery and Cafe

    Cozy mornings are better with house-roasted coffee beans. Use them to build gift baskets and sweet memories!

    Salish Sea Brewing Company

    Celebrate your favorite brewery with Salish Sea Brewing Company Gift Cards, growlers, and branded merchandise. 

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron

    Pop in to take advantage of Feedme’s gift card promotion: buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card free. 

    SanKai in Downtown Edmonds

    SanKai

    Represent SanKai all year with a branded t-shirt and grab a stack of gift cards for all your favorite people. 

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero

    Select from a wide array of gourmet chocolate bars, perfect for pairing with a bottle of wine, as stocking stuffers, or for your own holiday enjoyment!

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee offers a small but mighty curated retail area with some great holiday gift items—from ornaments and gift wrap to tasty jams and syrups. Or grab the always-a-winner combo of Walnut swag and a gift card!

    Health & Wellness

     

    Bodyworks in Downtown Edmonds

    Bodyworks Edmonds

    Why wait until January 1 to prioritize your fitness? Get a five-pack of Bodyworks Barre Classes for $75 now for you or someone you love. 

    Sauna Hut in Downtown Edmonds

    Sauna Hut

    Treat your favorites to a detoxifying sweat sesh with a gift card for sauna sessions. 

    Woodway Wellness in Downtown Edmonds

    Woodway Wellness

    Get a discounted 5-pack of Pilates Reformer Classes for you or someone you want sweating alongside you. 

    Services

     

    Alley Bell Music in Downtown Edmonds

    Alley Bell Music

    Give the gift of Music Together classes for ages 0-5 or invest in private piano and voice lessons this holiday season. Gift certificates are available upon request.

    Ombu Salon + Spa in Downtown Edmonds 

    Ombu Salon + Spa

    Love Edmonds? Get Ombu Salon + Spa’s Edmonds Tree Lighting candle (smells just like Christmas) for you and for everyone you love!

    Reece Homes in Downtown Edmonds

    Reece Homes

    What’s bigger than a new home for the holidays? Let Reece’s team help you—or someone you love—discover whether you will want to start planning to update your home or find a new home for next holiday season.

    Rick Steves Europe in Downtown Edmonds

    Rick Steves’ Europe

    It’s time to get busy in the kitchen! Use Rick’s first-ever food book, Rick Steves Italy for Food Lovers to do just that. Learn about iconic favorites like tortellini and tiramisu along with lesser-known treats like scrippelle and torta di fregoloti. The handbook also helps travelers track down these dishes at their best and freshest on the ground in Italy. It’s the perfect gift for travelers and foodies alike!

    Salish Insurance Group in Downtown Edmonds

    Salish Insurance Group

    Give your favorite pet owner some peace of mind for the holidays…affordable pet insurance!

    Slate Salon + Spa in Downtown Edmonds

    Slate Salon + Spa

    Stocking stuffer alert! Get Slate’s body wash, buffer, moisturize, and cleanse in one sponge. Your purchase includes a 20% discount for a brow wax. Cash that one in for yourself later. 

    Sugarology in Downtown Edmonds

    Sugarology

    Pamper yourself or a loved one with the gift of beautiful skin! Sugarology staff is specifically trained to bring out the best in your skin using techniques and products customized just for you. Gift certificates make great gifts!

    Workhorse Coworking in Downtown Edmonds

    Workhorse Coworking

    Give the gift of a hot desk and get your favorite person a consistent place to work (especially if that person is YOU). 

    Make That List and Check It Twice

    You’re going to get a whole lot of steps in hitting up all the shops and businesses in this list. We hope we’ve given you a good starting place. Just make sure you feed and hydrate yourself as needed (pssst, Festive Drink Bingo is perfect for that). And show us either where you went or what you got—without spoiling any surprises—by adding #edmondsholidays to your social posts. 

    Happy holidays!

  19. You’re Getting First Dibs!

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    Circle November 18, 2023 on your calendar, do some stretches, plan for a warm-up happy hour, and arrange any necessary childcare because you’re busy from 5-8pm. You’ll be in Downtown Edmonds kicking off the holiday season with exclusive shopping specials and as much merriment as you can handle.

    First Dibs is here! And it’s all happening downtown.

    The Shopping

    Prepare to look for presents for everyone near and dear to you, especially yourself, as you peruse the latest holiday collections and snag must-haves before everyone else comes out of their post-Thanksgiving turkey coma.

    All your favorite shops will be touting special discounts, exclusive experiences, and one-bite snacks just like fairies throw glitter and Oprah gives away cars.

    You want a full list so you can plan your day, you say? You got it!

    *Wine Sip locations

     The Wine

    So, as much as we’re eager to clink glasses with you, Edmonds is not Las Vegas, so you can’t take your wine to go. You can, however, sip and shop at several of our aforementioned boutiques and downtown destinations.

    Each Wine Stop Location will be serving locally-curated wines from Jeff Uncorked in a commemorative wine glass. Tickets must be purchased prior to the party. You can do that here.

    We thank you in advance for your order—all proceeds benefit the holiday needs of Washington Kids in Transition. Shops and sips feel even better when you’re doing it for a great cause, don’t they?

    Here’s the ticket breakdown:

    • $18 for one glass at any Wine Stop location and a festive collectible glass
    • $30 for two glasses at any Wine Stop location and a festive collectible glass
    • $42 for three glasses at any Wine Stop location and a festive collectible glass

    Limited tickets will be sold onsite—first come, first served. Ticket pickup and check-in are at the Edmonds Historical Museum. Bring your ID! For the record, you don’t look a day over 25.

    Get Your Shop On

    Take us shopping with you—virtually! You don’t even have to spend money on us to do it. Just add #edmondsholidays to your posts and we’ll find you (and cheer you on) online.

    If we don’t see you around the downtown blocks, thank you for shopping locally. It means the world, especially during the holidays.

    By Whitney Popa

  20. Say Hey To The New Businesses at Main Street Commons

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    A lot has been happening at Main Street Commons over the past few months—from the endlessly long lines spilling out and around Molly Moon’s to the looky-loos breathing hot air on windows freshly branded with business names (just this writer? Bet not!). 

    Since shops are opening, art has been affixed, and so much progress has been made, it’s time to deliver a Jell-O mold, as it were, to your new neighbors, in the form of a formal introduction.

    Some have already moved in. Others are in hot pursuit. Let’s get into it. 

    Molly Moon's in Downtown EdmondsMolly Moon’s, Opened August 2023

    A Seattle ice cream staple, our downtown Molly Moon’s scoop shop marks the company’s tenth location. Been smelling waffles on the blocks? Yeah, they’re probably waffle cones from Molly Moon’s. One of our favorite things about this shop is its rotating, seasonal flavors that always have something for the dairy-loving and dairy-intolerant among us.  

    Virtue Cellars in Downtown EdmondsVirtue Cellars Tasting Room, Opened September 2023

    Offering tastings and glass pours for all of-agers who want them, Virtue Cellars Tasting Room has been hosting sippers for a few months. The opening of their shop, just up the road from where they make their wine in Richmond Beach, has been a longtime dream of the whole team. Not only is the space as kid-friendly as tasting rooms can be, but it’s also right next door to Molly Moon’s, where the kids can run and watch scoops should they have wiggles while you have wine. 

    Johnny Mo's in Downtown EdmondsJohnny Mo’s Pizzeria, Opening November 2023

    Known for its massive New York and Chicago-style pizzas, Johny Mo’s has been feeding Eastlake for years. It’s a tall order to claim you’ve mastered the art of savory pies from two US pizza capitols, and we Edmonds foodies have the perfectly refined palettes to put Johnny Mo’s Pizzeria to the test. We believe them already, though, because Johnny (from New York, drools over a thin crust) and Mo (from Chicago, appreciates doughy layers) have been best buds for nearly thirty years. 

    Make sure you show us your order by tagging them (@johnnymospizzeria) and us (@edmondsdowntown) in your posts. 

    And, for extra fun, check out how cool Molly Moon’s and Johnny Mo’s look together after the sun sets.  

    Stillhouse Coffee in Downtown CoffeeStillhouse Coffee, Coming Soon

    You know we love a beautiful small business origin story, and Stillhouse Coffee certainly has one of those. The brain baby of owner Brian Eastland during his capstone project at Baylor University, Stillhouse—the same name he used for his college project—is a nod to honoring stillness, something you can find in a warm mug and an inspiring space. Brian has been roasting his own beans at his house in Edmonds, a home he shares with his wife and six (yes, six) children. Keep your eye on their Instagram for specific opening dates and the most ‘gram–worthy turquoise to-go cups. 

    Copperpot Bakery, Coming Soon

    One of our favorite bakeries that has been a farmers market staple is getting its first brick-and-mortar this winter. Keep your finger on the refresh button on both their website and Instagram account for updates. 

    Victor Tavern, Coming Soon

    Word is Ethan Stowell’s modern urban tavern is opening early next year. We’ll keep you updated on our Instagram page as we see signs go up. 

    "Journey of Salmon" mural in Downtown Edmonds.The Art: Journey of Salmon, Completed May 2023

    If you have a keen eye, you noticed we arranged the businesses in ascending order of which one opened first. While the Commons’ mural was the first to be formally enjoyed, we wanted to save it for last because, well, it’s extra special. Part of Art Walk Edmonds’ Mural Project, Journey of Salmon was designed and painted by Tacoma-based artist Paige Pettibon

    Paige, who is part Coast Salish, used the traditional colors of many Coast Salish tribes in her piece. As a whole, it represents the overcoming of obstacles. The single big wave symbolizes the waterways that served as the original traveling path for Pacific Northwest tribes. Next time you’re visiting one of your new favorite downtown businesses, give yourself a moment to pause and take it all in. 

    We’ve all been waiting patiently for everything Main Street Commons, and we’re thoroughly enjoying all the new places and faces we get to see with many of the shops now open. When you head over to try their eats and drinks, take us with you by tagging @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook


    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  21. Business Spotlight: Salish Insurance Group

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Lisa Epstein from Salish Insurance Group.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I love that my team and I can work with individuals, families and businesses to protect the things that are important to them and help them put plans in place to achieve their dreams.

    Why did you start your business?
    I want to help people and make a positive difference. I am also entrepreneurial and want to make a good living. This business allows me to do all of this and feel good about my work.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live in Edmonds and love it here. It is a great place to live work and play.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We are local, affordable, easy to work with, and we give back to the community.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    Apparently, I am not as funny as I think I am. 🙂

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    My team and I work very hard to try to make each of our customers feel that they are the most important person that we insure.

    What are your hours of business?
    Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm

    Salish Insurance Group
    111 Main Street, Ste 111

    Opened in 2022

    Photo of Lisa Epstein and Dorothy Carbajal by Matt Hulbert

  22. Business Spotlight: Dime & Associates

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Chris Dime from Dime & Associates.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping clients get organized so they can make smart decisions.

    Why did you start your business?
    After working in the financial planning space for over a decade, I decided to build a firm that would serve clients without the conflicts of interest that large banks and insurance companies place on their advisors.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Our family and friends are all in Edmonds.

    What is unique about your business?
    Our office prioritizes holistic financial planning, which we define as optimizing Retirement, Investments, Insurance, Estate, and Tax Minimization. When I survey the greater financial industry, I find advisors are either primarily focused on managing investment assets and chasing returns, or selling insurance policies that may or may not be in a client’s best interest. We adopt a fiduciary, client-centered approach.

    Why should people do business with you?
    If someone is looking for guidance through a holistic financial planning process, we are a good fit. If they want to ensure they are doing all they can to maximize their financial security, while minimizing taxes, we are a good fit. If someone is looking for the cheat-code to financial planning, or hot stock tips to beat the market, we are not a good fit.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am a Captain in the Army National Guard, I’ve competed in bodybuilding, I have a custom Lord of the Rings wedding band, and I enjoy philosophy.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    If you’re interested in learning more, you can book a complimentary 30 min call via this calendar link – https://go.oncehub.com/dimeintroductions

    What are your hours of business?
    Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4pm.

    Dime & Associates
    123 2nd Ave S, Ste 230
    Opened in 2022

  23. Like Barry Manilow, We’ll Hate To See October Go

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    October is the month of cinnamon-dusted love stories set on park benches wherein main characters meet wearing camel-colored pea coasts for coffee under trees with color-changing leaves. It’s the month of portable grills at the tailgates and pastel stacks of gourds featuring big pops of orange. It’s an aesthetic, a vibe, a moment, and it is undoubtedly lovely every year, especially in downtown Edmonds. 

    Because October felt like a month celebrated by many a folk song, possibly something poppy by Taylor Swift (we’ll look forward to hearing what she comes up with for her next album since she did cover Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” back in 2018), this writer decided to turn to Google to see what the crooners have said about the first full month of fall. 

    The musical legend Barry Manilow came out swinging, with his poignant ode to the month, “When October Goes.” Here’s how Barry tied October in a bow:

    “​​I should be over it now, I know

    It doesn’t matter much how old I grow / I hate to see October go.”

    And isn’t that the truth of it? When all the events are done, the pumpkin candles are blown out, and you’re starting to think about where you’ll gather for Thanksgiving, we really will all hate to see October go. 

    Here are a few reasons why: 

    We’re Celebrating The Season

    October events in Downtown Edmonds
    Scarecrow Festival at FIELD by Morgan & Moss

    Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, All October

    You know we love to celebrate and we can get behind a friendly competition in Edmonds, so if you’re a downtown business, make sure you bring your cozy, creative juices to The Edmonds Historical Museum’s 11th annual Scarecrow Festival. And, whether you participate or appreciate, walk the blocks to vote on the scarecrows outside of downtown shops this month. Find out more, sign up, and vote here.

    Halloween trick-or-treating in Downtown EdmondsHalloween Trick-or-Treat Night, October 31

    Meet us at the Main Street roundabout—rain or shine—from 5-7pm to show off your best costumes, trick-or-treat, pet cute dogs (as much as they and their masters are willing), and enjoy a spooktacular time with your neighbors and friends! Hosted by The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, this annual event brings together thousands of people, smiles, and fun-sized candies. Learn more about what to expect and plan your Halloween night out here

    Il Viale in Downtown Edmonds

    Il Viale Espresso

    Cue The Coffee Dates

    Your favorite barista has probably been dreaming of October since last year for a few reasons, not least of which is what creamy drink they’re inventing to celebrate this cozy month that can and should be topped with a wrist-flick of nutmeg. Queue up your friends, block your calendar at least once a week, and challenge yourself to visit all the downtown coffee shops. Let us know where you land with your favorite fall beverages by tagging @edmondsdowntown in your social posts! 
    Graphite in Downtown Edmonds
    Graphite Arts Center and Charcoal Restaurant

    Enjoy A Show

    Grab a bag of popcorn on your way into whatever is showing at The Edmonds Theater or see what’s on display at Graphite (did you know Vinbero sells popcorn in to-go bags, too? Just saying). Hey, make a whole night of it by dining at Charcoal in the same building as Graphite early enough on the evening of October 19th that you can pop by all the participating businesses during Art Walk

    Consider A Class

    Interested in becoming the show, as it were? Put your creative juices to work at one of Cole Gallery and Art Studio’s in-house classes (watercolor, acrylic, nature sketching, and more!) or join other writers from around the world during Write On The Sound, downtown Edmonds’s annual writers’ conference that features thirty sessions specifically focused on the craft of writing, marketing, publishing, and industry trends, and workshops on specialty writing topics. This year, the event is back in person at The Frances Anderson Center! Registration has closed, so mark your calendar for next year (or try to sneak in for a peek at Rick Steves—just don’t sell us out if you get caught). 

    We Hate To See October Go

    You see, October will be full of goodness downtown, and while the temps may be cooler, there are still plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy it. So, mark up your calendars, plan some fun, and get as much out of your Edmonds October as you can—because, by now, we both know we’ll all hate to see it go. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  24. Set Yourself Up For Success Downtown

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    If your summer was like ours, you were on the move, bopping around town—and beyond—and spending very little time bogged down in life logistics. Who had time for those? We were getting our Vitamin D levels, well, level. Among other things. 

    The less time-sensitive to-dos got the least attention of all—figuring out a new insurance provider, dropping off the dry cleaning, and so on. 

    With the leaves turning, vitamins sufficient, tea fresh out of the kettle, and the kids safely back in their school’s warm embrace, though, it’s time to tick down the list. 

    Stick with us as we show you all the ways you can set yourself up for success in all those big and small life ways right in downtown Edmonds. 

    Insurance Services Group in Downtown EdmondsBookkeepers, Bank Accounts, Financial Planners—Oh, My!

    As the end of the year creeps up on us, it’s a great exercise to check in with your money. If you’re looking for support in the financial management department, check out local advisory firms like Koenig Financial Group. 

    Interested in the potential savings and better coverage you could get through bundling or switching insurers? Make an appointment with the friendly faces at Allstate – Salish Insurance Group or Insurance Services Group

    If you’re looking for loans or to move your money somewhere more local, look no further than Peoples Bank or Sound Credit Union

    Donaldson & Knigge Law in Downtown EdmondsLawyer Up

    Get a speeding ticket on your way to or from the first day of school? It happens! Donaldson & Knigge, LLC can help with that and protect your driving record. 

    Likewise, if you have assets you want to protect, Sound Estate Planning, PLLC can build a plan with you to ensure your family is taken care of should anything happen to you. Got a lot of things you want to talk about (or a business), but don’t know where to begin? Make an appointment with Beresford Booth PLLC, a full-service and cost-effective firm in the heart of the downtown district. 

    Make Sure Your Mind Is Right

    We are flush with mental health professionals in Edmonds. Find the perfect provider for you here, and pat yourself on the back for prioritizing yourself. 

    If you or a loved one are looking for more concentrated help or a long-term program, consider The Center, which focuses on helping people change their lives for good, with an emphasis on mental health and chemical dependency.   

    Edmonds Vision Center in Downtown EdmondsCheck In With Your Body

    Ensure your vessel is fully operational with appointments at Advanced Hearing Systems, Edmonds Vision Center, Naturopathic Dermatology, and Soundview Family Dental, all right in your neck of the woods!   

    KSD Home in Downtown Edmonds

    KSD Home 

    Glow Up Your Home

    Looking around the house and not loving what you see? Take your dusty drapes for a refresh at Corry’s Fine Drycleaning

    Ready to go all in? Dust off those plans for your new build or reno your architect drew up for you a few years ago and take them to Wilcox Construction Inc. (one of their recent projects was our beautiful Barre3 Edmonds studio) for an estimate. Then, walk over to Interiors of Edmonds or KSD Home to inquire about finishing touches.

    Big Success!

    Okay, whew! That was a lot. Don’t feel like you have to take it on at once, but hopefully, now you feel set up for success in all the places that may have felt big and scary before you spent the last few minutes reading this article. Plus, there is comfort in knowing so many experts surround us right downtown. 

    Already got an appointment with one or many of them? Take us along (as legally and ethically as you can, of course). Tag us in your Instagram and Facebook posts (@edmondsdowntown) so we can show them some social love!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  25. Let’s Get The Kids Set for School

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    Whether you’re wondering where the time has gone again or eagerly counting down the days until the kids head back to school (or both!), all Edmonds parents and caretakers have one thing in common: You don’t have to leave downtown to get the kids set for school. 

    And of all the beautiful things that our city’s summers bring, the ease of getting everything checked off the list within a few-mile radius is one of the most brilliant. Keep reading to learn about how to prepare for the school year ahead and how to celebrate yourself once they’re back out of the nest, between 9ish and 3ish, at least. 

    ArtSpot in Downtown Edmonds

    ARTspot supplies

    Scope Out Supplies

    You have the supply list in hand and you want to support local. Start at Ace Hardware on 5th Ave. S, which has an impressive selection of school supplies. Then, head down the block and around the corner to ARTspot to get it all crossed off, packed up, and ready. 

    crow in Downtown Edmonds
    Crow shower steamers

    If you want to get ahead on appreciating your kiddo’s new teacher (and score major warm and fuzzy points), grab something just for them from Bench & Board (a Taylor Swift prayer candle, perhaps?) or Crow (who can say no to a locally-made set of shower steamers?). Beautiful mugs sure to start their day off on the right foot abound downtown. Find the perfect one for your caffeinated teenager or slightly-more caffeinated teacher at places like The Wooden Spoon, HouseWares, Red Twig Bakery Cafe, or Walnut Street Coffee

    Anchor Chic in Downtown EdmondsOutfit Them In Style

    Back-to-school shopping doesn’t seem to be as much about mall hauls as it used to be, which is a positive in our book. Whether they’re headed to preschool or applying to colleges, you’ll be able to help your star student build a capsule wardrobe at shops like Little Bipsy, NC Concept Store (they also offer personal styling!), Pear Tree Consignment, Anchor Chic Consignment, and Rogue

    Let’s say they’ve overcome a huge milestone recently, or you really, really want to celebrate how far they’ve come. Consider a special piece of jewelry that will complement every outfit from one of our city’s downtown jewelers like J. Rankin, Cline, or Comstock

    Milltown Nails in Downtown EdmondsGet Them Primped and Pampered

    Pre-first-day cuts, colors, manis, pedis, and more are necessary for many Edmonds students, and we’re blessed with endless beautification options downtown. For hair, get their groom on at Chroma Salon and Spa, MODA hair cafe + spa, or Mosaic Salon Group.

    If esthetics are part of their routine, set them up with experts at Bellissimo Beauty Bar or Sugarology. For nails, try Main Street Nails or Milltown Nails & Skin Care.

    Got teens hoping for a first-day-glow facial? Ombu and Slate Salon + Spa have them (and any skin concerns they’re hoping to combat) covered.      

    Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs in Downtown EdmondsStock Up on Vitamins and Supplements

    When kids go back to school, they inevitably bring germs, so stock up on holistic healing at Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs. You can also get electrolyte packs for your student-athletes, aromatherapy diffuser oils to combat colds, and all of your favorite vitamins.  

    Interiors of Edmonds in Downtown EdmondsDon’t Forget About You!

    Your kids may have spent two weeks with grandparents, gone on a ton of playdates, enjoyed many an overnight camp, or made couch forts on rainy days in your living room. Regardless of how much time you all spent together this summer, it probably took a lot of coordination on your end. Celebrate yourself! 

    They’re back in school, which means you now have time for that massage you’ve been daydream-drooling about (we have recommendations here), the headspace to find a new accountant, the creative juices to think through your home remodel with one of our in-town experts, and time to take in a show—solo.

    Back to school is a time of new beginnings—for everyone. Take us along on your prep and on your unaccompanied dates following the first day. Tag us in your posts (@edmondsdowntown) on Instagram and Facebook and we’ll raise a glass to your whole family! 

    Here’s to another great year of learning, growing, and supporting our favorite downtown around.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  26. We’re All About Autumn

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    Get ready for crispy leaves drifting from above you, gourds galore, and the triumphant return of soup season. Autumn is upon us, and—dare we say—we’re ready to add an extra layer before we head out the door? We dare, indeed.

    Let’s talk about celebratory events, ways to embrace the chilled air that epitomizes the season, and what to look out for around the downtown Edmonds blocks.   


    The Wooden Spoon’s 2022 entry in the Scarecrow Festival

    Downtown Edmonds Events

    Kick off the month with PorchFest (September 9th) and The Edmonds Classic Car & Motorcycle Show (September 10th), covered in detail here. And don’t miss the great deals from 15 participating businesses at the Edmonds Brouhaha sidewalk sale happening September 8-10th.

    Then, dig up your dirndl and lederhosen from that pilgrimage you took to the motherland after college and head over to Frances Anderson Center for the Edmonds Rotary Oktoberfest the weekend of September 15-16th.  

    After the calendar recognizes the official start of autumn, we hope to see your scarecrow submission so we can take to the streets in October to vote for it during The Edmonds Historical Museum’s 11th Annual Scarecrow Festival

    Bar Americano in Downtown Edmonds
    Bar Americano

    Pumpkin Spice Everything

    If you got your first PSL on August 24th, you’re more than ready for the autumnal seasonal drink menus at all the downtown coffee shops and to purchase a variety of steep-ready teas from Treasures and Teas. Don’t forget to grab a cheeky mug to sip from next door at Little Bipsy.

    Don’t sleep on cozy cocktails from happy hour hot spots like (newcomer from the team behind Daphne’s) Bar Americano, Kelnero, Demetris Woodstone Taverna, or Salt & Iron, either. We have it on good authority there will be a few options sprinkled with cinnamon. Mmmm, bottoms up!

    FIELD in Downtown Edmonds
    FIELD by Morgan & Moss

    Stock Up On Fall Scents

    While you’re out, treat your home to scents that make you feel wrapped up in your favorite oversized sweater. Sniff candles and pick your favorites from places like Bench & Board, KSD Home, FIELD, HouseWares, and The Paper Feather. It doesn’t have to be anything to do with gourds. This is the season for layers of bergamot, vanilla, chai, apples, cedar, and tobacco. Yummy! 

    Don’t be afraid to try something outside of your comfort zone—or don’t. We’re on the cusp of hibernation zone, after all. Make it yours.  

    Workhorse Coworking in Downtown EdmondsBack To School—For The Whole Crew

    You may have seen that we recently dug into getting the kids ready for back to school. Hey, we’re here to set you up for success, and getting your children back out the door is part of that. Now, it’s your turn.

    They’re not the only ones who can put their learning caps back on after a sunny hiatus. You can join in the fun around downtown by attending one of Workhorse Coworking’s free and member-led lunch & learns—yes, even if you’re not a member—or sign up for an art class at Aria Studio Gallery or Cole Gallery and Art Studio

    Not sure where to begin? Take yourself on a self-guided tour of them during the Edmonds Art Studio Tour September 16-17th or during the Edmonds Art Walk on September 21st.  

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds
    The Edmonds Bookshop

    Prepare for Layers

    If you’ve been enjoying our warm weather by purging your closet, start reloading your wardrobe for chillier days ahead. We have a large handful of wonderful, locally-owned shops and boutiques right downtown ready to outfit the whole family. 

    Plus, if you’re like us, one of your favorite things to do every fall may be pulling on your new favorite sweater, finding the perfect page-turner from the Edmonds Bookshop, and curling up on the couch with one of those teas you got earlier. We know your cozy time is important, especially after such an activity-heavy summer, so we’ll leave you to it, but if you happen to pull out your phone, tag us to show us how you’re celebrating the changing season. We’re easy to find: @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  27. Even More To Love This Summer

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    Summer is in full swing, and we’ve been lov-ing it. Have you been loving it? We sure hope so!

    As promised, we’re going to go into a little more detail about two key events, one of which is new (as in celebrating its second year and moving into the summer season) and the other that’s a mainstay—both on one epic, summer-concluding weekend. 

    But first, a refresher of all that’s still on our—very busy—summer schedule:

    Crow in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Lovin’ Summer

    Not that you need much hand-holding, butttt Lovin’ Summer is our way of showing you how to follow the sun downtown. There is a lot going on in the summer, so we’re not taking any chances. 

    If you’ve been out and around already, you may have noticed that participating downtown Edmonds shops and businesses have clings in their windows featuring our bright graphic, are handing out free stickers to customers, and have posters hanging in their spaces promoting summer events. 

    The sun in downtown Edmonds is shining brightly—and we’re turning our faces toward it. Check out these upcoming events full of opportunities to experience its warm, glowy glory:

    Edmonds Lovin’ Summer Events

    Edmonds Summer Market: Saturdays through October 14, 9am – 2pm

    Edmonds Summer Wine Walk: August 5, 5pm – 8pm 

    Outdoor Movie Nights at various parks: July 28th and August 4th, sundown

    Lovin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, Aug 5th—Friday, Sep 9th 

    Taste Edmonds & Maker’s Market: Friday, August 11th—Sunday, August 13th 

    Brouhaha, The Annual Downtown Edmonds Backroom Blow Out and Sidewalk Sale: September 8—10.  

    PorchFest Edmonds: Saturday, September 9th, 2pm – 6pm

    Edmonds Classic Car & Motorcycle Show: Sunday, September 10th, 10am – 4pm

    Find Waldo in Edmonds: Now–Sunday, July 30th

    Sea Notes at The Marina: Various dates throughout the summer 

    2023 Summer Concert Series: Various dates throughout the summer

    Check here to get the full details on all of these sunshiney festivities. 

    PorchFest in Downtown EdmondsPorchFest Edmonds

    After its inaugural year, PorchFest is back—and operating in warmer weather! There will be more hosts and performers, staggered start times, an acoustic corridor, and increased snack options to keep everyone fed and watered appropriately. Let’s talk details about this fun, family-friendly, and FREE community event.  

    Featuring an expanded lineup and enhanced format, PorchFest is sponsored by the City of Edmonds’ Reimagining Neighborhoods and Streets program, which encourages people to activate their streets to build community and promote local businesses. 

    Which streets, you say? These (<– click for this year’s map).

    2023 will see more performers and more porches, along with yards, alleys, streets, and sidewalks to bring us together while promoting the arts. You’ll hear all types of performances, including spoken word, choruses, dance, bands, and more, AND meet fantastically talented people who live in and around Edmonds. Make sure to hydrate, pre-plan your route, or see where the wind takes you as you make the rounds.

    Plus, if you’re out and feeling in a shopping mood, stop into one of the dozen participating shops offing up to 70% off during the Edmonds Brouhaha, downtown’s annual backroom blowout and sidewalk sale! Find the full list here.

    If you are interested in volunteering, hosting, or performing, register at PorchFestEdmonds.com.

    Edmonds Classic Car ShowThe Edmonds Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

    The day after the PorchFest, the streets will remain closed for our annual Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, which is expected to attract 8,000+ spectators to ogle and drool over 250+ classic two and four-wheeled vehicles. 

    The event runs from 10am-4pm, with an awards ceremony at the Fountain at 3:30pm. 

    While pups are encouraged for PorchFest, give them a day to recover during the car show. They’re not allowed at this event. 

    Other things to note:

    • – There will be an all-day DJ at the Fountain Information booth
    • – Come early to enjoy a free pancake breakfast at North Sound Community Church at 4th Ave N & Bell St. from 9am-1pm
    • – And, new this year: Spend $1 to vote for your favorite cars, which raises money for the Edmonds 4th of July celebration

    Okay, you have a big weekend to prep for. Don’t forget to add all the other events leading up to it to your calendar and start doing your stretches to get limber for all the walking the second weekend of September. 

    We’ll see you out on the streets—and on the socials. Tag us in your posts (@edmondsdowntown) on Instagram and Facebook so we can keep up with your good times! Extra bragging rights go to those of you who snap a photo in front of the temporary mural outside of Maize & Barley and add #lovinsummeredmonds.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  28. It’s Time To Love On Summer

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    If you haven’t noticed already, summer is all the rage in Edmonds. The city comes alive—car tops come off, sunsets get more vibrant, and mermaids perch on the rocks by our beaches (really). There is a tangible buzz around the downtown blocks, and we like to get in on the fun by doubling down on that buzzy energy with our annual Lovin’ Summer campaign. 

    We’re so grateful this program has been well-received, and that it continues to grow. As you read (or scan—we know how it goes, especially with the kids out of school), look for a few new events you may not have seen in years past, including PorchFest, back for its second year and landing squarely in the summer season, as it should! 

    Every season is wonderful in Edmonds, but as the kids say: Summer just “hits different.” You know? 

    Dusted Valley in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Lovin’ Summer

    So, what is Lovin’ Summer? It’s our way of showing you how to follow the sun downtown. Participating downtown Edmonds shops and businesses will have clings in their windows featuring our bright graphic, will be provided free stickers to hand out to customers, and hang posters promoting summer events (more on those below). 

    In July, you’ll also see “Discover Downtown” flags around town directing you to all the shops and service providers around! Follow the sun to downtown Edmonds, and it will surely keep you warm and happy—no extra SPF required!

    4th of July in EdmondsEdmonds Lovin’ Summer Events

    We have so many upcoming celebrations that we can’t possibly host them all ourselves. Many of what you see detailed below are events that are put on, or supported by, other city organizations including The City of Edmonds, The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Edmonds Parks & Recreation, Art Walk Edmonds, and the Edmonds Historical Museum. We truly are better together. 

    New to the list this year are PorchFest and the Taste Edmonds Maker’s Market. See? There’s always enough time for more fun. 

    Mark your calendars for these events, and we’ll see you on the streets!

    • Edmonds Summer Market: Saturdays through October 14, 9am – 2pm
    • Edmonds Summer Wine Walks: Saturday, July 1, and August 5, 5pm – 8pm
    • An Edmonds Kind of 4th: Beat Brackett 5K & 1K, 8am; Children’s Parade, 11:30am; Main Parade, noon
    • Outdoor Movie Nights at various parks: Fridays, July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, sundown
    • Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour: Sunday, July 16th, 11am – 4pm
    • Lovin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, Aug 5th—Friday, Sep 9th
    • Taste Edmonds & Maker’s Market: Friday, August 11th—Sunday, August 13th
    • PorchFest Edmonds: Saturday, September 9th, 2pm – 6pm
    • Edmonds Classic Car & Motorcycle Show: Sunday, September 10th, 10am – 4pm
    • Find Waldo in Edmonds: Saturday, July 1st–Sunday, July 30th
    • Sea Notes at The Marina: Various dates throughout the summer
    • 2023 Summer Concert Series: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays, July 9th – August 27th

    We hope you’re already enjoying the higher frequency of Vitamin D days. Let’s keep the good times rolling together at as many of these events as you can attend! 

    As always, we want to join in your fun, so make sure to add #loveedmonds or #edmondsdowntown to your posts on social media. We’ll share them to our stories on Instagram and Facebook. We’re especially hoping to see you gathering with old friends, enjoying a new experience, and soaking up as many rays as you can. Summer is fleeting—lifetime memories aren’t, so enjoy it all while you can.

    Check out this page for full details on all of the events listed above. We’ll see you downtown, and we’ll be back in about a month with a recap of some of the celebrations that have already come and gone, along with a deeper dive into all that’s upcoming to cap off the season.

    Talk again soon. Until then, summer on!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  29. Show Your Pride Downtown Edmonds

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    Following the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan in 1969, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, “Gay Pride Day” was celebrated on the last Sunday of June. In major cities across the country, that day soon turned into a month-long series of events that attract millions of participants from around the world—from people who identify as LGBTQIA+, to friends, families, and allies. The intended purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

    That recognition certainly extends to downtown Edmonds.

    Ed!’s mission is to “ensure our downtown stays lively, attractive, prosperous, and welcoming to everyone.” Part of our work to better serve all who operate in our business improvement district is to highlight the important work they’re doing to show citizens and visitors alike their support of human rights issues. Pride plays a major role in that. 

    Barre3 Class

    Barre3 donation-based class for The Trevor Project

    So, we asked our downtown shops what they’re doing for Pride month. Some, like Barre3, have already done a lot (like raising $2,000 for The Trevor Project from two donation-based classes). In addition to their successful fundraiser, Barre3 has a bunch of bright retail for anyone looking. 

    While this list certainly isn’t exhaustive, it should send you on a strong path toward ways to keep celebrating Pride in Edmonds.

    ARTspot is hosting a free Pride Paint in the Park event on Sunday, June 25th from 4pm until 9pm. Meet the ARTspot team at the Edmonds City Park Gazebo. Supplies will be provided. This event will surely be fun for all ages—and all people! Additionally, We ARTspot is featuring the work of queer Seattle artist, Sam Case, for Art Walk. His art is on display all through the end of June. Pride flags fly and merch is on the shelves (including pronoun pins) all year long! 

    At Bellissimo Beauty Bar, Pride hits close to home—a large percentage of their staff is LGBTQIA+. Walk by to check out their windows, painted for Pride. The salon decor is all Pride-inspired.  

    Bench & Board has a Pride window display and will be giving 10% of sales on June 24th and to The Trevor Project to support at-risk LGBTQ youth.

    Newcomer Camp Vintage is getting in on the party with vibrant cards and stickers from neighbor The Paper Feather (more on them below) and will be showing off all their rainbow goods. 

    At Crow, each customer will receive a rainbow Edmonds sticker with purchase June 23-30th.

    Driftwood Modern in Downtown Edmonds

    A rainbow of vases at Driftwood Modern

    Driftwood Modern put rainbow colors of midcentury art glass vases in their front window to symbolize their ongoing approach to honor and respect all hues of humanity through art, design, and home environment. Everyone is warmly welcome!

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Bookshop’s Pride picks

    All of June, Edmonds Bookshop has a table dedicated to LGBTQIA+ books and authors. Stop in and find your next great read!

    Pride merchandise at FIELD Edmonds

    A rainbow of Pride merchandise at FIELD

    At FIELD, the Pride flag flies all year. To honor Pride month specifically, the team has a few featured products: their popular Poppy & Pout lip balm line just released a series of summer scents including the Olipop strawberry/vanilla collab, and a delicious Pride Punch! They also have LGBTQ-inspired pennants from Oxford Pennant and other rainbow merchandise. Pop in to check it out!

    Maize & Barley proudly flies the original Gilbert Baker Rainbow Flag year-round. In June, they will be featuring Pride movies every Wednesday night. They will also be participating in the Pride Crawl, and hosting Brewster Wrestle—a costume arm wrestle showdown featuring the women of the Pink Boots Societyat 8pm! Each competitor will be wrestling to split the winnings for a charity of their choice and the Human Rights Campaign. Cast your vote for who will take the competition! 

    Paper Feather in Downtown Edmonds

    Paper Feather’s window of love

    Swing by The Paper Feather to check out their hand-painted Pride window display and Pride-themed products: pencils, rainbow earrings, stickers, and greeting cards!

    On June 30th from 4-6pm, join the folks at Rogue for a pop up with That’s So Andrew!  Humorous, inclusive and on trend. Shop hilariously snarky queer cards, pins, stickers,  journals and candles.  Andrew is a Monroe native and small business owner—follow him on Insta @thatssoandrew_ and come stock up on awesome gifts for your people!

    At nearby Sugarology, flags will be flying all month long. A founding member of Trans Friendly, a website that lists safe and welcoming businesses for Trans individuals, Sugarology believes sugaring and great skincare is for all!

    Table for 12 is flying their Pride flag proudly, and always serving up a rainbow of flavors. 

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown EdmondsAnd, don’t sleep on Walnut Street Coffee, which is proudly flying its Pride flag to celebrate all month with employees, customers, and neighbors. Everyone is always welcome at Walnut’s big round table (and beyond)! 

    Meet Us Downtown on June 30th To Hear from The Mayor

    Flags will go up on June 23rd around the fountain and at the intersection of 4th and Main. On June 30th, Mayor Nelson, surrounded by the flags, will speak at 5pm. Here’s what you can expect on that day:

    • 4pm: Traffic closed on 5th, flags and signs out. Music starts through the PA system on the steps of the museum
    • 5-6pm: Mayor Nelson addresses those gathered
    • 6-7pm: Anyone crawling or spending time downtown can draw on the street with chalk and chat with groups tabling at the courtyard
    • 7pm until you’re ready to go home: Celebrate, crawl, cheers, and carry on

    Kelnero unicorn mug, photo by Kalia Machado

    Kelnero’s fabulous unicorn mug, photo by Kalia Machado

    Cheers To Pride in Edmonds—Literally

    Following Mayor Nelson’s Pride speech at the Historical Museum, participating bars and restaurants in downtown Edmonds will be hosting a Pride Crawl from 6-9pm to support the  Human Rights Campaign. Participating locations will offer Pride specials with a portion of the proceeds donated to benefit the HRC. Pick up a PRIDE Crawl drink card at any participating location. Get five stamps and enter to win one of several Pride prizes! 

    Participating locations include Vinbero, Kelnero, Church Key Pub, Salt & Iron, MARKET EdmondsFire & The Feast, Brigid’s Bottle Shop, Maize & Barley.  

    Ready to have some fun while supporting a great cause? Yeah, you are. See you there!

    And, as always, show us where your Pride celebrations take you. Tag us on Instagram and Facebook so we can join in the party. 

    By Whitney Popa, main photo by Matt Hulbert

  30. Date Your Kids in Downtown Edmonds

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    School’s about to be out for suhhhmuhhh! And that means your kids probably have a lot of extra time on their hands. Whether you do, too, it’s time to consider a few fun ways you can connect in the city you love so much. 

    Show them your favorite places, take them out to lunch, treat them to something frosty, or make a beach day extra special. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be full of fun ideas after reading all the ways you can show extra love to your kids this sunny season. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on the kids who still live in your house through high school or so, but it should absolutely be noted that these date ideas can apply to kids of all ages—including you. 

    Now, let’s get into it! 

    Oasis Tea Zone in Downtown Edmonds

    Oasis Tea Zone

    Date Them Over Drinks

    Who said going out to drinks was reserved for grownups? Certainly not us. Kids love to feel a part of it all, so take them to one of your all-ages stomping grounds. Whether it’s for a steamer or Italian Soda at your go-to coffee shop or boba at Oasis Tea Zone, your half-pints will relish any opportunity to cheers with their favorite adults. Plus, you can always take your treats to go and experience together one of the most tried and true Edmonds kind of date activities: a long walk on the beach. 

    Happy hour or sunset stroll more your style? Many downtown haunts offer virgin drink options. 

    Glazed & Amazed in Downtown Edmonds

    Glazed & Amazed

    Get Your Shop On

    Now that you’re properly fueled, hold hands as you do laps around your favorite kid-friendly shops like Teri’s Toybox. Ask them questions about what they love and encourage them to use their imagination. Pro tip: If you’re not in the market to buy new things, offer to take a picture of it for the next gifting event. This tactic usually works…until it doesn’t. 

    For those of you with higher patience and/or longer attention spans, consider making a painting appointment at Glazed & Amazed. The littles can pick their piece and spend quality time with you chattering and creating simultaneously. Plus, you’ll both walk away with a tangible memory of your time together.   

    Similarly, your burgeoning builders will get a big kick out of Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center, which is bursting with model plane, trains, and automobiles, all ready for their new home. 

    Little Bipsy in Downtown Edmonds

    Little Bipsy Store

    Strolling with a little fashionistas? They’ll perk up when you tell them they can pick out their own new suit at Little Bipsy for your forthcoming trip to the Hazel Miller Spray Park (open Memorial Day through Labor Day) at Edmonds City Park.  

    More Park Play

    The long-awaited reopening of Civic Park is just around the corner. Pencil in your date for June 23 or later (and if you’re reading this after June 23, 2023, even better!) so you can enjoy all this eight-acre downtown haven has to offer: art installments, sports courts, the Hazel Miller Pollinator Meadow, Sprague Promenade, Mika’s Inclusive Playground, an athletic field, a shade pavilion restroom, a petanque grove, and more. 

    Revelations Yogurt in Downtown Edmonds

    Revelations Yogurt

    Top Off A Great Date With…

    We could be those people and make a pun about screaming for ice cream, but one of the hottest kid spots downtown isn’t ice cream per se. It’s froyo! Minis love to build their own desserts at Revelations Yogurt on Main and, honestly? So do we. Sit outside and watch people—and pups—pass. Continue to chat the day away, or lean back and take a beat to soak it all in. You’ve enjoyed a day for the memory books. (And, if they are screaming for ice cream, grab a scoop or two from Waterfront Coffee Company or a soft serve from Moto Pizza.)

    If you’d prefer to sit down in a fancy booth, consider the rotating dessert options at Fire & The Feast right across the street from RevYo. And, if you’re reading this deep into summer vacation, it’s highly likely you’ll have the option of a few scoops of Molly Moon’s while bopping to whatever live band is playing in the plaza at Main Street Commons. 

    In Edmonds, the date options are always expanding, and are relatively endless! No need to stress sweat if your head is full of all the possibilities—come up with a calendar cadence to do them all. We promise you and your favorite kiddos will be talking about these dates for years to come. 

    Taking your kids on a hot date and open to a third wheel? Take us with you—virtually. Tag @edmondsdowntown in your social media posts and we’ll share our favorite photos on our stories. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  31. Celebrating The Dads and Grads

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    It’s that time of year again: When grill smoke wafts through the blocks mixed with the smell of freshly-mown grass, our beaches get busy, and caps are thrown in the air. Dads and grads are celebrating, and we’re toasting to them, too!

    You may be stumped on what to gift your people for a milestone like a graduation or to show how much you appreciate their fatherly impact. Fear not! We’ve put together our ultimate guide to celebrating the dads and grads in your life. So, pop a cold one and keep scrolling because showing your favorite humans how much you care has never been easier in downtown Edmonds.  

    For The Keepers of Keepsakes + Grillmasters

    Stroll the streets to grab the perfect gift from places like The Paper Feather, The Papery, Crow, Bench & Board, or Ace Hardware. Not only do many of these shops have beautiful, thoughtful stationary, but they’re all staffed by experts who can steer you in the right gifting direction. Ace, of course, needs no explanation. It’s your one-stop shop for gifts, cards, home supplies, grills, and BBQ chicken to go. Oh! And don’t forget to reserve your sweet treats from Cakes by Frosted, located right inside the sliding doors. 

    Wooden Spoon in Downtown EdmondsFor The Homebodies

    Dad or grad enjoy their home oasis? Yeah, they do. Take them to choose a new-to-them piece mid-century decor at Driftwood Modern, a vintage flag for their wall from newly-opened Camp Vintage, outfit their kitchen at The Wooden Spoon, or engender good vibes with a crystal or piece of palo santo at The Wishing Stone. Homebodies tend to love to curl up with a good book (this writer speaks for herself). Gift them something to bury their nose in while lazing in a hammock or under a blanket by the fire pit from Edmonds Bookshop. Still trying to decide what to grab? The store team will be happy to help. If you know what you want, you can also order it ahead and pop by for pickup.    

    For The Art Lovers

    The Edmonds Arts Festival is back for Father’s Day weekend (June 16-18, 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday) and gives you not only the chance to bond over art but also the opportunity to find something perfect for your favorite people—together or as a welcome surprise. Over 160 artists will showcase their work at Frances Anderson, so the likelihood of finding something meaningful is exceptionally high. Get your grad a piece of art that reminds them of home when they’re away at school or some new lawn art for dad (dads and their lawns could be a whole other article!). Use the festival as a jumping-off point to explore all that downtown has to offer. 

    Looking to explore more evergreen art, as it were? Take yourself on an art tour down from the Festival to Graphite and Cascadia Art Museum. Or, invest in continuing education and sign up for an art class! 

    Churchkey Pub in Downtown EdmondsFor The Glass Raisers

    For the 21+ crowd, clink glasses with a fancy sip at Calypso, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina, ChurchKey Pub, Daphnes, Kelnero, Dusted Valley Wine Bar, or Vinbero

    Dad or grad more interested in a cold beer? Take them to Maize & Barley to check out what’s on their rotating taps or to Salish Sea Brewing Co. for their pick of fine hand-crafted ales and lagers. For the underage crowd, head to either Salish location for root beer on tap! 

    Table for 12 in Downtown EdmondsFor The Food-Lovers

    There is something tried and true about a special occasion dinner out. Take yours to Salt & Iron (weekend specials include a braised short rib with black plum demi-glace and a “Papa’s Home” cocktail made with bacon-wash rye, amaro Montenegro, maple syrup, smoked cherry bitters, and candied bacon), Fire & The Feast (open for brunch and dinner with a ribeye on special), Charcoal, Demetris, Las Brisas Restaurante, or Kahlo’s Cantina. Don’t forget to cap the night off with froyo loaded with extra toppings (hey, you’re celebrating!) from Revelations Yogurt and a sunny stroll to the water.

    Breakfast more their speed? Hit up Claire’s Restaurant, Chanterelle, or Rusty Pelican Cafe

    And, if you want to get more interactive with it, grab some seats at Table for 12 and the whole crew can learn how to cook what they’re eating. 

    Red Twig Cafe in Downtown EdmondsFor The Giftees Still Pulling All-Nighters

    Whether they’re night owls or coffee connoisseurs, they’ll love a hosted visit or gift card to Red Twig Bakery Cafe, Cafe Louvre, Walnut Street Coffee, or Waterfront Coffee Company. And, if they need a place to work with 24/7 tech (and both cold brew + drip coffee) available, gift them a membership at Workhorse Coworking.  

    Rogue in Downtown EdmondsFor The Explorers

    Whether your grad is perusing cooljobs.com and planning to shear sheep in Spain or dad cashed in his 23andMe from last year and is now interested in tracing his Nordic roots, Edmonds is the place to learn all about Europe. We’re blessed to be home to Rick Steves’ Europe, where they can—if they’re lucky—meet the man behind the tours, and learn as much about the Old World as they can handle. They can also get geared up while planning their trip on any budget. 

    Dad may be exploring Europe, a local oyster farm, or the beers on tap at Maize and Barley on Father’s Day, so outfit him in threads from Rogue, which launched its men’s selection last year. They have your grad covered, too—from gifts to dresses to wear under the ‘ol unflattering robe.

    How Are You Celebrating Your Dads and Grads This Year?

    Is your mind now full of ideas about how you want to toast to your dads and grads downtown? We sure hope so! 

    Take us along by tagging us in your social media posts or add #loveedmonds to your captions. We’ll share your papa props, champagne pops, hoots, and hollers to our stories! 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  32. Business Spotlight: Cole Gallery

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. They make our downtown unique, authentic and welcoming.

    In this series, we highlight the independently-owned businesses of Downtown Edmonds, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Denise Cole from Cole Gallery.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Connecting our community and beyond with beautiful original art and art classes.

    Why did you start your business?
    I had been a professional artist for a number of years and shared a small studio gallery on Main Street in Edmonds but I wanted to have a space to show all the artists’ work that I had become familiar with over the years. I had a vision for creating a national class gallery in Edmonds, which would feature some of the best painters and sculptors in the Pacific Northwest. I also wanted to have an art school where people could come together to learn from these artists.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    There was never any other city where I would have wanted my gallery and art school to be. Edmonds was the perfect community with a wonderful mix of people who I really believed would love the art I was bringing in. Plus, our city is known as an art town and now when I’ve seen how much the arts have grown in our area, I knew it was the right choice.

    What is unique about your business?
    We are one of the largest galleries in the area, with over 100 paintings and sculpture on display at all times. We bring in new shows with upwards of 25 – 35 new pieces in every month, but instead of sending past art back, we rotate the art in the gallery, giving our customers more time to visit, ponder and consider buying art. We also have a wonderful art school where we offer over 100 classes and workshops per year. We specialize in classes for beginners and for people wanting to discover the artist within!

    Why should people do business with you?
    We have some of the best painters and sculptors in the country! And we have incredibly supportive, encouraging instructors who lead our students in their artist journey.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am passionate about cooking and baking—as I am writing this I just pulled out of the oven my third loaf of sourdough today! I also devour dozens and dozens of books a year, both audio (while I cook) and the written word.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    You don’t need to be an art buyer to visit the gallery and just enjoy the artwork. I invite everyone who might read this to bask in the beauty, be inspired and fill your soul with art!

    What are your hours of business?
    We’re open 7 days a week: Mon – Sat 10am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm

    Cole Gallery
    107 5th Ave S
    Opened in 2006

  33. May Flowers and Gardens Galore

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    Let’s say you just planted your tomatoes (hooray for night temps above fifty degrees!) and you realized you don’t have enough cages. Let’s also say you told your family you were going to stop at Ace Hardware on the way home from other errands to “see if they have any tomato cages.” And then when you did just that, the front door slid open and there they were, right in front of you—those tomato cages you didn’t really want to hunt to find. In three sizes. 

    Because Ace knows what time it is. 

    All of downtown does. 

    It’s garden time! Let’s get our thumbs a little green, shall we? 

    Your Edmonds Gardening Resource

    As the old adage goes, you are the average of the people you hang out with the most, and if you hang out with the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, which is celebrating one hundred years (!!!), you will really know your way around seed packets, starters, shrubs, weeds, extreme temperature survivors, and seasonal varietals. If you attended their annual plant sale on May 6, you certainly know what we’re talking about. And if you didn’t, look for the club around town this month preparing the gorgeous hanging baskets that add color to our streets, check out their blog for planting tips, and keep their events page refreshed to find them at places like their Saturday workshops, the 4th of July Parade, annual plant exchange, and more. 

    Did you know the Edmonds Floretum Club also maintains twenty boxes in a local P-Patch? The produce from several of those boxes contributes to the weekly harvest for the Edmonds Food Bank. It doesn’t get much more local than that! 

    Garden corner in Downtown EdmondsDowntown In Bloom

    Speaking of impressive city stats, here are a few about the people who maintain the hanging baskets the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club puts together:

    • There are fifteen City of Edmonds staff members on the Streets and Storm Crew
    • These staff members maintain 290 miles of streets, 500 crosswalks, and 25 signalized intersections
    • They also tend to the more than 140 baskets with 20,000 plants the Floreum Garden Club selects to fill, thrill, and spill downtown

    Next time you see one of these dedicated City employees while you’re doing your rounds around the blocks, be sure to give them a wave. You can also help them by “adopting” a hanging basket or garden corner. Learn more and pick yours here

    FIELD in Downtown Edmonds

    FIELD by Morgan & Moss

    Back To Your Garden

    If you’re looking for starters for your garden, there are a few sellers at the Edmonds Summer Market who have them waiting for you each Saturday at their booths. You can also get yourself appropriately outfitted to spend time in the sun clipping and weeding with stops into Bench & Board for a Hori Horn garden knife or FIELD for Joyce Chen garden scissors. Care to brush up on what others have done to grow their bounties? Pick a beautiful new coffee table book from Edmonds Bookshop. Your flower clippings won’t be the only show-stoppers in your living room this summer.  

    Hoping to add some lavender to your pots or garden? It’s known to help both veggies and flowers thrive because pollinators (aka bumblebees) love to visit it. Plan to spend some time with the wonderful staff at Pelindaba Lavender. They’ll help you find the perfect purple flower for you.   

    HouseWares in Downtown Edmonds

    HouseWares

    And, if you’re on the hunt for new receptacles to display the abundance of your outdoor investment, check out HouseWares, the newly-opened Camp Vintage, Driftwood Modern , Crow or Interiors of Edmonds.   

    Show Us How Your Garden Grows

    We’ll be sharing photos and videos of all the beautiful blooms we’re seeing around downtown, along with spotlights on the shops that can support you on your planting mission, and we hope you’ll do the same! Tag us on social media—@edmondsdowntown on Facebook and Instagram—and we’ll reshare our favorite bounties. 

    Now, stop reading and get your gardening on! 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

    Feature photo of Pelidaba Lavender

  34. Our 2023 Guide to Celebrating Mom in Downtown Edmonds

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    One of the many enduring beauties of Edmonds is that you really can’t go wrong for mom. From our gifts to our galleries and everything in between, Mother’s Day is easy-peasy when you celebrate it downtown Edmonds. 

    This year, we’ve broken out our recommendations by mother-figure type. Many women fall into multiple categories, so start planning your itinerary now, noodle on it for a few days, and come back later to finalize it. Really, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is how much you want to try to fit in. Whether you’re surprising her with a perfectly packed day or letting her lead the way, one thing is for sure: Your leading ladies are going to enjoy their best Mother’s Day weekend yet. 

    For The Vintage-Collector

    In case you missed it, Camp Vintage opened on 4th on Earth Day, and it is full of antiques and curiosities. Not only will you find something you didn’t know you needed, but you’ll also enjoy a leisurely day together browsing through. 

    Mom more into furnishings? Find her next mid-century piece at Driftwood Modern. And, if she’s interested in going way, way back, take her to peruse the fossils, minerals, and crystals at The Wishing Stone.  

    Hero Ace Hardware in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden goodies at Hero ACE Hardware & Grocery

    For The Green Thumb

    Ace Hardware has all her gardening needs—and then some!—covered. Grab everything from potting soil to bird feeders and post-planting beers at this downtown staple. Plan to pop by Pelindaba Lavender as well. They have several species of lavender that will make her veggies and flowers flourish. Outfit her with a French Market Basket and cute clipping shears from FIELD right up the block! 

    For The Fashionista

    We have a whole host of shops and boutiques where mom can find a new ‘fit that is perfectly and uniquely her. Find our full list here. And, don’t forget to help her accessorize. Jewels abound downtown. Pick your pearly (or diamond-y etc.) poison here

    If you’re a mom and you want to lead your family to water (we knew we liked you), keep your wish list up-to-date with the kind people at Cline. They’ll even email it to your family on your behalf!  

    Calypso

    Toasting Mom at Calypso’s brunch

    For The Foodie

    Newly-opened Moto Pizza is a special treat for us all, and if mom hasn’t tasted a slice yet, Mother’s Day month is prime time. This shop’s unique business model pre-sells pizzas online, but we have it on good authority they often have pizza available for passersby when they open. Make sure you’re following all of your favorite downtown eateries on social media to be the first to know about their brunch specials. Pro tip: @feedmehrg on Instagram shows off 7+ of them. And, we have it on good authority that Fire & The Feast will be open for brunch just for mom. 

    Some of the others sure to show out with breakfast and brunch?

    Don’t forget to do a walk-through of the freshly-returned spring and summer market on Saturday morning to see what’s in season and bring her the best of the best. For dinner, consider SanKai, Charcoal, or Salt & Iron

    Edmonds Moms Meetup

    Edmonds Moms Meetup at Salt & Iron

    For The Culture Buff

    Mother’s Day weekend brings with it the annual return of Spring Fest at Frances Anderson Center. If you’re visiting this fun event brought to town by Urban Craft Uprising, use it as a springboard to cruising around your favorite downtown shops. Learn about a local crafter, stroll up and down Main, sit down for a long lunch, and peruse the latest installment at Graphite. While you’re out, stop into one of our many downtown galleries and artists’ studios

    For The Traveler

    Support her dreams of umbrella drinks, Napoli-style pizza, and/or Asian street food through a combination of Edmonds Bookshop and Rick Steves’ Europe

    For The Athlete

    Mom’s the word at many downtown athletic studios, including Barre3, Twist Yoga, Pilates Edmonds, and Woodway Wellness. Keep your eyes peeled for mom-specific specials or, if you’re a mom prioritizing herself (you go, girl), take the time to try on a new studio. 

    And, don’t forget about your post-workout recovery. Ombu Salon + Spa, Slate Salon + Spa, and Mollie Boyce Massage are ready to work out all your stress and sore muscles. 

    Bech & Board in Downtown Edmonds

    Gifts galore at Bench & Board

    For The Queen of Cozy

    Get her something lush to wrap around her at Rogue or Soaring Heart. Don’t forget to throw in her favorite candle or reed diffuser from The Paper Feather (psst, The Paper Feather will also have limited-edition hand-painted candles and grab-and-go, pre-wrapped gifts alongside their handmade Mother’s Day cards) or Bench & Board. Treasures & Teas will keep her warm from the inside out!

    For The Mom Who Has It All

    If you’re still stumped about how you want to spoil Mom, consider this: spa and beauty treatment (Chroma Salon and Spa, Main Street Nails, Sugarology Edmonds, Torres Aesthetics) gift cards are always welcome. 

    Also, flowers. Always flowers. 

    Show off your Mother’s Day celebrations! Tag @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook so we can wish your favorite women a wonderful day!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

    Main image is of the Edmonds Moms Meetup, supporters of our downtown businesses

  35. It’s Official: Edmonds Is A Certified Creative District

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    Drumroll, please.

    *da-dum-da-dum-da-dum-da-dum*

    We are pleased to inform you Edmonds was the first city in the state to become a Certified Creative District! We’ve held the certification since 2018, and we know not all of you have dug into the details. So, that’s what we’re about to do together. Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a fun, educational journey through what a Creative District is all about and why ours is so special. 

    Edmonds Creative DistrictWhat Is a Certified Creative District?

    Certified Creative Districts are part of an Arts Washington initiative to help grow the creative sector around the state. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to turn the cultural activities already alive and well in the certified districts into economic growth. Because economically strong communities are good for everyone. 

    As we know from living in and loving Edmonds, Certified Creative Districts are fun places to live, work, play, and visit. They’re the hearts of communities. They’re places where people gather and enjoy the arts and culture of their town. They’re walkable and easy to navigate. They’re places where innovation happens and creativity flourishes. They’re places of progress where community members move enthusiastically into the future. Sounds like somewhere you know? 

    Thought so.

    Why Does Certification Matter?

    An ArtsWA (aka State of Washington) certification comes with several unique benefits: special resources, grant opportunities, networking, tracked progress of the district’s creative economy, and more. A Creative District certification offers the potential to not only grow creative jobs in the area, but also increase tourism (ArtsWA partnered with WSDOT to install branded signage on state highways and freeways adjacent to districts), attract artists and start-ups, redevelop historic areas of town (see: the future Main Street Commons), and bring in affordable housing like live/work spaces. 

    We’ve seen multi-purpose spaces thrive already from relatively new businesses like Graphite and Workhorse Coworking.  

    The Edmonds Certified Creative District

    Our Creative District includes the heart of downtown and all the way to the waterfront bordering the Marina. It goes up to the Wade James Theater (where the Driftwood Players perform). It includes all of the Ed! zone and more. You can see the map of it here.

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna

    Ed! Businesses Included In The Creative District

    Several business categories qualify for the Creative District—everything from what you’d know intuitively like visual arts shops to restaurants and bars. Types of creativity that qualify? Well, anything that includes an element of art: photography and videography, painting, drawing, sketching, computer programming, brewing, distilling, cooking and feeding (e.g. the culinary arts), catering, jewelry making, book publishing, performing, interior design, architecture and drafting, cabinetry, stained glass window-making, advertising, and more.

    We have a rich mix of creative businesses in Edmonds, and that mix has only continued to grow in breadth and depth since we earned our ArtsWA certification. 

    An alphabetical (far from comprehensive) sampling of Ed! members included in the Creative District:

    And tons more. See the full list—and start planning your stops to check them all out—here

    Edmonds 4th Avenue Cultural CorridorThe 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

    If you tune in to the weekly City Council meetings (and who doesn’t!), you may know that a key tenet of the Edmonds City Council-approved five-year Work Program is the further development of the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor between the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and Main Street. The goal is to make that area of town more pedestrian friendly—safer, more welcoming, and more interesting, especially with the reopening of Civic Park upon us. 

    In the future, 4th Avenue will act as another linear gathering place that can host celebrations, events, art, and performances. We already have the beautiful “Luminous Forest” by artist Iole Alessandrini highlighting the connection between Main Street and Edmonds Center for the Arts. In the next few years, that area will be even more impressive. 

    Check out the history of and future plans for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor here

    Growing The Edmonds Creative District

    21 creative business owners, arts and culture fans, civic leaders, and at-large members comprise our Creative District Advisory Committee. With their support and leadership, we hope to attract even more creative businesses to our thriving downtown community. 

    The Creative District’s motto? Connect. Create. Inspire. Make a Splash! 

    Sounds like an Edmonds kind of organization, doesn’t it? 

    We’re In Good Company

    Since our certification in 2018, several other communities in the state have earned theirs: Cheweleh, Olympia, Langley, Twisp, Port Townsend, Tenino, Issaquah, Rainier Valley, Bainbridge, South Columbia (SoCo), Moses Lake, and Burien. We’re excited to watch that list expand and to visit all of our like-minded friends! 

    Taking yourself on a tour of our creative district? Bring us along! We’re @edmondsdowntown on Instagram and Facebook

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  36. 2023 Green Edmonds

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    Edmonds is going green(er) for the second year during Earth Month. This April, we’re celebrating the daily eco-conscious actions of our local businesses. Ed! Has partnered with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, The City of Edmonds, and Edmonds Parks & Recreation in various ways throughout the city. 

    Look for the Green Edmonds window clings in participating downtown businesses highlighting their dedication to going green. And on April 22, grab a wildflower seed packet for your garden and a sticker for your reusable bottle when you bring your own container (BYOC) to shop at participating businesses! Be sure to think about your own eco-conscious pledges while you’re out.

    Downtown Edmonds Businesses Pledging to Go Green(er)

    Bench & Board
    Bench & Board is working to source eco-friendly home and body products. 

    Crow
    Crow pledges to continue working with local artists to reduce its carbon footprint. In-person drop-offs are way better than shipping from across the country (or the world!). 

    Edmonds Bookshop
    Our downtown independent bookshop pledges to recycle books and packaging materials daily. And on Earth Day, they’ll offer customers who re-use an Edmonds Bookshop tote bag 5% off their purchase. 

    FIELD
    Sustainability is one of FIELD’s core values. They use local blooms whenever possible, growing their own flowers from spring through fall and never using floral foam. FIELD will continue to seek out ways to reduce its impact on the environment while sharing its beautiful designs with our community. 

    Robert Boehlke from HouseWares

    Robert Boehlke from HouseWares

    HouseWares
    HouseWares pledges to recycle packing materials and reuse paper goods for customer packing. They also pledge to donate clean packing materials to the Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store.

    Kelnero
    Kelnero pledges to constantly identify opportunities to minimize waste and pollution in our practices and in our vendor partnerships.

    Anthony from Maize & Barley

    Anthony Kjeldsen from Maize & Barley

    Maize & Barley
    Supporting local fisheries and farms practicing regenerative farming, organic and/or no spray, sustainable practices, and good husbandry are cornerstones of Maize & Barley’s business. Their team recycles and utilizes reusable and compostable containers. In lieu of blasting fossil fuels to warm you while you’re dining al fresco, Maize & Barley offers cozy blankets to warm you for your outside dining ventures! 

    Medicine Dance Counseling
    Owner Leslie pledges to bring home all the compostable or recyclable containers that clients bring into session to put into her personal compost and recycling (her office doesn’t have recycling, unfortunately). She also pledges to bring her own personal containers for food and beverage she purchases wherever she goes.

    Ombu Salon + Spa
    Ombu pledges to purchase energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Their team consistently recycles their waste. They also purchased solar panels on the Frances Anderson Center and the Waterfront Center.

    The Paper Feather
    Jen pledges to responsibly source cardstock, materials, and products from suppliers focusing on recycled and eco-conscious practices. 

    Pear Tree Consignment in Downtown Edmonds

    Christine Poirier from Pear Tree Consignment

    Pear Tree Consignment
    Pear Tree Consignment pledges to promote slow fashion by extending the life of high-quality clothing and accessories that have been gently pre-owned. 

     

    Rick Steves and Craig Davidson from Rick Steves Europe

    Rick Steves and Craig Davidson from Rick Steves Europe

    Rick Steves’ Europe
    Rick Steves’ Europe recently renewed its Climate Smart Commitment, a self-imposed carbon tax that donates $30 for every traveler we take to Europe to two types of organizations: nonprofits helping farming communities in the developing world employ climate-smart practices and groups advocating in Congress for policies to fight climate change. Many travelers have asked how to contribute to their Climate Smart Commitment program, so they’ve created an individual contribution option. Now, independent travelers can creatively mitigate the carbon caused by their travels and support our climate-smart commitment with a tax-deductible donation to Rick Steves’ fund at the National Philanthropic Trust.

    Slate Salon + Spa
    Slate pledges to recycle, reuse containers whenever possible, and offer green product options for customers. 

    Vinbero
    ​​Vinbero pledges to partner with winemakers and food producers that utilize low-intervention and sustainable production methods emphasizing community, environmental stewardship, and healthy products for our bodies and our environment.

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Pam Stuller from Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee
    Walnut pledges to reduce single-use! Bring you own cup on Sat 4/22 and Sun 4/23 and earn a free drink on your next visit! Every other day of the year, you’ll save $.25 each time you bring your own cup. Last year, 20,000 customers brought their own mug. That is 20,000 single-use cups diverted from our waste stream! Little acts do add up to make a big difference. 

    Additional participants: ARTspot, Chroma Salon and Spa, Fire & The Feast, The Market, Rogue, Salt & Iron, SanKai, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Green EdmondsCelebrate Earth Day with The City of Edmonds

    On Saturday, April 22, several local groups (The City of Edmonds, The Edmonds Stewards, The Edmonds Tree Board, Sound Salmon Solutions, and other community volunteers) are coming together for a day of service. Join us! We’ll plant trees, restore habitats, and clean up our beaches. Learn more and plan your day here

    The Climate Champions Series

    The City of Edmonds will introduce its 2023 Climate Action Plan through a series of events kicking off at the end of April highlighting different ways you can take actionable steps to help the environment. Keep the City’s What’s New page on refresh to stay in the know and pencil in the dates.

    Show us how you’re going green! Add #greenedmonds to your public social media posts, and we’ll share them on our @edmondsdowntown Instagram and Facebook stories.

    By Whitney Popa
    Photos by Matt Hulbert; others submitted by Pear Tree Consignment, Rick Steves Europe and Walnut Street Coffee
    Feature photo: Cecelia Fisher, Slate Salon + Spa

  37. Need-To-Know Business Tips from a Local Lawyer

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    Our downtown business owners consider a lot in their shops’ setup, running, and sometimes closure. And, while they all do many things well, it’s impossible to have all the answers to the inevitable questions arising from owning a business. 

    Thankfully, we have fantastic resources in the same neighborhood as our downtown businesses, perfectly positioned to help them realize their dreams, provide counsel along the way, and support them should they need to plan an exit. Enter: Beresford Booth PLLC, a full-service law firm with deep Edmonds roots. This knowledgeable team has been in our town since 1946! 

    Beresford offers more than just business advice, which makes them uniquely qualified to talk you through everything from how to untangle business liability from personal property, things to consider should you need to transfer ownership, and if you consider buying the building where you’re currently leasing space. 

    Caleb J. Tingstad, one of the firm’s newest hires (who happened to spend his summer studying for the bar at Workhorse, about a block from Beresford!), tells us more. 

    Forming Your Business

    Let’s say you have an idea for a very exciting downtown Edmonds business you know the city needs. While you’re brainstorming branding and offerings, you also have to select an entity. 

    According to Caleb, “There is no reason to be a sole proprietor—forming an LLC or a corporation is easy and provides personal liability protection.” Beresford prefers LLCs over creating a Corporation because LLCs are infinitely more flexible and require less paper to comply with corporate formalities. For example, Corporations require bylaws, shareholder agreements, yearly meeting minutes, the appointment of directors and officers, etc., but an LLC does not require any of that list. 

    You’ll also want to create Governing Documents. As Caleb told us, “Every single entity, whether it has one owner or multiple owners, needs a document to govern the parties’ relationship to the entity. Frequently, banks require governing documents before they will even issue a bank account. With LLCs, the governing document is an LLC agreement, which describes, among other things, the management of the LLC. Failure to have governing documents can result in the law disregarding the separateness between the individuals and the entity.” Not sure where to begin with Governing Documents? Contact your friendly local lawyers, and they’ll lead you in the right direction. 

    What about insurance? “Insurance is simply another aspect of protecting you and your company from liability,” Caleb said. “For companies with more than one owner, insurance can be used to protect the company if something bad should happen to one of the owners. Insurance can also be used to fund a buyout for companies with more than one owner.”

     Growing Your Business

    You’ve hit your stride, you’re in the black, and you’re ready to give yourself a little more room to breathe and maybe take back your personal life. It’s time to hire employees! 

    Here’s Caleb and his team’s advice on hiring and employment: 

    Companies should have employment agreements with employees that: 

    1. Describe the employee’s scope of work
    2. Identify the employee’s compensation
    3. Prohibit employees from wrongfully using proprietary company information
    4. Prohibit employees from soliciting other employees to leave the company and (in some cases) from competing with the company after employment is terminated

    Need to get some of those agreements in place? Put your employment ducks in a row before you hire. It’ll make everything a whole lot easier and your forthcoming beach vacations extra sunny. 

    As you continue to grow your company, you might also be ready to consider IP protection. Caleb notes: “One of the best ways to protect a company’s value is to register marks or procedures at the state or federal level. Companies frequently overlook logos and slogans, but it is easy to protect these things by obtaining a trademark.” 

    Want to grow even faster? It’s time to think about financing. “Additional capital is a necessary part of a company’s growth,” Caleb told us. “Many startups fail simply because they lack the necessary capital.” There are different ways to structure financing, which your lawyer can help you understand. You can choose loans or investment for equity. If you’re going the loan route, ensure you have a good relationship with local banks. We have several listed on our Financial  & Banking page on edmondsdowntown.org

    Exiting Your Business 

    What if your relationship with your business has run its course for one reason or another, and it’s time to move on? Untangling yourself can feel cumbersome, which is where a great legal partner can really support you. Questions to ask yourself:

    • Will the company be liquidated and dissolved? 
    • Will it be sold to a strategic competitor or private equity group? 
    • Will it be passed on to a family member or key employee?

    Depending on your choice of exit, the company should be organized to accommodate what you choose for its future. “For example, it does not make any sense to want to pass a business on to a family member if the family member has no knowledge of, interaction with, or leadership role within the company,” Caleb advised. 

    This brings estate planning to mind. “Estate planning and advising small businesses go hand-in-hand,” Caleb said. “Frequently, small business owners have significant risk in their estate portfolio because most of their net worth is tied up in their small business. An exit from the company should be strategically structured to limit potential estate tax liability.” 

    The Best Part of Hiring A Lawyer To Help You Figure All of This Out

    Our local lawyers have strong community ties and connections with people in all the industries mentioned in this article: Financial advisors, business sale brokers, banks, and more. So many questions can be answered by putting together the right team. 

    A big thank you to Caleb for all this guidance and knowledge on business law. Learn a few new things like we did? Tell us! We’ll be posting on Instagram and Facebook about this article, and we’d love to hear from you. Comment with your favorite takeaway so we can know what helped you the most. 

    By Whitney Popa, Photos by Matt Hulbert

  38. 23 Women-Owned Downtown Businesses To Love in 2023

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    With International Women’s Day on the horizon—this article is an ode to that, after all—it’s important we make one thing clear upfront: Downtown Edmonds has many more than 23 women-owned businesses to love. However, out of respect for your time (and ours!), we had to cut ourselves off somewhere, and 23 in 2023 felt right. 

    You’ll see the businesses we featured run the gamut from food to beauty to mental health and everything in between. And what we learned in compiling this list (alphabetically by category, naturally) is there is a woman-owned spot just around the corner willing and able to support whatever you need. And that is a beautiful thing. 

    Kudos to the female-driven companies in our community. We wouldn’t be the same without you. Now, onto the featured businesses. And psst, bookmark this list for the next time you’re out and about downtown, so you are sure to hit all of them.

    Eat & Drink

    We can’t do much if we aren’t properly fed and watered. Our list begins with the most important parts of our day: sustenance. 

    Calypso opened its doors in 2018 just steps from the beach to offer its patrons the tropical food and drink owners Jen Myatt and Michael Chambers loved when they lived in the Carribean. Keep your eyes peeled for Jen’s impressive chalk art just outside the front door, too. She’s drawn everything from the Mariner’s Moose to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

    Kelnero and Vinbero owner, Kali Kelnero, is passionate about tasty craft beverages. She and her husband Kris opened Kelnero to offer their hometown libations and local, seasonal fare. Vinbero followed a few years later and boasts a stunning array of wines by the glass and bottle, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet meats and cheeses, and café style food. 

    Walnut Street Coffee’s owner, Pam Stuller, learned the art of espresso at ​​Herkimer Coffee in Seattle before opening her own community gathering place in 2006. Whenever you get a chance, pull up a chair at the shop’s big, round table, meet a neighbor, read the newspaper, and talk about the town we all love.  

    Services

    From manicures to mental health and massage, downtown Edmonds is chock full of women ready to support you in mind, body, and soul. 

    Barre3 Edmonds’s owner, Gina Drake, hosted nearly 200 free classes in the community before opening her doors in March of 2020—that’s right, just a few days before she had to close because of the pandemic. Gina is nothing if not scrappy, so she pivoted to a combination of livestream and outdoor classes until it was safe to return to indoor classes. While Barre3 specializes in fitness, the studio also has a great retail selection!   

    Body Motion Physical Therapy’s owner, Dr. Allison Feldt, DPT, PT, helps women through pregnancy and beyond so they can live active, confident and healthy lives. Pregancy changes our bodies, and Dr. Allison not only guides her clients through what to expect, but also to provides resources as they navigate womanhood and motherhood. Her work prevents arthritis, wards off joint replacements, and reduces incontinence.  

    Bodyworks Pilates specializes in Stott Pilates. Owner Karla Crouch has been certified in the practice for nearly a decade. The studio offers private, one-on-one sessions. Interested in small group sessions? Check out Karla’s sister studio, Woodway Wellness, just across the street. 

    Certa Farrish Law Group, a boutique personal injury law firm representing injured victims, is helmed by Cheryl Farrish. She has recovered over $50 million for her clients through negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and trial.  

    Erin Long, MA, LMHC’s work focuses primarily on children and teens. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she honors the whole self in her approach, seeing each person as unique and helping them to heal using all areas of life, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. She utitizes a slew of therapies, like EMDR, CBT, and dream work.

    Gigi L. Brannan, CFP®, APMA® is your resource for financial planning. She offers personalized, comprehensive financial advice and a broad range of solutions to help you and your loved ones live brilliantly, now and in the future. Gigi’s motto? “With the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.” 

    Graphite Arts Center owners Tracy Felix and Mary Olsen want their artist’s haven on the corner of 2nd and Main to be a beacon—a slightly inland light house—for creatives. Whether you rent your own studio, drop in on the weekends, or come by for gallery showings, you’re helping Felix and Olsen realize their dream: to bring more art education and resources to the community. As a slight side note, Tracy also owns ArtSPOT just up the street from Graphite. 

    Hummel Women’s Health is owned and operated by Lisa Easton-Hummel, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP). Previously a midwife in the Edmonds area, many of the over 1,000 babies Lisa delivered see her in her current practice. 

    Innate Radiance Acupuncture, owned by Natalie-Pascale Boisseau, EAMP-LAc LMP, is a sanctuary for all your health and wellness needs. It focuses on Acupuncture, East Asian Medicine (with gentle Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine), Toyohari (Japanese Meridian Acupuncture), therapeutic massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and acutonic herbal and nutritional therapies.

    Nancy’s Nails is the perfect place to pamper yourself. The shop specializes in acrylics, gel nails, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Owner Helen Nguyen has operated the business downtown since 2005.   

    The Sauna Huts co-owner, Lacey Wadhani is obsessed with infrared saunas and everything relaxing. She offers sauna wraps, fascia blasting and red light therapy services at the company’s Edmonds location.

    Sugarology Edmonds, now in the former Refinery Salon location on 4th, is owned by Olivia Latham. Sugaring, a healthier form of hair removal, is Sugarology’s specialty. Sugarology also offers comprehensive skin care and free consultations.  

    Tree of Tranquity, owned by Amy Parker LMT, supports all of us deskworkers relax and release tension. She uses hot towels, warm bamboo sticks, optional essential oils, gua sha, silicone cupping and slow methodic deep to deep tissue techniques. Zen awaits!

    The Weathered Frame Photography, inside Slate Salon + Spa, is owned and operated by local photographer Leslie Amman. She specializes in glamour and professional head shots, as well as branding photography.   

    Zoe Riggs, LMFT, is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her practice focuses on anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, and family conflict. 

    Shopping

    Isn’t it wonderful that you don’t have to leave your own backyard to look great or put together the perfect gift for the people you love? These enterprising women are building their fempires right downtown!

    Anchor Chic Consignment’s owner Elizabeth Le, is passionate about fashion, and it shows. Her consignment shop is beautifully curated, ever-evoling, and always in style. She’s also a personal stylist committed to keeping clients fashionably relevant regardless of age, body type, or lifestyle.

    Bench & Board removes any frustration you might have in putting together the perfect gift for a loved one, an employee’s birthday, or even your child’s teacher. Owned and operated by Jill Hall, Bench & Board carries a variety of fun gifts and supports the local arts community by displaying works from local artists.

    Crow’s owner, Jen Lawson, is always curating an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories from local artists. She focuses on handcrafted items like unique jewelry, candles, body care, home decor, and art you won’t see anywhere else in Edmonds.

    Driftwood Modern’s owner, Hannah Alex-Glasser, has art in her bones, literally. A trained ballet and modern dancer, Hannah has practiced art for over fifty years. A sculptor since the ‘90s, she curated and opened her shop in downtown Edmonds in 2016. 

    The Paper Feather moved to Edmonds from Pike Place Market just last year. Owner Jennifer Cullin designs and prints each greeting card in the shop and creates custom invitations, wedding stationery, hand-lettering, artwork and special event pieces. 

    Rogue’s owner, Kimberly Koenig, took her support for other women-owned businesses up a notch in 2020 when she partnered with downtown businesswomen, like Pam Stuller from Walnut Street Coffee and Carrie Hulbert, to create Edmonds Localvore, an online platform that allowed participating shops to bundle goods for customers in the Edmonds area. The team built and managed the platform themselves and continue to host community events. At Rogue, Kimberly sells hand-picked items for the fashion forward.

    Did you see our little trick in this list? If you guessed that we included a few bonus businesses just because, well, then you were really paying attention! Sometimes, we really can’t contain our excitement about the businesses downtown. 

    As another bonus, the Edmonds International Women’s Day event is coming up soon at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Mark your calendars, grab your tickets, and meet many of these enterprising women in person! 

    Planning to visit the women on this list? Show us where you go! Tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook, and we’ll share our favorite posts on our stories. 

    Woman-owned businesses in Downtown EdmondsA sampling of the many downtown women owners pictured left to right: Jen Lawson, crow; Beth Sanger, Ombu Salon; Kimberly Koenig, Rogue; Liz Morgan, FIELD by Morgan & Moss; Michelle Bear, The Edmonds Bookshop; April Sotelo Greninger, Practical Therapy of Edmonds; Kali Kelnero, Kelnero and Vinbero; Pam Stuller, Walnut Street Coffee; Cecelia Fisher, Slate Salon; Christine Poirier, Pear Tree Consignment; Juliana R Van Buskirk, Edward Jones

    By Whitney Popa, Photos by Matt Hulbert

  39. Family Looks Familiar at These Downtown Businesses

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    Generations of families have grown and flown in Edmonds, so it only makes sense that many would go into business together, too. As we know, families look all sorts of ways—blood or chosen—and this year, we’re highlighting three downtown businesses that are family-run, passed down, or purchased. 

    Before we dive into each of them, check out last year’s article detailing two other family-run businesses downtown that are still very much thriving. 

    Now, onto this year’s featured family businesses! 

    Salish Sea Brewing in Downtown EdmondsSalish Sea Brewing Co.

    You’re probably familiar with Salish Sea Brewing Co., a downtown staple since 2013 when husband and wife owners Erika and Jeff Barnett opened the brewery and taproom in 2013. If you’ve patronized the space, which expanded in 2015 to include pub grub, and brought young kids with you, you’ve probably selected Dum Dums from a glass pitcher Jeff knelt down to offer when your kids got antsy. The Barnetts get it.

    Brewing is a male-dominated industry, and Erika’s involvement in the company since its inception has added to its family-friendly atmosphere. For the Barnett’s, it wasn’t even a question that they would share the family and business load. The couple plans, manages, and operates every aspect of their company, including their recent takeover of the American Brewing Company space at Harbor Square. That building is now The Salish Sea Brewing Boathouse Taproom, a high-ceilinged, intimate, dog-and-kid-friendly extension of their original location, which also now houses their brewing equipment AND provides a safe habitat for Edmonds’s famous wooden Orca sculpture.  

    For their latest expansion to Harbor Square, just like with all their ventures, Jeff and Erika sourced decor together. Jeff’s mother even donated her old icebox.

    Wherever their ventures take them next, we know they’ll include great taste in brews and bites and that they’ll take it all on together. 

    Teri's Toybox in Downtown EdmondsTeri’s Toybox

    Another downtown stalwart, Teri’s Toybox, has seen generations of kids and families come through its front door. You may know Teri’s by its beautiful, color-coordinated window displays. You may have perused it with your grandparents, parents, or aunt and uncle. The shop opened downtown in 1981, after all! 

    Recently, longtime manager and chosen family, Nikki Madsen, purchased the shop from Teri. The plan was in the works for years. An employee for 13 years and a manager for most of that time, Nikki has been mentoring under Teri to take over the shop for nearly a decade. As Nikki told us, “I’m proud to take over such a staple in the community. Teri’s was so important to me when I was young.” 

    Even more heartwarming? Both Teri’s and Nikki’s daughters have worked at the shop. Talk about family ties! 

    Demetri's Woodstone Taverna in Downtown EdmondsDemetris Woodstone Taverna 

    In many circles, the reputation of Demetris Woodstone Taverna’s Firecracker Shrimp precedes the restaurant. Edmonds native Sofeea Huffman opened the original Kafé Neo in 1991 and has since grown the family-run company into seven locations and concepts in the area, including the newest as far north as Arlington. 

    The family’s mission has always been to provide a tapas selection with explosive flavors (see: Firecracker Shrimp above) and incredible quality.  

    Beyond its newly-enclosed patio and prime location by all of Edmonds’ favorite modes of transportation—the view from Demetris is a veritable feast of ferries, trains, walkers-by, automobiles, leash-led pups and more—the large, comfortable space right by the water makes its delicious dishes with a Northwest twist. Daughter Amalia is often spotted managing the restaurant, actively creating the inviting atmosphere our town, along with many a ferry passenger, knows and loves. 

    Whether you’re watching an Edmonds kind of sunset over a drink on the patio, taking in a game on the 60” TV in the lounge, or enjoying a family brunch before boating across the Sound, Demetris, named after the family’s resident mascot who lived in Edmonds since 1st grade, checks all the edible boxes.  

    Did you know all these businesses were family-owned? It sure adds an extra layer of warmth to them, doesn’t it? We’re thrilled to be in community with each one of our downtown businesses and can’t wait to see where your Edmonds kind of adventures take you. Next time you stop by Salish, Teri’s, or Demetris, take us along by tagging @edmondsdowntown on Instagram or Facebook and adding #edmondsdowntown and #loveedmonds to your posts. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  40. Double Doses of Love Downtown: Love Lists Are Here!

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    We’ll take any opportunity to celebrate love, especially in a downtown as sweet as ours. This year, we’re doing something extra special: participating shops, restaurants, and businesses who signed up for our Love Lists promotion are not only showcasing something from their business they think you’ll adore, but they’re also highlighting a product or service they hold dear from another downtown business. Look for the window clings around the fountain blocks indicating they threw a hat in the ring (as it were), and scroll on to see who’s crushing on whom.

    Bench & Board in Downtown EdmondsBench & Board knows how to add a double dose of cute to every holiday, and Valentine’s Day is certainly no exception. Come in for their “Heart in Edmonds” glasses that feature the State of Washington with a heart over Edmonds. They’re the perfect dining accessory to celebrate the place you love with the one you love. When you’re ready to take your love out on the town, Bench & Board recommends trying the Chilaquiles on the Salt & Iron brunch menu: “They are our go-to for brunch!” 

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso Edmonds is featuring a special cocktail for love month. The “Caribbean Caipirinha” is mixed with passion fruit purée, mixed berries, cachaça, and lime. It’ll be served in their favorite glass from Bench & Board, with their favorite number sequence—98020, of course—etched on it. As Calypso told us, “We choose to promote Bench & Board and their top-quality glassware. They offer beautiful gold detailed stemless champagne flutes and Edmonds-inspired rocks glasses for your favorite cocktails at home!” Crow in Downtown EdmondsCrow has the perfect gift you might not have thought about for all your loves, including the customer-favorite leather and silver bracelets. Opt for red to show off your love chops or an array of other colors available at the shop. They recommend taking your valentine to Walnut Street Coffee for a sweet pick-me-up. “This season, their Love Bomb Mocha is made with dark and milk chocolate and a splash of cherry, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa.  True love!”

    Dusted Valley in Downtown EdmondsDusted Valley Wine Bar was made for lovers. Treat yours to a glass (or bottle) of their 2021 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay. It was picked at perfect ripeness, preserving its beautiful fruit flavors and racy acidity. It’s a great food wine, so it’s also perfect for pairing with whatever your Valentine’s Day plans have in store for you. Looking for pairing recs? The Dusted Valley team is a big fan of The Market’s Rock Fish Tacos: “The acidity in our Chardonnay pairs nicely with the beer-battered rockfish and honey chili aioli. And brings out a little something tropical with the mango salsa. Delicious!”

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Bookshop has cards and books for everyone on your love list. In particular, Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out. The shop is featuring Arista Wine Cellars’s Louis de Grenelle, Saumur, Sparkling Cabernet Franc, Rosé Brut, a lovely sparkling wine from the Loire Valley, France. Books and bubbles—that’s something we can really get behind. 

    Edmonds Carriage House in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Carriage House Airbnb has hosted sweethearts from far and wide. With its ideal downtown location, the historical horse haven is walkable to all kinds of date night locations, including SanKai. The “signature SanKai Roll is a personal favorite, and their sashimi is so fresh and delicious as well. For a fun night out, reserve one of their new clear heated outdoor domes for a truly one-of-a-kind sushi experience.”

    Edmonds Theater in Downtown EdmondsThe Edmonds Theater is always a great place for date night! As for who the theater is swooning over, they love to watch movies on a full belly: “Why not add a fantastic dinner at one of our favorites, Calypso Edmonds?” they said. “Their conch fritters, rasta pasta, and a tasty Caribbean cocktail always hit the spot.”

    FIELD in Downtown EdmondsFIELD prides itself on being a purveyor of pampering. Indulge your lover with a gorgeous FIELD Crate filled to its beautiful wooden brim with items they’re sure to love: shower steamers, soap, a candle and matches, lip balm, chocolate, and, naturally, fresh flowers. Double down on a romantic weekend by booking a stay at the Edmonds Carriage House Airbnb down the block: “The Carriage House is in the heart of downtown and blocks from the water. The hosts of this rental property are locals and love to share their insider knowledge of all the best places to eat, shop and explore. The Carriage House is a gem, and we can’t recommend it enough!”Fire & the Feast in Downtown EdmondsFire & The Feast is the perfect place to split a bowl of bolognese à la, one of the most romantic films of our time, Lady and The Tramp. And, they’re shooting a cupid’s arrow right ‘atcha with their three-course Valentine’s Day menu for $65 February 10th-12th and 14th. The menu will feature dishes like Arancini Funghi, Lobster Risotto, and Stone Fruit Crostatas for Dessert. Roses and bubbly will be available for pre-order through the reservation link on their website. As for a pre or post-date activity, the fine folks at Feedme Hospitality recommend individual sessions or a monthly membership at Sauna Hut to sweat it all out.

    Kelnero in Downtown EdmondsKelnero is celebrating love month and its fourth birthday in true Kelnero style: “Romantic specials for one, two, or three? (we’re not here to judge) will be available Saturday through Tuesday. We’ll be offering a scrumptious app platter, homemade chocolate cake, and of course, cocktail specials, including our world-famous Cupid’s Chocolate Martini!” You’ll be extra welcome if you roll up to the bar in a cozy Wanakome or another adorable sweatshirt from nearby Rogue.

    Maize & Barley in Downtown EdmondsMaize & Barley is a connoisseur of all things local. They noticed their friend and beertender Robyn frequently wearing cute fingerless gloves from MaJe Gallery, so highlighting one of their favorite shops made perfect sense for this year’s Love Lists. Sport your warm wearables, join them for a glass of house-made draft Sangria on their popular patio bar, and cuddle up with one of our blankets and your furry pal for the perfect amount of literal and figurative warm and fuzzies.

    MaJe Gallery in Downtown EdmondsMaJe Gallery keeps beautiful art on rotation, and Valentine’s season is certainly no exception. This year, the gallery has unique, mixed media, one-of-a-kind heart valentines by The Artful Canary. To round out your gift, they recommend presenting your gift from MaJe over an individual French Press Coffee from Vinbero, which “is not only delicious but also an experience complete with an hourglass timer. Pair it with one of their fresh cookies, and you’re in heaven.” 

    MarKet in Downtown EdmondsThe Market is bringing its popular Lobster Grams back this year! Choose a half Maine or Connecticut-style (or PNW crab) roll wrapped in a cute box with a punny Valentine’s Day tag: “Let’s Shell-abrate Our Love.” Pair it with an Ombu Salon + Spa gift card for a relaxing service of your choice (they vote for an organic facial or stone massage), and your love will be absolutely gushing.

    Ombu in Downtown EdmondsOmbu Salon + Spa is devoted to spoiling the special people in your life, including you! Consider a customized organic facial, soothing massage, or forever people pleaser: a gift card. Then, take your sweet to Maize & Barley for one of their rotating IPAs. With a selection that’s always local and constantly changing, you’ll both find something you’re sure to love!

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown EdmondsPelindaba Lavender knows extra smooches are in your near future, so they’re preparing you with lavender lip care products to ensure your lips stay moisturized, luscious, and prepped for potential. Another thing that’ll plump your kisser? The Spicy Mango Margarita from Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina right across the street!

    Pear Tree Consignment in Downtown EdmondsPear Tree Consignment is all about showing the Edmonds love by donning one of their luxurious 100% cashmere sweaters in an array of colors and sizes. They’re perfect for date night or a gift for that special someone, as is lavender lip balm from Pelindaba Lavender. Kissable lips are always in style! 

    Rogue in Downtown EdmondsRogue is the perfect place to find a date night outfit set to impress. Try their vintage-inspired, goes-with-anything midi—the perfect fun and flirty date dress. It has a flattering fit with ruching at the sides, a sassy exaggerated slit, and an exposed back. Get ready for your night on the town with a stop at Slate Salon + Spa up the block, where their talented hair stylists and estheticians will send you out looking—and feeling—your best.

    Salt & Iron in Downtown EdmondsSalt & Iron is offering Valentine’s specials all weekend. Their menu features Guajillo Chocolate Sopa, Tuna Crudo, cocktail specials, and The Pearl—their Valentine’s dessert that will surely make your heart skip a beat. Make a night of it and hit nearby Dusted Valley Wine Bar for the Stained Tooth Syrah.

    SanKai in Downtown EdmondsSanKai has the ideal date-night ambiance, so make your reservations early for their 14-piece Omakase Nigiri (14 pieces on the 14th!). Present your love with a crow gift card from right across the street! You can also pick out your own valentine’s cards, candles, or even a heart-shaped necklace.

    Santa Fe in Downtown EdmondsSanta Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina wants you to treat your sweet to dinner and a movie. Get $10 off any bill of $50 or more when you present your same-day movie ticket from next-door neighbor, The Edmonds Theater. The promotion will run all of February: “We are huge fans of the Throwback Thursday Night movies at the Edmonds Theater every 3rd Thursday!”

    Sauna Hut in Downtown EdmondsSauna Hut knows February is an excellent month to get your sweat on (in so many ways), so they’re offering a deal on infrared sauna time. Become an infrared sauna member for only $129 per month and enjoy up to one 60 min session per day in one of their private rooms. Sweat, relax, detox, and repeat! Post-sweat, they recommend heading to Fire & The Feast for a date night to enjoy all the Italian flare. “We love the bolognese pappardelle and Spritz to sip on.” 

    Slate Salon & Spa in Downtown EdmondsSlate Salon + Spa knows how to pamper your people. Try a Lalicious natural home spa treatment scented with citrus rose, vanilla, or lavender—you choose! Then, walk over to Kelnero for a “Black Rose cocktail with the romantic ingredient of rose liqueur that hits all Valentine’s senses!”

    Vinbero in Downtown EdmondsVinbero loves to spoil all your taste buds. This Valentine’s Day week, stop in to sample their à la carte coursed dinner special with wine pairings. Enjoy a unique appetizer, entree, and dessert carefully paired with one of their favorite wines. Try all three courses together or just one or two on their own, with or without wine. When you dine at Vinbero, you’ll notice the fresh, fragrant, stunning pink roses on every table. This Valentine’s Day, Vinbero is shining a light on one of their big crushes: FIELD by Morgan & Moss: “Their elegant floral displays brighten up our day, every single day. Make Valentine’s or any day a little more beautiful by picking up an arrangement or a few stems from FIELD next time you’re downtown!”

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown EdmondsWalnut Street Coffee is ready to make your Valentine’s Day easy. They have the perfect trio for your love: Chocolates, a Walnut gift card, and the sweetest card for your words of devotion. Try one of their LOVEly drinks while you’re there and heed their insider advice: “We’ll be heading to the Edmonds Bookshop for our sweeties. We love to select something from their shelves with their staff’s most recent favorite reads. The shelf is kind of tucked away, so just ask if you don’t see it!”

    Show Us The Mushy Gushy

    You’ll find plenty of ways to treat your sweet—and patronize your favorite downtown businesses—this love month. Share with us where you end up. Tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook, and add the hashtag #loveedmonds. We’ll share our favorites to our stories. 

    Now, go get your love on! 

    By Whitney Popa, main photo by Matt Hulbert

  41. The Second Annual Edmonds Lunar New Year

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    Rain or shine, meet us downtown between Main and Bell at 11am on Saturday, January 21st, to ring in the Year of The Rabbit at the Multicultural Association of Edmonds’ (MAE) second annual Lunar New Year celebration! Last year’s event was so successful that its event organizers—local business owners and members of the Edmonds Diversity Commission—formed MAE to empower the diverse cultural communities of our city to share their traditions and celebrations. And, we have to say, this new town tradition has quickly become a favorite.

    Edmonds Lunar New Year Lion Dance

    Lion Dancers; photo by the Multicultural Association of Edmonds

    We’ll kick off with a lion dance, hear from Mayor Mike Nelson at 11:45am, and conclude with a lively breakdancing performance from the talented Massive Monkees crew.

    But that’s not all.

    MAE’s Lunar New Year festivities will spring up in parallel with the Edmonds Winter Market return, which runs from 10am-3pm the same day. Over eighty vendors will sell crafts and apparel and host lunisolar calendar-themed activities.

    In anticipation of all the fun on Saturday, The Edmonds Theater will show Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon on Thursday for FREE. Grab your seat early (doors open at 6pm), and don’t scrimp on the popcorn refills.

    Edmonds Lunar New YearTraditionally, Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration, and the MAE team has been working hard to get downtown in the same spirit. Look for the red lanterns swaying around town, along with several other odes to the annual festival in local shops and businesses.

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina in Downtown Edmonds

    “White Rabbit” cocktail; photo by Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Food & Drink Specials

    Downtown restaurants will offer Lunar New Year-themed food and drinks. If their sips and noms are anything like last year’s, your belly will be very happy. Here’s what we know so far:

    Lunar New Year-themed food and drink specials will run January 20th-January 22nd, so block off your calendar and make a weekend of it.

    Lunar New Year in Downtown EdmondsLunar New Year Art

    Keep your eyes peeled for featured art from students at Madrona K-8 that will be displayed around town. The Year of The Rabbit will be much different than the Year of The Tiger, the former of which was characterized by strength, vitality, growth, and an underpinning of hectic energy. In contrast, the Year of The Rabbit will bring with it more ease, fluidity, and contemplation. Experts say 2023, energetically, will bring a (welcome) wave of calm while maintaining a sense of cleverness and agility.

    Think more yin and less yang. You’ll likely see these themes reflected in our Madrona students’ art, as well as a fair amount of colorful, fluffy hares! Besides, our local kiddos have likely seen their fair share of bunnies coexisting with us all in Edmonds, which makes this Lunar New Year activity even more fun.

    Lunar New Year at The Library

    While we’re still talking about Edmonds’s next-gen, they’ll be able to learn more about The Year of The Rabbit right before the Winter Market opens for business on Saturday. The Edmonds Public Library is hosting Lunar New Year Storytime with Cami at 9am sharp. Preschoolers and toddlers will learn simple Mandarin words, share stories, and sing songs about Lunar New Year. Stories are always a wonderful way to teach kids about holidays, so click that handy little “Add to calendar” button on the website or, if you’re more analog, pencil it into your fridge calendar. We’ll see you there!

    Don’t forget to bring us along as you ring in Edmonds’s second annual Lunar New Year. Add #LNYE2023 and #loveedmonds to your social media posts, and we’ll share our favorites on our Instagram and Facebook stories!

    祝你兔年幸福安康!

    (^^ “May your Year of The Rabbit be full of happiness and health!”)

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert, MAE, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

  42. New Year, Next Level You

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    The empty bottles of prosecco are off to the recycling center, and you’re refreshed, re-hydrated, and ready to take the reins of the next twelve months. And we have to say—they’re gonna be good.

    Whether you make resolutions, goals, or big plans, we have several new (and established!) businesses in downtown Edmonds committed to your next level. Included in that upgrade? Things like adding to your cooking arsenal, putting “artist” to your hobby list, creating a vision board detailing the big dreams you’re planning to make manifest, all the fun workshops, investing in your self-care, and more.

    From reiki to Raclette, downtown Edmonds has everything you need to thrive in 2023.

    So, grab a cuppa and bookmark this page because you’ll want to come back to it as you check more and more goals off your list.

    Skill Building

    Continuing education is not only helpful for your brain plasticity, but it’s also fun. Add Vinbero’s Cheese & Charcuterie 101 class to your calendar. You’ll join other friends de fromage (just made that up, but it’s a good one, huh?) and Vinbero’s resident cheesemonger, Korynn, for an exclusive cheese and charcuterie board-building class! Check their website for updates on when the next session is, and nab your spot as soon as you see it because space is limited. Class includes a wine flight, a house-made seasonal treat, and all your building ingredients, plus step-by-step instructions to assemble your very own board. 

    12 Tomatoes Studio in Downtown Edmonds12 Tomatoes, the Facebook foodie darling that boasts 8.7 million fans of its recipes, is moving into the former C’est La Vie space on 5th Avenue S. They’ve indicated they’ll be hosting cooking classes in the evenings. We cannot wait to see what they have in store. Croque Monsieur Pie, Buckeye Brownie Cookies, Dolly Parton’s Five Layer Dinner, Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna—all of it has us drooling.

    Cole Gallery in Downtown EdmondsCole Gallery and Art Studio offers an ever-evolving selection of classes in their space on 5th Ave. S. Whether you’re intrigued by watercolor, an ace with acrylics, or on the hunt for an art mentor, you’ll find the perfect next class for you at Cole. Cue Mozart and get in your creative flow! We can’t wait to see what you produce. You’ll also get to enjoy a 10% discount on supplies at nearby ARTSpot. 

    Dreaming Big

    Your next level has a clear vision for the future and is ready to dive into it, even if you don’t know it yet. One way to unlock that vision is through a vision boarding workshop like those hosted at Workhorse Coworking. Stay tuned to their Instagram and Facebook pages for information and announcements about the next event, slated for early February.

    Rick Steves in Downtown Edmonds

    Rick Steves, Rick Steves Europe

    We’re lucky to live in the same town as one of the world’s go-to travel resources, Rick Steves’ Europe! You may even spot the man himself out and about. Not only can you visit the company’s retail shop for books, gear, and information gathering galore, but you can also attend in–person and virtual classes. Now the only thing you have to decide is where you’ll jet off to next.

    Self-Care

    Centerpoint Energy Healing in Downtown Edmonds

    Brandi Alsdorf, Centerpoint Energy Healing

    Between freezing ice storms, a king tide, and general family chaos that might have thrown your holidays for a little bit of a loop, your self-care may have gone a *titch* to the wayside. Now’s the time to get your energy balanced. Head over to Centerpoint Energy Healing on Main for reiki, chakra balancing, light weaving, and other healing modalities that improve your overall health and wellness. Not sure which modality is right for you? Just ask! All energy healings are done in person or over the phone.

    Work your body a little bit differently as you lengthen muscles and increase flexibility with a regular, individualized pilates practice at BodyWorks. Interested in group sessions? Head to Woodway Wellness right across the street.

    Tree of Tranquility in Downtown Edmonds

    Amy Parker, Tree of Tranquility

    Since you’re already investing in self-care, why not double down on a deep tissue massage at Tree of Tranquility, also on Main? Owner Amy Parker focuses on clients suffering from stress and chronic pain from working at a desk all day (check), parenting small children (double check), age (check, check, check), and more. She uses hot towels, essential oils, warm bamboo sticks, gua sha, silicone cupping, and slow methodic deep tissue techniques. Does that sound dreamy or what? Bonus: Amy is offering an $89 90-minute special for first-time clients! Get on her books ASAP.

    Tie all of your self-care in a bow with grounding workshops at Twist Yoga. They have monthly classes for everything from sound baths to New Moon Nidra (“yogic sleep” in which attendees find calm in body and mind amidst the chaos of daily life) and Sunday Night Kirtan (a chanting mantra workshop).

    We’re looking forward to spending another fun, delicious, and exciting year with the next-level you. If you take any of our suggestions, please share them with us on Instagram and Facebook! You can take us and use the hashtag #loveedmonds. We’ll share them on our stories.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  43. Ring in 2023 Downtown

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    We are a city that loves to celebrate, and the new year is chock full of opportunities to do just that! Head downtown on NYE and raise a glass (or a few) to 2022. We know it’ll be a night for the books, so we’ll let you sleep in the next morning. 

    If you’re feeling bold on January 1, rouse your weary bones and jump into the Salish Sea with us promptly at 1pm. Punch the sky, do a little dance, hug your freezing body, or spectate from the sidelines as you sip a warm beverage from the beach—however you choose to usher in 2023, we have options for you. 

    Cline Jewelers in Downtown EdmondsBut First, Get Gussied Up

    Strut into the last day of 2022 feeling your finest. Get a fresh cut from Chroma Salon and Spa, jewels from Cline Jewelers, a full ensemble from Rogue or Pear Tree Consignment, and kicks from Crush Footwear. Now, you’re ready for the fetes.

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina in Downtown EdmondsSoirees Around Town

    Our foodie star is on the rise, and with so many drool-inducing eateries dotting our downtown blocks, we have options aplenty for your last night of 2022.  

    One of our newest culinary gems, Charcoal, is celebrating its first NYE with a three-course pre-fixe menu for $95. Splurge on the wine pairing for $45 while you’re there!

    The ChurchKey Pub will hand out a glass of champagne to everyone inside when the clock strikes midnight.

    Fire & The Feast will offer its full menu at regular prices and a list of specials. If there’s any night you deserve an extra serving of dolci, it’s NYE!

    Kelnero is shutting down to host a formal, ticketed event for those who get their hands on the limited amount of tickets. Dust off your sequined gowns and tuxes! You’ll be sipping champagne by the glass, enjoying half-off the bar’s top shelf, and getting your groove on with caviar and oysters. Keep your eye on the Kelnero website, Facebook, and Instagram for all the details and to nab your tix.

    Salt & Iron and SanKai will offer their full menus at regular prices and a list of specials. Typically, Feedme restaurants have hosted pre-fixe menus only on NYE. They wanted to give people more options this year, so make sure you take advantage of ordering your favorites!

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina is serving up their version of a festive French 75, aptly called a Mexican 70. It’s mixed with Don Julio Mexican 70, agave, lime, and prosecco. They’re not staying open until midnight, so plan your party places around downtown accordingly.

    Vinbero invites all the early birds to its coursed champagne dinner. They’ll be closed to the general public in the evening to host a four-course meal, with each course paired with a full glass of champagne. At 9pm, partygoers will raise their glasses for an “East Coast Toast” with some social time afterward, but it’ll be early enough that all you party people can still make it to new year’s parties or tuck in a little early. Keep refreshing the Vinbero website, Facebook, and Instagram to reserve your seat.

    Polar Bear Plunge in Downtown EdmondsIf You’re Feeling Bold

    The 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

    If you wake up with a titch of a headache on New Year’s Day (and even if you don’t), we know one surefire way to cure it: Our annual Polar Bear Plunge! Meet us at the beach at 1pm on January 1, or make a day of it by starting at Daphnes for a little hair of the dog prior to practicing your Wim Hof breathing. This year marks our 15th annual plunge! It’s becoming as Edmonds iconic as the bubble man. Don’t forget to grab a plush robe from Soaring Heart to wrap up after the main event!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  44. 2022 Festive Drink Bingo

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    Drink bingo is back this year, and it is packed with good tidings! Two dozen downtown bars and restaurants are participating, and they’ve really raising a glass to all of us with this year’s creative libations. We’re talking pepperminty chocolate sippers, warm whiskey cocktails, and ‘nogs aplenty. If you want to get into the delicious details, take a quick scroll down to the list. We’ll wait.

    Get In The (Competitive) Spirit

    Here’s how the game works: Grab your bingo card at any participating location, get it stamped for every bevvy you buy (to-go counts!) around downtown, and rack up the bingos—up, down, across, or diagonal.

    Turn in your card at Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina any time before January 15th to pick up your “Cheers” sticker and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a gift card to your favorite bingo spot!

    The games begin on December 2. Prepare—and pace—yourself accordingly.

    Now, without further ado, those aforementioned bars and restaurants, along with their jingly, jangly drinks of choice:

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso Edmonds
    Warm up with a Main Street Sunset: White rum, pineapple juice, mango purée, lemon juice, and pomegranate syrup. It can be made with or without rum to suit all tastes!

    Chanterelle in Downtown Edmonds

    Chanterelle

    Settle in with a Fall From The Tree, which features Laird’s applejack liquor, apple juice, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice. Naturally, this cidery concoction is garnished with an apple slice.

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal

    Get cozy with the Thompson & Taylor: Sazerac, Rye whiskey, house pumpkin spice demerara, black walnut bitters, and fireball wash. Even if you walk in feeling chilly, you’ll warm up quickly with this one—from the inside out.

    ChurckKey Pub in Downtown Edmonds

    The ChurchKey Pub

    Cheers with a glass of Gl√∂gg! A traditional winter drink from Sweden—made using our family recipe—this delectable and spicy mulled wine promises good cheer in a steamy cup. Sk√•l!

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna

    Wrap your mitts around The Lion’s Tail! A play on one of the team’s favorite holiday cocktails called A Lion’s Tail, which first appeared in “The Café Royal Cocktail Book” in 1937, this sipper is made with Henry McKenna bourbon infused with apples caramelized in cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh lime juice, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, apple allspice demerara syrup, and citrus-infused angostura bitters.

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar

    Swirl, sniff, and sip a juicy glass of Wallywood, a spectacular wine re-released from our winery’s library selections hidden away deep in the cellar. Come on in and get your bingo stamp and linger over this Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre blend.

    Engel's Pub in Downtown Edmonds

    Engel’s Pub

    What’s the holiday season without peppermint? Come in to try our Peppermint Prancer: Peppermint vodka with peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate. Yummy and warm.

    Fire & Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & The Feast

    We’re adding layers of flavor to the season with our Spice Up Your Life, made with spiced amaretto, ginger liqueur, pisco, cranberry puree, ginger, and lemon.

    Girardi's Osteria in Downtown Edmonds

    Girardi’s Osteria

    Sip on our signature Stumbling For Apples, an apple cider-based holiday cocktail. Caramel drizzle, apple cider, bourbon, butterscotch schnapps, sour apple pucker schnapps, fireball cinnamon whiskey, and whole cranberries will keep you cozy all season long. This is a room-temperature drink.

    Kahlo's Cantina in Downtown Edmonds

    Kahlo’s Cantina

    We’re serving up Blanca Nieve. Dive into a delicious and balanced combination of vodka and peppermint schnapps!

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero

    Come into Kelnero for a Milk Punch. Don’t miss out on our dairy-free rendition of this rich, spicy holiday classic cocktail! Lovingly crafted for months, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Made with whiskey, oat milk, coconut milk, eggs, and a bundle of warming wintery spices. You don’t want to miss this limited-edition sipper.

    Leftcraft in Downtown Edmonds

    Leftcraft

    Celebrate the season with a Leftcraft Toddy! Our spin on a Toddy delights the senses and warms to the core with Four Roses Bourbon, Grand Marnier, cinnamon, clove, honey, and lemon. Perfect for an Edmonds fall and bingo fun.

    MarKet in Downtown Edmonds

    MARKET Edmonds

    Stop by for our Holiday Frosecco made with prosecco, orange, cranberry, and rosemary. Cheers!

    Oasis Tea Zone in Downtown Edmonds

    Oasis Tea

    Get in the spirit with our Peppermint Blast, a delicious blend of ice cream and milk with an exciting swirl of peppermint candy.

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Come try our Lavender Gourmet Hot Chocolate, a chocolate concoction added to our growing line of carefully blended lavender-flavored chocolate offerings based on the best of Guittard chocolate bases. Bingo players will get to enjoy a sample of the hot chocolate (as will all customers). However, to get the PL stamp, customers must buy the hot chocolate kit.

    Red Twig in Downtown Edmonds

    Red Twig Bakery Cafe

    Warm up with a nutty delight, the Pistachio Praline Latte! This pistachio and toffee latte features our house-roasted espresso and a pistachio Florentine garnish.

    Salish Sea Brewing in Downtown Edmonds

    Salish Sea Brewing Company

    Settle in with a pint of our Blizzak Winter Ale: Winter Warmer Ale, brewed with an array of crystal malts, Munich, and a touch of black malt. Hopped with Chinook and Columbus and amplified with the addition of smashed juniper berries in the boil (7.9% alcohol by volume). Savor the flavors of sweet caramel, juniper, pine, and candied orange.

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron

    Can you ever have too many Toddies? Don’t answer that. Just pop over to Salt & Iron for the S&I Hot Toddy, made with Bourbon, Amaro Meletti, honey, and lemon.

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina in Downtown Edmonds 

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Spice up the season with a Rompope: Naughty Rum-based Mexican Eggnog!

    Starbucks in Downtown Edmonds

    Starbucks

    Spoil your senses—and yourself—with a Caramel Brulee Latte brewed with our signature espresso, steamed milk, and rich caramel brulee sauce, finished with whipped cream and a supreme topping of even more caramel brulee bits.

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero

    Get your stamp with a glass of German Gilabert Organic Cava (or even Organic Sparkling Wine if it’s an easier name—we don’t care what you call it as long as you come and try it!). We love to feature sustainably made, low-intervention wine. And we love bubbles. So, we couldn’t of anything more festive to celebrate the holidays this year than a sparkling wine made with lots of love for our planet and no added sugar! German Gilabert Organic Brut Cava Nature Reserva is made in Alt Penedés in Catalonia with the método tradicional—tastes fresh and extra bubbly with citrus and mineral flavors and pairs most excellently with our jamón Iberico. Salud!

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Double down on holiday tradition with a Candy Cane Mocha. Walnut Street Coffee’s candy cane mocha is back! We source our dark chocolate from Seattle’s Intrigue Chocolate, spike it with peppermint syrup, and finish it with crushed Hammonds Candies peppermints. It’s a perfectly perfect cup of holiday cheer.

    Waterfront Coffee Co in Downtown Edmonds

    Waterfront Coffee Company

    What’s better than peppermint during the holiday season? Grab a warm mug of our Peppermint Bark Mocha. It comes with delicious peppermint bark sauce, whipped cream, and candy cane sprinkles.

    Are you drooling? If you aren’t, you have better self-control than we do. Start strategizing your stops because this year’s bingo lineup is packed with cheer. We’ll see you out getting your stamps!

    By Whitney Popa

  45. The Downtown Edmonds 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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    If we know anything about our holiday gifting goals, we know they’re two-fold: purchasing presents needs to be easy, and it needs to feel good. Thankfully, we live in Edmonds, where hundreds of local businesses abound—all in the same small radius! 

    Bookmark this guide and pull it up when you’re circling the downtown blocks looking for the perfect gift for your father-in-law, your mailman, or your daughter’s 2nd-grade teacher. From a gift card to their favorite spa to hand-blown glass art and wine options a-plenty, downtown Edmonds has gifts that spoil everyone on your list. 

    Retail

    ArtSpot in Downtown Edmonds

    ARTspot

    Give a gift that inspires creativity! All-in-one kits for all ages and skill levels are at ARTspot, the number one spot for gifting the art lover in your life this holiday season.

    Bench & Board in Downtown Edmonds

    Bench & Board

    Seasonal gifts and decor, entertaining essentials, and local art!

    crow in downtown Edmonds

    Crow

    For unique and local gifts, we’d recommend items from our Crow + Particle Goods collaboration, which is exclusive to Crow! Our Edmonds candle is the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

    Driftwood Modern in Downtown Edmonds

    Driftwood Modern

    Driftwood Modern offers a carefully-selected collection of authentic mid-century modern table and barware. Gift pieces of quality and integrity that inspire beauty and clarity in the lives of your loved ones!

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Bookshop

    Come in to get the holiday gift that never goes out of style: books! Our booksellers are avid readers and are happy to match you with the perfect book to give. We also carry magazines and an eclectic assortment of greeting cards and calendars to gift this holiday season.

    Garden Gear in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden Gear & Gallery

    Share the joy of nature and gardening with a thoughtful selection from Garden Gear & Gallery. We recommend gifting from our variety of pruners and Japanese hand tools, hand-blown glass art from local glass artists, and hand-crafted garden decor!

    HouseWares in Downtown Edmonds

    HouseWares

    Get into (or give!) the holiday spirit with THYMES Frasier Fir candles and home fragrance products! HouseWares offers a wide assortment of well-priced home goods, including decor, cooking supplies, soaps, and candles that are casual and geared toward modern living in smaller spaces.

    Kari Skoog Designs in Downtown Edmonds

    Kari Skoog Design

    Light your candle lover’s flame with Kari Skoog Design’s fabulous candle line and wooden signs! Stop by this new shop at 505 5th Ave S, Ste 103B to find your favorite.

    The Paper Feather in Downtown Edmonds

    The Paper Feather

    Pop into this sweet shop on 3rd and Main for unique holiday cards, gift tags, and wrapping paper. All are designed and handmade in the shop!

    Pear Tree in Downtown Edmonds

    Pear Tree Consignment

    Pear Tree Consignment has unique gifts at every price point. Shoppers can find locally-made natural gemstone jewelry, cashmere scarves, cozy sweaters, luxury bags, winter coats, and so much more right inside our front door! Gift cards are also available in any denomination. Enjoy gifting the brands we all love at 50-70% below retail! 

    Pelindaba Lavender in downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Our products range from personal, therapeutic, culinary, home, pets, jewelry, and floral decor. Give local. Give lavender!

    Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery in Downtown edmonds

    Randall J Hodges Photography Gallery

    Stop by the shop for images of the Northwest 2023 Calendar. While you’re here, grab gifts from our selection of photography prints on gallery-wrapped canvas, metal prints on aluminum, double-matted and framed professional luster prints, note cards, and calendars. Randall also offers in-the-field lessons and seminars where you can learn to use your camera like a pro!

    Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Rogue

    Nestled in the heart of Edmonds, Rogue features hand-picked items for the fashion forward. Stop by for cozy sweaters for everyone on your list! 

    Sound Style in Downtown Edmonds

    Sound Styles

    We’re a longtime staple in Edmonds and invite you to trend up your winter wardrobe with fun hats, printed gloves, and plaid blanket scarves. Accessories like these also are wonderful options for gift-giving!

    Teri's Toybox in Downtown Edmonds

    Teri’s Toybox

    Let us assist you in selecting the proper toy or gift for newborns, adults, and any age in between. Shop toys, puzzles, and games for all ages—as well as the largest Jellycat collection in the area!

    Festive Food & Drinks

    Arista Wine Cellars in Downtown Edmonds

    Arista Wine Cellars

    We have wines for all of your holiday needs! We’re talking sparkling wines, port wines, whites, and reds for all occasions. Come in and check out the selection—we’ll help you make the perfect pick. 

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal

    One for them, one for you. Purchase a $100 gift card and receive a free $20 gift card! Offer is valid for each $100 increment purchased.

    Demetri's in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna

    Stroll (or trolley) on over to Demitris to grab a gift card for a loved one. Buy $100 and get a bonus $20 gift card!

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley

    Delight your friends and family with the gift of wine! Select one of our pre-built Cabernet Sauvignon three packs bundled beautifully in our signature gift box. Cab Sauv not their thing? Customize one of our wooden gift boxes to please any palate by selecting any three bottles of our wines. (Cabernet 3-pack: $99. Customized Wooden Box: $30 + cost of wine).

    Kahlo's in Downtown Edmonds

    Kahlo’s Cantina

    Come in to enjoy authentic new and contemporary Mexican flavors this season. We have gift cards in any denomination to treat your loved ones. 

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero

    Grab some Kelnero merchandise for your friends and family this year! Show off your style and your excellent taste in cocktails by repping Kelnero-branded t-shirts, hats, PopSockets, and tasting glasses. These are charming gift ideas for you or for a special someone. Plus, they pair deliciously with a gift card!

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero

    Stumped on holiday dinner or entertaining ideas? Grab charcuterie to go! We will arrange photo-worthy charcuterie boards on compostable takeout platters, perfect for holiday parties or a special evening at home. Pairs great with wine 😉

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee offers a small but mighty curated retail area with some great holiday gift items! We have candles from Cave Glow and hand-printed European linens from Moontea Art. Or go for the always-a-winner combo of coffee beans and a mug. Gift cards are available as well!

    Health & Wellness

    Body Motion PT in Downtown Edmonds

    Body Motion Physical Therapy

    Body Motion Physical Therapy has all your pelvic health needs covered this holiday season. Give yourself the greatest gift of all: The gift of health. We’ll help you take care of bladder leaks, sciatica, hip pain, and back pain, enhance pleasure with intimate relations, decrease muscle tension and improve total body relaxation. We help women through fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and peri-menopause so they can live active, confident, healthy lives—without the need for medications and surgery in the future! We also have a cute array of retail!

    Bodyworks in Downtown Edmonds

    Bodyworks Edmonds

    Come in or sign up online for one of our new client class packages! We offer barre, belly dancing, and mat pilates.

    Centerpoint Energy Healing in Downtown Edmonds

    Centerpoint Energy Healing

    Give the gift of healing to loved ones, or get a stocking stuffer for yourself. Reiki energy work is a gentle way to make a shift in life. Gift cards of any denomination are also available for the holidays, please call (206)335.6149 to purchase.

    Macklash in Downtown Edmonds

    Macklash and Brow Bar

    This holiday season, Macklash + Brow Bar is offering 10% off on gift card purchases! Our savvy, fun team offers various self-care services, including eyelash extensions, microblading, lash lifts and tints, brow waxing and tints, and brow laminations. We also carry great products like hyrdrojelly face masks, mini cold rollers, and lash + brow maintenance gift sets. Check out our lovely scented candles from Studio Ten Nineteen while you’re here!

    Skin Fit Rox in Downtown Edmonds

    Skin Fit Rox, LLC

    Give the gift of healthy skin. We offer skin therapy services ranging from facials to personal coaching!

    Tree of Tranquility in Downtown Edmonds

    Tree of Tranquility

    Give the perfect gift of a massage voucher to yourself or a friend. Purchase a gift certificate today, and set it to arrive on the holiday of your choosing, or send it instantly for a pre-holiday treat!

    Woodway Wellness in Downtown Edmonds

    Woodway Wellness

    Gift yourself or a loved one our new client pilates packages, which includes five reformer classes!

    Services

    Alley Bell in Downtown Edmonds

    Alley Bell Music

    For the musician in your life, we recommend gifting private piano and voice lessons, as well as licensed Music Together classes for newborns through age five!

    DME CPA in Downtown Edmonds

    DME CPA GROUP PC

    We offer tax and estate planning! Our commitment this holiday season is to identify, explain and implement change for you and your family.

    Notary in Motion in Downtown Edmonds

    Notary In Motion

    Need a notary this season? Use our local mobile notary services! 

    Weathered Frame in Downtown Edmonds

    The Weathered Frame Photography

    Give the gift of a portrait session—gift certificates for professional headshots, beauty and personal portraits are all available!





  46. Edmonds Knows How to Holiday

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    In Edmonds, we like to make everything festive, especially the holidays, so to say we’re excited to kick off the holiday season in our favorite city by the Salish Sea is a massive understatement.

    We’re talking Holiday Market! Tree Lighting! Emily The Elf! Trolley! Drink Bingo! Ornament Stroll!

    It’s all happening. Plus some! And we’re ready for it.

    Let’s talk about each thing in a little more detail.

    Edmonds Holiday Market

    We barely have to mourn the ending of the Edmonds Summer Market because a little over a month later, our Holiday Market takes root in the same location right downtown. In front of City Hall, Saturdays will introduce you to gorgeous wreaths, live music, and giftables galore. Save the dates here, and we’ll see you out in the streets.

    Tree Lighting

    Join us at the unofficial town square (Centennial Plaza, 5th Avenue N & Bell Street) the Saturday after Thanksgiving for our Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun kicks off at 3pm with treats, beverages, and donation drives. Following the lighting, the Masonic Lodge will host an “after party” with more treats and photos with Santa!

    Holiday Trolley + Emily the Elf

    We are delighted to have the Holiday Trolley back again this year (its eighth!). And the best part? It’s FREE. Emily the Elf will be along for the ride, and she’ll be spreading both cheer and fun tidbits about our historic seaside town while you take in the sights and sounds of the season. The trolley comes by every thirty minutes, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch it. Hop off and stroll, get back on, and bring friends! Check out the trolley map and dates here.

    Festive Drink Bingo

    Now celebrating its third year of fun, Festive Drink Bingo allows you to check 20+ participating bars and restaurants downtown Edmonds for everything from a ‘nog-infused latte to a bourbon cocktail—and everything in between. The rules are simple: Get a card from one of the participating bars or restaurants, purchase a drink (takeout counts), get a stamp, and win prizes! For the complete list of who’s in this year (along with their special creations), check back soon!

    Ornament Stroll

    As if getting all of your holiday shopping kicks in downtown wasn’t fun enough, our retailers are upping the ante with ornaments. Spend $40+ at participating stores during the week-and-a-half-long shopping window, and you’ll get a unique tree decoration to do with what you please, beginning with lovingly gazing at it. We promise no one will judge you for stopping on the sidewalk, ornament aloft, twirling it, and smiling at its every angle. Don’t get greedy, though: ornaments are limited to one per customer at each location while supplies last. If you challenge yourself to collect them all, use #edmondsholidays to share your goodies on social media!

    Wreath Walk

    While you’re out strolling for ornaments, you can also walk around to see all the wreaths downtown businesses have used their creative visions to put together. An event created by Art Walk Edmonds, the Wreath Walk features the work of local artists. Wreaths are hung in downtown storefronts, adding even more holiday cheer to the streets for the holiday shopping season.

    Gift Wrapping

    Get your gifts wrapped at Rogue! The table out front will be easy to spot. The first three weekends of December, bring all your presents to 5th and Main, and our talented wrappers will take care of the rest. Pricing varies by the size of the gift and is $2-5 per, but any amount of donation is welcome. The wrapping station is also a fundraiser for the Class of ‘23 EWHS Safe and Sober Grad Night!

    See Santa

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the big guy in the suit. He’ll be in a few places around town, and you can keep in contact with him via snail mail by sliding letters into the red mailbox outside of the Log Cabin Visitors Center at 5th & Bell. Santa is a pro delegator, so expect a letter from one of his elves if you get your requests written and sent by December 16.

  47. It’s Time for Cozy Season Traditions Downtown

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    Leaves have changed, candles are lit, more of us are ordering our morning pick-me-ups hot instead of iced, and we’re stirring soups on the stove when we get home. Cozy season is here! And it is particularly gorgeous this year, isn’t it? 

    This time of year brings out the warm and fuzzies in us all—literally and figuratively. Our PNW uniform—the layer—comes back in a big way. Gourds abound, the occasional flake falls, and holiday party selfies slow our social media scroll. 

    Beyond the overarching traditions that keep us looking forward to this time every year, our local businesses have customs of their own. Wrap yourself in your favorite blanket and keep reading to learn about how a large handful of downtown spots are giving, gathering, and getting cozy this season. 

    Gina Drake, Barre3 Edmonds

    When I think of colder temps and barre3, I think of retail and the unique cozy layering pieces from our favorite brands, like Beyond Yoga, Varley, and Vuori that will keep you warm to and from the studio. Our semi-annual sale—the biggest of the year—starts around Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars to come and shop! 

    Todd Waddell, Bountiful Home and Nursery

    What’s not to love about the holiday season? It’s a season for nesting, dining, and gathering. When I think of fall, I think of a cozy sweater on a warm day that turns into a chilly evening. We have all the things you need for your gatherings here—and, don’t forget, we’re closing our doors at the end of the year, so come in soon to get everything you need for dwelling! 

    Jennifer Myatt, Calypso

    I’m Canadian, so we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving on October 10th this year. I always try to participate in the downtown Edmonds scarecrow contest, but if I don’t put one up in time, I will draw ours on the sidewalk right outside of the restaurant. I always do holiday chalk art, too! Last year, I made Snoopy sleeping on top of his adog house and then added a snow globe around it. Stop by to check out our latest!

    Churchkey Pub in Downtown EdmondsMusa Safouane, The Churchkey Pub

    Fall and winter are definitely our busiest seasons due to our aesthetic and the coziness of our pub in the colder months. 

    During these seasons, we like to treat our customers with a few warm holiday cocktails, such as Glogg, hot toddies, and pumpkin-buttered rum. We’ve also added pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest lagers, scotch ales, and pumpkin ciders to our tap rotation. We’ll be bringing back the Pilgrim Sandwich from last year by popular demand and updating a few other menu items. 

    Jen Lawson, Crow

    The change of seasons at Crow is a great time to roll up my sleeves, burn some sage, and re-merchandise the displays! Clearing out summer favorites and making room for fall and winter treasures always feels like a reset. At home, with the days getting shorter, putting dinner on the table for five calls for an easy Instant Pot recipe! My go-to is this cozy Sweet Potato Chili recipe (with extra hot sauce).

    Madeline Ingham, Feedme Hospitality & Restaurant Group

    We do a giving tree every year for the holidays (stay tuned for more info on that!) and we are planning to offer a holiday gift card promo: buy a $100 gift card, receive a free $20 gift card sort of thing. That promotion will be at Fire & The Feast, Salt & Iron, Bar Dojo, MARKET, and Shore Pine. Follow us on social media to stay up with the latest, though—we have lots of ideas and things may change! 

    Jennifer Cullin, The Paper Feather

    My favorite tradition is designing and decorating my shop with a warm and cozy decor for customers to enjoy! I love showcasing locally-made candles, handmade cards and gifts, and many unique treasures. 

    Cecilia Fisher, Slate Salon + Spa

    I usually participate in local auctions, either by attending or donating items. Recently I attended the ECA dinner gala. I just donated to Holy Rosary’s upcoming auction, which comes up every year. I start painting again every fall, and I usually produce a painting for Esperanza International’s annual auction. One more thing! This is the time of year when I go through my retail inventory and donate items to Pathways for Women in Lynnwood/Edmonds. For the holidays, we offer gift cares and Unite and VoCè holiday gift bags that include a free hair product. 

    Twist Yoga in Downtown EdmondsJen Mitchell, Twist Yoga

    At Twist, we always say now is a great time to begin again. We love seeing new and returning faces at our studio during this time every year. 

    Pam Stuller, Walnut Street Coffee

    We host a giving tree every year around the holidays. Laura Burkhart will be making another winter window display for us this year, and we’ll have seasonal drinks for the winter bingo Edmonds does! 

    Larry Maurer, Workhorse Coworking

    We plan to host a holiday food drive for the Edmonds Food Bank. This will be our third year collecting food and non-perishables for them. Since we’re dog-friendly, we’re talking about adding a dog food portion to benefit The Haus of Dogs. Our member lunch in November will be a build-your-own panini bar with a turkey option, of course! We can’t wait to host all of your holiday parties (including our own) as well as a small business vendor fair in early December.

  48. Business Spotlight: Tree of Tranquility

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Amy Parker from Tree of Tranquility.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping people suffering from pain or stress has been such a rewarding and uplifting experience for me.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live in Edmonds! I wanted to be close to home and also wanted to be part of the community more since we love it here.

    What is unique about your business?
    I provide a massage where you are guaranteed to feel better leaving my studio than you did coming in. I like to use tools that help me provide a more effective massage which in turn helps me and my own body mechanics as well. Our session is completely tailored to your needs; if you need upper back and neck focus from working at a desk all day, then that’s what we are working on. Have sciatica? We are focusing on hips and hip flexors! SAHM? You’re getting a full body luxurious massage because you deserve it. After our session, I provide you with the knowledge on what you can do at home to help you with any pain or discomfort until your next session with me. Now, I’m not saying one massage is going to fix everything—I actually recommend you keep up with massage maintenance, whether that be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Because I am a personable and humble mother who has found her calling in Massage Therapy. I absolutly love my career and want to help those who are looking for a holistic approach to pain management.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I was a part of the Seattle Drill Team Association for 12 years! On the La Senoritas Drill Team.

    What are your hours of business?
    Wednesdays 10am-4pm and Sundays TBD.

    Tree of Tranquility
    406 Main St, Ste 109
    Opened in 2022

  49. Falling for Edmonds Autumn Happenings

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    Fall puns are impossible to resist, so we’re leaning into them, figurative PSL in hand, prepped and ready to toss crisp, sepia-toned leaves into the air. The porch is laden with plump gourds, and a soup is simmering on the stove. A football game may or may not be on the TV in the other room. But who has time for football when there’s so much to do and see downtown? 

    Not us! 

    Well, sometimes us, but mainly when the Seahawks are playing. 

    Regardless of whether “the game” is on, Edmonds is keeping us busy with all kinds of fun this fall. From some of our favorite annual traditions like the Scarecrow Festival to a brand new pilot program sure to make you tap your feet (scroll down to learn what it is!), we have you covered in more than your traditional PNW layers this autumn. 

    Autumn Events

    Edmonds Scarecrow Festival

    “Rainier Beer Scarecrow” by Engel’s Pub

    10th Annual Scarecrow Festival 

    Businesses and families alike will get a big kick out of strolling the streets to check out the creative flair used to build scarecrows in this tenth-annual town tradition sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum. 

    Want to participate? Submit your scarecrow entry before October 23rd by 6pm. There’s no fee for participation, but donations are always welcome. Then, vote for your favorite entry between October 24th and November 1st. The top three winners in each category will receive a commemorative certificate. The top winners overall will receive a ghoulish goodie bag—and they’ll all be announced on November 4th.

    Based on previous years’ entries and our knowledge of your deep and varied skill sets, the creativity and artfulness will impress. Grab your favorite warm beverage for a self-guided tour during the polling window, and be sure to show your favorites lots of love with a vote! 

    Edmonds Kind of HalloweenHalloween Haunts and Haps

    Because we are who we are and we live for an event, naturally, we have a dedicated website for our Edmonds Kind of Halloween, sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festivities include downtown trick-or-treating from 5-7pm on October 31, which is fun, free, and open to all ages—dressed-up pups included!  

    Start planning your costume ASAP because our city knows how to show up and celebrate in a big way. Plus, there’s always a costume contest, and we know many of you play to win. Find the map and keep your mouse on the refresh button to be the first to get all the details here

    Edmonds Dia de los MuertosDía de Los Muertos Edmonds 

    Our friends at Feedme Hospitality, FIELD by Morgan & Moss, and the Multicultural Association of Edmonds (hereafter referred to as “MAE”) are joining forces to put together a fiesta for the memory books on November 1st. 

    FIELD by Morgan & Moss and MAE will put together the ofrenda (translated literally as an “offering” to the dead invited to visit in spirit.). Most commonly, an ofrenda is built as an altar with various items on a table left for the souls of the deceased to come back and be able to enjoy their worldly pleasures once more—sometimes based on the elements (earth, wind, water, fire), often appealing to the senses, and always beautiful. However they pull it together, we know it’ll be a total feast for the senses, as will the tasting menu next door at Fire & The Feast

    Six chefs are combining their talents to course out a meal high in flavor and low in breaks (in the best way possible) from 6-10pm on November 1st. Grab your tickets here, bring photos of your loved ones for the ofrenda, and don’t scrimp on the face paint. 

    PorchFest EdmondsNEW This Year: PorchFest Edmonds 

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5th, and prepare your water-resistant layers accordingly for the first annual PorchFest Edmonds. The event kicks off at 2pm at The Red Barn at 5th and Maple with live music, refreshments, and map handouts. Then, tour the performers between 3-5pm. 

    This fresh town tradition is ​​a new concept intended to show off our community and neighborhood spaces in a way that brings neighbors together while promoting and enjoying the arts in Edmonds.

    Several residents and businesses in the downtown corridor will open their front yards, porches, carports, or alleys to host musical and spoken word artists. A sampling of the venues includes Salish Sea Brewing Co., Rogue, FIELD, and Rick Steves Europe—with more to come! Merch to commemorate the fun will be available at crow starting 10/24.

    Interested neighbors can host an acoustic (unamplified) guest who will perform on your porch, lawn, driveway, or even in the public right of way. Whether you’re a host or simply a fan, make the rounds and visit as many as you want to! Learn more and register your porch or your talent here. And, keep up with performer and porch announcements on the program’s brand new Instagram page here

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  50. Business Spotlight: Sandpiper Massage

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Annika Samuelsen from Sandpiper Massage

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    This isn’t an easy choice, but I have to say I do love my treatment room. It’s such a calm, clean and grounding space.

    Why did you start your business?
    I started my business in part because I wanted to provide a high standard of care in the field of massage therapy.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I wanted to be somewhere I’d like spending the day—I love walking downtown and to the waterfront before my workday begins and whenever I have time between sessions.

    Why is unique about your business?
    Every massage therapist has a blend of personality and style which will attract different types of people. I think the qualities that set me apart are paying close attention to my clients and taking my time with treatment.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I work with my clients, rather than massaging “at” them.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Fall is just around the corner and I’ve just added availability on two Saturday mornings every month to be more accessible to individuals with full work week schedules.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    One personal accomplishment I’m very proud of was learning to hand roll a sea kayak (in my case it was a Boreal Designs Baffin P2), which means rolling it without using a paddle.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    I’m very happy to be here, and look forward to growing my business in Edmonds.

    Sandpiper Massage
    22 5th Ave S
    (Inside Twist Yoga)
    Opened in 2022

  51. Edmonds Entrepreneurs Are All About Community

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    Imagine having a dream—a vision—and then reaching out and touching it. In the town you love. 

    Now, imagine the people around you reaching out and touching it, too. And then turning around to look at you, their eyes sparkling and full of gratitude as they come in for a hug and ask you how you’re doing. 

    But, they don’t ask just about you. They ask about your partner, your kids, your dog, your garden, and that event from last weekend you hosted.

    You’re one of them. 

    They know you, and they love you. 

    For a large handful of business owners in downtown Edmonds, reaching out and touching their dreams is a very real, everyday reality. They built them—one step, meeting, permit, new hire, sketch, decision, and deep breath at a time. 

    They also built their businesses with the support of their community behind them. 

    While we could have spent weeks interviewing downtown Edmonds entrepreneurs (and, trust, we would have if kids and school pick-ups and deadlines weren’t pushing every day forward at warp speed), this story is about four who have created at least two businesses each within our small downtown business district. 

    And, really, they’ve done it all mostly from scratch.   

    Why Edmonds? 

    In a town that is concentrated in eight and a half square miles with a vibrant downtown that is just a small fraction of it, it’s incredible to witness the sheer sum of small businesses operating in Edmonds. At our last count, there were nearly 200 small businesses within our downtown bounds, with more moving in each month. 

    For each of the entrepreneurs we talked to, their Edmonds motivation was simple: Edmonds is home. 

    Shubert Ho, Feedme Hospitality in Downtown Edmonds

    Shubert Ho

    Shubert Ho operates four of his more than half a dozen restaurants (Fire & The Feast, The Market Fishmonger & Eatery, SanKai, and Salt & Iron) on Main Street. After following his wife to Seattle, where she was attending the University of Washington, the Hos bought their first home in Edmonds, not only because it was near family but also because it was here they found a house they could afford. The catering company Ho launched with partner Andrew Leckie (his wife’s cousin) became the springboard for Feedme Hospitality, the umbrella under which his restaurants and various food ventures operate. 

    Feedme now employs 450 people. 

    Mike McMurray, Main Street Commons in Downtown Edmonds

    Mike McMurray

    Michael McMurray, who is deep in the throes of building what will become Main Street Commons, was born and bred in Edmonds. Not only does he own Raymond James Financial Services on 5th, but he also owns the building that became Leftcraft

    The ½ acre corner lot that will become Main Street Commons was sold to McMurray because of his deep Edmonds roots. As he was thinking through his vision for the Commons and soliciting feedback from friends and neighbors, Edmonds was at the front of McMurray’s mind: “The idea was to assimilate into downtown Edmonds. It’s a very walkable town. I thought, How can I help Edmonds?” 

    Main Street Commons is a plaza concept, with multiple local businesses operating within it, both morning and night—a bakery, a pizza restaurant, a Molly Moon ice cream shop with huge glass windows and benches outside where customers and passersby can watch cold cream churning in big drums. There will be a ground-level performance area and frequent music from local artists. The town’s 1938 fire truck will also move to Main Street Commons. A mural celebrating Edmonds’s history and peoples has been commissioned on the roof. Michael is creating in Edmonds something he wanted but didn’t necessarily see: “It’s a small little village hub where you can charge your batteries,” he said. Day or night. 

    Kali & Kris Kelnero, Vinbero and Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kris & Kali Kelnero

    Just across the street is another place Edmondsites have recharged since it opened in 2019, Kelnero. Owners Kris and Kali Kelnero (she of Edmonds and he of Lynnwood) knew they wanted to open a great cocktail bar in Edmonds. Tired of driving to Seattle for date nights, they also built what they didn’t see in town. Kelnero was built on a few foundational tenets, one of which was “an amazing cocktail experience”—minus the commute. 

    Last year, Kali and Kris were asked to take over The Cheesemonger’s Table in Old Mill Town. Vinbero—Edmonds’ first wine bar—wasn’t in their five-year plan, but former owners Maria Montalvo and Strom Peterson “saw our ethics at Kelnero,” Kali said, so “we just went for it.” 

    Tracy Felix, Graphite Arts Center and ARTspot, Downtown Edmonds

    Tracy Felix; photo courtesy of Graphite Arts Center

    Similarly, Tracy Felix of ARTspot and Graphite Arts Center has made it her mission to just go for it. Since moving to Edmonds more than two decades ago, Felix has delivered on making art more accessible to the community through teaching at Maplewood Co-Op; her foundation, Art Start Northwest; and regular classes for all ages at ARTspot. 

    Graphite Arts Center, an airy, bright, and open home for working artists, enthusiasts, and students, boasts soaring ceilings, a gallery, a dark room, an art book collection, flex space, and inspiration galore. Felix and Mary Olsen partnered on the space, with Olsen sketching plans that she eventually handed off to an architect to bring to life. They’ve been working on the concept since 2015, and it was made real last year when Graphite opened its doors. When we mentioned to Felix that Graphite seems like a beacon on the corner for the creative community in Edmonds, similar to a lighthouse showing seafarers their way home, she agreed that she and Olsen wanted the building to be highly visible. “We wanted to make the building transparent—literally,” she said, gesturing to the wall of windows facing Main Street, the art book library spanning two walls, and a big, wooden table. 

    It helps that Felix is a fine artist herself and one who has been deeply involved in Edmonds for decades because she knows what artists of all ages and stages need from a space like hers: “Artists need to have community with other artists,” she said, “And they need to have solitude, too.” 

    Downtown EdmondsConsidering The Community 

    What keeps all of our entrepreneurs pushing forward, despite delays or staffing shortages, or a worldwide pandemic is their love for and consideration of our shared community. For Ho’s part, he turned Feedme into a community kitchen at the height of COVID, providing deeply discounted school lunches and meals to people who needed them. It was a decision steeped in the idea that “There’s got to be a better way to give back to the community.” 

    McMurray echoed that community-centric sentiment. When sourcing tenants for Main Street Commons, he started locally, talking to his favorite vendors at the farmer’s market to see if they’d be interested in having a brick-and-mortar. “For me, this was an opportunity to do something unique and contribute to the town in a positive way,” he stated. “This building has a lot of mojo. I don’t take the opportunity lightly.”

    Similarly, the Kelneros wanted to give Edmonds more great drinks and use as many “fiercely local” ingredients as possible. Their 800+ bottle library ensures each customer’s experience is fresh—every time. And while the cocktail bar’s original menu started with a dozen delicious libations, it has grown to pages and pages of fun. “I knew I wanted the menu to read like a graphic novel,” Kelnero said. “It’s my job to show you the drink’s personality.” 

    Just down Main Street, Graphite Arts Center currently has limited public hours (Saturdays from noon-4pm), and Felix’s next goal is to become a haven for art kids who don’t always feel at home in other settings. They are actively seeking more volunteers to keep their doors wide open to whoever wants to come in, dream, sketch, and soak up inspiration. 

    The Burning Question: What’s Next? 

    Ho plans to expand his catering operation into a bigger commercial kitchen. Once McMurray gets Main Street Commons open and thriving, he says he has one more project in him, “if the town affords me the opportunity.” Kelnero is keeping her eyes open for a place “with a really big kitchen,” and Felix summed up the entrepreneurial spirit in one beautiful sentence: “I love launching ships, but not sailing them the rest of my life.” 

    Whatever they choose to do, we’ll be here to cheer them on. 

    Will you be visiting any of the businesses we mentioned? Take us along! Add #edmondsdowntown or #loveedmonds to your posts on social media, and we’ll share them to our stories on Facebook and Instagram.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  52. It’s An Edmonds Kind of Fall Refresh

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    Ahhhh, the cinnamony smells of pumpkin spice. Are you already pureeing sweet gourd meat and doling cozy pastries out around the neighborhood, or are you turning your chair with the sun to catch as many rays as possible? Are you a rare breed who is doing both? We support either and all lifestyle choices here, and as summer fades into fall, we’re thinking a lot about refreshing our style, night-in activities, and spaces, even while the sun is still keeping us warm. 

    What early Autumn vibes and dog days of summer personalities have in common is we’re all following the weather, and it’s leading us to more overcast days, bright red leaves falling from trees, and the inevitable cozy that comes with it all. 

    And with a change of seasons comes a change in ourselves: more layers (our PNW love language), more hot lattes, and more homemade, bone-sticking meals. 

    Check out some of our favorite downtown spots for leaning into that fall energy.  

    Bellissimo Salon in Downtown EdmondsAdd a Layer (or Three)

    As the weather cools, the rain becomes more frequent, and our desire to curl up with a good book and a steaming cuppa pervades our days, we’re starting to think about how to align ourselves with the seasonal changes. Sound Styles has a gorgeous and cozy selection of fluffy and puffy neutrals to add layers to our clothing. Between Sound Styles, Pear Tree Consignment, MaJe Gallery, Crush Footwear, and all the other great boutiques right downtown, your entire fall wardrobe will be covered. 

    Plus, if you’re anything like us, with a change in seasons comes an urge to change up your look a little, too. Bellissimo Beauty Bar’s glam squad will help you update your makeup and will even teach you some new tricks to accentuate your best features. If you’re hoping to shave time off of your morning routine while looking fabulous in the school drop-off line (or wherever your fall morning adventures take you), head to Macklash + Brow Bar for lashes and permanent makeup. The Basement Salon will happily talk you through fall trends and update your tresses to match the season, your hair goals, and upcoming autumn activities. 

    Alexander's Bead Bazaar in EdmondsTake Stock of Your Hobbies

    Is the thought of hibernation season getting you all sorts of giddy? Spend this time preparing for it! Pop into Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center to see what may pique your building interest. A train, perhaps? Or maybe a rocket? There is no end to the tinkering you can do at this fun shop on 4th Ave. S. You can even submit a special order!  

    If you enjoy the zen of beading and creating your own jewelry, take a sunny stroll over to Alexander’s and do as many laps around their 25,000 sf of beads as you need to before creating the accessories of your dreams. Or stringing together all the holiday gifts before stockings need to be stuffed. You’ll be impressed with your forethought and you’ll be blissed out from getting into a creative flow. The shop also has ethnic and tribal art and is home to two local artists. 

    For kids of all ages, Teri’s Toybox offers a wide variety of options for play. From board games to baby dolls, fidget spinners to puddies, gear up the kids for forthcoming indoor fun. And, while there’s a wonderful arts and crafts section at Teri’s, if they (or you) are looking for more, head next door to ARTspot Edmonds, where artists of all ages and stages come to buy supplies from the knowledgable staff, as well as sign up for classes and workshops! Imagine yourself with a warm mug of tea, gazing out of the window into the grey, brooding sky, brush in hand, easel in front of you, and creative flow unlocked. Pretty dreamy, right?  

    Bountiful Home & Garden in Downtown EdmondsOutfit Your Kitchen and Refresh Your Cozy Spaces

    They say that if your space is cluttered, your mind will be, too. That statement is TBD in our lives, but what we do know is that the closer we get to cooler weather, the more we crave heavy blankets and warm drinks. Driftwood Modern will set you up with mid-century art and beautiful accents that will look absolutely irresistible with a warm blanket slung over them or piled nearby. Bountiful Home and Nursery will keep your accessories on point, including notebooks for journaling and cards for writing snail mail to your loved ones; they are taking a well-deserved break, open again Oct 1st. Bench & Board, Crow, HouseWares, and The Wooden Spoon will help you outfit your space with everything from an Edmonds mug (Crow) to the perfect set of ramekins to make homemade crème brûlée (The Wooden Spoon). And, if you’re looking for art that mirrors those warm and cozy feelings you’re inviting back into your world, check out the rotating selection at Aria Studio Gallery

    Let’s Get Cozy

    While you may or may not be ready for summer to end, if we did our job well, you may be open to a *little more* of the “pumpkin spice and everything nice” ethos. Show us what you’re loving this fall! Add #edmondsdowntown to your posts on Instagram and Facebook, and we’ll share our favorites to our stories. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  53. Invest in Your Best Self This Summer

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    Sing it with us: Summmmer tiiiiiime and the livin’s easy!

    The sun may be distracting us a little from our other priorities, but we’ve designed it that way, mainly because that warm, glowing orb in the sky has been such a rare fixture in the past several months. It almost feels like we’re really earned these lazy, sandy days. And they’ve been really, really nice, haven’t they? Pack a picnic, corral the kids, and throw those beach towels into the trunk. We’re headed back to the beach!

    If we want to bring the feeling of endless Summer Fridays into autumn and beyond, we need to get our affairs—as it were—in order now. What do we mean by that? Let’s dig in.

    Your Best Self All Year Long

    Doused in SPF, our hair perfectly sea-salted and beached-waved, we often feel like our best selves in the summer. So many things are, well, more manageable. And, if they aren’t, we are too busy at the beach to give them a second thought anyway. Intentional procrastination (aka summer vacation) is the name of the game right now. And carrying that ease into the rest of the year—more smiles, fewer meetings, less stress—relies on laying the groundwork now.

    So, setting up physicals, picking a new insurance plan, and trying on a new counselor to help combat our previously inevitable Seasonal Affective Disorder needs to happen now, not when the days get greyer, and all the appointments are taken.

    My Hearing Centers in EdmondsPut Together Your Physical, Mental, and Emotional Support System

    How often do you get your hearing checked? If you’re like us, you’re probably saying to yourself something like “…never?” Now’s the time! Advanced Hearing Systems, a mainstay in Edmonds since 1996, will check your hearing and help you get fitted for hearing aids (should it be determined you need them). No more complaints from your significant other about your selective hearing. You now have a partner in managing those battles.

    For women who are pregnant or managing young kids, ensuring your pelvic health is optimal (e.g., you’re not accidentally peeing unintentionally!) is Dr. Allison at Body Motion Physical Therapy’s specialty.

    Quan Yin Acupuncture in EdmondsIf Eastern Medicine is something you love or are interested in trying, we have a few downtown clinics that specialize in acupuncture and other ancient modalities that have been helping people heal and thrive for centuries. Head to Innate Radiance Acupuncture for health and wellness support utilizing many East Asian Medicine forms. This clinic also offers craniosacral therapy and herbal and nutritional therapies. Quan Yin Acupuncture specializes in treating pain, women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, stress, depression, anxiety, allergies, digestive issues, sleep problems, and a number of other health issues.

    While you’re out and about, ensure your spine is in alignment by stopping into your appointment with Stewart Family Chiropractic, where your doctor will remove the most common cause of spinal pain, Occipital Cervical Subluxation. Don’t worry, they’ll tell you all about it. All you need to know right now is if your neck or back is kind of achy, you may want to make that appointment. It’ll only get achier over time.

    Proactively keeping your mind right should also start during your best you summer. Sound Nutrition can help you with a whole host of food issues, including disordered eating and PCOS. For 1:1 talk therapy—with virtual options—call Nicole Ivancovich Therapy to see if she has availability and, if not, who her local references would be.

    Lowell's Stained Glass in EdmondsCreate a Comforting Home Environment

    Lay the foundation for a home that feeds and nourishes you, especially once the weather starts to cool. Your home should feel like a sanctuary, and we have many resources downtown to make it exactly the way you envision it. Interiors of Edmonds is a full-service interior decorating company in the heart of downtown that has been beautifying homes in Edmonds for over thirty years. From blinds to candles, Interiors of Edmonds has your design needs covered.

    Relatedly, add a beautiful piece (or a few!) of custom glass to your home that will make you smile every time you see it. Lowell’s Stained Glass Studio makes custom leaded and stained glass windows that will make your home feel just like you.

    Allstate Insurance in Downtown EdmondsStreamline Your Work/Life Systems

    It is never too early to plan your estate, but there does come a time when it can get to be too late. Working with a business like Edmonds Wills & Trust or Sound Estate Planning, PLLC to order your affairs while you’re feeling young and less achy is much easier and more fun than it is when you’re less mobile. But, even if you are moving more slowly, it’s smart to call them ASAP. If you’re reading this and thinking it’s a sign, you’re right.

    Need someone who can support your financials? Ameriprise Financial will ensure your money is in good hands, so you can realize your dreams in this lifetime (and beyond). If this money talk has you thinking about umbrella policies and the like, get yourself some quotes on home, auto, life, etc. from Farmers Insurance, Allstate Main Street Insurance or Insurance Services Group (the latter works with over 30 insurance companies).

    How’s That Best Self Coming Along?

    Whew! We’ve got our work cut out for us, don’t we? We spared you dentists, bankers, and accountants, but now that we’re thinking of it, that might make for a nice follow-up piece once you’re all squared away in the categories we outlined above. We’ll give you a little time before we publish that piece. Shoot us a message on Instagram or Facebook when you’re ready for it, and we’ll deliver.

    Here’s our advice: Pick one specialist a week to investigate and start putting your ducks in a row. You may not need to dig into each category, which will also give you more time to spend at the beach. Your best you is doing all the right things, and we’re right there with you.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  54. See You Downtown This Summer

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    Summer events are in full swing in Downtown Edmonds, and since there was just too much goodness to put into one article, we split it into two. 

    Wine Walk in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Summer Events

    As a refresher, here are the events happening through the rest of the warm-weather months—we’re committed to keeping you busy:

    • Edmonds Summer Market: Saturdays through October 8, 9am – 2pm
    • Lovin’ Summer Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, August 5th–Friday, September 7th
    • 2022 Summer Concert Series: Sundays through August 21, 3pm – 4pm at City Park; Tuesdays & Thursdays, through August 25, 4:30 – 6pm at Hazel Miller Plaza
    • Outdoor Movie Night: Friday, August 5th, “Night at the Museum”at City Park 15 minutes before sunset
    • Edmonds Summer Wine Walk: Saturday, August 6th, 5pm – 8pm
    • Art Walk Edmonds: Thursday, August 18th, 5pm – 8pm
    • Taste Edmonds: Friday, August 19th–Sunday, August 21st
    • 21st Edmonds Classic Car & Moto Show: Sunday, September 11th, 10am – 4pm
    • Art Walk Edmonds: Thursday, September 15, 5pm – 8pm

    Did you come down for the 4th of July parade? We were thrilled to see so many of you out and around Main to celebrate Independence Day with us! It was so fun to meet all the groups who participated, and we have to say—we have a very special affection for the dancing horses. They really are something else, aren’t they? 

    Edmonds Lovin' Summer Scavenger HuntAs our summer heats up, we’re looking forward to the robust lineup of activities we have planned in Downtown Edmonds. Grab a Scavenger Hunt form to take a trip through summer and time (we partnered with the Edmonds Historical Museum again to create them!), and get your tickets early for Taste Edmonds. Test your auto knowledge—or your dad’s or your uncle’s—at the 21st annual Edmonds Classic Car & Moto Show. Better yet, show off the classics living in your garage! We are a talented, hobby-rich city, and many of the things we love to do and see will be on full display this summer. Get more details here.

    Anchor Chic in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Summer Events and Downtown Businesses 

    While many downtown businesses were closed on the 4th to enjoy the festivities alongside all of you, most are open for all others, including the Summer Market on Saturdays and Art Walk every third Thursday. We spoke to a few about how our Downtown Edmonds summer events are bringing more people through their doors. 

    Liz Le from Anchor Chic Consignment said, “It’s heart-warming to be part of an area that encourages the local community to get out and enjoy the atmosphere and charm of Downtown Edmonds. We love when people wander by while an event is going on and when new people learn about us.” 

    Kenzie Boaz, Kitchen Manager at the Red Twig Bakey Café right down the block from Anchor Chic, echoed Liz’s sentiment, adding, “We love seeing new faces come in, especially carrying fresh flowers from the Saturday Market. We have a lot of regulars and always enjoy meeting new people! And it certainly helps when the sun is out.” 

    On a related note, you may have noticed more pups trotting around the Summer Market this year. After they sniff out some produce and treats with their families, they can take a load off at the Dusted Valley tasting room a few blocks down from the market. Brandon Sturm, Tasting Room Lead, told us the Walla Walla-based winery’s airy space has seen more walking and biking traffic in the past several weeks since summer began. And if you spot pups on the patio? That’s by design. Dusted Valley is dog-friendly outside, and many people wander in as they’re “going to and from the ferry,” he said. So, make it part of your weekly ritual to scope out the market and treat yourself to a taste of fermented fruit (if that’s your jam, of course—pun intended) on the way home. You’re almost guaranteed a pup to pet along the way. If we’ve noticed anything about Edmonds, it’s that all the dogs around town are extremely pettable. 

    Just across the street from Dusted Valley at Soaring Heart, which opened in Edmonds last year (it’s headquartered in Ballard, just thirty minutes down the road, including its production facility), President Mike Schaefer nodded to the increased ferry traffic as well. “The diversity of people coming into the shop has been impressive,” he noted. “We have people visiting us in their trailers after camping in Port Townsend. We had people from Yakima come in and thank us for the cooler weather,” he laughed. “Customers are ecstatic that we’re here.” 

    Summer in EdmondsYour Summer Plans Are Heating Up

    Okay, we’ve again given you a lot to work with this summer, and you know we always have even more fun when we get to meet your loved ones. Mark your calendars, send out the group texts about the events you want to share with your crew, and we’ll see you back in Downtown Edmonds soon! 

    While you’re there, make sure to share with us on social media: we’re @EdmondsDowntown on Instagram and Facebook. Our hashtags are #edmondsdowntown and #loveedmonds. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  55. Edmonds Loves Summer

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    If you’ve spent time in Edmonds during the summer months, you’ve experienced the vibrant energy of our town under consistent sun rays: Lots of slow-rolling, topless vehicles; more bicycles whizzing by; walkers wearing shorts with happily panting pups (don’t worry—we have treat stops and water bowls all around town); and boats aplenty.

    Edmonds beachDuring a downtown Edmonds summer, orca whales are often spotted cruising through the Salish Sea, chatting in pods. Photographers space out along Sunset with their long lenses counting down until the horizon turns dark blue, pink, and orange. Fisherpeople pack the pier. We dine al fresco. Our kids squeal and sprint through shooting water at the Edmonds City Park while we watch with an iced coffee, sunscreen ready for the reapply. We even have a consistent ice cream truck now! It is quite idyllic, isn’t it?

    Edmonds Lovin’ Summer

    Lovin' Summer EdmondsTo celebrate the season we’ve all been aching for, Ed! has brought together downtown businesses for our annual Lovin’ Summer Edmonds campaign. Participants have clings in their windows with our bright graphic, free stickers to give to customers (and keep for themselves, too), and posters promoting summer events (more on those below). In July, you’ll also see “Discover Downtown” flags around town directing you to all the shops and service providers around town! Follow the sun to downtown Edmonds, indeed.

    We talked to a few local business owners to gauge their excitement for summer. Spoiler: It’s high.

    Lacey Wadhwani, owner of Sauna Hut, said, “We love being so close to the Edmonds waterfront and beach. Nothing is better than sweating it out and walking in the water after—especially in the summer.” Gina Drake, owner of Barre3 Edmonds, knows a lot about sweating, too. You may not know how impressive Barre3’s retail selection is, and that they have lots of colorful apparel for all of your summer activities, but Gina’s keen eye has kept shoppers looking—and feeling, in every sense—cool since 2020. “I love how active and lively the Edmonds community is, especially in the summer,” Gina said. “And we have retail to match. We have an amazing selection of active and athleisure wear from our favorite brands, including Beyond Yoga, Varley, and Vuori. We have you covered from leggings to biker shorts, tanks, and layering pieces.” Because when you live in the Pacific Northwest, even in the summer, layers are key.

    Michael Chambers, owner of Calypso Edmonds, also appreciates our town in the warmer months. “With our festive Caribbean food and drink and ‘good vibes’ motto, there is no better vibe than Edmonds in the summer,” he told us.

    Similarly, Inga and Rodney Seifert from Edward Jones Investments love how walkable Edmonds is, especially on balmier days. They often come downtown on the weekends to visit the Edmonds Summer Market, and when it’s a warm weekday, you’ll find them strolling all around the city center, visiting their neighbors. “Summer is the best time to see their smiling faces and patron their business,” Inga said. One of their neighbors is HouseWares. When we talked to the team there about what they’re looking forward to this summer, they said helping people entertain and get set up to host family and friends. “We can help them pick out glasses, plates, furniture—you name it!” they told us. “It’s just so great to see more people downtown.”

    Lovin’ Summer Edmonds Events

    Edmonds 4th of JulyWe have a whole lot happening downtown this summer, and the list is so long that we’re sharing just the events through July. Many of these events are put on, or supported by, organizations around town, including The City of Edmonds, The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Art Walk Edmonds and the Edmonds Historical Museum. It’s a lot of fun supporting their efforts!

    Check back next month for the rest of the festivities, or look for the Lovin’ Summer Edmonds posters hanging in the windows of your favorite shops around downtown.

    • Edmonds Summer Market: Saturdays through October 8 (9am – 2pm)
    • Edmonds Summer Wine Walk: Saturday, June 25, 5pm – 8pm
    • 2022 Summer Concert Series: Sundays, June 26 – August 21, 3pm – 4pm at City Park; Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12 – August 25, 4:30 – 6pm at Hazel Miller Plaza
    • An Edmonds Kind of 4th: Beat Brackett 5K & 1K, 8am; Children’s Parade, 11:30am; Main Parade, noon
    • Art Walk Edmonds: Thursday, July 21st, 5pm – 8pm
    • Find Waldo in Edmonds: Tuesday, July 5th–Monday, July 25th
    • Outdoor Movie Nights: Fridays, July 15th, 22nd, & 29th and August 5th
    • Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour: Sunday, July 17th, 11am – 4pm

    Check out our  summer events page for more information and updates!

    Your Summer Is Looking Sunny

    Edmonds Loves SummerAre you as excited about all there is to look forward to as we are? We certainly hope so! First thing’s first: Check out our article about prepping your skin for all that Vitamin D it’s not used to, and then point your face toward the sun. Beyond the fun events awaiting you, there are so many beautiful rays to soak up. We also live in a town full of avid gardeners—we are awash in rose bushes and sea smells. When the wind blows through downtown and brings that rare combination of scents, we can’t keep ourselves from stopping and inhaling deeply. And, if one of those small gusts blows through while you’re walking through one of our Lovin’ Summer events? Even better.

    How is your summer shaping up? Put all these events on your calendar and share the good times you’re having by adding #lovinsummeredmonds or #edmondsdowntown to your posts on social media. We’ll share them to our stories on Instagram and Facebook. No pressure or anything, but with all the sunny days and exciting events ahead, we expect to see a lot of tags from you! Have fun, stay present, and share those posts with your feet up long after the sun has set.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  56. The Skinny on Your Summer-Ready Skin

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    Ahhh, we made it.

    We’ve been able to wear shorts for a few days without feeling cold. We’re seeing new, old, and—most importantly—topless cars rolling through the downtown streets. The bubble man is entertaining our Edmonds kiddos (and adults) more nights than he isn’t. Summer is near.

    Closing the gap between whatever this winter has been and the promise of longer beach nights means a few things are on our minds. One of those things is making sure we’re treating our skin right, especially under harsher rays.

    Skincare in Downtown EdmondsOmbu Salon + Spa in Downtown Edmonds

    Whether you’re thinking about skincare in terms of reducing fine lines and blemishes or finding the right sun protection products—or both—we have you covered downtown. At Ombu Salon + Spa, you can not only get a custom facial with product recommendations, but also stop in to chat with one of their team members to find the perfect product for you. We’re pretty partial to Eminence Organic Skincare products, which not only smell yummy, but also take great care of  your body’s biggest organ.

    Additionally, the team at Ombu offers various body services that prepare your skin for more time in the sun: scrubs, peels, red light therapy, dermaplane, as well as waxing and sugaring.

    If you’re interested in going all in on sugaring, head to Sugarology for hair removal that is easier on your skin. Sugaring is not only exactly as it sounds (the hair-removing product is made from sugar, water, and a little bit of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar), but it also pulls only hair, as opposed to wax which can attach to skin and irritate it. Legs, bikini line, back: Sugarology has seen (and can handle) it all!

    The Basement Salon in Downtown EdmondsAt The Basement Salon, they have everything you need to keep your skin supple and moisturized, including liquid hand soaps from Eleven and lotions from Loma (we’re partial to the Mango ourselves). Naturopathic Dermatology has a skincare quiz you can take online that matches you with the perfect products for you, including daily washes, serums, and night masks! Slate Salon and Spa carries products that are either organic or 100% vegan, including Coola Suncare. Shopping local and stocking up on organic SPF has never been easier! They even have skincare makeup from leading brand Jane Iredale that gives you the look you want in skin you love, plus scrubs and more from LALICIOUS, and serums and skincare from Arcona Los Angeles.

    These shops and salons are proof that all you need you can find downtown Edmonds!

    Aesthetics in Downtown EdmondsTorres Health Aesthetics in Downtown Edmonds

    Looking to smooth out your look even more for the warm weather ahead—or just for your forthcoming selfies? Take yourself on a date to TORRES Health Aesthetics. Here, you’ll be able to dabble in injectibles with a view. TORRES specializes in nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedures that address concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and removing double chins. You’ll be using your front-facing camera all summer long when you love the way you look!

    Get Your Skin Summer-Ready DowntownSummer in Edmonds

    With all of the excellent resources right downtown Edmonds, your skin will be as happy as you are that the sun is shining more often. We may still be a few weeks away from the official kick-off, and even then, we know the weather can be touch and go until early July, but we also know the preparation starts NOW. So, make those appointments, browse the retail shelves, ask smart questions, and spend your summer outside in style—just as you intended.

    Making your rounds? Show us where you go! Add #edmondsdowntown to your posts on Facebook and Instagram and we’ll share them on our stories. In the meantime, make sure you’re following @edmondsdowntown on social media to stay in the know about living, loving, and exploring downtown Edmonds!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  57. Toast To The Dads and Grads

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    Two of our favorite groups to shop for—dads and grads—ring in their days around the same time each year. While it’s easy to go for the low-hanging fruit like cash in a card for grads (we’re not ruling it out) or new grilling gear for dads, our town’s spots and shops make it a lot easier to put that cash in a handmade card or get that grilling gear from someone who specializes in finding the perfect can’t-live-without gadget for your family’s grillmaster.

    So, if you’re hoping to do something a little extra special, head downtown to celebrate your dads and grads! While graduation and Father’s Day often warrant very different giftables, there are plenty of things dads and grads have in common, so bookmark this page to prep their presents.

    Grab a Gift

    The Edmonds Arts Festival is on Father’s Day weekend this year (June 17-19, 10am – 7pm Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday) and gives you not only the chance to bond over art but also the opportunity to find something perfect for your favorite people—together. There will be over 240 artists showcasing their work at Frances Anderson, so the likelihood of finding something meaningful is exceptionally high.

    The Paper Feather in Downtown Edmonds

    The Paper Feather

    For small giftables and gift cards around downtown, pop into The Papery, Crow, Bench & Board, Ace Hardware, or the just-opened The Paper Feather. Not only do many of these shops have beautiful, thoughtful stationary, but they’re all staffed by experts who can steer you in the right gifting direction.

    Edmonds Frame Design & Atelier in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Frame Design & Atelier

    Want something a little unexpected? Frame one of their favorite prints, pieces, or photos—or, for the grad, their diploma—at Edmonds Frame Design & Atelier. Even if they leave it behind as they venture out into the world, the framed diploma can also be a gift to you. You put in a lot of the work to get to this big day! 

    Raise a Glass

    Daphne's Bar in Downtown Edmonds

    Daphne’s Bar

    For the family members 21+, take them out for a pinky’s up cheers at ChurchKey Pub, Daphnes, Kelnero, or Vinbero. Nights out on the town are always memorable and often come with new friends! Dad a beer guy? Take him to Maize & Barley to check out what’s on their rotating taps (along with monthly food specials) or to Salish Sea Brewing Co. for his pick of fine hand-crafted ales and lagers. For the underage crowd, Salish even has craft Root Beer on tap!

    Dine Out

    Girardi's Osteria in Downtown Edmonds

    Girardi’s Osteria

    A celebratory dinner lends itself to meaningful moments. We have many wonderful restaurants in Edmonds to host a celebration: Girardi’s Osteria, Las Brisas Restaurante, Kahlo’s Cantina, Rory’s of Edmonds, and so many more. You could even make reservations at a few and host a self-guided food tour around town!

    Plan a Trip

    Rick Steves Europe in Downtown Edmonds

    Rick Steves Europe

    Grad taking a gap year? Dad wanting to check off a Europe bucket list item? Take them into Rick Steves’ Europe and set them free to browse. They can gear up while planning their trip on any budget. So many people dream of having Rick Steves in their backyard and we do! That is a gift in itself. You could even surprise them with a pre-scheduled consultation or a pre-purchased guided tour. You might feel just a titch more comfortable sending your grads across the Atlantic if you know they’re in a local hero’s seasoned and capable hands.

    If they’re thinking beyond Europe, they can also dream big with laps around the aisles at the Edmonds Bookshop.

    How Are You Celebrating Your Dads and Grads This Year?

    Is your mind now full of ideas about how you want to celebrate your dads and grads in Edmonds? Great! We’d love to see where you land—both literally and figuratively. Tag us in your social media posts or add #loveedmonds to your caption. We’ll share your dad-ly and grad-ly hurrahs to our stories!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  58. Take Your Kids Out on The (Down)Town

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    The sun is out, and so are we! We’re bringing our kids with us, too—whether it’s to our favorite downtown coffee shops, to stroll the streets, or to watch for wildlife along the waterfront. We’re shaking off our cabin fever, and it sure does feel great, doesn’t it? 

    So, since the kiddos have been cooped up watching winter from the windows just as long as we have, we thought it would be fun to put together an itinerary for a kids’ date. You could do it all in one epic weekend day or pick and choose parts to spread out over multiple kids’ dates. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose, especially in downtown Edmonds. 

    Revelations Yogurt

    Let’s start with a surefire kid-pleaser: froyo. Revelations Yogurt (lovingly deemed RevYo by the locals who frequent it) on Main offers ten rotating flavors of premium frozen yogurt with live and active probiotic cultures. Pick and load up your toppings—price is determined by weight, so how much you eat and spend is up to you. It’s a choose your own adventure of icy, creamy paradise. Hot fudge, nuts, gummies, boba, and more are possible. They make smoothies, too. AND you can even order online ahead of time. Take your kids to sit outside and people-watch—or don’t. We have options now, and we’re open to wherever they take us. 

    Wishing Stone in Downtown Edmonds

    The Wishing Stone

    Once their sweet teeth are satisfied, it’s time to start the progressive date down and around Main. At The Wishing Stone, thumb through books about gems, fill a baggie of rocks from the bulk bin (a favorite with the younger set!), learn about crystals, grab a geode to break open at home, pick out a beautiful piece of jewelry, or spend the entire afternoon browsing. This store is so entertaining for kids and adults alike, and it all starts with the giant dinosaur in the window. 

    Glazed and Amazed in Downtown Edmonds

    Glazed and Amazed

    Diagonally across the street is Glazed & Amazed, where DIY is the name of the game. They’ll be chattering away as they dream, paint, and create. Glazed & Amazed also offers clay handprints and canvas painting classes. This fun shop is always a family favorite whether you’re making heirlooms, memories, or both. 

    Out of the extensive selection of kids’ books at Edmonds Bookshop, our favorite area is the little pocket of shelves hidden on the left-hand side of the store as you walk in. That’s where we see new copies of old books we loved growing up and where we like to sit down on the floor with our kiddos to read them together before we make the big decisions of what we want to bring home. There’s nothing like an independent, local book store, and getting kids to experience it is as much a treat for us as we hope it is for them. Don’t be surprised if the whole family adds to their stack while you’re there. We hope they do! 

    A few steps back down 4tth and across Main is Little Bipsy, a veritable kids’ (and women’s) paradise. There is a changing table in the dressing room and toys on the floor to entertain the minis while mom tries on a new outfit for herself, which can be a rare treat. And while Little Bipsy has a beautifully curated collection of gear, toys, accessories, and books for the babes, the piéces de resistance for our purposes are the mommy, and me sets from the store’s eponymous LB Collection. Who doesn’t want to twin with their kiddos in simple, modern, and cool sweatsuits? 

    Teri's Toybox in Downtown Edmonds

    Teri’s Toybox

    Right next door, Teri’s Toybox curates not only the most beautiful, themed window displays that collect groups like flies to honey but also offers toy expertise. This neighborhood gem has been an Edmonds staple since 1981! For the parents with young kids who grew up in Edmonds themselves, the nostalgia of Teri’s adds another layer of joy to walking the aisles. And, make no mistake: Teri’s has toy options for everyone—from newborns to kids at heart. 

    For your kiddos who love to create, set them free at ARTspot and watch their imaginations soar. From beginners to seasoned artists, every talent and interest is nourished at ARTspot. The quality supplies and knowledgeable staff make every time in the store one of comfort and wonder. One of Edmonds’s artists may be perusing the selection as well. ARTspot represents at least 20 creatives! A large handful of Edmonds artists work in their street-facing studios at the Graphite Arts building just two blocks away and welcome friendly faces outside their windows (point to the resident Holstein on the front steps and say “moooo” before you turn the corner to peek into the studios!). 

    Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center

    Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center

    Hang a left on 4th, and find the Edmonds Hobby Shop & Model Machinist Center. The shelves are full of model trains, rockets, wooden boats, cars, and all the paint and glue you need to put them together. They do custom orders, too, so encourage those big imaginations to dream. 

    Waterfront Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Waterfront Coffee Co

    Like us, you may need another snack to conclude your date. No problem! The newly renovated Waterfront Coffee is just steps away and close to some of the best views in town. Get a scoop of Lopez Island Creamery ice cream (if you’re not running on a froyo sugar high from earlier), a caffeinated treat, a smoothie, one of their artisanal bakery items from area shops like Macrina, an amazing burrito or cookie from Dancing Women, or one of their in-house sandwiches. Your blood sugar will thank you! 

    Now, it’s time to soak in those views cementing this outing as another special Edmonds kind of day. 

    Show Us Your Kid Dates

    Notice how these dates are fun for all? We’d love to see where your kid date adventures take you. Tag us (@edmondsdowntown) in your social media posts, and we’ll share them to our stories! You can also add the hashtags #edmondsdowntown and #loveedmonds. Like dating your kids downtown, there are endless ways to take us along with you. 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  59. Give Mom an Edmonds Kind of Mother’s Day

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    Simply put: Moms are the best. We understand and embrace that, so we have a whole host of ways you can celebrate your favorite moms downtown Edmonds this Mother’s Day. We kick off her (may we be so bold as to suggest “long” in front of “weekend?”) weekend with the most lingering of meals, brunch, and end with lots of hugs. In between? Endless possibility. 

    As for preparing her day, you may go for a classic florals route, and even within that, there are many gorgeous paths you can take. Remember a few articles back when we talked about gardening? Even in March, we knew you might want to get ahead for Mother’s Day, so we included early ideas there. We’ve also touched on them in our flowers section below. Reminders can’t hurt!

    You’ve been paying great attention to her all year, so you may sense mom could use a day of pampering. We have a big list of options there as well. 

    Whichever road you choose to take, mom’s going to love the options in downtown Edmonds, especially since quite a few businesses are preparing specials just for her. Allow us to show you where you could begin pulling it all together for the women who do it all: 

    Kahlo's in Downtown EdmondsBuy her brunch

    Does mom love brunch? Of course, she does! Here are some of the places where you can spoil her tastebuds: 

    Fire & The Feast will be opening at noon to serve lunch with a few specials all weekend. They will also be selling Mother’s Day flower bouquets with next-door neighbor, FIELD. Did we hear “Two birds, one stone?” 

    –  The MARKET will have a Mother’s Day sparkling rosé special all weekend

    –  The Rusty Pelican is your spot if she’s a Bacon Bloody Mary fan. They also have eight (eight!) mimosa flavors. The Rusty Pelican’s fresh-squeezed juices are a delight, whether she wants to add a splash of Prosecco or not

    –  Santa Fe opens at 11 a.m. and will kickstart her weekend with a full belly and a happy heart. Call ahead to request a plate of churros for a little extra surprise as you’re all starting to digest  

    Salt & Iron is launching brunch “mimosa buckets” just in time for mom’s big day!

    -Give her some tropical vibes with a tasty Caribbean brunch at Calypso Edmonds.

    – And, for the breakfast-sandwich-and-go moms in your orbit, consider grabbing a latte to go with it from Café Louvre

    Mom more of a dinner and drinks fan? Give her a night on the town at Charcoal, Dusted Valley, Chanterelle, Maize and Barley, Salish Sea, Kelnero, Vinbero, Demetris, Kahlo’s, Thai Cottage, and more! 

    Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Making Mom a custom tee at Rogue

    Present her with gifts

    If breakfast in bed (with a pre-ordered quiche or Berry Chantilly Cake from Red Twig Bakery Cafe) is more her style, bring the day to her. You can create a custom tee at Rogue to present with her coffee and pastries. You could also walk over to Walnut Street Coffee and put together a picnic-themed gift bag with one of their banana leaf totes stuffed with melamine plates, a picnic blanket, and reusable bamboo silverware. Be sure to order her a special Mother’s Day-themed drink with matcha and rose syrup while you’re there! 

    She may be on the hunt for a quiet place to feel productive, so give her the gift of coworking! Workhorse is offering moms a week off (five days to use as she wishes) for FREE in their industrial-chic space just two blocks from the ferry.

    Soaring Heart in Downtown Edmonds

    Cozy robes at Soaring Heart

    Take her shopping

    Spreading throughout Frances Anderson Playfield on May 7th is Edmonds Spring Fest, an annual festival brought to town by Urban Craft Uprising. There will be hundreds of talented vendors, food trucks, and so many fun things to peruse. This event is a great way to ring in spring and it’s happening almost all day—from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. After your lap around the event, make your way down the hill to her favorite shops: Little Bipsy, Anchor Chic, Edmonds Bookshop, Treasures and Teas, The Papery, Sound Styles, Pear Tree Consignment, Rebekah’s Boutique, MaJe Gallery, Crush Footwear, J Rankin Jewelers, and more. 

    While she’s perusing one of the above, slip out and pick up a thoughtful surprise: She’ll bask in the ultimate in luxury with a new, organic robe from Soaring Heart and a set of matching charm necklaces from Crow

    Slate in Downtown EdmondsPump up the pampering

    In the dictionary, the definition for “Mother’s Day” is “extreme pampering.” Where to begin with that? We have a few ideas:

    Gift her experiences or classes at:

    Barre3

    Bodyworks Massage (her first time is free!)

    Ombu

    Chroma Salon and Spa

    Kara Nails

    Macklash + Brow Bar

    The Refinery Salon

    Sugarology Edmonds 

    Slate Salon + Spa

    Twist Yoga

    Pilates Edmonds

    Woodway Wellness (offering five reformer pilates classes for $150 for Mother’s Day)

    And tons more!

    Edmonds Mother's Day

    Adopt a corner park

    Find some flowers

    Remember that gardening article we mentioned at the top? In it, we talked about planning ahead for Mother’s Day, which included putting in an order for your hanging basket at Garden Gear & Gallery. And, in addition to working with Fire & The Feast during the eatery’s mom-centric celebration, FIELD will have grab-and-go bouquets, personalized boxes, and custom arrangements available. Might we suggest the monthly membership? Moms should feel celebrated all the time. 

    If the kiddos want to be crafty, they can make a living bouquet at the Edmonds Farmer’s Market on May 7. A $10 donation gets them all the dirt and supplies and family fun they need! This 20+-year tradition is bringing in the next generation of families celebrating moms.

    Feeling thoughtful? Adopt a corner park in her name. Learn more here and choose her garden here—donations offset the cost of the City’s flower program.

    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: you really can’t go wrong spoiling mom in downtown Edmonds! 


    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  60. It’s Earth Month in Edmonds!

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    By and large, we are eco-conscious citizens of a magical town by the sea we care to preserve for ourselves and our progeny. We have Ridwell boxes on our porches we fill with things not typically recycled, we are active in our neighborhood Buy Nothing groups, and we give to and grab from the Little Free Libraries that dot our cul-de-sacs. We also plug in our cars, compost, bike when and where we can, and few skiers are strangers to a SNIAGRAB sale. We care deeply about our planet, and we know there is always more to learn and more to do. 

    Green EdmondsThis idea of more for the planet we get to call home becomes particularly top of mind during Earth month. Ed!, in partnership with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the City of Edmonds, and Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, is thrilled to bring the first Green Edmonds celebration to town this April. Festivities span much of the month (April 8 – 24) and center around the theme of investing in our planet. Downtown businesses will post their green tips on chalkboards and have made public pledges about their commitments to sustainability (check them out below). There will also be a series of city events that will bring Edmonds citizens together to teach us all about more sustainable choices we can make every day. 

    Downtown Edmonds Businesses Pledging to Go Green(er)

    Let’s start with some of our downtown businesses’ commitments to go green or get even greener. Keep your eyes peeled for a Green Edmonds window cling as you walk into these great places. The clings are proud stamps of their pledges. All Green Edmonds participants will also have table tents with green tips. And note—this list is far from exhaustive:

    Certa Farrish Law Group

    Cheryl Farrish from Certain Farrish Law Group

    Certa Farrish Law Group

    We have gone paperless and are minimizing business travel by utilizing platforms like Zoom to conduct business meetings and attend Court appearances. We have also eliminated single-use items in our office, such as disposable cups, stirrers, capsules for coffee machines, etc.  

    Comstock Jewelers

    We pledge to continue to utilize recycled gold and gemstones so that our sparkle does not impact our green earth. 

    Crow

    Crow pledges to continue to work with local artists and makers. Limiting products shipped from far away reduces our carbon footprint.

    Driftwood Modern

    We pledge to continue to be entirely green, as we have been for the almost six years we’ve been in business. Nearly 100% of our gallery inventory offerings, vintage and antique fine art, and home furnishings are “recycled” and “upcycled.” 

    Edmonds Bookshop

    We pledge to look into ways to help offset the environmental impact of book production.

    Edmonds Vision Center

    Drs. Diana McFarland, Kathleen Solum and Art Wong from Edmonds Vision Center

    Edmonds Vision Center

    We pledge to continue our effort in reducing waste by recycling contact lens cases and lenses. We began this project several years ago and have recycled over 30,000 lens cases to date with the help of our wonderful patient participation. Many of our frame and contact lens partners participate in recycling plastic water bottles from the ocean. We support their efforts! This list is only a fraction of our choices to reduce our impact as we continue to look for other ways to protect our environment.

    FIELD / Morgan & Moss

    As a small business that shares the beauty of nature and relies heavily on the health of our earth, we care deeply about sustainable flower farming and the products we use in our design work. We pledge never to use floral foam in our designs and will work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics. We also pledge to continue to learn and practice non-toxic and sustainable farming. 

    Fire & the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Chef Micah DeNunzio and assistant manager Stephanie Crowder from Fire & the Feast

    Fire & The Feast

    Fire & The Feast and Feedme Hospitality have added several plant-based options to our menu. Each location will feature at least three plant-based dishes on our menus. You can find them collectively at www.grassfedeatery.com

    Kelnero

    We pledge to consider our environmental impact with every single decision we make, with the intent of continually reducing our contribution to climate, pollution, natural resource scarcity issues for our and future generations. We pledge to eat seasonally!

    Maize & Barley

    We will remain committed to sustainability by the continued use of recyclable and compostable goods, supporting local farmers and purveyors to lessen the environmental footprint, and supporting farmers and purveyors using sustainable and/or organic methods that protect the environment. We use environmentally-friendly soaps and cleaners, as well as compostable service products. Most of our products are grown and harvested under organic methods by local farms from Northern California to Yakima. When we support local, sustainable practices, we support and enrich our communities, directly paying into a better future for everyone.  

    Pear Tree Consignment

    At Pear Tree Consignment we believe that high-quality sustainable fashion can have a longer lifespan. We facilitate re-selling and re-purposing clothing and accessories, finding new homes for those pre-loved treasures in your closet.

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown Edmonds

    Aimee Hauff from Pelindaba Lavender

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Go Green with Lavender™️! Pelindaba Lavender pledges to use only its own farm-distilled Organic Lavender Hydrosol. This non-toxic, chemical-free product leverages lavender essential oil’s all-natural antiseptic and cleansing properties to clean our store’s hard surfaces, floors, and windows.

    Salt & Iron

    Sourcing locally! Salt & Iron will partner with and order all meat products from Preservation Meat Collective.

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kali Kelnero from Vinbero

    Vinbero

    At Vinbero, we source sustainable and climate-friendly wine, and we support local, artisan, socially responsible vendors for both food and drink.

    Walnut Street Coffee

    We pledge to reduce single-use-waste by encouraging the use of ceramic cups and offering a discount to customers that bring personal mugs. We have also reduced our trash footprint by using compostable to-go cups for over a decade!

    Other Green Edmonds participants: Anchor Chic Consignment, ARTspot, Bench & Board, Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs, HouseWares, The MAR*KET, Notary In Motion, Ombu Salon + Spa, Peoples Bank, Rebekah’s Boutique, Rogue, SanKai, The Refinery Salon, and Teri’s Toybox.

    Green Edmonds Events

    Throughout April, there will be opportunities to learn more about sustainability initiatives in Edmonds. Mark your calendars for these three events:

    Edmonds Chamber Community Update with the City of Edmonds

    • – April 12, 12:30 – 1:15pm on Zoom
    • – Tune in for a presentation by Development Services Director Susan McLaughlin on the City’s visions and initiatives for climate action and sustainability.
    • – Free event. Find it here

    Earth Day City Parks Cleanup Events

    • – April 23, 10am – 12pm at the parks
    • – Get your hands dirty with your neighbors by cleaning and restoring Marina Beach Park, Brackett’s Landing, Yost Park, and Pine Ridge Park
    • – Pre-Registration Required. Sign up here.

    Edmonds Chamber Foundation Earth Day Art Event

    • – April 23, 12 – 2 p.m. at the Edmonds Waterfront Center
    • – Join the all-ages art contest, compete in a “Trash or Treasure” game, and check out a Sound Disposal Truck
    • – Free* and fun for the whole family!
    • *Donations to the WISH Fund and Edmonds College scholarship fund gladly accepted

    Show us how you’re going green! Add #greenedmonds to your public social media posts, and we’ll share them on our @edmondsdowntown Instagram and Facebook stories.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  61. Business Spotlight: Bench & Board

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Jill Hall and Shannon Yates from Bench & Board

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Getting to know our customers and meeting great makers.

    Why did you start your business?
    To focus on being creative and connect with the community!

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I think this is a great community for small business. My family loves spending time in Edmonds shopping, dining, and attending all of the fantastic community events.

    What is unique about your business?
    We focus on trying to find handmade artisan housewares and gifts. We carry beautiful wood products, pottery, linen, candles, and many other great gifts. Our goal is to have our customers love their purchases. We test most of the products out prior to selling them in our shop. We also sell some art and jewelry made by store owner Jill Hall.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We hope to bring special gift, household, and artisan products to our customers to encourage the spirit of small business and being able to shop locally. We are a veteran and minority owned small family business. We have supported local organizations through spend campaigns such as the Edmonds Food Bank and our holiday wreath sale, as well as our Army v. Navy game donations to the local VFW Post 8870. We love seeing the community fun and sponsored Santa’s Mail Box this holiday seasons with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. We are both Edmonds Chamber Members and Rotarians.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    A fun fact about us is that we love to travel. One of our “bucket list” goals is visit all of the National Parks throughout the US. We photograph our journeys through them, many of which are available in our store!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We are so glad to be in Edmonds and are so happy to be meeting so many great customers and neighbors! Thanks for all of the support as we get our business off of the ground!

    Bench & Board
    605 Main Street
    Years in business: 1

  62. Edmonds is Springing into Gardening Season: What You Need To Know

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    It’s a vibrant season in our town: Yellow daffodils nod their heads, pink blossoms are popping open on trees, and Washington’s signature rhododendrons show off their colors on almost every corner. 

    And, while we stop, smell, and smile, we’re thinking about our gardens. We’re cutting back shrubs, doing some weeding, and strategizing about seeds. Thankfully, we have a large handful of knowledgeable shops in downtown Edmonds that give us new ideas and tips. They’re also helping us prep for the growing season ahead.  

    Bountiful Nursery in Downtown EdmondsPreparing your garden to grow in Edmonds

    With planting season right in front of us, we’re all in major prep mode, whether thinking about flowers or sprouting veggie seeds. Many of us are even starting to add color to our gardens without plants just yet. Lili Hall, owner of Garden Gear & Gallery on 5th and Main, can barely keep her bright, ceramic mushrooms in stock. The same goes for anything that twirls or spins. People are grabbing “anything that brings movement” to their yards,” she says. 

    Todd Waddell, owner of Bountiful Home and Nursery right off of 4th and Main, agrees. “People want color. They want drop and go,” he affirms. 

    That mentality is understandable, especially as we come out of what felt like a prolonged and colder than average winter. With warmer weather upon us, and the sun up until almost 7 p.m., Todd has many plants for his backyard nursery arriving over the next few weeks, and Lili is seeing many of her customers snatch up their favorite organic, non-GMO seeds from her seed stand. “Now is a good time to sprout,” she says. “You can’t kill radishes here. Also, start your hearty seeds like peas, broccoli, and carrots. Start lettuce in the house and, once it’s warm enough, plant outside in stages—every one to two weeks—that way, you’ll always have something to harvest instead of having to harvest everything at once.”  

    Garden Gear in Downtown EdmondsGear up

    Garden Gear sells tools to set you—and your green thumb—up for success. Stop in often to see what Lili has to offer. “After 27 years, the store is always changing,” she laughs. 

    Once you load up on what you need from Garden Gear, finish your haul at Ace Hardware on 5th. Whether you’re looking for potting soil, squirrel food, a hummingbird feeder, containers, or any kind of gardening tool, Ace has you covered with a large, local selection. And, while you’re there, grab yourself a snack to keep your energy up for the work ahead. Not only do they have great BBQ options in their deli, but they also have pre-made sandwiches and a wide selection of local drinks. 

    In our experience, nothing goes better with a sunny planting day than a cold beer. Non-alcoholic options abound, too, so don’t fret if beer isn’t your style. 

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention sun protection, too. Even on grey days, the rays are still coming through those clouds. FIELD by Morgan & Moss has a beautiful array of sun hats for any head size and style as well as gardening shears from Modern Sprout. Owner Liz Morgan says the shop can barely keep the latter in stock. “Customers snatch them up as soon as they come in,” she confirms. 

    Pelindaba in Downtown EdmondsVeggie + flower gardens = a pollination happy place

    We all know that bees love flowers. You may not know that veggies love flowers, too. Planting flowers and vegetables next to each other makes both healthier and happier. Consider that mixing vegetables and herbs with flowers can increase your garden’s yield and flower production. Flowers attract beneficial insects that protect edible plants and pollinators increase flower production, which increases nectar production, too. Pelindaba Lavender off of 5th and Main has a new variety of plantable lavender this year, Blue Spear, along with longtime favorites (there are over 400 varieties of lavender!) that is drought-resistant and attracts both bumble bees and butterflies—two welcome garden insects—while keeping other bugs away. “Many people assume lavender is hard to grow here,” Ren Johnson from Pelindaba said, “But it’s really not. It’s almost like a weed in Washington! You never have to water it and it likes a lot of sun. Plus, it smells wonderful.” 

    Keep cross-pollination in mind as you pop into every shop we’ve mentioned and prep your planting. Bountiful Home, Garden Gear, and Ace Hardware all have flowers, too, so make sure to do the rounds. The inventory at each shop is always evolving. 

    FIELD in Downtown EdmondsPlanning ahead to Mother’s Day

    There’s just something about florals for Mother’s Day that makes everyone smile. While flowers may be blooming in your yard, many moms love the surprise of a gorgeous hanging basket to add to their porch for Mother’s Day. Lili at Garden Gear & Gallery has a long history of ensuring Edmonds moms have a happy Mother’s Day. She’s already taking orders for her famous hanging baskets to celebrate the special women around town. Contact her ASAP to get your name on the list! 

    No room to hang or looking for something to bring inside? No problem! FIELD by Morgan & Moss has grab and go bouquets that nearly fly out of their shop. They also create custom arrangements and customizable gift baskets (this year with a local charcuterie company—keep your eye on their website to learn more!). Snag a card off of their shelves or add one to your haul while you’re at Bountiful Home. 

    It may still be March, but trust us on this one. While you’re planning your gardens at these downtown Edmonds shops, keep mom front of mind. Come May, you’ll be glad you did. Plus, we all know that planting the seeds for all the things now will pay off beautifully and deliciously later. You’ll also want to stop by FIELD by Morgan & Moss around Mother’s Day to check out their new FIELD and The Farmers program to learn about other flower farmers in the area. From featured farms, pick out local daffodils, tulips, ranunculas, butterfly ranunculus, and other bulb and Spring flowers by the bunches. Bring the moms in your life or get them for yourself.   

    Get your gardening on

    Are you feeling ready to clip back, trim, till, sow, and seed? We sure are! We hope we gave you some new ideas, too. We’d love to see where you end up and how your gardens turn out. Take us along on the journey—tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on social media and add the hashtags #edmondsdowntown and #loveedmonds, too! 

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  63. Is Your Edmonds Home Prepped to Sell? 5 Expert Tips

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    So, you’re looking to downgrade, upgrade, or that home you’ve been walking past and dreaming about for years is finally up for grabs and you’re moving in? Big congrats! Now, you just have that small task of selling the home you’re currently living in. That adds a layer, doesn’t it?

    From staging to cleaning, preparing your home to sell can be a lot of work. We spoke with two downtown Edmonds experts: Eric Gougé, Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Bain, and Casey Fuller, Mortgage Home Representative at Peoples Bank, to give you their top five tips on preparing your home in a way that attracts potential buyers while also mortgaging your new home, should you need or want to.

    When it comes to home sales, it’s the little things that tend to often have the biggest impact. Let’s break it down!

    Coldwell Banker Bain in Edmonds

    Eric Gougé Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Bain

    1. Stage

    According to Gougé, “If you are selling a vacant home, one of the most important things you need is staging. An empty room can be overwhelming to many buyers and staging helps potential buyers visualize living in the house. It also gives them ideas for their own furniture placement.” Not fully moved out or need a recommendation? Your broker can help with that, too. There are a lot of options, including partial staging. Your broker is your partner in the selling process and will help you find the best solution for you.

    2. Remodel or Update

    If you have the time and money and think that your return on investment will be worth it, consider what a remodel could do to your home value. As Gougé says, “Remodeling can help bring more buyers and higher offers for your home. Updated kitchens and bathrooms can be the main selling point for a home to many buyers. Don’t have the time or budget for a full remodel? It can be as simple as switching out that old shag carpet and throwing a new coat of paint on the walls. This will help refresh your home and bring new life to it.” Brokers often meet with you a few times prior to listing your house and go over all their recommendations.

    Fuller adds that a Peoples Bank renovation mortgage can help homeowners fill in any financial gaps: “This enables a borrower to obtain a purchase and receive funds to cover cost of repairs, remodeling or energy improvements on the property.” Similarly, in anticipation of selling, a home equity line of credit can be an excellent way to leverage the equity you’ve built in your home to finance any improvements.

    What’s the difference? Well, a home equity line of credit is a line of credit using the equity in your home to pull out cash up to 80% of the loan to value. A home renovation loan is a refinance of a home using the equity and the value of the completed project and go up to 95% loan to value. If you’re purchasing something new to you, the appraisal would be based on the completed project as well. If you’re familiar with construction loans, think of a home renovation loan is kind of like a mini construction loan. And, if you don’t know which option is best for you, you can always call Casey at (425) 257-4487.

     3. Clean and Declutter

    With the big stuff out of the way, it’s time to talk about the lowest hanging fruit, as it were: decluttering. Gougé says, “As simple as it seems, decluttering your home and getting it professionally cleaned will make a world of difference to any potential buyers. Remove any personal items that could cause buyers to focus less on the home itself. Everyone loves a clean home.”

    4. Get Great Photos

    According to Gougé, 95% of home searches are now online, so any homes going up for sale need to look their best to draw as many buyers as possible (e.g. bidding war!). “Professional photography will help your house stand out,” he adds. “360 virtual tours are also a must, especially with the amount of out of area buyers we’re seeing in Edmonds right now. In this market, a virtual tour will allow a buyer to walk through the home through a screen before they even see it in person.” 

    5. The Kicker: A Pre-Inspection

    What’s going to really prime your home for its best chance on the market is getting a pre-inspection performed by a licensed home inspector prior to selling it. As Gougé states, “Leaking roofs, rodents, and improper wiring are just some of the things that can cause a buyer to walk away. Identifying these items in the home that need attention before listing and giving yourself time to fix them will ease any potential buyers’ worries”—as well as any of your own! No one wants to be worried about what’ll pop up on the inspirection report, which may cause sales to fall through or tough money-back negotiations after you’ve gone pending.

    Hoping to sell soon?

    We hope these tips help you feel prepared to get out on the market with peace of mind and a plan. Still have questions? There are many wonderful resources in Downtown Edmonds, including Eric and Casey . They would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have and support you as you get your home ready to sell. Good luck—we’ll be rooting for you!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  64. Your 2021 Taxes—Edmonds CPA Hot Tips

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    Tax season doesn’t have to be stressful, especially when you have a partner in the process! And, while many of us have been doing our taxes for years and feel somewhat knowledgeable, we realize there may be things we’re missing. So, we talked to two Edmonds CPAs—Nancy J. Ekrem, Managing Shareholder, DME CPA Group, and Nancy Duffy, Partner at McDevitt & Duffy CPAs PS—to get their hot tips on our 2021 taxes. What do we need to know? What are we missing? How do they feel about procrastinators? Let’s get into it.

    Edmonds Tax Tips

    Nancy Duffy from McDevitt & Duffy CPAs, Nancy Ekrem from DME CPA Group

    2021 taxes—what’s different this year?

    As you’re working on your taxes on your own or with an accountant, you may notice a few things that are different this year. If you have children, Nancy Ekrem notes you’ll want to be sure you’re claiming your Advance Child Tax Credit. Now, you may have been getting your direct deposits for that already, but some families will receive half of their credit when they file their 2021 taxes. Nancy Duffy adds, “if you received any advance child tax credit, the IRS sent out Letter 6419. Be sure to include this information on your tax return. If you don’t, you risk calculating a tax refund that is too big. And, eventually, the IRS’ computers will recalculate your tax return and find the error. Then you’ll get a letter from the IRS asking for the money back.”

    Another credit noted by Nancy Duffy is that “All taxpayers who received the Third Economic Impact Payment should have received Letter 6475, which confirms the amount they received. The maximum amount received per person was $1,400. It is important to include this information in your tax calculations because if you didn’t get the stimulus payment or you didn’t get the full amount, you may get more money back on the recalculation. This is all good news.” There are also a whole host of other rules and credits you may be eligible for, depending on your situation.

    Tip for a low-stress tax season

    Nancy Ekrem puts it simply: “Start early and get help.” You don’t know what you don’t know and it’s your CPA’s job to be an expert in the numbers, rules, and write-offs potentially waiting for you. Don’t miss out by waiting too long! Plus, if you’re getting a refund, it’s always nice to file early since the IRS is slow to pay and quick to make a withdrawal.

    As Nancy Duffy notes, reinforcing that we’re not crazy for feeling it, too: “Taxes just get more complicated. Congress has good intentions to ‘help’ out, but the ‘help’ is all calculated on your tax return. For example, we all need to now input how much we received for the Third Economic Impact Payments and Advance Child Tax Credit on our tax returns. If you don’t put these correctly on your tax return, the IRS computers won’t have a ‘match.’ The result of this error is a delay in getting your tax refund or an IRS white envelope letter asking you for some clarifications about your tax return. So, the tip? Use some kind of tax software or hire a CPA. I can’t imagine doing even the simplest tax return without a computer anymore.”

    What are people missing out on by not hiring an accountant? 

    As Nany Ekrem says, “Experienced preparers can find opportunities to reduce your tax bite that you might not think of on your own.” For example, Ekrem was able to help one of her clients reduce their taxable income by $25,000 after discovering their QBI (Qualified Business Income) deductions were calculated incorrectly, saving $8,000 in tax!

    Duffy agrees. “There are lots of good CPAs,” she says, “but the most important thing is finding someone you can really talk to. When you have an ongoing relationship over several years, a good CPA gets to know YOU. We prepare your taxes every year, but even more, we are here to help you with some of your biggest financial decisions: buying a house, retirement, receiving an inheritance, and cash counseling.”

    Consider your situation

    If you have a single employer and few investments, you may be fine filing your own taxes. If you have business income or rental properties, you’ll probably find that the expense of hiring an accountant is well worth your peace of mind and potential tax savings. And, if you don’t know, ask! It’s best to wait until they’re not deep into tax season, but many accountants would be happy to take a quick phone call to tell you about their services.

    About the fee structure

    As with many things, when you ask the “What does it cost?” question, the answer is often, “Well, it depends.” Each firm has a different payment structure (flat fee, percentage, hourly, subscription, etc.), however, pretty much all of them will meet with you to go over all of the details prior to your spending anything on accounting. Do you have more than one income stream? Do you own a business? Do you get a headache just thinking about your taxes? Do you love to delegate things outside of your expertise? You may be a fit for hiring a CPA. As Duffy says, hiring an accountant “may seem expensive, but do the math: If you spend $350 at HR Block, you may only spend an additional few hundred dollars at a CPA office where you can develop a relationship. In my opinion, that is money well spent.”

    And, when your money is in the mix, handing it over to a person you care about in support of their business while they support your overall livelihood—that’s a double win.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  65. Business Spotlight: Practical Therapy of Edmonds

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet April Sotelo Greninger from Practical Therapy of Edmonds, LLC

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping people!

    Why did you start your business?
    After 20 years I knew I figured out my style and approach to therapy, even if it was slightly different than the average. I’ve developed the experience and confidence to provide a mental health service one can trust. And being a private practice business owner, I do not have to depend on much else in this world.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We’ve lived here for a decade and I’ve worked here for two decades—the area between city and home towns (Bothell and Lynnwood) is too convenient. My commute is 4 minutes long, and my stop at Walnut Street Coffee only augments that a bit!

    Why is unique about your business?
    I tend to be more pragmatic than the average therapist. I practice what I preach to be an example of healthy and happy. I conduct online sessions at this time but look forward to opening my physical office located in the Bowl, asap!

    Why should people do business with you?
    To learn stress and emotional management; to exercise Validation and Accountability for Self and Others; to get out AND STAY OUT of anxiety and depression.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’m one of those introverts that acts like an extrovert! My favorite thing is to represent my kid’s school, Chase Lake Elementary. I’m always judging who’s gonna be on my zombie team if it happens…if…

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    My business is just one of many fighting for balanced mental health. If not mine, go somewhere! Find that Competency and that Chemistry that makes you feel both Safe AND Productive. Good luck🍀 keep going, keep looking, and do not get discouraged by wait lists!!! Stay safe, Edmonds😷

    Practical Therapy of Edmonds
    209 Dayton St, Ste 207
    Years in business: 1.5

  66. Two Edmonds Businesses Keeping it in The Family

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    Edmonds is one of the many great American cities that people discover, move to, and live in for generations. We love seeing how invested our residents are in the town, in growing it, in nourishing it, in coming back to it if they spend a few years exploring somewhere new, and in contributing to it for decades.

    Family-owned Edmonds businesses are the lifeblood of our community. Knowing their stories and who is behind the shop signs and specials we see when we walk by adds a layer of connection between all of us. At the end of the day, we’re all people who live in and love the same great town. 

    This month, we’re highlighting two downtown Edmonds businesses that are very different, but also have so much in common—with our town at their center. Ricky Bobadilla, General Manager of Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina, and Sara Comstock, Co-Owner of Comstock Jewelers, spoke with us about what it’s like running a family-owned business in Edmonds. 

    Tell us about the history of your business:

    RB, Santa Fe: My grandfather had a little seafood spot in Guadalajara, Mexico. Santa Fe is a neighborhood there. It’s kind of like a Mexican Edmonds—lots of mom and pop shops and everything stays in the neighborhood. My dad, Javier, has owned restaurants in the Pacific Northwest for over thirty years. He mentored my cousin, Hector, who opened the Richmond Beach Santa Fe five years ago, named after that Guadalajara neighborhood. When El Peurto was looking to sell, Ramon (the owner) wanted the space to remain a Mexican restaurant and since he already knew Hector from just down the road, things moved pretty quickly after that!

    SC, Comstock: Comstock Jewelers was founded in 1978 by Geraldine and Robert Comstock after Robert had worked in the jewelry upon returning from the Air Force in WWII. In 1978, they decided to purchase a jewelry store in downtown Edmonds. 

    Erin & Sara Comstock, Comstock Jewelers

    Erin & Sara Comstock, Comstock Jewelers

    How long have you been at your current location, and were there any prior locations?

    RB, Santa Fe: We opened Santa Fe Edmonds in November 2019. We have four other locations: Richmond Beach, as mentioned; Renton; Totem Lake; and downtown Kirkland. 

    SC, Comstock: We have moved locations only once, from where Treasures and Teas currently is to our location right next to the Edmonds Theater about 23 years ago. We are the oldest standing jewelry store in Downtown Edmonds. 

    How has your business evolved over time?

    RB, Santa Fe: While we’ve had family restaurants for decades, Santa Fe is relatively new to our family. We try to keep up with trends and we go back to Mexico a lot. We evolve the decor in the spaces. I recently went to Tulum and brought back some of the new vases and art pieces you see when you come in. Our Edmonds clientele is very outspoken, which inspires specials and menu changes—the Mezcal Margarita, Oaxacan Old Fashioned, Guava Martini, and Prickly Pear Margarita were all drink specials that are now on the regular menu because of feedback from Edmonds customers.  

    SC, Comstock: Our business has changed a lot over the years, and has also stayed the same in some regards. We still do repair work like we used to, we still sell quality-made jewelry like we used to, and we still take to heart every item that a customer brings in with high regard. We now just have better technology to work with when doing repair work and custom design. We also sell lab-grown diamonds and gemstones, as well as naturally and ethically mined gemstones and diamonds. 

    What is your favorite thing about being in business in Edmonds?

    RB, Santa Fe: Our Edmonds team is brand new to Santa Fe. At our other locations, they’ve all come with us, but in Edmonds, we hired mostly from scratch. I love my team. They all live around this area and it’s a cool feeling to be able to provide jobs for people who live nearby. I love our customers and our regulars. Edmonds is just special.  

    SC, Comstock: Our favorite thing about being in Edmonds is the community here. We have seen over the years how the community has changed into something really wonderful and beautiful. We have seen time and time again how we have come together to support one another, we even saw it when most businesses in Edmonds had to shut down for 2-3 months in 2020. Sure, this area is beautiful, but the people here are what makes it so great to work here. I’m excited to see how Edmonds will continue to change and grow over the next few years.

    What’s something about your business you want the Edmonds community to know? 

    RB, Santa Fe: We are genuinely grateful to be here. It’s been a crazy ride, especially opening just a few months before shutting down during the pandemic. Some of our other restaurants haven’t done well through COVID. The fact that we’re doing well throughout the pandemic says a lot about the community here. We love their support. We know that community involvement is important and want to support Edmonds in any way we can. And, if you’re hungry, come see us for lunch (11 a.m.- 3 p.m. M-F), Happy Hour (3-5 p.m. M-F), and on Tequila Tuesday (half off premium tequila, lots of fine cocktails to try, and $2 crunchy tacos) inside the restaurant or in one of our streateries! 

    SC, Comstock: We want the Edmonds community to know how thankful we are to be here, how happy we are to serve the community, and we are so thankful for the support over the last 44 years. 

    Ricky Bobadilla, General Manager of Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Ricky Bobadilla, Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    What are you proudest of in your business right now? 

    RB, Santa Fe: I’m proudest of our staff. We have a great core group of people that we were able to hire back after the initial COVID shutdowns. They are passionate and they care about quality service. I tell them to try to be curious about the people they meet—that you never know where one connection or one conversation can take you. And they’ve taken that to heart. 

    SC, Comstock: Next year, we will be in business for 45 years, and we are excited to celebrate that! We are proud to continue to be a family-owned business, taking the care and time to help customers. It has been so wonderful to see my grandparents’ vision for a store come to fruition with my dad, and now with me. We are proud to serve Edmonds and the greater Edmonds area. 

    Visiting These Businesses? Take us with you! 

    We love supporting local! It may be our job, but it’s also our passion. If you’re eating at Santa Fe or getting up close and personal with the jewels at Comstock (preferably both), tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook. For more information about all of the businesses in the downtown Edmonds Alliance, visit EdmondsDowntown.org.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  67. Business Spotlight: The Weathered Frame Photography

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Leslie Amman from The Weathered Frame Photography

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I really enjoy working with my clients to customize and create portraits that will best represent them for personal images as well as for business marketing.

    Why did you start your business?
    I realized how few photos I have of myself and my family, especially of those that have passed on. Those moments are lost forever. I also had never had a positive experience being photographed, it was either rushed or the photographer simply didn’t take the time to help me look my best with lighting, help with poses, etc. I want to offer not only beautiful portraits that will last for generations, I also believe that a positive experience in my studio will bring out the joy in my client’s eyes that will in turn capture their true personality in portraits that they can be proud of.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I spend the majority of my time in Edmonds. I cherish our community of local small businesses and a safe and lively place to raise our family.

    What is unique about your business?
    For each Portrait session, I offer professional hair and makeup on the day of the shoot, a comfortable space to create, and an array of gowns and accessories to choose from to glamorize their look—or clients are welcome to bring their own outfits or heirlooms that are special to them! I have state of the art lighting, backdrops, and all that is needed for the best in quality portraits. For my Headshots and Branding clients, they are able to feel relaxed and be captured in an approachable and friendly way, best representing their professional appearance. This, in turn, helps to create better connections with their own clientelle.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I am dedicated to my craft and will do everything I can to make sure that the quality of my work is presented in the best way possible. I take time with my clients to get to know what they would like to see in their images. I am consistently learning new tricks of the trade and applying them to my business.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Both myself and my Hair and Makeup Artist are fully vaccinated and up to date with boosters. Masks are worn throughout the Salon and Studio until it is your time to be photographed. The only exception is during tea or snack time with social distancing in mind.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    Besides taking my camera everywhere with me, I also love to travel to small towns and visit the antique and thrift shops. There I find treasures to refinish or repurpose in my home workshop. I also love spending time with my family and friends and going out to our local shops and restaurants for Happy Hours. I lived in Mexico throughout my 20’s and worked in a Scuba Dive shop where we took tourists out to explore the underwater beauty of the Caribbean Ocean every day. It was an incredible experience.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    I truly look forward to creating beautiful photographs with you. If this has been on your mind to capture yourself or a loved one in beautiful portraits or to update your business profiles, don’t wait. Time moves forward so fast and if we don’t make it a priority, it escapes our busy minds. I wish that I had the opportunity to photograph my Grandma, my Mom, and our family together but time got away. Let’s get you on the calender now to make this happen for you or your loved one! Gift certificates available for purchase!

    The Weathered Frame
    At Slate Salon + Spa
    601 Dayton St
    Years in business: 3

  68. These Downtown Edmonds Business Are Sweet On You

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    If January is any indication, 2022 is off like a shot. Valentine’s Day may be barely on your radar, and we don’t blame you! That’s why we asked downtown Edmonds businesses to compile their “Love Lists”—gifts and date-worthy Valentine’s Day ideas—which make loving on your favorite people easy. You’ll see suggestions for things that can be wrapped in a bow, memorable experiences, and treats that will make even the hardest of hearts turn to mush. Each participating business will have a cute Cupid window cling, indicating they have a love list.

    From fruit sauces you’ll want to drizzle (we don’t need to know where) to sweat sessions around downtown, these businesses have your lovin’ on lock:

    Gifts

    Bench & Board in Downtown Edmonds

    Bench & Board
    Grab a pack of Date Night Generator Cards from Bench & Board. Each card has an idea for a date night (like movie genres to explore and new foods to try), including, of course, the option to Netflix and chill.

    Garden Gear in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden Gear & Gallery
    Got a partner with a green thumb? Garden Gear & Gallery has beautiful indoor and outdoor plants, windchimes, and hand-blown glass art pieces to create the garden of their dreams. 

    House Wares in Downtown Edmonds

    House Wares
    It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate and sweet treats. House Wares has premium salted caramels, wrapped in dark and milk chocolate from legendary, family-owned Fran’s Chocolates.  If you’re feeling ambitious enough to put together a sundae bar or drizzle a piece of cheesecake with something a little extra, add on a dessert sauce in dark chocolate, luscious caramel, or raspberry.  

    Ombu Salon in Downtown EdmondsOmbu Salon + Spa
    Scour the shelves at Ombu Salon + Spa for a selection of hand-poured soy candles, vegan dark chocolate, and organic spa products.

    Rebekah's in Downtown Edmonds

    Rebekah’s Boutique
    At Rebekah’s Boutique, focus on the details. They’ll marvel at the firefly Swarovski crystal jewelry, which is fair trade, and made in Guatemala. It’ll feel like cupid put it there just for you!

    Rogue in Downtown Edmonds

    Rogue
    You know what would be super cute? Matching “More Love” sweatshirts from Rogue

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds Bookshop
    For some of us in Edmonds (*cough* this writer), an ideal date would include quiet time walking through the stacks at Edmonds Bookshop. Pick books for each other (if you dare) or divide and discuss. Even a gift card and a drop-off is a form of flirting.  

    crow in Downtown Edmonds

    crow
    It’s still hibernation season, so grab a cozy, recycled cotton throw made in the PNW at Crow!

    Pelindaba Lavender in Downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender
    At-home massage, anyone? The smell will draw you into Pelindaba Lavender. The products will keep you perusing. Walk away with their Lavender Body Butter, a luxurious firm cream that continues to grow in popularity as a general facial moisturizer and as a particularly effective skin softener for hands and feet.

    Anchor Chic in Downtown Edmonds

    Anchor Chic
    Often, the most romantic experiences can be the simplest. Grab a festively-wrapped gift card from Anchor Chic Consignment. Fashion show optional (but encouraged). 

    Comstock in Downtown Edmonds
    Comstock Jewelers
    Comstock Jewelers has two words for you: diamond earrings. Enough said!

    Pear Tree Consignment in Downtown Edmonds

    Pear Tree Consignment
    A gift for them can also be a gift for you when you’re locked in a long embrace: Wrap them up in a cozy cashmere sweater from Pear Tree Consignment

    Slate Salon in Downtown Edmonds

    Slate Salon + Spa
    Show how much you appreciate their flowing mane with U Luxury shampoo and conditioner from Slate Salon + Spa. It leaves hair soft and shiny!

    Body Lovin’ Experiences

     

    BodyWorks Massage
    Show your lover how into their body you are with a modernized lymphatic “flush” at BodyWorks Massage that boosts their immunity, increases range of motion, relieves chronic pain, and allows them to walk away feeling great. Don’t forget to add on the red light therapy for a collagen-producing beach nap! 

    Sauna Hut in Downtown Edmonds

    Sauna Hut
    You know what they say about couples that sweat together? Yeah, we don’t either. But, you can define it yourself at Sauna Hut! Gift your boo 30 or 60 minutes of sweating alone or in private rooms next to each other. Sauna sessions are a great way to detox, improve sleep, relax sore muscles, burn calories, and increase circulation.

    Woodway Wellness in Downtown Edmonds

    Woodway Wellness
    Treat your lover to four private Pilates sessions at Woodway Wellness. The first session includes an interview with health history and goals, along with an introduction to the exercises and equipment at the studio. The three sessions that follow include full-body workouts designed for each person’s specific needs and goals, focusing on core engagement.

    Wine & Dine

    Claire's in Downtown Edmonds

    Claire’s Pantry
    Splurge on your #1 at Claire’s Pantry with a surf-forward meal of coconut shrimp, Cobb salad with salmon, and a slice of New York cheesecake for two. 

    Demetri's in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna
    Take your sips to go and put your teamwork to the test when you pop into Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna, where you and your honey can buy any three bottles of retail wine and receive 10% off. Buy 6+ and get 20% off! 

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Winery
    Get a big taste of Edmonds’s newest wine bar, Dusted Valley, when you purchase a wooden gift box set with three of their favorite wines: the 2019 Stained Tooth Syrah, 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2018 Petite Sirah.

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron
    Enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu for two during Valentine’s weekend at Salt & Iron. Go even fancier—you can buy roses, bubbles, or both for the table!

    Leftcraft in Downtown Edmonds

    Leftcraft
    Linger at Leftcraft over “The Hibiskiss Mule,” a light and floral play on a classic cocktail: vodka, citrus, bitters, ginger beer, and the aesthetically stunning restaurant and tap room’s housemade hibiscus syrup.

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero
    At ​Kelnero, cheers to love with twin Cupid’s Martinis: vodka shaken up with a triple threat of Dorda chocolate liqueur, Giffard Creme de Cacao, and Scrappy’s Theo Chocolate bitters, topped with a Frangelico-infused whipped cream heart. It’s rich, sinful, and perfect for a romantic night out with yourself, a loved one, or a crowd—we don’t judge.

    Fire & the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & the Feast
    Get seriously romantic at Fire & the Feast by adding a gorgeous seasonal bouquet from local florist FIELD and a Strawberry Champagne candle from PeachyKeen when you arrive to enjoy the in-house or takeout Valentine tasting menu!

    Red Twig in Downtown Edmonds

    Red Twig Bakery and Cafe
    For the coffee lovers, head over to Red Twig Bakery and Cafe and grab a bag of their house-roasted coffee, Dogwood Espresso made with Atlas Coffee’s Rosebud Blend, and roasted to a medium-dark profile for a smooth chocolate body and red-berry acidity.

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero
    Vinbero was basically made for Valentine’s Day. Grab a charcuterie and wine gift box for home or schedule a romantic dinner out. 

    Girardi's in Downtown Edmonds

    Girardi’s Osteria
    Girardi’s Osteria is featuring their mouth-watering “Fixed Price” Valentine’s special menu for the entire Valentine’s weekend. Feast on a 3-course dinner with your choice of a starter, entree and a dessert, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage per person, and some other tasty treats. And each couple can take home a bottle of house wine! See the entire menu here.

    Market in Downtown Edmonds

    MARKET
    Pinch bun date for two at MARKET! Indulge in a whole oven baked lobster with butter and herbs, a side of beurre monte, pinch buns, one bottle of Vinho Verde, and two Valentine desserts. Pre-orders only, available all Valentine weekend.

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee
    Last, but certainly not least, get ready to make your love feel adored at Walnut Street Coffee. Try their truffle chocolates from Seattle Chocolates, beautifully packed in a heart-shaped box. Pick the perfect Valentine’s Day card from their fun mix of greeting cards, and then grab a coffee, borrow a pen, and sit down to write that special someone a love note. Throw in a gift card and you’ll really make your special someone’s Valentine’s complete!

    Bring Us Along

    We’ve given you lots to work with, haven’t we? Good! You can’t go wrong with the love lists from any of these wonderful downtown businesses. Share with us where you end up. Tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook. For more information about all of the fabulous businesses committed to keeping you happy and healthy in downtown Edmonds, visit EdmondsDowntown.org.

    By Whitney Popa

  69. The First Annual Edmonds Lunar New Year

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    Look for the little red lanterns glowing in the windows of shops and businesses around Edmonds. They’ve been displayed in honor of our town’s first annual Lunar New Year, which seeks to recognize and celebrate the distinctive diversity of Asian Americans in Edmonds. It also adds representation in city-recognized holiday celebrations, and we are thrilled to be one of the event’s community partners! 

    While the Lunar New Year turns technically on February 1, Edmonds will spend the weekend commemorating it as a community: with storytime at the library, lion dances up and downtown, a free community movie, and various specials at businesses all around town.  

    History of Lunar New Year

    Tied to the Chinese lunar calendar, Lunar New Year (also called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) began as a time for feasting and to honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors. Lunar New Year has a long history—about 3,500 years. Its exact beginning is not recorded, although some believe that Lunar New Year originated in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC) when people held sacrificial ceremonies in honor of gods and ancestors at the beginning or at the end of each year. 

    Lunar New Year EdmondsLunar New Year Celebration Weekend in Edmonds

    Celebrations will take place both up and downtown in Edmonds. We’ll kick off at 10:30am on Saturday, January 29, with Lunar New Year Story Time at Sno-Isle Libraries. This online event hosted by Miss Kim and Miss Alex is for the whole family. We’ll learn about, celebrate, and read stories from many east Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. This event will be a great introduction to Lunar New Year for kiddos who may not celebrate it already!

    At 10:30, head up to Edmonds Lutheran Church at 23525 84th Ave W to take in the first performance of the day of the Lion Dance. There will also be a Kung Fu demonstration by Master Leong’s NW Kung Fu and Martial Arts team. Never seen a Lion Dance? Check out the video on the Edmonds Lunar New Year website for a taste.

    Enjoy lunch while you watch the downtown showing of the Lion Dance at noon during the first Edmonds Winter Market between Main and Bell Streets. You can grab a snack from one of the vendors or surrounding restaurants, many of which will be offering food and drink specials! The Winter Market will include and feature many Asian vendors in celebration of the event as well. Plus, there will be a designated Lunar New Year booth where children can pick up their very own red envelopes, sponsored by the Foundation for Edmonds School District. If that’s not enough, our friends from Hunni Water will be sponsoring beverages (while supplies last).

    Once you’re perfectly jazzed and satiated from your Lion Dance lunch and stroll through the Winter Market, walk a few steps to the Edmonds Theater to watch the free showing of the Lunar New Year Community Movie “Over the Moon” at 1pm, sponsored by the Mayo Family. After all, there’s always more room for popcorn, isn’t there? 

    Lunar New Year Edmonds at crowLunar New Year Retail Promotions

    The fun isn’t over once the movie credits start rolling! Walk a block up Main to Bench & Board where they are giving out fortune cards and Feng Shui coins with your purchase. Head back down towards the fountain and take a left on 5th to Boutique Rogue, where you can get a red envelope with a 5-15% discount on your next visit when you spend $40 or more. Head back down Main and turn right on 4th to Edmonds Crow, where you can add a Year of The Tiger necklace, good luck coin bracelets, and assorted Lunar New Year cards to your collection.

    Edmonds Lunar New Year special by KelneroLunar New Year Food & Drink Specials

    Additionally, you’ll find celebratory drink and menu item specials at Feedme restaurants, including at Bar Dojo, one of the Edmonds Lunar New Year event sponsors. Kelnero will be ringing in Lunar New Year by serving up cocktails featuring the most popular spirit in the world that you’ve probably never heard of: Baijiu! More prevalent than vodka and whiskey combined, Baijiu is a classic Chinese spirit made primarily from sorghum. Give it a try in one of their two featured cocktails to experience a traditional Sichuan taste with a little Kelnero flair.

    First Annual Lunar New Year Raffle + Merch

    Oh, and did we mention there will be a raffle for a gift basket full of goodies from places like downtown merchants including Anchor Chic Consignment, ARTspot, Saetia, Edmonds Bookshop, The Wooden Spoon, FIELD by Morgan & Moss, Walnut Street Coffee, Rogue, The MarKet, Workhorse HQ, Ombu Salon + Spa, Sauna Hut, Bench and Board and SanKai. Purchase your tickets at the Lunar New Year Edmonds booth at the Winter Market.

    You can also pick up your own Lunar New Year Edmonds merch at their booth at the Winter Market. Stay tuned to the Edmonds Lunar New Year social media channels for more information!

    Lunar New Year Art

    As you visit downtown businesses, look for displays of Lunar New Year themed art from students at local elementary schools. Then take a quick walk up to the perimeter fence at Frances Anderson Center to view an art installation designed by Edmonds-Woodway senior Caitlin Chung, with the support of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.

    Event Sponsors

    Edmonds Lunar New Year is sponsored by Reece Homes, Hunni Water, Bar Dojo and Tung & Tiffany Bui. Special thanks to community partners that made the celebration possible: Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, City of Edmonds, Edmonds Diversity Commission, North Chinese Grace Church, The Foundation for Edmonds School District, Edmonds Art Commission, and us, The Edmonds Downtown Alliance

    Stay in The Know:

    Follow @lunarnewyearedmonds on Instagram, LNYEdmonds on Facebook, and @LNYEdmonds on Twitter. Use the hashtag #lnye on all your social media posts as well. 

    恭喜发财 (Gōng xǐ fā cái)! That’s “Happiness and Prosperity” in Mandarin. 

    See you there!

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  70. New Year, New Businesses—In Edmonds

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    Just like the snow we saw over Christmas “break,” 2021 has come and gone. And, as much as the world at large was an ever-evolving place, so was our seaside town. Many residents are embarking on new personal journeys in 2022—whether you call them “resolutions,” “goals,” “intentions” or something else entirely. If you’re like us, you’re always ready to check out the city’s new businesses that can support you along the way to achieving them!

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds
    Charcoal

    New Food & Drink

    Charcoal

    Looking to make the new restaurant rounds in town? Charcoal joined Edmonds’ growing list of foodie destinations just a few months ago. It serves modern American fare from the Graphite Arts Center right on 2nd and Main. The combination of an artists-in-residence workspace with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams alongside an elegant-but-not-stuffy restaurant is an entirely new concept in Edmonds. And, upon entering Charcoal, it feels like this is the type of combination space that was meant for Edmonds all along. The tight menu at Charcoal features elevated versions of our favorite Pacific Northwest-centric entrees: flaky king salmon, juicy steaks, tender scallops, and a very on-trend smash burger. Gluten-tolerators will rave over the baguette. Balance it with the house-pickled veggies.

    If you’re interested in watching the action in the kitchen, grab a seat at the bar. Chat with the bartender while the back-of-house team preps, sears, and plates. And, don’t forget to check out the desserts before heading home! See the full menu and make a reservation (highly recommended) here.

    Dusted Valley

    Just across the street from Charcoal, take a seat and expand your palate at the wine bar from Walla Walla winery Dusted Valley, which makes wines under the Dusted Valley and Boomtown labels. Like at Charcoal, reservations are highly recommended here, too. The Edmonds wine bar joins the label’s winery in the Walla Walla Valley and tasting room in Woodinville. Signature tastings take patrons through the current release, as well as estate-focused wines.

    Read about Dusted Valley’s current wines here. Wines by the glass and light bites are also available. Current hours are Thursday-Sunday 11am – 6pm (Sunday, Monday, Thursday) or 7pm (Friday and Saturday). And, if you love what you taste, consider signing up for their wine club, The Stained Tooth Society!

    Bench and Board in Downtown Edmonds
    Bench & Board

    New Retail

    Bench & Board

    If supporting local artisans is on your list of goals, head up to 605 Main where you’ll find Bench & Board, a new veteran and minority-owned shop focused on home essentials. Get hand-thrown dishes made by local potters, a hand-forged carving set, a new piece of art, or a hostess gift. The inventory is constantly rotating here, so it’s a wonderful place to pop into frequently (they also offer gift cards!). Bench & Board is open Tuesdays 1pm – 5pm, Wednesday through Friday from noon until 5pm, and on Saturdays from 10pm – 5pm.

    Alexander’s Bead Bazaar

    Resolve to get a little craftier this year? There is something very zen about threading beads onto a string and Alexander’s Bead Bazaar has thousands of beads to choose from. They have strands, individual gemstone beads, and hundreds of freshwater pearls.They also offer antique, ethnic, tribal, and more hard-to-find beads. Whatever you’re hoping to create, Alexander’s can help you see your vision through to creation. Find them at 407 Main from 11am – 4pm Thursday through Saturday and from noon until 4pm on Sundays.

    Woodway Wellness in Downtown Edmonds
    Woodway Wellness

    New Mind & Body Wellness

    Body

    Woodway Wellness

    If you’re looking to add to your fitness routine, keep an eye on the Woodway Wellness website. The beautiful new space packed with pilates reformer machines is slated to open this month. Woodway Wellness expands upon owner Karla Crouch’s BodyWorks Pilates across the street, which offers private and small group classes. Woodway Wellness will offer group pilates instruction, occupational therapy, and full-body massage in the Gregory Building on 5th Ave. S (the former home of J Rankin Jewelers). The company also plans to make its schedule available to book via the MindBody app.

    BodyWorks Massage

    Just across the street, and in the same complex as its pilates studio, BodyWorks Pilates, BodyWorks Massage offers anyone looking for a little R&R&R (rest, relaxation, and recovery) LightStim® and NormaTec® Compression. Try a twenty minute NormaTec® Compression session, which is a sequential massage for your legs, arms, or hips. Add on red light therapy for your face while you’re there for proven anti-aging benefits, along with the warm feeling of taking a nap at the beach. BodyWorks Massage offers single sessions or monthly packages and is currently open from 11am – 7pm Monday through Saturday and between 11am and 5pm. on Sunday.

    The Sauna Hut

    Looking for a full-body sauna experience? Right next door to BodyWorks Massage is The Sauna Hut, which has three sauna rooms—two infrared rooms and one that’s red light only. Infrared sauna sessions offer a whole host of benefits: detoxification, heart health, muscle recovery, anti-aging, and more. Infrared saunas are different from traditional Swedish saunas that heat the air, making you sweat almost instantly. The light technologies used at The Sauna Hut heat the core first. You still sweat eventually, but the health benefits are different—your heart rate increases and your metabolism is activated. Sessions at The Sauna Hut start at $30 for thirty minutes. Hours vary and are generally 8am – 10pm.

    Mind

    Practical Health Therapy

    If you intend to take care of your mind, body, and soul, it’s never been a better time to try out a new pyschologist. There are many mental health counselors and practices in Edmonds—Practical Health Therapy is one of the most recent to open. Founder April S. Greninger is licensed in Marriage & Family Therapy and focuses on stress and anger management, anxiety, depression, relationships, and more. She advocates for her clients and helps them with positive self-reflection. Request an appointment with her to see if you’re a fit.

    Keep in Touch!

    Love these new businesses? Share them with us! Tag @edmondsdowntown in your posts on Instagram and Facebook. For more information about all of the fabulous businesses committed to keeping you happy and healthy in downtown Edmonds, visit EdmondsDowntown.org.

    By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

  71. Fa-La-La-La Festive Drink Bingo!

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    Back after a popular inaugural debut last year, you are invited to stroll about town while partaking in delicious holiday beverages created by our favorite bars and restaurants. Join our second annual Festive Drink Bingo taking place in downtown Edmonds between December 3rd – December 31st!

    Here is what’s in store to sip and savor!

     

    Charcoal in Downtown Edmonds

    Charcoal

    Newly opened Charcoal invites you to come shake off the ghosts of Christmas past with a Dickens Antique – a seasonal cocktail made with Old Forester bourbon, Montenegro amaro, house made cardamom sherry demerara, and egg nog.

    Demetris Osteria in Downtown Edmonds

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna

    Demetris Woodstone Taverna has a refreshing twist for the holidays with Once Upon a Time, a delightful drink featuring Ketel One orange vodka, house made cranberry shrub, St. Germaine, muddled oranges, and garnished with fresh ground black pepper and thyme.

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso

    Visit Calypso where Halloween is in the rearview, but a classic Zombie cocktail is a perfect seasonal pick me up! This tiki favorite is concocted with gold rum, mango rum, lemon juice, orange juice, an apricot brandy float with a splash of pomegranate syrup. A balanced combination of rum and citrus with a touch of sweetness!

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley

    Dusted Valley is thrilled to be opening a tasting room in downtown Edmonds and invites you to experience a glass pour from their rotating library of wines from their family’s estate vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and other premiere vineyards from Washington State.

    Fire & the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Fire & the Feast

    Warm up this season at Fire & the Feast with their special Apple Cider. Enjoy it spiked with spiced rum, brandy, bourbon, or you can request a non-alcoholic version.

    Girardis Osteria in Downtown Edmonds

    Girardis Osteria

    Girardi’s Osteria entry for Festive Bingo drink is called the Hot Pumpkin Steamer. It consists of pumpkin liqueur, vanilla vodka, steamed milk, whipped cream topping with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

    Kahlo's Cantina in Downtown Edmonds

    Kahlo’s Cantina

    It doesn’t matter if you are naughty or nice, everyone will enjoy Santa’s Sleigh from Kahlo’s Cantina. This nod to the jolly old elf is made with bourbon and a spiced cinnamon whiskey combined with apple cider and a splash of cranberry juice.

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron

    ‘Tis the Season at Salt & Iron and that’s exactly what they’ve created for you…the ‘Tis the Season is a joyful blend of sparkling wine, Grand Marnier, allspice syrup, and cranberry.

    Starbucks in Downtown Edmonds

    Starbucks

    Swing by Starbucks for their seasonal Toasted White Mocha made with signature espresso paired with flavors of caramelized white chocolate combined with steamed milk (or non-dairy alternatives) topped with festive whipped cream and festive holiday sugar sparkles…an oh-so-delightfully merry treat!

    ChurchKey Pub in Downtown Edmonds

    ChurchKey Pub

    The ChurchkKey Pub is featuring Glogg, a traditional winter drink from Sweden and their own secret family recipe, this delectable spiced mulled wine promises good cheer in a steamy glass. Skål!

    The MarKet in Downtown Edmonds

    The MarKet

    The Market has a delicious treat for you with their non-alcoholic Masala Chai, a black tea with orange zest, star anise, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and cream. A sweet and slightly spicy way to enjoy the season!

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee has created the Snuggly Cardamom Latte this year. Flavored with Holy Kakow’s cardamom and ginger, this holiday drink fills your senses with cozy, comforting, sweet and spicy wool-blanket-vibes. It will help you embrace the dark winter days ahead. Made with your preferred milk and topped with a l’il dash of cardamom powder for extra, snuggly goodness.

    Chanterelle in Downtown Edmonds

    Chanterelle

    Get busy merry-making with the Chanterelle CranMerry Cocktail. This bubby beverage includes your choice of vodka or gin, mixed with lime, cranberry juice, ginger beer, and garnished with sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig.

    Engel's Pub in Downtown EdmondsEngel’s is back with Santa’s Favorite Cosmo, the Santa Clausmopolitan! A refreshing martini made with muddled limes and shaken with Absolut Vodka, cranberry juice, and holiday cheer. Poured into a martini glass with a sugar rim. Bottoms up!

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Kelnero

    When the sun sets early, brighten up your evening with a Midnight Old Fashioned at Kelnero. Made with Sazerac Rye, pumpkin pie spice infused simple syrup, and black walnut bitters and topped with a dehydrated citrus wheel…this cocktail will put a twinkle back in your eye.

    Leftcraft in Downtown Edmonds

    Leftcraft

    Is that silvers bells ringing in the holiday air? Maybe…or maybe you are thinking about the Winter Chime from Leftcraft. This seasonal concoction is created using chai infused rum, lemon, apple, honey, and bitters.

    Maize & Barley in Downtown Edmonds

    Maize & Barley

    Maize and Barley’s Sangria Festivo! brings the traditions of Spain and Portugal to Edmonds. Typically thought of as a summer drink, this wintry take features a specially crafted blend to inspire a warm & festive holiday spirit!

    Red Twig in Downtown Edmonds

    Red Twig

    Red Twig Bakery and Café has a fun nod to a favorite carol with their warm Figgy Pudding latte. This cup of seasonal joy involves a caramel and brown sugar latte with cocoa powder and a crushed candied fig.

    Santa Fe in Downtown Edmonds

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Enjoy a little taste of Navidad at Santa Fe Mexican Grill with their traditional Rompope cocktail which is a tasty Mexican eggnog made with rum. Cheers!

    Vinbero in Downtown Edmonds

    Vinbero

    Unwrap your scarf and settle into a cozy cup of Glühwein at Vinbero. Red wine is simmered with spices and citrus zest and served toasty warm, this festive drink will warm you from the toes up.

    Hamburger Harry's in Downtown Edmonds

    Hamburger Harry’s

    Rounding out the bingo list is the festive Bailey’s & Coffee at Hamburger Harry’s—it’s the perfect treat that will leave you warm and happy!

    Excited yet? Thought so!

    Here is how to play…

    Purchase the featured festive drink at each location (including takeaway), get your bingo card stamped and win prizes!

    For each row of bingo you successfully complete (across, down or diagonal), you will win a limited edition sticker.

    Bring your completed card to Church Key Pub at 109 4th Ave N any time before January 15th to pick up your sticker and be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card.

    Please note there is only one card/one entry per person. You must purchase a festive beverage at each location in order to get your stamp. Takeaway alcohol orders require a food purchase. Prizes are while supplies last. Winners will be notified by January 17th. And of course, we encourage you to partake responsibly and follow all applicable liquor laws.

    Happy shopping, dining, and gift giving! To check out all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds for all of your holiday needs, visit EdmondsDowntown.org.

  72. 2021 Edmonds Holiday Gift Guide

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    Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is a breeze when you shop local in Downtown Edmonds this season!

    To make this task even easier for you, we’ve curated a special collection of gift recommendations and specials directly from our local merchants. You can take care of all your gift-buying needs conveniently in Downtown Edmonds, and treat yourself in the process!

    For the Style Mavens on Your List

    Pear Tree in Downtown Edmonds

    Pear Tree Consignment

    Pear Tree Consignment is a delightful women’s clothing boutique in downtown Edmonds. Find unique treasures for gift giving and a great selection of clothing, handbags and accessories. New items arrive daily so check back often. Gift cards are also available in any denomination. Plenty of free parking available behind the store!

    Rogue

    Pop in to Rogue at their new location on Fifth Avenue to see the great variety of fashion and accessories for the ladies, men, and teens on your shopping list. They currently have a selection of Good + Well Supply Holiday Candles, a Seattle-area woman-owned business that crafts handmade products.

    Sound Styles

    Longtime style staple in Edmonds, Sound Styles, invites you to trend up your winter wardrobe with cashmere beanies, one-size-fits-all ponchos, printed gloves and plaid blanket scarves. Accessories like these also are great options for gift giving!

    Anchor Chic Consignment

    Anchor Chic has a great selection of holiday style statements – from casual to dressy and including shoes, jewelry, and accessories. If you can’t make up your mind on exactly what to purchase, gift cards are available so the person on your list can choose their own perfect treasure! Gift cards can be purchased in any amount.

    Rebekah's in Downtown Edmonds

    Rebekah’s Boutique

    Give the gift of cashmere from Rebekah’s Boutique. They have a selection of oh-so-soft cashmere scarves made in Germany in many colors. This lovely cashmere is also available in reversible wraps that are perfect for travel. Rebekah’s also carries Firefly, a gorgeous line of jewelry is handcrafted in Guatemala.

    Gift of Beauty & Wellness

    Bodyworks Massage in Downtown Edmonds

    Bodyworks Massage

    Say goodbye to chronic pain and renew and recharge at Bodyworks Massage this season. Try compression massage and LED Light Therapy for the ultimate self-care gift this season – for the ones you love or for yourself. Learn more about the benefits of these treatments and check out their holiday specials at www.BodyworksEdmonds.com.

    Ombu Salon in Downtown Edmonds

    Ombu Salon + Spa

    Ombu Salon + Spa is your go-to for hair updates and spa treatments to be at your most glowing best this season. They also have a lovely collection of gifts, stocking stuffers and gift cards that are customizable.

    Body Motion PT in Downtown Edmonds

    Body Motion Physical Therapy

    Expecting the greatest gift of a new addition this holiday season? Head to Body Motion Physical Therapy to purchase this Essential Pregnancy Bundle! The bundle includes custom pregnancy flip flops, their online Birth Prep Program, and a copy of Dr. Allison’s best-selling book, Restore Your Body After Kids! Offered now for $297, which is a $425 savings.

    Macklash + Brow Bar in Downtown Edmonds

    Macklash + Brow Bar

    Macklash + Brow Bar is offering 10% off on gift card purchases this season! They offer a variety of self-care services including eyelash extensions,  microblading, lash lifts and tints, brow waxing and tints, and brow laminatins. They also carry some great products like hyrdrojelly face masks and mini cold rollers. And check out their lovely scented candles from Studio Ten Nineteen while you are there!

    Pelindaba in Downtown Edmonds

    Pelindaba Lavender

    Pelindaba Lavender is a gem of a shop featuring locally handcrafted lavender products for personal care, therapy, culinary uses, for the home, and even for your pets!

    For Foodies & Imbibers

    Bench & Board

    Bench & Board is a haven for foodie-related accessories and gifts. Stop by to peruse their selection of beautiful boards, wood tools, and ceramics that make excellent gifts for the person on your list who loves to entertain.

    Girardi’s Osteria

    During the Edmonds Holidays when you dine at Girardi’s Osteria and enjoy a minimum of $60 in meals and drinks, we’ll send you home with a sealed bottle of house wine (choose from Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot). To receive this special, please mention it to your server at the time of payment. Note this is a stand-alone special. Additionally and only for online gift certificate purchases valued over $100, we will include an extra 10% “Promotional Voucher” to be used within 90 days of issue (gift certificate value never expires).

    Calypso in Downtown Edmonds

    Calypso

    Calypso Edmonds allows you to enjoy the feeling of the tropics even during winter with their warm Caribbean flavors just steps from the Edmonds beach and the Edmonds/Kingston ferry terminal. Pick up gift cards in any denomination to treat your loved one to a taste of paradise!

    Dusted Valley in Downtown Edmonds

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar

    Dusted Valley Wine Bar says treat your friends and family to wine from the Walla Walla Valley this holiday season! Select one of our prebuilt Cabernet Sauvignon 3-packs bundled beautifully in our specialty wooden box. Or customize the box to please any palate by selecting your three favorite wines! In addition to the 3-packs, they are also bringing back wine tasting kits which were a huge hit last year! These can only be purchased online (will not be available in the tasting room), but they do make great gifts for individuals and/or corporate events!

    Revelations Yogurt in Downtown Edmonds

    Revelations Yogurt

    Revelations Yogurts has 10 rotating flavors of premium frozen yogurt with live and active probiotic cultures. It’s a great stop while out shopping and they also offer gift cards great for stocking stuffers!

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee is not only your go-to spot for a shopping pick-me-up, they have handpicked some fun, fresh merchandise for the holidays. In addition to great travel mugs and brewing equipment, Walnut also curates a selection of festive items from local makers – like local illustrator Misha Zadeh’s line of holiday wares, Moontea Arts european linens and Kate Blairestone’s gift wrap. What could be better than grabbing a cup of coffee and checking some items off your gift giving to-do list!

    Invite your friends to dine their way around Edmonds with gift cards from regionally-recognized downtown restaurants!

    Salt & Iron in Downtown Edmonds

    Salt & Iron

    A gift card to enjoy local oysters, steaks and great American cuisine at Salt & Iron is perfect for the foodie on your list.

    Fire & the Feast

    For the Italian food lover, a Fire & the Feast gift card is perfect. Nosh on handmade woodfired pizzas, house made pastas and Italian cuisine—PNW style!

    San Kai in Downtown Edmonds

    San Kai

    A gift card to SanKai will delight sushi lovers! Sushi master Ryuichi Nakano has created a warm inviting dining experience, perfect for a family meal or a date-night dinner.

    Gifts for the Young Ones

    Alley Bell in Downtown Edmonds

    Alley Bell Music

    This holiday season, consider giving the gift of music! Alley Bell Music has musical opportunities for all ages with both virtual and in person music classes. They are now registering for winter classes that begin January 10th and their 2021 Holiday Jingle Jam at alleybellmusic.com. Gift certificates are also available!

    BUCK Academy in Downtown Edmonds

    Buck Academy

    Teaching the next generation about financial fitness is the goal of BUCK Academy, a new book series providing parents with the tools to make sure that the next generation does better with their financial security. Check out their website for all of their products!

    To Add to Your Holiday Decor or for the Hard-to-buy-for Person

    For your holiday decorating needs or those hard-to-buy-for people, check out these businesses!

    crow in Downtown Edmonds

    Crow

    Crow is your go-to shop for unique, hand-crafted gifts. They feature locally-made candles and soaps, beautifully crafted artisan jewelry, cozy knitwear and scarves. Right now they have a beautiful selection of upcycled fingerless cashmere gloves. Crow has something for everyone on your list. They also offer gift cards when you just can’t decide on that one perfect item!
    Garden Gear & Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden Gear & Gallery

    Garden Gear & Gallery has everything the green thumb in your life could ever desire including hand-blown glass with vibrant colors, amazing sculptural shapes from local artists to brighten up any home and garden all year round. Make sure to stop in to see their special selection of decorative garden glass from local studios.

    C'est la Vie in Downtown Edmonds

    C’est la Vie

    C’est la Vie carries everything from home décor to clothing to great hostess gifts. They carry a selection of exclusive Edmonds focused items and are also offering gift wrapping free of charge!

    MaJe Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    MaJe Gallery

    This season Maje Gallery has a delightful stock of artisan made décor, ornaments, gifts and accessories all made right here in the USA.

    The Wooden Spoon in Downtown Edmonds

    The Wooden Spoon

    The Wooden Spoon has a bounty of tools, serveware and kitchen accessories to make your holiday meals a fabulous success this year. Also check out their selection of darling holiday décor for table, kitchen, and home. Great for gifts!

    The Weathered Frame in Downtown Edmonds

    The Weathered Frame Photography

    Capture the memories this year with a photo! The Weathered Frame Photography has a seasonal offer of a complimentary beauty portrait photo session that includes one complimentary 8 x 10 matted print of your choice.

    Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Bookshop

    Edmonds Bookshop has calendars and cards and books for the holidays and all year round. They are happy to offer great recommendations for everyone on your list. Shop early as some items are limited to stock on hand.

    ARTspot in Downtown Edmonds

    ARTspot

    Give the gift of creativity this season. ARTspot is stocked up and ready for your holiday shopping with quality artist supplies and gifts to inspire the imagination!

    Happy shopping, dining, and gift giving! To check out all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds for all of your holiday needs, visit EdmondsHolidays.com.

  73. Business Spotlight: DME CPA Group PC

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Nancy J. Ekrem from DME CPA Group PC

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping customers reach their financial goals.

    Why did you start your business?
    My passion is to minimize taxes and optimize business and personal cash flow. Helping individuals achieve their objectives is what we are all about. Working in Edmonds allows us to do what we love and have the flexibility to be there for our families.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    To be close to home and neighbors while raising young children.

    What is unique about your business?
    We go the extra mile to find solutions to financial problems and opportunities.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We are dedicated to helping our clients pay the least amount of taxes required while optimizing cash flow.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    As always we are available during business hours by phone, Zoom, and in person (by appointment). Many of our team work remotely to stay healthy while they continue to serve our clients. We haven’t missed a beat during this time and have been busy helping guide our clients through the vast array of tax acts with business and individual benefits to get families strong.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love solving puzzles. 1000 piece, to complex financial puzzles.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Our goal is to help you with your tax and accounting needs. We provide a variety of services from tax planning and consulting to preparing individual and business tax returns. We not only assist you with your taxes, we help you plan for a better more secure future.

    DME CPA Group PC
    123 3rd Ave S, Ste 200
    Years in business: 36

  74. Ready…Set…It’s Edmonds Shopping Season!

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    Just as the days are getting shorter, the Edmonds Holiday season is launching to make spirits bright! Celebrating the holidays in Edmonds has become a beloved tradition for families throughout our region. This year our businesses are ready to welcome shoppers and diners with open arms and a bounty of gift giving options. So let’s kick things off with a first peek of what’s ho-ho-happening in Downtown Edmonds!

    Ornament Stroll

    Shop local this season and receive a complementary holiday ornament with your $40 purchase at participating businesses! Shop at over 23 Downtown Edmonds businesses and you will receive a festive and unique ornament perfect to add to your own holiday décor or to use for gift giving.

    Make your way through downtown and visit these businesses between November 26th and December 5th:With a limited supply and each business offering something different, this is a great holiday treasure hunt! Can you collect them all?

    There is a limit one per customer and they are only available while supplies last, so go get collecting! When you add one to your collection use #edmondsholidays to share your goodies on social media.

    Participating Businesses:

    Anchor Chic
    ARTspot
    Bench & Board
    Bodyworks Massage
    Comstock Jewelers
    crow
    Driftwood Modern
    Edmonds Bookshop
    Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs
    FIELD
    Gallery North
    Garden Gear & Gallery
    Glazed & Amazed
    House Wares
    Pear Tree Consignment
    Pelindaba Lavender
    Rebekah’s Boutique
    Rogue
    Soaring Heart Natural Beds
    The Basement Salon
    The Refinery Salon

    A Bounty of Shopping Options…all Downtown

    Our downtown businesses are all stocked up and ready for you to shop local this season!

    Downtown merchants have everything you need to round out your gift giving and holiday shopping. From our multitude of boutiques with clothes and accessories for all styles to specialty retailers offering art, teas, home décor, jewelry, items for the garden, kitchen products, and wine, you can find it in Downtown Edmonds.

    Sound Styles has a great selection of festive dresses perfect for upcoming holiday festivities. Rogue has cozy sweaters in stock along with an impressive inventory of accessories and jewelry including lines from local makers.

    For the little ones in your life, stop by Little Bipsy. They have a brand new collection of coordinating cozy weather accessories in holiday colors.

    Want to deck out your home or holiday table? The Wooden Spoon and HOUSEwares are full of beautiful options to suit your style. And C’est la Vie is the place to go for those hard to shop for folks on your list.

    If you want to gift something handmade, take a look at the upcoming classes at Glazed and Amazed.

    For people looking to gift experiences, consider gift cards to any of our fantastic food and drink purveyors, or tickets to performances at ECA, and even workshops and classes to explore your creativity.

    Cole Art Studio offers a variety of art classes to sharpen your technique or try your hand at something new. There are in person classes as well as online classes and participants receive a 10% discount at neighboring supply store ARTspot.

    As you take in the sights and shop for the perfect gifts, make a pit stop to fuel up or unwind at our local restaurants, pubs, and lounges. Many places have covered and heated outdoor seating options for the cooler weather. Seasonal menus offer delicious takeout options, too.

    Look for our next holiday article which will feature the annual Edmonds Gift Guide chock full of details on must-have items for everyone on your list!

    Edmonds Holiday Market

    The annual Edmonds Holiday Market is back and starts its limited run on Saturday, November 6th and runs 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18 from 10am to 3pm. The market is held outdoors on Fifth Avenue between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum. In addition to hitting all your tried-and-true downtown shops, there are lots of opportunities to pick up goodies and find that perfect gift made by over 50 local artisans and craftspeople!

    Be in the Know

    Visit EdmondsHolidays.com throughout the season to know everything going on this season. And for more information about all of the wonderful businesses in downtown Edmonds, visit  EdmondsDowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  75. Business Spotlight: Girardi’s Osteria

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    Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

    In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

    Meet Fred Milani from Girardi’s Osteria

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Providing guests with a pleasant and memorable dining experience at easily affordable prices. Our average ticket price is around $30 per person and our dinner plates are very generously portioned.

    Why did you start your business?
    I purchased an existing restaurant, Girardi’s Osteria, which has been an institution in Edmonds. My wife and I had dinner at Girardi’s and loved it. When we found out it was for sale due to Bruno retiring, it was a no-brainer.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Quaint little town with lots of restaurants, friendly people, reasonable safety. Besides, Girardi’s was in Edmonds!

    What is unique about your business?
    Happy hour all day, warm and friendly small family restaurant, and loyal, long-time staff who’ve been with the restaurant much longer than we have owned it, some by a decade or more. We serve our very popular $5 glasses of house wine all day long and we pour very generously with all wine.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Always great and friendly service and food, beautiful heated patio with hanging grapevines (and grapes in the summer and fall), a multi-tiered fountain, and when you head inside, a beautiful bar, a great multi-sided fireplace, and Italian music on the speakers.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Opening 4 to 8 pm Monday through Wednesday due to staff shortage. Thursdays we open noon to 8, Friday through Saturday is 11:30 to 9:00 pm, and Sundays are 11:30 to 8. We follow all county, State and CDC guidelines, sanitize surfaces, menus, and check presenters very frequently for the sake of our guests and our own families.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am a computer Geek and an engineer by education and owned a network management company after I left Microsoft in 2012. Retiring from IT into a restaurant that I love at a time COVID hit? Priceless!!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    All we try to do is to get you out of your kitchen and into our dining room and make life easier for you. Let us do the cooking, serving and cleaning while you dine, enjoy a glass of wine, and have fun with your friends. Often times it is less costly to dine out than to make everything yourself at home, and the shopping and the chopping and the preparing and the cleaning and the washing and putting things away…

    Girardi’s Osteria
    504 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 23

  76. It’s Fall Y’all in Downtown Edmonds

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    The air has a certain crispness and the leaves are turning brilliant colors which means fall has arrived! This brings lots of activities and ways to enjoy the season to downtown Edmonds, grab your ghoul-friends and c’mon out!

    Edmonds Scarecrow Festival at Coldwell Banker BainAnnual Scarecrow Festival

    Drive around town this time of year and you will see some fun new friends showing up.

    Each year dozens of businesses, organizations, and residents take part in the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum.

    People travel from all over South Snohomish County to check out the scarecrows that stretch beyond just the downtown core.

    Many of our downtown businesses already have their scarecrows proudly on display. We have seen The Real Housewitches of Edmonds at Coldwell Banker Bain, Dr. Salvador Fauci at ARTspot, and a lovely Cruella at Café Louvre so far.

    Competition is fierce each year – past winners have included Rogue, Walnut Street, Taki Tiki, and Wilcox Construction. Who will take top honors this year? That’s up to you!

    Take time between now and November 1st to stroll the streets and appreciate all the creativity!

    Registration is free and is open until October 17th. Make sure to visit the website or stop by the museum between October 18th and November 1st to cast your vote for your favorite entry in each category. To check out the winners from 2020, check out photos on their Facebook page.

    Autumn in Your Tum

    With temps taking a dip, it’s a great time to sample comfort food and beverages.

    Chanterelle in Downtown EdmondsNothing says comfort like soup! Edmonds has a bounty of great options to warm you right up. Chanterelle is nearly famous for their delicious tomato bisque that is hearty and features notes of basil. It pairs perfectly with a grilled cheese or is great on it’s own in a bowl. If tortilla soup is your jam, you are in luck with three great options in downtown at Santa Fe, Las Brisas, and Kahlo’s Cantina.

    Salish Sea Brewing in Downtown EdmondsSome people equate fall with beer and our local brewery Salish Sea Brewing Company has you covered with their seasonal offering called Festbier. This is a tip of the hat to Oktoberfest, “Brewed to portray traditional wiesn bier-the only beer served in the Oktoberfest tents in Munich” according to their Facebook page. Stop by to check out their entire selection of craft beers proudly brewed right here in Edmonds.

    Looking for great coffee and brunch this season? Then get yourself to Red Twig! Not only to they roast their own beans for delicious coffee beverages, they also serve up great brunch offerings every day like scrambles, crepes, and huevos rancheros. Plus they have a yummy selection of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth!

    Halloween Happenings

    The Edmonds Chamber is sponsoring several Halloween celebrations including a week-long trick or treat event, a pumpkin carving contest, and a virtual costume contest again this year.

    Rather than a 2-hour event drawing large crowds in a short time period, the Chamber has opted to spread out the trick or treating fun over the course of several days running from Tuesday, October 26th through Sunday, October 31st. The list of participating businesses will be posted at EdmondsHalloween.com so stay tuned!

    On October 23rd, try your hand at carving your best pumpkin down at the Edmonds Waterfront Center starting at 11am. Judging begins at 1pm with awards being handed out at 1:30pm. All ages are welcome and they are asking for a $6 donation.

    Entries are open for the virtual costume contest! Categories include something for everyone—groups, children of all ages (including grown ups), pets, and heroes. Registration is free and winners will received Edmonds Cash—gift certificates to local businesses! Entries are open until November 1st.

    For a complete list of everything happening in Edmonds along with all of our great restaurants, stores, and businesses, make sure to visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  77. Refresh this Fall in Edmonds

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    With the change in seasons, it’s a natural time to shake things up in your routine. Whether that’s looking to spruce up your closet, change up your look, or embark on some healthy new habits or fun hobbies. Whatever strikes your fancy this fall, you can find it in Edmonds.

    Rebekah's in Downtown EdmondsCloset Update

    As we move into chillier weather, it’s a great time to update your closet. PNW weather means layers and many pieces can be worn throughout the year – so you can shop new arrivals as well as seasonal clearance racks for great updates to your closet.

    Local style hub Rogue added a men’s section a few months back and this season they have added a section just for juniors, just in time for back to school. Make sure to stop by to check it out!

    Rebekah’s Boutique is known to carry beautifully colorful scarves which are a great transitional accessory from summer to fall as the weather may still be sunny but with a bit of a chill in the air.

    Shoes, specifically boots and booties, are a fall staple. You can easily take summer dresses into fall with a denim jacket or cardigan and a cute boot. Visit Crush Footwear to see their stock of boots and booties…and cardigans!

    Updating on a budget but still have champagne taste? Pear Tree Consignment refreshes their stock daily and carries beautiful items at a discount from regular retail. Also, if you are looking to clear some room from your closet, you can easily make an appointment online to consign your in-season pieces.

    Edmonds BrouhahaA favorite Edmonds event perfect for a closet refresh returns the weekend of September 24-26. Brouhaha is a backroom blowout sidewalk sale when over 20 local retailers clear out merchandise ahead of the holiday season. This means GREAT deals to be found on fantastic items! For the full list of participating retailers and hours, check online here.

    Chroma in Downtown EdmondsPerfect Personal Style

    Does your ‘do need a pick me up? Has the change of season left your skin a little bit listless? Don’t worry, Edmonds has style professionals ready to get you looking your best ASAP!

    Chroma Salon offers hair services that not only feature a stress relieving treatment but they also teach you how to recreate your new look at home. And they use delicious-smelling Aveda products, too.

    The Refinery Salon is an exclusive Kerastase Partner Salon as well as having a staff trained at a master level with Wella Professionals Color. They also have a loyalty program where clients can earn points to be redeemed for products and services.

    Fall is a great time to rehydrate your skin after summer before the drying winter months. A customized facial at can be fine-tuned to your skin’s specific needs whether that be anti-aging, sensitive skin, or microdermabrasion. The experts at Slate Salon + Spa can get your skin looking its best!

    Sandal season may be coming to a close, but why not give your toesies a nice send off to fall with a pedicure? Give Milltown Nails a call or just walk in for an appointment!

    Twist Yoga in Downtown EdmondsHealthy Habits and Hobbies

    It’s always a good time to find ways to reduce stress. Twist Yoga offers classes in studio as well as online with a variety of styles suitable for all levels. They have an offer of 30 days for $39 to people new to Twist.

    If yoga is already our jam and you’ve thought about taking the plunge to becoming an instructor, Twist is now taking applications for their January 2022 training session.

    Pilates is another stress-buster that also improves your health and fitness. Bodyworks Pilates works one on one with students in their studio to address their fitness and health goals. They currently have an introductory special of five sessions for $175.00.

    Ready to embrace a new hobby with your inner artist? Cole Art Studio offers both in person and online art classes in a variety of mediums for various skill levels. From sketching, to watercolor, to acrylics – there is a class for everyone to explore!

    If you are itching to get back out and travel, you can take part in free virtual online classes and events put on by Rick Steves Europe. In addition to the online classes (in person workshops are on hold for now), they have an expansive library of travel videos available to view as well.

    To see the full lineup of fantastic shopping, fitness, and personal service destinations in Downtown Edmonds, visit http://edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  78. Sip & Nosh Through Edmonds this Summer

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    Summertime is the perfect opportunity to stroll through Downtown Edmonds to shop, gather, and enjoy the season. Whether you are visiting the summer market, shopping for that perfect wedding or housewarming gift, or taking part in the Lovin’ Summer Scavenger hunt—our vibrant restaurant and beverage scene beckons you to stop for a moment and enjoy some of the best food and drink in the region.

    Here is just a peek at some of the offerings around town that are guaranteed to please your taste buds!

    Girardi's Osteria in Downtown EdmondsGirardi’s Osteria

    Want to feel like you are visiting a secret grotto in Italy without leaving town? Visit Girardi’s garden patio for specially valued small plates all day (including some of their happy hour favorites) or join them during what they’ve dubbed Super Happy Hours for 15% off everything including cocktails.

     

    Kelnero in Downtown EdmondsKelnero

    Our friends at Kelnero never cease to amaze visitors with their creative craft cocktails. Their newest concoction called Citizen of the World looks to be another winner. They invite you to brighten up your summer with this elevated riff on a classic Cosmpolitan! Gin and a fresh lavender infusion lend delightful and complex botanical notes to everyone’s guilty pleasure. This drink features The Botanist Gin, Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, lavender-infused simple syrup, and Amargo Chuncho bitters. Indulge yourself.

     

    Calypso in Downtown EdmondsCalypso

    Our own little getaway to the Caribbean right here in Edmonds, Calypso is known for their tropical cocktails paired with authentic island dishes. Plan your escape and enjoy their traditional Jamaican-style jerk chicken that is served with mixed vegetables along with rice and beans. Jerk seasoning is native to Jamaica and gets it sweet flavor from the allspice and its heat from scotch bonnet peppers.

     

    Vinbero in Downtown EdmondsVinbero

    The newest kid on the Edmonds dining block, Vinbero, has opened to rave reviews. Right now, you can enjoy the sparkling orange wine, Biokult Naken, that is a superb summer sipper. This wine perfectly captures the essence of a sunny day with bright notes of citrus and honey, with a dry palate. Organic and natural, enjoy a glass to enjoy there or take a bottle home to crush on your own patio.

     

    Church Key Pub in Downtown EdmondsChurch Key Pub

    Church Key has come up with a new summery cocktail they call the Breezy Fitzgerald, inspired while spending time with some great neighbors of theirs. The Breezy Fitzgerald is a fun twist on a lemon drop, created with Rainier Mountain Fresh Gin, lemon, and burnt honey hops bitters and is garnished with a dried hop. A great way to scratch that beer itch with a