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  1. 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!

    The Paper Feather in Downtown Edmonds

    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! 





  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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 cocktail!

     

    Fire & the Feast in Downtown EdmondsFire & the Feast

    Created by their Bar Manager AJ, Fire & the Feast introduces My Cousin Vinny. This cocktail features clarified milk punch, mint infused rum blanc, Nardini Aqua di Cerdo Grappa, and lemon. A perfect accompaniment to dinner or weekend brunch!

     

    Walnut Street Coffee in Downtown EdmondsWalnut Street Coffee

    Since real-life campfires are on hold in our area this summer, the baristas at Walnut have come up with a drink special that helps you enjoy the best part of one—a s’more in a cup! Named The Campfire, order up this cup of nostalgia to enjoy the flavors of toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate mocha, finished with whip cream and crushed graham crackers. It’s even gluten free!

     

    Maize & Barley in Downtown EdmondsMaize & Barley

    Sangria is a mixed alcohol drink that originated in Spain and Portugal and is a popular summer staple for people all over the world. Maize & Barley has Sangria Sabrosito! for your enjoyment which is house-made and on draft for a refreshing summer sipper on its own or paired with their Caribbean-inspired food menu.

     

    The Market in Downtown EdmondsThe Market

    Nothing says summer like a delicious piña colada. The Market is now serving up their take on the classic tropical drink with their Frozen Piña Colada made with Moscato wine, sweet coconut cream, and, of course, pineapple. Cheers to beating the heat with this tribute to sunny weather!

     

    Salt & Iron in Downtown EdmondsSalt & Iron

    The mint julep is a hallmark of the South meant to keep you cool when temperatures rise. It is especially popular at the annual Kentucky Derby. Salt & Iron has made a delicious version of the classic drink called the Just Peachy Julep. Sip and enjoy this genius combination of Four Roses bourbon, mint-infused simple syrup, and house-made fresh peach compote. Fancy hat optional.

     

    Starbucks in Downtown EdmondsStarbucks

    Need a cool pick me up to spice things up? Starbucks has you covered with their popular Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. This iced coffee features a delicious blend of iced espresso, cinnamon, and brown sugar shaken with a generous pour of oat milk to top it off.

    See the full lineup of fantastic dining and drinking destinations in Downtown Edmonds here.

    By Kelsey Foster

  35. Lovin’ Summer in Edmonds—Part Two

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    We are back for part two of Summer in Edmonds! To round out your sunny days, we have more upcoming activities and events that make this time of year in Edmonds so special. If you missed part one, check it out here!

    Edmonds Wine WalkArt Wine Walk

    Attention wine lovers! The beloved Art Wine Walk is BACK this summer!

    The walk takes place on Saturday, August 7th from 5pm to 8pm. This year the event is bigger than in the past with 19 sip stops featuring 21 wineries. Stops include FIELD, Ombu, Rogue, Cline Jewelers, Windermere Real Estate, Anchor Chic, Coldwell Banker Bain, and many more. Organizers have also added three outdoor check-in stations to make it easier to get started.

    “We are so glad this fun event is returning this summer!” shared Susie Beresford, realtor with Coldwell Banker Bain.

    The wine walk is a fundraiser for Art Walk Edmonds who puts on the monthly art walk in town. Participants not only get to enjoy great wine and shopping but also get to support one of our favorite local organizations.

    Pre-sold tickets to this popular event have already sold out. However, organizers will have a limited number of tickets available day-of at 6:30pm. All of the details can be found at ArtWalkEdmonds.com.

    Edmonds beachPicnic at the Beach

    Our beaches provide the ultimate picnic destination. And so many of our restaurants offer the easy convenience of takeout!

    Newly opened Vinbero, in the former Cheesemonger’s Table location, has great sandwiches and other delicacies perfect for a picnic. You can also find a great selection of crackers, olives, and spreads to accompany your purchase.

    Waterfront Coffee Company offers great coffee, of course. But you will also find a selection of sandwiches along with ice cream and other tasty beverages that you can easily take with you to the beach to soak in the views.

    Toshi’s Teriyaki is another option for easy takeout that’s right on the way to the beach. They offer more than teriyaki, including great yakisoba and burgers to go.

    In need of linens or other accessories to fancy up your outing? Swing by Housewares and The Wooden Spoon where you will find all sorts of items to really jazz up your meal by the sea and make it special.

    Lovin' Summer Family Scavenger HuntFamily Scavenger Hunt—August Edition

    Ed! is partnering with the Edmonds Historical Museum this summer on a first ever fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt around town. The August edition will lead players through downtown and along the waterfront. What a perfect family activity to combine with your picnic at the beach!

    Grab your entry form online or at Walnut Street Coffee or Edmonds Bookshop and follow the clues to answer the questions. Then simply drop off your completed form either in the mail slot in front of the museum or at the Museum’s info booth at the Summer Market each week. Winners will be picked each week through September 10th with the prize of a Lovin’ Summer Edmonds t-shirt.

    Shop & dine in Downtown EdmondsWeekend Shopping and Dining

    Walkable Main Street continues through Labor Day weekend and the Summer Market goes until October 9th also!

    Don’t forget that your shopping and dining adventures don’t end on Main Street! A bounty of shops and eateries are there to discover all within a short stroll of Main Street and the Summer Market. While you explore be sure to look for the Lovin’ Summer Edmonds flags to and cute window clings adorning over 50 businesses in town to guide you. It’s the perfect time to park once and enjoy all that downtown Edmonds has to offer. And remember this handy parking guide that shows available parking, including After Hours lots and expanded ADA stalls provided by the City.

    Taste Edmonds Returns

    Dubbed “Not Your Typical Taste” Taste Edmonds makes a comeback August 20th to 22nd but will look different in a few ways in 2021.

    Due to anticipated construction at Civic Field, the venue has moved to Frances Anderson Center. With a smaller capacity, along with being mindful of our young participants unable to be vaccinated yet, the festival this year will be limited to people age 21+.

    What won’t change is the great music, selection of beers and cider, cornhole, and the good times that Taste Edmonds always promises.

    Tickets are being pre-sold for the event and are available online at TasteEdmonds.com.

    Edmonds Arts FestivalEdmonds Arts Festival

    Another summer tradition returns this year – the Edmonds Arts Festival! Normally held at the very beginning of summer, this year the event moves closer to the end being held August 27th to the 29th.

    Nine bands have been selected to play throughout the three days. The event will still feature the juried art exhibition, the student art exhibition, tons of crafts and art for sale by local artisans, and a hands-on art activity area for children. For all of the information, check out their website at EdmondsArtsFestival.com.

    Edmonds is chock-full of fun this summer! Follow Lovin’ Summer Edmonds to be in the loop about all the local happenings. And for more information about all the wonderful local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit EdmondsDowntown.org.

  36. Business Spotlight: BUCK Academy

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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 Dustin & Febyolla Goss from BUCK Academy

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    As parents, we are really enjoy educating our kids about personal finance in order to have a solid piggy bank of savings, and/or a real bank account.

    We believe that kids need to learn about “Saving” since their early age, not only understand about “Earning and Spending.”
    BUCK Academy exist to help parents teach children about personal finance and we are excited to give this lesson and produce materials to change lives.

    Why did you start your business?
    Buck Academy was born from a need to teach and nourish the youth in our lives. We live and breathe in a household that is passionate about being the best version of you, that you can be. As we have lived, grown, and learned as a unit of our own, we have created a foundation of knowledge for many more to come.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We live here, work here, and love the community.

    What is unique about your business?
    We have a unique character, BUCK, who is fun and engaging for kids to interact with while learning about money. BUCK simplifies the message and creates absorbable content meant for children. Only the rich know these secrets. Facts are that Americans have terrible money habits. We can change this for the next generation of savers.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We are results driven and exist for a good cause. In fact we give away books for each sale. We give to teachers and classrooms, individuals in need, and library systems in order to spread the good word on personal finance importance.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We offer our products online and nationwide. Find us in Edmonds Bookshop and Little Bipsy!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    BUCK is 1.5 years old. A US Dollar bill or BUCK cost 4.9 cents to make and has an average life of 5.8 years. If we learn how to use money wisely we often live more playful and stress-free lives.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?

    BUCK Academy offers books and lessons written and illustrated by entrepreneurial husband and wife team Dustin and Febyolla Goss. BUCK, a friendly personification of a dollar, breaks money down to the basics with the goal of creating a new society of young savers and investors.

    The idea for BUCK Academy blossomed when the Gosses, parents of two young children, attempted to teach their son about money and they weren’t able to find any simple resources. The first book, BUCK Making Cents, is written for children ages 5-9 years old. More books for all learning ages will be coming in 2021.

    “Like it or not, money is as at the center of modern lifestyles,” Dustin Goss said. “How many of us wish we had been smarter with finances starting at a young age? All of us! We want our children to be a little wiser and have less financial stress in their lives. BUCK has been created to make money approachable and foster appreciation of saving for the future.”

    If you enjoyed any of our books please buy another and pass the gift forward. We donate a portion of each sale to the education of less fortunate children, schools and library systems.

    Teachers or children in need please email us at buck@buckacademy.org to request a free copy of our book.

    BUCK Academy
    516 Main St
    Years in business: 1

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  37. Lovin’ Summer in Edmonds—Part One

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    Summer in Edmonds is back in full swing in 2021 and there is something for everyone to LOVE! We are thrilled to share the bevvy of activities taking place downtown between now and September. Below is part one of the series, look for part two in August!

    Lovin' Summer Edmonds 4th of JulyAn Edmonds Kind of 4th Returns!

    Through the heroic work of the Chamber of Commerce staff who swung into gear with short notice, An Edmonds Kind of 4th is back in 2021!

    This year features the popular Beat Brackett 5k, the traditional main parade (thanks to the community stepping up to participate), and a fireworks show that is planned to be nearly twice as long as in past years.

    Also, to show your support to the Chamber who puts on this free event to the community (an event that is not without expenses), pick up a spiked or regular lemonade during the 4th of July weekend at three locations on Main Street: The Market Fishmonger & Eatery, Salt & Iron: Oysters and Steak, and Fire & the Feast. Thanks to Feed Me Hospitality Group for organizing this!

    “We cannot thank the community enough” said Greg Urban, President & CEO of the Edmonds Chamber. “The outpouring of attention from local media and interest from the community has made this possible.”

    Lovin' Summer Edmonds Shop & StrollStroll & Shop Raffle

    This first ever event will be taking place through the month of July. Spend $25 (or more) at one of over 20 participating businesses downtown to get a raffle ticket with your qualifying purchase. Participants include a mix of retailers, salons, and services (full list here). Just drop your raffle ticket off in the box in front of Rogue boutique to be entered to win an exclusive Lovin’ Summer trucker hat in the weekly drawing.

    Jen, owner of Edmonds Crow, shared, “Crow is excited to participate in this event and hopes to see people strolling all over town taking part! We are a one stop shop for gifts and always have new items in from small makers across the NW. Stop in to pick up a unique gift for any upcoming weddings, or showers, or other events you have this summer”

    Family Scavenger Hunt

    Ed! is partnering with the Edmonds Historical Museum this summer on a first ever fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt around town.

    Grab your entry form at The Edmonds Bookshop or Walnut Street Coffee or print one online and follow the clues to answer the questions. Then simply drop off your completed form either in the mail slot in front of the museum or at the Museum’s info booth at the market each week. Winners will be picked each week through September 10th with the prize of a Lovin’ Summer Edmonds t-shirt.

    There will be two versions this summer so you can explore all of Downtown Edmonds!

    Lovin' Summer Edmonds at House WaresWalkable Main Street and Beyond

    Walkable Main Street is back again this summer and the Summer Market is in full swing, also! Every Saturday and Sunday, Main Street is closed to cars from 6th Avenue to 3rd Avenue creating a pedestrian-friendly promenade right through town. And then each Saturday, the Summer Market sets up near 5th and Bell with goodies from local vendors.

    And the fun doesn’t just start and stop on Main! A bounty of shops and eateries are there to discover all within a short stroll of Main Street and the Summer Market. While you explore be sure to look for the cute window clings adorning over 50 businesses in town. It’s the perfect time to park once and enjoy all that downtown Edmonds has to offer. Check out this handy parking page showing available parking, including expanded ADA stalls provided by the City.

    Flowers in Downtown EdmondsEdmonds is Blooming!

    When you are out strolling downtown, make sure to look up and admire the lovely hanging flower baskets adorning the light poles and planted flowers at the corners. They are delightful!

    And if they inspire you, why not attend this year’s Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour? The annual Edmonds Garden Tour returns this year taking place on Sunday, July 18th from 11am to 4pm. This highly anticipated and much beloved annual event is for anyone with a green (or not-quite-green) thumb.

    Participants are invited to see six private gardens in town. These gardens feature a bit of everything, including roses, hostas, urban settings, a country escape, vegetables, chicken coops, and more. Some are totally DIY while others are professionally landscaped.

    Tickets to the tour are available at FIELD, Bountiful Home & Garden, and Garden Gear & Gallery through July 16th. And hang onto that ticket because on the day of the tour, participants are invited to visit FIELD to receive 20% off your in-store purchase by showing your ticket.

    Edmonds is chock-full of fun this summer! Make sure to check out part two that has more activities to share in early August (did somebody say Summer Drink Bingo?!?). Follow http://edmondsdowntown.org/lovin-summer-edmonds/ to be in the loop this summer. And for more information about all the wonderful local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  38. Business Spotlight: The ChurchKey Pub

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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 Musa Safouane from The ChurchKey Pub

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The warm atmosphere, great beer, and the locals that have come to frequent our pub.

    Why did you start your business?
    I started as a bar-back in 2014 and worked my way up to bartender, bar manager, and then had the opportunity to purchase the pub from the previous owners in 2019.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    My wife (Hannah) and I have loved Edmonds for years. We came down here with friends quite a bit and ChurchKey quickly became our favorite spot. I was working for an advertising company when Hannah and I had bought our first house in Edmonds back in 2014. After buying our home we came to love the Edmonds community and I asked if they were looking for extra help at the pub. I started as a bar-back and came to enjoy connecting with the community through working the bar and eventually quit my other job to pursue ChurchKey fulltime. Hannah is also a nurse at Swedish Edmonds so we quickly established a life here and started a family with our 2 young sons Moses (3) and Anders (9mo).

    What is unique about your business?
    We have a very inviting atmosphere and take great pride in finding the best beers, cocktails, and food for our customers. We also did our best to adapt to the new regulations brought on by COVID and maintain an inviting yet safe space for our community and its visitors.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Because we do our best to give them the best pub and dining experience we can. We also look to make them feel at home.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Take-out food, limited hours, outdoor seating, and COVID compliant indoor seating.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’ve been interested in cars since I was kid. Started off with hot wheels, models, then videogames. Once I could drive all expendable income went into fixing, modifying, or buying cars. I’ve gotten more reasonable with age but still have the itch to buy some part for an unreasonable HP gain or pick up a rusted out 4×4 to fix up and have fun with off-road.

    The ChurchKey Pub
    109 4th Ave N
    Years in business: 8

  39. The More You Know—Edmonds Edition

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    Downtown Edmonds has become known in recent years as a lauded food, dining, and beverage destination, for a vibrant creative scene, and for retailers offering a spectrum of must-have products. However, there is an entire behind-the-scenes collection of businesses providing services you never knew existed right here in downtown Edmonds. Let’s discover a few of these hidden gems…

    Fortaleza in Downtown EdmondsAging Like a Fine Wine

    Have you ever had a special wine that you were saving for a special occasion yet when you opened it up, the taste was just “off”? Unless you have a specialized (read: $$$) highly controlled storage area, chances are your special beverage succumbed to a few “enemies”.

    What are the “enemies” of wine? According to the wine (and beer) storage experts at Fortaleza they include inconsistent temperature, light, vibration, and changes to humidity. And since more people collect wines than can build specialized storage areas because of space or budget constraints, Fortaleza opened to provide wine and beer storage lockers to keep your collection at its prime.

    The rented lockers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate all types of collections. They are maintained at a constant 55 degrees, eliminate light and vibration, and maintain ideal humidity levels for wine/beer storage of 60-70%. All of this slows down the aging process. And lockers are ideal whether you are storing bottles for the short-term or the long-term.

    When asked why they opened a wine storage business in Edmonds, owner Sheryl Frisk told us, “We located the business in Edmonds because of demographics. As households downsize, they still need a place to store their wine.  Prior to opening Fortaleza, the closest wine storage facility was in Seattle. We meet a need for residents of Edmonds and the surrounding communities. Honestly, who doesn’t love Edmonds!”

    Ten Gun Design in Downtown EdmondsCutting Edge Design

    When people think about agencies that produce cutting edge design and marketing, they likely think that happens in modern offices in huge high rises in big, bustling cities. Well, that kind of high level creative work happens right here in downtown Edmonds – albeit in a very chic and modern office space.

    Ten Gun Design, with the tagline “Take ideas further” has called Edmonds home since 2009, though they also have a team based in Redmond, too. They are a full-service creative agency providing the whole spectrum of creative services from strategy, execution, and overall project management.

    “We decided to move our office to Edmonds after we outgrew our first office in Queen Anne and struggled to find a suitable larger space in the same area. Eventually, our account talked us into taking a look at space in Edmonds. It had a great view, parking, was larger and much cheaper than anything we were seeing in the Seattle area. We took that space and never looked back,” said co-founder Mark VonGunten. “Our employees enjoy all the amenities of our seaside downtown, like the variety of restaurants and cafes in walking distance to the office,” he adds.

    Ten Gun has an impressive portfolio of work and their client list includes Xbox, Funko, Amazon Basic, Halo, and PACCAR among others. Take a look at their reel to get a taste of their accomplishments.

    The team at Ten Gun Design also takes time to do work in the community. They have volunteered with Washington Kids in Transition over the years and created their new logo as a pro bono project. And their creativity doesn’t stop at the office, rumor has it that a few of the team are part of a local punk band.

    The Hotel Group in Downtown EdmondsA Focus on Travel with Roots in Edmonds

    The Hotel Group is a nationally-known hotel management and investment company with properties and projects across the country. And they make their headquarters atop the Old Milltown building in downtown Edmonds.

    In their 35 years in business, they have managed over 125 properties. Currently, they oversee 3000+ rooms at 14 properties with brand names like Hilton and Holiday Inn. They also help partners develop new hotel properties (opening over 50 hotels in 25 states) and they themselves invest in finding distressed properties to then develop, own, and operate.

    With a business with projects and investments that span the country, including Hawaii, we asked “why choose Edmonds as your headquarters?”

    CFO Randy Meyer answered, “The Hotel Group has been a part of the Edmonds downtown community since 1984. We have seen a lot of growth but Edmonds continues to maintain a family-friendly, small-town atmosphere. It is incredibly walkable and has a great assortment of restaurants and shops. Our office location provides a great benefit to our employees being located in Edmonds as they can avoid the significant commute to downtown.”

    South by Sea in Downtown EdmondsExpress Yourself with Edmonds Experts

    South by Sea isn’t your run of the mill promo company selling polos and pens with a logo on them. A large bulk of their business includes sororities and fraternities across the nation, which means their offerings appeal to the Instagram generation. A quick browse through their design shop shows they have their finger on the pulse of what counts as cool.

    In addition to servicing the college crowd, South by Sea works with businesses, too. You can create custom apparel and a huge variety of promotional items (even masks) to showcase your business personality or highlight a promotion.

    One thing that sets them apart from other promo companies is they allow businesses to set up their own custom shop online so they can easily sell their branded items. They handle setting up the online store, the printing, and even the shipping making this a simple tool for a small business to take advantage of. They even offer design services for businesses who need that extra hand.

    Edmonds is full of lesser-known companies doing big work in the world, this is just scratching the surface! For more information about all the wonderful local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  40. Business Spotlight: Workhorse HQ

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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 Lew Estabrook and Larry Maurer from Workhorse HQ

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our favorite part of our business is that we get to provide a resource for the hard-working community in Edmonds that isn’t home and isn’t a big office they have to commute across the city to sit in. There are so many different ways to work in today’s world and we’re proud to have a space that supports all kinds of work styles. We also love getting to know all of our members!

    Why did you start your business?
    We started our business because we saw a need in the community and we had the space to fill it. The original idea came from Greg at the Chamber, who walked through an office area we had open. We loved it, so we ran with it and built most of what you see at Workhorse HQ ourselves. If it wasn’t built by us, it was thoughtfully sourced—reclaimed wood bleachers are our countertops, bricks from a building in Brooklyn, etc.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We chose Edmonds for Workhorse HQ because we already owned the Waterworks building and we love Edmonds. We heard there was a need for a co-working space, so we set out to create it.

    What is unique about your business?
    We are the first and only co-working space in Edmonds. We have local drinks, meeting space, fast and free WiFi, and a place to land for people who don’t want to or can’t go to an office and don’t want to or can’t work from home.

    Why should people do business with you?
    People should do business with us because they want a productive place to work and they want to be a part of a community of like-minded people.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We are offering Workhorse Academy to support virtual schooling as well as offering parents two for one memberships this summer. We are casual and lightly staffed with COVID precautions in place.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    Workhorse HQ is owned by two area doctors who love Edmonds. This is a new type of business for them and we’re all learning a lot along the way!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We are here to support the Edmonds community and always listening to member feedback. We’re also expanding to offer more space to our members within the next year—stay tuned!

    Workhorse HQ
    123 2nd Ave S Suite 230
    Years in business: 1

  41. Working from Home in Edmonds

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    In the last year, the daily commute to the office became much shorter for many as thousands of office workers transitioned from going into to their place of work to working from home. It’s estimated that nearly half of the workforce in America moved to working remotely at some point in 2020, hitting a high of 70% in April of last year.

    Now, a year into the pandemic, many companies are looking at incorporating remote work as a long-term solution as employees have stayed productive and say they like the work/life balance that working from home provides.

    In addition to that, many displaced or furloughed workers ventured into freelance/contract gigs or took the plunge into starting their own small businesses from home in the past year.

    All of this means that creating a workable office space in your home—or away from your company office—has become a priority. We have rounded up some resources in Edmonds to assist in that effort!

    Get Your Tech Needs Taken Care of

    While some companies provide remote employees with corporate IT assistance remotely, many at home workers and small businesses may find themselves in need of some tech support that fits their specific needs.

    Sound IT Solutions in Edmonds offers a host of tech solutions to keep your home office running with their Managed IT plans. They offer a spectrum of services from hardware/software repair, remote/phone support, data recovery, and security help to name a few. Businesses can choose a membership plan that fits their needs – from occasional “break and fix” support to a VIP level of priority support with a full suite of ongoing services. They can also be called on for non-member services, too (although members do receive priority in the service queue).

    As stated on their website, engaging Sound IT gives you “one less department to worry about” and allows you to focus on your business and not your IT issues.

    HouseWares in Downtown EdmondsCreate a Personalized Productive Space

    Finding a spot for your at-home office can be an exercise in creativity. The terms “cloffice” aka an office in a closet and “garoffice” aka an office in a garage have become familiar in the last year. Setting up with your laptop on the couch or at the dining room table may have worked for an ad hoc short-term solution, but if working from home is now in your long-range view, creating a dedicated spot is a must.

    Experts agree that having a space that is used solely for work creates a stronger boundary between work life and home life, because it’s easy for those lines to get blurred and focus to suffer as a result—even if that spot is set up in a common space shared with other household members. One business coach we chatted with even suggests posting a sign of open/closed hours to indicate when you are in work mode.

    Once you have determined your work “spot” and have found a solid solution for a desk and chair (don’t underestimate the value of investing in a good chair!), making your home office a pleasant environment is your next step.

    Shelves and bins for organization are a priority. Bins and baskets are great for work spaces in shared common areas so you can stash your work things in a convenient spot when the work day is done. A colorful throw pillow or blanket make your space more comfortable. And using pretty vases or even glassware for pen cups and supply holders are creative ways to personalize and pretty up your home office.

    For those ubiquitous Zoom meetings, think about your background. A collage of framed prints or interesting wall art piece makes a nice backdrop. You could even hang a pretty curtain or patterned tablecloth behind you to create a colorful background.

    HouseWares and C’est la Vie in Edmonds carry a variety of lovely products that can easily transform any place you select in your home into your haven for productivity—even a cloffice.

    Investigate Your Insurance Needs

    Depending on the type of work you perform, you might want to investigate any insurance coverage you may need – particularly if you have clients visiting you in your home office. One mistake people inadvertently make is thinking their home or renter’s coverage also covers business activities.

    Trevor Campbell from Insurance Services Group shared this advice when it comes to insurance when working from home “If other people come to your home for business purposes, you will want to have some general liability coverage. Oftentimes an employer’s policy can provide coverage, so first check with your employer to see if their coverage extends to employees working from home. If you are a business owner and are working from home you will want liability coverage as well as property coverage to provide for business owned property.”

    Another important thing to note is the coverage you may need if your home office is set up in a structure like your garage or a detached shed. “If you are using another structure like a garage or a ‘she-shed’ for business purposes, your homeowner policy likely excludes coverage for that other structure. I recommend calling a broker to help talk through your options to make sure your personal and business insurance are working together,” Campbell advises.

    Insurance Services Group in Edmonds is a one-stop shop for all of your business insurance needs and their expert agents can give you a free consult on what coverage makes the most sense for you. They work directly with over 30 insurance companies to find the best rates and coverage for you. You can request a free quote right on their website.

    Workhorse HQ in downtown Edmonds

    Workhorse HQ in Downtown Edmonds

    A Workspace Away from Home

    There may be times that working at your actual home is just too chaotic or you desire a more formal “office” environment…or maybe you need a conference room for a client meeting that isn’t a coffee shop.

    Workhorse HQ is your solution! They have what is called a “co-working” space right in downtown Edmonds. Co-working spaces, if you aren’t familiar, are set up as offices that people can rent. They have become a popular solution for solopreneurs who crave an escape from the isolation of working alone at home. They are also popular now for remote workers who have home situations that aren’t conducive to productivity.

    Workhorse HQ offers varied membership types where you can opt to pop in occasionally to utilize a desk space or conference table or make it your daily “office”. There is also an option to use Workhorse HQ as your office address along with a virtual receptionist.

    They provide amenities like super-fast WI-FI, large whiteboards in the meeting rooms, coffee (plus cold brew, beer, and kombucha!), an aesthetically pleasing workspace, and it’s even dog-friendly!

    McDevitt & Duffy in Downtown Edmonds

    Nancy Duffy from McDevitt & Duffy

    Know Your Taxes

    Tax rules can be complicated, and let’s face it, sometimes not fun to stay on top of. However, a bit of good news is that the IRS is allowing a temporary 100% write-off on dining out.

    This new development for 2021 is the ability to temporarily deduct 100% of food and beverage expenses. The old deduction was 50% but due to the pandemic, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 bumped that up to a 100% deduction through December 31, 2022.

    Just know the rules—this deduction works when the business owner or an employee visits an establishment that provides food and beverages for immediate consumption onsite or off-site (grocery and convenience stores with pre-packaged food don’t count) and the expense isn’t considered “lavish or extravagant”. The full details of this new deduction can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-21-25.pdf

    For new business owners who are just beginning to navigate business taxes, McDevitt & Duffy offer what they call a business “coaching” consultation.

    Nancy Duffy says, “New entrepreneurs have fantastic business ideas—but need help with the federal and state ‘tax maze’. All of these entrepreneurs want to do everything correctly, but they don’t have a playbook.” A consulting session provides a new business owner with a variety of tools and information, like planning for bookkeeping, organizing records, and what their future tax liability might look like. Because as Nancy said, “you can’t do what you don’t know.”

    Printing, Copying, and Laminating—Oh My!

    One of the perks of working in a big office are the nice color laser printers, high speed copiers, and fancy gadgets like laminating machines and big paper cutters. Unless you have a big budget (and the space) to recreate a corporate print shop at home, it can be a struggle to know where to go for those services.

    Luckily downtown Edmonds has a full-service print shop called The Branding Iron that offers all of these services to small businesses and solopreneurs with great pricing and fast turnaround times. They can even help you with your graphic and web design needs if that’s something you are struggling with as well. They are located in the Harbor Square complex and are open Monday through Saturday.

    For more information about all the wonderful local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  42. Business Spotlight: Georgia Fahl Bodywork

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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 Georgia Fahl from Georgia Fahl Bodywork

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Working with all of my amazing clients

    Why did you start your business?
    To offer bodywork to people in the perinatal period, people dealing with chronic/acute pain & dealing with everyday stressors.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live here but also I love it here. It’s a perfect place to start a business with a very supportive community.

    What is unique about your business?
    I work closely with the pregnant/postpartum community, offering breast/full chest massage, scar tissue release & lymphatic work to improve chest health, as well as assisting in recovery post birth, surgery & chronic or acute pain. I offer in-studio sessions in my downtown Edmonds location and offer in-home visits as well.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I’m diligent about giving referrals so that my clients can have resources.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Currently I’m following all health guidelines by the DOH to keep my clients safe & healthy. You can read more about guidelines on my website.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’m a mom to a very wild & sweet toddler!

    Georgia Fahl Bodywork
    122 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 1

  43. Business Spotlight: Chanterelle

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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 Tiffany Tran from Chanterelle

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our customers & community.

    Why did you start your business?
    Our love for food & people.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The beautiful location & atmosphere.

    What is unique about your business?
    We not only want to offer delicious and high quality food but care deeply for our customers. We also pride ourselves in making our restaurant a place where everyone can go to get away from all of the current chaos. Our #1 goal is for each person to leave with a happy belly and with a smile on their face. If someone is having a bad day when they come in, we want to change that before they leave. We always have a smile *under the face mask* and infinite air hugs to offer others because love is something we all need. 🙂

    Why should people do business with you?
    We are a small family owned business currently operating four other restaurants along with Chanterelle. When you dine with us, you know that you’re supporting a hard working family and group of employees to make a living who have been struggling during this epidemic but are doing their best to keep going and take care of one another, including all of you.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Updated specials, safe dining & cleaning procedures, extended hours for breakfast and lunch (Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sundays 9am to 2pm).

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love to sing & do yoga.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?<
    We are so thankful to the city, our staff, and most of all, our customers for the support we’ve received to keep us going during such hard times. We couldn’t do it without all of you!

    Chanterelle
    316 Main St
    Years in business: 2

     

  44. Leap into Spring in Edmonds

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    Spring has sprung and it’s time to shake off those winter blahs and welcome the change of season. Now is the perfect time to think about Mother’s Day which is just around the corner as well as updating your personal look and your space for spring. Read below for all the ways to do those things in Downtown Edmonds!

    Shop & Dine Local During Edmonds Localvore

    Edmonds Localvore in Downtown EdmondsOne of the most anticipated events each spring is Edmonds Localvore. Started in 2014 by five local businesswomen to celebrate local, the event has grown to include many businesses throughout Downtown Edmonds. Each participant has a unique special offer, and there is a raffle for a much-coveted grand prize.

    The Localvore spring shopping and dining event will take place Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd. The timing is perfect to shop for the moms on your list, grab a tasty meal and pick up a little something for yourself.

    Demetri's will be participating in Edmonds Localvore

    Demetri’s is one of 27 participants in Edmonds Localvore

    This year will feature 27 fabulous local retailers and restaurants: Anchor Chic, Artista Wine Cellars, Canarino Gelato, Cascadia Art Museum, C’est la Vie, Crow, Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna, FIELD, Fire and the Feast, HouseWares, J. Rankin Jewellers, Kelnero, MaJe, MarKet, Moda Salon, Pelindaba Lavender, Rebekah’s Boutique, Red Twig Bakery & Cafe, Rogue, Salt & Iron, San Kai Sushi, Santa Fe Grill & Cantina Edmonds, Scratch, Stranded By the Sea, The Refinery Salon, Walnut Street Coffee and The Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop.

    Visit edmondslocalvore.com for all the details!

    Spring Personal Care

    Spring marks the season of new beginnings, and what better time than to try out a new look or personal care routine! Edmonds is full of great salons and spas for all of your beauty needs. Here are a few to check out.

    The Basement Salon in Downtown Edmonds

    The Basement Salon in Downtown Edmonds

    In the market for a new ‘do? Open in Edmonds since October 2020, The Basement Salon has a team of expert stylists ready to work with you to give you the perfect custom cut or color. You can view examples of their work on their Instagram page and you can conveniently book your appointment online. They also carry a variety of high quality products from lines like Seven, Unite, Eleven Australia, and Color Wow. They also have a special local line called Handmade which is an all-natural vegan skin and body care line that is a 100% chemical free and made in La Conner. In April The Basement Salon is running a “Spring Forward to a New You” special where you receive 20% the purchase of any two products, mixing and matching allowed!

    MODA Hair Café and Day Spa not only does beautiful cuts and colors, they also have staff that specialize in hair extensions as well as lash and brow care. You can schedule a lash or brow tint to streamline your daily beauty routine. They also offer lash extensions for an extra level of wow. And don’t forget about your skin needs. Moda has a menu of facials and peels so you can put your best face forward this season.

    Can’t wait for those summer days by the pool or at the beach? Seattle Sugar Spa in Edmonds is your go-to for safe hair removal. They use the process called sugaring that is an all-natural process that many consider more gentle than other hair removal techniques. Spring is the best time to plan ahead for your hair removal needs before summer weather hits. Starting now allows for the “grow out phase” to take place before it’s time to hit the beach. In addition to sugaring, Sugar Spa offers LED anti-aging treatments and a full array of options for facials. They also have at home virtual appointments for skin care consultations as well as a virtual facial where you are provided with a custom facial kit and then guided through your own facial online while at home.

    And we can’t forget about the men! RAAD’s Barbershop is now open on Main offering men’s cuts, beard trims, hot lather shaves, neck trims, kids cuts, and traditional straight razor shaves. They are open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, for your barbering needs!

    See the many personal care service providers in Downtown Edmonds here.

    Spruce up Your Space

    Spring cleaning is one chore many people tackle this time of year. And once you’ve accomplished those tasks, why not consider a few updates.

    The Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    The Edmonds Bookshop in Downtown Edmonds

    Edmonds Bookshop is a great first stop if you are looking for how-to books on gardening or decorating or you just want to pick up some recommended fiction reads to relax and dive into. Also, check out their Facebook live events on a variety of topics. Coming up on April 22nd is their annual poetry reading that is open for all to attend.

    For you green thumbs, Bountiful Home and Nursery is stocked up and ready for your gardening needs. Their outdoor nursery features a wide variety of plants perfect for porches on containers or your flower beds. And inside you will find a fantastically curated collection of vintage décor and other beautiful items to elevate your interiors.

    Garden Gear & Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden Gear & Gallery in Downtown Edmonds

    Garden Gear & Gallery is also ready for spring gardening. They have an inventory of glass garden décor that will reflect the light on those upcoming sunny days. Also check out their stock of seeds, indoor plants, and cute stone garden ornaments.

    C’est la Vie is always full of unexpected treasures for the home. From beautiful drinkware to sip from after doing all of your spring chores, to cheerful wall décor, unique accessories, and above all, one of the best shops for finding a gift for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life, this shop is a must-visit place.

    For more information about all the wonderful local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  45. Business Spotlight: Arista Wine Cellars

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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 Roger Clayton from Arista Wine Cellars

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The customers. Many of them have become friends. And of course tasting wines.

    Why did you start your business?
    I kind of fell into this business. I was laid off from my previous job (many years ago) and was looking for a career change. I approached David & Ruth Arista about employment, not knowing anything about wine except that I liked to drink it. They hired me in July 2002, and I’ve been here ever since. I have owned Arista Wine Cellars, along with my wife, Marisa, since March 2016.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    What’s not to like about Edmonds?

    What is unique about your business?
    The choice of wines. You will not find any of these wines at grocery stores. The knowledge of our staff. We have over 125 years of combined wine drinking experience with our staff.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Again, our staff. We are not only incredibly knowledgeable, but we’ve tasted almost every wine we sell here at Arista.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We’ve always offered free delivery, but it’s really caught on the last few months.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I have about 900 bottles of wine in my personal cellar.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We have a terrific Wine Club here at Arista. We also cheerfully accept special orders, which we can usually fill within a week. AND, we offer free delivery within Edmonds ($75 minimum order).

    Arista Wine Cellars
    320 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 23

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  46. A New Way of Shopping and Dining in Edmonds

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    In the last year it has felt like everything has changed while time somehow stood still.

    Over the 12 months, we’ve all experienced so many changes to our daily lives. We have also witnessed how our local businesses have pivoted and adapted to a constantly changing landscape of rules and phases. It’s a bit hard to believe we’ve already arrived in March 2021. Yet here we are and we figured it was a good time to reflect and check in with a few local residents to get their thoughts, too.

    This past spring, when many people were sent to work from home at the same time, our brick and mortar shops were forced to close down to foot traffic. To solve the problem of how to still have customers shop local, a group of over 20 local retailers came together to develop “survival kits” featuring products focused on different themes that were available online.

    “I am working from home now, as the campus I worked on has been closed since March of last year. This has prompted a variety of changes in how I patronized the local shops, restaurants and bars. I purchased some packages through the Edmonds Localvore site early on when the lockdown was first implemented,” Edmonds resident Eric Allred told us.

    The Localvore Survival Kit project proved extremely popular with customers, selling over 1,100 kits over the past year. As retailers and restaurants have been able to once again open their doors to customers, Edmonds Localvore is excited to bring a 4 day in person event to downtown—with 26 businesses participating. The event makes it easy for people to support local businesses in a safe and compelling way. To see more about the upcoming event, visit edmondslocalvore.com.

    Cline Jewelers in Downtown EdmondsThe business collaborations didn’t end with the Localvore kits. Other businesses found ways to support each other during this time as well. We have seen many local businesses doing joint promotions and social media shares.

    “This has been my favorite part of the pandemic, seeing local businesses stepping up to help each other. We participated in Coldwell Banker Bain’s pumpkin carving contest where we won a gift card to Teri’s Toybox, we have seen Daphne’s and Cline Jewelers raffling and gifting local business and restaurant gift cards, and we love to see delicious Cottage Bakery bread at Walnut Street Coffee on Thursdays,” resident Terra Mangum enthused.

    More partnerships took place during the traditional holiday shopping season when the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce developed their Edmonds Cash program that encouraged local spending. And Ed! unveiled the Festive Drink Bingo that had patrons sipping delightful concoctions from a variety of locations throughout downtown for a chance to win prizes.

    “I love how all the restaurants/bars/and businesses really worked together and you feel like they had each other’s backs. Edmonds is a great place, small and supportive of everyone. We never feel like we are ‘cheating’ on Kelnero by going to Daphnes, or Salt & Iron by going to Leftcraft. Everyone really wants everyone else to be successful,” shared Heidi Plum.

    When indoor dining was restricted, restaurants had to quickly pivot to takeout options and curbside pickup, even coming up with new offerings altogether.

    Kelnero is a shining example of creative flexibility. They created a marketplace and liquor store and made it super simple to order online and via an app (toast tab). They set up a super safe, minimal contact system to pick up items and came up with great ideas to virtualize their tasting programs,” Barry and Heidi Plum both said.

    Other restaurants offered cook-at-home options in addition to takeout which offered customers flexibility in how they could enjoy and consume meals. Newcomer Fire & the Feast has a selection of make at home options on their to go menu.

    “We really enjoy the take-and-bake meals offered by some restaurants. By finishing it off in the oven, it’s “almost” like eating at the restaurant,” said local Melissa Takade.

    Walkable Main St in Downtown EdmondsAnother new way to shop and dine in Edmonds happened this summer with Walkable Main Street.

    What began as an idea shared by local travel guru Rick Steves in an interview where he reminisced about the pedestrian-friendly town squares he missed visiting in Europe, quickly developed into a program supported by the City of Edmonds that closed Main Street to vehicles on the weekends during the summer.

    “Closing Main Street was a great move by the City of Edmonds to help provide extra outdoor space for diners and shoppers,” Barry Plum said.

    Walkable Main St in Downtown EdmondsWith the street a wide open space, retailers were able to bring merchandise out to the sidewalks and offer specialty pop-ups, restaurants were able to expand outdoor seating into the sidewalks and street, and visitors were able to stroll Main Street while keeping safe distances from other shoppers and diners.

    Barry’s wife Heidi added, “When things first started to shut down last year, I was very worried about all our friends that owned businesses, bars and restaurants in Edmonds. Together we decided that we would do our best to support them, we did lots of takeout. As summer came and we were able to eat outside, it was easier to show our support in person, which meant a lot to us and our friends. We try to eat out or do takeout at least 1-2 times a week (at first we were doing 4-5 times, but then it got kind of expensive). Some of our favorites are Ono Poke, Kelnero, Scratch, Leftcraft, Salt & Iron, Epulo, Calypso, The Cheesemonger’s Table, Thai by Day, and SanKai.”

    As warm weather continued through the summer and into the fall, the popularity of outdoor dining was a big hit with locals and visitors alike. But as cooler and rainier weather approached, and indoor restrictions remained, how could our restaurants continue to serve their clientele? Enter the concept of “streateries”.

    Visit downtown Edmonds and you will notice a bevy of outdoor dining structures lining the streets nowadays. Stemming from the popularity of Walkable Main Street, Streateries is now an officially permitted City of Edmonds program allowing our dining establishments to safely offer covered outdoor seating to their patrons during the winter months.

    “I like the way the outdoor seating has expanded the footprint of many of the businesses. I hope that the City of Edmonds continues to support this program,” Allred shared.

    Even as indoor dining has begun to open up, many customers still prefer to dine outdoors, and with only 25% capacity currently allowed, the Streateries program gives establishments the important ability to serve additional clientele.

    Shopping in Downtown EdmondsOne thing has been abundantly clear throughout the last 12 months, residents in Edmonds want to support our local businesses and our business owners are innovators willing to go that extra mile to serve their customers. So we asked our locals directly: What is your favorite thing about living and shopping/dining/doing business in Edmonds?

    “I love the experience of being in the core of downtown. The business owners and staff, who I have come to know over the years, really give the feeling of an intimate small town experience. It’s the long standing personal connection that differentiates Edmonds from the broader Seattle downtown experience,” offered Allred.

    Takade enthusiastically said, “So many things to list! We lived here in the late 90s/early 2000s, moved away for work, and then moved back. We knew moving back, we had to make Edmonds our home again. It has an intimate feel with the farmer’s market, the theater, specialty shops, and fabulous restaurants. The ECA provides a reason to stay local for musical performances. All of this with a stunning backdrop of the Puget Sound! My sister, who lives in the Bay Area, fell in love with Edmonds during her many visits with us. Now she follows a lot of the restaurants on social media and reads My Edmonds News to keep up with everything! That’s the magic of Edmonds.”

    The Plums shared, “Definitely the small businesses. It’s great getting to know the owners of the shops and knowing that when you buy something, you’re making a difference in their lives. Also the community, we’ve come to find kindred souls at many of the places we frequent.”

    Mangum gave this personal perspective, “I love shopping and dining locally as I see my money reinvested into the community and supporting local families we love. By supporting local businesses, I have made new relationships with employees and owners such as Jack at Brigid’s Bottleshop and Beth at Ombu. My kids played soccer with the incredible Hunniwater family and we love adding “kindness” to our daily routine, our daughter took dance with Liz’s daughter (FIELD by Morgan and Moss), I am being spoiled by attention from Kali Kelnero who I went to high school with, and our teen has been able to remain employed by the delightful Aimee at Pelindaba Lavender through the pandemic. When we shop and dine in our own town it supports our neighbors and their families which is a beautiful thing. We have such exceptional dining, shopping, and services from downtown to the international district along Highway 99, border to border in Edmonds.”

    Thank you locals for sharing your thoughts! And thank you to our entire community for the outpouring of support over the last year.

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  47. Business Spotlight: Edmonds Vision Center

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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 Kathy Solum, OD and Art Wong, OD from Edmonds Vision Center

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The people! It was always our life plan to help people. We found a profession that allows us to do that and have family time. Every person coming in our door has a unique situation with specific requirements. We work hard to ensure that everyone’s eye health and vision needs are met.

    Why did you start your business?
    As new graduates we had lived in other communities around the Sound, but none ever felt like home. Twenty years ago, we came to Edmonds on a recommendation from a friend and fell in love with the city! We found the people so friendly and the community very supportive. It immediately felt like home! We knew this was where we wanted to have our “forever” practice and raise our kids (and kitties)!

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We both grew up in smaller communities and wanted to raise a family in a safe and friendly environment. Edmonds has all that! Practicing with a mindset that the patient comes first is our top priority. We spend a lot of time with each person to develop a personal connection and make sure all of their questions are answered. We believe that your visit should also be fun as well as professional. You will often hear laughter as the doctors joke with their patients. Our patients are our family!

    What is unique about your business?
    We pride ourselves in giving personal attention to each and every person that walks in our door. Our doctors and staff offer all patients a comprehensive evaluation using cutting edge technology to manage eye health conditions. There is something for everyone in our optical, including Doggles for your dog! If you prefer contacts, we have those too.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Our employees are friendly, knowledgable, and happy to help. We are here to take care of you and this community. Running into our patients outside the office is always the highlight of our day!

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have chosen to make your experience with us as safe as possible. We have many protocols in place to keep you healthy when you come into our office. All of our staff care about keeping your visit safe and enjoyable!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    We are a married couple with two wonderful kids, and we love spending time in and around Edmonds. Dr. Wong is from Canada and speaks Canadian, “Eh”! On his days off, you might find him at his Green Egg smoker. Recipes are welcome! Dr. Solum grew up on a farm in Montana. You can’t keep the farm life out of this country gal! Gardening is her stress reliever.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We have modified our hours during this time with full staff Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm. Appointments are available with Drs. Solum, Wong, and McFarland in person and through telemedicine visits. Please call our office if you need any eye or optical assistance!

    Edmonds Vision Center
    201 5th Ave S, Suite 102
    Years in business: 20

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  48. Business Spotlight: Anchor Chic Consignment

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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 Elizabeth Le-Johnson from Anchor Chic Consignment

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our wonderful customers!

    Why did you start your business?
    I love the fashion resale industry and like the challenges of entrepreneurship. I also enjoy the creative freedom of owning my own business and the flexibility it offers.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Downtown Edmonds was the perfect choice for my women’s resale boutique. The walkable downtown is vibrant year round and I loved the idea of being surrounded by other locally owned shops and restaurants.

    What is unique about your business?
    Anchor Chic customers can expect a welcoming environment, excellent customer service and a wide selection of current well curated styles and trends (that change daily). We take the circular economy seriously and are proud to be a green business.

    Why should people do business with you?
    When people shop at Anchor Chic they are supporting an independently operated woman-owned business. Shopping local keeps money in the community and also helps grow other businesses in the downtown core.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Anchor Chic takes safety for our customers and staff seriously. Masks are required, customers use hand sanitizer upon entry and dressing rooms are cleaned after each use. We are able to accommodate shoppers based on square feet and are open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love cats!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Anchor Chic is proud to support local women’s charities including Snohomish County YWCA Dress for Success, and Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

    Anchor Chic Consignment
    529 Dayton Street
    Years in business: 4

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  49. Business Spotlight: Pelindaba Lavender – 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 Aimee Hauff from Pelindaba Lavender – Edmonds

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Sharing the complete lavender experience with customers.

    Why did you start your business?
    I had been using Pelindaba Lavender products for years and sharing with family and friends about the wonderful uses of lavender ranging from personal care, therapeutic, household to culinary. When a franchise opportunity became available I was eager to join the Pelindaba Lavender family and help more people experience lavender’s extraordinary array of natural properties that have been in use for several millennia.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The location on 5th Ave N is an amazing location just off the center of Main Street. The support of small businesses from the Edmonds’ residents, the walkability of downtown and the tourism customer opportunities were why I chose Edmonds for my business.

    What is unique about your business?
    Pelindaba Lavender is a premier grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils and handcrafter of lavender-based products. We cultivate all our lavender flowers in our own organically certified fields and extract the essential oils from these flowers in our own on-site distillery on San Juan Island. From these flowers and essential oils, we handcraft on-site a wide range of botanical, culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household & pet care products.

    Why should people do business with you?
    At Pelindaba Lavender we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want the customer to be immersed in the complete lavender experience when visiting our shop. This could range from sampling culinary treats to education about the lavender distilling process, providing lavender growing tips or help with picking out that special gift for a loved one. We are friendly, knowledgeable and here to take care of you as our visitor.

    What are your business hours?
    We are open Sunday – Tuesday 11am to 5pm, Wednesday – Saturday 11am to 6pm.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am a huge football fan! Go Seahawks, Go WSU Cougs and Go Bothell Cougs!

    Pelindaba Lavender – Edmonds
    102 1/2 5th Ave N
    Opened in 2020

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  50. Love Local, Love Edmonds

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    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better time to fall in love with downtown Edmonds and all of the wonderful seasonal specials and delights offered by our retailers, merchants, and restauranteurs. And recent news from the state is that beginning Monday, February 1st, restaurants will be allowed to open to indoor dining at 25% capacity.

    Read below to learn about all of the treasures that await you in Edmonds…or stroll about and look for the special cupid’s arrow sidewalk art to discover which businesses have a special treat for their customers!

    Eats and Drinks for You and Your Sweet

    Girardi's Osteria in EdmondsGirardi’s Osteria – Girardi’s is offering a special Valentine’s fixed price menu available through the month of February which gives diners a 45% discount if ordering the same items individually. It will include warm Italian Bread and Girardi’s own dipping oil infusion, choice of drinks, and selections of appetizers, salads, soups, steaks, seafood, pork, vegetarian, and desserts. You will also be given a small bottle of sealed wine to continue your celebration at home.

    Red Twig Cafe in Edmonds

    Red Twig Café – Enjoy a special Rose + Berries Hot Cocoa Kit from Red Twig Café to enjoy for yourself or to give as a gift. Each kit comes with Theo’s chocolate and housemade rose and raspberry marshmallows for a warm and delicious treat.

    Las Brisas in Downtown EdmondsLas Brisas – Purchase $45 or more and get a $10 digital gift card for your Valentine. Receive a $10 digital gift card when you purchase $45 or more between February 1st and February 14th. Please note this offer is only for dine-in customers and the digital gift card is only valid for your next visit.

    Demetri's in EdmondsDemetri’s Woodstone Taverna – Enjoy a swoon-worthy four course Valentine’s meal for dine-in or takeout. Choose one item from each course (menu is viewable online here), price is $65 per person. Sorry, no substitutions or modifications for takeout. Dine-in reservations are limited to a 90 min session with limited table slots due to current capacity restrictions, so hurry and make your reservation before the seats are gone! Place your reservation by calling us at 425-744-9999. Take out pre-ordering deadline is Friday, February 12th. Meal pick-up is February 14th between 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Santa Fe in EdmondsSanta Fe Mexican Grill – While enjoying a great south of the border meal at Santa Fe, check out the Besito Mojito cocktail – a refreshingly sweet smooch of mint, strawberries, and tequila!

    Chanterelle in EdmondsChanterelle – Take home some ChanterelLove! With any purchase of $50 or more, you will receive a Valentine’s Day goodie bag that includes a $5 gift certificate, a rose, and chocolates.

    Kelnero in EdmondsKelnero – A Drink Divine is Kelnero’s version of a classic mulled wine. Come warm up in their outdoor seating areas with a piping hot mug of red wine accented with citrus and spices, or take some home with you to celebrate with your Valentine.

    Maize & Barley in EdmondsMaize and Barley – Let Maize and Barley treat you to a dessert of your choice when you purchase a bottle of the Mas De La Dame French Rose.

    Cheesemonger's Table in EdmondsThe Cheesemonger’s Table – The Brie Mine Valentine gift box is perfect to share with your favorite cheese-loving Valentine. It includes three delicious cheeses, two offerings of charcuterie, fig jam, marcona almonds, crackers, two splits of prosecco and chocolate covered hearts for $100.

     

    Walnut Street Coffee in Edmonds

    Walnut Street Coffee – Come and get love bombed with their featured seasonal drink at Walnut Street! The Love Bomb starts with Dilettante’s dark truffle chocolate and a splash of cherry syrup. They marry it with two shots of espresso and a milk of your choice, and then finish it off with whipped cream and a dusting of sweet ground cocoa. It’s the bomb! You are going to love it.

    Leftcraft in EdmondsLeftcraft – Celebrate the season of sweetness with Ecliptic 7th Orbit Raspberry Chocolate Golden Ale. Pair it with their white chocolate raspberry cake coated in chocolate ganache for a delicious sweet treat.

    Waterfront Coffee in EdmondsWaterfront Coffee – Iced or hot, the special Be My Valentine Mocha comes with 2 shots of delicious Mukilteo coffee, Ghirardelli White chocolate, and cherry syrup, then it’s topped with vanilla whipped cream and pink, red, and white sprinkles.

    Revelations Yogurt in EdmondsRevelations Yogurt – Stop by the festively decorated shop on February 14th with your sweetheart for a froyo date and all moms will receive a single stem rose.

    Starbucks in EdmondsStarbucks Coffee – The featured Valentine’s pairing at Starbucks is their mocha with the added sweetness of raspberries with a delightful slice of red velvet loaf.

    Blissful Beauty and Self-Care

    Centerpoint Energy Healing in EdmondsCenterpoint Energy Healing – Give an hour long session of self-care and healing to a loved one. Reiki energy can provide calmness and a way to settle into yourself again. It’s relaxing, restoring, and a rejuvenating way to shift into healing for your whole self.

    Slate Salon in EdmondsSlate Salon + Spa – Give a little love to your hair! Save yourself bunches of time styling your hair after getting a Brazilian Blowout, prices start at $300. Or add an anti-aging treatment to Mom’s service for $50 that will revive her hair for up to 10 washes.

    Affinity Contemporary Dentistry in EdmondsAffinity Contemporary Dentistry – Give your Valentine (or yourself) the gift of a beautiful, bright smile with a teeth whitening treatment or a same-day crown!

    Salon Lila in EdmondsSalon Lila – Get date night ready (for a romantic night out or a cozy night in) with a Valentine’s Day Special of a haircut, beautiful blowout and style for $51.

    Ombu Salon in EdmondsOmbu Salon + Spa – Purchase a gift card and choose a special additional gift of a bath bomb or shower steamer of your choice to give your Valentine.

    barre3 in Downtown Edmondsbarre3 – Visit the studio shop for some crush-worthy gear, and get a sweet treat… a free sugarfina candy cube with your Valentine gift purchase of $40 or more!

    Gifts and Goodies with Love

    Little Bipsy in EdmondsLittle Bipsy – Purchase a “Reckless Love Pullover” at full price and receive a second one for $14 for either kids or adults. They are also stocking the shelves with great Valentines gifts such as gourmet chocolates, spa products, and super cute sleepwear! They will also hand out red balloons for all the kiddos and will be highlighting their vendors that give love to the world through their donations and business practices.

    FIELD in EdmondsFIELD – FIELD has partnered with Pottery by Eleni to provide fresh floral arrangements featuring handmade pottery pieces. The Helen vase, The Christina vase, and The Paula bud vase are available in limited numbers. FIELD also has mixed floral arrangements, grab-and-go bouquets, and roses by the stem available.

    Cline Jewelers in EdmondsCline Jewelers – Love yourself or treat someone special! Cline Jewelers will be spreading the love throughout February. Cline’s will be giving gift cards worth up to $100 to some of our favorite local businesses, with qualified jewelry purchases or repairs.

    Pelindaba Lavender in EdmondsPelindaba Lavender – Celebrate the people you care about with curated gift collections featuring “Heart’s Desire” and “Indulgence”. They are also happy to create a custom gift bag for your loved one!

    Rebekah's Boutique in EdmondsRebekah’s Boutique – Free Adajio earrings with a $60 purchase. Beautiful, colorful, and made in USA, Adajio earrings are perfect for any occasion!

    C'est La Vie in EdmondsC’est la Vie – Celebrate with fresh cut paper flowers. Far more than a card, three dimensional paper flower bouquets are earth-friendly that bring joy to any room and last longer than the real thing, too! Also, receive a GWP mini lip repair with a $30 purchase while supplies last.

    Workhorse HQ in EdmondsWorkhorse HQ – To show love to all the “workhorses” out there, enjoy 50% off your first month membership + a free mug or pint glass.

    Anchor Chic in EdmondsAnchor Chic – Stop by Anchor Chic to find that perfect outfit or accessory and take time to enjoy their lovingly and festively decorated shop windows!

    Garden Gear in EdmondsGarden Gear and Gallery – Love your lips during the cold weather with a lip balm gift with $30 purchase while supplies last. Made with organic ingredients, hemp seed oil, vitamin E, beeswax, and sea buckthorn, these lip balms are sure to keep your lips soft and smooth all day long.

    Cole Gallery in EdmondsCole Gallery and Art Studio – Love art? Enjoy a 10% discount on beautiful original paintings, sculpture & ceramics! With a range of prices from on art from $70 to $7000, that’s a nice bit of savings!

    Interiors of EdmondsInteriors of Edmonds – Have your sweetheart dream in style with a gift 100% cotton pillow cases featuring loving sentiment prints.

    Rogue Boutique in EdmondsRogue – Rogue is offering some specially curated Valentine’s Day Gift bundles. And just for Rogue shoppers, there will be fun temporary tattoo bar where get your own little sponge and single use alcohol wipe to apply.

    J. Rankin Jewellers in EdmondsJ. Rankin Jewellers – Dazzle your Valentine with diamond studs or diamond dangle earrings – all are an extra 10% off of their inventory reduction sale going on now.

    Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson in EdmondsDethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson, PLLC – Remember to call your lawyer and tell them you love them. And also, enjoy 15% off selected legal services.

    Pear Tree Consignment in EdmondsPear Tree Consignment – Get steamy with a twin-pack of scented heart-shaped shower steamers (made in Edmonds) that are free with $40 purchase!

    Crow in Edmondscrow – You Have My Heart earrings, special gift with purchase at crow. These modern heart hoops are the perfect gift for your Valentine’s Day sweetie. Free gift with $45 purchase, while supplies last.

    ArtSpot in EdmondsARTspot – Purchase $15 of art supplies and receive a special “I heart Edmonds” sticker so you can display your love for Edmonds for all to see.

    Edmonds Bookshop in EdmondsEdmonds Bookshop – Love reading? Buy a book, get a bon bon! What a sweet deal.

    Randall J. Hodges Photography in EdmondsRandall J. Hodges Photography – Celebrate your love of the beautiful Northwest with Images of the Northwest 2021 Calendar. They are $10 each or buy two, get one free. Also available is the full-color coffee table book, Images of the West, featuring 20 years of photography, for a special price of $20.

    By Kelsey Foster

  51. Business Spotlight: Affinity Contemporary Dentistry

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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 Naguib Youssef from Affinity Contemporary Dentistry

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Meeting the local community members and building relationships.

    Why did you start your business?
    I dreamed about being a business owner and am passionate about patient care.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I love the quaint community and the unique vibe Edmonds offers.

    What is unique about your business?
    Our genuine patient care and concern for those we treat and making everyone comfortable with their experience.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We accept insurance, patient memberships and the care we provide is truly outstanding.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    COVID has been a crazy time for everyone —especially in the healthcare industry. We are taking extra precautions for patient and employee care and making the process as reassuring and comfortable as possible while still providing exceptional customer service.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’m scared of needles! 😉

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    My staff is amazing and are as enthusiastic about Edmonds and its residents as me!

    Affinity Contemporary Dentistry
    123 2nd Ave S #110
    Years in business: 11

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  52. Business Spotlight: Walnut Street Coffee

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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 Pam Stuller from Walnut Street Coffee

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I have 3! Our customers, our delicious coffee and my amazing team.

    Why did you start your business?
    After a decade in corporate Human Resources, I left the 9-5 world to help a friend of mine open a coffee shop in Seattle. I ended up working there and fell completely in love with the art of making a great cup of coffee. I love people and creating community and there is no better field than coffee to be surrounded by both.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    At the time my husband and I began dreaming of opening a coffee shop in Edmonds (over 15 years ago!), there was no local shop where we loved the coffee or the environment—so we always headed towards Seattle to grab a cup. We figured we couldn’t be the only ones looking to find “our” neighborhood coffee spot.

    What is unique about your business?
    I think it’s the combination of great espresso (roasted by Espresso Vivace!) and a genuinely happy crew serving it up. We also have a fun, playful environment that offers a welcome contrast to the dark, grey days of our area winters.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We care about the environment and our community—from minimizing our footprint in our area landfill by using compostable cups and pastry bags to donating to lots of local organizations and schools. We want our values in social justice, our planet’s future, and being a great place to work to be more than just words.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We’ve really focused on creating the safest environment for our team and customers, so we always have the door open for extra circulation and our HEPA air purifier on. We’ve also added an awning and heaters outside so you can still enjoy your coffee at Walnut. And we’ve brought in some fun new brewing equipment and introduced a “grab and go” fridge with kombucha, Columbia Gorge juices and Ellenos yogurt to provide more fun options for our regulars.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    After college, I got in my pickup and spent a couple months hiking and camping solo through the western states. There are so many beautiful places out there, and I can’t wait to head out and see more. To that end, my husband and I recently finished building out a camper van from scratch—complete with a solar system to run our heat, lighting and power our kitchen. We even have running water!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We love Edmonds and are so honored to be part of this vibrant, resilient business community.

    Walnut Street Coffee
    410 Walnut Street
    Years in business: 14

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  53. Welcome 2021!

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    There likely hasn’t been a year more happily left in the rearview than 2020. And at the end of what feels like a marathon, looking forward to a new year might be a different process this time around.

    Some of us might go the traditional route of setting resolutions and making goals while others of us might be searching for calm and comfort to ring in 2021. Whatever your approach, there are great resources for you in downtown Edmonds.

    Treasures and Teas in Downtown Edmonds

    A wall of tea at Treasures and Teas

    Curl up in cozy style

    If comfort is the name of your style game in 2021, downtown Edmonds has several must-visit places. And remember – comfort doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.

    Did you know that popular children’s clothing purveyor Little Bipsy also carries a delicious line of comfortable separates in grown up sizes, too? From joggers to hoodies and oh-so-soft t-shirts, you can find a variety of pieces to add to your casual yet stylish wardrobe for the New Year.

    Rebekah’s Boutique has a great selection of tunics and cardigans that are great for layering over leggings during the cold weather season. She also has wonderful scarves and accessories to change up your outfits depending on your mood.

    Rogue carries a line of denim with great stretch (perfect for this time of year) and always has beautiful sweaters and layering pieces that will take you from winter into spring. Make sure to visit their new expanded location on 5th Avenue!

    And what goes better with a cozy and comfy outfit than a great cup of tea? Pop next door to Treasures and Teas to see their expansive collection of over 200 loose leaf teas where you will surely find the perfect tea to fill your mug. They carry varieties from around the world including many organic and Fair Trade farmer direct teas from small scale tea farmers.

    barre3 in Downtown Edmonds

    Virtual class at barre3

    Up your fitness game

    Get your body moving in 2021 and shake off those winter blahs!

    barre3 Edmonds is offering a January fitness challenge. The challenge kicks off January 4th and involves taking 16 classes between the 4th and 31st. Participants can take classes live online or in-person outdoors (socially distanced, space is limited). They are offering a deal right now for the January Challenge of unlimited classes for two months for a special price of $149.

    Twist Yoga has a full slate of live classes via Zoom as well as a library of over 500 on demand classes you can take whenever it suits your schedule. They are offering an introductory special of four classes for $34 valid for 30 days from the date of purchase, good for live classes as well as on demand classes.

    Fire and the Feast in Downtown Edmonds

    Making homemade pasta at Fire and the Feast

    Treat yourself

    Sometimes a little comfort food is what is called for this time of year and downtown Edmonds has several options.

    The newest restaurant in downtown Edmonds, Fire and the Feast features a menu of creative woodfired pizzas (the fire) and delectable pasta entrees (the feast), they are open seven days a week for takeout or curbside outdoor dining (with limited seating). If you can’t decide on one pizza selection, check out their Tuesday Two for $25 special where you can choose two pizzas for $25. And as a special gift right now, use the code SHUBERT for a 10% discount on your order (hurry, this promo will go away at some point in January).

    When it comes to classic comfort food, you can’t forget about soup or breakfast (especially all day breakfast).

    Chanterelle in downtown Edmonds has become nearly famous for their tomato bisque and for good reason. The recipe has not changed with time and it never fails to satisfy, whether you get a bowl on its own or pair it with a classic grilled cheese. Claire’s Restaurant has been a go-to breakfast joint for decades serving classic fare like hearty biscuits and gravy, omelets, and scrambles. Plus, they also serve great sandwiches, burgers, and dinner entrees, too. Both restaurants are open for takeout daily.

    Kelnero in Downtown Edmonds

    Virtual tasting kit from Kelnero

    Raise your spirits

    The cocktail experts at Kelnero have a slate of virtual spirit tastings planned in the new year. Upcoming events include Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill. How it works: you sign up online, visit Kelnero to pick up your tasting kit, and then you tune into a private Zoom to join your fellow tasters and the experts from Kelnero to explore the spirit of the evening. Tastings also include a special welcome cocktail. Don’t hesitate to sign up as they typically sell out quickly!

    The Wooden Spoon in Downtown Edmonds.

    Baking supplies at The Wooden Spoon

    Bake your cares away

    One of the biggest trends of 2020 and all the time spent at home was baking. Whether you were already an expert or a novice, chances are you tried your hand at something new in the kitchen and maybe discovered a new talent in the process.

    The Wooden Spoon in downtown Edmonds is the go-to place for bakers of all experience levels. There you will find gadgets, beautiful bakeware, accessories, kitchen décor, and a plethora of must-have items to outfit your kitchen with.

    Focus on your health

    It’s always a good time to care for your health, and moving forward into 2021, it’s especially important. The experts at Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs carry over 30 vitamin and herb lines and are there to help you find the products you need to improve your health.

    From everyone at Ed!, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year. For a complete list of all the business who can help you have the best 2021 in downtown Edmonds, visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  54. Business Spotlight: Colleen Holbrook

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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 Colleen Holbrook from Colleen Holbrook, LICSW, CMHS

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping people connect with and heal their emotional lives.

    Why did you start your business?
    After working in agencies and hospitals, I really wanted some indepedence with the ability to control my work schedule and focus on the kinds of issues that I’m best suited for.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Edmonds has a small town feel, the way I grew up. It’s beautifully located by the water and has maintained it’s historic feel. I love the quaint shops and coffee shops with outdoor eating options. It’s a friendly place where it’s easy to smile.

    What is unique about your business?
    I’ve got a lot of experience. I graduated from the UW in 1994 with my Masters. I’m also intuitive and interactive, sharing my thoughts and ideas with my clients.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I’m good at what I do. I’m straightforward, so there are no surprises from my end. A client may be surprised by what they learn about themselves, insights gained.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Working part-time Tuesday – Thursday.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I love to be outside, but with the weather changing I am learning to knit while indoors. Before Covid I got to help crew on a freind’s sailboat and learn about racing. I love being in the wind!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    I’ve got a lovely space with lots of natural light, plants and a comfortable seating area with 6 feet between myself and clients. I’ve kept some doors open and sanitized the doorknobs elsewhere. We all wear face shields or mask and the balcony door can stay open when the temperature is comfortable. Everyone is asked to wash their hands before coming into the office. I’m mostly seeing teens and adults, although I am a Child Mental Health Specialist. The little ones can’t be expected to keep to social distancing, so I cannot see them at this time.

    Colleen Holbrook, LICSW, CMHS
    420 5th Ave South, #201
    Years in business: 15

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  55. Business Spotlight: C’est la Vie

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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 Colleen Bowman from C’est la Vie.

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The conversations that happen in the store.

    Why did you start your business?
    To create a place for these great conversations to take place; many have been life-altering for we that work there and sometimes others that have listened or joined the conversation.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Its exactly the type of town I wanted to live in, so it was natural to start the business here. Many didn’t think Edmonds would understand it at first. But Edmonds has welcomed us with open arms from day one.

    What is unique about your business?
    We carry the unexpected gifts, home goods, food items, funny and controversial items. All of us that carry clothing in town have our unique style, and that’s important. We also carry gifts, books, women and men’s clothing.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I must say our staff is incredible, I’m sure all stores say that. We have a unique group of women that manage things on their own. They are entertaining, have huge hearts and listen to what you are looking for or talking about—it’s not just selling to them.

    You will get a fair price no matter what the item is. You will find things that are the perfect gift for someone special in your life. When you sign up for our newsletter you receive super secret specials and a discount on your birthday. We gift wrap for free and can ship anywhere in the United States. You can also order online at https://clvcatalog.com/.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Our hours are:
    Tuesday thru Friday 11am-5pm
    Saturday 10pm-5pm
    Sunday 12pm-5pm
    Mondays we are closed.
    We offer curbside pick up of course.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’m turning 60 this year, which is crazy to me. I have just taken up cycling before all the bicycles were sold out and love it. Since I cannot row right now, its a great substitute. My husband and I loved to travel and found new things for the store and will continue again once we can all travel again.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Yes! But you’ll have to come into the store to find out!

    Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery
    320 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 19

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  56. Business Spotlight: Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery

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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 Randall J. Hodges from Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    All of it, I love hiking and capturing the images, producing the images, selling the images, and teaching my out in the field lessons. I love being an Old-School, All-In-Camera shooter, and I love being in Edmonds and talking with the people.

    Why did you start your business?
    I wanted to get paid to hike and take photographs.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live in Mukilteo and I love the Old Town Feeling of Downtown Edmonds.

    What is unique about your business?
    I am an Old-School, All-In-Camera Photographer, and I produce beautiful landscape photographs as art. Unlike almost all other photographers who use Photoshop and computers to work on their images, I do not. I do it Old-School, All-In-Camera, and my customers and students love it!

    Why should people do business with you?
    We are unique, and we offer great art for you at a great price because we produce almost all of it in house. We sell calendars, my book “Images of West”, note cards, puzzles, and printing services. We also offer out in the field, hands on lessons to teach people how to run their cameras like a pro.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Cleaning and sanitizing, and wearing our masks.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I have hiked over 31,000 miles in search of my images all over the West. I am also one of the most published photographers in the country with over 4,900 publishes worldwide.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We hope you will come in and see the beauty I have captured all over the West. Come on in and feast your eyes on our colorful landscape images on gallery wrapped canvas, metal prints on aluminum, Lumachrome HD acrylics, and matted and framed images.

    Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery
    317 Main Street
    Years in business: 20

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  57. Business Spotlight: Hive & Honeycomb Counseling

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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 Krista Law from Hive & Honeycomb Counseling

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Having multiple clinicians available to help support folks in their struggles.

    Why did you start your business?
    My business partner and I were independent practitioners who were getting so many referrals that we couldn’t handle by ourselves. So, we wanted to make therapy more accessible and available to those who need it.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The surrounding areas of Seattle seem to have less accessibility and availability for therapy. We wanted to meet that need.

    What is unique about your business?
    Our mission is to support our clinicians so well that they are best able support our clients. So, we trust that our clients are being well-cared for because our employees feel strong and empowered from the support they get from the organization.

    Why should people do business with you?
    All of us are struggling at this time in our world and could use a consistent time, place and well-trained person to receive empathy and support from for the journey.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have moved our business to 100% telehealth so that our clinicians and our clients can participate in health and healing from the safety of their own homes.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    We believe happy bees make better honey! That’s why our mission is to treat our clinicians so well that they serve their communities better.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We would love to support the Edmonds neighborhood!

    Hive & Honeycomb Counseling
    406 Main St, Ste 11
    Years in business: 1

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  58. Edmonds Festive Drink Bingo

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    This season as you stroll through town shopping and taking in our sparkling lights, you can also take part in a fun holiday pub crawl of sorts featuring delicious seasonal beverages crafted by our talented restauranteurs and bartenders. Join us for the first ever Edmonds Festive Drink Bingo taking place December 5th through 31st in downtown Edmonds!

    21 of our local establishments are participating in this festive game, including some of our award-winning cocktail creators as well as some favorite non-alcoholic purveyors, too!

    Visit downtown over the 25 days and tempt your taste buds with these offerings…

    Calypso festive drinkCalypso: Since we can’t easily travel to the tropics currently, you can let yourself be transported there mentally with the Calypso Hurricane that features light and spiced rum mixed with orange and pineapple juices, pomegranate syrup, Amaretto and topped with a dark rum float and a cute umbrella, served in a cool upcycled glass.

     

    Canarino Gelato Festive Drink

    Canarino Gelato: Canarino Gelato will be serving up a special treat of a Peppermint Affogato that has two scoops of peppermint gelato with two shots of espresso. You can also wave at Santa busy in his workshop there!

     

    Chanterelle Festive DrinkChanterelle: A Lavender London Fog featuring your choice of Scratch gin or Absolut vodka, earl gray tea, house made lavender syrup made from Pelindaba Lavender – topped with steamed milk would be perfect after shopping on a chilly day.

     

    Cheesemonger's Table Festive DrinkThe Cheesemonger’s Table: Enjoy the festive holiday Cranberry Rosehip Cider from Finn River, located in the Olympic Peninsula. This cider pairs well with many cheeses so make sure to snag some snacks to go along with your cider, too!

     

    Churchkey Pub's Festive DrinkChurchKey Pub: Savor the time-honored hot buttered rum with a favorite holiday surprise we all know and love – pumpkin! Warm spiced rum with pumpkin and spices of ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass!

     

    Daphne's Festive DrinkDaphne’s: Listen to Frank Sinatra and celebrate the season at Daphne’s with a delicious Winter Warmer. A drink where brandy, bourbon, allspice, and Amaro liqueur combine to lift your spirits and warm your heart and hands.

     

    Demetri's Festive DrinkDemetri’s Woodstone Taverna: Wish for a winter wonderland as you sip on a tasty White Christmas Martini made with vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur and Creme De Cocoa from Demetri’s.

     

    Fire and the Feast Festive DrinkFire & the Feast: Edmonds newest eatery will be serving up a delicious cocktail featuring the chic and popular Elena Penna gin, pomegranate, orange, and demerara.

     

    Engel's Pub Festive DrinkEngel’s Pub: Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you need to swing by Engel’s to get yourself a Santa Clausmopolitan. This jolly drink will make your spirits bright with muddled lime, vodka, triple sec, and a sugared rim.

     

    Girardi's Festive DrinkGirardi’s Osteria: Nothing says “tis the season” like eggnog and Girardi’s is offering a traditional Hard Eggnog served up in a cold classic martini glass.

     

    Kelnero's Festive DrinkKelnero: Milk Punch is a classic New Orleans style concoction perfect for day drinking during the holidays! This one includes a pre-Prohibition style bourbon infused with cinnamon and cloves, coconut milk, oat milk, coconut cream, egg yolk, spices, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. It isn’t vegan, but it is dairy free, and is a perfect addition to brunch.

     

    LeftCraft's Festive DrinkLeftCraft: You might be tempted to get into some seasonal shenanigans after enjoying an Elf off the Shelf from LeftCraft made with rye whiskey, spiced cranberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer.

     

    Maize & Barley's Festive DrinkMaize & Barley: Maize & Barley has a great array of winter ales and will be offering growlers to go. If you pop by on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm or all day Sunday, enjoy $1 off all pours including growlers.

     

    MarKet's Festive DrinkMarket Fishmonger: The Hot Toddy has one purpose – to warm you up. And the one offered by Market will do just that. Theirs is made up of sake, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of lemon – a twist on the traditional.

     

    Pelindaba's Festive DrinkPelindaba Lavender: Pelindaba Lavender will be serving a decadent non-alcoholic Lavender Hot Chocolate to their customers.

     

    Rusty Pelican Festive DrinkRusty Pelican: What goes with brunch? Mimosas! What goes with a holiday brunch? An apple cider mimosa, of course! Stop by Rusty Pelican to enjoy this tasty bubbly treat.

     

    Red Twig's Festive Drink

    Red Twig: The Merry Malt is on deck at the Red Twig which is a rich breve cortado made with their house-made malted marshmallow and cocoa powder. A cortado is an espresso and warm steamed milk – a great pick me up before hitting the holiday market!

     

    Salt & Iron's Festive DrinkSalt & Iron: The holidays are ripe with traditions and an Old Fashioned is a very traditional cocktail that Salt & Iron makes exceptionally well. Theirs features Old Forester 86 bourbon, cinnamon, cardamom, clove-infused demerara, and vanilla-infused aromatic bitters.

     

    Santa Fe's Festive DrinkSanta Fe: If you like eggnog you must stop by Santa Fe to try a Rompope which is a rich Mexican holiday cocktail that is very similar to eggnog that features the rum and vanilla.

     

    Starbucks' Festive DrinkStarbucks: One of the anticipated seasonal beverages, Starbucks is featuring their popular Peppermint Mocha made exactly how you want it.

     

    Walnut Street Coffee's Festive DrinkWalnut Street Coffee: Rounding out the bingo list is the festive Salted Caramel Brulee latte made with espresso and a house-made mix of salted caramel syrup and rich brown sugar. Finished with whipped cream and dusted with peppermint candy. It’s the perfect treat that will leave you warm and happy!

    Excited yet? Thought so!

    How it Works

    Visit the location of your choice to pick up your Bingo card (or you may print your own right from the website by clicking here).

    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 Kelnero at 545 Main anytime January 1st – 31st to pick up your sticker, and you will also be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card to one of our participating locations.

    Please note there is only one card/one entry per person. You must purchase a festive drink at each location in order to get your stamp. Prizes are available while supplies last.

    Of course, we encourage you to partake responsibly and follow all applicable liquor laws – sipping at outdoor tables if available at each establishment or taking sealed drinks to-go to enjoy at home.

    To see the full line up of holiday happenings, please visit EdmondsHolidays.com!

  59. Business Spotlight: Rogue

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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 Kimberly Koenig from Rogue

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Working with customers who come in looking for the right outfit for a specific event. I love a good challenge and want them to leave feeling confident.

    Why did you start your business?
    I’ve always had a love of clothes and finding ‘just the right items’ that flatter figures and are fashion forward. I would often shop for my friends for special events they needed an outfit for. After almost two decades in advertising, I saw a for lease sign on the historic house at 524 Main Street and took the leap into small business ownership.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live in Edmonds with my family. Our kids go to school in Edmonds and this is our community. There is something really unique about Edmonds and the ‘small town’ feeling we have. Being so near to a large market like Seattle, the fact we have such an fantastic collection of locally owned small businesses is quite special.

    What is unique about your business?
    We are lucky that each of our locally owned clothing stores have very individual styles. We really pride ourselves on offering one on one personal service and value the relationships we have been able to create with our customers. We love helping clients find fits and styles that compliment their body type.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We truly love this community and work hard to create a supportive, economically successful and a welcoming place for all community members to shop, dine and do business.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We’re continuing to monitor customer traffic patterns downtown and adjusting our hours based on that information. Google and FB are always up to date. We’ve instituted and continue to have a large set of safety protocols, as well as limited capacity to make sure we are always a safe spot to shop.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I earned money for college as a Forest Service firefighter during summers. One of the hardest and most rewarding jobs I’ve had.

    Rogue
    112 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 6.5

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  60. 2020 Edmonds Holiday Gift Guide

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    Shopping local is high on most people’s radar this year and our downtown Edmonds merchants have great ideas to meet the needs of everyone on your list!

    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 make sure to check with your favorite retailer for additional options this year like private shopping appointments, curbside pickups, and online ordering to make your shopping extra convenient!

    Gifts of Style

    Gifts of Beauty & Wellness

    Gifts for Foodies and Imbibers

    Gifts for the Hard to Buy For Person

     

    For the Style Mavens on Your List

     

    RoguePop in to Rogue at their new location on Fifth Avenue to see the great variety of fashion and accessories for the ladies on your shopping list. They also have a big selection of holiday candles in stock right now! Private shopping appointments and curbside pickups are available, so please inquire directly with the store for those opportunities.

    Pear Tree ConsignmentPear 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! Plenty of free parking is available in the lot behind the store.

    Rebekah's BoutiqueGive 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.

    Anchor ChicAnchor 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 and used in-store and at the online shop.

    SaetiaSaetia offers unparalleled quality and service for your personal and professional attire. Treat yourself this holiday season with a beautiful selection of slippers, scarves and raingear. Saetia offers private and virtual shopping by appointment, and gift cards are also available for purchase.

    Gifts of Beauty and Wellness

     

    The Refinery SalonThe Refinery Salon has an amazing selection of limited-edition holiday gift sets for both him and her (or yourself). They also carry fun seasonal items, and something for everyone on your list, including stocking stuffers. For all of your product purchases they offer free gift wrap and gift tag. Gift cards are also available for purchase and are presented in a beautiful box with a ribbon, ready to give!

    Bodyworks PilatesBodyworks Pilates is offering a Holiday Pilates Special of four private sessions at a discounted rate for new clients. New to pilates? It is a controlled system of exercises that engages the mind and conditions the total body. Pilates is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, flexibility, strength, and reduces stress. To purchase the holiday package please email them at bodyworkspilatesedmonds.com or call 206-793-8388.

    Ombu Salon + SpaOmbu Salon + Spa has deliciously scented candles from Mer Sea and Barr Co, fuzzy socks from the Coffee Shoppe, and soaps and bath bombs from Mountain Madness Soap Company. For a little more ahhhh, Ombu also offers a CBD-infused personal care line from Vital Body Therapeutics. Many of their favorite haircare products will be available in travel sizes perfect for stocking stuffers!

    Body Motion PTHave a new mom on your list this year? Give her the gift of self-care this holiday season from Body Motion Physical Therapy! Their Postpartum Gift Bag includes goodies to make her feel great like the coregeous ball, a massage ball, a citrus basil candle, a pair of custom orthotics, and a copy of Dr. Allison’s best-selling book. This is a $480 value for only $347.

     

    For Foodies and Imbibers

     

    KelneroKelnero’s featured gift is their Westland Whiskey Crate. This crate has everything you need to make an Old Fashioned or Manhattan in style with one of their favorite whiskies. The includes 750 mL Westland Sherry Wood single malt whiskey, 187mL broVo Pretty Sweet vermouth, 1oz Angostura aromatic bitters, Luxardo cherries, orange, sugar, detailed instructions, and a handmade wood crate. PLUS you get to choose a bonus piece of Westland gear! Choose from a Westland-branded Miir camping mug, socks, or flannel Filson bottle bag.

    Kafe Neo and Demetris Woodstone Taverna gift cards make a tasty gift for anyone on your list! As part of a family of seven restaurants, your recipient can use their card at a variety of locations in the Puget Sound region. Plus, when you purchase $100 worth of gift cards, you’ll receive a bonus $20!

    Walnut Street CoffeeWalnut 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. Check out the adorable mid-century modern-inspired ceramic poppy mugs by Seattle artist Misha Zadeh. These make great teacher gifts! You’ll also love the new Kalita Wave pour-over brewing equipment and assorted loose-leaf tea options.

    Maize & BarleyMaize and Barley is quickly becoming an Edmonds staple and a gift card makes a great stocking stuffer for the foodie or beer lover on your list. They frequently rotate their 13 taps with a list of local beers and ciders and also have several wines and non-alcoholic options, too.

    To Deck Your Own Halls or For the Hard-to-Buy-for-Person

     

    For your holiday decorating needs or those hard-to-buy-for people, check out these businesses!

    CrowCrow 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. Crow has something for everyone on your list. They also offer gift cards when you just can’t decide on that one perfect item!

    Gallery North features beautiful locally-produced artistic gifts including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, as well as pottery, sculpture, silk scarves, photography, jewelry, and more for unique gift giving. Gallery North has been a fixture in Edmonds since its founding in 1961. The gallery is the longest continuously operating artists’ cooperative in the country.

    Garden GearGarden 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.

    C'est la VieC’est la Vie carries everything from home décor to clothing to great hostess gifts. This year gift wrapping is available by donation with proceeds benefiting Phoenix Camp for Burned Children. Join them for an open house by appointment on December 7th from 2-6pm.

    Edmonds Frame Design & AtelierEnhancing your home with your favorite art gives happiness, excitement and value to your daily life. At Edmonds Frame Design & Atelier any artwork will be framed beautifully, with a masterful touch. A gift certificate for framing gives your friends or family members the joyful opportunity to choose the design and materials to showcase their art in a creative way to be treasured for a lifetime.

    Alley BellThis holiday season, consider giving the gift of music! Alley Bell Music has musical opportunities for all ages. Their classes include Music Together, Music Together con Español, Rhythm Kids Djembe Drumming, Beginning Ukulele Classes for kids and adults, private piano, voice and recorder lessons. They are now registering for winter classes and their Holiday Jingle Jam at alleybellmusic.com. Gift certificates are also available!

    Randall J. HodgesRandall J Hodges Photography Gallery has put owner Randall’s book Images of the West on sale for half price during the holidays, regularly $39.95, now only $20.00. This is a full-color coffee table book featuring 20 years of Randall’s photography in locations all around the western United States and Canada. Makes an excellent gift for that photographer in the family or anyone who enjoys the beauty of the West. The Gallery also has the Images of the Northwest 2021 Calendars on sale $10.00 each, buy two get one free.

    Glazed & AmazedGlazed and Amazed is a paint your own pottery studio that offers a variety of artistic experiences and handmade gifts. Their studio is the perfect place to make personalized holiday gifts for your friends and family. Open seven days a week on a walk-in basis for creative fun, they have pottery, fused glass, clay and canvas painting. Gift cards are available for purchase and make great gifts for the artists on your list. Gift cards can be bought in any denomination at the studio or online.

    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. And what a gift that is! Written and illustrated by entrepreneurial husband and wife team Dustin and Febyolla Goss, BUCK, a friendly personification of a dollar, breaks money down to the basics and what it takes to “make a buck” with the goal of creating a new society of young savers and investors. Check out their website for all of their products!

    Edmonds LocalvoreIf you want a super simple way to give an already packaged gift basket from a local retailer, make sure to check out the fun options on Edmonds Localvore! They feature an ever changing array of clever themed gifts and offer local delivery, too!

    And don’t forget about First Dibs which is taking place over the course of a week this year! This year’s event brings a mix of over 30 retailers and restaurants enticing you with their personalized gift with purchase to thank you for your support.

    So eat, shop, and be merry in Edmonds! To check out all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds for all of your holiday needs, visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

  61. Business Spotlight: Bodyworks Pilates

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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 Karla Crouch from Bodyworks Pilates

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our clientele

    Why did you start your business?
    I love helping others.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I was born in Edmonds and love it’s small town charm.

    What is unique about your business?
    We offer personalized Private Pilates sessions customized to each individual depending on their needs, limitations and goals.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We genuinely care for the health and wellness of our community.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Offering virtual sessions and private sessions (in-person) following Covid-19 Phase 2 guidelines and sanitation.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’m in graduate school getting my occupational therapy license so I can eventually expand my business and accept insurance. My goal is to offer affordable services to those in need across the lifespan.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We have a few openings and are offering a Jumpstart Special. Four sessions for the price of three.

    Bodyworks Pilates
    512 5th Ave S, #2
    Years in business: 15

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  62. Business Spotlight: Jordan Law Firm PLLC

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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 Sarah Jordan from Jordan Law Firm PLLC

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Connecting with people in my community.

    Why did you start your business?
    To work with clients directly to address their legal needs.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live here!

    What is unique about your business?
    We invest time in helping clients thoroughly understand their legal issues and the options available to address them so that they can make informed decisions.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Our clients say that we bring value to legal transactions with our quick response times, informative communications, and quality legal documents.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Most meetings are held over the phone or video conference. In person meetings are still possible with face coverings and sitting at least six feet apart during discussions. For will signings, we leave even more space between the clients and notary/witnesses and avoid passing items, like pens, back and forth.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I spent a year traveling around South America on a solo trip in my mid-twenties.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We offer many services on a flat fee basis; hourly and contingency rates available for some services. We strive to have the best customer service of any law firm, and offer a welcoming and supportive place for all community members to access legal services relating to estate planning, business advising, art law, and immigration.

    Jordan Law Firm PLLC
    611 Main St., Suite B1
    Years in business: 8

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  63. Business Spotlight: Kelnero

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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 Kali and Kris from Kelnero.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Hospitality and sustainability. We genuinely love to make someone’s day a little better and brighter, and so take real pleasure in creating a space that’s inviting and welcoming, serving great food and drink, and doing whatever we can do bring a smile to your face. We also love the opportunity to be a part of food and beverage systems that support people and the planet. We love our farmer suppliers, small vendors, and beverage producers that care as much about making the world a better place as they do about crafting a great product.

    Why did you start your business?
    Ever since we met eight years ago, we have dreamed of someday owning a business together. We both had roots in Edmonds and in hospitality and love the vibe of a great craft cocktail bar, so it was an easy choice to build Kelnero.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Kali grew up in Edmonds, starting with Montessori school at the Frances Anderson Center and making it all the way to Edmonds Woodway High School, and Kris grew up in Lynnwood (he went to Terrace). We wanted to start our first business where we have strong ties to the community and we love the burgeoning scene in the Edmonds Bowl.

    What is unique about your business?
    We hope to curate the largest spirit and cocktail selection north of Seattle and employ bartenders adept at helping you find the one that you’re looking for. At Kelnero you can find innovative original cocktails as well as most of the classics, and several hundred unique spirits to choose from. We also emphasize seasonality, locality, and community in our food and other beverage offerings, highlighting traditional flavors of the Pacific Northwest.

    Why should people do business with you?
    You should visit Kelnero if you like cocktails, great non-alcoholic drinks, Pacific Northwest food, or simply hanging out with old and new friends in a cozy environment. And because we would genuinely love to see you here.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have adjusted our hours to close earlier in accordance with new state mandates, while also opening earlier on the weekends to enter the wonderful world of brunch. And we can now offer alcohol to go! We’ll make you a cocktail or help you find a bottle to take home for an evening in or any special occasion, and we can put together a kit for making your favorite cocktail at home. We pivoted to an online ordering platform to help you get takeout from us in a convenient, contactless environment. We are also doing our best to stay in touch with our community remotely – including upgrading our email platform, creating online cocktail tutorials, and even hosting D&D sessions online. We’ve expanded our outdoor dining options and temporarily paused indoor seating. In sum, we are constantly assessing our current offerings and practices and adjusting to the new reality of the moment.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    After getting married in 2015, we spent over a year traveling the world for our honeymoon! We visited Thailand, Cambodia, and bartended our way through Australia. Stop by the bar to see our favorite painting we brought home from Thailand—it’s the elephant in the room 🙂

    Kali, you’re also a volunteer member of the Ed! Advisory board. Why did you want to get involved?
    I joined the Ed! Advisory Board to get more involved in Edmonds’ city planning, budget spend, and downtown business community. I think Ed! is a fantastic way for small business to learn more about how our tax dollars are spent and have a say in this process, as well as get to know other business models and owners. I’m grateful for already having met so many wonderful people and learned a lot about how our city runs!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We are evolving quickly in an attempt to provide you with great food and drinks safely. Check out our social media channels (IG and FB) to see our latest offerings, hours, and policies. Cheers!

    Kelnero
    545 Main St
    Years in business: 1.5

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  64. Business Spotlight: Pear Tree Consignment

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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 Christine Poirier from Pear Tree Consignment.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    For me it’s about the community and the relationships. The past few months have been traumatic for many of us, and I love how the community has rallied together and neighbors are supporting neighbors. My customers have become my friends. But I also love the clothes. Every day we receive fabulous new consignments, and it’s a win-win for people cleaning out their closets and getting a return on their investments, while shoppers are able to find new treasures at a great price.

    Why did you start your business?
    I worked in Healthcare for 13 years, which I did enjoy. But owning a clothing store has been a lifelong dream. I finally decided to take the plunge last year and do what I love!

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I’ve lived in Edmonds for 25 years, I’ve worked here, and raised my kids here. I love this community and wouldn’t think about having my business anywhere else.

    What is unique about your business?
    We support the reduce/reuse/recycle model by offering a venue for people to upcycle their gently used quality clothing and accessories (and get some return on their investment). Buyers can find quality brand-name and designer pieces at a fraction of what they would pay elsewhere.

    Why should people do business with you?
    When people consign or shop at Pear Tree Consignment, they are not only supporting a new small business, they are also supporting a philosophy of being a deliberate and thoughtful consumer.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We are open 7-days per week, following safety and health guidelines including sanitizing and limiting capacity. We also offer after-hours shopping appointments for those who prefer that option.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I have two giant fur-babies (River is a Newfoundland and Forrest is a Leonburger). As any proud mama would, I do have pics available to see when you stop by the store. 😊

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We love our regular customers and we love seeing new faces. Please stop by and say “Hi”. Oh, and we do have a big parking lot right behind the store with plenty of free parking!

    Pear Tree Consignment
    315 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 1

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  65. Business Spotlight: Peoples Bank

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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 Vern Woods from Peoples Bank.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Providing clients with solutions and products to meet their business and personal banking needs.

    Why did you start your business?
    To provide a warm and friendly community bank feel to our downtown and surrounding community. There’s no shortage of banks in Edmonds, so warm and friendly seemed like a great place to start.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The business community along with the people who live and work here.

    What is unique about your business?
    Our higher level of service, we want to know your story and be a part of it. We want you to tell everyone you know about your experience at Peoples Bank.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We will continue to take care of you and your business long after your account has been opened.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    As an essential business we remained available through in person appointments, electronic banking, night drop and virtual meetings. We reopened our lobby to walk-in business on 9/23/2020. Masks required with social distancing.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I’ve been working in banking in the Edmonds Community for 25 years and I feel like I’m just getting started.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Peoples Bank is a third generation family owned bank operating in the State of Washington for almost 100 years.

    Peoples Bank
    201 Main Street, Ste 101
    Years in business: 4

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  66. 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. 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 Mary Kay Sneeringer from Edmonds Bookshop.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Interactions with readers.

    Why did you start your business?
    Opportunity knocked and in spite of the fact that we knew full well the risks of operating a bookstore we answered. There was also a palm reading involved, but that’s another story.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We live here. There is a collaborative group of businesses dedicated to each other’s success.

    What is unique about your business?
    Edmonds has supported this bookshop for nearly 50 years. We are the caretakers of a beloved institution.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Their support keeps us thriving and able to return the support within the community.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have shortened our hours and increased staffing. We offer free delivery in Edmonds and the surrounding area. We have increased our online presence at edmondsbookshop.com.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    After a long career in the book industry one thing my husband and I agreed on was that we would never succumb to the dream of owning a bookstore. Nineteen years later we are glad we took the leap.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Bookstores have faced so many challenges over the past few decades and many have disappeared. But, like Edmonds Bookshop, those that survive do so because of intentional support from their community. We are extremely grateful.

    Edmonds Bookshop
    111 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 48

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  67. Business Spotlight: Driftwood Modern

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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 Hannah Alex-Glasser from Driftwood Modern.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Gathering together artwork and home furnishings that have integrity, character, age and beauty and offering them to enhance others’ living spaces. “Beauty in our lives!”

    Why did you start your business?
    Already being an artist, I was also interested in the pieces that populate our homes, functional and aesthetic—and also to build a livelihood.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live here and it is a charming, lovely place.

    What is unique about your business?
    Driftwood Modern is the only gallery in Edmonds that offers an eclectic array of original and unique art and furniture pieces authentically from the mid-20th century.

    Why should people do business with you?
    If they love objects with character and authenticity in an individual, personal setting—they should come on in!

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Requiring masks, distancing, hand cleaning and limited number of visitors at one time.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I was a professional ballet and modern dancer in earlier years. 😁

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    I hope through presenting art and objects of beauty and integrity for folks’ living and working spaces—to add little pieces of harmony and peace to the world.

    Driftwood Modern
    403 1/2 Main St
    Years in business: 4

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  68. Business Spotlight: Gallery North

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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 Lonni Flowers from Gallery North.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I love seeing customers eyes light up when they see a piece of artwork that draws them in. The interactions with customers are just the best!

    Why did you start your business?
    Obviously, I did not start the gallery, but have been a part of this venture for over 6 years. I joined Gallery North because of the camaraderie among the members of the gallery who are all very talented people.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I moved here to be close to my children and to continue to pursue my art career and this is a fabulously artistic community. I love the proximity to the waterfront and find the locale to be a perfect place to paint.

    What is unique about your business?
    Our gallery is operated by multiple artists who are all local. Most of the artists are actively involved in the community and often create art that is representative of our lovely Pacific Northwest area. We are a friendly group who love to visit with our customers, participate in activities around this area, and thoroughly enjoy the creative atmosphere of the city.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We strive to present the best quality of local art while keeping our prices affordable for everyone. Many of our artists have won numerous awards with our artwork, several of our artists either currently teach art or were teachers in our previous lives, and all of our members are knowledgeable and enjoy talking about art.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Like everyone else, we have struggled during the pandemic so have made many changes to keep ourselves and our customers safe. We had to reduce our hours slightly and so are now closed on Mondays. We offer images on our website and have done over the phone sales with safe delivery of the art with minimal contact.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am an experimental and adventurous artist, rarely following “the rules” but love to try new colors, mediums, techniques. My theory of art is that if it is colorful and fun, I am going to play in it!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    People who come in for the first time are usually amazed at the variety of the art that we present. with 15 of us creating, we have traditional and non-traditional wall art, jewelry, wood carvings, exotic creature pottery, medallions, tiles, silk scarves, and art cards plus other gift items.

    Gallery North
    401 Main St
    Years in business: 59

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  69. Innovative Entrepreneurs Keep Edmonds Thriving

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    One of the bright spots over the last several months has been the creativity of our local businesses and how the community has come together to support them. Shopping local has never been more important and seeing how our business owners have risen to the recent challenges is inspiring.

    As shared back in the spring, we’ve seen innovative ideas like the Edmonds Localvore survival kits, restaurant and retail pop-ups, and walkable Main Street all aimed at driving sales to our downtown merchants. Our small business entrepreneurs continue to keep Edmonds moving forward!

    Curbside dining in Downtown Edmonds

    Curbside dining at Rusty Pelican

    Expansion of Outdoor Options

    In addition to Walkable Main Street, restaurants have been given permission to offer “curbside dining” by transforming parking spaces directly in front of their establishments into outdoor dining throughout the week through November 11.

    Because of reduced capacity rules inside, this gives restaurants the ability to serve more customers who want the sit-down experience. Take-out is another option that has proven popular over the last few months. The weather is still mild enough to grab a take-out meal and head to the beach for a socially distanced picnic!

    As for exercise and fitness, there are outdoor options for that as well! barre3 has been offering outdoor barre classes several days per week on the pool deck at Yost Park.

    In addition, both barre3 and Twist Yoga have several livestream options on their schedules so you can workout at home.

    Field in Downtown Edmonds

    FIELD by Morgan & Moss hosts a pop up at Rogue.

    Businesses on the Move

    With the retirement and closure of The Savvy Traveler after 23 years in business, Rogue boutique will be making a move to their space on Fifth Avenue.

    “It’s a scary time to make big changes, but we are excited for the opportunity to grow. We plan to increase our handbags and intimates sections initially and we’re happy we’ll have the room to continue a safe shopping experience for even more customers during the upcoming Holiday season,” says Kimberly Koenig. “Filling Petra and Alexandra’s shoes on 5th Avenue will be hard, as they brought so much to the downtown community but we’re grateful for their friendship and mentorship as we make this transition.”

    Taking over the space that Rogue will soon vacate will be a new flower shop, FIELD by Morgan & Moss Flower Co.

    “Having created and delivered numerous bouquets out of my home studio in Edmonds, I’m thrilled to be a part of the downtown creative district and merchant community starting in January,” shared owner Liz Morgan. In addition to flowers, FIELD will be offering various gifts, vintage pottery, papers and ribbons and much more.

    In August, Epulo Bistro moved to the former 190 Sunset space at Salish Crossing. Their space on Main Street has been rented and people are excited to see what will be unveiled there.

    Also, Leftcraft on Main Street recently opened their doors in the former Fabric of Life storefront. They are open from Wednesday to Sunday and offer “west coast provisions”, a full bar, and 22 rotating taps.

    Refinery Salon in Downtown Edmonds

    The Refinery Salon, a Green Circle salon

    Continued Commitment to the Environment

    Our local businesses have a long and proud history of concern for our environment. And even through a pandemic and a downturn in sales, that commitment remains.

    Ombu Salon + Spa and Refinery Salon are both certified Green Circle Salons. Green Circle is committed to combating the over 877 pounds per minute of waste generated by the beauty industry by keeping hair clippings, excess hair dye, plastics, and other waste out of landfills by responsibly recycling.

    Rogue started working with Seattle-based Ridwell now that they have expanded their services to Edmonds. Ridwell is a service that picks up reusable and recyclable items across multiple categories ensuring that the items you want to discard stay out of the landfill.

    Walnut Street Coffee doesn’t upcharge for non-dairy alternatives and has stayed committed to using compostable cups and packaging despite the higher expense. Pam Stuller says, “I know I’ve considered moving away from compostable because of the expense, and because my revenues are down this year, but it’s still worth it to me to do my small piece of reducing my businesses impact on the environment.”

    Supporting Remote Work and School

    Workhorse HQ offers remote co-working space (at a distance) for businesses and solopreneurs looking for flexible office space. This fall, they unveiled a new program called Workhorse Academy to offer a remote option for school age students to study and attend remote classes. One student membership is included for free with each parent membership. It’s a great way for working parents and their kids to stay productive!

    Ed! also has a new business spotlight series to get to know our local business owners. To learn more about all of the great businesses in downtown Edmonds and how you can support them, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  70. Business Spotlight: Crow

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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 Jen Lawson from Crow.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I love finding small makers that are making incredible, unique items and bringing them all together to provide a truly unique shopping experience. And chatting with so many friendly and supportive customers, Edmonds is the best!

    Why did you start your business?
    My grandparents had a music shop for 40+ years, retail is definitely in my roots. Having my own shop has always been a dream of mine. I am passionate about finding unique handcrafted items, supporting small businesses, and adding something new to the already-amazing Edmonds downtown. I truly love coming to work everyday!

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I love charming downtowns, strolling unique shops, eating and drinking along the way. Edmonds has it all! I feel very lucky to have landed where I did.

    What is unique about your business?
    None of my lines are mass-produced. I only buy from small makers, the closer to home the better! I am all for supporting local!

    Why should people do business with you?
    You won’t find my items in any other shop in Edmonds. carrying lines unique to Crow is very important to me. When you buy a special gift for someone you can be assured you won’t find it at any other shop downtown.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    Slightly altered hours, mostly business as usual!

    You’re also a volunteer member of the Ed! Advisory board. Why did you want to get involved?
    I think it’s so awesome that Edmonds has a group that’s sole purpose is helping local businesses succeed. I love working with other like-minded business owners to keep the downtown core strong.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    My husband and I have (almost) 16 year old triplets!

    Crow
    114 4th Ave N
    Years in business: 1

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  71. Business Spotlight: Donaldson & Knigge

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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 Lisa Donaldson from Donaldson & Knigge, LLC.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    I love talking with people and assisting them in identifying and addressing issues they are facing.

    Why did you start your business?
    My husband and I are both attorneys. We wanted to have a practice that would be helpful to others and also allow us to have time to raise our family.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We are fortunate in that our business could be located anywhere in the Puget Sound region but we love Edmonds because of the community, the lively small business community, and the happiness we feel when we walk down the street.

    What is unique about your business?
    My side of the practice is traffic infractions. My husband handles clients who were injured in auto accidents. We both talk to our clients and to people who call us for a consult.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We both have over 25 years in our area’s of practice. We work to communicate with our clients on a regular basis and we work very hard to obtain the best result possible.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We do most of our business via phone and internet these days. We can schedule an appointment to meet a client if required. We have posted signs at the business about social distancing and masking, we have masks available on entry, as well as hand sanitizer, gloves and disinfectant wipes.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    We are sea glass hunters! We began our search about 15 years ago on a trip to Port Townsend. Oh gosh the days we have spent wandering beaches since then provide some of our best memories.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We love what we do.

    Donaldson & Knigge, LLC
    115 3rd Ave N
    Years in business: 26

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  72. Business Spotlight: Sound Styles

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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 Jenny Murphy from Sound Styles.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Serving the community of Edmonds, and working with a great group of retailers.

    Why did you start your business?
    I always knew I was not the corporate type and always wanted to work in an entrepreneurial atmosphere servicing women.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I grew up in Edmonds. It is home to me.

    What is unique about your business?
    Sound Styles services a lifestyle customer, not an age group. Our business is about relationship building and servicing our community with women’s apparel as the medium. We specialize in comfortable everyday clothes and wardrobe building…casual jeans, tees, sweaters, tops, washable and packable fabrics, medium price points, even some men’s items.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Because we truly care that our customer be the best they can be, and looking good relates directly to feeling good.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?

    • -Developing more of an online presence via Facebook, Instagram and our YouTube channel.
    • -Our inventory offering of “Life is Good” for both men and women has expanded. Customers simply love the positive message it brings.
    • -Athleisurewear is another expanded category.
    • -We’re working to provide a safe environment to shop where personal service is key.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am a classical pianist and a budding country western songwriter.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    COVID19 hours are 11am-5:30pm, Monday thru Saturday.

    Sound Styles
    100 5th Ave N
    Years in business: 35

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  73. Business Spotlight: Maize & Barley

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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 Venus Forteza from Maize & Barley.

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Serving our community. It is evident the quality and attention we put into our food and beverage selections is something our customers really enjoy and it’s very rewarding to witness and be part of.

    Why did you start your business?
    We want to build community and cultural awareness around food and sustainability.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We moved here in 2009 from the Ballard area, we wanted to stay close to the water and Edmonds is a beautiful walkable town. Every day I come into work the view is a source of inspiration. Since then we have found that the community in Edmonds is a thoughtful, friendly one and we’ve truly enjoyed the people we’ve gotten to serve and now call friends.

    What is unique about your business?
    We have a very well curated beer list of small local breweries. But if that doesn’t excite you… I hope organic bread made fresh for our sandwiches does. Everything we do is made in-house, from the mustard to the pickles, and smoking our tofu. The only thing we don’t make in-house on our regular menu is the tofu and the cheese. We leave the cheese to local farmers, Ferndale Creamery, but we’re still looking forward to making our own organic tofu.

    Why should people do business with you?
    It’s about supporting local, investing in your communities. We buy as much local as we can or from regional sustainable sources, and that money goes back into those communities for schools, local resources, farmers etc.. That builds us all up for a better, stronger community together.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We started an online ordering program with photos and full item descriptions for people to get a better sense of what makes our food unique and entice them to try something new!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I eat chicken wings with a fork & knife…I know…don’t judge me!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We’d like to highlight Intentionalist—it’s a Seattle based minority woman owned online search engine that highlights businesses of LGBTQ, women and peoples of color. Their campaign is #spendlikeitmatters. We believe strongly in that motto. As consumers, the power of our spending habits can drive industries forward into more sustainable practices and push for local investments in the very communities that sustain their businesses. Together we rise and I believe that Edmonds is a destination that highlights community, natural beauty and some of the best the PNW has to offer. We have a passion for good food, beer, outdoor recreation and community.

    Maize & Barley
    525 Main St
    Years in business: 1.5

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  74. Business Spotlight: Body Motion Physical Therapy

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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 Allison Feldt from Body Motion Physical Therapy

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Helping moms get pregnant, reducing birth injuries and decreasing the C-section rate and healing after babies so they can live healthy, happy, confident lives and avoid surgeries in the future!

    Why did you start your business?
    To help women get the care they need to avoid surgeries and medications in later life.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    The community in Edmonds is so caring and the beach is so calming. As soon as you drive in and see the water it’s such a gift and we want our clients to feel comfortable and relaxed when they come to see us!

    What is unique about your business?
    As a pelvic expert physical therapy clinic we help specifically women during pregnancy and postpartum. Many other physical therapy clinics help a range of issues and usually have one or two PT’s that know about pelvic floor but don’t specialize in it.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We treat our clients like family. We know your kids names, what you did last weekend and want to help you continue or return to the activities you love.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We are an essential business, our hours are the same. We do have everyone wear a mask, sign a consent form and take their temperature upon arrival. Our Discovery Visit, a 30 minute complimentary visit, is now done virtually to limit the number of people coming to the clinic. We also offer a free online workshop once a month.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am a mom of two and grew up playing hockey.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We are on a mission to reduce the C-section rate in America and help women heal properly after birth so they don’t need medications or surgeries in the future.

    Body Motion Physical Therapy
    320 Dayton St, #112
    Years in business: 3

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  75. Business Spotlight: Ombú Salon + Spa

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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 Beth Sanger from Ombú Salon + Spa

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our clients leave much happier than when they walked in. Being a part of this transformation is very rewarding.

    When did you start your business?
    It was by chance—the business was available and so was I. It’s been the very best career decision I ever made. I have been a part of many industries and this is my favorite one!

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    Edmonds is my favorite place to be.

    What is unique about your business?
    We focus on using organic and natural ingredients on the hair and skin. Each provider is uniquely talented. They also bring love for their profession and for their clients.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Ombu is a locally owned salon and spa that generously gives back to this community. We all live and play here. We love Edmonds! We hope this is reflected in the pride we have for the services we provide.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have taken every precaution recommended by our industry. We all wear masks. We change aprons throughout the day. We wash hands between each client and sanitize every area of contact. We ask each client that enters to wash their hands as well. We offer disposable face masks. We have not raised prices or added extra fees since we reopened. And business is better than ever.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I grew up in West Virginia and my love of mountains and nature runs deep.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    We offer services for the entire family. We value the relationships and trust that our clients place in us, and getting to know the entire crew is a big bonus!

    Ombú Salon + Spa
    121 3rd Ave N
    Years in business: 12

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  76. Business Spotlight: The Cheesemonger’s Table

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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 Maria Montalvo from The Cheesemonger’s Table

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    The team at the Cheesemonger’s Table loves to bring comforting, tasty food to the Edmonds community. We all care so much about our neighbors and each other, so working together to cook good food for others makes us exceedingly happy. We also like to share what we know about the fantastic array of cheeses available not only internationally but from cheese makers right here at home.

    When did you start your business?
    Well, Strom first opened Olives Gourmet Foods in 2002 with his partner, Michael Young, because at that time, it was difficult to find a good sandwich or good cheese in the area. Edmonds’ restaurant scene has certainly changed over the years, but we remember when nothing was open late and putting a table on the sidewalk was revolutionary.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We are lucky enough to live here.

    What is unique about your business?
    We make sure you have the best housemade sandwich, salad, soup, or cookie that we can give you. We make just about everything from scratch and want you to remember the meal as if it was a little extra encouragement to have a great day.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Strom, and his wife, Maria, along with our whole team, have always been committed to our community. We believe all people should be welcome in Edmonds and in our business and strive to create an environment to bring people back to Edmonds again and again.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    At first, we had to reduce hours and, of course, close the dining room. Because of the pandemic, we are still only serving food to-go, but we have made it easier through online ordering at our website and curbside delivery. We hope everyone remains safe and healthy but also well fed.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    The owners of the Cheesemonger’s Table include your 21st LD representative, and a columnist for the Edmonds Beacon.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Hands down, we have the best team—the best Cheesemonger family. We all look out for each other, help each other, and even sew masks for each other.

    The Cheesemonger’s Table
    203 5th Ave S #1
    Years in business: 18

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  77. Business Spotlight: Alley Bell Music

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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 Sarah Richàrd from Alley Bell Music

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Connecting with local families through musical play!

    When did you start your business?
    January 2012

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    This is my hometown, and I am committed to serving the community where I have grown up, and am currently raising a family.

    What is unique about your business?
    We provide music opportunities for literally every age group. Newborn through adult! All of our teachers have collegiate degrees, and we are 100% women owned and operated.

    Why should people do business with you?
    Because music is our birthright as humans, and is meant to be a part of our daily lives.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We have pivoted our business completely online for now, and are partnering with multiple Music Together centers in the U.S. and Canada to bring new programs, and continue to offer a full range of musical opportunities. We are particularly excited about the addition of Beginning Ukulele classes for kids and adults, and Rhythm Kids Djembe Drumming classes for ages 4-7!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I am Mom to two elementary aged boys, and my husband and I are a true Seattle couple… we met working as baristas at Starbucks!

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Information on upcoming free demo classes and our fall semester offerings can be found at alleybellmusic.com. Our fall classes begin September 14th!

    Alley Bell Music
    143 5th Ave N
    Years in business: 8.5

     

  78. Business Spotlight: J. Rankin Jewellers

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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 Meg and John Rankin from J. Rankin Jewellers

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Our customers, and celebrating their important lifetime milestones, becoming “part of the family”.

    When did you start your business?
    1987

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    We live here!

    What makes you stand out to your competitors/similar businesses?
    Not your ordinary jewelry, it’s from all over the world. Also, our attention to detail and excellent customer service.

    Why should people do business with you?
    We have over 100 years of experience in the business between the 4 of us! And of course John, with his super outgoing (sometimes crazy) personality.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time?
    We’re offering Shopping by Appointment, and we’re helping our customers create new jewelry after they clean out their closets, bringing life to the old!

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I met John when I needed an old ring redesigned; I starting working for him, then…

    J. Rankin Jewellers
    505 5th Ave S
    Years in business: 33

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  79. Business Spotlight: Blake Fisher Architecture & Design

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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 Blake Fisher from Blake Fisher Architecture & Design, LLC

     

    What is your favorite part of your business?
    Working with clients to design beautiful and inspiring projects.

    Why did you start you business?
    To work more intimately with clients and collaborators at a smaller scale from the larger projects at my previous firm experiences.

    Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
    I live in Edmonds and love the small town feel and pace of life. I worked in South Lake Union for many years and wanted a change and decided to leave the larger firm experience and break off on my own.

    What makes you stand out to your competitors/similar businesses?
    Client engagement and attention to design and visualization.

    Why should people do business with you?
    I am very personable and enjoy the “messiness” of the design process in shepherding clients from an initial vision to a beautiful completed project.

    What are you currently doing differently during this time (new offerings, hours, staffing, etc.)?
    Many design calls and client interactions are being done with Google Meet or Zoom where we can share screens and have effective design meetings without being in the same place. I do this for clients that are across town or even in Alaska or Utah.

    Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
    I was an all conference shortstop for Whitman College in Walla Walla. I would have been a career .300 hitter if it wasn’t for a bad Junior year season 🙂

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
    Blake Fisher Architecture & Design is a minority owned business and a solo architect practitioner. If you would like a high level of design guidance and client engagement, this is the architecture firm of choice for your project!

    Blake Fisher Architecture & Design
    330 Dayton Street, Suite 6
    Years in business: 4

    Photos by Matt Hulbert

  80. Walkable Main Street in Downtown Edmonds

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    Visit downtown Edmonds for safe and socially-distanced shopping, dining and strolling! Main Street will be closed to vehicles between 6th Ave and 3rd Ave on Saturdays 10am-10pm and Sundays 10am-9pm through October 11th.

    Restaurants have more room for outdoor dining, while our boutiques, shops and galleries can utilize more space for you to find that perfect something.

    There is plenty of free parking in downtown on the streets, and in public and After Hours lots around town. Here is a map of what’s available:

    Downtown Edmonds parking map

    Come enjoy the historic seaside town of Edmonds—and don’t forget your mask!

  81. Enjoy a Socially Distant Summer in Edmonds

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    Everyone agrees that Summer 2020 is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. But even with current Phase Two restrictions in place, there are many ways to enjoy the season in Edmonds! From picnics, to virtual concerts, to historical self-tours—check out how to enjoy an Edmonds summer—at a distance!

    Outdoor Dining

    Sunny weather and the need to remain socially distant means dining al fresco is in order! There are many great establishments in town that have patios or sidewalk dining options – including several who have created outdoor dining space due to the pandemic. Or grab some takeout for a picnic on the beach!

    Las Brisas has a sizable patio featuring umbrellas on the tables to provide shade and a view of the lovely Hazel Miller Plaza gardens. Girardi’s also has an inviting beautiful plant-filled patio with trees that give natural shade on sunny days.

    Enjoy coffee and pastries or a delicious crepe, salad or sandwich on the patio at Red Twig. Café Louvre has added tables outside to enjoy your coffee, breakfast, or lunch.

    SanKai Sushi has added sidewalk dining outside of their restaurant now, just like cousin Salt & Iron around the corner.

    Family-friendly Hamburger Harry’s has also added outdoor dining. And the decks at Rory’s and Demetris Woodstone Taverna are perennial local hotspots to take in the view of the ferry and beach.

    It’s a good idea to double check hours of operation as many places have shortened their normal business hours.

    Stroll Main Street

    A new concept rolled out by the City of Edmonds this summer, Walkable Main Street is a program that closes Main Street to cars on certain weekends, allowing pedestrians to stroll freely (and distantly).

    Restaurants along the route have expanded their seating along the route which has been a popular with visitors. Grab a table and people watch while enjoying a refreshing beverage and bite and then go visit the great retailers in downtown Edmonds to round out your visit.

    Our retailers have been getting creative to entice passersby. Rogue has created outdoor pop-ups in collaboration with popular lines carried in the store like Laura B Elements and Silly Yeti. Driftwood Modern took advantage of the walkable Main Street by setting up a display outside of the store to encourage shopping. ARTspot did a fun chalk challenge inviting people to get creative.

    As for parking, the lot at the under-construction Main Street Commons at the corner of 6th and Main is open for parking, there are the After Hours lots that Ed! has created in partnership with local businesses, and there are also the free city lots at 5th and Bell and 4th near Main.

    Pre-Order at the Summer Market

    The Edmonds Summer Market is open with modified rules like vendors being set up six feet apart, a reduction in the number of shoppers allowed in, and a mask requirement for both shoppers and vendors.

    Another new change is the option to pre-order your items to make your shopping trip efficient. In this article from My Edmonds News, you can find a list of vendors offering pre-orders.

    Beach Launch, Robert Cooke

    Take Your Own Walking Tour

    Although our local museums, libraries, and art events like the Art Walk might be closed temporarily, Edmonds is still brimming with history and art – and you can still experience it!

    The City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services has put together several walking tour maps that you can download and take with you as your guide on your own tour of Edmonds.

    There are self-guided tours on a variety of subjects. There is a public art walking tour that showcases all of the public art installations throughout town. The historic sites tour features over 27 historical sites of interest, including present day businesses like the Edmonds Theater and Engel’s Pub. And if you go up toward the Westgate neighborhood, there is a self-guided tour of the historic names laid to rest in the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery.

    Virtual Summer Concert Series

    A favorite among locals is the yearly free summer concert series put on by the Edmonds Arts Commission which has gone virtual this year! The concerts in 2020 feature four different musicians and will run through August 20th.

    Music will be streamed on television (Comcast, channel 21 or Ziply, channel 39) as well as posted on their YouTube Channel. Why not grab some takeout and your mobile device and head to one of our great parks or beaches to enjoy your own private concert?

    Taki Tiki and The Market have convenient sidewalk takeout windows open. The Cheesemonger’s Table has a wide selection on their takeout menu of sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, and charcuterie. And you can’t go wrong with snagging a cold brew and a pastry from Waterfront Coffee to savor while listening to music.

    Staying local for dining, shopping, and personal services is easy to do in downtown Edmonds. To see all of the great options in town, visit our website.

    We look forward to seeing you in downtown Edmonds very soon!

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  82. See You in Edmonds!

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    Downtown Edmonds has been missing you as much as we hope you’ve missed us! Over the last few months, we are so appreciative for the continued support that our businesses have been shown as they’ve had to adapt to an unprecedented situation. With a lot of excitement (and yet, a big dose of caution), we will be allowed to welcome you back in more ways.

    With more businesses reopening under Phase Two and you make your way around town, you might notice some colorful new posters and signs that say “See You in Edmonds” in windows and on walls.  These posters are designed to let our community know the commitment to safety our businesses will be taking.

    Our Pledge to Safety

    We want customers to shop, dine, and seek out services in Edmonds with confidence and assurance that our businesses are taking all of the necessary steps and precautions to maintain a healthy community. We have created a “Pledge to Safety” to show our dedication to your health and safety. Here is an overview of what local businesses are committing to:

    – Health and safety policies, procedures, and protocols specific to each business have been developed.

    – Implement and enforce the policies in order to safeguard customers, employees, and the community at large.

    – Customers are asked to wear face coverings and staff are required to wear them, except in specific situations such as dining.

    – A commitment to following, meeting, and exceeding (whenever possible) the safety guidelines issued by local, state, or federal government.

    – Creating social and physical distancing protocols and standards including reduced occupancy and minimizing person-to-person contact as much as possible.

    – Disinfection and cleaning per the CDC and FDA recommendation.

    You can see the growing list of local businesses who have taken the pledge at https://www.loveedmonds.com/businesses.

    Our Safety Guidelines

    In addition to the safety pledge, each type of business reopening has a set of recommended guidelines from the state to follow in Phase Two. Click the links below to learn about what changes are being put in place.

    Keep in mind, now that we are in Phase Two, we will stay here for a minimum of three weeks to allow health officials to closely monitor the impacts on numbers of cases due to reopening before moving into Phase Three.

    From the Safe Start website, “A successful safe start depends on everyone doing their part. As we gradually reopen, it’s still safest to stay home. When leaving home, physical distancing of at least six feet is required and use of a cloth face covering is strongly recommended. To prevent spread of COVID-19 among counties, stay local.”

    Staying local for dining, shopping, and personal services is easy to do in downtown Edmonds. To see all of the great options in town, visit our website.

    We look forward to seeing you in downtown Edmonds very soon!

    By Kelsey Foster

  83. Edmonds Entrepreneurs get Innovative, Part Two

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    Over the last several weeks, business in downtown Edmonds has been anything but usual. Since the shutdown of dine in eating, most retail, bars, and salons/spas was ordered by Governor Inslee on March 16th, the landscape of our downtown economy has shifted drastically.

    With any challenge or crisis, an opportunity to pivot and adapt presents itself. Some of our business owners have come up with innovative and creative ways to adjust how they serve customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is part two of this story, you can read part one here.

    Connecting business needs to service providers with grants

    One of the most innovation programs that has come about due to the COVID-19 shutdown is the business-to-business WISH program through the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

    WISH (When Inconvenient Stuff Happens) provides small grants of up to $1000 to connect businesses impacted by the shutdown with service providers. Whether a business needs help with their website, legal services, social media, or pretty much anything – the Chamber Foundation connects a business in need with a professional service provider and funds the project.

    According to the Chamber Foundation website,“The idea is to help the grant recipient better position themselves for long-term success after this interruption abates, while at the same time bringing new business to the service provider. In this way, each grant – though small – doubles its impact.”

    Local downtown businesses like Walnut Street Coffee, J.Rankin Jewellers, Kelnero, HouseWares, Glazed & Amazed, Waterfront Coffee Co., Chanterelle, and Driftwood Modern have taken advantage of this creative solution.

    Words of inspiration for the community

    With our entire community facing so much uncertainty, seeing uplifting and positive messages are more meaningful and important than ever.

    ARTSpot has created a Post-It Note Project where passersby can share words of inspiration or encouragement on a post-it note for their store window. Doodles are also welcomed.

    They shared on their Facebook page that while the store was closed, they still saw people out walking in front of the store and missed the daily interaction with customers. So the post-it project idea was born.

    If you aren’t able to make it down to the store, you can text or message the store directly with what they’d like to share and ARTSpot will create the post-it for them.

    Buy a shirt, support a business

    My Edmonds News publisher Teresa Wippel has created an innovative way to show – and wear – your support for local businesses with the Keep Edmonds strong t-shirt project.

    With the purchase of each t-shirt $10 is donated to a local business or nonprofit of the purchaser’s choice. Many downtown Edmonds businesses are options including Alley Bell Music, Bellissimo Beauty Bar, Crow, Edmonds Bookshop, Rebekah’s Boutique, and more.

    Shirts are available for pickup at Hamilton Printing near Harbor Square when they are ready. To order your shirt, visit the website.

    Garden Market re-opens

    The popular Edmonds Garden Market has opened and will be running each Saturday from 9am to 2pm until June 13th.

    The market has made some changes in light of COVID-19 including limiting the number of patrons, asking people to shop solo (not bring extra family members), practice social distancing, and to go cashless if possible. The entrance to the market is now at 5th and Bell and the exit is on Main Street, effectively keeping the flow of foot traffic in one direction only.

    In the coming weeks, more businesses will begin to open with guidelines in place for social distancing and other safety measures. For a list of businesses offering takeout or curbside services, visit loveedmonds.com. To learn more about all of the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  84. Edmonds Entrepreneurs get Innovative, Part One

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    Over the last several weeks, business in downtown Edmonds has been anything but usual. Since the shutdown of dine in eating, most retail, bars, and salons/spas was ordered by Governor Inslee on March 16th, the landscape of our downtown economy has shifted drastically.
    With any challenge or crisis, an opportunity to pivot and adapt presents itself. Some of our business owners have come up with innovative and creative ways to adjust how they serve customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Retailers collaborate with survival kits

    Edmonds Localvore has been a staple in the Edmonds retail scene since 2014. A collective effort created by five women-owned businesses—Rogue, Walnut Street Coffee, The Refinery Salon, Scratch Distillery, and ZINC Edmonds —they host popular events like the Localvore passport shopping extravaganzas and holiday First Dibs.

    With brick and mortar retailers closed due to the pandemic, the leaders of Edmonds Localvore collaborated once again to quickly mobilize an online site with a “survival kit” theme so customers can still shop and support their favorite merchants. So far 30 different merchants in downtown Edmonds have taken part in the effort.

    Kits have included themes like self-care, art/creativity, cooking, flowers, wine, and clothing/accessories. People who live within five miles of downtown Edmonds also receive free delivery right to their doorsteps.

    The project has proven extremely popular with customers, many who’ve used the service not only to treat themselves but to send birthday gifts to friends as well as for holidays like Mother’s Day. To see all of the available kits, visit edmondslocalvore.com.

    Restaurant pop-ups and meal donations

    Shubert Ho of Feed Me Hospitality, which includes restaurants in town like Salt & Iron, Bar Dojo, The Market, and Sankai Sushi, pivoted from dine-in to takeout right away. But he did so with a creative twist.

    Each week at Salt & Iron a special themed menu is created that is available only on Friday and Saturday night. Offerings like tacos and tots, nostalgic chicken penne, and a collaboration with Javelina Craft Barbecue (complete with a giant mobile barbecue truck) are being happily gobbled up by locals.

    In addition to the pop-up, Ho turned Salt & Iron into a community kitchen during the week to prepare meals for kids, seniors, first responders, and frontline medical workers. Meals have been delivered to local area hospitals, Edmonds School District, South County fire, and on Mother’s Day 150 salmon lunches were prepared and delivered to senior citizens in Edmonds in collaboration with the Edmonds Senior Center. Donations can be made to purchase these meals on their website.

    And restaurants all throughout downtown have made getting your favorite meals easy during the shutdown. Hamburger Harry’s has added special limited edition items to their normal menu each week. Calypso is now offering free local delivery in addition to takeout from their restaurant. If you pop by, you can admire the beautiful sidewalk chalk art created by co-owner Jennifer Myatt. And Demetris Woodstone Taverna has added family meals to their menu that can feed two to six people in addition to their regular takeout menu options.

    From spirits to sanitizer

    Scratch Distillery has added a new product in addition to their award-winning spirits—hand sanitizer! In the early days of the pandemic, sanitizer became one of the items that was impossible to find on store shelves. As the calls for help were building from organizations helping the homeless and other vulnerable populations, Scratch and other local distillers put their ABV know-how and stills to work for a new purpose.

    Scratch has partnered with local winemakers and breweries (including a collaboration with Salish Sea Brewing) to repurpose thousands of gallons of donated wine and beer into hand sanitizer. They are selling the hand sanitizer as well as t-shirts to raise funds so they can give community organizations like Washington Kids in Transition, Cocoon House, and The Edmonds Food Bank with much needed supplies of the in-demand commodity.

    Changes to liquor laws help local businesses

    Washington State Liquor Control has loosened some long-standing laws allowing restaurants and bars that serve food to be able to offer more options to their patrons. Bottles of wine, spirits, pre-bottled cocktails, growlers, and cocktail kits were the first items allowed to be sold.

    Kelnero was one of the first to take advantage with their creative cocktail crates that include all of the fixings along with instructional videos posted on social media to make your own Kelnero favorite at home.

    Recently, WSLCB has further relaxed laws and is now allowing restaurants and bars to sell their own pre-mixed cocktails for takeout. Some limitations do apply—like the requirement to also buy food and sorry, imbibing is not allowed in public—but this is welcomed news to customers who have been craving some of their favorite drinks by our many talented Edmonds bartenders.

    Stay tuned for Part Two of this series where we feature more Edmonds business innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of businesses offering takeout or curbside services, visit loveedmonds.com. To learn more about all of the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    Written by Kelsey Foster

  85. Supporting Local Business during the Shut Down

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    We’ve talked many times about how our small businesses support our Edmonds community. Not only do they provide employment and support the local economy—they donate to our auctions, they sponsor youth sports teams, and they are part of what makes Edmonds so special.

    Remember, money spent locally circulates locally. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance conducted a study in Maine that found of $100 spent at an independent local business, $45 was then recirculated within the local community. Compare that to only $14 of $100 spent at big-box retailers or national chains.

    Spending our money with local businesses matter. They’ve done so much to support Edmonds, now it’s our turn to show up and support them.

    With the Safe at Home order, many of our businesses have adapted to the new normal and are offering takeout/delivery, online shopping, and using platforms like Zoom or Facebook to stay connected to clients. And while several businesses have temporarily shut their doors, they are still offering online retail or gift cards.

    Below you will find a variety of ways you can give back to local businesses during this difficult time.

    Shop forward–buy gift cards and more!

    Purchasing gift cards to use later provides much-needed revenue now to our businesses. This is especially important to retailers that are completely shut down and restaurants who (even with offering takeout) are experiencing significant drops in revenue.

    Plus, buying gift cards online is a perfect solution for people who are in self-isolation and not comfortable venturing out of their homes right now.

    A side benefit, and why businesses like to offer gift cards, is that 70% of people will spend more than the dollar amount of the card when they redeem it.

    Most retailers and restaurants offer gift cards but also inquire with other service-based businesses like spas, fitness trainers, computer/IT services and more.

    Pre-book and pay for beauty/spa appointments

    One of the hardest hit industries is the spa, hair, and nail salon businesses who are in a complete shutdown.

    While we can’t get our normal treatments, services, and upkeep done right now, we can support our technicians, estheticians, and stylists through this crisis by pre-booking and pre-paying for those services now. And don’t forget to tip!

    Keep your subscriptions and memberships

    While gyms and fitness studios have temporarily shuttered their doors, monthly memberships make up the bulk of their income. If it’s possible to continue paying your monthly membership, it’s a great way to show continued support.

    Many trainers and fitness instructors have taken to sharing workouts on social media so you can still keep your fitness goals on track, too.
    Other businesses that offer monthly subscriptions or memberships also include some spa services, car wash/detailing, news publications, and more.

    Give positive reviews online

    For far too many people, the shutdown has resulted in loss of work or financial uncertainty. And despite wanting to, some of us aren’t able to support businesses with buying takeout or gift cards right now–which is understandable.

    One easy and no-cost way to give back to our small businesses is to take some time and leave positive reviews for them online. We all know that many times people are only compelled to leave reviews after negative experiences. Now is a great time to share the great experiences you’ve had at our local businesses.

    Sites like TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Yelp, Angie’s List and Facebook are great places to share the love. In fact, TripAdvisor is one of the most influential review sites that travelers use. Millions of dollars is spent in Edmonds each year from out-of-town guests as well as regional day trippers. Once the stay at home order is lifted, we want to make sure people start to take trips back to Edmonds!

    Continue to order food delivery or takeout

    Getting takeout or delivery from a favorite place has been one source of comfort in this anxious time. And the restaurants are so grateful for customers who’ve been able to support them in this way.

    Check with your restaurant of choice to learn their preferred procedure as well as updated hours or if they’ve adopted a more limited menu. Some are offering online orders with curbside pickup, some have take-out windows set up, and others are asking for phone-in orders.

    One recent development is a change to state liquor control laws where establishments can now offer cocktail kits, beer, and wine to go along with your meal. Please remember, all laws are still in place regarding drinking and driving so you do need to wait to imbibe until you are back at home!

    Delivery services like UberEats have been offering $0 delivery fees and some buy one, get one promotions for our local restaurants, too.

    Donate to nonprofits

    With fundraising gatherings canceled for the foreseeable future and many nonprofits seeing a drastic uptick in needs/asks from the community, making donations is a critical need.

    Financial contributions do allow organizations to stay flexible and adaptive to an ever-changing landscape but some nonprofits do have specific asks of tangible goods like food, diapers, and other household items.

    Stay up to date

    Several online sources have sprung into action to provide information about ways we can continue to support each other, and our businesses, through the COVID-19 crisis.

    Love Edmonds is a partnership between Visit Edmonds and the Edmonds Downtown Alliance. My Edmonds News has a resource guide that they will be launching soon. And Keep Edmonds Strong is a community-supported hub that will have links to many resources.

    The bottom line–now is the time to ask how you can help. Reach out to the companies you do business with and ask them what you can specifically do to support them. Stay healthy, Edmonds. We are in this together.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  86. Edmonds Businesses Respond to COVID-19

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    In this uncertain time of the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures, we want to provide a list of how local Edmonds businesses are adjusting, implementing safety measures, and supporting our community. We will be adding to this list as we receive more information.

    In times like these, supporting our local businesses is more important than ever. Small business is the backbone of the American economy. Local businesses support not just jobs but they contribute greatly to community organizations, schools, and local nonprofits.

    Below you will find information from a variety of our downtown Edmonds businesses on their efforts during COVID-19. Also, remember, a great way to show support and generate cash flow is to consider buying gift cards or gift certificates for use at a later date.

    The City of Edmonds has put out 15 minute parking signs to make it easy to stop by and pick up to go purchases. Look for them around town!

    Information is being updated continually.

    Jump to a section:
    Restaurants Open for Takeout or Delivery
    Virtual Shopping and Curbside Pick-Up
    Spas & Salons
    Arts & Entertainment
    Virtual Health
    Service-Based Businesses

    Restaurants Open for Takeout or Delivery

    A Very Taki Tiki
    Available for curbside pickup, Mon-Thurs, 3pm-8:30, Fri-Sun 12pm-8:30
    Website coming soon
    Delivery:Uber Eats
    Special info: 50% off orders for all Healthcare Workers and fellow Industry people

    Calypso
    Available for takeout, Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm
    Call us: (425) 678-0652
    Online menu

    Canarino Gelato
    Available for takeout
    Call us:(425) 243-9635

    Chanterelle
    Available for takeout Tues 12pm-3pm, 4pm-7pm; Wed-Sat 11am-3pm, 4pm-7pm; Sun brunch 10am-2pm
    Call us: (425) 774-0650
    Online menu

    Churchkey Pub
    Available for limited menu takeout and growler fills, Mon-Fri, 3pm-8pm, Sat-Sun, 1pm-8pm
    Call us: (425) 835 0230
    Online menu

    Claire’s Restaurant
    Open for takeout starting 5/14
    Online menu
    Buy Gift Cards

    Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna
    Available for takeout and delivery
    Call us: (425) 744-9999
    Order online for curbside delivery
    Delivery: Uber Eats
    Special info: 10% off all online orders with promo code ONLINE10 (not Uber Eats orders)

    Edmonds Bakery
    Available for takeout and cake orders
    Call us: (425) 778-6811

    Epulo Bistro
    Available for takeout 11:30am-7:30pm, Tues-Sun; pickup available in our parking lot
    Call us: (425) 678-8680
    Online menu
    Buy gift cards
    Special info: Happy Hour, half-priced wine and growlers of beer also available

    Furi Chinese
    Available for takeout and delivery
    Call us: (425) 673-9933
    Order online

    Girardi’s
    Available for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery 12 to 8 Sun – Thurs, 12 to 9 Fri &  Sat.
    Delivery beyond 3 miles available with DoorDash
    Call us: (425) 673-5278
    Order online

    Kelnero
    Available for takeout Tues-Sun, 4pm-7pm
    Order online
    Buy gift cards
    Special info: We have a YouTube channel with cocktail mixing tutorials. For takeout, we have a special food menu featuring accessible, healthy food options and discounted bottles of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. We also offer market options from our local vendors.

    Las Brisas
    Available for takeout 11:30am-8pm every day
    Call us: (425) 672-5050
    Special info: 20% discount on all takeout orders, “because we know that people are hurting right now and worried about their finances and we want to do anything we can to help”.

    Maize & Barley
    Available for growler fills and takeout, Wed-Sun, 12pm-7pm
    Call us: (425) 835-0868
    Online menu

    Pancake Haus
    Temporarily closed

    Red Twig
    Available for takeout and delivery
    Call (425) 771-1200
    Delivery: Uber Eats
    Special info: Free Kid’s Meal with any entree purchase Mon-Fri, and any additional Kid’s Meal in the same order will be 50% off.

    Salish Sea Brewing
    Available for curbside pickup
    Call us: (425) 582-8474
    Online menu
    Buy gift cards
    Special info: Offering 50% off the total bill to EMS WORKERS and their families!

    Sankai Sushi
    Available for takeout 11:30am-2:30 and 4pm-8pm
    Call us: (425) 412-3417
    Online menu
    Special info: The #FORTHEKIDS Program will still be in effect during our mandatory closure. 1 free kids menu is to be accompanied with 1 entrée or sushi combo, please let us know when you order. Additionally, all bottles of wine will be 50% off at ANY of our locations.

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina
    Available for takeout Mon-Fri, 4pm-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-8pm
    Call us: (425) 245-7916
    Online menu

    Salt & Iron
    Hot Chicken & Cheesesteak sandwiches, wine, beer and spirit packages available for takeout and curbside pickup, Fri-Sat, 4pm-8pm
    Order online
    Call us: (425) 361-1112
    Email us: eat@saltniron.com
    Special info: Please visit our sister restaurants Bar Dojo and The Market Fishmonger, and consider supporting #CATER4THEKIDS program at @feedmehrg

    Thai Cottage
    Available for curbside pickup
    Online menu

    The 407 Coffee House
    Available for takeout Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm
    Call us: (425) 921-6147
    25% off coffee bags and pastries

    The Cheesemonger’s Table
    Available for curbside pickup 11am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12pm-5pm Sun
    Call us: (425) 640-8949

    The Loft Lounge
    Available for takeout Mon-Thur, 3pm-8pm, Fri-Sun,12pm-8pm
    Call: (425) 640-5000
    Order online
    Special info: We created a donation button on the online ordering site, to help raise money to deliver lunchboxes to doctors & nurses at Swedish Hospital fighting Coronavirus.

    The Market
    Available for takeout and delivery
    Call us: 425-967-5329
    Order online
    Delivery:GrubHub and DoorDash
    Special info: The #FORTHEKIDS Program will still be in effect during our mandatory closure. Additionally, all bottles of wine will be 50% off at ANY of our locations

    Toshi’s Teriyaki
    Open regular hours for takeout
    Call us (425) 670-8122

    Walnut Street Coffee
    We will be open for coffee-to-go starting on Thursday 5/14. We will also fulfill any online orders (coffee beans, brewing equipment, and merchandise) with curbside pickup from 7am-4pm daily.
    Order online or at the door
    Order online

    Waterfront Coffee Company
    Available for takeout Fri-Sun, 10am-3pm
    Call us: (425) 670-1400
    Order online

    Virtual Shopping and Curbside Pick-Up

    Anchor Chic
    Temporarily closed
    Items highlighted on Facebook and Instagram can be shipped.

    Arista Wine Cellars
    Open modified hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat, 10am-5pm
    Call us: (425) 771-7009
    Special info: Curbside pickup and free wine delivery to your front door within a reasonable distance to downtown, within 48 hours (subject to having the wines currently in store). Special orders may take a little longer. You can also join our Wine Club

    Art Spot
    Curbside pick-up available, call or email us to make arrangements
    Call us: (425) 640-6408
    Email us: artspotedmonds@gmail.com
    Buy gift cards
    Special info: We are happy to put together any kind of art supply order you need.

    Bountiful Home and Nursery
    Curbside pick-up available, 11am-4pm
    Direct message to make an appointment thru Facebook. Once you have been confirmed with an appointment, you may shop the nursery at the given time; masks are encouraged. You can also request plants pictured through Facebook,

    C’est La Vie
    Curbside pick-up available 12-4pm
    Text us to arrange pick-up time
    Call or text us: (206) 234-6199
    We can deliver or have curbside for any gift cards or anything in the store, we also can do video or pics of merchandise in the store.

    Cline Jewelers
    Temporarily closed, private in-store appointments and virtual shopping is available
    Call us: (425) 673-9090
    Shop online, free shipping on all orders
    Special info: We will donate $25 to the Edmonds Food Bank for every $100 gift card purchased.

    Comstock Jewelers
    Available for curbside pick-up 10am-3pm
    Call us at (425) 967-1963 or (425) 778-4666 to arrange pick-up
    Shop online

    Crow
    Curbside pick-up available Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11am-1pm
    Drop by, packages will be ready by the front door
    Shop online
    Call us: (425) 245-8036
    Email us at jen@edmondscrow.com
    Special info: Curbside contactless payment or Paypal and Venmo invoices can be paid ahead of time.

    Driftwood Modern
    Available for curbside pick-up by appointment
    Call (360) 298-1246 or email us at driftwoodmodern@gmail.com
    Special info: Please phone/text/email to inquire about pieces in the gallery or phone purchase.

    Edmonds Bookshop
    Curbside pick-up available Mon through Fri, 1pm-4pm, Sat 11am-2pm
    Drop by during pick-up hours; call or email us if we don’t see you
    Call us: (425) 775-2789
    Email us: edmondsbookshop@msn.com
    Shop online
    Shop audio books
    Shop E-books from Kobo
    Special info: Pre pay with credit card by phone or online, or have check written out for exact amount.

    Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs
    Curbside pick-up available Tues through Sat, 10am-4pm; local delivery available, or via mail
    Call, text, or email for time and/or drop by during open hours
    Call us:(425) 774-0747
    Email us: edmondsvitamins@gmail.com

    Garden Gear
    Curbside pick-up available 11am-4pm
    Order via phone or email, then contact us for a pick-up time
    Call us: (425) 778-6112
    Email us: sales@garden-gear.com
    Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, contact us to make a purchase and we’ll ship to you!

    Glazed and Amazed
    Curbside pick-up available Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm
    Contact us for a pick-up time
    Call us: (425) 673-5474
    Email us: info@glazedandamazed.com

    HouseWares
    Temporarily closed, available for individual consulting/sales by appointment, Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
    Call us: (425) 672-1903

    J. Rankin Jewellers
    Curbside pick-up 10am-6PM; email or call us to arrange
    Call us: (425) 673-6161
    Email us: john@jrankinjewelers.com
    Shop online
    Special info: You can make a one-on-one appointment on our website. We can provide home delivery if needed

    Little Bipsy
    Temporarily closed
    Call us: (425) 778-7600
    Shop online
    Special info: Additional 15% off the sale, use code: SHOPSMALL15

    MaJe Gallery
    Curbside Pick-up available Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon-3pm, and by appointment
    To arrange pick-up, drop by during hours or email to arrange a time
    Shop online
    Call us: (425) 776-3778
    Email us
    Special info: Free shipping or delivery. Shop online. Email for a specific product you don’t see online.

    Paktia Pharmacy
    Curbside pick-up available 9am-6pm Mon through Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-12:30pm,and 2:30-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm
    Call/text/ email any time during business hours to arrange pick-up
    Call us: (425) 967-5375
    Shop online
    Special info: free local deliveries

    Pear Tree Consignment
    Available for curbside pick-up by appointment
    Call or text us: (425) 480-9090
    Email us: pear.tree@comcast.net
    Shop online

    Pelindaba Lavender
    Curbside pick-up available 2pm-4pm, you can arrange by phone, text or email
    Call or text us: (206) 617-0533
    Email us:
    Shop online
    Gift Card Purchases via PayPal PayPal.Me/PelindabaLavenderED
    * please provide address in the notes section where gift card can be mailed to

    Randall J Hodges Photography Gallery
    Curbside pick-up available by appointment; arrange by phone or email
    Call us: (425) 210-2506
    Email us: randall@randalljhodges.com
    Shop online
    Special info: 20% off all items that are $100 or more on www.randalljhodges.com

    Rebekah’s Boutique
    Curbside pick-up available Wed & Sat 11am-4pm or by appointment
    Drop by when we’re open or call/text/email for a pick-up time
    Follow us on Facebook
    Call us: (425) 775-2058
    Email us: rebekahshop@gmail.com

    Rogue Boutique
    Curbside pick-up available Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm
    Email with confirmation which day you will pick up
    Call us: (425) 672-8500
    Email us: hello@boutiquerogue.com
    Shop online
    Special info: Message us through Facebook and Instagram, email or heck even carrier pigeon. We can set up a one on one virtual shopping experience!

    Saetia
    Curbside pick-up available Mon-Fr, 11am-4pm
    Shop Online: www.saetiashop.com
    Call us: (425) 582-2167
    Email Noy@saetiashop.com
    Special info: Noy is pleased to be your virtual stylist and personal shopper; free local delivery

    Sound Styles
    Temporarily closed
    Email us: soundstylesedmonds@gmail.com
    If you want to order anything from Facebook or Instagram just email us at soundstylesedmonds@gmail.com and we will send it to you FREE SHIPPING!

    The Curious Nest
    Temporarily closed
    Shop online

    The Savvy Traveler
    Temporarily closed
    Call us: (425) 744-6076
    Email us: info@savvytravelerstore.com

    Treasures and Tea
    Curbside pick-up available Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm Tues
    Drop by during open hours to pick up
    Call us to order: (425) 771-2601

    Spas & Salons

    Apple Catha Massage
    Temporarily closed
    Buy gift cards

    Lavendula Beauty
    Temporarily closed

    MODA Hair Salon
    Temporarily closed

    Ombu Salon + Spa
    Curbside pick-up available 8am-9pm, 7 days a week
    Call us: (425) 778-6322
    Shop online and choose a pick-up time at checkout
    Special info: Free local delivery and shipping is also an option

    Slate Salon + Spa
    Temporarily closed
    Call us: (425) 361-1236
    Special info: We are offering curbside pick ups of beauty products, delivery if it’s close and mailing for those that are too far.

    The Refinery Salon
    Temporarily closed
    Shop online

    Vanity Lash Lounge
    Temporarily closed
    Call us: (425) 582-8898
    Buy gift cards
    Special info: we encourage our customers to purchase gift cards over the phone and will honor a 10% discount to any cards purchased with a minimum amount of $100 or more. Package sales are encouraged as well and shall receive one free lash fill based on the certain package purchased.

    Arts & Entertainment

    Cole Gallery
    Available for curbside pick-up and delivery 12pm-5pm daily or by appointment
    Call or email us to set a time to hand-off or deliver artwork
    Call us: (425) 697-2787
    Shop online
    Email us:
    Special info: Live Zoom art classes along with original art online available for purchase.

    Edmonds Theater
    Temporarily closed
    Special info: Purchase a “Golden Ticket” package! We’re offering 20 admissions for $125.00 or 10 admissions for $65.00. Call us at (425) 672-9366 or email us at theedmondstheaterwa@gmail.com for more information.

    Gallery North
    Temporarily closed
    Special info: If see see something you like on our Facebook or Instagram page, please DM us and we will be happy to ship it or arrange a pick up at a later date.

    Service-Based Businesses

    Alley Bell Music
    Virtual Music Together classes begin April 6th
    Private voice lessons available through Zoom
    Register at alleybellmusic.com, follow us on Facebook for more information

    Edmonds Vision Center
    Curbside pick-up available Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm
    When your products are available, we can text you, call or email to set up a time for pick-up.
    Call us: (425) 771-7772
    Visit our website
    Special info: Please check out our online product list on our web page or phone the office for needed supplies.

    Sound IT Consulting
    Temporarily closed, customers are being supported with technical problems via phone, email and remote support
    Call us: (425) 654-2502
    Contact us online:
    Special info: Offering a free 30 minute consultation for local businesses to help you leverage technology to maximize your company’s effectiveness during these challenging times. We also have a pre-paid system in place with discounts for purchasing 5 or more “support credits”. For this crisis, we will be increasing that discount, allowing members of the community to stock up on support credits at a great price.

    Virtual Health

    barre3
    barre3 online membership for Edmonds members, 20% discount for non-members
    Please email us or message on Facebook directly if you are interested in starting a barre3 online membership. When purchased through our Edmonds studio, the funds benefit us directly allowing us to keep our community thriving

    E. Ruth Wellness Massage
    Temporarily closed
    Call us: (206) 387-7627
    Special info: For remote access to stress relief at a time when the importance of self-care cannot be understated, I will be using my training as a 200-hour yoga teacher to offer free mediations and mindful movement tips to clients by email.

    Twist Yoga
    Virtual classes being offered on Instagram
    Special info: We hope that you – beloved community – will see the value of our current work, understand the impacts of the future of wellness professionals and continue to keep your monthly memberships active and continue to contribute your membership dues. If you’re not on a membership and find our online presence or offerings useful, we’ve set up a “Team Twist” $50 support campaign to help… your dollars will go toward supplementing what laid off workers can’t pay.
    Call us:

    Please stay safe out there, Edmonds, and let’s remember to support our local businesses during this slowdown in normal business as best as we can.

    We will continue to update this article as we receive new information, so please check back. To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, check out http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, Photos by Matt Hulbert

  87. Favorite Things with Gina Drake of barre3

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    In our ongoing series to learn more about the people behind the businesses in downtown Edmonds, we had the chance to chat with Gina Drake, owner of the new barre3 studio.

    The studio is having its grand opening on March 5th but you may have seen or even attended one of the many free pop up classes that Gina has offered around town. They’ve been quite popular and have drawn many people to come see what barre3 is all about!

    Haven’t heard about barre3 yet? Barre3 is a full-body low impact workout that combines elements of ballet barre, pilates, and yoga. Workouts consist of sustained poses (or holds), small muscle movements, and cardio.

    It’s a Gina explains, “Barre3 is a supportive community for everybody. All are welcome and supported. Our class is designed to meet the needs of all, from the professional athlete to the person just getting into fitness. We offer modifications and encourage clients to do what is best for their bodies each day because every day is different.”

    She continues, “The barre3 class is designed to be balanced and suited for everyone, so there is one 60 min class format that we will have when we open. That being said, the choreography will vary from class to class and each instructor has their own vibe. There is a lot of thought that goes into the format of our classes to make sure class is balanced and that your experience is consistent regardless of whose class you take.”

    Studios are popping up across the country as the workout is rapidly gaining popularity. Edmonds is excited to welcome Gina here with her brand new space!

    Ed!: What made you decide to get involved with barre3 and want to open up a studio space? 

    Gina: I found barre3 when my oldest was a baby. I had left a long career in marketing and advertising to stay home with her. I found barre3 through the child care offering.

    I had been an athlete all my life, but never was drawn to group fitness. After my first visit to the barre3 Seattle studio on Roosevelt, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I connected with the class, but also the community. The child care is what drew me in, but the community is what inspired me to want to open my own studio.

    Ed!: What has this process been like with building out the new space?

    Gina: It has been a long and worthwhile process. It took us over a year to find the space and another year to get to where we are today.

    We’ve had the pleasure of working with fellow Edmonds business, Wilcox Construction to do the buildout. They have been wonderful to work with and the quality of their work is top notch. I’m so excited for people who were familiar with the old Edmonds Hardware space to see the transformation. I think we’ve done a great job of preserving the unique qualities of the space – like the old growth wood beams – with improvements that not only modernize the space but highlight these features as well.

    Ed!: Even though your doors don’t officially open until March 5th, you’ve been very active in the community. What is your favorite thing about being in business in downtown Edmonds so far?

    Gina: I love everything about Edmonds and feel so fortunate that I get to open a business here. My family and I are residents of Richmond Beach and consider Edmonds an extension of our community.  We love all the unique shops, businesses, and restaurants here and pinch ourselves daily that we are so lucky to live in such an amazing place.

    Since we announced that barre3 was coming to Edmonds last July, we have taught nearly 200 free pop-up classes around the community at businesses such as Gravity Bar, 190 Sunset, Hunni Co, Scratch Distillery, Brigid’s Bottleshop, and Frances Anderson Center.  It’s been so fun to partner with the local business community to host these classes and I continue to be amazed at how supportive everyone has been.

    Ed!: What is your favorite thing about being in the fitness industry?

    Gina: My favorite thing about being in the fitness industry is being part of a company that has a vision to redefine what success in fitness means so that everybody feels successful in their journey. I am super passionate about this.

    For so long the fitness industry has made money by exploiting our fears and amplifying our insecurities. The barre3 mission is to teach ALL people to be balanced in body and empowered from within. Acknowledging that we are all our own best teachers. By embracing our true selves, celebrating individual acceptance, and leading from within, we give everyone permission to do the same.

    The beauty of the barre3 class is that you will see everyone doing things a little different, taking options that they connect with most and not feeling pressure to do something that doesn’t serve them. Our instructors are very educated on the body and alignment to ensure that everything we do in class is not only effective, but safe.

    Ed!: What are your favorite places to shop or dine in downtown Edmonds?

    Gina: There are so many! You will most likely see me at Red Twig or Walnut Street Coffee at some point in the day for my daily dose of caffeine. I love going to both of these places and seeing so many people coming together to connect. I love the round table in the middle of Walnut Street. So many good and interesting conversations with friendly strangers have been had there.

    I have small children so Little Bipsy and Teri’s Toybox are definitely on the list. If I can escape kids, then I will venture to the Rogue boutique for myself.

    There are so many good restaurants it’s hard to choose. We love Epulo Bistro, 190 Sunset, Salt & Iron, Maize & Barley…you really can’t go wrong with any restaurants downtown.

    I love that Scratch Distillery and Brigid’s Bottleshop are kid friendly and Kelnero is definitely a fave for date night.

    Ed!: What is your favorite personal item you own and what is one item you are never without?

    Gina: If you count children as personal items, I would say my kiddos. I feel so fortunate to have two healthy, amazing kids. I’m honestly pretty simple. I love comfy clothes and sneakers. That being said, my guilty pleasure is definitely a good handbag.

    I am never without a tote or handbag that holds EVERYTHING. Computer, snacks, diapers, baby wipes, lip gloss…everything I need in my day. As long as I have my bag, I’m good.

    Ed!: What is your favorite product you plan to sell at barre3?

    Gina: We have amazing retail it’s hard to choose. We partner with businesses with like-minded values such as lululemon and beyond yoga as well as local businesses to bring an assortment of products to the studio. I think my go-to is a good comfy hoodie.

    Thank you for taking time to chat with us, Gina and best of luck with your opening!

    Barre3 officially opens their doors on March 5th. Make sure to follow them on Facebook or Instagram for grand opening announcements and check out their website for class schedule at https://barre3.com/studio-locations/edmonds.

    To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, check out http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  88. How Does Your Garden Grow, Edmonds?

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    According to the calendar we have a few more weeks of winter but ready or not, it’s the perfect time to start prepping your garden and looking toward the warmer months ahead.

    A few of the tasks that should be on your late winter gardening to-do list include:

    • Purchase and start seeds indoors for cool season crops like lettuces, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
    • Plan what trees, roses, and shrubs you want to add this year. Once the threat of frost is gone (roughly mid-March), you can plant these beauties.
    • Plan which hardy annuals you want to plant. Things like calendula, pansies, and poppies can be directly planted once the threat of frost is gone.
    • Add some color with potted primroses or potted early-spring blooming bulbs on your porch. Note that blooming bulbs can be transplanted into your garden once they’ve flowered.
    • Do a late winter pruning of your fruit trees and roses. Prune your shrubs, too, just avoid pruning spring blooming varieties until they are done flowering.

    As far as lawn care goes, right now you can hold off on getting out the mower until later in March. Birds are actually doing most of the work for you while digging up worms and getting rid of pesky crane fly grubs. One thing you can do now is remove pine needles that have blown off trees during the fall/winter which can cause too much acidity.

    Gardening Resources in Edmonds

    If you are new to growing a garden, you are in the right place. Edmonds has long been a city that celebrates gardening with organizations who work hard each year to beautify our town.

    Started in 1922, the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club are the folks who create the magnificent hanging baskets and corner displays throughout town, as well as the beautiful garden at Hazel Miller Plaza. Each May they hold a plant sale (hint: go early for incredible deals!) and they also work with local school gardens at Chase Lake Elementary and College Place Elementary providing funding and volunteers.

    Edmonds in Bloom is another local organization focused on the joy of gardening. Each year they offer a planting day for kids to create Mother’s Day gifts, recognize 150 front gardens and business displays around town with “Edmonds in Bloom” flags, and put on the summer garden tour. This year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary and have a special party in the works planned for August.

    There are also two great retailers downtown that provide tools, seeds, plants, and décor to assist you with your own green thumb.

    Bountiful Home and Nursery

    Located in a charming house-turned-storefront, Bountiful Home and Nursery carries a bounty of unique home and garden décor as well as plants. There you can find an eclectic selection of products to beautify your entire home – inside and out. The backyard of the store turns into a seasonal nursery in warmer months with all types of plants and flowers displayed on upcycled stands.

    Bountiful Home is currently observing Winter Hours and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm. Expect those hours to expand as we get into spring.

    Garden Gear and Gallery

    Garden Gear and Gallery is a one-stop shop for your gardening needs. You will find tools for your tasks, books, plants, pots, seeds, and more. They also carry beautiful statuary, metal sculptures, blown-glass yard ornaments, and cute critters and stepping stones by local artisans.

    Right now at Garden Gear it’s a great time to shop for herb and vegetable seeds that are newly in stock. You can also pick up tickets to the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival taking place February 26 – March 1st at the Washington State Convention Center.

    So whether you are someone who spends hours digging in the soil or you are a recovering black thumb ready to give it another try this year, Edmonds has you covered!

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  89. Love is in the Air in Edmonds

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    Whether you love it (or don’t), Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So we’ve rounded up some of the events and happenings around town. And even if going out on this particular day isn’t your thing, we’ve got several tips on how locals like to do date night in Edmonds.

    “Some of my favorite spots to do date night downtown include stopping by Kelnero for a great cocktail, doing a wine tasting at Arista Wine Cellars, or enjoying a special meal at Salt and Iron,” says Shealan Arnesen of Edmonds.

    Kelnero, who will be celebrating their one year anniversary on February 13th, plans to have several special cocktails on the menu for you to sip with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

    Salt & Iron is doing a special 6-course prix fixe meal for couples who want to really indulge. The menu includes fresh oysters, squid ink risotto, prime onglet Oscar, and a special dessert. Reservations are required and filling up fast.

    If grabbing food to-go is on the agenda, S&I’s sister restaurant The Market just up the street has a Valentine’s Day special of a complimentary dozen roses with the purchase of two lobster rolls and a bottle of wine of your choice. They also have a great selection of fresh seafood that you can have cooked to order or take home to prepare yourself.

    “When I have a special date or occasion on the calendar, I love to do my date-prep by stopping by Rogue for a new outfit or accessory. And on the beauty side of things, a facial or blowout at Slate is another fun way to treat myself so I look and feel my best,” shares Heather Damron.

    Rogue always has a fantastic selection of clothes, jewelry, and accessories to add that special touch. Owner Kimberly Koenig and her staff are happy to offer suggestions and help you find exactly what you are looking for.

    Slate is a full-service spa and salon offering every kind of beauty service you could desire – from hair, skin, nails, waxing, eyelash extension, and massage. Hint – gift certificates make a great Valentine’s Day gift, too.

    “We love doing date nights by seeing shows, going to concerts, or going out dancing to live music plus, dinner before or drinks after. We are lucky to have so many options around town!” Sorine Morgan told us.

    On February 14th, Edmonds Center for the Arts is featuring Rog’s Big 70th Valentine’s Birthday Bash with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Roger Fisher and friends. The Driftwood Players open their run of Pride and Prejudice on Valentine’s Day and the show goes through March 1st. And for spur of the moment plans, Engel’s Pub will have live music from 9pm to 11pm with classic dance/rock band, New Venture on Valentine’s Day.

    If whisking your honey off to a tropical vacation isn’t part of your romantic weekend, you can still enjoy a bit of the tropics by visiting Calypso. They will be featuring their full menu along with some chef specials to enjoy along with a tasty tropical bevvie (and they have some great non-alcoholic mocktails, too). Note – they aren’t accepting reservations that evening, just walk-in service.

    For those who are spending Valentine’s Day without a special someone, don’t feel like you need to hide out at home, Daphnes Bar will welcome you with open arms. In fact, they have a tradition of not allowing couples in on Valentine’s Day. This year will be the 13th year of their “No Couples Allowed” Valentine’s Day. And yes, that rule is enforced (we’ve even heard of some couples trying to sneak in and pretend they don’t know each other).

    No matter how you spend the upcoming holiday of romance, there’s plenty to love right here in downtown Edmonds!

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

  90. Family Businesses Going Strong in Edmonds

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    One of our favorite series at Ed! is our focus on family-owned and multi-generational businesses. Edmonds is home to many of these operations and learning about their history is something we hope you find as interesting as we do.

    To set the stage of the important role of family business, consider these stats. Family-owned businesses make up 90% of all businesses in America. Approximately half of our entire workforce is employed by a family-owned business…that’s around 80 million people nationwide.

    For our fourth installment in our family-owned focus, we sat down with two more Edmonds businesses to learn about how they got their start and why they love Edmonds—Brandon Meyer, son of owner Pam Meyer, of Pancake Haus and Dick Beresford of law firm, Beresford Booth PLLC.

    Ed!: Tell us about the history of your business

    Brandon: Pancake Haus opened on Easter in 1969 and promptly ran out of food. It was started by a couple named Ernie and Bonnie Boyd. My grandpa Larry Meyer started here the day it opened and has been here ever since.

    My grandparents Larry and Vicky Meyer bought the restaurant in 1979 and it’s been in our family ever since. My grandma Vicky started here in 1979 and has been here since. My parents Pam and Paul Meyer bought the restaurant in 2008 and have owned it since then.

    Right now my Uncle Mark, Aunt Kristi and cousin Chaz all work here. The younger generation is too young right now but are looking forward to start making money.

    Dick: Beresford Booth was founded in 1946 by my father Robert Beresford and Wayne Booth. The first location was in downtown Seattle at the First National Bank Building.

    I joined the firm in 1973 although I briefly worked at another law firm before joining my father. My older brother Bill Beresford was also an attorney at the firm, he retired in 2003. I am now semi-retired.

    There isn’t another Beresford practicing law at Beresford Booth, however, our managing partner Daniel Tingstad has a son in law school. It would be great for him to join and then carry on the generational tradition.

    Staff having fun at Beresford Booth PLLC Fun Day

    Ed!: How long have you been at your current location, and were there any prior locations?

    Brandon: Pancake Haus is still in the original location on Fifth Avenue in downtown Edmonds. There used to be a Pancake Haus in Northgate but they lost their lease after a few years.

    Dick: Living in Edmonds and raising my family here, it was always my dream to move the firm from downtown Seattle to Edmonds. In 2000 we got the opportunity to take over our current location on Third Avenue in downtown Edmonds. It was great to only have a ½ mile commute from that point on!

    Ed!: How has your business evolved over time?

    Brandon: The last major remodel was done about 2005. The current menu still has a lot of items from the original menu. The only things that have changed are the prices.

    Dick: Technology has been a big influence in our growth. It used to be that your firm was located in an area where you served your clients. So that is why we were located in Seattle so many years. With the advent of email, location became more irrelevant. That was a big reason we were able to move from downtown Seattle to downtown Edmonds.

    In the beginning, we had four attorneys but have grown to 16. At the start my dad and Wayne would take on any and every client they could find but over the years we’ve become more specialized as well as more global – even working nationally and internationally in some cases. We have attorneys who specialize in domestic relations, estates, wills and trusts, and litigation. We also have one attorney who specializes in adoption and surrogacy cases which is a growing area of practice.

    Ed!: What is your favorite thing about being in business in Edmonds?

    Brandon: Favorite thing about having a business in Edmonds is the people. A lot of our customers have become like family. They’ve been to our weddings and parties and we’ve been to theirs. Unfortunately we’ve been to far too many funerals over the years as well.

    Without our customers we wouldn’t be where we are today. They’ve watched me and the rest of the younger generations grow up here.

    Dick: For me, being close to my family was personally one of my favorite things. I was able to attend my kids’ games and events when they were growing up, and now, my grandkids’ games and events because I’m so close to home.

    I also like to say that good lawyers get involved in their community. We are committed to serving our area through pro bono work at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and Wade James Theater / Driftwood Players. I am the director emeritus of the Edmonds Community College Foundation. And our firm supported the EWHS scholar athletes banquet for many years. Each of our attorneys and staff members are involved in community endeavors in a variety of capacities.

    We appreciate these business owners sharing their story with us! Edmonds is so fortunate to have a rich history of family-owned businesses with interesting histories to share. Look for more installments in this series soon.

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  91. Happy 2020 in Edmonds!

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    A new year means most of us focus on at least a few resolutions. And of course, health and wellness-related goals are some of the most popular—whether that involves fitness, self-care, or self-expression.

    Finding ways to make lifestyle changes can be challenging, however, and convenience is one strategy to increase your success. So we put together ideas on how to make your resolutions happen right here in Edmonds!

    Getting Fit in 2020

    If fitness tops your list of resolutions, joining a gym is a natural first step. Making time to get to the gym can be a struggle though. Snap Fitness in Edmonds offers members access to the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you can easily fit your workouts into your schedule.

    Snap Fitness offers group classes, group training, as well as one on one training. Another option is their MYFIT daily work out that users can follow to attain results at any time during the day. MYFIT is “a unique combination of nine exercise movements that change daily, you’ll improve your cardio threshold, strength, mobility, and agility”.

    Check out the New Year special Snap Fitness is offering to new members until January 7th!

    Yoga is another popular fitness-focused activity that offers many health benefits including stress-relief, flexibility, and strength.

    Twist Yoga has a wide variety of yoga classes to appeal to all interests and levels. From gentle yoga for those who enjoy a slower pace, to Vinyasa that works up a sweat, to Yin Yoga that is a more intense deep focus on flexibility and energy flow. Twist also has a convenient online system to reserve your spot in class ahead of time.

    If you are new to yoga, Twist has a special four-week Introductory to Yoga series that begins January 9th that is the perfect way to get your yoga practice started.

    Express Yourself in 2020

    Exploring your self-expression through creativity sounds like a fun resolution but can seem daunting to a novice or casual artist. With so many mediums, tools, supplies, and techniques it can quickly become complicated or feel too difficult to really get started.

    ARTSpot has a year-long series called the Draw-Everyday-Challenge that is perfect for inspiring your creativity. When you sign up, you receive a kit with a year’s worth of tools and supplies. There are also three group outings that will be led by professional artists, a monthly free gift, and a monthly drawing demonstration to learn about each month’s free gift. And each participant receives a special 10% discount on their purchases through the year.

    The challenge culminates in a celebration for all participants in January 2021. For all of the details on this program and sign up, visit the ARTspot website.

    Taking Time for Self-Care in 2020

    Adding more time for self-care is a worthwhile goal on many people’s agendas. Self-care can mean a variety of things including quiet reflective time, focusing on your physical health, or pampering yourself.

    Massage is not only relaxing and stress-relieving, it’s also therapeutic. Massage can improve circulation, reduce pain, fight fatigue, improve sleep, and help eliminate toxins from the body.

    Apple Catha of Apple Catha Massage in Edmonds specializes in custom massage therapy based on your needs. She is trained in a wide variety of modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, hot stone, Lomi Lomi style, Thai foot massage, aromatherapy, and other spa/sensory therapies.

    You can schedule your custom massage for time frames ranging from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Several add-on services like dry brushing, foot massage, scalp massage, or a back scrub can enhance your experience as well as target specific concerns.

    Apple encourages people to “get massage as often as they can. It’s a beautiful way to be kind to yourself and keep your ‘well’ full. And it’s just nice to have a break.”

    Pampering yourself with a trip to the salon is another great way to kick off the new year. Bellissimo Beauty Bar has an entire Glam Squad ready to make you look and feel your best!

    If you are interested in a new cut, highlights, Balyage, trying out a wild (or tame) new color, Bellissimo has you covered. They also offer sugaring and waxing services, lash and brow tints, and custom spray tans to get yourself renewed from head to toe.

    You can conveniently book your service right online or give the salon a call.

    No matter what health or wellness goals you have for yourself, we wish you a happy and successful new year! Check out all of the great businesses in downtown Edmonds that can make 2020 your best year yet! http://edmondsdowntown.org/

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  92. Edmonds Holiday Gift Guide

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    Don’t let finding the perfect gift stress you out, we’ve come up with a list of ideas from our fantastic Edmonds businesses with our holiday gift guide.

    No matter who is on your holiday shopping list, the merchants in downtown Edmonds have a wide variety of ideas that are sure to bring joy to your recipients. Best of all, you can take care of your gift-buying needs conveniently in downtown Edmonds!

    Gift of Experience

    Gifts of Style

    Gifts of Wellness

    Gifts of Taste

    Gifts of Everything Else

    Gifts of Experience

    We can thank Marie Kondo for the resurgence in having less stuff around. This season, giving the gift of experiences is right on trend.

    Alley Bell Music

    Alley Bell Music

    Give a little one the gift of music this season with classes from Alley Bell Music. Choose from private piano lessons, private voice lessons, and Music Together classes for newborn to age five! Gift certificates available, inquire at alleybellmusic.com.

    Ombu Salon

    Ombu Salon

    Ombu Salon + Spa is an oasis of relaxation and pampering. The highly trained professionals there specialize in all types of spa and salon services, in particular facials and massages. They have gift cards available in any denomination or for any service. You can customize them to suit who you are buying for and they never expire. It’s a perfect gift! Gift cards are available for purchase at the store or online at ombusalon.com.

    Body Motion PT

    Body Motion Physical Therapy

    Give the mom in your life the gift of self-care with the Mom Restoration Package from Body Motion PT. This is for the mom in your life who always takes care of others and never makes time for herself. This focused massage is designed to not only make her feel great but create long-lasting change so she isn’t plagued by the stiffness, aches, or pains that could be slowing her down. This is the gift that will change her life!

    Cole Gallery

    Cole Gallery

    Give the gift of art from Cole Gallery. Not only do they have a wide variety of art on display that is available for purchase, they offer art classes and workshops for students from beginning to advanced –  in everything from watercolors, oil painting, drawing, and more. Gift certificates are available for classes if you aren’t sure which one the artist in your life would want to take!

    Gifts of Style

    Sound Styles

    Sound Styles

    Sound Styles is in LOVE with GLOVES this holiday season for the perfect gift. They currently have beautiful gloves in stock from Pia Rossini in over 10 different styles ranging from prices $30-$40.

    Rebekah's Boutique

    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 made of Austrian crystals & Czech glass that is handcrafted in Guatemala and fair-trade.

    Rogue

    Rogue

    Pop in to Rogue to pick up cozy hats and mittens for your favorites on your shopping list. They also have a big selection of stylish jewelry, candles, and other accessories perfect for stocking stuffers.

    Pear Tree Consignment

    Pear Tree Consignment

    Pear Tree Consignment is a brand new addition to the Edmonds family of downtown merchants. Pear Tree stocks many unique, one-of-a-kind pieces including some fabulous dresses and accessories for the holiday season. Pick up a 10% off coupon when you stop in!

    Anchor Chic

    Anchor Chic

    Anchor Chic also 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!

    Comstock Jewelers

    Comstock Jewelers

    Find the perfect sparkler to wow that special someone at Comstock Jewelers. No matter your budget, Comstock jewelers always strives to deliver a quality product, with a handshake and a smile. This season they are offering a free gift with any purchase of $100 or more while supplies last.

    Gifts of Wellness

    Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs

    Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs

    Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs has many gifts under $20 including an impressive selection of homeopathy, vitamins and herbs. They also feature clean and healthy body care as well as a full line of the best quality CBD supplements. Gift certificates are available for both products and consults. They will make custom gift baskets, too.

    Edmonds Vision Center

    Edmonds Vision Center

    You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy new glasses! Edmonds Vision Center offers fun and unique holiday gift EYE-deas for the special glasses wearers in your life. With more than just glasses, you can grab the perfect stocking stuffers including gift cards, cleaning cloths, cases, sunglasses, eyeglass chains and more.

    Lisa Geiger

    Lisa Geiger

    Enjoy more peace and calm in the new year with the CD Easing Into Comfort, authored and produced by Lisa F. Geiger, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, BCH. This CD offers a daily opportunity to relax deeply and discover what it’s like to feel peace and calm both in mind and body. Listen daily for amazing results! The CD is available for purchase at The Edmonds Bookshop.

    Gifts of Taste

    Whether you need a little pick me up while out shopping or want to treat that special someone to a night out, several food and dining locations downtown have seasonal offerings.

    Kelnero Bar

    Kelnero

    Kelnero will be offering gift cards, branded shot glasses, and liquid encouragement to weary shoppers. Sample from their range of seasonal food, cocktail, and non-alcoholic options, or try a holiday special such as the Axis of Winter.

    Girardis Osteria

    Girardis Osteria

    Girardi’s Osteria has a special offer for attendees to events this season at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Any ECA guest gets $5 off a dinner entrée per ECA ticket, for the date printed on the ticket and a whole week after the event. They also have a special on gift card purchases online. Purchase a $50 gift card and receive an additional $5 promotional voucher; purchase a $100 gift card and receive an additional $10 promotional voucher.

    Walnut Street Coffee

    Walnut Street Coffee

    To ward off the chill in there, make sure to swing by Walnut Street Coffee for a winter warmer and pick me up to finish up your shopping! They have gift cards and Walnut Street swag, perfect for gift giving.

    Gifts of Everything Else

    For your holiday decorating needs or those hard-to-buy-for people, check out these businesses!

    The Papery

    The Papery

    Experience the magic of the season at The Papery. There you will find everything you need for the holiday, including holiday-themed products like ornaments, decorations, and wrapping paper.

    Maje Gallery

    MajJ Gallery

    MaJe Gallery invites you to decorate with color and sparkle this holiday season. Find a wide selection of gifts under $25, including artisan ornaments as well as elegant women’s clothing and jewelry in an affordable price range. They have gifts like the popular Malicious Women Candles, fine art luminaries, silly coasters, and just the thing for your wine-loving pals.

     

    Miniatures and More

    Miniatures and More

    Miniatures and More is the only dollhouse miniature store in Western Washington. They carry carry everything you need for making, fixing, furnishing, lighting & accessorizing your dollhouse. And they have a stock of little items that are great for advent calendars and stocking stuffers and offer a variety of classes for miniatures enthusiasts.

    Garden Gear

    Garden Gear

    Garden Gear & Gallery has everything the green thumb in your life could ever desire including hand-crafted art pieces for any home and gardens made by local artists.

    C est La Vie

    C’est La Vie

    C’est la Vie has a selection of ornaments that celebrate Seattle and Edmonds – Seattle skyline, Seahawk hat, ferry boats, and exclusive Edmonds glass ornaments – these are a perfect gift for someone who has moved away from the PNW. Also in stock are a variety of hoodies and sweatshirts to show off your Edmonds pride for men and women in sizes small to XXL.

    Happy shopping, dining, and gift giving! To check out all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds for all of your holiday needs, visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/

    By Kelsey Foster

  93. Edmonds Guide to Holiday Entertaining

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    The holiday season is upon us with many opportunities over the next several weeks to gather with loved ones over food, drink, and good cheer.

    To help you entertain with ease, we spoke with three Edmonds experts who have great tips on putting together an unforgettable meal or party with stress-free style. From wine selection, to cheese boards, to gadgets and serving pieces – they’ve got you covered!

    We chatted with Roger Clayton, owner of Arista Wine Cellars to get insights on what wines to serve your guests.

    Wines from Arista Wine Cellars

    A selection of wines from Arista Wine Cellars

    Ed!: What are your recommendations on pairing wine with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

    Wine with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be tricky. Turkey meat and mashed potatoes are pretty boring and bland. Then adding in all those spices and herbs further complicates things. Stay away from big full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah which can over power the meal. Fuller-bodied whites or mid-weight reds tend to be better choices.

    For whites, I can recommend the 2017, Chateau Ducasse, Bordeaux blanc which is a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a little Muscadelle. The next white recommendation would be the 2017, Erica Orr, Old Vine, Chenin Blanc, $27. Chenin is more viscus than other whites and therefor can stand up to some of the spices and fats of a Thanksgiving dinner.

    As for reds, let’s start with an Oregon Pinot Noir, the 2015, Lemelson Vineyards, Thea’s Selection, $30. Pinot Noir from Oregon is a mid-weight wine with juicy acidity that can again stand up to the multitude of spices and herbs of this dinner.

    The next red is the 2014, Maison Arnoux et Fils, Vieux Clocher, Cairanne. $16. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which comes from Provence, France that offers up some spice notes along with solid fruit.

    Of course starting off a dinner of this nature with some bubbles is always welcome. Some dry hard cider would be fun and very traditional ($12-$20/bottle). But a Champagne would be my preference, and they run $35-$60 or more per bottle.

    Ed!: How much wine should someone plan to have at a holiday dinner or party based on the number of attendees and what mix of reds/whites do you recommend?

    This is hugely variable. Depends on if there are cocktails and beer available as well. A normal ‘restaurant pour’ is about 5 ounces, and you should be able to get five (5) glasses from a standard 750ml bottle of wine. If you are pouring bubbles to begin with, you can usually get six (6) glasses from a 750ml bottle.

    I would plan on about three (3) glasses per person over the course of the evening. As far as the ratio of white wine to red wine, another hugely variable question. I think with cooler temperatures and it getting darker earlier, I would suggest 35% white to 65% red wine.

    Ed!: What are your top three favorites in stock right now that you recommend people add to their wine collection for the season?

    First, bubbles! You can’t ever have too many bubbles on hand.

    One of my favorites is the non-vintage, Lucien Albrecht, Brut rose’, Cremant d’Alsace, $22. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this delicious French bubbly is full of cherry notes with bright acidity to tame even the creamiest of brie cheeses or simply a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie.

    Chablis, a region in Burgundy, France produces steely, rich and vibrant wines from the Chardonnay grape. Roast games birds would be perfect for the 2017, Romain Collet, les Pargues, Chablis, $30.

    A winery, actually a co-operative, that I have been buying (I don’t really like the word ‘collecting’!) for many years is Produttori del Babaresco. Any of their vineyard designate wines (Rio Sordo, Asili, Pore, Paje’, Ovello, etc.) are all line-priced at $67. They are made from 100% Nebbiolo and are built to age gracefully for many years. Just thinking about opening a bottle makes my mouth drool!

    Next, we asked manager Joyce Doll at The Cheesemonger’s Table about putting together a great cheese board.

    Cheese and charcuterie board from The Cheesemonger's Table

    Cheese and charcuterie board from The Cheesemonger’s Table

    Ed!: DIY cheese boards are a big trend right now. What types/mix of cheeses do you recommend for a basic display?

    Usually we encourage customers to mix up milk types. Cow, Sheep & Goat, currently there is a new trend in the cheese industry of mixing milks—we have many goat/cow milk or sheep/goat mix cheeses. It’s just another advancement in the cheese industry that pays off with more delicious kinds of cheese for the consumer.

    The other suggestion is to pick at least three different “types” of cheese. With that being said, there are so many “types” that you can classify them as—Hard, Semi-Soft, and Soft or Gouda, Blue & Brie—the combinations can go on and on. Often too, we look at getting different cheese from different countries represented on a platter. If you think of those three things, milk type, origin of country & type of cheese you will have a successful platter!

    We always encourage customers to pick more crowd friendly cheeses if hosting a gathering, unless you’re positive you have more adventurous palettes. The nice thing is here at The Cheesemonger’s Table we let you taste most of the cheese before purchasing so you will know when you go to build your platter. Also we can be sure to pick a crowd-friendly cheese that not everyone has heard of or has tasted so you still have a cheese platter that many will enjoy (even your more adventurous guests).

    Ed!: How should someone estimate the amount of items on a board based on their number of guests?

    Usually you look at 1/2 oz per person per cheese if cheese is going to be the “main” at the party. If you will have more options, then I usually cut it down to 1/4 of an ounce per person per cheese.

    The wonderful thing about cheese is usually if you purchase too much, it keeps well and you can find many uses for it in other dishes. We base our cheese boards on three cheeses, two charcuterie items, one jam/compote, nuts, dried fruit/fruit, and crackers. This combination is perfect for a small or large gathering.

    Ed!: Are there any specialty items you have for the upcoming entertaining season that you anticipate to be popular?

    There are so many wonderful compote/jams available right now and it is fun to play with the different flavors. Especially during the holidays, we have a local company on Orcas Island, Girl Meets Dirt; they mix organic locally sourced fruit with different herbs & spices that enhance many cheeses.

    The one trend that I love seeing is vegetables & fresh fruit on platters—beets, squash, cucumbers, melons, plums, pomegranate seeds. Really the sky’s the limit. A great way to make a platter fuller & healthier for all.

    Ed!: If someone just wants to leave it to the pros at your shop, how much lead time do you need for orders?

    Here at The CMT we can make a tray on the fly if needed, but for larger orders (20 or more people), we ask at least 48 hours in advance if possible. Always check with us either way, we usually can make something work for you and your budget. We have a very creative staff that truly enjoys putting these platters together and can customize your platter for special event.

    Finally, we checked in with Jenny Shore at The Wooden Spoon on things every host should consider having on hand when organizing a holiday gathering.

    Water Wick candle at The Wooden Spoon

    Water Wick candle at The Wooden Spoon

    Ed!: What are some of the new trends you are seeing with Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining?

    Charcuterie boards are really popular this year, as are the dips, tapenades and pepper jellies that can be served with the meats and cheeses. The Wooden Spoon carries a variety of platters and plates to serve as a beautiful foundation to any type of board you dream up.

    Drink mixers are also in demand. We carry the popular Elixer Fixer brand with the tagline “the original party in a bottle”. They are a local company across the water in Port Orchard.

    Ed!: What is your best recommendation for a tried and true product that every host needs in their kitchen or on their table?

    Everyone needs to have good, sharp knives and peelers for fruit and vegetable prep.

    We carry the highly rated GEFU brand of peelers which are an outstanding product. They make the tedious task of peeling vegetables like potatoes a breeze.

    Ed!: What is your favorite new item you have in the store this season that you recommend to customers?

    Our favorite new product is the Water Wick candle, which combines a battery-powered water fountain with an LED candle. They are very attractive and make a great statement on your holiday table. They also make a great gift.

    Happy Holiday entertaining! To check out all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds for all of your holiday needs, visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  94. Holiday Kickoff

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    When it comes to celebrating the holidays, Edmonds goes all out adding a festive layer on top of an already charming city. It’s no secret around the Puget Sound region that Edmonds has become a prime destination to soak in the holiday magic with a calendar chock-full of events, activities, celebrations, and good cheer. There are things to do for all ages and interests, plus many are free!

    Ready, set, mark your calendars!

    Edmonds Holiday Market begins November 9th

    Missing the summer market that wrapped up their season October 5th? Good news, you don’t have to wait much longer to enjoy that market experience! The limited-run Edmonds Holiday Market starts on Saturday, November 9th and runs 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14 and 12/21. Lots of opportunities to pick up goodies made by over 50 local artisans and craftspeople!

    First Dibs in downtown EdmondsFirst Dibs returns Thursday, November 21st

    Right before the official kick-off to holiday shopping season, the small businesses in Edmonds open their doors inviting people to get “first dibs” on all of their wonderful seasonal merchandise and specials. Come get a jump-start on your shopping list and enjoy samples, discounts, and other perks while you support local merchants and make progress on your gift list.

    First Dibs takes place Thursday, November 21st from 5pm to 8pm. See the full list of participating businesses here.

    Thanksgiving Community Meal, November 28th

    Westgate Chapel opens its doors for the annual Thanksgiving meal, free to all, on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy family activities and a homemade turkey dinner. More details on their website.

    Edmonds Holiday Dash, November 30th

    Put on your best festive apparel and bring your dog and join the fun at 9am down at Civic Field for the annual Edmonds Holiday Dash benefiting the Edmonds Police Foundation. Registration is available online or onsite at 8am.

    Shop Small Saturday, November 30th

    Black Friday may be the “official” day to start your holiday shopping, but Shop Small Saturday is a day that makes a huge impact to independently-owned merchants. Part of a national campaign, Shop Small Saturday is simply the commitment to spend some of your holiday shopping budget at small businesses as they make up the backbone of the American economy and do so much in our communities.

    Edmonds is chock-full of such places! Visit the Ed! site for a full list of local merchants to visit.

    Tree Lighting Ceremony with a Special Guest, November 30th  

    Seen by many as the “official” way Edmonds starts the holidays, the annual Tree Lighting takes place late afternoon on Saturday, November 30th at Centennial Plaza.

    Come down and enjoy free cookies and cider at 3pm and Emily the Elf will be handing out candy canes, too! Then grab a spot surrounding the plaza to watch the ceremony from 4pm to 5pm. And then follow the very special guest, Santa Claus, over to the Edmonds Masonic Lodge for photos. Produced by the team at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the event is a beautiful show of community and is free to attend (note there is a fee for Santa photos post-tree lighting). As Emily told us, “this going to be a fantastically festive holiday extravaganza!”

    More events from November through December

    The events above are just the tip of the holiday iceberg…below is a list of some of the other great holiday goings-on around town!

    Edmonds Holiday TrolleyEdmonds Holiday Trolley

    Running every Saturday in December from 11am to 6pm, the popular holiday trolley makes several stops through town for shoppers and revelers to take in all the sites and get from place to place in a festive way. Hosted by Emily the Elf who hands out candy canes, the trolley has become one of the most beloved of the annual Edmonds holiday traditions. This year it will even run on December 28th to extend the holiday cheer a bit longer! The trolley route map is available here.

    Christmas Ships

    Puget Sound Express participates in several Christmas Ship excursions by  loading up a decorated boat in Edmonds and then joining up with the Argosy Spirit of Seattle boat that leads the parade around Puget Sound. For information on how to participate, visit their website.

    The Argosy parade holds its official Edmonds port of call on December 11th which is a great time for residents to come down to the waterfront to enjoy the lights and singing.

    Holiday Theater, Performances, and Sing-a-Longs

    From traditional to humorous, there are many performing arts-related ways to enjoy the season around town! The Edmonds Center for the Arts will have several performances throughout the season, including a White Christmas Sing-a-Long on November 30th and the Gothard Sisters on December 5th.

    The Edmonds Driftwood Players will be performing A Christmas Story, The Musical based on the hit holiday film. Performances will be from November 29-December 2nd, tickets are available here.

    The Phoenix Theater is showing Inspecting Carol, a humorous behind the scenes look at how a local theater bumbles their production of A Christmas Carol. For more information and tickets, click here.

    Olympic Ballet Theatre has several performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker to choose from at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on December 20-23rd. All of the details are on their website.

    Jingle Those Bells caroling contest is taking place on December 5th. This free event is an opportunity for amateur singers, wannabe singers and even not-so-great singers to get together and compete in a fun caroling contest that the audience then judges for awards and recognition. Stay tuned for more details!

    To learn more about all of the great holiday events in Edmonds this season, visit the events calendar.

    By Kelsey Foster

  95. Thrills and Chills in Fa-BOO-lous Edmonds!

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    Fall is in the air and that means it’s time to grab your best ghoul-friends and head down to Edmonds for Halloween fun with activities taking place through the month.

    “It’s an Edmonds Kind of Mummy” at Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

    Annual Scarecrow Festival

    Drive around town in early October and you are bound to see some creative displays popping up.

    Each year dozens of businesses, organizations, and residents take part in the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival. Sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum, this annual event is now in its ninth year.

    Spooky, clever, cute, and delightful are just a few ways to describe all the entrants. This year you will see nods to pop culture, traditional ‘crows, and at least one that’s had a few too many.

    People travel from all over South Snohomish County to check out the scarecrows that stretch beyond just the downtown core. A map of all entries is available on the website making it easy for you to see them all in person before casting their votes.

    “Scoops Ahoy” at Rogue

    Many of our downtown businesses already have their scarecrows proudly on display: Rogue, Comstock Jewelers, Edmonds Bookshop, Kelnero, Mosaic Salon Group, Wilcox Construction, Insurance Services Group, Rick Steves Europe, Coldwell Banker Bain, and so many more!

    Last year, Sound Styles even brought their Plaid Hatter scarecrow to life in their window…we wonder what they have up their sleeve this year…

    Take time between now and November 1st to stroll the streets and appreciate all the creativity!

    Registration is free and is open until October 15th. Make sure to visit the website or stop by the museum between October 16th and November 1st to cast your vote for your favorite entry. To check out the winners from 2018, check out their photo gallery.

    Halloween in downtown Edmonds

    Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night

    As the sun starts to set, thousands of revelers descend on the downtown core to get their share of tricks and treats. It’s one of the best people watching community events the entire year. Costumed children, pets, and adults fill the streets that are closed to traffic and visit merchants along 5th Avenue and Main Street to fill their bags with treats.

    Hosted each year by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the Halloween Trick or Treat is a beloved free and family-friendly event. It takes place rain or shine from 5:00 to 7:00pm (though the littlest goblins start closer to 4:30pm). Music and dancing take place near the fountain and the costume contest will be at the Windermere building.

    A highlight of the evening is the annual flash mob coordinated by Harbor Square Athletic Club. Everyone is invited to participate, too! Drop in rehearsals are taking place through the month or you can watch an instructional video and learn the moves on your own. Participants should plan to gather by the fountain at 5:15pm with the dance scheduled to take place at 5:30pm. More details are located on the EdmondsHalloween.com website.

    Halloween in downtown Edmonds

    If you prefer to watch all the costumes stroll by without being in the crowd yourself, a popular option for many is to pull up a chair at several spots on the route and enjoy dinner and a beverage as you people watch. Places along the route include Taki Tiki, Maize and Barley, Las Brisas, Red Twig, MarKet, Thai Cottage, and Chanterelle.

    Movies, Haunted Museum, and More!

    The Edmonds Theater is showing Young Frankenstein as their Throwback Thursday movie on October 17th at 7:30pm. The movie, starring Gene Wilder and directed by Mel Brooks, is rated PG. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served.

    Taking place at the same time as the Edmonds Halloween Trick or Treat on the 31st is the annual Haunted Museum at the Edmonds Historical Museum. Come check out a “friendly haunting” where the museum exhibits “come alive”. There is a $1 suggested donation at the door which goes to support the museum.

    On Saturday, November 2nd the second annual Edmonds Day of the Dead festival is taking place at the Masonic Lodge. The free event is family-friendly and runs from 12pm to 4pm. Enjoy traditional folk dancing from Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara, sugar skull decorating, face painting, and the Dojo Togo food truck will be onsite as well.

    With so many ways to celebrate the spooky season, you’ll say “Fangs for the memories, Edmonds!” 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

  96. Ed! to the Parking Rescue

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    Downtown Edmonds is a bustling scene year round and with so many businesses and amenities in close proximity, it’s a very walkable city. We’ve even earned a walkability score of 84 from WalkScore.com.

    With our blossoming restaurant and retail scene, arts-related events, long-standing service-based businesses and residences, it’s no wonder people are coming to Edmonds in droves. But with more people, we also have more cars.

    On the plus side, Edmonds still offers free (unmetered) street parking and several free public lots. This is in contrast to other local cities – like Kirkland, Everett, Mukilteo, and Bothell – that have moved to metered street parking and pay lots in their business districts.

    However, even with many free options and a walkable business district, parking is at times a hot commodity. The Edmonds Downtown Alliance advisory board recognized the need to troubleshoot concerns around parking a few years back and got to work finding solutions.

    We chatted with advisory board member Pam Stuller, owner of Walnut Street Coffee, to learn more about how Ed! has collaborated to create more readily available parking in downtown Edmonds.

    Ed!: Can you tell us how Ed! got started working on the parking issues facing downtown Edmonds?

    Pam: The advisory board for Ed! works as committees to get our projects rolling, and the after hours parking program is a great example of how a dedicated group of volunteers sitting around a table brainstorming a problem can come up with some inventive solutions.

    Parking has been high on the list of Ed!s member priorities for the last few years. We have a relatively small budget to work with annually, so we knew we needed to find low-cost solutions that could help better utilize our existing parking supply.

    Bank of Washington (now Sound Credit Union) at 5th and Dayton was already allowing parking outside their business hours, but we knew they were frustrated with folks abusing their generosity and parking all times of the day. We started strategizing how to improve their signage while using their lot as a test case to expand the concept to other private lots. We worked with a designer to come up with a look and feel that we could use throughout downtown, and approached the bank manager about testing our idea with their lot.

    Within months of installing the signage, we had clear feedback from the bank manager and the community that it was working. At that stage, Petra Rousu (former board member and owner of Savvy Traveler) and I went and visited the rest of the downtown banks to see who else might be interested in joining the program. With our successful test case in hand, the response from the banks was really positive and we’ve added the lots at Washington Federal, US Bank and Bank of America in the last 18 months.

    All the work Ed! does takes a lot of volunteer effort – and the after hours parking team included fellow committee members Clayton Moss (former board member and owner of Forma) and Mark Von Gunten (board member and owner of Ten Gun Design). We also are grateful to have the expertise of our program manager, Carrie Hulbert, for taking this project to completion.

    Ed!: The after hours parking program is such a low-cost creative solution! Currently there are four lots in the program – Are there plans to expand it to more lots?

    Pam: With a small budget for design, fabrication and installation, we’ve been able to add over 100 evening and weekend parking spots in downtown Edmonds. We will continue to evaluate additional after hours locations in the future, and we are always brainstorming new ideas to make the most out of the parking that we already have.

    Our goal in the near term is to tell people about these available spots, along with the free city parking lots and street parking. We know that sometimes parking can be frustrating, but we’re lucky to have so much free parking in Edmonds—and if you have to walk a bit, our town is extremely walkable and fun to explore.

    Ed!: What has the feedback been so far, both from citizens and the businesses?

    Pam: Feedback so far has been very positive. The banks are happy that improved signage helps keep their lots available for their customers during business hours, and citizens are glad to know where and when they are allowed to park when the banks are closed. I am very proud to have been part of the team that has and will continue to seek solutions to best maximize the available parking in downtown Edmonds.

    Downtown Edmonds parking map

    Downtown Edmonds parking map

    Thank you, Pam!

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  97. My Favorite Things: Elyssa Boyd of Gravity Bar

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    We’ve started a series here at Ed! called “My Favorite Things” where we get to learn the personalities behind some of our great downtown Edmonds businesses. For this installment, we chatted with Elyssa Boyd of Gravity Bar and The Lounge on 5th Avenue.

    You may have first met Elyssa when she operated the popular Coneheads Organic Shave Ice truck around town beginning in the spring of 2014. People of all ages would flock to the bright yellow truck serving up delicious shave ice. From that enterprise, she went on to open a brick and mortar space called Gravity Bar in the spring of 2018 and sister event space, The Lounge on 5th Avenue last year.

    We were excited to learn more about the personality and driving force behind these business ventures. Here are some of Elyssa’s favorite things.

    Ed!: Elyssa, what is your favorite thing about being in business in downtown Edmonds?

    My favorite thing about being a business owner in Edmonds is that it is my home town. The theory of six degrees of separation is so true when you own a small business in a small town like Edmonds.

     

    Ed!: What is your favorite thing about being in the restaurant/events industry?

    It’s fun to connect with new friends and old ones. When you see a couple of people in your restaurant and you had no idea they were friends and you are friends, it’s so fun to make new ones! Entertaining has always been a hobby until I turned it into a business. Finding new ways to make someone else’s day great is a lot of fun, whether it be with making food or helping them plan a celebration. 

     

    Ed!: What is your favorite place to shop or dine in downtown Edmonds?

    My favorite shop in Edmonds would be The Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop. Whenever I have a gift to buy someone I love finding cute personal gifts there that I know my friends will love getting. 

     

    Ed!: What is your favorite item on your menu? 

    My favorite item on our menu would be our pear gorgonzola flatbread pizza. There are so many flavors that pair well in one bite that it keeps you wanting another one.

     Our menu always is changing with new items because we are all about the trending foods and beverages. We cater to everyone and always make everything from fresh ingredients that change with the seasons. We are excited to launch a few new items in fall, including bubble tea.

    Ed!: What is your favorite personal item you own?

    As for my favorite personal item, it would have to be my collection of Marilyn Monroe Wines. I started collecting them even before I was 21. A friend, who is passed on now, gave me my first bottle of Marilyn Merlot in 1994 and I have collected them ever since. They make me feel happy when I look at all of them together. My doggies are a very close second!


    Ed!: What is one item you are never without? 

    My Item I am never without is my vintage green amethyst ring my husband gave to me. Amethysts are normally a lavender color so when he found me a rare green colored stone, I fell in love with it!  

    Gravity Bar in downtown EdmondsGravity Bar specializes in local wine, beer, juices, and smoothies along with a menu of fresh food like acai bowls and avocado toast. Boyd also hosts a regular lineup of events like wine tastings on Wine Maker Wednesdays, live music, and community events. You can also still get shave ice there, including spiked shave ice for the 21+ crowd.

    Next door, The Lounge on 5th Avenue focuses on private events like baby showers, birthday parties, and small receptions. Featuring cozy furniture, pretty twinkle lights, and a covered patio, it’s an intimate space that is flexible for a variety of events.

    Thank you for taking time to chat with us, Elyssa!

    To learn more about Gravity Bar and The Lounge on 5th Avenue, visit their website https://www.gravitybar-edmonds.com/. Make sure to check out their event calendar for upcoming events.

    To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, check out http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  98. Edmonds Bird Fest About to Take Flight

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    Hundreds of people from the Seattle area are expected to “fly” into town for the three-day Edmonds Bird Fest festival taking place September 13-15, 2019. For the past 14 years The Puget Sound Bird Fest showcases what makes Edmonds such a special place to enjoy this hobby.

    The Puget Sound Bird Fest highlights the important role that birds play in our local Edmonds ecosystem and economy: from pest control, to seed dispersal, to tourism. The overarching goal of the festival is to promote local birding, encourage bird-friendly gardening, and educate residents about conservation of bird habitat.

    Photo by Janine Harles

    Hundreds of different types of birds can be found in Edmonds. The Edmonds Marsh is one of the more popular places, listed by Audubon Washington as the first stop on the Cascades Loop of “The Great Washington State Birding Trail”. Nearly one hundred species of birds can be seen there alone. In addition to the marsh, there are many locations in town to spot all types of birds including Yost Park, the beaches, the public fishing pier, and local Edmonds parks.

    We asked local Edmonds birding enthusiast and photographer, Pam Brisse about this popular hobby and how she got started.

    “I’ve always loved birds but really started paying attention to them in our yard when my son was little and we did the Cornell Lab Great Backyard Bird Count in the winters. Since then I’ve worked to make our yard more bird-friendly—feeders, birdbaths, and planting things they like. This is the first year I’ve left food out all summer and it’s been eye-opening—all the birds bringing their fledglings in and showing them where and how to eat from the feeders—really amazing.”

    Brisse says she’s been on the lookout to find owls to photograph in particular this summer but hasn’t had much luck. At the marsh she’s spotted red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, killdeer and a few duck and goose families. And at Yost she’s seen pileated woodpeckers, flickers, bushtits, wood-pewees, spotted towhees, and hummingbirds.

    “I mostly photograph the birds that come visit my backyard – we get all the regulars: chickadees, nuthatches, finches, wrens, robins, towhees, grosbeaks, juncos, sparrows, flickers, Steller’s jays, crows, bushtits and the hummingbirds. The most unusual backyard bird visitors this year have been a couple of band-tailed pigeons, a merlin (its legs were banded), and a western tanager. We also had a sharp shinned hawk a while ago,” she said.

    Bird Fest exhibit at Frances Anderson Center; photo by Janine Harles

    Bird Fest Activities

    Bird Fest has attractions for people totally new to birding who are looking to get started as well as for people well-versed in the hobby. There are things to do at the festival for the entire family and many activities are free.

    It all kicks off on Friday, September 13th at 7:30pm with a keynote from award-winning nature photographer, Tim Boyer. He will focus on the epic migration of shorebirds, including specifics about six breeds common to Washington, and why global conservation and climate change matter.

    The opening speaker on Saturday is Steve Ball who will be teaching how to capture better bird photos, with tips and tricks and photography fundamentals. Later in the day at 3pm, Doug Wacker will present “Do Crows Have Language” where you can learn more about this fascinating breed of social birds.

    There are at total of five morning bird walks taking place, three of which are free to join. You can also venture down to the Edmonds Marsh any time from 10am to 2pm for free bird viewing guided by Seattle Audubon.

    Throughout the day Saturday you will find free indoor activities at Frances Anderson Center. Visit the many exhibitors and watch a variety of presenters and speakers. View a display of photos taken by both amateur and professional photographers and vote for your favorite. Take the kids to the kid’s area from 10am to 2pm to learn about owl pellets and make nature crafts.

    Sunday offers a day full of outdoor activities including a bird cruise on the Sound, a field photography workshop, and a sketch crawl.

    For a list of all of the events and activities, make sure to visit http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com/schedule-for-event.

    Edmonds Bookshop window display celebrating Bird Fest

    Local merchants celebrate birds

    Several downtown Edmonds businesses are participating in Bird Fest, too, and have specials and discounts in honor of the festival. Here are some of the offers around downtown Edmonds.

    Garden Gear & Gallery is offering 10% off all bird houses, bird feeders and accessories, and Raven’s Brew coffee.

    Stranded by the Sea is planning a workshop on knitting/crocheting bird nests for rescue birds. Yarn kits will be available for purchase.

    Kelnero’s “Black Raven” cocktail

    Kelnero has two cocktail specials – the Black Raven and Bird of Paradise. And Scratch Distillery will have a special Blue Heron cocktail.

    And fly by the Edmonds Bookshop to check out their special window display featuring a variety of bird books.

    For more places for bird enthusiasts to visit around town, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, Bird Fest photos courtesy of Janine Harles

  99. Skincare Tips from Edmonds Pros

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    As summer transitions into fall in a few (all-too-short) weeks, it’s a great time to pay attention to the changing needs of our skin.

    We asked three of the top estheticians in downtown Edmonds for some tips and guidance on developing a healthy skincare regime and the best ways to take care of PNW skin concerns.

    Laura Hess of Ombu Salon + Spa, Nisha Burmaster of Slate Salon + Spa, and Sorine Morgan of SSpa/Edmonds Waxing Studio to give us the low down on keeping our faces in tip-top shape.

    Ed!: What are the most common concerns your clients have that can be easily remedied with services and products?

     Laura: Age prevention is the most common skin concern I hear about. It’s important that we learn to age gracefully however, there are measures we can take inside and out to slow down the hands of time. Good nutrition is key, managing stress and thinking good thoughts, and using potent organic skin care products, like Eminence, that utilize collagen, peptides, stem cells, natural retinol, and Vitamin C paired with monthly facials can be very beneficial.

    Nisha: A common concern that can most easily be remedied with services and products is by far dry, dull skin. It is easy to hydrate the skin in a facial, especially after a professional level of exfoliation. Moisture and products have a hard time penetrating through that top layer of dead skin which is always dehydrated. Even if you’re oily, that top layer of dead skin is always dehydrated.

    By having your skin professionally exfoliated, not only does it give it an amazing youthful glow instantly, but it also allows moisture to go deeper. Same goes for home care. Using an exfoliant along with your hydrators at home is very important and can get you instant results.

    Sorine: The most common concerns my clients have would be uneven, textured skin. This can easily be treated with regular exfoliation, especially with professional facials. Regular exfoliation will help with many concerns. In addition, I recommend adding in hydrating serums for the best results.

    Laura Hess, Ombu Salon + Spa

    Laura Hess, Ombu Salon + Spa

    Ed!: What is the most popular skincare service people request from you?

    Laura: Our customized organic facial is the most popular service. Along with a customized organic facial, we offer facial enhancements and our fruit acid enzyme peel and eye treatment. These add-ons are the most popular way to enhance results from a facial.

    Nisha: The most commonly requested services are one hour facials and brow waxes. With brows taking center stage in the beauty world the past few years it has become increasingly popular to have your brows professionally done.

    Sorine: The most popular service requested is my signature facial since it is a customized Dermalogica treatment, designed for every skin type. A precise skincare treatment will be determined to meet your needs, whether to treat a specific problem or restore balance.

    All facials combine relaxation with cleaning and include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions if necessary, and massage while your skin rehydrates with a customized treatment masque and serum.

    Ed!:  What is a skincare service you think everyone should regularly get?

    Laura: As we age, our cellular renewal process slows down and so the skin can become dull, rough, and dry. Monthly facials can help counteract this by generating new cells to the surface, stimulating collagen and elastin, helping with fine lines and wrinkles and bringing oxygen and renewed glow back to the skin. Not to mention, a facial is fantastic way to rebalance the mind, body and spirit!

    Nisha: I think of all the services, facials would be the one thing everyone, women and men, should get. Not only does it make your skin look great, but it is also preventative, and with the right technician, can be extremely relaxing and de-stressing. I put a heavy focus on relaxation and clients leave feeling great – both inside and out. We can all use that in this day and age.

    As for the rest of the treatments, it really depends on the individual. Somebody might have really blond eyelashes and benefit most from a lash tint and someone else might have great lashes but really need that upper lip wax.

    Sorine: As we age, our skin turnover slows down, so a regular facial every four to six weeks will help with renewing and reviving skin cells through the aging process. In addition, a regular facial will help to remind you to keep up with a healthy at-home routine and regimen.

    Nisha Burmaster, Slate Salon + Spa

    Nisha Burmaster, Slate Salon + Spa

    Ed!: What are special concerns for people who live in the Pacific Northwest? Any special tips specific to Pacific Northwest skincare?

    Laura: In the Pacific Northwest we can underestimate the power of the sun. With its many benefits, it also can speed up the skin’s aging process. So it’s imperative to wear a non-toxic sunscreen daily – even on those cloudy days! For those who do see the accumulated effects of sun damage customized peels can make a positive difference.

    Nisha: Actually, of all the climates in America, the Pacific Northwest is pretty forgiving for skin. Obviously we don’t have an excess of sun causing that lovely beef jerky look, and while we do have a variation in seasons, it’s not nearly as bad as some parts of the country. However it can still be an issue for us. We need to change our summer skincare routine to something lighter and the winter routine to something richer and heavier. All that indoor heat sucks the moisture right out of your skin!

    Also, the fact that we do have cloud cover can be deceiving and because of that, some people might not wear sunblock when they should. A sunblock that we can hardly keep on our shelves at Slate is Solar Defense by Hydropeptide. It’s so many things in one. It’s a self-adjusting tinted light moisturizer that comes out lavender and adjusts to your skin tone as you rub it in. My favorite part about it is that it uses mineral sunblock as opposed to chemical. Also has lots of anti-aging peptides and smells oh so good!

    Sorine: My main advice for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest is to use sunscreen regularly. That cloud cover can be sneaky, the sun’s rays can still get through and affect our skin! There are so many great products out there – my favorite product would be a sheer-tint moisturizer with SPF.

    Sorine Morgan, SSpa Edmonds Waxing Studio

    Sorine Morgan, SSpa Edmonds Waxing Studio

    Ed!:  What is your personal favorite treatment to receive and/or your must-have skincare product?

    Laura: My favorite treatment are facials. And Ombu just launched our monthly facial membership which could just be “the best deal in town!”

    Nisha: My favorite service to receive is a massage from Emily Peterson at Quiet Thyme in Edmonds (honestly I don’t like other people messing with my skin too much which is why massage instead of facials). Emily’s massage is a little bit different each time, but always magical. Sometimes she’ll bring in the singing bowl, sometimes aromatherapy, sometimes sage sticks. Not to mention the amazing view at her location by the water. After I leave I feel as though my cup is full and overflowing so I can give back to others in my facials.

    My ‘must have’ skin care product is the lemongrass enzyme cream by Dawn Lorraine Conscious Skincare. This is an organic skincare line that we sell at Slate. I spent over a hundred hours researching which organic line to carry when Slate opened and this one was the front-runner by far. The lemongrass enzyme cream not only moisturizes but exfoliates with acids and enzymes while you sleep, so you wake up with a radiant glow and your exfoliation is somewhat built into your routine. Great for busy people. Not to mention it smells like heaven!

    Sorine: I love getting facials and know the importance of taking care of my skin. Fifteen years ago, I was trained under Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute. Dermalogica has been my go-to product of choice since. My favorites are special cleansing gel, skin smoothing cream and daily micro exfoliant, all by Dermalogica.

    And of course, my daily SPF sheer-tint moisturizer. There are many great products out there, once you find a product you like I recommend keeping within the same line, they go hand in hand. My advice is always, less is more. Skin care can easily be overwhelming, I like to keep it simple.

    Thank you for all the great tips, ladies! To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster

  100. Celebrate Summer in Edmonds, Part Two

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    Summer is in full swing and Edmonds is buzzing with activities between now and September. Check out part two of our summer series (if you missed part one, click here). There is something fun for all ages in Edmonds this summer!

    Edmonds Outdoor Movie Night

    An annual family tradition, the Edmonds Parks & Recreation Department is once again hosting outdoor movie nights this summer. Head down to the Frances Anderson fields at 700 Main St Edmond on Friday, August 2nd to watch A Wrinkle in Time (PG).

    The movie begins at dusk (around 9pm). Make sure to pack blankets and chairs and swing by one of our local restaurants for take out! The Market Fishmonger and The Cheesemonger’s Table have great takeout menus perfect for an evening in the park.

    Wine Walk

    Grab your wine lovin’ friends and make plans to stroll the downtown Edmonds streets, sampling wine from select Washington wineries at some of your favorite shops and businesses.

    The second Wine Walk of the summer takes place on Saturday, August 3rd from 5-8pm. Sponsored by the folks at Art Walk Edmonds, proceeds go toward supporting the monthly Edmonds Art Walks and other arts-related events in our city.

    Participating businesses include Anchor Chic, Aria Studio Gallery, C’est la Vie, Cline Jewelers, Coldwell Banker Bain, Cole Gallery, Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds Vision Center, Little Bipsy, Rogue, Windermere, and The Wooden Spoon.

    The wine walk last month sold out and tickets for this one are available online here. Each ticket comes with 10 tokens each good for one-ounce pours (additional tokens can be purchased). Maps to all the Sip Stops, along with wristbands and tokens will be handed out starting at 4:50pm.

    Beach Walks with Ranger Naturalists

    Everyone agrees that our beaches are one of the most important assets to our charming town. Learning more about the ecosystem and variety of marine life on our shores and in the Sound is a great way to enhance your appreciation of what makes Edmonds so unique.

    Ranger Naturalists offer several low-tide beach walks at Olympic Beach that are free of charge (no registration required, either). Meet up for an hour-long guided tour on these dates:

    • Wednesday, July 31st at 10:30am
    • Sunday, August 4th at 1:30pm
    • Thursday, August 29th at 1pm

    For a different experience, make plans to attend the Moonlight Beach Adventure happening on August 24th from 7:30-9:30pm.

    Ranger Naturalists and Volunteer Beach Docents host this evening program that features touch tanks filled with marine life brought up from the deep by volunteer scuba divers from the Marker Buoy Dive Club. They also be running a live underwater video feed so you can check out all the action from down below, too. Don’t forget your flashlight!

    These events happen rain or shine so dress accordingly. For more details, visit their website.

    Taste Edmonds

    One of the highlights of every Edmonds is Taste Edmonds, the three-day festival of food, music, shopping, and all kinds of entertainment. This year marks the 38th year of the festival and is set to take place August 16-18th at Civic Field.

    There are some new things in store this year as well as some favorites making a return.

    The biggest news is that due to popular demand, The Beatniks will be back on Friday night performing in the 21+ Garden. Other popular groups are in the lineup this year including Outshined (Soundgarden tribute band), Pokerface (Lady Gaga tribute band), the Retros with a nod to the 80s, Rain City Time Machine (music from all decades), and more.

    Greg Urban, Edmonds Chamber President said, “This year we are bringing back favorites and tribute bands. People want to dance to music they know. We have different genres that will appeal to all ages.”

    The food at Taste Edmonds will look a little different this year with a heavy focus on food trucks (more than 20!), including last year’s winner Seoul Bowl and local favorites Moonshine, Dojo Togo, and Anthony’s Finn the Food Truck. There will also be 10 traditional food tents with many favorites, including local restaurants Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna and Kafe Neo.

    Attendees also have the chance to win some cool prizes. The first 20,000 adults through the gates will receive an event program with an entry form to win Alaska Airlines tickets. And Doug’s Lynnwood Mazda, Hyundai is sponsoring a “hand on the car” contest to win a pre-paid lease on a new vehicle.

    “Contestants will stand with their hand on the car and the last person standing wins. We will give them bathroom and water breaks, though,” Urban said. Look for details with full contest rules and how to sign up soon!

    For the full lineup of everything happening at this year’s Taste Edmonds, visit their website.

    Classic Car Show

    We officially say goodbye to summer activities in Edmonds with the Classic Car & Motorcycle Show taking place on Sunday, September 8th from 10am to 4pm.

    This year up to 10,000 attendees are expected to check out 325+ hot rods, classic cars, and motorcycles that will line the streets of downtown Edmonds.

    In addition to all the cool cars, enjoy music from the live DJ, Pinewood Derby races for the kids, free admission to the Edmonds Historical Museum all day, vendor booths, a free pancake breakfast, and plenty of great dining options on the show route like Taki Tiki, Las Brisas, and Maize and Barley.

    Put on by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, 2019 marks the 18th year of this free community event. For all of the details, check out their website.

    Visit www.edmondsdowntown.org for a calendar of upcoming local events and listings of all of our great downtown Edmonds businesses.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  101. Family Business Thriving in Edmonds

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    Family-owned businesses make up the backbone of the American economy with nearly 90% of all businesses falling into this category. Edmonds is home to many family-owned businesses and we’ve created a series to highlight them, with this being our third installment (you can read the first article here and the second article here).

    To refresh your memory on the important role of family business, consider these stats. Family-owned businesses make up 90% of all businesses in America. Approximately half of our entire workforce is employed by a family-owned business…that’s around 80 million people nationwide.

    For our third installment in our family-owned focus, we sat down with three more Edmonds businesses to find out more about their history: Petra Rousu of The Savvy Traveler, Jenny Murphy of Sound Styles, and Paul Lowell of Lowell’s Stained Glass Studio.

    Ed!: Tell us about the history of your business

     

    Alexandra and Petra Rousu of the Savvy Traveler in the South of France

    Alexandra and Petra Rousu relaxing in the South of France

    Petra of The Savvy Traveler: I started this business 22 years ago with my passion for travel and also my frustration of not finding all my travel needs in one place. So this is what we created: all your travel supplies under one roof. We cater not only to hardy travelers but also carry a large selection of purses, bags and clothing which can be worn daily. “We can help you with all travel products from adapters and converters to luggage—all except the tickets.  And if you need packing tips or travel advice—our staff will advise you as well,” is the motto of the well-traveled staff of The Savvy Traveler.

    Alexandra, my daughter started working in the business after getting her Business degree from the UW. Since she has inherited the passion for travel, it makes a great fit. She has been traveling all over the world from a young age on and is now an integral part of the store as Manager. In our 10 years working together, we make a great Mother-Daughter team, who has fun at work and enjoys helping customers get ready for trips and sharing in their experiences. As I get closer to retirement and enjoying more travel, Alexandra will take over the business and continue in our tradition.

    Sound Styles

    Dolores Bjorback, Jillian Bjorback, Jenny Murphy, and Eric Bjorback at Sound Styles 30th Anniversary party, 2015

    Jenny Murphy of Sound Styles: Sound Styles, Womens Clothing & Accessories, was founded in 1985 by two couples (one of them my parents) who bought an already existing clothing boutique (Lady Haberdasher) for their daughters to run (one of them me). In short time, it was owned by my family only and part of the business became mine. Over time I became 50% owner with my mom owning the other 50%.

    Back then my oldest brother did the window displays, my dad wrote a newsletter that we mailed to 2400 people 5 times a year, my mom paid all the bills and I ran the storefront. We were a well-oiled machine. My mom just retired last year, so I am now responsible for the whole operation.

    Paul Lowell

    Paul Lowell at work in Lowell’s Stained Glass Studio

    Paul Lowell of Lowell’s Stained Glass Studio: I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, my family moved to Boulder, CO, Northern California, and finally to Walla Walla. I ended up going to the University of Washington, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree (and later a Master’s degree).

    One day as I was walking up “the Ave”, I saw a stained glass lamp in the window of La Tienda. Being a poor student, I could not afford the $89 price tag.

    I was working at the University’s main warehouse, Central Stores. As a part of the facility, upstairs there was glass shop in addition to other maintenance shops. They gave me some scrap glass and lead; and after three months of frustration I ended up making myself a small stained glass lantern. I showed it to their lead art glass man, Frank McGowan, who had a part-time business rebuilding church and commercial windows out of his home studio. My lantern was crude, but he liked it and I apprenticed with him part-time for 3 ½ years.

    We eventually went into business and opened a studio, McGowan’s Stained Glass Studio, in Lake City in 1972. Eventually I started my own business out of my commercially zoned house in Lake City in 1974. I moved to Edmonds in 1976 and opened my studio.

    My mother was very artistic and this contributed to my interest in art glass. My oldest son Chris worked with me for several years. My wife does the books and I have had also had my mother, former students, and friends work for me over the years.

    Ed!: How long have you been at your current location, and were there any prior locations?

     

    Petra: We quickly outgrew our small space in Edmonds, across from our current location, and moved into the current larger space three years after founding the store. The additional space allowed us to promote travel by featuring weekly Travel and Packing seminars. We usually feature two destinations every Saturday, except during our summer break.

    Jenny: Our business has been in the same building since 1985, but we got offered the corner location in 1993 and subsequently we moved two doors south where we have been ever since.

    Paul: My first shop was in the old Sail Inn Tavern building at 109 Main Street, my friend Roy Anderberg shared my showroom with his antiques. From there I moved to 410 Walnut, the old Gus’ Marine location, and now the Walnut Coffee Shop.

    In 1979 I moved to my current location at 209 4th Avenue So. It was an old house that had been an antique store among other things, and I gutted some of the walls and opened my shop. Later my landlord, Jack Jacobsen, built his new building and I occupy suite 102.

    Ed!: How has your business evolved over time?

     

    Petra: Retail in general is an ever-changing environment, but even with the increasing digital internet world, we have found that people enjoy the in-store experience. We feel that the ability to see, touch, and feel products ranks highest among reasons customers prefer to shop in store. Nothing can replace the personal touch and experience we provide.

    Jenny: Yes, our business has evolved over time even though our commitment remains the same, to be an interface between fashion and our 45-90 year old customer in a friendly, knowledgeable, community minded way. We sell washable, packable, affordable, comfortable everyday clothes at a moderate price.

    Travel wardrobing and providing great customer service are two of our greatest strengths. New technologies have, of course, changed how we advertise and connect with our customer. Today we are on Instagram, Facebook, have our own on line newsletter and you tube channel and write a once a month column in our local newspaper The Beacon.

    Paul: I do custom designs. At the shop I talk to people and get an idea of what they want design and budget wise; and they pick their patterns and colors and/or textures. I like to get the customer involved as much as possible and then they are excited about the finished piece, having authorship in it. I have a kiln and my work also includes bent panel repairs of antique lamp shades, and the restoration of windows and lamp shades. Occasionally I do painting and firing of artistic designs and shading on some window orders.

    I sell stained glass and supplies to the hobbyist and offer classes for those interested in learning this special art form. Many students say they find it therapeutic, and it brings out their latent art talent.

    Ed!: Tell us what you love most about being in business in Edmonds and why do you choose to stay here?

    Petra and Alexandra Rousu from the Savvy Traveler

    Petra and Alexandra Rousu traveling in Bali

    Petra: Edmonds is a lovely community and we draw from a wide area. Our customers come from North, Eastside, Islands and from Seattle and often make coming to Edmonds a destination for shopping, dining and visiting.

    Sound Styles at the Edmonds Kind of 4th Parade

    Sound Styles at the Edmonds Kind of 4th Parade

    Jenny: My three favorite things about being in business in Edmonds are what I get to do, where I get to do it and who I get to do it with. Wouldn’t be anywhere else.

    Paul Lowell of Lowell's Stained Glass Studio

    Paul Lowell of Lowell’s Stained Glass Studio

    Paul: I like being in downtown Edmonds for several reasons. Edmonds has great people, it is easily accessible from Seattle, anywhere in Snohomish County, and even by folks on the peninsula who take the Edmonds Kingston Ferry. It has been a privilege to contribute in a small way to the artistic enhancement of homes and businesses in the area over the years.

    We appreciate these business owners sharing their story with us! Edmonds is so fortunate to have a rich history of family-owned businesses with interesting histories to share. Look for more installments in this series soon.

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

  102. Celebrate Summer in Edmonds, Part One

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    With a school year that seemed endless due to winter snow early this year, it’s a welcome relief for everyone to know that summer is here.

    And summer in Edmonds means a calendar FULL of activities and things to do! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite annual events and share what’s new, what traditions are still here, and what kind of fun you can have in the coming weeks in downtown Edmonds.

    Where’s Waldo Contest

    A beloved Edmonds summer tradition for the young and young-at-heart is the annual Where’s Waldo contest sponsored by the Edmonds Bookshop.

    Through the entire month of July, you are invited to pick up a passport and visit at least 25 of the 57 participating businesses in downtown Edmonds to find Waldo. This year there are four special places marked by an asterisk in the passport to earn extra points and at the bookshop you are asked to also find Odlaw (Waldo’s nemesis).

    The contest concludes the morning of July 31st and wraps up with a celebration at 1pm at the bookshop for cake and the announcement of the grand prize winner of a six-volume set of Where’s Waldo books. You don’t need to be present to win but attendees of the party will receive extra fun goodies (plus cake!).

    Edmonds Wine Walks

    Summer Wine Walks

    A favorite Edmonds summer event are the two Wine Walks benefiting Art Walk Edmonds. There are two events this summer, July 6th and August 3rd.

    The Wine Walk allows you to visit various Edmonds merchants, sample a variety of local wine, and meet the winemakers! Your ticket includes 10 tokens each good for a one-ounce pour. You also have the chance to purchase bottles of your favorites at the Sip Stops on the map or at the pop-up shop located at Coldwell Banker Bain.

    Merchants taking part this year include ARTSpot, Cline Jewelers, Ombu Salon, Cole Gallery, Edmonds Realty, Gallery North, Interiors of Edmonds, The Wooden Spoon, ZINC Art + Interiors, and more!

    Tickets go fast and you can count on it selling out, so don’t delay in securing yours! For all the details and to buy tickets, visit https://www.artwalkedmonds.com/wine-walks.

    Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour

    Edmonds in Bloom

    Sunday July 21st marks the 24th year for the popular Edmonds in Bloom event. This year features tours of six private gardens drawing from a diverse spectrum of styles, time periods, and inspirations.

    The tours promise to provide both experienced and casual gardeners a wealth of ideas. Tickets can be purchased online or at local merchants including Bountiful Home and Garden Gear.

    Hazel Miller Plaza concert series

    Summer Concert Series

    Each year the Edmonds Art Commission puts on two free concert series at two locations – Edmonds City Park on Sundays and at Hazel Miller Plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    We spoke with Erin Arguelles who coordinates the concerts and she shared who’s new as well as returning favorites.

    “I’m excited about the diversity in the line-up for this year’s summer concert series. We’re welcoming back some local favorites, including Tingstad & Rumbel (contemporary instrumental), Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band (marches), and Roberto the Magnificent (comedy/juggling/stunts)”, she shared.

    “We’re also going to be enjoying a variety of international sounds, with groups such as Miho & Diego (sounds of Japan & Latin America), Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti (Rajasthai folk dance), Gasango (West African music & dance), and Jovino Santo Neto Trio (Brazilian).”

    The concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza offer the opportunity to grab a bite at Las Brisas or The Cheesemonger’s Table, or even treat yourself to some delicious gelato at Canarino Gelato while you enjoy live music.

    The entire concert series is family friendly and free to attend. To see the full 2019 lineup, visit http://www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html.

    Look for our second installment about summer in Edmonds in a few weeks – there are just so many things to do we can’t fit it into one!

    For information on all of our great downtown Edmonds businesses, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  103. It’s Edmonds Summer Market Time!

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    While sunshine and warm temps are highly anticipated this time of year in Edmonds, the annual start to the Edmonds Summer Market has become one of the official harbingers of summer.

    Right on the heels of the smaller Garden Market that runs from May 4th to June 8th, the Summer Market starts its season June 15th and runs every Saturday until October 5th (with the exception of August 17th due to Taste Edmonds). The market opens at 9am and runs until 3pm on 5th and Main and up Bell Street downtown.

    Known locally as one of the best farmer’s markets in the region, you can find a huge variety of products at the market every Saturday. Fresh produce from local farms, organic food items, incredible baked goods, cut flower bouquets, handmade crafts and jewelry, specialty foods like jams, chocolates, and more.

    Earl Bricker of Edmonds’ own ANGRY FISH jams has been a vendor of the Summer Market for the past five years. “We enjoy the diversity of the Market, both in the vendors and the crowds. ANGRY FISH can also get the fruit and berries needed for our jams at a better price dealing directly with the growers.”

    ANGRY FISH makes incredible jams in flavors like Peach-Mango-Ginger and Raspberry-Habanero that complement all sorts of foods from fresh fish to artisan crackers or bread, which you can pick up at the market.

    “Having a booth at both the Garden and Summer Markets gives us enough exposure to run our business through the rest of the year. Being selected as a vendor is really quite an honor, all of the vendors are of high quality” he continued.

    Home goods from Housewares

    Find everything you need

    A favorite reason for many to visit the market is to pick up farm fresh fruits and vegetables, locally-sourced meat or fish, and perhaps a sweet treat (or two) to take home to create a delectable summer dinner. If that’s on your agenda, swing by local shops The Wooden Spoon or Housewares to find beautiful serving ware and table linens to make your meal a masterpiece.

    Glass garden art from Garden Gear

    Along with the stalls offering vibrant bouquets of fresh cut flowers, you’ll find vendors offering plants and starts of many varieties for your garden. The experts at Garden Gear can help you with any gardening tools you may need as well as garden art and pots for your new green thumb endeavors.

    The market doesn’t just feature amazing food items and flowers, each week you will find a plethora of vendors offering items by local craftspeople and artists. Candles, bath and body products, jewelry, and even handmade furniture can be seen among the stalls.

    A popular booth is run by Inkkni Design, run by the Portugal family of Edmonds, who have been staples at the market for the last three years. They screen print designs of their own creation on shirts, onesies, tote bags and more, all with a local Edmonds flair.

    “I love being able to support other local artists and get our name out there. We love to trade goods with everyone and always go home with such great stuff – from salsa to earrings! We have made many friends over the years both customers and other vendors. My daughter even ended up helping on an Alpaca farm because of the market!” Sarah Portugal told us.

    Food for all moods

    Another feature of the Summer Market are the ready-to-eat food stalls and food trucks so you can grab a bite while you stroll and shop the wares of stalls lining the streets.

    Of course there are many delicious Edmonds eateries within walking distance if you desire a more leisurely dining experience either pre- or post-market shopping.

    Across the street from the entrance, The Market has new expanded deck seating area complete with a Frosé machine (frozen rosé). Across the street is the newly opened Maize & Barley with a menu featuring arepas, a Caribbean-style sandwich. A quick walk down Main Street you’ll find Chanterelle with their famous tomato bisque as well as Salt & Iron if you are in the mood for an Instagram-worthy meal.

    Just remember, keep your four-legged friends at home (service animals are of course welcome). The lineup of vendors changes week to week so you never know what special item you might discover. It’s worth the trip over and over again from now until October.

    As Earl says, “You can literally find everything you need at the Summer Market, for your business and your home, all in one location. Plus, it’s fun!”

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  104. Dayton Street Improvements in Downtown Edmonds

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    Maybe you’ve seen the signs along Dayton Street or have noticed the beginning stages of the project: significant road construction is coming to the Dayton Street corridor from now until the fall of 2020.

    Yes, that sounds like a long time and with so many businesses and residences along this main east/west route into downtown, it may seem overwhelming! However, the project will be broken down into phases with the aim to keep disruptions to traffic flow and foot traffic to a minimum as much as possible.

    What is the construction for?

    The project will replace the old drain, sewer and storm water pipes to improve the drainage system in the city. You know how some parts of downtown become alarmingly flooded during heavy storms? This aims to remedy that.

    Other improvements include replacing the road surface, adding a stretch of missing sidewalk up near 7th Avenue and adding ADA curb ramps at several intersections, increasing pedestrian safety and access.

    What to expect

    As of May 13th, the first phase began which initially involves surveying and exploratory work on the block near 3rd and Dayton. Westbound traffic toward the waterfront has been detoured while eastbound traffic is open as normal.

    Over the coming weeks and months, this first phase will stretch eastward toward 5th Avenue. You’ll notice that off-street parking is limited and bus stops have been temporarily changed during construction. Phase One is expected to wrap up in October 2019.

    After a bit of a break during the winter months, Phase Two will ramp up in the spring of 2020 where the project will move further east to replace the pipes and finish improvements from 5th Avenue up to 9th Avenue. Phase Two is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.

    The city plans to only have one lane of traffic detoured through the project at any given time, driveways to residences and businesses will be accessible, and sidewalks will remain open to foot traffic so you can still get around downtown. However, as with any road construction, you should expect some delays.

    After Hours Parking in EdmondsAfter Hours Parking

    With regard to parking, Edmonds Downtown Alliance does have agreements with three downtown businesses to allow free after-hours parking in their customer lots.

    One lot is located at Sound Credit (near 5th and Dayton), a second after-hours lot is at US Bank (near 4th and Dayton), and the third is located at Washington Federal (at 3rd and Main). Look for the circular blue Ed! after-hours parking signs.

    Edmonds businesses will be open during Dayton Street ConstructionSupporting our Dayton Street merchants

    As reported during the roundabout construction at Five Corners a few years ago and the long road work improvements along 76th and 212th, and just recently when we were hit with snow, some businesses were impacted with slower sales.

    At Ed! we love our small businesses and recognize the vital impact they make on our economy. It’s certainly tempting to avoid construction whenever possible and find alternate shops and restaurants, however, it’s important to remember that our downtown businesses are mainly comprised of independent-business owners who rely on a steady stream of customers. They don’t have other locations that can absorb losses.

    Businesses likely impacted during Phase One of the project include: Beresford Booth PLLC, Twist Yoga, Mosaic Salon, Dayton Dental, US Bank, Caliber Home Loans, D.A. Davidson, Red Twig, Faye’s Shear Delight, Pacific Flower Farms, McDevitt & Duffy CPAs, Albert Cohen Architect, Bennett and Bennett Law, Whale’s Nest Guest House, and Farmer’s Insurance – Wynn Ayers.

    Businesses that will likely be impacted during Phase Two of the project later this year are many. They include: Slate Salon + Spa, Anchor Chic, California Concept, Salish Sea Brewing Co., Edmonds Vision Center, Las Brisas, and among many others listed here.

    With such close quarters in our downtown Edmonds core, these impacts will possibly be felt beyond just Dayton Street so keep in mind businesses one, two, or even three blocks away may feel some effects of such a long construction project.

    We encourage you to continue to Live Local and support our Dayton Street and nearby downtown merchants during this project as often as possible. Utilize the after-hours lots and other public parking, park a few blocks away and walk to your destination (use our bright green Ed! umbrellas if it’s raining) or use rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft to get in and out of downtown.

    You can learn all of the details about the Dayton Street project on the city website at http://www.edmondswa.gov/dayton-street-utility-improvements.html.

    To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, check out http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  105. My Favorite Things: Beth Sanger of Ombu Salon

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    We are starting a new series here at Ed! called “My Favorite Things” where we get to learn the personalities behind some of our great downtown Edmonds businesses. First up in the series, we chatted with Beth Sanger, owner of Ombu Salon + Spa.

    Ombu has been a hub for beauty and wellness in downtown Edmonds for a decade. Beth focuses on offering natural treatments, certified organic products, and care for the environment, which has earned Ombu a loyal following of clients.

    In fact, Ombu even recycles hair clippings and foils from services, which saved about 400lbs from winding up in a landfill last year! Because of this focus on the environment, Ombu (along with five other Edmonds businesses) earned an EnviroStar ranking earlier this year.

    On the horizon at Ombu is a move to a new space, which is currently under renovations. The new digs are located at 121 Third Avenue, about three blocks away from their current location on Sixth and Main. Sneak peeks of the space along with the beautiful new sign have been shared on social media and the excitement for this new chapter in Ombu’s story is understandable!

    These are some of Beth’s favorite things.

    Ed!: Beth, what is your favorite thing about being in business in downtown Edmonds?

    My favorite thing has been meeting the folks that call Edmonds home.  I have always had a career. Having a place to work – in the town I live – is wonderful.

    Ed!: What is your favorite thing about being in the spa/salon industry?

    This was a new industry for me. Luckily, I purchased a business that was well-established, had a faithful following and a great staff that taught me the ropes. Being a part of the industry has allowed me to take care of myself. I really appreciate a great massage or facial. I have finally figured out (some) of the mysteries to caring for my wild hair. I am a total product junkie now.

    Ed!: What is your favorite place to shop or dine in downtown Edmonds?

    Tom (my husband) and I love eating out. Our favorites are Ono Poke and Salt & Iron. They both have incredible ownership. And they hire really good people. I love stepping into either one. Did I mention the food? Always quality ingredients and really tasty dishes. We are lucky to have such good places to eat.

    We also have a couple of favorite watering holes. Kelnero has the BEST cocktails and we love the beer at Salish Sea Brewing Co.

    Ed!: What is your favorite product you currently sell in your salon?

    We carry a moisturizer in the Eminence line that is a staple in my routine. I will layer with other products to protect from the sun or minimize aging. This one is always in the mix: Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. Hands down, my very favorite.

    Ed!: What is your favorite personal item you own?

    I would say my dog Muffin, but my kids would not be happy if I pick one dog over the other (though truly she has my heart). My favorite item is my white cotton concert skirt. I’ve had it over 10 years and luckily it has a drawstring waist. It has seen lots of good wine, bleach, and witnessed the best concerts.

    Ed!: What is one item you are never without?

    The only item that is always on me is an evil eye bracelet.  I am not overly superstitious, but enough that I am pretty sure something bad would happen if I took it off.  It is made with a cord, so eventually it will rot away.  In the meantime, it’s doing its job!

    Thank you for taking time to chat with us, Beth!

    To learn more about Ombu Salon + Spa and book your next beauty service, visit their website https://www.ombusalon.com/. To learn more about all the great businesses in downtown Edmonds, check out http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster

  106. Celebrate Mom in Edmonds

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    Figuring out the perfect way to celebrate the moms in your life can stump even the most clever gift-givers among us. But ask any mom what she’d cherish and she may tell you what she wants most is the gift of time with her children – particularly if said children are adults or nearly-grown.

    This year we gathered up ideas for ways to spend time creating memories with your mom, all right here in downtown Edmonds!

    Take mom to an event

    Whether she enjoys theatre, music, or retro films, there are many options to experience the arts with your mom here in Edmonds.

    The Edmonds Center for the Arts has a variety of upcoming shows this spring, perfect for every budget. From jazz music (including the FREE Jazz Connection Festival May 18th), a screening of The Graduate, to a concert honoring Ray Charles–there is something for everyone!

    If your mom enjoys wine, consider attending Decant Edmonds on May 25th. Sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and taking place at the ECA, Decant lets you sample wines and spirits from more than 15 local makers along with discounts on purchases.

    View the entire ECA events calendar here: https://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/events

    Plan a trip together

    When it comes to creating lasting memories, travel tops everyone’s list. If you aren’t sure which destination to choose, The Savvy Traveler offers information about several exotic and exciting locations across the globe.

    They host seminars conducted by independent tour guides to provide detailed information and answer questions about planning a trip. Upcoming seminars include Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua; Trekking in Ireland and Scotland; Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda; and Hiking the Alps.

    Once you’ve settled on a destination, the expert staff can help you find the exact products you’ll need to make your trip a comfortable experience!

    See their full calendar of upcoming seminars here: https://www.savvytravelerstore.com/seminars

    Get creative with mom

    Did you know that sharing creative activities with people you love improves your relationship? When you share time in a creative endeavor, friendship bonds are enhanced and you reduce stress. Plus, you both end up with a memento that carries meaning, too.

    If that sounds like a great idea, consider taking mom to a place like Glazed & Amazed. You can drop in to paint pottery during normal business hours or you can choose to attend a workshop with a special focus, like glass fusing or canvas painting. Their calendar of upcoming classes is online at https://glazedandamazed.com/classes/.

    Appreciate nature together

    Spring and summer in the northwest are the best seasons to tour the Puget Sound to marvel at the incredible bounty of sea life at our doorstep. One of the best whale watching tour companies in the Puget Sound is right down at the Edmonds Marina.

    Family-owned Puget Sound Express has several whale watching excursions to choose from, including half-day trips as well as longer multi-day cruises. Every adventure takes place on a comfortable vessel with indoor seating and outdoor decks along with a café serving up their famous blueberry buckle.

    And whales aren’t the only sea life you’ll encounter. You can expect to see everything from seals, birds, otters, sea lions – even dolphins and porpoises!

    Gift certificates can be purchased online on their secure website at https://www.pugetsoundexpress.com/gift-certificates/.

    Celebrate early, too!

    Want to spend more than just one day celebrating mom? Here are three great ideas for you.

    Want to support local business, enjoy special discounts, shop for mom AND possibly win something for her (or yourself)? Mark your calendar to attend the annual Edmonds Localvore shopping event on Saturday, May 4th.

    It’s worth your time to visit all 12 participating locations with your event passport to be entered to win a gift basket worth $600! A total of four baskets are up for grabs this year. Details can be found on Facebook, click here!

    Once again this year kids are invited to create a fantastic gift for mom at the annual Edmonds in Bloom Kids Plant for Mom’s Day taking place Saturday, May 11th at the Farmers Market. A $10 donation to cover the cost of materials is what they request and you walk away with a special potted plant, ready to gift.

    If your mom loves handmade crafts and food from local artisans, you must check out the second annual Edmonds Spring Fest taking place at Civic Field also on Saturday, May 11th. An offshoot of the popular Seattle Urban Craft Uprising, Edmonds Spring Fest will bring together 100+ different craft and food vendors in a one-day event.

    However you decide to celebrate, we wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day! To see all of the great restaurants, shops and upcoming activities in downtown Edmonds, make sure to visit edmondsdowntown.org.

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  107. Local Healthcare Options in Edmonds

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    Finding care close to home in these days of extreme Seattle-area traffic is a priority for many. Thankfully, Edmonds offers a wide variety of health-related services within the city limits. While the area surrounding the hospital up near Highway 99 has become a hub for all types of medical needs, you can also find great providers right here in downtown Edmonds.

    Paktia Pharmacy offers services with the needs of their customers in mind

    Open since 2015, Paktia Pharmacy provides the kind of personalized hometown care that can be difficult to find at big box retailers. In fact, Paktia will price match larger pharmacies like Costco.

    Owner Rashid Jamali graduated in 2002 with a Doctor in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the University of Wyoming and then spent 14 years as the pharmacist at Rite Aid in Lynnwood.

    When opening his own pharmacy, Dr. Jamali endeavored to create a customer-first business.

    The last thing you want to do when you are ill or recovering from a procedure is to run errands. That’s one reason Paktia offers the convenience of in-home delivery at no charge for times you just aren’t able to make it in. Just give a one to two day notice and they will get your prescriptions to you!

    Another service they offer is compounding. A compounding pharmacy works closely with medical professionals to custom-make needed medications that take the patient’s unique needs into account.

    For example, a patient who struggles with swallowing pills could work with Paktia to have their prescription formulated properly into liquid form. Compounding can also tailor dosage levels or reformulate a medication to eliminate non-essential ingredients that a patient may not tolerate well in its standard commercial form (things like lactose or dyes or other allergens).

    And don’t forget about your pets! Paktia’s focus on wellness includes your fur babies, as well. Paktia has a large stock of common pet medications and works with pet insurance companies.

    Edmonds Vision Center takes a holistic approach to eye care for you and your entire family

    Regular eye exams may seem like one of those health-related tasks to just put on the back burner if your vision seems to be fine.

    However, getting regular eye care (particularly a comprehensive exam every two years) can greatly impact your overall health as many eye issues affect more than just your vision. As you age, vision care becomes even more important since risks for glaucoma and macular degeneration increase the older you become – even if you’ve always had perfect vision.

    Edmonds Vision Center has three optometrists on staff with a combined experience of more than 70 years between them  – Dr. Wong and Dr. Solum both graduating in 1996 and Dr. Wees graduating in 1991. Dr. Wong and Dr. Solum, who own the practice, have been serving patients in Edmonds and Shoreline since 2001.

    In addition to regular exams, Edmonds Vision Center has cutting edge diagnostic tools available like OPTOS Retinal Exams, Digital Retinal Photography and the technology onsite to diagnose and treat glaucoma and macular degeneration.

    If prescription eyewear is in your future, the retail section of Edmonds Vision Center offers a huge variety of fashionable options from many popular designers. They bring in these manufacturers for trunk shows throughout the year, offering customers the chance to not only find the perfect new look but to also enjoy some discounts.

    Their licensed opticians are happy to help you discover the exact right eyewear to complement your lifestyle and personality!

    Dr. Youssef and dental assistant Angela Rybarski at work

    Affinity Contemporary Dentistry focuses on the comfort of patients of all ages

    Just like regular vision check-ups, routine dental care factors into our overall health. Scheduling regular cleanings and x-rays ensures things like gum disease can be avoided and serious issues like oral cancer can be diagnosed early. Gum disease may not sound so terrible, but poor oral hygiene can contribute to major health problems like heart disease, pre-term labor, and stroke.

    However, let’s face it, for many people, dental visits rank up there with our least-favorite tasks – like doing taxes or cleaning out the garage. In fact, recent studies indicate that more than 60% of the population has some level of dental anxiety, and for many the fear is extreme.

    Dr. Youssef and team at Affinity Contemporary Dentistry in Edmonds understands that even routine dental care comes with a certain amount of trepidation for patients of all ages, which is why they have focused heavily on creating a practice with comfort in mind.

    They’ve created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with special touches like warm blankets, Netflix, Bluetooth headphones, hot towels and lip balm. For patients experiencing dental anxiety, they offer sedation and nitrous oxide, as well.

    For people without dental insurance, make sure to look at their in-house subscription model called In House Dental Savings plan. It’s an affordable way to ensure you don’t go without regular dental care if you don’t have insurance available.

    Another way Affinity Dentistry stands out is through their support of our local civil servants – like teachers, police, and fire employees. They work with the large dental insurers many organizations provide for employees and also offer special discounts and perks for civil servants like free dental implant consultations and $20 Amazon gift cards.

    To make scheduling more convenient, Affinity has early morning appointment times available and features free parking onsite. A real bonus when juggling the demands of busy life and a packed schedule!

    To see all of the great health-related providers and other businesses in downtown Edmonds, make sure to visit edmondsdowntown.org!

    By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert

  108. Family Businesses Thrive in Edmonds

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    Last August we did a feature on family-owned Edmonds businesses and received a tremendous response from the community. With so many businesses in town who fit this category, we decided to make this a regular series.

    To refresh your memory on the important role of family business, consider these stats. Family-owned businesses make up 90% of all businesses in America. This includes everything from small one or two-person operations all the way to Fortune 500 companies.

    Approximately half of our nation’s entire workforce is employed by a family-owned business…that’s around 80 million people – a staggering number to consider!

    Living in a small city like Edmonds, you see family business names around town often – sponsoring youth sports teams, taking part in community events, and when you walk past their stores and offices. Learning the story behind these names is something we hope you find as interesting as we do!

    For our second installment in our family-owned focus, we sat down with three more Edmonds businesses to find out more about their history: Dawn Sorensen of Ewing Electric, Mary Kay Sneeringer of the Edmonds Bookshop, and Kevin Columbro of Reliable Floor Coverings.

    Back row: Erik Sorensen, Donna Sorensen, Paul Sorensen, Sam Ewing, Sr., Sam Ewing, Jr. Front row: Dawn Sorensen, Jane Sorensen, Evelyn Ewing

    Ed!: Tell us about the history of your business

    Dawn Sorensen of Ewing Electric: Ewing Electric has been in business in downtown Edmonds since 1945. Our original name was Ewing Electric Service and we became Ewing Electric, Inc. in 1956.

    Ewing Electric was founded by Samuel Ewing, Sr. and his wife, Evelyn (Yost) Ewing. In 1959, Paul Sorensen (the Ewing’s nephew) joined the company, and then ten years later he was joined by Sam Ewing, Jr.

    Paul and Sam worked side-by-side in the company over the next few decades, they were joined inside the office by Paul’s wife Donna, and the three eventually took over the company from the first generation.

    After graduating from Central Washington University in 1994, Paul’s son Erik Sorensen (my husband) began working for Ewing as well. Today, Erik and I are proud to be the third generation to run this long-standing family business. Sam Ewing, Jr. is still working in the office, too!

    Mary Kay Sneeringer of the Edmonds Bookshop: Edmonds Bookshop is happily celebrating 47 years in downtown Edmonds.

    Edmonds Bookshop was founded in 1972 by John and Kathy Chapman. Shortly afterwards it was purchased by Betty and Jim Morrow who ran it until their retirement. Barry and Susan Hildebrandt took over and after 11 years, they were ready to retire from small business ownership. Susan still works at the bookshop!

    In 2001 David Brewster and I took the plunge into entrepreneurship knowing full well that a bookstore was an endangered species. Both of our daughters worked at the Bookshop during their teens and still come back to work Christmas eve with us.

    Kevin Columbro of Reliable Floor Coverings: Reliable Floor Coverings was founded in 1947 in Edmonds as primarily a hardware store. In the 1950s we began selling floor coverings. My father, Andy Columbro, began working at Reliable in the early 1960s and eventually purchased the business a few years later.

    We are currently a second generation family business. My sister Kim Wahl is also an owner as well as the office manager. My other sisters, Kris Nelson and Kathy Shovlin, also work at Reliable along with my brothers-in-law, Thomas (Brick) Wahl and Joe Shovlin who are both in sales.

    I started working in the business in 1974, Kim & Brick in the mid-1980s, Joe Shovlin in the 1990s, Kris Nelson in 2000 and Kathy Shovlin just recently joined the team.

    Reliable Floors has more than 30 employees and over one hundred years of combined experience on staff.

    Ed!: How has your business evolved over time?

    Dawn Sorensen: When Ewing first began, we sold Westinghouse appliances and televisions to the people of Edmonds, as well as providing commercial and residential electrical services. Over time, Ewing has evolved into working primarily with commercial and industrial contracts throughout Snohomish and King counties.

    Ewing has been involved with very large projects at Boeing and Kimberly-Clark, water treatment plants and hospitals, commercial projects such as Starbucks, and public works projects including many, many schools. Most recently, we finished the Madrona K-8 school and are currently working on the Spruce Elementary project for the Edmonds School District.

    Mary Kay Sneeringer: When we took ownership, we quickly found ourselves in the world of computers and the internet. We have a tight control on our inventory and try to identify quick sellers and slow sellers and order accordingly. Books are available to order on our website, edmondsbookshop.com. Readers can also download audio books through libro.fm.

    We also carry book-related sidelines: games, stuffed animals, bookmarks, etc. However, we have also doubled down on carrying real paper books. We are committed to the experience of holding an actual book in your hands.

    Kevin Columbro: We have evolved over time with online computer support for all quotes, orders, and inventory, plus billing and administration.

    We’ve grown the product lines we carry to now be a Karastan Studio Dealer as well as a Mohawk Floorscapes Dealer. We received Floorscapes dealer of the year for the West Coast Region in 2007 and 2013. We also now sell and install window treatments in addition to flooring, with lines from Hunter Douglas and Norman Blinds.

    We carry a diverse selection of products – from all types of floor coverings, to countertops, to window treatments – and have the ability to install it all.

    Ed!: Tell us what you love most about being in business in Edmonds

    Dawn Sorensen: The Ewing and Sorensen families have been in Edmonds for many generations, and we are related to the Yost family as well. So it’s safe to say our family loves Edmonds! Being located in downtown on Main Street gives us a first-hand look at all the exciting changes happening here.

    We love the small town feel here:  the close-knit business community and loyal patrons make Edmonds a great place to be!

    Mary Kay Sneeringer: My favorite thing is the community that we have met through our shop. Our customers and fellow business owners all feel proud and protective of Edmonds and its charms. We all work together to keep our downtown thriving and interesting. Opening our door brought in lots of friends!

    Kevin Columbro: We enjoy being in Edmonds, it’s a small town and we’ve built a lot of long-time customers who we’ve worked with through the years. And now we get to work with their grown kids and families, too!

    Ed! thanks these business owners for taking the time to share a behind the scenes look into the history and evolution of their companies. Small independent business and family-owned business are a giant part of the vibrant fabric of our community.

    For more information about all the local businesses in downtown Edmonds, please visit http://edmondsdowntown.org/.

    By Kelsey Foster, lead photo by Matt Hulbert

     

  109. Last Minute Tax Tips and Resources in Edmonds

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    While the winter storms we experienced this year may have made February feel like a lost month, unfortunately the IRS doesn’t allow for snow days. Tax season is here again and this year we are held to the traditional April 15th deadline which falls on a Monday this year.

    Here are some last minute tax tips to help you meet the deadline and hopefully relieve some stress if doing your taxes is something that you’ve put off until now.

    Do it yourself or hire a pro?

     For many people, it is not too cumbersome to prepare and file your own taxes using a resource like TurboTax. This is especially true if your filing as an individual earning under $200,000, did not have a major change in life circumstance (marriage, divorce, new baby), and don’t have investment income or significant charitable donations.

    If you prefer the peace of mind with having a professional assist you, it’s not too late to hire their services. While it’s definitely their busiest season and you may not get your first choice of appointment time, it’s still a service available to you. There are many financial and accounting firms in Edmonds who offer tax preparation as part of their services. You can see them all listed on our website by clicking right here.

    Account for all your tax information in your filing

    An important tip from Nancy Duffy of McDevitt & Duffy, CPAs is to remember that “all of the tax information forms that you receive (W-2’s, 1099’s etc) are also sent directly to the IRS. If the information on your tax returns is different from these forms, you can expect a letter from the IRS. So double check the numbers before you file and save yourself the headache of having to reply to the IRS.”

    Chris Fleck of Puget Sound Tax Services also points out that you may not receive a paper copy mailed to you of the forms filed with the IRS. You can download them all yourself to see what’s been filed with the IRS by requesting your transcript which is a free service.

    How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affects your 2018 taxes

    Passed in 2017, the new TCJA law went into effect on January 1, 2018. Some of the biggest changes that could affect what you pay or what you may receive as a refund include:

    • Limits on deductions for things like property taxes, mortgage interest, interest on home equity loans, charitable donations

    • Personal and dependent exemptions have been eliminated

    • Higher tax credits for families with children and an increase to the standard deduction

    Bottom line: don’t be surprised if your 2018 filing looks different than your 2017 filing, even if you didn’t have any significant changes to your income or number of dependents.

    Check your refund status

    The IRS has a great online tool that allows taxpayers to see the status of their anticipated refund. The system is updated daily so the information is quite current. The IRS says that most refunds are processed within 21 days for e-filers and six weeks for mailed returns, however, we have heard some people have been experiencing longer wait times this year. If your refund has taken longer than normal, or if the system indicates, you may call the IRS directly to inquire.

    Filing an extension

    If you simply aren’t able to complete your filing by the April 15th deadline, it is possible to file for an extension with the IRS. You can e-file your extension free of charge, however, the IRS does require that you still pay the estimated amount you may owe by April 15th. The forms and more information is available on their website.

    Planning ahead

    Most tax professionals we spoke to recommend starting the tax process well before the end of the calendar year, especially if you hire someone to assist you. This gives your tax pro ample time to evaluate your individual situation, potentially earn you tax savings, and create a strategy for the upcoming year as well.