This weekend, My Edmonds News did some more holiday shopping, and we are delighted to report on the treasures we discovered around Edmonds. To recap, we started this campaign the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, to encourage our readers to “Shop Hyperlocal” (our play on words, as we run a “hyperlocal” community news site). We pledged to buy our holiday gifts locally, and also to showcase some of our favorite finds. Since we were in downtown Edmonds last weekend, this week we focused on other Edmonds’ neighborhoods. So let’s take a look:
We started our shopping experience at Five Corners, where we stopped by one of our favorite Edmonds coffee houses, Caffe Ladro (8403 Main St.), for a gift card to put in a college student’s stocking. Since many of us love the convenience of gift cards, it’s nice to know that our local stores offer cards or gift certificates. In addition, many establishments will ship directly to someone out of town, and this gift giving can be arranged online, in person or through a quick phone call.
From Five Corners, we traveled to Perrinville, where we found the Corner Coffee Bar & Cafe at 184j01 76th Ave. W. Owned by the mother-daughter team of Karen and Kristi Lund, this is a neighborhood gem, featuring espresso, pastries and a breakfast and lunch menu, plus half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays with specialty appetizers. The cafe also has live entertainment on Friday nights. But they had many unique gift items for sale as well, including kitchen items (think aprons, potholders, wine glasses and serving bowls) and office accessories like hand-carved wood pens. Karen Lund told me that many of these items are made locally as well. Our favorite finds: sturdy kitchen towels embroidered with the phrase, “What Happens in Edmonds, Stays in Edmonds” and clever quilted fabric cup sleeves for those extra-hot beverage cups (no more paper ones that get thrown away).
The next stop was the Edmonds stretch of Highway 99, where we visited Greek and Mediterranean restaurant Kafe Neo (21108 Highway 99) for another gift card, attractively packaged in a red holder. Then it was on to our favorite hair establishment, the Matthew Robert Salon (22717 Highway 99) where we picked up stocking stuffer-sized versions of Paul Mitchell “Tea Tree”-brand lavender mint shampoo and lemon sage energizing body lotion. And we couldn’t resist purchasing a unique set of “Mice Christmas Tree” holiday cards, designed by Edmonds artist Kathleen A. Johnson. (Matthew Robert Salon exhibits artwork from a variety of local artists, including Johnson, through its “Art in the Salon” program.)
Our final stop on Highway 99 was Smiley Dog, which offers home delivery of pet food but also has a warehouse full of pet treats and gifts. There, we found a circle-shaped rawhide chew for one of the dogs on our list.
From Highway 99, we took a right to Westgate, where we visited the Edmonds PCC Natural Markets store for some luscious-looking Fran’s Dark Chocolate Bars and Burt’s Bees natural lip balm and cuticle cream gift pack. Then we traveled down Edmonds Way to Romio’s Pizza, where we purchased a gift certificate for our pizza-loving college student.
We didn’t get to Firdale Village this weekend, but we already have our shopping plan prepared: A visit next weekend to the Dining Dog restaurant bakery case where we’ll purchase homemade dog treats for the neighbor’s dogs, and a couple of tickets to the Phoenix Theatre for an upcoming show. We also plan to return to downtown Edmonds to pick up a few more items, and we’ll report back on what we buy!