Support our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th). There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc. There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive. So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons. Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner. There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.
It’s that time a year again. Yes, it is the time for giving thanks, being with family, and making resolutions for the new year, but that is not what I am talking about here. It is the time to buy stuff! 🙂 For example, you can buy holiday swag to support Montlake Elementary, holiday trees from Stevens Elementary (and eat pancakes while you are at it!), or you can support the Madrona neighborhood by buying wreaths online. I am biased since I am on the Madrona Community Council and do not have kids at Montlake or Stevens, but I cannot fault you for supporting any or none of them because there are so many options this time of year. All I can do is tell you that wreaths bought through Madrona Community Council go to help support: Madrona News newsletter that is mailed free to all homes in Madrona; Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards celebration; Neighborhood Garage Sale; 34th Avenue Flower Baskets; 34th Avenue Winter Green Swags and Lights; Madrona Mayfair; Children’s Halloween Party at Madrona Shelterhouse; and Neighborhood Summer/Fall Clean-up Day. Here are more details on the Madrona Wreaths as written by Kevin O’Doherty, Madrona resident and MCC member:
This season, Madrona Community Council is teaming up with Growing Washington—a consortium of local farmers who practice sustainable and organic growing–to produce and sell hand-crafted holiday wreaths. The stunning wreaths are created from organically grown, hand-harvested crops and wild foliage collected from the North Cascade foothills. The Douglas fir base is accented with materials that vary in color, texture, and fragrance such as pine cones, variegated holly, pussy willow, red dogwood, yellow cedar, blue cypress, Oregon grape, and juniper with berries. The 22-inch door size wreaths are $30; all proceeds support MCC activities throughout the year including the Halloween party, Mayfair, and this [the Madrona] newsletter.
These wreaths will look and smell incredible at your home. And they will thrill anyone on your gift list, be it out-of-town family and friends or holiday party hosts. You can set yourself apart this year with a gift wreath, and keep the bottle of wine for yourself.
If you buy a wreath sponsored by Madrona, the wreaths will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Amara parking lot on the corner of 34th and Union. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays! Support your local Madrona businesses this holiday season, and to kick it off this Saturday is Merry in Madrona. This Saturday, Madrona shops will be open until 6 PM and many will be offering special gifts and treats. For example, Kismet Salon and Spa (map) will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM this Saturday and will have holiday bazaar with local crafts and artisists, Aveda Pure Priviledge double points, great gifts, service specials, and a raffle.
Also, on Saturday do not forget about:
Merry in Madrona is this weekend, Saturday, December 1st. Holiday decorations are up along 34th Avenue and Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM) will have their stores open for extended hours to celebrate the season. Madrona K-8 will have a book fair starting on Saturday as well. Finally, the Christmas Wreaths which are on sale until tonight at 5 PM will be available for pickup this Saturday in the Amara parking lot from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Come celebrate the holidays and be so very merry in Madrona this weekend.
Reminder of the Madrona Wreath Sale. You can read more about it on our previous blog, but its the last fundraiser of the year for Madrona Community Council to help raise money to support the community. Buy your wreath online and pick it up on December 1st in the middle of the Madrona Business District at the Amara Parking lot on 34th and Union.
Tomorrow will be a fun-filled day in Madrona with the continuation of Very Merry in Madrona. Events may have been added, but the last list of events I saw included all of these things for Saturday, December 3rd:
9 am – 1 pm: Book sale at Madrona Elementary School
10 am – 12 pm: Ornament making class at Arts Aloft
11 am: Celebration and tour of the sidewalk bronze rings project
12 pm: Ribbon cutting and kick-off of Very Merry in Madrona!
12-2 pm: Free wine tasting at Wilridge Winery
12-3 pm: CleanScapes booth – grab your paper and crayons to do rubbings of the rings, get your picture taken on their recycling truck, grab a giveaway!
1-3 pm: Madrona Holiday Home Tour featuring 14 Madrona homes-for-sale
2-4 pm: Free wine tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants
3-5 pm: Free wine tasting at Bottlehouse
8:45 pm: Candlelight walk to Christmas Ships at 9:25 pm
To help celebrate, Madrona businesses are offering specials throughout the day:
Live music and caroling
Guesthouse will have a one-day-only sale on holiday decor
Conrow Porcelain Studio will be showcasing local artists at their annual holiday show and sale
Glassybaby will be giving away a gourmet nut mix made by St. Cloud’s and will be offering free ribbon on their gift boxes
Hitchcock will be serving champagne
Cupcake Royale will have a special sidewalk sale and will have plenty of hot cider, cocoa and holiday babycakes!
Driftwood will have bubbly – sparkling water and sparkling wine
Cameos & Crowns will have giveaways and holiday treats
Also, check out the Madrona library’s special Madrona history display in honor of the event!
The grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships. The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd). Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.
To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM. The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach. (See previous link for the route). Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.
Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended. The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.
If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family. You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM. Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM. You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.
As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the Very Merry in Madrona is coming this weekend. I will be blogging more about it as the week goes on, but mark you calendars because it should be a fun weekend in Madrona. The weekend includes extended hours of the Madrona retail stores on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday things kick off at 11 AM with the Madrona Bronze Ring Project Celebration and then throughout the day there will be hot cider and cocoa, free wine tastings, live music, special holiday sales, children activities, and recycle truck photos. The day will be capped off with a candlelight walk down to Madrona Beach where there will be a bonfire and the Seattle holiday (aka Christmas) ships. The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Beach / Park from 9:25 to 9:45 PM.
You can check out the official Very Merry in Madrona Facebook page as well.
The second annual “Be Merry in Madrona” is December 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) this year. Events are still being planned but in general the shops and restaurants in the Madrona Business District will have sales and extended hours for the holiday shopping season. In addition, there will be a ribbon cutting that Saturday morning for the Madrona Rings and the Christmas Ships will be coming to Madrona Park / Madrona Beach that night. There is talk of several other events such as a hot chocolate stand by the Madrona Community Council and cooperative open houses by local Seattle real agents holding many of the Madrona home for sales open for viewing for the public. Stay tuned!