Mary’s Place Wins 2013 Non-Profit Of The Year

Madrona Presbyterian Church

Mary’s Place, sponsor of the Julia’s Place Night Shelter at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, has been named the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association. Mary’s Place and its affiliated shelters are the only shelters in King County that accept homeless women with children. They provide basic services such as hot showers and laundry, along with resources to help women lift themselves out of homelessness.

Julia’s Place hosts five families (men, women, and children) overnight while they wait for permanent housing, and is staffed by volunteers who stay the night and serve dinner. The “Madrona Moms” community group has signed up to serve at the shelter one week per quarter.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to staff the remaining 12 weeks. For more information about how you can help at Mary’s Place, please contact Alyson Moon at or at (206) 621-8474.

Mother’s Day is Right Around the Corner: We’ve got the Perfect Gift Ideas!

You can never repay your mother for your upbringing, but you can definitely shower her with gratitude and gifts to show your appreciation! Sunday May 12th is fast approaching, and if you’re like me and wait until the last minute every year, know that there is still time to get her something really great this year. Here is a list of possible gift ideas she’ll be happy to open.

Julep Nail Parlour – I’ve never met a mother who didn’t appreciate a good pedicure, and  the manicurists over at Julep sure know how to paper a gal.  Along with manis and pedis, they also offer an array of facials, and have gift sets available online and in store.

Frenchy’s Day Spa – This Parisian inspired day spa in Madison Park has all the frills, candor and fun you could ask for! They have all the services under the moon – I’d suggest the hot stone massage, and for the pregnant mom the Mellow Mama massage which includes safe and prenatal techniques to relax those lower back muscles that are carrying that little hump.

Madrona Hitchcock

Photo Courtesy of Hitchcock Madrona

Pike Place Market Flowers– You can’t get a bouquet that will look as beautiful and last as long as a custom bouquet from one of the vendors in Pike Place Market. It might be worth going down to the Market on Saturday to beat the crowd, and get a nice bundle before they’re picked over on Sunday.

Hitchcock Madrona – Does your mother love unique jewelry? How about loud scarves and hats? This Madrona boutique is the place to find uber chic unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else in Seattle. They rotate through artists, so you’ll be sure to come home with a one of a kind piece she’ll love, and if  aren’t sure what to get, the owner Erica is usually around to help you on your quest for the perfect gem.

Theo’s Chocolate –  Sweetest treats in Seattle, this delightful local chocolate shop is the first certified organic fair trade fair for life bean-to-chocolate factory in America. They have some of the most unique flavors like Coconut curry, chai latte, and cherry & chili! My advice if you’re not going for the collection of bars, get her the big daddy pack- a layer of graham cracker, vanilla infused caramel, and marshmallow covered in dark chocolate- YUM!

Madrona Featured Author: Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is a local author/lawyer living in the Madrona neighborhood with her family, and her latest novel the House Girl has received a 3.92 rating through Amazon readers. Before Tara decided to focus on her fiction writing, she was a litigator in New York and London offices of a corporate law firm, dealt cards at a Casino in Costa Rica, and taught English at a school in Madrid. I’m sure through her travels and differing professional roles in life she will have an extensive pool of life experiences to develop future stories! House-Girl

The House Girl is set in Virginia, in 1852 and tells a tale of a seventeen year old slave girl by the name of Josephine Bell, who after many years working as a nurse and slave to her sick mistress, an aspiring artist at a failing tobacco farm, decides to run. Fast forward to 2004, where Lina Sparrow, an uber ambitious first year law associate is given a highly sensitive case that could make her career take off. Lina must find the perfect plaintiff for a monumental class action suit worth trillions of dollars for descendants of American slaves. Through her father Lina untangles the story of Josephine Bell and a controversy stirring around the art world: are the iconic paintings long thought to be from Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? You be the one to find out! If you have read any of Tara Conklin’s writing, we welcome your feedback.