Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My love letter to Ballard and some good news!

Hey, you guys! 

I'm thrilled to announce Cocoastomp items are for sale at Venue in Ballard.

What is Venue you ask? It is a delightful store/studio space. Here's a quote from their site:
The collection at Venue includes home accessories, personal accoutrements, artisan chocolates, fine art and many creative gifts. Because we have work studios on site, you have the opportunity to meet the artists from time to time and perhaps commission them to do custom pieces for you. 
How cool is it they have on-site art studios? And tons of classes like felting or calligraphy or even chocolate making? So cool.

But what's most wonderful about Venue? The owners. Diane of Venue has been nothing but encouraging and I can't tell you what an impact that has on an artist. Or maybe I can—it's flipping inspiring.

What is Ballard you ask? Only potentially the greatest neighborhood in Seattle. I hope you'll duck into Venue to do a bit of holiday shopping. And you're right next door to a thousand, other great local shops. SERIOUSLY:

The Field House may be the most beautifully curated shop in the city. And it has a candy section. Check out sister store Blackbird and their amazing apothecary section which has colognes you actually want to smell.
Secret Garden Books (which'll be featured in its own post soon) is full of perfect paged gifts.
Cookie has all your baking needs.
Sonic Boom Records can't be beat for its beats.
Clover is my favorite toy store in the city.
Lucca not only has a kickass holiday window this year, they are full of incredible finds, like an antique wooden Tintin and stationery that makes you want to write to somebody.

Not only will you shop in Ballard, but you'll eat and drink and make merry:
Cupcake Royale which has pumpkin cupcakes.
Caffe Fiore where I do spend hours because of their perfect coffee and the loveliest tables/lighting in town.
La Carta de Oaxaca is the best Mexican food and margaritas in the state. I'll leg wrestle you on this.
Ocho for tapas, a drink called The Donkey Tongue, and reliably good background music.
The Back Bar at Bastille is the perfect place for masterminding criminal plots.
And for fun! Majestic Bay Theater or Sunset Tavern or Tractor Tavern or pool at BalMar.

I'm forgetting places, I know, but this is a start. Hope you are all gearing up to shop local this holiday season!


Ali said...

That is so ace!! Really pleased for you.Hope you sell loads. xo

TSquared said...

Fantastic post!
I fell in love with Market Street Shoes all over again the other night when I realized that they are open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Waiting for a table at one of Ballard's great restaurants is pain-free when I am drooling over shoes.

CocoaStomp said...

Thanks, you guys!