Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop Local: Secret Garden Books

It's my birthday! And I'm demanding I get my way today: Please go out and buy yourself something nice at an independent bookstore. If you are in Seattle, you might consider shopping at today's Shop Local shop, Secret Garden Books in Ballard. Already gushed about Ballard here, but this post is devoted exclusively to Secret Garden gushing.

First off, Secret Garden always has lovely display windows as those are usually done by chic crafter Dawn:

And it's not just Dawn that's crafty, the store has a great display table of signed craft books and crafty wares. So lovely it almost wipes away the nightmare that is me knitting...

Secret Garden has also upped its purchase of holiday cards this year, and they are all winners. Some vintage reproductions as well as lovely ones by Egg Press caught my eye.

I asked Christy McDanold, the owner, what her favorite books of the season are, and she brought me over to the children's book holiday display.

Christy has lots of favorites, but this season is loving:
And for almost all ages as a gift, WORK SONG by Ivan Doig.

Suzanne, Secret Garden's event guru, was thrilled to tell me about some faboo gift ideas—all of the titles below are signed by the author:
Not signed, but also Suzanne approved are CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS by Peter Brown, MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND by Helen Simonsen, and JUST KIDS by Patti Smith.

You'll also be able to get your cider on at Secret Garden. Ballard businesses are having a holiday party this Saturday, December 4th, and Santa is supposedly dropping by and there will be FREE horse-drawn hay rides.

Speaking of horses, maybe you want to get a jump on your resolution to join a book club? Secret Garden's meets December 16 with OUT STEALING HORSES by Per Petterson. Try this club, they don't bite! That's the Vampire Books Book Club and they only meet after store hours.

Secret Garden Books
2214 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Holiday Hours
Monday - Saturday 10 - 8 
Sunday 12 - 5


TSquared said...

This makes me want to walk over to Ballard and shop, despite the rain! Hooray for Secret Garden and its wonderful gift ideas (and people).

CocoaStomp said...

Hi Tegan, they are cool, aren't they? Most indie booksellers are. :)