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Hey gang. It’s that time of year once again and happy delusions is hoping all you loyal customers will take a few minutes and vote for us. In 2008 you voted us The Best Gift Shop in Western WA.  In 2011 we’re hoping to reclaim the title, so please help us out. It’s only a few minutes of your time, but it means the world to us. Here’s a link that will take you direct to our page. Yes you have to register, but what a great way to start vote for all the other favorite places you want to see take the award. Small business is in a hard place right now no matter what the business is, so please remember that your vote makes a huge difference. Thanks!



View from the street

I am so lucky that I got to send this last weekend celebrating my independence with my honey bunny out at Ocean Shores. And of course because I’m always looking for local and creative handmade things, we found ourselves at the city’s newest business, “Tide Pool Collaborative Market”. It’s on the main drag, in the same complex of the Irish Pub. While in the shop I had the opportunity to meet with one of the artist and wonderful lady, Susan. She had nothing but positive things to say about the new shop and all 8 artist who are currently involved. They have room for 10 artist total and info. on how to get involved is on there website. She calls her product “The Good Egg Emporium”, and makes super cute embroidered pillows. I fell in love with a sock doggie she was selling. She also has a massage room, which was her former business. I found myself walking out with this great leather journal by Deneen Shank. It’s perfect for my drawings, and just the right size. You can find her at Pike Place Market. I also grabbed some essential oil from Rainwater Botanicals. Her product comes in beautiful packaging, and I highly recommend the Cedar.  So next time you find yourself down on the coast please go in and support this local business. They have everything from jewelry, to watercolor, to handmade sailboats, even signs and fences made from drift wood. Yeah Local!!!

Check out this cool poster handmade by Catherine Mill of Renton WA. It was done in an awesome grassroots effort to save our local library from KCLS (King County Library System). In a nutshell, and with everyone feeling the effects of the economy, so is dear ol’ Renton. A special election is being held Feb. 9 to annex or not.  Word got out and the people are talking. It’s been so neat to see so many residents get involved and make a difference. Renton, in my opinion, projects an image and displays banners to encourage work, live, play, within our city. I do this and love this. We are in support of the little guy. Heck, we are the little guy. Why would such an amazing city want to give up our local library when everything they are promoting says that they want us to be local and independent? This confuses me, and as a downtown business owner I would be personally effected if our library were to leave, and my taxes went up. So whats the deal? Something seems off, but I still believe in our city, I believe in the downtown, I believe amazing things can happen when people realize they matter and get involved, I believe issues like this enpower us to do more, and I believe that the people will VOTE NO ON PROP. 1 and keep our libraries in our own control. Ballots are out, and if you haven’t made a decision yet, or have voted yes and want to change, there is still time, please check out these sites for more accurate info.

No KCLS Takeover , Save the Renton Library , Vote No Til You Know ,

Join us tomorrow for the city of Renton’s Spring Festival and Poker Run! This is your chance to come out, enjoy nice weather, meet your neighbors, get locally made goods, and locally grown foods, while collecting your best poker hand from downtown local businesses.

All activities start at the Renton Piazza (3rd & Burnett) at noon. The Spring Festival will continue until 5pm, and you can register for the Poker Run starting at noon and have until 4pm to get your winning hand back to the Piazza. Both events are free and the first 200 people to sign up for the Poker Run will receive goodie bags. There is a suggested donation of $1.oo or a canned food product for the Salvation Army food bank. With over 1,000 worth of prizes to be won how can you lose investing only $1.00. Anybody can play. No really. There is no knowledge required. Just the ability to go to participating locations throughout downtown and picking cards. It’s great fun for the whole family or a day with friends. You get the opportunity to see shops and discover things about downtown you never knew where there. So come down and rediscover downtown!

Poker Run!

Poker Run!

Here are a list of participating businesses: A&M Stamps, American Drapery, Antique Country Station, Black Anchor T-Shirts & Printing, Black Chow Antiques, Calico Inc., CD Danza Salon & Spa, CK Nails & Spa, Comic Den, Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes, Cugini Florists & Fine Gifts, DC’s Bar & Grill, Garland Jewelers, Girlfriends Antiques & Collectibles, Happy Delusions, Jet City Espresso, La Hacienda, Liberty Cafe, Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre, Renton Coin Shop Inc., Renton History Museum, Renton Laptop, Renton Western Wear, Sewing machine Svc Co Inc., Spotlight Dance Center LLC, St. Charles Place Antiques, The Met Coffee and Wine Bar, Tienda Mi Familia, Uptown Glassworks, Valley Community Players, Venus Moon, Wealth Acupuncture, Whites Metal Detecting.

Oh, and one more thing. Mention you read my blog while collecting your card in the Poker Run, and I’ll give you a prize!