Thanksgiving Weekend Update: Seattle
As mentioned previously, Trish and I headed to Seattle on the Thanksgiving weekend to source new product and inspiration for the shops. The weather was amazing (top down on the convertible all weekend!) and the shopping was successful. We managed to wade through acres of bling to find you some interesting pieces, pretty accessories and odd accoutrements.
On the advice of our ever wise Miss Erin, we checked out Ballard on Tuesday – wow! A really cool neighbourhood, just a 15 minute drive north of downtown Seattle, combining old city architecture and cool new shops in an evolving industrial district. The stores were thoughtfully edited and very creatively decorated. The restaurants were good, with enough open only at night that I think I would stay overnight in Ballard on my next visit to Seattle. The strip of Ballard Avenue NW between 20th and 22nd was particularly charming.
After all of the visual overload of shopping I didn’t think about looking through the viewfinder of my camera all that much, but here are a few shots that I did manage to get. This first one is a shot of some hilariously tiny awnings and old tile work on Ballard Ave.
Did you know that there is a giant Ferris Wheel on the waterfront in Seattle? This was the first time I’ve seen it. It was visible from our hotel room and then we came across it when we went to Zig Zag for dinner (tasty and entertaining as always).
I only had to look up to discover the source…pidgeons, of course. Feathers falling as I took the photo.
I also discovered that the Moore Theatre (in the Moore Hotel where we often stay) will book “legitimate shows” – good to know.
One final sight that got me to prop the camera in front of my eyes was these cobalt trees in heart of the downtown shopping district. Apparently the artist is drawing attention to the problems of deforestation. What a cool way of going about it! I now find out that he has done previous installations near Vancouver, but I didn’t even hear about them. More proof that it’s good to get out of your neighbourhood occasionally!
So, the Seattle trip was a success, we returned exhausted and exhilirated, with lots of new goodies on the way for you!
I’ll let you know as soon as all the fun new parcels arrive.