There's no better place to visit at Christmas-time in Kirkland than our only Christmas store in town (after Ruth Ann Young closed her 'Spirit of Christmas' last year), Reasons To Believe. It's a snowy, magically sparkly wonderland of fun-to-look-at-things that is located at 92 Kirkland Ave, right near The Slip, where they have resided for 12 years. You can even find their hand-crafted Santas in big name homes such as The White House, Bill Gates and SeaHawks players.
You'll see co-owners Dennis Brown (left) and Scott Schultz (right) in the shop working diligently this holiday season. When I arrived to say hello, St. Nick, uh- I mean, Dennis was at the seat in the front window focused intently on painting a recent creation. Then Scott was buzzing around moving one of the thirty boxes they ship a day from their internet sales and I SWEAR he was dressed like an elf with a green vest and a skip in his step. I couldn't see if the tips of his shoes were turned up or not. But I'm certain I heard hooves on the roof.
About 75% of the items in the store are handmade (some are made for them). Gifts range from $10-10,000 so there's something for everyone's budget. There's a cool little 'Kirkland' ornament that would be a great keepsake (pictured right, click to enlarge). Reasons to Believe will be open every day until Christmas from 9am-10pm and their contact number is 425-893-8159. Tell 'em I sent ya. And let me know about those elf boots if you catch a glimpse. ~Janis