My inbox filled up the other day with forwarded notes from local business owners that are sending out an S.O.S. I give these folks credit for having the guts to ask the community for help, but I also have to believe that there are plenty of others out there in the same boat. Especially with all of the impending re-development, it seems the future of some of our favorite spots may be uncertain.
ParkPlace Books is looking for donations so that they can afford to pay a large bill that is coming due on 4/28. Their heartfelt note explains that it has been difficult competing with the internet and huge box stores, not to mention the downturn in the economy and the slowing of foot traffic at Kirkland ParkPlace due to retail businesses departing in anticipation of Touchstone's project. This plea also addresses the fact that they are doing some long range planning so they can stay ahead of the curve in the future, and stresses the importance of this great bookstore to the community of Kirkland. It is a great independent shop where you can find knowledgable staff and a comfortable space to relax, read, and discuss. If you're a fan of this bookstore too, Mary and Rebecca would love to see you stop in, buy a book and/or donate. Too busy? You can mail your support to: ParkPlace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033.
Cruising down Lake Street you'll see the big banner for Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day on 4/29. Then underneath that banner is a sign asking for donations. I found this to be quite confusing, but I think instead of donating to a non-profit organization they have started their own "Ben & Jerry's Fund" to help save themselves from disaster since they will be vacating their current location during their busiest season (summertime) for remodeling. It's important to know they support the project, however, it sounds like they will struggle to land on their feet. Can't the Ben & Jerry's "mother ship" step in to help too? Regardless, Kirkland ice cream lovers (seriously, does anybody NOT like ice cream?) should head in for their free cones on the 29th and just 'pay' for them anyway. You can check out their site at www.saveourshop.com .
If you love these Kirkland spots, now is the time to help keep them off our obituaries list! ~j