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Blooming Generosity Will Save the Flowers

May07_029 The Kirkland Downtown Association is hosting a "Fall Ball" event on October 11th on the Argosy MV Kirkland. Enjoy great food from Lake Street Catering, mix and mingle, bid on some fabulous auction items and dance the night away to cover-band Middleman Bob while cruising the lake! Semi-formal dress is recommended, so start planning your perfect outfit and buy your tickets before they sell out at www.KirklandDowntown.org Tickets are just $40 pp. You can also pick them up at the KDA office, The Grape Choice or Gunnar Nordstrom's Gallery.
This important fundraiser will help support the beautiful downtown Kirkland flowerpots which are all so near and dear to our hearts, and the Kirkland Downtown Association that helps make them possible. The KDA works hard every year to raise funds to keep the flowers blooming and the pots maintained throughout the year. There are approximately 95 pots and 30 hanging baskets in the downtown core. Each pot costs about $250 in maintenance, but only a portion of this is covered by grants from the City of Kirkland. The KDA must make up the difference through their fundraising efforts.
Can't make it to the Fall Ball? This year you can "own" your OWN pot for a $250 sponsorship! Bidding will take place on the evening of the cruise, however anyone can sponsor a pot for the 2008-2009 season. Stakes with your customized message and plaque will be displayed in you pot from late October through September next year. It's a great way to promote your business, celebrate a milestone birthday or a special person. Call the KDA office at 425-893-8766 for more info. 

The Bath Bar leaves Park Lane, but Promises to Keep Bubbling

Thebathbar I am SO SO sad to let you know that The Bath Bar will be closing its doors at 128 Park Lane this Friday, Sept 26th.  I'm sure you've all noticed that I am a raving fan of this store as evidenced by previous posts.  Who is going to make my birthday goody bags on short notice and run them out to my car?  Who will blow the big bubbler at my kids as they run down Park Lane? Who will chat with me while I smell delicious soaps and lotions?  OH, say it isn't so.  But it is.  So- here's what we do: (1) check out their online store at www.thebathbar.com  and (2) visit Sarah and Ami at the shop before Friday to say farewell.  Here's a note from them...........

Our Dear Friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the most unfortunate news with you...we are closing our beloved Bath Bar.
Thank you so much for your loyalty and support these past 3 years, not only have you been wonderful customers and friends...you have helped us achieve our dream of being a part of the Kirkland community. We will be forever grateful.

Please continue to shop downtown and support your favorite local businesses. We know we will!
And as always...happy bathing!

Forever your Bath Gurus,
Sarah & Ami Fox

Out with the "O", and in with the "Pure Home"

Purehome_001 If you were a fan of the "Paint Box Co" that was located at 227 Kirkland Ave (now Merrill Gardens), it has re-invented itself as "Pure Home" and nested in at 140 Central Way.  Teresa Tullio, owner and architectural colorist, has developed a new concept that focuses on interiors and design where there's a social atmosphere to get help with color.   The space is set up for networking.  It's a bright and open with seating and room to chat so you can host Purehome_003 events such as color classes and trunk shows.  All of their 182 paint colors are green (not literally, haha); they have no VOC's, odor or solvents while being user-friendly.  Feel free to head in with your swatches and brainstorm a bit with their color wall (photo right) or you can get an at-home consultation.  I'm so clueless, I have a feeling I'll be frequenting this place once my remodel is a little further along. Oh, and bonus-you could even pick up a hostess gift while you're there. They are open Tues-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-5 and Mon for appts only.  425-822-7531.  ~j

Pink Power Stomps Through Kirkland

Breastcancerwalk_002 The 3-day Breast Cancer Walk proudly made its way through Kirkland yesterday.  The 60 mile trekkers (approx 20 miles per day) were easy to spot with  pink tents and many participants in fun and outrageous pink costumes, laughing and waving at bypassers along the way.  It was very well organized too-I noticed volunteers directing traffic and at frequents spots along the route with misting spray, stickers, lollipops, waters, Breastcancerwalk_005 etc to keep everyone motivated.  What a great event to raise funds and awareness for this cause that impacts so many! Photos are from Heritage Park and in the Market Neighborhood. ~j

Downtown's First Annual Sidewalk Sale

Sidewalksale Head to downtown Kirkland this weekend for a little shopping!  From this Friday 9/5 through Sun 9/7 many of the retailers will be setting up with some screaming deals.  Look for Liberty 123, Tria Moda, Champagne Taste, Linda's Designer Consignment, MuShoe, Ragamoffyns, The Bath Bar, Simplicity Decor, Sureel, Bella Tesori, Bella Bambini, Bikini Beach, Barkz, Trenditions, Koap Home, Rebekah's Consignment, Romy, Paisley Cupboard, Howard Mandville Gallery and Lakeshore Gallery.   Looks like the weather is supposed to be perfect for a sidewalk sale supporting our local businesses. :-)  ~janis