shop local this holiday – part 1 – the sip and ship – ballard

11 Dec
December 11, 2009

i remember the first time i went into the sip and ship. i needed to mail something. i DETEST going to the post office. so… i went into the sip and ship, after a long day of work, to mail something. and there was this wonderful lady behind the counter who was helping people, and chatting with people… and as i stood there, i had this flashback to the husband and wife team who ran the local drugstore in the town i grew up, mr. and mrs. jones. mr jones was a pharmacist, and he could fill your prescription, or walk over to the soda fountain on the other side of the pharmacy, and just as easy, make you a homemade oreo milkshake… mrs. jones ran the cash register, and she’d ask you about your mom, or where you were headed… they were a hub. and this lady behind this mail counter in ballard was just such a hub. i went in several more times over the next couple of months, and she could talk to me about which earrings i needed, or what postage was to london. did i need a latte, try this savory biscuit and let’s overnight this, how’s your dog doing? helping multiple people, greeting EVERYONE by name, jumping behind the cafe counter, weighing envelopes, holding a fussy baby… she’s a hub. her and her husband, and their wonderful business, are a hub.

i could bore you with more of my story about why and how, and definitely the who of my love for the ballard sip and ship, but i took some pictures at their recent holiday kick off event, and i think they cover it. locals coming together to support one another… friends, businesses… the line is a little grey, and honestly, it’s just right. i love supporting a great local business when i can, not out of charity, or obligation, but because they add something to our city that is so important, and that is community.

here’s just a smattering of what they offer:
shipping- standing in line is lame. wouldn’t you rather do it somewhere where you can buy a latte, and a muffin AND listen to good music? i thought so.
packing- hate packing boxes? yeah, me too, and it never fails, i’m out of tape, or my husband threw away the peanuts or… whatever. they’ll pack it all up for you for a small charge, AND if they pack it, they garuantee it.
wrapping- god i detest wrapping. diana is the QUEEN of wrapping. you can literally drop your stuff off, come back and it’s done. like elves. little magic, good at wrapping elves.
coffee, snacks- yes, yes and yes.
cards, unique gifts, baby/kid stuff, mom stuff, ballard stuff, smell good bath stuff… i could go on. if you go in there, you will find something.
they blog – keep up to date on shipping dates, deadline is this weekend? if you want the cheap way, and all their amazing services- visit their blog!

From sip and ship

sip, ship, shop. yes please.

From sip and ship

festive! the goods… unique cards, wrapping paper…

From sip and ship

ballard gear, boxed card sets and the mailboxes.

From sip and ship

cool scarves, warm hats + hoodies, and my very delicious latte.

From sip and ship

delish bath stuff. who doesn’t like getting this stuff?

From sip and ship

they were literally in the middle of setting up for the party, and still stopped to help that last customer!

From sip and ship

tasty, tasty party food. write if you know where it’s from and i’ll add, so yum!

From sip and ship

ballard has a winery. i’m not kidding. domanico cellars, i had some, yummy!

From sip and ship

what kind of dummy doesn’t stop taking pictures to try the chocolate *raises hand* apparently they can’t keep komforte chokolates in the store, it’s THAT GOOD.

From sip and ship

these two ladies had many a hard-to-buy-for-person gift… morrow lane and frances had 3 sisters. both on etsy.

From sip and ship

babies love diana, don’t be fooled. they’re not always into strangers with cameras…

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4 replies
  1. Karen says:

    Great post Kam! Makes me want to stop by there this weekend. Lovely photos!

  2. marla says:

    kam… this is awesome! wish there were more hubs like this left in the world… like you i remember the one in my hometown, and i can tell you bartells isn’t cutting it :)

  3. jaunty magpie says:

    Oh, what a brilliant idea! And this store is adorable. I passed by it on my last visit to the Ballard neighborhood but missed going in — must remedy that soon! I love it when shops get creative and really pull out all the stops to make the holiday shopping experience both memorable and fun. I daresay Mr. Magpie would have even enjoyed himself — the coffee and treats alone look like they were worth the visit!

  4. Dana says:

    What a wonderful event! I want to hop into the pictures. I do love this shop too. They are always so friendly. I’ll have to check out thier blog so I don’t miss out on another one of these. So fun!

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