One of my favorite stores in all of the Inland Northwest since I moved here in 2007 is The Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Company.  In fact, the first year I was here, that is what everyone in my family in other states received for Christmas.  They boxed up three flavors in a quaint crate with red shredded paper and mailed them for me.  It was not only convenient but the gift was very well received and loved.  The shop has new owners now and they are thrilled to continue offering all of the oils and vinegars that have made this product a fave.  One of my most favorite services is the refill of bottles.  Just bring yours back and they fill them right up!  I have been on so many wine tastings, but did you know you can taste olive oil somewhat in the same way.  The lemon is my favorite, followed by blood orange.  Combine those with the vinegars and you will have quite the smooth, rich sensation in your mouth.

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117 S. 4th St. Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83814

Phone: 208.765.0188


Sleeps Cabins is a fab destination in Sandpoint ID. Tawnie Sleep is up for Volunteer of the Year! You know Nosey Parker loves that! Make plans now for Spring and Summer stays. Sleeps Cabins books up fast! They are right on the lake too.

Wedding Event of the Year … Custom Wedding, A Boutique Bridal Event

January 2, 2010 at the Historic Lincoln Center
Tickets are on sale now and Luncheon Tickets are limited… get your tickets before Christmas to guarantee your space… Don’t miss this fun Champagne Lunch!

It is a the best way to see the newest ideas in weddings and meet the top wedding professionals in the area.

Giveaways all day long from and!

Champagne Luncheon 12:30pm to 3pm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tickets $29 on line at

Space is limited so purchase your ticket on-line now.

(Luncheon Tickets $35 at the door, based on availability)

Luncheon Tickets include:  Entrance to the Gallery, Four course Champagne Lunch, Desserts and Cakes

Entrance into Raffle for Dress credits at Marcellas Bridal and many many other wonderful prizes!

Each bride that attends the luncheon will receive a bridal swag bag filled with all types of wedding treats!

Can’t attend the lunchoen…that’s OK come to the Gallery!

Custom Weddings Gallery 10am to 5pm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tickets $10 on line or at the door.

These tickets are unlimited (lunch not included)

Mix and Mingle with over 50 of the Inland Northwest’s finest wedding vendors.

Valuable Raffles all day long…

Photography, Flowers, Dinners, Dresses, and much more. See you there!

Do You Shop On Black Friday?

Many women have the ritual of shopping the day after Thanksgiving because of all the sales. Why not make it a Nosey Parker Black Friday and hit all the fabulous local stores. You will find different and unique opposed to the same that is perpetuated from big box store to big box store.
I have started a list that will be continually updated through the holiday’s with the great finds and bargains found only at the stores in the Nosey Parker Guidebook. As more details arrive, I will sort these by Nosey Parker Map so you will now exactly where they are!
FINDER’S KEEPERS– Chocolate party with fresh fabulous chocolates made locally-Storewide specials at both locations-Free gift wrapping-Bring your Nosey Parker card and present it to receive an additional 10% off rings and earrings
ANEMONE – Check out their new store in River Park Square. Unveiling their holiday line. Winter does not start at aNeMonE until after Thanksgiving; we prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time!! We will be having a 1 day only sale on our ornaments.
CUES – Feature denim of the week Hudson Jeans 20% Off. Free shipping on any purchase of $100 or more
SANDPOINT BLOCK PARTY – Special prices in every store. Friday Nov 27th, Open at 7 am till 7 PM; Extended hours Saturday and Sunday, too. Enter to win gift basket worth over $300; Watch for a coupon good in all participating stores. Save $10 when you spend $50 or more. Horse drawn sleigh rides, Santa , music, Panida Family matinees. The town will be decorated and full of holiday cheer!
TIN ROOF– cookies, hot chocolate and de-stress zone. We’ll do complimentary wrapping and help with gift selection. Saturday/Sunday will be our annual 12 hour sale – we hold off until the day after the day after. The whole store gets marked down for 12 hours. It’s a mad house. We’re open noon-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. We only do the 12 hour sale twice a year and it’s a crazy one! All holiday goes 50% off that day too!
GALLERY OF THUM – once yearly holiday sale that extends through Christmas, we have select items 20% off do not miss the savings! We have our own special black Friday at the THUM open special hours 9:00am to 11:00am and 6:00pm to 8:00pm for those that want that one of a kind hand-made gift from a local artist or artisan. We will wrap for your convenience! (Nosey Parker extra savings are still available.)
SWANK BOUTIQUE Door Busters Friday 6a-9a: 30% Off Denim and Boots, 40% Off Fashion and Jewelry



swank dressWe are in event season ladies! Gala’s, Christmas Parties, soiree’s, Fundraisers, children’s performances, the symphony … the list could go on forever. What is a girl to do when the budget for new clothing is in the tank? Most women head to the big box discount stores to see “the sales” or what I call the drastically reduced cookie cutter clothes that fall apart after a few wears and washes. The problem is that these stores lure you in with low prices, you buy because it was on sale and most of the time that is the only reason you bought. I can hear the disagreement now – Nosey Parker, you know that we can buy four dresses at a discount store vs one at a high end boutique. That maybe true, but if it sits in your closet with all the other “on sale” items, you have wasted your money. I believe in investing in core pieces, mix & match and letting your local expert boutique owner help you out. Not only do they consider your body type, event and budget – they will get to know what you like and make sure you are not wearing the same dress someone else is to an event.

A few Nosey Parker fav’s that are experts: Finders Keepers, lolo boutique, Bella Boutique, Swank, Just Because, Cues, Lake Shack Boutique, coco’s, Jigsaw, Boardwalk at Riverstone, Bella Jezza Sandpoint and Tangerine’s. One of the best discount stores that carries designer brands is The Reclothery. Consignment shopping is “so in” right now but Rebecca has been around for years on The South Hill, offering very gently used higher end clothing that can meet anyone’s budget.  All of the fabulous boutiques also have sales and will barter with you where a national chain will not.

So why the headline “It’s Like Extortion!” – because seeing a sale tag or buy one get one free at a discount store is like seeing something inappropriate on tv – you don’t want to look but you do because it’s being flashed in your face. Promises are made but can’t be kept and usually it’s a marketing ploy to get your business. They think they have you. They suck you in and you end up with a closet full of nothing instead of a closet full of wonderful.