SHOP OUTSIDE THE BOX!

“What three independently owned business owners would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps these businesses around.” This is the message of the national 3/50 Project – Saving the Brick and Mortar Businesses this nation is built on.

Bloomsday weekend is a gathering of individuals with the same mission – to make it up the hill, finish and claim success! That is the same mission of the brick and mortar businesses in our community. Shop Outside the Box in downtown Spokane is a Buy Local effort to bring like minded individuals into the fabulous small businesses in downtown Spokane, not only locals but all the visitors as well.

Shop Outside the Box encourages you to warm up for Bloomsday by walking downtown on Friday or Saturday and into the participating stores. The Map to all participating stores can be found on NoseyParker.net/INW for download or just check out which stores are participating and pick one up while you are there. Shop Outside the Box also encourages the community to “Tell Your Story”. Nosey Parker and Buy Local would like to know your favorite shopping story. Do you know a terrific salesperson? Community Give-Back? Above and beyond service? Go to NoseyParker.net/INW and tell your story. The best stories will be posted on NoseyParker.net/INW, Facebook NoseyParkerINW and Twitter NoseyParkerINW.

LATAH CREEK’S ANNUAL FEBRUARY WINERY & GIFT SHOP CASE SALE

Saturday, February 13th thru Sunday, February 28th
Regular business hours 9 AM to 5 PM daily

GREAT GIFT SHOP SALE
Up to 75% off many gift items
Up to 50% off many food items

GREAT WINE SALE
20% off all cases
25% off Sangiovese case purchases
30% off bottles/ 40% off cases of Semillon
35% off BooBoo labeled/bottled wines (no additional case discount)
LIMITED SUPPLY

Latah Creek Winery & Gift shop is located in the Spokane Valley at 13030 E Indiana. Just take the Pines exit off I-90.

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 theknot.com and Weddingchannel.com!

Champagne Luncheon 12:30pm to 3pm

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tickets $29 on line at http://www.customweddingnw.com

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!

My Kind of Place

TinRoofWebAd1If you haven’t heard of Tin Roof Furniture, then frankly, you have been under a rock.  That is okay though because Nosey Parker is here to bring you into the fold.  Nosey Parker loves extraordinary shopping experiences, not only from the atmostphere of a store but just having fun too.  This is the motto at Tin Roof.  In fact, the very first billboard I  noticed in Spokane was a fabulous couch.  That’s all it was … a fabulous couch.  Being new in town, I wanted to go to a store that had THAT fabulous couch.  I didn’t need a couch but I knew if the store had a billboard like that, then ALL my other needs would be met.  Tin Roof has been around a long time and is in the industrial area of Sprague just before Downtown.  With functional and affordable home furnishings, friendly, knowledgable and helpful sales associates – Tin Roof has earned ALL of their accolades.  It IS a relaxing environment, yet upscale boutique setting.

tin roofMUST ATTEND EVENT: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – TUES, NOV. 3 – Sip hot chocolate or a little bubbly and nibble on fresh baked cookies while you enjoy our holiday display and thousands of great holiday decorating ideas. We’ll have decorating classes all week long as well as holiday gift ideas, select samples on sale and all dining on sale! Enjoy 30% off any single holiday decor item. We’ve brought in themed trees, decor, quilts and more. Santa is visiting Monday night to set up so be sure to swing by on Tuesday and check out all the festivities!

My fabulous finds at Tin Roof:

IMG_8369I had a wine barrel I bought at a fundraiser.  My downstairs did not have a bar like my previous house, so I wanted to do something with my barstools too.  Heading to Tin Roof, I knew exactly what I was going to do when I walked in the door.  All along the staircase were wrought iron clocks.  Bought a huge one, put a glass on top, put that on top of the wine barrel and walla!  Instant place to play games or have a glass of wine!

IMG_8371I had been sleeping on a queen size antique bed from France for years and really wanted a king with fabulous bedding.  This is the beautiful black four poster I got for a FABULOUS price at Tin Roof.

IN THE KNOW ON FASHION TRENDS

Cues October

CUES – Print this page and take it to Cues for 20% off!  Present coupon at time of purchase, Limit to one item, One coupon per customer, Cannot be used on previous purchases. Expires Oct. 31, 2009.

This trendsetting boutique is a fashion-forward destination for locals and visitors alike. Stepping inside, you feel like you are hanging out in the closet of your most fashion savvy friend. If you see it in your favorite fashion magazine, there is a good chance you will find it here. And of course, the largest selection of denim in Spokane, with over 60 styles, 25 designers from Hudson to Joes to William Rast. All this combined with great customer service within a trendy atmosphere. No need to go to Seattle, Portland or LA – cues has it. Citizens of Humanity, Ella Moss, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, True Religion, Velvet – the list goes on. Celebrities love cues too. Taylor Swift wore a Bow-and-Arrow dress compliments of cues from her last visit to Spokane on the cover of US Weekly! Sweet!

IT’S LIKE EXTORTION!

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.

“Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.” – Atticus Finch

atticusHave you been to the new Atticus store next to Boo Radley’s?  It was 4 Seasons Coffee and the coffee shop/coffee & tea availability is still intact.  However, the store is different.  Who doesn’t know Atticus Finch, the fictional character in Harper Lee‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is a central character in the novel.  You will find mockingbirds all over the store.  I loved it.  Also, lots of fun stuff to pick up, like the ceramic coffee cup that looks like a disposable one – so green!  The lid is rubber.  I collect finches myself and found quite a few.  In fact, on my desk burning right now is a Vintage Peony hand poured candle with different types of birds, a bag of Chocolate covered cranberries and a card that says “I wanted to do something, anything, but I didn’t know what to do.  So I did this.  This is my something. By Jason Watt.”  My motto!  The fresh ground Kahlua Coffee I made this morning was delightful as well.  Check them out at:

Atticus
222 N Howard St 220 Bldg, Downtown Spokane
atticuscoffee@comcast.net

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