Home for the Holidays!
You could get Dad a new tie, or you could get him the worlds toughest yet softest slippers at Goffs. Your niece probably wouldnt mind a new Barbie, but you could surprise her with a real porcelain doll from Blaine Bouquet for a staggeringly low price. You can choose to shop in Blaine and Birch Bay and find something unexpected, or head out with the rest of the herd and get the same old thing.
There are other choices that come with holiday shopping... Whose side are you on?! The holiday season can be make or break time for retailers. Every shopper who turns into a Blaine doorway instead of hitting the road helps keep empty storefronts at bay. It helps our communities on the road to becoming a destination for holiday shoppers from other communities.
Anyway, shopping in Blaine and Birch Bay is fun. In two afternoons I crossed everyone off my list, but I also caught up with friends and made some new ones, drank lots of cups of hot cider and sloshed home happy no traffic, no harried crowds, and no stale coffee.
All I have to do now is wrap, sing Christmas carols and remember to pick up my cheese from the goat lady on Grace Harbor Farms.
in the spirit...
From handmade holiday decorations or antique ornaments to miles of cheap tinsel, this town has as much holiday cheer as the North Pole.
Making gifts yourself can make the holidays affordable and fun. Try a supermarket creation pick up a holiday basket on your way into Cost Cutter and roam the aisles, filling it with someones favorite treats, then head to the Dollar Store for a dizzying array of wrappings.
Small towns tend to suffer from a delusion that if you want a good deal on a big deal, you need to go to the big city. Heck no! Tucked away in this communitys corners are businesses that can compete with the big guys, yet still know where your street is so they dont get lost delivering it. They probably know your kids, too.
from the past...
All within walking distance of each other in downtown Blaine are a trio of antique stores, brimming with the unusual, the unique and the affordable. Take your time to poke into every corner or you might miss the perfect treasure or a memory you thought you forgot.
From toys advertised on TV to original tools for learning, there seems to be a growing variety of choices for children, and in almost every store you go into.
Small enough to fit in a stocking or an envelope but big enough to warm the heart, a trip into any Blaine retailer and a little imagination can come up with a wealth of stocking stuffers. Sometimes though, it pays to think beyond trinkets...
a look at this stuff...
Mary Amsberry, Lauri Walter and Kim Miller at Blaine Bouquet have outdone themselves this year. The Peace Portal Drive store is jammed with surprises to make you smile and reach for your wallet. They have beautiful porcelain dolls for less than what their plastic counterparts sell for. They have unforgettable tea sets covered with bright colors and tiny flowers. This is another good spot to build your own gift basket, especially with their selection of treats for bath and body. You can find something to make any gardener smile, decorations for house and garden to get them in the holiday spirit and, of course, order a custom flower arrangement. TOP
Making someone feel good might be the best gift yet, and Blaine is rich with services to relax, realign, renew and restore. From a tanning series at New Edge on H Street, to a new hairstyle at Bayside Beauty on Peace Portal Drive, you can get a gift certificate for a real treat. Blaine is also home to several massage services, including Soul Touch at Blaine Chiropractic and Jacque Horn on Sweet Road.
What would the holidays be without indulging in all the little luxuries we avoid during the rest of the year candies and cakes, triple cream brie and cognac pate, one more glass of wine. There are some places youd expect to find culinary delights, and others that arent so obvious, like special chocolates at a gas station.
A special treat can make a special gift. Think about it. Does uncle Bob want a tie or does he want a pie?
Until December 15, from Wednesday through Sunday, the Birch Bay Garden Center is hosting a craft fair and bazaar featuring local artisans, gifts for gardeners, Christmas photos and a chance to bid on a favorite tree and help local charities. The garden center is also home to Sunshine Hydroponics where you can pick up the ultimate gift for a Northwest gardener the ability to grow tomatoes at Christmas. TOP
little of everything...
There is no category for Olasons Corkscrew Willow. The Peace Portal Drive store has everything to make the mundane special. Something to add to your wash to make it smell like spring and cleaning products that make your home smell like a spa. One of a kind creations by local artisans. A kit for making the perfect pancake. A washcloth to make baths fun for dirty babies. It just goes on and on... TOP
There arent many communities that have two candy factories, not to mention dozens of other spots to buthe sweet stuff. Take advantage of it!
If youre heading out of town, or heading back, take advantage of the border and stop in at one of Blaines duty free stores for out-of-this-world deals on perfume, cosmetics, and other special treats. Store staff can answer your border crossing questions. TOP