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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2012 Published as a supplement to The Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and Whidbey Examiner


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COOK ON CLAY: Whidbey potters create art that is both cookware and table decor.

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TRADITIONS: Cut a Christmas tree and create a memory to last.

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CALENDAR: Events for a season of cheer!

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Whidbey potters create art for the table

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Artistic food deserves to be artistically prepared. Using flameware designed by Robbie Lobell and Maryon Attwood of Cook on Clay, any meal can evolve into an experience blending the nature and art of Whidbey Island. Cook on Clay is located at 640 Patmore Road in Coupeville. Among the evergreens are a soda kiln, studio and showroom alive with Lobell’s and Attwood’s art. “The cook in your family will definitely love one of these,” Lobell said, pointing out nesting square bakers measuring 8, 10 and 12 inches, as well as round pots, casserole dishes, baking sheets and platters and more. “We have a pot for any cooking method,” Lobell said. A complete list and photos are available at cookonclay.com. Flameware is a high-quality ceramic cookware made with a flame-proof clay body. Flameware is special because it can pass from oven or stovetop to the table and then into the refrigerator. “We think of ourselves as the pots

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At right, the crew at Cook on Clay stands in front of their kiln and includes, from left: Jordan Jones, apprentice/studio assistant; Maryon Attwood, co-owner; Robbie Lobell, co-owner; and Clovy Tsuchiya, apprentice/studio assistant.

Below, Maryon Attwood, co-owner of Cook on Clay, stirs sauce in a flameware pot.

chefs use after hours,” Attwood said. A number of well-known local chefs use the flameware in their homes and keep coming back for more, Lobell added. Cook on Clay used to only sell flameware in galleries, but now they sell it as quality cookware that’s also art. “It is art for food, but it’s high-end cookware,” Lobell said. “There’s very few locations where

they can buy this,” Attwood said. More than 60 percent of their customers are return customers. The customers are often the ones with the great ideas, Lobell said. When they ask her for a certain type of pot or to modify one of their existing designs, Lobell takes notes. See Clay, Page 4


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Above, nesting pots and baking sheets of many styles and sizes are available at Cook on Clay in Coupeville. Order pieces by calling 360-678-1414 or visit cookonclay.com.

At right, Robbie Lobell lets the fire lick out of Cook on Clay’s kiln. They did a Halloween firing this year.

“I’ve actually gotten a lot of my ideas from how my customers cook and I enjoy that challenge,” Lobell said. To see more forms than are pictured on cookonclay.com, visit the showroom at Cook on Clay, which is always open. Cook on Clay uses a glaze that’s high in iron, allowing the food to release easily and making the flameware easy to clean. The pieces are dishwasher-safe. “We think food tastes better when it’s cooked on clay,” Attwood added. Humans have been cooking on clay from the beginning, and since then, science has proven clay to be a great choice for cooking. The molecular structure of clay causes heat to pass evenly throughout it, Attwood said. “It won’t get the hot spots. The food just cooks so evenly, whether it’s brownies or macaroni and cheese,” Attwood said. When designing the flameware forms, Lobell thinks about local food: the farms that grow food on Whidbey, the unique island earth that nourishes it and the pleasure of a

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Maryon Attwood creates spirit houses, unique garden art perfect for gracing herb or vegetable patches that grow produce to be cooked in Cook on Clay flameware.

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Country Christmas at the Fair

A craft show full of holiday items at the Coffman Building on the Fairgrounds in Langley from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 360-221-4677 for info. Visit the Fair website at www. whidbeyislandfair.com.

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Lighting of Langley

Come see the Lighting of “The Village by the Sea” at 4 p.m. beginning with caroling downtown at Langley Park.

Nov. 24 Green Ticket Event Begins

Kickoff of Historic Downtown Green Ticket Cash Giveaway in Oak Harbor. For every $20 spent you receive a green ticket and are entered into a drawing for $500 cash. Drawing held on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

Nov. 23-25 Historic Downtown Holiday Market

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Concerts on the Cove presents Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Festival 7:30 p.m., Camp Casey Auditorium A. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets. com.

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through Dec. 15 “Scrooge, The Musical”

Theatre Series at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Visit www. WICAonline.com.

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Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. whidbeyplayhouse. com.

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Festival of Trees Gala Benefits Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, formal dinner, 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor, 360-279-0644. www.bbbislandcounty.org.

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Langley Holiday Parade

11 a.m. along First Street.

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Langley Artwalk

Langley galleries, 5-7 p.m.

Greening of Coupeville Celebration Holiday parade, boat parade and festive tree lighting from 4–6:30 p.m.

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Jingle Trail Run and Walk

5k run and 1 mile walk through beautiful Camp Casey. Entry forms available from the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce.

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Festival of Trees Teddy Bear Breakfast

With community tree viewing, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Elk’s Lodge Oak Harbor. Purchase tickets at www.bbbislandcounty.org.

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Holiday Magic on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor from 6-8:30 p.m. Caroling contest.

Dec. 1

House Concerts at the Bay House, 4-8 p.m., Cornet Bay.

Dec. 1-2

Historic Downtown Holiday Market Oak Harbor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Dec. 1-2

Country Christmas at the Fair 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Coffman Building at the County Fairgrounds in Langley.

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Dec. 1

Historic Downtown Oak Harbor Tree Lighting

Festive fun and welcoming of Santa, Pioneer Way, 6-8:30 p.m.

South Whidbey Community Park. Festive afternoon of music, fire engine rides, refreshments and more. Pictures with Santa. Elf Chase 5K fundraiser for the Langley Middle School PTSA; 10:30 a.m.12:45 p.m. at The Crow’s Nest at South Whidbey Community Park.

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“The Nutcracker” Presented by Whidbey Island Dance Theater, in its 20th season. www. widtonline.org.

Dec. 7 – 22 “Willy Wonka”

Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley.

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Christmas Home Tour 2012 4-8 p.m., Oak Harbor, Soroptimists International of Oak Harbor, www. sioakharbor.org.

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“The Nutcracker” matinee performance Whidbey Island Dance Theatre presents the 20th Anniversary of the Nutcracker, 2 p.m. matinee at the South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center.

Dec. 15-16

Historic Downtown Holiday Market Oak Harbor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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3 p.m., Boy & Dog Park on First Street. $1,000 grand prize winner will be chosen from shoppers’ tickets.

Seawall Park, noon – 3 p.m.

Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. whidbeyplayhouse. com.

Langley White Ticket Drawing

Langley Centennial Sea Float Scramble

Jan. 5

Tingstad and Rumbel in Concert

Feb. 1-16

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Red Ticket Drawing

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Be there with tickets in hand at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 on the steps of the Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville. www. coupevillehistoricwater front.com.

Kitsch ‘N Bitch: “Comfort Foods”

Play by Jeff Baron, Outcast Productions, at Black Box Theater at Island County Fairgrounds. www. outcastproductions.net.

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Dec. 31

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New Year’s Eve party Sponsored by Langley Main Street Association, downtown Langley.

7:30 p.m., at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

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Noon at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland.

Langley Main Street Association’s event featuring readings, history, and celebration of Langley’s Centennial in 2013. Held at Whidbey Island Center of the Arts.

“Living History”

Polar Bear Plunge

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“Slaphappy! Holiday Concert” Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Visit www.WICAonline.com.

“It Runs in the Family”

New Year’s Day Fun Run

“Visiting Mr. Green”

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“Crimes of the Heart”

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Whidbey Allied Arts Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit with and see the art of Whidbey Allied Artists members at the Greenbank Farm Wine and Chocolates Art Show. For info, Margaret Livermore at 360-9692111.

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Langley Mystery Weekend

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Choochokam Benefit Concert Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

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Shopping for that perfect handmade, locally crafted and one-of-a-kind gift is easier than you think. For the past four years, the Pacific NorthWest Art School has offered a seasonal holiday gift gallery that’s loaded with a wide variety of items, from photography and paintings to jewelry and textiles. “There’s a whole range of things and they are all affordable,” said Lisa Bernhardt, the school’s director. Priced from $2 to $200, most of the work in the two-room gallery is small and that’s by design. The idea is to have a large selection of pieces that won’t empty your pocketbook, Bernhardt said. The school, which hosts nearly 80 classes and workshops during the year, puts on the gift gallery specifically for local artists. They pay a fee and their work is put up for sale, often for the first time. It’s a chance to be recognized but it’s also a surefire way for holiday shoppers to get a locally made product that is totally unique. Every one of the artists with work in this year’s gallery are from CONTINUED ON Page 9

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Pacific NorthWest Art School Director Lisa Bernhardt hangs a picture in the school’s holiday gift gallery. Open through Dec. 21, it’s the place where you’re sure to pick up a locally made, one-of-a-kind gift.

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«9 Saunders says artists put a lot of themselves into their work and that can often produce very good results. It’s a special feeling when a person identifies with it and decides to take it home, she said. “When someone buys your work, it’s just very, very pleasing,” Saunders said. According to Bernhardt, Saunders is one of 18 artists with work featured in this year’s gallery. Located on NW Birch Street in Coupeville, hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Dec. 21. The gift gallery will also be open during the Greening of Coupeville event weekend, which takes place Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

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Janis Saunders of Stonepath Textile Studio in Coupeville sets up a loom for use. She is one of 18 Whidbey Island artists whose work will be for sale at the Pacific NorthWest Art School’s holiday gift gallery.

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Saunders has a colorful array of stylish one-of-a-kind woven scarves available at the gift gallery show.


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Make holiday shopping a journey in

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Josh Hauser, owner of Moonraker Books, holds a pair of her recommended holiday reads and gifts.

She has a large selection of eclectic calendars.

Langley has a lot to offer shoppers. The best part? All the shops are within walking distance, at most two blocks apart — closer than most malls. The Village by the Sea on South Whidbey Island has a host of holiday gifts. A short stroll down First, Second and Third street takes visitors to spas, salons, chocolate, cupcakes, books and boutiques of fashion and flair. For shoppers from across the ferry, the visit can become a daylong holiday trip. And the shops have plans to make it worth customers’ while with a bounty of specials for the holiday shopping season. People looking to pamper someone special can swing by the Langley Salon & Spa or Whidbey Island Soap Company. The all-natural soaps feature soft fragrances like

English rose or lavender-lemongrassclove. “They’re all natural,” said owner Kimberly Tiller. “We want to keep our customers around a while.” Tiller and her son, David Tiller, have plans to package some of their items for ideal gift sets. Bath melts will be shaped like snowmen and packaged gifts like the men’s shaving set with brush and shaving cream make quick-and-easy presents. “We’re going to be doing some cute things that we’ve never done before,” said Kimberly Tiller. Just a few doors down on First Street, fashion boutiques reign. Add some attitude with an accessories bonanza at the Sassy Siren. Shop owner Tracey Fleisher knows all the current and upcoming trends and has stocked her shop accordingly. Wrist See LANGLEY, Page 11

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seasonal desserts planned that will delight more than just tastebuds. A chocolate cupcake with ganache coating in the shape of a Christmas tree on top is an ideal party treat as well as a quick gift. “It’s so pretty,” said Ann Spink, who runs the shop with her daughters. “It has a yellow star on top of it. It’s just so cute.” There will also be hot buttered

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LANGLEY CONTINUED FROM 11 rum and hot chocolate cupcakes. Whidbey Cupcakes offers minicupcakes, too, which can be ordered by the dozen. Sweets make for delectable presents. And few shops know that quite like Sweet Mona’s, which specializes in all things chocolate. For the holidays, keep an eye on

fudge sets like the packaged ones already on display with a cinnamonchocolate star, eggnog snowman, maple toffee Christmas tree, orange cream present and apple-cinnamon heart bundled into a dark chocolate sleigh. Mona’s also has peppermint chocolate bars and “caramallows” — three marshmallows on a stick, dipped into caramel and chocolate. Langley Chamber of Commerce has a PDF map for its shops online at www.visitlangley.com/downloads/ langley_38.pdf.

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Julia Lawrence, one of the chocolatiers at Sweet Mona’s, presents a tray of caramallows. The marshmallows on a stick are dipped into caramel and chocolate.

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Sweet Mona’s has chocolate and fudge sets perfect for holiday gifts for certain sweet tooths on one’s shopping list. This set has cinnamon, orange cream, mapletoffee, apple-cinnamon and eggnog flavors, all of which can be put into a dark chocolate sleigh.

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Jean Fleisher, owner of Sassy Siren, highlights the assortment of scarves that double as headbands and wristwarmers. The walls of her shop are covered with accessories, including jewelry, purses, handbags and gloves in an array of colors.

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For anyone who likes to give nice gifts but doesn’t like the dent holiday shopping can make in a bank account, there is an alternative. Giving a second-hand gift is an idea that has a lot people heading to antique and thrift stores — both of which are plentiful on Whidbey Island — to find unique, one-of-a kind gifts, not just for the holidays, but all year round. “It’s always Christmas here; you never know what you’re going to get,” said Tandi Roberts, manager of Senior Services of Island County’s Community Thrift Store in Freeland. “I think there are treasures to behold,” she said. “Not necessarily for every person, but there are definite treasures.”

Gone are the days of dark, dingy thriftstore shopping. As shoppers have become more savvy, so has the thrift store community. Stores that thrive are clean, organized and have merchandise that is fairly priced. “People like that it’s so neat and clean,” said

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Many Whidbey Island thrift stores, like Community Thrift in Freeland, have an abundance of clothing for sale, even designer items, that are clean and in good condition.

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Antique and vintage items ranging from furniture to knick knacks are available at reasonable prices at area thrift and antique stores like Michael-John’s Trading Post in Oak Harbor.

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At left, thrift and antique stores are a great place to look for toys and other collectable items, such as these Barbie dolls at Community Thrift in Freeland.

CONTINUED FROM 15 Ida Martinez, manager of Island Thrift in Oak Harbor. “People are very impressed, because they can find designer clothes, name brand shoes and awesome toys for Christmas.” Michael-John Paparella, owner of Michael-John’s Trading Post on Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor, says a constantly revolving inventory makes people want to come in and look at what’s new each week. Plus, buying vintage or antique items saves green while being green. “We have a lot of ‘green’ people here in this area,” he said. “They tend to buy recycled items rather than new. They like the idea that they’re able to reuse things, plus older items were made to last — they’re good quality, so people know they’ll have them for a long time.” “You can go into a (big box) store and find a whole wall full of one thing,” Roberts said. “But if you shop here, we don’t sell one particular item in quantity. It’s a treasure because it’s unique.” “I can get new things for my friends and loved ones at good prices,” said Marie Hamilton of Oak Harbor as to why she shops in thrift stores. “I can spend within my

Books make great holiday gifts, and there is a big selection at several Whidbey Island thrift stores, like these at Island Thrift in Oak Harbor. There are many excellent used bookstores all over the island as well. budget and still buy different things for all the grandkids.” Hamilton said she looks for gift items all year round and she, too, likes the idea that items are being reused and not going to waste. “I do a lot of my Christmas shopping here. It’s less stressful,” she said. “I find the neatest things and it’s not the amount of money you spend on anything that’s important.” “We have just about anything you can think of,” said Wendy Kettlewell, executive director of Island Thrift. “We have a fabulous selection of books; people love to get books.” “The most popular gift items I’m seeing this year are purses and jewelry,” Paparella said. “This is a great place to come for a guy who CONTINUED ON Page 17 Kathy Reed photo

Imagine serving tea or coffee in this pretty vintage set found at Michael-John’s Trading Post in Oak Harbor. China teacups with matching saucers always make a nice gift when paired with someone’s favorite teas.

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At left, thrift stores are a great place to look for children’s toys, as indicated by shelves crammed with colorful items at Island Thrift in Oak Harbor. All items accepted for sale must be in working condition. Holiday items for gift-giving and decorating are already finding their way into thrift and antique stores on Whidbey Island, above.

wants to find something different for his wife.” There are other compelling reasons to shop at local thrift and antique stores. Obviously, shopping locally means you’re supporting the local economy. But many of the thrift stores on Whidbey Island benefit other causes. Proceeds earned at Island Thrift help fund community projects. Community Thrift in Freeland benefits Island County Senior Services; WAIF stores in Oak Harbor and Freeland benefit the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation; and My Father’s House Community Thrift Store on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor uses proceeds to support North Whidbey Help House, Oak Harbor Youth Sports and adoption assistance for Whidbey Island residents. “Cause is part of the equation, but it’s not necessarily the first reason people shop here,” Roberts said. “You can dress good, look good, at a fraction of the cost,” said Martinez. “People know you by name. It’s a friendly atmosphere,” Paparella said. “We’re a shoe that doesn’t fit everyone; people come in for different reasons,” said Roberts. “But you’ll never know if you don’t come in.”

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traditions By Jessie Stensland | WHIDBEy news times

This holiday season, create a lasting memory by loading up the kids in the car and driving to a Christmas tree farm on Whidbey Island. Children and adults will have a wonderful time roaming the wintery acres in search of the perfect specimen to tie to the top of their vehicles and haul home for decorating. Whidbey Island offers a few different tree farms for families to choose from. They include the following: Hennrich Tree Farm is located between Oak Harbor and Coupeville at 1651 Hastie Lake Road. The tree farm has a wonderful atmosphere, with people sipping hot chocolate around a glowing bonfire. It’s a very popular you-cut farm, so get there early in the season before the trees run out. Call 360-914-1076 for information. Scattered Acres Christmas Tree Farm is the place to go on

South Whidbey. It’s located at 7111 Heggenes Road in Clinton. It opens Nov. 23 and continues until Dec. 16. The hours for tree cutting is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 360341-4198 for more information. A Knot in Thyme is located at 4233 DeGraff Road, north of Oak Harbor. Instead of you-cut trees, the farm offers horse-drawn wagon rides complete with carolers clad in Victorian-era clothes. The ride takes visits to the back of the farm, where they can choose from pre-cut noble, grand and Fraser fir trees. In addition, the farm has a holly orchard and guests can purchase wreaths, garlands, swags and bulk holly in the store. For information, call 240-1216.

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other have a rustic lodge feel,” Jacobs said. “One of the owners is going to play piano and you can join in and sing Christmas carols,” Jacobs said. Candy canes with lights on top will mark each driveway, and tickets include a map and directions. Jacobs encouraged visitors to carpool as parking is limited at some of the homes. Proceeds go toward improving the lives of women and girls on Whidbey Island. The money “stays local,” Jacobs said, through projects like offering mammograms and scholarships to women and girls in need. Soroptimists International of Oak Harbor is a chapter of the world’s largest women’s service organization, consisting of dedicated professional women who are recognized in the community as enthusiastic leaders and visionaries; who provide enhancement to the quality of life through friendship, education, service, advocacy and financial support; who are totally committed to bettering humanity locally, nationally and globally, for the purpose of making a difference for and advancing the status of women and girls.

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Quaint and festive shopping on

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boutique. And the Downtown Merchants Association sponsors a lot of great events that make this a fun destination, she said. Stellar customer service also distinguishes the shops from chain competitors, said Victoria Matzen, co-owner of The Rusty Chandelier, a home decor shop. “We attract customers who like to shop local,” said Matzen. “During construction, our support from our customers never faltered. We provide great customer service.” And the customers are able to get to know the owners and vice versa, something that they won’t experience at larger retailers with more employee turnover, said Carothers. “We know how to take care of our customers,” she said. Matzen added that she carries locally produced items in her store, like the JennyBean Custom Coffee from Coupeville, and stocking this See Shopping, Page 20

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SHOPPING CONTINUED FROM 19 type of inventory keeps money in the community. Like many at the Pioneer Way shops, Matzen said she has stocked the store with two kinds of items to meet her shoppers needs: practical items and more whimsical gifts to lift the spirits of the recipient. Casserole dishes from Gourmet du Village or the Thymes Frasier Fir Home Fragrance Collection line are always popular, said Matzen. And the black and white wall signs that have inspirational or funny messages continue to be a big seller, she said. “We have unique items that you can’t get in the mall,” said Matzen. And Matzen said that jewelry remains a popular gift to give women. Lynn Copeland, owner of Whidbey Inspiration, and Carothers both agree. For every special piece of jewelry that a woman receives from a loved one, she can recall the time and place that she received it, said Carothers. And shoppers can expect high quality at the independent shops, she said. Each and every piece that the Jewelry Gallery carries, Carothers has scrutinized and picked out individually. At Whidbey Inspiration, a new shop on the street, Copeland and her daughter design and create their own jewelry. Goldstone, a mineral from China, sparkles in the sun, and Copeland said that they can’t keep it on the shelf. The mother-daughter team also accepts commissions to create a special piece. Special orders need to be placed by Dec. 15. Jewelry is not the only thing carried at

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At Baby N Me, owner Sandy Willmett said that Baby Legs are popular this year. These super soft leg warmers help crawlers scoot across hard floors, and keep them warm during changing times - something that reduces tears, she said. Definitely for baby, and possibly for parents, too. Below, Lynn Copeland, owner of Whidbey Inspiration sells dolls at her shop on Pioneer Way. These keepsakes were hand painted by Copeland and the dresses were also sewn by her. At her store, she also sells custom design jewelry, custom embroidery work, and Precious Moments figurines.

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A lavender touch for Coupeville’s Red Ticket

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With its art galleries, unique gift shops and quaint restaurants, the historic town of Coupeville provides a low-key getaway for shoppers looking for the perfect gift for Christmas. More than two dozen businesses are thriving in the historic buildings that line the roads of downtown Coupeville. There is a new sweet-smelling business that recently opened in one of the town’s historic homes. The Lavender Wind opened in October and offers an array of lavender-infused products that are sure to attract shoppers looking for an unusual holiday gift and hoping to win a $1,000 prize. “We make all of our products,” Lavender Wind owner Sarah Richards said. She rattled off a list of food products that included baking mixes, scones, quiches and other lavenderinfused items she sells out of the historic Cushman House, which was built in 1916 and located at the

corner of Alexander and Coveland streets in downtown Coupeville. “People love it when they come in here,” Richards said. She owns a nine-acre farm located off West Beach Road that focuses on growing the sweetsmelling shrub. Richards has been renovating the historic home for months. The painstaking work transformed it from a single-family home to a showroom and commercial kitchen that will allow her to produce food and hold cooking classes. The Lavender Wind is just one of a number of quirky shops and businesses that line the roads through downtown Coupeville. In addition to Richards’ new shop, several venerable businesses are thriving throughout Coupeville. The Honey Bear offers an interesting selection of sweets, stuffed animals and educational based toys, while Far From Normal, See COUPEVILLE, Page 23

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Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room Eagles Song Health & Wellness Christopher’s on Whidbey Streamers of Coupeville Windjammer Gallery Front Street Realty The Oystercatcher Front Street Grill Far From Normal The Honey Bear Knead & Feed Lavender Wind Kim’s Café bayleaf

Island County Historical Museum Garden Isle Guest Cottages& Vacation Home Elkhorn Trading Company Coupeville Auto Repair Collections Boutique Penn Cove Gallery The Coupeville Inn The Vintage Perch Back to the Island One More Thing! Toby’s Tavern Aqua Gifts

Bayleaf owner Beth Kuchynka shows the red tickets shoppers in Coupeville will receive every time they spend $20 at merchants in downtown Coupeville. Those tickets are part of a $1,000 drawing that will take place in December before Christmas.

Choose from 15 Acres of Trees grown right behind the barn!

Douglas & Frasier Fir Trees Free Pictures with Santa on the weekends

13 Varieties of our Famous Fruit Pies plus a Seasonal Pumpkin Pie

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located just down the block on Front Street, sells some of the more unusual novelties a shopper will find on Whidbey Island. Historic downtown Coupeville is also home to Aqua, a Touch of Dutch and Collections, which are popular gift shops. The Penn Cove Gallery features work produced by the island’s most noteworthy artists. Several clothes stores are also open for business. Popular restaurants ranging from Mosquito Fleet Chili to Christophers on Whidbey provide a place to enjoy lunch or dinner while perusing the shops. Beth Kuchynka, owner of Bayleaf and coordinator of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s Red Ticket promotion, is offering gift baskets and personal shopping times, during which people can receive one-on-one customer service that they’ll appreciate, Kuchynka said. The holiday season also marks the beginning of Coupeville’s Red Ticket promotion, now in its fifth year. For every $20 spent at one of the 27 participating businesses in Coupeville’s historic business district, a shopper will receive one entry into a drawing that takes place in December. The drawing includes three $100 cash drawings, as well as a $1,000 grand prize drawing. “It’s a fun way for people to support their downtown merchants,” Kuchynka said. The $1,000 prize will come in the form of a stack of $2 bills. She said it’s an amusing way to award the money and it allows merchants a way to see if the Red Ticket money is coming back into Coupeville.

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Lavender Wind owner Sarah Richards shows some of the lavender bundles she’s selling out of her new store in downtown Coupeville. Everything from soaps to baking mixes to home scent products can be found there.

From living rooms to kids room, we carry it all. Elizabeth Murray Photo

Aqua in Coupeville has a wide array of ocean-themed holiday decorative items and gifts available, from candles to ornaments.

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