As we turn the corner into the fall season with its social events, parties and gift-giving, Wedgwoodians have the advantage of excellent shopping options. Many local artists and shops will offer art, educational materials, and gifts of food for the holiday season.
There are two arts and crafts fairs coming up where you may purchase hand-crafted items in a wide range of media and prices. On Saturday, November 22, 11 AM to 4 PM there will be an Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE. On December 5, 6, and 7 the North End Arts Tour will be held at six local studios with several artists’ work at each site. There will be jewelry, ceramics, fabric arts, sculpture, nature photography and watercolor paintings, to mention just a few of the categories.
In Wedgwood you can purchase high-quality gifts and support local businesses at the same time. The Seattle Audubon Nature Shop at 8050 35th Ave NE is stuffed with gifts for all ages: books, binoculars, calendars, cards, jewelry, and puppets, toys and games for children. Watch for the special Holiday Open House coming up on Saturday, December 6 at the Nature Shop.
Twirl Dancewear at 8511 35th Ave NE is a great source for last-minute gift shopping. Choose hair clips, headbands, leg warmers and activewear for women and girls.
Gifts of food are always appreciated, especially the tasty offerings from La Pasta at 9118 35th Ave NE in the Morningside Market building. La Pasta’s packaged ready-to-cook foods include a variety of pastas and sauces. You can also get cheeses and caramels which make great hostess gifts.
And don’t forget coffee! The Seattle Audubon Nature Shop has shade-grown coffee which makes a great hostess gift. Several of Wedgwood’s local coffee shops also offer gift cards for coffee, sandwiches and pastries.
Service-oriented businesses in Wedgwood have gift certificates, too. You can purchase cleaning services as a gift from Maid in the Northwest at 8040 35th Ave NE.