Michel Design Works at Belle Provence

BPtableNeed a hostess gift to take along on your summer travels? What about an off-the-registry shower gift? Birthday gift for that special friend or your “sissie”? I suggest you consider the beautiful products from Michel Design Works carried by Mill Creek’s very own Belle Provence located in the Town Center. BPPetals


I love the beautiful patterns & scents. The only problem is which one or two to pick?!? Among all the other great home decor & accessories, clothing & accessories that Belle Provence carries, you will find this wonderful brand of scented paper drawer liner, liquid hand soaps, triple-milled bath soaps handmade in England (so luxurious & they last forever; well almost forever), matching glass soap dishes (Use for your rings, earrings as well as other small items of jewelry, maybe?) hand lotions & beautiful wooden decoupage trays.


As you can see from the photo at the left there is a fabulous selection of scents each with its own pattern. You are sure to find one for that special person on your gift list or for yourself! Do tell.

Be sure to visit bellprov.com online.

Above photos ©Dotellmillcreek

Register for the Run Of the Mill

Run-of-the-mill-posterThe Columbia Funding Mortgage Run of the Mill will be on Saturday, July 6th 2013. Since taking over the race/walk six years ago, Columbia Funding Mortgage has seen this event grow into one of the premier 5K events in Western Washington.

The 28th Annual Run of the Mill 5K race/walk will again donate 100% of race proceeds to charity. Do tell.

Over the past 7 years, the Run of the Mill has donated over $190,000 to cancer charities, scholarships and local high school athletic programs. 

All ages and abilities are welcome. 

Early registration is now open at:


See you in the Mill Creek Town Center on July 6th!

Above copy/information & poster from Run of the Mill organization.

First Artwalk of Summer Was a Great Evening


artwalk5The evening of Thursday, June 13th turned out to be a very pleasant one in Mill Creek Town Center. The sun was out; it was a balmy 67 degrees. Lots of people strolled Main Street visiting the 23 merchants who hosted the artists. There was a wide variety of media offered including:  oils, watercolors, photography, soft sculpture, woodworking & jewelry.artwalk4

In addition to taking in the displays, many enjoyed shopping, eating ice cream, having a sip of wine or eating at one the many outdoor dining locations. Music fill the air from several venues. Do tell.








Photos courtesy of Larry Toombs.

Mill Creek Summer Concert Series

summer_concert_millCreek_smallGet ready to get your groove on! Beginning July 3rd plan on spending your Wednesday evenings at The Forum. The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association presents the annual Mill Creek Summer Concert Series at The Forum at 151st & Main St.  Mill Creek, WA 98012

The dates & groups scheduled to perform are listed on the poster on the left. 6-8PM

The concerts are presented free of charge thanks to generous local sponsors.

Come the Town Center early & enjoy dinner, maybe a Happy Hour at one of the restaurants, or dessert after.

In addition to Ristorante Capri &  The Blazing Onion which feature outdoor dining/ringside seats to the concerts, there is a wide variety of places to go before & after. I’m sure many, if not all, would be happy to pack up something to go for you to take to your seats. Some suggestions: Tablas Woodstone Taverna, Azul, Kafe Neo, Thai Rhapsody, Boston’s, Coldstone Creamery, Spotted Cow Cream & Bean, Firestation Deli, World’s Tastiest Yogurt & ABS Coffee & DeVine Wines.

The Mill Creek Summer Concerts are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in Mill Creek. Bring the family or make it a date night! Do tell.



Sun & Watch Company

photoOh, my. So impressed. Was looking for a new watch, perhaps. A Toywatch, maybe. I went to the main website & checked for retailers; lo & behold, Mill Creek Sports came up. Yay! Love that it’s in my neighborhood. Maple Leaf Square 15704 Mill Creek Blvd. Mill Creek, WA 98012. No driving to Bellevue or Seattle. Do tell.

So, I go over there & was informed that, yes, they did in fact USED to carry watches &  sunglasses in that location, but the inventory had grown so much that they needed to open a separate store just kitty corner across the parking lot: Sun & Watch Co. How had I missed it; it’s sitting right there. “When did it open?” I ask. “Last Fall,” they said.

Hmm, so I go over there & what a great store! You do not need to shop at the mall or kiosk for sunglasses or a watch again. They have a huge selection. ( Just a few of the watch lines: Tag Heuer, Gucci, Disney, Tissot, Fossil, Tommy Bahama, Michael Kors, Victorinox Swiss Army, Skagen – on and on ) They were friendly, helpful. I wound up getting a different watch than I’d been thinking of, but found a great one by Nixon. Reasonable price. They sized it for me in minutes while we chatted.

Visit Sun & Watch Company The site needs a little work; it’s not complete, but you can get an idea of some the products they carry & see pictures of the store. You can create a wish list & order some products. My recommendation: visit in person for full effect.

First Art Walk of the Summer This Thursday

The first Second Thursday Art Walk presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & the City of Mill Creek takes place this week on June 13th 5-8 PM. Keeping an eye on the weather report for Thursday. Would prefer it to be clear, sunny & 65° or so. As of this writing it is looking a little cool & possibly damp. But no matter. If we Northwesterners waited for it to be perfect all the time we wouldn’t do anything, right? And this is just too much fun. Do tell.

23 merchants in the Mill Creek Town Center will be hosting artists in their businesses. It is a wonderful chance to get to know the local merchants as well as meet a variety of artists & view their work. See map & list of participating merchants & artists below. And you don’t have to memorize it! Maps are/will be available at Mill Creek Town Center merchants & the information booth.

As you can see there will be photography, painting in a variety of media, jewelry & recycled denim framed wall art. But wait! Did I mention there will be Music? @ Spotted Cow – Shannon Nalani & Friends with “soulful acoustic indie jazzie pop mix” @De Vine Wines – The Brad Buck Duo enjoy “Jazz guitar- jazz & Brazilian standards”  @Boston’s Restaurant – Theo Obrastoff  listen to “songs that express faith in God & love for family” @ Blazing Onion – Jerry Wirkkala & Friends swing & sway to “Nuevo Flamenco/World Beat with a hint of Blues”.  See you there!


“Main Street Madness” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Mill Creek Parks & Recreation is hosting the 8th annual “Main Street Madness” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The tournament will be held in the City Hall Annex building parking lot 15720 Main Street, Mill Creek. Do tell.

Tournament divisions are:

  • Men’s open 18-30; Men’s 30-45; Men’s 45 & over
  • Women’s open
  • Co-ed 18 & over
  • Wheelchair division
  • Youth ( Boys and Girls )Divisions: Grades 3-4, 5-6 , 7-8,  & 9-12

Early Registrations submitted by Friday, June 14, 2013 will receive an event T-shirt. Great Prizes for division winners. Final Registration Deadline – Monday, July 8, 2013.  For more information, please visit www.mainstreetmadness3on3.com  or contact the Parks & Recreation office at (425) 745-1891.