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Holiday Bazaar & Toy Sale


JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS HOLIDAY BAZAAR and TOY SALE @Gold Creek Community Church  4326 148th St SE in Mill Creek 98012

Mark Your Calendar for:
Friday, Nov 21st 9AM – 7PM & Saturday, Nov 22nd 8AM -3PM*

This is an event You Do NOT Want To Miss!

Great place to start your Christmas shopping — Everything from books, games, puzzles, toys (lots of toys!), movies, video game, infant items, winter coats, accessories, holiday dressy clothes, holiday decor & so much more!

There will also be 20 – 30 vendors showing off all their amazing items! Do tell.

Friday  November 21   9AM – 7PM
Saturday  November 22   8AM – 3PM*

* On Saturday from 12-3 there will be a half price sale. Everything without a star on the tag will be half off.

There will be no entry fee on either day, but we will be accepting canned food donations for our food drive!


Photo from Just Between Friends of Lynnwood.


Mill Creek Family Game Day

Come to the University Bookstore – Mill Creek this Saturday October 18th for an afternoon of fun! This is brought to you by the University Bookstore Reading Allowed program. The entire family is invited to come & try out all the hottest new games of the year. “Game night refreshments” will be served. Do tell.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1PM University Bookstore located in the Mill Creek Town Center at 15311 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012  425-385-3530



Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk 2014

Art Walk Poster 2014

Get it on your iCal, text your friends, set an alarm! The Second Thursday Art Walk in Mill Creek Town Center 2014  is coming. Thursday, June 12th 5-8PM will be the first of three nights this summer for you to enjoy art in Mill Creek.

20-plus merchants will play host to artists who work in a variety of media. That includes music! Plan to come early & take that stroll up Main Street. Enjoy the art. Eat & drink. Do a little shopping. Do tell.

If you are an artist, who would like information about participating, contact:

For more general info visit:

Santa Claus is Coming – Mill Creek Christmas #2

santaComingPoster Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, Dec. 7th presented by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association, Rotary of Mill Creek & The City of Mill Creek. 

There will be entertainment & special festivities throughout the day on Saturday, highlighted by a festive holiday parade down Main Street at 3:30PM with special guest, Santa Claus. The parade will make its way South ending at Mill Creek City Hall, where the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will commence.

After Santa has hit the switch to light the tree, he & his elves will return back up Main Street to the Park Place Building where he will be available for children to visit, have photos taken & share their Christmas wishes with him.

But wait there is more! Throughout the Town Center until 7:00 PM, there will be holiday performers including The Dickens Carolers, live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, a kiddie train, face painting, photo ops with the Grinch, and much more! Do tell.

Town Center merchants & restaurants will be open & many will offer holiday shopping specials. Look for a Mill Creek Town Center “Gift Guide.”

Poster graphic from Mill Creek Town Center Business Association. Thank you.



Mill Creek Christmas #1

holyberriesSunday, December 1st & I have to admit, I didn’t shop small yesterday, but I tried to make up for it today at one of my favorite home & gift stores, Belle Provence. Picked up some lovely shea butter liquid hand soap by Michel Design Works in a refreshing, seasonal scent, Snowman. If you haven’t tried this line, you must.

Also as part of their Holiday Afternoons at Belle Provence event they were featuring “My Saint My Hero” Blessing Bracelets which are made with medals of St. Benedict.

“Wear this bracelet on your wrist to remind yourself that God has given you a mission to make the world a better place, and that you can choose to fulfill that mission by using your hands to do good.”

Hmmm, one for me, one for a gift. Do tell.

While I was there, I took note of great ideas for friends, family, host/hostess gifts on my list: the wide selection  from the aforementioned – Michel Design Works,  Brighton, Trollbeads, the truly lucious Lafco Candles, Hobo bags & wallets, Spartina 449 handbags & accessories, the Thymes fragrance collections currently featuring, Frasier Fir.  




MC Town Center Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall

forumPicwebOur very own, Mill Creek Town Center will be featured in a television segment filmed locally, as the Official Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall in Washington for 2013.

The feature will be shown on FOX Seattle & on The Discovery Channel nationally in October 2013 & placed on the national travel site

Look for the segment on:

Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00 am E/P on The Discovery Channel

Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 pm on KCPQ FOX channel 13 in Seattle

Mill Creek Town Center is an amazing lifestyle center located in the scenic city of Mill Creek, Washington. Nestled among nature trails & creeks, the outdoor mall has a park-like setting. With over 80 retail stores, boutiques, restaurants & services, you’ll always find friendly service & something unique. Open 7 days a week, the Mill Creek Town Center is located 1/2 mile north of SW 164th Street on Bothell-Everett Hwy in Mill Creek WA. Do Tell.

The Official Best Of originated in January 2007 as a travel TV show & website covering only a few states. Today Official Best Of covers 28 states with the remaining states plus other countries being covered in 2013.

One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn’t accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones. As with each TV show production, the website offers a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within Washington as well as folks all across the country.

Bothell Blues Festival 2013 – August 31

Bothell Blues Festival August 31st

bothell-blues-festival-2011-crowdsStay local! Labor Day weekend is crazy no matter where you go. Try heading to Seattle. Good luck finding a parking spot & fighting the crowds. Bumbershoot pulls in thousands of people & clogs the arteries of Seattle for the entire weekend. For those of us in Kirkland, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Kirkland, Woodinville & Lynnwood, here is the better plan: Stay Local, Eat Local, Listen Local, Drink Local & Connect Local! August 31st from 11am to 8pm is the Bothell Blues Festival!

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this great little Local event. Local Blues, Local Beer, & local BBQ:chester

1.       The Bands. Do they have bands! The Wired Band and the Chester Dennis Jones Band are both coming back and WOW did they both kill it last year! People are still talking about Chester in the beer garden, jumping from table to table while playing a guitar solo… AWESOME! And Wired, these guys took the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee last year and wow do they put on a show. In addition, we were able get the Stacy Jones Band who is one of the hottest blues bands here in Seattle. We are stoked. Really stoked about this year’s line-up!


2.      The Food. We have Carolina Smoke BBQ in the house again this year. Dave is bring  back his shredded beef sandwiches, hot wings, hot links, pulled pork. YUM! They also have invited the Village Bean sandwich shop which has some other alternatives to BBQ in case (for some crazy reason) someone doesn’t want BBQ. Expect great sandwiches & other goodies.bothell-blues-festival-2011-beer-garden

3.      The Beer. This year the Bothell Blues Festival has invited Foggy Noggin Brewery to provide the beer for the event. Foggy Noggin is an award winning local Bothell brewery that makes some killer beer. Do tell.


4.      The Wine. Open Road Winery has agreed provide the wine for the Bothell Blues Festival. Open Road is a local, family owned & operated BOTHELL winery that specializes in high end wines that are completely off the hook.

5.      Location. There is something about having a blues festival at Bothell’s Country Village. It just seems to fit the music perfectly. The Country Village’s laid back, country style outdoor shopping center is a great back drop for a day of great music & food. Don’t forget: You concert bracelets get you great discounts at selected shops so feel free to wander the village and shop in between bands!

Ask anyone who went last year, it is truly a great, little, community event that we know you will really enjoy. August 31st at the Country Village Shops in Bothell. $17 at the door or buy your tickets online on our website

Thank You to Sean McVeigh with the Bothell Blues Festival for providing the copy & photos for this story, along with permission to make just a few minor changes.



Sid Dickens at Nest Home & Gifts

NestWallAmong all the other great finds at Nest Home & Gifts, a favorite of mine to give & receive are the Memory Blocks designed by Sid Dickens.

What are Memory Blocks? 

“Handmade in Canada since 1995, Memory Blocks are the original collectible wall plaques.  Interactive and timeless, the collection captures pieces of history as tangible, enchanting collectible art for modern life.”

“Unique chunks of history & visual fragments from early cultures represented in a modern and accessible way.”

“Patterns and combinations are limitless & can be arranged to create a customized narrative that expresses a language of memory.” Do tell.

NestBeeToday, July 16, 2013 at Nest Home & Gift in Mill Creek Town Center, they are 15% off the regular price for their Tuesday Market Special. Choose a Memory Block that has a special meaning for you or for someone you love. Either in stock or by special order, you will get this sale price today only. Includes the new Fall 2013 “Bygone Time” collection!

Nest Home & Gift is located at 15217 Main Street in Mill Creek – Suite 105. Visit their website Nest Home and Gifts

Because they said it best, the description of Memory Blocks by Sid Dickens was quoted directly from their website.

Photos are representative & Memory Blocks shown in this blog post may or may not be available at this time. Some Memory Blocks designs may be retired from collection. Photos are the property of  © dotellmillcreek.


This Week In Mill Creek

summer_concert_millCreek_smallThis is going to be a great week, especially weatherwise, with many opportunities to get out & enjoy our community.

This Wednesday, July10th from 6-8PM enjoy the music of Borrowed Time playing the music of Styx. This is part of the Mill Creek Summer Concert Series brought to you by The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & The City of Mill Creek along with sponsors: North Creek Roofing, Columbia Funding Mortgage, Chaplin’s Bellevue Volkswagen & Subaru and North Bend Chevrolet, The YMCA, Silver Dollar Casino, The Rotary Club of Mill Creek, Mill Creek Business Association & Purity Integrative Health & Chirobody.

art_walk_poster_2013small copyNext up on Thursday night July 11, stroll Main Street & beyond for the Second Thursday Art Walk which takes place between 5-8PM in the Town Center area. Again brought to you by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association & The City of Mill Creek, twenty-four merchants are participating as they host artists working in media ranging from wood working, jewelry, soft sculpture, painting, & photography.

You will enjoy music along the walk & many of the merchants offer simple refreshments. Look for the businesses with colorful rainbow windsocks hanging near their doors. In addition, maps are available at participating merchants & the info booth located on the corner in front of Boston’s. Do tell.

Then, if that wasn’t enough The Annual Mill Creek Festival takes place this Saturday & Sunday- July 13th & 14th. More about that to follow in another post. Please check back.

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 online.

Above photos ©Dotellmillcreek