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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 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.  




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. siddickens.com

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.


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

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.

Garage Sale

garageSign13Don’t forget! The Semi-Annual Mill Creek Garage Sale is this Saturday only -May 4th. This much anticipated, city-wide garage sale runs from approximately 8AM (depends on the individual sellers) until the garage doors are closed. From all reports, it looks like the weather — low of 53° & a high of 76° — is going to behave & will be perfect for a stroll through the neighborhoods of Mill Creek & some outdoor shopping.

In addition, a truck from Goodwill Industries will be parked in the Mill Creek Community Association lot across from the Mill Creek Golf Club, to take all those treasures that don’t sell and/or you wish to donate instead. Do tell.

If you would like to learn a little more about the history of the MC garage sale see an earlier Do Tell Mill Creek post dated May 2, 2011. See Archives to the right →

Brick by Brick in MC Plaza

Brick by brick a new building is going up to replace the recently razed Round Table Pizza Parlor. The multi-tenant commercial structure designed by Donahou Design Group and owned/managed by Panos Properties, will contain 5,250 square feet of retail space. The exterior will have alternating horizontal bands of brick with red & sandstone colored masonry. Grey metal bands will accent the roof line as well as the metal awnings.   

Three individual storefronts with their own entrances will occupy the building. One of the  establishments will sport a drive-through window & a small outdoor patio. Rumor has it that it will be a new Starbuck’s, like we need another one of those. If it is a coffee shop, I would at least like to see another brand for some variety & to give us some choices.

Other features include floor to ceiling windows along the Northeast and West facades. The South side windows — the 164th Street side — will be semi-opaque allowing light in yet screen tenant storage areas from view by passers-by.

The parking lot & landscaping in that area of Mill Creek Plaza will also be reconfigured. New crosswalks & walkways will increase pedestrian access & safety. New landscape plantings will include more drought resistant plant species. Existing trees will be retained.

Just like the updates made to Mill Creek Square last year, across 164th St., it is exciting to see a fresh new look coming to this corner of the Plaza. It is an important step to maintain the vitality of the Mill Creek business district & the entire community. A little more variety would be another step in that direction. Do tell.

Happy New Year!

Well, okay so I went a little AWOL for a while. Sorry. Hope everyone had a special Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holiday with family and friends. And hello, 2012!

I managed to become real busy during December, and I especially had a great time indulging in some local, small business shopping:

Reigning Imagination Toys for a cool Melissa and Doug easel for a special granddaughter.

Nest Home and Gift for wonderful hostess gifts, unique holiday decor gifts for friends & our own house, too! Nest is the place to find Sid Dickson tiles for those special friends (you know who you are).  Another fun “find”: a delightful framed “A” for the daughter of one special friend. Owner, Susan Stone wraps everything so lavishly, too!

Took shopping breaks, in order to keep Holiday strength/stamina up, at FireStation Deli, Claypit Starbuck’s, Tablas, Azul,  and Top Pot. Oh, don’t be silly. Of course, not all at once.

Books, Husky gear, stationery, journals and artist supplies at University Bookstore.

Candles, stocking stuffers, and fun decor at Pier 1.

Troll Beads for the DsIL,  scarves, pillows, Brighton travel tote for SIL and candles & fragrance from Thymes for our office manager, all found at Belle Provence. Diane and her team are always so knowledgeable & helpful.

Gift cards for doughnuts from Frost Doughnuts to be placed in all the stockings.  mmmmm . . . bacon topped maple bars, anyone?

deVine Wines was the obvious choice to research and choose lovely wine gifts for the in-laws. Proprietors, Tom and Candis always have fabulous ideas and suggestions for any occasion or for gifts.

Jerry & Donita Price and their wonderful staff at Mill Creek Jewelers were invaluable & ultra helpful with a last minute gift for another special granddaughter. I found a beautiful sterling chain & engravable medallion. Did I mention this was on Friday the 23rd? I had ordered one online, but was extremely disappointed in the quality. Jerry said not a problem to personally engrave it by noon on Christmas Eve. Mental note: Next time, go to Mill Creek Jewelers first.

Last stops: QFC for the tenderloin roast, horse radish sauce, salad ingredients & potatoes. Central Market for the Dungeness crab, Raincoast Crisps ( way cool crackers from Canada), & fresh brussel sprouts.

Now you  know why I had no time to add a post to this blog. I was just having way too much fun re-exploring & shopping in my own neighborhood, Mill Creek. Do tell.









The City of Mill Creek and the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association will offer a couple of fun safe alternatives and/or additions to your usual neighborhood trick or treating.

First, from 4:30 to 6:30PM on Halloween — October 31st, visit Treats on Main Street. Bring the children to trick or treat throughout the Mill Creek Town Center sponsored by participating Town Center merchants. Do tell.

Following that, from 6:30 to 8:00PM The City of Mill Creek, along with many great community sponsors, will play host to their annual Trunk or Treat event. Located at the Mill Creek City Hall parking lot at 15728 Main St in Mill Creek.

Click the highlighted links above for more information.


Paddywack & Tricks for Treats Treasure Hunt

Hey there, time is running out to register your canine for the Halloween themed Tricks for Treats Treasure Hunt on Sunday October 30th. Purchase your registration for $5 at event sponsor, Paddywack prior to October 30th. Nice to know that 100% of the fees will go to the Grey Muzzle Organization. Do Tell.

On the day of the event, check-in begins at 3PM. You and your dog will receive an empty treat bag & a set of clues to be sniffed out at participating dog-freindly businesses in the Mill Creek Town Center. You will be assigned a time between 3 and 4PM. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for a grand prize basket. You might be able to get some extra tickets from some of the merchants if your dog has a cool costume or can perform a trick.

Speaking of costumes, they are not required, but in addition to getting extra attention and tickets from the merchants, a professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures of your pooch, and there will be prize baskets for the winners of the costume contest. So, you might want to think about it and coax Muffy & Spike into one.

Sounds like a lot of fun. Happy Halloween!