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I agree! I’m always struck by how happy the people working at Greenwood Mrkt., Ballard Mrkt., and Central Mrkt. seem. A friend noticed the same thing, asked an employee at Central Mrkt. if they liked working there, and they said yes, that they were treated really well. That’s one of the reasons I shop there.
I so appreciate the staff coming in the keep the Greenwood store functioning when so many people needed it!
I want to add Santoro’s Books. We are SO lucky to have an independent bookstore in our neighborhood. Carol, the owner, is wonderful, they have a great selection, and she can order almost anything for you. I order books all the time and get stuff well before Amazon can get it to me. I’m having books I ordered through her sent to family all wrapped and with a gift message. And they have a frequent buyer program.
I really like Zak & Zoe across the street from Santoro’s. This newer pet supply store has a great selection of lots of fun stuff that would make nice gifts. And they have food too. They also have the most progressive and thoughtful selection of books on dog behavior and training I’ve ever seen in one place. Awesome! Any of these books would make a superb gift for anyone with a dog or thinking about getting one.
And still a big favorite of mine is MudBay. They have a large inventory of toys, beds, cold weather gear, nice mild shampoos, treats, etc. And they have an excellent selection of really good foods. I’ve been very happy with the quality of everything we’ve bought from them. And they aren’t a chain store. Yea!
One more, the Fiber Gallery is a great yarn, knitting, crochet, needlework store. They have a frequent buyer card, are very friendly & knowledgeable, and have been really helpful whenever I’ve come in with a question. Lots of books and magazines. And tons of scrumptious yarn.
I guess the economy is making me think of practical gifts and you can’t go wrong at any of these stores.