Quietly celebrating 10 years today...Ten years ago today, we threw open our doors with hope and a dream, a lot of passion and 12 pairs of shoes on the wall. Today we celebrate where we've come from, where we're at, and where we're going, sometimes steering the ship, sometimes weathering the storm, sometimes along for the ride, but always approaching our day with a passion for our business, for our customer, and for our community.There have been many milestones along the way, and to borrow from close friends who are also celebrating an anniversary today, the following retrospect is sure to entertain...In our ten years of business we have sold over 100,000 pairs of shoes, 10,000 of them in women's size 8 alone. A little more than 27,000 of them were black, but nearly 800 of you went in for orange a time or two. Men clocked in at about 10,000 pairs, and there were a few thousand kids in there for a spell, but alas, everything changes.In ten years we've been open 3,620 days, we have had 3 stores, 2 locations, 103 employees and 145 brands. We've had 1 war, 3 Presidents and 1 Great Recession. We've moved, expanded, shrunk, combined, changed, added to and taken away. We've had 1 rat, 6 squirrels, and a dozen birds drop by, plus the occasional celebrity musician, athlete, Hollywood exec, chef, and political pundit.We have expanded our offering to include clothing, both men's and women's, which is exciting and continues to grow. We have many plans for the future, most immediately our 10th birthday bash on June 11th - stay tuned. We have been working on re-branding, to better reflect where we're at, and have a remodel in the pipeline, to get us where we're going.Thank you for your 10 years of support, we couldn't have done it without you!!!
A funny story...We introduced you to Lilimill a couple of weeks ago in our "Trip to Venezia" post, and while reading through the comments we noticed one by someone unfamiliar to us. So, naturally we clicked on their profile to discover that she was the designer at Peony & Moss. "What's Peony & Moss?" we asked ourselves.Well, turns out Peony & Moss is a locally owned and designed line of gorgeous, cotton socks. Socks? "Heck, we carry socks." So we reached out to Peony & Moss, and low and behold, we're now carrying their socks. Oh, and if the world didn't seem small enough already, it turns out that the designers behind Peony & Moss and Frock Shop are friends as well. Clever, since the two lines look quite nice together. Oh my gosh, stop the cute already.Anyway, you're going to want to come in and treat yourself to some new socks, you know it's true...
A few years ago, Lanne made a trip to Venice, Italy. While there she fell in love with a shoe, imagine that. The atelier of Lilimill became the object of her love affair, and finding room in her luggage, she managed to squirrel a pair away and bring them back home to the states. Upon her return she looked far and wide for an importer, a distributor, anyone who could help her bring them to the store. Alas she was unlucky and the her efforts dwindled, the twinkle of Lilimill fading from her eyes.
One afternoon last Fall, a couple of reps, importers of several Spanish lines that we carry, came for an appointment to show us Spring '16 product. As she and her husband began placing shoes on our showroom wall, Lanne's jaw dropped open. She sprang to her feet grabbing one of the shoes off the wall, clutching it to her, that twinkle reappearing in her eye. "You have Lilimill," she exclaimed. Why yes they indeed had Lilimill, and long story short, so do we... and now you.
Welcome Lilimill. Our first Italian brand.
This Sunday, December 6th, from 2-5 PM at the bell tower
in Marvin's Garden Park, in the heart of Old Ballard.
Come get your photo taken with Santa for free, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn, and revel in the sounds of the Anne Merryfield Trio, Ballard High School String Quartet, and Leah Tussing.
Explore Ballard on The Tomte Trail, pick up your maps and totes at the event then follow the trail to find out what goodies await you.
And, stick around for the finale, this year a candle light caroling affair, lead by Leah Tussing. We'll all sing a handful of the classics, together. It'll be great!
The 3rd annual, Ballard Holiday Fest, see you there!
This Friday, November 27th, marks the fourth year of Ballard Gives Black Friday.
"Give your holiday shopping dollars depth and power this year by supporting Ballard merchants as they partner with non profits on Black Friday with the initiative, Ballard Gives Black Friday. Instead of fighting crowds for trumped-up, door-buster discounts, empower your holiday spending by opting in with Ballard retailers as they donate a portion of their sales from Black Friday to communities in need."
Market Street Shoes will continue its partnership with Labateyah Youth Home, "a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth, combining Native American wisdom and ceremony with modern educational, medical and social services" by donating 5 dollars for every pair of shoes sold Friday through Sunday.
More info about Labateyah Youth Home can be found here http://www.unitedindians.org/programs/youth-home/…
We're excited to reintroduce Romika and Josef Seibel to Market Street Shoes.
From Romika, a collection of City Lights and the Cassie bootie.
And from Josef Seibel, a package of Fayes in a sweel little oxford, and two flirty ballerinas.
We're so excited to kick off the US launch of Skola, right here in Ballard! Handcrafted in Sweden, Skola uses sustainably harvested Alder wood bottoms and vegetable tanned leather uppers. The brainchild of Paul and Tom Swenson, a local duo of Swedish descent, Skola brings classic Scandanavian design and heritage, along with the comfort benefits of a supportive, contoured footbed, that is naturally moisture wicking and antimicrobal.
Several styles are available, from traditional silhouettes like Annika and Leah, to more morden sassy styles such as Susannah.
And more open styles - Kajsa, Eva and Maisa - that are great seasonal pieces, but also able to transition into Fall with a chunky sock or cute tights.
Come celebrate 9 years with us!This Saturday, May 9th, from 10 AM until...Join us in the morning for coffee and babycakes from Cupcake Royale.
At 11:00 we'll kick off the Teva DIY Event (see detalis below), customizing Teva Originals and raising money for United Indians Labateyah Youth Home.
At 4:00, join us for the old-time musical stylings of $4 Shoe.
Suzanne Rosellini is making our birthday cakes and we'll start serving slices of her fabulous creations at 6:00.And at 7:00, make way for the old-timey sounds of the Barn Owls before they head down to their gig at Conor Byrne.
When you stop in, be sure to enter your name in our annual birthday raffle...
we'll be giving away shoes, clothing, and bags, every hour on the hour,
beginning at noon!
Also, with any purchase over $150, receive a newly designed
Market Street Shoes tshirt!
Whew, all of that and I almost forgot to mention that you'll receive
10% off your purchases all day!
Take a peek at new Spring styles from Dansko, Rieker, Toad&Co, Fidji, and Olukai. There's more on the way, but this will whet your apetite while the others are in transit...