Local artist and good friend, Rachelle Wirfs, is donating this beautiful piece of pyrography - The Homecoming - to be auctioned off as part of our fundraising efforts during Ballard Gives over the black Friday weekend. We have partnered with Labateyah Bridge Housing for many years for this event, and this year will be no different.
Labateyah is in dire need of new beds as the house's current beds are several years old and were donated from a local university's dorm rooms that had already seen substantial use. All of our fundraising efforts for Labateyah through the end of the year will focus on acquiring new frames and mattresses for their residents and we hope to raise the $8,000 necessary to replace all 25 beds.
Rachelle has been our featured artist during December's Art Walk for several years and expressed her desire to get involved and have The Homecoming auctioned off for the Ballard Gives event with the proceeds benefitting Labateyah as well.
We hung Rachelle's piece today so that it will receive maximum exposure, with the auction winner being announced on Monday, November 30th, following Ballard Gives. We will have an auction form on the wall next to The Homecoming, so stop by or call to place your bid or check to see if you've been outbid. Bidding opens at $100.00.
The Homecoming measures 23"x8.5" and features a combination of pyrography and staining on a live-edge slab of Maple. It is suitable for wall hanging.
We might have lost our minds with this one,
but here goes...
It's a $30 PPP Party!
"What's a PPP Party?" you ask...
Well... We're looking at like this. When the pandemic hit and we had to close down, we made a promise to our crew that no one would lose their jobs, everyone would remain on our payroll and we'd get through this together. Our team leaned into those early, scary days with us, building out a new website, making shoe deliveries, filling online orders, writing thank you notes and crossing our fingers for a return to normal.
Along the way, we managed to procure a PPP loan, and eventually an EIDL loan, both of which helped us survive this protracted mess. We also couldn't have made it through without you! Heck, y'all are like the Post Office, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" could stop your support of our online efforts, the early days of curbside pickup, and the eventual tip toe of reopening.
Which brings us back around to the $30 PPP Party!
Here's how we're looking at it. Since we managed to procure the aforementioned federal loans, we figured that you've already paid for shoes through your tax dollars so we should in turn pass that back to you with a $30 shoe sale. Did we say, "$30 shoe sale?" Why yes we did. A $30 PPP Party! There it is.
Friday through Monday, September 4th-7th, in store and online!
Super excited to announce our reopening under modified Phase 1 rules. We'll be open 11 Am until 6 PM in both stores with limited capacity, but our doors will be open.
We've spent the past few weeks getting ready for Phase 2, with new store arrangements, healthy distancing markers, hand sanitizing stations and new fitting/try on areas, so we're really excited to put it all into practice under the modified rules.
We'll continue to offer web and "curbside" pickup orders for those that aren't quite ready to venture in store.
Join us Saturday evening for our first virtual Art Walk with good friend and amazing local artist, Anne Livingston. Grab a glass of wine and some cheese and settle in as we explore Anne's art - virtually!