Some thoughts on being a retailer during the holidays.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, Small Business Saturday and the list goes on with these variously concocted retail "holidays".  We think they're all really a lot of hype and while we love Little Boxes in Portland and adore the Indy booksellers having authors visit on Small Business Saturday, we also think just about any day is a good day to get out and support small, independent, local businesses.  Why? You probably know the stats about how your dollars at local businesses stay in the community but consider also, we are your friends and neighbors, we are idiosyncratic, quirky, interesting, we look you in the eye, we laugh at your jokes, we wrap your gifts, we help your mom find a place to sit, and we go out of our way to make your shopping experiences memorable. Because commerce, buying, selling, trading is so much a part of what makes us human. We love the retail dance. So why, (and here it comes the Debbie Downer part), unless you absolutely had to, would you forego the human shopping experience for an online one?  Amazon may very well be the death of a very human way of being. Read it and weep.

And in the meantime, shop small and shop local and have the most magnificent holiday with those who matter to you.



When Will My Paperwhites Bloom?

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions we hear at the store during the holidays.  And I always have to look it up to make sure I am remembering correctly. So I was thrilled when one of our vendors sent over this lovely little cheat sheet.  We currently have paperwhite plants full of buds and we have bulbs just ready to get started. So come and get em and enjoy these harbingers of spring all winter long.

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Holiday Bling Chez Passionflower

I tend to think of myself as an understated classic kind of gal. But the holidays call for a little bling. Here's some goodies from our cases - A little something to dress up your holidays - here's Taylor in a fun take on how to use these gilded headbands.


These expandable Navone rings add a pop of color to your fingers -

Lindsay doubles as not only being shopgirl supreme but store model as well. Looking good in these uber blingy earrings from Gypsy Handmade.  

Lindsay doubles as not only being shopgirl supreme but store model as well. Looking good in these uber blingy earrings from Gypsy Handmade.



Plus our new obsession, these tassle earrings from Portland designer The Salt Empire. As you can imagine there is lots, lots more but hoping these whetted your whistle enough to come in and peruse our goods. 

Composed plates

I've been working hard and don't always feel like cooking so my latest dinner choice are these composed plates with nuts, olives, cheese, fruits,veggies, and salami. Always looking for a charming spread to amuse my mouth as they say. The fig chutney does not disappoint.  It's especially good with soft,creamy cheeses.  Plus perfect hostess gift.  Happy Thanksgiving!!! It's just about a week away,


Teatowel Mania

Teatowel central Chez Passionflower.

Many things I love here including geraniums and ladybugs but most especially the person who made it- the lovely Kate Hartley from Full Circle Designs. Someone who always makes me laugh.  It's teatowel central Chez Passionflower. Every year I overdue one or two categories.  One year there were a zillion tiny spoons.  Another year feather ornaments. This year it's teatowels and candles. Do come and get 'em.