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Edmonds: A tourist in my own hometown


Last updated 9/22/2018 at Noon

The Mar·ket Fishmonger & Eatery is just one of many stops of trip around Edmonds. Here, Ezekiel Jones is happy to take your order through the takeout window.

This summer, I spent a lot of time out of Edmonds. So when I returned, I decided to follow Rick Steves’ advice and be a tourist in my own town. Sure enough, I discovered so much.

I had a friend from California visiting for a few days, so of course I took her to the Saturday farmers market – and what isn’t to love about the market?

I had heard of a different market, Mar·ket Fishmonger & Eatery, so wanted to see it while nearby. It was so cool to see the oyster bar with the big open window and a smiling young man to take your order right off the street.

Next, my friend wanted to go thrift store shopping (her thing, not necessarily mine), but I remembered a place on Fifth Avenue South called Yesterdays that I had driven by, but had never been in.

So as we were making our way up Fifth, we stopped into Café Louvre and enjoyed the latest art display, coffee and a yummy pastry and a fun chat with owner, Hifa.

Now that we were hyped up on coffee and sugar, we energetically trekked up Fifth. Well, we certainly couldn’t just walk by C’est la Vie, where I ended up ordering a wall sign.

OK – on to our original goal, Yesterdays consignment shop. But to our dismay, it was gone.

The good news is we discovered the Gravity Bar and owner Elyssa Boyd. The important things I took from our conversation were that happy hour is daily from 4-7 p.m. and that on Tuesdays, bottles of wine are half price.

Elyssa was excited to tell us what is going on with the space next door. She and co-owner Heather Hansen are opening a reasonably priced event space called Gravity Lounge as a place for people to gather and celebrate.

They will open it for Seahawks and college football games when it is not booked for a private event. Gravity Bar will do the catering for the Gravity Lounge.

Heading back down Fifth Avenue, our next goal was Anchor Chic, a consignment shop at 529 Dayton. I have been to that one. It is nice and still there, which is good.

Well, I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t resist going into The Wooden Spoon, where my friend found lots of tiny treasures that she could fit in her suitcase, so she was very happy. We continued across Main Street and west to Whim Sea, where I found a necklace that would go perfect with a fall sweater and I had a gift card from my birthday.

By then we decided we were tired and should go home and take a break. We even by passed a couple of my favorite shops, Rebekah’s Boutique and The Papery.

Later at dinner I said “Oh my gosh, Laura, we never made it to even one thrift shop. I’m so sorry!” She said that she had a great time anyway and found lots of treasures, so she was happy.


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