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Living in the Garden (Pullman, WA)

We made our first trip to a wonderful Pullman spot today: Living in the Garden.  It is a nursery, garden center, gift shop, art space… just all-around cool place.

The plants and baskets are amazingly beautiful.  Truly inspiring (even for a person like me who doesn’t have a garden!)

The gift shop/art space was full of lovely and unique items.

I am glad we made it today, because their season ends on June 27! They only stay open for a few months a year (March through June).  There are a number of special events, such as live music, still yet to come this year, though.

As far as kid-friendliness, it is not a place for running around, as you can imagine.  However, I think it would be a magical place for a slightly older kid to come and choose plants for the garden.  (Note the bathrooms are limited to a port-o-potty.) We made it through our visit without any mishaps, though it took some close monitoring!

Living in the Garden is another of those great places in this area that you can just feel are labors of love- the kind of business you daydream about owning.  Get there soon!

To get there:

Living in the Garden is 2 miles north of Pullman off of Highway 27.  Look for the Reid Road sign and the blue truck with the Living in the Garden sign.

You cannot see Living in the Garden itself from the road, but you see this road:

http://www.livinginthegardens.com/index.html

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The Storm Cellar (Shopping) Moscow, Idaho

the Storm Cellar storefront

There is a new store I am REALLY excited about.  It is called The Storm Cellar.

Storm Cellar: Cheap and Chic

The Storm Cellar bills itself as “Independent Consignment and Local Goods.”  It is basically a very cool second hand store, filled with clothing and household goods that are obviously hand-picked and very well cared for.

Storm Cellar: Window Display

There is also some new merchandise, such as stylish dishes, pillows, cards, and so forth.

I have not had a chance to really shop the clothes (kids with me), but the Storm Cellar has clothes for women and men (not kids), and they look great.  It has a very Anthropologie/city vintage feel.

So, about kids.  I have been to the Storm Cellar twice, and had kids with me both times.  I don’t recommend this.  There is  a lot of stuff to grab and break, and large round clothing racks in which your kid can hide – and if you are like me, after about six minutes of trying to pull said child out, you will consider letting him stay.

The prices are good.  As an example: I saw some (unfortunately for me very impractical but) gorgeous high heel 9 West boots for about $23, I bought a vase for about $8 and a shot glass set (yep, I’m classy) for $11.

the Storm Cellar

212 S Main Street.

Open 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

http://www.moscowstormcellar.com/shop/

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Brused Books (Pullman, Washington)

Cavernous Interior of Brused Books

I love used bookstores, and used books.  I like hunting for something great, and coming across good bargains.  I like books that have already been loved (hopefully) or that are just in need of the right reader to appreciate them (me?).  This is why I was happy when I moved to Pullman and discovered it has a used bookstore, Brused Books.

Brused Books has an explosion of books of every type.  The best approach to Brused, like any used bookstore, is to come ready to browse.

Brimming with Books

Brused is also a great place to take your kids because it has a separate area for children’s books.  If your kid likes books, you can unleash him in the kid area and let him choose a few for himself – for about the cost of a sandwich.

Children's Book Room at Brused Books

Brused also has a selection of fair trade gifts (sorry, I did not get a picture because I started feeling sheepish about the photo-taking).

I am sure they also buy books, but I have not sold any there.  Maybe next time I move!

Brused Books

235 E Main St

Pullman, WA 99163

(509) 334-7898

Monday–Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

http://personal.palouse.net/brused/

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Prune Orchard Retail Shop (Pullman)

Prune Orchard: Pullman's Premier Place to Shop

No Pullman blog is complete without a mention of Prune Orchard.  It is truly a sign of civilization on Main Street, which tends to be a bit lacking in first-rate retail.

Entrance to Prune Orchard

Prune Orchard carries lots of wonderful, tasteful stuff that you need or just want, and it is an excellent place to buy gifts and cards. It has jewelry, housewares, kitchen gadgets, clothing, candles, a delicious selection of kid and baby stuff, and more.  It is like a store you would see in a bigger city, but it is here in little Pullman!

It also has a great selection of holiday items.

As you can tell from the photos, this is not a great place to shop with your kids unless they are much less grabby than mine, but it would be a good place to shop for them.  And of course, it is not cheap, but it has items in a wide range of prices, from the inexpensive to the not inexpensive.

It is located next to Pullman’s newest restaurant, Black Cypress, which opens at 5.  So you can do a late afternoon shopping trip to Prune Orchard then head to Black Cypress for a refreshment.  A good kid-free outing!

Address and Phone:

215 East Main Street
Pullman, WA 99163-2769
(509) 332-4830

Hours

10-6, Monday through Saturday

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Uniontown/Sage Baking Company/Dahmen Barn

Uniontown Grain Co-Op, Serving the town since 1916

Uniontown Co-Op (grain, peas and lentils), serving the area since 1916

We finally stopped in Uniontown, after two years of driving through.  It is a little gem of a town.

Sage Baking Company, Uniontown

Sage Baking Company, Uniontown

This morning we had scones and galettes at the Sage Baking Company. (111 S. Montgomery, (509) 229-3716.)  They were excellent.

Hungry Boys at the Pastry Counter

Hungry Boys at the Pastry Counter

Breakfast Pastries

Breakfast Pastries

Interior, Sage Baking Company

Interior, Sage Baking Company

No bad choices!

No bad choices!

Interior, Sage Baking Company

Interior, Sage Baking Company

The Sage Baking Company is located in the 110 year old Jacobs’ Building that was renovated by the Uniontown Community Development Association.

Sage Baking Company in the Jacobs Building

Sage Baking Company in the Jacobs' Building

The bakery produces craftsman breads, scones and pastries for area retailers and restaurants.  The café in the bakery is open on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 3 with soups and sandwiches for lunch.  It is family friendly – not too quiet, and it has plenty of choices kids will like.  I did not check to see about high chairs and changing tables (we are finally done with those!!)  It is also inexpensive (four pastries and one coffee came to $11.)

T, enjoying his breakfast

T, enjoying his breakfast

Sweets

Sweets

Outdoor eating area, Sage Baking Company

Outdoor eating area, Sage Baking Company

Uniontown itself is a charming place.  It was founded in 1860 and has served as a commercial, manufacturing, transportation, social and farming center. According to the Uniontown website (http://www.uniontown.us/about.html) there are 499 residents within the immediate Uniontown area.

Uniontown's combination Fire Station, Town Hall and Library

Uniontown's combination Fire Station, Town Hall and Library

Eleanor's, which is supposed to have good burgers

Eleanor's, which is supposed to have good burgers

There are a number of antique shops there.

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Uniontown is home to St. Boniface Catholic Church, which was built beginning in 1888. It was the first consecrated Catholic Church in the state of Washington.

St. Boniface Catholic Church

St. Boniface Catholic Church (center)

The building on the right in the above photo is now the Churchyard Inn, a B&B. It was originally constructed in 1905 as a parish house, and in 1913 was converted to a convent.  After being vacant many years, it was renovated in 1995 and turned into the bed and breakfast inn.  (http://www.churchyardinn.com/)

The Churchyard Inn

The Churchyard Inn

This town is so cute! I plan to make the Sage Baking Company a regular ritual, if I can remember to get there on Fridays and Saturdays.

Barn mural, Uniontown

Barn mural, Uniontown

Another major feature of Uniontown is the Dahmen Barn with its often photographed (wagon?) wheel fence.

Dahmen Barn with Wagon Wheel Fence

Dahmen Barn with Wagon Wheel Fence

Wheel Fence

Wheel Fence

It is home to Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, an art space in a barn that was renovated in 2004-2006.

Flower wagon, Dahmen Barn

Flower wagon, Dahmen Barn

There was some beautiful art to see (though we saw it quickly, as I was nervous the boys would try to touch things, and in this sense it may not be for little kids – at least not my kids!).  I was not permitted to take photos of the art (naturally) but it is definitely worth browsing, especially if you like Palouse/Washington-oriented art.

Entrance, Artisans at Dahmen Barn

Entrance, Artisans at Dahmen Barn

From the website (http://www.artisanbarn.org/):  “Attractions include a gift shop featuring art, fine crafts and products from the Palouse, artisans at work in their studio spaces who will share their creative process with visitors, a monthly art exhibition, and regularly scheduled classes and performance events.”

Dahmen Barn gift shop

Dahmen Barn gift shop

The upstairs of the Barn has galleries and an open space where dances and concerts are held.

Second floor, Dahmen Barn

Second floor, Dahmen Barn

Upstairs windows, Dahmen Barn

Upstairs windows, Dahmen Barn

Four big events are held at the barn each year: A demonstration day in April, a tea and fashion show in July, a Harvest Festival in September and a Holiday Gala with gifts galore in December. We were there October 1st and there was a pumpkin patch taking place on Saturdays.  In addition to the big events, there are also a number of regularly scheduled concerts/dances and art-related activities.  Check the website for more info.

The Dahmen Barn sign you see on highway 195:  when going from Pullman toward Lewiston, it is on the right, about 10-15 minutes from Pullman

The Dahmen Barn sign you see on highway 195: when going from Pullman toward Lewiston, it is on the right, about 10-15 minutes from Pullman

One last Dahmen Barn image

One last Dahmen Barn image

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