In the age of electronic communication, we are bombarded every day with e-mails, text messages and phone calls. We aren’t discounting the convenience of these innovations, but sometimes they can leave us feeling a little uninspired.
Remember the days of letters and cards? The joyous feeling of opening the mailbox to find something other than bills and fliers? We’re not suggesting a return to letter correspondence, but every once in a while it’s nice to turn away from the computer and show much you care with a nice handwritten thank-you note. Here are some shops to get you started:
1. Located on Main Street, is a haven for the craft-minded. Shelves are stocked with cards, stationery, beautiful rubber stamps, stickers and anything else you need to personalize a card or letter. They also carry thoughtful gifts and seasonal holiday decor. A friendly staff member is always on hand to help. A great place to go if you need special occasion gift wrap — the store's bags and paper are sure to dazzle any recipient. 410 Main St., 425-778-6266.
2. If you’re a bit less of a do-it-yourselfer, has a selection of cards that can leave you looking for hours, and we don’t mean for lack of choices! Abby’s has dozens of cards for every occasion, as well as gifts, balloons and homemade fudge. Okay, the fudge might be better on last week’s list, but hey, who’s counting? 22820 100th Ave. W., Edmonds, 425-771-2712.
3. As the name suggests, carries supplies for those working on scrapbooks, but many of the items carried (specialty paper, stickers, ribbon) could easily be transformed into card-making. The creative, friendly owner is more than happy to help customers work out their ideas, and she willingly takes special orders on scrapping products. The Urban Scrapbooker offers classes for different levels of scrapbookers, with supplies included. 9810 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425-771-2400.
4. As the quintessential name in greeting cards, Hallmark carries hundreds of ready-to-go cards at all prices. From everyone’s favorite joke cards to ones that allow you to record your own personalized voice message, Hallmar offers unique ideas that you just can’t find anywhere else. 19500 Highway 99 #105, Lynnwood, 425-672-4280.
5. If you’re in a hurry but want something with a little more originality than the grocery store pick, try , a boutique that carries cards handmade by local artists. also carries beautiful cards perfect for that extra special touch to any package, or just as a midweek pick-me-up for a friend. Saetia, 120 5th Ave. S., 425-582-2167. C’est la Vie, 320 5th Ave. S., 425-673-8905.