Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lucky to Live Here

"You are so lucky to live here."  Working downtown I hear this nearly every day from people visiting Fort Bragg, and I know it. We are so lucky to live here. It can be easy to forget to stop and appreciate it as we go through our daily lives. Family, work and the stresses of life, can easily interrupt us in being grateful for this place we call home.

Our beautiful, small town, the ocean blocks away, fresh air, trails on the coast and in the woods, and  our gorgeous downtown full of locally owned businesses, no big box stores here!

As a business owner I know of course glass beach and the coastal trail are currently big draws to Fort Bragg, but many of our annual or bi-annual visitors save their shopping trips for Fort Bragg as well.  They appreciate our downtown for its individuality, the customer service they receive and the fact that they don't have to hunt for mom and pop stores to support. Nearly all of our shops are locally owned.

I love my visiting customers and appreciate them deeply, but going on eleven years of business I never would have made it this far without local support. 
So, my dear locals, don't let daily life make you forget to soak in all this beauty we are so lucky to be surrounded by.

(And a little shop keep tip: Spring is the perfect time to enjoy your uncrowded, beautiful downtown.  You get first pick on all of our new merchandise and don't have to worry about parking or feel rushed. You can enjoy a slow walk around town and a conversation with  favorite shop keeps.)

Every day I try to remember why I love living here.  Today I am grateful for the perfect latte from Headlands. Running with friends on the coastal trail the ocean on one side sunrise on the other, and  the silly alert on my phone that says "headed to work, take Pine traffic is light..."  But I am probably most grateful for being surrounded by a community that holds each other up...There are a million more reasons...What are yours? Why do you love Fort Bragg?

Another reason, this is my view.

Another reason, all of our students get to experience this!

Another reason, this every morning.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SweetHeart Sale and Special Pre-Sale

It's that time again! Pippi's annual Sweetheart Sale.
15% off store wide February 1st-14th.

But guess what?!? We are having a pre-sale this Friday through Monday.
20% off store wide only Friday- Monday.
The first 20 customers to spend $50 will get to customize their own Lenny and Eva jewelry piece!

Get in early and check out all of our new socks; Stance socks for women, kids socks, spring socks from Socksmith,  our new line WIT and more.
Come on in and treat your Sweetheart to cozy feet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Heart Full of Hope

This weekend I was so proud of our community.  Saturday, 2.500 Fort Bragg citizens joined people all around the country and the world to march. 

We marched to stand against racism, bigotry, misogyny, and hate in our country and  the white house. To demand protection of the rights we have, and the safety, dignity and health of all the people.

I marched to demand equality, for women, for people of color, the LBGTQ community, immigrants, and Muslims.  In the United States, as progressive as many of us are (especially in Northern California) it becomes easy to ignore the injustice that so many Americans deal with every day. 

I took my daughters to the march.  They were proud to march for equality for all people. Equality is a pretty simple thing in a child's mind because of course everyone should be treated equal. We walked with my parents , my sister in law,  my niece and so many friends.

I was very glad to see three of our city council members there,  it gave me hope that if it comes down to it our city will stand up to protect the rights of all of its citizens.  I am hopeful that if we continue to stand together that we will be able to protect the rights we all deserve, and hopefully bring awareness to the fact that so many in our country do still face racism, inequality and injustice everyday.

Seeing a hateful, racist, misogynist bigot rise to power in our country has opened many Americans eyes to the fact that the fight is not over. We need to keep demanding better from our neighbors, our government, our elected officials and now our President.

Let's not stop at this march.  We have to continue forward with this momentum.  Write, email or call your representatives.  Pay attention to our local government and participate in it. 
If you are not sure where to start, try starting here.

Every day I am grateful to live in this amazing place, and this weekend was a happy reminder it's not just this place that is beautiful the people in our community are beautiful too, we are so lucky.