Located in the heart of Oak Harbor – inside “The Loft on Fidalgo & Dock” building – resides a store full of charm and pleasant scents.
Little Town Cottage is a local business run by owner Maria Rodriguez for the last two years. The care and dedication involved are apparent the moment you step through the door. Inside you will experience a great atmosphere filled with amazing customer service and a variety of bath products, home décor, and refurbished furniture.
What makes this local store a unique place to shop is the abundance of homemade bath products – lotions, soaps, bath bombs, body butter etc. – all handmade in the store itself.
Maria produces about 300 bath bombs every other day and doubles that amount during the busy season. Her favorite products to make are frosting soaps and bath bombs. Make sure to try those!
Natural ingredients are used throughout the store. No usage of preservatives, only natural items like oils and food items such as coffee beans, turmeric, milk, oatmeal and honey.
Maria also uses clay in her products, which has nice properties for the skin and is beneficial in the treatment of acne, psoriasis, and helps draw out impurities.
One of the latest best sellers is the Bee Pollen soap. It has fifteen natural ingredients, including organic raw honey, coconut milk, arrowroot powder, and bee pollen powder.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit this business, I highly recommend you do.
For additional questions and service beyond the sale, call me!
Because of their natural appearance, hardwood flooring has always been a popular and preferred choice among homeowners.
Nice hardwood floors can add value to your home, but unfortunately they are often neglected and end up dull and rough looking. Fortunately, through the process of refinishing and restoration, it is possible to bring your hardwood back to life and unlock its hidden beauty.
You’ll need to make a choice: DIY or hiring a professional?
If you are not an expert, the project will take longer but it will end up saving you some money. You may be able to rent the proper equipment from major home improvement retail stores, BUT the machines may end up being inferior compared to the ones the professionals own. Another thing to keep in mind is that often when novices attempt to sand floor, they rarely sand floors properly. As a result, the stain doesn’t penetrate evenly, the results are blotchy and the finish will not last as long.
If you decide to hire a professional make sure you do your research and check any and all reviews the company may have. Unfortunately, among reputable contractors, there are a few who will give a cheap estimate and thus offer a poor result.
The images below are from a home I sold to my client a couple months ago. She did her research and decided that hiring a professional was her best option. As you can see, the results are just breathtaking!
For any recommendations and service beyond the sale, call me!
Did you know that the town of Oak Harbor has its own specialty beer store?
Well, if you didn’t, you should definitely check out Whidbey Beer Works!
Here, at this local shop, I met Greg, the owner of the business, and let me tell you… he is one of the nicest person you will meet and so knowledgeable about BEER.
If you decide to go and check this place out, I highly encourage you to take your time and browse through the vast variety of beer on the shelves. You will be able to find a huge selection of beers, ciders, meads and wines. The owners import some of the beer from other countries as well and I was able to find some beer to satisfy my Italian heritage. Yippie!
You should check out another awesome event: Oktoberfest in Leavenworth. You can buy tickets online and enjoy the fun atmosphere of this great event less than 3 1/2 hours away.
DID YOU KNOW? Beer soup was a common breakfast in medieval Europe! ( I am sure people had a good start to their day 😉 )
Last month we talked about purchasing vacant land. But what about selling?
Here are some things to consider when selling raw land.
BE PATIENT AND UNDERSTANDABLE
ALLOW YOURSELF TO UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL BUYER’S CONCERNS
INCLUDE PHOTOS OF THE PROPERTY
Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.
For information about purchasing vacant land click here.
If you didn’t know, Oak Harbor has a Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Program and just a few days ago it was the crowning of Miss Oak Harbor, Teen Miss Oak Harbor and their Royal Courts.
I just learned about this great opportunity for our local ladies and took the chance to interview the founder of this amazing program.
Jes Walker-Wyse is the founder of Pageant Wyse Inc. and she, with the help of her friend River Powers, created this program four years ago.
By watching the above video, you will learn that Pageant Wyse Inc. is not a beauty pageant. The essence of the program is based on empowerment and self-development of these young adults. The contestants get graded on different aspects of their lives: academics, athletics, services…. these are just a few of the fields taken into consideration.
These young woman have the opportunity to have fun, gain confidence and also make new friends. They have the opportunity to show off their talents, overcome shyness, learn life skills and become well rounded citizens. And most of all there is the opportunity to win scholarships in the advancement of their education.
Ahhhh, the lovely earthy scent produced by the rain or the morning dew, the buzzing of the bees and the many of shades of green enchanting the view. Who doesn’t like to be immersed into nature and fantasize about living in it?
If you are one of the many Americans that would love to buy raw land and build your dream home, let me help you with this complex but exciting task.
Make sure you take into consideration these details:
If you don’t have a preferred lender let me know and I can help with the perfect match.
Understand how the land can be used. Local government usually have established zoning regulations.
Call your local planning and zoning department and they will provide you with the information.
Check the island county webpage here
We will need to do some research and this will include things that can be forgotten: utilities.
You need to make sure to check if the lot has access to public utilities: electricity, sewer, gas, water etc.
Last but not least, make sure you do thorough and expansive research about home builders.
I would be more than happy to give my recommendations.
February 14th is traditionally known to be a day filled with flowers, chocolates and shared love stories. This year, instead of celebrating a customary Valentine’s Day, I commemorated a NEW event in my life, I became a US CITIZEN!
After living in the Unites States for nearly 14 years, last May I finally made the decision to apply for citizenship and make this country my official home.
I still remember the first time I landed in the United States. People were so warm and friendly, and I never felt uneasy or unwelcomed in this country. Needless to say, becoming a full fledged US citizen wasn’t a hard decision to make.
I checked in at the Homeland Security Office at 8:15 am. We, all the applicants, were grouped together, just waiting to be called for check in.
After check in, we went downstairs into the auditorium, where families and friends were already there, seated, waiting for us. Applicants seats were assigned and we were directed into our rows, eagerly awaiting for what was going to happen next.
The director of the Seattle Homeland Security office spoke to 76 applicants from 36 different countries who were waiting to be officially naturalized! When they called our country of origin we stood, and they told us that the next time we sat, it would be as Americans. We recited the Oath of Allegiance with our right hands raised in the air, watched and listened to President Trump’s message, and then sat as new American Citizens! Woot Woot!!!!
Did you know that the first pie recipe was published during the Roman Empire? Earlier pies were mainly meat pies and later on, during the 12th century in England, they evolved into a more modern pie resemblance.
These days we enjoy pies all over the world, and it is a staple dessert in America.
Today, January 23rd 2018, is National Pie Day and I decided to get my pie fix at Greenbank Farm.
I went to Whidbey Pie Cafe’, and let me tell you….this place is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If you’ve never been, now is the time to change that. From delicious coffee, sandwiches and soups, to pie galore you find a little bit of everything at Whidbey Pie Cafe. Local produce is used, along with coconut oil, fruits and berries from the Pacific Northwest.
Every holiday is an excuse for me to go ahead and order a pie from this local business. For you berry lovers, the marionberry pie is a must try! The caramel apple pie…. Oh My!
I hope that by the end of this post you are now eager to go grab a delicious pie 🙂
For more information http://www.whidbeypies.com/
Today, January 20th 2018, is National Cheese Lover Day!
I like to support local businesses, so I took this opportunity to visit one of my favorite places on the Island to shop for cheese and wine. Who doesn’t like this magical combination? 🙂
Cheese has such an interesting history, no one really knows when or where the first production started. There are a lot of references to cheese in Greek and Egyptian history. By the time of the Roman Empire, cheese was a widespread food and delicacy in Europe, and also in the Middle East.
Today we are blessed (….blessed if you enjoy this yumminess) to enjoy different varieties of cheese. From soft to hard, and savory to sweet, you are able to find what best suits your taste in most stores.
I went to Bayleaf, a local shop in the heart of Coupeville, and talked to Beth, the owner, about cheeses and their differences. It is the ultimate treat to shop for wine and other delicacies in the same place. The smell, and appetizing foods displayed on the shelves are inviting and alluring. If you were not hungry by the time you arrive here, you will be within a few minutes!
For more information visit https://www.bayleaf.us/