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Primrose Cobalt

It’s the start of Primrose season and as much as we all love the traditional primroses, there are literally 400-500 species of primrose to explore. Let’s start with this one:

Belarina Cobalt Blue is in the common primrose category, but features deep sapphire blue double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. It blooms from early spring to summer. You can plant it in a garden border, but I’d keep it close by in a container to better enjoy both the blooms and the scent. This primrose is easy to grow in sun to part shade, is hardy to -20 degrees, and tops out at 6-18″ tall. This is a patented variety and costs a bit more, but definitely worth the price.

Valentine’s Gnome Night


Andrea and Janet are back with another Gnome Night on Thursday, January 30th. This time around, they’ll be helping you create a gnome couple (or a couple of gnomes) that will make a perfect Valentine’s Day display.

This is a no worries, no-sew project and a whole lot of fun. All supplies are included, but you are welcome to bring along an old sweater that could be re-purposed into gnomewear.

Class starts at 7:00 p.m. and will last about an hour. Cost is $35 payable upon registration – you can save your place by giving us a call at 503-472-4923.

Point In Time Homeless Count


The nice folks at YCAP asked if I would pass this information along.

The nationwide Point-In-Time Homeless Count takes place annually on the last Wednesday in January. This year it will take place on January 29th, 2020. YCAP leads the Homeless Count for Yamhill County each year. This effort offers a snapshot of homelessness by recording the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night of the year. This event is critical for bringing in local funding for homeless services and service planning.

There are a variety of opportunities to participate in the Point-In-Time Homeless Count. Volunteers are essential to the success of the Homeless Count. Volunteer training is required for some volunteer roles to ensure safety. Training is offered by YCAP’s Client Services Department before the day of the Homeless Count.

If you are able to help, you can call 503-687-1492, email or visit the YCAP Website

Jazz Night

Jazz Night

Saturday, January 25th is the date for this year’s Jazz Night – an evening of music, food, and festivities. The MHS Jazz Band, the Twilighters, and other student ensembles will provide the entertainment, Rogue Gourmet Catering provides the dinner, and local businesses and organizations provide an assortment of auction items.

Jazz Night is the main fundraiser for the McMinnville Music Boosters and this event helps provide a large part of the funds for the Music programs throughout the McMinnville school district.

If you’d like to join us for this enjoyable evening, just click here to get tickets

Cards and Other Sales

It’s a new year and a new decade. I still haven’t gotten used to writing 2020 instead of 2019, but I’m sure I’ll get in the habit after a few more months. (And for some strange reason since the year started, I’ve been thinking a lot about Hugh Downs. But I digress…)

Through this Saturday, you can still get a jump on next Christmas by adding a few decorations to your collection. At 70% off the regular prices, you’re sure to find some that are just to good to pass up.

If you’ve been involved in most any kind of business, you know that January is inventory time. We just finished up with ours and discovered that we have more greeting cards than will comfortably fit in the card racks. So Rain has gathered up a bunch (in a variety of designs for a variety of occasions) and they can be yours for just a dollar each.

But wait, there’s more! Grab 10 and the price drops to 75¢ each.

But wait, there’s more! Get 20, and pay only 50¢ each.

You can stop waiting now, there’s nothing more…

Diffuse in Style

Customers have been asking and we can finally say, “Yes! We have diffuser jewelry!” Up at the front counter, you will find a new display of necklaces and bracelets that act not only as fashion accessories, but also hold drops of scented or essential oils. Absorbent lava rock beads are mixed with colorful stones in stretch bracelets, and felt discs are tucked inside a variety of locket style necklaces. Add just a few drops of your favorite oil and you will be able enjoy its aroma all day long. Fun fact: if you give our necklace display a twirl, it looks a lot like the ride at the fair with the spinning swings (minus the screaming and dangling feet).

Fresh from the Garden Flower Bouquet

This Saturday, July 27th, you’ll find Janet over at the McMinnville Community Garden sharing her expertise on flower arranging. As part of the garden’s ongoing education and outreach series, she’ll be demonstrating how to put together bouquets fresh from the garden and helping you do the same.

Drop by the garden to join the fun from 11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Minimum donation is just $5 (payable at the garden) and you get to take your bouquet home with you! The garden is located at 325 NE Burnett Road

Floral Design Day

You may not have heard of it on this side of the country, but February 28th is FLORAL DESIGN DAY (at least it is in Massachusetts). In 1995, Governor William F. Weld proclaimed in part…

WHEREAS Flowers and their design have been appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world since prehistoric times and…

WHEREAS Floral design is a unique art form, utilizing natural media and applying such variables as line, balance, color, foam density, aprons with or without embroidered logos, structure, symbolism, and Merlin Olsen and…

WHEREAS Through floral design, individuals are able to express many emotions including love, sympathy, friendship and hope, and…

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera until most everyone in the crowd had nodded off. 

So just how does one take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance? Here are a few of my suggestions:

Visit some flower shops. Compare and contrast the styles of floral designs and the materials used. How are they similar? How are they different? Write a 900 word essay, double spaced, on the difference between designs in independently owned flower shops and those seen in Hallmark movies.

Check out any flower shop web site other than Add hundreds of dollars of items to the shopping cart and then abandon it

Go to your local museum. Look for paintings containing flowers and floral art. Make remarks to anyone present about how your 4 year old preschooler could do better.

Send flowers to someone you love. Send flowers to someone you may not be close to. Give some flowers to your boss. Give some flowers to the boss of someone you may not be close to. Or not.

Take your local florist to lunch. Make sure you bring back a doggie bag with enough for everyone in the shop.

Buy some books with pictures of Floral Art. Color in them.

Try your hand at making a few floral designs yourself. Find an old Pepsi cooler. Secure a 5-year triple net lease and open your own shop.

Grab the ad in ShopLocal Magazine and come get a Free Flower Bouquet at Incahoots. 

Well, at least one of those may be a good idea.


Oh Baby!

Need a gift for a precious wee one, a promotion to big brother or a grandma-to-be? Wander through our shop and you will find a corner in the back dedicated to just this. Whether a special blankie or the perfect stuffed animal is called for, the only difficulty will be in choosing which one.

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker-poster-2018We still have tickets available for the 2018 production of Gallery Ballet’s The Nutcracker.Performances this year will be on Sunday and Monday, December 16th and 17th at 6:30 p.m. This is always a popular production so be sure to get your tickets soon.