[If you're just here for the contest and don't want to read my mushy post on being neighborly, feel free to skip to the bottom. You're welcome.]
I’ve been a bit more sentimental this year than in recent years. Maybe it’s the craziness that has been happening in our country over the past couple weeks, and maybe I’m just getting older and more emotionally extroverted. Maybe it’s both. Regardless, this story on Seattlepi.com warmed my heart.
Apparently there was a fire at a local animal hospital in Lake City (one that helped my cat when he was in need), and the neighboring Seattle Mini dealership took in the sick and displaced pets, so that the staff could focus on solving the immediate issues at hand. According to the article, the dealership is pet friendly and already had water and food dishes on the show floor. The four legged shoppers were welcomed in the building for about 2 hours while the hospital staff worked to find new facilities to house and take care of them. While this was a relatively small gesture (who doesn’t love being infiltrated by cute pets?!?), it was an extremely generous thing to do and is completely in the spirit of the season. Well done, Seattle Mini team! I applaud you. And, to the pet hospital staff, I hope everything resolves itself quickly.
Now, on to the second part of my musings… ’tis the season for last minute gifting! Are you a last minute shopper like me? Or, perhaps you are looking for a quick and easy quick that you can drop into a loved one’s stocking? Well, I have an idea for you. Consider giving a gift card for a local experience, like a massage.
Last weekend, I was invited to visit Massage Envy (I chose the Northgate location) as a “holiday ambassador” and to receive a free massage and experience the salon. While I was being treated to some peace and relaxation – Hi, Sarah! Fabulous job with the massage – I couldn’t help but think about how much I enjoy receiving “experiences” gifts rather than just “stuff” gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a nice sweater and a good bottle of wine, but there is just something about creating memories and getting out and enjoying an activity that is nothing short of heavenly.
The salon was very clean and surprisingly peaceful, despite being located in the mall. The staff was quite friendly. The rooms were cozy and the temperature was just right. They offer a range of massage options and provide facials as well. If you decide you want to be a regular, you can even join their “Wellness Plan.” For a monthly fee, you get one massage and “member pricing” on additional massages and services. Not a bad deal in my mind.
If you want more information about Massage Envy or are interested in picking up a gift card, they have quite a few locations around Seattle or you can order online.
OR, CONTEST!, you can comment below about your favorite last-minute gift suggestion. I’ll pick one commenter at random tomorrow morning, and Voila you win a Massage Envy gift card. Don’t forget to check back to see if you’ve won. One entry per person, thanks.