Watercolor calligraphy by Carly Allred Studio
Thank you so much for hopping on to the “Month of Love” Online Valentine Pop-up Shop! Shop these great products from local, When in Tri-cities selected vendors now through Valentine’s Day! Shop anytime –in your pjs if you like, we won’t judge! I wanted to give you a chance to get to know these shop owners a little more personally and so I asked each of them what their favorite Valentine treat is, to share a favorite love quote or chick flick and how they put love into their business! Read below to find out what Marcie and I have in common!
It is so important to shop locally! When you support a local shop, you are helping your neighbors! Often, these shop owners are mothers and grandmothers who are earning a secondary income for their families while following their dreams! Let’s show them some love and give them a follow! From Heather who makes adorable bath bombs in loving memory of her mother to Naomia who makes sweet shirts and donates a portion of her proceeds to help victims of trafficking, there is a lot of love being shared between these boss babes! Follow me along on Instagram @whenintricities for more of my favorites!
Angela Johnson Photography
Angela’s favorite dessert is White Chocolate and Strawberry Limited Edition Truffles by Lindt. Her favorite romantic comedy is “Something’s Gotta Give” and she loves the quote, “Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze,” Elinor Glyn. Angela says, “I’m in the business of love because every single encounter with a client is the beginning or strengthening of our friendship. From their engagement to their wedding, to the arrival of their first baby to their baby’s milestones and more family memories, I’m always happy to be there with them, capturing those moments!”
Angela Johnson Photography is having a special on her wedding packages and engagement photos when you book in February! Wedding collection photos start at $1,499 and Couples Minis at $129! Angelajohnsonphotography.com, Instagram @angelajohnsonphotography
Carly Allred Studio
Carly’s favorite Valentine treat is chocolate but only “when it’s the good, expensive and delicious stuff!” She also likes to make her own coconut nice cream and pour Virgil’s Zero Root Beer over it for a killer root beer float! She likes the movie “Mean Girls.”
Carly believes that a high quality item communicates love to her clients; she loves to create items that are the mouthpiece of her commitment to excellence. Her shop is made completely of items that she designed and crafted herself! Nearly every piece is done start to finish by hand. Her goal is to make her customers feel spoiled! Carlyallred.com, Instagram @carlyallredstudio
KRISanthemums, Kris Bennett
Kris loves dark chocolate for her Valentine dessert! She lives by the quote “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” Each unique flower design is made only when ordered and Kris uses seasonal, quality flowers. She includes an organic garden element in each original design.
Marcie Koch Designs
Marcie calls homemade sugar cookies a “labor of love” and they are her favorite Valentine treat! Just like me, she loves the movie “Hope Floats” and also like me – it was the movie she’d watch on her VCR in college when she was having a bad day! What a coincidence! Marcie loves creating and hopes that love shines through in the things she makes for your home!
Marcie is promoting her Valentine signs, “I love you more than tacos!” and cards at 509 Farmhouse in downtown Kennewick. Also, she sells felt heart garlands and hand lettered, hand painted welcome mats. Etsy.com/shop/marciekochdesigns, Instagram @marciekochdesigns
Miranda loves the traditional Valentine box of mixed chocolates. “I don’t know what it is, the fun of biting into one of those chocolates from a heart shaped box or the fact that I can eat a whole box in one sitting!” “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get!” Her favorite romantic movie is “P.S. I Love You.” She says it’s a beautiful portrayal of how life still goes on even after we lose those we love in life.
Miranda appreciates every one of her customers. She enjoys putting love into her business by adding details like a thank you note or a little gift with each order. She loves seeing how her customers style their order. Modas.stevierep.com, Instagram @shopit_shopstevie
Naomia May, Journey to Mrs. Washington
Naomia loves anything that has everything to do with chocolate! She says, “It doesn’t matter what it is, if it has chocolate in it, I’m down!” Her favorite love saying is, “I love you more!” She says, “We literally say this around our house all the time. It’s almost a competition who can say it the most!”
Naomia makes her products herself with “love, sweat and iron burns.” 20% of all proceeds go to Mirror Ministries to help victims of human trafficking. Queendom is about loving the little things and who you are, no matter the scars or burdens each of us carry every day. Queendomclothing.org, Instagram @naomiamay; Photography @the_blackiris
Udabomb Bath Bombs, Heather Quigley
Heather describes herself as a “sucker for cake.” She and her husband have started eating paleo, so she has to forget about her love for cupcakes for a while! Thankfully, she makes calorie free bath bomb cupcakes! So she can enjoy her cupcakes in the bath! She loves the quote, “I love you more than the human heart can love.”
Her love for her mother, who passed away from cancer inspires her business. “When my dad was alive, he ran a bath for her every night to keep her comfortable during her treatment. He would write notes on styrofoam plates for her and put rose petals in her bath. We were her caregivers in the end, and making bath bombs has become therapy for me.”
Heather puts love into every bath bomb as everything she does is inspired by the loving memory of her mother. Udabomb Bath Bombs deliver to the Tri-Cities. Etsy.com/shop/UDABOMBBATHBOMBS, Instagram @udabomb_bath_bombs