5+ reasons to visit re-souL

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Exciting news at re-souL! We’ve been busy at the shop and want to tell you all about our upcoming holiday plans. November brings us one step closer to the busy shopping season and we want to give you reasons to stop by, check the website and join the fun. Exclusive items, special events and more are on the agenda. Hope to see you in Ballard soon!

First off, the Fall re-souL collection – designed in Seattle and made in Italy – arrived, it looks great and fits well! Our exclusive house brand is comprised of everyday boots and loafers in simple versatile colors. SHOP NOW >

Mark your calendar for the fun events coming up here in Ballard. During the month of November, kids (and the young at heart) can participate in the Tomte Trail, something of a scavenger hunt around Ballard with prizes for participants.

Also, this holiday season, re-souL will have the pleasure of hosting two very special events in collaboration with two of our favorite vendors: Chris Chase of Otterwax, and Iris Guy Sofer, local jewelry designer.

Read on for more details…


Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Come to Ballard and follow the trail of the Jul-Tomte as he searches Ballard for his beloved bowl of buttered rice pudding. Check out 25 participating local businesses, including us, and see if you can find the tiny Tomte! To start your Tomte adventure, stop into re-souL to pick up your Tomte Trail passport.

Don’t forget to bring your completed passport to the Ballard Holiday Fest at Bergen Place Park on November 26th to collect your prize!

Santa’s coming to Ballard

Speaking of The Ballard Holiday Fest, the celebration is November 26th between 3-5pm. Participate in all the fun holiday activities at Bergen Place Park: get your photo taken with Santa, listen to live music and don’t forget to turn in your Tomte Trail Map to win prizes! Plus enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn while shopping along the festively lit avenue. 


Shoe Care Happy Hour with Otterwax

Shoe Care Happy Hour

Join us Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otterwax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otterwax products. Enter for a chance to win an Otterwax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come by the event. We’d love to see you!


Ballard Gives Black Friday

Ballard Gives Black Friday

The “Shop Local” mentality is alive and well here in Ballard! We hope you’ll join us in our own version of Black Friday. Many Ballard area businesses are promoting the “Ballard Gives” Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. No “doorbusters” here but instead, a more socially conscious effort. Local businesses are partnering with local non-profits to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization of their choice.

This year on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25thre-souL will donate 5% of the day’s sales to YouthCareYouthCare helps homeless youth gain confidence and self-sufficiency through outreach, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Please join us in support of this local non-profit organization, making big differences in the lives of our youth. 

CLOTHING AND SHOE DRIVE:

During the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be accepting donations on behalf of YouthCare. Help homeless young people feel ready for school or job interviews. Bring new or gently worn clothes to the shop, and we’ll donate them to YouthCare for you. Drive ends November 27th.


Iris Guy Designs Trunk Show

Jewelry Trunk Show

Friday December 9th, we will be hosting a trunk show and party in honor of jewelry designer Iris Guy Sofer. Iris will be moving back to Israel to be with her family, and we wanted to take this opportunity to host an exhibition of her original designs, old and new! Come by anytime during the day to check out Iris’s wide range of jewelry designs, and meet Iris at the shop between 5-8pm (5319 Ballard Ave NW).


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with your friends and family. Thank you so much for being a part of our re-souL community. We are continually grateful for YOU! Stop by the shop when you’re in the neighborhood and say hi! We’d love to see you!

XOXO,

Maggie, Legh, Nova, Margaret & Katie

5 reasons to visit re-souL

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Hello!

We have so much to tell you! It’s already November and we’ve been so busy getting ready for the holiday season, we thought we should catch you up!

Maybe you have noticed our new look? We recently launched a new website that is better suited to your mobile life. We have designed a website that is clean, inviting, and still easy to navigate. The New Arrivals section is now on the homepage and updates in real time, so you won’t miss out on your favorite things.

Change is never easy, but often inevitable. We thought it was time for a new logo, one that was more cohesive with our brand. Our new shop logo is a better representation of the high quality products that you’ve known to expect from re-souL. Feel free to stop by and have a look, tell us what you think!

We hope to see you during the holiday season. Thanks again for being a part of our re-souL community.

XOXO,
Maggie, Legh, Nova, Margaret & Katie


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the re-souL collection

Our exclusive house brand – designed in Seattle and made in Italy – looks great for Fall. We have a collection of all new oxfords, loafers and flats, each in a handful of beautiful colors. In stock and online, check them out now! SHOP NOW >


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Ballard Gives Black Friday

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH, continuing the Ballard tradition, select Ballard merchants will be giving back to their community. This year, re-souL will pledge a portion of the day’s sales to YouthCare. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. YouthCare aims to help homeless youth gain confidence and self-sufficiency though outreach, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

SHOE DRIVE: Friday will also be the kick-off of our shoe drive. Help homeless young people feel ready for school or job interviews. Bring new or gently worn shoes to the shop, and we’ll donate them to YouthCare for you.

Shoe drive ends December 31st.


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Jewelry Trunk Show

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH, 5-8PM we are hosting local jewelry artist, Iris Guy Sofer for a trunk show. Iris is constantly creating new pieces, so this is a great opportunity to see the largest collection of her work, inluding many of her newest designs. Pick one up for yourself or your sweetie! Join us at the shop (5319 Ballard Ave NW) for a fun evening of jewelry, treats, sips and shopping!


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Santa’s coming to Ballard

The Ballard Holiday Celebration is DECEMBER 6TH! Bring the kids down to Marvin’s Garden between 2-5pm for a fun afternoon of food and drink, shopping and prizes! Get your photo taken with Santa, and join in on the Tomte Trail by finding Nordic elves hidden in participating shops!

Image credits: Legh Burns, Stock Snap, Iris Guy Sofer

SAVE THE DATES: Holidays in Ballard

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS in BALLARD

 

BALLARD GIVES BLACK – November 28th, 2014

Now in it’s second year, Ballard Gives Black Friday is an event conceived by local merchants in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The event occurs on the day after Thanksgiving but instead of long lines, doorbuster deals and crowded parking lots, Ballard retailers welcome shoppers to a different experience; keeping it local. Participating merchants pledge a percentage of the day’s business to a local non-profit as a way of encouraging community, letting shoppers know that more of their hard-earned shopping dollars stay in the community when you shop local.

SHOP SMALL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – November 29th, 2014

Shop Small Saturday encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. Join the revolution, get out and Shop Small on November 29th and make an impact in your neighborhood.

OPEN LATE THURSDAYS -December 4, December 11, December 18

Many Ballard Shops are open late on Thursdays in December, including us! We’re actually open until 8pm Monday thru Saturday, for your shopping convenience. December is the perfect time to shop Ballard after dark with the streets are all lit up with twinkly lights.

For other Ballard neighborhood events, check out the Ballard Chamber or MyBallard.

Hope to see you this holiday season!

XO — team re-souL

Ballard Gives Black Friday: Skate Like A Girl

This year, re-souL will partner with Skate Like a Girl for Ballard Gives Black Friday and we are pledging a percentage of our sales for Friday November 28th to the organization.

We’re guessing very few readers know that re-souL co-owner Legh is a life-long skateboarder and 2 years ago founded the Ballard Thrashers Skateboard Club as a way to keep his son and all the friends together during the summer months. After 2 full summers of Saturday Skateboard Club, in 2014 Legh partnered with a local non-profit Skate Like a Girl to produce an after school skateboard team for kids.

This connection brought professional skateboarder Kristin Ebeling on as skate coach as well as a team of certified skateboard instructors to help the Ballard Thrashers take their skills to a whole new level. Kristin’s skate coaching philosophy focuses not only on tricks and skills, but values such as leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship.

We’d like to recognize them not only for their talent as an organization but also as individuals. We think they’re rad. So let us introduce you to Skate Like a Girl superstars Kristin Ebeling and Jasmin Kwan.

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Jasmin Kwan and Kristin Ebeling wearing boots and shoes from Kudeta.

Name: Kristin Ebeling (Seattle Chapter Director)
Sponsors: Evo, Meow Skateboards & The Skate Witches
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Regular or Goofy: Goofy
Favorite Food: Anything (our friend) Marshall or my mom makes!
 
Name: Jasmin Kwan (Development Director)
Sponsors: Nancy Chang (our board chair) telling me I can do whatever I want.
Hometown: Kent, WA
Regular or Goofy: Goofy
Favorite Food: Tater tots or Indian buffet.

 

How long have you been skateboarding and how did you get started?

JK: I first started when I was about 15, but I was also a competitive gymnast – I had to lie about how I got hurt (while skating). And basically had to hide it, as if it were a sketchy boyfriend or something. So I pretty much took a hiatus from 16 to 23 years old.

KE: I started at age 12. I played football with the boys at recess, so naturally when they picked up skateboards, I did too. I was also inspired by Elissa Steamer’s character on the Tony Hawk’s pro skater video games. I thought, “if she’s skating, so can I.” I liked that she wasn’t too girly. I could relate to that.

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How did you get connected to the Skate Like a Girl organization?

JK: My first Skate Like a Girl clinic was in 2006 at the Sustainable Ballard Festival hosted at the Ballard Bowl. I remember Kristin teaching me how to do kick turns and pumping. But I wasn’t involved again until September of 2013, when I cold called the number online to say I was throwing a benefit concert. Nancy was skeptical, but eventually agreed to meet when she knew I was serious. The show raised $7k, which was a major funding push for the year. I was brought on in May as the ‘Development Director,’ so I quit my day job and devoted all of my energy towards evolving Skate Like a Girl. (Next benefit show is coming up! January 16th at the Vera Project!!)

KE: I “met” Skate Like a Girl when I was 17. I heard about an all girls skate competition they were throwing, so I decided to check it out. At that point I was an accomplished skater of 5 years, but hadn’t really skated with another gal before. My jaw dropped as I saw a girl ollie the 8 stair when I walked up. Beyond that, I was stoked to see a woman (Nancy Chang) on the microphone announcing, as well as other ladies filming and taking photos. I was so inspired by the energy, I decided I wanted to be a part of the crew immediately. From that point, I began volunteering at clinics and events. The rest is history!

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Can you tell us in your own words what Skate Like a Girl represents to you?

JK: Skate Like a Girl represents a revolution happening in skateboarding culture. We’re moving away from the male-dominated, ‘skate as wild as you can’ scene, and towards a more diverse demographic. We have moms wanting to learn how to skate because their kids are doing it – that pretty much speaks for itself. We are changing the stigmas that come with doing something ‘like a girl,’ and I love that.

KE: Skate Like a Girl represents the future of skateboarding. We are constantly pushing the “norms” of who can participate in skateboarding, and how people learn to skate.

Where do you think Skate Like a Girl is going? 5 years? 10 years?

JK: My utopian vision is to have our own covered skate space with a foam pit! Realistically though, capacity building in our existing chapters and expanding to different cities nationwide (or worldwide). I really believe that we are changing skateboarding culture in our communities and in the media – people will start to connect our mission with the changes they’re seeing in the coming years.

KE: Skate Like a Girl is going in whatever direction is needed from our local communities. We essentially build our programs based off of people saying, “hey this would be a good idea.” My personal hope is that we can open up our own all-weather skate facility and create a youth skateboarding league within the next 5 years. Within the next 10 years, I would hope we could expand to some new cities, while continuing to create gender equity within skateboarding. It would be great to be able to say that 50% of all skaters in Seattle are female. This would not only be rad to me personally, but would allow for tremendous growth for our local skate shops & other businesses.

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The girls striking a pose. Jasmin is wearing the re-souL “Buffy” and Krisitn is wearing the Coclico “Dore”

 

Name one or more of your favorite female skateboarders and what about them do you like:

JK: Sky, she’s now 6 years old. I like her because she TOTALLY RIPS! See for yourself: http://girlskateuk.com/2014/10/20/6-yr-old-sky-from-california-absolutely-rips/

KE: I’m going to have to go with Lacey Baker. She – hands down – has the best style, and is such a humble person as well. She also has a degree in graphic design and has done some rad work for Meow Skateboards. Oh yeah, she won x games this past summer.

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So, when you’re not skateboarding, tell us about a favorite outfit you like to rock, what’s your style?

JK: I’d say it’s pretty country Western Mad Max meets 70s glam with lazy punk rock boarder chick accents. My favorite ‘fancy’ outfit at the moment is my 70s blue/purple paisley shirt dress with grape colored Jeffrey Campbell Litas. Top that with a faux fur coat OR black motorcycle jacket to break the cold Seattle breeze. My hair also happens to be a random bright color at any given moment.

KE: I’ve been really into jumpers & floral print lately. I would describe my style as basically taking one feminine piece, like a jumper or dress, then throwing in a punk/skate inspired jacket, along with some badass boots or beat up converse. I also throw a little flare with a five panel hat, and some vintage inspired jewelry.

Pink or Orange?  

JK: My helmet is orange, but I am not afraid of some HOT pink.
KE: Orange, Go [Ballard] THRASHERS!

Shopping or Drinking?  

JK: Antique malls and craft beer.
KE: Thrift stores & dive bars.

Tony Hawk or Tony Alva?

JK: Da Hawk.
KE: Birdman all day!