Celebrating Nova

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Anyone who’s been in the shop – over the last 9 years – has probably encountered Nova, she’s the heart and soul of our shop, the very definition of re-souL. Nova came to us right out of college with serious ambition and a mid-west mindset. Turns out, that was the very thing re-souL needed. Nova, for nearly a decade, has set the pace, defined the company and won the hearts of our customers, too many to count.

With a heavy heart, today we announce that Nova is moving on. She and her fiancé Nick are taking their talents to Lopez Island (Washington) to pursue their dream. They are opening a restaurant on Lopez called Ursa Minor! They are on track to open next month.

Many of you have talked with Nova on the phone, met with her in the shop, or know her from other experiences – but let’s just say that no one has ever experienced personal¬†service the way that only Nova can deliver. We ask, have you ever received better honest service from a retailer – ever- than Nova? We didn’t think so.

What you may not know is that Nova has also been the driving force behind our website, our marketing, our social media and everywhere you experience re-souL. Not a single image gets to you without Nova’s approval. So if you’re a fan of our website, our blog, our Facebook, our Instagram, google+, or whatever…. you can thank her for making it happen.

Please know that while the staff at re-souL will miss Nova dearly, we will strive to provide the superior service that makes re-souL famous. Legh, Maggie, Margaret, and Katie have everything it takes. We are fortunate that Nova will still be helping out behind the scenes from time to time while we go through this transition.

Nova’s last day in the shop is Thursday, March 30th. Please consider taking a moment to stop by and wish Nova the best in her new venture.

We love you, Nova! Your hard work and dedication¬†were an integral¬†part of our team and the growth of re-souL. As you turn the page in your life’s story,¬†we join together in wishing you every success¬†in your new endeavor, Ursa Minor!

If you would like to learn more about Ursa Minor on Lopez Island, click here.¬†Follow Ursa Minor’s Instagram¬†account¬†to see the progress they are making for the opening.

 

 

 

Weekend Clothing Drive for YouthCare

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A homeless youth is styled for a future interview.

Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This will be our second year partnering with YouthCare. In addition to donating 5% of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off a weekend clothing and shoe drive to help collect needed items for homeless youth.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people throughout the city. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

‚ÄĘ 35,000¬†students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2014-2015¬†school year, a 9% increase over 2013-2014

‚ÄĘ 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2015:

‚ÄĘ Nearly 900 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare‚Äôs James W. Ray Orion Center.

‚ÄĘ 426¬†young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, including 249 in YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. 45% of exiting youth entered into¬†improved housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 153 young people were housed in YouthCare’s¬†transitional living programs, with 62% exiting into more stable housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 252 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities, and¬†417 worked towards their goals with case managers.

‚ÄĘ 81% of youth ages 12-17 in crisis through Safe Place were found a safe housing situation for the night.

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Shoe Drive for YouthCare

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Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This year re-souL has partnered with YouthCare. In addition to donating a portion of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off our shoe drive to help collect shoes for homeless youth in need.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people living on the streets. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

‚ÄĘ 32,494 students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2013-2014 school year.

‚ÄĘ 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2014:

‚ÄĘ Nearly 1,400 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare‚Äôs James W. Ray Orion Center.

‚Äʬ†572 young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, with nearly 2/3 exiting into improved housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 164 young people were housed in YouthCare’s¬†transitional living programs, with over 60% exiting into more stable housing situations.

‚ÄĘ 310 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities.

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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 Рdesigned in Seattle and made in Italy Рlooks 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

3 Carry-all Canvas Bags for Men

Men’s bags have come a long way. “Man-bag” stigma no more, it is perfectly acceptable for gentlemen to carry bags. With the busy lives we all lead and the¬†ability¬†to¬†work from anywhere (thanks to technology), bags are a necessary item in a busy man’s life. So let us show you 3 different lightweight styles that are perfect for¬†hauling your gear around town.

The Duffle
We not only like this old school style because of its practicality, but its functionality as well. This Owen & Fred duffle is the perfect weekender or gym bag. Rugged enough to carry all your stuff, ample space, and handsome enough for everyday use. Speaking of handsome, have you seen the coordinating Dopp kit? It’s awesome, right?

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The Tote
Sometimes the most functional bag is a simple tote. But not just any tote will do. This Winter Session “Garrison” bag is handmade in Colorado with coated canvas and natural leather straps. Carry your water bottle, files, and laptop in a convenient carry-all. It’ll look good on you!

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Book Bag
Lightweight and minimal, this new book bag from Poketo is the perfect solution to when you just need to carry a book, a tablet or a magazine to read. Throw in your wallet, phone and keys and you have an awesome commuter bag. Man bag? Um, yes. But don’t worry, it’s still manly.

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Want to see more?  Check out our re-souL accessories page here. Have a great week!

Image credits: Owen & Fred, Winter Session, Poketo

Shoe Mood: Shades of Gold

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Hello! We hope you are off to a nice week. We here at re-souL are in the mood for metallics in gold, platinum and rose gold. June is the time for graduations, weddings and of course,  the start of summer. A fun way to add some glitz and glamour to your wardrobe is with of course, metallics! They are neutral and can be worn with everything. Dress them up or down, have fun with some gold shine on your feet. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week! All styles available at resoul.com.