Country Coziness on the Eastside

Country Village, just north of Downtown Bothell on Hwy 527, is a delight this time of year. With the crispness in the air and the leaves turning, the atmosphere of this little bundle of shops and cafes scattered off flowered pathways lends a marvellous alternative to the hustle and bustle of most Seattle shopping (to say nothing of Bellevue Square!).
I stopped by for a spontaneous trip to Coffee Tyme, the only espresso cafe I know of that sells Oreos by the cookie instead of the package – at only a dime a cookie to boot!!! Two or three make the perfect accompaniment to a cappuccino when you are feeling just a little naughty.
While I was there, I ambled on over to my favorite soap and candle place, The Trimmed Wick. All candles are soy based, so they burn long and clean but don’t pollute your lungs with nasty petrochemicals. The soaps are non-toxic and all items are made by hand by the store owner. I hadn’t been in since early spring and my nostrils instantly picked up on the new fragrances that had been brought out for summer. My favorites – the Mayan Gold Bar, Dragon’s Tea, and lemongrass. Oh, how I adore the lemongrass!
With fall approaching, a pumpkin scent is being released and the debate over “Twigs and Berries” versus “Cider Spice” wages on at the website. Most scents that are available as soap are also available as a candle or lotion. I am told the owner will make a scent to your specifications if you request it (I’ve been meaning to challenge her with a discontinued perfume I have from ’93).
a sampling of what the Trimmed Wick has for you.

If candles and coffee aren’t your thing, there are antiques, wine tasting, glass-blowing, and a variety of home decor to peruse. Events at the Village are ongoing – this weekend brings with it the tail end of their Farmer’s Market (impressive for Bothell) along with a special Wine and Beer Fest (complete with music and German vittles) at the Courtyard Hall. The cynologist in the family will want to return for the Greyhound show and Adoption Expo on Saturday.
For more information on Country Village and a list of ongoing events throughout the holiday season, visit
Have an Oreo for me!

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