Whew, Spring Again!

March flew past, in like a lion and out like a lion, too.  Our annual March Madness event is over again until next year.  If you missed it – that’s when the store is being re-filled with fantastic new product ordered in January.  We get so excited about it all we give stuff away every week!  Yeah, it’s crazy, but so much fun…


Here’s a new product we’re pretty excited about. (Gonna be a hit for Father’s Day in June.)

OLIVINA MEN: a new line of body care made with all natural ingredients.

This from their catalog:



The stuff you put on your body shouldn’t be.

The inspiration behind OLIVINA MEN is the tradition of the craft cocktail.  A seasoned bartender creates a well-informed fusion of fresh and natural ingredients that results in a product that consistently exceeds expectations.”


The fragrances?  Bourbon Cedar, Juniper Tonic, Ginger Beer 


Construction on “A” Street, Downtown Tacoma


STphotoWe’ve successfully navigated a full week of construction on our street.  Most of our fears of the unexpected didn’t amount to anything.  Parking is still available on the Watermark side of the street, access to the store is just as easy as ever, and only the noise level has been somewhat of a burden.  It seems that our 100 year old sewer lines needed to be replaced.  And rumor has it that the sewers in Tacoma are some of the oldest in the state… Who would have guessed that?

So… even though parking is a bit less available,  customers are finding their way in with little problem.  So don’t hesitate to visit.

And if you have a chance before they’re gone– the original red bricks from the old street, long buried under the newer roadway, are visible right now.

Spring? Spring? Are you there?

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Well, maybe not quite. But I saw my first robin today. Actually 3 of them – not worried a bit about the rain pouring and dripping through my plum tree.

Here at the shop spring seems to be well underway. We’ve been wading through the stacks of boxes being delivered every day. Who ordered all this stuff anyway?  Oh… guess it was me. Pat’s doing her best making new displays and trying to fit in the new goods. But just as one area is finished, a new shipment arrives and she has to find somewhere to house even more. For us, this barrage of products happens twice each year, spring and fall. But spring is my favorite. The days are getting longer and warmer. Soon we’ll be able to turn off the heat and open the door! More sun is sure to arrive soon. Spring bulbs are up and the Daffodil Festival is happening.  And the robins are here again.

Las Vegas Gift Show

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January 2014, Las Vegas Gift Show

The Las Vegas Gift Show in January of 2014 was successful and worth the trip. My right hand employee, Pat, and I spent three days scoping out new and exciting merchandise. We found a great line of affordable jewelry, called Embellish, felted wool birdhouses, good for t he environment and birds too, and fabulous outdoor candles for summertime. The Las Vegas show offered more than Seattle. I have also been to the San Francisco show in the past, but last time I visited, there simply wasn’t as much available and many vendors mentioned that the Vegas show was growing in size.  There wasn’t much time for any of the typical Las Vegas pastimes, but I didn’t mind. By the end of the third day, we were exhausted, but quite sure that we would return next year or visit Dallas–I’ve heard their show is worth the trip as well.

Welcome to the Watermark Blog

1_TopLeftWe have just finished our new and improved website, watermarkgifts.com. The blog is our next big adventure. Stay tuned as Pat and I keep you abreast of what is happening with cards, gifts, downtown Tacoma and retail news. We hope you will read and visit us often.