2020 is winding down and I'm glad to see it go. I hope this year (and this holiday season) is one of a kind and never gets repeated. We've endured a three-month government-ordered shutdown, ramped up our online business, implemented pickup and delivery options and private shopping appointments, and are practicing social distancing, sanitizing, mask-wearing, and above all, patience!
We love fun and busy sales events but now is not the time. Instead of Black Friday madness, we're opting for slow sales.
No rush. We're extending store hours so we can stave off crowds and keep shoppers to a minimum. Here's what's ahead:
From now through Cyber Monday: 15% off online purchases (except masks and gift cards) - use code HOLIDAY20
From now through the rest of the year: Free shipping to US addresses on orders over $25
From now through Nov 30th: 20% off all items (except masks and gift cards) and 30% off all shoes and boots
From now through the rest of the year: Free shipping to US addresses on orders over $25
Whether you buy gifts online or in-person, we will mail them free within the US, as long as the total is $25 or more.
Shop early! The post office is busy and we can't guarantee delivery times.
Stay safe and shop small!
It seems like every few days there are new rules and procedures for activities we've been doing on autopilot for years. Pumping gas, buying groceries, visiting friends--everything is different now.
We want you to enjoy a safe shopping experience on your terms so we've set up safety measures and lots of options to match your comfort level.
Regular shopping hours
When shopping in person, come to the store during our scheduled open hours (which we keep updated on our home page, front door, and facebook and Instagram pages).
Please comply with the Washington State mandate and wear a face covering. And wait for another day if you feel sick, have a cough, or a fever.
When you walk in to the store, please use the hand sanitizer we've provided inside the door. If you prefer to wear gloves, please put on a fresh pair when you come in so any surfaces you touch stay clean.
If you want to shop the whole store you can browse around and have fun while keeping a 6-foot distance from staff and other shoppers.
If you just want to buy face mask, hand sanitizer or other quick grab-n-go items, our staff will help you from our sanitized lobby. Or, if you are not comfortable shopping the whole store, we can help you from this area. Our sanitized lobby is an area of the store that we've blocked off. You'll see it as you walk in. It's a good place for us to help you shop from while keeping a 6-10 foot distance from you.
We sanitize our front door handles between every shopper and we currently allow only 4 customers in the store at a time. If you arrive and we are at max capacity, we will let you know so you can wait outside. We're limiting shopping to 30 minutes so you won't have to wait long.
If you want to try something on, you can! If you don’t buy it, we quarantine the item for a minimum of 24 hours before steam cleaning it and putting it back on the sales floor.
We have contactless payment options.
If you need anything else to feel comfortable shopping, do not hesitate to ask us! We want you to have fun and feel safe.
Private shopping hours
If you’d prefer to shop knowing you have the whole store to yourself, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a private shopping appointment before or after our regular hours. We can work out details to make sure you feel comfortable shopping. Please be on time, since we'll be coming in early (or staying late) just for you. You're a VIP!
Online shopping hours
Shop our ever-growing online store 24/7 at drizzleandshine.com.
When you buy something online you can choose the shipping or pick-up options. We are currently offering free shipping on purchases over $25.
For pick-up, plan to come to the store during our scheduled open hours. You can walk in and pick up your order or call us from outside and we can bring it to the front door for you. We have a passenger load zone right outside our front door and if you can pull up there we are happy to bring it to your car window.
Most importantly! Have fun and enjoy your shopping experience!
Our hope is that you've stayed well and are weathering these uncertain times. A special thanks to all of our loyal customers who have supported us by shopping online during the past few months. We've been closed since March 24th and it's been a challenge! The curbside pickup options have been nice. It's a treat to see people in person--something we've missed.
We're optimistic that the curve was flattened and police reform is happening. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and desperately want to see global changes. In the past, we've chosen NAACP, The Innocence Project, ACLU, and NW Immigrant Rights Projects as some of the nonprofits we support. When we open up in full swing, we will make BLM our nonprofit of the month.
For now, government guidelines allow us to open with limited services and some changes. We are starting with 2 shoppers in at a time, and we are limiting shopping to 30 minutes. Please wear face protection and use the hand sanitizer at the door when you arrive. We have contactless payment and we ask that you stay 6' away from others.
Not quite ready to shop in the store? No worries! We still have our lobby cordoned off so you can pick up orders or get some grab and go items (like masks, hand sanitizer, and lotion). Our online store is going strong, and we have free shipping for orders over $25.
Our store hours are limited and growing week by week. Please check out our website home page for the latest hours. And feel free to email us for a private shopping appointment if you have a specific time in mind or prefer to shop alone.
Shopping may seem frivolous, but getting back to normal is important for our wellbeing. We have summer items, work-at-home essentials, and chocolate bars if you need cheering up.
We hope to see you soon!
We're happy to announce that we are offering curbside pickup.
You can order online and choose to have us take your order to you on the sidewalk or in your car. You're also welcome, one at a time, to come into the lobby for pickups and grab-n-go items. We have a new selection of sanitizing spray, hand sanitizers, laundry soaps, and hand lotions, as well as a few other goodies for quick purchase.
Unprecedented global events have impacted every one of us in ways we could never image. The staff at Drizzle & Shine are healthy during this hiatus, and we hope you are as well. We experienced slowing sales through out March 2020 and followed government guidelines to close on March 24th.
We are fortunate that a lot of our customers are still supporting us by visiting our online store (which is ever-growing, and has free shipping).
Sadly, we didn't get a Seattle business grant, even though we qualified. Over 9000 businesses applied for a mere 250 coveted grants, which were handed out in a lottery. Our PPP loan didn't go through either before the $249 billion government stimulus money ran out. So we really are surviving because of our customers. Thank you!
This week marks both Earth Day and the 7th anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, where over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh lost their lives. So it's an important time to reflect on why Drizzle & Shine exists. We want to promote sustainable, ethical fashion that is kind to animals, earth, and people. It's easy to lose sight of that in trying times.
We will get through this
We miss you and the fun daily interactions we have with all of our like-minded customers. Please stay safe. Know that we are thinking of you, and that soon, we can pick up the pieces and meet again to chat about vegan fashion
These are interesting times. We hope you're staying safe and healthy. That’s always top priority. I've made sure my staff is healthy and comfortable being at work and, with their blessing, we are open for business as usual. Common sense prevails. Wash your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you're sick, don't go out and shop.
That said, it's been a rough few weeks. Small businesses rely on daily customers. Winter is normally slow and we look forward to spring, when we stop operating in a deficit. So far this March, we've sold what we usually sell in a day. So I'm asking you to consider calling in and buying a gift card. They don't expire and we will give you an extra $10 gift certificate with every gift card purchase of $50 or more. We value our loyal customers. Thank you!
Call us during business hours at 206-329-9274 and we can take a phone payment and mail you the card or hold it in the store for you.
Monday to Friday 11-7
Join us all month long for our shoe sale! We're taking 20% off all shoes--even sale items. All shorts are also on sale so we can make room for fall merchandise. See you at the store!
On Thursday, August 8th, we're taking part in the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Join us from 5 - 8 pm to see paintings by local artist Rebecca Bush. She will be offering tarot readings too. Don't miss it!
It's hard to believe that we've been open for three years. When we first opened, customers warned us that the first year would be the toughest. At the one-year mark, people started saying the first *three years* were hard. And here we are.
We are so lucky to have amazing customers who support us, who spread the word, and who believe in the store's mission. As the owner, I can say I'm equally grateful to have amazing employees who are passionate about bringing vegan eco goods to Seattle. Two of my staff members have worked in the store for all three years--an incredible commitment! I wouldn't be here without them.
We've lost a few brands, as businesses close or change direction, but we've found amazing new brands too. And to this day, our best selling lines continue to grace the shelves. We have a lot of wonderful brands. Ethletics, Armed Angels, Synergy, Nomads, and Crystalyn Kae are customer and staff favorites.
Come on by this weekend (May 18th and 19th) to help us celebrate three years. We'll have sales and snacks as a thank you to you!
Happy New Year!
We're off to a great start. We have new items in store for winter, including cozy socks, down-free puffy jackets, and denim--all for men and women.
Our nonprofit of the month is the Northwest Innocence Project, an organization that provides legal support to wrongfully convicted people.
Retail is slow in January That's why it was disappointing to hear that our power will be shut off on Sunday, January 13th for maintenance. We will be closed that day. We are normally open 7 days a week because every sale counts. So to offset this zero sale day, we're having a Power to the People sale! This Saturday only (January 12th), everything will be 15% off and we'll donate 10% of all sales to the Northwest Innocence Project. So come on by! Thank you and we for your support!
And stay tuned for more fun events in February (such as a visit from some special bunnies).
It's fall. The leaves are turning colors, and the days are getting colder and shorter. It seems to be a lot of people's favorite season. In the store, we're enjoying sweater weather. We have a lot of cozy, wool-free sweaters and ponchos. Our Save the Duck jackets are selling fast, and new scarves and hats are arriving weekly.
What else is going on?
On November 15th, we're having a Vegan Appreciation Night. We're open late and open to all. Come in for sales and snacks and to get a head start on holiday shopping.
We are closed Thanksgiving Day. We will have Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales. And a portion of all sales this month will go to the Bittersweet Autism Foundation.
See you soon!
Keep up with what's going on at the store.