Laura Bee’s Designer Handbags in Ballard’s Loyal Heights

Laura Bee goodiesTruly a one-of-a-kind, Laura Bee’s has been a neighborhood shop at the corner of Ballard’s NW 18th Avenue and 65th Street NW for nine years.  But her loyal customers come from all over the city and Birds to add to your designed wearable artbeyond.  To understand why it’s important to note that the handbags designed and created by Laura and the dedicated staff are just the beginning.  A large part of Design your own unique wearable art at Laura Bee'sthe establishment is devoted to fabrics, handle choices, added buttons and other stuff, and you can go in there and chose your own everything!  What you have then is a one-of-a-kind design Gifts and goodies abound at Laura Bee's Handbags in Ballardevent… and you are the designer!  Once you make your choices the staff will put the handbag together.  For a basic of $88 up to about $150 for adding every possible option, you have a fashion statement only yours.  And for your favorite Seattle-brand fashionista, why not give her a gift certificate to go make one?  Or make one for her!  And there’s a selection of items you can put photos on.  I thought of a fun one when you remodel your home, get two pillows made, one with the photo of the original house and the other with the remodel pictured, and put them at Laura Bee in the shopopposite ends of the sofa.  Laura told me they have done several architectural designs on those throw pillows, which end up being pretty fascinating.

But it doesn’t stop there as the gift selection is fun, fun, fun, and it’s hard to choose from the spiffy selections of jewelry, key rings, scarves, cards, and so on.   I’ve tried to capture the lighthearted atmosphere in a few photos, but I know you’ll want to go see for yourself, and visit Laura’s Website and Blog as well.  And hey, 39 5-star reviews on Yelp!

Laura loves having the store in a neighborhood rather than Laura Bee Bags displayed in her shopdown on Market Street where so many of the Ballard favorite boutiques crowd together, in what ends up being a straight line.  I love shopping on NW Market but I do see what she means.  During her 9 years at this location she has met little babies that have grown up into big happy kids.  They came in to chose their first wallet to put their allowance in, and to get Mom something special for Mother’s Day, and when their cousin got married for the right hair ornament, and innumerable times with Mom while she indulged her Laura Bee addiction.  Speaking of which, be careful, because the first time you walk in here, I predict you’ll be hooked for life.

assortment of buttons and collectables to use on your bag design

About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at SeattlePowerSearch.com, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the process...now Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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