Sip and Ship in Ballard Much More than a Mailing Store

Sit and Sip, BallardThere are a lot of Kinko’s/Fed Ex stores all over, but not as many as you would think.  One reason that’s so is that Seattle is nothing if not individualistic, in a community-minded sort of way, and the bland and business oriented atmosphere of the K/FedEx stores does not really fit in that well with the more human and certainly coffee centered culture that our urban village embodies.

Seattle’s answer is Sip and Ship.  You can tell the difference right away, my first clue was the slightly brusque and long-suffering attitude of the clerks in Kinko’s vs. the bright and “I’m on it!” way in which the Sip and Ship people approached my needs.  Probably has something to do with the owner standing right there and helping customers along with his staff.  It certainly doesn’t hurt to have a full espresso counter with barista, plentiful tables, stairs up to another level with more tables and a play area that overlooks the main store, and trendy fun gift and incidental items arrayed invitingly about to take your mind away for just that vital second from pure business.  For those that find stress relief in a spot of shopping, sometimes merely a card to send a friend will suffice, and there’s your hunting/gathering instinct satisfied for the day.  Not to mention all the vital items you might need when you set out to mail, like pens, paper, stickers, envelopes, tape and more.  And it’s notable that the espresso is made from organic, farm-direct, locally roasted beans.

Sip and Ship has two locations, the one here in Ballard on NW Main Street and another in Greenwood, equally well set-up and satisfactory.  The wifi is free, too!

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, 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 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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