Thursday, September 27, 2007


Today I am grateful for:

  • An amazing, talented team who are open to growth, and seek to say yes as much as humanly possible;
  • Warm, funny guests who appreciate our amazing team referenced above;
  • A working dryer at home, since the one at work doesn't tumble after 3 months and smells of something burning (MAYTAG 2400, in case you're interested - do not buy unless you like your clothes wet);
  • My health, and the health of loved ones (having witnessed the courage of kids who are battling cancer this week at the “Funky Girls” event organized by Sarah Hasselbeck);
  • The return of new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Women, by Clare Boothe Luce

I’m proud to announce that we’re supporting the new ACT Theatre production, The Women, by Clare Boothe Luce (Running October 11 to November 18).

It’s exciting to see a play with so many juicy parts for women. And look closely at their nails, because they’ll be manicured at Julep!

We’ve been busy over the past month finding and welcoming aboard 3 amazing new vernisseurs to our team (welcome Jessica, Shannon and Ali!).

We’ve also added new, even more comfortable foot rests, and are in the process of integrating memory foam into our seating.

Somehow, the past month has seemed busier to me than any of the other. Partly, it’s the balancing of strategic work (Where should the next locations be? How will we pay for them?) with the day to day (should we test out the more efficient European waffle weave towels?). Partly, it’s the back to school season since we have two young kids.

So if I have my sweat pants on backwards (as I did all day Saturday!) please cut me some slack.

Sunday, September 9, 2007


It’s already September!

Over the past two weeks, we have interviewed seven new vernisseur candidates, hired and started our immersion process with two new hires, and prepared to present to the Zino Investment Forum here in Seattle this Tuesday. (Keep your fingers crossed for us!).

Although it’s fall, our reservations have not slowed down. We’ve got as more girlfriend gatherings, birthday parties, baby showers, board meetings, and just pick-me-up appointments scheduled than ever before.

We’re also gearing up for the fall TV season – Ugly Betty Thursdays are on tap for sure – and we’re considering staying open through 10pm so we can watch Grey’s Anatomy together. I’m also very excited about the Bionic Woman. We might have to TiVo that one.