July 22nd was the perfect warm, sunny day for FGI Seattle's Passport to Shopping event in Madison Valley. With the added support of the Madison Valley Merchants Association, over 20 local businesses in this trendy neighborhood remained open later to invite shoppers in and contributed to various goody bags and raffle prizes.
Vian Hunter House of Fashion was the center of activity, where guests picked up freshly baked macarons and "passports" to bring to the local businesses where they could get stamped in order to win goody bags. Shoppers also earned an additional raffle ticket for every $10 they spent at the shops which were all within walking distance. Goody bags were given to the first 10 people to visit 10 vendors and return their cards to Casa Del Caffe.
Some of the shops offered wine tastings and free samples. The brightly colored pink "passport" cards attracted the curiosity of passersby as they asked what was going on and how they could get involved. The night concluded with a raffle, offering prizes such as $100 Gift Certificate to Vian Hunter, a classic manicure at Frenchy's and Introduction to Knitting lessons at Tricoter.
Be on the lookout for the next trendy neighborhood take-over from FGI. You can bet it will be the hippest way to share a shopping spree with friends on a summery evening.
Photos by Brick House Photography