Sunday, August 7, 2016

Good Fortune is in Your Future

The Momo Good Fortune Sale-on-a-sale is here — our racks are full of wear-now or enjoy-later clothing and accessories, ripe for the plucking. So, how does it work?

• Peruse our sale items and make your selection from brands like Skunkfunk, Cop-copine, Prairie Underground, Diarte, Three Stones and more
• Spot the jar on the counter and carefully choose your cookie
• Open it up and beware — there are two pieces of paper, don’t eat your discount!
• Enjoy 10-30% off your already reduced merchandise

Sale goes until the last cookie crumbles, shop early for primo picks.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hawaiian Butter Mmmmochi!

Butter mochi. If you are familiar with this hugely popular Hawaiian favorite, you know that it’s essentially a baked custard that tastes like cubes of heaven. Not familiar? Get ready for a toothsome treat. Pleasingly sweet, the slightly caramelized crust is contrasted by a smooth, rich and chewy inside — all the characteristics you crave in a decadent indulgence ... a gluten-free indulgence!

Momo now makes it easy to experience this island delight with Hawaii’s Best Butter Mochi Mix. Just add water, eggs and butter, put it in the oven and presto! Luscious no-fail dessert, perfect to take along to the season’s potluck gatherings. The most difficult part is deciding whether or not you want to share.

We stock the classic flavor as well as a brownie-inspired mix for the chocoholics in your life. Either way, you’ll say, “Stay so ono!”

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Delightful Tribal Delightful

People often ask me if I make anything — everything (!) — at Momo, to which I’ve answered, “No, I’m not talented!” But lately, I’ve been rethinking my reply to be “Yes! I make friends.”

One of my favorite aspects of owning Momo is connecting with the special folk who create things for our little shop. Recently we’ve enjoyed the pleasure of visiting one such crazy talented individual in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Mr. Momo’s hometown, too): Chris Chookiatsirichai of Tribal Delightful.

She welcomed us into her Lyndale neighborhood studio/house where she lives with her partner and her loving pup, Loki for a private show of her pieces. Chris’ jewelry is as beguiling as her hapa mix of Thai Chinese, Japanese, Czech, German, Russian and Swiss. As we peruse the table, she shares stories of how each element speaks to her of what it will become. Rustic, yet refined, her adornments are painstakingly hand-worked from resources gathered from around the globe.

Antique tribal belt segments hand-tied into a lovely bracelet.
I posed the question of ‘What and Where?’ Her answer was as meticulous as her work: “Antique trade glass beads (originally Czech or Venetian in origin and then traded throughout parts of Africa), semi-precious stones (from Afghan, India, North and South America, China), vintage glass (Czech and German, some Japanese), ‘organics’ (shell, wood, bone), and a mix of ethnic metals (Hilltribe Thai silver, Afghan vintage silver jewelry parts, handmade brass and copper — many pieces from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, and Ivory Coast).” Whew!

Antique Japanese and Czech glass beads,
antique Nigerian brass - SOLD!
A bejeweled Cara.
Yellow hematoid quartz, antique Nigerian brass. 
Like snowflakes, each Tribal Delightful piece is unique, much like the people who appreciate it. We are so fortunate to have Chris’ creations in our Momo mix and we invite you to come discover why we find her jewelry so delightful. 

Leather-wrapped bracelets.

Proud Tom and his new bangle.

Good dog, Loki!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Peaceful Pride

If you’re participating in Pride this weekend, we wish you a joyous and uplifting celebration of the differences in the world. Enjoy, and share the love. xoxoxo Momo

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Glad for Dad

Dad, Pops, Old Man, Big Daddy ... Sir — no matter what you call your father, call your father! It’s Dad’s Day, Sunday, June 19. And to show him that you appreciate everything he does, give him a little love from Momo.

For the Dandy Dada, Lorenzo Uomo socks from Italy and hats from family-owned and run, New York Hat and Cap Company.

Since he’s partially responsible for your good looks, make him look good, too, with a passel of products from Billy Jealousy. Pappy will love the smooth shave, pleasant citrus aftershave, hydrating moisturizer and his beaming new countenance. And we’ve recently added shampoo and gel to the line up, so he’s well-coiffed, as well. 

And we’ve no shortage of shirts, long-sleeves and short. Give Baba the comfort of natural fabrics like cotton and linen, so cool for our warming Northwest weather.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and a big Mahalo for being Momo men.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thank You, Alaska Airlines!

In Alaska Airline’s May inflight magazine, Momo is listed as one of 10 must-see shopping opportunities in the Puget Sound region. We’re so honored to be in such fine company as E. Smith Mercantile, Compass Rose, ExOfficio and other local luminaries. Here’s the link to the recent issue — check out “Shop Talk” on page 130. You can also find us on Facebook at MOMOseattle, or instagram at hellomomoseattle.

If you prefer a shorter route to more about Momo, come on in. We’re a select ‘hapa’ shop, where East meets West for a happy • lucky • life style located in the heart of Seattle’s historic Japantown:
600 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Monday - Saturday, 11:00 - 6:00
Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00

 Looking forward to saying hello!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Momo for Mom-O

Does Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th!) have you stupefied, stumped, and stymied? Are you itching for ideas? Soliciting suggestions? Hoping for hints? Momo can come to your Mom’s Day rescue!

Roses from author Toni Yuly’s yard. Thank you, Toni!
Sweet and Simple: colorful little vases from Middle Kingdom, made of fine porcelain. Just add water (and a flower or three). 

Uncomplicated Color: easy-to-wear pops of color from local jeweler Flora and Fawn. We appreciate that these cheery enamel necklaces go with anything.

Timeless Elegance: lustrous pink, peach or silvery-mauve freshwater Hawaiian pearls for the Mom who loves a classic look.

Aromatic Abode: Mixt candles come pre-wrapped in playfully patterned Tyvek. Our fragrances range from  freshly-mown grass to a rich, deep sandalwood.

Perhaps this post has your wheels turning ... and if you’re still feeling a bit flummoxed, come on down! We have lots of delightful gifty things — more thoughtful than expensive — that any mom would enjoy. And, as always, we will gift-wrap in our usual fun and creative way. Happy Mother’s Day to the queen of your household!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Momo Kodomo no hi with Toni Yuly

Time for a Cat Nap with Toni Yuly
Momo Kodomo no hi Story Time
Sunday, May 1 from 1:00 - 3:00

Come join in as our favorite children’s author/illustrator Toni Yuly visits Momo once again to share her book about an enthusiastic, kawaii kitten. Cat Nap is book number three for the former local librarian, who understands delighting and teaching the little ones through words and visuals. 

Toni’s first book, Early Bird, takes kids in and out and up and down, emphasizing action with an unexpected ending. 

 Night Owl, book number two, is a hoot and a half, with listening lessons about sounds in the night ... and ultimately a happy ending. Look for more fun to come from the talented artist.

Toni reads to a captivated audience at last year’s Momo Kodomo no hi.
In keeping with tradition, we’ll have homemade cookies and handcrafted kid’s clothing. Plus, nice Lexi Potter will be on hand to introduce the art of origami. Bring the kids and join the celebration!

While you’re in the neighborhood:
Japanese Cultural Community Center Kodomo no hi
Sunday, May 1
11:00 - 5:00 pm
1414 South Weller Street

Experience taiko drumming, dance, games, tea ceremony, food and more. For more information, visit JCCC’s website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Going Green (or Pink or Blue ...) with Furoshiki

Furoshiki. A simple square of fabric. Uncomplicated yet boundlessly versatile and useful. How very Japanese! 

Furoshiki are used for an infinite number of things – bundling items, wrapping up food (it can work double-duty as your napkin), as a table cover, an elegant way to present a gift, as a head scarf or belt ... the utility of a furoshiki cannot be overstated. One of the things that makes us happiest, though, is the fact that they are so eco-friendly. Furoshiki are the antithesis of disposable or “single-use.” They are meant to be used until they wear out. 

Momo has just received an array of 100% cotton furoshiki from Tokyo. Engagingly graphic in design (we call them Scandinasian), they range from 20" to 40" square. Here’s a peek at more of our whimsical patterns and colors:

Plain or playfully patterned, monochrome or bright, small, medium or large – there is a perfect eco-chic accessory waiting for you. If you’re curious about the various ways to make use of yours, have a gander at this amazing tutorial page or watch this video — fun with furoshiki!