Thursday, July 26, 2018

Call for Entries: Spam-O-Rama Returns!

So, think you make a pretty mean musubi? Meet your match during the revival of the Momo Spam-O-Rama Musubi Making Contest!

What: 4th Not-So-Annual Momo Spam-O-Rama
When: Part of Hai! Japantown, Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 pm
Where: Chiyo's Garden at 6th and Jackson in Japantown
How (to Enter): Email or call 206-329-4736 with name/contact info by August 22
Why: Cuz you love Spam Musubi!

Here’s the two-scoops on contest rules:
1) You must use three key ingredients, Spam, rice, and nori. Otherwise, add what you like.
Your creation will be judged on three criteria:
- Taste (more ono, more better)
- Presentation (too pretty to eat!)
- Originality (whodda thunk?)
2) Make at least four samples for the judging (and more for the hungry crowd!)
3) Make presentation tray for the crowd to ogle (and sample, afterward)
4) Bring your musubi masterpiece to Momo, ready to eat by 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 25th
5) Check FB: MOMOseattle and Japantown Seattle for future details on the day.

Traditional, wildly creative and everything in between: we want to see it all! Just as long as it’s super ono.


Hello Kitty in her tastiest form.

Totoro musubi? Yes, please!

Hawaii-tastic pupu platter.

For the uninitiated, here’s a link to a classic musubi recipe:

See you (and your delectable musubi) in a month!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Iced is Nice

Are you ready for this hot summer? Even hotter than the last three? April’s highs reached what Seattle normally averages ... in JULY.

One way to beat the heat is an ice cold beverage. Lots of them (stay hydrated, folks)! A classic cool drink is the beloved iced tea, and Flying Bird Botanicals is our go-to. Their focus is on crafting organic, fair trade, artisanal botanical blends. For a bit of a pick-me-up, try our caffeinated varieties: Village Green and Lavender Orange Grey. For a purely herbal experience, we have Wholesome Cleanse, Twilight Mint (divine with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a mashed strawberry), Dream Catcher and Bluebird Morning.

Caf and de-caf blends.

Add a flourish of mint, citrus and berries.

For a more exotic spin on iced tea, why not try iced chai? Rich, sweet and spicy, Jaipur Avenue’s chais are the best around. Momo’s flavors of the summer include Original Masala, Cardamom, Ginger and the ever-popular Variety Pack. Just add water and ice!

Direct from India! 
It goes without saying that you’ll want your iced drinks to be as beautiful as they are refreshing. We currently have a veritable rainbow of Couleur Nature café glasses. Bright, cheery, the perfect accessory to a bracing beverage. Cheers!

Hello Yellow
Orange you glad?

Everybody loves Turquoise

Pure and simple

A jolt of Cobalt

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Momo is Seeking a Talented Team Leader

Momo is a happy • lucky • lifestyle shop located in Seattle’s Japantown. We’re seeking a self-motivated manager who leads by example to help make our unique boutique a nationwide destination.
The Ideal Momo Manager
o   Inspires a team by creating camaraderie and exemplifying the Momo Culture
o   Displays positivity and passion for retail and customer service
o   Owns a strong work ethic and interpersonal skills
o   Genuinely likes people as team mates and customers
o   Deft at prioritizing, problem solving and decision making
o   Prides him/her self on creating a place people want to gather
o   Understands accountability and flexibility
o   Possesses patience, honesty and integrity
o   Minimum of two years of management in the retail/customer service sector 
o   Adept with computers and POS system
o   Familiar with the Chinatown/International District, and can act as concierge
o   Must be flexible to work weekdays/weekends and holidays including weeks up to Christmas
Primary Responsibilities:
·       Lead Team of Sales Associates
o   Train sales associates on all aspects of running the shop
o   Address staff requests and monthly schedule
o   Participate in reviews, retraining and hiring
·       Manage Inventory and Vendors
o   Assist with merchandise selection and reordering of 'never outs'
o   Input purchase orders, receive merchandise
o   Manage inventory, take bi-annual count and handle discrepancies
o   Oversee consignment sales and payments
·       Sales and Shop Keeping
o   Demonstrate selling through product knowledge and customer service
o   Create a welcoming, chaos-free shop through attractive display and pleasant atmosphere
o   Maintain environment with regular cleaning schedule
·       Marketing and Social Media
o   Maintain mailing lists
o   Post on Facebook, instagram
o   Assist with events both in-store and community
This could be the perfect part-time job for a self-employed maker/designer who would like to sell his/her goods at Momo or for someone who wants to engage with the work world on a part-time basis.
o   Excellent verbal skills
o   Japanese and/or Chinese speaker a plus
o   Proficient on Quick Books POS, Excel
o   Part-time: two to four days a week
o   Pay DOE
o   Employee discount, clothing stipend based on merit
o   Interested? Check us out online and pay us a visit, and if it seems like a good fit, drop off a résumé at the shop: 600 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA  98104

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Live Aloha

Many of you are familiar with our Momo Hawaii-centric goods: addictive butter mochi mix, cool Kahala shirts, Sumofish tees featuring ono-kine grindz, and of course our fame-ish Spam collection. And now we’re excited to add some new love from the Islands.

Honolulu-based maker Stacey Shiroma launched Emi Ink Japanese washi stationery in 2005 after a lifelong obsession with all things paper (she even used to create wedding invitations for her Barbies)! Her passion even took her to Honshu’s Fukui Prefecture to observe master papermaker Ichibei Iwano, recognized as a Japanese living treasure.

Each Noteworthy pack contains six washi paper cards accompanied by soft gold envelopes. Blank inside with plenty of room to write, the cards can be used to express thank yous, birthday wishes, or simply thinking-of-you sentiments. A set makes a lovely birthday present, too!

More on the paper front: brand new designs from Mozaic Paper (Momo Mama’s big sister’s design firm). Notepads and letterpress cards depicting Hawaiian flora and fauna are a thoughtful hostess gift or everyday enhancement.

Sweet notepads from Mozaic Paper.
Letterpress cards focus on the natural beauty of Hawaii.
Another of our favorite new island additions is our “Cho Chin” bag from Donna Miyashiro of Prima Donna. The word means “lantern,” and just like their paper cousins, these fabric bags fold into a compact square yet expand into an astonishingly roomy tote. Beautiful in an understated and elegant way, these are 100% handmade from start to finish: the linen is hand-dyed with natural indigo then meticulously sewn, with sashiko stitch detail as a finishing touch.

Roomy, yet folds up to pop into your purse. 
Detailed with the traditional Japanese hand-stitched method of sashiko.  
“Cho Chin” means "lantern.”

We invite you to come in and take a tour of our island offerings, and if nothing else, experience our incredible Spam Wall, as customers affectionately call it. After all, a little bit of aloha goes a long way to living a happy • lucky • life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hooray Hooray for Indie Day

Happy Fourth of July!

On this day of celebrating our independence, Momo will be closed. Back on Thursday for more summer fun! Have a good one,

xo Momo