Today I'm globbing about one of my favo places ever.  The Octopus Garden in Richland Washington.  If you are the type who likes unique, this store has unique everywhere.  It's kind of like Archie Mcphee, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the King of the Nerds, and an uber hippie all had a store shaped baby, it would look a lot like this.  It's owned and run by Gus Sako, and has been since he was 18.  He gets all kinds of awards for small business stuff, and it's clear why if you spend any time there at all.  His staff is helpful and fun to talk to, even when they are trying to distribute the constant stream of new stuff through the shop.  I have gone in there three days in a row, and the shop is different every time.  (I'm pretty convinced he has an army gnomes or elves that move everything around at night.)  And if you talk to the staff about something your interested in, just like magic, it (in my case poodles) just start popping up everywhere.  There is no point in just running in to pick up something quickly.  You will be hypnotized into spending hours staring at everything.  I could go on and on here, but why don't I let some pictures do the talking...
 


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