Are you in need of a hostess gift for a holiday gathering but are short on time? Don’t sweat it, because there are several businesses located right here on Mercer Island that are poised to help you out! This week, I was able to stop New Seasons, Terra Bella, and Island Books to preview their gift selections. They all have sweet gifts available that will make your hostess smile.

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This is the 1st installment of a 4-part Spotlight series covering the Mercer Island School District (MISD). This installment explores one of the projects the district undertook to accommodate student population growth – the building of the 4th elementary school, Northwood Elementary. I was afforded the opportunity to sit down with Mercer Island School District superintendent, Dr. Gary Plano, to talk about the state of the district. One of the topics we discussed was this exciting progress to alleviate growing pains and best serve MISD students.

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At the New Year, we’re pretty excited about the resolutions we’ve made. Once we hit February, though, it can be hard to keep the momentum going. Did you make a style themed resolution for 2014? If you did, and you find your style resolution stalled, the new venture at Mercer Island’s Au Courant Salon may be just the inspiration you are looking for. Right before the holidays, POSH Wardrobe & Image Consulting joined Au Courant & The DEN. POSH features a menu of style guidance services to help you simplify your style and magnify your image, intimidation-free and 100% personally tailored for you.

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This particular spotlight is a special one, highlighting an organization that has tended the heart of the Mercer Island community for the past 40 years. Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) lends a helping hand, and emotional support, to all islanders who need a lift up. The MIYFS vision of a healthy island for all Islanders has been their driving force during all these years, and affirms need is not a cut and dry situation.

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