Brands We Love - And why we love them.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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The March challenge from marketing gurus Ron and Alexandra Seigel is an important exercise for all of us. It not only gives us the opportunity to recognize great brands, but the process in determining why we chose the brands can lead us to some our core values. And the best part, those values can help us attract like-minded clients. 

  Raegan wearing her boots and vest from Nordstrom.

We both named Nordstrom as a store we completely trust, and frequently support, for many of our clothing purchases. While its headquarters is in Seattle, you'll find the luxury department stores throughout the United States and Canada. In a classic rags-to-riches story, Swedish immigrant John W. Nordstrom built the chain from a humble shoe shop into a well-known luxury brand through exceptional customer service, selection, quality, and value. Today, the family-run Nordstrom empire is still known for its enduring commitment to an outstanding customer experience. We have never been disappointed with our in-person, or online purchases. In the rare event something doesn't work out, for whatever reason, their ease of returns is truly hassle-free. 

 

Our favorite grocery store.

New Seasons is a regional grocery chain that also ranks high in customer service. Not only do they carry locally-sourced organic produce, meats and seafood, they offer competitive prices in a genuinely friendly environment.  It has the feel of a corner grocery store, but with a broad selection of products, from every day staples to exotic gourmet foods.  Their staff is always helpful without being intrusive, to the point we look forward to our shopping excursions. It has qualified for B Corp certification for its sustainability and environmental performance.  In such a competitive environment, the company continues to grow and thrive based on its products, quality, and customer service.

Our son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids in Patagonias ( Baby Holden now has one too!) 

As outdoor lovers, another brand we completely trust is Patagonia. All of our grandchildren have worn Nano Puff jackets, gifts from us, and their parents say they wear better and outperform other similar products. We both frequently wear Patagonia jackets, shirts, and rain gear for our outdoor adventures, and our experience has been the same. They not only look good, but perform well and are partially made with recycled materials. While they too offer above and beyond customer service and products, we especially respect their global commitment to sustainability and the environment. Their mission statement says it all. "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis." Bravo. 



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Debb and Bernie, Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores as well, there are a couple of brands I really like and they're the only ones that carry them.
Thank you for sharing your favorite brands.

Mar 09, 2017 11:52 AM #1
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Debb I love Nordstorms and Patagonia (more so when I lived in CO.) We have a local food store that is great as well - it makes such a big difference in our every day life, doesn't it!!

Mar 09, 2017 12:01 PM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debb and Bernie,  Thank you for your delightful post. Hats off to Nordstroms from us also. They have great service, and I have loved being able to shop in their stores for something I needed when out of town.

New Seasons market sounds great, and Patagonia is another of us of those great icons when it comes to giving back to the community.  Happy Thursday.  A

Mar 09, 2017 12:07 PM #3
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Debb and Bernie, I love Nordstrom too. On more than one occasion they have wowed me with their customer service. New Seasons Market looks so inviting and after reading your description sure sounds like a worthy brand to support. 

Mar 09, 2017 01:18 PM #4
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Sharon Lee
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Hi Debb-While I had heard of Nordstroms I hadn't heard of the other too. Always nice when you can find a great place to shop. Makes life simpler. Thank you for checking in on me. New blog Saturday.

Mar 09, 2017 02:06 PM #5
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Hi Debb & Bernie - Great choices with Nordstrom and Patagonia. (no New Seasons here - yet). We just got a Nordstrom Rack here, which works well for me, and I shop their regular stuff online. And I've probably got a dozen or so Patagonia products - some of them quite old but still in great shape.

Mar 09, 2017 02:13 PM #6
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Debb and Bernie

We love Nordstrom as well, and Nordstrom rack is terrific. I have heard great things about Patagonia but, believe it or not, do no have any personal experience with them. Great read and support for these 3 brands.

Jeff

Mar 09, 2017 03:08 PM #7
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Wonderfully done, Debb and Bernie! And of course Ron and Alexandra Seigel for spurning this contest and having us all think in like-minded spirit about great brands and great service. I am thrilled to read about Patagonia because I am definitely in the market for decent outerwear after spending this winter in and out of the barn in cold, wet and miserable weather. Nordstrom holds a special place in my heart because they showcased my wearable art back in the early 90's as a tribute to the anniversary of the Oregon Trail that year, spotlighting local artists. They carried my handmade works and also gave me a credit card when I had no credit established. Topnotch in my book!!!!

Mar 09, 2017 05:29 PM #8
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HI Debb and Bernie- I'm familiar with Nordstroms and do love it.  My favorite department there is the show department.  Once when looking at a pair of shoes that I was going to have to have them order, the clerk advised me that they would be going on sale in a few weeks if I could wait!  

Mar 09, 2017 05:33 PM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Ha ha Debb & Bernie I was a big Nordstroms fan, my ex wife was a Sales Person for Nordstroms a hundred years ago:)Endre

Mar 09, 2017 10:28 PM #10
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Hi Debb - I've been buying Patagonia ski gear for 10 years now because of the quality and it's really warm, not just fashionable. As for Nordstom's - they know my name so that says it all!

Mar 10, 2017 05:32 AM #11
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your favorite brands. I love your photographs.

Nordstrom should hire Raegan as a model. You should sent this photograph to them.

Mar 10, 2017 05:36 AM #12
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Wonderful icons in the retail and food industry that deliver so well to their clients, Debb.  Great post shout out!

Mar 10, 2017 08:39 AM #13
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Debbie Reynolds
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These brands are not big in my area but can totally see why they work in WA. The little ones in the vests and boots are just precious.

Mar 10, 2017 09:01 AM #14
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Debb

Three great selection for your favorite brands.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 10, 2017 08:01 PM #15
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Debb - We have a Nordstrom as an anchor in our upscale Westchester Mall.  They have amazing quality and service.  You food and clothing stores sound like outstanding picks as well.  This has inspired me to write about our local grocery.

Mar 11, 2017 04:05 AM #16
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Hi Debb and Bernie -- I like the Northwest approach you embrace with your chosen brands.   

Mar 11, 2017 06:22 AM #17
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Joan Cox
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Debb, great list of trusted brands, and Nordstrom has to come up on top of all lists.

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