(photo by Jose Mandojana at Sunset)

Men shop too, you know: The gal behind guys’ boutique Blackbird has opened the Field House—part general store, part grocery, all nostalgia. Stock up on handmade shoes, flannel shirts, and cast-iron pans. Stuff a Pendleton stocking with ornaments made from spent rifle shells, and come home with your tree, sold here by the foot. Friday nights, it’s the Skinned Knee, when speakers share tips on handy stuff like shoe repair. 5465 Leary Ave. N.W.; 206/297-6093. (link)

I love the picture Sunset provided of Ben. It was taken during last year's holiday season when we first got a batch of Christmas trees. As mentioned earlier, the trees are back at the Field House and Ben is still there, now along with Jack, to get them to you. Here is Ben yesterday..