This is Paradise…

By Marcia Blondin

Today is glorious. After a week of overcast weather the sun is out, sky is blue with a touch of haze, a gentle breeze is blowing and all seems right with the world. A great day to shop but WAIT!
The Saturday Co-op Market is still four days away. Check your cupboards and fridge and start making a list of must-haves and get over to the Paradise Community Center at 9 am this Saturday. We are located in the middle of Old Town Vallarta’s Romantic Zone on Pulpito across from Coco’s Kitchen.
Winter season is coming up fast and all the Co-op vendors are creating new and improved items to be ready for the tourists and returning residents.
Rumor has it that Vallarta will have its busiest season in years. All I can say to that is “AMEN!” We can all participate in that happening by being extra kind – look for the forlorn tourist stranded on a corner, map in hand, looking up and down streets for something- anything! – familiar. Save them!
Do one good “Tourist Deed” a day and Vallarta will once again wear the “World’s Friendliest City” crown. Our Market hummed along last week with great tunes and great tarts and pies made by Mark. Thank you! Take a couple of large(ish) Tupperwares to load up on incredible baked goodies by Antonio and Sasha; the mile-high carrot cake tastes better unbruised! Enrique the Gorgeous, has his photographs of Vallarta ready to frame.
While you are looking over his amazing photos, don’t overlook his already-framed-and-also-amazing watercolors!
Our Italians hand-made fruity liquors were flying out the door as were bags and bags of exotic coffees. If god made anything smell better than freshly ground coffee, she kept it for herself.
Mark is smoking and curing anything that moves with terrific results – the new breakfast sausage with a delayed-reaction chipotle bite is terrific! Lisa has introduced a women’s top made of the same lightweight fabric as her palazzo pants. Very chi-chi.
Found Artist, Paco Ojeda has added ingenious repurposed cardboard photograph frames to his repertoire – all at good prices for his time-consuming pieces of art.
Lovely silver and precious stone pieces, luxurious aromatic soaps and Oaxacan textiles are next to handmade sandals and soft baby booties.
Hand painted clothes with coordinated jewelry next to hand embroidered table runners. Jams and jellies galore to top the best bagels outside of New York City are side by side with way cool tee shirts, aprons, cooling ties and recycled silk necklaces.
Put everything together and you have an idea of what to expect at the Saturday Co-op Market.
See you each and every Saturday morning at 9 am at the Paradise Community Center. Come hungry!
Stay tuned for hints of what’s in store at the PCC coming soon.
Don’t forget to take tourists under your wings and show them why we all love this city so much.
Until next week, ciao!