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Small but mighty, Three Trees Books is now open in Seahurst!

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Have you noticed the charming new shop next to the Seahurst Post Office? This snug space is home to the neighborhood’s newest business – Three Trees Books!

Owners Ingrid Miller and her husband Tim are relatively new to Burien/Seahurst, but are most assuredly fans already. Enamored enough to take a whack at building a new business; welcoming their neighbors to enjoy their love of books and other special finds.

In addition to books, they also sell Fog Linen Work aprons (pictured, left), artfully designed and made in Japan, they are a beloved pro-chef trade secret. The Suburban Monk’s little smiling monks are another find destined to grace your home with whimsy and spirit. Available in 14 different colors, each represents different energies they will bring into your life and home.

Books and paper go hand-in-hand of course, so Ingrid and Tim have ordered Flying Wish Paper and Emily McDowell greeting cards. According to Ingrid the latter are” irreverent, hilarious, and perfect for all of life’s good, bad and bizarre occasions.” More non-book goodies are being ordered every day so be sure to check back often for new discoveries.

Of course the real focus is the selection of books. Among the various genres you will find an outsized collection of gorgeous cookbooks, “to go with the aprons, naturally” notes Ingrid. How-to, gardening, memoirs, children’s books and select literary fiction are all part of their ever evolving inventory which Ingrid and Tim plan to tailor to YOUR desires and interests. Suggest away! They are all ears.

Although they are limited on space they hope to be an intimate community gathering spot with plans to host your small gatherings in their space (max 10 people, seated). They have a Nespresso machine in the shop, and two tables out front, so you can sip a shot of espresso for free; or they can add a shot to your latte that you bought at The Bean across the street. If you are an artist or maker of any kind they’d love to showcase your work either permanently or as a pop-up event. Possibilities abound in this new adventure in neighborhood retail.

With snow already accumulating outside, there is no better time to curl up with a good book (even by candlelight if the power goes out) so we asked Ingrid to share her Top five recommended “Snow Reads”. Read on for inspiration then take a little walk, sled or drive (!) over to Three Trees Books to check out this delightful new addition to the Burien retail scene.

  • Devotions: The Selected Poetry of Mary Oliver: Take a break from shoveling and flip through your gorgeous hardcover anthology of Pulitzer Prize-winning Mary Oliver’s hand-selected poems spanning the more than five decades of her writing life.
  • Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed: When your tweens come in from sledding, they can curl up with this beautiful new book by Aisha Saeed (author of “Written in the Stars”).
  • Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee: An engrossing, prize-winning novel (now in paperback!) that will transport you far away from snowy and icy Burien. From the San Francisco Chronicle: “A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an “extraordinary epic” of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan.”
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt: I never wanted this (lengthy) novel to end. It’s Dickensian, mythical and modern all at once. I have bought everyone I love a copy. I fell madly in love with the main characters and didn’t want to let them go. I hear that it’s being made into a movie soon, so make sure you read it first!
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders: who can resist a novel about Abraham Lincoln? Man Booker Prize-winning “Lincoln in the Bardo” is a nutty, suspenseful book that uses narrator ambiguity and many other artful, original literary devices to full effect. The Washington Post calls it “an extended national ghost story.”

Three Trees Books is located at:

2118 SW 152nd Street
Burien WA

Their current hours are:

  • Wed-Fri: 12pm-8pm
  • Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm (Weather permitting)


Phone: (206) 427-1745

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