74You promised to meet your pal and her mini for coffee and a playdate. But what you ought to be doing is shopping for your niece’s birthday present, and come to think of it, get it wrapped and in the mail pronto because the big day is coming soon.

Better head to Mail & Dispatch/Sip & Ship to make an otherwise hectic morning a pleasurable, one-stop adventure.

A long-time local fave for Ballard residents, the charming shop and quintessential neighborhood hangout spread its wings in 2008 with a second Greenwood location. Owners Stephen and Diana Naramore created these shipping storefronts to house everything you can think of to take care of any postal-related need, whether it’s mailing letters and packages or providing private mailboxes and a notary service.

You can also sip a yummy latte (with a loving heart swirled in the foam) or browse the tasteful selection of gift items like Sweet Petula beauty products, Ugli dolls and children’s books, plus gorgeous letterpress cards and wrapping paper. In the Ballard store, there’s a killer selection of Ballard tees and hoodies for adults and kids, and also onesies and bibs. (And who doesn’t want to show their Ballard pride?)

If the fact that both locations have a play area with toys to amuse the kiddos doesn’t convince you to return again and again, the frequent shipper and sipper clubs will. Send ten packages or buy 10 drinks and the eleventh (package or drink) is on the house.

Ballard Mail & Dispatch, Sip & Ship
1752 NW Market Street, Seattle

Greenwood Mail & Dispatch, Sip & Ship
8560 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle