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About Necessities and Temptations

Necessities and Temptations is the largest gift store on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula located in Port Angeles. We offer gifts for all occasions including birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, and other special occasions. You can find a present for someone special or a gift for yourself from our different departments including kitchen, women’s clothes, men’s clothes, jewelry and accessories, baby and children clothes, toys, home decor, and a full selection of greeting and special occasion cards. Pamper yourself with our body care products such as lotions, perfume, cologne, air fresheners, and body powders. Help others find the perfect gift for you with our Bridal Registry and Baby Registry. Take a break from shopping by ordering a drink from our full service coffee bar and enjoy your drink from our seating area facing an international harbor and the Coho Ferry. We are Clallam County’s department store.

Health Families of Clallam County Receives Donation

Becca Korby, executive director of Healthy Families of Clallam County and its Child Advocacy Center was at Port Angeles Business Association‘s meeting on November 29, 2016 to talk about the problems of local domestic violence and sexual assault and the prevention of child abuse.

While at the meeting, Sarah Abbott, representing Necessities and Temptation’s owner Edna Petersen, presented Becca Korby with a donation for Healthy Families of $900. The $900 was the tips N&T employees had received over the past two months at the store.

Sarah Abbott (right) presenting the last 2 months of tips

Sarah Abbott (right) representing Necessities and Temptations’ owner Edna Petersen presenting to Becca Korby

Local radio station, KONP, has the news story with audio bites.


Grand Reopening after New Carpets

In February 2016, we closed for a week to have new carpets installed.  Thanks to Fairchild Floors for the hard-working in getting it done.  Thanks to the staff here at the store for the time spent move fixtures and inventory back and forth during the install.  On March 18, we celebrated the store being put back together, yes it took a month to put everything in its place.  It was also a chance to celebrate the owner, Edna’s, birthday.  Thanks to everyone that helped during the transition and everyone that came to celebrate with us.

Necessities and Temptations Owner Receives Recognition

Necessities and Temptations owner, Edna Petersen, was recently recognized by the Port Angeles Business Association for “Her Distinguished Leadership as 2015 President.”

The Port Angeles Business Association’s stated purpose is:
To promote all business in the Greater Port Angeles area.
To provide information regarding business development in the Greater Port Angeles area.
To increase business growth and develop jobs within the marketplace.
To retain the private enterprise system with free competitive markets.


The Gift of Christopher Radko

C Radko Logo 2 stars_GOLDPicking out a new Christopher Radko ornament every holiday season is a tradition for some.  Each ornament is a mouth-blown, hand painted, European glass, work of art.  But, we wouldn’t have the ornaments if it wasn’t for a family tragedy.

One week before Christmas in 1984, the stand gave way to the Radko family Christmas tree, and it crashed to the floor, shattering almost every single one of the family’s collection of over 2,000 mouth-blown, European glass ornaments.

Christopher decided he wanted to replace the ornaments, but in the United States most ornaments were made of plastic and styrofoam at the time.  The following Spring, while visiting cousins in Poland, Christopher began looking for glass ornaments.  While he didn’t find exactly what he was looking or, Christopher did find an artisan eager to revive the art of his great-grandfather; a tradition once thought to be lost forever.

Christopher encouraged the artisan to find antique ornament molds.  Christopher also supplied him with sketches of his own childhood favorites and new designs.  Several dozen ornaments were created at first for his family, but were quickly purchased by friends.  On his next trip abroad, Christopher brought back more ornaments: many for his family and some extras, which quickly sold out, as well.

Christopher realized he had discovered something wonderful.  He went door-to-door to stores in New York City, showing his designs.  Georg Jensen, a top of the line jewelry store, was his first retail account.

Today, after a quarter century and a transfer in ownership, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments and grown to encompass several additional lines of holiday decor.

Christopher Radko Fine European Glass Ornaments are produced in Europe by a seasoned team of artists and craftsmen, many of whom have been with the company since its very inception. Each piece is meticulously crafted by hand, using Renaissance-era carving, molding, glass blowing, silver lining, hand painting and finishing processes that require both unparalleled skill and several weeks to complete.

The finished ornament is worthy to be any family’s heirloom.

Stay Connected with Necessities and Temptations

Find us online.  Necessities and Temptations is on several different sites; each for their own reasons.

  • Our website showcases the store.  You can read about our products and services, find the newest feeds from our social media accounts, find out what is happening in the store, and find out how to contact us or visit us.
  • Our Facebook page is our most frequently updated account.  It is the hub of our online presence and offers everything from inspirational quotes to reminders about upcoming events.
  • Our Google+ page hosts pictures, reviews from Google users, and directions to the store.  It is not updated as often as our Facebook page, and is not the best way to directly contact us.
  • Our YouTube channel is a fun mix of silly videos we made, products we review, and other things we end up having filmed for the store.
  • Out Twitter feed is different from how our other accounts run.  It is very regularly updated.  However, it is updated with content from our other accounts.  We don’t offer much Twitter exclusive content (though we do reserve some tweets for only twitter).  Using Twitter lets our fans stay up to date without having to invest much time.
  • Our WordPress blog offers content we felt needed more space to write about than we could on other sites, but content that didn’t need to be on our website all of the time.  This includes more in depth information about products, reviews of recent in store events, and press releases.

Do you have a social media account somewhere that we aren’t on?  Contact us through one of our accounts, and we will see what we can do to create one.  You can always visit our website to find the list of sites we are on.  Look for the “Connect with Us” tab.

North American Drones – X-Factor Review

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Review by Drew

We’ve recently gotten some small quadcopter drones from North American Drones in at Necessities and Temptations.  The X-Factor is their small entry to drone flying.  According to their website, the drone is made of hard cast plastic to ensure durability, and operated through a specialized smartphone app for ease of use.  The drone is able to take both still and video photography from a fixed camera that comes stock on the product.

I had a lot of fun trying to fly the X-Factor.  The setup was very simple.  The drone is about 8″ by 8″.  I quickly found the app on the Google Play store.  The drone actually emits a WiFi signal your phone connects to to control the drone.  The written instruction in the box were written in poorly translated English, but were very understandable.  The battery life was around 10 minutes or so.  The controls were very thorough.  My biggest issue is that I don’t know how to fly a quadcopter and the setup assumes you do.  I will need to take lessons or watch some videos to figure out how to drive.

Overall, I think the X-Factor is a nice entry point quadcopter for $220.  It didn’t break with my inept driving abilities.  I like the mounted camera that works well enough to drive using the view from it.  I would recommend this for the grownup kids.

Jean Patou Perfume Collection Now Offered

Saks Fifth Avenue
Lord and Taylor
and now Necessities and Temptations

It is an honor to announce that Necessities and Temptations now offers perfumes from the House of Patou.  The Patou line of perfumes began over 85 years ago at the height of the Great Depression when Jean Patou offered a new scent for his wealthy American clientele: Joy.   Every ounce of this subtle floral bouquet, a perfect symbiosis of rose and jasmine, requires 10,600 jasmine flowers and twenty-eight dozen roses.  Joy was voted “Scent of the Century” by the public at the Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards in 2000, beating its rival Chanel No. 5.

Joy PerfumeJoy is not the only scent the House of Patou are known for.  Over the years, the House of Patou crafted other fragrances that remain as popular today as they ever were:
1000 (1972)
Sublime (1992)
Enjoy (2003)

Again, it is a great honor to offer this collection of fine perfumes from the House of Patou.

Peninsula Daily News Best of the Peninsula 2015 – Best Unique Gift Shop

Best Unique Gift Store in Clallam CountyThank you all for the support you have given us the last 17 years and for voting us Best Unique Gift Store in Clallam County.  From Edna and the rest of the staff, a heartfelt thank you.  We promise to continue serving you and supporting our community to the high standards you have come to expect from Necessities and Temptations.  You can find our read the award listing on the Peninsula Daily News’ site here or view our “Thank You” ad here.

Store Owner Recieves 2015 Community Impact Award

2015 Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Edna for receiving recognition for her community impact as a leader in literacy from United Way of Clallam County in 2015.  The people in Port Angeles, and Clallam County as a whole, are very generous with their time and money when helping worthy causes.  Thank you to everyone who works to make our home a nicer place to live.