Capitol Hill Shops
814 E. Roy St., Capitol Hill
Part gallery, part shop, KOBO carries rare finds from the art and design world, i.e. vintage Japanese tableware, handmade birdhouses, landscape paintings, and special textiles. Their exhibits, which happen six times each year, highlight Japanese artists, as well as artists from the Northwest. The original KOBO location is in Capitol Hill. The second location downtown is located in the former space of the historic Higo Variety Store—and KOBO has kept many of the vintage furnishings in homage to the almost-century-old, family-run business.
Marigold and Mint
1531 Melrose Ave., Capitol Hill
A three-in-one, Marigold and Mint is an organic farm, retail shop, and floral design studio. The farm is about 30 miles east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River, and governed by organic, sustainable practices. No surprise, the farm grows a variety of marigolds and mint, but also much more, like pansies and strawberries in the spring, sunflowers and roses in summer, hydrangea in the fall, and hemlock in winter. You can shop their flowers (plus their organic produce and other gift items) in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill, or call/email in a delivery order.
1523 10th Ave., Capitol Hill
This long-standing Seattle institution has been around for years—but it continues to march a bit ahead of the curve. While it originally launched in a small, subterranean space, it now boasts the breadth of a mini-department store offering labels like Rachel Comey, Dieppa Restrepo, and Raquel Allegra. In addition to the deep racks of clothing and accessories, Totokaelo is offering more and more in the way of home goods. There are ceramics from Michelle Quan, Doug Johnston baskets, and hand towels by Kontex. There's also a location in New York.
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