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KOBO
602-608 S. Jackson St., Downtown
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.
Marine Area 7
2814 E. Madison St., Madison Park
Local photographer Jim Henkens has an eye for finding beautifully weathered vintage kitchenware and props for shoots, so it’s only natural he’d turn his love of a treasure hunt into a brick-and-mortar shop. Tucked into Madison Park, Henkens’ buy expertly mixes old (vintage ironstone dishes, glass beakers) and new (linen dish towels, cookbooks, and earthware from Colombia) in a light-filled space you could easily spend the better part of an hour exploring. In the back of the store is a full kitchen, where he hosts a dinner series with guest chefs, Q&As with cookbook authors, and cooking classes.
Megan Mary Olander
1911 E. Aloha St., Stevens
Megan Mary Olander's arrangements have the old-fashioned character of an opulent European garden. She's been sharing her elegant creations with Seattle for nearly thirty years. Her shop carries small gift items and cards, but the flowers are of course the real prize. Each arrangement is designed individually, so if you're not visiting the store, it's best to place your order over the phone to allow for some back and forth, but email requests are also accepted.
Moorea Seal
1012 1st Ave., Downtown
Other than the simple, feminine-but-not-prissy interior and robust but not-too-cluttered displays, Moorea Seal (its namesake owner/buyer has been running the place since 2013) has another major thing going for it: A good portion, 7% to be exact, of the offering—tons of dainty jewelry, accessories, home goods, stationery, and giftables—is backed by some sort of philanthropic mission. A gold-plated opal ring, for example, supports Best Friends Animal Society, while the purchase of a hand-forged brass serving set contributes to the Washington Trails Association.
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