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.
3420 Evanston Ave. N., Fremont
In a city famous for its temperamental weather, a chunky knit is indispensable, and Les Amis, the most apparel-focused of Becky Buford’s three local shops, is the place to get the perfect one—plus, Ulla Johnson dresses, edgy Isabel Marant separates, and layering basics from Vince, Nili Lotan, and Steven Alan. With its rustic hardwood floors and vintage knick-knacks throughout, the lived-in aesthetic of the shop itself is also distinctly Seattle.
Lucca Great Finds
5332 Ballard Ave. N.W., Ballard
Lucca is packed from floor to chandelier-filled ceiling with an undeniably reliable assortment of giftables for any and all occasions: Astier de Villatte candles, piles of stationery both vintage-looking and modern, clean beauty favorites from Herbivore Essentials, and the kind of out-there, one-of-a-kind curios that make perfect presents for tough-to-shop-for friends.
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.
Martha E. Harris Flowers & Gifts
4218 E. Madison St., Madison Park
Founded by the late Martha E. Harris, this flower/gift shop has been a Seattle fixture for 30-plus years. It's a great one-stop shop pre-housewarming or birthday party. They also design the loveliest bouquets and décor for weddings and events, and offer same-day delivery (if you're ordering online, do it before 10am).
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.
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.
Pacific Standard Books
2316 2nd Ave., Downtown
Hands-down one of the city’s coolest bookshops, Pacific Standard Books is located in a loft space in Belltown. Here, local creative Strath Shepard (formerly of Visionaire and V Magazine) has curated a rotating selection of hard-to-find art, fashion, and photography books.
1400 Second Ave., Downtown
Paper Hammer's amusing graphic cards are designed and handprinted in their warehouse studio in Tieton, Washington, a few hours outside of Seattle. You can find the cards in select stationery stores around the country but if you're in Seattle, go to their lovely shop downtown, which also carries gift-y items like coasters and letterpress tags with clever sayings.
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