our favorite local shops in seattle
Published Oct 8, 2015 5:00 AM
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Whether you’re looking for a new ensemble, vintage items, festive jewelry, or stylish décor, here are the top picks for the best local boutiques in Seattle.
BALLARD AVENUE Traditionally home to Seattle’s Scandinavian community, Ballard is a historic avenue that is filled with charming boutiques and design shops.
This rustic and comfortable space serves up classic brunch fare made with simple ingredients. It’s rumored that when you order the Farmers Market Omelette, a waiter sprints to the nearby Union Square Farmers Market for fresh ingredients. Make sure to try the zucchini bread in the bread basket. Get there early to skip the line (before 11am).
Ketch 5317 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
If you’re a DIY lover, then check out this design shop that is a great place to buy fabric, trims, and handmade goods including baby blankets, bib sets, and paper goods. Drygoods Design also offers a variety of quilting and sewing machine classes, tote bag workshops, and even summer craft camps for kids at its make*do*mend sewing + craft studio located inside the shop.
Drygoods Design 301 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98104
This Ballard shop is part gift store, part art gallery with the intended purpose of exposing the amazing local artists of the city. Venue features an eclectic mix of items including artisan chocolates, hand-made jewelry, fine art, photography, and creative gifts from artists and brands such as Torch Illuminations Co., Seattle Sundries, Diana Fakhoury Jewelry, Orange Twist greeting cards, Oliotto, Downing Pottery, and Floating Stone. Venue also hosts work studios in the store, so upon visiting, you may have the chance to meet local artists .
Venue 5408 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
DOWNTOWN FREMONT Downtown Fremont is a funky, colorful strip that is the place to go in Seattle for festive vintage wear and statement accessories.
Located in the former Tininha space on 35th, Lamb’s Ear is the place to find a stylish mix of both high fashion and eclectic footwear, eyewear, and accessories. The boutique carries brands such as A Détacher, Alice Noon, Better Late Than Never, Golden Goose, and Illesteva.
Lamb’s ear 617 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Head underground to this classic Fremont Vintage Mall that’s known for its wide range of vintage apparel ranging from 1930s flapper chic to the vibrant 1970s hippie look, with prices averaging around $50.
Atlas Clothing 3509 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
At Essenza, you can find fine European bath and body products, comfy loungewear, linens, and delicate jewelry pieces from Seattle designers.
Essenza 615 N 35th St. Seattle WA
MELROSE Along the western edge of Pike and Pine streets lies Melrose, a neighborhood home to a bevy of stylish delights from trendy boutiques to chic décor shops.
This stylish boutique carries high-quality basics like cut denim pieces and super soft tees from lines rarely carried in department stores including; LNA, Lanston, Bandit Brand, and Wilt. Scout is the perfect store for bulking up your closet with great basics, go-to jackets, sweaters, and stylish tops.
Scout 711 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Located between restaurant favorites, Bar Ferd’nand and Homegrown, Butter Home is a tiny brick and mortar shop in Seattle, specializing in fun and functional items for you and your home. Browse through this shop’s timeless housewares, amazing paper goods and prints, independently-made jewelry, hand-printed textiles, and vintage finds. Butter Home’s main goal is to create a shopping environment that inspires their customers, while also supporting independent design.
Butter Home 1531 Melrose Ave C2 Seattle, WA 98122
Check out this vintage and high-end consignment store , which has the best deals on designer clothing in the Northwest. Le Frock offers a large selection of designer items including clothing, handbags, and accessories.
Le Frock 613 E Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122
OLD BELLEVUE Check out the refined boutique scene of Seattle’s charming old-town shopping district, Old Bellevue.
Looking for high fashion? Head over to local favorite, La Ree, to find a selection of clothing, purses, and handbags from renowned designers including; Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Joseph, Repetto Shoes, Isabel Marant, and Jerome Dreyfuss.
La Ree 11 103rd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
If you’re seeking timeless fashion and luxurious comfort, then check out Jarbo, a retail boutique that offers a lifestyle collection with the sensibility of European design. Shop from stylish offbeat basics to gorgeously constructed cashmere pieces that are perfect for day and night.
Jarbo 10240 Main St Bellevue, WA 98004
between friends consignment
In the Bellevue Plaza complex, one block east of Bellevue Square, check out this can’t miss consignment store, which offers a bevy of clothing items, handbags, shoes, and accessories from designers such as; Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Prada.
Between Friends Consigment 137 106th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004
PIKE / PINE Head to the Pike/Pine neighborhood to shop in the hippest part of town.
Totokaelo is a pristine shopping space that provides a stylishly curated offering of fashion, art, and textiles. Shop for clothing and accessories from amongst the store’s selection of high-end designers including; Rachel Comey, Marni, Rick Owens, The Row, and Comme des Garcons. Also, browse through their unique home section, which includes furniture, textiles, ceramics and creative gifts.
Totokaelo 1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Established in 2008, Veridis on Pike Street is a contemporary clothing boutique that offers a variety of LA, New York, and Canadian-based lines such as Clover Canyon, Greylin, Timo Weiland, Vince, Trina Turk, and Myne. The store also provides a dapper men’s section filled with a classy collection of clothing and accessories.
Veridis 1205 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
Watson Kennedy is a fine home goods boutique that you MUST stop by if you’re in Seattle. Shop amongst the wide variety of stylish home accessories, including chic candles, soaps, tabletop items, and everyday objects in this beautifully curated European-style shop.
Watson Kennedy Inn at the Market, 86 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101