5 Hot New Shops in the Chinatown-International District

An array of new and classic shops specializing in global goods from the Far East to Scandinavia
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1. King Street Supply Co. (666 S King St.; 206.650.2367; plankandgrain.com) acts as the bricks-and-mortar showroom for owners Erick and Apryl Waldman’s thriving furniture brand, Plank & Grain. In addition to rustic tables crafted with old-growth Douglas fir reclaimed from warehouses and buildings (starting at $1,300), the shop, which opened last April, also offers the couple’s Lazerwood wood iPhone covers ($18–$35), plus intricate hardwood coasters ($30/set of 6) from the I.D.’s own Five Ply Design.

2. Airy, light and luxe, Rob Whitson’s 3-year-old Plus 45 Design (513 S Main St.; 206.971.4580; plus45design.com) celebrates the nuances of Northern European decor style, filled with mod Iittala glassware ($11–$20, shown), and boho-cool gemstone jewelry from Oakland designer Audrey Daniels ($30–$250).

3. A former variety store turned artisan gallery, Kobo at Higo (604 S Jackson St.; 206.381.3000; koboseattle.com) has showcased both international and national designers alongside quirky imported knickknacks since 2004. This month, find intricate ornaments for the holidays, plus handmade cards with vintage kimono fabric ($8 each, shown) and the shop’s own silk-screen printed T-shirts ($25).

4. Next door, Lei Ann Shiramizu’s joyful little 7-year-old Momo (600 S Jackson St.; 206.329.4736; momoseattle.blogspot.com) is filled with omiyage (Japanese for “souvenirs”) and perfectly presented gifts, ranging from “Scandinasian” journals from Yurio Seki with saddle-stitched bindings and textured covers ($9) to locally made Little Shirley vases ($14–$26, shown). (Be sure to check out local artist Roger Shimomura’s Hello Kitty–inspired painting on display this month, too.)

5. A riot of color and pattern, Rian Robison’s 3-year-old Tuesday Scarves (608 S Maynard Ave. S; tuesdayshop.com) houses the designer’s trademark jersey-print infinity scarves ($38) and wrap headbands ($20)—a surefire hit with girlfriends and grandmothers alike.


Clockwise from left: Tuesday Scarves, Plus 45 Design, Kobo at Higo, Momo

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