San Francisco–based Peek came onto Seattle’s retail radar in 2011 when it partnered with Nordstrom—a minority shareholder in the company—for a Peek store-within-a-store. By late 2012, there were two stand-alone Peeks, one in University Village and another in Bellevue Square (with select styles still available at Nordstrom), filled with stylish kid clothes and gifts. Our faves? The T-shirts, which offer confidence-inducing, intelligence-raising, creativity-inspiring words to live by from famous artists, such as Picasso, Matisse and Monet (from $34).
133 Bellevue Square, 425.533.2104; and 2624 NE University Village St., 206.745.6360; peekkids.com