Shop Along Historic Ballard Avenue

Shop here for stylish urban wear: hipster plaid, “adorkable” patterned frocks and spunky jewelry.
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Starting at the east end of the strip, at Ballard Avenue and 20th, first pop into (1) Monster Art and Clothing, a trove for quirky oddities, such as a bronze meat-cleaver necklace, spirited toe socks or a hand-printed octopus shirt. With a stock emphasizing Northwest designs (owner Tara Smith herself runs organic clothing line Revival Ink), Monster exudes a natural, bohemian vibe, with ever-popular shift dresses by Synergy ($64) and local crafter TrilbyMade’s wide reversible leather cuffs ($35, shown below).


Photo by Mariana Kajlich

Heading north, keep your eyes peeled for (2) Drygoods Design’s petite sign in the window of Anchored Ship Coffee Bar (formerly known as Cugini); tucked in next to the bar is Keli Faw’s teensy fabric outpost. In addition to cheery print fabrics (polka dot! chevron! graphic!) for your next craft project, pick up a set of fabric coasters ($20/set of five), a colorful print bib and burp cloth set ($25) or chevron napkins ($28 for four) all from in-house line, Bread & Salt.

Hopping farther north towards 22nd Street, you’ll discover the all-star lineup of (3) Camelion Design, (4) LUCCA Great Finds and (5) Ballard Home Comforts, all bursting with gift ideas. (We especially enjoy the somewhat random but pleasant handbag selection at Home Comforts, where owner Cheryl O’Connor is quick to offer helpful advice about her ’hood.)

Flanking Horseshoe (see no. 7) with two boutiques, husband-and-wife team Jenny and Jake Monroe have both ladies and gents covered: At Jenny’s (6) Damsalfly, eclectic fashions echo vintage shapes, and are offered up at screaming prices (with dresses starting at $35). And though the back section of (8) Jax Joon contains dapper jackets, jaunty caps and other manly accessories, it’s nigh impossible to get past the insanely fun selection of throw pillows ($30–$50) clustered at the front of the shop.

Swing open the wooden fence door to Jill Andersen’s (7) Horseshoe and blaze a trail through the kicky cowgirl boots, Prairie Underground hoodies, Indian-summer-ready frocks (we’re particularly enthralled with brightly patterned Eva Franco dresses, $218–$298), and graphic-print Collina Strada wallets ($58) and handbags (from $278).

Rounding the corner, take a gander at the dramatic reproduction costume jewels dripping inside (9) Filthy Rich of Seattle, and then peek at Ballard jewelry superstar Amy Bixby’s organic-inspired earrings at local art collective (10) Venue, before stopping into neighborhood landmark Blackbird.

Nicole Black’s stylish empire extends to three spaces—just northeast of the ’bird, the former Ella Mon space is now (11) Blackbird Apothecary, flush with beauty finds, such as Malin+Goetz rum bar soaps ($10) and Prospector Co.’s woodsy-scented beard oil ($28); classic (12) Blackbird is a favorite for American heritage brands such as Filson, Wings + Horn and Obey, plus Blackbird’s own in-house line. The corner triangle space has had multiple lives (including as a candy shop), and is currently stocking black-and-white dishware from Laura Zindel.

Take a Ballard Avenue break with a half-block excursion up to (13) Velouria on Market Street. Although still flush with dainty jewelry and locally made garments by faves Lekkerlife, Una and Out of Line, new owners Cat Wilcox and Chika Eustace (who bought the shop back in January) have also added extra sass via Make It Good’s colorful undies ($19-$45) and enamel fox necklaces from Flora and Fawn ($75).

If you tire on your way back down the avenue, take a breather in the gorgeous (14) Curtis Steiner space, in front of its wall of soothingly pretty handmade cards ($6.50 each).


Photo by Mariana Kajlich

Down the block in the former (15) Clover space (the cute toy and kids’ wear boutique has moved to larger digs a few doors away), the spirit of the defunct Field House is channeled at Debra Kahwaty’s and Jacqueline Mcloughlin’s (16) Trouvaille (“lucky find” in French; shown above) boutique, which they opened late last spring. The shop is heavy on menswear, including hearty plaid button-ups, and features consignment suit jackets of excellent quality (around $75), vintage boiled wool Rafe bags ($250) and Ralph Lauren luggage sets ($2,500).

Two-year-old (17) Ketch exudes a NYC-maven-turned-laidback-Seattleite vibe; favorite finds include House of Harlow golden pendants ($65), crop-fit denim by Joe’s Jeans ($165) and Osborn florescent printed ballet flats ($150).

Park and go
Parking has become a challenge here, but the lucky nab two-hour free parking on Ballard Avenue. Metered parking on side streets is usually easy to find on weekdays, but on weekends—and busy twilight hours as the myriad restaurants and bars open—we head straight for 20th Avenue in the block between Ballard Avenue and Leary for non-metered, non-time-constrained spots.

Extra incentive
This tight-knit neighborhood often puts on special shopping events (keep an eye on trusty myballard.com for dates); some boutiques also offer special sales and discounts during Ballard’s Second Saturday Art Walk (ballardchamber.com), held the second weekend of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.

If you tire on your way back down the avenue, take a breather in the gorgeous (14) Curtis Steiner space, in front of its wall of soothingly pretty handmade cards ($6.50 each).


Photo by Mariana Kajlich

Down the block in the former (15) Clover space (the cute toy and kids’ wear boutique has moved to larger digs a few doors away), the spirit of the defunct Field House is channeled at Debra Kahwaty’s and Jacqueline Mcloughlin’s (16) Trouvaille (“lucky find” in French; shown above) boutique, which they opened late last spring. The shop is heavy on menswear, including hearty plaid button-ups, and features consignment suit jackets of excellent quality (around $75), vintage boiled wool Rafe bags ($250) and Ralph Lauren luggage sets ($2,500).

Two-year-old (17) Ketch exudes a NYC-maven-turned-laidback-Seattleite vibe; favorite finds include House of Harlow golden pendants ($65), crop-fit denim by Joe’s Jeans ($165) and Osborn florescent printed ballet flats ($150).

Park and go
Parking has become a challenge here, but the lucky nab two-hour free parking on Ballard Avenue. Metered parking on side streets is usually easy to find on weekdays, but on weekends—and busy twilight hours as the myriad restaurants and bars open—we head straight for 20th Avenue in the block between Ballard Avenue and Leary for non-metered, non-time-constrained spots.

Extra incentive
This tight-knit neighborhood often puts on special shopping events (keep an eye on trusty myballard.com for dates); some boutiques also offer special sales and discounts during Ballard’s Second Saturday Art Walk (ballardchamber.com), held the second weekend of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Seattle Magazine's 2016 Gift Guide

Featuring finds from local stores as special as our favorite holiday songs and sayings, our 2016 gift guide proves December really is the most wonderful time of the year
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The Land of Must-have Toys...

Techy teens can collect the customizable smart bracelets, $69, from Seattle-based start-up Gemio, which light up when a friend, also wearing a band, is nearby. Available for preorder at gogemio.com

Take Legos to go with the locally made Swoop mini bag, $26, perfect for toting toys during holiday travel. swoopbags.com

Seattle-based industrial designer Douglas Varey, founder of Resolute Lighting, created his vintage-inspired go-cart, the “Austin Boulogne,” using repurposed materials and an electric motor. Private commission, price upon request. Resolute Lighting showroom, SoDo, 4617 Colorado Ave. S, Unit A; 206.343.9323; resoluteonline.com

Headquartered in South Lake Union, Fort Boards custom fort-building kits, $79.99–$125, contain 20 square feet of plastic panels for kids to construct their dream hideout, castle or clubhouse. fortboards.com

Festivals of Light, Candles Glowing Oh So Bright...

Twinkling gold star dangle earrings, $28, designed by Gig Harbor–based Six Sisters Beadworks, sparkle and shine. sixsistersbeadworks.com

Throw pillows, like these metallic-embellished ones from Jonathan Adler, $250–$255, are an easy way to add a bit of holiday spirit to any home decor. Jonathan Adler, University Village, 2650 NE Village Lane; 206.525.0930; jonathanadler.com

After raising your glass, place it down on one of these festive die-cut gold-foil-stamped coasters, $21 for a set of 12. Available at E. Smith Mercantile, Pioneer Square, 208 First Ave. S; 206.641.7250; esmithmercantile.com

Add some sparkle to holiday tabletops with Z Gallerie’s Avelina glassware, $35.96–$47.96 for a set of four, featuring luxe gold textured details (also available in silver). Z Gallerie, Bellevue, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.4499; zgallerie.com


Winter may be a darker time of year, but your complexion can still be bright with Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46, featuring a blend of ginger root essential oils, tamanu and sunflower seed botanical oils. Kiehl’s, University Village, 2611 NE University Village St.; 206.985.4414; kiehls.com

 


From local perfumer Maria Christofilis, the MC Parfums trio spray set, $110, includes TSA-approved refillable sprays of the line’s signature scents, including Fleur09, Mykonos12 and latest fragrance, Missive15: a woody, Oriental abstraction with notes of bergamot, Casablanca lilies and Madagascar vanilla bean. Available at Butch Blum, downtown, 1332 Sixth Ave.; 206.622.5760; and online at mariachristofilis.com

 


The gift of a Glassybaby votive holder, $44, (shown in warm amber Cozy) is like giving two presents in one. Ten percent of the cost benefits the handblown glass retailer’s White Light fund, which supports various worthy causes. Glassybaby, multiple locations, including Bellevue, 10230 Main St.; 425.256.2927; glassybaby.com


The Apothecary's solid cologne for men is all natural and handcrafted in Seattle. The best-selling Maverick scent, $25.99, features notes of bergamot and tobacco, and the fragrant balm can be stashed in any briefcase, backpack or stocking. Available at Etsy shop By All the Little Things: etsy.com/shop/byallthelittlethings


The Frederique Constant Classic Moon Phase men’s timepiece, $2,295, is the ultimate luxury gift. Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, Bellevue, 305 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.9393; agjeweler.com

Eat, Drink & Be Merry...


Bring the on-draft craft beer experience into your kitchen with the PicoBrew Pico automated beer brewer, $799. Just add water to one of the machine’s PicoPaks, featuring flavors from more than 100 breweries, and your holiday beer is good to go. Mountain Homebrew & Wine Supply, Kirkland, 8530 122nd Ave. NE; 425.803.3996; and available online at picobrew.com


Spice up holiday dishes with Tacoma-based Downing Pottery’s salt and pepper cellars, $38 per set. Available at Venue, Ballard, 5408 22nd Ave. NW; 206.789.3335; venueballard.com


Soft Turkish towels, $18–$35, from Essenza add a decorative element to any kitchen. Essenza, Fremont, 615 N 35th St.; 206.547.4895; essenza-inc.com  


Fremont-based Theo Chocolate’s chocolate clusters, $5.99, make a yummy snack and each flavor contains cocoa flavanols to boost heart health. Here’s to a happy, healthy new year! Available at Theo Chocolate, Fremont, 3400 Phinney Ave. N; 206.632.5100; theochocolate.com


Sugarfina’s martini “olives,” $7.50, offer a sweet surprise (white chocolate-covered almonds) and make a fun hostess gift for upcoming cocktail parties. Available at the Sugarfina boutique in Nordstrom, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; sugarfina.com


Seattle woodworker Bill Erickson’s end-grain cutting boards, $299–$379, make beautiful kitchen additions for preparing and serving your holiday feasts (or appetizers, such as meats from Marx Foods’ charcuterie sampler, $119, on Queen Anne). Erickson’s boards—of which no two are alike—are available at his Pike Place Market stand. Downtown, First Avenue and Pike Street; ericksonlongboards.com


Winter weather is the best excuse to stay in and indulge in some delicious baked goods. Marx Foods’ Winter Baker basket, $47, is stocked with local favorites, such as Hot Cakes Campfire caramel sauce and Scrappy’s cardamom bitters, to make all kinds of delectable December recipes. Marx Foods, Queen Anne, 144 Western Ave. W; 206.447.1818; marxfoods.com


This three-pack of the best-selling reds,$169, from Woodinville's Mark Ryan Winery, ensures the perfect pour for holiday parties. Mark Ryan Winery, Woodinville, 14475 Woodinville-Redmond Road; 425.415.3865; markryanwinery.com

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...


What better way to warm up after being out in the snow than with a fire? Bring logs back home with Filson’s water-repellent, rugged twill log carrier, $95. Filson, SoDo, 1741 First Ave. S; 206.622.3147; filson.com


This YMC Wickerman woven gray scarf, $115, is part merino wool, part mohair and 100 percent perfect for holiday gift giving. Glasswing, Capitol Hill, 1525 Melrose Ave.; 206.641.7646; glasswingshop.com


Kate Spade satin and (faux) mink earmuffs, $78, keep ears toasty while running around during holiday shopping. Kate Spade, downtown, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St.; 206.223.5539; pacificplaceseattle.com 


Cozy up with Pendleton Woolen Mills’ pure virgin wool motor robe, $99.50. Named for the warmth the throw blanket provided on carriage rides in the early 1900s, the motor robe is part of this year’s capsule collection celebrating America’s national parks. Pendleton, downtown, 1313 Fourth Ave.; 206.682.4430; pendleton-usa.com

Windproof with super lightweight insulation, Brooks’ LSD thermal running jacket, $160, will keep you warm in cold weather. Brooks Trailhead store, Fremont, 3400 Stone Way N; 206.858.5700; brooksrunning.com


Tote your eggnog or hot chocolate in a S’well insulated stainless steel water bottle, $35–$45. The ThermaS’well fabrication keeps cold drinks cold for as long as 24 hours and hot drinks hot for as long as 12. Brand available at Nordstrom’s flagship store, downtown, 500 Pine St.; 206.628.2111; shop.nordstrom.com


The sterling silver drop at the end of Faris Du Graf’s “Luro” necklace, $138, reminds us of melting snow as it drips off the end of evergreen branches. Available at Rizom boutique and gallery, Belltown, 2316 Second Ave.; 206.390.0939; rizom.us


It might look more like a lump of coal, but we promise this locally made grapefruit- and eucalyptus-scented ash soap, $10, is the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Liten, Fremont, 617 N 35th St.; 206.632.0854; litenseattle.com


Snow, sleet and rain don’t stand a chance against Eddie Bauer’s Snowfoil boot, $130. Eddie Bauer, multiple locations, including Bellevue Square, 1033 Bellevue Square; 425.453.0450; eddiebauer.com