New Goodwill “Boutique” Opens in SLU

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I enjoy a good dig through my neighborhood Goodwill but dependent on your shopping style, not everyone wants to sift, lift and hunt for goods. Enter Goodwill’s new South Lake Union store: There is no searching here, in fact, the swanky new space resembles more of a boutique than a warehouse. As it should: Located right next door to Soul Wine and Serious Pie on Westlake, the new Goodwill is roughly a quarter the size of a “normal” Goodwill at just 4,800 square feet.

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But it’s more than just the size that contributes to the boutique feel: In the front, employees have sifted out designer finds by theme and color; luxe handbags hang from wall displays; and a large glass jewelry looms large with sparkly finds. The caliber of merchandise is high, on my visit I spied a pair of Tory Burch loafers, dresses still sporting original Nordstrom tags (always a score!) and European leather totes, but prices still hover at Goodwill rates.

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The store officially opens at 10 a.m. today, I’d suggest heading in soon to check it out.

 

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New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.