It isn't exactly what you'd call a hole in the wall, but Tracy Cilona's shaded shop, Twilight Art and Boutique, is certainly unexpected. The funky West Seattle space, with an entrance facing a busy bus stop, is full of exquisite handmade jewelry, curios, and accessories—plus a gallery with a monthly rotation of local art shows. And really bringing the art-meets-retail vibe home, Twilight hosts several artists-in-residence who are happy to discuss their hand-forged baubles and artisan handbags.
When Cilona isn't sourcing amulets and amethyst (or talking to us about it) you'll find her tending shop, grabbing a pastry, or warding off weird energy. Get to know her below.
Shop Talk: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Cilona: It's a Beyoncé party all day and all night at the store lately.
What was your first job? How does it compare to your job now?
My very first job was delivering newspapers. Picture little four-foot-nothing Tracy with her little paper bag on Sunday mornings in the snow. But kind of similar to what I do now, in that I love my neighborhood and getting to know the people there.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I'm really in love with the Sara Divita jewelry and the Moo-Young bags. Both because of their handmade functional elegance and the fact that they are statement pieces. I feel really special about those two lines. They're investments, and I think I've been better at making good choices for myself about what I buy—curating my wardrobe, having a little bit less, but more specialty items. Those are the things that I've bought for myself and that other people are really digging right now.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood?
We are all really close in a way, everyone knows everyone and it still has a very-small town vibe. If anything is happening in the store, if I need something or I run out of something, I feel like I can walk around the neighborhood and find it.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
Well, we're on the C line (metro route) so we get a lot of different types of folks, special characters always coming in. So there's a lot of crazy energy at our front door. One time someone suggested to us that we sprinkle salts in the front of our door jam. And it actually works; it keeps out those strange folks that sometimes want to come in to tell us that our pictures are scary or the devil made them, etc. We even keep some crystals by the door to ward off weird energy.