Meet the Shopkeeper: Canopy Blue

It’s a boho summer on Madison Street

By Kelly Robinson July 23, 2010

Canopy Blue’s Kieran Malone will keep your secrets for you, but she can’t keep your husband from strolling by her storefront and figuring them out on his own

Just this side of the lakeside beach at Madison Park, Canopy Blue makes Seattle feel like San Diego. Meet owner Kieran Malone and her favorite fashion flip-flops.

WWW: What’s your personal spin on the ubiquitous “How can I help you?” question?
Malone: I rarely seem to ask this question. I am not a fan of a pushy salesperson. Our first priority is building a relationship with the customer.

What’s is your favorite thing in the store right now?
I love the Trove Tkee sandals, they are the most comfortable sandal. They come in adorable colors, are well priced ($44-48), and can be worn casually or dressed up. I love the bohemian chic look for summer, so Sogoli braided chain bracelets are a must for the season. Can’t keep them in stock -again very versatile.

Where do you shop when you’re not at Canopy Blue?
I enjoy interior design so my two favorite home furnishing stores would be Great Jones Home and Revival Home. I have two little ones, so I shop for them at Flora and Henri and Crewcuts. And I always find something at La Ree in Bellevue.

What specific store or type of store do you think is missing in Seattle?
I adore ABC Carpet and Home in New York. It would be great to see a multi-collection store with gifts, home furnishings, and decor and clothing for both big and small.

What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened in your store?
A customer of ours has been shopping with us over the last four years and about a year ago she shared with me that her husband finally discovered her little secret when he walked by the store one day. He immediately made the connection that the charges he had been seeing on their statements from Canopy Blue were not from an actual home gardening store, but a clothing boutique that has been fulfilling their closet for years.

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