Meet the Shopkeeper: Meadow

A conversation about aprons, Anthropologie daydreams, and puppy accidents

By Kelly Robinson July 16, 2010

This is Shelley Hall; please be sure your pooch has relieved him/herself before you walk into her store

You know that funny* little block on the north west side of Queen Anne where Rhinestone Rosie sits a few blocks away from Macrina? There’s a new little home and gift shop up there called Meadow; please meet Shelley Hall, the woman who owns it.

(*By “funny” we mean “out of the way” and “adorable.”)

WWW: What’s your personal spin on the ubiquitous “How can I help you?” question?
Hall: I like to start by asking people something more personal like “Hows your day going?” If you open the communications lines, customers are more likely to feel you are available to answer questions and provide help.

What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I love everything that Anna Maria Horner makes. Her textile designs are so playful and vibrant. Her apron collection brings out the baker in all of us. With such great price points, they make perfect gifts.

Where do you shop when you’re not at Meadow?
Watson Kennedy has always delighted me, especially their Pike Place market location. The interior is beautifully decorated and feels like you have stepped into a quaint store in Europe. Paper Delights in Wallingford has been another favorite of mine. With its charming interior and well chosen merchandise, I could spend hours looking through their card and paper selection.

What specific store or type of store do you think is missing in Seattle?
Seattle loves basics, it’s the capital of casual attire. We need a store that is both fashionable and practical, and can satisfy the needs of the busy Northwesterner. A marriage between Anthropologie and Lululemon.

What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened in your store?
My store is dog friendly so the worst thing that’s happened so far was a puppy “accident.” Fortunately the puppy was cute and I have laminate floors.

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