When you walk past Buddha at a reflection pond upon entering, take that as your first clue that there’s an East-meets-West vibe at this particular modern-angled furniture shop. Opened in 2004 at the base of the Cristalla condominiums in Belltown, Alchemy Collections presents sushi plates, sectional sofas, and contemporary floor coverings that would work in Craftsman homes and condos. Here, store manager Danielle Mount takes us inside.
WWW: What song is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Mount: New Order, “Leave Me Alone”
What was your first job in retail? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
My first real retail job was for a beauty store in the mall. It was a great place to start and something to get me through college, and it also showed me that working for a small and local company is where I should be. Alchemy Collections is just that: small and local, too. I can’t see myself working for anyone else.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I would be purchasing these Solis lamps we have on display if only I had a spot for them. They are simple yet striking and I haven’t seen anything else out there in the market like them.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
Great Jones Home. They have a beautiful mix of vintage with a modern twist. Extremely different than what we have to offer, so I don’t feel like I am cheating.
What specific store or type of store do you feel is missing from Seattle’s shopping scene?
I feel that [there was a void] a few years back here in Seattle, but [we have filled it.] Prior to Alchemy opening, I feel that Seattle had only two types of furniture stores: one being well-made and expensive and two being cheap yet poorly crafted. I honestly think that Alchemy filled the void.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
Not much out of the ordinary happens here at the store, but we do see quite an eclectic mix of customers which can prove quite interesting on a day to day basis. Seattle has a wide array of people and we seem to get them all.