Pine Street around Bellevue Ave is getting a whole lot shoppier these days. Just up from Melrose Market (home to Butter Home, Sonic Boom, and Marigold and Mint, RIP Velouria), there’s the critical mass of Vutique, Edie’s, Wall of Sound,, and now Scout Apparel. The new clothing boutique operated by Karen Krupp and Erin Dolan (recognize the name? She also owns Edie’s) deals in everday, very Seattle-feeling style for men and women. Think: easy-to-wear basics with on-trend details and Thursday night out-to-dinner dresses and pants-and-jackets combos that go with Converse and combat boots. And now, a little bit of insight from Krupp and Dolan, and a slideshow of key looks.
WWW: What album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Krupp: Johnny Cash’s American III: Solitary Man.
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?
Erin and I were both working at the mall; she had to wear pantyhose, I wore a khaki apron. Now we wear what we want and sell what we like.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
Ax + Apple Native Son Necklace.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
Office Depot; there’s not much time to shop when you’re starting a business!
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc., do you recommend?
The Melrose Market (meat, cheese, flowers plus awesome sandwiches at Homegrown), Bauhaus Coffee, Honey Hole, Hot Mama’s. It’s just a great neighborhood with a lot of energy, plus we’re between Mud Bay and a dog park, so we meet lots of great four-legged friends.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened in your store?
Nothing weird has happened inside the store yet, but we’ve only been open a week, so give it time.