Back in July, Velouria owners Cat Wilcox and Chika Eustace announced their plans to move the boutique from its ten-year Ballard home into a fresh space in Pioneer Square's Stadium Place building. All the boxes are now (more or less) unpacked, and the new Velouria is open and ready for business.
We talked to Wilcox about the shop's southern migration, below, and got some first-look shots of the new storefront.
How has the relocation been?
Wilcox: The move has been wonderful—aside from the craziness of physically moving a business and building out a new space. The neighborhood has embraced us in such an incredible way and our customers and neighbors have been ridiculously encouraging and supportive.
What are you most excited for with the new space?
We have more functional space to hold art openings, parties, and workshops. We are excited to be hosting a QRNR MRKT pop-up shop by QMNIQBL (pronounced communicable) for a few months starting the second week in November. As part of that collaboration, QMNIQBL will host a weaving workshop with textile artist Kayla Mattes. It's already sold out, but stay tuned for similar events!
Being new to Pioneer Square, which of your new neighbors are you getting to know?
Oh man—there are so many! We love having Clementine up the road and getting to chat with Linda when we get the chance. And old Pioneer Square standby, Laguna Pottery, is one of our favorite places to wander around (check out the flat files full of incredible little tiles). We're big fans of Rain Shadow Meats for shop meetings, and, of course, we visit Cone and Steiner every day for coffee, quick bites, and their seriously addictive chocolate-chip cookies.