Move over gastropub openings and enormous coffee roasteries, the Seattle retail scene is keeping up pace. We recently brought you five new Seattle stores that set up shop this fall, but the past few weeks have seen a couple more ribbon-cuttings in Pioneer Square and Fremont.
Get to know your newest neighbors below, and continue this season of shopping with two more reasons to go local for your gift list.
Previously a solely e-commerce venture, Calisea (a combo of California and Seattle) is a little-bit-of-everything shop peddling unique housewares, gift items, children's goods, pet products, et al. The Pioneer Square space, which takes over the former Clothing Company storefront, has a soft spot for domestically made products, and you can find an entire wall of USA-fashioned goods.
In way of gift items, we like Barr Co Soap Shop's honeysuckle hand cream ($25), the stacked set of totem bowls ($91), and a quirky leather horse storage caddy ($47). Still prefer to shop online? Calisea offers free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members.
Joining owner Becky Buford's Essenza and Les Amis family in Fremont, Liten (Swedish for "little") just opened up in the space vacated by Lamb's Ear Shoes (now online only). The new shop focuses on artisan jewelry and curated accessories; it'll easily become the go-to for delicate, organic pieces that skew more heirloom than trendy.
The minimalist space also features some nostalgic hints at Buford's ancestry. Look for hunks of pyrite, an antique brass scale, and an old miners headlamp—all call outs to Buford's grandfather, who worked as a gold miner in a small Colorado town.