Throwbacks Northwest is a fan of everything. 

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Let’s just get this out of the way: We can’t list every single store on Capitol Hill. Since we know you don’t have all day, here is a not-so-short list of some of the shops we dig.

Butter Home

Butter Home seems a fitting name for a cozy little decor shop in Melrose Market that feels like Grandma’s attic. The 366 square feet of this in-the-rafters boutique are loaded with reclaimed wood furniture, tasteful dishware, vintage-inspired glassware, and funky knickknacks including scrap-metal flowers and decorative twine balls made from recycled newspaper. Stock up on sustainable, local handmade pieces and spread the love.

Chophouse Row

This delightful collection of storefronts, accessible by what feels like a secret passageway next to Marmite, has largely turned over recently, allowing new tenants to charm passersby with their wares, edible and otherwise. Though most folks go for the food and drink options, or perhaps an ice cream cone from Sweet Alchemy, don't miss a visit to gallery popup From Typhoon or the kiddie-centered collaboration between Bootyland and Two Owls.

Sway and Cake

This mainstay boutique has moved around plenty, but its new corner home is the perfect spot on a bustling street where you can shop for trendy of-the-moment women's wear.

Bait

The hype is real. Artists and celebs passing through Seattle stop by Bait to check out the raddest collections—Nikes, limited-run collabs, cartoon-emblazoned streetwear. 

Bait attracts shoppers with a collector's eye.

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Revival Shop

Co-owner and buyer Ashley Busacca has turned her lifelong affinity to vintage hunting into this well-curated store on Capitol Hill. She has picked up home goods, jewelry, art, clothing, and accessories from travels in San Francisco, New York, and LA. Busacca and co-owner Ryan Darcey don’t carry strictly pre-loved items; they also work with local artists and designers, selling contemporary pieces as well.

Horizon Books

The born-again (and again) bookstore on 10th has been a Capitol Hill fixture for nearly 50 years, albeit a subterranean one since 2008. Luckily print is not dead after all, just tucked away down a ramp, wedged between a tattoo parlor and yoga studio.

Aesop

The Australia-headquartered company may hail from thousands of miles away, but its nook on Capitol Hill fits right in (there's one in Fremont, too). Parched skin is universal. That’s why this apothecary-esque store with product testing sink stations and skin care—body wash, hand cream, fragrance—is like a little spa oasis.

Glasswing and Glasswing Greenhouse

This Melrose Market men’s and women’s boutique looks like the apartment of your coolest friend, the one with plant tendrils, an expertly stocked wet bar, charcoal soap in the bathroom, and a dresser full of lived-in denim. Alisa Furoyama and Forest Eckley opened Glasswing in 2014, specializing in cool, breezy threads—think Mara Hoffman, Danish staples from Norse Projects—plus handmade jewelry. Perched on the corner of Melrose and East Olive Way, only a short distance away, is its plant shop sibling, Glasswing Greenhouse.

Glasswing—like a greenhouse, but more.

Throwbacks Northwest

This place certainly differs from the other ateliers of bygone goods on this list: no kitschy decor, no jewelry burnished by time, no racks of clothing from the 1920s or 1990s. No, this Capitol Hill store is a lot more specific, with pristine vintage snapbacks, often with tags still attached, for the Huskies or Chicago Bulls or Seattle Sonics. There are also baseball and basketball jerseys, collectible pendants, and bomber-style snap jackets sporting team logos.

Standard Goods

Stock up on layer-ready basics that won’t fall apart on you like offerings from certain fast-fashion chains. Standard Goods focuses on contemporary American-made apparel for men and women in any season. 

Station 7

Inside this ’20s-era brick-walled building (a fire station until 1970) awaits salvaged vintage furniture and industrial-chic fixtures, plus current home goods and jewelry to round it out.

An old firehouse gets new life at Station 7.

SugarPill

This is not your typical apothecary; it’s also the place to satisfy a sweet tooth and hunt down pink Himalayan salt. Still looking to soothe that cold? Check out the Northwest Herbal Cold and Flu house blend, made from ingredients like elderberry, marshmallow leaf, mullein, and more. For those with nothing to cure, ­SugarPill also stocks wrapped soaps, perfumes, upmarket pantry goods, and greeting cards.

Freeman

The arrival of rain and cold doesn’t mean you have to walk around under a tarp. Freeman’s selection of light jackets, durable hooded coats, and classic boots makes surviving the elements look good.

Freeman remembers what it means to look good.

Pretty Parlor

Not only is its parlor pretty, but this boutique off Olive Way is full of pretty pinks, ivory lace, and rich fabrics all around. Find tweed duds and ties for days in the Manland section; for feminine attire, there’s ornate flapper dresses, tulle in every shade, lingerie, jumpsuits, you name it. Meanwhile, the sibling bridal boutique boasts a vast collection of boho dresses and wedding styles for any bride.

Cuniform

This wardrobe-styling and interior design service opened a brick-and-mortar showroom last summer, where owner Colton Dixon Winger can show off his highly curated collection of recycled designer clothing and home goods. Stop by frequently, as Winger is constantly putting new stuff on the floor.