Keep your espresso toasty in Miir's extensive collection of drinkware.

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Handerpants, only from Archie McPhee.

Archie McPhee 

The Madison Square Garden of Seattle novelty shops boasts an impressive collection of inspired creations, like a squishable “stress tardigrade,” “handerpants” (yes, hand underpants), and an Edvard Munch–inspired electronic noisemaker that emits all your pent-up screams for you.

Brooks Running

Conveniently located right off the Burke-Gilman, Brooks Trailhead (runner talk for flagship) has all the gear you need to put one foot in front of the other. In-store experts will analyze those strides, too, to get you in the best locally designed shoes for your gait.


Outdoor enthusiasts form lines outside Evo for the Lib Tech snowboards and Sea to Summit sleeping bags, or, in better times, the shop’s classes and events. In current times, Evo’s got some comfy loungewear, too.

Fat Cat Records

This neighborhood record store buys old albums new releases along with those quirky vintage finds.

Harold’s Lighting

Harvey Hansen started making lampshades to make ends meet during the Depression. Now, his grandson Kim sells elegant porcelain lamps, showstopper chandeliers, and locally made lampshades out of a Wallingford shop his family has owned for over 60 years.

Laughing Elephant

Laughing Elephant’s vintage-inspired greeting cards, sent to loved ones via snail mail, almost make social distancing seem sweet.


Miir, a blend of the Russian word for “peace” and environmentalist pioneer John Muir’s last name, slings design-conscious camp mugs and sleek insulated growlers.

Pacific Northwest Shop

Surprises await even for the ardent local shopper in the second location of this Tacoma-based store: pink glass conch shells, Alaskan bull kelp hot sauce, a guide to the region’s butterflies. All made in (you guessed it) the Pacific Northwest.

Peti Boutique's fashions have earned their space.

Peti Boutique / Cedarhouse Flowers

It wouldn’t feel right to split up these “business roommates,” as Peti’s website refers to the relationship: Both Peti Boutique’s clothing and home goods and Cedarhouse’s floral arrangements are delightfully on-trend.

Outfit your kitchen in handmade wares from Saltstone Ceramics.

Saltstone Ceramics

A ceramics studio works double duty as a shop of striking-but-useful planters, mugs, and glassware from artists in Seattle and beyond.

Seattle Plant Daddy

Wallingford’s rare plant purveyor operates primarily online, but the well humidified brick-and-mortar overflows with exotic flora (reserve the special stuff online early in the week, before they sell out). Even the garden variety houseplant grows luscious here.

Reminisce (and dissent) in Ruth Bader Ginsburg socks from The Sock Monster.

The Sock Monster

This woman-owned boutique is somehow stocked with even more socks than you’d expect from a dedicated shop, from the novelty and Bigfoot-adorned, to popular brands, to warm and practical Merino wool. 

Urban Surf

Despite being at least a three-hour drive from waves breaking off the Pacific coastline, this surf shop nestled just off Lake Union deals in boards of all sorts, including paddleboards—yup, the ones you see skimming across Lake Union all year.

Wally Pets

Your pet shops local, too, and for good reason: This unpretentiously boutique pet supply store stocks food brands with care, keeping you out of the grain-free weeds. Locally knit cat toys and an entire wall of doggy fun are just a bonus.


Wish’s own house line of funky, patterned clothing is fit for a PNW Ms. Frizzle—think little red mushrooms on a mid-length navy dress. Jewelry cases packed with shimmery hair clips, ornate costume earrings, and local creations ensure every visitor finds a treasure. 

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