Many visitors head straight for Alki Beach upon parking, or docking, in West Seattle. But natives and regular day trippers to this peninsula know to stop at these local retailers before heading home.
Owner Shandon Graybeal one-ups Hallmark with paper goods that draw from the region’s creativity, like cards and stickers made locally. She also reps West Seattle and the Pacific Northwest via embellished references on t-shirts, home decor, and books. A concierge can help you choose just the right gift. 3270 California Avenue SW; 206-257-1219.
Whether you’re a Seattle lifer or one of the city’s freshest transplants, you can always use another memento. Sweatshirts, beach-themed trinkets, and locally handmade jewelry fill this Alki-adjacent shop that harbors some serious SoCal vibes. But don’t be fooled by the name—this surf shop is sans surf boards (not that you’ve seen anyone try to catch a wave around here anyway). 2622 Alki Ave SW; 206-403-1901.
Featuring some of the ’90s grunge we hate to love, Easy Street mixes an extensive vinyl selection with another Seattle standard: a coffee shop. They’ll buy your records, too. 4559 California Ave SW; 206-938-3279.
This boutique has a little bit of everything: women’s apparel and accessories, plants, candles, health and beauty products, and cloth masks, all of which can be found on its website. The mom and daughter duo behind it all have been curating the collection for 10 years, with aesthetics straight from a trendy millennial’s daydream. 4536 California Ave SW; 206-937-1103.
Masks can surely be fashionable—at least the ones at Lika Love. Alongside comfy tie-dye fits and other out-and-about women’s clothing, owner Malika Siddiq wraps it up with personalized styling and subscription boxes. 4547 California Ave SW; 206-384-1710.
Floating paper boats encounter adventure on the water, which is what Paper Boat Booksellers wants you to experience while browsing their hardcovers and paperbacks. (Audiobooks are available on Libro.) This family-owned space also fosters a sense of community through book clubs and a recurring read-along event. 6040 California Ave SW, Ste A; 206-743-8283