USE PROTECTION

Pandemic First Dates, Ranked from Safest to Scariest

If you’re already in a relationship, don’t @ us. We have to find a way to make this work.

02/12/2021 By Zoe Sayler

SWIPING, UNLEASHED

Inside the Dog-Eat-Dog World of Seattle Dating Apps

Wowzer, Seattle's promising dating app for dog lovers, didn't make it through Covid-19. But two other local dating apps are keeping humans connected.

02/12/2021 By Zoe Sayler, Christy Carley, and Erin Wong

GO THE DISTANCE

How to Navigate Long-Distance Love

Two Seattle-based therapists weigh in on how to meet your partner where they’re at. Emotionally, that is.

02/12/2021 By Erin Wong

KISS ME THRU THE PHONE SCREEN

Think Virtual Dating Always Sucks? Think Again

Sure, Zoom calls lack ambiance. But they're an antidote to a sometimes impersonal culture of hookups and expectations.

02/12/2021 By Christy Carley

THAT'S TIMELESS

For New Seattle Clothing Line Akala, Sustainability Is Classic

Who cares about seasonal trends? These pieces are meant to last.

02/05/2021 By Zoe Sayler

comfortable change

Hitchcock Madrona Elevates Sweatshirt Style

Reinvention comes naturally to this neighborhood favorite.

02/02/2021 By Chelsea Lin

Sweat style

Best Seattle Shops for Workout Gear

Where to find local athletic wear (and stretchy pants).

01/25/2021 By Chelsea Lin

Local Shops We Love

Tuesday's Hand-Painted Kimonos Are Perfect Pandemic Wear

Fresh from Chinatown–International District, cozy hand-dyed robes give staying home a splash of color.

01/19/2021 By Chelsea Lin

GOLDEN AGE

These Small Businesses Got By with a Little Help from Their Friends

A storied comic book store and a brand-new boutique have both leaned on an old reliable to weather the economic crisis: the community.

12/31/2020 By Zoe Sayler

SWAP MEET

Local Wishlist: Seattle Alternatives to Big Brands

Santa shops around here, too.

12/16/2020 By Carli Ricker

VENDOR BENDER

5 Seattle-Area Holiday Markets for the Last-Minute Local Shopper

Procrastinators can breathe a sigh of relief—cool local goods are still gathering this year.

12/11/2020 By Zoe Sayler

Buy the Book

A Guide to Seattle’s Independent Bookstores

Where to buy literature in a City of Literature.

12/11/2020 By Stefan Milne

Obsession

How Quarantine Rejuvenated Our Skincare Obsession

Stay-home orders may have messed with our heads—but we found a way to save our faces.

12/08/2020 By Zoe Sayler

ALL PLAY

Seattle’s Best Toy Shops for Kids and Adults Alike

Bored in the house? Look no further.

12/01/2020 By Seattle Met Staff

GIFT GUIDE 2020

Seattle Gifts We’ll Keep on Giving

Here are the local goods that danced in our heads this year.

11/24/2020 By Seattle Met Staff

Shelf Indulgent

Seattle Gift Stores for Every Type of Shopper

A shop list that’ll make everyone on your list happy—including yourself.

11/24/2020 By Zoe Sayler

Mall Meditations

Pacific Place Refashions Itself Amid Covid-19

A shopping center that helped revitalize downtown considers its future.

11/23/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

SEATTLE STYLE

20 Essential Seattle Shops

From midcentury furniture to made-in-the-rain-coats, these are the local shops everyone should know about.

11/17/2020 By Seattle Met Staff

THAT'S A WRAP

Winter's Unlikely Staple Accessory: Blanket Carriers

They're much cuter than scrambling to find a seat by the restaurant's sole patio heater.

11/13/2020 By Zoe Sayler

TRAILBLAZERS

Fat Fashion Won't Be Ignored Any Longer

Retail often treats plus-size clothing as an afterthought, but some locals are making it big.

10/27/2020 By Zoe Sayler