SHOP­PING AT SEA-TAC IS ALL ABOUT LO­CAL FLAVOR

NATALIE COMPAGNO TELLS US ABOUT HER FA­VORITE SPOTS TO SHOP

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Seattle Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port--Sea-Tac as it is af­fec­tion­ately known-show­cases lo­cal de­sign­ers, artists, and icons, mak­ing a last minute gift or sou­venir pur­chase easy and fun. “I love the way Sea-Tac sup­ports the small, in­die busi­nesses,” Stephanie Hara, co-owner of Show Pony, ex­plains about why she moved into the C Gates ear­lier this year. Show Pony is a long­time Seattle hot spot in the Fre­mont area and re­cently opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in the air­port. Show Pony spot­lights lo­cal de­sign­ers, fash­ion, and jew­elry, as well as gift items. “Some­times I can’t even keep up with the re-stock­ing,” says Hara about the suc­cess she has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in the new lo­ca­tion.

It’s much more than busi­ness as usual at Sea-Tac for Hara. She loves the ex­hil­a­rat­ing mo­men­tum of the days, meet­ing peo­ple from all over the globe, and hear­ing about their ad­ven­tures. She also ap­pre­ci­ates in­tro­duc­ing her fa­vorite de­sign­ers to these trav­el­ers. They love the quirky Re­vival Ink hand screen printed tees and sweat­shirts, which fea­ture an oc­to­pus or ot­ter hold­ing a cof­fee mug. How very Seattle! Daily Bird leather ear­rings and Veron­ica & Harold jew­elry are also best-sellers. Show Pony is a per­fect stop for style, gifts and lo­cal tips. Right next door, Seattle Choco­lates is a must-visit for choco­holics. A great gift for friends and fam­ily back home are the de­li­cious truf­fle bars that have apro­pos names like “Over­cast Sea Salt” or “Rainy Day Es­presso”. De­lec­ta­ble truf­fles in sou­venir Space Nee­dle and Seattle ferry boat boxes are also avail­able. It will be hard not to sam­ple these gifts be­fore they are given.

Mu­sic fans should flock to the C Gates for the re­tail lo­ca­tion for leg­endary Seattle la­bel Sub Pop. This iconic brand broke most of the huge bands that made grunge mu­sic in Seattle fa­mous, in­clud­ing Nir­vana, Soundgar­den, and Mud­honey. Stock up to earn mas­sive points at home: Sub Pop merch is the coolest gift in Seattle for mu­sic lovers aged 15 to 50. Their book col­lec­tion is sec­ond to none and makes great in-flight read­ing.

Con­course B has the per­fect shop for avi­a­tion ad­dicts who long for the Golden Age of Travel. – Planewear – with avi­a­tor jack­ets, Pan Am bags, lug­gage la­bels, vin­tage maps, and bag tags, plus a Ju­nior Avi­a­tor sec­tion that en­tice pas­sen­gers who walk by. Glassy­baby is a lo­cal phe­nom­e­non; vis­i­tors can find the shop near the A Gates. Pick up the col­or­ful hand-blown glass vo­tives made in Seattle. 10% from ev­ery pur­chase is do­nated to the Glassy­baby white fund to give fi­nan­cial and emo­tional as­sis­tance to those in need.

For the last stop on the Pa­cific North­west shop­ping tour head to the Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal and duck into Made in Washington. They carry smoked salmon, laven­der prod­ucts, can­dles, and Washington ap­ples to make leav­ing the air­port--and Seattle--be­hind a lit­tle less dif­fi­cult.

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