Spring Fling

It’s time for a re­fresher, and Seat­tle’s re­tail­ers have the fash­ions and fur­nish­ings you’ll love.

Where Seattle - - Contents - BY TED AL­VAREZ

It’s the sea­son of re­newal. Time to up­date your wardrobe, add some ac­ces­sories or re­fresh your home’s decor. Here are a few op­tions from Seat­tle’s great shop­ping scene.

Univer­sity Vil­lage

Just north of Seat­tle’s in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing lies one of its finest open-air shop­ping ar­eas— Univer­sity Vil­lage. Fea­tur­ing a unique mix of na­tional re­tail out­posts (Ap­ple Store, H&M, Tif­fany & Co.) and lo­cal bou­tiques (Fran’s Cho­co­lates, Sole Food Shoes, Vil­lage Ma­ter­nity), Univer­sity Vil­lage of­fers the ideal place to shop ’til you drop … into one of 24 eater­ies. Top picks in­clude au­then­tic Tai­wanese dumplings at Din Tai Fung and homestyle, lo­cal Ital­ian at Pasta & Co. New ad­di­tions in­clude b8ta, a unique store ded­i­cated to let­ting shop­pers try the lat­est tech; and Warby Parker, the formerly mail-or­der-only dis­rup­tive eye­glass spe­cial­ist. Check www.uvil­lage.com/news-and-events for spe­cial sales and dis­count events.

sandylew

Since 2008, Bell­town’s sandylew has spe­cial­ized in punc­tur­ing the pre­ten­sion that of­ten goes with high fash­ion by of­fer­ing its cus­tomers the chance to live store owner Sandy- Lew Hailer’s motto: “Have fun get­ting dressed!” Bright and artsy clothes from more than 150 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers dom­i­nate this fresh and airy bou­tique full of es­sen­tial en­sem­bles and dar­ing ac­ces­sories (see the stylish, funky sun­glasses on of­fer). Open daily 11- 6 pm. www.sandylew.com. 1408 1st Ave., 206.903.0303

PIPE AND ROW

Fre­mont’s al­ready got plenty of funk— which is why Pipe and Row’s up­scale-yet- re­laxed ap­proach to per­sonal fash­ion is a wel­come re­cent ad­di­tion to class up the shop­ping area. Thrift stores and an­tique malls have their place, but owner Kayla Boehme (she named the store af­ter her niece and nephew) fa­vors el­e­gant, ca­sual de­signs that el­e­vate Seat­tle’s dress- down- to- dress- up fash­ion scene with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­sonal touches or com­fort. Look for sea­sonal sip sales fea­tur­ing wine pours while you shop. www. pipe androw. com. 611 N. 35th St., 206.632.0720

Pipe and Row

Univer­sity Vil­lage

sandylew

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