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