Nov 17, 2020

The Sydlovesfashion Holiday Shop Local Guide

Sydney Mintle - Guide to Local Boutiques

The holidays are upon us and despite the current restrictions in place due to COVID, there are still many ways you can support the small businesses in your community. Stores are currently limited to 25% in-store capacity, but they are still eager to help you find the perfect gift to make the holiday season special. Here's a local guide to some of my favorite independent stores in neighborhoods all over the Greater-Seattle area.  Check for current store hours before you go and don't forget to bring your mask!

Queen Anne Shops

Queen Anne Dispatch - Owned locally by sisters Tara and Sabrina, Queen Anne Dispatch is brimming with great holiday gifts including candles, beauty products, bath salts, gourmet chocolates, toys, games, baby gifts, and more. The best part is that they can help wrap and ship to anywhere in the world, making holiday shopping easy and efficient. While they don't offer online shopping at this time, you can call the store and get shopping support over the phone. Find them on Instagram @QueenAnneDispatch

Stulhbergs - This little shop nestled on the top of Queen Anne is one of my favorite places to shop for holiday gifts. They have an extensive assortment of home goods and decor, plus books, stationery, cards, and baby gifts. On-site gift wrapping is available. 

Foundation - Owned by retail veteran Summer David, Foundation has an amazing assortment of apparel, accessories, and jewelry that you can shop in-store or online. When it comes to gift picks, I like their assortment of sustainable totes, the cozy sweater selection, and the F*ck Necklace, which kind of sums up our dumpster fire of a year. Yes, I did in fact buy this exact necklace for myself and it's part of my regular rotation of jewelry. BONUS: They also have a great sustainable fashion section. 

Fremont Shops

Les Amis - Opened in 1996, Les Amis is a cozy boutique in Fremont offering a unique selection of women's apparel and accessories. Check out new arrivals before heading into the store on Instagram @LesAmisSeattle or preview online. They don't offer online shopping at the moment, but you can call the store to purchase items you see on their website and social media pages. 

Portage Bay Goods - Known as the gift shop for "thoughtful procrastinators", Portage Bay Goods has a dynamic assortment of gifts that you won't find anywhere else. The selection includes greeting cards, home decor, kids books, craft supplies, and even jewelry. I'm a big fan of the La Croix Candles, Taco Rattle, and San Juan Island Bath Salts (locally made!). You can also shop online and pick-up in store to save on shipping. 

Pipe & Row - This great boutique, located in the heart of Fremont, has an amazing assortment of wearable women's fashion and accessories from designers around the world. Locally owned by Kayla Gil, Pipe & Row also has a great selection of sustainable brands that are fun and easy to shop. Check out P&R on Instagram for a first-look at new arrivals. 

Ballard Shops

Horseshoe - For as long as I can remember, Horseshoe has been a staple in Ballard for those shopping for women's fashion and accessories. They have a great assortment of apparel, accessories, and gifts from brands like BB Dakota, Veronica M, and Prairie Underground (local label!). A few of my faves include the Love Token coats, the Motley Crue sweatshirt, and the Molly Debiak Womxn Amulet. 

Prism - If you're out shopping in Ballard this holiday season, don't miss Prism and its colorful assortment of apparel, accessories, home goods, and gifts. They even have a playful assortment of products for kids including face masks, toys, books, and clothing. A few of my favorite gift-able things in stock right now include the Metallic Zip Set, the Pink Leopard Socks, the Golda Pyramid Soaps, and the Bamboo Dinner Plate Set.

Capitol Hill Shops

Sway & Cake - If you have fashion fans on your list, you'll definitely want to stop by Sway & Cake for their impeccable selection of clothing, accessories, and gifts. This season, don't miss the expanded assortment of private label merchandise including kimonos, sweatshirts, and masks, plus the gift section which includes slippers, cards, and rings. Oh, and if you stop by the store, say hi to Ally for me!

Freeman - Located on Capitol Hill in the historic Loveless Building, Freeman makes high-quality goods right here in Seattle including raincoats, sweatshirts, and flannels. If you have guys on your list, this shop is a great place to visit. My favorite gift picks include the Field Notebooks, the Pigment-Dyed Sweatshirts, and the Seattle Tote bag

Downtown Shops

Flora & Henri - I have a special place in my heart for Flora & Henri and the ladies who run the shop. It truly is a destination for carefully curated brands that are merchandised with love. At the store, you'll find sustainable sneakers by Veja, jewelry by local designer Amy Augustine, soft sweaters by Extreme Cashmere, delightful children's toys, and beautiful gifts for the home. I'm a big fan of the Flora & Henri Essentials Line for babies and frequently gift it to friends who are welcoming new arrivals. Check out Flora & Henri's holiday gift guide here. They also do beautiful gift wrapping!

Clementines - Located in Pioneer Square, you'll find Clementines, a fashion boutique offering women's shoes, apparel, gifts, and more. Owner Linda Walsh also stocks an assortment of local brands. Unique gift items include this fun Banana Flask, Imaginary Animals Hand Soap, and Certain Standard Umbrellas

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Madison Park Shops

Emry - Owned locally by my sweet friend Ryan Walsh, Emry is a beautiful boutique located in Madison Valley that is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion. A few of my favorite gifts include the Sundry Leopard Sweater, the Gisele Pajama Set, and the Sea Pine Ornament Candles. You can shop online and enjoy free shipping with orders of $100, or stop by the store for a shopping appointment. Check out the assortment of gifts and accessories here

Cura Collective - Ok, so this shop may not technically be in Madison Park, but it's definitely on the way if you're headed in that direction. Cura specializes in ethical fashion and thoughtfully curated products. In fact, they're on a mission to create a more equitable, beautiful world where the business of fashion is a force for justice. They have so many amazing products in-stock right now, but a few of my favorites include the Brain Blend by Peak and Valley (local brand!), the Infinity Bracelet by Boma (local brand!), and the navy blue striped waist apron by Meema, which is incredibly stylish, durable, and sustainably made. 

Bellevue Shops

La Ree - Located just off of Old Main Street in Bellevue, La Ree has a gorgeous assortment of apparel and accessories for women. Shop during COVID in a safe 1:1 environment, by appointment only. Book your in-store shopping experience here.

Jujubeet - Although not technically a boutique, you can still give the gift of good health at Jujubeet on Main Street in Bellevue. Owned locally by Bianca Szyperski, Jujubeet stocks a variety of local brands including Kari Gran Skincare, Two Cranes Botanicals CBD oils, local cookbooks, and artisanal chocolates. Jujubeet gift cards also make great stocking stuffers! And if you stop by the store, don't miss their new Vegan Snickers bars. 

Kirkland Shops

Purpose Boutique - This adorable boutique in Kirkland has been on my radar for a long time now. I love that when you shop at their store, you literally shop with a purpose. A portion of the proceeds from every sale is donated to Rescue: Freedom, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking. The store also stocks over 20 brands that were created by survivors of trafficking and social injustice. In addition to the Kirkland store, Purpose also has boutiques in Tacoma and Silverdale. You can also shop online here.

Beet World - You won't find a brick-and-mortar store for this adorable childrenswear brand, but they are based in Kirkland and you can absolutely shop online for girls dresses, tops,  hair accessories, and masks. 
The linen headbands make a great stocking stuffer for kids!

University Village Shops

K Banana - For all things K-Beauty, don't miss K Banana at University Village. The shop carries coveted Korean skincare brands including Dr. Jart, Knours, Huangjisoo, and more. Plus sheet masks, nail polish, and make-up. You can shop in-store or check out the assortment online. Vika Nail Stickers make a great stocking stuffer and I'm also a big fan of the Knours Skincare Starter Set. 

Mr. West - You might not think of Mr. West as THE PLACE to shop for great gifts, but I'm telling you, it's worth a visit. They have great coffee table books, design magazines, plants, coffee cups, wine, candles, and more. My favorite gift picks include the air plants, Spiced Cypress Candles, and the Adventure coffee mugs. 

Thanks for shopping locally this holiday season! Every dollar counts. Please tag @Sydlovesfashion on Instagram if you visit any of these amazing local shops and decide to take a selfie. I love hearing from readers!

If you like this post, please consider checking out these other local gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide for Moms

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

Made in Washington Holiday Gift Guide

Boma Jewelry Holiday Gift Guide


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