Your Downtown Retail Shopping Options Just Got Smaller…. sort of
Just because we have more cranes than any other major city in the country doesn’t mean that more amazing retail chains are moving in. All those cranes help facilitate a constantly changing city, which is a fun adventure until you drag yourself to a destination and discover it isn’t there anymore. As your very own personal stylist, I want to be sure your time is used efficiently. Here’s what you need to know.
Two Downtown Seattle Staples That Have Moved On
I know, with the dismantling of Pacific Place, this one probably isn’t a huge surprise. Yet, I must say, Ann Taylor is a favorite of mine. Not all the pieces are awesome, to be sure. But there are stellar pieces inside, as a few of my recent clients can confirm. The employees don’t expect there to be another Ann Taylor downtown. Please note that Ann Taylor and Loft are not the same. It’s rare for me to find more than a couple great pieces at the Loft. Last word on Ann Taylor; You can shop online as the brand carries petites and long lengths and has regular sales.
Believe it. The H&M store downtown is gone. Now you’ll need to head to U Village, Southcenter, Alderwood or Bellevue. The brand is closing stores all around the country then opening new stores. In a word, they are reshuffling. Remember, the H&M stores in Southcenter and Alderwood also have clothing for kids. It’s worth the trip.
*H&M is also offering 20% off for federal government employees right now. Pass it on.
Seattle Boutiques You’ll Adore
On the positive side, there are quite a few fun boutiques all around downtown. They aren’t centrally located, like the retail core, but when you are about town, there are plenty of places to go. A few faves: Clementine’s (especially for shoes). As far as I know, Clementine’s is the only store in Seattle or Vancouver BC that (periodically) sells United Nude shoes, one of my VERY favorites. While you are there, check out Swan Dive downstairs. Swan Dive is a lovely consignment store in the heart of Pioneer Square.
Other favs: Moorea Seal because… Moorea Seal, Baleen (for those earrings you’re always complimenting me on), Prism (again with the accessories I’m often wearing), Pipe + Row for higher end cool and next door I’m a big fan of the Peace, Love and Happiness Club filled with plants, accessories and a really good time, Standard Goods, Peridot and Vixen Day Spa and Boutique all have on trend affordable options. The mother of all local boutiques, Baby & Co. is like visiting the Museum of Modern Art of Clothing. Do it, even if you are just a spectator. And lastly, Pirkko for your local Marimekko fix.
Seattle’s small business community is thriving with a laundry list of lovely shop owners, beautiful pieces and a strong commitment to shop local. If you’d like to support the local economy and in many cases, support women in business, dive in.