It’s Friday, let’s shop! | And oh, if 2020 was a musical…

Photo credits throughout this post go to McIntosh Art Co.

…what would that musical look, sound & feel like? Oh wait, it’s been done for us. Welcome to Friday, as we anticipate the rest of the holiday season, shopping local and soon turn the page to a New Year. Turn up your speaker volume (and for me, I needed a little room to dance around my kitchen to this (almost) Broadway show: “2020: The Musical” – Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Rannells Recap the Year with Broadway Songs.

Live local. Shop local. Give local.

[Updated list of your local favorites shops as of 12.11 – new additions above the pink door]

I fell back in love with my city for the 4th week in a row…by shopping! Or better yet, by asking the social inter-webs where you all love to shop locally. And you again delivered!

Tis’ the season – believe it or not the holiday season is upon us in 2020. Now, more than ever, I’m doing my best to change my habits and shop locally. I do believe we can make a difference in supporting our smaller & local retailers who have made Seattle, Seattle.

Late November I lobbed a FB post out there…”Seattle! What will be your favorite spots to shop local this holiday season?” Your answers were too good not to share and I am grateful it has already inspired many to pivot their holiday gifting, shopping and giving to local.

Miir has it right, on their homepage, “Do Great Things with Great Love – meaningful giving made simple…” As I pen this blog post, I truly did fall back in love with my city and I am committed to seeing it’s vibrance resurge.

Note: some retailers are on-line only, some you can pop by (limited capacity) and heck, don’t forget gift cards that too will support the collective effort. What shops do you want to see make it post pandemic?

…and, throughout the holiday season I’ve been updating this post as I stumble upon more local finds & the people behind them. Come back soon, come back often, let’s inspire each other in our gifting habits and play a role in how we’d like to witness Seattle’s resurgence. Let’s get shopping.

Here are the additions – inspired by YOUthis week (everything from previous 3 weeks below the pink door!):

Sip and Ship

Brimmer and Heeltap

Seven Hills Running Shop

Alair Seattle Gift Shop

Snapdoodle Toys


Home Cake Decorating Supply Co

Pike Place Market

The Old Ballard Catering co (aka, The Counter)

Bus Stop Expresso

Brick + Mortar

Ridge Pizza


Ida Loves Dresses

…The Emerald Palate also put together a list of an Insider’s Guide to the Best Seattle Gift Shops

…and King 5 put together this list: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Washington-made gifts for everyone on your list.

Edit *day trip to Whidbey anyone? If so, check out Prima Bistro, Saltwater & Seabiscuit Bakery

Salt Blade

Wally Pets Supplies Wallingford

City People’s Mercantile


Cloud City Coffee

The Acorn Shop

University Bookstore

Math & Stuff

Seattle Coin Shop

Labels Consignment Shop

Seatown Sweets

Sskein (pronounced skayn)

Bottle House

Easy Monkey Taphouse

Handmade Showroom

Winemaker, Lisa Callan Callan Cellers

Market Street Shoes

Opus Co. *currently featuring cocktails to go

Bakers on Sunset Hill *rumor has it, best Manhattan in town!

Eight Generation

Top Pot Doughnuts

Archie McPhee

Carmilia’s in West Seattle

Seattle Yarn

Martha E Harris in Madison Park

Seattle Candle Company


Deep Sea Sugar & Salt

Gray Pants Studio

Queen Anne Dispatch

All the Best Pet Care

Kari Gran skin care (former Windermere brokers, Kari Gran & Lisa Strain!)

A Bit of Taste Queen Anne Olive Oil Co.

Jarbo Madison Madison Valley & Bellevue

Filson Stadium District


Salt House Mercantile

Eat Sea Creatures, Renee Erickson’s restaurants and Larder

Made in Washington

Les Amis

The Woolly Mammoth

Coro by Salumi




Savor Seattle – Iconic Market Box is a collection of your favorite Pike Place Market vendors


Book Larder


Studio RA Boutique


NW Art and Frame


Husky Deli


Pegasus Book Exchange

Paper Boat Booksellers


Watson Kennedy


Big Johns PFI

Madison Books

Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

McIntosh Art Co.

Third Place Books

Retail Therapy

LUCCA great finds

Blue Poppy Floral


Salt & Straw


Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery


Crunchy Red Fruit

Swansons Nursery

Refugee Artisan Initiative

KNACK modern gift giving

Mighty-O Donuts

ZINC contemporary

Scandinavian Specialties

Fiestas Gift Set – Frelard Tamales

Best of the Northwest – Seattle’s Premier Art & Fine Craft Show is virtual

Feel free to post a comment on the blog with your favorite local shops and I’ll add to next week’s update. Again, come back soon, come back often, let’s inspire each other in our gifting habits and play a role in how we’d like to see Seattle resurge. I’m all in, for local. I’m all in, for my hometown.

Thanks again to McIntosh Art Co. for the Seattle photography. Downtown Seattle, April 2020. During COVID-19 WA State Stay Home Order.

Live local. Shop local. Give local. Laura

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