For those times when the picture at the Gum Wall doesn’t seem to do the experience justice or the hand-made soap you brought home from Pike Place Market eventually runs out, souvenir shops may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re after something kitsch, unique, weird, or anything to remind you of your time in the Emerald City, check out these places before you leave town.
KOBO Shop & Gallery
A shop and gallery, KOBO translates from Japanese to “artist’s workspace”. Focused on Japanese and Northwest fine crafts both traditional and contemporary, this is a shop to visit for a less stereotypical, more unique souvenir. With products made from all types of material, including paper, metal, and clay, KOBO practices the philosophy of minimalism, of valuing quality over quantity.
Made In Washington
Made In Washington works specifically with local artists and small businesses. Since 1984, they have grown to work with 250 vendors in the region, selling cards, pottery, jewelry, and gift baskets, among other products. Check them out to purchase a piece of Northwest inspiration that will stay with you forever. They have five locations, two of which are in the city of Seattle, and one of which is at the Seattle-Tacoma airport for any last-minute souvenir purchases!
Simply Seattle is probably as accurate as it gets for the name of this shop. Including Seattle-specific sports gear, souvenirs, apparel, and gift baskets, you can also shop by theme: Bigfoot, weed, or Space Needle. Head to one of their two locations if you’re looking to show some Emerald City pride. From Seattle skyline strapped socks to Northwestern artisan snacks, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for – and then some.
Simply Seattle, 1001 Alaskan Way #103, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, +1 206 485 7325
Simply Seattle, 1600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA, +1 206 448 2207<
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