The Shopaholic’s Closet brings high-end consignment to E Pike

With her new boutique The Shopaholic’s Closet at 1205 E Pike, Audrey Clark hopes to introduce a pop of color to the local femme fashion palette. “I learned a long time ago that greys, blacks, and browns are the basis for Seattle,” she says, “I try to ease ‘em in a little bit—it’s spring!”

Clark’s new store specializes in fashion-forward and high-end apparel on consignment. She’s worked in the fashion industry for years in various capacities from wholesale rep to buyer, and she keeps close tabs on the industry, regularly shopping sample sales in New York and LA with an eye to what will fly in Seattle with our drab regional inclinations. Continue reading

No need to say sorry as fashion boutique Mishu prepares to exit Broadway

Michelle Conley is at peace with the end of her storefront after seven years on Broadway. She would like the neighborhood and her customers to be at peace with the end, too.

“It’s not just one reason. It’s all the factors that Seattle is going through,” she told CHS Tuesday morning about the coming closure of the Mishu Boutique, one of the rare independent retail shops still operating on Broadway.

Mishu will shutter its Broadway doors for good by the end of February. In the meantime, everything must go. Continue reading

Two Big Blondes Storewide & Bag Sale

GIANT STOREWIDE SALE: Friday & Saturday, February 2nd & 3rd, 11am – 6pm. Every item in the store will be reduced 25% – 95% OFF! From casual to couture – clothing size 14 & up, shoes size 8 & up and all accessories – you can find it all at our Giant Storewide Sale!

BAG SALE: Saturday February 3rd ONLY. $8 bucks to fill a 13-gallon bag with clothing, shoes & accessories. Located downstairs in our basement. Enter through parking lot stairs. Come early to find the best selection! Four bag maximum until 2:00 pm. Proceeds from Bag Sale benefit Seattle Women’s Assistance Fund.

WEDDING GOWN PRE-SALE: Thursday, February 1st, 11am – 6pm. All wedding gowns will be sold at storewide sale prices (up to 95% off!) on Thursday before the sale to provide more time & space to try on the gowns.

Holiday Pop Up: SHARPLY & Local Shoe Store, Brick+Mortar

Join us for a Holiday Pop-Up at SHARPLY on Capitol Hill, featuring Alden shoes from local Seattle business, Brick + Mortar!

Check off your holiday shopping for all the men in your life with great winter essentials, and pair it with Alden shoes from Brick + Mortar.
Plus, there will be a free tasting, light snacks, and a raffle.
In honor of giving back, bring a lightly used coat, and Sharply will give 20% off your entire purchase.
Donations will be made to a local Seattle nonprofit.

When: Thursday, December 7, 11:00am- 8:00pm
Where: SHARPLY, 500 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA

About Brick+Mortar:
Brick+Mortar is an independent Alden Shoes dealer featuring exclusive models and catalog favorites curated by Yenni Song.

Yenni has been a staple of the Alden scene in the Pacific Northwest for many years and has a reputation for her keen fashion sense and unparalleled customer service, which is a founding principle of Brick+Mortar. Opened in 2015 Brick+Mortar is dedicated to providing stylish design, custom fit options and the fine materials that have become synonymous with the Alden name.
Website: http://brickmortarseattle.com/

About SHARPLY:
A men’s lifestyle brand centered around men’s essentials. We’re here for guys that don’t like to shop. We keep shopping simple and seamless (pun intended) by only offering the things men need to own. Our limited assortment making looking good easy.
Website: https://www.shopsharply.com/

Ollie Quinn bringing Canadian eyewear fashion to the Pike/Pine ‘neighbourhood’

Coming soon: Ollie Quinn (Image: CHS)

Some 60,000 eyeballs — 30,000 attendees with approximately two eyeballs per person — will roll through E Pike for the 2017 Capitol Hill Block Party this July. There will be a bit of side-eye — and plenty of near and farsightedness.

Ollie Quinn, the Canadian-born provider of eyewear fashion, will join the increasingly crowded field of shops hoping to serve those many, many eyes with its new Capitol Hill boutique planned to open by the end of this month in a long-empty retail space with a clear view of the Block Party’s main stage at Pike and Broadway.

“We want it to be a space that people feel drawn to and are comfortable lingering in, which is why we have a community working space built within where community members can come to study, create or chat,” a company spokesperson tells CHS. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A spring fashion party on E Pike

With pictures and reporting by Lisa Hagen Glynn

March brings flowers to Capitol Hill — and spring fashions. Thursday night, some newly sprouted looks for the season were on display at Visette.

“This store is about women of all shapes and sizes, and anytime you want to be beautiful, you should be able to find a dress,” Visal Sam told CHS Thursday during her spring collection preview party at the E Pike store. Continue reading

Edie’s to close after 17 years as ‘Capitol Hill’s shoe store’

“Capitol Hill’s shoe store” is going out of business. After 17 years — including a classic Capitol Hill two-block move — Edie’s Shoes will close at the end of April.

Saturday, owner Erin Dolan announced her decision to close the shoe shop that has survived nearly twenty years of independent retail on both Pike and Pine. She tells CHS the decision was a personal one as much as anything about the business.

“After all this time, I think I’m just ready to move on to different things in my life,” Dolan said. “I’m ready for new things.” Continue reading

Fox + the Feather owner closes Pike/Pine boutique to open new vintage-focused Rove

For Rachel McNew owning the type of store she, and she believes the community, wants means starting fresh.

New paint, new merchandise, and a new name — Rove.

“I think Rove will be a better fit for Capitol Hill because our biggest focus is vintage,” McNew said. “It’s not just your everyday vintage. I’m trying to curate more fashion-forward pieces, which I think will do better up here as well.”

By the end of the month, McNew plans to open the new store in the former Fox + the Feather space at 1507 11th Ave. Continue reading

American Apparel closures set to leave another space on Broadway empty

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

There is about to be another empty commercial space on Broadway but this time the economic forces that are driving the closure extend well beyond Capitol Hill.

The American Apparel store at Broadway and John will be one of 110 stores across the country as well as its Los Angeles headquarters set to be shut down after the financially troubled retailer that was once valued at more than $1 billion was acquired in a bankruptcy sale earlier this month for $88 million.

“Founder Dov Charney charted a maverick path when he moved a nascent American Apparel to Los Angeles in 1997 and began manufacturing its cotton basics in the region,” the LA Times writes. “The company’s colorful garments and provocative advertising quickly caught on with young fashionistas.” But what followed was debt and, eventually, bankruptcy that left the dwindling chain unable to recover. Continue reading

Holiday dress shopping party with bubbly at Visette Boutique

ALL THINGS  MERRY AND BRIGHT!

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JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY DRESS SHOPPING PARTY AT VISETTE BOUTIQUE

20% discount on all dresses in the store
Enter to win a styling session in your home or at the store

The holiday season is upon us which means its time to start looking for the perfect dress (or two) for the annual holiday party, Christmas eve soiree or New Years Eve bash.

To help you look stylish and sophisticated this season, we’ve curated a collection of one-of-a-kind holiday dresses and we are inviting you and your friends to come and try them on while enjoying some bubbly and bites in the store

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 / 5.30PM – 9.30PM

VISETTE BOUTIQUE

307 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122

PLEASE RSVP