White inside the newly opened Drizzle + Shine (Image: CHS)
Jean White has been vegan for years. Her new Capitol Hill eco boutique has been vegan for all of one day.
Drizzle + Shine opened Wednesday in a commercial space along 15th Ave E on the Group Health Capitol Hill campus.
“I’ve been vegan for 16 years,” White tells CHS. “I extended that to my clothing.”
The new store sells clothing and accessories from undies to sunglasses to shoes — for men and women and everybody. Items stocked at Drizzle + Shine are animal-free and the goods are either fair trade, organic, local, USA-made, recycled — or all of the above.
“The environmental aspect is the central goal,” White says.
The shop is an outgrowth of a style blog White maintained and while she also has created Drizzle + Shine as an online retail presence with drizzleandshine.com, she believed it was important to create a space where people can see and feel the products in person.
“My experience is it’s really hard to find a place to look at these labels,” she said.
Finding goods for the shelves hasn’t been difficult. White says brick and mortar stores like hers are so rare that manufacturers are eager to have a real-world location to make their creations available.
As for 15th Ave E, the space has sputtered along as a cafe in recent years with the eclectic Abodegas exiting the property in January. Insomniax Cafe also shut after fading in the space. Meanwhile, salon A New You has been doing its thing next door with plenty of regulars for years. White, who used to live on the Hill, said she has been happy to see so many people walking by as she has been busy setting up the shop this week. “I want to be where the people are,” she said. She hopes the hundreds of Group Health employees will also present a built-in customer base.
She also believes in Drizzle + Shine beyond its retail goals.
“I wouldn’t have just gone into retail to open any store,” she said.
Drizzle + Shine is located at 102 15th Ave E and planned to be open Monday though Saturday 11-7 and Sundays 12-5. Sunday, the store will hold a grand opening party with prizes and snacks. You can learn more at drizzleandshine.com.