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Washington Shopping

Alhambra
101 Pine Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 621 0568
www.alhambranet.com

This Moroccan-inspired space is a fitting showcase for unique women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories culled from established and up-and-coming international designers. Pieces are displayed on steamer trunks and in exquisite display cases set off by Moorish ironwork. Everything has a fine, handcrafted look: wispy camisoles with intricate lacework, beaded skirts, embroidered boots. But be forewarned: It's pricey (a pity, because you'll want everything in the store).

Asian Antiques
Seattle , Washington

Seattle is a port town, the end point for cargo ships chugging their way across the Pacific from Asia, so it's a prime spot to pick up antiques and other treasures from the Far East. Your first stop should be Honeychurch, an insider's source for high-quality Asian antiques dating from the fifth millennium B.C. up to the first half of the 20th century. Among the items on display are 18th-century Japanese furniture, Han Dynasty burial figures from China, and 14th-century Vietnamese porcelain discovered in an early shipwreck (411 Westlake Ave. N.; 206-622-1225; www.honeychurch.com). Down the road is its warehouse, the 18,000-square-foot Glenn Richards. Prices are generally less steep here, as there are fewer rare items and more contemporary designs, as well as garden objects and newer architectural elements from India and the Philippines (964 Denny Way; 206-287-1877; www.glennrichards.com). The serious (read: deep-pocketed) collector shouldn't miss Kagedo Japanese Art, where exquisite works by Japanese modern masters—lacquered stationery boxes, woven bamboo baskets, and intricately carved okimono (small bronze, ivory, or wooden sculptures)—shine within museumlike glass displays (520 First Ave. S.; 206-467-9077; www.kagedo.com).

Chocolate Box
108 Pine Street
Seattle , Washington
98101
Tel: 206 443 3900
www.sschocolatebox.com

The wine business has been cornered and premium coffee is old news,, so it was only a matter of time before Washingtonians found a new gourmet frontier to conquer: artisanal chocolate. This cheerful cacao purveyor offers one-stop sampling and shopping, with a dedicated section for each of the city's best chocolatiers. You'll find truffles, bonbons, bars, and bags of nib brittle from Fran's, Oh! Chocolate, Fiori, Chocolat Vitale, and Theo. (If you make it to Fremont don't miss a tour of Theo's tiny factory; 3400 Phinney; 206-632-5100; www.theochocolate.com.) There are a few café tables, and one length of the shop is devoted to serving hot chocolate, chocolate-drenched pastries, and gelato.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 10 am to 6 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm.

Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S. Main Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 624 6600
www.elliottbaybook.com

You could easily spend hours here, wandering among the numerous wooden lofts and mezzanines piled high with books (more than 150,000 titles in all). The welcoming space—a historic brick warehouse—has wooden floors that squeak as you walk and an underground café that brews strong coffee and attracts local intellectuals. The event calendar is extensive—typically two or three author readings per day—so check online before you visit to see if anything strikes your fancy.

Juniper
3314 E. Spring Street
Seattle , Washington
98122
Tel: 206 838 7496
www.juniperinmadrona.com

This loftlike boutique anchoring Madrona's quiet retail cluster sells high-fashion clothing with a conscience. In the hands of green designers like Stewart + Brown, Loyale, and Virginia Johnson, bamboo is woven into party wear, and organic cotton becomes playful wrap skirts and office-worthy separates. Loomstate denim, silk dresses by Sir, and handcrafted cashmere from Souchi are other coveted items.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm.

Kuhlman
2419 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 441 1999

An exceptional clothing store stocked with a wide selection of hip T-shirts, fine button-down shirts, and cult jeans for both men and women. Beyond ready-to-wear, there's a talented tailor on staff who specializes in reproductions, alterations, and vintage fabrics. First, consult with owner Scott Kuhlman, who creates the initial sketch based on your description. Then choose the material from among the hundreds of bolts of fine European and Japanese fabrics stored in the back. Six weeks and a couple of thousand dollars later—voilà!—the best-fitting suit you've ever owned.

REI
222 Yale Avenue North
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 470 4020
www.rei.com

REI's enormous flagship is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. You can try out the shop's astounding array of gear at various testing stations, such as the mountain-bike trail and the 65-foot climbing wall. There's also a wide range of equipment available for rent, from sleeping bags to snowshoes. If you're looking for a biking or hiking buddy while you're in town, check out the community bulletin boards by the front entrance and in the second-floor café.

Sonic Boom Records
2209 N.W. Market Street
Seattle , Washington
98107
Tel: 206 297 2666
www.sonicboomrecords.com

This independent minichain knows rock 'n' roll. You won't find a better selection of Northwest artists and small, independent labels in the city. Listening stations, placards, and knowledgeable staff members (many of whom moonlight as rock 'n' roll stars themselves) make it easy to sift through the large collection of new and used CDs. This branch in Ballard occasionally has great in-store performances from local and national acts; there's a smaller outpost in Capitol Hill (514 15th Ave. E.; 206-568-2666).

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm, Sundays 10 am to 7 pm.

Uwajimaya Village
600 Fifth Avenue South
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 624 6248
www.uwajimaya.com

A highlight of the International District—a humongous grocery store and gift shop with good deals on Asian housewares, including beautifully glazed dishes, shoji screens, and lacquerware. Set aside some time to wander the endless aisles, where you'll encounter piles of otherworldly vegetables, tanks of live geoducks, a Hello Kitty corner, and a cosmetics section where you'll find Shiseido products otherwise available only in Japan. A bustling food court serves Chinese stir-fries, Japanese bento box meals, Korean barbecue, Vietnamese spring rolls, and a variety of bubble teas and milk drinks.

Velouria
2205 N.W. Market Street
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 788 0330
www.shopvelouria.com

Designer Tes de Luna's label Zuzupop is sold in a dozen different boutiques from Seattle to Brooklyn. Her tiny Ballard storefront, Velouria, carries the first pick of the line, along with items from other local designers (chic vegan handbags by Crystalyn Kae, delicate silver jewelry by Amy Tavern). The best way to describe the overall collection is girly hipster-chic—you might find asymmetrical t-shirts with bright, blocky prints; A-line skirts with oversize buttons or satiny sashes; or fitted corduroy jacket/hoodie sweatshirt hybrids with lacey appliqués. There's also a great selection of leather handbags and wallets and jewelry ranging from delicate to bold.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.