August 20

New in the Neighborhood

A number of shops and restaurants have recently opened in SLU, including Amazon's first 4-star store in Seattle.

Love shopping? You can now find a selection of items sold on that are 4-plus star rated or trending at Seattle’s first Amazon 4-star store (2101 Westlake Ave.). The store is meant to help shoppers discover new products.

Patrons can discover everything from electronics to books, games, kitchen gadgets, and more. Customer reviews of select products are scattered throughout the store to give insight into what customers are saying about what they’re buying. All products feature digital price tags that can fluctuate throughout the day, syncing with price changes occurring at

Shop categories like “Summer Fun,” “Most-Wished-for Books,” “Topsellers from,” “Trending around Seattle,” and others.

The store is open Monday thru Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

Other recently opened SLU businesses:

Casco Antiguo, 2102 Seventh Ave.
Modern Mexican cantina with a fun selection of tacos (aside from standard carnitas, carne asada, and pollo, enjoy grilled octopus and chorizo or beer-battered mahi mahi) and a menu full of tasty cocktails.

Glassybaby, 2130 Seventh Ave.
Boutique known for giving back to non-profits dedicated to fighting cancer with its hand-blown glass vessels.

Just Food for Dogs SLU, 513 Westlake Ave. N.
A whole-food shop and kitchen selling daily made food for dogs and cats, prescription food for dogs with specific illnesses, and custom formulations for sick dogs and cats.

Joe & the Juice, 2121 Eighth Ave.
Organic and fresh-squeezed juicer featuring coffee, sandwiches, yogurt, and more.

South Lake Union Bouquet, 2132 Seventh Ave.
Airy flower shop that sells live plants in pretty pots and a variety of colorful bouquets for all occasions.

Story and photographs by Ethan Chung.

At The Center

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