November 26

Shop Small in SLU

Get your gifts from homegrown businesses this holiday season.

Small businesses have had a tough time the last few years, and it’s more important than ever to support them. Shopping local is a gratifying experience — it feels good to buy gifts for loved ones from a homegrown store in your neighborhood. You get excellent customer service and in return, your money goes straight to the people who work in those stores.

South Lake Union is home to plenty of small shops that feature an amazing variety of gifts, from quality cameras to excellent outdoor gear, rad roller skates, and much more. When you’re putting together your gift list for friends and family this holiday season, consider a small business in South Lake Union.

For the tragically hip

Sub Pop on 7th, a “tightly curated” store from Seattle’s favorite indie music label, features a nice assortment of merch, plus actual vinyl LPs of every in-print Sub Pop and Hardly Art release.

Inside of a record store filled with record stands and clothing racks.

For the shutterbug

Glazer’s Camera is a third generation, locally owned business that has been helping new and seasoned photographers find the right gear since 1935. Find everything from the latest GoPro to used DSLRs and more. Plus, Glazer’s offers free virtual classes and workshops to help you learn about your new gear and get the right shot.

People shopping in a camera and photography shop.

For the snacker

Bite Society’s bespoke baskets run the gamut of snack-y delights, ranging from Big Ass Brunch (coffee, tea cakes, smoked salmon, granola, and more morning time delights) to The Big Hug (think assorted charcuterie, cheeses, pate, fancy mustard, and the like), among others. Get festive with a Snacks for the Sleigh or Holiday Bite gift basket.

Items from a gift basket displayed.

For the glass collector

Find elegant, glass-blown votives in a variety of colors and styles at glassybaby. The best part about shopping at glassybaby? Each purchase gives back to provide healing for people, animals, and planet. The glassybaby foundation has provided more than $10 million to causes consistent with its mission.

For the blade runner

Interest in skating is at an all-time high with the Kraken here in Seattle. Forgo the ice and hit the pavement with some sweet new rollerblades from Shop / Task. The shop has a variety of skates on offer, including a selection of aggressive skates for those who are more into tricks like grinds and jumps. Visit the Shop / Task to chat with a friendly employee about skate options, fittings, and lessons.

For more holiday gift-giving options in SLU, check out our shopping directory.

Story by Ethan Chung & photography by May Wildman & courtesy Bite Society, Glazer’s Camera, & Shop // Task.

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