November 25

Shop Small in South Lake Union

Look to local stores to find gifts for everyone on your list.

On the hunt for the perfect gift? Shop local and get your shopping done in the neighborhood. South Lake Union is home to big stores like REI, Sephora, and West Elm, but you can find plenty of small shops here that can help fulfill just about every holiday wish list. Celebrate small businesses and check out these five below. Be sure to browse the directory at for more local shops.

Feathered Friends, 263 Yale Ave. N.

SLU mainstay Feathered Friends offers up simple but extremely high-quality blankets, sleeping bags, and clothing made of innovative materials. The shop offers a variety of outdoor clothing, but the name of the game here is ethically sourced down.

Inside of an outdoor gear shop selling sleeping bags, coats, and clothing.

glassybaby, 2254 7th Ave.

Founded in 2001 by cancer survivor Lee Rhodes, glassybaby is known for its simple but elegant Votives in a variety of colors and styles. Each purchase gives back to provide healing for people, animals, and planet. The glassybaby foundation has provided more than $10 million to those causes.

South Lake Union Bouquet, 2132 7th Ave.

With dreary winter weather on the horizon, brighten up someone’s day with the gift of a handmade bouquet or a new plant friend. South Lake Union Bouquet has an excellent variety of flowers and plants, plus fun products for your home.

Bouquet of fall colored flowers in shades of pinks and oranges.

Sub Pop on 7th, 2130 7th Ave.

This tiny shop from big Seattle sound label fills its small space with a sweet inventory of local music goodness. T-shirts, hoodies, and keepsakes line its shelves and racks, but perhaps most enticing is the store’s selection of vinyl LPs. Find Hardly Art and Sub Pop releases currently in print here.

Glazer’s Camera, 430 8th Ave. N.

This third generation, locally owned business has been helping new and seasoned photographers with the right gear since 1935. Find everything from the latest GoPro or ring light to make your TikTok videos shine. You can also get some excellent used equipment too. Plus, Glazer’s offers a ton of classes and workshops to help you with your new gear.

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Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of South Lake Union Bouquet, Feathered Friends, & by May Wildman.

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