Invested in keeping your dollars local? It’s a noble endeavor and to help you out, we’re rounding up the best boutiques and independent stores throughout nearly all the neighborhoods in Seattle. So far we’ve compiled our guides to the best Ballard shops and the best Fremont shops. Today we’ll be talking about Wallingford shops! This neighborhood on the north shore of Lake Union has some of Seattle’s quirkiest stores and cutest boutiques.
Now, here are the top five Wallingford shops:
1. Archie McPhee
Archie McPhee is a Seattle icon. This novelty store is a great place to shop for kids’ gift or for someone who you know has a quirky sense of humor. They’re packed with weird toys, silly costumes, gag gifts, and more.
2. Pacific Northwest Shop
Pacific Northwest Shop is based out of Tacoma but also has a store in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. As you’d expect from the name, they sell all sorts of items sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Treat your loved ones or yourself to specialty food items, hand-blown glass ornaments, Native American goods, and curated gift baskets.
3. Peti Boutique
Peti Boutique is a good place to shop for the cool girl on your list. They stock clothing, accessories, skincare, gifts, and home decor. You can brighten your loved one’s home with a handmade ceramic vase or treat them to an incredible wool sweater from Scotland.
4. Saltstone Ceramics
Saltstone Ceramics is a Seattle ceramics gallery and teaching studio. They are currently featuring 1,500 ceramic pieces from over 60 local artists for your home or for a gift. You could also purchase a gift card, which the recipient is free to use on a ceramics class, workshop, or handmade ceramic piece.
5. The Sock Monster
The Sock Monster sells—you guessed it—socks. They stock lots and lots of socks of every kind, from humorous socks to durable wool socks. If you know someone who likes to jazz up their outfits with funky socks or someone who is always complaining of cold feet, a gift from this shop will be well-received.