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Polite Society Picks - Shop Small in Seattle
Photo by Yvonne Chan at Ritual

Photo by Yvonne Chan at Ritual

Here at Polite Society we are big fans of supporting other small businesses, so for this installment of our blog we asked our staff to share their favorite place to shop small in Seattle.

Hans: Retrofit Home.  Not just a furniture/home furnishings store -  they always seem to find something fresh and local - Plus for 14 years they have been doing a $100 and under group art show supporting some great local artists.  Love!

Shelby: Baleen in Ballard is my go-to shop for unique, handmade jewelry & accessories for myself, as well as interesting gifts for others. The owners are fans of of good design and believe that thoughtful, beautiful objects don't always have to be expensive (bless them). It also doesn't hurt that it's a couple blocks from my house, so I can pop by in a pinch and always find something special! 

Yvonne Chien: Prism in Ballard is an amazing, carefully curated shop with beautiful clothing, accessories, and home wares. It's a great place to go when you want to beautify your home or closet, and when you have an empty wallet it's also the perfect shop to discover artists who sell uniquely designed items! 

Serene: I love to roam around Swanson's Nursery. I'm not good at keeping my plants alive yet... but I'm learning! It's fun wandering through their various plant displays as well as grabbing a bite at their cafe, watching the koi and perusing their shop for jewelry, books and general home decor. 

Chuck: When I want something special like a suit, Khulman's on 1st Avenue. When I want to just look for something for me, Pacific Galleries Antique Mall. Great finds and some amazing midcentury and northwest art. There are a lot of small places I like, Melrose Market, Chop House, Stock & Pantry.... I could go on but will leave it here. 

Desmond: Jive Time in Fremont has an amazing selection of records and the staff is very knowledgable. The only downside is that every time I go, I end up spending way too much money on records! :)

Yvonne Chan: I love the Plant Shop on Pine St. in Capitol Hill! They have an excellent selection of low-maintenance plants and friendly staff that will help you find something you only need to water once a month! 

Sarah: I love Ritual on Capitol Hill. I wear something from there nearly every day, and it is close enough I can stop by for a Tarot reading on my lunch break or a glass of wine after work!

Dru: Is Mudbay small? (Like his beloved cat, Dru is a man of few words)

Polite Society Picks - Capitol Hill Lunch Spots!
(Photo from  Manao Thai Instagram )

(Polite Society Picks - every month, our staff weighs in a topic such as their favorite places to eat, local happenings, and more!)

This month, we asked our staff what their favorite lunch spot is. In Capitol Hill, there is SO much to eat - and collectively we’ve definitely tried a lot! Some of us got a little more creative with the format of their answer, which is probably a testament to just how tasty their lunch spot is.

Chuck: Café Presse. I don't go here as much as I would like but nothing is better than their Steak Frites, a nice fresh salad and a glass of rosé for lunch, unless you add someone to gossip with and maybe have a second glass of wine... 

Hans: I squeeze my eyes shut
Authentic and so tasty
I'm back in Tokyo

Shelby: I have a bit of a breakfast sandwich problem (as in, addiction), and Café Argento makes my favorite sando on the hill. I know we're talking about favorite lunch spots here, but it's not rare that I hit up Argento on my way to work, order a veggie egg sammie on jalapeño bagel (add hot sauce!) and eat half for breakfast and half for lunch. Two birds, one bagel! 

Sarah: I am a big fan of the laid-back rock n roll vibe at Bimbos Cantina. Thanks to their $7.95 lunch special, I could afford to make my dream of eating vegan tacos every day a reality, plus they have a truly impressive selection of hot sauces (vital in a taco spot) and friendly bartenders that help me with my lunchtime crosswords.

Serene: Bok-a-bok has such great fried chicken sammies! I like the variation in sauces they offer on each one. What’s best is when I can snag items off happy hour while grabbing a drink at The Runaway. 

Tracie: The heavenly aroma fills the air
Nostalgia kicks in 
and so does the caffeine fix 
at Caffe Vita 

Desmond: Manoa Thai. Probably the best Thai place in the city. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but my favorite is the Phad Grapau with a fried egg.

Yvonne: I’ve definitely told someone before that I would never pay money for a salad, but then Plum opened up Chopped, their low-key hipster salad stand, and now I’m almost all the way through a punch card…

Dru: (He did not respond to our inquiry so we can only assume he hates all lunch foods and Capitol Hill)