When Rob Panowicz looks into a diamond, he sees more than its sparkle. He sees subtleties of cut and color that are virtually invisible to the layman's eye. It makes sense that his knowledge runs so deep?after all, he's been working within Panowicz Jewelers, a family-owned jewelry shop on Market Street, since he was a child.
"Dad opened the store shortly after my first birthday, and we kind of grew up with the store," he said. "My job in the first grade was to come down Saturday morning to wash the floor, sweep the sidewalk, and wash the window inside and out."
Today, Rob has stepped into the role his father once held, welcoming visitors into the boutique and handpicking the most radiant diamonds he can find for his shop. Customers can also find diamonds, engagement rings and world renowned jewelry collections by designers such as Alberto Petochi, the sixth-generation Roman jeweler behind the 1884 Collection. Panowicz and his team take custom orders, too, crafting one-of-a-kind designs for clients who wish to stand out even at parties held inside gold mines.
Behind Silver Moon Jeweler's stately black flared awning, delicate wood and glass display cases glitter with precious stones and sterling-silver jewelry for women and men. Baubles from more than 40 artists such as Boma, Holly Yashi, and Rosselini dapple bracelets with inlaid stones, lend spartan embellishments to stately men's rings, and crown women's rings with jewels such as onyx and blue topaz. Silver Moon Jewelers nestles every bauble in a sealed gift bag along with an anti-tarnish strip to ensure ornaments remain sparkling and free of smudges and ancient curses.
Since 1982, the licensed opticians at Kitsap Optical have been keeping their eyes on emerging technologies, helping ensure their customers can view the world with 20/20 clarity. After each exam, the staff assemble eyeglasses with prescription lenses that correct blurry vision and popular brand-name frames that suit the client's unique sense of style.
With tags emblazoned proudly with the Made in the U.S.A. moniker and simple, bright fashions that fit almost any neighborhood, it’s not hard to see American Apparel’s appeal. Their clothing, shoes and accessories are known for their edgy style and fashionable colors, with the added benefit of having every piece stitched together from their factory in Los Angeles. The downtown Seattle outpost of this retail chain is known for their ample collection of most things in the American Apparel catalogue, including the hoodies and long socks that come in hand during blustery Seattle days. Of course, the brightly-hued dresses and leggings are always popular with a certain set of youngish buyers, and the clothing cuts tend to skew toward hip-hugging, rather than baggy. If you’re unsure, hold out for one of their many sales to catch a piece on clearance.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.