The Alki Beach boutique boasts a bounty of women's, men's, and children's clothing and swimwear. Familiar beach brands bounce alongside smaller swimwear labels in the cheerful shop. Buy the special gentleman in your life a pair of black-and-white Quicksilver board shorts ($52) for his surf across the fjords of Bergen or suit up in a colorful Billabong Indian paradise bikini ($86) and be prepared for impromptu beach romances or fierce swim-fashion walk-offs. Coastal also has gale-shielding coverups and fashionable footwear to protect delicate soles from harsh granules of sand or ant insurrections (black-and-pink Reef Seaside sandals cost $24).
Shoes, clothes, and speed-inducing accessories line the walls at West Seattle Runner, where friendly running enthusiasts help each customer enhance their run. After a fitting, feet stride comfortably in Asics, Saucony, and Mizuno shoes or settle in to the snug hug of new Superfeet insoles. Apparel from Moving Comfort and Oiselle wicks sweat away, and snacks by Clif, Nuun, and GU ensure that athletes have the energy to go on producing more. In addition to peddling their fleet-footed wares, staffers also encourage a robust running community, leading group runs every Wednesday and Sunday.
For a quarter century, Stu Hennessey and his staff have sold snowboards and tuned-up mountain bikes for off-road jaunts at Alki Bike and Board. Today, the shop proliferates an eco-friendly, sustainable, and fun attitude toward transportation with bicycles and boards for sale and a well-kept fleet of bikes for rent. The shop’s rentals give visitors easy access to the city’s bounty of lush scenery and historic sites, and optional tours come with all the supplies necessary to take guided trips through surrounding terrain without having to use the creases on your palm as a road map.
West Seattle Fabric Company's sewing emporium extends to the new Stitch and Sew Studio, which is located down the street from the fabric store. Within this creative haven, guests are encouraged to flex their imagination with the studio's collection of easy-to-use sewing machines and ample work surfaces. In the bright, open studio, instructors teach patrons of all skill levels—during classes, events, and parties—sewing and quilting tips and tricks. From alteration lessons to quilt binding and mending, new Stich and Sew Studio provides clear and simple instruction in a friendly and casual atmosphere. And during open sewing sessions and sewing classes, staff members dispense pro tips as students harness the studio's patterns and tools to whip up pillow shams, dresses, and curtains to shade their stuffed animal cloning lab.
Featured in Seattle and other publications, Moxie Papergoods & Gifts offers greeting cards, stationery, and gifts for all of life's notable events. Custom invitations and announcements can be designed on Twig and Fig, Notoriety Press, The Happy Envelope, and numerous other lines for your upcoming move, wedding, or puppy shower. If you prefer to do your own card contriving, simply choose from an array of card options ($3.25–$18) to take home and fill with your undecipherable heart-moon-star code. In-house imprintable invitations from Snow & Graham and Smudge Ink and can be designed and printed by Moxie within 48 hours (starting at $3 each). "Nibble at the tip of a Swarovski pencil ($6) as you compose a sonnet on a sheaf of boldly printed European paper by the light of an aromatic Zuz Design candle ($24), then seal it with the garden-grass- or Moroccan-tea-scented wax. A prolific purveyor of two-dimensional diversions, the store's inventory also includes novelty books such as 50 Dates Worse Than Yours, The Daily Candy Lexicon, and a Paul Frank sticker kit ($15 each).
With a mastery of acrylics and a particular passion for both natural and urban settings, Painting on the Vine owner Stani Meredith creates her own inimitable magnum opuses and encourages her students to do the same, regardless of their artistic skills. She strives to establish an atmosphere of fun and relaxation, in which her pupils can unleash their creativity while painting sweeping portraits of multihued birds, lush blooms, or how the boss’s house would look covered in toilet paper and justice. Along with the help of local artists, Stani lends her expertise during corporate events or private parties.