When the stylish need a Louis Vuitton fix, they head to this gleaming, jewel box Downtown Seattle store, known for its friendly, helpful salespeople and its eye-catching selection. With women’s luxury shoes, wallets, purses, iPhone and iPad cases, plus carry-on luggage and men’s shoes and bags in the latest Vuitton colors, it’s easy to see why the iconic LV logo has become so ubiquitous. With superior build quality and long-lasting looks, many of Louis Vuitton’s handbags and luggage accessories are meant to last a lifetime, if treated well. Wise shoppers let the salesperson know just what they have in mind, and the glittery store can even provide hot stamping on site, to personalize purchases with their own initials.
With Seattle’s often unpredictable weather, it’s best to have a hat on the ready at all times, to brace against the rain or keep ears from freezing solid. Thankfully, Byrnie Utz Hats in Downtown Seattle is on the case, with more than 20,000 head-toppers in stock. That means there’s something for men, women and little ones in the stacks and stacks of available hats, with quality options spanning from Kangol and Dobbs to Stetson cowboy hats. Of course, there are the classic fedoras, along with pork pies, bowlers, homburg dress hats, Irish tweeds, driving caps, summer straws, berets, beanies and more, many in a variety of colors and sizes to make sure you get the perfect look and fit. The store also reshapes older hats, just in case grandpa’s Mad Men fedora is looking a little droopy.
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
Providing a number of prominent purse props and jangly gems for the Sex and the City movie, Avelle adorns outfits and enhances accessory collections, renting out more than 4,000 styles of handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and watches from top brands without the expense and commitment of a designer purchase. Festoonery aficionados can rent chosen accessories from over 150 designers for a month or an entire vacation to Narnia and then return them free of charge with an easily printed shipping label, leaving closets liberated for the next adopted attaché. Excite disenchanted shoulders with a regular rotation of handbags, such as the feminine Kate Spade Union Square Opus tote ($38 per month, $100 per 3 months), the chic purple leather Cole Haan mini satchel handbag ($48 per month, $125 per 3 months), or the roomy blue cowhide Furla megumi large hobo bag ($58 per month, $150 per 3 months).
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
Cherry Street Coffee House displays local art, hosts live music, and holds events at each of its locations. Steam rises from blends of house coffees, forming the shape of perfume bottles that spritz the cafes with the aromas of Brazil nuts and dark cocoa. A medley of coffee beans from Papua New Guinea and Central and South America flavor the signature espresso, which guests can enjoy in between bites of house-made breakfast bagels, quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Cherry Street's kitchen staff supplies a list of ingredients, highlighting which vibrant dishes are vegan, contain dairy and nuts, or plan to transform into dairy and nuts.