9 Women-Owned Businesses Open on Western Avenue
Happy Women’s History Month! With beautiful art and stylish apparel, to plants, hats, and more, we’re celebrating the women of Western Avenue and their delightful stretch of shops that make one of the top hidden gems in Pike Place Market’s historic district.
Take a walkabout down the Hillclimb to discover this colorful band of unique storefronts open for shopping and services!
New Colorful Storefronts!
If you haven’t been to Western Avenue recently, you will be in for a treat! Each business owner has painted their storefront a new color.
Inspired by European storefronts, this rainbow of color is a great photo op and testament to this creative group.
Meet the Businesses
Brooke Westlund Studio & Gallery
1516 Western Avenue
Stop by Brooke’s studio to see her new vibrant works alongside guest artists in the gallery. Colorful swathes find movement and texture in her abstract paintings that brighten the studio space with spirited zeal.
Designer Barbie Bond combines her love for fashion and art in her unique upcycled clothing line embellished with hand-painted touches, bringing an exciting retail element to the gallery. Artist Rebecca Han adorns the walls with elegant, fluid watercolor and oil landscapes, florals, and more that set a soothing and relaxing tone to the space. Browse for pieces in-store or request custom work from any of these talented women!
Eclipse Hat Shop
1518 Western Avenue
Freshly expanded, Sharon brings her expertise in fitting and matching the perfect hat to greater heights with her workshop build-out. This extended space offers greater room for the former quaint shop literally filled to the brim with fedoras, custom felt and straw, and so much more! You can even bring in your worn and torn hats for cleaning and blocking renovation services to refresh beloved vintage pieces.
Freya Bakery & Café
1426 Western Avenue
Catch a respite at this cozy café with comfortable seating to kick back and enjoy daily baked pastries, bread, and specialty coffee drinks. Freya Bakery & Café combines organic and locally sourced ingredients inspired by Scandinavian recipes to craft unique twists on classic baked goods made on-site! Peer through the viewing windows to see their bakers at work while you wait for your order. New specials are rolled out every month with sweet seasonal features.
1901 Western Avenue
Owner Erin Andrews has been making chocolate for over 12 years. She started after her daughters asked where chocolate came from. After taking them to Belize, she fell in love with the world of chocolate. Erin is very creative in the ways she uses the cacao bean. At indi chocolate, find a wide range of cacao-based products including teas, spice rubs, mixology kits, and all-natural luxurious body care products made from cocoa butter.
1529 Western Avenue
Owner Kamille melds style and sustainability in her bright and airy plant shop. Find flora presented using a Japanese-style technique called kokedama, which mounts plants in a ball of moss rather than a traditional pot. This tradition started by exhibiting the exposed root ball of bonsai trees to highlight its elegant root system, and provides a unique display that’s beautiful for any home. They’re hand-wrapped and made to last 1-3 years before the roots outgrow them. Stop in to polish your green thumb and be sure to say hi to shop dog Pablo!
Leolo Handmade Shoes & Leather Goods
1516 Western Avenue
Craftsmanship and style join forces at this new bespoke shoe shop that makes pieces designed and created just for you. Materials are responsibly sourced using vegetable-tanned leather and are completely handcrafted. Catch owner Leanne at work any time you stop into the shop and see her open work bench at various stages of the process. Each pair of shoes takes over 40 hours from start to finish! Aside from footwear, find leather goods like wallets, belts, bags, and jewelry alongside cozy socks, hats, and more wearable goods.
Madame Lazonga's Tattoo
1527 Western Avenue
Madame Vyvyn Lazonga, also known as “Seattle’s First Lady of Tattoo,” has been considered an icon in the realms of tattoo artistry since 1972, earning a range of industry awards over her decades of practice. In commemoration of her 50 years of tattooing, Madame Lazonga invites guests to explore her shop and see the catalog of work that has made up her career.
Seattle Messenger Cooperative
1522 Western Avenue
Worker-owned and operated, count on the members of the messenger cooperative for any of your professional delivery service needs. Their clients include law firms, ad agencies, architectural and design firms, and government agencies who all entrust their secure documents with this reliable and fast service! Stop by and meet the team.
1430 Western Avenue
Owner Rosalie Gale brings art with a wink to her little shop of curiosities. Find their signature shower art inventions, featuring waterproof silly compositions of adult humor perfectly made for an endearing gag gift or self-positivity boost. Her store also features the works of a range of independent artists offering craft kits, jewelry, stickers, and other novelty items. It’s a hoot for anyone looking for unique treasures!