Walgreen are chain stores in the United States. You can find these stores scattered around. These are pharmacies but they also sell different items from groceries, toiletries to cosmetics. I noticed that the store in Las Vegas also sell t-shirts with Las Vegas prints on them. We buy these to bring home as gifts to friends.
Walgreen in Washington State also sell these t-shirts. The sell Washington State logos on them that shows Mt. Rainier or the Space Needel in Seattle. These come in different sizes from small to XXL.
What to buy: T-shirts with Seattle logos or Washington State logos on them.
What to pay: 3 for $12.00
The shop specilializes in airplanes, of course. You can buy anything about airplanes and helicopters. I bought a pin of the Blue Angels. There are also helicopter earrings. There are books about airplanes, airplane toys, museum refrigerator magnets, etc
What to buy: Refrigerator magnets/pins
What to pay: $3.99
Bottleworks is the premier beer specialty retail outlet in town. This is no mega store but rather a small locally run shop run by people who know and obviously love beer. Though it is not particularly large, they do have a well thought out selection of largely domestic beers though expect to find a fair selection of Belgians as well. The store is well laid out and beers are easy to find. The people in the store are not pushy but certainly very willing to help you out in your selection. You can tell they have actually drank most of the beers in the store and make no pretence whether they liked a beer or not. I didn't always agree with their recommendations but I think they were honest and a reflection of what they liked.
If you have read my many brewpub tips on this page, you might wonder how I could possibly need to get even more beer, right? Well, not all craft beers are available in brewpubs. Some micros just bottle their stuff and others are in towns we did not get to. We also had a few nights when we hung out at out friends' house and I wanted to drink some local beers with them too.
Here's some I found: 1) St. Wilbur Weizen-Bayern Brewing, Missoula, MT-Honey hued w/rocky head. Nice banana clove overtone, in the Bavarian style. Not cloying and fairly clean finish. One of the better US Bavarian style weizens though lacks yeasty flavor you would expect. 2) Bayern Pilsner-A bit dark for a pils but nice fluffy head and citrusy nose. Bitter palate and clean dry finish.
What to buy: 3) Schwarzbier-Baron Brewing, Seattle-Darn brown w/ little head. Fair roasty Germanic dunkles. Nothing amazing but not bad. 4) Rauchbier-Baron Brewing-Mostly malty brew that loses its head immediately. Light smokey flavor is the only thing that makes it remotely interesting. Bland. 5) Über Weisse-Baron Brewing-8.5%-Deep garnet w/dense tan head. Dried fruit and some roasty malt but odd bitterness mars the overall impression. Better than other two Baron beers but not what I had hoped for in the brewery. 6) Dick's Hefeweizen(4%)-Centralia, WA-Looks more like a dunkleweizen but does exhibit yeasty profile typical of a weizen though lacking any fruity quality. An odd bitterness mars the overall flavor. 7) Dick's Cream Stout (4.5%)-Black w/ tan head & slight coffee nose. Bitter coffee palate w/ some chocolate. Uneven finish mars overall impression. 8) Dick's Imperial Stout (7.5%)-Black w/ fluffy head. A bit thin and simple for the style but the best of Dick's lot. 9) Dogzilla Black IPA-Laughing Dog, Sandpoint, ID-Darn brown with reddish hightlights and fluffy tan head. Dry hoppy palate w/ some roasty bitterness to boot. It's a shame they skimped on the malt for what otherwise would be a more memorable beer. 10) Moylan's Ran Sullivan Imperial Stout (10%)-Novato, CA-Black w/ garnet highlights & dense tan head. Dried fruit nose & palate that dries incredibly in the dry bitter finish. Best beer of this lot.
It seems I picked more losers than normal but Germanic beers are tough to replicate and the beers of Baron Brewing in Seattle were a major disappointment. Dick's also contributed quite a few bad beers. I'll not be buying anything from either brewery for a long time. You live and you learn. In this case, you taste and you learn. ;)
What to pay: Craft beers are not cheap, running close to $10 for a six-pack. 22 oz bottles go for $5-10 though special beers and some that are aged can be appreciably more.
Ooooo I love shopping here!!! Especially since they don't have these shops in Canada.
The closest thing to Victoria's Secret we have here is 'La Senza'...or 'La Vie en Rose', which are also great places to shop when you're looking for that "little something special".
Besides just intimate apparel, VS also carries a great line of cosmetics and perfumes...for men as well as women.
Their lingerie is very feminine and sexy without being trashy. Well...I suppose with some imagination one could create a trashy outfit...but that's entirely up to you. I prefer something beautiful but also comfortable, and VS delivers.
The atmosphere is very friendly and the sales clerks are very helpful.
What to buy: Super-sexy Lingerie, sleepwear, cosmetics, perfumes, loungewear.
Visiting an Aveda store or salon is a transforming experience.
Step inside to enter a world of aromatic pure flower and plant essences.
Sip their complementary licorice and peppermint Comforting Tea while you browse through their beautiful products.
And relax with any of their complimentary sensory experiences.
A completely stress-free way to shop, or simply unwind.
What to buy: All of Aveda products are excellent!!
The main reasons why I love the Aveda line of products so much is because their ingredients all come from natural sources, and, are harvested in a way that sustains the earth...and they don't test on animals!!!...an approach that few other companies follow.
What to pay: The products are a little more expensive but they are SO WORTH IT!!!...as they are made with great care, using the BEST NATURAL ingredients, and they never test on animals.
I first heard of this place watching a show called 24 Hours in Seattle. The host visiting this Fish Market and it seemed to be more famous because of the fact they through the fish as apposed to the fish products themselves.
It is definitely a lively place within the Pike Place Market. Here is a quote from their web site that appears to be true, "A few years ago, we at Pike Place Fish committed ourselves to becoming "world famous". We’ve accomplished this - not by spending any money on advertising (we’ve never spent a dime), but by being truly great with people. We interact with people with a strong desire to make a difference for them. We want to give each person the experience of having been served and appreciated, whether they buy fish or not. We love them."
What to buy: Fish!
What to buy:
There’s No Business Like the Grow Business, The Seattle Story 1851 – 1901 by Bill Speidel. I bought this book after completing the Underground Tour. The promoted the book and I was torn between and Seattle Then and Now book with lots of pictures and this one. After reading the Sons of the Profits I had no regrets. It was an easy and fun good to read.
Bill tells the story of early settlers like Arthur Denny, John Pinnel and Henry Yesler just to name some of them. The books in humorous fashion talks about the dirty tricks of these pioneers, what brought them to Seattle, how they persevered and so on. It explained how they made fortunes, how they competed against each other and it was interesting how the import of fine women made Seattle the port of choice for those in search of logs for San Francisco and gold in the Klondike.
After reading this book so much more about Seattle finally made since. For example why things were they way they are, who the streets where named after and so forth. What started the infamous Seattle spirit! How the characters of the Denny’s and John Pinnel gave the city split identifies.
This book was less than $10 so I recommend you buy it. The competitive spirit of Seattleites is alive and well today.
My favorite store because I can buy quality clothes and accessories without busting my budget! My favorite brand of clothes is INC. My favorite purse is Coach. I like the Duffle bags especially the big ones. I also buy my shoes at Macy's because they are very affodable and they last a long time.
The stores open at 10:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm. Their weekly schedule starts at 11:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm
What to buy: Women's wear, men's wear, accessories, purses, belts, sunglasses, kitchen ware, bedroom accessories, furnitures, rugs, etc
What to pay: Not sure what you wanted to buy. It depends on your budget. Make sure to use their coupons. Ask the sales lady if they have some. They usually stash some coupons in their counters! It doesn't hurt to ask.
This place is located in the Pike Place Market. You just have to go down some stairs to find it but if you are into Spanish cousine I would go here.
I bought some Saffron and had a great chat with one of the lady's there. She really knew her stuff and gave me some great tips on how to make a better Paella.
She gave me a couple of recipes as well. But one thing I learnt about Saffron was the longer you let it step the better it is, the same as tea for example.
You'll love this store like I said if your looking for something Spanish!
In line with funky establishments my attention was also drawn to the Erotic Bakery. I didn’t actually shop here on my visit but there is a web site and if this tickles your fancy, LOL you should go there. I have to say this was the first time I had seen an Erotic Bakery so I felt obliged to put it on VT. Apparently this place is popular with students from the University of Washington when they are hosting birthday parties and that sort of thing.
In Pike Place Market but fronting on First Street is the appropriately named "First & Pike News." I just loved the look of this place! It looks rather old, and even New York-ish but it only opened in 1979 under the original name of "Read All About It." The little business grew rapidly when everyone wanted the news about the Mt. St. Helen's eruption in 1980, and it has thrived since then.
Now called "First & Pike News," it carries an extensive selection of magazines and newspapers from countries around the world such as Spain, India, Philippines, Russia, England, etc. It's also a good place for maps, postcards and they will sell you stamps also, but they add a few extra cents to the price of stamps!
The First & Pike News is one of those places I'd probably frequently visit if I lived in Seattle
What to buy: If you can't live without the New York Times or the Philadelphia Inquirer or some other international newspaper or magazine while you're on vacation in Seattle, this is THE place to get it!
I must thank arasnosliw for being thorough and making sure I got to see nearly every last detail and funky place to be found. This store is a fine example. If you are looked for the oddest thing in Seattle this is the place to find it over in Fremont. Whether its fake vomit, mustaches, a pirate wallet, action figures, etcetera its all here.
You never know you may be in Seattle for a theme party, Halloween or you just might want to stand out, change your identity. I am not sure but keep this place in mind.
Even though it's not as big as Portland's Powell's Books, I must say that I had just as much fun shopping at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company. This bookstore originally opened in the Pioneer Square area back in 1973, but it has recently moved to the more lively Capital Hill area. The new store is pretty big, and with its wooden bookshelves, floors and ceilings, it offers the kind of cozy book warehouse atmosphere that is absolutely perfect for book shopping! Of course they offer a huge selection of books, along with really good staff recommendations, frequent author readings and book club meetings. Since I've made the resolution never to buy books at full price, I headed for their discount section and found so many good deals, I left with a bag full of classic and contemporary novels. It truly is a must-see attraction for book lovers in Seattle!
Besides all the funky urban art, one thing I didn't want to miss in Fremont was Theo Chocolate. This chocolate factory is first and foremost proud to be the only fair-trade organic chocolate factory in the United States. But Theo is much more than just a nice philosophy - they actually make amazing chocolate! And when you visit their store in Fremont, you get to sample every single one of their creations. Their classic and fantasy flavor collections of chocolate bars are great - I especially liked their spicy chile dark chocolate bar and their chai tea and coconut curry milk chocolate bars. After carefully sampling each flavour, we ended up buying four chocolate bars - and now that their Christmas collection is out, I think I might even order some more online!
Theo Chocolate is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Factory tours are also offered, check out the Website for more details.
What to pay: The classic chocolate bars cost $4 each, while the fantasy flavor ones cost $3.25 each.
It's one of the high end stores in Seattle. It has many branches but there is one in the heart of Seattle. You can buy a lot of stuffs in Nordstrom. They have quality shoes, purses, clothes, jewelries, etc.
Nordstrom opens at 9:30 am to 9:00 pm. On weekends, it opens at 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
What to buy: Shoes, purses, eyeglasses, men's wear, women's wear, children's, accessories, etc.
What to pay: Depending on what you buy and what brand.
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