Sponsored by the Seattle Office of Economic Development. Curated by Drag & Drop Creative
‘Tis the season of giving. Here are some of our reader recommendations along with featured shops and items to make your holidays more cheerful.
“I appreciate a well-curated shop that includes a culturally representative group of makers and products. The Marketplace at the Wing Luke Museum warmly invites me in every time I visit! From books, to toys, to the most delicate of jewelry and pins, I always discover something singular.” ~ Erin Shigaki
Marketplace at the Wing Luke Museum
Marketplace is more than a gift shop, the store sources from over 100 small businesses as part of their commitment to being a community-based organization. Proceeds from the Marketplace support our exhibitions and youth programs.
In store and online at wingluke.org.
“One of my favorite places in the entire CID is the Wing Luke Museum.By giving someone a membership, you’re giving them access to The Wing’s incredible collection of 20,000 artifacts, photographs, books, films,and generations of art, history, culture, and story. You can even take that experience to the next level and give someone a Chinatown Discovery walking tour (or Food Tour!) as a gift. Oh, and you can also shop the Marketplace at The Wing which has unique gifts sourced from over 100 small businesses! ~ Jamie Ford, Novelist
Imperial Foot Massage is Seattle’s best-kept secret. With both affordable prices and impeccable service, you’ll feel like an empress after a professional massage from IFM. They specialize in reflexology and use their knowledge to help you feel good and increase your well-being. From the bottom of your feet to the crown of your head, you’ll feel wonderful as they activate pressure points with a reflexology massage. In store and online.
900 S. Jackson St. Ste 217. | imperialfootmassage.com
“I enjoy gifting full body and foot massages. While it’s been several years since I visited, I recall that some of the most genuine and affordable body massage is available at the Washington State Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Center. I also like the foot massage (which usually includes arms and back) at Meng’s Dream Foot Massage, Magical Massage, and Imperial Foot Massage, among others. I know there are several new foot massage places and I plan to eventually try them as well. ~ Connie So
Sairen x LulumiereHoliday Teacups
This holiday collection combines old and new. They’ve picked some of their favorite vintage Japanese tea cup and filled them with their favorite Lulumiere scents.
600 S Jackson St. | shopsairen.com
“I’m a big fan of Sairen in Nihonmachi and have been going there since it was Momo! I’m always able to find unique trinkets and gifts, from beautiful notecards to canvas totes. Also, I would be remiss not to shout out the new neighborhood arts shop Flower Flower and its selection of jewelry, art prints,and clothes from queer and trans, Asian and Pacific Islander vendors.” ~ Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales
Vital T Leaf – Various Tea Sets
Vital T Leaf offers more than just a warm, relaxing cup of your favorite organic tea. We deliver our wholesome teas to customers across the nation, supplying us with bulk leaves and high-quality accessories through our online tea emporium. In store and online.
651 S Jackson St | vtlseattle.com
“Whenever I want to buy tea for a gift, particularly for those who are “connoisseurs,” I usually I stop by Vital T Leaf and New Century Tea. There are often some specials if you buy a certain number of items. But many people also like Seattle’s Best Tea and the Jardin Tea, which I also plan to visit. The tea typically comes in beautiful packaging, too. ~ Connie So
Maneki-neko Card Holder – KOBO Seattle
Hand crafted and painted wood Lucky Cat. Maneki-nekobeckons business, prosperity, good luck. A card slot on its back is a good place for a message, fortune or a business card. Made in Japan. Natural finish, black paint.
604 S. Jackson St. | koboseattle.com
“In Japantown, I used to go to Higo’s to buy sewing supplies as a 7th grader in Home Economics; I am now drawn to KOBO at Higo for the quality of its contemporary gifts, particularly its sometime unusual pieces,such as polished stones of unusual shapes and designs that exercise the imagination. For the pragmatic, the “seal” size stones can be carved on the bottoms with one’s name in Chinese characters!” ~ Betty Lau
Catch ’em all at Tabletop Village
A family owned business with the primary focus on community building and Pokemon. Welcoming all members of the community and all Pokemon trainers big and small with different levels of experience. In store and online.
616 8th Avenue South | tabletopvillage.com
Bandai Witches from Mercury Gundam kit at International Model Toys
From the latest Gundam series (Mobile Suit Gundam Witch of Mercury), the main character Gundam Aerial is three-dimensionalized in the HG series. Shopping available in store only.
524 S King Street
Drag and Drop Creative x CID Block Party Merch
Get your swag on and rep your favorite neighborhood with this custom designed collaboration, one-of-a-kind sweater of CID landmarks. You can also find additional unique CID branded merch online. Shopping available online only at shop.drgdrp.com
Artwork by@stacynguyencreative at Little Saigon Creative
Come by to shop Stacy’s work and support other local artists and creators, Monday – Friday + the 1st Saturday of each month, 9am – 4pm. Shopping available online only at 1227 S Weller St., Suite A. | flsseattle.org/little-saigon-creative
Gan Bei Eatery & Bar Graphic T’s and Hoodies
Gan Bei is the the Chinese equivalent of the English“cheers”. They serve comfort Asian & Chinese food.Be sure to order Chicken and Gravy with side ofT-shirt for the full Gan Bei experience. Shopping available in bar only.
670 S Weller St, Seattle. | Instagram: @ganbeiseattle
The Ube Experience at Hood Famous Cafe + Bar
Not only can you get the best ube in town, you can also purchase gift items in-store for the full Hood Famous experience. In store and online.
504 5th Ave S, Suite 107A | hoodfamousbakeshop.com
The Biōm Experience
They use sound, plant and light therapy to help you clear the mind, release stressful energy and reach a deep meditative state. By appointment.
670 S King St | biomseattle.com
Koi THC Gummies at Trichome
Koi makes THC gummies for the way you want to feel. Whether you want an energizing high or heavy body stone you can tune your experience at Trichome with their broad selection of edibles. Shopping available in store only.
618 S Jackson St. | trichomeseattle.com
The book 7 Forms of Respect from Curiosity Based
The 7 Forms of Respect™ by Dr. Julie Pham, can help you improve team communication by sparking revealing conversations around respect. Online only.
Fort St. George Graphic T
Come for the shirt stay for Japanese comfort food and drink. A long-time favorite with locals and visitors alike. Shopping available in bar only.
601 S King St Ste 202 | fortstgeorgeseattle.com