The Shopping on Seventy-Third Street
The intrepid Monica Cohn filed this report for us from the great northern hinterlands west of Greenlake.
The action, as any Seattleite knows, is east of Aurora at Seventy-Third Street. However, those who cross over will find a trio of shops at the snug little corner of Linden and Seventy-Third.
Five steps took us wall to wall in Flock (7305 Linden Avenue North), a cubbyhole of a boutique, but one that is busting out with a smarmy set of goods. Though the shop had totes, key chains, and handmade soaps, it is the t-shirts etched with a mélange of sultry sirens and sea life that rule the roost. We loved a shirt with Lauren Bacall under a street light etched on it for $23 and the baby onesies, especially the zebra-printed yellow one for $17. We hope that Flock emerges with a few choices for the under-ten-but-over-one crowd; perhaps the Little Rascals?
"Lost in thought," set in Chocolati, courtesy of Seattlest Flickr pool member ChrisB in SEA
Afterwards, he informed us that they did not have hand treatments yet, but they would soon be turning into a full service salon. We hope so; we were pleased to note Sugarcomb’s late hours on Tuesday and Friday--open until 8 p.m.--perfect for those of us with a nine-to-five weekdays and a full-time family on the weekends. And we were impressed with the reasonable prices: $40-45 for a women’s cut and $30-35 for a men’s.
We wandered across the way into Furnishments (7216 North Linden Avenue). The shop is part home accouterments and furniture sales and part home staging business. The pictures, mirrors, pillows, and throws galore fit right into both sides of the business, but we wondered where the Louis Vuitton shoulder bag did. Does displaying a Louis Vuitton bag help a home sell, we wondered. Do the home owners look less desperate--or more?
We examined $25.99 cast irons and were glad our grandmother had left her old irons to us; we use them as bookends. We admired a $149 marble-topped table for the garden but did not think it would fit in our garden. We were more struck by a wooden deck chair, made of two solid pieces of wood with a convex carving on its back and considered making room for it on our over-crowded patio (perhaps throw something out?) but we were uncertain that, for $140, that carving would rest comfortably under our back.
We admit it; we did venture east of Aurora. A dark-chocolate lover and friend had raved about Chocolati (7810 E. Greenlake Drive North) so we dutifully trekked over to the Eastside. We slid out of the wet weather and into the warm, mint-chocolate-scented air of Chocolati. We could not decide on one truffle--they were all too intriguing sounding--but we could decide on the fish ‘n’ chips: potato chip-spiked chocolates that were a sweet-and-salty crunch.
And for a drink? Of course, we had to opt for hot chocolate, the specialty of the house. We decided on the cayenne-spiked hot chocolate and waited for our blood to warm before we ventured back into the Seattle drizzle for our next shopping excursion.