Cat Wilcox and Chika Eustace met while working together for a local messenger bag company before going their separate ways for a few years, Cat made pies, while Chika produced a line of wallets and notebooks called R&L Goods. Soon enough, the two found themselves working together yet again in 2012 when they had the opportunity to buy an existing shop. They teamed up and took over eight-year-old Seattle boutique Velouria—the name comes from the former owner's love for the Pixies and the song of the same name. The duo moved the store from Ballard to Pioneer Square in 2014.
“My friend and former employer, Dani Cone, was opening a grocery store in Pioneer Square and it got me excited about the neighborhood,” said Cat. “It has a history of ups and downs, but it’s currently in an upswing. It's Seattle's oldest neighborhood, so it has a rich history and beauty, houses a number of creative agencies and architect firms, and is a hub for multiple transportation options.” Cat and Chika have a knack for discovering new and emerging lines, and some of their current favorites include Gravel & Gold and Curator, and local lines Jessalin Beutler and Lu. As huge supporters of local designers and businesses, their list of go-tos in and around Pioneer Square are definitely ones to add to your own list.
Velour ia, 145 S King St, Seattle, WA
Elm Coffee Roasters
We have so many good spots for coffee in this neighborhood and we frequent ALL of them! They have baked goods by another local shop, the London Plane, and they roast their own beans on site.
240 2nd Ave S #103
Cone & Steiner
We don't just love this shop because we are attached to them—a big barn door connects our two spaces—but also because they have so many local treats, good coffee, and great lunch options. It's an awesome spot for buying food gifts for out-of-town friends, grabbing lunch, or getting an afternoon cup of coffee.
135 S King St
Momo has a great variety of clothing for men and women as well as a little bit of everything else. A great spot for finding a meticulously-made button-up for your favorite man.
310 Occidental Ave S
We often borrow shoes from Clementine's for our photo shoots and I recently got a dress for a wedding from here by Portland maker Howard.
600 S Jackson St
When Chika and I need to get away for lunch and want to feel like we're treating ourselves, we head to Radici. Their menu marries southern Italian cuisine and PNW-sourced seafood, produce, and meats.
314 2nd Ave S
A great spot for happy hour or small plates. I love sitting at the bar and watching the bartenders work their magic. Great cocktails and the space used to be a bank, so all the old details have been kept in tact and refurbished, complete with bank vault.
240 2nd Ave S
E. Smith Mercantile
A great spot for grabbing a drink--everybody who works here is amazing. Old mercantile style shop with a bar in back--they have a little of everything, great apothecary and delicious pantry goods.
208 1st Avenue South