stephmodo: Lucca


• 27 June 2011

One of my favorite places in Seattle to window shop is a gorgeous boutique called Lucca, located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. In fact, Lucca is situated on my favorite street in Ballard--Ballard Ave. Forget Market Street, this off shoot is where it's at! Lucca is not only impeccably styled, but also offers the most interesting finds--Japanese art supplies, French tea, pretty jewelry, surprise balls, Italian toothpaste and a few vintage trinkets here and there for good measure. And these are just a few I can name off the top of my head! It's one of the most fascinating, most well-edited collections I've ever seen (I bought that clever card I mentioned Friday over at Lucca). But, the deal cincher was really the pricing--it's quite reasonable. In fact, you could easily walk out of there with a little souvenir for under $10. I love that.

The best time of the week to hit Ballard Ave is Thursday, Friday or Saturday--anytime after 11 a.m.--as there are a few other fantastic shops to hit that are only open during those times. Also, be sure to hit the following eateries while you're in the neighborhood:

* the Walrus & the Carpenter (for dinner--everything is good but the oysters are a must)
* the Other Coast (for lunch--try the roasted veggie and have it toasted)
* D'Ambrosio Gelato (try the pistachio!)

images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo


  1. Steph,
    It sounds and looks beautiful. I've always wanted to move to Seattle.

    P.S. We are giving away 2 books from Studio Violet. Stop By :)

  2. I will put this on my hit list for next time I am in town!

  3. I want to go! But Ohio is so far away! Sigh.

  4. So I'm totally drooling over this shop! It's just the sort of Place that one must visit... Awesome recommendation, Steph. Now I just need to plan a trip to Seattle... LOL!

  5. Perfect timing on this post! We head up to Seattle in the middle of July and I have just started my "research" of all of the fabulous places I want to visit while I'm there. So a HUGE thank you!

  6. I would love to visit all the mentioned places - when do you find time go without kids? Or do you take them? I'm feeling very unmotivated to go into any shops or restaurants with a 2.5 year old - any tips?

  7. Shannon, I typically hire a babysitter for little jaunts like these or go when the kids are in school and I just have Baby Gray to manage. The summer does make getting out tricky though...

  8. rusty ferris wheel? Love *sigh*

  9. I have no idea how I stumbled on your blog today - but I JUST got back from 2 weeks in Ballard and I love this street also! So beautiful, it reminds me a lot of Gastown in Vancouver. I have a few photos on my blog from our trip :)

    (Oh, it was a link to your 'less is more' post that brought me here...which I couldn't agree with more!)


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