There are very few shops left around Seattle that I remember from growing up here. Flora & Henri is one of them. I recall driving by their old storefront back in the day. They had the most adorable children’s clothes in the window, giving me major ‘someday’ goals for dressing my own kids! Then, in 2012, they closed up shop and went purely online.
During that time, they grew their product to include a beautifully curated assortment of home and lifestyle goods. And then – lucky us – they made the decision to reopen a storefront that could not be any more bright and welcoming, right in my old neighborhood of Pioneer Square…
I think I literally gasped when I walked into the store for the first time. The huge iron doors, the high-gloss white floors, and beautiful merchandising is just what the Seattle landscape needs more of right now. Locally-owned and refreshingly designed with an elevated but approachable assortment.
I love the way home goods, fashion, jewelry, and – their signature – children’s goods – mingle together effortlessly, creating a homey environment in the 3,000 square foot space.
The historic building that was once the Schwabacker Hardware Store, was designed by flora and henri Owner Jane Hedreen and award-winning architect Eric Cobb, and constructed by Tim and Patrick Dolan of Dolan Built. The combination of old and new in a space like this is always a favorite of mine.
The team behind flora & henri knew that they wanted to be able to also house their office in the storefront, and built in this open loft where enough privacy is given for a functional work space, but they also get to enjoy the buzz of the shop below. Hello, dream job!!
Now more than ever I feel like supporting local business is essential. Seattle in particular has lost a bit of character with all the growth it’s experienced in the past decade, and it’s so nice to see a familiar face like flora & henri re-emerge into what will be a well-loved space for years to come.