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Store Spotlight: Constellation & Co.

Sara McNally, letterpress extraordinaire, is the owner of Constellation & Co. in Seattle’s historic Fishermen’s Terminal. She runs her own stationery company, producing witty and beautiful cards, along with supporting other small businesses. Her shop is full of her own card creations, and products from friends! Sara has a passion for cards and stationery which can be found within the shop walls, and with her other ventures of Card Club and Snail Mail Superstar. We love that she has found a way to turn her passions into meaningful relationships with customers and clients!Q: Who are the owners/operators and when did your store open? / what inspired you to open?
A: Constellation & Co. is owned and operated by me, Sara McNally! I started designing greeting cards in 2009. I bought my first printing press and formally founded Constellation & Co. in 2011. I opened a brick & mortar stationery and gift store in 2014. I wanted a space to connect with our community, show off my beautiful printing presses, and curate a selection of beautiful and fun gift items for our customers!

 

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?/ What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: We’re located at the Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal, so we try to keep things on a local and nautical theme. Our biggest weekend every year is the Fishermen’s Fall Festival, a great community event that raises money for the families of fishermen who have been lost at sea. I’ve served on the board for the event and designed the poster for the past 4 years.

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: The coolest place in our neighborhood is Discovery Park. It’s a 534 acre nature park. It’s the largest city park in Seattle, and a place of breathtaking majesty! Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers a spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. It has two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams. It’s epic.

Q: What instagram accounts do you follow that you most enjoy?
A: I love: @poorlydrawnlines @morganharpernichols @calliopepaperie @designcrush @edelweiss_post @kristen_ley

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
We’re always have something fun on the horizon! The Fishermen’s Fall Festival and the shop’s 4th birthday is coming up on September 15th, we’re planning a customer appreciation event in October, and then it’s full steam ahead to the holidays!

Find Constellation & Co. at:

1900 West Nickerson Street
Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98119

+Follow them @constellationco

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by Maptote

Store Spotlight: Shout and About

Tamara Houghten is the shopkeeper behind LA-based gift shop, Shout and About. She had always dreamed of opening a retail shop and was finally able to make her dream a reality in 2015 when she found herself at a loss finding a good local spot for affordable, well designed gifts. Her main objective when opening the shop was to really embrace the setting of Echo Park, a neighborhood that is so dear to her heart, and to create an energetic, and inviting space.

Q: How would you describe your store aesthetic?/ What’s a fun or interesting store fact?
A: The first word I would use to describe Shout and About is without a doubt, fun! We never shy away from color or pattern and I think it’s hard for anyone not to feel happy after a stroll through our tiny, urban oasis. It’s a reflection of my love for design and supporting independent brands & designers. The shop is also full of lots of plants that are all also for sale, which, fun fact, are all provided by my wonderful sister-in-law who owns the California native plant nursery, Artemisia Collective!

Q: If there is one thing someone “must do” when they visit your area, what would you recommend?
A: Take a stroll around the Echo Park Lake where you can hop into one of the swan paddle boats, grab a fresh, hot churro, and people watch from your picnic blanket on the grass! The Echo Park Lake is just down the road from us & underwent a massive renovation in 2013. It’s well worth a visit and is an amazing LA landmark!

Q: What instagram accounts do you follow that you most enjoy?
A: Some of my absolute favorite Instagram accounts are those of local bloggers with incredible, fun style, such as @ohjoy, @sfgirlbybay, and @studiodiy. I also love utilizing Instagram as a platform to find new products & brands, so am constantly on the hunt for fun new accounts!

Q: What’s next for you/your store? Any upcoming sales/events?
A: Just this week the store was revamped for summer and is full of so many new & old favorites! We recently started carrying the work of one of my favorite LA inspirations, Earth + Element, and her beautiful pieces can currently be seen all throughout the shop. Pottery is one of my personal favorite categories we carry and is something we are continually getting more of as of late, including lots of incredible pieces from Morocco soon!

Find Shout and About at:

1547 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90026

+Follow them @shout.and.about

Posted on August 7th, 2018 by Maptote

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