Whenever I’m in need of a creative, unique or somewhat curious gift, there’s no better place than Lucca in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Situated on Ballard Avenue, a charming brick street with historic commercial buildings, Lucca’s dark wooden storefront and simple, botanical painted entrance sign are easy to stroll pass. But inside you’ll find a vast collection of oddities.
Part vintage-art shop, part lavish gift shop, the curation of items is impeccable. You’ll find the expected hand drawn cards and local organic beauty products, but also fake and fuzzy mounted animal heads, Gothic-designed china and spooky garden gargoyles.
While I wish I could decorate my entire apartment with items from Lucca, I often spend time simply browsing, as if in an art gallery. However, their small trinkets are perfect mementos for loved ones, or of a vacation well spent in Seattle.
Pro-tip: Lucca remains open during the Ballard Farmers Market, so Sunday mornings are the perfect time to see both!