City People's is an excellent garden store and nursery. They have a large enough space that the selection is good. They also have in inddor store with plenty of knick-knacks and decorating niceties, but it's the garden store that really makes the place. They also have teams of professional landscapers to do a variety of jobs.
CONS: price for some items
Madrona's library is a small but very pleasant branch. There's a local author shelf and a small play area for kids. The collection is small, but of course you can always place a hold on any book in the system and have it delvered for pickup. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The library is in the old historic Madrona firehouse.
Madrona's a great neighborhood in general, and this park is one of the gems in the crown. It's a great spot for a jog or a stroll with a view of lake Washington, or just to sit. A nice cool breeze and lots of shade make this a great spot for those hot days.
Alas, rumor has it that Madison Park Books is closing their doors, though relocation is a possibility. This neighborhood bookstore is a great stop for an afternoon walking near the water. The store has a quirky shape, but that just adds to its charm. You can tell that the people who run this bookstore really care about books. There's also a good selection of children's books.
The staff at Capitol Hill Animal Clinic is friendly and helpful. This clinic came highly recommended, and we have not been disappointed. The waiting room is a little small, which might alarm anyone who doesn't want their pet in close proximity to others, but we've never found it to be a problem. Parking can be a difficulty in this neighborhood, however.
More than once I've walked into Bluebottle to see a selection of art by someone who has recently caught my eye. I don't know if this means that Bluebottle is a great art gallery, or just one that matches my taste. Bluebottle is a very friendly space with a selection of artwork and knick knacks for any price tag. The art is eclectic and quirky. The artwork strongly emphasizes high quality but very unpretentious styles.
My wife bought yarn at this shop to make my eggplant hat. I was impressed with the wide array of colors and textures as well as the variety of buttons. The space is small and a bit hard to navigate at times, but the staff members are quite helpful with all manners of knitting-related questions. It is hard to find parking around this shop, and one is quite lucky if one of the few parking spots are available beside the store.
PROS: great staff
CONS: hard to find parking
Used children's clothes are often worn-looking and over-priced, but sometimes you can get good bargains on the shoes. The full line of Robeez infant footwear on display, plus the jaunty (but expensive) Impwear clothing line are reasons enough to visit this consignment shop on a regular basis. The shop is small and crowded, so children may become impatient quickly if there aren't consignment toys on display.
PROS: Lots of fine things
CONS: Smallish space
My wife sent me into Stitches to find some purple embroidery thread. Despite my initial reservations, I found a selection of thread that was as fun to browse as the paints for my gaming models. You can take sewing and knitting classes here, and even hang out on Sunday afternoons with your various projects and get assistance from other needle-workers. Unlike other fabric stores in Seattle, you can find leather spikes accessories next to the yards of eyelet lace.
PROS: my wife learned to sew here
CONS: parking is hard to find
You can find pretty yarn at most yarn shops. What a person really needs to find are staff members who are not only knowledgeable but willing to share the wisdom of their experiences. You would be hard-pressed even to get a "hello" from any of the staff-members. My wife had to hunt to find a staff-member who would be willing to look her in the eye, and then it was like pulling teeth to get any feedback. Just about every other yarn shop in Seattle we've visited is preferable to Tricoter.
CONS: poor customer service