In December of 2009, a space on the corner of 6th ave W and W Crockett street – right on top of Queen Anne hill – has turned from a children’s painting studio into an adorable boutique.
Its owner, Shelley Hall, has worked many years in retail and has always dreamed of opening up her own place. Finally, the time was right.
With the help of Shelley’s father, who is also a contractor, the space transformed into a serene and peaceful boutique which was aptly named Meadow.
Since its opening Meadow has been attracting both locals and visitors alike, with its charming, shabby chic decor, its meticulously curated collection of clothing and its unique offering of gifts and accessories. Customers rave about the selection and the atmosphere Shelley has created. It feels like a place of gathering, a place of community, and the number of regular customers proves that more than any other statistic.
Another important characteristic that distinguishes Meadow from other boutiques is its friendly price point. Meadow aims and succeeds at making itself approachable, unlike boutiques that can seem intimidating upon walking in.
But above everything else, customers love Shelley. She frequently works in the store and knows the name of all the neighborhood clients. Over the years, she has built relationships with the community her boutique is in. So it’s no surprise she knows every dog’s name that enters Meadow (yes, the boutique is dog-friendly). Shelley is patient and kind, she listens to what her customers say about the clothing they buy; she caters to what the community wants. It’s the personal touch that can be felt all throughout the store that makes Meadow a place you want to come back to time and again.
I have been so fortunate to meet Shelley and work with her on photographing her inventory, crafting weekly blog posts and newsletters and help out with her Instagram.