If you’re tired of buying LEGO sets and plastic dolls for your favorite birthday boy or girl, you need to know about the newest gift shop in town perfect for all your gift giving needs. Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s favorite indie craft show, has gone brick and mortar. The best part? In addition to one-of-a-kind gifts for babes and kids, you’ll find unique items for moms, dads and even grandparents that will guarantee you a thank you card.

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

The Idea Behind the Store
After 11 years of curating what has proven to be one of Seattle’s most beloved events, Urban Craft Uprising decided it was time to make their vendors’ work available to the public all year-long. The types of products you’ll find at Headquarters will be similar to what you’d see at their biannual shows including art, housewares, artisan foods, geekery, clothing, cards, bath and body products, ceramics, toys, jewelry and more.

Where Is Headquarters Located?
Kristen Rask recently opened the doors to Urban Craft Uprising where her former shop, Schmancey Toys, used to sit on Second Ave. (next to the historic Moore Theater and Hotel) in downtown Seattle. Rask wanted to keep providing well-curated gifts as an alternative to big box stores and mass-produced items as well as help support makers and creators, many of whom are from the Pacific Northwest.

Migration Goods

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

More to Come!
Through the Urban Craft Uprising shop, Rask will be able to introduce more and more people to handmade products while also using the space for events, trunk shows, art shows, classes and more. The shop’s featured vendors will rotate seasonally, along with its small classes, trunk shows and art shows. View upcoming classes online.

Our Favorite Finds at Headquarters

Green Grin
Green Grin upcycles sweaters into adorable critters, crafts and cute playthings for the young and old. So adorbs, moms and dads might be tempted to put them on a shelf for display, but maker, Beth Grimsrud, says these creatures are made for play. Grimsrud says she puts her heart into every stitch and no doubt half-pints will put their hearts into snuggling these creations. Prices begin at $20

Online: greengrin.yolasite.com

Green Grin

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Zooguu
More plush toys the kiddos will absolutely adore are handmade by Zooguu, a husband and wife team out of Boston, Massachusetts. These little stuffies are perfect for budding zoologists and paleontologists. Prices start at $15

Online: zooguu.com/index.html

Zooguu  

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

BishopArt
Seattle’s infamous and kinda gross gum wall might have come and gone, and come back again, but you can have your own reminder without the sticky mess and the germs, with a Seattle Gum Wall Magnet. Seriously, stick your young ‘un’s art on the fridge with one of these gum replicas from BishopArt which is based in Portland, Oregon. Prices start at $10

Online: etsy.com/people/bishopart

BishopArt

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

Horrible Adorables
Beasties and squabbits and squeasels. Oh my! Who doesn’t want one of these fantastical creatures hanging on their wall with no cruelty involved? Crafted by Horrible Adorables, these creative faux taxidermy creations are full of color and imagination. Prices start at $60.

Online: etsy.com/shop/horribleadorables

Horrible Adorables

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

The Bitter Housewife
Need a gift for mom or dad? Try some aromatic bitters to liven up your next hand-crafted cocktail. The Bitter Housewife (no, we are not talking about you) offers small batch bitters made from natural ingredients. From traditional aromatic bitters to more unusual flavors like lime coriander and cardamom. This is the perfect gift for shaking up your next happy hour… just remember to sip wisely. Prices start at $17.

Online: thebitterhousewife.com

The Bitter Housewife

photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

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Not that there’s a theme here, but check out these fun and colorful flasks made by Portland based jduct. Because every parent needs a pocket flask with a colorful squirrel or a zombie. No really, they do! Prices start at $22.

Online: facebook.com/jDUCT

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography

What About the Biannual Shows?
If you’re wondering if your favorite indie craft show will be no more… we’ve got good news! Urban Craft Uprising will still hold its biannual shows which will be carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality. In fact, mark your calendars for the Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show which will take place June 25-26, 2016 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Urban Craft Uprising Headquarters
1932 Second Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-728-8008
Online: urbancraftuprising.com
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Have you been to the new Urban Craft Uprising Headquarters? Where do you like to shop for unique gifts? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Natalia Dotto