Seattle Small Business Shout-Out — Last Waltz
April 7, 2008
Hearken to me, and take a peek at this month’s shout-out, Last Waltz. Located on 18th Ave. E. between Pine and Union — just next door to February’s Small Biz honoree, Tougo Coffee Co. — the boutique features new and vintage wearables, artisanal jewelry, and cool gifts (like funky old cigar boxes; love ‘em) “with a focus on both sustainability and style,” as per the LW website. The space, with its smallish proportions, is loaded with big style, from the great tin ceiling to the hand-built and refinished antique display pieces, courtesy of the proprietor and her accomplice.
Check out the Last Waltz blog, featuring LW’s proprietor modeling both jewels and garments. I must say that, upon my first visit to Last Waltz — which I entered purely because of its Gay ’90s signage and the reference to the 1978 Martin Scorsese docu-concert about The Band — I came home with an awesome asymmetrical necklace made of linked Catholic-surplus store charms bearing the 10 Commandments. Made by a New York artist who apparently frequents warehouses filled with sacred sundries, the necklace has quickly become one of my prized possessions. And, for Xmas last year, Sir Husband presented me with a pair of Last Waltzy Erica Weiner earrings made from pieces of vintage jewelry (in my case, some cloisonné danglies) and antique machine parts (again, in my case, a pair of snap rings).
So, if you’re looking for a gift, or you’re just looking to support a small-batch artist, look no further. 1406 18th Ave., open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 7 p.m.