|Wall across from the cafe, filled with texture & possibilities, yet to be realized...|
|Door with a 253 design painted above it, artist unknown. 253 is the area code for the Tacoma area, products have been showing up all over the area...|
|I'm not sure what this graffiti originally said, maybe initials, but it looks a little like 'opera' to me|
|More texture...Pipes (for what?) coming out of the wall, across from the cafe|
|The view from the other end of the alley. Great old office buildings|
Urban Alchemy: A sweet little store filled where fluffy clouds float overhead & the delightful creations of local artists fill your eyes & tickle your mind. Along with all kinds of jewelry & one of a kind clothing, you can find things to fill virtually every need or want: furniture (there's a great table I have my eye on, as well as sweet, velvety chairs), photography of all kinds (I love the photos printed on pieces of old wood, currently displayed in the store. I wish I could remember the artists name) & paintings, bath & body products, sweet children's toys & clothes & even a great antique chest that I wish I had. Products vary, over time. Stop by & check it out, if you're in the area. It's a great place for a bit of 'retail therapy' or artistic eye candy, for a relaxing afternoon.
We ended the afternoon at The Poison Apple (not in Opera Alley, but in downtown Tacoma). Check it out, if you have the chance & a penchant for pulp fiction/old horror films/comic books & wild novelty items. They recently have gotten in a large selection of vintage clothing & accessories, that are fun to browse. My current favorites: a Bigfoot air freshener (the toast scented one is a close second), an inflatable beard of bees & a blue tee covered with octopi & stars. The store is currently surrounded by construction, but take time to come support another fun, local business & say hi to its owner, Jooley Heaps, one of the areas friendliest shop owners.
How about you? Have you been out exploring your city lately?
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