Tucked behind an unassuming storefront in Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood, Orcas Paley is a love letter to the elegant, whimsical gift shops of a bygone era. Chock full of specialty wares from boutique international brands like Martin de Candre and Ortigia Sicilia, alongside vintage finds and a curated collection of apothecary and pantry items, the jewel-box space is reminiscent of Old World antique shops. “We love the type of store where you can spend five bucks or a thousand and always come away with something special,” says purveyor Peter Gaucys, who launched the shop with partner Patrick Angus in 2019.
Fine art is a mainstay, but every October Orcas Paley mounts a thematic show featuring artists from near and far. “Our goal with these shows is to bring a diversity of artists and artisans into new dialogues across process and media,” says Gaucys. “It’s the type of multimedia, interdisciplinary creative exploration that we love.”