Venue combines work studio spaces for some artists and designers with a consignment boutique for even more. You’ll find local art, notecards, hand-thrown ceramics, photography, jewelry, bags and small gift items from over 40 Seattle artists. With their whimsical illustrations of various Seattle neighborhoods, Downing Pottery’s hand-painted mugs make excellent souvenirs or gifts. Try the $5 Art-O-Mat art vending machine: Insert your token and choose from miniature oils, jewelry, handmade crafts or a random mystery item.
All about celebrating art and community, Venue offers a wide selection of locally made creations alongside the studios of select artists currently working in residence. I've found plenty of personal and creative gifts here along with the occasional piece of jewelry for myself. It's a must stop on any handmade goods tour of the historic downtown Ballard area.