Friday, November 17, 2017

Top it Off in Style

How to keep one’s head warm and dry in a rainy city that eschews umbrellas? Hats! Luckily for you, Momo has a new batch of wool New York Hat Company lids to keep your noggin toasty and rain-free. With four classic unisex styles, we are positive that you’ll find something you’ll love.

First up: super-soft wool berets. Timeless and stylish, one of our favorite hats for year-round wear. Pair one with our Saint James shirts for an ultra-French look. C’est si bon!

Available in red, black, charcoal, burgundy and navy.

Easy to wear and easy to pair, NYHC’s “Thug Cap” is available at Momo in black, sizes Medium – Extra Large.

 

One our most popular hats is the “Spitfire.” Sport a vintage look that is still relevant and cute! Available in black wool.



Another retro-cool look is the “Pub Cap.” We love how jaunty this hat is. Fully lined and fitted, Momo has this in charcoal, black and a Woolrich plaid.




This is a La Niña winter and we know what that means: rain, rain, and more rain. Pay us a visit soon and we can ensure that your head stays comfy and dry!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Momo Turns 10

Happy Birthday to Us!

The best present ever would be if you joined us to celebrate
Thursday, November 9 from 4:00 -7:00
Momo in Japantown
600 South Jackson Street
We’ll have sips and snacks
And all our friends, old and new!
10% of the evening’s proceeds will go to a local non-profit.
No need to RSVP, come when you can and bring a friend.

xo Momo

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Little Shop That Could



For nearly 10 years, Momo has occupied the sun-filled space on the corner of 6th and Jackson. We weathered the economic downturn, we've watched our International District evolve into something more than a mere food destination, we’ve continued to be a happy Hapa shop.

Momo Mama and Mr. Momo pride themselves on hunting down the perfect items for our “lifestyle” store. Goods ranging from locally handmade jewelry to Japanese antiques to clothing from around the globe to delicious mochi mix flown in from Hawaii ... if it’s amazing and happy-making, odds are that Momo has it.

It’s with excitement and gratitude that we are sharing this recent shout-out from Seattle Met. Momo is one of the Best Little Shops in Seattle!

Thank you, Seattle Met!

Marvelous Momo mention!

Thank you, Seattle Met. And thank you, Momo Friends!

With Love,
Momo Peeps

PS. Please joins us as we raise a ‘kampai’ to you!
Thursday, November 9 from 4-7 at Momo
Come if’n when you can! See you there. 

Mr. and Mrs. Momo, circa 2007!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sweater Weather

Could it be that Fall has finally fully arrived? Clouds are hovering, leaves are turning color and drifting from the trees, and the evenings are decidedly chilly. It’s time to pull out the sweaters.

Exclusive to Momo: Daily Day, from Portugal. Our current crush is the “Sonia” cardigan. The generous fit ensures an extraordinarily elegant drape. Made from a mid-weight wool, it’s the perfect layering piece for transitioning into fall or spring. Plus, it has pockets!

Meet “Sonia” from Porto.






















A perennial favorite at Momo is Three Stones. Hailing from Vancouver BC, the designer creates clothing particularly suited to our Pacific Northwest climate. The “Roseta” sweater is a rich marl of burgundy and grey yarns – a nice way to switch things up from the usual Seattle black.
“Roseta” is a hefty knit cotton.
Another brand that is new to Momo is Backdrop. Also from Vancouver, they feature warm and cozy knits, like snuggling up with your favorite blanket. In a range of styles from lightweight wear-to-work cardigans to outer layering pieces, well-made Backdrop sweaters are a good value. Lala went rather gaga over knits this season, so come in and check out the abundance of comfy goodness for this fall.

Cozy cardi from Backdrop.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kyoto : Art : Antiques : 9|28 : 10|8

Twice a year Seattle is gifted with one of the most eagerly awaited sales around. Today we are turning our blog spotlight on our friends Jay and Kyoko, aka Kyoto Art and Antiques.

Although based in Kyoto, they also have a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Seattle’s very own Georgetown neighborhood. Each spring and fall, they host an incredible event that lasts only eleven days. If you have an interest in Asian art and/or antiques, this is a must-see. Even if you don’t, the spectacle of it alone is worth checking out. Picture a cavernous, century-old warehouse, filled to the rafters with objects that are beautiful (200 year old hand-painted silk shoji screens), esoteric (wagashi kashigata), or just jaw-dropping (a temple bell that required a small crane to hoist it into the warehouse).

Wagashi kashigata are molds for making japanese sweets (usually from rice flour).

Detail of a large hand-painted screen.
This year their Fall Sale begins on Thursday, September 28th and runs through Sunday, October 8th. For more information, please visit their website:
http://www.kyotoartandantiques.com/
We’ll see you amidst the treasures!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rice is Nice

Tasty treats are awaiting you at Momo! Straight from the tropical paradise of Hawaii come nibble-liscious delights in both the sweet and salty food kingdoms.

Our “Tomoe” rice cracker story will perfectly illustrate how hard Momo Mama Lei Ann works to find the shop truly special items: While visiting her parents in Hawaii, Lei Ann called Momo’s butter mochi mix guy. “Who has the best snacks in town, Butter Mochi Mix Guy?” she asked. He directed her to Taiyo, a snack food warehouse in Honolulu, where she met up with the very nice Lynn. As it turned out, Lynn is the great granddaughter of the founder of the company, which has been passed down through three generations. The “Tomoe” arare brand is named after her grandmother! 

Momo Mama brought a suitcase filled with these delicious island-style bites back home to Seattle to share with all of you. We have mini yakko, hearts, sakura, norimaki and a blended mix!

Perfectly crunchy! Salty with a slight hint of sweet.
Momo has also replenished our butter mochi supply. A great dessert for gluten-intolerant folks (both the classic as well as the brownie mix), and is gluten free, addictively yummy and super easy to make. 

Mmmochi! Classic Butter and a Brownie mix, too.
 Drop by, say hi, pick up some rice-y goodies and get your snack on!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Good Fortune (Sale) Continues!

Momo's Good Fortune Sale is still in full swing! There are still many beautiful things to fall in love with, for an additional 10-30% off of the sale price. Cruise in, find your new favorite addition to your wardrobe and choose your lucky fortune cookie.

Here’s a small glimpse at what is still on the Momo racks:

Conscious Clothing's “Backyard Tunic” is made in Michigan from 100% organic linen.
Perfect for now, or for layering once the weather cools down. We have XS and S.

Seattle’s own Prairie Underground! The “Earl Grey” dress is available in XS and M.

Margaret O'Leary is known for timeless designs with a modern twist.
We love the “Origami” cardigan. Available in blue and grey.

Looking forward to rain: Three Stones raincoat has a double-zip, generous
hood and drawstring in the waist for perfect comfort. Size XS and M left!
Pop in to say “hello!” and peruse the racks! And may good fortune smile up on you.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Good Fortune Smiles Upon You

The Momo Good Fortune Sale-on-a-sale is HERE — and our racks are full of wear-now or enjoy-later clothing and accessories, ripe for the plucking. So, how does it work?

• Peruse our sale items and make your selection from brands like Bench, Cop-copine, Prairie Underground, Three Stones, Bridge and Burn, WRK and more
• Spot the jar on the counter and carefully choose your cookie
• Open it up and beware — there are two pieces of paper, don’t eat your discount!
• Enjoy 10-30% off your already reduced merchandise
• Sale goes until the last cookie crumbles, shop early for primo picks.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store ... and there’s more!

Hot Spanish stripes for the last warm days, from Wom&Now.
Versatile semi-sheer knit duster from Vancouver BC's Three Stones
Montreal’s Annie 50, super cute paper planes and a button-back!         



Always classic blue checks. Linen shirt from NYC’s WRK.
From our neighbors to the south, PDX’s Bridge and Burn.
Pale grey and soft white pair well with anything. 




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Momo Kimono Mania!!!


Meet the Makers of Modern Kimono
 Tuesday Scarves and Saltaire Life at Momo
Saturday, August 26th from 3:00 - 5:30
Kimono is making a comeback! In an easy, wearable way. Pop it over jeans and a tee by day, or drape it over the little black dress at night for a confident style statement. To prove our point, we've invited two designers to share the merits of their contemporary kimono: Rian Robison of Tuesday Scarves and Jancy Quinn of Saltaire Life. Meet both these local lovelies at Momo Kimono Mania!



Hand-dyed Tuesday Scarves kimono

Tuesday Scarves
Made right here in the International District, each kimono is hand-sewn of lightweight rayon and hand-dyed with professional-quality fiber reactive dyes in a variety of custom-mixed colors and original patterns. The minimalist shape creates a beautiful drape, and the rectangular cut produces little to no material waste by utilizing whole pieces of fabric without scraps from corners and irregular cuts. 

Flowy, feminine florals from Tuesday Scarves
Inspired by a recent trip to Paris, and a love of Japanese textiles, Rian spent the last year and a half researching, experimenting and developing the original dye techniques featured in her latest line. Each piece is created from scratch at her Tuesday Scarves studio and storefront at 608 Maynard Avenue South next to Bush Garden.

Vintage kimono redux from Saltaire Life
Saltaire Life
East meets West in this line of authentic vintage kimonos embellished with dramatic and whimsical patches and artwork. Each kimono is a one-of-a-kind statement piece, with new offerings released every week.

A gallery of varieties from Saltaire Life

Saltaire Life was started by childhood best friends, one on the east coast and one on the west. The name Saltaire is a word, or not a word – it is a town from 1850's England, home to several textile mills, and it's the feeling you get when you breathe in fresh ocean air. Saltaire Life is dedicated to curating and creating custom offerings based on a love of textiles, apparel and sustainability.

Whichever kimono you crave, come and see the show during Hai! Japantown. There’s more fun to come, watch our blog or check Japantown Seattle on Facebook for future information. Ja Matta!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Iced Tea Time!



Holy heatwave, Batman! It looks like Seattle is in for a scorcher of a week. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to have an ice cold drink handy – iced tea, anyone? What tickles your fancy? Herbal, caffeinated, spice-infused chai? Happily, Momo has all of the above.

Direct from Bellingham, WA: Flying Bird Botanicals. Handcrafted from herbs and teas sourced from organic farms, you can pick and choose between purely herbal, or something with a gentle kick. We highly recommend the “Twilight Mint” for an invigoratingly chill brew.

Jaipur Avenue chai: We have Ginger for those who like a bit of bite, Variety Pack for the less decisive among us. Although typically encountered served warm, it’s also amazingly refreshing when cold.

No iced drink is complete without the perfect glass! “Perfect” in Momo parlance equals happy and colorful, perhaps with a touch of whimsy, and always functional.

Couleur Nature is well known for French kitchen linens, but they also make sturdy glasses in a wide array of bright colors. Our current favorites are the perfectly sized pop juice glasses with cheery rims, and the hand-blown 12 oz. seaspray tumbler.

The perfect juice glass! We have them with turquoise,
red, yellow, white and cobalt blue rims.
Fill with 12 oz. of chilled deliciousness.

For those craving a bit of cuteness, check out our Bandjo glasses! Made from Duralex (French for Pyrex!) these are not only adorned with adorableness, but are sturdy as heck and dishwasher safe.

Other fun patterns at Momo are: orange forest gnomes and turquoise kitties.
And if all else fails, we have air conditioning at Momo! Come visit and keep cool.