SHOP | Farm Fresh | Sunset Magazine June 2015 Issue
Capitol Hill's much-delayed Chophouse Row retail-office complex is finally opening, in phases, with a complementary duo leading the way. Tucked cheek by jowl on the building's mews — a pedestrian passageway open to the sky — Niche Outside and Kurt Farm Shop spill outdoors with colorful seating that underlies the Euro vibe. At Nisha Klein's nature-inspired boutique, the emphasis is quality, not quantity, which is apparent in the medley of goatskin gardening gloves, seasonal botanical soaps (for spring: oak moss/violet/freshly cut grass) and the fleur du jour (June portends white peonies). A varied vessel collection features madrona burls from Orcas Island and limited-edition vases by local ceramist Jeffry Mitchell. Next door, Kurt Timmermeister (Vashon Island's celebrated cheesemaker and author of Growing a Feast) brings his farm to the city via ice creams courtesy of his cow, Dinah, and her bovine pals. Emphatically not a "peanut, toffee, pecan, and marshmallow kind o f guy," Timmermeister makes simple yet unusual flavors: lemon verbena, tomato jam, Chinese plum sauce, and a cheesecake-ish variation born of his Flora's Cheese. He also sells 12 Washington State cheeses, such as Tieton's Rheba and Beecher's Flagship, plus plant starts so high-rise gardeners can harvest their own strawberries and tomatoes.
1424 11th Ave; nicheoutside.com, kurtwoodfarms.com