Brazen Shop + Studio
Brazen Shop + Studio is a small boutique featuring handmade goods from more than 20 local “makers.” Owners Allison Potts and Karen Blanquart opened the store in March 2018 in a building that once housed Nordstrom on Cornwall Avenue. In the years since, the space has been split up into several smaller shops within. Nordstrom’s main entrance on Cornwall is now the entrance to Chipper Bird. Potts and Blanquart became quick friends with the owners of Chipper Bird and opened up a hallway between the two businesses, so you can better access Brazen from the building’s front entrance. The main Brazen entryway, though, is located in an alley parallel to Cornwall Avenue. While it may be tricky to find, Blanquart says they have made videos detailing exactly how to find the “hidden gem” that is Brazen Shop + Studio.
Having previously been a large department store, the walls separating each space don’t reach all the way to the ceiling, allowing for a very open feeling between each shop. The walls in Brazen are covered with artwork, primarily Blanquart’s paintings. Warm lighting fills a space that feels cozy and inviting. Tables and shelves are arranged to allow for space to wander and browse easily. It’s not overcrowded.
Potts and Blanquart met when both were working separate booths at a local marketplace. When the marketplace shut down, they decided to do pop-ups around Bellingham together. The pair became quick friends, with shared taste and aesthetics. After one year of popping around, friends who owned an art gallery were ready to sell their space, and approached Potts and Blanquart. “We were looking for a permanent space, and we were thinking a lot further out, but we couldn’t pass up on this opportunity,” says Potts.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
Potts’ jewelry line and Blanquart’s paintings, along with five other makers, were the foundation of Brazen when it opened. In the years since, the store has grown, now selling handmade goods from more than 20 artists and makers. From jewelry to pottery, clothing, soaps, cards, and so much more, Brazen is a great place to shop for both special gifts and everyday items.
Potts’ Bird in Hand earring line is unique and simple. The timeless designs are elegant, while still appropriate for everyday wear. Brazen also features local artist Brittany Schade, whose whimsical, colorful designs reflect only the best of Bellingham.
1319 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
541.719.8427 | facebook.com/brazenshopstudio
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