eat. shop. guides
Who knew a shopping guide could be a covetable book? The well-designed and beautifully-photographed eat.shop.guides are very nearly coffee table material. Unlike a crass shopping map, the eat.shop.guides lovingly take you on a personal tour of the most interesting shopping and dining a city has to offer. The little guides are cleverly split down the middle: one half is full of the little boutiques with the great design and singular flavor, the handcrafted, highly edited and hip that make them such treasure troves. Flip the glossy guide over for the other half devoted to fine and quirky dining. But the best part about these guides is that the descriptions of each shop and restaurant are woven together with the personal experiences and idiosyncratic taste of publisher and editor, Kaie Wellman. No generalized platitudes here, Wellman’s personality shines through with childhood memories, favorite foods and her taste in gentlemen. Wellman and her other writers will become your new best friends as they walk you through a few of their favorite places in a few of their favorite cities.
Cumulatively, the entries in the eat.shop.guides are a portrait of two facets of a city’s character in the face of the strip mall-ification and chain domination of American shopping and dining. They are both love letters to place and modern picture postcards saying, “Wish you were here.” Which makes them the perfect gift. Whether you live in Austin or Chicago, are planning a vacation in San Francisco, or have friends in Seattle or Brooklyn, the eat.shop.guides make great invitation, inspiration or letter home.
Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco,and Seattle have now all received the eat.shop. treatment with more on the way.