Best Boutique - 2009
Ah, boutiques—even the word has a riche flavor to it. But these days fashionistas are taking a more practical approach to style, thinking twice about buying a memorable piece for $160 when versatility is key. That's why we're into a different kind of locally owned boutique—one whose uniqueness has built a community around it. Robot Love, Kris Knutson's Uptown haven of street art, has become a favorite stop for ultra-hip kids and adults who have become enchanted with its designer toys, tees, household items, prints, and futuristic whatchamacallits. The store's collectible cuties—its Kidrobot Dunny series bunny figurines or the otherworldly limited-edition characters by urban artists like Camille Rose Garcia and Dalek—are so special they warrant their own release parties. Shopping here is like walking into a store in the Harujuku district of Japan and leaving with a fantastical set of colorful new friends—and isn't that cooler than the guilt trip from buying a dress you'll only wear twice?