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Once Upon a Time is a Magical Shop Atop a Hill

Queen Anne store is both a great place to shop as well as a space for families to gather

Liz McQuiston, with daughter Willa, took over Once Upon a Time in 2015.


Like something from a fairy tale, perched high atop Queen Anne Hill in a restored Victorian house is Once Upon a Time. This fantastically cute store is also a community hot spot packed full of top-quality toys, clothing and shoes, along with baby sign-language classes and yoga for all ages. 

Liz McQuiston bought the store from its previous owners in December of 2015 after moving back to Queen Anne, where she grew up. She wanted to create both a great place to shop as well as a space for families to gather, take part in activities or just interact with neighbors.

The store started by offering birthday party space, then quickly added other activities. It also hosts drop-in play on days without formal class offerings. “It’s been really nice to bring life other than retail to the store,” says McQuiston.


Inside, find kids' clothing, toys and shoes, with an emphasis on locally made products.

Once Upon a Time's selection is focused on “products with purpose,” she says. This includes local items along with ones that have a positive social impact.

“We care so much about the community,” McQuiston continues. “We want to empower our neighbors and make them feel this is a living and growing store.”

1622 Queen Anne Ave. N,    onceuponatimeseattle.com 

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