Washington Magazine: Archibald Sisters

Washington Magazine, Summer 2008

Olympia’s olfactory destination boutique – Archibald Sisters

Downtown Olympia is in the midst of a boutique renaissance with artfully-curated shops springing up on nearly every block. The Grande Dame – or more like the hip aunty – of them all is Oly institution, Archibald Sisters. Founded in 1975, this modern-day apothecary originally included the eponymous sisters and is now run by sole proprietor, Phil Rollins.

Once across the rosy-hued threshold, customers are treated to an eclectic array of products purposely placed with a hefty dose of humor. This wonderfully quirky store features a selection of toys for big and small, jewelry, accessories, unique cards and gifts for just about anyone on your shopping list. “Olympians make a point of bringing people from out of town to see the store.” Rollins says. “You hear laughter erupting at different points. My vision is that it’s a happy place.”

The heart of the business is their customizable collection of over 130 fragrances. Knowledgeable staff will custom mix your very own combination of scents into a variety of lotions, perfume, bubble bath, soaps, even shampoo and conditioner. Loyal customers make regular pilgrimages from all points near and far to pick up their favorites like bestselling names Oly Girl, Lush, China Rain, Sex on the Beach, and for men, Buff. If you need a little help deciding on a gift, they can put together a good gift basket too. For those that stop in while visiting and get addicted to the luxurious lotions and perfumes – not to worry – all your favorite custom fragrance products are available for mail-order online or by phone.

Any visit to Olympia deserves a trip to see what’s new here, stock-up on good smells, and to at least take a look at the always creative, smartly-designed window displays. Archibald Sisters is also active in the community arts scene and is always a great stop during the town’s twice-yearly Arts Walk every fourth Friday and Saturday in April and first Friday in October.

Archibald Sisters | 406 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA 98501 | 360.943.2707, 800.943.2707
Monday-Friday 10am-7pm | Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-5pm

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