Located in Sanford & Sons at 743 Broadway in Downtown Tacoma, The Middle Floor Merchants are a collection of 15 independent businesses ranging from hair salons and tattoo studios to vintage shops. We recently went and visited the Middle Floor Merchants and discovered these 15 things you can buy from them right now. Enjoy.
1: A vintage troll doll at Bespectacled Studios.
Remember those oddly adorable troll dolls from your youth? Bespectacled Studios has a great collection of them and other vibrant one one-of-a-kind gifts and vintage goods. Bespectacled Studios is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 pm-5 pm.
2: A dress made from keys at Love Letters Intimates.
Looking to make a statement at your next function? Why not steal the show in an incredibly unique dress made from keys. We recommend wearing it over something simple. Love Letters Intimates is known for its exceptionally crafted lingerie, but this dress blew us away. Go see the dress at Love Letters Intimates open Thursday through Saturday from 11 am-6 pm.
3: A Vintage Flannel at D.Haberdashery
It’s cold out and D.Haberdashery has got you covered. Go pick up a vintage flannel shirt to keep you warm this winter. While your there check out the rest of their incredible collection of vintage men’s clothing, rarities, and antiques. D. Haberdashery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12-5 pm.
4: A really good haircut at Big Dawg Barbershop.
Looking for a really good fade and a hot shave then veteran-owned Big Dawg Barbershop has got you covered. The shop’s owner Alex is an incredibly talented barber. Make sure you book your appointment soon. Big Dawg Barbershop is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.
5: Amazing bangs at Vespera Salon.
Vespera Salon specializes in blonding, precision cuts and vivid hair color. Speaking of vivid look at what they can do with your bangs. Vespera Salon is appointment only. Book here.
6: Vintage Comics at Comics 4 Kids, Inc.
Looking for those hard to find vintage comics? We found them at Comics 4 Kids, Inc. Not only are they a comic book shop but they are also a national literacy charity.
7: A zine about Bucca di Beppo at Full Moon Flea Market.
Full Moon Flea Market is a gallery and store featuring the dark arts and sixteen artists from the Pacific Northwest. Our favorite thing we found there was a zine titled “Bucca di Beppo I love you” by Brandon Vosika. Amazing. Full Moon Flea Market is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-5 pm.
8: A new model train set at Tinplate Toys & Trains
Are you an avid train collector or just someone looking to stage a house party like the one from Home Alone? Don’t get the reference? Click here. Either way, Tinplate Toys & Trains have got you covered. Tinplate is open Wednesday to Friday from 12-6 pm and Saturday from 11 am-6 pm.
9: A house plant at Casa Botanica
Nothing adds life to your home like a plant. At Casa Botanica you can build your own pre-crafted terrariums or buy beautiful houseplants and handmade goods. It’s time to bring some life and magic into your home. Casa Botanica is open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 12-5 pm.
10: A tattoo at Cupcake Ink Tattoos.
Why not wrap up your day of shopping with the Middle Floor Merchants by getting a tattoo? Cupcake Inks owner has over 13 years of industry experience and specializes in giving you custom tattoos. So if you want more than a flash sheet, this shop is for you. Cupcake Ink is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 am -5 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm.
11: Body butter at AH Lip & Body Butter
Treat yourself at AH Lip & Body Butter. Their body butter is handmade to overwhelm your skin with moisture to help keep your skin hydrated and revitalized. Also, if you are looking for dreadlocks, blowouts or any other hair service this shop is also home to AH Hair Spot.
12: Art at The Shrub Gallery and Six Shop Collective
Looking for something to hang on your walls? You have to see the incredible work of MeeSheeDee at The Shrub Gallery who is an abstract urban expressionist and a purveyor of all things super fly.
13: Crystals at Rivers Landing.
Looking for a gift for those pagans, Wicca, BoHo and LGBTQ+ loved ones in your life? Rivers Landing is a cultural gift store selling everything from tarot, crystals to home décor. Rivers Landing is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-5 pm.
14: Upcycled plush creatures at RAWR.
RAWR (Repurposed and Wildly Recycled) is the perfect place for the environmentally conscious looking for their retail fix. Everything sold at RAWR is 95% upcycled and repurposed materials just like this creature creation.
15: A piercing at Pyramid Art Collective.
Get a piercing, tattoo or buy art at Pyramid Art Collective. Pyramid Art Collective was formed as a progression of Downtown Tacoma arts and expression through tattoo, piercing and other creative endeavors. Pyramid Art Collective is open Wednesday to Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday from 12-5 pm.