Stumbling upon Hedgerow for the first time feels a bit like uncovering a hidden treasure. This tiny Edison storefront carries a surprisingly vast array of goods both vintage and new– and while the inventory is diverse, every item functions as a deliberate part of the whole. Owner Christy Erickson approaches her work with the eye of a curator, and when buying for her shop, she likes to look at the big picture above all.
“It’s not any one particular designer, it’s how do they all talk to each other? … Because [the items would] look totally different in somebody else’s shop,” Erickson says. “I really like the conversation between my artists more than any one specific artist.”
The selection at Hedgerow ranges from textiles to home goods like candles, glassware, and dinnerware, and ceramics. They also carry clothes and accessories, and while many of these offerings are vintage, others are made by independent artisans. For such a tiny shop, the items on sale span a surprisingly diverse array of eras and styles– and the result is an inventory that’s both eclectic and refined.
But while Erickson’s curation is highly intentional, she says that the evolution of Hedgerow as a business was more laissez-faire. She opened the business eight years ago intending to sell solely vintage goods; now, though, her main aim is to sell items that she truly loves, vintage and otherwise.
“I slowly just built up new items that I love to live with,” Erickson says. “I live with vintage and new, and so I thought, you know what, let’s just mix them. … There definitely was not a straight line to what my store looks like today. And I like every version of it– that’s the nice thing about it.”
Hedgerow’s location in Edison brings in visitors from Seattle to Vancouver and everywhere in between, and as a result, its customer base is as varied as its inventory. Still, Erickson’s approach to curation makes it easy for all types to find items they truly love. She particularly enjoys seeing how shoppers select pieces she has chosen and combine them according to their own unique vision, noting that “people see themselves differently in the different items here.”
Given Edison’s artsy spirit, it’s easy to see how such a store would be right at home in the tiny town of just 140– and Erickson says she “can’t imagine” running a store in another community. It could even be said that Hedgerow is reflective of Edison as a whole: eclectic, approachable, and wholly unique.
“There’s no pressure here,” Erickson says. “Everybody [in Edison] understands we are all invested in our community, love each other, and know that we’re all doing our own weird little thing … and it feels great.”
5787 Cains Ct., Bow, 206.605.8639, hedgerowedison.com