At Beach Glass, customers browse for jewelry, apparel and home decor that is at once charming, timeless and local.
Instead of an antiques shop, owner Krista Miller sought to create a place with pieces that can “hold the test of time.”
“I like mixing new with old,” said Miller, who opened Beach Glass in 2013 in Mukilteo’s Old Town, up the hill from the ferry.
Beach Glass was curated with a sense of style and taste that Miller developed after years of working in her mother’s bridal store.
Miller, a Lynden native who has a master’s degree in psychology, moved to Mukilteo 16 years ago. She began interior design consultation and custom furniture design when her sons, Jaxon and Trey, were young. In addition to running the store, she continues to operate a design consulting business, K. Miller Interiors.
Before opening her own store, Miller renovated furniture out of her home and sold it online and from vintage stores in Everett. The furnishings in Beach Glass were painted by Miller, though she no longer sells her own works. Instead, she’s committed to carrying products from talented local craftspeople and selected items from trade shows around the country.
“I try to get things that you’re not going to find just anywhere,” she said. “I like to have a local feel. That’s small, coast-y and representing where we’re at.”
Gift ideas from Beach Glass:
1. KC Jewelry
Bellevue-based KC Jewelry is a line of jewelry for the bold and subtle. Delicately carved golden charms sit quietly next to rings adorned with gravity-defying, grapesized gems.
2. Mukilteo throw pillow
This is one of the best sellers.
“We can barely keep the Mukilteo pillow on the shelves,” Miller said.
People are drawn to the rectangular white pillow, which features the name of the city and its latitude and longitude coordinates in large black letters.
3. Pineapple sage candle
Candles aren’t difficult to come by, but hand-poured soy wax candles are in a league of their own. These candles, created by Everett-based candle maker Kelli Marie Design, produce a scent so sweet and soothing you’ll wish you could bathe in it. It doesn’t seem like a winning combination, but it is the best selling candle at Beach Glass.
“It just works,” Miller said. “It’s sweet with just enough of an edge to it.”
4. Pacific Northwest T-shirt
Miller expanded Beach Glass to include an apparel section in 2016. The PNW shirt is gray with three-quarter sleeves and features the letters “PNW” split between two crossed arrows.
Miller said softness and comfort are top qualification when choosing clothes to carry.
“The No. 1 comment I get is, ‘Your clothes are so soft,’ ” Miller said.
She also carries pocket T-shirts. “People buy one and they come back for every color.”
5. Camano rocks
How many people can say they’ve gifted a rock and walked away with a friendship intact?
Camano Island artist Jo Anne Burklund is somehow making that possible. Miller carries carved and hand-painted rocks that resemble colorful marine life.
“She takes a rock, grinds it down, then she forms it and then paints it.”
If you go
Beach Glass by K. Miller Interiors
619 Fourth St., Mukilteo