Customers leave J. Matheson Gifts on Feb. 16, in Everett. Store owner Judy Matheson closed her shop in March. This month her daughter Miranda Matheson opened a new version of the iconic business in Seattle with a slightly different name. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Customers leave J. Matheson Gifts on Feb. 16, in Everett. Store owner Judy Matheson closed her shop in March. This month her daughter Miranda Matheson opened a new version of the iconic business in Seattle with a slightly different name. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett’s longtime J. Matheson gift store finds new life in Seattle

Miranda Matheson had her mother’s blessing when she opened a new J. Matheson Urban Gifts & Kitchens in Green Lake.

SEATTLE — J. Matheson Gifts, the iconic Everett store that closed earlier this year, will get a new lease on life this month in Seattle.

Version two has opened under a slightly different name, J. Matheson Urban Gifts & Kitchens, at 424 NE 71st St. in Seattle’s Green Lake Village shopping center.

The new store is owned and operated by Miranda Matheson, Judy Matheson’s daughter.

With the blessing of her mother, the J. Matheson Urban Gifts made its debut last week.

In March, Judy Matheson retired at age 75 and closed the 31-year-old Everett business.

Since then she has helped her daughter Miranda develop her new venture.

“I really haven’t been retired,” Judy Matheson said. “I’ve been helping sick relatives and helping my daughter.”

Matheson said that Miranda, who lives in the Green Lake neighborhood, has been working on the concept since January.

When a yogurt store closed in Green Lake Village, Miranda identified the space as the perfect gift store location, Judy said.

J. Matheson Urban Gifts features a similar mix of items as the former Everett store, including gifts, books, apparel and kitchen gadgets, but with the added bonus of “Miranda’s flair,” Judy Matheson said.

At 1,600 square feet, the Seattle store is about half the size of the store on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett.

The former storefront, 2615 Colby, is now home to Burkett’s Home + Gifts, which is owned by Holly Burkett-Pohland, longtime owner of Burkett’s Savvy Clothing at 2617 Colby.

“Miranda began working at the Everett store when she was 9 years old,” Judy Matheson said. “She started going to the New York gift show when she was 12.

“She helped me when I opened the kitchen shop in 2005,” Matheson said. “During COVID, she created our website.”

The J. Matheson store in Seattle is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In January, the store’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Janice Podsada: 425-339-3097; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @JanicePods.

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