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Some of the best ideas are born out of frustration. This one is no different.

Back in 2018, a group of us were chatting around the lunch table about how complicated it’s become to shop local.

Here in Seattle, it can sometimes feel like your neighborhood shed its skin overnight and the shop, coffee stand, or grocer simply disappeared into thin air. So, you grab the nearest device and start checking ratings for new businesses to find the perfect match. Then you switch pages to see their inventory online. There’s often a bottleneck here because small businesses are so busy serving customers that many don’t have the time to curate an online shop. Instead, you pop open yet another site to shop handmade items right from the web, but the products could be coming from anywhere and may take weeks to arrive. Not to mention you’ve lost any hope of convenient service and support.

While we were lamenting these issues, we got to talking. Once upon a time, this problem didn’t exist – you just drove to your neighborhood retail district and found what you needed. At the same time, we love how darned convenient it is to hit that “Ship now” button, and we don’t want to throw that away. No one has ever accused our team of shrinking from a challenge, so we challenged ourselves to bring Main Street into the digital age in a meaningful way. Just like that - Realshops was born as a way to find local products, shop local stores in person or online all from one place!

The ideas kept flowing around the table, and we played a rousing game of “what if” to help us create the perfect shopping scenario for our neighbors and our own families.

• What if we found local businesses and makers who wanted to showcase their products as well as their unique personal stories to local customers?

• What if we helped local customers find shops that had the perfect item right down the road?

• What if we gave them a choice of checking out online or making an appointment to visit the shop in person “old school” style?

• What if we could reinvigorate our local economy while offering buyers and sellers the freedom to connect with or without a wall of tech between them?

• What if we built it?

After long nights, an absurd amount of caffeine, our spectacular team of experts in retail, e-commerce, design, and engineering are happy to welcome you to Realshops!

Here you’ll find something extraordinary; a way to support your neighbors while browsing a curated collection of exceptional products and learning more about the fantastic people who sell them! We call this a Win-Win situation, and we’re glad you’ve arrived

After long nights, an absurd amount of caffeine, our spectacular team of experts in retail, e-commerce, design, and engineering are happy to welcome you to Realshops!

Here you’ll find something extraordinary; a way to support your neighbors while browsing a curated collection of exceptional products and learning more about the fantastic people who sell them! We call this a Win-Win situation, and we’re glad you’ve arrived

Intrigued? Confused?? Curious???
If you have questions about our site, you can reach a dedicated Realshops expert any time at hello@realshops.com

More importantly, if you have a question about a product you see, we encourage you to hit that “Contact Shop” button on any product page and reach out to the shop owner. They are honored to help you find the perfect piece, that’s why they opened their shop

Thanks for browsing our new portal to Real Shops in your area, we’ll see you around the neighborhood!

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