After a successful Pop-Up shop in 2018, Korean Beauty shop K Banana has found a permanent home at University Village. What started as a temporary shop is now a year-round destination for K-Beauty fans in Seattle to get their hands on hundreds of amazing Korean beauty and accessory brands.
“My friends and I have always loved trying new beauty products and kept finding amazing things when we would visit Korea,” says store founder Liz Kang Yates. “With the trend gaining momentum, we wanted to create a highly engaging experience while featuring a fun and unique mix of products. After the success of the pop-up, we are so excited to be back at University Village.”
The interior of the new 650-square-foot store features colorful wall-to-wall murals painted by local artist Jesse Brown. Designer Austin Hicks of Glass Box Gallery also worked closely with the team to create beautiful, custom fixtures for the store that also double as functional art installations. “Korean beauty products are known for their bright colors and whimsical packaging, so we designed a unique, immersive experience to complement that feeling,” says Yates.
In addition to Instagram-worthy selfie walls and a new BIY (Beauty It Yourself) gifting station featuring travel-size, K-Beauty products, accessories, and candy, K Banana is also bringing back its signature vending machine face mask wall stocked with over 150 different types of K-Beauty sheet masks. The store is also excited to announce that it will be one of the first in the U.S. to carry products from BTS, the new make-up and skincare line from the K-Pop boy band sensation.
To coincide with the launch of the new space, K Banana has also unveiled a fresh e-commerce website featuring many of the shop’s best selling products. The online store has many of the shop’s offerings, though some items are exclusive to the brick-and-mortar. Shop online at www.hellokbanana.com.
K Banana will open in its new University Village location at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 18th.
University Village, 2623 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105
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