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Books can be found at Teaching Toys and several other shops in the Proctor District. Photo credit: Jessica Corey-Butler

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Nestled in the center of the Proctor neighborhood sits a shopping district where every sort of item can be found for gifting (and keeping!) Fashionista? Athlete? Kid? Budget-conscious, name-brand shopper? Quirky-kitschy-artsy, tough-to-please? Proctor shopping has something for all, plus more!

Fashionistas - or those shopping for them - can find a number of shops to please the pickiest of tastes.  Envy (2614 N. Proctor St., 253.761.5531) has a wide range of fun and flirty clothes as well as handbags and jewelry.  Jazminka (3820 N. 26th St., 253.752.8700) serves up comfort and style with a slightly Bohemian edge.  At Sonja-Clothes to Live In (2510 N. Proctor St., 253.272.1565), proprietor Sonja Silver specializes in classic wearable wardrobe staples and solid fashion advice.

Bargain hunting style lovers can find designer labels at great prices at Megs and Mo Upscale Resale (2602 N. Proctor St., 253.212.2675).  The younger set can be similarly well dressed for less with a trip to Blooming Kids (3820 N. 27th St., 253.752.2027).  Even the sporty set can get in on the resale action at Playback Sports (2621 N. Proctor St., 253.627.4938), where everything from bikes to ski coats can be procured for all kinds of cost-effective, outdoorsy fun.

For shoppers tending toward the sporty end of the shopping spectrum, Fleet Feet (3812 N. 26th St., Unit A, 253.272.8890) carries a large range of running shoes and clothing.  Those who veer toward slightly less active pursuits will find an array of trains, planes and automobiles to play with at Tacoma Trains & Hobbies (3814 N. 26th St., 253.756.7517). More fun and games - and even more trains! - can be found at Teaching Toys (2624 N. Proctor St., 253.759.9853), along with a wide selection of books.  And for the least active of pursuits, Culpepper Books (2521 N. Proctor St., 253.761.9000) fits the bill for bibliophiles who like rare and out-of-print book oddities along with standard reading fare.  

Animal and nature lovers will be pleased to find shops catering to them as well.  Wag Pet Market (2703 N. Proctor St., 253.759.8850) carries high-quality natural foods for finicky felines and Fidos.  And since humans aren't the only ones who need bling or cold weather gear, there's also a collection of collars, harnesses and dog sweaters, not to mention toys and other treats to keep your four-legged friends happy.  Toward the wilder side of things, everything bird nerd can be found at Chirp & Co. (3803 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.759.2884). Items from food to housing can be found here for the backyard avian set in addition to a huge assortment of garden art.  Gardeners will also love the locally sourced plants and knowledgeable staff at GardenSphere (3310 N. Proctor St., 253.761.7936).

Local love is the name of the game at the Pacific Northwest Shop (3702 N. Proctor St., 253.752.2242), which celebrates all things Tacoma, Washington and Pacific Northwest.  Similarly, the Proctor Art Gallery (3809 N. 26th St., 253.759.4238) showcases the work of local artists.  Just a few doors down, Compass Rose (3815 N. 26th St., 253.759.0077) is a treasure trove of gift goodness featuring local prints, cozy wearables, Le Creuset kitchenware and quirky, kitchy and occasionally hilarious items from Blue Q. Toward kitchenware, Colors Gift Shop (2704 N. Proctor St., 253.759.8850) holds true to its name with bright Fiestaware as well as the intricate designs of Polish pottery and a variety of other gift items.  Finally, luxury household items shine at Bella Boutique (2605 N. Proctor St., 253.212.0069).

With all that Proctor has to offer, shoppers will find it easy to mark off all the items on their list on one walkable neighborhood.

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