In the Fall of 1995, after moving back to Seattle from Tokyo, Binko and John Bisbee opened up a gallery and shop called KOBO in the historic Loveless Building, on Capitol Hill in Seattle. In 2004, Binko and John realized their dream of opening a second location of their artisan gallery in the historic Higo Variety Store. Both shops feature art, fine crafts, and design from Japan and the Northwest. Items are thoughtfully curated and include a variety of items from local artists and makers.

KOBO Shop and Gallery Products

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John Bisbee and Binko Chiong-Bisbee
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  1. This lovey neighborhood shop offers unique gifts that you can’t find elsewhere. It’s a beautiful place that allows me to escape the doldrums of everyday life even if just for a moment.

  2. When I want to get someone something special for their home, I go to KOBO. I always get greeting cards and candles here. They have a unique selection of products.

  3. KOBO is my first stop when I’m looking for a gift or something to brighten up my space. From the housewares, books, art, and textiles, you can’t leave without finding something you love. Their annual Cup Show will always be one of my favorite events for one-of-a-kind handmade cups!

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