Momo means ‘peach’ in Japanese, a symbol of a long, healthy and happy life. The shop, opened in November 2007 at the main crossroads of Seattle’s Japantown, is owned and run by Lei Ann Shiramizu (aka Lala) and hubby Tom Kleifgen (Mr. Happy). Lei Ann was raised in Hawaii where stores with a general mix, like Momo, are fairly common. Tom hails from Minnesota. Together, they’re a match made in Spam (Hawaii consumes four million cans of Spam a year, a heck of a lot more than in Minnesota where it’s made).
People from all over the world send Momo treats to stash in the post office box behind the wrap desk. Sugoi, neh!
Momo Guy Leland was spotted sporting black and blue by Seattle Fashion TV style scout (http://seattlefashiontv.com/blog/2010/04/19/seattle-university-leland/) at Seattle University’s 2010 fashion show.
600 South Jackson Street Japantown Seattle 206.329.4736 email@example.com
Momo is a happy ‘hapa shop’ blending Asian and European influences. Come browse our quirky collection of clothing for men and women, eclectic home accents and ‘omiyage’ — the perfectly-presented gift. Where else can you find Saint James sailor shirts, antique Japanese cabinets, Cop-Copine frocks, local jewelry and adornments created from kimono fabric? And no forget the Spam. Hapa to it!