In the charming waterfront community of Edmonds, Washington resides the chic and eclectic retail boutique C’est la Vie. Opening its doors to the community in 2001, the shop experienced such a successful first four years that owner and founder, Colleen Bowman and her husband, Michael, decided to expand the boutique and relocate to a larger retail space just down the street from the original store.

Colleen, a former buyer for Nordstrom, opened the shop so she could allow her own vision to permeate every inch of the inviting, unique shop. Colleen spearheads the business as lead buyer and merchandiser. Michael directs the website and Internet side of the business. In 2008 Susan Dunn brought her great eye and business acumen as she became a partner in the business. And warm and knowledgeable staff underpin a positive shopping experience for the shop’s loyal customers.

What makes C’est la Vie unlike any other retail boutiques is the light, bright, welcoming ambiance and the one of a kind art, wall sculptures, home decor, jewelry and women’s fashions and accessories found inside. Merchandise is ever changing and always new. Once items are offered in chain stores, they are removed from C’est la Vie.

Two product lines currently featured at C’est la Vie are the Heather B. Moore custom personalized jewelry line and the luminous Fire & Light recycled glassware collection. Heather B. Moore jewelry is uniquely created for each customer to be personal and one-of-a-kind. Customers choose the metal (14kt gold or silver), chains, tags, medallions, stones, coins, and charms to be used in each custom piece. They also define the monograms, names, dates, phrases and sayings to be engraved on each medallion, coin or tag. The resulting engraved necklaces, bracelets, rings and cuff links express the individuality of each customer.

Fire & Light is a beautiful line of hand-poured glass tableware that is made in the USA. The dishes are made from over 91% recycled glass. The glass is crushed, poured and pressed, which creates a luminous look that gives the glassware it’s brilliance and sparkle. There are 8 attractive eye-catching colors available in-store and online.

For more information on this artisan boutique, (named as one of the top 5 best Western Washington gift shops in Best of the Northwest by Evening Magazine), please visit their website at, or visit the store in Edmonds, Washington at 320 5th Ave S. You’ll be glad you did.