Downtown Edmonds’ Savvy Traveler closing its doors after 23 years

Savvy Traveler owner Petra Rousu, right, and daughter Alexandra. (Photo courtesy The Savvy Traveler)

After 23 years in downtown Edmonds, Petra Rousu, owner of The Savvy Traveler, announced Monday she is retiring and the store is closing.

In addition to offering a range of merchandise for those on the go, the Savvy Traveler was known in particular for its travel seminars. Rousu noted that the most popular class was the one taught by herself and daughter Alexandra, titled: “How to pack a week’s wardrobe in a carry-on.”

Rousu said that she and her daughter are now looking forward to a new chapter in their lives, “with more travel as soon as the world opens again.”

“We will certainly miss our great customers, many of who have become friends, and the many stories we have shared,” Petra Rousu said. “Thank you for letting us be part of your travels.”

As of Aug. 25, everything in the store is 30% off.


    1. Sooooo Sad. Downtown Edmonds will not be the same without Petra and her wonderful store. All my travel adventures started in her amazing store. She, and her advice for travelers, is dry Thru fat will be sorely missed.

  1. I’m heartbroken. So many stores and restaurants that made our town what it is are leaving or have left.

  2. Savvy Traveler is a tremendous loss to our downtown. There is not another store around that carries the wide variety of travel and other goods. I shopped for items not even used for travel, that I don’t see at any other location. And of course, my travels were improved by what I purchased there. Petra Rouso was also influential in making our downtown better by her participation with the City and other businesses. Retail stores are such an important part of the atmosphere of the heart of our town. Although restaurants are great, retail is really what attracts people to Edmonds to shop at a variety of shops and stay longer than just for a meal. What a sad loss. Thank you Petra and the staff of Savvy Travel for making your store a welcoming, valued presence in Edmonds.

    1. So sorry to see Savvy Traveler close! I, too, have bought much of my wardrobe and travel goods from that wonderful store. My friends have often asked me where I buy my clothes and I have proudly told them, but no more! Sob! The customer service was unparalleled and the obvious care this family invested and exhibited In the store was exemplary. What a loss and disappointment! I’m sure, though, your next chapter will be successful as your work ethic and taste were impeccable. Best of luck to you all!

  3. Very sad to hear this. I always enjoyed going in there to pick up items before a trip. That said, I wish you both happiness and years of travels when we can….which is hopefully to be very soon.

  4. So, so sad to see it go. Loved it for all travel items and just wonderful other things.
    Best wishes to Petra and Alexandra!!!

  5. I woke up to a bright, beautiful morning in Edmonds and then became very sad to see that Savvy Traveler was closing. Petra and Alexandra have had such a vital part in of the downtown Edmonds community. Always so welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. Looking in my closet I think half of my wardrobe and many handbags, suitcases, and books have been purchased from Savvy Traveler! We will miss your darling minions decorating your storefront this Halloween. It’s not an Edmonds Kind of Day anymore.

  6. Petra and Alexandra your smiling welcoming faces will be missed. Thanks for serving our traveling community and hosting so many guides and tour companies to share our adventures. Saturdays were always a fun gathering of like minded people from Puget Sound. You will be missed but see you around town and maybe out in the world!

  7. I was so saddened to hear this. You two (plus Don=three) are the best and I wish you nothing but happiness in the future, although, I have to say that you are way younger than I am so you can’t really retire! It’s always exciting to start a new chapter and I hope that wherever life takes you, that you have a blast! Take care!

  8. I’ll chime in with my feelings of sadness and loss that this wonderful retail store will be no more. You two stocked the store with such a wide array of essentials for travel, including maps, books, clothing, fabulous bags (for travel or not), and things that were just enjoyable to look at or buy! And yes, your friendly staff was a reason to just wander in and browse. Best of luck and much happiness. And THANK YOU!!

  9. Obviously along with many others, I too will very greatly miss Savvy Traveler and its gracious proprietors. Not to mention all the wonderful, useful, and thoughtfully selected items that could be found there. I will certainly cherish the hats, bags (lots of different kinds!), clothes, scarves, and various other traveling minutiae that I bought there that have helped make trips and life in general so much better. Thank you for your presence and help over the years, and blessings on your future endeavors and travels, whenever they may be.

  10. I’m so sad you are closing your store. I have enjoyed shopping there.
    Best wishes to you in this new chapter of your life.

  11. I will miss your wonderful store SO much. Each of my journeys have begun with a pilgrimage to your store. You will be missed! Happy retirement!

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