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Jewelry to Tell a Story

Copper Canoe Woman

Skincare Products to Help People and Pollinators

Moon Valley Organics

Your Fashion Home at House of Style

House of Style Boutique

Wearable Works of Art by Women

Bellingham is full of femme creatives, and many of these artists make wearable works of art that can be shown off…

A Boho Boutique

Third Planet

The Power of Sustainable Skincare

Q&A with Alesia Hall of Sea Witch Botanicals

Meet Bellingham’s Queen of Cosplay and Halloween

Mo’s Parlor

The Pacific Northwest’s Very Own Brand of Self-Care

Evergreen Essential

A Beautiful Harbor Town Boutique

Ladders Clothing & Co.

How to Avoid the Mid-Life Denim Crisis

A Guide from Betty Be Good Boutique

PNW Lifestyle Captured in Clothing

Wild Material

Clothes Kids Want To Wear

Salt & Rain

A Local Beauty Empire

Zorganics

Socially Conscious Fashion in Fairhaven

Eleventh St GOODS

Handcrafted Jewelry as Unique as You Are

Erin Heydenreich of Betina Roza

The Smell of Sustainability

MW Soapworks

Community Meets Creativity in Skagit Valley

Valley Made Market

Bringing Mexico’s Artesanía to Bellingham

Artesanías El Alebrije

A Mile in the Best Shoes

Beck’s Shoes

A Bohemian Dream Come True

Soul Sisters Unique Boutique

From Hobby to Heartwarming Business

Isola Handmade Originals

Bellingham’s Very Own Metalwork Master

James Binnion Metal Arts

A Stylish Space for Women

Fringe Boutique

Ethical Products for Pets and Their People

We Bee Kind

Yes In A Dress

Q&A with Ashley Fullenwider, owner of local activewear brand Nuu-Muu

Mountain Biking Bags Built To Last

High Above

A French Escape in the Heart of Fairhaven

Three French Hens

Style Q&A with Jennifer Mann of Tides of Anacortes

Looking to spruce up your Winter Wardrobe? Check out this Q&A!

Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

Check out these holiday deals from local retailers!

Socks that Spark Conversation

Cute but Crazy Socks

Fall-to-Winter Fashion

As we begin the transition from autumn to winter, the days might be dreary, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to be! With the help of local boutiques, we’ve picked out some pieces that will help you step into the new season with style.

A Holiday Haven

The holiday season brings a lot of joy, from cuddly sweaters to festive decorations and one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones. Luckily you can find all of this merriment in one place: The Red Barn Holiday Market.

Style Q&A with Suzanne Smith of Betty Be Good Boutique

Lastly, shoppers can always expect affordable and adorable fashion, footwear, and accessories with everything in our collection still under $60.

A Partnership With Nature

From soaps and lotions to aromatherapy and makeup, Karmela Botanica offers a little bit of everything. In fact, when it comes to…

Madrona Wear

Madrona Wear is a sustainable clothing company born from a passion for sewing and a love for the natural world. It was founded in August of last year by Ruby Spring and Weston Persons, and the couple makes all of their clothing to order using upcycled and recycled materials. 

Fall Fashion Q&A: Bellingham Alive Office Edition

It’s officially Fall! Here’s a look at what our staff here at Bellingham Alive loves about Fall Fashion.

Community Connections through Craft Clay Earrings

GG Clay Co

Fairhaven Bath and Body Shop Offers Self-Care Products that Give Back

Bella Rose Boutique

Intimates Made Cozy… and Local

Tush & Bush Underwear

Fashion Q&A with Kenna Balvanz

Summer Fashion Q&A

Inspiring Creators Through Leather

Orcas Island Leather Goods

A Little Bit of Everything

FERN

Pack It Up, Bellingham

Pack Northwest

Rustic Relaxation at Kara’s Beauty Barn

Where relaxation meets results

Put Some Spring in Your Step

Fashion Q&A with Jody Proctor at 12th Street Shoes

Skating in Style

Attack Cat Bags

Pedal to the Metal

Martini Metal Craft

20 Local Gifts Under $20

Whether you’re shopping for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day or just want to spread some love to family and friends, these gifts are sure to satisfy without hurting your wallet. Plus, they’re all from retailers in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties, so you can keep the love local.

Minimalist Designs, Maximum Quality

PNW Minimalist

Art & Happiness

Bellingham’s newest art store, Art & Happiness, has everything you need to keep the creative juices flowing.  

Barn Cat Creations

Eco-Friendly Middle Ground

Penny for your Things?

Penny Pinchers Estate Clearance

Fun is One Squeak Away

Pip Squeak’s online store offers sensory, organic, gender-neutral children’s clothing

Pamper Your Pet at Pet Place Market Anacortes

Where would we be without our pets during quarantine? Now is the perfect time to give back and pamper your furry friends with nutritious meals, durable toys, and a trip to the spa at Pet Place Market Anacortes.  

Makeup Q & A with Kenna Balvanz

Looking to switch up your beauty routine, with these makeup tips from Kenna Balvanz.

Feel Adored

Adored Boutique opens its doors in downtown Fairhaven

Fashion for the Whole Family

BRAY

Get Cozy with Pac Nor Westy

Pac Nor Westy, an apparel and home goods store in downtown La Conner, is holding strong despite the setbacks of COVID-19. The store has an appealing, user-friendly online store, making it easy to shop from home as well as in person.  Owner Richard Murphy works in IT consulting by day, but uses Pac Nor Westy as a way to express his creative interests. He designs all the store’s T-shirts and hoodies.   “We…

Hair Q&A with Brooklyn Matthysse

Hair Q&A with Brooklyn Matthysse

Wearable Designs to Last the Decades

Texture Clothing

The Man Designing Bellingham

Bradley Lockhart

How to Shop Vintage

Fashion Q&A with Sarah Dunbar, vintage buyer and owner of Pretty Penny

Cascadia Jewelry

Cascadia Jewelry offers high-quality jewelry at accessible price points.

An Indoor Hub for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Backcountry Essentials sells gear and clothing from the best outdoor outfitters around.

Where Function Meets Design: Ideal

Ideal is where you go to find functional, simple items from local and international sources.

Valley Made Market Goes Virtual

Valley Made Market’s digital platform allows you to continue supporting local, with the same handmade products you know and love.

Leather Bags Built to Last 

Bellingham native Julie Simon creates leather accessories, capturing the DIY spirit and beauty of the Pacific Northwest all in one.

Spring Hair

Beauty salons may be closed, but you can still take care of your hair and get a fresh spring look. Check out this Q&A with Guerrero Hair Salon’s owner and stylist Nick St. Mary.

Travel Packing 101

Going on vacation and need to pack light? Check out this Travel Fashion Q&A with Seattle-based blogger Autumn Sorelle.

Honey Salon Brings Beauty to the Granary Building

Late afternoon sunlight streams through the windows of the Granary Building in Bellingham, illuminating Honey Salon’s new location. People in various stages of haircuts and blowouts laugh, lounge, and sip on complimentary tea and coffee. Honey Salon occupies the fourth and fifth floors of the building, looking out onto downtown Bellingham to the…

The Goat’s Coat: Slow Fashion for a Fast World

The Goat’s Coat aims to keep clothes out of landfills in a creative way, bringing style and sustainability together.

Redhead Makeup Myths

 Be brave and give yourself permission to experiment. In the end, the only person in charge of telling you what–and what not–to do is yourself.

Spring Trends: Fashion Q&A

Spring is coming soon (hopefully). Here’s a look at this season’s trends with Seattle-based blogger Autumn Sorelle.

For the Love of Wood

Skagit Valley Slabhaus turns salvaged wood into functional art.

A Gem of a Jewelry Shop

La Conner’s Trumpeter Gallery showcases handmade jewelry from artists around the world. Learn about how they got started and the beautiful things to be found inside.

Feeling Chipper

The Chipper Bird’s Whimsical Downtown Space is Sure to Leave You, Well, Chipper.

Mint to Be

Em’s Herbals uses locally sourced, organic ingredients in their hand-made products. Owner Emily Pacheco discusses her business, favorite products, and plans for the future.

Made with Heart

Bellingham Handmade’s new space is a haven for creative energy.

Helping Local Artists Find Their Voice

Good Earth Pottery celebrates 50 years of highlighting more than 40 artists at a time.

Celebrating the Creative Spirit

Local consignment shop The Lucky Dumpster offers an eclectic mix of handmade goods from more than 200 skilled artisans.

For the Love of All Things Sparkly

Designer jewelry gallery Whimsey brings unique, locally made creations to Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District.

Beautify Yourself and Your Home the Natural Way at handmade. la conner

Explore a variety of one-of-a-kind home and beauty items at handmade. la conner, and learn how it all started from owner Robyn Bradley.

A Passion for Style

After inquisitive clients kept asking hairstylist Janet Horton where she found her trendy threads, she realized she could combine her passion for hairstyling and fashion in one place. As such, Three Little Birds Salon & Boutique was born. The store features a full-service hair salon and a women’s boutique; something quite unique to the area. Revitalize Your Look “Our salon and…

Lynden’s Home for Home Goods

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Surroundings Home, Gift, and Garden—located at the Fairway Center shopping plaza in Lynden,

Get Creative in Skagit Valley

For more than 50 years, Tri Dee Arts has been a fixture in downtown Mount Vernon—in 2018, the newest owners unveiled two renovated sections.

I Think That’s Called Passion

Shelley Versteeg-Smit is the owner and head designer at Fishtrap Creek Interiors in Lynden, bringing more than 30 years of experience into her top-notch retail space.

A Passion for the Fiber Arts

Wild Fibers in downtown Mount Vernon has been inspiring fiber artists for nearly 15 years—a one-stop destination for everything fiber and fiber-related.

The Art of Feeling Pretty

For those looking to revamp their look, check out Pretty Penny Clothing and Guerrero Hair Studio—owned by Sarah Dunbar and her husband, Nick St. Mary, respectively.

A Home Away From Home

Bellingham’s newest coffee shop, Makeworth Market, blends business and aesthetics to create a bright, beautiful space for studying, working, or socializing.

Time to Treat Yourself

In July 2018, brother and sister team—Jesse Sturgeon and Angie Skorick—opened Indulge Wine & Dessert Bar in historic downtown Anacortes.

Going Coconuts

Coco Mats ‘N More, founded in 2006 by Deepak Raghavan, uses sustainably sourced coconuts to create 100 percent natural floor mats.

By the Light

Since 2001, Fairhaven has been home to The Silvery Moon jewelry shop—a store full of unique affordable pieces, made from all-natural stones.

Proudly Local

Every Sunday through October, the Bellingham Handmade Market brings together a variety of local creators—its first season operating on a regular, weekly basis.

Betty Does Good

A new Betty Be Good location, which sits directly beside Woods Coffee on Front Street, joins the Birch Bay store in aiding the victims of human trafficking.

Pamper Your Pet

In December 2018, Just 4 Paws Pet Boutique opened in La Conner—A space dedicated to furry friends, where all kinds of pet lovers can stock up on pet food and supplies.

Nurturing the Love of Literature

Owner Laura Norris purchased the Griffin Bay Bookstore, a staple in downtown Friday Harbor since 1979, as a way to preserve literary culture on the island.

Sweet Treats by the C

Stop by this seaside shop, in Birch Bay, for some homemade candy, ice cream, snow cones, fresh pizza, sandwiches, or any of its other tasty summer treats.

In the Heart of Coast Salish Territory

For more than 24 years, Lee Brooks has been showcasing art from Native artists at his gallery, Arctic Raven Gallery, in downtown Friday Harbor.

Fairhaven Gets the Scoop

Since they began selling ice cream in 1982 Edaleen Dairy has opened six locations, with its newest location having opened in Fairhaven on February 18, 2019.

Home Decor Galore

What began as a business selling flower bouquets out of a vintage trailer, became a barn storefront full of goodies for outdoor and indoor decorating.

Good Read, Good Roast

This Lynden family-owned and operated shop, which has been around since 1947, combines the pleasures of delicious coffee with a well curated bookstore.

A Resource for Boaters in the Pacific Northwest

Prepare for your next boating adventure at the Waggoner Guide Bookstore, where they offer expert advice, seminars and an array of nautical books.

How ‘Bout Them Apples

Cherished local orchard of Bellewood Farms, formerly known as Bellewood Acres, is newly-owned by the Abel family, who live, work and play on the property.

A Celebration of a Pacific Northwest Specialty

SeaBear Wild Salmon sells their Pacific Northwest caught smoked salmon in Anacortes. Tom Savidge is the founder, and Mike Mondello is the president and CEO.

When One Door Closes…

Allison Potts and Karen Blanquart are the owners of the Bellingham boutique Brazen Shop + Studio. The shop features local art, jewelry, and so much more!

The Bounty of the Sea

Brady Ryan makes a variety of salt products from the Salish Sea waters. San Juan Island Sea Salt sells their salt products at local farmers markets.

New Home in Bellingham

Ashley HomeStore has a new home at the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham. Chris Busby and April Barnes are part of a team that helps the store run smoothly.

Furnishings Store Has New Owners, New Lease on Life

Greenhouse, a home furnishings store in Bellingham, is under new ownership. BreAnne Green bought the store last year and has kept a strong community focus.

Extraordinary Wood Art for Your Home

Mark Carrier is the owner of The Wood Merchant in downtown La Conner. At this gallery, you can find beautiful creations by talented woodworking artists.

Fill ‘Er Up! — With Beer, Cider, Etc.

Jim Sullivan and Sandy Petersen run Growlers Keep in Bellingham, where you can fill a growler with any beer, cider, or other beverage they have available.

All Natural, All the Time

Rawganique is a clothing store and cafe in Blaine run by Quo Yong Fu and Qeanu Wallner. The company offers raw and organic items for sustainable living.

Nostalgia, Specialty Foods and Kitchenware in La Conner

Roberta and Gregg Westover own the Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater. at their place in La Conner, you can taste a variety of olives, shop for kitchen necessities, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Responsible Hair Care

Alchemika Salon, with owner and stylist Somer-Barnes, is an eco-conscious salon for responsible hair care. Green Circle provides compostable packaging.

Attack That Closet

The New Year is a time to refresh! Fashion blogger Autumn Sorelle shares her tips on how to clear away the clutter and re-organize your closet.

An All-in-One Fitness Package for 2019

Zac Palmer is a personal trainer, and VP of Fitness Gear and Training. The store sells residential fitness equipment, has a gym and a 30-Minute Fit program.

In Winter, Warm-Weather Options

Pandora Grover moved her women’s clothing store, Seasons, to Fairhaven earlier this year. You can find Northwest fashion for every season there year-round.

Costco’s Move Brings Big Three To Bellingham

Since Costco’s move, the Cordata Center is now home to Sierra Trading Post, HomeGoods, and Hobby Lobby. All in one place to make your shopping trip easier.

Clothing, with Style

Lynden native Laura Bouma owns the women’s clothing boutique Cheeks. You can find the shop on Front Street in downtown Lynden.

Woodcut Prints, Handmade Crafts In Downtown Mount Vernon

From stickers to mugs to handmade jewelry to screen-printed clothes, it’s all available at elSage Designs in downtown Mount Vernon.

Modernizing a Friday Harbor Mainstay

When the Leightons took over Sandpebble on Friday Harbor, they changed the name to Pebble and began to slowly and naturally modernize the shop.

A Half-Century of Everything from Crafts to Cabinets

Julie Coull is the owner of Hamann’s Gallery and Gift in Barkley Village. You can find custom framing, local art, Scandinavian home goods, and so much more!

Skagit Surprise: Fresh Fish to Eat and Take Home

In Burlington, Tana and Eric Skaugrud are founders of Skagit’s Own Fish Market. They offer fresh, locally caught seafood, seasonings, and a seafood lunch.

Home Shopping and Staging, Under One Roof

Urban Collective is a a home decor boutique and staging service created by Solveig Johnson, a Bellingham realtor at The Muljat Group.

Bellingham Shop Sells Commitment with Its Jewelry

Hayley and Jarod Faws have opened a new jewelry store called APSE. A percentage of their profits goes to ending sexual exploitation.

Showcasing Jewels of Orcas Island

Material Wit on Orcas Island is run by Jessie Morrow. Her shop showcases four jewelry collections, clothes, household items, and art.

Second Hand for New Moms and Kiddos

Flip and Little Bugs, owned by Elyse Brown, are two children and maternity consignment stores in Bellingham where moms can buy second hand clothes and toys.

Indoor Plants Blossom in Bellingham

Babygreens is a new indoor plant shop located in Downtown Bellingham. Owner Nick Meza is a WWU grad and opened the shop earlier this spring.

Gifts Ahoy in Anacortes

A new gift shop opened in Anacortes. The Johnson Manor is a colorful, unique shop offering fun gifts, furniture, beauty products and more!

From the Oven With Love

Barb’s Pies and Pastries is a family-run bakery in Ferndale that brings so much to their community. Cakes, doughnuts, and cookies are all on the menu!

A Chocolate Bar Crafted to Change Lives

BIJA is changing the chocolate industry. BIJA works with women’s co-operatives to build empowered communities and with cocoa farmers to become organic.

Insole Giant Makes Big Step

Superfeet is emerging as a leader in footbed technology.

Skin Deep in Mount Vernon

Bare Boutique in Mount Vernon provides high-quality skincare products and services in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

Chocolate Duo Turning A Page

Evolve Chocolate has found a new home at Village Books, expanding to include a café and bar, showcasing what Bellingham has to offer.

Finishing Touches

THE SHOP Whether your home’s style is farmhouse, nautical or Paris chic, Mount Vernon’s Re-Feather Your Nest has the perfect finishing touches for any well-designed room. In addition to decor accessories and wall hangings, it has one-of-a-kind, reclaimed furniture and reupholstered seating. THE ATMOSPHERE The airy space bathes in natural light from oversized skylights. It’s the kind of store made for ambling along the well-worn…

Fusing Glass in Custer

Jenny Reich started experimenting with stained glass in the 1970s in Atlanta as a creative outlet. Today, you can find her with her dogs Lola and Salem in northern Whatcom County amid her colorful glass creations of all kinds. Just off Interstate 5 in the small…

Making a Statement

THE SHOP Statement Apparel opened May 1, 2015, with two goals: create a women’s clothing store complementing all ages and donate to charity. The Barkley Village shop has done just that. Owner Deirdre (DeeDee) Bell took over the shop when Susan Sandell retired, creating a new…

Paddlers’ Paradise in North Vancouver

A kayak and ski store located in a retail/industrial area in North Vancouver, B.C., Deep Cove Outdoors is something of a misnomer. Its namesake bay is five miles away, where the store has a waterfront center and rental operation. But within the city confines, Deep Cove has built a reputation for not only outdoor gear, but as…

Tugging at the Heart

Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique 713 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.2350 | liltugskids.com THE SHOP Since its opening in July 2016, Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique has become a community favorite. The darling shop carries toys and clothing for newborns through eight years old. Inspired by the Anacortes tugboat town culture, the store features a child-sized tugboat perfect for keeping kids busy while grownups browse the shop’s fun inventory. THE ATMOSPHERE A sidewalk chalkboard sign beckons customers into Lil’ Tugs, but the dizzying…

A Bubbly Business for Downtown Snohomish

Lather & Salt Tucked — almost squeezed — neatly between Antique Warehouse and Roger’s River View Bistro on Snohomish’s main drag is a delicious bath and body shop. Though…

Bothell Furniture

Since 1985, Bothell Furniture has been a mainstay in downtown Bothell, and a recent move to a larger building just four blocks away has allowed it to spread its wings. The store’s salespeople have distinguished themselves by their knowledge and expertise. They buy carefully selected individual pieces of furniture…

Slowing Down Over a Glass

Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants 19 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.393.3271 | sjwinemerchants.com THE SHOP Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants is located in a charming downtown building that welcomes guests with tall ceilings, large windows, graphic art, and plenty of wine. Ted Seifert and Diane Jones opened the store in 2013 with a…

Expert Advice from Edmonds

Arista Wine Cellars This time of year, the crisp air is perfumed with the crackling of alder hearth fires and spiced with notes of cinnamon and pumpkin. The promise of unhurried dinners as we gorge ourselves with extra helpings and good conversation lures us indoors. And the perfect complement to any New Year’s Eve or winter gathering is, of course, a beautiful wine or bubbly libation. I asked the professional wine connoisseurs at Arista Wine…

Among the Stacks

Eclipse Bookstore THE SHOP Eclipse Bookstore sits on the edge of Fairhaven, a mere block uphill on 11th Street from Village Books. But the two couldn’t be more different. Eclipse can be easily recognized by the towers of books guarding its doorway. Like every volume inside, the books stacked are used. But that doesn’t really matter because at Eclipse Bookstore the fun comes in finding a book, rather than simply looking…

Healthy Cooking with EVOO

Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar THE SHOP Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar is a haven for olive oil and vinegar connoisseurs. It specializes in Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), the cream of the crop in olive oil standards. Ultra Premium certification requires vigorous testing of…

A Hub for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Backcountry Essentials Tucked into one of historic downtown Bellingham’s charming buildings is Backcountry Essentials outdoors store. Dozens of recreation backpacks find homes on the exposed brick walls, along with rows of skis and boots. From the wood rafters hang hammocks and tents. Even the creaky staircase, which leads customers to the used merchandise section, holds shelves of guidebooks and racks of maps. Every inch of Backcountry Essentials is utilized to capacity,…

Give Glad Dreams

Bunnies By The Bay THE SHOP At the end of La Conner’s 1st Street, a narrow storefront beckons family members, and expectant mothers in search of baby toys meant to be cherished. Inside Bunnies By The Bay, soft mobiles of sweet peas…

Goorin Bros.

A Unique Hatting Experience Little warms hearts like a family business, and nothing warms heads like a good hat. Goorin Bros. is a fourth-generation family hat shop with more than 30 locations nationwide, including…

Not Just a Bakery, Not Just a Boutique

Pies & Such It’s not every day you walk into a shop and find clothing, jewelry, and art alongside decadent desserts. But Pies & Such has done just that in La Conner, and co-owners Jeneé Geoghegan and Mo Jensen couldn’t be happier. Together they keep fresh pies and cakes in the display case and handmade jewelry and colorful clothing on the racks. THE ATMOSPHERE Don’t be surprised…

Family Farm Since 1910

3 Sisters Farm and Market For some of us, knowing where our food comes from is a family tradition. For others, it’s a fairly recent revelation. Either way, there’s no…

Something Old Meets Something New

Pike Street Press We all love the convenience and connection modern technology affords us, but do you ever yearn for the old-school ethos of doing things slowly…

Stylishly Tasty, Irresistibly Beautiful

Forte Chocolates Pushing away from corporate chains mechanically mass-producing their chocolate, Forte Chocolates takes a step back, continuing to handcraft their world-renowned sweets. Turn the corner and walk closer. The smell of hot chocolate hits you first, drawing you inside. Go ahead — sample Forte’s decadent hot chocolate mix. Make sure you don’t miss other samples placed around the store. Visit Forte, and you get to do more than shop. You get to taste a…

More than Quality Pet Food

Bow Wow & Woofs THE SHOP Bow Wow & Woofs is not your ordinary pet store. Instead of the typical…

Appease Your Green Thumb

Bayview Farm & Garden Bayview Farm & Garden, in the seaside village of Langley on Whidbey Island, promoted green gardening before the word “green” meant anything more than a color. Ambitious and industrious owner Maureen Murphy, constantly strives to improve the business while sticking to her philosophy that an industry responsible for growing beauty shouldn’t also be involved in damaging the environment. Murphy comes from a family business of greenhouse manufacturing and…

Edmonds Bookshop

  The Shop Edmonds Bookshop is the quintessential booklover’s haven. Located in the heart of the picturesque North End waterfront community for which it’s named, the store boasts a comprehensive collection of books in an impressive array of genres and categories, all neatly presented on floor-to-ceiling shelves and stout bookcases perfect for browsing. The Atmosphere The cozy shop is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the world….

Arista Wine Cellars

This time of year the crisp air is perfumed with the crackling of alder hearth fires and spiced with notes of cinnamon and pumpkin. The promise of unhurried dinners as we gorge ourselves with extra helpings and good conversation lures us indoors. And the perfect complement to any holiday dinner or winter gathering is, of course, a beautiful wine or bubbly libation. So what will go with yams, cranberries,…

Pacific Fly Fishers

The Shop Does a peaceful yet adventurous day on the river or lake this summer sound appealing to you? Want to try something new with the family? Or, do you live to cast a fly rod? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, try visiting Pacific Fly Fishers located in the ever-growing city of Mill Creek, with easy access to both I-5 and I-405. Pacific Fly Fishers specializes in all things fly fishing and only carries the owner’s…

Bramble Furniture

THE SHOP A playground filled with stately furniture for any preference, Bramble Home Store offers endless possibilities of elegant, handcrafted…

Purpose Boutique

What if you could combine giving back and empowering women with shopping for clothes and accessories? Here in the Northwest, you can. Purpose Boutique in Kirkland (and Bremerton) has a powerful mission to outfit local women in beautiful, accessible clothing while donating 10% of net proceeds to fight human trafficking. They also partner with socially-conscious companies that empower and employ women. CEO Christie Johnson…

Shopping and Sharing Life at c’est la Vie

The first words that come to mind when walking into Edmonds’ c’est la Vie (pronounced Say La Vee) are colorful, eclectic, and…

Ragfinery

Beauty & Function Picture a vibrant new store that takes Bellingham’s collective passion for reusing and repurposing in a new, untapped direction. What…

Baicha Tea Room

The most important thing you need to know about experiencing tea according to Narumol, who also goes by Ann, is not to rush and just enjoy. You’ll want to take your time, as flavors from around the world greet every eager taste bud from Baicha’s mainly organic tea selection.

Rogue Boutique

THE SHOP The picturesque town of Edmonds, with its quaint stores and sidewalk cafes, recently welcomed the chic fashion boutique Rogue to its charming Main Street on March 8th. Visitors can find the shop in an appealingly old-fashioned white house built by the local blacksmith in the 1890s. Inside, however, the modern styles offered by owner Kimberly Koenig provide a spirited contrast to the shop’s antique…

Gregg’s Cycle

Gregg’s Cycle is something of a Seattle institution — its flagship Greenlake location has operated since 1932. Gregg’s has expanded to three locations, but the Lynnwood location (lucky us) opened its doors in 2007. Gregg’s is known for having an expert, involved staff who will answer questions and match you with the best bike or cycling products, whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a brand new rider. May is Bike to Work Month,…

Find Your Fashion Again

THE SHOP Find Your Fashion Again is the new kid on the block. Located in the Grocery Outlet Center in Ferndale, Wash., this 6-month old consignment shop offers a new twist on an old shopping favorite. Shoppers can bring in their used clothes and receive credits toward future purchases, which can be used at either Find Your Fashion Again or their sister store Find Your Fashion. This innovative system allows shoppers to clean out…

Jaleh Boutique

All of the clothing in Jaleh Boutique is designed and manufactured locally in the Puget Sound. Designer and Jaleh boutique owner Jordanah Monjazeb’s pieces are effortless and versatile, and the price tags are just as…

The Color Pot’s Dynamic Duo

Bill and Teri Hewett, owners of the Color Pot, seem to be quite the dynamic duo. Bill oversees the office, does estimates, works in…

Naked Clothing

THE SHOP Located on West Holly Street and shaded by the trees and nearby shops, Naked Clothing is home to a new type of clothing—clothing with a conscience. The shop is new to the downtown Bellingham area, and is located in the old Merch-Bot space. Naked Clothing has been open since October 31, 2013. ATMOSPHERE Bright and relaxing oasis….

Dear Zara

Just utter the name “Zara” and you will have the attention of every fashionista in the Pacific Northwest. The Spain-based fast-fashion paradise opened its 49th U.S. store in Seattle this February and the buzz it is causing may be infinite. Ask anyone who has already paid a visit to the Westlake Center Zara and they will say that it’s more than 8,000 square feet of pure fashion goodness. Not only does Zara manage…

Bureau of Historical Investigation

The Good Time Girls of the Bureau of Historical Investigation are a blast from the past. Offering guided walking tours around Bellingham dressed in Victorian costumes, these girls share their love of history in a new way and keep the…

Belly & Co.

THE SHOP The corner of 5th and Main is an iconic location in Edmonds — it plays a front and center role in the Downtown shopping area. Since the 1960s, 422 Main Street has been a children’s store with an emphasis on…

Snohomish Bicycles

Pacific Northwest winters can’t keep locals away from the outdoors. When January rounds the corner and we find we’ve been nudged into the New Year, our running shoes and layers of athletic gear are pulled out from the closet and dusted off. Dreams to tighten, tone and build the muscles that have been vacationing since the holidays are once again within reach. And what better way to achieve those goals than…

J & J Jewelry

THE SHOP Within the Bay Street Public Market is J & J Jewelry, a hidden gem. The owner is owner Jaime Pyshny, long-time jewelry expert….

Lorna Jane

It was ironic to dress up for the opening of an activewear store. After all, activewear is my typical daily work uniform. Yoga or running pants? Check. Comfortable lightweight hoodie or tee? Check. Turn on the computer and watch me go. But when I have to do an interview or attend an event,…

A Lovely Day

Discerning denizens of Bellingham have a lovely vintage-inspired store on Bay Street in downtown Bellingham. A Lovely Day is a whimsical women’s clothing store that distinguishes itself well from other retailers while offering clothes at very competitive prices. Owner Adrienne Beard carefully selects handmade…

Ann Taylor At U Village

Ann Taylor concept store opens in University Village.

Gretchens Kitchen

Gretchens is full of everything for cooking and baking. Whether a veteran in the kitchen or simply playin’ around, you’ll find what you need inside this one-of-a-kind store.

Dakota Arts

The Shop Dakota Arts has been in downtown Bellingham for 20 years. With a new location, a new on-site art gallery — and much more…

A Passion for Pottery

With creativity — and the determination to cultivate her passion — Aerin Adrian recently opened eARThbenders and Artisans, a new ceramic and pottery studio in downtown Bellingham. “I started making pottery 17 years ago at the Community College of Yakima,” Adrian said. From there she went on to major at Western Washington University in East Asian Studies. Finding that her strong passion for her craft…

Sound Styles

The Shop On the corner of 5th Ave. and Main St., in downtown Edmonds, stands Sound Styles, a fashion institution in Edmonds. Originally, the boutique was bought by two families with the intention of having the daughters from those two families run it. However, one family quickly discovered that the retail business was not for them, giving mother Dolores Bjorback and her daughter Jenny Murphy co-ownership only three years after the…

Pipe & Row

Pipe & Row’s tagline is “Not your average staple” and that certainly fits. Owner Kayla Boehme said, “We want to push someone to the edge of their comfort zone, but not over it.” The boutique, which opened June 17 in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, aims to make high fashion accessible to everyone. The store carries brands like Miista. Ampersand as Apostrophe, Wren and Sam & Lavi. “You might walk…

Red Barn Jewelry

THE SHOP Nestled next to Bayou on the Bay, on the corner of Holly and Prospect in downtown Bellingham lays a hidden jewel called Red Barn Jewelry. Owner Stacia Davis makes bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings using only recycled metals and her signature flat stone rocks. “I have been making jewelry for…

J. Jill- Philanthropy Meets a New Prototype

J. Jill’s new retail location in Bellevue has elevated the shopping experience to be a modern day escape for those…

Betty Be Good

Betty Be Good — a contemporary fashion boutique in Birch Bay Square — offers attractively chic clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. “The printed leggings are our most popular selling item, they sell for $14.50,” said owner Suzanne Smith. Betty Be Good opened in October 2013 and…

BikeSport

THE SHOP Located on Guide Meridian and full of equipment that bikers can only dream about, BikeSport offers a variety of bikes, unicycles, and helmets, as well as clothing. This shop is new to the Bellingham area as it opened in March this year, but has been successfully running in Ballard…

Bringing Two Arts Together

It could be the open environment, the gorgeous furniture, or the large oil paintings hanging on exposed brick walls — whatever it is, owner and showroom manager Sharon…

Grandiflora

Vintage chic for the home, trendy accessories for you THE SHOP. The theme, old to new, flows throughout Grandiflora. Named after the popular magnolia gardens that existed in Lynden’s past, Grandiflora opened its doors in 2000, becoming a premier home decor store. The importance of history and culture is etched into the mural depicting Lynden’s discovery on the brick of the building. Nothing inside feels like…

Public Shopping In Your Underwear?

It’s all for charity at the annual Goodwill Glitter Sale. A few years ago my sister-in-law invited me to the Goodwill Glitter Sale in Seattle. There were a few things I needed to know before committing, however. Namely, there would be no public fitting rooms and would I be comfortable shopping with a bunch of strangers in my undergarments? I had been in more bizarre situations than this in my 40+ years and readily agreed to go. My mother-in-law,…