Gifts Delivered from the Salish Coast: Madrona Gifts

  If you’ve ever wanted to send a gift basket to a friend or family member, but didn’t want to go through an impersonal internet business, Madrona Gifts is a perfect solution. Run by Kirsten Lutes, the online shop’s goal is to support local businesses from Whatcom County and the…

Five Faves | Metaphysical Shops

Sacred Cedar Co. A Native-owned and -operated shop on the Swinomish Channel. Here you’ll find body care, intention candles, healing teas, crystals, books, and self-reflection decks to help you reconnect with yourself and all things sacred. 128 1st St., Ste. 4–5, La Conner, 425.309.4798, The Stone Moon A cozy Bellingham classic, The Stone Moon is home…

It’s All About the Atmosphere: Raven’s Cup Coffee and Reclamation Candle Company

Are you visiting the relaxing small town of La Conner? Don’t forget to stop by Raven’s Cup Coffee, a local coffee shop that also is an art gallery and a candle shop.    Co-Owners Greg Whiting and Jenelle Whitton have worked to make the shop multifunctional after buying Reclamation Candles last December.     “[Reclamation Candles]…

New Life for Old Clothes: Fix It Fair

A few years ago I threw out my all-time favorite “nice” shirt. It was just a cotton shirt from Uniqlo (clearly I don’t dress up much). After…

Bold and Without Shame: Brazen Shop and Studio

The Shop Located in Downtown Bellingham, Brazen Shop + Studio is a women-led shop whose space showcases works done by multiple local artists and small businesses across the U.S. The word “brazen” encapsulates this shop by definition: It means to be bold and without shame. “Our first location was located in an alley. … We were opening a store with just two…

Thriving in the ‘Ham with Place-Based Skincare: Good Graces

I F YOU’VE BEEN shopping the local makers scene for natural skincare over the last few years, you’ve probably seen Good Graces….

Inspiring Fun Via Fashion: Blackberry Lane

The Shop Blackberry Lane’s brick-and-mortar boutique has only been open since 2021, but the venture began in 2018 when Owner Stephanie Bates began selling fun and affordable clothing online. Since then, they’ve grown into a bustling business that’s always got something exciting going on, be it specials,…

Get Cozy in PNW-Inspired Clothing | Q&A with Eliza McElroy, Owner of Absideon Apparel

First of all, tell us a bit about you, your background, and how Absideon Apparel came to be! s Photograph by Dani Winters Photography What does the word “absideon” mean, exactly?  “We started by googling “cool words,” discovered “absideon,” and fell in love with the meaning of it. Absideon means “to banish negative thoughts.”” In just a few adjectives, how would you describe the…

Bringing Unique Luxury to Bellingham | Neeter House of Luxury

The Shop  Looking out onto the waters of Squalicum Harbor is the newly-opened Neeter House of Luxury. Founder and Owner John Neeter opened the business in November of 2022 with the goal of bringing unique and vintage pieces of jewelry and other high-end items, like designer watches, bags, and knives, out of far-off cities like Seattle and L.A. and into Bellingham.  “[Neeter House of Luxury] is a dream that’s recently become a reality. As an established local…

Jewelry Inspired by Nature | J and I Design

J and I Design is the creation of Mount Vernon couple Michelle and Jay Barshaw. The Barshaws started their own arts and crafts gallery, The Shop, in Conway in 2013. It featured work by many local artists, as well as their own woodworking and other pieces.  Michelle was painting and making jewelry, mostly earrings and bracelets made from cut tin or hammered metal, but a few years after The Shop closed in 2015, she got herself…

Adventure Ready Jewelry by a Local Artisan | Jo Bird Jewelry

The great thing about Sarah Brockman’s jewelry is that her pieces can be worn anywhere: hiking, running, rock climbing, on vacation, or to the dinner table. This versatility is intentional, as Brockman’s own outdoorsy lifestyle fuels her creativity. ”I’ve always been a big adventurer,” she says. “And so I was making things that I could put on and leave on and wear for six months while swimming, hiking, running—all of it.” Photo courtesy of Jo…

Reduce, Reuse, and Tame Those Split Ends | SeaBar

How much effort do you currently put into cleaning up our world’s polluted oceans? On a totally related note, are you satisfied with your hair care routine? Photo by Ben Duyker SeaBar is a Whatcom County-based company that aims to help you improve the answers to both of these questions. They produce zero-waste, natural shampoo and conditioner concentrate bars that massively reduce the amount of plastic bottles in your shower. In addition, when you buy SeaBar, your purchase helps…

A Brief Guide to Gardening Apparel

March marks the beginning of longer days, and those longer days herald the return of spring. As your plants and flowers return to their full splendor, why not renew your gardening wardrobe as well? To jump-start your imagination, we’ve curated some functional-yet-fashionable clothing that’s perfect for getting down and dirty in. Dovetail Bandana in Brown Hatch  Texture Clothing, $12 Bellingham, 360.733.3351, Blue Mint Plaid Button-Up Top Betty Be Good, $50 8125 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 201, 360.441.7691,…

Turning a Plant Pastime into a Heath and Beauty Line

Goldstatus Botanicals

The Art and Science of Wearable Herbaria

Linnaea Jewelry

A Multi-Generational Community Cornerstone

Stowes Shoes & Clothing

Leather at the Intersection of Function and Elegance

Sarah Larson of Sage to Sea Designs

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 every day rather than just hung up in your home.  Marion Bouquet is one of these women who runs her business, Golden Fern Adornments, making and painting wooden earrings inspired by all things wild. They often feature…

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


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 skin care products, owner Karma Maclachlan says it’s easier to ask what they don’t make.  “We sell everything in our wheelhouse from luxury organic palm-free soaps to candles, incense, and toothpaste,” says Maclachlan.  Maclachlan started making…

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


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


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…

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…

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 boutique is a one-stop, feel-good…

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…

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…

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 name and widening the target market. “From 20 years old to 90, we really have something for everyone,” Bell said. “And that makes me feel good.” And…

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…

Tugging at the Heart

Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique 713 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.2350 | THE SHOP Since its opening in July 2016, Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique has become…

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 it only occupies about 75 square feet of space on downtown First Street, Lather & Salt smartly fills every nook with odoriferous goodness. Chemical-free soap and personal care product lovers will rejoice at the decadent bath bars, bath salts and skin balms only an arm’s reach away, no matter…

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 | THE SHOP Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants is located…

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…

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…

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 the oil’s chemistry and freshness. Real extra virgin olive oil also has an unbeatable…

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…

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 and friendly looking beets hang from the ceiling. Plush toys line the shelves and whimsical paintings decorate the walls. Walking in, you can’t help but smile. THE ATMOSPHERE Surrounded by personified plush toys, rubber teething toys, and…

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 downtown Seattle and Vancouver B.C. Goorin Bros. founder, Cassel…

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 &…

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…

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 and with great intention?…

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…

More than Quality Pet Food

Bow Wow & Woofs THE SHOP Bow Wow & Woofs is not your ordinary pet store. Instead of the typical run-of-the mill kibble and dog biscuits,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Bramble Furniture

THE SHOP A playground filled with stately furniture for any preference, Bramble Home Store offers endless possibilities of elegant, handcrafted pieces to transform a home into a refined yet cozy haven. With three large stores scattered throughout Snohomish and Everett,…

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…

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 fun. The entry walkway and surrounding walls are artistically lined with quotes that range from the funny to the heartfelt, setting the perfect mood for what you’ll find in the store. “There’s always something unexpected when you come in here,” c’est la Vie’s owner Colleen Bowman said. It’s no wonder, as…


Beauty & Function Picture a vibrant new store that takes Bellingham’s collective passion for reusing and repurposing in a new, untapped direction. What a wonderfully cluttered used bookstore is to boxes of lonely books in your…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 the warehouse, installs, cleans up and does whatever it takes for the Color Pot to flourish. Teri works on the sales floor and works with other staff members…

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. KEY PEOPLE Jeff Kraus created Naked Clothing in 1999. The store’s mission is to provide high quality clothing that is flattering…

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…

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 historical gears going. Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick are the founders of the Bureau of Historical Investigation. They create, research and develop all…

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 clothing. The new owner, Kristina Freeburg, aims to expand the store into maternity clothing while fine-tuning the children’s focus to…

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…

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. J & J is named after Jaime…

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…

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…

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 space overall — art enthusiasts can be sure to find what they are looking for. Alan Weydert, the manager at Dakota Arts said, “I looked at over 25…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 who seek simplicity. The completely redesigned space opened late April under the brand’s new platform with a fresh philosophy–“uncomplicated.” Chris Gayton, the Vice President of Brand Marketing, gave an in-depth tour of the store explaining how different sections of the store will appeal to different J. Jill customers. J. Jill is…

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 truly is one-stop shopping. Aside from being a business owner, Smith is also a mother…


THE SHOP Located on Guide Meridian and full of equipment that bikers can only dream about, BikeSport offers a variety of bikes,…

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 Kingston has finally found her place in Bellingham at Modern Classics. Originally a virtual company started by her husband Curt, Modern Classics is now, as of April 4th, a store in the Chicago Fine Arts Building on N. State Street…


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 a box store. Vintage furniture helps give the merchandise an antique feel, while…

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…