Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post

There may come a day when you’ll find yourself in need of craft project materials, a new area rug and a pair of hiking boots. Great news! You can find all these items in one location. After Costco moved north off West Bakerview Road in Bellingham, its store on Meridian Street has become home to Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post. It’s a one-stop-shopping excursion for everything you never knew you needed.

Hobby Lobby is a do-it-yourself crafter’s wonderland. Aisle upon aisle of materials can be found for those gifted with the talent to create, and those who dare to get involved with projects that require glue guns, sewing machines or framing materials. There are sections for framed art, custom framing, jewelry-making, paper crafts, wearable art, home décor, party supplies, scrapbooking, floral and wedding décor. There is even an entire section dedicated to seasonal decorations that include craft projects and costumes patterns. Have an idea, but aren’t sure where to start? Hobby Lobby has seasoned, crafty professionals who can guide you through the process. With as many rainy days as we have here in the Northwest, it’s good to have another outpost to help with our next project.

Next door is HomeGoods, with everything lovely and functional for your home. The store is incredibly organized, which makes finding your new treasure easy. Is it a super-comfortable pet bed you seek? HomeGoods has a memory foam option ($69.99) for your furry child. I tested several office chairs that ranged from very chic to mid-century modern to traditional office style. They range in price from $69 to $200. There’s an entire wall dedicated to organizing, from baskets and bins to shelves. KidTown is full of children’s bedroom décor and bedding, dress-up clothes, games and books. The Gourmet Kitchen section has everything from wellness products like raw cacao powder ($5.99) to delicious gourmet crackers. According to their website, HomeGoods has buyers who search the world over to seek out “incredible finds at amazing savings.”

Last stop is Sierra Trading Post—a haven for outdoor adventurers featuring everything one could need for exploring our great state and beyond. The store carries top name brands like Smartwool, Sierra Designs, Columbia, and Cotopaxi, to name a few, at steeply discounted prices. You can score a deal on a pair of hiking boots, a tent, or a down coat. The store is stocked with casual and technical clothes and shoes for men, women and kids. Plus, gear for camping, fishing and even bikes. I had my eye on a Simcoe Roadster Classic Bike ($299.99), but sadly the Cotopaxi Daypack ($24.99) was more in my budget.

If your next shopping trip includes multiple items, chances are you can track them down in these three stores at the Cordata Center on Meridian Street.

Hobby Lobby
4305 Meridian St., Bellingham
360.650.1090 | hobbylobby.com
4321 Meridian St., Bellingham
360.715.0640 | homegoods.com
Sierra Trading Post
4313 Meridian St., Bellingham
360.527.0636 | sierratradingpost.com

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"It’s a one-stop-shopping excursion for everything you never knew you needed."