Located on State Street in the heart of downtown Sedro-Woolley lives Shelley’s Shack, a charming boutique shop that happens to be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It is, without question, a one-stop shop destination with everything from vintage and trendy apparel and antique furnishings to baby gifts and locally crafted artisan goods. The unique shopping opportunity is magnified by the recent addition of a full-service café, which adds a comforting sensory retreat with the scents of fresh coffee and sweet pastries filling the air. Shelley’s Shack really is a shopper’s dream come true: incredible one-of-a-kind clothing, gifts, and accessories coupled with a built-in shot of caffeine– or glass of wine or beer if that’s more your speed.
As you walk through the glass entryway, you’re immediately welcomed by the sounds of two adorable little birds, the faint calming sounds from a splashing indoor water feature, and, on the day of my visit, upbeat ‘80s music throughout the remainder of the quaint space. Everywhere you look, there are signs of the outdoors, from the street lamppost refurbished for ambient lighting, to draping foliage hanging from above, to the outdoor garden lights strewn across the shop’s ceiling. A surprising doorway leads you to an adjacent Garage Café, which boasts an inviting outdoor sitting area visible through the shop’s windows. The space almost transports your mind somewhere else: think classic antique and high-end boutique shopping meets the comforts of hometown hospitality and (dare I say) French country vibes.
Owner Shelley Perry is as delightful as her shop, and her presence adds to the hometown, welcoming feel of Shelley’s Shack. Bouncing between the shop and café on the day of my visit, it was clear to me that she takes great pride in what she has created and is an owner that rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. Her niece, Elizabeth, who helps manage the day-to-day of the shop, is also a seasoned make-up artist with her salon situated under the same roof in the back of the boutique space. Here, she offers makeovers for special occasions and most recently, permanent make-up services.
What You’ll Find
Shelley’s Shack is my new favorite shopping destination, not just because it’s open on Sundays when the rest of the town’s businesses are not, but because it literally offers everything you need in a gift store with seasonal finds, a retail outlet, a cosmetics department, and a dining option. It’s also a fun venue option for hosting a private “sip and shop” party, which they’ve occasionally been known to do, or just a fun afternoon outing with friends. But my favorite thing about Shelley’s Shack was the local artisan finds that celebrate its talented neighbors, including a Bunnies by the Bay collection out of Anacortes, Solace Body butters, and Woolley Wicks candles, both hand-crafted in Sedro-Woolley. 225 E. State St., Sedro-Woolley, 360.391.9000, facebook.com/shelleysshack