What does Everybody’s Store carry? Everything. That’s right: everything—with an emphasis on local everything. Whether you need the makings for a date night (wine, cheese, crackers) or a new top to wear to said date night, or even the cookbook to teach you how to impress your date, you can find it at Everybody’s Store.
And where will you find this little store that sells a little bit of everything? East of Bellingham. Take the Mt. Baker Highway (WA State Route 542) to Route 9, and head south for just about a mile. It’s a quick side trip on your way to or from a hike at Mount Baker or Church Mountain, or pre- or après-tubing on the Nooksack River.
Everybody’s Store is a true Whatcom County treasure, established in 1903. That’s 111 years of continuous service, the past 44 of them under the present owners, Jeff and Amy Margolis.
I stopped in recently to check out the store and grab some food to take home. The staffers on duty were Colton and Max—two super-friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guys.
They introduced me to the 114-year-old cheese slicer, which is still used every day. Each of their many wonderful cheeses, salamis, deli meats and sausages are hand-sliced to order. They also helped me find some of the more unusual offerings, like prayer beads, harmonicas and canning jars. And, they told me about the company garden plot, which all of them keep growing strong, supplying the store with lovely peas, berries and other fresh organic produce.
Everybody’s Store is probably best-known for their amazing sandwiches. Choosing from eight breads, two dozen meats and cheeses and all the toppings you could ever want proved to be a tall order, but the guys were up for it. I like the Danish Swiss cheese with avocado, hummus, lettuce, sprouts and tomatoes on Sourdough Rosemary. OMG!
Need some beer or wine for your campsite? Of course you do! Everybody’s can fill your cooler with Kulshan Brewing’s 32 oz. pill bottles, or six packs and 22-ouncers of a nice variety of local and regional brews.
Their wine selection is very good, representing Washington state, Oregon and California as well as more far-flung varietals. And get this—if you buy three bottles of wine, you get 15% off each bottle. And that wine date package I mentioned? Buy a bottle of wine, some cheese and some crackers, and you get 15% off that, too.
How about some local honey, walnut preserves, herbs and spices, or kick-ass cornbread? OK!
And if you’re looking for entertainment for the kids, you can find it at Everybody’s Store. Kids love ice cream, so you can always find hand-dipped cones, pints of Acme ice cream and classic frozen treats here. And if you like the old-fashioned games and toys you remember from childhood, let them pick out a jump rope, tin whistle or harmonica for hours of make-your-own music and fun.
If you’re driving out Mount Baker Highway, make it a point to stop into Everybody’s Store. Soak up the quaint atmosphere, local products and friendly service that you don’t find just anywhere. Like the traveling New Zealander we ran into at the counter said, “I love this place! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it!” You will be, too. Anybody who’s anybody knows—and loves—Everybody’s Store!
Everybody’s Store, 5465 Potter Rd, Deming, Washington 360-592-2297
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.