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Shopping in Bellingham's Historic Fairhaven District

Fairhaven Village in Bellingham is a small retail hub filled with great shopping opportunities, but some of the best places often elude the limelight while others steal the show.

Wondering where to buy the ultimate Bellingham souvenir or a designer handbag without a staggering price tag? Let us introduce you to some of our favorite Fairhaven destinations.

Bay to Baker Trading Company

If you’re looking for the perfect ‘made in Bellingham’ souvenir, Bay to Baker is unquestionably your destination. You'll find tons of art, clothing, and cards made locally by talented Bellinghamsters.

Some items are resourceful, such as the large selection of maps and books directing buyers to the best hikes and swim holes in the county. Others are more fanciful, like reusable glass drinking straws, stickers, flags and a broad selection of cards containing the etchings of local artists like Beth Roberson, Jody Bergsma and Martin Oliver.

Keep an eye out for a few extra-popular items like Housa fermented hot sauce, Mount Baker hydrascape stickers from local artist Gretchen Leggitt, and a wide array of t-shirts with fantastically fun designs. There are tees with tribal tattoo designs by artist Dave Garcia, tie-dyed tees by Plum Wild Designs, and a broad selection of t-shirts that proudly declare the word Bellingham. 

Bay to Baker also operates an informal tourist information center in one corner of the store, where a massive map of the county covers an entire wall and all of Fairhaven’s restaurants are represented in the menu selection.

Village Books

No town is complete without an independent bookstore, and Bellingham is lucky to have one as exceptional as Village Books! You'll find every genre of book under the sun, plus an inventory of used books that you can buy at a discount. The bookstore is also a great place to look for journals, calendars, planners, games, gifts, and more. 

Village Books also regularly hosts readings, classes, book groups, and more. Learn about live author events on their Literature Live events page.  

Evolve Chocolate & Café

Head upstairs to the second floor of Village Books for Evolve Chocolate & Café, where Christie and Shannon Fox deliver a fabulous selection of chocolates, pastries and savory items.

You'll find innovative daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with delicious drinks like their Chai tea, a buttery, sweet cuppa inspired by Shannon’s visit to India.

From behind the glass counter, choose from exquisite chocolate truffles, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cookies, and more. With great views of the bay, local art on the walls and the tantalizing closeness of great literature at Village Books, there are many reasons to linger in this cute cafe. 

Paper Dreams

This longtime Fairhaven institution is perfect for some blissfully relaxed browsing. The store is filled with fun knickknacks for the home, such as pretty dishes, table runners, breadboards, wind chimes and oven gloves. Closer to the back of the store you’ll find its namesake: tons of paper. There are exquisite sheets of giftwrap, notebooks, calendars, gift cards and beautifully decorated writing paper. If you love the feeling of pen on quality paper you could easily get lost in here for hours.

Paper Dreams has such an assortment of products, though, that even if you’re not a fan of writing you’ll find lots of entertainment. Lunch boxes, loose leaf teas, gourmet fudge, soaps, Washington state souvenirs, toys, snuggly hats and slippers.

The gorgeous hardwood floors and original glass doors give shoppers a sense of this grand building’s age, something that adds to the charm of a long, unrushed browse and the thrill of finding a unique treasure at Paper Dreams.

Echo Chernik | Studio & Gallery and ECHO GALLERY GIFTS

You'll find this gallery and gift shop located on the third floor of the historic Sycamore Square building, next to The Black Cat restaurant. The Gallery of Echo Chernik features originals, giclees and prints by local art nouveau artist Echo Chernik. The artist works in the studio, and visitors can often interact with the artist herself. Echo also offers an assortment of pins, and cyberpunk style artwork. With thirty years of experience, Echo is best known for her depiction of women, decorative elements and fantasy border work.

The adjacent gift shop offers an assortment of hand-picked items from small and women-owned businesses and artisans. Though the stock changes regularly, it's likely you'll find handmade soaps, upcycled candles made by Echo, hand crafted jewelry and leather bound sketchbooks, home décor items, games, and select art supplies. Echo Gallery Gifts is also the only Fairhaven reseller of BlackWing Pencils - a popular choice among artists.

Fairhaven Runners & Walkers

Run or walk to this specialty footwear store in downtown Fairhaven Village. The locally owned shop offers running & walking shoes, plus gait analysis and custom fittings. Choose from a wide selection of shoes and running apparel so that you'll be trail-ready no matter the season. 

A Lot of Flowers - The name says it all! This is a great stop for flower arrangements, house plants, garden accessories, gifts, & more!

Betty Be Good - Nothing in this clothing boutique is more than $80. Plus, a portion of all sales goes to helping survivors of human trafficking. 

Adored Boutique An adorable boutique offering chic clothing, gifts and accessories for women. 

Good Earth Pottery - This ceramics gallery offers mugs, plates, sculptures, and more from potters, many of them local to Bellingham or the PNW. 

Three French Hens - You'll find clothing, home decor, and gifts at this upscale boutique in the heart of Fairhaven Village. 

Whimsey - Follow your whimsey at this eclectic jewelry shop in Fairhaven Village. You'll find handcrafted jewelry for all occasions as well as art, cards, and more. 

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