Head to Downtown Bellingham and the Historic Fairhaven District to find unique shops full of locally made items. Additional hubs for local shops and antiques stores include Front Street in Lynden, Peach Portal Way in Blaine, and Main Street in Ferndale. Value-driven shopping is located at Bellis Fair Mall, Meridian Street, Sunset Square, Birch Bay Square and Duty Free Americas.
Whether you’re hunting for bargains or looking for handcrafted wares, boutiques, or outdoor gear Bellingham has many great places to shop. Don’t forget to BYOB (bring/buy your own bag), due to a City of Bellingham ordinance.
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Shopping in Bellingham
Downtown Bellingham – I-5, Exit 253 & 254
A traditional downtown district with cultural flair. Features specialty shops, antiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants. The Bellingham Farmers’ Market is located in Downtown Bellingham and happens every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local specialty shops include Backcountry Essentials, The Greenhouse and Chocolate Necessities.
The downtown Saturday market at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, runs from 10 am to 3 pm (April through December).
Bellis Fair Mall & Meridian Street- I-5, Exit 256
A regional shopping mall with five major department stores including Macy’s, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Old Navy and Target; and nearly 150 smaller shops (including Gap, Victoria’s Secret, and Forever 21). Features a food court with 16 vendors.
Running adjacent to Bellis Fair Mall, this major arterial offers local and nationally recognized stores. Nearby are Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, DeWaard & Bode and Best Buy.
Historic Fairhaven District – I-5, Exit 250
Tucked into turn-of-the-century buildings with classic brick facades, find upscale galleries, clothing, jewelry, books, gifts and some of Bellingham’s best restaurants. Don’t miss Paper Dreams; Good Earth Pottery; Gallery West and Village Books.
Sunset Square & Barkley Village – I-5, Exit 255
Sunset Square features Joann’s Fabrics, Safeway, Rite-Aid, a Goodwill Store and several specialty shops.
Barkley Village on Woburn Street brings“a little bit of old-world charm” through its architectural design. The plaza features specialty shops, a fine grocery store with a food court and wine shop. In addition, there are unique restaurants including Scotty Brown’s and Jalapenos, and a 16-plex movie theater with Imax
Shopping in Whatcom County
Downtown Lynden – 10 miles north of Bellingham off Highway 539
Front Street in downtown Lynden highlights its Dutch heritage with Dutch-style architecture. The Jansen Art Center, Lynden Pioneer Museum, bakeries, restaurants, antique shops and frequent events makes a day in Lynden delightful. Just out of town is the Samson Estates Winery featuring fine wines and liqueurs.
Downtown Ferndale – I-5, Exit 262
Samuels’s, a major furniture store, and locally-owned shops line Ferndale’s Main Street and the seasonal Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays.
Birch Bay Square – At I-5 Exit 270, Birch Bay Lynden Road
Businesses include popular local restaurants like Bob’s Burger & Brew, trendy cafés, home and garden shops, some name-brand outlet stores, unique gifts, a grocery store and lots more.
Duty free stores sell alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and gift items that are duty free. Restrictions apply, such as, length of time out of the country and total personal declarations.
Full Service Cheese Shop Hours: Tues thru Saturday 11 – 6pm – Offers up to 70 varieties of cheese featuring Twin Sisters signature cheese, Washington local cheeses, American originals and classic imported cheeses from around the world.
Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District. It was awarded Tourism Business of the Year and named Washington State’s Outstanding Philanthropic Business. It has author events, a radio show, home decor, locally made art and stationery, new, used and bargain books and sells eBooks through its website.
This shopping and dining area on the south side of Bellingham is a National Historic District. A dozen buildings from the 1890s are now renovated and in use as shops and restaurants. It is a compact and enjoyable to walk.
Scott Ward creates paintings that are vibrant, yet subtle; vital and contemplative, and full of the light-hearted spirit that bridges the gap between the surreal and sublime, with images that speak not only to the eyes, but to the heart, mind and spirit as well. Inspired by the rich colors and textures of the PNW, Scott’s art is lush, buoyant and inviting.
Located in Current and Furbish, you’ll find oil paintings, prints, coasters, cutting boards and more.
A regional shopping mall with five major department stores including Macy’s, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Old Navy and Target; and nearly 150 smaller shops (including Gap, Victoria Secret and Forever 21). Features a food court with 16 vendors.
Backcountry Essentials is an outdoor specialty shop. We cater to the outdoor community, specifically: skiers, hikers, climbers, campers, and people who enjoy the culture of the Northwest and Bellingham. We love to test gear, recognize everyone was a beginner at some point, and welcome all levels of interest in the outdoors. Our aim is to make your days off that much better, so you can go back to saving the world in whatever ways you choose.
Whatcom County’s home store for the outdoors! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find what you need, no matter what you are looking for. We are your source for hunting, fishing, boating and more. Come visit us today.
The Gallery of Echo Chernik features originals, giclees and prints by the 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.
Bayside provides expert knowledge in fine jewelry, custom designs, coins and unparalleled on-site craftsmanship; offering traditional to fine jewelry including several famous designers known for their own custom designs. Bayside specializes in antique/estate jewelry, watches, coins and other unique items.