Many shops have changed their availability due to the Governor’s Safe Start Order, please check with the business directly via their contact information below. Whatcom County is currently in Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start plan, view our Travel Advisory for information on local restrictions. You can also check out Retail Stores and Shops Still Open in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
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.
For fun ideas and updates on local shopping see Teresa’s Insider Blogs.
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).
Downtown Bellingham Insider Blogs:
- Greenhouse is Bellingham’s Home for Home Decor
- Ideal means approachable, functional design in Downtown Bellingham
- Make any celebration more beautiful with Spruce Stationary Store in Downtown Bellingham
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.
Historic Fairhaven Insider Blogs:
- 1 Paperboat is a Delightful Shop in Fairhaven District
- Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden: A feast for the senses on Chuckanut Drive
- Shopping Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District
In Search of Unique Jewelry in Fairhaven
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.
Lynden Insider Blogs:
- A-maizing Fun: Whatcom County Corn Mazes
- Delicious Berry Picking near Ferndale and Lynden
- Explore the Arts, Heritage, Theater and Fun in Lovely Lynden, WA
- Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden is a Family Favorite
- Shopping Fun in Lynden, WA
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.
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.
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.
Bellingham’s hottest destination for all your cannabis needs. Best prices and selection on flower, concentrates, edibles and equipment. Friendly and knowledgeable staff in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Come check us out today! All 21+ welcome.
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.
The Greenhouse is a one of a kind locally owned store in Bellingham. It’s hard to find great quality and selection of home items, and the Greenhouse does a great job of offering this to the community. Great selection of hard to find, unique items with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.
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.
Green Leaf, the one stop shop for all your cannabis needs. With the largest paraphenellia selection and marijuana menu items, we truly are Blaines premier shop. Check out our Customer Loyalty program and daily specials for extra savings. Reserve your order by phone and stop in for a custom tailored experience to suit your cannabis needs!
Family owned since 1962, we carry over 75,000 items and provide exceptional service. Shop us for your hardware, garden supplies, equipment rental, and lawn equipment service needs. Delivery available. It doesn’t get any more local than Hardware Sales.
Green Leaf, the one stop shop for all your cannabis needs. With the largest paraphenellia selection and marijuana menu items, we truly are Bellinghams premier shop. Check out our Customer Loyalty program and daily specials for extra savings. Reserve your order by phone and stop in for a custom tailored experience to suit your cannabis needs!
Located at 100 East Maple Street, Bellingham, Satori MJ is your one stop shop for all of your Cannabis needs! We have it all, friendly experienced Sales Associates (Budtenders), Paraphernalia (bongs, pipes, rolling papers, etc), and excellent relationships with amazing producers! Add these things up and not only will you get the best product in Bellingham but you get it at a competitive price! Join our rewards program for everyday discounts!
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.
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.
Posh Upscale Resale offers carefully curated consigned designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags at affordable prices. We only offer authentic items and impeccable customer service. Shop in our store or online and be Oh So Posh!