Shop Till You Drop
Whether you’re hunting for bargains or looking for handcrafted wares or boutiques, Bellingham has many different places to shop. Don’t forget to BYOB (bring/buy your own bag), due to a City of Bellingham ordinance put into effect Aug 2012.
Value-driven shoppers will enjoy Bellis Fair Mall, Meridian Street, Sunset Square, Birch Bay Square and Duty Free Americas. Those moving at a more leisurely pace or looking for locally-made or specialty items may take in the small town charm of Downtown Bellingham, Fairhaven, Lynden, Barkley Village and Ferndale. See our resources below for a complete list of ‘where to shop.’
Bellis Fair Mall is 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 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. There are seven motels and many restaurants. Nearby are Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, DeWaard & Bode and Best Buy. Also, for the finest hand-crafted chocolate visit Chocolate Necessities .
Downtown Bellingham is a traditional downtown district with cultural flair. Features specialty shops, antiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Shops include The Greenhouse, Allied Arts of Whatcom County and Bella Flora. The Bellingham Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays. On James Street find Hardware Sales and Trader Joe’s.
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Historic Fairhaven District contains beautiful victorian red-brick buildings, bustling sidewalks, and views of Bellingham Bay. It can be found in the National Register of Historic Places, and has many unique shopping and dining locations.
Here you will 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. Also check out Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden: A feast for the senses on Chuckanut Drive
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.
Birch Bay Square 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.