Shopping

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.'

For fun ideas and updates on local shopping also see Teresa's Insider Blog articles.

Bellis Fair Mall – 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 Secret, and Forever 21). Features a food court with 16 vendors.

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Meridian Street (Guide Meridian) – I-5, Exit 256

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 – I-5, Exit 253 & 254

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 – 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.

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Sunset Square – I-5, Exit 255

Features K-Mart, Joann's Fabrics, grocery store, drug store, a Goodwill Store and several specialty shops. There are a variety of restaurants including The Grace Cafe and Xing's Panda Palace. Across the street is Lowe's.

Barkley Village – I-5, Exit 255 (Barkley & Woburn Streets)

A newer shopping village which 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.

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.

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.

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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 Shopping

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.

Uniquely Whatcom County

Take a “Sunday drive” on any day of the week and discover unique shopping experiences throughout Whatcom County, from Lummi Island and Point Roberts, to the Mount Baker Foothills.

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  • Shopping Links & Resources

    Bellis Fair | 360-671-5895
    1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham
    Rene.Morris@ggp.com
  • C Shop | 360-371-2070
    4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay
    Homemade Candy, Beach-side Treats, Fresh Baked Goods, Ice Cream, Old-fashioned Sodas, and Sundaes. Also serving pizza, and sandwiches made to order. We roast our own coffee! Open June through September | cshop@birchbay.net
  • Green Leaf | 360-526-2198
    4220 Meridian St. #102, Bellingham
    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! | greenleafnw@hotmail.com
  • Greenhouse | 360-676-1161 or 800-446-0104
    1235 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham
    Experience a spirited collection for the home at Greenhouse in downtown Bellingham, owned locally since 1972. Our distinct lines of exceptional furniture, lighting, rugs, art, cookware, entertaining, tabletop dining, kitchen and bath accessories will inspire your own creative vision.
  • info@greenhousehome.com
  • Hardware Sales | 360-734-6140
    2034 James Street, Bellingham
    Family owned since 1962, we carry over 120,000 items and provide exceptional customer service. Come see us for all of your hardware, rental equipment, and office furniture needs. Delivery available. It doesn't get any more local than Hardware Sales.
  • info@hardwaresales.net
  • Historic Fairhaven Association
    1106 Harris Avenue Suite #313, Bellingham
    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. |
  • hfa@fairhaven.com
  • Lummi CDFI | 360-306-8554
    4920 Rural Avenue, Ferndale
    Lummi tribal businesses in the center include: Seafood Market, Arts & Crafts Gift Shop, Heritage Center, Totem/Canoe Carving Shed and a Cafe.
  • scottk@lummi-nsn.gov Macy's | 360-715-6000
    50 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham
  • Trove Cannabis | (360) 656-5127
    218 N Samish Way, Bellingham
    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.
  • info@trovecannabis.com
  • Village Books - Paper Dreams | 360-671-2626
    1200 - 11th Street, Bellingham
    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 new, used and bargain books and sells eBooks through its website. |
  • biblioinfo@villagebooks.com
  • Yeagers Sporting Goods | 360-733-1080
    3101 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham
    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. | YeagerTerri@Hotmail.com

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