The San Juan Islands offer incredible scenic beauty and so many wonderful opportunities to escape “regular life”. But THE San Juan Island is the only isle in the archipelago where the ferry docks right in the cute coastal town of Friday Harbor. The streets are lined with restaurants, galleries, museums, shops and boutiques. And the best part: the whole town is completely walkable. Shopping here is a breeze and so much fun. Here are 10 not-to-be-missed places to check out:
1) The Mystical Mermaid
This magical, new agey crystal, rock and mineral store, on Spring Street, features whimsical art from over 50 artists, air plants, candles, tarot cards, CDs, books, jewelry and home décor. Don’t miss the adorable indoor garden tucked away in the back, replete with live birds.
2) Island Studios
Right next door find Island Studios, representing over 200 San Juan Islands artist and their versatile arts & crafts. They have the tiniest outdoor sculpture and art garden by a fountain in the back.
3) Farmer’s Market
Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in the heart of Friday Harbor is a festive, colorful affair with live music, arts & crafts, chair massages, informational booths, and fresh, local produce, seafood, meats & cheeses. You’ll also find plenty of ready-to-eat food like freshly baked pizza or paella, sweet and savory pastries, soups and quiches.
4) Friday Harbor Chocolates
This former barber shop on Spring Street sells handcrafted chocolates and confections made with natural ingredients and no preservatives, along with dessert wines and port. Have Aylene help you pair your truffles with the perfect Port and lovingly gift wrap your souvenirs.
5) Deer Hazel
Enjoy strolling through this welcoming, unique boutique on Spring Street, selling youthful clothing lines, handmade jewelry and island-inspired accessories.
6) Toy Box
Come play at the best toy store in town. Find gag gifts, kites, puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, educational games and the world’s farthest flying frisbees.
7) Serendipity Bookstore
This used book store with over 17,000 paper and hard backs stacked neatly inside a cute Victorian house is so much fun to explore. Between the extremely knowledgeable owner and the comprehensive computer inventory you are bound to find your perfect Summer read.
8) Arctic Raven Gallery
Fine art gallery featuring Arctic and Northwest Coast Native work. Explore enchanting masks, wood carvings and prints depicting the rich history of our local tribes like the Coast Salish, Kwaguilth or Makah.
The licensed auctioneers and certified appraisers at Funk & Junk run one of the loveliest antique stores in the Pacific Northwest. Browse through their store on Nichols Street filled to the brim with American and Victorian furniture, glass and silverware, housewares, decorative and marine themed items, art, pottery, Native American arts & crafts and musical instruments.
This adorable, high-end consignment store located near the Farmer’s Market makes you feel just like being out with the girls. Debbie and her staff will make honest suggestions and help you select outfits and accessories for any occasion. They have a fine men’s section as well.