2018 is coming to a close, and that means holiday parties, holiday dinners, and of course, holiday shopping! Do your conscience, your community, and your loved ones a favor by shopping this year in La Conner, a charming portside town nestled between the Swinomish Channel and the Skagit Valley.
“Jingle Belles,” the perfect girl’s night out, takes place on November 16 and will feature deals from local vendors and $4 glasses of rosé. So, get your girlfriends together, swing by the La Conner Visitor Center to get your merchant map, free coupon book and a glass of rosé, then head out to get ahold of exclusive gifts from these local participating shops:
1. Amaryllis. If you’re looking for a unique piece for that quirky friend in your life, head into this cute clothing and accessories boutique for original styles that won’t break the bank. Amaryllis features their own line of hand-painted clothing that the husband and wife design team have been making for over 30 years, along with dozens of pieces from other local artists and designers.
2. Bunnies by the Bay. This whimsical, nature-themed line of all things baby is the solution to your baby shower woes (does the mom-to-be really want a diaper cake?). Their onesies, baby bonnets, toys, and toddler backpacks all feature adorable characters in charming pastels, from foxes, to moose, to, you guessed it, cotton-bummed bunnies. They also have gift sets available, gender-neutral products, and the softest animal-eared blankets that can be made with personalized embroidery.
3. CleverKathy Designs. For that person on your shopping list with a great sense of humor, look no farther than CleverKathy Designs. This novelty t-shirt shop is full of, well, clever designs and clothing featuring northwest artists, as well as locally-knitted hats, scarves, accessories, and PNW-themed gifts. They can also take custom orders if you have your own inside joke that needs to be brought to life.
4. La Conner Sips. This is another great place to enjoy tasting some new wines in La Conner. Expand your palate at their tasting bar, where you can try four wines for just $5. Pair your flight with a yummy cheese plate, then get a bottle of your favorite sample to bring to your next holiday party.
5. Jenning’s Yarn and Needlecraft. Handicrafts are making a comeback. Needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, and crocheting haven’t seen such popularity since the 70s. So, if you’re looking to bond with your daughter over a newfound shared love of needlework, look no farther than Jenning’s Yarn and Needlecraft. They carry beautiful yarns in quality natural fibers, such as wool, cashmere, alpaca, angora, and silk, as well as cross stitch and needlepoint designs.
6. Salon Rouge. Who doesn’t want to look their best for all those holiday parties? Pop into Salon Rouge to make an appointment for your next manicure, balayage, or haircut, then check out their attached boutique for top-quality hair care products, soaps, gifts, jewelry, and scarves.
7. Mary Davis Vintage Lighting. Mary Davis is a self-described “vintage specialty store with modern sensibilities.” They feature an ever-changing assortment of lighting fixtures from the 1800s to mid-1900s. A visit to their shop will light your imagination for any room-reno you might have going, with a truly one-of-a-kind collection of vintage lighting restored right in their very own workshop.
8. That’s Knot All. Supporting local artists will definitely get you on the nice list this year. For a huge sampling of all the creative minds of La Conner have to offer, stop by That’s Knot All Artists’ Cooperative. And with outstandingly reasonable pricing, you can find all sorts of unique pieces to gift to the art-lovers in your life.
9. Fine Feathered Friends. This store is a nature- and bird-lovers dream. Stocked with supplies like wild bird feeders, seed, bird houses, hummingbird feeders, and bird baths, our feathered friends will be happy to visit your home, or whomever the lucky gift-recipient might be. They are also a plethora of knowledge, with educational materials on the nature and wildlife of Skagit county, waterproof birding guides, and art and nature photography from local artists.
10. Pelindaba Lavender. Looking for some beautiful local products to send to your relatives across the country? Pelindaba Lavender products are made from organic lavender grown on their farm in the San Juans. What’s more Washington than that? Explore their selection of amazingly-scented essential oils, personal care products, culinary kits, candles, and decor.
11. Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Calling all quilters, knitters, and art buffs- the PNW Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum has a host of exhibitions and educational programs to enrich and inspire, honor cultural traditions, and celebrate the creative spirit. It’s housed in the Victorian Gaches Mansion, which has played an important role in La Conner history since 1875.
12. Razzle Dazzle Gifts and More. This gift shop can cover all your bases, from the children to the adults on your holiday shopping list. They’ve got classic toys like MOVA globes and Melissa & Doug puzzles, as well as sterling silver and costume jewelry, ceramic decorative art tiles, and Washington state-themed souvenir items.
13. The Stall. A La Conner staple since 1975, this international market stall is choc-full of hand-crafted, fairly-traded goods from all over the world. You’re sure to find something to delight any adventurous soul.
14. Vintage La Conner. You can feel good about any purchases you might make at Vintage La Conner since all of their proceeds support local causes through awards and scholarships. The consignment shop is run by Soroptimist International, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping women and girls succeed throughout the world. And since it’s entirely staffed by volunteers, you know that all of your money spent here is going to support positive community development.
15. Africa Mama. A recent addition to downtown La Conner, the owner came from a tiny Kenyan village with no electricity or water! Pick up some of her gorgeous clothing, masks, and jewelry.
16. The Wood Merchant. For the person on your list who appreciates craftsmanship, The Wood Merchant features 100 percent American Made product – from small spinning tops to custom dining sets. They have dozens of one-of-a-kind items in their showroom (jewelry boxes are a specialty).
17. The Lux Art Center. Come check out this new refurbished space, while perusing the works of local artists and learn more about classes and events happening year-round. (Hint: art classes make a wonderful holiday gift for the creative in your life.)
18. Caravan Gallery. Jewelry is definitely a form of art, and you can find a plethora of it (along with the works of local artists) at Caravan Gallery. One-of-a-kind jewelry and décor both from and influenced by every corner of the world are available for purchase.
Can’t make it to La Conner for Jingle Belles? There are plenty of opportunities to get in the spirit in Skagit County throughout the holiday season!
Head into town for Small Business Saturday on November 24, a community tree lighting, artists fair, and Santa breakfast on December 1, or “Christmas in La Conner,” a lighted boat parade on December 8.
Learn more at www.lovelaconner.com.