Make sure to budget time in your day for lingering over a hot meal or a steaming cup of PNW coffee in the twilit hours of the Northwest winter season.
Support these local businesses while you’re up in our neck of the woods for the holiday season.
For your convenience, we’ve listed our favorite small businesses below along with some gift ideas.
Charcuterie, fine cheeses, and vinegars. Truffle oils. Stick around for a minute and be sure to dine on a delicious baguette smothered in brie and accompanied by a side of their trademark truffle-oil popcorn.
Curated selection of coffees from around the world—Africa, South America, etc. They also have chocolates that pair well with selected brews. Whatever your business or pleasure at Narrative, do be sure to get one of their locally-famous salted chocolate chip cookies to go. You won’t regret that decision.
All the foods and food prep gadgets. A large selection of Asian ingredients. Probably the best place to buy a Dutch oven, a jar of lutefisk, a rare bottle of imported craft beer, or whatever is your gifting pleasure.
Chocolates, wines, and all the organic baked goods. Also, a good place to buy organic knitwear, enamel camping mugs, incense and all of the homemade soap you’d want to lather up with. In short: excellent stocking stuffers for your hippie-leaning friends.
Peruse the largest selection of sake in the Greater Seattle Area. They also have great deals on rice cookers, imported stationery, etc.
Check out the gift shop for handmade glass, pottery, ceramics, and more. The Schack’s exhibits are worth catching and free to check out.
Peruse all of the luxury goods right off of I-5. Get discounts on top-tier brands like Nike, Armani, and Coach—perfect for filling the stockings of all your elves with good taste.
There are enough businesses in this indoor shopping mall to keep you busy for a full day of perusing. Stop at the food court or movie theatre if you need a break.
These purveyors of popular culture are one of the top toy companies in the world. Their flagship store is in Downtown Everett and serves as a retail center for their many Pop! Figurines as well as backpacks, clothing, and other pop culture-themed merchandise.
A great place for people who are fans of video games—particularly vintage video games. Buy used video game cartridges (remember when cartridges were a thing?) and see what level you can get to.
For sheer boutique-browsing fun you can’t do any better than downtown Snohomish during the holidays. Whether your style is upcycled, vintage, or boho chic—there’s a boutique in this town for your browsing pleasure.