What do glittery, red ornaments, carriage rides, carolers and merry shop keepers all have in common? It’s “Keep the Cheer Here” holiday season in Anacortes, Washington. “Keep the Cheer Here” highlights our unique shops, including antiques, candy, clothing, music, boutiques and gift shops, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Anacortes shop keepers and their staff are friendly and helpful and go out of their way to help you find that perfect gift.
Anacortes has many antiques shops to explore. Alley Cat Antiques is downtown – Home Sweet Home is uptown. Downtown you’ll find Buer’s Floral & Gifts offering much more than their beautifully crafter bouquets. Inside this corner store you’ll find affordable gifts for the home and fun costume jewelry. Lamps, throws and an array of interior architectural pieces for décor.
SeaBear, which was started in Anacortes by a local fisherman, is known for its Made in Washington foods and specialty gifts. Insider secret: the Anacortes location is the warehouse hub and the only store brined fish bellies can be found.
At Donatello’s Gifts you’ll find a plethora hand-crafted pieces. Many are US or locally made, as well as, artisan gifts from Europe. The shop is full of fragrance soaps, bath products and candles that range from Washington made La Vita E Bella candles and goat milk soaps, to Thymes bath products, MILK shea butter soaps and many more. Dazzling jewelry, earrings bracelets and charms, including, Alice Sheehan’s nesting charms, are a perfect way to show artistic flare. Local artist, Cynthia Richardson, has several eye-pleasing pieces. Display holiday yummies with a patterned Sherman Oaks cutting board from California or recycled glass bowls from Turkey and Spain. Jean, the owner, gave me the inside scoop. If you sign up for her mailing list you’ll be the first to know about periodic sales and special discount days.
Epicure for the Passionate Cook is the place for the chef in your life. It begins with Saturday demos on November 10th. Learn how to make the perfect pie dough or cranberry sauce. Get tips for brining and recipes suggestions. This store is a feast for the eyes with gadgets and gizmos, LeCreuset cooking ware, a variety of cookbooks, flavored oils, baking necessities, Nordicware cast iron, USA copper core and Diamond Plus skillets, Epicurean boards, and Caldrea hand soaps and cleaners. If you’re buying a gift, get it gift wrapped for free. The owner’s philosophy “A passion for cooking and sharing food will bring people to the table any time of year.”
Sheelys Floral & Gifts is quite a surprise when you enter you’ll notice that owner John Atkinson has a heart for Orchids and will gladly share his knowledge with you. Browse the store and be amazed by the colorful Surya rugs, rattan furniture pieces hand selected. Holidays are a time for this shop to shine and it does in such northwest style including keepsake ornaments.
The page isn’t turned yet. Toy Stories has toys for all ages and books for children and young adult. Their selection of toys ranges from Cobra cars, Thomas the Train, Bella Popz Ganz, Groovy Girl’s, activity and crafty sets, sciences sets, models, magic and everything in between. Boxes and Bears has gifts, board games and toys. Pelican Bay Books offer a range of gently used second hand books. Watermark Book Co. has the latest books in hardbound and paperback.
Many shops are open seven days a week and promote store events on Facebook. No matter what your holiday gift list is, Anacortes businesses will keep the cheer here – click here for a full list of participating merchants.
originally written in December, 2012 by Steve Berentson