Shop Locally Made Items
Shopping locally is something I feel strongly about. It helps the economy, and you are putting money into small business owners pockets rather than corporations. Whidbey Island has an incredible amount of hard-working and talented small business owners with wonderful products to sell.
Brands to Look Out for
San Juan Island Sea Salt: What started as an experiment of casually making salt for friends and family has turned into a thriving business that produces 5000 pounds of salt a year. The salt is created by boiling seawater until tiny crystals form. Today, their process is a lot more practical. They own and operate several evaporation houses that allow them to make salt in bulk. They have 30 unique products available, and if you can't make it to Whidbey, you can order online!
Whidbey Tea: Who would have thought that pesky nettles would be the start of a thriving tea business. Delaine, the owner of Whidbey Tea, is an avid gardener and discovered that nettles are traditionally used as herbal remedies. She bought a couple of dehydrators, and the rest is history. Since then, she has been blending dry nettle leaves with other ingredients to make delicious tea blends.
The animal artwork on each tea tin is quite extraordinary. A local native American artist named Martine E Oliver was commissioned to draw a totem animal whose meaning represents each blend's flavour profile and essence.
Lastly, Whidbey Teas is sustainable. The tea bags are biodegradable, and their tins are recyclable. They are environmentally ahead of what most businesses are doing to protect our environment.
Whidbey Island Coffee: What began as a small espresso cart in 1989 has turned into a delicious, award-winning coffee brand with 12 retail locations across Puget Sound.
Three Generations: Let me start by saying the Jam produced by Three Generations is out of this world. I bought the strawberry rhubarb jam, and it was gone in about three days. All their jams are made using fresh fruits from their garden. They produce about 41 flavours, including seedless Jam and Jam specifically for cheese pairings. They also have fruit syrups that I will be trying and buying next time I am on Whidbey.
Oak Harbor Soap Company: I don't know the story behind this soap company, but I want to mention them because of their unique fragrances. When I saw them in a store, I was immediately drawn to the fun colours and unusual smells like strawberry cream (which I got), rose petals, fruit loops etc.
Shops in Langley
Music For The Eyes | Address: 314 1st St, Langley, WA 98260
This store reminds me of a Central Asian Bazaar – lots of bright colours and unique things to buy. The owners used to work as diplomats and would find unique souvenirs on their travels and ship them home, so this store is the product of years and years of travelling. You will find jewellery from tribes in Africa, rugs from Turkey, hats from Armenia, and so much more! The store is massive, and the owners are so lovely. Feel free to ask questions about their travels.
Moonraker Book Shop | Address: 209 1st St, Langley, WA 98260
Moonraker is a small new & used book store with a wide selection. It’s family owned and the people working there are so helpful. If you are in need of your next read I highly recommend checking this place out!
The Beach House | Address: 221 Second Street, Langley, WA 98260
If you are looking for some beach, island or nautical themed souvenirs, this is the place to go. They sell so many fun items, many of which are produced by local artists and businesses.
Chocolate Flower Farm | Address: 5040 Saratoga Rd, Langley, WA 98260
This is a bit of a walk from downtown, but it’s worth it! This farm is pretty low key, and from the name you probably guessed, they sell plants and chocolate! They started by selling a dark maroon colored flower that smelled like chocolate, so it only made sense to expand and actually sell chocolate products. They sell items such as chocolate raspberry jam (which I purchased), fudge, caramels, chocolate body butter, lotions, and much more!
Shops in Coupeville
A Touch of Dutch | Address: 11 Front St NW #1395, Coupeville, WA 98239
Craving something exotic? Maybe some traditional Scandinavian cheese? Dutch pancakes or Swiss chocolate? This European specialty shop is filled to the brim with all the European delicacies you could possibly want and since I haven't traveled to Europe in over a year I was in heaven! It's a unique shop that you wouldn't expect to find on an island in the Pacific Northwest, so if you find yourself in Coupeville I recommend checking this place out!
Kingfisher | Address: 16 Front St NW, Coupeville, WA 98239
Now more than ever we need to support local bookstores. Kingfishher has a fantastic selection of books and the employees are the sweetest humans. They will help you find whatever book you need. They didn’t have the book I was looking for so they sent me to a wine and cheese shop that surprisingly had it. It was a book about Anthony Bourdain, so it makes sense!
Bayleaf | Address: 101 NW Coveland St, Coupeville, WA 98239
Bayleaf specializes in gourmet food and wine and they conveniently have picnic tables outside so stock up on cheese, bread, wine and whatever else you fancy and enjoy a feast overlooking the water.
Shops in Oak Harbor
Little Town Cottage | Address: 851 SE Pioneer Way, Suite #102 Oak Harbor, Washington, 98277
This shop specializes in homemade body products, and it’s become my new favorite place to buy lotion and moisturizer. They even take custom orders. If you are looking for something specific, they might be able to make it for you.
Purple moon | Address: 860 SE Pioneer Way #103, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Here you will find tons of locally produced souvenirs, funny signs, crystals, incense, and more.
Popsies | Address: 851 SE Pioneer Way #101, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
First off, can we just take a minute to appreciate how cute the name Popsies is? Now, if you have ever wanted to travel back to a 1920’s candy shop, this is the closest you will find! There are jars of candy sitting on shelves, an old fashioned ice cream parlour and the smell of freshly popped popcorn greeting you as you enter.