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This Island Off of Seattle Has the Cutest Shops

From quaint general stores to cool vintage spots.

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Even if you are prone to a little seasickness, if you’re in Seattle it’s worth hopping on the ferry from downtown and heading over to Bainbridge Island. The ride itself is lovely: a mere 30 minutes long, with exceptional mountain views on the way. Most weekenders walk onto the ferry and leave their cars behind because everything you’ll need is in Winslow, the hamlet where the boat lets you off.

Not only is this lush, creative community a perfect place for Seattleites and visitors alike to slow down for a weekend, but it’s also a great place to shop, with a retail scene that serves as a nice counterpoint to the offerings in the city. (It was recently dubbed “The Nantucket of the Pacific Northwest,” if that helps you imagine the vibe.)

Here, check out the must-visit shops, and see what to buy when you get there.

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1. Salt House Mercantile

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119 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 780-1606
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“Shop small,” says pretty much everyone. But Salt House Mercantile is one the few stores that puts its money where its mouth is. This place is a throwback to the country stores of yore, but chic as hell. You can find practically the entire line of Handmade La Conner, a Pacific Northwest company specializing in handmade cleaning, skincare, and body products that range from $7 to $46.

Also make sure to check out the collection of lifestyle accessories (including Craighill metal accessories), handmade ceramics designed and crafted by local artists, and lots of prettily packaged jams, vinegars, and other household items. If you want the perfect souvenir from your weekend, the shop sells a great Salt House Mercantile Bainbridge Island tote, too.

Salt Mercantile Photo: Olivia Hall

2. Eagle Harbor Book Co.

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157 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-5332
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For all of the bookworms out there, head over to Eagle Harbor Book Co. in Winslow. This bookstore is one of the oldest businesses downtown, and the shop has a 30-year-old book club to prove it. Eagle Harbor often hosts public events that feature local authors, whose stories frequently feature Bainbridge Island as a main character. In addition to the new books on the main floor, there’s also a fantastic used book section downstairs, where you can find a ton of bargain books to take to the nearby waterfront park for some downtime.

Eagle Harbor Book Co. Photo: Olivia Hall

3. Petit and Olson

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156 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3262
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If your daily uniform is a pair of jeans and a linen button-down, Petit and Olson has a perfectly curated collection of clothing and accessories for you. Within the shabby-chic space, you’ll find items that are both fashionable and comfy from brands like Vince, AG Jeans, and James Perse. You’ll also find lesser-known lines such as Closed — the shop carries the brand’s Italian-made denim — as well as a really great selection of Clare V. handbags and clutches.

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4. Meli Melo

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162 Bjune Dr SE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 780-6700
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A shopping tour wouldn’t be complete with at least a little vintage, and Meli Melo is where you want to go if you are the treasure-hunting type. This spot is a little tough to find, but worth it once you get there; housed in a former garage, the sprawling space is one of the best vintage malls around. There are over 30 vendors inside selling everything from vintage handmade kimonos to antique wool quilts, antique nightgowns, and freaky ’70s art that’s so good you might need to buy a few pieces and ship them home.

Photo: Olivia Hall

5. Bay Hay and Feed

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10355 NE Valley Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-2813
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If you drove to the island (or are willing to use one of the local taxi services), definitely head over to Bay Hay and Feed. Part garden store, part farm store, and part gift shop, this is an institution on Bainbridge (its iconic tee can be seen everywhere both on the island and off). Even if you don’t have a farm, this shop is fun to browse, and you’ll probably find something you want to take home. There’s a selection of clothing for outdoorsy types from brands including SmartWool, Dansko, and Carhartt.

(Pro tip: DO NOT miss the baby chicks in the enclosure in the farm area. They are adorable and will make you want to ditch apartment living and get a little farm of your own.)

Bay Hay and Feed Photo: Olivia Hall

1. Salt House Mercantile

119 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Salt Mercantile Photo: Olivia Hall

“Shop small,” says pretty much everyone. But Salt House Mercantile is one the few stores that puts its money where its mouth is. This place is a throwback to the country stores of yore, but chic as hell. You can find practically the entire line of Handmade La Conner, a Pacific Northwest company specializing in handmade cleaning, skincare, and body products that range from $7 to $46.

Also make sure to check out the collection of lifestyle accessories (including Craighill metal accessories), handmade ceramics designed and crafted by local artists, and lots of prettily packaged jams, vinegars, and other household items. If you want the perfect souvenir from your weekend, the shop sells a great Salt House Mercantile Bainbridge Island tote, too.

119 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

2. Eagle Harbor Book Co.

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Eagle Harbor Book Co. Photo: Olivia Hall

For all of the bookworms out there, head over to Eagle Harbor Book Co. in Winslow. This bookstore is one of the oldest businesses downtown, and the shop has a 30-year-old book club to prove it. Eagle Harbor often hosts public events that feature local authors, whose stories frequently feature Bainbridge Island as a main character. In addition to the new books on the main floor, there’s also a fantastic used book section downstairs, where you can find a ton of bargain books to take to the nearby waterfront park for some downtime.

157 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

3. Petit and Olson

156 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Petit & Olson Photo: Petit & Olson

If your daily uniform is a pair of jeans and a linen button-down, Petit and Olson has a perfectly curated collection of clothing and accessories for you. Within the shabby-chic space, you’ll find items that are both fashionable and comfy from brands like Vince, AG Jeans, and James Perse. You’ll also find lesser-known lines such as Closed — the shop carries the brand’s Italian-made denim — as well as a really great selection of Clare V. handbags and clutches.

156 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

4. Meli Melo

162 Bjune Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Photo: Olivia Hall

A shopping tour wouldn’t be complete with at least a little vintage, and Meli Melo is where you want to go if you are the treasure-hunting type. This spot is a little tough to find, but worth it once you get there; housed in a former garage, the sprawling space is one of the best vintage malls around. There are over 30 vendors inside selling everything from vintage handmade kimonos to antique wool quilts, antique nightgowns, and freaky ’70s art that’s so good you might need to buy a few pieces and ship them home.

162 Bjune Dr SE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

5. Bay Hay and Feed

10355 NE Valley Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Bay Hay and Feed Photo: Olivia Hall

If you drove to the island (or are willing to use one of the local taxi services), definitely head over to Bay Hay and Feed. Part garden store, part farm store, and part gift shop, this is an institution on Bainbridge (its iconic tee can be seen everywhere both on the island and off). Even if you don’t have a farm, this shop is fun to browse, and you’ll probably find something you want to take home. There’s a selection of clothing for outdoorsy types from brands including SmartWool, Dansko, and Carhartt.

(Pro tip: DO NOT miss the baby chicks in the enclosure in the farm area. They are adorable and will make you want to ditch apartment living and get a little farm of your own.)

10355 NE Valley Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110