by Adam Sawyer | Photo © Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
Snohomish, Washington, rests up against its namesake river, a few miles southeast of Everett. The tranquil setting is home to a historic downtown steeped in Americana charm. Lovingly preserved Victorian architecture is one of the hallmarks of Snohomish. Another distinguishing characteristic of the halcyonic hamlet is the shopping; specifically, for those in search of antiques. And while there is ample variety among the boutique shops that line First Street, Snohomish earned the title of “The Antique Capital of the Northwest” for a reason. The shopping is arguably the headliner in Snohomish, but beyond the limitless collectables are food and drink options that range from cozy cafes and bakeries to fresh Northwest seafood and alehouses.
Billed as the largest antique store in Snohomish, Antique Station in Victoria Village (1108 First Street) is the perfect spot to kick off a day of antiquing. Located in the heart of the Historic District, Antique Station helps to keep its reputation intact by sourcing from more than 6o dealers and displaying their wares throughout the sprawling two-story building. If you’re in the hunt for kitchenware, western memorabilia, tools or furniture, something here will catch your eye.
The Star Center Antique Mall (829 Second Street) is home to 200 dealers spread out over five levels. They also house the Northwest’s largest antique reference bookstore, with over 10,000 books onsite. This place is a megaplex. If sports memorabilia, furniture, jewelry, books, or depression glass tickle your fancy, you’ll want to pack a lunch and clear some calendar space before visiting.
Specializing in tasteful vintage and modern clothing, Monique’s Boutique (902 First Street) is the cornerstone consignment shop in Snohomish. From band tees to designer handbags, the cozy, welcoming shop is a treasure trove of exquisite and hard-to-find clothing priced to sell.
Bee Bops & Lollipops (112 First Street) is one of the best children’s gift shops around, the selection is vast and thoughtfully curated. You can deck kiddos out in Seahawks gear or something sharp for the first day of school. If you need a specialty gift or even a costume, they have it. In addition to all of this, Bee Bops & Lollipops has an event space for parties ranging from themed birthday to bridal shower.
After working up a sufficient hunger, stop in at Andy’s Fish House (1229 First Street) for some of the county’s finest fresh, local seafood in an open, waterfront setting. It’s hard to nail down a favorite here, but you can’t go wrong with the fish and chips or the southern-style seafood gumbo.
Just because you’re done antiquing, doesn’t mean you’ve finished shopping. If you’re a fan of spirits, you’d be remiss without a visit to Skip Rock Distillers (104 Ave C). The award-winning, hand crafted, artisan spirits produced by Skip Rock are top notch. Swing by for a tasting and you might discover that the toughest decision you face all day will be which bottle(s) to take home.
There’s always room for pie. Especially when it comes from the Snohomish Pie Company (915 First Street, C). If the wafting aroma doesn’t get you, the sight of the handmade pies, cookies or cinnamon rolls will. Plan on getting there early though; everything is first come, first served. I have three words for you: Apple Berry Crumb.
For lodging in Snohomish, check out the Inn at Snohomish (snohomishinn.com) or the Countryman Bed & Breakfast (countrymanbandb.com). To learn more about visiting Historic Downtown Snohomish, go to historicdowntownsnohomish.org.