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Eclectic. Funky. Enterprising. These are all adjectives that spring to mind on a visit to Bellingham’s newest commercial neighborhood. Here, you won’t find strip malls and franchised businesses, but independent merchants that created something out of very little—a concept that is über hip and oh so Bellingham. Extending from the Bellingham Farmers Market at the south end of downtown along the alley that becomes the South Bay Trail (a haven for cyclists, runners and walkers), you’ll find a few blocks of surprises that just might keep you pleasantly occupied for a few hours.
Begin your exploration of the alley with a coffee from Onyx Coffee Bar or The Wailing Goat Espresso. Then, inspire your day at Inspiration Alley, where you’ll find handcrafted gifts for the mind, body and spirit. At Tidelines, shop for locally made jewelry and other handmade treasures. Duck into We Creations studio and retail shop, a non-profit that taps the creative talents of at-risk youth, whose creations are for sale.
The Alley District is full of other services as well, so if you’re in the market for bike repair, mending a damaged sail or buying handcrafted furniture at a woodworking shop, it’s all there.
Top off your Alley District browse at The Green Frog, a restaurant and bar with house-made BBQ, an extensive menu of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and a solid beer, whiskey and cider list.
To learn more about Bellingham, Washington’s Alley District, visit bellingham.org.