Local Shopping

For when you're not shopping for gear at Backcountry Essentials, here are some great local businesses to support.

The storefront of Fairhaven Runners

Fairhaven Runners

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A super friendly running and walking store in the hip little Fairhaven part of Bellingham, Washington. We go all out to help folks find just the right gear (guidance, shoes, programs, and all the goodies) for any walking or running related pursuits.

The storefront of Village Books at night

Village Books

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Village Books and Paper Dreams is a community-based, independent bookstore and gift shop located in the Historic Fairhaven Village on the southside of Bellingham and in the iconic Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden, Washington. Since 1980, we have been "building community one book at a time." If you're in the neighborhood come on in to explore!

A person's feet on a skateboard

Unknown Board Shop

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An actual skate shop that sells skateboards, longboards, and cool clothing... What we aren't? A shop that pretends to be a shop but is really an internet super store :)

Earl's Bike Shop storefront

Earl's Bike Shop

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Earl's Bike Shop is locally owned and operated in Bellingham, Washington.Since 2010 owners Craig Earl and Staci May have been "Doing Whatever it Takes" to get you back on your two (and sometimes three) wheels. Earl's Bike Shop is a full service repair facility. We work on everything from full suspension downhill and cross country bikes to cyclecross, commuter, cruiser, electric, kids, strollers and even the odd golf cart!

The RE Store

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The RE Store is Whatcom County’s beloved community reuse center. We exist to help the community divert as much reusable material as possible from the landfill and to sustain our community’s vibrant culture of reuse. Every dollar raised through our retail sales and service contracts is reinvested into our work conserving valuable natural resources, providing job training to displaced workers, and advocating for a strong, resilient local economy.


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Our mission is to gather together unique, authentic pieces and present them in a way that honors the object and the creative process, while also respecting the viewer. We are proud to be offering good design since 2008. Our shop is located in downtown Bellingham…stop by for a visit.

Plants and furniture.

Greenhouse Home + Life

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Greenhouse is a brick-and-mortar home store located in beautiful downtown Bellingham, Washington. We offer a wide selection of housewares, furniture and decor.

Shoes and retail at 12th Street Shoes

12th Street Shoes

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Providing the women of Bellingham with classic and comfortable footwear since 1999. We are passionate about shoes, shoppers and serving our community. Located at 1204 Harris Ave in Historic Fairhaven. Store Hours Mon - Sat 10am -6pm and Sunday Noon -5pm.