Take a local approach to shopping this holiday season


Story and photos by Meg Olson

Take a stroll through Whale Bay Village, along Gulf Road from Auntie Pam’s Country Store to Larry’s Liquor Locker and trim the tree Point Roberts style!

From traditional ornaments to unusual alternatives, there is an abundance of holiday trimmings along Gulf Road.

Auntie Pam’s Country Store has already become a destination for kids, with giant seasonal inflatables out front – stopping by just to hug the bear is welcomed! Inside it’s looking more like Christmas every day, and in one corner a tree is covered with $1 ornaments, the funds going to the food bank.

“I’m encouraging people to make or donate ornaments for the food bank tree,” owner Pamala Sheppard said. You can get a Santa suit for $10, stocking in all sizes, bags and tags and even a tabletop Christmas village. This season the store is also featuring cashmere scarves and Shagwear wallets.

Brewster’s Fine Foods has ornaments for your tree, and ornaments for your wine bottles. They also have a growing selection of cabin-themed holiday décor, including signs, cushions, snow globes and bells. Seasonal wine and beer selections keep coming in, so keep checking for new additions.

Blue Heron Gallery is overflowing with holiday cheer. Its tree is trimmed with dozens of different ornaments, many of them made of recycled, found or repurposed materials: wine cork trees, feather owls, straw hedgehogs, clothespin Santas, quilted snowflakes… “There’s a little bit of everything,” said gallery owner Kitty Doyle. The gallery also has a wealth of stocking stuffers and “cards galore,” she added, almost all the work of local artists and photographers.

A bike store and more, Pedal Pushers might not have ornaments, but they have plenty of seasonal bike paraphernalia that could definitely grace a holiday bough: fancy bells, a Santa horn and party lights for your tires. Pedal Pushers also has hand-blown glass pipes and e-cigarette supplies and has recently added a line of essential oils and diffusers.

Larry’s Liquor Locker doesn’t have traditional ornaments either, but they do have tiny bottles of holiday cheer in addition to their gift sets. All you need to do is swing back past Auntie Pam’s for some ribbon and tie one on the tree!

While any time is a good time to visit the Whale Bay Village shops, the Holiday Gift Faire at the community center Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 will add another festive stop. The event will feature the work of local artisans and collectors including jewelry, lots of fiber arts from quilts to clothing, natural skincare, home décor and holiday treats. The local seniors will be selling a hot lunch during the event, and there will be a raffle to raise funds for the library building fund and the historical society.

Artisans and collectors interested in participating have until Sunday, November 22 to sign up by contacting organizer Jessica McVey at jessica@pointbob.net or 945-0409. McVey said she is also still looking for donations for the raffle.

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