WHAT YOU'LL FIND SHOPPING DT WENATCHEE
Shopping downtown is a delightful experience. Downtown Wenatchee is where historic small town charm meets urban synergy. Peruse in and out of charming stores, take in the lovely historical details of brick buildings, and admire the modern upgrades that help define today’s character of DT Wenatchee. With the downtown core becoming a growing shopping destination, you can expect to find better quality and one-of-a-kind items that cater to every aspect of our local lifestyle. I always find shopping downtown a fun afternoon shared with a friend(s), especially when a glass of wine and lunch is included.
What you may or may not know, is Wenatchee’s DT shopping options have evolved over the last few years to include better quality fashion, home decor & collectibles, outdoor gear, and specialty goods, targeting our local lifestyle and appealing to traveling visitors looking for a unique shopping experience. Both Wenatchee Downtown District and Pybus Market are within walking distance from each other and both offer fun and unique shopping & dining options. See my previous post 6 Reasons Why Locals Love Pybus Market for more info on Pybus.
Here are a few highlights of shopping downtown that will give you the inspiration you’ve been looking for.
WOMEN’S CLOTHING: I can find better quality clothing at several women’s fashion shops downtown. Savi is a charming boutique offering current relatable trends in denim and sportswear at competitive prices. Threads Boutique is an ultra-hip store selling women’s clothing and accessories for local fashionistas who like to stay on-trend. Collins Fashions has been around for over 25 years selling classic better women’s sportswear such as Joseph Ribkoff, Karen Kane, Tommy Bahama, Spanx, Brighton accessories to name a few.
MEN’S CLOTHING: Mostly active and outdoors sportswear options for men can be found at Arlberg and Performance Footwear. Suits and better men’s clothing is no longer available DT since Mills Bros. retired a couple years ago. Artisan crafted novelty tees for guys can be found at Tumbleweed.
KIDS CLOTHING & SHOES: Gilded Lily has a relatively large department of children’s clothing from 0-6 years old. Boutique brands of better quality for your sweet babes. A few blocks from downtown is The Wild Huckleberry Boutique and they have a nice collection of baby items that are organic, super soft and well priced. Better brand children’s shoes can be found at American Shoe Shop and Gilded Lily for babies & toddlers.
(Pictured: Threads Clothing Boutique)
The shoe selection downtown is geared toward the active lifestyle. Outdoor and active lifestyle stores American Shoe Shop, Performance Footwear, and Arlberg, all carry men and women’s footwear but are limited to tennis shoes, outdoor sandals, hiking boots, some fashion boots, and comfort shoes like Dansko.
Unfortunately, Wenatchee is really missing a good women’s fashion shoe store, but there are some cute fashion shoes at Collins Fashions. In particular, the Sofft brand is a very comfortable fashion shoe with lasting durability.
(pictured: Performance Footwear)
LOCAL MAKERS & ARTISAN GOODS
For those that appreciate one-of-a-kind arts and craft jewelry and accessories, Tumbleweed Bead, Gypsy Lotus, and Balsamroot Boutique (Pybus), are small-batch artisan products made local and from artisans around the PNW. These shops stand out because their products are unique, well made, and are just plain cool. You’ll always find the best gifts in these kind of artisan boutiques in any town you go to!
During market days at Pybus (usually Saturdays) you will find a number of local artisan booths set up selling their hand-made goods.
(pictured: Tumbleweed Bead)
RE-PURPOSED, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES
Downtown Wenatchee is a great place to start when shopping for used and repurposed home goods. You’ll have three great stores to peruse, Antique Mall of Wenatchee, Spruce & Willow, and Simply Unique. All big spaces chock full of the coolest collectibles, antiques, vintage, re-designed and re-purposed furniture, timeless home decor, and gently used fashion clothing. Each one offers a different selection from different collectors and artists.
Shopping repurposed furniture and home decor is definately a cool thing to do now and these stores are great place to start if you want a little character and to help the planet.
(pictured: Simply Unique)
HOME DECOR & FURNITURE
Offering NEW home decor and furniture are long time local favorites Davis Furniture and Gilded Lily. Davis Furniture has a huge selection of traditional and modern furniture collections. Their newest line is Ashley Home Furniture. Gilded Lily has an eye for stylish and better home goods and select furniture interspersed within their “mini-department” store. Also, stores mentioned above, Spruce & Willow and Simply Unique, rotate unique re-designed furniture and decor often to keep up with demand.
For home décor only, rely on Traditions On the Ave, and Mulberry Manor for nice selections of gifts items, home decor, seasonal decor, and fashion accessories.
(pictured: Davis Furniture)
GIFTS & NOVELTY
Pickle Papers has been the GO-TO spot for fine paper goods, writing accessories and thoughtful gifts for about 25 years. Firehouse Pets is your pets favorite boutique! And you can see that everyone loves their pets by how busy and popular Firehouse Pet is. They carry better brand pet foods, pet care items, and accessories. They also have the coolest pet washing stations in their lower level where you can wash your best friend and grab him a gourmet doggie treat on your way out.
As mentioned above, Traditions On the Ave, Mulberry Manor, and Gilded Lily also have nice selections of gift items, home decor, seasonal decor, and fashion accessories.
Owl Drug is another place for fun momentos/gifts and a hot fudge sundae at the old fashioned soda counter.
If you’re down at Pybus you can’t miss Balsamroot Boutique, Anderson Farm and Arlberg (gift store & bike rental only @ Pybus).
(Pictured: Pickle Papers)
Wenatchee is an outdoor lifestyle town, and there is an abundant amount of outdoor/active clothing and gear you can find in three downtown stores. Arlberg is where you come for all your outdoor gear in snow skiiing, camping, biking, kyaking, etc. Think mini-REI, that’s what Arlberg is. This Includes clothing departments for both men and women. Performance Footwear is now mainly men’s and women’s sportswear and footwear in better brands like North Face, KUHL, and Prana to name a few. Trek Bicycle Wenatchee is all about bicycles. In particular Trek and Bontrager. They also service and tune-up bikes of any brand as does Arlberg.
(pictured: Trek Bicycle Wenatchee)
ART & BOOKS
Fine art galleries, Two Rivers Gallery and Collapse Contemporary Art Gallery, and Wenatchee Museum are wonderful galleries offering everything from fine art paintings to bronze sculptures and wearable art.
You also will not have to go far to see a wonderful display of bronze sculptures scattered thru-out downtown sidewalks. You can find out more information on Art on the Avenue.
For all you bookworms out there, Ye Olde Bookshoppe is a charming used book store with a maze of aisle and full of every book you can imagine.
TIP: Every first Friday of the month, you can enjoy an evening out downtown on First Friday Art Walk . A self-guided tour of these mentioned galleries and other local retailers and businesses featuring an artist of the month. See my post The Art of First Friday Art Walk for more details on what to expect on these art walks.
(pictured: Artist Jan Cook Mack @ Two Rivers Art Gallery)
All photos in this post taken by Lisa Traum, Livingncw.com
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