King's Market: Most Convenient and Local Grocery Store
Located slightly south of the intersection of Spring Street and First Street, King's Market is well known as for many years it was the only grocery store in the city, and the largest on the island. It is not, however, especially large. It does maintain an inventory of most of life's necessities when it comes to food and drink and other needs of day to day living.
However, the prices are also well known to be somewhat high compared to the mainland, and so many people who live here take monthly shopping sprees to Burlington or Anacortes or other areas with better prices.
If you happen to have run out of something, this is probably your best bet to get it - toothpaste, food items to cook at your camp site, dental floss, and all that.
However as it is a small community and a small store, the hours are somewhat limited: 7:30 am to 9 pm.
The web site invites you to call or e-mail if you have any questions about their offerings - what they do or don't have.
This is a general purpose store, and as such also offers a video rental storefront and a marine store - to give you a sense of the wide assortment of items offered here.
Pelindaba Lavender Store: Local Store for Local Lavender Farm
Located fairly close to the ferry terminal, this store is the retail branch of the San Juan Island lavender farm named Pelindaba. They have become reasonably well known throughout the region for their extensive line of lavender products, but as there is no nearby competition (as there is in, say, Sequim which is a well known lavender producing region) the prices are a bit higher than what you might find elsewhere.
At the same time, the products sold here are made with extreme care and right here on the island and the reputation for quality is pretty strong.
What to buy: There are an awful lot of lavender products here that are for just about any need or desire you can possibly think of.
The lavender soap bars ( a package of 2x for $12) are what I purchased for a friend, as well as a $4 Organic Lavender Chocolate Bar - don't laugh as it was actually pretty good with only enough lavender in the chocolate to make the taste unique, and not so much as it would taste like soap.
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Friday Harbor Farmer's Market (seasonal only): Local Crafts and Food and Other Stuff
Currently the Farmer's Market is located down a street shown on the maps as "Sunshine Alley", which may be accessed from three different directions. The location is a small empty lot located behind several businesses. It isn't especially difficult to find on foot as there are a number of signs on the sidewalk indicating its location. However, by driving it is difficult to access due to the amount of traffic in a small location, plus the access is only a small alley. If you can do so, it is best to walk into this location.
You will find various products produced by local people, and despite the name of this being a Farmer's Market only about 3/4 of the items are food or flowers or other plant related material. A fair amount of what you will find are also local handcrafts.
The name of the small plaza on which the farmer's market is held is called Brickworks.
How to Get Here:
From Spring Street, look for the narrow alley near the movie theatre that has large planters in it. Walk through this alley, and it comes to the back of the buildings where there is an empty lot where the farmer's market sets up shop.
This alley is also accessible from Nichols Street (it is approximately directly across the street from the east end of the rear of the Ace Hardware building), as well as 1st Street (just north of the Rumor Mill. If you follow the signs down these alleys to the public restrooms you shouldn't go wrong.
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Arctic Raven Gallery: Indian Items
This gallery had various native made or native looking art pieces. On some of the items the prices seemed reasonable and the work was good. We felt the prices on artwork that was carved from non-standard materials(bone, etc) were a little steep. We base this on comparisons to prices we saw in Alaska a week before. Pricing could be as much as 2-6 times more than items we felt were comparable in Alaska. The wood carved items however seemed much more reasonably priced and if we hadn't already spent our quota on stuff we would have considered a few.
What to pay: $35-$2500