Whether you are gearing up for Black Friday or holding out for Small Business Saturday, Leavenworth Washington is a great spot for a shopping adventure . The town is already decked out in Christmas lights and with snowflakes in the air, it’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit.
Think Leavenworth is just full of shops selling German themed coffee mugs or Bavarian tchotchkes? Think again.
On a recent sunny, mid-November day my mom and I hit the streets of Leavenworth to see what items we might tick off or add to our Christmas lists. Our Leavenworth holiday gift guide is filled with items that caught our eye.
Icicle River Clothing Company - 827 Front Street
Say there pilgram do you have a John Wayne enthusiast in your life? Then stop in at the Icicle River Clothing Company and check out their display of John Wayne hats, books and coffee mugs. Looking for Harley Davidson or classic car gifts? They have those too along with a selection of men’s flannel Pendleton shirts (starting at $76.)
The Hat Shop 721 Front Street
Who can resist The Hat Shop? This Leavenworth icon has lots of great, silly holiday hats and accessories. Tall Christmas tree hats, Christmas light necklaces (yes, they light up), and even ugly sweater reindeer antlers to complete your ugly sweater outfit.
After purchasing your holiday headwear, amble to The Woodshop next door. Their wooden name puzzles are very popular this year and can be made to order no matter how you spell your name. All the wood puzzles are made right here in Leavenworth.
Red Rooster 219 8th Street
I love kitchen stores and Red Rooster is one of the best. Stuffed full of neat kitchen gadgets, my mom and I probably spent a half an hour circling through the shop. One thing I kept coming back to was the display of Finex cast iron pans. The cookware is made in Portland, Oregon and the bottom cooking surface is polished smooth for a better non-stick surface. The fun polygon shapes aren’t just for looks--they make it easier to get a spatula under food to flip and for pouring sauces. The stainless steel spring handle is inspired by old wood stoves and stays cool to touch. One of these pans is definitely going on my Christmas list.
Cup & Kettle 819 Front Street
Trying to find a new brew for the tea lover in your life? It is a good bet that the Cup & Kettle will help you check that off the list. One whole side of the store is filled with jars of tea. Black, rooibos, herbal, they have it all. One of their more popular teas, is the Market Spice Tea from Pike Place Market. Grab a couple ounces as a stocking stuffer.
Not into tea? No problem. They have huge selection of BBQ rubs as well.
Inside and Out 821 Front Street
A true home store, Inside and Out sucked us in with tons of pillows, throws, candles, and soaps. They have a huge selection of REAL linen kitchen towels from Europe in all colors of the rainbow. If you have never used a linen towel to dry your dishes, I highly recommend stopping in to get one.
One of my favorite things in the shop was the handmade paper prints from California displayed up on the walls. They carry a number of designs, but the plant print was my favorite. ($90)
Tumbleweed 900 Front Street
Tumbleweed is the sister store to the shop of the same name in Wenatchee. A lot of the jewelry is made in their Wenatchee studio from recycled materials. Many of the items come in different metals such as brass, silver, and gold. These cute triple leaf earrings caught my eye.
They also feature other local artists such as prints by Charlotte Massey.
Blewett Brewing 911 Commercial Street
Looking to take a little taste of Leavenworth home with you? Blewett Brewing has your answer with their 32 oz Crowler Cans. That’s right, cans. Just pick your favorite microbrew, perhaps the seasonal Pumpkin Ale or the Winter Warmer, and they will can it for you on the spot. They say it will stay fresh in your fridge for months.
Posy 905 Commercial
Posy is full of fun and unique items, most of which are from small batch, PNW, women run business. Their selection includes clothes, jewelry, art, greeting cards, plants and more. One of their newest vendors, the Good & Well Supply Co, features scented candles and perfume balms. Their national park candles range include favorites like North Cascades, Olympic and Rainier.
Local artist, Amber Zimmerman, makes fused glass ornaments with iron oxide drawings. Use them on your Christmas tree or grab a chain and wear as a necklace.
J5 Coffee 215 9th St
On your way down 9th Street to Posy, why not stop in for a latte at J5 Coffee? The coffee is roasted 10 miles down the valley in Cashmere. If you love the coffee, take home a bag or two of roast beans, or pick up some artisan honey and maple syrup.
Icicle Brewing 935 Front Street
After a long day of shopping, there is nothing better than beer, and Icicle Brewing has something for everyone’s tastes. I love dark beers and can’t wait for colder weather to order up a dark glass of Priebe Porter or a Dark Persuasion. Can’t decide between the Drumfire Dark Lager and the Copper Ale? Why not enjoy a pint there and grab a growler to go.
Der Sportsmann 837 Front Street
Want to keep that Icicle Brewing beer extra cold? Stop in at Der Sportsman on your way to the brewery to pick up a Hydro Flask Growler.
A beautiful Dale of Norway sweater caught my mom’s eye and after a quick stroll through the clothing department upstairs, we found a lovely men’s sweater as well.
Broken Barrel 220 9th Street
Not a beer fan, or like my mom, gluten intolerant? There is no reason why you can’t enjoy a cold, crisp, hard cider from Broken Barrel. They have a number of different ciders on tap to enjoy there or fill up your Der Sportsman Growler for take away.
The Mercantile at O’Grady’s 7375 Icicle Road
Our last stop was to The Mercantile attached to O’grady’s Pantry at Sleeping Lady Resort. This store is chock-full of local artisan goods including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, artwork, and postcards. One of my favorite local items are these watercolor greeting cards by Heather Murphy, a retired wildlife biologist.