Your Gig Harbor Shopping Guide: 15 Businesses Recommended by Locals
March 7, 2017
Whether you live in Gig Harbor or are just visiting for the weekend, rest assured that there is plenty of shopping to be done! Searching for a gift for a special someone, or just looking for some fun spots to check out on your next shopping day out and about? Gig Harbor’s shopping scene is brimming with choice, and the 15 different local businesses featured below come highly recommended by locals!
Get ready to bookmark a few of these Gig Harbor gems:
The Beach Basket Gift Shops: Gig Harbor Souvenirs, Beach-themed Gifts, & More Located at 4102 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, Washington
Made up of 2 separate buildings that used to be the Austin and Ericksen Sawmill, The Beach Basket Gift Shops shows off a huge selection of gifts (including Gig Harbor-themed souvenirs and a variety of charming beach-themed items). Next door to the main shop is a 3-story Christmas shop that’s open year-round as well!
“I love the friendly people here, and I can find a gift for almost anyone,” shares Joyce Shipley. “I buy cards and gifts here; they have a great selection. They also have a wonderful line of moderately priced ladies clothing. Tribal is a favorite!”
Sample Sale: Major Discounts on Clothing, Homeware, & More Located at 6521 43rd Ave. Ct. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“I have been a customer at Sample Sale for over 25 years now,” shares Michael McNiel. “They see the samples that are presented to store's buyers. They mainly have clothing, ski clothing, and also some household and decor. Most of the clothes are one-offs so you don't see everybody else wearing it and it's discounted from retail.”
Misty Meadow Antiques: An Eclectic Selection of Vintage Treasures Located at 6319 Soundview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Housed in an historic Gig Harbor home, this shop is literally full to the rafters with unique finds, collectibles and bits of history,” shares Kelli Jo Hjalseth. “The owners are lovely and always willing to tell you the story of your new found treasure.”
Boasting 2,200 square feet of antiques and vintage goods, Misty Meadow transports you back in time! Furniture, dinnerware, jewelry, tools, and much more await—set aside an afternoon to peruse their 12 rooms that are filled to the brim with unique finds from around the world.
The Harbor General Store: “Groceries, Deli, Coffee & Gifts” Located at 7804 Pioneer Way Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Harbor General Store in Downtown Gig Harbor has amazing sandwiches and coffee,” recommends Julie Hammon. “You can also get treats, grab and go meals, and different sides. And did I mention their wine selection! They have an in-house chef who makes everything. They have great small gifts that are perfect if you need a gift on the go. They also have groceries (which the downtown area desperately needed!), which is super convenient for tourists, boating, and for anyone hanging out downtown!”
Not only is The Harbor General Store a great and convenient shop to drop by, but they’re also an important part of the community. “At Thanksgiving, the owner Stephanie Sagle put out meals for anyone who needed one. They give back to the community in many different ways,” shares Julie. “They also have many different classes the community can come and participate in. They are having a cheese-making class, and recently hosted a letter-writing club!” You can take a look at their class schedule here.
Dundon Motorsports: “The Pinnacle of Porsche Performance” Located at 10421 Burnham Drive NW Suite 6E Gig Harbor, WA
“Finding someone who specialized in Porsche’s brand-specific expertise used to require a trip up north to the eastside or Seattle,” says Michael Robinson. “Dundon Motorsports is a welcome addition to the area! Also, they are real ‘car guys’ and don't mind if you stop in just to see what they're working on.”
Mood: Mid-Century Modern Style Furniture, Decor & Gifts
Located at 5125 Olympic Dr, NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Mood is an amazing store showcasing local artists, mid-century inspired furniture and decor as well as wonderful gift ideas. Owner Nikki Brook is also a really awesome artist!” shares Brenna Harrington. “They also have sip and paint classes every Saturday night for a fun night out.”
Dolly Momma Boutique: Stylish Apparel, Accessories, Gifts & More Located at 7700 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor WA 98335
“One of my favorite shops is Dolly Momma Boutique. It’s on the way into downtown Gig Harbor on Pioneer Way, and they have clothing, gifts, jewelry, home decor, and furniture,” Julie Hammon shares. “They carry a lot of the same clothing lines as Nordstrom. Inventory is always changing, so it's always fun to see what's new. It's nice to not have to cross the bridge to do some clothing and gift shopping.They also just opened a second store in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor. It's a lot smaller, so they only have gifts and clothing.”
Tickled Pink: “Fun, Fashionable, & Affordable Women’s Accessories” Located at 3026 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“This is the place to go for accessories or gifts. They have every color in scarves, jewelry, purses, gifts and more. It’s easy to find something for every budget, they have great salespeople, and it’s fun to just wander through,” shares Joyce Shipley.
Natasha Rawls agrees: “My go-to retail shop for cute gifts is Tickled Pink in Downtown Gig Harbor. They have the cutest scarves, cards, candles, and so many other unique and fun gifts. Also, they always have some sort of sale going on. For instance, right now they have a 50% off sale on all Vera Bradley products (purses, wallets, etc.. ) and buy one get one free on scarves!”
The Garden Room: “Fresh Color, Scents, & Decor of Each Season” Located at 4729 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Another fun shop is The Garden Room in the Uptown Shopping Center,” recommends Julie Hammon. “They have lots of home decor and gifts, and the selection is ever-changing with the season or holiday. I’m always able to find great gifts for anyone I’m shopping for.”
Julie is completely right—if you’re searching for a gift, The Garden Room has an expansive selection of items, including floral arrangements, specialty candy, jewelry, cards, soap, candles, garden ornaments, and much more! We recommend following them on Facebook for updates on new products.
Cougarwear: For the Washington State University Fan Located at 7700 Pioneer Way Suite #202 Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
“Another little gem we have is Cougarwear, where you can find a huge selection of Northwest sports driven merchandise, including several flavors of coveted Cougar Gold Cheese,” shares Brenna Harrington. “It is a fun place to visit to find unique gifts for your spirited and sports-minded friends and family.”
Whether you’re looking for a “congratulations” gift for a new Coug or getting your Apple Cup outfit ready, Cougarwear has you covered! Their huge selection of clothing, home decor, accessories and more will not disappoint. Check out their online selection here.
Wild Birds Unlimited: “Discover a Refuge in Your Own Backyard”
Located at 3120 1/2 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Wild Birds Unlimited has everything you need for your yard, including ornamental iron sculptures, bird baths, bird feeders, and bird feed,” Joyce Shipley shares. “It’s no wonder we have so many hummingbirds around here!”
Whether you’re a seasoned bird-watching expert or a beginner starting from scratch, Wild Birds Unlimited is stocked with supplies and advice! In addition to the items Joyce mentioned, they also carry a selection of bird houses, binoculars, and other accessories. Visit their website for information on free seed delivery, bird-watching resources, event updates, and more!
Charlie Barnes Kids: Your Downtown Gig Harbor Luxury Baby Boutique Located at 3302 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA 98332
“As a proud new mama, I highly recommend Charlie Barnes Kids in their new location downtown on Harborview!” Marisa Thorson-Merritt shares. “It's not just for moms—it’s also the perfect place for proud grandmas, aunties, or just a great friend looking for a special gift. You can't go wrong! They carry all the latest ‘must-have’ items from chew beads to highchairs, baby blankets, and my all-time favorite product is the Kickee Pants pajamas!! These are the softest snuggly pjs that snap right on, with adorable designs and footies and mittens to keep warm and protect that precious face from newborn scratches. Every little peanut needs at least one pair!”
Marisa’s right—Charlie Barnes’ selection is amazing! You can shop online here (but you’ve been warned... their stuff is seriously irresistible!), and if you’re expecting, you can even set up a registry on their website.
Wilco Farm Store: Your Go-To Shop for All Things Outdoors Located at 3408 Hunt Street NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Krista Osborne is a huge fan of Wilco in Gig Harbor, and if you love spending time outside, this is your go-to shop! If you’re a gardener, you’re definitely in luck: “Wilco Farm Store has the most glorious hanging baskets and garden area in the spring through the summer and fall; it’s a great place to get bare root vegetables, tubers, annuals, perennials and more,” recommends Krista.
Raising chickens or other farm animals? They’ve also got you covered! “Their selection of food and grooming supplies for horses, chickens and so many other critters is amazing,” Krista elaborates. “Just the wonderful smells of leather, feed, and plants when you walk in the door is amazing. AND, when it is the season for new baby chickies, well, need I say more—there are peeping little fuzzy wonders everywhere, and if the moment is right, you can bring them home to join your family!”
“They also carry several great lines of high quality outdoor clothing, shoes, boots, cowboy boots (very pretty and rustic ones). If you have large bagged supplies to pick up, you can purchase them then drive your car under their covered loading area and they even load them for you!” Thanks for all of the great tips, Krista!
Stitch-A-Roo: “Sewing Classes for the Young & Young at Heart!” Located at 7805 B Pioneer Way Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Donna at Stitch-A-Roo is the best sewing teacher for kids anywhere! She has an easy-to-follow curriculum, good equipment, and a pleasant way with kids,” shares Tammy Palusky. “They adore her sewing classes, and the kids in her fashion design studio classes love making their own clothes and then showing them off at the end of the year in their fashion show. A fantastic locally owned business!”
Harbor Errands: “Serving Gig Harbor & Surrounding Areas” Contact Crystal Davis at 253-324-2079
When life gets busy, it can be a big help to have someone run a few errands for you or assist with day-to-day tasks. Carli Santa Cruz recommends Harbor Errands: “She will grab groceries, do cleaning, water plants, walk dogs, etc. If you have an errand or chore that needs to get done, Crystal is on it!”