Second of TWO New Shops Opened in Coupeville


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It’s been a bang up week for newness in Coupeville. 

The second new shop to open in Coupeville is a huge winner for our historic Waterfront.

Marbley opened on Saturday, August 10th, and is located at 7 Front Street in the circa 1936 Howell’s building.

Owners Joan and Ed, visited Coupeville in 2017 and fell in love with #7 Front Street. With the intention to redirect their energy, after 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industries, and raise their son in a smaller community Ed and Joan have embraced Coupeville in excited and generous ways.

Since 2017 they sold their restaurant in So. California, bought a house within walking distance of #7, and renovated the old Howell building for their shop Marbley!

Marbley blends beautifully curated personal and gift items with silk scarfs made through the ancient art form of Ebru* (read description of this art form below). BONUS at Marbley, YOU can make your own scarf!

#7 Front Street. 360-


*Ebru is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble, other kinds of stone or patterns of your choosing. The patterns are the result of non-toxic colored paints floated on plain water and then carefully transferred to a silk scarf. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype. THIS is truly something special for Coupeville.

NOTE: We have a couple of other new businesses ventures in Coupeville and are putting together images and copy for the blog.


First of TWO New Shops Opened in Coupeville


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We’re excited to be sharing the news of one of two new shops in Coupeville! 

In an town our size with 19 buildings on Front St. and only several more in our historic catchment, new shops don’t often come around along our historic waterfront. And yet, THIS MONTH we have TWO (with at least one more coming SOON). Celebrate Good Times Come ON!

FIRST new shop to open, on Friday, August 9th, is Rain Puddles Kids Boutique! Owned by Christian Chambers, who also owns Aqua Gifts just a few doors away, Rain Puddles is located at 10 Front St. in the newly renovated Robertson Store/Old Mad Crab building.

Rain Puddles is a smartly sourced boutique full of baby and children’s clothes and accessories. Christian has gone to great lengths to insure his products are made of whole and safe fabrics and surfaces, with safe, with NO chemicals added to fibers or sprayed on. From clothes to blankets, back packs, hats, accessories and more Rain Puddles was an instant hit with residents and visitors alike.

We may be biased but we think this shop is one of the sweetest places on Whidbey Island.


10 Front Street – 360-246-4181R

Rain Puddles is a member of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association and we’re happy to have them on Front St. and within our membership.

MusselFest 2019


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MusselFest 2019 is March 2nd and 3rd! 

Another year of bold, briny & blue fun in Coupeville, Washington

Come enjoy Mussel Chowder Tastings, Chef demonstrations, boat tours of the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm, music, dancing, mussel eating contest, kids activities, and so much more during MusselFest 2019

Visit the official MusselFest website for all you need to know.

Visit our MusselFest event page for quick links, videos and articles about past MusselFests.

SEE YOU HERE in Coupeville for bold briny & blue fun March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

Don’t know how to cook mussels? Or looking for some new recipes visit the Penn Cove Shellfish farm Recipes page

Video Credit: Fusion Spark Media

November 25th – 2018 Coupeville Historic Waterfront Gingerbread Workshop


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Coupeville Rec Hall doors open at 11am map

Please PARK 1/2 block away at the town lot next to the Coupeville Library. 

TWO Workshops for kids! 

First Workshop begins at 11am

Second Workshop begins at 12:30pm


The Gingerbread Workshop is a fun Thanksgiving weekend event for kids, and a winter pantry stocking benefit for the food bank

Bring at least one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Gifts of the Heart Food Bank. 


Helping to insure we are able to provide the building kits for free we THANK to our members, community friends, The Friends of the Coupeville Library, Janet Birchfield’s Front Street RealityThe Oystercatcher, the Whidbey News Times, the Honey Bar and sponsors who choose to remain anonymous.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE for A SPECIAL THANKS to our Gingerbread Workshop volunteers. The Gingerbread Workshop is an all day event for our volunteers. It requires morning set up and prep, 3 hours of gingerbread building mayhem with a full Rec Hall and then clean up.  Our volunteers lift and tote, have fun and then leave the Rec Hall spic and span. MANY THANK TO THEM! The Friends of the Coupeville Library are especially helpful for this great event! 

If you’d like to volunteer for the Gingerbread Workshop go to our contact page and let us know. We’d love to have you join in the fun.


2017 Gingerbread Workshop photos. 

Parents can even get some Red Ticket shopping done during the workshop if they have a family member, or friend, who can stay with their kids.


Red Ticket – Thanksgiving through Christmas & Local Economics


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Shop Local” is not a fad, it’s the economic back bone of countless small businesses and livelihoods  in towns just like Coupeville. 

For every $25.00 spent at a local business $17.00 stays in our local economy. Only $10.50 stays when we shop away from home, a loss of 7 dollars. 

Small businesses – like those in Coupeville – account for 99.7% of all businesses in the US.

Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes.

Small businesses accounted for 60% of new jobs created in the U.S.

There are 28.8 million small businesses in the country. Some of them are right here in Coupeville! Shop local – gather Red Tickets – and let’s ring out the year with a huge boost for our economy, our business owning friends and neighbors and the winners of the Red Ticket’s $2300.00


Every $20.00 worth of purchases you make with participating merchants, restaurants and service providers gets you a RED TICKET! 

$2300.00 in cash prizes chosen at the Red Ticket Drawing on Sunday – December 23rd at 1pm in front of the Island County Historical Society Museum – 908 Alexander St. map

 YOU or a representative for you must be present to win.

HAPPY RED TICKET SEASON – November through Dec. 22nd


A Touch of Dutch – 360-678-7729 – 11 Front St NW. –Food and Gifts from; The Netherlands (Holland), Indonesia, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Bits from England, France and Belgium. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook WILL SHIP.


aqua-david-sternAqua Gifts – 360-678-0664 – 2 Front St. – House wears, gifts, shoes, soaps, candles and much more for all ages. Perfect for women and men, girls and boys. Gift Certificates YES. Facebook



back-to-the-island-david-sternBack to the Island – 360-678-6860 – 9B Front St NW – Great selection of clothes, fun and comfy socks, bags, gifts, souvenirs, and much MORE!  SEAHAWKS CENTRAL!  Gift Certificates YES



balance-bodyworks-david-sternBalanced Bodyworks – 360-630-0911 – 6 NW Coveland St. – Massage, health and wellness by licensed massage therapist Susann Martin. Specializing in massage therapy treating back and neck problems due to excessive muscle tightness and trigger points. Gift Certificates YES. Facebook

“I truly believe in the healing powers of massage for reducing, and even eliminating painful soft tissue conditions. I treat each client individually, according to what your special needs are.” – Susann Martin


Bayleaf – 360-678-6603 – 101 NW Coveland St. –Whidbey’s source for all things delicious! Wine, groceries, sweets, delicatessen, cheeses, cured meats, specialty items. Holiday gourmet baskets, wine clubs, catering, specialists in Paella for groups. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook


Christopher’s on Whidbey – 360-678-5480 – 103 NW Coveland St. – Over 30 years of pleasing meals for locals and visitors, featuring fresh, creative, northwest cuisine (fish, meat, vegetarian, local and regional produce) and a variety of local wines. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook 


Collections Boutique -360-678-2100 -24 Front St. – Variety of fine clothing lines — Tribal, Habitat, Pure, Cutloose, Lysse, Lissett, Nomadic Traders, Picadilly, Adam Jacobs – FitFlop shoes, and more.  Jewelry, accessories and baby gifts. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook 



coupeville-auto-david-sternCoupeville Auto Repair -360-678-1746 -105 NW Coveland St. – Car repair and services.  Gas station. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook 



Coupeville Chamber of Commerce – 360-675-5434, 905 Alexander St. – Business organization. Visitors Center is located at 905 Alexander St. Facebook

Photo Credit Coupeville Chamber of Commerce


Far From Normal – 360-678-3799 – 12 Front St. – Retro, vintage, fun. Whatever makes you laugh can be found at Far From Normal. Gifts, book, bags, masks, cards, silly stuff, buttons, coasters, games, all that’s fun, silly and twisted. Gift Certificates YES. Facebook



Front Street Grill and Catering -360-682-2551 -20 Front St. – Wonderful meals, lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends. Catering, wine, full bar, seafood, local mussels, burgers, specials and desserts with a water view. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook


front-street-reality-david-sternFront Street Realty -360-678-6100 -22 Front St. – Full service real estate services.  Long standing, well respected community member Janet Burchfield will make sure all your needs are met when looking for or selling a house. WebsiteFacebook

Hidden Pearl Gallery – 360-678-3117 – 901 Grace St. – Featuring fine art and craft work from local artists of the Pacific Northwest. Paintings, Prints, Jewelry, Metal Work, Photography, Post Cards, and much more! Gift Certificates YES. WebsiteFacebook 

a-need-new-pic-harbor-giftsHarbor Gifts and Kayak Rental -360-678-3625 – 26 Front St. – ON the Wharf. Clothes, gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, cards, trinkets, and much MORE.  Plus a beautiful stroll out to the Wharf building. We love our wharf.


museum-david-sternIsland County Historical Society Archives and Museum – 360-678-3310 – 908 NW Alexander St. – Island County archives (available for study by appointment) and museum. Fantastic gift and bookstore. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook 


Kingfisher Books -16 Front St. – 360-678-8463 – Independent family-owned bookstore on Coupeville’s historic waterfront.  Owners of the Kingfisher are learners and books are their teachers. Books for pleasure, learning, entertainment, and fun for all ages. New, old, used and collectable, Kingfishers is a book lovers paradise. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook


Knead and Feed – 360-678-5431 – 4 Front. St. – Breakfast and lunch.  Cafe’ cuisine, baked goods cooked on site, coffee, waterside dinning. Big and famous Cinnamon Rolls. Gift Certificates YES! WebsiteFacebook

For Practical Magic fans – Knead and Feed was used for Sally’s shop “Verbena”.

Lavender Wind  – 360-544-4132 – 15 Coveland St. – Locally grown lavender products from Whidbey’s largest lavender farm. Handmade products: oils, soaps, spice blends, teas, baked goods, gifts. Gift Certificates YES! Shipping YES!  – SHIPPING YES! Website with Extensive OnLine Store | Facebook

One More Thing – 360-678-1894 – 13 Front St. – Wonderful selection of clothes, jewelry, personal accessories. Ideal shop for women of all ages. Gift Certificates YES!





Lower Loft Eatery – 360-678-2900 – 12 Front St. – Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.  Wide variety of delicious foods and baked goods. Fantastic views of Penn Cove. Friendly service. Gift Certificates YES! WebsiteFacebook

Photo Yelp User Landon R. 

Pacific Northwest Art School – 360-678-9396 – 15 NW Birch St. -The Pacific NorthWest Art School offers visual arts education taught by professional artists for artists aspiring to hone their skills. We offer workshops in the mediums of photography, painting and fiber arts. 70 plus workshops a year, Art Excursions and Art Expeditions, opportunities for artists to show their work in their Member’s Gallery and more. Art for purchase in gallery. Gift Certificates for classes. YES. Website | Facebook

Penn Cove Gallery – 360-678-1176 – 9 Front St. – Art to display, wear and give from 26 Whidbey Island artists. Large selection of original art, reproductions and art cards in a range of media, suitable for decor and gifts, at home and work. This not-for-profit gallery is administered and staffed by the artist members. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook

Rain Shadow Nursery – 360-678-9114 – 107 S Main St. – Wide variety of roses, perennials, herbs, succulents, annuals, house plants, potting soils, mulch, pottery, gifts, and an experienced staff to help you with all your gardening needs. Gift Certificates YES! Website

Salon Blue – 360-682-5216 – 23 Front St. – A welcoming professional salon dedicated to providing the highest level of service and products to ensure that the client looks and feels the best they can. Hair cut, dye, manicures, and wonderful selection of products. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook


The Coupeville Inn – 360-678-6668 – 20 NW Coveland St. – Coupeville’s premier destination Inn… Beautifully refurbished rooms and suites with views of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker, just steps to the wharf and historic downtown Coupeville. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook

The Crow’s Roost – 360-678-2092 – 902 Grace St. –Features art, accessories, cards, jewelry, home goods, décor, edibles and entertaining essentials. Unique Fair Trade, USA, and locally made gifts. Bring your ID for Military Discount of 10%. Carefully curated gifts, jewelry, accessories, home goods and décor, edibles, art and more. Certificates YES! Facebook

a-need-new-pic-honey-bearThe Honey Bear – 360-678-6122 – 23 Front St. – Candy, chocolate, gifts, books, toys, cards, and more for all ages.  Gift Certificates YES


The Oystercatacher – 360-678-0683 – 901 Grace St. – Fine dinning, dinner and lunch. Oystercatcher has proudly served simply, good, food for more than 18 years. Chef Tyler Hansen and his team create a harmonious farm-to-table menu to showcase all what the island and Pacific Northwest region has to offer. Changing menu pending season. Fine wine collection. Reservations suggested, especially dinner. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook

seaside-david-stern-2The Seaside Spa and Salon – 360-678-0508 – 5 Front St.  Full service salon and spa. Indulge yourself in a sanctuary of rest and relaxation at Whidbey’s wonder spa and salon. Hair design, manicures, pedicures, products, massage, facials, waxing treatments, spa packages. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook 

Sunshine Drip – 360-682-6201 – 306 N Main St. – Coffee lounge. Organic coffee, teas, fresh smoothies, sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Gluten free available. Combined with a gift shop full of creative and unique finds. WebsiteFacebook


tobys-david-sternToby’s Tavern – 360-678-4222 – 8 Front St. – Historic tavern. Beer, wine, wide ranging menu, local mussels, waterside dinning. Toby’s historic wooden back bar was originally brought around the horn and placed in the Fort Warden officers club in about 1900. Must be 21. Gift Certificates YES! WebsiteFacebook

Vail Wine Shop and Tasting Room – 360-678-4222 – 22 Front St. – Large variety of Washington wines,indoor and outdoor seating, wine tasting events, group travel excursions to Washington wine country, wine clubs. A special place for wine, friends, and good times. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook


Whidbey Isle Yarns, Gifts and Teas – 360-632-4200 – 12 Front St. – Fine wool yarns (hand spun, machine made, imported, natural and commercial died), jewelry, buttons, notions, teas,coffee, sea glass, mussel, sterling jewelry with focus on USA/handcrafted supplies, along with classes. Gift Certificates YES! Website | Facebook 


Whidbey Natural Pet – 360-678-1601 – 105 S Main St. – Providing Whidbey Island residents with natural options in dog and cat care. Whidbey Natural Pet carries all the supplies you need for your fur and feather family. Food, toys, health boosting items, treats, dietary supplements and every thing in between. Whidbey Natural Pet strives to offer customers and pets locally produced, chemical free products. Gift Certificates YES! Facebook


Windjammer Custom Framing – 360-678-9200 – 22 Front St. – Fine art and print framing. Large selection of frames. Award winning framer. Gift Certificates YES!