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“I’ve lived just over the border of Edison since 2002, and the magic of this beautiful little town is in the way it has evolved since it was settled in 1869. It’s next to the
Samish River, it has stunning views of Mount Baker, and it’s surrounded by farms on all sides. It has stayed virtually the same size—150 people—and has had the same basic street layout for the past 100 years. It’s rooted in smalltown farming values: visit the Edison Café, where you will find three generations of farmers having coffee every morning. In Edison, as well as in neighboring Bow, farm culture has seamlessly blended with a steady stream of newcomers, such as storefront gallery Smith & Vallee, the artisan bakery Breadfarm, and restaurants operated by Seattle-trained chefs (Tweets Cafe and Mariposa). My favorite place is Slough Foods, which has a great patio on the slough looking at Samish Bay and Lummi Island. Here two cultures, farming and art, come together to celebrate the best of both worlds in a very credible way. The slab yard operated by Smith & Vallee Woodworks has small raw wood slabs for homeowners at great prices, as well as an unbelievable stock of larger pieces. I also frequent Duluth Timber Company, which has an acre of wood piled 10 feet high. All the reclaimed fir in our Seattle projects comes from here. It’s a must-tour for anyone involved or interested in architecture.” —Scott Edwards, managing principal, Dovetail General Contractors
TOP and bottom right: Smith & Vallee Gallery, in a former turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, features established and emerging Northwest artists, including Tyree Callahan. middle: Wesley Smith and Andrew Vallee also sell live-edge slabs in their woodworking studio. bottom left: Cookies at artisan bakery Breadfarm.
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“A favored place to find nicely designed objects is Go Outside in La Conner. The owner has a wonderful eye, and it’s full of great objects related to gardening, but also household items and cooking and architecture books. I swing by anytime I’m near—it’s a pleasant and relaxing place, and I usually wind up finding a great book to read. Twenty minutes north is the always inspiring Marine Supply and Hardware in Anacortes, Washington. It has nautical hardware and antiques along with all sorts of rope and boat gear. What designer wouldn’t like poking around in here?” —Trygve Faste, cofounder, Something Like This Design
“Here two cultures, farming and art, come together to celebrate the best of both worlds in a very credible way.”
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