Nestled in the Alley District is a boutique gallery filled with handcrafted treasures waiting to be discovered. While the mosaic tiled flooring may draw you into Tide Lines, it’s the artwork that keeps you there. And if the art around the room isn’t enticing enough, artist and owner Chelsea Jepson’s workspace behind the counter offers you a chance to see the masterpieces being created as you shop, making this shop unique.

Having had started her company CRJ Jewels in 2009, Jepson’s artwork and name has already been well known around Whatcom and Skagit County, but the November-born boutique serves as a home base for the artist. While her jewelry pieces often feature stones found locally, many from around the San Juan Islands, Jepson also finds the inspiration for her artwork through the Pacific Northwest scenery.

While Jepson is the woman behind most of the watercolors and jewelry as well of some of the ink pieces, the boutique features the work of a dozen unique local artists. From wooden carved utensils and soaps to paintings and necklaces, the boutique manages to pull off having an abundance of pieces to look at while still gracefully maintaining order.

Be warned, minutes turn into hours while losing yourself amongst all the treasures to be found in this boutique.

"From wooden carved utensils and soaps to paintings and necklaces, the boutique manages to pull off having an abundance of pieces to look at while still gracefully maintaining order."