THE SHOP
What I first notice when stepping into Betty Lou’s Downtown Emporium, other than the flowing skirts and cozy sweaters, is a feeling of being transported to somewhere calm, mature and a little bit exotic. To my left are displays full of dresses, skirts, sweaters and tops in warm earth tones with occasional bright colors. As I walk deeper into the shop, the selection begins to change, bringing to light much more colorful items. In the back, I find an exciting assortment of vintage-style clothing and accessories.

ATMOSPHERE
Betty Lou’s Downtown Emporium provides an exciting selection of stylish, sophisticated and vintage looks. The walls are decorated with paintings, decoupage and quotes, lending the store an artistic atmosphere. Many of the displays and racks are repurposed materials from the RE Store, lending Betty Lou’s a funky, off-beat vibe.

KEY PEOPLE
This store is owned by Betty Theiler and managed by a handful of women who have been working at the shop for many years. They are very knowledgeable when it comes to the store’s selection and eager to help visitors find just the items they are looking for.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND
Much of the success of Betty Lou’s Downtown Emporium can be attributed to its unique selection and the dedication of its owner, Betty Theiler. Each year Betty travels to Asia and spends one month visiting countries such as Nepal and Thailand where she buys clothing, jewelry, and other goods to bring back to Bellingham and sell in her shop. She also offers clothing and accessories from a handful of local designers.

This little store has much to offer. On one wall is a collection of handmade metal items from Nepal, including a beautiful elephant wall hook. A vintage shelf holds a variety of colorful belts, while a number of hooks in the back boast cozy scarves and gloves that are perfect for the winter season. There is also a wide assortment of beautiful handbags. This is a store for women who want to appear sophisticated and stylish, yet at the same time feel comfortable and perhaps a touch edgy.

As I walk around the shop admiring the lovely clothes and accessories, I do not feel in a rush to leave. Betty Lou’s Downtown Emporium has a warm and inviting atmosphere that begs you to stay and enjoy it for a little bit longer.

"This is a store for women who want to appear sophisticated and stylish, yet at the same time feel comfortable and perhaps a touch edgy."