Located inside the former Nordstrom building on Cornwall Avenue, The Chipper Bird clothing boutique occupies a large section of space toward the front of the building. Despite having only a few windows, the eclectic shop is bright and airy. The store’s founder and owner, Adrianna Beard, used leftover Nordstrom pieces, like glass shelving and track lighting, to decorate and light the space. There’s also a large dressing room at the back of the store, built from a repurposed queen-sized bed frame.
This little shop is so cheerful. The decor elements, including a large tree, a decorated ladder, macramé wall hangings, and murals, all contribute to the whimsical feel of the space. There are some vintage-type elements, like the retro Nordstrom pieces from the ‘80s. The shop is full of art, clothing, jewelry, natural wood pieces, and more. There’s a life and an energy to the space that makes it enjoyable to browse and try things on.
Adrianne Beard moved the store from its former Bay Street location to its new home in June of 2018. The Bay Street location was actually closed for 10 months while Beard contemplated whether to continue running a store or if that chapter was closed for her. She ultimately decided it was something she loved and wanted to keep doing, so she began searching for a new location with better foot traffic. Cornwall Avenue, near Peoples Bank and A New Leaf Flower Shoppe, sees a lot of pedestrians, and with the new space being so much larger than its predecessor, Beard knew it was what she wanted.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
The Chipper Bird carries a variety of clothing, accessories, art, and home decor items from local artisans and makers. You can find everything from plus-sized clothing to macramé to stickers and wooden blocks. The shop also offers a wide selection of jewelry and gift items from places like The Goat’s Coat, Samish Bay Soaps, and even cotton hankies from wrenbirdarts. On occasion, some makers, like Angie Kelly from Treehouse Macramé and Plants, host how-to classes in the
shop. You can find classes on anything from macramé to repurposing old jeans. Beard also partners with designers like Of Something Rad to hold pop-ups. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else —or just passing through —you’re sure to leave just a little more chipper than when you arrived.
1319 Cornwall Ave., Ste. 101, Bellingham, Instagram @thechipperbird
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