Griffin Bay Bookstore
155 Spring St., Friday Harbor
360.378.5511 | griffinbaybook.com
Since 1979, Griffin Bay Bookstore has been a fixture in downtown Friday Harbor. Owner Laura Norris purchased the store in 2006, after founder and friend Susan Eyerly passed away. Norris moved the bookstore to its current location, an easy walk from the ferry terminal, and continued to develop the store as a hub for cultural and social activity in the community.
Predictably, books line a sea of bookshelves and tables in the cozy but cheerful store. There is also a dedicated children’s section with plenty of games and puzzles. Whether you’re there to find a particular book or just feel like browsing titles, everyone is encouraged to stay curious, take their time, and delve into their love of reading.
“We celebrate diversity and free speech, and spend a lot of time and care creating a pleasant experience for locals and visitors,” says Norris. “We want anyone who comes in the door to have a safe space to look at books and explore.”
Tucked within the bookstore is a small coffee shop where visitors can enjoy coffee, tea, and locally baked goods.
Purchasing the bookstore as way to preserve literary culture on the island was an intentional move for Norris. She grew up on the island and, as a long-time lover of literature, felt that buying the bookstore was a natural fit. Working alongside her is Natalie Swift, the bookstore’s operations manager, and roughly nine employees, some of whom work seasonally.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
The store features books of all genres, including non-fiction, fiction, young adult, travel, and culinary. It also sells an array of magazines. In the children’s section are hardcover picture books, early readers (starting at $3.99), and educational games and toys. You can also find gift items like cards, Moleskine journals ($5.95–$29.95), and playful socks. Best of all, the store will wrap your gifts for free!
Books may be purchased online and, if picked up in-store, come with free shipping. There are many author readings throughout the year—some in-store, some at the local library. Once a month, book lovers meet for the Griffin Bay Book Club. Check the store’s website to see upcoming events, including those celebrating the store’s 40th anniversary.
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