Poulsbo’s local artists’ and craftsperson’s co-op Verkstand Gallery has been operating in the city for over twenty years and offers a wide variety of handcrafted products including cards, jewelry, painting, scarves and the glass art. This is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area as it offers a range of exquisite gifts that are quite unique and lovely to take home to gift to a friend or even as a souvenir for oneself. You will find some beautiful pieces of art made entirely from glass at a fraction of the price that you would pay for such items in other large cities like Seattle or New York. In addition to the Verkstad Gallery you will find lots of other interesting shops to explore whether you are seeking a rare antique – there are over one hundred antique shops here – or have an interest in purchasing some of the Scandinavian specialty items that make super gifts. There are also numerous Scandinavian food stores with a selection of home baked goods and other products associated with the town’s historical origins. The area also offers some surprising stores too including once that specializes in all things kayaking, a rubber stamp shop, fishing store as well as Liberty Bay Bookstore and numerous clothes and shoe shops offering everything from brand names like Birkenstocks to more exclusive designer items.
Downtown Poulsbo is definitely the one stop shop for any shopaholics and this is easy to access by car – with free parking provided in the area – but it is also on the local bus routes and is accessible from the marina too, with many visitors from further afield arriving here by ferry to enjoy all that “Little Norway” has to offer. The city’s Norwegian heritage certainly defines this experience whether you are browsing around the shops, strolling along the boardwalk of the distinctive Liberty Bay or wish to indulge in more active pursuits. If the latter sounds more appealing then why not rent a Kayak and relax in the presence of the nature while relishing some magnificent local scenery. Family fun can also be had the waterfront park or enjoy some international cuisine on the northwest side. You will find much to provide peace and tranquility in the city however you will also need plenty of energy to get round all that the area has to offer.
The Central Market is another popular destination for many since it was established in the mid-nineties as one of the biggest stores in the area with a three further Central Markets being added later for a great deal of variety, all on one a grand level. These food markets have seen saw many changes over the years since opening in the 1970’s and was previously known as the Poulsbo Market Place, During the 1980’s, this saw a huge revolution that changed the original building into the 69,000 square foot central market that exists today which now includes a unique “destination food store” with exquisite produce, and now attracts customers from distant locations all over the county.