You may be wondering, "What's so secret about a drugstore?" Ah, but Bartell Drugs is much more than a quick stop for band-aids or travel size toothpaste (although it's that, too). Not everyone realizes that this local chain carries a wide selection of made-in-Washington foods, candies, gifts, and novelty items—at much better prices than other souvenir stores. You can find Market Spice tea sets, Theo Chocolate, Dilettante candies and drink mixes, Seattle Chocolate truffles, Fisher fair scone mix, caramel corn, and even a Chia Fremont Troll.
They have good prices on postcards, magnets, snow globes, and other essential souvenir items, too. I love Bartell's for holiday presents, hostess gifts, and just idle browsing, which is how I discovered these adorable cupcake-shaped lidded mugs. (Various locations around Seattle, but the downtown stores are the largest.)