You wish you could live in Washington, I know. Despite the fact that it rains a lot here, Washington is still one of the most beautiful states in the nation. Washingtonians are very outdoorsy given our wonderful mountains, beautiful coastline and enchanting islands.
Made in Washington
The people here are friendly and many members of our extended American family in Washington make wonderful consumer products.
Wrappily uses neighborhood newspaper presses in Washington and Hawaii, taking chic patterns and printing them on 100% recyclable and compostable newsprint. Traditional wrapping paper generates 4 million tons of trash every year. But a piece of newsprint like the kind Wrappily uses can be recycled up to seven times. I love their cheerful patterns!
If you are in the market for votives, Glassybaby is a company you should know. Glassybaby votives are handblown glass, crafted in my hometown, Seattle, Washington. They make an incredible range of colors and styles. If you live in Seattle you can even rent Glassybaby votives for your party or event.
There really is a Tom Bihn. Tom’s firm produces a wide range of bags from messenger bags to laptop bags to carry-on luggage; Tom has designed most of these bags himself. In addition, there are many “Tom Bihn” videos on YouTube showing the features of most of the bags that Tom Bihn manufactures.
Two snowboarders, Mike Olson and Pete Saari, founded Mervin Manufacturing in 1977. The company builds LIb Tech snowboards, skis and wake boards in Carlsborg, Washington. If you want a U.S. made board, Mervin Manufacturing is a company for you. Now if only I could find a way not to wish all snowboarders would learn to ski.
The 15 members of the Rodriguez Bicyclefamily build bicycles in a small shop on the “Ave” in the University District in my hometown. The firm has been hand-building bikes since 1973. A Rodriguez Bicycle is hand built and will be the last bike you will ever need to purchase. If you haven’t heard, our Mayor who is mad about biking is nicknamed Mayor McSchwinn. His real name is McGinn.
Staying with the backpacking theme, I introduce the firm making the best sleeping bags I know. Nothing spoils a backpacking trip quicker than a shoddy sleeping bag. Thankfully, Feathered Friends makes superlative sleeping bags, and they make them in my backyard. You can buy a Feathered Friend sleeping bag for a weekend trip to the lake or for an assault on Everest. The one for the assault on Everest will probably be more expensive, however.
In Seattle, we have the University of Washington. Somewhere east of the Cascade Mountains there is another University I think. Anyway, since there isn’t really much to do over there, they figured at least they could try to make something worth eating. And they succeeded. Cougar Gold®, produced at the Washington State University, is a rich, white cheddar with a smooth, firm texture.
Liberty manufactures aluminum reusable bottles in Union Gap, Washington. Liberty Originals are made from 100% recyclable aluminum from start to finish in the USA. NOTE: Liberty insulated bottles are made overseas and are decorated and finished in the USA.
On the hunt for more made in Washington products? Check out Made in Washington stores in person (there are 3 locations in the Puget Sound area), or online. Made in Washington sells artisan food and gift items that celebrate the best small producers Washington state has to offer.
This guest post was originally written in 2012 by John Briggs, is an attorney in Seattle and author of Simply American. It has been updated multiple times since.
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I’ve always wanted to visit Washington, it is the number one state I’d pick if I could. Seeing all these posts, there are so many things I want to try from this list, I’m also very fond of RODRIGUEZ BICYCLES!!!!
Mick’s Peppouri Pepper, wine and beer jellies; Brown & Haley Almond Roca and. mountain Bars; Write in the Rain produkts; Ice Chips Mints; Mrs Pickles Gourmet Pickles; Partners: A Tasteful Choice products; St Helens glass products.
Lib-tech makes skis too, get a pair!
These are all interesting. I’d love to check out the Manpans & the Cougar Gold cheese. Those look especially interesting to me.
Lots of neat things made in Washington state. I have always wanted to visit there it always looks so beautiful. Glad to read it isnt always raining there although I wouldnt mind the rain to see the state!
My son sure would like one of the Mervin Boards… I can’t say how well he can board, though!
Also love the Liberty Bottleworks 100% recycled aluminum bottles!
WA has numerous microcimates due to it’s geography and topography. Also you are missing WA products like Brown & Haley Almond Roca and Mountain Bars, Mt. St Helen’s Glass, Chuckar Cherries, Liberty Orchards’ Applets & Cotlets, Johnny’s Seasonings to name a few.
Liberty Bottle Company makes great water bottles right here in Yakima, WA
There is also Chucker Cherries, Prosser, WA
Lots of wonderful items here in the Eastern part of the state !!
I’ve wanted to vacation in Washington for a long time – these products are all nice! If I get to go, I’ll remember the wellies and unbrella!!!
I’ll give you a tip…don’t bring the wellies or umbrella you will only look like a tourist or someone who has just moved to the state
Johnny Seasoning Salt….made in FIFE,WA
Washington is a great state and here in Eastern Washington, we have craft breweries and distilleries, small food processors who grow and process food products, and a beautiful wheat harvest coming off now!
Washington does look like a lovely state, I would like to visit one day. The products seem terrific too!
I have relatives and friends there. I want to go hiking there. I have not been there, yet.
I love the scenery. The first photos are beautiful
If you’ve lived outside of Washington and Oregon then, yes, it DOES seem like it rains sooo much! Because compared to other states, it does. I lived in Portland for about 10 years and I have to say that Oregon and Washington are 2 of the most beautiful states in our country. The rain makes ’em that way! I’ve seen a couple of the items you mentioned and the cheese I’ve had. Awesome!
I love the McKinnon Furniture, especially all of the pieces that incorporate stained glass. Beautiful!
I lived in Western Washington from ’94-’99 and LOVED it! Rain and cool weather would be welcome as I now live in Las Vegas where it’s 117 degrees and almost never rains! Sucks! 🙁
Cascade Designs also makes MSR stoves and snowshoes right here in Seattle
Washington State University is in Pullman Washington. They make THE best cheese. It is in a can and was originally used as military rations as they had no refrigeration in the field. Best cheese EVER
I HATE the stupid misnomer that it rains all the time in Washington! The west side, which is where it rains a fair amount, only comprises approximately ONE THIRD of the state! The middle 1/3 is in a “rain shadow” and gets extremely LITTLE rain every year, is very hot, and very desert-like in the summer. The eastern 1/3 is a bit more temperate, but does not get significantly more rain than the middle. (The same is true for Oregon, as well.) There is more to Washington State than the Puget Sound! *disgusted*
Thanks for the clarification! On the east coast, we are in the middle of a cold snap and I hate when people complain about cold weather IN THE WINTER!! So the weather talk is making us cranky on both coasts today. Glad to have you in the club. -SW
Exactly Angi, There is a whole lot more to Washington than Seattle! If you look at the traffic on I90 on Sunday of any summer weekend the west bound lanes are stop and go most of the day as the Seattleites head back home from their fun in the sun on our lakes. Too bad the author is a UW snob; Washington has many universities with lots of alumni living in Seattle. Too bad he didn’t just write about the great products without being condescending.
Laura: Sorry it came off as condescending, I was trying to be funny. I went to WWU for two years, my wife is a WSU grad and my son went to Gonzaga. If you don’t enjoy the UW-WSU rivalry, I am not sure you are really a Washingtonian!
John: When I read your comments above, I figured that you’d be catching it from the “eastern” folks. I was born in Eastern Washington, grew up in North Idaho, and have lived all of my adult life in Western Oregon. I just call myself a Northwesterner. But remember that Western WA became part of the USA in the mid-1800’s only after Britain sold it to us. They didn’t want it any more because they couldn’t see any use for it, and referred to it as “The Pine Swamp.”
It is very weird after living here for four years that I still hear people say how it rains here all the time. It doesn’t. Not even close. How bizarre.
People, as a fellow Washingtonian, I gotta tell you, you wanna try the Cougar Gold Cheese. It pretty much totally rocks. It is delicious, and comes in a can, which is cool.
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OMG yes Cougar Gold Cheese is to delicious!!