The Daisy Café was getting a little crowded handling both the sit-down and on-the-go customers, so owner Cameron VanEpps is starting a second business.
VanEpps is having a nearby space remodeled and plans to open the Union Coffee Shop by the end of April. The coffee shop is going into the former Lucky Monkey space in the Crown Plaza building at 114 W. Magnolia St. Last month the Lucky Monkey moved to 312 W. Champion St., near The Mount Bakery.
With the two businesses next door to each other, Union Coffee Shop will serve as a place where customers will quickly pick up items such as pastries and espressos, while the Daisy Café will remain a sit-down restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch. VanEpps said that for customers, it will be a setup similar to Tony's Coffee House and Harris Avenue Café in Fairhaven.
"This will give the staff at the Daisy Café a chance to focus on seating customers rather than making espressos," VanEpps said.
The Union Coffee Shop will have a casual seating area, with free WiFi for customers who want to hang out. Customers in the coffee shop can order from a limited menu of Daisy dishes.
VanEpps also plans to have longer hours than the Daisy: He's pondering the idea of having the coffee shop open from morning into the evening, possibly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Clark Construction, which is doing the remodeling work of the coffee shop, will be putting in recycled wood and concrete countertops. Much of the equipment and coffee will be from Tony's Coffee.
To get details on the Union's official opening date, check out Daisy Café's Facebook page.
BEAD STORE ARRIVES IN DOWNTOWN BELLINGHAM
After years of selling beads online, Karen Murphy has returned to the brick-and-mortar retail world with a new store in downtown Bellingham.
Oasis Bead Lounge opened last week at 1413 Cornwall Ave. (near the Dakota Art Store) and is scheduled to have a grand opening celebration Saturday, March 30. The beads are from all over the world, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The store also has a variety of other products from the Middle East and Africa, including wood bowls, masks, brass objects, baskets and silver jewelry.
Murphy started a bead store called The Artifactory in Seattle back in 1990. After a few years she started selling products strictly on the Internet. She decided to reopen a store after moving to Bellingham. She plans on serving drinks and treats during the upcoming grand opening.
By June Murphy plans to offer classes and tutorials. For details about the company, including store hours, visit its Facebook page.
Panda Express has received approval to put in an eatery in the Bellis Fair mall food court.
Sign applications were filed for the new WinCo grocery store going into the former Joe's sporting goods building at 300 Bellis Fair Parkway. At this point, the company has not announced an opening date.
The owners taking over the former Bayside Café space on Squalicum Harbor hope to be ready for the opening day of boating season on Saturday, May 4, said Shirley McFearin, director of real estate for the Port of Bellingham.
One day before the opening of its Bellingham store on Meridian Street, liquor retailer BevMo is planning a Cocktail Classic, which will have local mixologists compete for the title of cocktail champion on Thursday, April 11. Winners will get a $500 BevMo gift card.
Bill Unrein and Mark Logan recently launched Fairhaven Financial Advisors, Inc. The investment firm is at 405 32nd St., Suite 201, and specializes in financial, retirement and estate planning. The company is associated with Charles Schwab as the primary asset custodian. For details about the company, visit fairfinad.com.
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