Another Menchie's opens as yogurt trend booms in Bellingham



Before flying back home to California Pat Steitz enjoys some frozen yogurt with great-granddaughter Kendra Lawson, 1, Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Menchie's new location. The popular frozen yogurt shop has opened a second Bellingham location at 1301 West Bakerview Road near Fred Meyer.


Frozen yogurt is apparently a hit in Bellingham.

Earlier this month, Dayna and Robert "Penn" Penney opened their second Bellingham Menchie's frozen yogurt store in a little over a year. The new Menchie's is in the Bakerview Fred Meyer retail center, near Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The Bakerview Menchie's is having grand opening specials throughout this week, just in time for the arrival of warmer weather.

The Penneys decided on opening a second store so soon after opening their Lakeway Center location partly because of the initial popularity, but it was also because they wanted to get established in the northern part of the city. Robert Penney said they had quite a few Whatcom County customers say they don't usually travel too far into Bellingham, so a north store is more convenient. Also, they wanted to tap the Canadian market.

"It's been very steady since we've opened; we had a lot of visits from soccer players," he said, referring to the large Baker Blast tournament last weekend at Northwest Soccer Park.

Bellingham suddenly has several options when it comes to serve-yourself frozen yogurt. Along with the two Menchie's stores, TCBY recently opened in the Barkley District.

Robert Penney thinks one reason for the popularity is because yogurt is a relatively healthy dessert option. In the past year, the Penneys have learned that gluten-free is in strong demand locally. One of the Bellingham Menchie's most popular flavors is gluten-free cake batter.

Something the Penneys learned as they started scouting a second location is to look for a spot with good outdoor seating. The Lakeway Center space gets good sun exposure on clear afternoons, which has boosted sales.

The Bakerview Menchie's will have the same hours as the other store. For details about the grand opening special, visit the Bakerview Menchie's Facebook page.


Along with opening the Man Pies food truck near Bellingham International Airport earlier this month, the eatery is offering another option: pie delivery.

Viking Foods will deliver Man Pies and other local restaurant items for a flat fee of $3.99 within the Bellingham area. Ordering is available by phoning Viking Foods directly at 360-922-0819 or going online at

Earlier in June, the Man Pies food trailer found a permanent home at the Yorkston Market Fuel station at Bennett Drive and Bakerview Road, near the airport. The trailer sells Man Pies' regular pies, as well as some specials, gluten-free pies and desserts. It's open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Yet another location for Man Pies is in the works and will be announced soon, according to a company news release. Updates can be found on its Facebook page or by signing up for the email newsletter at


A state liquor license application was filed by Bill Lohse and Katherine Rosser to take over the Tubbs bar at 118 W. Holly St., Bellingham. The proposed new name for the bar is Swillery.

... Seth Carson opened a new American Family Insurance office earlier this month. The office name is Seth Carson Agency and it's at 1200 Old Fairhaven Parkway, Suite 107. Carson is licensed in property and casualty insurance and also offers auto, commercial, home and life insurance. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. An open house is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26. For more information, call 360-543-0983.

... The fitness studio Wanna Get Fit is closing at the end of June. The studio opened in January at 1201 Cornwall Ave., Suite 107, and just didn't get much traction, said owner Lisa Press.

... A variety of tenant improvement permits have been filed in Bellingham, including a proposal to put in a new distillery at 1409 Commercial St., near Mount Baker Theatre, and a proposal to put in a pet food production facility at 400 W. Orchard St., near Bug Lake.

... In the medical realm, a proposal is in place to remodel the existing facility and put in an expanded orthopedic clinic at 3015 Squalicum Parkway, and a tenant improvement permit was filed for a birthing center called Birthroot Midwifery at 1600 Broadway.

... Remodeling work is proposed for the McDonald's restaurant at 112 Samish Way, including improvements to the drive-through.

... A new (so far unnamed) restaurant is being proposed for 1204 Cornwall Ave., near Kulshan Cycle.

... At 111 W. Chestnut St., permits were submitted to convert the former Towner Press building into a mixed-use structure.

... Rick Westerop has submitted permits for the residential component of his next two buildings on 1010 and 1020 Railroad Ave. The buildings will each have 60 apartment units.

... At the Herald Building, 1155 N. State St., permits were issued to do $743,000 of tenant improvement work on the first floor.

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