New Bellingham store offers consignment for men's and women's clothes

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 18, 2013 

RetailTipSheet ReStyle

Christina Johnson owner of ReStyle, a new consignment store at 193 Telegraph Road, stands behind racks in the 4100 square foot store on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in Bellingham.

ANDY BRONSON — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

The consignment industry continues to grow in Bellingham, with a new addition in the Meridian shopping district.

Earlier this month, Christina Johnson opened ReStyle, a consignment store for men and women. It's at 193 Telegraph Road, near Mi Mexico. Along with clothing, Johnson will offer home décor products and jewelry in the 4,100-square-foot store. She'll also have maternity clothes, swimwear and shoes.

As a child, Johnson remembers going to garage sales and consignment stores with her family, and that instilled in her a re-use attitude. She'll track down and refurbish old furniture to put into the store. As for the store itself, Johnson is aiming for a boutique style.

"This is very much a reflection of what I like," Johnson said, adding that she spent all spring gathering inventory and is continuing to sign up more consigners.

She decided to add a men's section because that's something she doesn't see much of in Bellingham. While men don't seem to shop for consignment clothes as often as women, Johnson has noticed a trend.

"I believe a lot of women shop for guys, but there are also more guy shoppers," she said.

While the store is just getting open, Johnson is already pleased with the location. With it right off the freeway, she has noticed the retail center is a popular place with many restaurants nearby.

For details about ReStyle, visit the company's Facebook page or call 360-647-6065.

PEPPER SISTERS HITS MILESTONE

Bellingham's Pepper Sisters restaurant is celebrating its 25th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 18.

While plenty of businesses make it to 25 years, it's less common for restaurants and even rarer for restaurants under the same ownership. Susan Albert opened the restaurant Aug. 18, 1988, on North Garden Street, moving to its current spot at 1055 N. State St. four years later.

Albert learned her trade prior to opening the restaurant by working at a variety of restaurant jobs, including at Rhododendron Café. When opening Pepper Sisters, she decided to go with a Southwest-style menu, banking on the idea that it would be a way for residents to build on their love of Mexican food.

To mark the anniversary, Albert has kept it relatively low-key; she's been giving away 25th anniversary pint glasses. For details about the restaurant and its menu, visit peppersisters.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

• Fuego, a Pacific Northwest store that sells jewelry, accessories and clothing, recently opened at Bellis Fair mall.

• Fun Stuff Use it Again has expanded, moving into a bigger space in the retail center at 4151 Meridian St., Suite 106, near Super Buffet. At 2,600 square feet, the new space is twice as big, said Ed Bjerke, who owns the business with Julian Rodriguez. The owners plan to add more used products, including sports memorabilia, video games, toys, music and movies. The store buys, sells and trades, with Bjerke noting that a lot of their business revolves around trade. One factor that led to the expansion is because they had eight straight months of sales growth. The store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For details, see company's Facebook page or call 360-778-1435.

• The newly opened consignment store Find Your Fashion Again is having a grand opening Aug. 22-25, with sales and prize giveaways. The store is in the Ferndale Cost Cutter shopping center.

• The Bellingham shoe store Left Right Left is in the home stretch with its closing business sale. Owners Gretchen and Ben Knudsen are closing the store at 113 W. Holly St. at the end of August. The Knudsens also own Digs, which they moved from Bellingham to Seattle's Ballard neighborhood earlier this year.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Business Blog at bellinghamherald.com/business-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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