El Agave now open in Sudden Valley

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 15, 2013 

Retailtipsheet El Agave

Manager Elixandro Rojas serves Craig Barr, left and Clayton Hermanson lunch at the new El Agave Mexican restaurant at the Sudden Valley golf course, Sept. 12, 2013.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

Last week, El Agave Mexican Restaurant opened in the former Bob's Burgers & Brew space at the Sudden Valley Golf Course.

The company has spent the past few months changing the look of the space, including removing carpet, installing tile and painting the building. A few things also needed to get fixed, making the remodeling take longer than they expected, said Elixandro Rojas, who manages the restaurant with Cruz Landeros.

In the first week of business, many of the customers were local residents and golfers, Rojas said. He added that they've already seen a number of customers from the Alger and Glenhaven areas.

"So far we've had bigger dinner crowds than lunches," Rojas said. "We're still learning the schedule in this area, such as golf tournaments and other events."

The menu is the same as at El Agave on Samish Way. Hours at the Sudden Valley restaurant are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant also offerings catering services.

The owners also opened the 19th Hole Café, which focuses on people who want to get a quick bite. The café offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and breakfasts, along with a few Mexican breakfast favorites. For details about El Agave, visit its Facebook page or call 360-393-3853.

CULINARY CREATIONS STOCKING UP

Colleen Mitchell has been busy adding items to her new Fairhaven store, Culinary Creations.

The store has a different look than when it opened in April. One section is now dedicated to specialty gourmet food, including jams, jellies, pastas, spices and sauces. She also has a bar in place with a flat-screen television, so someone can hang out with a beer and watch a sporting event while a spouse or friend shops.

"I really wanted to bring in a ton of gift ideas and seasonal goods," Mitchell said.

She's not done remodeling, either. She plans to put in a fireplace, and add a café with a lunch menu and appetizers. Culinary Creations also will begin hosting cooking classes, starting later this month. For details, drop by the store at 1210 11th St., near Village Books.

BELLINGHAM STORE CHANGING ITS NAME

Bellingham clothing store Labels Plus will change its name to La Belles on Monday, Sept. 16.

The store at 1512 Ellis St. changed its name to Labels Plus in May after the Labels consignment store on James Street opened. Owner Sage Bishop said that while the name was well-received, it led many customers to think that Labels Plus was also a consignment store, like the two other Labels stores in town. Labels Plus sells new clothes and accessories and doesn't accept consignment.

A grand reopening celebration of La Belles will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, with prize drawings.

OTHER TIDBITS

A new auto repair shop has opened in Bellingham, but residents might be familiar with the owners. All Auto is at 1600 Kentucky St. and is operated by Steven Hiorns and Brad Caughell, both longtime local auto technicians. The repair shop offers a variety of services for foreign and domestic vehicles in a small-shop setting. It's open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday by appointment, and closed Sunday. ... LuLu's Wonderful Things is having a fall fashion showcase from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at 124 W. Holly St. Brands being featured include Pure Handknit and Neo Buddha. Refreshments will be served.

Reach DAVE GALLAGHER at dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2269.

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