My apologies for not posting on the blog for a while; I was out of the office a few days and have now been busy catching up. Here's some biz news out of Maple Falls:
After the devastating loss of her husband a year ago, Barbara Clark is finding some solace by starting her own business.
Last month Clark opened Maple Falls Feed and More at 7947 Silver Lake Road. The business sells a variety of feed for animals, including chickens, as well as dog and cat food. The feed products don't have genetically modified ingredients.
The business is a tribute to her husband, Frank Clark, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in September 2012. The 65-year-old handyman's motorcycle collided with a truck stopped in front of him on Mount Baker Highway, which was waiting to make a left turn.
Barbara Clark has worked for the past year to try to improve the intersection at Marshall Hill Road, which is where her husband was killed. She's also spent time trying to figure out what to do with her life.
"He had just retired, so (after the accident) I had to decide whether I should leave the area that I have enjoyed for 16 years or stay," she said.
She decided to stay, and decided to become a business owner. She had noticed that there wasn't a feed store nearby, and after doing a survey realized there was a need in the area. She sold her husband's tools to help start the business, and has dedicated it to him.
"It's been a wonderful opening," she said. "People are receptive to the store. They like the prices and that they don't have to drive to Bellingham to get it."
As for improving the intersection, Barbara Clark is continuing her work on that project. She said some residents have said they've noticed more people slowing down in that area, but "it's still bad."
The business is open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, closed on Thursday and Friday. Customers can call 360-599-1067 to arrange for a special pickup. Details about the business can be found at maplefallsfeedandmore.com.