Bellingham's Bakerview Square is closing in on full occupancy.
The 120,000-square-foot retail center, which opened in 2007, is adding several new tenants. This week Trader's Depot will start accepting more consignment items with plans to be open and selling items during the week of Oct. 20. The new business, which has about 10,000 square feet of space, will feature a variety of consignment items, including sports equipment, men's clothing and musical instruments. Co-owner Ryan McKee describes it as a "Cabela's meets Costco" consignment warehouse for people who want to sell items without having to do it online. The McKees also own Plum Chic (which sells women's clothing) and Red Tag (furniture and housewares) in Bakerview Square.
Also moving into Bakerview Square are Spice India and Sweets, an Indian-themed grocery store that will occupy about 1,500 square feet, and a Puget Sound Blood Center, taking up 3,200 square feet. The blood center is expected to open in December, while Spice India will be open in the coming months, said Randy Sears, manager of Real Property Managers, which handles the center. He said two other tenant deals are in the works; if both of those sign, the center will be full.
NEW FEED STORE OPENS IN 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 struck a truck that was stopped on Mount Baker Highway waiting to make a left turn.
Barbara Clark has worked for the past year to try to improve the intersection at Marshall Hill Road, where her husband was killed. She's also spent time trying to figure out how to move on from the event.
"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 become a business owner. She noticed there wasn't a feed store nearby, and after doing a survey realized 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 to 7 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, closed 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.
FOOD CART REOPENING IN GLACIER
Mt. Baker skiers will have another option to get warm food in their bellies while heading up and down the mountain.
Danielle and Colin Duffy are making plans to reopen Mountain Acres Bakers, a food cart that will offer breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as soups and gravy. They plan on a soft opening Wednesday, Nov. 13, with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16. It'll be in Glacier, next to Scott's Ski Service. Once open, hours will be 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The Duffys started this business earlier this year, opening during the late winter and summer seasons. They shut it down during the fall months, generally considered the slower time of year. Along with seeing a need for this kind of business during the summer and winter months, Danielle Duffy said it was a way to start building a little more economic activity in the community.
"We realized that if we wanted to stay in this area, we needed to create something, something we could really build on," she said.
She described the cart as basically a miniature commercial kitchen, which follows the same rules as restaurants. They use organic ingredients in the products, which are geared toward fueling people up for a day of skiing. They are also big on fresh bread, having also organized a bread subscription service.
For details about the business, visit its Facebook page or send an email to email@example.com.
The owner of the Black Pearl restaurant (in the Gateway Building on Railroad Avenue and East Holly Street) decided to delay a reopening of the restaurant to get in some extra remodeling. Originally scheduled to open Oct. 2, it is now scheduled to reopen Monday, Oct. 14. No changes will be made to the hours once the restaurant reopens. Regular hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. The restaurant offers Asian cuisine and bubble tea. The restaurant was originally shut down for a building-related issue.
Everson Farm Equipment has added Toro products and Kioti tractors to its product lineup. With Lynden Mower closing last month, Everson Farm Equipment owner Steve Brown said he added the models for those customers looking for a new shop, as well as his current clientele. The store is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 304 W. Main St. in Everson.
Bellingham Cash Mob is back in action, with plans to visit Hannegan Farm and Home, 6931 Hannegan Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. According to its Facebook post, the cash mob will be joining with nearby Cassoulet restaurant and a portion of the event will benefit Growing Veterans, a group that provides a place where military veterans can get together for a variety of projects, such as farming. A cash mob is a group of people that meet at a local business to make purchases and show support for what that business means to the community.
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