New Bellingham computer repair shop focuses on service for students, families


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Co-owner Zach Pfeif works on a laptop at Haywire Computer Repair next to Hardware Sales on James Street in Bellingham, Wedneday, Dec. 18, 2013. Pfeif and his father, co-owner Doug Pfeif, repair all types of computers, cell phones and tablets.


A father-son team saw a need for a local computer repair shop in Bellingham and so far it's off to a good start.

In August Doug Pfeif and his son, Zach, started Haywire Computer Repair at 2004 James St., near Hardware Sales. The space is also home to Computers 4 Kids, which takes donated old computers and parts and rebuilds them for low-income children.

The space became available when Blair's Computer Repair moved out of that space to North State Street. That left Computers 4 Kids looking for a space to do its work, and Doug and Zach decided to open a business in that spot and offered to let the organization use some of the space.

"We went from thinking about owning a store to owning one in about 24 hours," Doug Pfeif said with a laugh. "We've had a fun time putting this together."

As a business, Haywire focuses on repairing laptop computers, smartphones and tablets for students and families. The company offers a free diagnosis so customers can decide whether it's cost-effective to have it repaired or whether it's better to buy something new.

The most common problems Haywire comes across are cracked screens, particularly on phones and tablets, and computer viruses. Typically the viruses tend to come in batches, and even Apple products are starting to see more malware viruses.

Even more common are people coming in just seeking some advice. Zach Pfeif noted that a lot of problems are solved by resetting the machine.

"We're happy to have people stop in to talk," he said.

The business is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, closed Sunday. For details about Haywire, visit For details on Computers 4 Kids, visit


A gift shop recently opened at 220 E. Maple St. (near Honey Moon Mead & Cider) called Tide Lines.

Local artist Chelsea Jepson sells locally made artwork, jewelry, handbags, hats and other gifts. The items are created within a 100-mile radius of the store.

"This space has been a dream of mine and I am excited to be a part of the growing community of artisans, craftsman and business people on the South Bay Trail," said Jepson in news release.

Hours or operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month for the Gallery Walk.

Details about the business can be found on Facebook or by calling 360-441-2368.


- John Luciano and Jack Pflueger have applied for a state liquor license to put in a microbrewery/specialty shop at 1009 Larrabee Ave., in Fairhaven. The proposed business name is Stones Throw Brewery.

- Marriott has submitted building permits for its five-story, 83-room TownePlace Suites at 4050 Northwest Ave., next to its recently completed SpringHill Suites.

- The Colophon Café has submitted a building permit application to expand into the retail space next door at 1208 11th St.

- An application was filed to convert the former Paper Zone building at 915 Iowa St. into office space.

- Chuckanut Bay Distillery has opened its tasting room at 1115 Railroad Ave., near Boundary Bay Brewing, but the entrance is on the alley side. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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