Bellingham Public Market moves forward with expansion plans


Bellingham Public Market

Owner Stephen Trinkaus in the empty space where Terra Organica is expanding into at the Public Market, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Bellingham. Trinkaus hopes to have the work finished in three to six months.


With the backing of the community, Stephen Trinkaus has begun work to expand the Bellingham Public Market.

Construction began earlier this month for the market to move into the vacant 11,000-square-space at 1530 Cornwall Ave. that was once Tube Time. This will nearly double the size of the market, which is home to the newly renamed Terra - Organic & Natural Foods (formerly known as Terra Organica) and several other tenants.

Earlier this year Trinkaus made a public request to raise around $300,000 through donations and loans for the project. He got enough response from the community to allow the expansion project to move forward.

"I think people want to invest locally," said Trinkaus, adding that he was grateful for the response from the community.

Trinkaus expects the expansion project to take 3 to 6 months to complete, with Terra focused on reusing as much material as possible. The Terra grocery store will be reorganized and products will be put into departments based on 12 attributes, including whether it is organic or is made with genetically modified ingredients.

The store plans to add a variety of products, including fresh meat and seafood.

Much of the new space will be for Terra, but the public market wants to add at least three new tenants.

The current tenants are the café Trapeze, Maki Zushi, Mount Baker Books and Living Earth Herbs. Juice It, which made fruit drinks at the Bellingham Public Market, has closed, but Trinkaus is looking for a new owner to continue that business. He is also working with Mulu Belay, the owner of Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine at the Bellingham Farmers Market, to establish a permanent spot in the public market.

For updates on the expansion project, check out the Terra Organica Facebook page.


A new co-working space will have a community open house from noon-7 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

It's called The Workspace and is on the corner of Potter and Ellis streets in Bellingham. Operated by Mimi Osterdahl, the goal is to provide low-cost, communal and convenient work facilities that foster a sense of community.

By gathering early stage businesses, entrepreneurs and other professionals, the idea is to create opportunities through a network of individuals, according to the company's Facebook page.


-- Flip, a new children's consignment store, was scheduled to open Saturday, May 10. It is next to ReStyle Consignment in the Meridian Plaza (near Denny's). According to a post on Facebook, Flip is currently taking consignment items.

-- Kulshan Brewery has applied for a building permit to add a new production area and tasting room to an existing building at 1538 Kentucky St.

-- Wander Brewing's Brew Hall is now open for business at 1807 Dean Ave. According to its Facebook page, hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

-- The Star Club at 311 E. Holly St. is now open. According to its Facebook page, hours are 4 p.m. to midnight every day.

-- A state distillery liquor license was approved for a business called Strong Spirits, which is at 2120 Grant St., Suite C, in Bellingham.

-- Walker's Healthy Pet has moved into a new, bigger space at 4131 Hannegan Road. It had previously been in the Barkley District. It's open every day. For details about the company, visit

-- The Bellwether Market is now open on Bellwether Way, in the small standalone building near the Bellwether Hotel. It offers a variety of groceries, including sandwiches, beer, wine and soda to serve the area.

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