Longtime downtown Bellingham art supply store moving into bigger space


0713 Retailtipsheet Dakota Art

Sales person Jill Patterson, left, helps customer Marylee LeCocq shop for oil paint at Dakota Art Store, 1415 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The art supply store is moving and will open a block away at 1322 Cornwall Ave. on July 16.


The move won't be far, but Dakota Art Store customers will see some big changes when the store reopens Wednesday, July 16, at 1322 Cornwall Ave.

The company closed its store at 1415 Cornwall Ave. at the end of the day on Saturday, July 12. Employees will use the next few days to move thousands of art supply products to the former space of the Assistance League of Bellingham.

At 3,100 square feet, the retail floor will be only slightly bigger than the old location, but it will have a larger classroom as well as a new art gallery. The goal with the move is to make it more of a flagship store, said Alan Weydert, the Bellingham store manager. The company also has a facility in Mount Vernon and a smaller store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.

"Bellingham has been good for us," Weydert said. "So we want to get in more products, a larger classroom and a gallery so we can be even more involved with the art community."

The Bellingham store has been in the downtown district for 20 years, moving into a bigger space with each move. The store's growth has been steady, Weydert said, attracting a wide demographic of customers. Along with a fair amount of college students, the store sees children and adults stopping in to stock up on supplies.

Art supplies that have recently grown in popularity at Dakota include markers for comics and illustrations, as well as artist-grade spray paint and aerosols for murals and large-scale canvas projects.

Once the store reopens in its new space, regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The store will have a grand opening Saturday, July 26, coinciding with the Downtown Sidewalk Sale. The gallery is expected to be ready for the monthly downtown art walk on Friday, Aug. 1, featuring work from Dakota Art staff.

For details and updates on the move, check out the Dakota Art Store- Bellingham Facebook page.


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