A Bellingham business is flying the coop, so to speak, but into a place the owner believes will be a better spot for customers.
The Wild Bird Chalet is in the process of moving into a space at 108 Ohio St., near the Cornwall Avenue intersection. The store is expected to open in its new space at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29.
The business has been at 705 Kentucky St. for 22 years, with Valeri Wade owning it for the past eight. Part of the reason for the move is because the lease wasn't renewed, but Wade is happy with the new space, which she said has better visibility, more open space and more parking. With the 19-foot walls, she plans to bring in local artists to display their work.
Having been around so long, Wild Bird Chalet has become a go-to place for locals looking for information, especially when it comes to identifying a new bird that has wandered into the neighborhood. This year has been a good one for spotting hummingbirds, which have been popping up even during the winter, Wade said.
Along with offering information about the best products to attract the birds, Wade said they commonly help customers address problems, such as trying to keep squirrels and rats out of bird feeders.
When Wade found out she needed to move the business, her customers paid her back for her years of advice by providing her with tips on available places to move. The Ohio Street spot they settled on was a place a customer had told her about.
"It was great to hear from so many customers calling in with tips," she said.
Once in the new spot, hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Details can be found at wildbirdchalet.com and its Facebook page.
NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO FERNDALE
A young entrepreneur is making plans to open a restaurant in Ferndale.
Cody Barry, who is entering his senior year at Ferndale High School, wants to open Kick Back Kitchen, a family-friendly eatery offering a variety of food, including pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
Barry is currently trying to remodel the former Guido's Italian Cuisine spot at 5611 Third Ave., but it needs plenty of tenant improvement work, so he is also looking at other possible locations, including in Bellingham.
Barry entered the business world a few years ago by starting a music disc jockey business called Fer Dayz Entertainment, which now has eight people on staff. His ultimate goal is to have a place that can accommodate a teen center and restaurant.
"Whatcom County needs a safe place where teens can hang out," said Barry, who has been active in organizing night club events for county teens, and also does fundraisers for free.
The idea of running a restaurant came to Barry when he was in middle school and became a fan of the TV show "Restaurant Impossible."
As if he weren't busy enough putting together businesses and going to school, Barry is also a cadet at Ferndale Fire Department, and plans to continue training in that field this fall.
For details and updates, check out the Kick Back Kitchen Facebook page.
All American Hearing has closed its office at 208 Halleck St. (near Bellingham High School). A company official said they are referring local clients to Hearing Northwest, 1470 Ellis St. ... Electric Beet Juice Co., which recently signed a lease to operate at Bellingham Public Market, is hosting a Crowdfunding Launch Party at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. The event will be held at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. The business is seeking community support through a Kickstarter-like campaign called Small Knot. Once the business is operating, co-owners Sara Southerland and Kara Marklin plan to serve breakfast and lunch items, including smoothies, salads, sandwiches and desserts. ... Weravich Rongprasertkul has applied for a state liquor license as part of putting in a new Thai restaurant at 1200 Cornwall Ave., in the old Shrimp Shack space. ... A liquor license application was also submitted for Mi Rancho Meat Market, which is proposing to go into 3092 Northwest Ave., in the retail center near Yeager's Sporting Goods. The applicants are Luis Casillas-Garcia and Nora Casillas-Rodriguez. ... Moving forward with its plans, Buffalo Wild Wings has submitted its liquor license application to go into Bellis Fair. ... Hot Topic has submitted a building permit application to remodel its store at Bellis Fair. ... Stones Throw Brewing Co. has submitted a building permit to convert a garage into a brewery at 1009 Larrabee Ave.
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