A longtime Bellingham business is getting a much needed makeover, thanks to a national company.
Last week Fourth Corner Frames on 311 W. Holly St. won a national contest put together by Tru Vue, a manufacturer of specialty glass and acrylic products for custom picture frame retailers. In the coming weeks Tru Vue will visit with owner Sheri Wright to work out the details on the business makeover, which Wright expects will be finished by the end of October.
Wright's business was selected among hundreds of applicants for this project. Fourth Corner Frames has been at its Holly Street spot in downtown Bellingham since the mid-1970s. It was purchased by Wright in 2001. While business has slowly grown over the years, Wright hasn't had a chance to freshen up the store. She jokingly said she wasn't sure whether to be honored or appalled that her store was selected for this project.
Fourth Corner Frames is one of those businesses that has remained below the radar when it comes to publicity, but it's well-known in the community, particularly among artists and longtime residents. Wright said she's wanted to get the business name out there a little more, and this is a good opportunity.
"We have a great customer base and have relied on customer referrals, but I am very excited to be a part of this," she said.
For further details about the makeover, check out the Facebook pages of Fourth Corner Frames and Tru Vue.
WALGREENS SUBMITS BUILDINGS PERMITS
As expected, building permits were submitted last week to put in a new Walgreens pharmacy on Samish Way.
The pharmacy will go on the property that currently has the former Black Angus building and the Shell gas station. The proposed plans, submitted earlier this year for public comment, called for a 14,490-square-foot building on the south end of the property, where the gas station and convenience store sit. It will have a drive-through window on the east side of the building.
This project will redevelop a part of Samish that has been empty for six years. The Black Angus restaurant closed in August 2008.
Walgreens also has Bellingham stores on East Sunset Drive and on Meridian Street.
-- In a sign that this summer is flying by, building permit applications are being submitted for the seasonal Halloween costume stores. Spirit Halloween has submitted an application to put in a store at 4145 Meridian St., near the old Meridian Cost Cutter store.
-- Having trouble keeping up with all the breweries popping up around Bellingham? An interactive online map is currently being put together by four Bellingham residents. The Bellingham Tap Trail is tentatively scheduled to go live on Friday, Sept. 12, in time for the third annual Bellingham Beer Week. Along with the map, the Bellingham Tap Trail will offer beer competitions, BTT gear, beer reviews and other events. The people behind this project are Shannon Larkin, Mindy Overlin, Scott Pelton and Brian Seales. For details, visit bellinghamtaptrail.com or its Facebook page.