Women's clothing and barbecue supplies may seem like an unusual combination for a store, but it's working out well in Lynden.
Earlier this month Gary and Linda Vander Giessen open Gary's Barbecue Supplies and Gypsy Girl Clothing at 511 Front St., near the Dutch Village Inn. The barbecue supplies are in the back of the store, with the clothing in the front.
The building's design lends itself to having two businesses that Gary and Linda are both passionate about. Plus, it has products of interest to both husbands and wives.
"It's kinda sneaky of us: The husband can ask his wife to the clothing store and check out barbecue products, and the wife can say she wants to go to the barbecue store and look at clothes," Gary said.
He knows plenty about barbecue, learning about smoking foods as a teenager. He's currently serving as judge with the Pacific Barbecue Association. He focuses on selling Mak Grill products.
When it comes to grilling, Gary considers the process a form of art and science, and enjoys teaching it to customers.
The Gypsy Girl Clothing name is because Linda considers herself a bit of a free spirit. She focuses on clothing for women over the age of 20, aiming for a comfortable and hip look.
"I've always wanted to run a boutique, and this space worked out so well," she said. "The building is so compatible for both businesses."
From noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Gary and Linda plan to have a grand opening event that includes door prizes, barbecue food and music.
Both businesses are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details and updates, visit the Facebook page of either business or call 360-318-1716.
-- The Koi Café has changed ownership and its name. The café is now known as King's Café, under the ownership of Andrew Ward. According to a letter to customers, the café will have a few changes to its menu as well. It has a new partnership with Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters and is making additions to its pastry selection. The café also has applied for a liquor license to sell beer and wine.
-- Luna's Bistro, the Italian restaurant near the Barkley Regal Cinema Stadium 16 movie theater, is aiming for a Sunday, Sept. 7, opening, said owner Jesse Cantu. He also announced that he is selling the Jalapenos food truck (known as the Taco Bus) so he can stay focused on his four restaurants. For those interested in the Taco Bus, call 360-778-2045.
-- Designer Shoe Warehouse, commonly known as DSW, has applied for building permits for the store it is putting in at Bellis Fair. It will take about 11,800 square feet of space in the former movie theater section of the mall and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2015.
-- State Street Thrift & Vintage opened earlier this year at 1051 N. State St., near Pepper Sisters. Owners Kim DeCarlo and Ethan Dodgson have a large vintage and mid-century collection and jumped at the opportunity to blend the collection with thrift store products. The store is continuing the tradition of previous thrift stores in that space making donations to hospice. The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. For further details, call 360-671-1082 or visit the company's Facebook page.