A new farmers market will be getting plenty of attention in a high traffic part of the county.
The market will be operated by DJ Nagra and his family. They run a nearby farm on Kelly Road and were able to secure this spot to better expose the market to the traffic in that area. Nagra said the market will operate in the 3,000-square-foot building, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables along with produce grown outside the area. They also plan on having a cooler in place to sell local dairy products.
Nagra said the family wants to offer organic products when they can and help local farmers sell their product. The goal is to also serve healthy food for residents.
“We just want to provide old-fashioned good service,” Nagra said.
For more information or for farmers who want to contact the market, call 360-366-7898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RETAILERS GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN
With less than four weeks until Halloween, retailers are gearing up for the holiday.
At the former Billy McHale’s building at 4301 Meridian St., Bellingham’s SpookShop has opened a seasonal store and is in the process of opening a haunted house called Zombie Asylum and a haunted house for children. SpookShop co-owner Laurel Burke said they are planning to get the haunted houses open around Oct. 18 in the afternoons and evenings through Oct. 31. For details about SpookShop, visit spookshop.com.
According to the National Retail Federation, this is expected to be a record year for Halloween-related sales. A national survey predicts total spending for Halloween will hit $7.4 billion this year and is considered one of the faster-growing consumer holidays.
LOCAL RETAIL CLOSURES SLOW DOWN IN THIRD QUARTER
After a steady stream of Whatcom County brick-and-mortar retail closures in the first half of 2014, things slowed down in the third quarter.
I counted nine retail closures in the third quarter, putting the year-to-date closure total at 43. This is by no means a scientific tally; it is based on what I find out working the business beat and tips from readers.
It appears the closure total will be similar to last year’s total, which was 55. That’s down from a few years ago but a little elevated compared to the years right before the recession.