Adrianne Beard has fond memories of taking the bus into downtown Bellingham when she was younger, and now she’s getting the chance to experience it as a business owner.
A few weeks ago Beard opened a women’s clothing store called A Lovely Day at 1230 Bay St., near the Holly Street intersection. Along with used clothes brought in from outside the area, Beard sells jewelry and other accessories. She’s also looking for local artists interested in selling their work in her store.
Beard’s business is one of several that have opened in that area in the past month. OrMoLuLu, a French antique store, is now open nearby in the former Blue Horse Gallery space. Downstairs from OrMoLuLu is the J&J Jewelry Co.
“This area is coming alive again,” said Beard. “I love being downtown. There are so many great businesses around me.”
Beard considers herself a bit of a treasure hunter, bringing vintage and contemporary clothing into her store. She’s also offers group pricing: The price is the same for all the sweaters in the store, for example.
The store is still evolving, she said, as she tries to feel out what customers want. She has vintage broaches in the store and wants to expand her jewelry selection. Most of all, she’s happy to be open her first brick-and-mortar business.
“I feel like I’m living a dream,” she said, adding that she’s discovered operating a store to be more rewarding than an online operation because of the customer interaction she now receives.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. For details, call 360-676-6010.
NEW RESTAURANT OPEN ON STATE STREET
Earlier this month Usanee and Scott Klimo opened a new restaurant called Maikham at 1311 N. State St., in the former Dashi Noodle Bar space.
Usanee was born in Thailand near the Laos border and as a child became immersed in the cooking traditions of Thailand’s Isaan region, which she’s incorporated into the new restaurant. She operated a catering business in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Bellingham two years ago.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. For details, call 360-366-8193.